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Senior gymnast Natasha Jufko performs on the balance beam vs. Western Michigan Feb. 1 at Victor E. Court. Jufko will be the Huskies’ beam specialist at the MAC Championships 2 p.m. Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Gymnastics looks to ‘break some records’

By Steve Shonder | March 19, 2014

With one last meet left in the season, gymnastics is looking to build off a recent hot streak to carry it to the first MAC Championship victory in the program’s history.The Huskies will travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the MAC Championship at 1 p.m....

Senior Megan Melendez is trying to put four years of effort into one last meet for NIU at the MAC Championships. Melendez has been a key performer for the Huskies since returning from an injury on Feb. 21.

Melendez making everything count

By Steve Shonder | March 18, 2014

An injury during an athlete’s last season of eligibility hurts more than just physically, but senior team captain Megan Melendez didn’t let that drag her season down.Melendez has had her fair share of injuries, including two torn ACLs, but when she...

Junior Amanda Stepp performs on the balance beam Feb. 1 at Victor E. Court vs. Western Michigan. Stepp posted a 9.825, the best floor exercise of the meet, at the EMU Invitational March 8 in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Gymnastics splits spring break meets

By Steve Shonder | March 16, 2014

Gymnastics broke the 195 team score mark during spring break as it closed out its regular season.The Huskies (8-8, 3-4 MAC) put together a strong performance at the Eagle Invitational March 8 in Ypsilanti, Mich., scoring a 195.1 to win the quad-meet....

Gymnastics reaches 194 in loss

By Steve Shonder | March 2, 2014

Despite strong performances across the board, gymnastics was unable to defeat the No. 16 Central Michigan Chippewas.The Huskies (5-6, 2-4 MAC) lost to the Chippewas (10-2, 4-1 MAC) 194.675-194.05 Sunday at the Convocation Center. This is the first time...

Gymnastics unsuccessful in weekend road trip

By Steve Shonder | February 23, 2014

Gymnastics wasn’t able to get anything going on the road as it went 1-3 this weekend.NIU (5-6, 2-3 MAC) lost at the State of Illinois Classic Friday, before losing to Bowling Green (7-5, 4-1 MAC) Sunday.The Huskies placed third with a score of 193.625...

Jufko steady, poised in return

By Steve Shonder | February 11, 2014

A string of injuries left senior Natasha Jufko on the sidelines for two years, but she’s making her mark in her final season.When Jufko came to NIU, she was able to participate in every event, but injuries forced her onto a different path. Since her...

Gymnastics fails to beat Kent State

By Steve Shonder | February 9, 2014

Gymnastics put up its highest score of the season Friday, but it wasn’t enough to knock off No. 25 Kent State.The Huskies (2-2, 2-1 MAC) lost 195.675-193.375 at Kent State. The loss ends the Huskies’ three-meet win streak. The Golden Flashes (6-1,...

Gymnastics topples Western Michigan

Gymnastics topples Western Michigan

By Steve Shonder | February 2, 2014

Gymnastics continued its home dominance with another win this weekend.The Huskies (2-1, 2-0 MAC) beat the Western Michigan Broncos (0-4, 0-3 MAC) 192.450-191.6 on Saturday. NIU won three of the four events. In the last two seasons, NIU is 6-1 at home.Head...

Gymnastics excited for first home, MAC meet

By Steve Shonder | January 22, 2014

Gymnastics hopes to make its mark in the MAC as it enters conference play.The Huskies (0-1) will face off against Ball State (2-3) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Convocation Center. It will be the Huskies’ first home meet of the season.Ball State is coming...

Jufko returns strong to women’s gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | February 5, 2013

Injuries are commonplace among athletics. The severity, however, can determine the direction of careers. Junior gymnast Natasha Jufko has been a member of the gymnastics team since 2011 and before this season had only recorded two scores (both for exhibition...

NIU gymnastics set for Ball State meet

By Matt Hopkinson | January 23, 2013

The gymnastics team has notched two victories in its last two meets, both of the comeback variety. While the victories are always a nice thing and show the resiliency of the team, head coach Sam Morreale and junior gymnast Natasha Jufko know that more...