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Women’s gymnastics off to a strong season

By Matt Hopkinson | January 28, 2013

The women’s gymnastics team is off to their best start since the 2009 team won the first two meets of the season. The success of the team has improved since the entrance of head coach Sam Morreale, as he guided a team with solid pieces in place to one...

Women’s gymnastics suffers first loss of the season

By Matt Hopkinson | January 27, 2013

Women’s gymnastics went on the road for the first time this season and tasted defeat for the first time, as well. Heading into Ball State (2-2, 2-0 MAC) for its second MAC meet of the season, the Huskies (2-1, 1-1 MAC) were in the lead going into the...

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...

Music may be NIU gymnastics secret weapon

Music may be NIU gymnastics’ secret weapon

By Matt Hopkinson | January 22, 2013

People use music to help them in a task they may be working on. Some study while listening to classical or easy going music, others use high intensity music for exercising. The women of the NIU gymnastics team pair their music with their routines, specifically...

NIU Gymnast, Sophomore Amanda Stepp, performs a split jump on the beam event at the 2013 season opener against Illinois State University at the Convocation Center Sunday afternoon.

Women’s gymnastics set to meet Bowling Green

By Matt Hopkinson | January 16, 2013

Women’s gymnastics will compete in its second straight home meet of the season against its first MAC foe. The Huskies (1-0) will welcome Bowling Green (0-2) to Victor E. Court on Saturday. Head coach Sam Morreale hopes there is a similar turnout of...

New faces look to dominate NIU gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | January 13, 2013

Despite the loss of key senior leadership and contribution from last season’s team, women’s gymnastics appears to be on an upward trend. The squad lost five seniors, including big scorers like Tanya Rachan, Ashley Guerra, and Shonda Clore. Coach Sam...

Gotlund, Rachan have mixed results at NCAA regionals

By Matt Hopkinson | April 8, 2012

The NCAA women’s gymnastics regional meet wrapped up Saturday afternoon in Champaign, Ill. While this means little for the NIU gymnastics squad as a whole, it featured two members of the team, both sophomore all-arounder Kim Gotlund and senior specialist...

Rachan, Gotlund heading to NCAA regionals

By Matt Hopkinson | April 4, 2012

Two members of the NIU women’s gymnastics roster will compete in the regional meet at different times in their college careers. Sophomore all-arounder Kim Gotlund and senior Tanya Rachan will both be heading to U of I to compete in the NCAA Regional...

Coaches Corner: Sam Morreale

By Matt Hopkinson | April 3, 2012

Sam Morreale, NIU women’s gymnastics coach, recently completed his first full season in his new capacity. Prior to this season, Morreale, an NIU graduate and former gymnast himself, served as the program’s assistant coach for nine years. Morreale...

Morreale envisions bright future for Huskies

By Matt Hopkinson | March 25, 2012

Sam Morreale, NIU women’s gymnastics coach, said he sees similarities between his team and top MAC opponents. Following the award ceremony of the MAC championship, Morreale gave credit to his fellow conference programs in Central Michigan and Kent State....

Gynmastics takes 4th at MAC championship

By Matt Hopkinson | March 25, 2012

Typically, a description of “bodies flying everywhere” for a sporting event means chaos. However, for NIU women’s gymnastics, it meant MAC championship time. The Huskies played host to the 2012 MAC championship meet Saturday at the NIU Convocation...

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Gynastics struggles at EMU invite, State of Illinois Championships

By Matt Hopkinson | March 18, 2012

Over spring break, NIU gymnastics participated in the Eastern Michigan Invitational and the State of Illinois Championships. In both meets, the Huskies did not put up solid scores all around as they struggled with bars in both events as well as beams...