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Gymnastics slated for quad meet

By Matt Hopkinson | March 7, 2012

NIU gymnastics is scheduled for its first quad meet of the season as it travels to Eastern Michigan Saturday. NIU will compete against Eastern Michigan, Temple and Air Force in the sixth and final MAC meet of the regular season. NIU senior Tanya Rachan...

Central Michigan edges NIU gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | February 26, 2012

While NIU gymnastics highlighted its seniors, Central Michigan stole the show Saturday.The Chippewas defeated NIU 194.950-193.925 at the Convocation Center Sunday. NIU posted its second-highest score this season against CMU.Central Michigan (11-3, 5-0...

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Huskies to honor seniors vs. Central Michigan

By Matt Hopkinson | February 22, 2012

NIU gymnastics is set to host its final home meet of the regular season, as they welcome back-to-back MAC champions Central Michigan (6-2, 3-0 MAC) Sunday.The Huskies (3-4, 2-2 MAC) will pay homage to their seniors, as they prepare for what could become...

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Gymnastics posts second highest point total in loss to Kent State

By Matt Hopkinson | February 19, 2012

NIU gymnastics posted the second-highest point total of its season, but it wasn't enough as they lost to Kent State..The Huskies' (3-4, 2-2 MAC) score of 193.625 wouldn't be enough to edge Kent State's score of 195.525. This match also marked the second...

Huskies hit to help teammates

By Matt Hopkinson | February 14, 2012

Gymnastics is not basketball: there is no one to pass the ball and responsibility off to. Gymnastics is one individual performance after another.NIU gymnastics is comprised of 21 individuals, with 11 starters, who are all technically responsible for one...

Gymnastics hit high note on way to best score since 2009

By Matt Hopkinson | February 12, 2012

NIU gymnastics started and ended its meet Saturday on point, hitting every routine in all four events.On the road, NIU (3-3, 2-1 MAC) was able to win a close meet by posting season-high scores in all four events, as it edged Bowling Green (1-8, 0-3 MAC)...

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Gymnastics hits road for Bowling Green

By Matt Hopkinson | February 8, 2012

For the first time in the last four weeks, NIU women's gymnastics will perform in a gym other than its own.While there are notable benefits of being at home, Huskies coach Sam Morreale said this change is well welcomed as Bowling Green (1-7, 0-2 MAC)...

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Melendez isn’t missing a step

By Matt Hopkinson | February 6, 2012

Gymnastics isn't as pretty as it seems.Like any other sport, it can be riddled with injury and requires lots of hard work.NIU beam and bar specialist Megan Melendez is a prime example of both of those.Having missed all of last season due to a torn ACL,...

Huskies make the awe-inspiring routine

By Matt Hopkinson | January 25, 2012

Although all athletes make it look easy, gymnasts use hard work and sacrifice to create an aesthetically pleasing spectacle. "Gymnastics is an art, and a lot of us become perfectionists," said NIU senior gymnast Tanya Rachan. "We not only have to be strong,...

Huskies look to tame Wildcats

By Matt Hopkinson | January 25, 2012

NIU gymnastics hopes to continue to trend upward heading into its meet with New Hampshire after recording season-high scores in its previous events.Regardless of the outcome, Huskies coach Sam Morreale is always seeking more positive results and specific...

Huskie gymnastics finds a new coach to lead this season

By Jasmine Willett | July 12, 2011

DeKALB | Sam Morreale will lead the NIU gymnastics team this season as its new head coach. Morreale is no freshman to NIU, as he's been a Huskie for a considerable amount of time. "This will be my ninth season as a Huskie," Morreale said. "I volunteered...

Coach’s Corner with assistant NIU gymnastics coach Sam Morreale

By Brian Thomas | February 23, 2011

Assistant coaches often have specified roles, and Sam Morreale is no different. As an assistant with NIU gymnastics, Morreale's job essentially boils down to helping head coach Mark Sontag with training the gymnasts. Morreale sat down with the Northern...