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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,...

Olsen feels powerful, ready for action

Olsen feels ‘powerful,’ ready for action

By Steve Shonder | February 5, 2014

A hamstring injury wasn’t enough to keep sophomore Jaelyn Olsen down last year. Now that she’s recovered, she has her expectations set even higher.Olsen has been gymnastics’ go-to vaulter since last season, when, as a freshman, she came in and started...

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 ready for MAC champs

By Steve Shonder | January 30, 2014

If gymnastics wants to win the MAC, it will have to beat the champs.The Huskies (1-1, 1-0 MAC) will take on Western Michigan (0-3, 0-2 MAC) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Victor E. Court. This will be NIU’s second home conference meet in a row.“A lot of us...

Gymnastics rolls over Ball State

By Steve Shonder | January 26, 2014

Gymnastics got conference play underway with a statement win Friday.The Huskies (1-1, 1-0 MAC) beat Ball State (2-4, 0-1 MAC) 192.05-188.825 at Victor E. Court. NIU swept the meet. Head coach Sam Morreale was pleased with his team’s performance coming...

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...

Gotlund ready to lead gymnastics to victory

By Steve Shonder | January 22, 2014

Kim Gotlund’s three years of hard work have paid off as she has gained a new leadership role in gymnastics.Gotlund, a senior, has spent her NIU career working to be the best gymnast on campus, but she’s also striving to make sure everyone around her...

Gymnastics unable to beat No. 10 Nebraska

By Steve Shonder | January 12, 2014

Gymnastics managed to start the season off well despite its loss in its first meet of the year.The Huskies (0-1) lost to No. 10 Nebraska (1-0), 196.625-192.525, Saturday at Nebraska’s Devaney Sports Center. Nebraska won all four events to sweep NIU....

Gymnastics readying to take on Nebraska

By Steve Shonder | December 8, 2013

The gymnastics team will play the role of underdog as it prepares to go toe to toe with one of the nation’s best programs.The Huskies will face No. 14 Nebraska at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the University of Nebraska’s Devaney Center. It will be NIU’s first...

Freshman ready for gymnastics start

By Steve Shonder | December 2, 2013

It’s unusual for a team to gain so much from a freshmen class in the preseason, but that’s what’s happening for gymnastics.The Huskies have found themselves in the enviable position of being one of the deepest teams in the MAC thanks to talented...

Gymnastics ready for season

By Steve Shonder | December 1, 2013

The gymnastics team has a long road ahead on its way to the MAC Championship.The Huskies enter this season pointed in the right direction, and NIU is seemingly more prepared for the start of competition than it was at the same time last year.Central Michigan...

Gymnastics in a good place in preseason

By Steve Shonder | November 24, 2013

The gymnastics team is exactly where it wants to be at this point.The Huskies held their intra-squad meet before a packed house Friday at the Convocation Center. The gymnasts were divided into red and black teams to give the meet a sense of competition....