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Members of the NIU gymnastics team congratulate each other after posting high scores at the meet against Eastern Michigan University on March 1.

Women’s gymnastics can continue success next season

By Matt Hopkinson | March 25, 2013

With the culmination of the gymnastics season Saturday at Western Michigan, there are factors that are good and bad for the future of the NIU squad. Obviously, the first problem is NIU losing two seniors. Marisa Liptak is one of the highest scoring members...

Sophomore Amanda Stepp strikes a pose during her floor routine at the meet against Eastern Michigan University on March 1.

Women’s gymnastics finish fourth at Western Michigan

By Matt Hopkinson | March 24, 2013

The women’s gymnastics team concluded its season in Western Michigan on a high note, but missed out on opportunities to walk away on top. The Huskies (4-5, 2-5 MAC) finished in fourth place out of seven at their conference championship event. Central...

Women’s gymnastics set for Western Michigan

By Matt Hopkinson | March 20, 2013

The women’s gymnastics team will find itself back in an arena which once held the promise of the highest score of the season. The Huskies (4-5, 2-4 MAC) will travel to Western Michigan to take on the rest of the conference in the season finale. They...

Junior gymnast brings consistency to team

By Matt Hopkinson | March 19, 2013

Gymnastics, like many other sports, is dependent on repetition, familiarity and consistency, and no one knows this more than junior gymnast Kim Gotlund. Gotlund, was the lone all-arounder last season and is now just one of two gymnasts this year. The...

Women’s gymnastics season wraps on a sour note

By Matt Hopkinson | March 18, 2013

The women’s gymnastics did not end the regular season in the fashion it would have liked. The Huskies had been on a run of four consecutive 194 scores, but came up with back-to-back 192s to finish the regular meet schedule. All that awaits the team...

Sophomore Amanda Stepp strikes a pose during her floor routine at the meet against Eastern Michigan University on March 1.

Gymnastics drops final meets of the regular season

By Matt Hopkinson | March 17, 2013

The women’s gymnastics team finished its regular season on a lower note than anticipated, dropping its final two meets. The Huskies (4-6, 2-4 MAC) traveled to Western Michigan on March 10 and were one event away from putting together a status quo score...

Womens gymnastics headed to Kalamazoo

By Matt Hopkinson | March 6, 2013

On Sunday afternoon, women’s gymnastics will compete at the location where the MAC championships will be hosted this season. The Huskies (4-5, 2-3 MAC) are heading into Kalamazoo, Mich., riding a four-week stretch of scoring in the 194 range. They will...

Women’s gymnastics post season-high, defeats Eastern Michigan

By Matt Hopkinson | March 3, 2013

For the third time in the last four weeks, the women’s gymnastics team has posted its season-high and sent its seniors off in fashion, as it defeated Eastern Michigan on Friday. The Huskies (4-4, 2-3 MAC) set their highest mark of the season on vault...

Women’s gymnastics falls to Kent State

By Matt Hopkinson | February 24, 2013

For the third straight week, women’s gymnastics posted a score above the 194 mark, but fell to No. 21-ranked Kent State. The Huskies (3-4, 1-3 MAC) started off on a bad note in their first event against the top dog in Kent State (5-2, 3-0 MAC), and...

Women’s gymnastics to meet Kent State

By Matt Hopkinson | February 20, 2013

The women’s gymnastics team will face its toughest test yet as the Kent State Golden Flashes come into DeKalb on a four-meet winning streak. The Flashes (4-2, 2-0 MAC) have scored under a 194 only once this season, and in their last meet eclipsed the...

Women’s gymnastics benefits from balanced team

By Matt Hopkinson | February 19, 2013

While last year’s women’s gymnastics team had a lot of talented seniors and equaled the best result in school history at the MAC Championship, I feel this year’s team is better. There are several reasons for this, but I find the three most important...

Freshman soars in NIU women’s gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | February 18, 2013

Head gymnastics coach Sam Morreale knew when he recruited freshman Jaelyn Olsen that she could take over the high scoring position on vault that former gymnast Tanya Rachan held last season. On paper, that was the plan; that plan also included Olsen getting...