3/24/2009 12:00:00 AM
Four Southeast Gymnasts Qualify for NCAA Regional
March 24, 2009
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Despite an impressive season in which Southeast went 14-3 overall, a perfect 11-0 in the Midwest Independent Conference and won the 2009 MIC Championship, the Redhawks learned that they were slightly edged out of a team NCAA Regional berth, as they finished the season No. 37 in the nation.
"While we're disappointed that we ended up .06 from a team berth," said head coach Tom Farden. "We realize that we had a great regular season."
This year's squad has qualified four gymnasts for regional competition which ties the record for most individual gymnasts to qualify, set by Farden's 2007 team.
"We are excited to tie our record of individual's moving on," Farden said. "These athletes were exceptional during their season and have a chance to move onto the NCAA finals in Lincoln, Nebraska."
Sophomore Christina Sundgren (Richland, Wash./Mid-Columbia Gymnastics) will represent Southeast on the uneven bars. Sundgren had an RQS of 9.790 on the bars. Sophomore Brianna Gaddie (East Grand Forks, Minn./Red River Valley Gymnastics) will be competing on the floor, after finishing the season with an RQS of 9.845.
Senior Sandra Blake and MIC Gymnast of the Year Rikara Turner will represent Southeast in the all-around. Blake finished with a RQS of 38.995 and Turner had a 38.930.
"We'll train hard these next two weeks," Farden said. "And we look forward to representing Southeast Missouri State with pride at the championship."