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Record Performances Lead Redhawks Past Eagles
Emma Garrett's career-best 9.925 put Southeast ahead of Eastern Michigan for good on Sunday. That score is the sixth-best floor mark in school history.

Record Performances Lead Redhawks Past Eagles

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. –
Eighteen of the Southeast Missouri gymnastics team's 24 routines scored 9.700 or higher as the Redhawks erupted for a season-high score in a 194.775-194.675 win over Eastern Michigan on Sunday.

Southeast set season highs in two events and also had nine scores of 9.800 or higher, including two that scored at least 9.900.

“One thing we focused on was fighting for what we want,” Southeast head coach Kristi Ewasko said. “Our gymnasts fought for every tenth of a point. I'm very proud of their performance.”

The Redhawks got off to a strong start, posting their ninth-best vault score in school history with a 48.800. Megan Fosnow's career-best 9.875 led the way and gave her a first-place finish. Kimberly Pickerl also posted a new career-high score of 9.825 to finish third while Taryn Vanderpool's 9.775 was good for seventh. Southeast did not count a score below 9.675 and grabbed a slim lead as EMU posted a 48.750 on bars.

Southeast moved on with a brilliant performance on bars. All six gymnasts scored 9.725 or higher as the Redhawks tied their school record with a 49.175. Vanderpool posted a career-best 9.900, which ties for the third best bars score in school history, to win the event. Margaret O'Neal (9.850), Taylor Westrick (9.825) and Fosnow (9.825) all finished in the top three as well. Taylor Penzien placed sixth with a 9.775 and Southeast dropped Pickerl's 9.725. The Eagles posted a 49.075 on vault, giving the Redhawks a lead of .150 after two rotations.

“We worked with the lineup a little on vault and it worked out,” Ewasko said. “Margaret found her confidence and did what she was capable of. We were very clean on bars and all deductions were minor.”

Three falls on beam knocked Southeast off a top-three all-time score pace. The Redhawks posted a team score of 47.700, led by Westrick's first-place score of 9.875. Pickerl and Samantha Marrero matched each other with 9.750 scores, but EMU took the lead in the team standings with a 49.125 on floor.

Southeast recovered impressively in the final rotation and tallied a 49.100 on floor. Emma Garrett paved the way with a career-best 9.925, tied for the sixth-highest floor score in school history, to win the event. Westrick tied for second with a career-best 9.875. Vanderpool's career-best 9.825 was good for fourth while Fosnow (9.750) and Pickerl (9.725) rounded out the event scoring. Erin Brady's season-high tying 9.700 was dropped. The Redhawks' team score allowed them to take advantage of the Eagles' falls on beam as they finished the meet with a 47.725 on beam to give Southeast a dual victory.

“Emma was the Emma of old today,” Ewasko said. “She is capable of going 9.9 anytime she steps onto the floor. She did all she could and really earned her score.”

Pickerl posted a career-day, scoring 39.025 to place second in the all-around. Southeast's other all-around competitors, Vanderpool (38.700) and Fosnow (38.575) each scored above 38.500.

“Kimmie was a diamond in the rough today. She came out shining in this meet. We knew she was capable of big scores and we're very happy with what she did.”

Southeast concludes its home schedule on Friday when it hosts Texas Woman's at Houck Field House for senior night. That meet begins at 6:30 p.m.
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