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Redhawks Dominate Illinois State in Season Opener
Ashley Thomas claimed her first career all-around title Sunday afternoon with a 38.925 total score.

Redhawks Dominate Illinois State in Season Opener

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Southeast Missouri gymnastics won all four rotations of Sunday's dual meet as the Redhawks defeated Illinois State 193.275-186.650 at Houck Field House. Ashley Thomas claimed the all-around title for Southeast by posting a 38.925 total score.
 
"I'm really pleased with where we're at and excited to see where we can build and continue progressing," head coach Kristi Ewasko said. "We're looking to improve every single meet. Our confidence is there this year and we focus a lot on believing in each other and believing in ourselves. We'll walk away really celebrating this one."
 
The Redhawks took a commanding lead in the first rotation as Southeast scored 48.150 on vault while Illinois State struggled on the uneven bars, scoring just 45.150. Alexis Brawner led with a 9.775 in her NCAA debut while Thomas added a 9.700.
 
Southeast increased the lead in the second rotation as the Redhawks finished with a 48.500 on bars while the Redbirds scored 47.000 on vault. Alyssa Tucker posted the highest score of the meet on bars with a 9.750. Chelsi Hamilton, Lauren Israel and Thomas all posted a 9.700.
 
In the third event, the Redhawks scored 48.000 on balance beam, led by a 9.725 from Thomas. Tucker added a 9.675 while Alexandria Stokes scored 9.600. ISU's Sami King claimed the highest beam score of the meet with a 9.750. The Redbirds scored a 47.875 on floor exercise in the third rotation.
 
Wrapping up the dual, Southeast scored a meet-best 48.625 on floor exercise, led by a 9.800 from Thomas and Erin Brady, which were the highest individual scores of the afternoon and also was a career-high for Brady. Tucker added a 9.750 while Clark scored 9.625. ISU scored 46.625 on balance beam in the final rotation.
 
Tucker finished second in the all-around with a total of 38.850 while King posted a 38.000 for ISU to place third. Hamilton posted a 38.000 overall score.
 
Following the meet, over 100 children participated in a free clinic hosted by Southeast gymnasts, coaches and staff members.
 
The Redhawks will compete next on Jan. 18 at Iowa State's Beauty & the Beast tri-meet that will also include Oregon State. Competition is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. CT from Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
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