Willette competes at NCAA Regionals

Anna Willette competes on uneven bars during the MAC Conference Championships at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center in Ypsilanti on Saturday, on March 22, 2014.

Eastern Michigan University junior gymnast Anna Willette finished tied for 39th out of 42 on the balance beam at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Regional inside the Maravich Center on the campus of the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday.

Willette earned a 9.600 on her beam routine and failed to advance to the national championships in Birmingham, Ala., on April 19-20.

Willette finished 39th alongside fellow Mid-American Conference gymnast Kayla Kosmerl of Kent State University.

“Anna competed great today alongside other top gymnasts throughout the nation,” EMU coach Steve Wilce said. “She went an entire season without falling which is extremely impressive. She is a great competitor.”

Despite the result, Wilce enjoyed the experience of being able to coach Willette in the regionals.

“It was a great experience for Anna being in such a large competition like this,” Wilce said. “We’re really proud of her for getting this far.”

Willette talked about using this experience as motivation to go beyond regionals next season.

“There’s always room for improvement and I want to come back next season and do even better,” Willette said.

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