For Eastern Michigan senior gymnast Kimberly Ebeyer, Sunday afternoon marked a homecoming as her Eagles faced off against the Ball State University Cardinals.
Ebeyer, who grew up an hour and a half away from Muncie in Greenwood, Ind., had family and friends in attendance but also had her sister, Sarah, competing for the Cardinals.
“I love having my sister here,” Sarah Ebeyer said. “We talk to each other any day, all day but having her here in the same arena as me is incredible. Being able to come back and remember how blessed we are that we both have such an amazing talent and we’re both living our dream to be collegiate athletes, being able to compete side by side again is awesome especially since it’s in Indiana.”
Both Kimberly and Sarah competed in all events on Saturday except for the uneven bars. Both saw struggles but both also saw success on the floor event.
“We’re both so supportive of each other,” Sarah said. “Her team this year has looked phenomenal.”
Both sisters, despite being on different teams continue to root for each other.
“I don’t really ever see it as her against me on another team,” Kimberly said. “I wish her the best of luck. It’s something we’ve grown up together doing and it’s great that we’ve been able to do it at the collegiate level.”
This won’t be the last time that Kimberly competes in her home state as the Eagles will be back on March 18 for the Mid-American Conference Championship meet.
“It’s great knowing that it’s my senior year and hopefully MAC’s isn’t my final meet and we make it to regionals,” Kimberly said. “But if it is my last meet its nice that it is in my hometown and I feel like I’m at home and all my family and friends will be here.”
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