EMU gymnastics improves to 7-1

The Eastern Michigan women’s gymnastics team competed in their first home meet Saturday afternoon and were able to defeat the Northern Illinois University Huskies, 194.775-193.950 in a Mid-American Conference meet.

Despite the win, the Eagles (7-1, 2-0 MAC) saw their lowest score of the season but also saw their highest total on the floor exercise with a 48.750.

“When we started out on vault, they seemed to get really tight and the energy kind of dropped,” EMU coach Jay Santos said. “Then we went to bars and we hit and we started to build it back up. Then we went to beam and everything felt better. Then we got to floor and we finally had a better floor rotation. We finally finished out a meet.”

Eastern Michigan senior Kimberly Ebeyer scored a career high on the floor with a 9.85.

“It’s exciting to see,” Santos said. “The other events are hitting pretty well so if floor can come up to that level, we’ll be pretty good.”

Just like Ebeyer, sophomore Rachel Slocum notched a 9.85 on the floor. Sophomores Catie Conrad and Kendall Valentin and redshirt sophomore Lacey Rubin all contributed scores over 9.8 on the uneven bars with a 9.85, 9.8 and a 9.825.

Sophomore Kirsten Gendron struggled this afternoon with falls on both the bars and floor but Santos contributed that with a nagging injury.

“Her back has been bugging her a bit,” Santos said. “Certainly wasn't her best day but she’ll get back on track.”

For Northern Illinois, junior Jamyra Carter, who is from Ypsilanti, scored a 9.85 on the uneven bars. She tied for the highest score for NIU on the afternoon.

Looking Forward:

The Eagles will remain at home as Central Michigan University comes to town Friday night. The meet is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Eagles Results per EMUEagles.com (*denotes career high)

Vault 48.450

Kendall Valentin 9.750

Rachel Slocum 9.725

Catie Conrad 9.675

Kimberly Ebeyer 9.675

Sydney McEachern 9.625

Julia Schwartz 9.625

Bars 48.900

Catie Conrad 9.85

Lacey Rubin 9.825

Kendall Valentin 9.80

Sydney McEachern 9.725

Natalie Gervais 9.70

Kirsten Gendron 9.05

Beam 48.675

Lacey Rubin 9.825

Kendall Valentin 9.75

Catie Conrad 9.725

Megan Hultgren 9.70

Natalie Gervais 9.675

Kimberly Ebeyer 9.625

Floor 48.750

Rachel Slocum 9.85

Kimberly Ebeyer 9.85*

Sydney McEachern 9.775

Kendall Valentin 9.575

Megan Marino 9.70

Kirsten Gendron 9.150


Kendall Valentin 38.875

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