Southeast Missouri State Vault
During training, the team focused on some more difficult vaults to help improve on last season. The Redhawks averaged a 47.894 a year ago, tabbing a season-best 48.325 at Bowling Green (2/13). “We have a few student-athletes who have been working on higher-level vaults. Courteney, Alexis and Ashley will come in with 9.95 start values and will really work to anchor our lineups. The other three positions can come from several different people. Allyson, McKenna and Kendra are all training to contribute in our vault lineup.”
SEMO expects to be a more improved team on the beam this year as several of the student-athletes have upgraded their routines coming into 2017. The squad averaged a 47.879 in 2016 with their best effort tying a program record of 48.775 at home against conference foe Illinois State (2/19). “On the beam, we’ve had several girls working on upgrades to their routines, and we’re excited to see those in the lineup. Right now, we’re looking at Allyson to lead our beam team off and starting strong. Her routine has really developed this preseason. She’ll be followed by Ashley, McKenna, and Courteney in the rotation. Alexis and McKinzie will be our two anchors for the event to help bring in some strong scores.”
In 2016, the Redhawks were at their best on bars, scoring their best event average with a 48.483 during the season. Their best output on the year came in front of the home crowd against Wisconsin-Whitewater (1/29) where they scored a 48.850, narrowly missing the tie for best score in program history, which sits at an even 49.000.
Southeast had a strong season on floor a year ago, averaging a 48.377 in the event. The Redhawks set a new program record in the event at the MIC Championship with a 49.000. Jones tied the seventh best score in history with a 9.925.
“On bars, again we have Ashley, Alexis, and McKenna who will look to anchor the bars lineup. McKinzie will be stepping in to give our team some depth and some strong gymnastics. Allyson will also be helping on bars this year. The last spot is up in the air, but keep an eye on Courteney and Kendra, as I expect both to help us on the event this season.”
“There will be some fun routines this season on floor. Ashley has a throwback routine that should really spark some energy in the crowd. We also have Alexis, McKenna, McKinzie, Allyson, Kendra and Courteney who will be the main contributors on the floor for us.