The college gymnastics season is officially underway, and the Redhawks squad will host its first home meets this weekend at Houck Field House.
As the 2018 season gets underway, Southeast Missouri women’s gymnastics will look to improve upon last year’s fifth place finish in the Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) by building upon their confidence and moving forward one goal at a time.
The Redhawks will feature a very young team this season, with 12 of the 16 gymnasts being freshman or sophomores, but acting head coach Brittney Emmons said the underclassmen have really pushed the veteran athletes to step up and guide this young team to where they want to be.
One of two seniors, Alexis Brawner is back to defend her MIC Championship all-around and vault titles. Brawner also represented the Redhawks in the all-around competition at the NCAA Regionals in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Besides Brawner, the team features fellow senior McKenna Stanley along with juniors McKinzie Jones and Allyson Bell.
In their first last week at the University of Kentucky, six gymnasts made their collegiate debut in front of more than 10,000 fans at Rupp Arena as the Redhawks scored a 189.675 in the opener, competing against three other teams.
The Illinois State Redbirds will visit this evening at 6:30 p.m., followed by a home meet against Lindenwood on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. On Monday, the first 100 female fans will get a free Redhawk Gymnastics wristlet, plus the first 100 kids will receive a set of player cards featuring the Redhawk freshman gymnasts.
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