The Pioneers fell short in both away competitions this weekend against Southeast Missouri State University and Lindenwood University.
Southeast Missouri took first by 0.05 points, 192.425-192.375 on Friday’s competition. The Pioneers improved their team score against Lindenwood by 2.375 points, however, this was not enough to beat Lindenwood 195.250-194.750.
Head coach Lisa Bowerman said the team was excited to go against both teams again this past weekend.
“SEMO and Lindenwood are always great opponents and both had a very strong showing last weekend, so we are expecting a great competition both days,” Bowerman said.
The team upheld Bowerman’s words; this weekend’s competition had 13 career high re-sets or matches with a previous career-high.
On Friday’s competition against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks, junior Isabel Goyco had a career-high and the highest score for the night on floor with a 9.900. The team’s floor score was accumulated by five 9.700’s or higher adding to a total of 49.000, their best event of the night.
Senior Paige Stuyniski received a career-high on beam with a 9.85. Sophomore Mara Johnson’s career-high was on floor scoring 9.750. Freshman Madeline Gose came just behind teammate Goyco on floor with a career-high of 9.8750.
After recouping from Friday’s competition, the Pioneers faced Lindenwood’s Lions on Sunday.
The Pioneer’s only all-around competitor, Junior Domi Bonzagni, had the highest all-around score, taking first place with a 38.875.
TWU had their best night on vault of the season so far with a total score of 48.125. Four Pioneers scored career-high numbers: freshman Steelie King and sophomore Daisy Woodering received matching 9.800’s, Johnson 9.775, and Gose 9.725.
King led the way for the Pioneer’s on bars and posted another career-high scoring a 9.725. Following in her lead, Gose scored her second career-high of the night with a 9.700 on beam.
On floor, sophomore Alix Pierce along with Bonzagni tied their career-highs, Pierce with a 9.825 and Bonzagni right behind her with a 9.800. Johnson broke her previously set career-high score from Friday matching with Bonzagni and Gose.
The Pioneer’s posted their highest team score of the season on Sunday with a 194.750.
The team had worked very hard the last week and a half and the energy has been outstanding, Bowerman said.
The Pioneers will return to the road traveling to Shreveport, Louisiana for a tri-meet with Centenary University and the Air Force on Feb. 7 at 4 p.m.
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