No. 22 Illinois women’s gymnastics takes on No. 23 Boise State, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois in home meet


Sidney Malone

Gymnast Abby Mueller poses at the end of her floor exercise routine against Rutgers on Feb. 25. The Illini will be home for Friday’s meet against Central Michigan, Boise State, and Northern Illinois.

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer

In its second of three straight home meets, the No. 22 Illini women’s gymnastics team will be hosting a quad meet featuring No. 23 Boise State, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois on Friday night.

The meet is scheduled to take place in Huff Hall at 7 p.m.

The women’s squad is coming off a victory during its last home meet on Feb. 25, when they defeated Rutgers, 196.650-195.475.

This next meet will mark the Illini’s second time facing off against Central Michigan this season. They previously defeated them, 194.150-193.425, during the season opener on Jan. 9.

The team currently sits at 3-3, and every competition is starting to be more important than the last with the Big Ten Championships, which are scheduled to take place on March 19, around the corner.

Junior Lexi Powe shared that the women’s team has been looking forward to these home meets all season because of all the support that team receives whenever they compete in front of their fans.

“Our community supports us so much, and it means a lot to be able to show them what we do every day in the gym,” Powe said. “For example, seeing the (men’s gymnastics team) being there with their chests painted is an advantage because we feed off our home crowd’s energy.”

Following this meet, the Illini will stay in Champaign for their final home meet of this season next week.

The gymnastics program’s Senior Night will take place on Thursday when the Illini will be facing off against Bowling Green. This next home meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The team’s mentality will be one of the biggest deciding factors during this next upcoming dual meet, according to Powe. She shared that she is confident the team will be successful if they come into this meet focused on having as much fun as possible.

“As long as we all come in on the same page and understand that we have a job to do,” Powe said. “We don’t have to worry about scores or worry about doing better. We need to worry about what we do in the gym and translating that onto the competition floor.”



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