Northern Illinois senior gymnast Courtney Dowdell began the season on a high note and was named the Mid-American Conference Specialist of the Week.
Dowdell finished tied for third place in the floor exercise and fourth in the uneven bars – scoring 9.8235 on both – in the Huskies' home opener against Lindenwood, Iowa and Western Michigan. As a team, NIU won the four-way meet with a score of 194.825.
“She’s trained since last season to be one of our better competitors, one of our most consistent, solid ladies," NIU coach Sam Morreale said. "It was great to see her go out week one and basically hit her two events. She basically started this year the way she ended last year, which bodes well to her.”
The Huskies will compete at noon Sunday at Ball State.