If a coach was told that her team would break a team scoring record in her last home meet, that coach would probably think it was a dream. However, for Springfield College’s women’s gymnastics Head Coach Cheryl Raymond, it was a reality this past Sunday. Raymond’s team took down Rhode Island College and broke the team scoring record for the second time this season at Springfield’s Blake Arena. The Pride won by a score of 188.35-179.30. The men’s team also competed Sunday but fell just short to Army by a score of 414.70-412.20.
“Sunday was a very special day for me. I had predicted all season that this year’s team had the potential to do very well, they just needed some time to perfect their routines and gain their confidence,” said Raymond. “I was very proud of how they performed, they were confident, poised, and dynamic in each and every performance. It was special to have them perform so well for the seniors, themselves, and of course the coaches.”
In the meet, Marissa DeAngelo of Brookfield, Conn. led the way in the all-around competition as she posted a score of 37.925. DeAngelo’s performance was followed up by her teammate, Abby Clark, who posted a 37.775. Lauren Pocius also had a fantastic day as she posted a score of 9.625 on the uneven bars.
“These three are the backbone of our team,” Raymond said of DeAngelo, Clark, and Pocius. “Abby and Lauren have proven themselves to be true veterans with solid performances every meet. Marissa is the newcomer in her first season of collegiate competition. She has improved her confidence and consistency each meet proving that she is a gymnast that everyone else needs to watch out for.”
The compliments from their coach were well deserved as the three gymnasts were ranked fifth, sixth, and seventh in the national rankings for all-around competition in the past few weeks.
The Pride head to Ursinus College this Saturday for the NCGA East Championships.
On the men’s side, despite the loss, Jon Zirna continued to perform well for Springfield. Zirna finished with a score of 82.850 in the all-around competition. Zirna also finished in first place in the pommel horse with a score of 14.650 and on the parallel bars with a score of 14.100.
On the rings, Springfield’s best finish came from Chris Graff, who posted a score of 14.300.
Later this week, Zirna and company will board a plane and head west to Colorado where they will compete in the USAG Championships.