Assistant Sports Editor
Despite a season-high total score of 184.625 points for the Springfield College women’s gymnastics team, the Pride finished fourth this past weekend at the ECAC Championships in Cortland, N.Y.
SUNY Brockport finished the tournament on top, posting an overall score of 190.775. Cortland State, which had won back-to-back ECAC Championships prior to this year, finished second place with a score of 188.125. Ursinus College rounded out the top three with a score of 185.725.
Springfield sophomore Lauren Pocius and senior captain Brittany Baglow strung together impressive performances for Springfield, with Pocius tying a school record by posting a score of 9.65 on the uneven bars. The performance, which was good enough for second place overall, tied a record that was set by Meg Geddes in 1993.
“It felt great to tie the school bar record,” said Pocius. “Ever since I came in as a freshman, one of my goals has been to break that bar record. I have come close, but not close enough until this meet. Tying the school bar record is an awesome accomplishment and I am so happy to have received that score, but my goal is still to break the record, which I hope I can do at Nationals.”
Pocius, a product out of Wallingford, Conn., placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 37.575. Teammates Abby Clark and Baglow joined the sophomore in the top five, with Clark finishing third with a 37.300 and Baglow ending her day with 36.900 points.
Baglow, coming off a pair of Achilles tendon tears last season, battled back this season to post a team-best score of 9.55 on the vault and 9.625 on the floor exercise. Although falling on both the beam and the uneven bars, the senior knows she needs to stay focused and confident heading into a big weekend at Nationals.
“I am most confident on the vault and the floor exercise, and was able to perform my routines and have fun,” said Baglow. “I had a fall on both bars and beam, which isn’t ideal at a championship meet, but I was still able to qualify for Nationals so I’m thrilled. It wasn’t my best competition, but I hope to improve for Nationals.”
Along with Pocius and Baglow, a handful of Pride gymnasts will be joining the tandem at the National Collegiate Gymnastic Association Championships the weekend of March 22 and 23 in Whitewater, Wis.
Senior captain Annmarie Graziosa, as well as juniors Sarah Perry and Keelin O’Connell, sophomores Abby Clark and NicoleCaradonna and freshman Kristin Feliu will all be continuing their season at Nationals.
“NCGAs is the final competition of the season, so we’re practicing with a ‘go big or go home’ mentality,” added Baglow. “This next week we will be working on improving our routines and possibly adding some new, more difficult skills to the routines. Our focus is also on maintaining our strength as well as improving our mental game.”