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Pride women’s gymnastics flipped past Rhode Island College on senior day

By Carley Crain

It is the end of an era for six Springfield College women’s gymnastics seniors who have worn and represented THE jersey.

A roaring Blake Arena was jazzed up for senior day, marking one last regular season home meet for seniors Sarah Murphy, Tali Twomey, Taylor Jackson, Brooke Hensen, Victoria Gendreau and Taylor Campagnone.

Posters were taped on to the walls, streamers hung from the ceiling, and face cutouts added to the senior day celebrations. Tears were rolling down each senior’s cheeks and their families, as it was their last time competing on Alden Street. Emotions aside, the Pride came out on top, dominating Rhode Island College for another dual meet victory.

“It was a great day to get out there and get the seniors in the lineup and see how they can do, as well as celebrating how far we have come as a team,” Head Coach Jenn Najuch said.

The Pride started the afternoon on the vault where they posted a team score of 46.55. Jackson, along with junior Ali Rushlow, each led the squad with a score of 9.55.

They then moved on to the uneven bars and finished with a team score of 46.00. Roster depth was on show with junior Lena Morant scoring a season high of 9.4, as well as Jackson who also came away with a personal season best of 9.2. Additionally, The Pride had three other gymnasts above the 9.4 mark, including sophomore Alana Calabrese who came way with a 9.475, junior Sarah King leading for the Pride with a 9.5, and first-year Tori Sipes who also finished with a 9.4. The Pride’s top five scorers were the best in the event.

Up next for the Pride was the beam, led by Murphy who finished with a score of 9.35 and Sipes with another strong performance of 9.325. The Pride posted a team score of 46.00 for the bars, and swept the podium.

The last event the Pride competed in was the floor exercise, which has been their strongest event all season. Rushlow finished first overall, posting a score of 9.675. Twomey and Campagnone finished with scores of 9.65 and 9.55, placing them second and third overall, respectively. The Pride earned a team score of 47.400 for the floor exercise, which was the highest team score in the meet for any event. They totalled an overall team score of 186.650.

“I think the floor is somewhere where you can really express yourself, so going out there and putting a smile on your face and just having fun is what makes a routine a great one,” said senior Tali Twomey.

Although this was the end of one chapter for Springfield’s six seniors, championship season is right around the corner–and they still have more to prove. Next Sunday, the Pride will travel to Cortland, New York for a tri-meet against Ithaca and Cortland at 1:00 p.m..

Photo courtesy of Jack Margaros

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