By Carley Crain
It was an electric afternoon at Blake Arena for the Springfield women’s gymnastics team as they captured their first win of the season against No. 9 Ithaca and No. 8 Ursinus. The Pride set a new season high team score of 189.925 as well as season high’s on the beam and floor exercise.
It was an afternoon full of team bests, career highs, and beaming smiles.
“The energy we had today was really high and that is something we have really been focusing on and we address it after every meet,” senior Sarah Murphy said. “It has really been building and today was definitely the highest it has been so far. It is a lot of fun being in Blake in front of all of our friends and family in the crowd.”
The Pride started the afternoon on the vault with strong performances by junior Ali Rushlow who finished with an overall score of 9.55, placing her third overall for the meet, and junior Tabby Schwab who posted a season-high of 9.4250. The Pride finished with a team vault score of 46.80.
Up next was the uneven bars, and leading for the Pride was first-year Tori Sipes who finished with a 9.50 and sophomore Alana Calabrese who posted a career high score of 9.50. The Pride totaled a 46.82 team score for the uneven bars.
The third event that the Pride competed in was the beam, finishing with a season-high team score of 47.875, showing off their roster depth with strong performances by Sipes, who finished with a 9.6, senior Taylor Campagnone who posted a 9.6, sophomore Sophie Parquet who posted a new career-high with a 9.5, and junior Sara King who placed third overall with a season-high of 9.675.
The Pride concluded the afternoon by competing on the floor exercise, posting a new season-high team score of 48.425 as well as having four gymnasts place in the top five overall. Coming back from injury, senior Tali Twomey tied her school record of 9.900, but finished with an average score of 9.825. Sophomore Mackenzie MacLeod posted a final score of 9.7 which ties her career best, followed by Rushlow who finished with a 9.725, Campagnone who also tied her career best with a 9.75, as well as Schwab who finished with a career best of 9.65.
“Tali got injured at the beginning of January, so to not have her in two events in our lineup was a big spot to fill, and the team stepped up and filled it but to have her back and get those high scores and to see the energy in her routine was really exciting for the team,” head coach Jenn Najuch said. “It made the rest of our floor lineup really big.”
The Pride finished 1st overall with a new season-high team score of 189.925, improving their previous team score by 2.225 points.
Next Saturday, the Pride will travel to Rhode Island College for another conference meet beginning at 1:00p.m..
Photo courtesy of Jack Margaros