Menomonie, Wis. - March 30, 2017 - For the first time since 2010, the Springfield College women's gymnastics program will compete in the National Collegeiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championships as a team, when the Pride travels to the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. In addition to the Pride competing in Friday night's team championships, five student-athletes have qualified to compete in the individual championship sesson on Saturday.
The Friday night session will begin at 7 p.m. EST, while Saturday's competition begins at 5 p.m. EST.
Springfield College qualified as a team when the Pride took third overall at the NCGA East Regional Championships on Sunday, March 19 at Brockport. The maroon and white produced a team score of 188.850 to outlast Cortland, Ithaca and Rhode Island College to earn a spot at nationals. In addition to the Pride qualifying as a team, head coach Jenn Najuch was named the NCGA East Coach of the Year at meets end.
The 2017 season was certainly highlighted by the Pride's impressive performance at the regional meet, but the program also saw a pair of school records fall this year, including a record-breaking team score of 189.300 when Springfield College competed in a dual meet with West Chester on February 11. In addition to breaking the team scoring record at West Chester, senior Marissa DeAngelo (Brookfield, Conn.) also broke her own record in the all-around competition, scoring a 38.550.
Along with DeAngelo, who qualified on the balance beam after tying for second at the regional meet with a score of 9.650, senior Nicole Silva (Barrington, R.I.), junior Briana Kerr (Bolton, Conn.), sophomore Jessica Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) and freshman Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.) will also represent Springfield College in the individual championships.
Much like DeAngelo, Silva qualified individually at the regional meet when she matched her career-best score of 9.775 in the floor exercise, tying for fifth overall. Twomey will also compete in the floor exercise on Saturday night, as the freshman earned a seasonal-average score (SAS) of 9.6625 throughout the year to earn her spot on the national stage.
Clemens and Kerr, who have anchored the Pride on the uneven bars all season long, qualified for Saturday's individual championships as well. Clemens tied for second overall at the regional meet when she posted a score of 9.625, while Kerr's impressive SAS of 9.6438 locked her into the rotation come Saturday.