Menomonie, Wis. - March 31, 2017 - For the first time since 2010, the Springfield College women's gymnastics program competed in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championships as a team, and took sixth overall at the Johnson Field House on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Friday night.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater won the meet with a team score of 191.000, while Wisconsin-La Crosse took second with a 188.300. The Eagles were followed by Brockport with a 186.800, Ursinus with a 186.750 and Wisconsin-Stout with a 186.475.
The Pride compiled a team score of 184.775 on the evening, as it was led by senior Marissa DeAngelo (Brookfield, Conn.), who took third place in the all-around competition with a 37.450. DeAngelo's third-place finish earned her all-america recognition, the sixth all-america honor of her career at Springfield College.
In just her second season at the helm of the Pride, head coach Jenn Najuch was named the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) East Region Coach of the Year at meet's end. Additionally, Director of Athletics at Springfield College, Dr. Craig Poisson, was named the NACGC/W East Region Administrator of the Year.
Starting the night on the uneven bars, the Pride was led by a solid 9.575 from standout junior Briana Kerr (Bolton, Conn.), who tied for sixth overall in the meet, while DeAngelo and Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.) were Springfield College's second best performers of the rotation, registering matching scores of 9.225.
Moving on to beam, junior Ashley Parchinski (Chester, N.Y.) led the Pride with an impressive 9.475, while DeAngelo followed closely with a 9.450.
After having a rotation off, the Pride came out of the break in impressive fashion, as it posted a 47.150 in the floor exercise, led by matching scores of 9.500 from Nicole Silva (Barrington, R.I.) and Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.). Following Silva and Twomey was DeAngelo, who posted a 9.425, Madi Bowen (Sunderland, Mass.) with a 9.375 and a 9.350 from sophomore Heather Gomes (Beverly, Mass.).
Wrapping up the meet on vault, DeAngelo led the way with a team-best 9.350, while Bowen posted a 9.300 as the Pride's net top finisher. Silva and Gomes posted matching scores of 9.225, while Clemens posted a 9.175, followed by Twomey with a 9.100.
Springfield College will have five student-athletes compete in the individual championship session back in the Johnson Field House on Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m. EST. DeAngelo will compete on the balance beam, Clemens and Kerr on the uneven bars, and Silva and Twomey in the floor exercise.