New Haven, Conn. - February 2, 2019 - Senior Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) broke a program record in the uneven bars, leading the Springfield College women's gymnastics team to a season-high team score of 188.200 at the Don Tonry Invitational, hosted at Yale University on Saturday afternoon. The Pride took fourth-place overall competing against the Bulldogs, Southern Connecticut State and Bridgeport.
Clemens produced a career-best mark of 9.800 on the uneven bars to break the previous record of 9.775, which was set by Lauren Pocius in 2014. The senior finished the day with a season-high 38.300 in the all-around competition, as she also had a 9.625 on the balance beam, a 9.475 on floor and a 9.400 on vault.
Bridgeport won the meet with a team score of 194.200, while Yale took second with a 193.175. Southern Connecticut State University was third with a 192.350, while the Pride wrapped up the quad with a 188.200.
The Pride started the day on floor, as it was led by a 9.600 from Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.) and followed by a 9.500 from Taylor Campagnone (Johnston, R.I.). Clemens was next with a 9.475, while Ali Rushlow (Worcester, Mass.) produced a 9.050.
Next, on bars, Springfield College was led by a 9.800 from Clemens, as the senior was followed by Lena Morant (Gambrills, Md.), who posted a career-best 9.500 on the event. Rounding out the top five was Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.), who notched a 9.350, a 9.200 from Campagnone and a 9.125 from Alana Calabrese (West Hartford, Conn.).
The Pride then moved to the balance beam, where it was led by a 9.625 from Clemens, just edging out a 9.600 from Sarah Murphy (Norwell, Mass.). Next was Campagnone with a 9.575, while Heather Gomes (Beverly, Mass.) was fourth with an impressive 9.525.
Vault was Springfield College's best rotation of the day, as it produced a 47.425 as a team, and was led by a 9.575 from Jackson, while Rushlow and Gomes scored matching marks of 9.500. From there, Twomey had a 9.450, while Clemens came in with a 9.400.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Coloroado Springs, Colo. and will compete against Air Force with Seatlle Pacific and BYU on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. MST.