Springfield, Mass. - March 3, 2019 - Competing for the last time in Blake Arena this season, the Springfield College women's gymnastics team shattered four different program records, en route to a 190.725-184.350 win over Rhode Island College on Sunday afternoon.
The Pride's 190.725 bested its previous team record of 189.525 which was set at the 2018 NCGA East Regional Championships, as the maroon and white used new program records in the beam rotation (48.350) and floor exercise rotation (48.600) in order to eclipse the 190 plateau for the first time in program history.
Individually, it was quite the final home meet for senior Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.), who tied the balance beam record with a 9.775 on her way to smashing the all-around record with a 38.750. The previous all-around record was held by Marissa DeAngelo, who produced a 38.550 at West Chester on February 11, 2017. Also competing for the final time in Blake, Heather Gomes (Beverly, Mass.) continued her strong senior season with a career-best 9.725 on floor, a 9.600 on beam and a 9.550 on vault.
Springfield College began the day on vault, as it was led by Ali Rushlow (Worcester, Mass.), who won the event with a 9.650. Rushlow was followed by Clemens, who posted a 9.625, Gomes who notched a 9.550, and Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.), who registered a 9.450. Rounding out the top five for the Pride was Kaitlyn Lindsay (West Boylston, Mass.), who had a career-best mark of 9.325.
Moving on the uneven bars, Clemens won the rotation with her solid mark of 9.650, as she was followed by Taylor Campagnone (Johnston, R.I.), who posted a 9.375 and Alana Calabrese (West Hartford, Conn.), who had a career-best 9.325. Sarah Murphy (Norwell, Mass.) also produced a mark of 9.125.
The Pride's third rotation of the day was the balance beam, which continued to be Springfield College's strongest event of the year, as the maroon and white combined for a 48.350, led by a 9.775 from Clemens, who tied Abby Clark's score from the 2015 season which earned her a national championship in the event. Following Clemens was a 9.725 from Murphy, a 9.650 from King and a 9.600 from Rushlow and Gomes. Campagnone finished off the top-six scores with a 9.300.
Lastly, the floor exercise, in which Springfield College posted a record-breaking 48.600, was led by the defending national champion, Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.), who posted a 9.800 to win the rotation. Following Twomey was Rushlow's 9.775 and Gomes' career-best mark of 9.725. Clemens had a strong 9.700 to seal the record-breaking all-around performance, which was then followed by a 9.600 from Campagnone. MacKenzie MacLeod (Kennebunk, Maine) set the tone for the rotation, starting the Pride off with an electric floor routine that resulted in a career-best 9.575 for the first year.
Up next, Springfield College will vie for a spot at the NCGA National Championships when it competes in the NCGA East Regional Championship, hosted at Cortland on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m.
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