Springfield, Mass. - February 17, 2019 - Led by a record-setting performance on the balance beam, the Springfield College women's gymnastics team produced a score of 188.100 to finish in third in a tri-meet with Southern Connecticut and Ithaca College on Sunday afternoon.
SCSU won the meet with a mark of 192.075, followed by Ithaca's team score of 189.950. For the Pride, the 188.100 marked its second highest score of the 2019 campaign. It proved to be a historic day in Blake Arena as the 50th anniversary of the Springfield College women's gymnastics team that won the national championship was honored, while the Pride set a new program record for a team score on the balance beam with a 48.075. Springfield's previous best showing came at last year's NCGA East Regional Championships, when the Pride combined to score a 47.925.
Beginning the day on vault, Ali Rushlow (Worcester, Mass) took third on the event and was the Pride's top finisher with her 9.65, followed closely by Heather Gomes (Beverly, Mass.), who recorded a mark of 9.55. Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.) tallied a score of 9.525, finishing just ahead of Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.), who scored a 9.475.
Moving to the uneven bars, Taylor Campagnone (Johnston, R.I.) posted a score of 9.325 to pace the Pride, while Sarah Murphy (Norwell, Mass.) posted a 9.025. Jackson added an 8.95, and Alana Calabrese (West Hartford,Conn.) tallied a score of 8.65.
Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) highlighted Springfield's record-setting effort on the beam as she turned in a 9.700, which was the third-best individual score in the meet. Both Murphy and Sara King (Maribor, Slovenia) tied for fifth after earning scores of 9.650, and Gomes registered a 9.550.
Twomey brought the crowd to their feet on the floor exercise as she recorded a 9.825, tying her for first overall in the competition. Campagnone rounded out her strong day for the Pride, with a 9.725, and Clemens added a score of 9.700. MacKenzie MacLeod (Kennebunk, Maine) wrapped up the Pride's scoring with a 9.625, which allowed Springfield to finish the rotation with a 48.250, their best event score of the day.
In the all-around competition, Clemens scored a 36.750 to finish as the runner up, just ahead of Rushlow's third-place score of 36.425.
Springfield College will return to action when it travels to New York to compete against Cortland, set to begin at 11 a.m on Sunday, February 24.
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