Providence, R.I. - March 10, 2018 - The Springfield College women's gymnastics team had an impressive showing at the 2018 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) East Regional Championships, as the Pride set a new school record with a team-score of 189.525, good for fourth overall on Saturday afternoon at Rhode Island College. Additionally, junior Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) was named the NCGA East Gymnast of the Year.
Ithaca won the meet with a team score of 191.475, while Cortland was second with a 190.300. Brockport rounded out the top three, producing a score of 190.225, while Ursinus was fifth with a mark of 188.400, finishing ahead of host RIC, which totaled a 182.400. Placing in the top three, Ithaca, Cortland and Brockport qualified for the team competiton during the NCGA Championships, which will be held at Springfield College on Friday, March 23.
Beginning the meet on the uneven bars, Ali Rushlow (Worcester, Mass.) was the Pride's top performer with a 9.250, while Ashley Parchinski (Warwick, N.Y.) came in second with a 9.200. From there, Clemens and standout senior Briana Kerr (Bolton, Conn.) posted matching scores of 9.150 to help lead the Pride.
Next, on beam, Springfield College produced a rotational score of 47.925, which proved to be a new school record, as the group overcame the previous record of 47.850, which was set at the ECAC Championships in 2015. Leading the Pride on beam was the efforts of senior Lauren White (Littleton, Mass.) and Sarah Murphy (Norwell, Mass.), as they both scored 9.650, while Rushlow followed with a 9.575. Parchinski was next with a 9.550, while sophomore Taylor Campagnone (Johnston, R.I.) was fifth on the Pride with a career-best 9.500.
Moving on to the floor exercise, Clemens led the way with a 9.625, while Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.) and Madi Bowen (Sunderland, Mass.) both scored a 9.600 on the event. Next, Campagnone had a 9.525, while Rushlow produced a 9.500 before Victoria Gendreau (Warwick, R.I.) rounded out the top six with a 9.375.
Lastly, on vault, the Pride broke its second rotational score of the day, totaling a 48.200, which smashed the previous record of 47.975, established during Springfield's meet last weekend against Cornell. Leading the maroon and white on vault was Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.), who had a new career-best score with a 9.725, while Rushlow was second with a 9.675. Twomey and Clemens tied for third on Springfield with a 9.625, while Bowen was the fifth-best with a 9.550, before Sara Fisher (Pelham, Mass.) rounded it out with a 9.450. Jackson's mark of 9.725 on vault tied the Springfield College program record in the event, as she match Marissa DeAngelo's mark of 9.725 from the NCGA Championships in 2016.
With her combined scores on four events, Rushlow notched a 38.000 in the all-around competition, good for third overall and all-region honors, while Clemens took sixth with a 36.500, also earning all-region accolades.
Springfield College will now serve as host of the 2018 NCGA National Championships, which will be hosted in Blake Arena on March 23 and March 24.