Springfield, Mass. - February 4, 2018 - Competing in Blake Arena for the last time before the Pride hosts the 2018 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championships, the Springfield College women's gymnastics team registered a season-best team score of 188.700 en route to a dual-meet win over Cortland, who produced a 187.000 on Sunday afternoon.
The Pride's best rotation of the day came last, as Springfield College notched a 48.225 on the floor exercise, led by sophomore Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.), who tied the program record with a 9.825. Twomey matched Shanna Larocque's score of 9.825, which was established in 2001. Junior Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) was the meet's top finisher in the all-around competition, as her day was highlighted by a team-best 9.675 on the uneven bars.
Starting the meet on vault, Madi Bowen (Sunderland, Mass.) recorded a team-best 9.450, as she just edged sophomore Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.), who was given a 9.400 on the event. In her first meet of the season, Heather Gomes (Beverly, Mass.) was the Pride's third finisher with a score of 9.375, while Twomey posted a 9.325 to round out Springfield's top four.
Next, on the uneven bars, standout senior Briana Kerr (Bolton, Conn.) tied for first overall in the event with a 9.700, as Jackson's mark of 9.650 was good for third overall. Lauren White (Littleton, Mass.) was the Pride's third finisher on bars, as she notched a 9.200 to take sixth overall, while Ashley Parchinski (Warwick, N.Y.) took seventh with a 9.175.
Clemens won the beam with a 9.675, while White and Jackson took second and third, as White tallied a career-best 9.450, just beating Jackson's score of 9.425. Taylor Campagnone (Johnston, R.I.) took fourth overall with a 9.300, while Sarah Murphy (Norwell, Mass.) scored a 9.250.
Lastly, on the floor exercise, Twomey's 9.825 was good for first in the event, while Bowen continued her strong meet with a 9.775, a new career-best score for the senior. White also improved on her personal-best score in the event, as the senior took sixth with a 9.625, while Victoria Gendreau (Warren, R.I.) finished with a 9.500 to tie for eighth with Campagnone.
Next up, Springfield College will travel to Yale on Saturday, February 10 for a 1 p.m. meet with the Bulldogs, Southern Connecticut and Bridgeport.