West Chester, Pa. - February 11, 2017 - The Springfield College women's gymnastics team put forth a record-breaking performance on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride saw the team score and all-around school records shatter in a dual meet with Division-II West Chester University.
Springfield College posted a score of 189.300 in the meet, breaking the previous team score program record 189.075, set at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) East Regionals in 2015, while senior Marissa DeAngelo (Brookfield, Conn.) broke her own school record in the all-around competition, posting a 38.550.
This marks the fourth record-breaking performance from the Springfield College women's gymnastics program since head coach Jenn Najuch took over the program in the fall of 2015, as DeAngelo also broke both the all-around and vault school records at last season's NCGA Championships.
It was quite the afternoon for the reigning NCGA East Gymnast of the Year, as DeAngelo posted a career-best score of 9.575 on the uneven bars, 9.600 on vault, 9.700 on the balance beam, and earned a 9.675 for her floor exercise routine. Also contributing to the record-breaking team score was impressive performances from Jessica Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.), who posted career-best scores on the uneven bars (9.650) and in the floor exercise (9.525), resulting in a career-best all-around score of 37.875.
On vault, DeAngelo's mark of 9.600 led the way, as Madi Bowen (Sunderland, Mass.) posted a 9.550, good for fifth place, while Nicole Silva (Barrington, R.I.) notched a 9.525, good for sixth overall. Also on vault, Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.) posted a career-best score of 9.425.
On the uneven bars, Briana Kerr (Bolton, Conn.) led Springfield College with a 9.700, while Clemens followed with a 9.650 and DeAngelo with a 9.575. On the balance beam, DeAngelo's mark of 9.700 was the Pride's best, as Clemens recorded a 9.575 and Lauren White (Littleton, Mass.) followed with a 9.300.
Lastly on floor, four student-athletes recorded career-best scores including White (9.575), Bowen (9.525), Clemens (9.525) and Victoria Gendreau (Warren, R.I.) with a 9.425.
Up next, Springfield College will host its first home meet of the 2017 season when it welcomes Ithaca College to Blake Arena on Sunday, February 19 at 1 p.m.