Springfield, Mass - March 5, 2017 - Despite winning two rotations and having a trio of individual first-place finishes, the Springfield College women's gymnastics team fell short of Southern Connecticut, 190.550 - 189.075 in Blake Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Participating annually in the "Tumble for Teal" meet, Sunday's meet was dedicated towards raising awareness for cervical cancer. All proceeds collected in the meet were donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Team Maureen, a group founded in memory of Springfield College gymnast Maureen Duffey '91.
The Pride was led by junior Briana Kerr (Bolton, Conn.), who took first overall on the uneven parallel bars, freshman Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.), who won the floor exercise with a career performance, and senior Marissa DeAngelo (Brookfield, Conn.), who won the all-around competition with a score of 38.075.
Starting on vault, junior Madi Bowen (Sunderland, Mass.), sophomore Heather Gomes (Beverly, Mass.) and DeAngelo all tied for the Pride's top score of the day when they each produced marks of 9.475, while senior Nicole Silva (Barrington, R.I.) did not finish much far behind when she registered a 9.450 on the event.
Next, on the uneven parallel bars, Springfield College was led by Kerr, who matched her career-best score of 9.725 to take first overall. The Pride also received an impressive performance from freshman Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.), who posted a career-best mark of 9.450. DeAngelo posted a 9.400 to finish sixth overall, while she was closely followed by a solid performance from Ashley Parchinski (Chester, N.Y.), who scored a 9.375.
On the balance beam, Silva and DeAngelo posted matching scores of 9.575 to tie for fourth overall, while Gomes followed closely with an impressive 9.550, good for sixth.
Lastly, on floor exercise, Twomey put forth the Pride's top performance of the day when she nailed a routine that scored a career-best 9.775 to tie for first overall in the rotation. Silva took third overall with a 9.750, falling just shy of her own career-best score, while DeAngelo posted a 9.625 to take sixth overall.
Next up, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Saturday, March 11, when it will host Brown University, Cortland and Rhode Island College at 1 p.m.