Women's Gymnastics Takes Third at NCGA East Regionals; Najuch Named Coach of the Year

Women's Gymnastics Takes Third at NCGA East Regionals; Najuch Named Coach of the Year

Brockport, N.Y. - March 19, 2019 - Posting an overall team score of 188.825, the Springfield College women's gymnastics team finished third overall at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) East Regional Championships, hosted at The College at Brockport on Sunday afternoon.

The top three team finishers at the NCGA East Regional Championships qualified for the NCGA National Championships, to be held at the University of Wisconsin - Stout on March 31 and April 1, 2017. This marks the first time since the 2010 season that the Pride will represent Springfield College at the NCGA National Championships as a team. Additionally, in just her second season at the helm of the women's gymnastics program at Springfield College, Jenn Najuch was named the NCGA East Coach of the Year.

Brockport won the meet, as the Golden Eagles posted a team score of 191.850, while Ursinus scored a 189.450, good for second. Following the Pride was SUNY Cortland, which finished with a 186.975, while Ithaca took fifth with a 185.525. Rhode Island College wrapped up the meet with a 179.100.

As they have been all season long, leading the Pride on Sunday was the trio of senior Marissa DeAngelo (Brookfield, Conn.), senior Nicole Silva (Barrington, R.I.) and sophomore Jessica Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.). DeAngelo posted a score of 38.275 in the all-around competition to take second overall, while she was closely followed by Clemens, who produced a 38.075. Silva placed on the floor exercise, as the senior tied for fifth when she registered a 9.775, matching her career-best score.

Starting on the uneven bars, the Pride was led by Clemens, as the sophomore took third overall with a score of 9.625, while DeAngelo was Springfield College's next highest finisher with a 9.425. In her first time competing at regionals, freshman Taylor Jackson (Ocean, N.J.) tied for 14th with a 9.350.

Next, on beam, DeAngelo led the way for Springfield College, as she produced a 9.650, good for a tie for second overall, while Clemens followed with a 9.450, good for a tie for eighth. Silva rounded out the top three with a 9.400.

After taking a rotation off, Springfield College came back in impressive fashion, as it posted its best rotational score of the day, a 48.200 on the floor exercise. The Pride was led by Silva's 9.775, while Madi Bowen (Sunderland, Mass.), Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.) and DeAngelo all tied with matching 9.650's. 

Wrapping the meet up on vault, the Pride's top finisher was Bowen, who stuck a 9.625, her career best. Following the junior was Heather Gomes (Beverly, Mass.), who posted a 9.600, while Twomey was third on Springfield with a career-best 9.575. Rounding out the group was DeAngelo with a 9.550, Clemens with a 9.525 and Silva with a 9.425. 

The Pride will have next weekend off, but will travel as a team to the NCGA National Championships, hosted at the University of Wisconsin - Stout on March 31 and April 1.