West Chester, Pa. - January 13, 2018 - Led by impressive performances from junior Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) and freshman Ali Rushlow (Worcester, Mass.), the Springfield College women's gymnastics team produced its highest-ever season-opening score, as the Pride finished third among four teams with a mark of 185.800 at a quad meet hosted by West Chester University. The Pride's previous high score for a season opener was 183.525, which was done in a dual meet versus Southern Connecticut in 2015.
The Rams won the meet with a team score of 189.825, while Ithaca College came in second with a 186.150. Springfield College's 185.800 was good for third, while Ursinus wrapped up the top four with a team score of 184.925. Clemens took first overall in the all-around competition, as the junior combined four scores for a total of 37.400, while Rushlow, who came in third in the all-around with a score of 36.150, won the vault with a score of 9.650.
Also piecing together impressive performances was senior Madi Bowen (Sunderland, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Campagnone (Johnston, R.I.), as Bowen finished 10th overall on vault and 13th in the floor exercise, while Campagnone was 13th on the balance beam and 12th on the floor.
On vault, Rushlow notched a team-best score of 9.650, as she was followed by Clemens and Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.), who produced matching scores of 9.475. Bowen came in with a 9.400 on the event, while in her first collegiate meet, Tabby Schwab (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) posted a score of 9.350. Twomey's score of 9.475 proved to be the best of her young career with the Pride.
Sophomore Sarah Murphy (Norwell, Mass.) paced the Pride on the balance beam, as she recorded a personal-best score of 9.575, while she was closely followed by Campagnone, who came in with a 9.475 on the event. Senior Ashley Parchinski (Chester, N.Y.) was Springfield College's third-best on beam, as she scored a 9.150 and was followed by a 9.125 from Clemens.
On the floor exercise, Rushlow led the way with a score of 9.450, while Campagnone posted a personal-best 9.350. Next for the Pride was Bowen, who notched a 9.325, finishing just before Clemens, who recorded a 9.250. Wrapping up the Pride's top six was Victoria Gendreau (Warren, R.I.), who posted a 9.125, and Lauren White (Littleton, Mass.), who produced a score of 9.100.
Lastly, on the uneven bars, Clemens was Springfield College's top performer in the event as she finished with a score of 9.550, while standout senior Briana Kerr (Bolton, Conn.) was not far behind with a score of 9.525. Also competing for the first time as a collegiate gymnast, freshman Lena Morant (Gambrills, Md.) received a 9.200 to wrap up the Pride's top three in the event.
Next, Springfield College will travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday, January 20, for a 1 p.m. meet with the Anchorwomen.