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No. 5 Women's Gymnastics Falls to No. 4 Ithaca, 188.875-186.375

No. 5 Women's Gymnastics Falls to No. 4 Ithaca, 188.875-186.375

Ithaca, N.Y. - February 18, 2018 - In a battle among two of the top teams in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) East Region, the Springfield College women's gymnastics team fell to Ithaca, 188.875-186.375 on Sunday afternoon in the Ben Light Gymnasium. The Pride's meet was highlighted by an impressive vault rotation, where it combined for a total of 47.725, the team's best mark on vault since the NCGA East Regional Championships last March, when Springfield College recorded a 47.875. 

Coming into the weekend, Springfield College was the No. 5-ranked team in the NCGA, and third in the region, while the Bombers were No. 4 in Division III, and second in the East.

Junior Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) won the all-around competition with a 38.050, while first-year Ali Rushlow (Worcester, Mass.) produced a 36.525 with an impressive beam score of 9.650.

Clemens was the Pride's top competitor on vault, as she registered a career-high 9.600, while Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.) took third overall with a career-best mark of 9.575. Next was Madi Bowen (Sunderland, Mass.), who notched a 9.525, while Rushlow tied Bowen for fourth overall with a matching score of 9.525 on the event. Freshman Jenna Kret (Middletown, Conn.) recorded a career-best 9.500, while Victoria Gendreau (Warren, R.I.) closed out the top six with a personal-best mark of 9.350. 

On the uneven bars, Clemens was once again Springfield's top gymnast, as she took third overall in the event with a 9.500, while standout senior Briana Kerr (Bolton, Conn.) finished seventh with a 9.000. 

On the balance beam, Rushlow's career-high mark of 9.650 was good for second overall, while Sarah Murphy (Norwell, Mass.) posted a 9.525 to finish fifth. In her second-consecutive meet competing on beam, Twomey posted a 9.325, while Clemens posted a 9.250 to take seventh overall. Next was Taylor Campagnone (Johnston, R.I.), who took eighth with a 9.175, while Ashley Parchinski (Warwick, N.Y.) rounded out the top six with a score of 9.150. 

Lastly, the floor exercise rotation was led by Clemens' score of 9.700, while Bowen and Twomey tied for fourth with matching scores of 9.600.

Springfield College will next compete on Saturday, March 3 when the Pride returns to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Division-I Cornell at 1 p.m.