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Women's Gymnastics Ekes Out Another Close One over Southern Connecticut, 184.200 to 183.300

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – February 19, 2007 – Southern Connecticut’s Erika Pysh won the all-around with a score of 37.675, but it was the Springfield College women’s gymnastics team that defeated Southern Connecticut State University on this President’s Day afternoon by a score of 184.200 to 183.300 at SC’s Blake Arena.

The meet was close the entire way. Entering the last rotation, Southern Connecticut had taken a very slight lead. But Springfield came up big with its last several routines in the floor exercise to pull it out at the end. Included in those last routines were a 9.600 by senior Heather Tuden (Londonderry, N.H.), a 9.400 by junior Cara Chadbourne (New Salem, Mass.), and a 9.300 by freshman Ericca Castagna (Topsfield, Mass.). While Springfield was scoring a 46.500 on the floor, Southern Connecticut was scoring a 45.425 on the balance beam.

Psysh, a senior from Plainville, Conn., had a fine day. She finished first in the floor exercise (9.650), second in the vault (9.375), tied for third in the balance beam (9.400), and tied for fourth in the uneven parallel bars (9.250). Finishing second in the all-around was another Owl, senior Kristin Kenworthy (Downingtown, Pa.), with a score of 35.275. A number of different competitors from SCSU contributed.

For Springfield, Head Coach Cheryl Raymond decided to give freshman Audrey Lastra (New Milford, Conn.) a bit of a break by allowing her to participate in only three events today. Audrey had broken the school’s all-around record for three consecutive meets, including in yesterday’s big win at Cortland State. Today, Lastra finished second in the uneven parallel bars (9.550) and fourth in the vault (9.325).

Three other SC performers really stepped up to win events. Sophomore Jackie Mazzola (Framingham, Mass.) won the vault (9.425) and finished tied for third in the balance beam (9.400). Sophomore Kristin Fairburn (Salem, N.H.) won the bars (9.575), and freshman Alex Ploenes (Fletcher, N.C.) took the beam (9.600). Others really contributed for the Pride beyond that.

Up next for Springfield, the Pride will travel to MIT on Feb. 24. Today was the last home meet of the season for Springfield, thus making it Senior Day.

Scores to follow

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

Vault -- SCSU 46.450, Springfield 45.700
1) Jackie Mazzola, SPR 9.425
2) Erika Pysh, SCSU 9.375
3) Robin Underwood, SCSU 9.350
4) Audrey Lastra, SPR 9.325
5) Jeanna Bradle, SPR 9.300
6) Briana DiPinto, SCSU 9.275

Uneven Parallel Bars – Springfield 46.325, SCSU 44.825
1) Kristin Fairburn, SPR 9.575
2) Audrey Lastra, SPR 9.550
3) Sarah Darst, SCSU 9.275
4) Sarah Holensworth, SCSU 9.250
4) Erika Pysh, SCSU 9.250
6) Alice Efland, SPR 9.150

Floor Exercise -- SCSU 46.600, Springfield 46.500
1) Erika Pysh, SCSU 9.650
2) Heather Tuden, SPR 9.600
3) Kristin Kenworthy, SCSU 9.425
4) Cara Chadbourne, SPR 9.400
5) Caitlin Briere, SCSU 9.375
6) Ericca Castagna, SPR 9.300
6) Laura Dube, SCSU 9.300

Balance Beam – Springfield 45.675, SCSU 45.425
1) Alex Ploenes, SPR 9.600
2) Kelly Todd, SCSU 9.450
3) Jackie Mazzola, SPR 9.400
3) Erika Pysh, SCSU 9.400
5) Keriann Hart, SPR 9.325
5) Krystie Tomlinson, SCSU 9.325

All-Around –
1) Erika Pysh, SCSU 37.675
2) Kristin Kenworthy, SCSU 35.275

TEAM SCORES
SPRINGFIELD 184.200, SCSU 183.300

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