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Springfield College to Host the NCGA National Championships March 26-27 in Blake Arena

Springfield College to Host the NCGA National Championships March 26-27 Springfield, Mass. -- March 18, 2010 -- Springfield College will host the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships on Friday and Saturday, March 26-27 at the College's Blake Arena. It will be the first time SC has hosted the nationals in women's gymnastics since the year 2000.

The event will be video streamed live and can be seen by clicking here.

It will be the 26th Annual NCGA Championships. A team champion will be crowned, as will others in several individual competitions.

Schedule: -- The schedule of events will begin on Friday, March 26 with Team and All-Round competition starting at 4:30 pm. Then on Saturday, March 27, Individual Event finals will begin at 2:30 pm.

Tickets: -- A Two-Day Pass, certainly the best bargain, will cost $15 per adult, $10 per student, seniors aged 65 or above, and children above five years of age (Please note that children aged five and under will be free of charge). A Single-Day pass will cost $10 per adult. It will cost $7 per student, seniors aged 65 or above, and children above five years of age. SC students can purchase tickets at a price of $3 each day.

Teams Competing: -- A total of six teams, three from the East (ECAC) and three from the West (WIAC), will vie for the national title. The teams were determined by order of finish from their particular regionals. The three teams from the East were: SUNY Brockport (184.875 points), SUNY Cortland (184.100), and Springfield College (182.775). The three teams from the West were: UW-Whitewater (185.475 points), UW-La Crosse (183.775), and Winona State University (183.600).

Individuals Competing: -- There will also be specialists competing from numerous other schools, including Ithaca, Ursinus, and Wilson in the East, and Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Stout in the West.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is the defending team champion, earned last year at Hamline Unversity in St. Paul, Minn.

Rankings: -- In the latest GymInfo National Division III Team Rankings, Brockport is ranked No. 1 with a Team RQS of 187.290. Cortland is second at 184.010. Wisconsin-Whitewater is third at 183.460. Wisconsin-La Crosse is fourth at 182.895. Springfield is sixth at 182.620. And Winona is eighth at 180.460. The following are the high scores for each of these teams this season: Brockport 190.500, Cortland 186.700, Whitewater 185.775, La Crosse 185.700, Springfield 185.300, and Winona 185.250.

The following individuals, all ranked No. 1 in individual events, will be on hand. They include Meghan Hargens (UW-Stout) in the All-Around (37.710 RQS) and in the uneven bars (9.515 RQS); Lauren Gildemeyer (Brockport) in the vault (9.630 RQS) and in the floor exercise (9.780 RQS); and Naomi DeLara (UW-Stout) in the balance beam (9.645 RQS).

Among the home folks from Springfield College, senior Audrey Lastra (New Milford, Conn.) is ranked third among individuals in the balance beam (9.375 RQS). Senior Ericca Castagna (Topsfield, Mass.) is ranked ninth in the vault (9.460 RQS), while junior Christina Pagella (Westfield, Mass.) is tied for 11th in the vault (9.425 RQS). Senior Jeanna Bradle (New Milford, Conn.) is 18th (9.000 RQS) and sophomore Megan German (Spencer, Mass.) is 19th (8.980 RQS) in the uneven bars. Meanwhile, in the floor exercise, Castagna is fourth (9.610 RQS), while Pagella is sixth (9.570), and the duo of senior Kayleigh Davis (Whitefield, N.H.) and freshman Brittany Baglow (Amherst, Mass.) are tied for 13th (9.445 RQS).

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