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Springfield Finishes 4th of 6 in Opening Meet of 2008 at Blake Arena; Southern Conn Finishes First, Yale Second

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – January 13, 2008 – Erika Pysh of Southern Connecticut State won the all-around and by so doing propelled her women’s gymnastics team to victory this afternoon in a 6-way meet at Blake Arena at Springfield College.

Southern scored 185.850 points to win it. The Owls were followed by Yale with 185.225 points, then SUNY Brockport (182.875), Springfield (182.400), Bridgeport (181.750), and Ithaca (178.775).

Pysh, a senior from Plainville, Conn., won the All-Around with a score of 37.900. Her winning score of 9.825 in the floor exercise was the best individual score in any event throughout the day. She also finished tied for second in the balance beam (9.600), tied for seventh in the vault (9.350), and 10th in the uneven parallel bars (9.125).

Other winners included: sophomore Sarah Darst (Tampa, Fla.) of SCSU in the uneven parallel bars (9.600), sophomore Lauren Gildemeyer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) of Brockport in the vault (9.650), and sophomore Allison Mak (Richmond Hill, Ontario) of Yale in the balance beam (9.650).

For the Owls, key to the team victory were 1-2 finishes in both the floor exercise and in the uneven parallel bars. In the floor exercise, it was Pysh and sophomore Briana DiPinto (Woburn, Mass.) (9.800). In the bars, it was Darst and freshman Justine Basley (Danielson, Conn.) (9.550).

For the home team, the Springfield College Pride, the only one to compete in all four events was sophomore Alex Ploenes (Medina, Ohio), who finished seventh with a score of 36.375. Sophomore Audrey Lastra (New Milford, Conn.) placed fifth in the floor exercise (9.725), and sixth in the bars (9.275). In the vault, sophomore Ericca Castagna (Topsfield, Mass.) placed second (9.500), and junior Jacqui Mazzola (Framingham, Mass.) finished third (9.475).

Scores to follow

INDIVIDUAL SCORES
Vault --

1) Lauren Gildemeyer, Brock 9.650
2) Ericca Castagna, SC 9.500
3) Jacqui Mazzola, SC 9.475
4) Alina Liao, Yale 9.450
5) Lauren Tatsuno, Yale 9.375
5) Lorraine Galow, Bridge. 9.375

Uneven Parallel Bars –
1) Sarah Darst, SCSU 9.600
2) Justine Basley, SCSU 9.550
3) Brandi Embrey, Bridge. 9.450
4) Laura Lombardi, Yale 9.400
5) Christina Baggetta, Brock. 9.325
6) Audrey Lastra, SC 9.275
6) Frances Ente, Ithaca 9.275

Floor Exercise --
1) Erika Pysh, SCSU 9.825
2) Briana DiPinto, SCSU 9.800
3) Lauren Gildemeyer, Brock. 9.775
4) Nikki Fisher, Brock. 9.750
5) Audrey Lastra, SC 9.725
5) Kristen Campbell, Yale 9.700

Balance Beam –
1) Allison Mak 9.650
2) Stacy Johnson, Brock. 9.600
2) Erika Pysh, SCSU 9.600
3) LaurenTatsuno, Yale 9.575
5) Lorraine Galow, Bridge. 9.500
6) Brianne Sullivan, Ithaca 9.450

All-Around –
1) Erica Pysh, SCSU 37.900
2) Lorraine Galow, Bridge. 37.325
3) Alina Liao, Yale 37.275
4) Lauren Gildemeyer, Brock 37.175
5) Bridgette Kivisto, Yale 36.775
6) Stephanie Morgan, Bridge. 36.725

TEAM SCORES
SOUTHERN CONN 185.850, YALE 185.225, BROCKPORT 182.875, SPRINGFIELD 182.400, BRIDGEPORT 181.750, ITHACA 178.775

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