Springfield, Mass. – March 10, 2014 - The Springfield College women’s gymnastics team will send 10 individuals to compete in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships Friday and Saturday, March 21-22 at Ithaca College.
Despite not qualifying as a team after placing fourth at the ECAC Championships, head coach Cheryl Raymond will have 10 individual student-athletes on the national scene, the same amount as just one year ago when she had the most gymnasts represent Springfield College in her career as a head coach. Raymond was named ECAC Co-Coach of the Year along with Cortland’s Gary Babjack.
Headlining the group traveling to Ithaca is ECAC Co-Gymnast of the Year, Lauren Pocius (Wallingford, Conn.) who will compete in all four events, as the junior qualified in the all-around competition after placing sixth at the ECAC Championships this past weekend with a score of 36.400.
This will be the third time in as many years that Pocius will represent Springfield College in the all-around.
Joining Pocius in the all-around competition will be classmate Abby Clark (Holderness, N.H.) who placed fourth this past weekend with a score of 37.550.
Clark made an appearance at the NCGA Championships just one year ago as an all-around competitor and traveled to SUNY-Brockport her freshman year to compete in the vault and the floor exercise.
Along with Clark and Pocius, Springfield will have three gymnasts competing in multiple events. Junior Rachel Mattison (Andover, Mass.) will be competing on the vault and the uneven bars, while freshman Nicole Silva (Barrington, R.I) will be competing on the vault and the floor exercise.
Lastly, Nicole Caradonna (Lynnfield, Mass.) will be competing on the balance beam as well as the uneven bars.
Also representing the Pride will be Kristin Feliu (Elkridge, Md.) on the vault, as well as Keelin O’Connell (Pembroke, Mass.) and Sarah Libuda (White River Junction, Vt.) on the balance beam.
Freshmen Jenna Croteau (North Kingstown, R.I) and Kelsi Levesque (Coventry, Conn.) will be representing Springfield in the floor exercise.