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Women's Gymnastics Easily Handles MIT in Season Opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – January 10, 2007 – MIT’s Julia Zimmerman captured the all-around, but it was the Springfield College women’s gymnastics team that defeated their counterparts from MIT, 181.550 to 172.525, tonight in a meet that took place at Springfield’s Blake Arena.

It was the opening meet of the season for both teams. Thus, Springfield becomes 1-0, while MIT falls to 0-1.

The Springfield women captured all four events – including vault, uneven parallel bars, balance beam, and floor exercise -- en route to the team victory. In the vault, SC won by a score of 46.300 to MIT’s 44.075. In the bars, it was SC 45.000 to 41.000. In the floor exercise, it was SC 45.425 to 43.100. And in the balance beam, in the closest score, it was SC 44.825 to 44.350.

Winning the vault was Springfield’s Jillian Silverman, a senior from Ipswich, Mass., with a score of 9.425. She also placed third in the uneven parallel bars (8.900), and fifth in the balance beam (8.975).

Winning the uneven parallel bars was the Pride’s Kristin Fairburn, a sophomore from Salem, N.H., with a score of 9.375. Fairburn also finished second in the balance beam (9.050), and in a tie for sixth in the floor exercise (8.750).

Winning the floor exercise was MIT sophomore Julia Zimmerman (Chicago, Ill.) with a score of 9.550. Zimmerman also took the all-around with a score of 36.725. She tied for third in the vault (9.325), and was second in bars (9.300).

And winning the balance beam was MIT freshman Gillian Conahan (Portland, Ore.), with a score of 9.150.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES
Vault -- Springfield 46.300, MIT 44.075
1) Jillian Silverman, SC 9.425
2) Jeanna Bradle, SC 9.375
3) Audrey Lastra, SC 9.325
3) Julia Zimmerman, MIT 9.325
5) Heather Tuden, SC 9.175
6) Brittany Davis, SC 9.000

Uneven Parallel Bars – Springfield 45.000, MIT 41.000
1) Kristin Fairburn, SC 9.375
2) Julia Zimmerman, MIT 9.300
3) Jillian Silverman, SC 9.225
4) Sophia Harrison, MIT 9.050
5) Jeanna Bradle, SC 8.900
6) Cara Chadbourne, SC 8.750
6) Audrey Lastra, SC 8.750

Floor Exercise -- Springfield 45.425, MIT 43.100
1) Julia Zimmerman, MIT 9.550
2) Cara Chadbourne, SC 9.275
3) Heather Tuden, SC 9.200
4) Ericca Castagna, SC 9.100
4) Audry Lastra, SC 9.100
6) Kristin Fairburn, SC 8.750
6) Sarah Trowbridge, MIT 8.750

Balance Beam – Springfield 44.825, MIT 44.350
1) Gillian Conahan, MIT 9.150
2) Kristin Fairburn, SC 9.050
2) Jackie Mazzola, SC 9.050
4) Sarah Trowbridge, MIT 9.000
5) Jillian Silverman, SC 8.975
6) Jeanna Bradle, SC 8.900
6) Lara Hershcovitch, MIT 8.900

All-Around
1) Julia Zimmerman, MIT 36.725

TEAM SCORES
SPRINGFIELD 181.550, MIT 172.525

RECORDS
SPRINGFIELD 1-0, MIT 0-1

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