After placing second in last week’s Cornell Gymnastics Invitational, the lady tumblers will journey to the other hill on Sunday at the Ithaca Gymnastics Invitational at 1:00 p.m.
Five other teams will join Cornell and Ithaca college in the annual event– Cortland, Brockport, Wisconsin University at Stout, Ursinus, and Wilson.
Head coach Paul Beckwith called the tournament a “state of New York Championship,” as practically every collegiate gymnastics team in the state will be attending.
The Red has had a history of strong performances at the Ithaca invitational, winning the last two years in a row. Cornell has also beaten both Cortland and former Division III Champion Ithaca this season.
Cornell boasts a stronger team than ever, as it has sent school records tumbling at almost every meet during this campaign, even though many of the women have been limited by injuries.
“We have a lot of people with varying degrees of injuries,” Beckwith maligned. Last year’s high scorer, junior Cassandre Joseph, tore her ACL and is out for the season. Freshman Katie Nicklas has also been fighting back pain and many team members have been battling epidemics circulating campus.
“Fortunately, we have a deep team; but hopefully we’ll get it out of our system this weekend.”
The Red needs to get itself healthy with Ivy championships coming up the following weekend. Even though points accumulated during the meets is more important for rankings than win-loss records, the women are hungry to beat out their League foes.
Cornell is also bidding for a place at the USA Gymnastics Championships, a national tournament between the top eight gymnastics teams that have six or fewer scholarship gymnasts. The teams are ranked according to the top six total points scores in the season. Currently, Cornell is tentatively holding on to the eighth spot, but with six more meets left on the schedule, Beckwith is hopeful that his team will clinch an invite.
“There’s only offense in gymnastics. We can’t control how the other teams perform,” Beckwith explained. “But we’re on the brink of really good things,” an optimistic coach added.
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