March 9, 2001

Gymnastics to Have Final Home Meet

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The Red is going to get its last taste of homecooking for the rest of the season this weekend when it faces Vermont on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Teagle Hall Gymnasium.

With the USAG Collegiate Nationals off in the not-to-distant horizon, the team is looking for some security in qualifing for this event.

“We are looking for two things this weekend. One, to win. Two, to raise our season point average,” head coach Paul Beckwith said.

The University of Alaska-Anchorage is one of the teams that is hot on Cornell’s heels for the eighth and final qualifying spot at nationals.

Beckwith surmised that, “We are in the eighth spot right now, and with a solid peformance this weekend, we can clinch the last spot.”

To clinch is to alleviate. You can ask any coach.

Coming off a high in team points at the Ivy Classic two weekends ago, the Red is looking to improve on that mark with the re-insertion of All-American Abby Vedder into the all-around competition. Several of the girls had some time off to recuperate from illness and now are fully charged heading into this weekend.

Getting Healthy

This is the last thing that Vermont wants to hear. Adding health to an already strong team makes the Red a heavy favorite this Saturday. Whatever competition they face, the tumblers are always fighting the scoreboard in a quest for points and scores. The scoreboard should be ready to see some serious action this weekend.

“We are coming off our best practice of the year,” said Beckwith. “Everybody was sticking their landings, and smiles were abound.”

Confidence is name of the walk that the Red is strutting right now.

“We are thinking that we are pretty good, and we have some attitude to top it all off.”

Everybody likes winners. It’s just the American way. Expect a big crowd this Saturday to help put the capper on a sucessful home campaign.

Archived article by Donald Lee