February 4, 2002

Tumblers Improve Despite 3rd Place

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The Cornell gymnastics team lost a little momentum this weekend when the Red placed third out of three teams competing in the New Hampshire Invitational. Despite a strong showing on the floor, the team was edged by Temple for second place in the meet. Host school New Hampshire gave one of its best performances of the season to earn a first place finish before the home crowd.

Coach Paul Beckwith sees the setback as an opportunity for the team to grow.

“We were a little disappointed. We had a rough time on the bars and beam. But, it was a good experience. We only had four falls, so we’re just about where we want to be. We want to improve each meet.”

The Red managed to put a positive spin on the loss with some solid individual efforts. Freshmen Shellen Goltz and Larissa Calka led the team with individual scores, finishing fifth and sixth respectively in the all-around. Calka also earned the highest single-event finish by placing third on the floor. Sophomore Denise Hurd placed fifth on the vault, and sophomore Katie Nicklas led the team by placing sixth on the beam.

Cornell will get a chance to turn things around next weekend when it welcomes Cortland, Ithaca, and Towson to Teagle Hall for the Big Red Invitational.

Archived article by Adam Matthews