February 10, 2003

Tumblers Finish Third

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The gymnastics team posted its highest score of the season and finished third at the Rutgers meet with a total of 187.200. Pittsburgh claimed first place, registering a 193.950, while Rutgers took second with a 191.325.

“We did pretty well,” commented coach Paul Beckwith, “but we still need to iron out some mistakes. We are not where we want to be yet. However, it is only a matter of time until we are.”

The Red had a shaky day on the bars and beam. Falls on both events held it back from breaking the 190-point barrier. Minor injuries, which have plagued the team all season, also played a role in the Red’s loss.

The defeat was by no means devoid of all positives. Many of the Red’s gymnasts posted great scores on individual events. Sophomore Shellen Goltz scored a 9.7 on bars, her career high. Freshman Cathy Schnell had her best vault ever, earning her team 9.425 points. An impressive 9.6 was recorded on the floor exercise by sophomore Allison Betof.

Sophomore Larissa Calka earned an overall score of 37.825. A fall on the beam held her back from setting a new school record. Another outstanding effort was put forth by sophomore Danielle Inwald. Her floor routine scored a 9.575.

Beckwith is certain that the team will only improve in meets to come.

“It will be a really good season. We need to be at 190 consistently, and we will be there,” he said. “One good, solid meet to boost our confidence is all it takes. It will come.”

The team’s next meet is 1 p.m. this Saturday at Teagle Gymnasium. The team has been competing in Bartels Hall all season and is looking forward to returning to its regular quarters. Their opponents will include Ithaca, Cortland and Syracuse.

Archived article by Mark Travers