February 14, 2003

Gymnasts Host Local Rivals

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The gymnastics team is preparing to face local rivals Cortland, Ithaca, and Syracuse at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Teagle Gymnasium. The team is confident that this will prove to be its best performance so far this season.

“We are ready to go,” commented head coach Paul Beckwith. The Red’s excitement is by no means unfounded. Many factors point to the prospect of a breakout meet tomorrow.

For one, the Red will be competing on its home turf for the first time this year. The team is expecting a packed crowd to welcome it back to Teagle.

“The girls had a great practice today and are psyched to perform on familiar ground,” Beckwith said.

The Red is hoping for solid scores from its veteran gymnasts.

Sophomore Meghan Miller has spent recent weeks perfecting a new and improved vault.

Also, classmate Larissa Calka has the potential to break the school record this weekend. She would have succeeded last weekend at the Rutgers meet had it not been for a fall on the beam.

Star sophomore Shellen Goltz is still nursing a sprained ankle but will be performing on bars and vault.

Beckwith stated, “We have not put together a solid score yet this year, but this should be our breakout meet. 190 is a very doable goal for our girls.”

The Red believes that it will be able to iron out mistakes that have hurt it in previous meets.

Consistency is what Beckwith has been impressing on his team of late.

Tomorrow’s performance precedes the first conference meet against Penn. The team hopes to gain confidence this weekend and begin conference play with an enthusiastic attitude.

Archived article by Mark Travers