February 21, 2006

Gymnasts Post Third-Place Finish

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The Cornell gymnastics team finished third at the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational Meet in Towson, Md., this past weekend, improving their team score for the fifth consecutive week.

“It was fabulous. It went about as well as we had hoped for,” said Cornell head coach Paul Beckwith. “We came in third out of five, which is pretty much where we expected to finish. The other two fully funded, scholarship teams beat us – Towson and George Washington. Then we beat Temple, which was a big goal of ours. We easily beat Temple and we beat Ursinus.”

The Red finished with a team score of 189.025, losing to Towson and George Washington which recorded team scores of 192.775 and 192.125, respectively. Temple finished in fourth place with a score of 182.200 and Ursinius finished fifth with a total score of 181.075.

Cornell received strong performances from junior Kari Kucera on the floor, sophomore Colleen Davis on the vault, and sophomore Leslie Gregory in the all-around.

Davis had a career-best performance on the vault with a score of 9.825. She finished in second place, just short of Towson’s Christina Ghani, who posted a score of 9.850. Davis’ performance was impressive as it tied the second-highest score in Cornell vault history, last recorded by senior Cathy Schnell.

“We were only two tenths of a point from a record on vault, which is absolutely fabulous because the scoring changed last year,” Beckwith said. “For routines that were just as good as the year before, we got lower scores