By: Alex Toribio, Contributing Writer
Blizzard Jonas had no effect on the Towson Gymnastics talent this past Saturday at the Michigan State Quad Meet.
“It was a tough week in the gym, having lost two practice days and our first home meet to the snow,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said.
The gymnastics team was supposed to kick off their first home meet of the season on Sunday, Jan. 24, but was canceled due to the snow.
“With only having two and a half days of workouts, the girls pulled in this competition confidently,” Chliszczyk said.
The Tigers traveled to Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Michigan, where they competed against Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Michigan State. The team won second place with an overall score of 193.800, only .125 shy under Michigan State’s first-place score.
At the Quad meet, Towson scored a season-high with a 48.475 on vault and 48.625 on floor.
On floor, Tyra McKellar finished in a fourth-place tie with a season-best score of 9.825. Noelle Harada scored 9.775 and Lauren Cahalan scored 9.600, making their season’s highest scores on floor.
Four of the Tigers, Mary Elle Arduino, Noelle Harada, Cortni Baker and Tyra McKellar, scored 9.700 on vault, all finishing in a tie for tenth place.
McKellar led the team with some of the highest scores. She won the uneven bars with a 9.850 and was runner-up on the balance beam, scoring a season’s and career-best of 9.825, but her teammates weren’t far behind.
Both Lauren Cahalan and Bridget Steffen scored 9.800 with a tie in third place on the balance beam. Brittany Ranti scored a 9.625 on uneven bars, while Cortni Baker received a 9.425.
In the all-around, Tyra McKellar received second place with a score of 39.225 and Noelle Harada came in fifth place with a score of 38.225.
Chliszcyck said she was pleased with the team’s routine.
“They started off really clean and focused on mental cues and holding landings, which paid off in their performances,” she said.
The team will head to New Hampshire for a quad meet against Bridgeport and Brown Sunday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m.
The Tigers will go against Pittsburgh, Ursinus and Penn State, in their first home meet of the season on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the SECU Arena.