By: Kati Day, Staff Writer
Towson hosted a field of six teams for the annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League meet on Sunday. George Washington placed first with a total score of 195.850 followed by New Hampshire in second with 195.700. The Tigers tied with NC State for third with 195.225. UNC finished fourth with 194.825 and Pittsburgh trailed with 193.475 for sixth.
Freshman Tyra McKellar was named the Tigers’ MVP for the meet. Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk won Head Coach of the Year and assistant coach Becky Schaller won Assistant Coach of the Year.
“Today was all about the team,” Chliszczyk said. “Everyone went out there and did their job. It was just a fantastic day all around. I’m so proud of all of them.”
The Tigers began on the floor where McKellar led the team with a score of 9.750. Freshman Lauren Cahalan and senior Samantha Lutz tied with 9.725. Junior Katie Sassa scored 9.675 and freshman Noelle Harada rounded out the team score with a 9.650. The team finished with a total score of 48.525.
“There were no glaring weaknesses at today’s meet,” senior Lauren Ross said. “But we started off on floor a little bit shaky. The team did an awesome job staying focused and finishing up really strong.”
The team earned its highest score for the meet and second highest overall score on beam for the season with 49.100. McKellar finished first for the Tigers with 9.850 followed by Ross and sophomore Bridget Steffen tied for second with 9.825. Senior Janis Konkle and Cahalan finished with tied scores of 9.800.
Sassa led the Tigers on vault with 9.850. Junior Lydia Thompson followed in second with 9.775 and senior Nicolette Vignola took third with 9.700. Harada earned a score of 9.675 for fourth followed by McKellar with 9.650, moving the Tigers’ team total to 48.650.
The Tigers earned a team score of 48.950 on bars, their second highest event score of the evening, led by Thompson with a score of 9.850. McKellar and Harada both finished with scores of 9.800. Junior Vicky Vesecky and Lutz also tied in the event with 9.750.
“They just had such a fantastic season,” Chliszczyk said. “Their team chemistry and camaraderie is amazing. They put everything out on the floor today and showed that we are really moving up in the conference.”
Vesecky was named the EAGL Co-Specialist of the Week for her record-setting performance against George Washington where she scored 9.900 on bars.
Individuals competing in the NCAA Regionals competition beginning April 4 will be announced Tuesday.