By David F.P.
Southern Connecticut State Owls at Springfield College Pride w/MIT Club Team
February 21st, 5pm, Blake Arena, Springfield, MA
(This will be updated further after SCSU’s meet at Yale) (Sources, Troester, Athletic Sources, Eyewitness Accounts)
One day after taking on Bridgeport and Yale, SCSU will be up in Springfield to take on the Pride in a rematch from earlier this year when they both met at Moore Fieldhouse in New Haven. SCSU edged Springfield, in that early season meet, though it could be a close one up at Blake Arena. The individual scoring could very well be close as well. SCSU is coming off a 185.850 at the Big Red Invitational last week at Cornell and Springfield’s 183 at Yale was their best road score of the season. The MIT Club Team will also be at SC that evening continuing to keep the sport alive at their institution. It is less relevant to compare the scores of MIT to the varsity teams, though the difficulty levels vary. MIT competes against many of the other club teams in the region.
As the team scoring indicates, SC has had their struggles on Beam and Bars, but on Floor and Vault they have been scoring well and actually can outscore SCSU’s top score on both events, though SCSU has plenty of fireworks on Floor especially and is bolstered by a strong Bars rotation lead by Sarah Darst.
Team High Scoring:
SCSU: Team 187.275, Vault 46.925, Bars 47.125, Beam 46.125, Floor 47.325
Springfield: Team 185.3, Vault 47.375, Bars 44.025, Beam 45.7, Floor 48.2
Division 3 National Rankings-Team Scores
Springfield is ranked #3 in Division 3. The Pride is ranked 1st in the nation on Floor, 4th on Beam, 5th on the Uneven Bars, and 3rd on Vault.
Division 3 National Rankings-Individual Scores
Ericca Castagna is ranked 3rd, Christina Pagella ranked 4th, Brittany Baglow 5th, Elizabeth Sartell 10th, and Kayleigh Davis 19th in on the floor. Audrey Lastra is ranked 7th in the nation on Beam. Jeanna Bradle is 18th, and Baglow 19th on the Bars. Castagna is 8th, Bradle 12th, and Pagella 17th in the Vault rankings.
USAG Collegiate National Rankings-Team Scores
SCSU is 11th overall in the rankings and is 11th on Vault, 4th on Bars, 9th on Beam, and 8th on Floor.
USAG Collegiate National Rankings-Individual Scores
SCSU’s Sarah Darst is ranked 5th on Bars in USAGs. Justine Basley is 11th. Also Briana DiPinto is ranked 17th on Beam.
Individual High Scoring
SCSU: Brady 9.6, DiPinto 9.55, Basley 9.375
Springfield: Castagna 9.675, Bradle 9.55, B. Davis 9.45
SCSU: Darst 9.675, Basley 9.575, Kuska 9.45
Springfield: Rusin 9.15, Bradle 9.15, German 9.025
SCSU: DiPinto 9.6, Brady & Murray 9.5, Kiback 9.425
Springfield: Lastra 9.7, Baglow 9.45, Pagella 9.425
SCSU: Laraway 9.6, Brady 9.575, DiPinto 9.55
Springfield: Baglow 9.7, Flynn 9.675, Castagna 9.65
SCSU: Brady 37.350
Springfield: Baglow 35.85