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Bridgeport visits Southern Connecticut for another close meet.

Gymnastics
By David F.P.

(Scores from Troester.)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Bridgeport Purple Knights were on the competition floor at Southern Connecticut’s Moore field house, just over 12 hours after wrapping up a meet in ice storm ravaged New Hampshire. For UB they had put up a season high that night, and now had to contend with one of the shortest possible breaks between meets a collegiate team will ever face. Southern Connecticut, their instate, and division 2 rivals awaited them in front of the home crowd. The Knights however had a large cheering section as well and so there was a great deal of fan support for both teams. In the end, The Owls of SoCo would pick up the win with a 184.675 to Bridgeport’s 183.85, though it was a close meet throughout with its highs and lows for both the Purple and Black and the Blue and White.

Bridgeport opened on what would prove to be their worst scoring event of the day, but Lorraine Galow continued to be a scoring leader in her freshman year by picking up a 9.35 on the event. Stephanie Morgan would run second on the event with a 9.225, and Leila Behbahani had a 9.05 (Though there are two scores listed for her in Troester.) Carissa Huggins picked up a 9.025 after leading off the event.

SoCo opened up on Vault, and this would prove to be the only event they trailed the Purple Knights on. After Sarah Holensworth, Nicole Fern, and Brittany Otto started things off, Erika Pysh snagged her co-team leading 9.3, Justine Basley picked up the second highest score with a 9.125, and Briana DiPinto tied Pysh with a 9.3 to wrap up the rotation.

On Vault, Bridgeport outscored SCSU with a 46.3 to the Owls 45.575. Mirando lead the team and the meet with a 9.5, and Galow was right behind her with a 9.375. Ravin Iasiello, Hannah Forti, and Niki Calderon all put up a solid scores towards the team total as well.

Southern was over on the Bars, and snagged a 46.275 to top UB on the event and create a lead for themselves. Sarah Darst lead the team and the meet with a 9.625, Justine Basley had a 9.475, Krystie Tomlinson and 9.175, and Sarah Holensworth a 9.075 to be the team’s top four scorers.

In rotation 3, the Purple Knights turned to Floor and had their top team score of the meet, also topping SCSU’s 47.5 with a 47.55 of their own. Stephanie Morgan’s 9.275, Shannon Cain’s 9.35, Breanna Collins 9.4, and Ravin Iasiello’s 9.45 laid the groundwork and then Galow and Mirando anchored the rotation with a 9.65 and 9.7 respectively.

SCSU was on the Beam and edged out UB on the event with a 45.325, but was opposite UB’s floor rotation. Erika Pysh won the event and led the Owls with a 9.625, Dana Goodknight and Taylor Murray picked up 9.15’s as well, though some falls had to be counted by the team.

Bridgeport would finish on Beam, and would score close to the Owls with a .50 separating them though SCSU was slightly ahead. Galow also lead the team on this event with a 9.6, with Mirando second with a 9.35, and Taylor Rut in her lone event of the competition picked up a solid 9.125.

Finally on Floor, Southern put together a 47.5. Michelle Guillerault, Nicole Fern, Justine Basley, and Briana DiPinto laid the ground work with a 9.55, 9.45, 9.325, and 9.525, respectively and Pysh anchored with a 9.675.

For Bridgeport, the score was lower than the past three meets, but still filled with plenty of solid scoring. For SCSU it represented their second highest score of the season.

Moves. ( I hope to draw in Bars and Beam soon. I rarely get a chance to watch Beam since it is often opposite the Floor, and am working on Bars coverage.)

SCSU Vault

Holensworth
Yurchenko, back pike.

Fern
Tsukahara, back pike.

Otto
Tsukahara, back pike.

Pysh
Tsukahara, back layout.

Basley
Tsukahara, back layout.

DiPinto
Yurchenko, back layout.

Proulx (Exhibition)
Tsukahara, back layout.

Bridgeport Vault

Calderon?
Yurchenko, back pike.

Morgan?
Yurchenko, back pike.

Vault 3
Yurchenko, back layout.

Mirando?
front handspring, front tuck.

Vault 5
entry? back layout.

Vault 6
front handspring, front pike.

Vault 7 (Exhibition)
front handspring, front tuck.

Bridgeport Floor

Cain? (Clashing fanfare.)
P1: roundoff, back handspring, double back tuck.
P2: front handspring*, front layout, front layout.
Switch split leap. Wolf full. Pirouette.
P3: roundoff, back handspring, 1 1/2 twist.

Morgan (Seems country rockish. )
P1: front handspring*, full twist, punch front tuck.
P2: roundoff, whipback 1 ½ twists.
P3: roundoff, back handspring, 1 ½ twists.

Collins (fast drum beats)(Music Change?)
P1: roundoff, whipback, 1 ½ twists.
P2: 1 1/2 twists, back handspring walkout back layout stepout.
P3: full twist.

Iasiello (Medium paced country theme.)
P1: roundoff, back handspring, 1 1/2 twists.
P2: front handspring*, 1 1/2 twists.
P3: front handspring*, full twist, punch front pike.

Galow (Slow theme. Latin based. Invokes some instruments I am not too familiar with but believe are South American in origin. Speed builds through the piece, also a drum beat.)

P1: roundoff, back handspring, back handspring, double back tuck.
P2: front handspring*, front layout, front layout.
P3: roundoff, back handspring, 2 twists.

Mirando (Medium paced, hard to classify theme…)
P1: Punch front tuck, roundoff, back handspring, double back tuck.
P2: roundoff, back handspring, double back pike.
P3: roundoff, back handspring, 2 twists.

Southern Connecticut Floor

Guillerault (Pretty fast paced ominous dramatic theme, also very much movie soundtrack like.)
Tuck jump with turn. Wolf with turn.
P1: roundoff, back handspring, 2 twists.
Straddle jump, straddle jump with twist, Pirouette.
P2: roundoff, 1/2 twist, full twist.
P3: roundoff, 1/2 twist, punch front layout.

Fern (Latin type piano piece, with horns. Big band feel. )
P1: roundoff, back handspring, double back tuck.
side straddle, wolf jump with turn.
P2: Ro, front layout, front layout.
Straddle jump, dive roll, sissone, wolf full, straddle jump full, tuck jump full.
P3: roundoff, back handspring, 1 1/2.

Jeffords (Medium paced dramatic orchestral theme. )

Basley (Medium paced rock tune.)
P1: roundoff, back handspring, double back pike.
Straddle full, wolf full. front layout.
P2: front handspring*, front layout,
tuck jump full turn.
P3: roundoff, back handspring, back handspring, 1 1/2 twist.

DiPinto (Dramatic fast paced theme builds up as the routine goes on.)
Tuck jump with turn.
P1: roundoff, back handspring, double back tuck.
Wolf jump with turn, straddle jump full turn.
P2: roundoff, back handspring, 1 1/2 twist, punch front tuck.
roundoff, Stag jump, split jump with turn. Wolf jump with turn. Split jump.
P3: roundoff, back handspring, 1 1/2 twist.

Pysh (Very dramatic theme, very movie soundtrackish. Think pirates of the Caribbean but I don’t believe it’s from there. )
P1: roundoff, back handspring, double back pike.
Wolf jump with turn. Straddle jump with turn. Wolf jump with turn.
P2: front handspring*, front full twist, punch front layout.
Pirouette. (Aerial roundoff)
P3: roundoff, back handspring, 1 1/2 twist.

Bridgeport Bars

Huggins (Mounts from front to low bar, grip change, tucked jaeger, aerial transition from high to low, front tuck dismount.)

Morgan? (Front mount to low bar, grip change, aerial high to low transition, low to high aerial transition, front tuck dismount.)

Behbahani (Front mount to low bar, aerial low to high transition, grip change, high to low aerial transition, back tuck dismount.)
Tsukhara, back layout.

Forti (Front mount, straddling low bar to high bar, grip change, jaeger (straddled)…Aerial high to low transition, grip change, back tuck dismount.)

Galow (Front mount to low bar, grip change on high bar, grip change, grip change, aerial high to low transition, low to high aerial transition, back tuck dismount.)
Embrey (Front mount over low bar to high bar…gienger…grip change on high bar, aerial high to low transition, grip change on low bar…back tuck dismount. )

Routine Exhibition (Mount from middle to high bar, grip change, aerial high to low transition, 1 1/2 twist dismount?)

SCSU Bars

Murray? (Front mount to low bar, aerial high to low transition, tkatchev, grip change, grip change, back tuck dismount.)

Tomlinson? (Mount from back of lowbar, grip change on lowbar, tkatchev, aerial high to low transition, low to high aerial transition, front tuck dismount.)

Pysh (Front mount to low bar, low to high aeial transition, grip change on high bar, aerial high to low transition, grip change, front tuck dismount.)
Yurchenko, back layout.

Holensworth (Mount unknown…aerial high to low transition, front tuck dismount.)
entry? back layout.

Basley (Front mount to low bar, grip change, grip change, grip change, aerial high to low, grip change on high bar, grip change on high bar,back tuck dismount.)
Darst (Front mount to low bar, grip change on highbar aerial high to low transition, grip change on highbar, 1 1/2 twist dismount.)

Routine Exhibition (Mount from back to high bar, grip change, aerial high to low transition, low to high transition, back tuck dismount. )