By David F.P.
(Scores from eyewitness account verified against ECAC/Troester stats)
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COLLEGEVILLE, PA- The SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles soared to the Division 3 ECAC Championship on Saturday with a 189.150, the Ithaca College Bombers were the closest finishers with their 187.950. The battle for third place and the last bid to nationals was much closer as SUNY Cortland’s 184.125 narrowly topped MIT’s 183.900, which edged Springfield’s 183.400,a and host Ursinus picked up a 182.600.
It was an exciting meet with plenty of suspense as it wasn’t clear who was going to make it to nationals and win the various individual titles which were very close scoring. The teams also showed a great deal of sportsmanship clapping for each other at various times and creating an interesting aura to the meet. Ursinus staff opened the meet with a call for sportsmanship and wishing all teams luck, and turned things over to MIT assistant coach Eduardo Ovalle who sung the national anthem. Competition then proceeded, with four teams competing per rotation flight while the other four waited to retake the floor. Despite the high stakes involved in the meet, the teams seem to be looser on the competition floor at least during warm-ups and the like then in most meets.
On the Vault, Brockport’s Lauren Gildemeyer won the title with her 9.750, MIT’s Julia Zimmerman was second with a 9.725, and Jacqueline Mazzola from SC and Chris Cate from Cortland were third with her 9.650. SC’s Ericca Castagna, Ithaca’s Jessica Bolduc, Cortland’s Christine Haungs, and Brockport’s Kaitlin Dewey all tied for 5th on the medal stand scoring 9.625.
On Bars, Ithaca’s Bolduc took the win with a 9.675, followed by Zimmerman’s 9.6, and Ithaca’s Frances Ente’s 9.525. Haungs, Brockport’s Stacy Johnson, and Ithaca’s Roxanne Deshaies also made the top 6.
Justine Picciano of Ithaca and Zimmerman won the Beam scoring a 9.625. Gildemeyer was third, scoring a 9.6. Erin Slaunwhite of Ursinus, Nikki Visnick and Johnson of Brockport also made the medal stand.
On Floor, Gildemeyer’s crowd stunning 9.9 on the last routine of her rotation flight led to the title, Zimmerman and Dewey followed with a 9.725. Stephanie Baker of Brockport, Emily Graber of Ithaca, and Bolduc also placed in the top 6.
Zimmerman took the All Around title scoring a 38.675, Bolduc was next with a 38.125, and Gildemeyer picked up third place adding a 37.650.
Rick Suddaby was named ECAC D3 Coach of the year. Julia Zimmerman won the ECAC Division 3 gymnast of the year award, and Jessica Bolduc won the ECAC D3 Rookie of the Year award.
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