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Towson finishes last at Penn State

23 January 2013 By Matt Hamilton, Staff Writer No Comments

Towson finished last out of four teams in its second meet of the season at Penn State, tallying 192.175 points in total.

The Tigers finished behind first place Minnesota at 195.525, Kent State at 195.450, and Penn State at 194.300.

Towson turned in its best scores in the vault competition, finishing with a team score of 48.325. Freshmen Katie Sassa, Lydia Thompson and Samantha Ward scored above a 9.7 individually.

The highest score recorded for the Tigers came from junior Alexa Davis, who finished in sixth place on the balance beam with a score of 9.850. Freshman Abby Griswold tallied a 9.825 in the event, which was good enough for eighth place overall.

Towson’s roster consists of 14 gymnasts, 11 of which are underclassmen.

“We want to build as the season goes on,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said. “With so many underclassmen on our team, that was a very positive score for us second meet in.”

Towson returned its lowest scores on the balance beam as well as the uneven parallel bars, where the team finished with a 47.800 in both. Thompson placed 14th in the uneven parallel bars with 9.725 points.

“From top to bottom we held our own and didn’t let our opponent intimidate us,” Chliszczyk said. “We had a few mistakes that can be fixed, but going out there with the confidence that we had was a big step for us.”

The meet comes a week after the Tigers defeated William & Mary with a score of 192.025.

Towson will host its first meet of the season against Bridgeport, Lindenwood, and Ursinus Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Towson Center.

“We’re looking to not make the mistakes at home that we made in the first two meets,” Chliszczyk said. “Our main goal is to hit 24 routines out of 24, so we will keep striving to do that.”

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