TU finishes second
Towson finished second in its first home meet of the year, finishing with a score of 193.000 behind first place Bridgeport.
The Tigers recorded their highest team score of the year, which was enough to top Lindenwood (187.650) and Ursinus (181.150), but could not match Bridgeport’s 194.650.
“I think the meet was kind of sandwiched in that we started very well on the vault and ended well on the floor,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said. “But it is definitely a positive that we scored our highest and that we continue to improve.”
Towson was first on vault, where it scored a 48.700 overall, which placed the team second after the first rotation.
Freshmen Katie Sassa and Lydia Thompson turned in the highest scores for the Tigers, 9.850 and 9.825 respectively, which ended up as the top two vault scores at the meet.
“We were not surprised by [Katie and Lydia’s] performance on the vault,” Chliszczyk said. “They did just as well as we expected them to do and the judges happened to agree.”
The Tigers next took on the uneven bars, where they were outscored by Bridgeport once again. Freshman Abby Griswold, Towson’s lone all-around participant, scored a 9.675, which was good for third overall.
Towson scored lowest on the balance beam, where the team finished third with 47.425 points. Despite the low team score, junior Alexis Davis recorded the highest beam score of the meet with a score of 9.775.
Davis also returned the Tigers’ highest score on the floor exercise, 9.800, which was the fifth best score overall. The floor exercise proved to be Towson’s best, but it was not enough to cut the deficit to Bridgeport.
“We had a fantastic fan base at the meet,” Chliszczyk said. “That allowed the girls to show off a little of their personality on the floor routine which helped a lot.”
Towson will travel to Cornell in a double meet Saturday, Feb. 2 at noon.