Towson comes back to win Shelli Calloway Invite
Towson (193.275) recorded its highest team score of the season against Cornell (192.250), Temple (190.600) and Ursinus (182.425) Sunday when it hosted and won the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational.
The Tigers’ score was bolstered behind season-high team scores on the beam and floor exercises.
The floor routine on the fourth rotation was enough to move them up from second and seal the victory.
Cornell held a .550 lead after three rotations, but Towson’s 48.975 on the floor routine propelled them to first place. The win is the 10th straight and the 23rd in the last 27 for the Tigers in the Invitational.
Freshman Katie Sassa continued her streak of strong performances with a 9.875 on the floor exercise. Fellow freshman Abby Griswold earned a 9.800 score to place second on the team and third in the meet.
Griswold finished with a 38.700 all-around score, putting her first place in the meet, continuing her success on the season. Towson finished with top scores in three individual events.
“Abby has been a solid rock for us,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said. “She competed a harder vault today and it’s great to see that she’s getting consistently better as the season goes on.”
Cornell took an early lead after one rotation, scoring a 48.600 on the floor.
The Tigers finished with a 48.300 on the vault, good for second at that point.
Sassa highlighted the vault for Towson, recording a 9.825, the best score in that event among all four teams.
Freshman Lydia Thompson finished second in the meet with a 9.750.
The Tigers dropped to third place after the bars, where they were forced to record a fall, and finished at 47.875.
Griswold led Towson with a 9.700, but an 8.700 score allowed the Tigers’ to drop down to third.
Towson regained second place after earning a 48.125 on the balance beam behind sophomore Lauren Ross’s 9.800 routine. However, their standing was stunted by another fall, this time receiving a 9.000 score.
“I think hitting beam today without any falls was a huge event for us and is something we can move forward with,” Chliszczyk said.
Temple fell to third place due to two lower rated vault routines, one receiving a 9.300 and the other a 9.000.
The Owls finished with a 47.475 team score in the event.
Cornell recorded a fall as well, earning an 8.600 score on the bars.
This cut the deficit for Towson to 144.850-144.300 after three rotations.
Towson will travel to Morgantown, W.Va. to compete against East Atlantic Gymnastics League foes West Virginia and New Hampshire, as well as Michigan Sunday, Feb. 24.
The meet starts at 2 p.m.