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Towson places last in four-team Maryland meet

10 February 2013 By Matt Hamilton, Staff Writer No Comments

Towson (192.250) finished fourth behind host Maryland (195.150), North Carolina State (194.600) and New Hampshire (193.300) Friday night in College Park.

The Tigers started strong with three team scores above 48.000 on the vault, uneven bars and floor. However, a 46.750 on the balance beam sealed their fourth place in the event.

“We had three very good events that we are happy about,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said. “As poorly as we did on the beam takes away from how well we did on the other three events.”

On the beam, junior Alexa Davis recorded a 9.700, but was accompanied by two falls. The Tigers’ vault, six competitors strong, features just one gymnast with collegiate experience, senior Britney Russell.

“Unfortunately, these are the mistakes that a young team makes,” Chliszczyk said. “We hit our routines all week in practice but competing beam in college is new to all of these girls.”

Towson’s strongest event was the floor exercise with a 48.600 team score. Freshman Katie Sassa led the pack with a 9.825 score, good for seventh place in the entire field.

Another high-scoring event for the Tigers was the vault, where the team scored a 48.575. Freshman Lydia Thompson led the team with a 9.800 score, followed closely behind by Sassa’s 9.775.

Meet host Maryland boasted the highest team score in the vault, 49.300, as well as three of the top four individual scores.

“It was Maryland’s home meet and the energy was high,” Chliszczyk said. “Maryland has had a strong start and I expect them to continue that throughout the season.”

Freshman Abigail Griswold and sophomore Samantha Lutz topped the Tigers with a 9.725 score on the uneven bars, helping the team earn a score of 48.325. Griswold and Lutz’s scores finished at eighth place overall.

Griswold was the Tigers’ all-around participant, where she recorded a score of 38.400. Her score was good enough to top two competitors, which placed her fifth overall.

Towson will be at home for the second time this season, hosting Cornell, Temple and Ursinus at the Towson Center Sunday, Feb. 17 in the annual Shelli Calloway Invitational.

“The good thing is that as time goes on they will learn from their mistakes and get more confident,” Chliszczyk said. “In the future, they will have the experience that they need.”

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