Tigers finish second
Towson recorded its highest score of the season (194.675) en route to a second place finish behind host New Hampshire (194.850), and ahead of Brown (191.850) and Yale (190.925) at the UNH Invitational Meet Saturday in Machester, N.H.
The Tigers’ effort was boosted by season-high team scores on the bars, beam and floor events. For the first time this season, Towson surpassed a 194.000 score.
“It was a fantastic meet. We finally put four events together,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said. “I knew that this was what we were capable of doing and it was great to see them believe that. Nobody did anything super special. They just did their job.”
Towson’s first rotation was at the parallel uneven bars, where the team finished with a 48.550. Junior Alexa Davis and freshman Rebecca Osmer led the charge with 9.775 scores, both good for sixth place in the entire meet and individual season highs.
Freshman Vicki Vesecky was an important contributor to the Towson score, earning a career-high 9.750 on bars.
New Hampshire topped the bars scores, recording both the highest team score (49.225) and the highest individual score (9.900).
The next event for the Tigers was the balance beam, in which the team posted a meet-high team score of 48.675. Sophomore Lauren Ross highlighted the event with her career high 9.850.
Davis and freshman Abby Griswold were also vital for Towson, scoring a 9.725 and 9.775, respectively.
Griswold, the Tigers’ all-around competitor, finished second overall with a score of 38.575.
Towson earned a 48.700 on the floor exercise in its third rotation. Davis was again strong, recording a 9.825, good for fourth overall.
Freshman Katie Sassa contributed a 9.775 to the effort, which was also bolstered by senior Britney Russell’s 9.750 score. Towson recorded a 9.750 or higher from gymnasts of each class.
“We are definitely a lot deeper than we have been in the past,” Chliszczyk said. “We are able to warm-up and see who is on that day instead of the lineup staying the same because we have no one else to put in.”
The Tigers concluded with the vault, where they scored a meet-high 48.750 but could not catch first place New Hampshire. Sassa and fellow freshman Samantha ward helped Towson’s team score with 9.825 scores, both tied for first place overall.
Towson will return to action when it hosts Rutgers in the Pink Meet at the Towson Center Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.