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Gymnastics finish fourth in second meet of season

21 January 2014 By Nicole Gould, Staff Writer No Comments

Coming off of a second place finish last week, the Tigers survived their first quad meet of the season, placing fourth with an overall team score of 191.325 at the Reynolds Coliseum Friday night in Raleigh, N.C.

“I think a quad meet has a lot more energy to it,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said. “It’s kind of like a three ring circus where there [are] people going all the time. “

Michigan won the meet with a 196.800 team score, while North Carolina State placed second with a 195.650 and North Carolina finished third with a 192.450 score.

Towson got off to a rough start on floor with two falls. Junior Janis Konkle injured her ankle during the event, but was able to successfully finish her routine with a 9.325.

“The fact that she [Konkle] was able to keep it together and do so well in finishing the floor routine and doing the other two events showed a lot of mental toughness that we need,” Chliszczyk said.

Both junior Nicolette Vignola and freshman Bailey Gallagher finished on floor with a 9.625 score while junior Lauren Ross contributed a 9.60 to the Tigers’ overall score.

With only five gymnasts competing on vault, the Tigers finished the event with an overall score of 47.525. Gallagher led the Tigers in the event with a score of 9.650. Vignola was not far behind with a 9.575 and Konkle with a 9.450.

Sophomore Vicki Vesecky led the Tigers on bars with a career high score of 9.750 while freshman Bridget Steffen added a 9.725.

On beam, senior Alexa Davis and Konkle both posted a 9.775 while Ross added a 9.750 to the teams overall beam score of 48.425.

“[Konkle] was absolutely our strongest competitor,” Chliszczyk said. “We only put up five kids on beam and vault, we couldn’t pull her out.”

The Tigers only had two all-around performers in Friday night’s competition: Gallagher and Lutz, who placed fourth and fifth in the competition. Gallagher had an overall score of 37.850 and Lutz had a 37.650.

“I think coming off a duel meet last weekend and being on the floor with three other teams, our girls did a really good job,” Chliszczyk said. “The atmosphere was phenomenal.”

For the first time at SECU Arena, the Tigers will host their first home meet of the competition season at 4 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 25. Towson will welcome Centenary, Southern Connecticut and West Chester.

“We’re looking for a no-fall meet,” Chliszczyk said. “ Going into the meet in the new arena and owning our routines and owning our facility.”

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