Eagles gymnastics soar in home finale
Senior day for the Brockport women's gymnastics team saw the Golden Eagles save their best performance for their last home meet of the season. Brockport not only won its 11th meet of the season Saturday, Feb. 23, but scored a season high 188.200.
The Eagles (11-3) competed against Cortland, Ithaca and Wilson College, and came out with victories over all three. With the three wins, Brockport is now 4-0 at home with one remaining regular season meet.
"I think being at home made us feel like it was our day," senior Taryn Kateridge said. "We just wanted to show our family, friends and alumni how hard we have been working, but I think if this weekend were somewhere else we would have done the same thing."
Senior day was the fourth time this season Brockport has gone up against Ithaca. With the win, the Eagles have a 3-1 record against the Bombers. The Bombers scored 182.825 against Brockport Saturday.
Brockport also faced Cortland for the second time this season and like the first time, the Eagles were able to get the best of the Dragons. Cortland fell to Brockport after scoring a 184.600.
The Dragons could get revenge on the Eagles when they meet again March 10. Brockport will be heading to Cortland for the ECAC Championships.
Cortland always seems to be one of Brockport's biggest rivals in most sports and Head Coach John Feeney said it's no different for gymnastics.
"We try to beat Cortland every year and they're always consistently good," Feeney said. "Us versus Cortland is the exact definition of a rivalry."
Individually, Brockport took the top three spots in the vault competition with sophomore Amanda Carney earning the top score of 9.600. Lexi King came in second with a 9.575 and Haylee Garrick placed third with a 9.550.
Senior Elizabeth Levy led the team on the uneven bars with 9.475.
Sophomore Olivia Sylvestro finished in fifth place on the floor with a score of 9.625.
Saturday was a big day for all the seniors as it was their last home meet of their Golden Eagle careers.
"The seniors have stepped up over the last couple of weeks," Feeney said. "I'm really proud of them."
Along with Levy, the seniors on the team are Kateridge, Stephanie Pastorelli and Kelcie Morris. Morris had 9.45 on the balance beam and Kateridge earned 9.50 on the vault.
For the seniors, along with the rest of the team, it was an important meet, as it was at home in front of friends and family.
"Whenever we have a home meet we get a big crowd," Feeney said. "I told the girls to focus on their routines and not on the stands."
Brockport travels to Rutgers Saturday, March 2, to face the Scarlet Knights, a Division I competitor. The meet will be the first time the teams go head-to-head.
"I feel like we are very confident, but of course in a humble way," Kateridge said. "We still have to work hard and know it's not just going to be handed to us. I love this team and we are one big family, and I think that is the most important thing when it comes to the end of the season."
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