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Gymnastics team remains undefeated

by Kaleem Mogent - Sports Editor
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 11:45 pm
Photos courtesy of the Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr
Photos courtesy of the Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr

With week one of the semester in the books it is time to get back into the swing of things here at The College at Brockport.  It is no secret that the Brockport women's gymnastics team is a talented squad but they have been outstanding so far this season.  

While we were away on break they have had a scorching hot start to the season.  It all began with a Golden Eagles win against Cortland on January 10.  They have had decisive wins in quad meets and head to head matchups all season long.  

Madison O'Braitis, a senior who specializes in the uneven bars and balance beam remarked "The key to our team's success so far this season is how hard we have been working in practice since October. We have put in hours of practice and conditioning to prepare us for this season and the team's hard work is really paying off."   

The reward of their hard work thus far has led to two Golden Eagle gymnasts being awarded the NCGA Gymnast of the week.  Jen Sklenar, a senior, was given this honor twice this season for her stellar performances in the first and seventh weeks.  Candis Kowalik also earned it for picking up two first places in a tri-meet victory against Ithaca and Rhode Island College on January 21.         

Bridgette Schaal, a third year gymnast commented on the importance of team bonding and strong relationships among her teammates.  This is a precedent set forth by Coach John Feeney himself.

"Feeney always says that unless we're all being teammates, we're just a room full of talented individuals but we won't be successful unless we're a team," Bridgette wrote.  

Team chemistry is one the many factors that has contributed to their success this year and it shows on the mat.  O'Braitis also said that she was happy with the strong chemistry her teammates have built since meeting in September.   

Last season was successful for this team and they aim to improve on their accomplishments.  

In the 2015-2016 season the gymnasts broke many records at various meets, won Regionals, and placed second at Nationals.  Judging by how well they have performed so far, they are making great progress and are hopeful they will return to nationals.

Recently, Coach John Feeney made sure his squad was well prepared for their matchup with Springfield this past weekend.  

They are still undefeated, at 7-0, to start off the 2016-2017 season.  They hosted Springfield on January 28th expecting a win and they certainly earned it.  When all was said and done the score was 190.975-184.200, Brockport.  

Our soaring eagles were solid from top to bottom.  Whether it was the vault, uneven bars, the beam, or on the floor they kept up the gold standard.  Notable players include Jen Sklenar with a 9.675 in the vault.  Followed by Miranda Shaine with a leading score of 9.600 in the uneven bars.  Sklenar's score of 9.650 lead the way again in the beam.  On the floor, the Green and Gold shined, turning in their best score of the meet, a 48.675.  Brittany Vasile left it all on the floor with a score of 9.800.  

The Golden Eagles will be back in action on February 4 when they remain home to host Ithaca College.

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