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Gymnastics team lands in a top spot

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Feb 13th 2018 09:00 pm
Junior all-rounder Stephanie Mager (above) completes her routine in one fluid motion. Mager played a role in the team's meet victory against Ithaca last week. The team is looking to continue its excellent form in its next meet at Brockport against Rhode Island College. The team's current form has Brockport placed in a top-3 overall standing in the East conference of the NCGA.
Junior all-rounder Stephanie Mager (above) completes her routine in one fluid motion. Mager played a role in the team's meet victory against Ithaca last week. The team is looking to continue its excellent form in its next meet at Brockport against Rhode Island College. The team's current form has Brockport placed in a top-3 overall standing in the East conference of the NCGA.

The College at Brockport gymnastics team is very familiar with success, which has continued into this season. The team is currently sitting on a season record of 5–1 as of Friday, Feb. 10, with its only loss coming from a defeat of a .25 margin to Southern Connecticut State University. Based on their current form, the Golden Eagles are set to match last season’s achievement of reaching the NCGA Championship. 

The team’s talent is spread across all of the competition’s variants, and its numbers prove it. Brockport has averaged at least a top-4 finish in bars, beam, floor and vault exercises this season, with floor exercises being the team’s forte, currently holding an average of 48.394 in the exercise, the best result in all of Division III. Combine that result with all the other exercise results and you end up with a first place in Brockport’s conference and a third place in the entirety of Division III.   

“Being a cohesive unit is one of the biggest keys Brockport gymnastics owes to our major success this season,” sophomore vault, balance beam and floor specialist Shelby Schumaker said. “Without the hard work and support from each and every member of the team, we would not be as strong of a unit as we are.”

Communication plays a huge part in gymnastics, and from team talks and routine to cheering while performing, the Golden Eagles have aced that factor of the sport; but communication isn’t the only tool the team has used in order to come on top of their conference.

With the help of hard work and a dedicated mindset, Brockport gymnastics has managed to make its name as one of the most consistent teams in the East conference of NCGA. The Golden Eagles have managed to stay ahead of competition when it comes to result totals, but more importantly than that, they have be able to do that weekend in and weekend out. 

“Success stems from constant performances and support from all of us,” sophomore uneven bar, balance beam and floor specialist Alyssa Klock said. “That being said, our numbers in the gym have gotten increasingly more consistent as a whole team, in result, our confidence has gotten better on the floor.”

Apart from the team’s reluctancy to never give up on its goal of being the best collective group it can possibly be, head coach John Feeney has been a pivotal piece behind the team’s way of achieving that goal. 

“Our team would be nowhere close to where it is today without Feeney as our coach,” Klock said. “He is the one person that will have more confidence in you than you do in yourself at times. Feeney is the reason to why this program has such a fantastic reputation and continues to thrive everyday.”

With a winning momentum of two straight meet victories and a system that has proven to come on top of competition, the Golden Eagles look ready for their first meet against Rhode Island College this season. 

The meet is part of the BSG Eagle Empire class and will mark Brockport’s senior day celebration. The clash between the two sides will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. and will be hosted by Brockport.

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