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Gymnastics splits weekend meet at Cornell

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Wed, Feb 13th 2019 02:00 pm
Senior gymnast Kaylee Wead is ecstatic after finishing an event and being congratulated by her teammates in the meet versus Ithaca College. Brockport defeated Rhode Island College and Ithaca College with a score of 189.050.
Senior gymnast Kaylee Wead is ecstatic after finishing an event and being congratulated by her teammates in the meet versus Ithaca College. Brockport defeated Rhode Island College and Ithaca College with a score of 189.050.
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Despite being the most victorious team at the college and maintaining a nationally-ranked third place form, The College at Brockport gymnastics team has simply not been phased by the pressure. Across the entire duration of the 2019 season, the team has only impressed and remained the powerhouse that it is known to be. 

In its previous season, the Golden Eagles managed to finish with a record of 8—8. While the numbers show a stalemate between wins and losses, the team got passed by significantly stronger opposition to end its 2018 campaign with a regional and national third-place finish. Impressively, Brockport has only managed to improve on its past results. 

Currently sitting on an overall record of 8—2, the team has won more at this point of the season than it managed in the one previous. One of the two losses came from the team’s most recent contest that was part of the Big Red Goes Pink Invitational, Cornell’s annual meet with Brockport and another competitor. 

This season’s Big Red meet consisted of the host, Cornell, Brockport and Ithaca. Upon entering the competition on Saturday, Feb. 9, Brockport was on a streak of three victories including one against Ithaca. In addition, the host had only won one out of five contests but made it two following this invitational. 

To start the day, the three teams battled it out on the floor. It was Brockport’s senior floor specialist Candis Kowalik whose experience shined as she finished in second overall. She recorded her highest tally at floor routines yet, with a final score of 9.825 and propelled her team to a first-place finish with a combined team score of 49.175. Alongside Kowalik, floor specialists Alexis Castellaneta and Kimberly Musall each provided a massive boost to the team’s efforts with a tie for third place. 

Despite the bright start from Brockport, the rest of the day belonged to the host, Cornell. The Big Red posted team-high scores for the remainder of the meet’s routines in the balance beam, vault and bars. Cornell’s dominant display did not result in breakdown from Brockport and the green and gold marched on for second place in the competition. 

The team’s lowest-grade performance came in the balance beam routine as the highest place Brockport managed to claim was seventh, which was given to Musall. The fallout in the beam exercise brought Brockport down to third place, but that all changed once the vault routine came into play. 

In the vault, Brockport and Cornell fought it out for the lead until the very end. However, Brockport’s fourth-place tie between senior Stephanie Mager and freshman Nicole Jackson proved to not be enough for the win. Nevertheless, the exercise allowed for Brockport’s second best display of the day with a team score of 48.050 and security of second place in the event. 

For the meet’s last event, Brockport finished strong after freshman uneven bars specialist Rachel Doll grabbed third place with a score of 9.675, followed by senior Taylor Keough who finished fifth. 

While Brockport was not able to save its winning streak after an overall second place finish at the Big Red Invitational, the team’s performances have remained elite throughout. The Golden Eagles only fell to Cornell by a mear 1,425 total points on the day and comfortably beat Ithaca for the second time this season. All in all, it was another dominant showing from the team. 

As the 2019 campaign winds down, Brockport is on pace to claim four wins from its next four matchups, a two and two split between Cortland and Ithaca. With only those contests remaining until the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) regionals come into frame, the team will be keen on making its final adjustments in hopes of continuing its masterful season. 

The first of the remaining regular season meets is against Cortland on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. A victory will mark the second of two for Brockport between the two sides and a great way to celebrate the senior members on their senior day.