Springfield, Mass. - March 26, 2010 - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse won the Division III team championship, while Ursinus's Kira Oldham-Curtis claimed the all-around title at the 2010 National Collegiate Gymnastics Team Championships on Friday evening in Springfield College's Blake Arena.
It is the third straight year UW- LaCrosse has won the title. They did so with a team score of 186.775, just beating out Brockport, which scored 186.200. Finishing in third was Wisconsin-Whitewater at 184.750. In fourth was SUNY-Cortland at 183.425. In fifth was host Springfield at 182.425. And in sixth was Winona State at 181.950.
In 2009, Wisconsin- La Crosse scored 186.875, while in 2008 the Eagles scored 189.050 to win it.
Besides the team title, the All-Around national champion was also determined tonight. And that winner was Kira Oldham-Curtis, a senior from Eugene, Oregon and Ursinus College. Oldham-Curtis scored 38.375 to defeat Meghan Hargens of UW-Stout, who tallied a 38.050. In third was Jessica Bolduc of Ithaca with a 38.000.
The remainder of the top 10 included Justine Weyer of Whitewater (37.975), Lauren Gildemeyer of Brockport (37.825), Courtney Gonzales of La Crosse (37.625), Kaite Thompson of Whitewater (37.375), Christine Haungs of Cortland (37.125), and tying for ninth were Elizabeth Levy of Brockport (37.025), and Danielle Schultzenberg of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (37.025).
Oldham-Curtis amassed the following scores to total her 38.375. She finished with a 9.625 on vault, 9.400 on bars, 9.575 on beam, and a 9.775 on the floor.
Also determined tonight were the competitors for tomorrow's individual championships in the vault, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercise. The top 14 finishers advanced to compete for the right to become a national champion in all four of those events.
Those events will begin Saturday at 2:30 pm once again in Springfield College's Blake Arena.
The following are the 14 individuals from the vault who advanced: Lauren Gildemeyer (Brockport), Justine Weyer (UW-Whitewater), Chris Cate (Cortland), Jeanna Bradle (Springfield), Jenn Najuch (Cortland), Jessica Bolduc (Ithaca), Kira Oldham-Curtis (Ursinus), Heather Rummelein (Winona State), Christina Pagella (Springfield), Ericca Castagna (Springfield), Sarah Nadrowski (Cortland), Kahlynn Hunt (UW-La Crosse), Meghan Hargens (UW-Stout), and Tegan Oare (UW-La Crosse).
The 14 individuals in the uneven bars who advanced were: Meghan Hargens (UW-Stout), Justine Weyer (UW-Whitewater), Hailey Sommer (UW-La Crosse), Annie Mix (UW-Whitewater), Christina Baggetta (Brockport), Jessica Bolduc (Ithaca), Kira Oldham-Curtis (Ursinus), Kelsey Matula (UW-La Crosse), Nicole Horodyski (Brockport), Kaite Thompson (UW-Whitewater), Courtney Gonzales (UW-La Crosse), Johanna Warren (Ursinus), Amy Taylor (Brockport), and Lauren Corrigan (UW-Whitewater).
The 14 individuals on the balance beam who advanced were: Audrey Lastra (Springfield), Naomi Delara (UW-Stout), Christine Haungs (Cortland), Kelsey Matula (UW-La Crosse), Danielle Schultzenberg (UW-Eau Claire), Kira Oldham-Curtis (Ursinus), Courtney Gonzales (UW-La Crosse), Kaite Thompson (UW-Whitewater), Katie Gregory (Winona State), Anna Gleason (Winona State), Katherine Gelinne (Ursinus), Elizabeth Levy (Brockport), Alyssa Neely (Cortland), Meghan Hargens (UW-Stout), and tying for 14th, Jessica Bolduc (Ithaca).
From the home front, Lastra's 9.750 tied the Springfield College school record for an individual in that event. The senior from New Milford, Conn. tied the record previously set by Sarah Dyer in 1996.
And finally, the 14 individuals advancing on the floor exercise were: Kira Oldham-Curtis (Ursinus), Lauren Gildemeyer (Brockport), Jessica Bolduc (Ithaca), Gabi Hooper (UW-La Crosse), Mary Kate Young (UW-Whitewater), Kaitlin Dewey (Brockport), Ericca Castagna (Springfield), Meghan Hargens (UW-Stout), Kaliee Spusta (Ithaca), Stephanie Schmidt (Ursinus), Kendra Klein (UW-La Crosse), Courtney Gonzales (UW-La Crosse), Justine Weyer (UW-Whitewater), Rachelann Anderson (UW-Eau Claire), and Stacie Jenkins (UW-Oshkosh).