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Women's Gymnastics Defeats MIT, 185.150 to 180.575, on Senior Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – February 24, 2008 – Seniors Alice Efland (Auburn, Me.), Amberlynn Gifford (Manchester, N.H. ), and Katlyn Cronin (Manchester, N.H.) led the way as the #4-ranked Springfield College women's gymnastics team defeated MIT, 185.150 to 180.575, this afternoon in Blake Arena on Senior Day.

Efland set a personal best on the floor exercise with a second place score of 9.600, and also had a fourth place finish on the parallel bars with a score of 8.950. Gifford had a personal best on the vault with a 9.100, and also had a mark of 8.875 on the parallel bars. Cronin scored an 8.900 on the balance beam.

Junior Jackie Mazzola (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Brittany Davis (Shelby, N.C.) tied for first on the vault with a 9.575. That was also a personal best for Davis. Also setting a personal best was sophomore Kayleigh Davis (Whitefield, N.H.) as she took first place on the floor exercise with a 9.700.

Junior Jenna Wiliams (Townsend, Mass.) won the uneven parallel bars for the Pride with a score of 9.375.

The All-Around competition was won by sophomore Alexandra Ploenes (Medina, Ohio) with a score of 36.550, which held off MIT’s Sarah Trowbridge who finished with a 36.225. Ploenes finished second on the balance beam (9.275) and tied for fourth on the floor exercise (9.525). Trowbridge was MIT's lone first place finisher in the balance beam with a 9.425.

The Springfield College women’s gymnastics team will next head to Bridgeport on March 7th which will be their final meet before they host the ECAC Division III Championships in Blake Arena on Saturday, March 15th.

Team Scores:
Springfield College 185.150, MIT 180.575

Individual Scores –

Vault –
Brittany Davis, (SC) 9.575
Jackie Mazzola, (SC) 9.575
Jeanna Bradle, (SC) 9.475
Jenna Williams, (SC) 9.400
Alison Barnard, (MIT) 9.300
Rebecca Stavely, (MIT) 9.275

Uneven Parallel Bars –
Jenna Williams, (SC) 9.375
Jeanna Bradle, (SC) 9.300
Julia Zimmerman, (MIT) 9.250
Alice Efland, (SC) 8.950
Sarah Trowbridge, (MIT) 8.900
Amberlynn Gifford, (SC) 8.875

Balance Beam –
Sarah Trowbridge, (MIT) 9.425
Alexandra Ploenes, (SC) 9.275
Christina Pagella, (SC) 9.200
Katie Mingo, (MIT) 9.200
Julia Zimmerman, (MIT) 9.175
Brittany Davis (SC) 9.125

Floor Exercise –
Kayleigh Davis, (SC) 9.700
Alice Efland, (SC) 9.600
Julia Zimmerman, (MIT) 9.600
Jeanna Bradle, (SC) 9.525
Alexandra Ploenes, (SC) 9.525
Katie Mingo, (MIT) 9.475

All-Around –
Alexandra Ploenes, (SC) 36.550
Sarah Trowbridge, (MIT) 36.225
Laura Kelly, (MIT) 35.525

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