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Pocius Breaks Own School Record on Bars, Earns All-America Honors in All-Around at NCGA Championship

Lauren Pocius Ithaca, N.Y. - March 21, 2014 - Springfield College's Lauren Pocius (Wallingford, Conn.) crushed her own school record on the uneven bars on Friday night at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championships at Ithaca College and earned All-America honors in the all-around competition.

Pocius finished 9th overall in the all-around competition with a score of 37.050, earning the first All-America honor of her career. The junior joined rare company in the program's storied history, becoming just the seventh Springfield College women's gymnast to earn All-America honors in the all-around.

She posted a score of 9.775 on the bars, breaking her own school record of 9.675 set earlier this season. The junior will have a chance to compete for the national championship in the event, advancing to Saturday's individual championship. The top 14 finishers in each event advance to the individual championship. Pocius will be Springfield's only competitor on Saturday.

Besides Pocius' top score on the bars, in which she tied for second place, she posted a score of 9.175 on both the floor and the vault and an 8.925 on the beam.

Pocius and Abby Clark (Holderness, N.H.) both competed in the all-around competition for the Pride. Clark finished 14th overall with a combined score of 35.900.

Clark had a career-performance on the bars, posting a score of 9.575. Her previous career-best score was a 9.175 in the event. She scored Springfield's best mark of the day on the floor exercise with a 9.675. On the beam she scored an 8.650 and she had an 8.000 on the vault.

Last year, Clark finished 10th in the all-around to earn All-America honors while Pocius finished 13th overall in the competition.

Kristen Feliu (Elkridge, Md.) had Springfield's top performance of the day on the vault with a score of 9.425 while Keelin O’Connell (Pembroke, Mass.) led Springfield on the beam with a mark of 9.400.

The Pride sent 10 gymnasts to compete at the NCGA Championships this weekend.

Also competing for the Pride was Rachel Mattison (Andover, Mass.), who posted a mark of 9.500 on the bars, the second-best score for the Pride. On the vault, she scored a 9.175.

First-year Nicole Silva (Barrington, R.I), competing in two events, finished with a mark of 9.325 on the vault and a 9.050 on the floor exercise. Nicole Caradonna (Lynnfield, Mass.), also a double-event competitor finished with a score of 9.200 on the bars and a score of 9.250 on the beam.

Sarah Libuda (White River Junction, Vt.) scored an 8.675 on the beam. On the floor exercise, first-year Jenna Croteau (North Kingstown, R.I) posted a mark of 9.525 while teammate Kelsi Levesque (Coventry, Conn.) finished with a 9.300.

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