Battle on the beams
The Rhode Island College Women’s Gymnastics team had a monumental weekend for the program. On Sunday, the team established a new program-best team score of 187.500 at the Ithacas’s Harriet Marranca Invitational. This record was broken by freshman Morgan Lunn.
The team finished fourth place overall in the competition. Lunn had an incredible performance on the beam. She ended up surpassing her own program record, with a score of 9.825. This score led her to tie for second overall on the beam during this competition.
Senior Alison Silva also had a good performance on the beam. Silva earned a score of 9.550, which placed her 13th overall. Both Lunn and Silva’s performances helped RIC earn a season-high score of 47.575 on the beam. This team score was good enough for 3rd overall in the competition.
During the vault, sophomores Sophia Damiano and Kailey Ferri contributed to RIC’s team score of 46.825. Damiano had a score of 9.525, which earned her seventh place.
On the bars, the team scored 45.025 after solid performances by seniors Victoria Schlawiedt and Kelsey Gates. Schlawiedt earned a score of 9.225, tying her for 13th place.
Lunn continued to impress with a 9.700 score during the floor, placing sixth overall. Junior Julia Yitts added onto the solid performance by Lunn, scoring 9.650 and placing ninth overall. Both of their performances gave RIC a team score of 48.075, which placed them third overall.
The all-around scores saw Gates do extremely well. Gates had an impressive all-around score of 37.700, which resulted in her placing second overall. Sophomore Emma Tucker also had a great all-around score, earning a 36.975, which saw her place fourth overall.
During this meet, RIC were without junior Olivia Keyes, who is a three-time All-American. Having Keyes out the lineup and still seeing a program-best score adds onto how massive of a meet RIC had. Keyes returning may end up opening the door for RIC to break new records in future meets.
The next time RIC competes will be Saturday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. This will be a quad-meet at the University of Bridgeport, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut.