Phoenix Gymnastics Team Works Hard, Breaks Individual Records

Posted: March 29, 2011

The gymnastics team continues with their successes of last season. At their first meet versus Ursinus, they posted a 166.625 team score, only two points lower than Phoenix's average team score from last season. At the third meet versus Rhode Island, although Wilson had a lower team score, they beat RIC by four points.

Vance's Record-Breaking Season

Another success of the season occurred during the first home meet when Sam Vance ‘11 broke the school's high score record for the floor exercise with a 9.6.

"Breaking the floor record was really neat for me. I'm really glad that I'll be remembered after I graduate," Vance said.

The previous record was a 9.575, also held by Vance, who broke the record during last year's season. Another gymnast who broke a personal record was Alex Howard ‘13. Howard scored a 36.450 in the All Around and was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Women's Gymnastics All Around Gymnast of the Week for her efforts. During the second home meet against Ursinus College, Howard set a Wilson College record on the uneven bars with a 9.275, earning second place in the event. Howard also received third place on the balance beam with an 8.875, fourth place on the floor exercise with a 9.250 and fourth place on the vault with a 9.050.

Howard was excited to beat her personal record but modestly said, "I'm really glad I could bring recognition to the school with my scores."

Modest Setbacks

While there have been some successes this season, there have also been a few setbacks. Although the team gained two freshmen, both gymnasts are recovering from injuries. The Phoenix also lost a sophomore gymnast and now has only six members of the team, each of whom are competing All-Around.

The head gymnastics coach Kirsten Mull said, "Even though we've lost members of our team, the team has really come together and they are all working hard."

The gymnasts will continue to work hard as they finish their season with two remaining meets as well as the ECAC championships on Mar. 5.

Last Updated: September 25, 2011

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