Colonials Lose Their Balance in Florida
Jan. 31, 2003
GAINESVILLE, FL - The Colonials traveled to Gainesville, FL on Friday, January 31 and finished third with a score of 190.450. The University of Florida topped the list with a team score of 196.950 and was followed by the University of Washington, 194.650. The University of Rhode Island brought up the rear by scoring 188.575.
After competing in three straight meets where the women increased their team score, they took a small step backwards on the way to achieving a qualifying score for the NCAA Regionals. According to coach Margie Foster-Cunningham, "Where we finish isn't important, we must continue to improve our team score so that by the end of the year we are scoring in the 193s to 195s."
Junior Rachel Mann (Atlanta, GA/Lakeside) was off her game a little bit, but still finished seventh in the all-around with a score of 37.775. Freshman Heather Kaufman (Austin, TX/McCallum) finished tenth in the all-around with a score of 37.100.
The Colonials were solid on vault as junior Lindsay Parks (Council Bluffs, IA/Abraham Lincoln) tied for fourth with her best score of the season, a 9.800. Both Kaufman and freshman Imogen Dall (Balmoral, NSW, Australia/Ravenswood) also produced season high scores with a 9.725 and 9.600, respectively.
Freshman Tiffany Jones (Ravenna, OH/Walsh Jesuit) led the Colonials on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825. Mann was next with a 9.700 and freshman Amy Stack (Matthews, NC/Providence) produced her season high with a 9.675
The balance beam was tough on the Colonials in Florida, finishing a full two points below their previous low score of the season with a 46.025. Junior Lauren Bernstein (St. Louis, MO/Clayton) had the high score for the team with a 9.500. She was followed by Heather Kaufman who received a 9.475.
The women did have a good night on the floor exercise, as usual, with Rachel Mann finishing second in the event with a 9.850. Sophomore Meagan Wilson (Lilburn, GA/Parkview) finished one place behind Mann with a 9.825.
The Colonials have two weeks to polish their routines before heading to the New Hampshire Invitational in Durham, NH. They will face the University of New Hampshire, Bowling Green State and Michigan State on February 15, 2003.