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Ranked second in the nation by the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association, the College at Brockport had little difficulty in defeating Cortland 192.30 to 188.825 on Senior Day.
Sophomore Candis Kowalik finished first on the Vault with 9.875 and the Floor Exercise with 9.80 while sophomore Megan Cash tied for first in the Uneven Bars with 9.625 and sophomore Taylor Keough was tops on the Balance Beam with 9.675.
The Golden Eagles won five of the top six spots on the bars, an event they struggled with one week earlier.
“Last week we went 0-for-6 on bars, so we went back to some basics,” 18-year Brockport head coach John Feeney said.
“We’ve been playing around with the lineup to give some athletes an opportunity, but today was to see what some of the better kids can do so I’m pretty happy to see some of the things we’ve worked on in practice paying off right now.”
Senior Jen Sklenar entered the event ranked fourth nationally on the vault and finished third with 9.80 while Stephanie Mager and Casey Sullivan finished five-six.
With Cash atop the leader board in bars, Brockport senior Maddie O’Braitus, senior Caitlin Elsadek, senior Marla Thomas, Miranda Shaine and Sklenar finished third through seventh.
Keough, Sklenar (third), Kendra Bushart (fifth) and senior Kendal Hamer (seventh) were top finishers for the Golden Eagles on the beam before they closed out the meet sweeping the top five spots in the floor exercise behind Kowalik, Brittany Vasile, Sklenar, Keough and Cash respectively.
Brockport set a season high for team points in the win. They will battle number-one ranked Ursinus in a dual meet March 5 and host the NCGA Regionals on March 19.