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Post Season Wrap-up: National titles for Bridgeport and URI, plenty of merits for all teams in the region.

by David F.P. (Sources: Official Sites and some Eyewitness Accounts)

As sometimes happens in life, some other concerns took precedence over sports reporting but here’s a recap of the closing weeks of the college gymnastics season from a northeastern perspective. This serves as a summary of all the info you can find on the official sites.

Division 1/EAGL

UNH finished fourth at Regionals including Chelsea Steinberg earning an alternate slot to nationals. UNH topped both Ohio State and Maryland despite being seeded 6th in that competition. New Hampshire finished fourth at EAGLs. Helena Diodati and Steinberg both had top 3 finishes in that meet.

Rutgers Gymnast Laura Sevarino was named USAG Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year. Her team qualified and placed fourth at USAG Nationals. Teammate Erica Gerlach placed third on the Bars at USAGs, and along with Sevarino, Alyssa Lewandowski, and Leigh Heinbaugh were RU’s qualifiers for event finals. To place fourth at finals the team needed top 4 others to make it to the team finals. Rutgers had previously finished 8th at EAGLs

Division 1/ECACS

Brown’s Chelsey Binkley won All America Honors at USAG National Championships. Binkley, Emily Lutfey, and Julia Meyer all qualified for USAG Nationals this season. The Bears set a new Vault record at the ECAC Championships.

Yale’s Brigitte Kivisto finished 8th in the All Around at regionals as an individual qualifier. She was the only Ivy gymnast to qualify for regionals, and is the ECAC Gymnast of the year. Yale placed sixth at ECACs though Allison Mak won the Balance Beam, Kivisto and Lindsay Andsager also had top three finishes.

Division 2/ECACS

Bridgeport won the ECAC Division II title and the USAG National title this year. The Purple Knights were co-champion last year but this time they won the title outright edging host TWU. Monica Mesalles won the national title on floor exercise at USAGs, Emily Repko finished third on Beam. Lorraine Galow, Emily Repko, and Miranda Der all qualified for Regionals, and Mesalles and Carissa Huggins qualified as alternates. Galow was named division II gymnast of the year.

SCSU’s Justine Basley earned All America honors at USAG Nationals. She qualified for individual event finals on uneven bars. Assistant Coach Linda Mullin was named Division 2 coach of the year for 2010. Sarah Darst, Briana DiPinto, Basley, Samantha Laraway, Jessica Kiback, Stephanie Kuska, and Rebecca Brady all qualified for USAG Nationals as individuals. The Owls finished 2nd at ECAC Division 2 Championships. Coach Jerry Nelson and Assistant Coach Tara Michaels were named Co-Coach of the Year and Co-Assistant Coach of the Year respectively. Darst was named ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Division 3/ECAC
Springfield hosted Division 3 nationals this year and finished 5th in the team competition, though they sent plenty of individual qualifiers to day two. Christina Pagella and Audrey Lastra both placed in the top 3 at event finals.

The University of Rhode Island Club team won a co national title with Texas A&M as each team edged the Penn State club team. URI’s Lindsay Diamond won the All Around championship, and MIT’s Zara Karuman placed fourth.