Towson surprising 5th in Regionals

April 05, 1993|By Special to The Sun

ATHENS, GA — ATHENS, Ga. -- The Towson State gymnastics team, seeded seventh in the seven-team NCAA Southeast Regional championships, finished a surprising fifth Saturday with its best-ever regional score, 190.50.

"I'm very proud of this team," Towson coach Dick Filbert said. "We were absolutely thrilled with the way our team responded. This was a total team effort. Just to make the regionals was quite an achievement, but to score a 190 down here is terrific."

The Tigers were led by freshman Carrie Leger and senior Gabby Linarducci, the team's top two all-around performers. Leger came through with a career-high 38.575 all-around score to finish eighth. Linarducci had a 38.275 score for ninth.

Leger placed ninth on beam with a career high 9.725 and tied for 13th on vault with a 9.65. Linarducci tied for 10th on floor with a 9.80 score.

"We were hoping that Gabby could make it to nationals, but she still had a great night," said Filbert, whose team won its seventh straight ECAC title two weeks ago.

Second-ranked Georgia won the meet for the sixth year in a row witha meet-record 197.50 score as freshman Angina Simpkins took first in the all-around. Florida finished second in the meet with a 194.30 while North Carolina State finished third at 191.00.

Kentucky finished fourth with a 190.80, just ahead of the Tigers, while West Virginia (190.25) and George Washington (189.35) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

"We're hoping that this performance will put us in the top 20 nationally," Filbert said. "We were just half a point out of third place. We couldn't ask for any more out of this team."

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