Towson State finishes fifth at NCAA regional

April 10, 1994|By Special to The Sun

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. — MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Led by a 38.20 all-around performance by sophomore Carrie Leger, the 15th-ranked Towson State University women's gymnastics team finished fifth the NCAA Southeast Regional meet last night at West Virginia University.

Defending national champion Georgia, ranked No. 1 in the nation, won the meet for the seventh year in a row and advances to the national championship meet April 21 at the University of Utah.

Georgia finished at 196.775 to edge second-place Florida (192.500) and third-place North Carolina State (191.175). Kentucky finished fourth (190.825), just ahead of Towson State (190.575). George Washington was sixth (189.650) and West Virginia seventh (188.325).

The Tigers' hopes for advancing to the national championships were damaged early by three falls on the balance beam. Leger led the Tigers with a 9.275 score, but the team scored a season-low 45.575 points.

"We came back strong after that tough start on beam," said coach Dick Filbert. "To bounce back from a 45.475 score and pull out a 190-plus score is an unbelievable comeback. Our kids didn't hang their heads and came back determined to do better."

The score was the best Towson State has had at a regional meet, beating the 190.50 they scored last season. Led by freshman Erin Shanley's 9.80, the Tigers rallied on the floor exercise with a 48.575 score.

The Tigers had a 48.35 in vault, led by junior Joy Rudy's career high 9.775.

On bars, the Tigers finished at 48.175, with Shanley and Sturek each posting 9.70 scores.

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