Schnell looks to floor competition again

Alumni Report

March 22, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

Cathy Schnell can't help herself.

The Cornell senior All-American gymnast is most known for her excellence on the bars, but she is happiest when performing in the floor lineup.

"I'm a very outgoing person," said the two-time Maryland state bars champion from Broadneck High. "I love to just smile and present myself to the crowd and to the judges and to my team. So I think the floor lineup is very enjoyable."

Schnell said with a chuckle, "I usually don't remember my bars routine because it goes so quickly."

Schnell, 5 feet 1, is the Cornell record-holder for bars (9.9) and she gained All-America recognition in the bars (9.550 for sixth place) last season at the USAG Collegiate Nationals. However, the Big Red captain still believes she hasn't delivered her top performance in the floor lineup.

"When I get on [the] floor, I know I can score really well," Schnell said. "It just hasn't been there yet."

She will try to add All-America honors on floors or vault (her third event for Cornell) this year.

"I'd love to make All-American again," said Schnell, who has led the Big Red to a 4-0 dual-meet record and will try to take Cornell to the final four at nationals next month. "I'd love to make it in more than one event this year. I think I have a possibility of doing that. This is the healthiest I've been for an entire season."

If Schnell achieves All-America status in two or three events, it will wrap up an injury-filled gymnastics career that has seen her deal with a total of nine surgeries to compete.

"Every once in a while, when you just have a day where everything hurts and nothing is going right," Schnell said she would question if it were all worth it. "On days when everything comes together, you know you'd never give it up for the world."

Kell honored

William and Mary freshman guard Dani Kell (Roland Park) was one of five players selected to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team.

The 6-foot Kell averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds, closing out her season in the opening round of the CAA tournament with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists in an 81-66 loss to Georgia State.

Ettinger sets mark

Catawba College junior pitcher Lindsay Ettinger (Chesapeake-AA) moved to the top of the school's all-time strikeout list, reaching 354 with six strikeouts in an 11-2 loss to Shippensburg earlier this month.

For the season, Ettinger is 13-11 with a 3.15 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 173 1/3 innings. She has 366 strikeouts for Catawba, which is 14-15 this season.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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