March 12, 2012
Dragons repeat as ECAC champions
ITHACA — Led by all-around winner Sarah Nadrowski, the SUNY Cortland women’s gymnastics team won its second straight ECAC Division III title and sixth overall at the seven-team championship meet held at Ithaca College’s Ben Light Gymnasium.
The Red Dragons put together a 189.10 team score on Saturday that was the second best in school history. Coach Gary Babjack’s tumblers earned one of three ECAC berths — along with second-place Brockport (187.60) and third-place Ithaca (186.175) — to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships being held March 23-24 at Brockport.
Cortland’s winning score has only been surpassed by the 190.00 score the Red Dragons posted to win the ECAC title at home last year. The Red Dragons also set a school record with their team score of 48.725 on floor exercise during Saturday’s meet.
Nadrowski, out of Buffalo’s Kenmore East High, earned five of Cortland’s 13 All-ECAC honors, which are given for top-six finishes. She was also named the ECAC Division III Gymnast of the Year.
While repeating as the ECAC all-around champion with a 38.30 total score, Nadrowski tied for third on vault (9.60) and tied for fourth on floor exercise (career-high 9.825). She also placed sixth on balance beam (9.425) and tied for sixth on uneven bars (9.45).
Freshman Elise Konikoff won vault with a 9.70 and also earned All-ECAC honors with a second-place score of 9.525 on balance beam.
Junior Amanda Recor earned two All-ECAC awards by tying for third on both vault (9.60) and balance beam (9.475), while sophomore Courtney Mangini picked up two All-ECAC honors with a fourth-place finish in the all-around (36.925) and a tie for fourth on floor exercise — tying her career high with a 9.825.
Cortland’s other All-ECAC performers were senior Marissa Goodstein with a second-place vault score of 9.65 and freshman Meagan Phelan, who tied for sixth on uneven bars with a 9.45.
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