On Saturday, Jan. 28, the West Chester University’s gymnastics team traveled to SUNY-Brockport where they unfortunately experienced a difficult loss, scoring a 181.525.
Despite the team score, Junior Melissa Voskian came in third on the vault, sophomore Paige Griffin came in third on the uneven bars, and Junior Kaley Lafleur won first place on the balance beam.
This past weekend, on Feb. 5, the Lady Rams redeemed themselves when they traveled to Temple University where they placed second in the Ken Anderson tri-meet with a record-breaking team score of 189.775.
The Temple meet was an outstanding weekend for the Golden Rams in which seven of their school records were broken.
The team started on the balance beam, a tricky event to begin the meet with. Junior Kaley Lafleur beat the school’s beam record with a huge score of 9.775, also giving her a win on the event.
“There is no better feeling than knowing you just hit a solid beam routine and that all your hard work had finally paid off. Breaking the beam record this past weekend means the world to me and knowing that I now hold the record is incredible,” said Lafleur.
The Rams then moved on to the floor and completed the event with no falls, leading to a record-breaking team score of 47.025.
Following the floor came an extremely successful event for the team, the vault. Freshman Stephanie Schuler tied West Chester’s previous vault record with a big score of 9.75. The vault line-up also worked together to beat the total vault score with a 47.9.
To conclude the meet, the Rams finished with a strong performance on the uneven bars. Schuler beat the schools individual bar record with a score of 9.675. The bar line-up also accomplished a team bar score of 47.425, which is yet another school record that was broken during the day’s competition.
Additionally, Schuler beat the individual all around record with a 38.325, which also secured her a first place finish in the meet.
“I love being a part of such an amazing team and it’s great to have them rooting for me,” Stephanie Schuler said. “Our team’s energy is awesome. I am honored to be a part of such a strong line-up.” Many gymnasts on the Lady Ram’s gymnastics team were also able to record their season high score on multiple events.
The Rams are looking forward to their next competition on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Big Red Invitational at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Emily Seigel is a second-year student majoring in early childhood education. She can be reached at ES734640@wcupa.edu.