On Sunday, March 11, the West Chester University gymnastics team traveled to the University of Maryland. At this meet they faced the University of Maryland (196.3), Southern Connecticut State University (191.95), the University of Bridgeport (191.9) and Cornell University (193.225). The Golden Rams (193.350) ended up finishing second to Maryland at the meet, defeating the three other teams in the USAG conference.
The Rams started on floor and put on a show, scoring a 48.750. Sophomore Paige Parsnik started the Rams off strong, scoring her season high on floor with a 9.625. Sophomore Jordan Miranda tied her season high as well, scoring a 9.70. Sophomore Sarah Boyd scored a solid 9.725 followed by junior Cassie Hageman, scoring a 9.675. Senior Madi Brent had a beautiful routine, scoring a 9.775. Freshman Jessica Meakim finished the event with her career high, 9.875, tying for third on the event. Due to there being five teams at the meet, the Rams had a bye after the floor exercise.
Coming back from the bye, the Golden Rams scored a 48.025 on the vault. Junior Lindsay Mathis had a solid 9.55 followed by senior Rachel Blair scoring a 9.60. Meakim scored a solid 9.675 and senior Meghan Chan closed the event with a 9.70.
Heading to the uneven bars, the Rams scored a solid 48.525. Miranda scored her season high of 9.675 to start the Golden Rams off. She was followed by a solid routine by sophomore Natalie Onderko scoring a 9.575. Chan had a solid routine, scoring a 9.675. Freshman Melanie Wojewoda had a beautiful routine, scoring a 9.825. Junior Myranda Marshall closed the event with a 9.80.
Onto the final event, the Golden Rams put up a fight on beam, scoring a 48.025. Chan started the event off with a solid 9.50 followed by Miranda’s nearly flawless routine scoring a 9.725. Senior Rose Wortman had a beautiful routine, scoring a 9.525. Freshman Yoli Nodarse hit a solid routine, scoring a 9.625. Boyd closed off the event scoring a 9.65.
On Saturday, March 17, the Golden Rams had their senior meet to honor their graduating seniors. Seniors Blair, Brent, Chan and Wortman were honored at the meet and competed their hearts out. All four seniors placed on at least one event. Blair tied for second on the vault with fellow senior Chan. Chan also placed third on bars and finished first on the balance beam. Wortman tied for third on the balance beam and Brent placed third on the floor. They have all been such strong assets to the gymnastics team this year and will be greatly missed by their teammates and coaches.
The Rams had home field advantage in Hollinger this past weekend, so they started on the vault, scoring a 48.35. Parsnik scored a solid 9.550 on the event, followed by Mathis scoring a 9.650. As mentioned earlier, the two seniors, Blair and Chan, tied for second on the event with a 9.70. Meakim took first on the event, scoring a 9.750.
Moving onto the uneven bars, the Rams kept up their strong start, also scoring a 48.35. Meakim had her season high of 9.575. She was followed by Onderko scoring a 9.550. Chan took third on the event, scoring a 9.70. Wojewoda continued the momentum, scoring a 9.75 and placing second on the event. Marshall closed out the event scoring a 9.775 and placing first.
The Rams did not stop there. They kept fighting and pushing even harder on the balance beam scoring their season high of 48.8. Chan started off the event with her beautiful routine, scoring a 9.80 and placing first on the event. She was followed by Miranda who had a solid routine, scoring a 9.675. Wortman and Hageman tied for third on the event, both scoring their season high of 9.750. Nodarse had a solid routine, scoring a 9.725. Boyd had a beautiful routine, scoring a 9.775 and placing second on the event.
Not only did the Rams get their season high on the balance beam, but they also did on the floor. The Golden Rams finished so strong. Parsnik started the Rams off with a 9.575. Miranda had a solid 9.70 followed by Boyd with her season high of 9.750. Hageman had her career high of 9.80, placing second on the event to continue the momentum. Brent had a beautiful routine, scoring a 9.775 and placing third on the event. Meakim finished the meet scoring a 9.825 and placing first on the event.
ECAC Championships are being held at Southern Connecticut State University. Stay tuned to see how the Golden Rams perform.
Jessica Meakim is a first-year student majoring in business. ✉ JM883960@wcupa.edu.