March 25, 2013
Nadrowski takes 2nd national title
WHITEWATER, Wis. — SUNY Cortland gymnast Sarah Nadrowski finished up her collegiate career by capturing her second national title on Saturday.
Nadrowski finished first in vaulting as the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships being hosted by Wisconsin-Whitewater finished up the second day of competition.
Nadrowski, who won the national all-around title Friday night during the team competition, added to her trophy haul with her winning vault score of 9.70 during the individual event finals.
The senior is Cortland’s first women’s gymnastics individual event national champion since Alyssa Neely won balance beam in 2009 and is the Red Dragons’ first vault champion since Lori Cinotti tied for first place in 1992.
Nadrowski also earned first-team All-America honors with her tie for sixth place on floor exercise (9.60) and second-team All-America honors with an 11th-place finish on balance beam (8.975).
The top six finishers in each individual event are first-team All-Americans and places 7-12 earn second-team recognition.
Buffalo native Nadrowski completes her collegiate career as a 12-time All-American with three first-team honors on floor exercise (2011-13), three first-team awards in the all-around (2011-13), three All-America honors on vault (first team in 2010 and 2013, second team in 2011), two second-team awards on balance beam (2011, 2013) and a second-team award on uneven bars (2012).
Cortland junior Courtney Mangini finished second nationally on floor exercise with a 9.675. She was narrowly edged by Hamline’s Courtney Benson, who won the title with a 9.70.
Mangini is now a seven-time All-American in three seasons with three first-team honors on floor exercise and three in the all-around, along with a first-team award on balance beam in 2011.
Junior Stephanie Sladky picked up her third second-team All-America award in as many seasons on floor exercise with her 10th-place score of 9.50.
Also competing in the individual event finals for Cortland was freshman Emily Nagy, who finished 13th on uneven bars (8.95) and 15th on balance beam (8.40), and senior Annelise Hoffman, who finished 16th on vault (8.65).
Cortland’s 15th-year head coach Gary Babjack was named the NCGA Coach of the Year following the meet. He won the award for the second time in the past three years and the third time overall (2003, 2011, 2013). Cortland’s third-place national team finish Friday was its best since 2008, and the program captured two individual national crowns in the same season for the first time since 2003.
Mike Urtz, Cortland’s director of athletics, was honored as the NCGA North East Region Administrator of the Year. In addition, Cortland seniors Nadrowski, Hoffman and Amanda Recor were named NCGA All-Americans in Academics.
With Nadrowski’s titles on vault and in the all-around, SUNY Cortland Athletics now boasts 98 individual national champions across all of its sports.
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