Dragons second, head to nationals
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Led by a one-two showing by freshman Amanda Scanlon and sophomore Emily Nagy on balance beam, SUNY Cortland is headed to nationals off a second place team showing at the ECAC Division III Women’s Gymnastics Championships held Saturday.
The top three schools on hand in this field of six advanced to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships being held March 21-22 at Ithaca College.
Brockport was the top team with a 188.000 point total, with runner-up Cortland with 186.775 and third place Ursinus with 185.875 also qualifying.
Connecticut native Scanlon turned in a career-high 9.70 balance beam routine to finish first in that event, with New Hampshire native Nagy’s career-best 9.65 grabbing second place.
Senior Courtney Mangini was the meet’s all-around champion with 38.025 points for her four events, which included a fourth place in balance beam (9.60) and sharing sixth place on uneven bars with a 9.35 score that matched her career high. The senior from Commack High School also had a 9.525 in floor exercise and a season-best 9.55 on vault.
Overall, the Red Dragons earned 10 All-ECAC honors at the meet with top-six finishes, while head coach Gary Babjack was named the ECAC Co-Coach of the Year — sharing the honor with Cheryl Raymond of Springfield College.
Also earning All-ECAC honors with their top-six finishes were freshman Meghan Cobb with a tie for third on vault with a career-best 9.625, sophomore Maddy Scozzie with a third-place finish in the all-around with 37.575 points and a fifth-place showing on bars with a 9.475, and sophomore Marley Bender with a sixth place on vault with a career-high 9.575.