CENTREVILLE, Mass. – Senior Kacy Catanzaro and junior Britney Russell of Towson University have been honored as weekly award winners by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the week ending February 28, it has been announced by ECAC officials.
For the third time this season, Catanzaro was honored as the ECAC Gymnast of the Week. Russell was honored as the winner of the ECAC Coaches Choice Award.
A three-time All-ECAC first team selection on vault, Catanzaro set a career high with her 39.25 all-around score as the Tigers finished third in a quad meet at No. 19 North Carolina State. While recording the eighth-highest all-around score in program history, Catanzaro topped the 39.00-mark for the third time in the last four meets. She finished third in the all-around competition at NC State.
In the meet at NC State, Catanzaro also earned a career high with a 9.90 vault score as she took second place in the meet. On bars, she earned a 9.80 score to tie for fifth place. She also matched her career high with a 9.825 effort on balance beam, tying for fourth place. Catanzaro also finished 13th on the floor exercise with a 9.725 score.
“Kacy has really come into her own this season,” says Coach Vicki Chliszczyk. “For the first time in her career, she is completely healthy and now we can see what a good gymnast she is. It’s fun to watch her get better every week.”
Competing on three events for the first time since January 22, Russell earned the ECAC Coaches Choice Award. She had been bothered by back spasms for the last few weeks and was limited to competing on vault. She celebrated her return to health by earning a 9.75 on vault, a 9.775 on beam and a 9.75 on floor exercise.
While matching her career high on vault, she finished 15th in the meet. On beam, she posted a career high as she tied for seventh place. On floor exercise, she took 11th place.
“It was so great to see Britney come back from her injury and compete as well as she did,” added Chliszczyk. “It seemed like she picked up right where she left off.”
Led by Catanzaro and Russell, the Tigers earned a 193.925 team score at North Carolina State. It was their second-highest team score of the season.
The Tigers, who are now 12-5 on the season, return to action on Friday evening when they host William and Mary and Yale in a tri-meet in the Towson Center at 7:00 p.m.