The Tigers earned a 192.850 team score while William and Mary was second with a 190.325 score. Yale took third place with a 187.95 team score.
Poplaski led the Tigers to the two wins on Friday night as she took first place in the all-around with a 38.875 score, matching her career high. Poplaski also finished first on beam with a 9.675 score. She took second on vault (9.75), seventh on bars (9.675) and tied for fourth place on floor (9.775).
Catanzaro finished first on vault (9.80) and bars (9.825). She matched her career on bars. After suffering a fall on beam, she earned a career high score on floor exercise (9.825) and finished third.
The Tigers, who have not lost at home since March 21, 2008, had to come from behind to win the tri-meet on Friday night.
William and Mary started off on uneven bars and had a terrific rotation. The Tribe earned a 48.525 to take a narrow lead over the Tigers, who started on vault and had a 48.45 team score. Freshman Stacia Ruse led William and Mary on bars with a 9.775 score.
On the second rotation, the Tigers took the lead as they earned a 48.475 score on bars while the Tribe was struggling on beam and posted a 45.85 team score. At the mid-point of the meet, Towson had a 96.925 team score while William and Mary had a 94.375 score.
After earning a 47.025 team score on beam, the Tigers closed out the competition with a seasonal high 48.90 score on floor exercise. Senior Avis Hixon (below) and junior Britney Russell tied for first place on floor with 9.85 scores, just ahead of Catanzaro (9.825) and Poplaski (9.775).
“I am glad we were able to bring up the energy for the final rotation and do a nice job on floor,” said Towson Coach Vicki Chliszczyk. “However, for most of the night, we were very flat and I think that is because we didn’t have a great week of practice.”
“Janis had a solid meet competing on three events,” she added. “Sammi made some corrections on her bar routine and that showed up tonight.”
On vault, the Tigers took four of the top five spots as Catanzaro (9.80), Poplaski (9.75) and Hixon (9.725) finished one-two-three. Russell took fifth place with a 9.65 while Konkle was ninth (9.525).
Catanzaro edged out Ruse (9.775) and Jessica Pritchard (9.75) of William and Mary to win the bars title. Lutz finished fourth with a 9.725 score.
On beam, Poplaski (9.675) edged freshman Joyce Li (9.65) of Yale for first place. Senior Kristin Milardo of William and Mary tied for third with Ruse as each earned a 9.55 score. Konkle took fifth place with a 9.50.
The Tigers dominated floor exercise as Hixon, Russell, Catanzaro and Poplaski took the top four spots. Konkle matched her career high with a 9.60, finishing 11th.
Poplaski (38.875) edged out Milardo (38.70) for the all-around title. Catanzaro finished third with a 38.625 score while Ruse (38.55) placed fourth.
The Tigers return to action next week with a meet at Rutgers.
COLLEGE GYMNASTICS: 1. Towson 192.850; 2. William and Mary 190.325; 3.Yale 187.950
BARS: 1. Kacy Catanzaro (TOW), 9.825 – matches career high; 2. Stacia Ruse (W&M), 9.775; 3. Jessica Pritchard (W&M), 9.75.
BALANCE BEAM: 1. Lindsay Poplaski (TOW), 9.675; 2. Joyce Li (YALE), 9.65; 3. Stacia Ruse (W&M), 9.55; Kristin Milardo (W&M), 9.55.
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