FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior Kacy Catanzaro of Towson University has been named as the NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year, it was announced at the regional championship meet at the University of Arkansas on Saturday evening.
Honored as ECAC Gymnast of the Year two weeks ago, Catanzaro became the second Tiger gymnast to win the regional award. Kristen Presutti, ’03 won the award in 2003.
“This is a tremendous honor for Kacy,” says Tigers’ Coach Vicki Chliszczyk. “We are very happy for her. She had an incredible year.
"The award winners were announced at the end of the meet," she added. "When Kacy heard her name called, she didn't know what was going on. It took a minute or two for her to realize what she won."
Competing as an individual all-around at the NCAA Southeast regional meet on Saturday night, Catanzaro earned a 38.755 all-around score to finish ninth in the meet. She had a 9.65 on vault, a 9.60 on bars and a 9.65 on balance beam. Catanzaro topped her evening by matching her career on floor exercise with a 9.875 score to tie for eighth place.
A five-time selection as ECAC Gymnast of the Week, she was the top-ranked all-around performer in ECAC Division I with a 39.12 R.Q.S. She ranked seventh in the NCAA Southeast region as an all-around. During the regular season, she competed as all-around in all 12 of Tigers’ meets and topped the 39.00 all-around level six times. She also finished first in all-around competition six times.
At the ECAC Championship Meet, she set the meet record with a 9.975 vault score to win the title. She also won ECAC title on bars with a 9.85 score, setting a career high.
A first team All-ECAC selection on vault, bars, floor and all-around, she set a career high with a 39.40 all-around score in the Tigers’ final regular season meet at George Washington. It matched the fourth-highest all-around score in Towson gymnastics history.
The 16th-leading scorer in school history, Catanzaro led the Tigers to a 20-5 record as a senior and a four-year mark of 75-16. She was a member of the Tigers’ 2009 and 2010 ECAC championship teams.
In addition to winning six all-around titles this season, she finished first on vault seven times and took first place on bars six times. She also won the beam competition six times and floor exercise twice.
Seniors Lindsay Poplaski and Avis Hixon also competed as individuals at the NCAA Southeast regional meet. Poplaski competed as an all-around and finished 11th with a 37.80 score while Hixon had a 9.775 score on floor exercise to finish 26th.