Coming off their top performance of the season, Coach Vicki Chliszczyk and the Towson University gymnastics team will
travel to North Carolina State University on Friday, February 24 to face the 19th-ranked
Wolfpack, Kent State University and William and Mary in a quad meet that is
scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Tigers, who are 11-3 on the
season, finished first at the Shelli Calloway Memorial Towson Invitational last
Saturday with a seasonal high 194.100 score. The Tigers’ 194.100 team score was
their highest score in a meet in nearly four years.
The Tigers, who won the Invitational
for the ninth year in a row, were led by senior Lindsay Poplaski, who won the all-around
competition with a career high 38.875 score. Poplaski is averaging 38.563 in
the all-around, the top mark on the team.
Seniors Kacy Catanzaro and Avis Hixon have also been performing well. Catanzaro is averaging 38.45 in the
all-around and had a career high 39.05 score two weeks ago. She has been named
as the ECAC Gymnast of the Week twice. Hixon has also been performing well on
vault and floor.
The Tigers are hoping that junior Britney Russell can return to the floor lineup this week. Back
problems have kept her off the floor exercise for the last few weeks. With a
9.81 average on floor, she is ranked first in the ECAC. Russell has competed on
vault and beam, however.
“This is going to be a huge meet for
us,” says Coach Chliszczyk, the Tigers’ second-year coach. “We are hoping that
the momentum we generated last week will be helpful when we visit NC State.”
Ranked 19th in the nation
with a 194.957 average, NC State had a seasonal high 196.775 team score at
Missouri last week. The Wolfpack is coached by Mark Stevenson, one of the top gymnastics coaches in the nation. He
is in his 32nd season as the head coach of the Wolfpack, a regular
Top 20 team.
Sophomore Stephanie Ouellette is the Wolfpack’s
top all-around performer with a 38.95 average. She also averages 9.76 on vault
and 9.79 on floor exercise. A product of Docksiders’ Club, she is the daughter
of Towson Volunteer Assistant Coach Bob
Ouellette. Senior Brooke Barr has also been a standout on
vault and floor for the Wolfpack, averaging 9.85 on vault and 9.82 on floor.
The Tigers, who used to be members of
the East Atlantic Gymnastics League with NC State, will be competing against
the Wolfpack for the first time since the 2009 season. Towson and NC State were
EAGL rivals from 1996 to 2004.
their trip to NC State, the Tigers return to the Towson Center on Friday, March
2 when they host William & Mary and Yale at 7 p.m.
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