Women's Gymnastics

Gymnastics Takes First Overall at Harriet Marranca Invitational

ITHACA, N.Y. – Temple women's gymnastics concluded its second double-meet weekend of the season with a first place finish at the Harriet Marranca Invitational at Ithaca College. The Owls totaled a 191.15 team score led by the floor team's 48.075. Brockport State came in second with a 190.3 followed by Cortland State (186.975), Ithaca (184.300), and Rhode Island College (178.250). 

"The girls did their job today and I could not have asked for more," said head coach Umme Salim-Beasley. "This was probably one of our best performances overall and I was proud of the team for moving from event to event and staying aggressive in their routines."

Improving their floor event total by more than seven tenths from Friday's meet, the Owls were led by Briana Odom who logged a 9.75 to take second overall. India Anderson and Sahara Gipson added scores of 9.7 and 9.625, respectively. Seniors Michaela Lapent and Reagan Oliveri posted scores of 9.525 and 9.475, respectively, to complete the Owls' impressive day on floor.

Consistently reaching the 48.0 mark, the vault lineup logged another successful day with an event total of 48.025. Odom once again led the lineup with a stuck vault that earned her a 9.675. Gipson and Aya Mahgoub, who vault fifth and sixth in the rotation, both added scores of 9.65. Anderson posted her second consecutive score of 9.625 and Kayla Kennedy was added back into the lead off position to round out the scores with a 9.425. Kennedy's score was her second highest of the season.

Making her collegiate debut in the anchor spot on bars, Sophia Valeri led the Owls with an impressive score of 9.625 that ranked first overall. Gipson was close behind with a 9.55. Lapent and Oliveri added scores of 9.45 and 9.375, respectively, with Breahna Wiczkowski rounding out the scores with a 9.325. Valeri, Gipson and Lapent swept the top three places on bars overall with their performances.

The Owls once again closed their meet on beam posting a 47.725 highlighted by a pair of 9.7's from Odom and Gipson. Wiczkowski continued her success in the lead-off position on the event with a 9.675. The lineup was closed out by Oliveri who added a 9.65.

In the all-around, Gipson led the way and earned her first all-around title with a season-high 38.525. Oliveri and Odom nearly tied with scores of 37.825 and 37.8, respectively.

"The girls have gotten to the point in the season where they are really settled into competing and competing well," said Salim-Beasley. "They have controlled their nerves and heading into a home meet those feelings should be even better. For us to be at such a calm and comfortable point gives me a lot of confidence in what they'll bring next weekend."

The Owls return home next weekend for their final meet in McGonigle Hall for the season. Bridgeport and city rival Penn will head to Temple for a 1:00 p.m. start on Saturday, March 5.
 
 
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