PHILADELPHIA CREAM – On Sunday afternoon, Temple’s women’s gymnastics team completed their tri-meet against West Chester and the University of New Hampshire by setting a record by breaking the team record on balance beam with a 49.325, tying the school record on floor with a 49.375. Second year Brooke Donabedian tied the school record on floor with a 9.950. The Owls finished in second place behind UNH (195.950) with a 195.150, but ahead of WCU (192.950).
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
> The beam team’s score of 49.325 broke a record that was set two weeks ago at No. 29 NC State with a score of 49.300.
> The Owls also tied the floor record set earlier this year on Feb. 4 in Towson.
> Donabedian finished first on balance beam, tying Anne Koerner’s 22-year record (2000) with a 9.95.
> Senior Ariana Castrence won the all-around title with the exact score, 39.275, she earned three days ago in a quad meet with Bridgeport, SCSU and Maryland. It is the second time this season, and the third time in her career, that she has tied the third best score in school history. Castrence’s all-around total score was helped by a career-best on balance beam with a 9.925, finishing tied for first place.
> The Cherry and White won team event titles on vault, beam and floor.
> UNH’s Kylie Gorgenyi won the individual event titles on vault and bars with a matching 9.850.
> The six eliminated gymnasts obtained a score of 9.700 or more during the first rotation, while as a team they obtained a score of 48.825.
> Castrence led the Owls with a 9.800, finishing in third place overall, marking the fifth competition in a row where she has been able to reach that mark.
> Sisters Hannah Stallings and Sarah Stalling would be tied for fourth at 9.775.
> Senior Julienne Roland scored a 9.750, the sixth consecutive encounter where she scored at least a 9.750.
> Mackenzie Aresta (9.725) and Anna Hill (9,700) completes the Temple team.
> TU scored a 47.625 on bar rotation two to fall behind his two opponents.
> Castrence led the Temple with a 9.775, while Sarah Stalling added 9.750, and senior Caitlin Gray added a 9.725.
> Castrence and Roland tied the season high on beam for the Owls with first place at 9.925, helping set the school team record with a 49.325.
> In head position, Renee Schugman and Hannah Stallings were vital with a pair of 9.875. For Schugman, the score is a new career high, while Stallings tied his Feb. 12 career high at No. 26 UNC.
> Donabedian completed the good performances of TU, with a 9.725.
> Temple clawed back a lot of ground in the fourth rotation, but it just wasn’t enough.
> TU tied the school record on floor with a 49.375, aided by Donabedian’s school record score of 9.95.
> Schugman started by tying a career-high 9.875, followed by Roland with a 9.850.
> Veterans Tori Edwards and Faith Leary went back to back and gave the Owls a fighting chance in the end with scores over 9.8. Edwards would add a 9.875 for fourth on the season, and Leary added a 9.850, his sixth 9.850 or better this season.
Temple wraps up the regular season on the road as they travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 12 at 4:00 p.m. ET with a tri-meet at the University of Minnesota with Utah State and LIU. Temple will then travel to Washington, DC on March 19 for the EAGL Championships the following week.
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