“It was really good for us to be able to give the freshmen another chance to get a feel for the competitive atmosphere at the college level,” head coach Joanne Bowers said. “Today was especially good because Faith and Kaitlyn got to compete. They had to sit out for the Purple & Gold meet, so getting them some experience before Minnesota was so great.”
The night was highlighted by a stellar performance from the team’s lone senior Aliza Vaccher, who had an all-around score over 39. “We are so proud of Aliza and the leadership and poise she has been showing. We are expecting amazing things from her this season,” Bowers said.
Vaccher was in the top two on all four events, joined by members of each of the other classes.
On vault, coming in right behind the senior were sophomore Allison Northey and freshman Alexandra Yacalis who tied. Junior Jackie McCartin tied with Vaccher on bars and freshman Janae Janik came in just behind the two veterans.
Janik was the only one able to top Vaccher during the competition, edging in over her on balance beam.
When the GymDawgs moved to floor exercise, the senior once again proved her experience and was this time followed close behind by junior Madison Podlucky.
"We had a great time tonight, but we’ve still got work to do. There are still things we need to work on over the next 10 days to get ready for the season, but knowing our team and these girls they are more than up for it. This year is going to be a great one,” Bowers concluded.