March 13, 2012

ECAC Announces Week 9 Edition of Division I Women's Gymnast of the Week Program

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Gymnast of the Week
Kacy Catanzaro, Towson University
Senior, Belleville, N.J.

Scores from the week:
Vault: 9.825                   Floor: 9.800     
Bars: 9.55                     AA: 39.075
Beam: 9.875     

Kacy Catanzaro led the Tigers to a double win over Rutgers University and West Chester University. On the final rotation, she clinched the meet for the Tigers by earning a 9.875 on vault, finishing first as the Tigers edged Rutgers by 0.25 points.  She also finished first on beam with a career high 9.875 score and tied for third place on floor with a 9.800. Catanzaro won the all-around title with a 39.075 score, the second-highest all-around score of her career. She has now topped the 39.00-mark four times in the last six meets, and has now won four all-around titles this season.

Rookie of the Week
Joyce Li, Yale University
Freshman, Palo Alto, Calif.

Scores from the week:
Vault: 9.650                   Floor: 9.750     
Bars: 9.750                   AA: 38.350
Beam: 9.200                 

Li not only placed first in bars but gathered three career/season highs in her competition. She earned career and season highs placing sixth in Vault with a 9.650; first in Bars with a 9.750; and second in Floor with a 9.750. She also placed second in the All-Around with a score of 38.350. The freshman helped Yale to a season high team score.

Specialist of the Week
Katie Goddard, Brown University
Senior, Kings Park, N.Y.  

Scores from the week:
Vault: 9.700                  Floor: 9.800     
Bars: ---                        AA: ---
Beam: ---

A senior captain for the Bears, Goddard has upgraded her routines this season and has been a great leader, setting a great example with her drive to improve her scoring potential. This past week, Katie earned career highs on both of her events. This is a remarkable accomplishment as this is her fourth and final year.

Coaches’ Choice
Laura DiPaolo, University of Pennsylvania
Senior, Doylestown, Penn.

Scores from the week:
Vault: ---                        Floor: ---          
Bars: 9.700                   AA: ---
Beam: ---          

DiPaolo came in to help her team on bars and achieved her highest score of the season. It was a game time decision as to whether she would compete. Two days earlier she injured her foot and was placed in a boot. Unable to walk, DiPaolo was unable to put any pressure on the foot but still worked through the pain to compete for her team. She is currently ranked 12th on vault in the ECAC.