March 22, 2014

University of Bridgeport Claims 2014 ECAC Division II Women’s Gymnastics Championship

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The University of Bridgeport women’s gymnastics team won its sixth consecutive and 17th overall title at the ECAC Division II Women’s Gymnastics Championships on Saturday afternoon at West Chester University. Bridgeport scored a total of 192.825 points, topping host West Chester University and Southern Connecticut State University, who tied for second with scores of 190.250.

Bridgeport senior Lissette La Fex (Diamond Bar, Calif.) was the All-Around Gymnast at the meet with a total score of 38.825. She finished first on uneven bars with a score of 9.800, and she was among the top-10 on the floor (9.750), vault (9.675) and balance beam (9.600). West Chester freshman Majesta Valentine (Wilmington, Del.) took second place scoring a total of 38.375 points in the four events. Bridgeport senior Melissa Doucette (Somersworth, N.H.) was in third place with a score of 37.925.

Bridgeport was in the top-two on both the vault and uneven bars. On the vault, freshman Hope Tralli (Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y.)  took first with a score of 9.800 and senior Kamri Riles (Ellenwood, Georgia) was second with a score of 9.775. In third was Valentine scoring a 9.750.

On the uneven bars, La Fex was first with a score of 9.800 and freshman Christine Liautaud (Cary, Illinois) was second with 9.725 points. West Chester sophomore Meghan Brannon (Seminole, Fla.) and Southern Connecticut freshman Jennifer Rochefort (Lilburn, Ga.) tied for third with a score of 9.675.

Valentine tied for first on the balance beam with Southern Connecticut freshman Rotem Porat (Plantation, Fla.) and sophomore Nicole Pruchnik (Rochester, Mass.), each scoring 9.750 points. 

In the floor exercise, Pruchnik grabbed first with a score of 9.850. Bridgeport junior Cailtin Perry (N. Kingston, R.I.) followed in second scoring 9.800 points. Valentine and Doucette tied for third with scores of 9.775.

The 2014 ECAC Division II Women’s Gymnastics Annual Awards were also announced on Saturday. La Fex was named ECAC Athlete of the Year and Valentine took home ECAC Rookie of the Year honors. Brannon was selected as ECAC Specialist of the Year and West Chester senior Emily Seigel (Reisterstown, Md.) garnered the ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction. Bridgeport coach Bryan Knox was named ECAC Coach of the Year and Southern Connecticut’s Linda Mullin was chosen as ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year.