Men's, women's gymnasts place second, third at Ohio State
January 30, 2016 | Columbus, Ohio
Liberty University's men's and women's gymnastics teams showcased solid routines and exceeded expectations at Saturday's season-opening Buckeye Blast, a National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) sanctioned meet hosted by Ohio State University.
The men's team placed second out of 13 teams in a field that included Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley State, Indiana, Miami of Ohio, Ohio, Ohio State, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Virginia Tech, and Washington University in St. Louis.
|Lady Flames freshman Juli Bouton tied for sixth on the balance beam and finished third all-around.|
The Lady Flames, meanwhile, competed in the second eight-team women's session against Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Washington University in St. Louis, and finished third out of 15 teams in the two groups.
In the all-around competition, Liberty's Juli Bouton placed third with a score of 34.85 — behind only Ohio State's Mieley Conrad (37.55) and Miami of Ohio's Traci Powers (35.65) — while fellow freshmen McKella Johnson finished fifth at 34.2, just five-hundredths of a point behind Miami's Erica Rodrigu (34.25).
Bouton (9.65) and junior Ashley Grim (9.45) tied for first and fourth, respectively, in the floor exercise. Bouton and Grim tied for third in the vault with identical 9.2 scores while Johnson finished tied for seventh at 9.1 and Leah Corpora was 10th with an 8.9. Johnson also placed third in the uneven bars with a score of 8.0 while Bouton came in seventh at 7.5.
On the balance beam, Johnson tied for sixth (9.0) while Grim tied for ninth (8.8) and Corpora (8.7) took 12th with Bouton (8.5) 13th and junior Jessie Hogue (8.4) 15th.
For Liberty's men, sophomore Cameron Streeter finished fifth in the all-around competition with a cumulative score of 72.1. Junior teammate Austin Minuto (64.2) took ninth and sophomore Rufus Chappell (56.2) came in 11th in a field that included competitors from 12 other schools.
Streeter placed third in the floor exercise with a score of 13.0, finished fifth on the rings (12.4), sixth on the horizontal bar (11.2), tied for seventh on the pommel horse (11.0), placed seventh outright on the vault (12.5), and placed eighth on the parallel bars (12.0).
Minuto, meanwhile, tied for seventh on the horizontal bar (11.0), had an eighth-place showing on the vault (12.1), and 13th-place finishes on the rings (13.4) and parallel bars (10.2).
Freshman Gabe Vaillahermosa took ninth on the floor exercise (11.9) while sophomore Rufus Chappell landed a 13th-place score on the vault (11.1) and finished 15th on the pommel horse (8.7).
Complete results are available on the NAIGC website.
Liberty will next compete at defending NAIGC national champion James Madison University on Feb. 20.