Men, women place second, eighth in Icicle Invitational at JMU
February 7, 2015 | Harrisonburg, Va.
Liberty University's men's and women's gymnastics teams turned in strong individual and team performances at Saturday's Icicle Invitational hosted by James Madison University, the defending National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) national champion.
In their first season with enough athletes to form a complete men's squad, the Flames tallied 171.4 points to finish runner-up to Penn State University (204.7) in the standings out of eight teams.
Freshman Cameron Streeter led Liberty with his third-place all-around showing (64.2 total points). He placed second on the vault (12.3), third on the pommel horse (11.1), and fourth on the parallel bars (12.5). He also placed ninth on the horizontal bar (6.0), tied for 10th on the rings (10.9), and turned in a 12th-place routine in the floor exercise (11.8).
Graduate student Jonathan Baldwin took fifth in the all-around (55.7) on the strength of his 11.8-point scores on the vault and parallel bars, which tied him for fifth and sixth place in those respective events, and eighth-place performance on the horizontal bar (6.2). He also had a 14th-place showing on the rings (10.7) and tied for 19th in the floor exercise (10.8).
Freshman Austin Minuto had a seventh-place showing on the horizontal bar (6.8), tied for eighth on the vault (11.6), and placed 15th in the floor exercise (11.3) and 25th on the rings (9.6) to take 10th in the all-around (51.1) out of 47 entrants.
|Fresh off its competition at JMU, Liberty will travel to UNC on Feb. 21 and Clemson on Feb. 28 before hosting a meet in its renovated gym in The Plaza on March 21.|
Liberty's women totaled 115.75 points to finish in eighth place out of 18 scoring teams. Rhode Island (143.1), JMU (136.15), Penn State (130.15), Virginia Tech (127.9), and North Carolina (126.45) captured the first through fifth places.
Lady Flames sophomore Ashley Grim turned in a sensational second-place showing on the balance beam (9.5) and also placed seventh on the vault (8.45) and tied for 25th in the floor exercise (8.7) to finish seventh in the all-around with 32.1 total points.
Sophomore Jessie Hoague tied for seventh on the balance beam (9.1) and tied for 12th out of 32 competitors in the all-around (30.9).
Kayla Corriveau also tied for 10th on the vault (8.3) with senior Jenni Schools and sophomore Sarah Escobar tying for 18th out of 66 competitors in that event with scores of 8.1.
Complete results are available online.
Liberty will next enter meets hosted by UNC, Feb. 21 in Chapel Hill, and Clemson — the Tiger Town Invitational on Feb. 28 — before hosting the Liberty Invite in its newly renovated facility in The Plaza in Lynchburg on March 21.
That will give both the men's and women's teams plenty of preparation in competition before traveling to the NAIGC national championships, set for April 8-11 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.