Gymnastics Hosts George Washington on Sunday for Team Up for 1 Meet- Women’s Gymnastics
The Towson University gymnastics team welcomes East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rival George Washington to SECU Arena on Saturday, Jan. 22. The dual meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will serve as the Tigers’ Team Up For 1 Day.
The dual meet will feature live stats and a live video stream, courtesy of Towson Sports Network. Amy Phillips and program alumna Tandy Knight ’91 will have the call. Fans can also find results of the meet on Road to Nationals.
Team Up For 1 Foundation
Sunday’s meet will serve as the Tigers’ Team Up For 1 Day to benefit a foundation close to the hearts of the Towson gymnasts. Towson partnered with the Team Up For 1 Foundation prior to the 2016 season, adopting Laneah Whiddon as a member of the gymnastics team.
The Team Up For 1 Foundation is a charity committed to improving the quality of life for children with developmental disabilities and chronic or life threatening illnesses. The Foundation matches children with team from every competitive level – high school, college and professional. To learn more, click here.
Fans can receive a special $5 ticket for mentioning Team Up For 1 at the ticket office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Team Up For 1 Foundation.
Strong Start to the Season
Towson turned in a solid performance at Iowa State’s tri-meet last Friday. Towson finished with a team score of 193.075, defeating Wisconsin-Oshkosh (184.025) and narrowly falling to Iowa State (194.275). The Tigers set a season-high on floor exercise with a team total of 49.100, the highest for that event since earning a mark of 49.175 at George Washington on Feb. 28, 2016. Towson also had gymnasts set or match five career-bests and eight season-bests for routines.
Ranking among the Best
Towson’s season average of 193.488 ranks 39th among all NCAA gymnastics programs. That season average is the fourth best in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL), behind George Washington, North Carolina State and the University of New Hampshire.
Towson recorded a team score of 49.100 at Iowa State for the floor exercise. That improved the Tigers’ season average for that event to 48.888, which ranks second among EAGL teams and fourth in the South East Region. Towson’s season average of 48.413 on balance beam is the third-best in EAGL and fourth-best in the South East Region.
Four Tigers are ranked in the top 10 among EAGL gymnasts. Tyra McKellar ranks eighth in EAGL and is tied for 10th in the South East Region for the all-around with her season average of 38.700. McKellar’s season average of 9.825 for floor exercise is tied for fifth among EAGL and tied for ninth in the South East Region. She also is tied for 10th among EAGL gymnasts for uneven bars with a season average of 9.750. Erin Tucker‘s season average of 9.750 on vault is tied for 10th in EAGL. Cortni Baker and Bayleigh Fobes are both tied for eighth among EAGL gymnasts for floor exercise with matching season averages of 9.800.
Junior Gabriella Yarussi was named NewDay USA Female Student-Athlete of the Week on Jan. 10 for her performance in the Tigers’ home opener. She matched her career-high with a 9.900 on balance beam to win the event title.
Yarussi is one of 11 gymnasts in program history to score a 9.900 or higher on balance beam. She also competed on vault for the first time since returning from injury and finished seventh overall.
Fans will see a number of new faces this season. Towson’s freshman class consists of Melissa Temkov, Ally Wesoly, Olivia Lubarsky and Zoey Packard. In addition, Jay Ramirez begins his first season an assistant coach.
All EAGL Honorees
Towson returns three gymnasts who were selected to All-EAGL teams last season. Tyra McKellar earned first team honors for the uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around. Mary Elle Arduino also picked up first team honors for the balance beam as the top freshman in the league for the event at the conclusion of the regular season, ranking fifth. Gabriella Yarussi earned Second Team All-EAGL honors for balance beam.
Last season, the Tigers also had 10 gymnasts earn spots on the All-EAGL Scholastic Team for having a GPA of 3.0 or higher.