Women's Gymnastics (NCGA Division III Championship)
Hamline University wins first NCGA Division III Championship title
Hamline's Lindsay Odom becomes first all-around champion in school history
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. --- Hamline University of St. Paul, Minnesota captured its first National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Division III Championship Friday (March 24) at Blake Arena. The Pipers scored 148.625 points - the third highest total in the 17-year history of the meet - to edge defending champion University of Wisconsin-La Crosse who compiled 148.225 points. Host Springfield College was third in the eight team field with 147.950 points as less than one point separated the top three schools.
Hamline was in fourth place entering the final rotation, but moved to the top after scoring 38 points in vaulting.
Hamline senior Lindsay Odom (Chatom, AL) became the first gymnast in school history to win the all-around title after finishing with 37.250 points. Odom recorded a 9.475 in the balance beam and floor exercise events, a 9.325 in vaulting, and an 8.975 in the uneven parallel bars.
The Pipers, who placed third last year, received a tremendous lift from sophomore Linsey Hamilton (Metamora, IL) who posted a 9.650 in the floor exercise (the team's best score of the evening) and 9.575 in vaulting. Senior Joanna Truchon (Blaine, MN) contributed a 9.600 in the floor exercise and 9.550 in the vaulting.
Wisconsin-La Crosse sophomore Jenny Moore (Coon Rapids, MN) was second in the all-around (37.125) while Gustavus Adolphus sophomore Molly Nemes (Lakeville, MN) was third (37.075), Cortland senior Sulekha Modi (Queens, NY) fourth (37.000), and Ithaca junior Stacey Coleman (Walpole, MA) fifth (36.950).
Wisconsin-La Crosse tied Cortland with the best score in the floor exercise (36.950 points) as sophomore Tricia Clark (Green Bay, WI) and senior Jaime Kubash (Germantown, WI) received scores of 9.625 and 9.600, respectively. Moore topped the 9.0 mark in all four events with a 9.450 in the balance beam and 9.300 in the floor exercise her best performances. Freshman Jordann Ojanpa (Mankato, MN) had a 9.475 in vaulting while junior Becky McDonnell (Shoreview, MN) posted a 9.450 in the vaulting.
Springfield junior Shanna Larocque (Foster, RI) compiled a 9.525 in the floor exercise while sophomore Gina Gutierrez (South Setauket, NY) had a 9.525 in the vaulting. Also in the floor exercise, senior Leslie Cavalieri (Albany, NY) and sophomore Laura Koeppel (Clifton Park, NY) each scored a 9.450. Sophomore Sara Trindad (Montclair, NJ) posted a 9.425 in the vaulting.
The individual event leaders were University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore Sabrina Ashton (Hanover, IL) with a 9.725 in the floor exercise (the best score in the meet); Wisconsin-Whitewater sophomore Niki Hoida (New Berlin, WI), 9.650 in the balance beam; Cortland's Modi, 9.600 in the uneven parallel bars, and Rhode Island College freshman Sajdah Ahmad (New London, CT), 9.600 in the vaulting.
The top 12 in each event will advance to the individual finals beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday (March 25).
Team Scores - 1. Hamline (Minn.) 148.625; 2. Wisconsin-La Crosse 148.225; 3. Springfield (Mass.) 147.950; 4. Ithaca (N.Y.) 147.200; 5. Cortland (N.Y.) 146.575; 6. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 145.525; 7. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 145.225; 8. Ursinus (Pa.) 143.500.
All-Around Results (Top 10 All-American) - 1. Lindsay Odom, Hamline, 37.250; 2. Jenny Moore, Wisconsin-La Crosse, 37.125; 3. Molly Nemes, Gustavus Adolphus, 37.075; 4. Sulekha Modi, Cortland, 37.000; 5. Stacey Coleman, Ithaca, 36.950; 6. Tasha Pasch, Wisconsin-Stout, 36.550; 7. Sajdah Ahmad, Rhode Island College, 36.525; 8. Sonja Ellefson, MIT, 36.375; 9. Katie Kortuem, Gustavus Adolphus, 36.350; 10. Lisa McManus, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 36.225.
(Updated Monday, March 27, 2000)