January 22, 2011



Providence, RI-The University of Bridgeport took home first place at the Rhode Island College Women’s Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center. The Purple Knights (188.050) were followed by Ithaca (182.250), Wilson (160.225) and the Anchorwomen (156.400), who were hosting their home opener.


Sophomore Monica Mesalles (Barcelona, Spain) led the Purple Knights to victory with an impressive effort. She posted matching top scores of 9.800 on both vault and floor. Mesalles also posted the highest score in the all-around (38.075).  She registered scores of 5.500 on bars and was third (9.525) on beam.


Ithaca's top performer was junior Jessica Bolduc (Darien, CT), who placed second in the all-around (37.250). Bolduc placed third on vault (9.650), second on bars (9.525), 10th on beam (8.625) and second on floor (9.525).


The Phoenix received a strong all-around performance from sophomore Alex Howard (Tuscon, AZ), who placed fifth (33.900). Howard placed 10th on vault (9.200), 12th on bars (8.150), 19th on beam (7.850) and 13th on floor (8.700).


Bridgeport took first place on all four events. In addition to the aforementioned Mesalles victories on vault and floor, it got wins from freshman Emily Turik (Crystal Lake, IL) on bars (9.525) and junior Emily Repko (Gilbertsville, PA) on beam (9.675).



 Freshman Leah Jackson


For the hosting Anchorwomen, freshman Leah Jackson (Londonderry, NH) was unexpectedly pressed into all-around action due to injuries and responded by turning in the highest RIC score in the all-around, finishing seventh (31.300). Jackson finished 13th on vault with a team-high score for the day (9.100). She also finished 23rd on bars (5.150), 13th on beam (8.475) and 14th on floor (8.575).


RIC's only other competitor in the all-around was freshman Courtney Mailloux (Nashua, NH), who placed ninth (30.100). Mailloux finished 19th on vault (8.250), 20th on bars (6.100), 20th on beam (7.750) and 22nd on floor (8.000).



 Freshman Megan Saucier


Freshman Megan Saucier (Dartmouth, MA) had a strong showing in her second collegiate meet, finishing 14th on vault (9.050) and 16th on floor (8.525).


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen travel to West Chester for a tri-meet with the hosts and Bridgeport on Saturday, January 29.