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August 17, 2001

 

 

Chase, Collins, DeFronzo, Lyons and Monty Named
NACGC/W Scholastic All-Americans

 

Providence, RI— Rhode Island College gymnasts Anita Chase (Southington, CT), Cara Collins (Johnston, RI), Alicia DeFronzo (Holliston, MA), Jen Monty (Wrentham, MA) and Amber Lyons (Cumberland, RI) were named Scholastic All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women (NACGC/W).

 

Scholastic All-Americans must maintain a grade point average above 3.50 or better for the academic year. Female gymnasts from NCAA Division I, II and III schools are eligible. Chase maintained a 4.00 GPA in 2000-01. Collins had a 3.67 GPA last year. DeFronzo posted a 3.79 GPA last year. Lyons maintained a 3.52 GPA and Monty posted a 3.53 GPA last year.

 

Chase, a senior captain in 2001, was named a Scholastic All-American by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches of Women (NACGC/W) four times during her collegiate career (‘97-98, ‘98-99, ‘99-00, and ’00-01). She was also named to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) All-Academic Team and was selected as a Distinguished Student-Athlete by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education in 2001.

 

As a senior in 2000-01, she averaged scores of 6.970 on bars, 8.253 on beam and 8.838 on floor. Her season-high marks were as follows: 7.200 on bars, 8.850 on beam and 9.100 on floor at the Springfield meet. She placed 38th on beam at the 2001 ECAC Championships with a score of 8.400. Chase was tied for 29th on floor with a score of 8.900 at the 2001 ECACs.

 

As a junior in 1999-00, she averaged scores of 8.589 on vault, 7.023 on bars, 8.066 on beam, 8.157 on floor and 31.834 in the all-around on the year. Chase posted season-high marks of 8.750 on vault and 8.900 on beam against Bridgeport, 7.550 on bars and 8.625 on floor at the ECAC Championships. Chase accumulated a season-high all-around point total at Bridgeport, registering a score of 32.900.

 

As a sophomore in 1998-99, Chase averaged scores of 8.714 on vault, 7.293 on bars, 8.184 on beam, 8.661 on floor and 32.582 in all-around competition. Chase registered a season-high score of 9.100 on vault at the ECACs. She posted season-high marks of 8.725 on beam, 9.300 on floor and 34.475 in the all-around at Springfield.

 

As a freshman in 1997-98, she averaged scores of 8.665 on vault, 7.047 on bars, 8.217 on beam, 8.547 on floor and 32.658 in all-around competition. Chase registered season-high marks of 8.900 on vault against Southern Connecticut/Ursinus, 7.500 on bars at the NCGAs, 8.400 on beam against Springfield, 8.875 on floor at the Big Red Invitational and 33.225 in all-around competition against Springfield. She participated in the 1998 NCGA Championships, which were hosted by RIC. At the NCGAs, she finished 54th on vault with an 8.725 score, 49th on bars with a 7.500, 45th on beam with an 8.200, 56th with a score of 8.750 on floor and was 20th in all-around competition with a 33.175 score.

 

Chase is a biology major and a 1997 graduate of Southington High School.

 

Collins, a sophomore in ’00-01, averaged scores of 6.200 on beam and 8.288 on floor. Her season-high marks were as follows: 6.200 on beam vs. Brown on Dec. 4 and 8.375 on floor vs. Bridgeport on Dec. 9. She was a NACGC/W Scholastic All-American as a freshman in ’99-00.

 

Collins is a graphic design major and a 1999 graduate of La Salle Academy.

 

DeFronzo, a senior captain in ’00-01, ended her final collegiate season with an appearance at the 2001 NCGA Championships. DeFronzo competed as a beam and floor specialist from the East region. DeFronzo placed 35th on beam with a score of 8.725. She placed 43rd on floor with a score of 8.700. DeFronzo was also named to the NCGA All-Academic Team along with Anita Chase. She was named a Distinguished Student-Athlete by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education in 1999 and 2001.

 

As a senior in 2000-01, DeFronzo averaged scores of 8.875 on vault, 6.900 on bars, 8.827 on beam, 9.119 on floor and 33.669 in the all-around. Her season-high marks were as follows: 9.150 on vault at the Springfield meet on Feb. 11; 7.600 on bars vs. Brown on Dec. 4; 9.300 on beam at the ECAC Championships; 9.425 on floor at the Springfield meet on Feb. 11; 35.025 in the all-around at the Springfield meet on Feb. 11.

 

DeFronzo sat out all of the 1999-00 season while rehabilitating from a back injury.

 

As a junior in 1998-99, she averaged scores of 8.884 on vault, 6.283 on bars, 8.575 on beam, 8.595 on floor and 31.944 in all-around competition for the season. DeFronzo was second on the team on vault and third on beam. DeFronzo recorded a career-high score of 9.175 on vault at MIT. She posted a season-high mark of 7.000 on bars at Bridgeport. DeFronzo registered season-high scores of 9.200 on beam and 9.075 on floor at Southern Connecticut State University. Her all-around point total of 34.000 against Bridgeport was also a season-high.

 

As a sophomore in 1997-98, she averaged scores of 8.867 on vault and 8.744 on beam. She scored season-high marks of 9.100 on vault against Southern Connecticut/Ursinus, 5.800 on bars at the Big Red Invitational, 9.375 on the beam against Bridgeport, and an 8.850 mark on floor against Southern Connecticut/Ursinus.

 

As a freshman in 1996-97, she registered season-high scores of 8.900 on vault, 8.975 on beam and 8.825 on floor.

 

DeFronzo is a physics major and a 1996 graduate of Holliston High School. She was also a three-year letterwinner in women’s outdoor track and field at RIC. She is the RIC record-holder for the pole vault event.

 

Lyons, a freshman in ’00-01, averaged a score of 8.925 on floor. Her season-high mark on that event was 8.950 at the Springfield meet on Feb. 11. She is a 2000 graduate of Cumberland High School.

 

Monty, a sophomore in ’00-01, competed for the Anchorwomen on bars and beam. She is an elementary education major and a 1999 graduate of King Philip High School.

 

The Rhode Island College women’s gymnastics team finished the 2000-01 season with a 6-11 record and placed fourth at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships with a score of 179.500. Head Coach Nikki Follett’s team was 6-5 on the year against Division III opponents and was 0-6 against Division I and II opposition. Four members of the team qualified for the 2001 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships, which were hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Mar. 23 and 24.

 

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