February 21, 2016



Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island College freshman Kyndel Yett (Carrollton, GA) placed first on vault (9.425) and third on floor (9.325) to lead the women’s gymnastics team to a 179.275-164.050 victory over Ithaca College at The Murray Center on Sunday afternoon.


RIC is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation, while Ithaca was ranked No. 9 as of the latest National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) statistics.


In addition to being a season-best score for the Anchorwomen (1-5), the win also snaps a 16-match dual competition losing streak dating back to Mar. 4, 2012. It also marked the first time RIC has defeated or finished ahead of another NCAA women's gymnastics program in 33 straight competitions dating back to the 2012 ECAC Championships.




The Bombers (3-7) suffered two big injuries during warm-ups, which forced Ithaca to field only four competitors (of a possible six) on both vault and bars. RIC fielded a full, 24-gymnast lineup, while Ithaca sent out 20 competitors on the day.


Yett took first on vault with Ithaca senior Megan Harrington (Fayettville, NY) placing second with a 9.350. RIC senior Emma Hartan (Hebron, CT) and Ithaca sophomore Melissa Hollrigl (White Haven, PA) finished in a tie for third with a 9.300.



 Freshman Kyndel Yett


Ithaca sophomore Danielle Maffiud (Colechester, CT) took first on bars with a 9.450. RIC freshman Miranda Murphy (Lansdale, PA) finished second (9.200) and Ithaca sophomore Kendra Balcerak (Lima, NY) placed third (9.100).


The Bombers took the top two spots on beam, with junior Lynley Choate (Bald Knob, AR) finishing first (9.575) and sophomore Maggie Nieto (Needham, MA) placing second (9.275). RIC sophomore Courtney Osborn (Pomfret, CT) finished third (9.225).



 Seniors Emma Hartan and Kayla LaRoche were honored
along with their families as part of Senior Day.


Harrington finished first on floor (9.450) with IC freshman Victoria Gery (Pottstown, PA) finishing second (9.375). Yett rounded out the top three with a 9.325.


Osborn was the lone all-around competitor of the day, finishing with a 9.225 on vault, an 8.450 on bars, a 9.225 on beam and a 9.025 on floor for an all-around score of 35.925.



 RIC Women's Gymnastics Alumni were recognized prior to the start of the meet.


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will travel to Ithaca to take part in the Ithaca Bomber Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 28.