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ALL-AROUND ANNIVERSARY

Women’s gymnastics celebrates 50 years

They didn’t perform any back handsprings, double layouts or handstands. But the approximately 100 former TU gymnasts from the men’s and women’s teams vaulted into history. They came to SECU Arena in February to celebrate 50 years of women’s gymnastics (the men’s team disbanded around 1984).

George McGinty, who coached the Tigers from the program’s start in 1967 until his retirement in 1981, attended. He compiled a 104-45 record and was inducted into the Towson Hall of Fame in 1991.

Dick Filbert ’71, head gymnastics coach from 1983 until his retirement in 2010 and his wife Lynda Filbert ’94, the assistant coach for 20 years came too. During their 20 seasons together, the Filberts led Towson to 11 ECAC championships, 11 NCAA Regional appearances and three USA Gymnastics NIT titles.

In addition, Dwight Normile ’74, editor of International Gymnast Magazine, was on hand.

He qualified for the NCAA National Championships in vaulting and floor exercise, and coached the men’s team.

To celebrate the accomplishments of TU’s women gymnasts, the Department of Athletics compiled a countdown of the top-10 scorers in each event. Below are the top performers. For the other record holders, visit Towsontigers.com.

VAULT – 10.000
Kristen Presutti ’03; March 6, 2002

BARS – 10.000
Gabi Weller ’00; March 10, 2000

BEAM – 9.925
Mary Elle Arduin; Feb. 28, 2016

FLOOR – 10.000
Heather Hanson ’00; March 10, 2000
Kristen Presutti ’03; March 21, 2003

ALL-AROUND – 39.675
Gabi Weller ’00; March 10, 2000

TEAM
196.800 vs. Maryland and Pittsburgh; March 10, 2000

 


1 – ACES

Just one. That’s all it took for Tiger golfers William Bachelor and Spencer Alexander to get the ball in the cup. Bachelor, a junior, carded a hole-in-one at the Hartford Hawk Invitational on the 158-yard, par-three seventh hole. A few weeks later at the Elon Phoenix Invitational, Alexander, a sophomore, aced the 181-yard, par-three 16th-hole. These are the first aces for the men’s golf team since Chris Scialo made one at the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association championships at the Homestead.

2 – Record Breakers

Junior Jack Saunderson and senior Collin Roddy shattered two program records at the 2018 CAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

Saunderson won gold in the 100-yard butterfly, breaking the pool, CAA and program record with a time of 45.75 seconds. He also won another gold medal in his first 200-yard individual medley with a record time of 1:45.76. Roddy broke the school record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:53.04.

40 – ALL-ACADEMIC THROWER

Lauren Coleman capped off a solid sophomore season by finishing 40th in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Championship. Her toss in the preliminary meet went 14.58m (47’10”). She was also named a U.S. Track and Field, and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic. To qualify, athletes must have a 3.25 GPA or better and be ranked in the top 48 nationally in their event.

552 – THE KEEPER

Not much gets by Emilee Woodhall. TU’s field hockey goalie was a dominating presence in the cage, surpassing 500 career saves at the beginning of her senior season. She finished her TU field hockey career with 552 saves, the third most in CAA history. Woodhall’s highlights include 34 saves against No. 11 University of Maryland last September, breaking a school record that stood for 34 years.

 

INTERNATIONAL DIGS

TU VOLLEYBALL PLAYER PLAYS FOR THE PUERTO RICAN NATIONAL TEAM

Jocelyn Kuilan, a TU volleyball player, spent last summer playing against some of the best volleyball players in the world Kuilan competed on the Puerto Rican National Volleyball Team during the 25th annual FIVB World Grand Prix—one of the biggest international volleyball tournaments. The junior outside hitter practiced with the team, then played in the team’s first round of games between July 7-9.

It was her first time with the country’s senior squad, although she has played for Puerto Rico’s junior national volleyball teams.

“I’m super proud of what I was doing, because there are people I’ve played with who have played in the Olympics,” Kuilan says. “I was just learning step-by-step next to them and trying to become a better player.”

Originally from Toa Baja, a town about 15 miles from the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, Kuilan, 19, was the youngest player on the team—something she is used to as she was only 17 when she started her career at TU.

But her skill defies her youth. During her sophomore year at TU, Kuilan earned First-Team Colonial Athletic Association honors.

“Being the youngest one on the team, they know I have a high level of potential,” Kuilan says. “It’s great because they have given me a lot of advice and encouragement. If I’m doing something wrong, they are always there to step up and tell me, and to help me get better.”