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Gymnastics: Pioneers runner-up at national meet

The TWU gymnastics team scored a 194.800 to finish second for the fourth straight season at the team finals of the 2013 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Saturday night in Shreveport, La.

Bridgeport captured its fifth straight USAG title with a score of 196.500, while host Centenary finished third with a 193.975 and Brown placed fourth with a 193.575.

The Pioneers opened the meet on vault and scored a 48.900. Senior Bethany Larimer led the team with a 9.825, while senior Amy Winczura scored a 9.775 and sophomore Kayla Jones posted a 9.750.

TWU moved to bars for the second rotation and scored a 48.725. The Pioneers were led by senior Brittany Johnson with a 9.825 followed by Larimer with a 9.800. Sophomore Spencer Jones scored a 9.725, while Winczura posted a 9.700.

In the third rotation on beam, the Pioneers continued their solid performance and scored a season-high 49.200. The event was highlighted by career highs by Johnson and Spencer Jones with a 9.900 each. Junior Ciara Maradiaga scored a 9.825, and sophomore Stephanie Repp finished with 9.775.

TWU finished the meet with a 47.975 on floor. Senior Kristin Edwards led the Pioneers with a 9.875, while junior Margaret Mayfield scored a 9.775.

“I am proud of the girls for competing hard from start to finish, but Bridgeport was hard to beat,” TWU head coach Lisa Bowerman said. “I am so happy to see us support each other through the entire meet. After struggling on beam the last couple of times, we bounced back in a big way.”

The USAG Championships will conclude today with the individual event finals at 1 p.m. Six Pioneers will be in the mix for individual titles: Edwards, Larimer and Winczura will compete on vault, Spencer Jones will compete on bars, Larimer, Maradiaga and Spencer Jones will compete on beam, and Edwards, Spencer Jones and Repp will compete on floor.