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Gymnastics: Pioneers earn two individual crowns

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU senior Brittainy Johnson captured the bars title while junior Spencer Jones won the floor title at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Sunday at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center.

Johnson won her third career USA Gymnastics Collegiate individual event title after capturing the 2010 beam title and 2011 all-around title. The individual title for Jones was the first of her career.

Johnson scored a 9.850 on bars in the final routine of her TWU career to finish tied for first with Seattle Pacific’s Maria Hundley and Air Force’s Linnea Hance.

Johnson also finished tied for fourth on vault with an average score of 9.775, while fellow TWU senior Bethany Larimer finished tied for second with an average score of 9.8125.

Jones, meanwhile, scored a season-high 9.875 in floor to finish in a four-way tie for first with Kai Tindall of SPU and Melissa Doucette and Caitlin Perry, both of Bridgeport. TWU senior Amy Winczura scored a 9.825 on floor to finish fifth.

“I am so proud of the way that Bethany, Amy and Brittainy ended their careers today,” TWU head coach Lisa Bowerman said. “They all had some of their best performances of the season, and I know that felt great for them to finish like that. I am proud that we are bringing the bars and floor titles back to Texas as well. Overall, today was a great way to end this championship weekend. We are now turning our focus to 2015 and the next USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships at the University of Pennsylvania.”

Bowerman was also honored by being named the 2014 USA Gymnastics Ken Anderson Collegiate Head Coach of the Year. The award is the first for Bowerman and sixth for the TWU gymnastics program. Former head coach Frank Kublac took home the award in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2000.

Bowerman was also named the 2014 Midwest Independent Conference Coach of the Year and 2014 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year.

“I was extremely honored to receive the coach of the year award,” Bowerman said. “This championship has an abundance of wonderful coaches and people working within it, and to be recognized by them means so much to me.”