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EAU CLAIRE, Wis.--University of Wisconsin-La Crosse secured the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) women’s gymnastics title at UW-Eau Claire’s McPhee Phy Ed Center on March 3.
The Eagles captured the 21st first-place trophy in program history with 187.700 points. UW-Whitewater, the two-time defending champion, finished second with 185.500 points, UW-Eau Claire third with 183.025, Winona State University (Minn.) fourth with 181.300, UW-Stout fifth with 180.650, Hamline University (Minn.) sixth with 180.600, UW-Oshkosh seventh with 176.175 and Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) eighth with 172.450.
The championship also served as the West Regional qualifier for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships that will be held March 23-24 in Brockport, N.Y. UW-La Crosse, UW-Whitewater and UW-Eau Claire earned team spots into the national meet.
UW-La Crosse’s Morgan Shene secured the all-around title with a score of 37.925, while teammate Christa Booman posted a first-place finish in the uneven bars with a score of 9.700.
Hamline’s Courtney Benson claimed the floor exercise with a score of 9.650 to become the first individual in program history to earn the WIAC title in the event.
UW-Stout’s Katherine Prouty captured the vault with a score of 9.650 to become just the second individual in program archives to win the event. Pamela Fujioka won the discipline in 1984 and 1985.
UW-Whitewater’s Allyse Dieringer was victorious in the balance beam with a score of 9.600.
The top six finishers in each event received All-Conference recognition.
UW-Stout’s Heather Harmeyer received the Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete Award.
An All-Sportsmanship Team was selected for those individuals that displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. It included one individual from each school. Named to the squad were: UW-Eau Claire’s Rachel Behmer, Gustavus Adolphus’ Shelby Winzent; Hamline’s Katie Hall; UW-La Crosse’s Jamie Shervey; UW-Oshkosh’s Leah Herchenbach; UW-Stout’s Kayla Widmar; UW-Whitewater’s Lauren Corrigan and Winona State’s Laura Fabian.
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