Whitewater, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse gymnastics team captured the 2014 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)/National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) West Regional title Sunday night in UW-Whitewater's Kachel Gym. The Eagles finished with a team score of 188.200 to win the championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCGA Championships March 21-22 in Ithaca, New York.
UW-Whitewater placed second (188.075) while UW-Oshkosh was third (185.575). UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh also earn bids to the national championships.
Hamline University, Minn. finished fourth (185.525) followed by Winona State University, Minn. (185.225), UW-Stout (184.350), UW-Eau Claire (184.250) and Gustavus Adolphus College, Minn. (177.800).
UW-L earns its league record 22nd title in school history and 17th in the last 21 years. The Eagles scored 47.575 on the vault Sunday; 45.375 on the uneven parallel bars; 47.525 on the balance beam and 47.725 on the floor exercise. The 47.525 on the beam is a single-season high for UW-L.
It is the 19th career WIAC title for UW-L head coach Barbara Gibson. She has also led the Eagles to 15 NCGA championships.
The Eagles' Sheree Romesburg captured a pair of individual conference crowns Sunday. She tied for first on the vault (9.600) with UW-Stout's Katherine Prouty while winning the floor exercise (9.650) outright. Romesburg is the first UW-L gymnast to win the vault since Gabi Hooper took back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.
It is Romesburg's second straight floor exercise championship after sharing the title with Danielle Schulzetenberg of UW-Eau Claire last year. Romesburg is the first UW-L gymnast to win consecutive championships on the floor exercise since Becky McDonnell in 1998 and 1999.
Romesburg tied for 13th on the balance beam (9.475) in Sunday's competition. She was also named to the All-WIAC Sportsmanship Team, chosen for individuals that displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season.
Other top finishers for UW-L Sunday included Kari Willett placing seventh (36.925) in the all-around. She tied for eighth (9.500) on the balance beam, tied for 10th (9.500) on the vault and was 12th (9.475) on the floor exercise.
Morgan Shene recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes for the Eagles on the uneven parallel bars (9.525) and balance beam (9.575). She finished in a tie on the beam. Shene also tied for 12th on the floor exercise (9.475).
Nicole Mickelson was third (9.575) and Nicole Wangler 10th (9.500) on the vault while Rachel Riesterer was eighth (9.375) and Chelsie Richards 15th (9.175) on the uneven parallel bars. Ali Berry tied for sixth (9.525) with Riesterer finishing 16th (9.450) on the balance beam.
UW-L's Carly Kiesow tied for fourth (9.575) and Kelsi Vomacka was sixth (9.550) on the floor exercise.
Katie Fiorilli of UW-Whitewater won the all-around title (37.825) while Allyse Dieringer won the uneven parallel bars (9.675) and McKenzie Foster took the balance beam (9.725) for the Warhawks.
UW-L returns to action Friday, March 21 at the NCGA Team Championships in Ithaca, New York. The NCGA Individual Championships are scheduled for Saturday, March 22.
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