© Ed Martinez

SHREVEPORT, La., April 12, 2013 – Sasha Tsikhanovich of the University of Bridgeport won the all-around title on the first day of competition at the 2013 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. The competition continues with team finals on Saturday and individual event finals on Sunday.

The top two teams from each of the two qualification rounds advanced to the team finals on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. CT. Texas Woman’s University and Brown University advanced to the team finals by finishing one-two in the afternoon session, with Bridgeport and Centenary advancing from the evening session.

Tsikhanovich posted a total of 39.375 to clinch the all-around crown, slipping by the University of Pennsylvania’s Kirsten Strausbaugh, who earned a 39.200. Rounding out the top three was Bridgeport’s Lissette La Fex at 38.975. Tsikhanovich’s event scores were: 9.850, vault; 9.775, uneven bars; 9.925, balance beam; and 9.825, floor exercise.

In the afternoon, TWU posted a team score of 194.100 to take top honors in the qualification round. Brown was second at 190.825, just edging out the Air Force, which tallied 190.750 points. Cornell earned 189.250 points. For the evening session, Bridgeport’s team score of 195.450 gave them the top ranking, followed by Centenary in second at 193.975. Seattle Pacific University was third at 193.900, followed by the University of Pennsylvania at 193.350.

The top five finishers (including ties) in each event from each session advance to Sunday’s event finals at 1 p.m. CT. The event finalists are listed below. Interested fans can follow the action via the Texas Woman’s College’s live chat at http://www.twuathletics.com/splash.aspx?id=splash_109.

The eight schools competing in the team competition are: U.S. Air Force Academy, Texas Woman’s University, Brown University, Cornell University, Seattle Pacific University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Bridgeport and host Centenary. Schools with athletes competing for an event or all-around title only are: Lindenwood University, Southern Connecticut State University, Temple University, West Chester University and Yale University.

Tickets are available online at http://www.gocentenary.com/gymnastics/usag. Tickets will also be available at the venue box office the day of the meet.

The USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships is for Division I, II and III schools with less than seven-and-a-half full scholarships.

2013 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships
Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport, La.
All-around finals
Qualification for team and individual event finals

Photos by Ed Martinez

All-around final results
1. Sasha Tsikhanovich, University of Bridgeport, 39.375
2. Kirsten Strausbaugh, University of Pennsylvania, 39.200
3. Lissette La Fex, University of Bridgeport, 38.975
4. Spencer Jones, Texas Woman’s University, 38.900
5. Dana Bonincontri, University of Pennsylvania, 38.850
6T. Robyn Price, Centenary College of Louisiana, 38.775
6T. Sydney Clark, Seattle Pacific University, 38.775
8. Shannon Escarra, Seattle Pacific University, 38.750

Qualifiers for team finals (Top two teams advance from each session)
Afternoon session
1. Texas Woman’s University, 194.100
2. Brown University, 190.825
3. U.S. Air Force Academy, 190.750
4. Cornell University, 189.250
Evening session
1. University of Bridgeport, 195.450
2. Centenary College of Louisiana, 193.975
3. Seattle Pacific University, 193.900
4. University of Pennsylvania, 193.350

Qualifiers for the individual event finals

    Afternoon session
    Bethany Larimer, TWU
    Amy Winczura, TWU
    Kristin Edwards, TWU
    Jessica Wallander, Air Force
    Sarah Hein, Cornell
    Rachel Zabawa, Lindenwood University
    Emily Lutfey, Brown University
    (Kayla Jones of TWU did not advance to finals due to three per school rule)
    Evening session
    Monica Mesalles, Bridgeport
    Sasha Tsikhanovich, Bridgeport
    Dana Bonincontri, Penn
    Rebecca Brady, Southern Connecticut State University
    Carissa Lim, Penn

    Uneven bars
    Afternoon session
    Linnaea Hance, Air Force
    Jessica Hanner, Air Force
    Heather Zaniewski, Temple University
    Spencer Jones, TWU
    Katie Hawthorne, Air Force
    Melanie Jorgensen, Cornell
    Evening session
    Bryn Larson, SPU
    Megan Milavec, Penn
    Dana Bonincontri, Penn
    Kamri Riles, Bridgeport
    Kirsten Strausbaugh, Penn
    Elyse Shenberger, Penn
    Sasha Tsikhanovich, Bridgeport
    (Elyse Shenberger of Penn did not advance to finals due to three per school rule)

    Balance beam
    Afternoon session
    Ciara Maradiaga, TWU
    Rachel Zabawa, Lindenwood
    McKenna Archer, Cornell
    Bethany Larimer, TWU
    Spencer Jones, TWU
    Evening session
    Sasha Tsikhanovich, Bridgeport
    Kirsten Strausbaugh, Penn
    Lorraine Galow, Bridgeport
    Corrine Wise, SPU
    Alicia Floyd, Lindenwood

    Floor exercise
    Afternoon session
    Kristin Edwards, TWU
    Spencer Jones, TWU
    Stephanie Repp, TWU
    McKenna Archer, Cornell
    Katie Hawthorne, Air Force
    Alexandra Stych, Air Force
    Tara Feld, Yale University
    (Margaret Mayfield of TWU did not advance to finals due to three per school rule)
    Evening session
    Meg Crowley, Centenary
    Monnica Mesalles, Bridgeport
    Jessica Lieblich, Centenary
    Kristen Strausbaugh, Penn
    Caitlin Perry, Bridgeport
    Sasha Tsikhanovich, Bridgeport