COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Ursinus College gymnastics team opened the 2017 season with a solid performance in a dual meet with West Chester on Thursday. The Golden Rams used a remarkable all-around performance by Majesta Valentine to post a 191.050-186.875 victory.
Valentine was impressive for West Chester, winning all four individual events to record a stunning 39.100 in the all-around. She scored 9.900 on the floor, 9.850 on the beam, 9.750 on the vault, and 9.600 on the bars. West Chester posted a 48.600 on the beam, a 47.850 on the vault, and 47.825 on the floor.
Senior Lauren Chavis led the way for the Bears with a score of 9.475 on the uneven bars, good for a tie for second place. Seniors Jillian Casarella and Vanessa Scalora tied for fourth with an even 9.400.
Junior Kaelin Ruoss turned in a strong effort in her first action in two years, registering a robust 9.750 to place third on the beam. Ruoss was the Bears' top performer in the vault, her 9.350 good for sixth place overall.
Junior Alexandra Puryear earned a team-high 9.475 to land in fourth on the floor exercise.
Several freshmen saw their first collegiate action. Courtney Pearson took seventh with a 9.325 on the vault, and Eleanor LaFountain matched that standing thanks to a 9.350 on the floor. Breanna Couts posted a 9.200 on the vault and a 9.150 on the floor, Skylar Haas collected a 9.225 on the vault, and Sabrina Tusavitz scored a 9.050 on the floor.
Ursinus returns to the floor on January 22 at Temple.