February 9, 2014

Walters Dazzles, Gymnastics Takes First at Springfield with Season-High Score

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) won three of four events and earned a career-high 39.050 all-around score to lead the Brown gymnastics team to first place on a season-best 192.825 at Springfield College on Sunday.

Walters took top honors on vault (9.800), uneven bars (9.800) and beam (9.775) to secure the all-around title in a dazzling display. Senior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.) and freshman Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) tied for first (9.800) on the floor exercise and placed second (38.875) and third (38.200) in all-around, respectively. Shnayder's all-around was also a career high score as she finished second on vault (9.700), fifth on bars (9.650) and second on beam (9.725) to compliment her floor crown.

The Bears opened with a dominant 48.475 on bars and never looked back, breaking the 48-point mark on three of four events while eight Brown gymnasts scored 9.700 or higher throughout the day. Walters' 9.800 led the way, followed closely by freshman Tori Kinamon's (Peachtree City, Ga.) 9.725.

Brown turned in a 47.350 on beam, paced by Walters and Shnayder (9.725). Junior Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, N.Y.) added a career-best 9.650.

Brown's highest team score of 48.625 came on floor thanks to dual 9.800 scores by Morant and Shnayder. Walters and freshmen Jorden Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Brooke Williams (Clyde Hill, Wash.) shared third place honors (9.675) while junior Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, N.Y.) rounded out Brown's floor spectacle in seventh (9.550).

A 48.375 on vault closed out the record-setting day for Brown with all six participants scoring 9.550 or higher.

No less than 13 personal records were set for the Bears. Walters led the way with career bests in all five categories (9.800 vault, 9.800 bars, 9.775 beam, 9.675 floor, 39.050 all-around), while Shnayder set an all-around record (38.875) and tied her career mark on bars (9.650). Senior Madeline Benz (Chester, N.J.) and Kinamon set new marks on bars with 9.550 and 9.725, respectively. Brown's success on bars was matched only by floor, which saw Mitchell (9.675) and Morant (9.800) turn in career bests along with Shnayder and Walters. Hoffman's 9.650 on beam tied her personal best to round out the dominant Brown performance.

The Bears are back to action on Saturday, Feb. 15, when they return to the University of New Hampshire with Centenary.