Springfield, Mass. – January 16, 2018 – Opening the 2018 season, Springfield College’s Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) and Cortland’s Emma Schulz (Poughquag, N.Y.) have been recognized for their impressive performances this past week, as the duo earned National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) East Gymnast of the Week honors, announced on Monday.
Clemens, a junior at Springfield College, was named the NCGA East All-Around Gymnast of the Week, while Schulz, a freshman at Cortland, was tabbed the NCGA East Specialist of the Week.
Jess Clemens, a junior Sports Biology major at Springfield College, helped the Pride to its highest-ever season-opening team score at West Chester this past weekend, as she won the all-around competition with a score of 37.400. Clemens’ all-around score included marks of 9.475 on vault, 9.125 on the balance beam, 9.250 in the floor exercise and 9.550 on the uneven bars. Clemens was the Pride’s top performer on the bars, as the junior is now the No. 3-ranked all-around gymnast in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA).
In her first week as a collegiate gymnast, Schulz competed in three events in three different meets and earned a pair of wins on balance beam at Division I Alaska Anchorage. Schulz tied for first at UAA on beam Friday with a 9.80, which is tied for the third-best score in the event in school history. She also tied for third on floor with a 9.50. Two days later, Schulz outright won beam at UAA with a 9.75, tied for second on floor with a 9.70, and placed fourth on vault with a 9.575. Schulz opened the week at Brockport Tuesday with a third-place effort on vault (9.425) as well as registering a 9.525 on floor.