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Gery and Kowalik Garner NCGA East Gymnast of the Week Honors

Springfield, Mass. – February 12, 2018 – Ithaca’s Victoria Gery (Pottstown, Pa.) and Brockport’s Candis Kowalik (Warwick, R.I.) were both recognized for their impressive performances this past weekend, as the duo earned National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA) East Gymnast of the Week honors, announced on Monday afternoon.

Gery, a junior for the Bombers, was named the NCGA East Specialist of the Week, while Kowalik, the defending NCGA National Champion on the balance beam, was named the NCGA East All-Around Gymnast of the Week.

Kowalik had a strong showing in the Cornell Big Red Invitational, competing as an all-around gymnast for the first time in her career. The junior had a solid meet in all the events, taking first on the beam, with a score of 9.850. She also placed in a tie for sixth on floor, with a 9.725. On the vault, Kowalik scored a 9.475 and notched a 9.450 on the bars.

Gery headlined a historic afternoon for Ithaca Gymnastics this past Saturday, as the Bombers shattered three team records en route to a second-place finish at the Cornell Big Red Invitational. IC smashed program records for team score in the uneven bars and floor exercise, which helped the squad also set a new total team score record with a 191.375 that outpaced both NCAA Division II West Chester and NCGA East rival Brockport at the meet. Gery was a big part of Ithaca achieving these new heights, as she recorded big scores in both the floor exercise and vault, the Bombers’ final two rotations on the afternoon. First, she equaled the program’s floor exercise individual record set by Jessica Bolduc ‘12 a pair of times during the 2012 season. She posted a 9.875 that outpaced all other competitors in the meet. Gery also was quite solid on vault, turning in a personal season-best with a 9.475 in a tie for 13th-place finish.