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Kowalik and Twomey Garner NCGA East Gymnast of the Week Accolades

Springfield, Mass. – January 14, 2019 – Candis Kowalik (Warwick, R.I.) of Brockport and Tali Twomey (Cotuit, Mass.) of Springfield College have been recognized for their impressive performances this past weekend, as the duo has earned National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) East Gymnast of the Week honors, announced on Monday.

Kowalik was named the NCGA East All-Around Gymnast of the Week, while Twomey earned NCGA East Specialist of the Week honors.

Candis Kowalik continues to be a staple for the Golden Eagles, starting her senior season right where she left off. Last week Kowalik competed in two meets, both of which she had standout performances. In the team’s dual meet against SUNY Cortland on Tuesday, she grabbed a first-place spot on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.500 and a fourth-place finish on the vault with a 9.275. She then stepped up her game even more in this weekend’s Rhode Island College Quad meet, where she ranked in four of the five categories. The Warwick, R.I. native soared to the top, securing a first-place All-Around finish with a score of 37.975 as well as a first-place finish on the beam where she posted a 9.625. Her other top ranks came on the bars and the floor events, where she brought home a third-place finish in both.  

Tali Twomey, a junior Rehabilitation and Disability Studies major at Springfield College, had an impressive first meet of the 2019 season, as she won a pair of individual events at the Rhode Island College Quad Meet this past weekend, which included the Anchorwomen, Brockport and Ursinus. Twomey had the top vault score of the day, registering a 9.500 as the Pride’s first competitor of the rotation, while also winning the floor exercise with a mark of 9.825. Twomey, who won the 2018 NCGA National Championship in the floor exercise last season, is the No. 1-ranked Division III gymnast on floor in 2019. Twomey’s efforts helped the Pride to a second-place finish at the quad, as the maroon and white produced a team score of 183.300.