By Theresa Morrissey, Staff Writer
Saturday, Feb. 13, was a historic day for Long Island University. The date marked the inaugural competition for the Long Island University Women’s Gymnastics Team. Women’s Gymnastics competed in their inaugural meet against the University of New Hampshire at the Pratt Recreation Center. The Sharks had a strong showing, but were narrowly defeated 192.050 – 190.575 in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League action.
LIU had several standout athletes who were able to post solid scores for the team. Freshman Alisson Lapp was able to post a 9.700 on her uneven bar routine, while freshman Lauren Miller posted a 9.375 on vault. Lapp led the team on the balance beam by posting a 9.800 routine, while sophomore Amanda Loo led the sharks on the floor by posting a 9.725. In the all-around, sophomore Katy Koopman posted a score of 38.175.
Women’s Gymnastics Head Coach Randy Lane was pleased with how the first meet went.
“The team and staff were very excited to begin the season and to begin the program by having the first gymnast compete in the first event for the Sharks. When Lauren Miller, who was the first gymnast ever to commit to LIU, competed as the first person ever for LIU gymnastics, she created Herstory,” he said. “As the first head coach of this new program, it was important for me to have the first ever gymnast compete in the first ever routine for the Sharks. Lauren was excited, proud and humbled.” Similarly, Miller was also pleased with how the first meet went.
“I would say the inaugural gymnastics competition went really well. The team’s energy was super high, and we had a lot of fun. Given the limited time to prepare and practice due to the pandemic, we put up our best gymnastics.”
Women’s Gymnastics will continue to compete before the EAGL Championship on Saturday, March 20, in Towson, Maryland.