Towson captures 4th straight state gym title


Gabby Linarducci and Anne Sugden had solid individual performances and led Towson State to its fourth straight championship in the annual Maryland State Colleges women's gymnastics meet at the Naval Academy yesterday.

The Tigers finished with 187.45 points, followed by the University of Maryland, 185.80, and Navy, 174.55. It was a season high for each of the first two and a school record for the Midshipmen. Their previous record was 171.90.

Linarducci tied for first in the all-around with Kristen Ragans of Maryland at 37.75, placed first in floor exercise with 9.6, and tied for first with Sugden at 9.65 on the uneven bars. Navy's Michelle Reyes won the balance beam with 9.6, and Stacy Eichwald of Maryland was first in vaulting, 9.5.

* Nationally ranked Penn State (3-0) handed Navy's men's gymnastics team its first loss of the season, 279.50-263.95, at University Park, Pa. Navy's Steven Parker won the floor exercise with a 9.55 and was second on the parallel bars and second in vaulting.


The University of Maryland (9-5) defeated No. 21-ranked Old Dominion (11-2), 20-17, and Howard University, 50-0. A decision by Mike Caro at 177 pounds, and a pin by Kevin Brown at 190 gave the Terrapins a 20-13 lead going to the final bout against ODU.


Washington College swept a pair of meets from Lebanon Valley, the men (1-5) winning, 86-66, and the women (8-2), 112-48. For the Shoremen, Brian Basso was a double winner in the men's program, and Kasey Carroll and Mimi Devlin each won twice for the women.

* Frostburg State ended its dual-meet season with victories over visiting Duquesne. The women (9-4) won, 131-102, and the men, 121-97.

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