The University of Bridgeport gymnastics team won its third consecutive USA Gymnastics Collegiate Team National Championship on Saturday at the United States Air Force Academy, as the Purple Knights posted a season-high team score of 194.050 to top second place Texas Women’s University (193.300 points).

2011_USAG_National_ChampionThe floor exercise was the Purple Knights’ best event as team on Friday as they posted a total of 49.100 to help propel the team to its national title.

The reigning champions will be honored at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18 by the Bridgeport City Council, 45 Lions Terrace.

Sophomore Monica Mesalles, from Barcelona, Spain, was outstanding on Saturday night at the USAG Team Finals, as she took first place in the floor exercise and the vault. Mesalles tied for third place on the beam and was second in the All-Around Competition.

Junior Emily Repko, of Gilbertsville, Pa., helped lead Bridgeport to the 2011 USAG Collegiate team title with a second-place showing on the beam; Repko tied for third in the floor exercise.

Freshman Emily Turik, of Crystal Lake, Ill., was UB’s top finisher on the bars, finishing in second place with a score of 9.775.

In the vault, freshman Kamri Riles, of Ellenwood, Ga., had a fine showing on Saturday as she grabbed fourth place with a score of 9.800.

With their third straight USAG Collegiate Team Championship in hand, the Purple Knights went on to wrap up a successful 2011 USAG Championships weekend with a strong showing in Sunday afternoon’s individual event finals.
Mesalles won two individual event titles on Sunday, taking the floor exercise and the vault.

Repko had a strong showing on Sunday with a fifth-place finish on the balance beam with a score of 9,625 and a tie for sixth place in the floor exercise with a score of 9.725. Classmate Jessica Watts, of Marietta, GA, finished in a fourth-place tie in the floor exercise with a score of 9.750.

Finishing behind Mesalles in the vault were teammates Riles, who tied for third, and sophomore Natalie Saimeri, of East Longmeadow, Mass., who took seventh with a score of 9.725.

Bridgeport’s top finisher on the bars was Turik, who took ninth place.
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