Hamline News

March 21, 2009

Weniger wins floor title in event finals at nationals

The NCGA also named the association’s coach of the year and outstanding senior at the meet. The top six finishers (including ties) on each apparatus earned All-American honors while places six through twelve earned second team All-American status.

Weniger closed out her collegiate career by winning the floor exercise in a three-way tie with Ursinus’ Kira Oldham-Curtis (Jr., Eugene, Ore.) and Naomi DeLara (So., Kahului, Hawaii) of UW-Stout. The trio each score a 9.750.

The vault championship went to MIT senior Julia Zimmerman (Chicago, Ill.), who had collected the all-around title the night before. She scored a 9.775 to eclipse UW-La Crosse’s Gabi Hooper’s (Jr., New Brighton, Minn.) score of 9.725. Weniger finished third with a score of 9.550.

UW-Whitewater’s Ashley George (Sr., East Dubuque, Ill.) won the uneven parallel bars competition with a score of 9.750. Ithaca College’s Jessica Bolduc (Fy., Darien, Conn.) and Zimmerman tied for second with a 9.650.

On the balance beam, Alyssa Neely (Jr., Allentown, Pa.) from SUNY-Cortland won the championship with a score of 9.600. Melissa Baudhuin (So., Oshkosh, Wis.) from Winona State University and Zimmerman tied for second with a 9.575.

Alisha Anderson (White Bear Lake, Minn.) of Hamline also competed in the finals of the beam, scoring an 8.600 and finishing 14th.

UW-Whitewater head coach Jennifer White was named the NCGA coach of the year after leading the Warhawks to a third place finish in Friday’s team competition.

MIT all-arounder Julia Zimmerman (Chicago, Ill.) was named the NCGA outstanding senior. In her career with the Engineers, Zimmerman became only the second woman to win the national all-around title twice (2007, 2009). She was also a 12-time All-American and was the MIT female scholar-athlete of the year in 2007 and 2008.