Stypinski wins first career all-around title at Ohio State Quad


Sophomore Rachel Stypinski performs on the beam in the tri-meet at the MAC Center on Feb. 7, 2016. Stypinski took three first place finishes to help Kent State defeat George Washington University and Northern Illinois University.

Henry Palattella

The year 2016 proved to be a momentous 12 months for Rachel Stypinski, as the junior member of Kent State’s gymnastic team was named to the first-all MAC team and MAC gymnast of the year.

All of these achievements were done without her winning an all-around title at a meet. That drought is no more, as Stypinski used three top two finishes to help secure the all-around title at The Ohio State University quad meet on Saturday.

Home team No. 22 Ohio State took top honors with a team score of 195.800. The Buckeyes were followed by No. 11 University of Michigan (195.725) and the University of Washington (195.175). The Flashes (0-3) rounded out the teams, finishing with a team score of (192.975).

Stypinski won the individual bars with a score of 9.875, and she also managed to record second place finishes in both the floor (9.925) and the beam (9.875).

She went on to finish with a final score of 39.400 in the competition, which was 0.200 better than Washington’s junior Hailey Burleson.

The Flashes’ senior gymnasts had a strong day on the floor, as Jordan Hardison and Samantha Gordon tied for fifth with a score of 9.825, while Skyelee Lamano came in 10th place with a score of 9.800.

Junior Brooke Timko had a very good showing on the bars, finishing with a 9.825, which was good for third.

The Flashes open their MAC schedule when they take on Western Michigan University on Friday at the M.A.C Center at 7 p.m.

Henry Palattella is the sports editor, contact him at [email protected].