Whitewater, Wis. – Gustavus Adolphus junior gymnast Jamie Ries (Monticello, Minn.) highlighted the second day of the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships with the gymnastics program’s best finish at nationals since 2007. Ries, who earned a spot in Saturday’s finals after scoring a 9.325 on the uneven parallel bars on Friday night, turned in a season-best routine of 9.350 to finish in a tie for ninth place.
Jamie Ries moved up three spots on Saturday after finishing 12th on the opening day. The Monticello, Minn. native garners NCGA All-America Second Team honors for her performance and becomes the first Gustavus All-American since Nicole Gergen finished 11th on the balance beam in 2007.
Winning the bars competition was Cici Talcott of UW-Whitewater who scored a 9.725. Warhawk gymnasts swept the podium as Annie Mix placed second (9.675) and Katie Thompson finished third (9.625).
Five other Gusties were also honored on Saturday for their excellence in the classroom. Earning a place on the 2013 NCGA Academic All-America Team were seniors Tiffany Etterman (East Gull Lake, Minn.), Samantha Opsahl (Forest Lake, Minn.), Amanda Christensen (Albany, Minn.), Shelby Winzent (Golden, Colo.), and Bailey Zeinert (Oshkosh, Wis.).
Gustavus Athletic Director Tom Brown was also honored at the NCGA Championships by being named the North Central Region Administrator-of-the-Year.