Titans end regular season at Eau Claire

Sean Maloney

The UW Oshkosh gymnastics team lost 185.100 to 183.975 on the road to UW-Eau Claire on Friday, Feb. 26 in its last Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season match. UWO had four of the top six finishers on the beam, including sophomore Amanda McBrayer and freshman Dana LoCascio sharing second. Senior Krystal Walker came in fourth, while junior Kylie Fischer rounded out the Titans’ finishers in sixth. McBrayer said she was glad her individual scores were still able to help the outcome for the team as a whole. “This weekend individually I hit both my vault and my beam routine,” McBrayer said. “So I was able to have my scores for both events count towards our team score.” Even though she finished well in the event at Eau Claire, McBrayer said she knows she has areas where she can improve on her scores. “At this point in the season, I know my routines and I know my gymnastics,” McBrayer said. “I just need to focus on the little things and my form in order to get as many tenths back as possible.” LoCascio, who shared second place on the beam, said she is looking for anything she can to help increase her scores heading into this weekend. “There is always something that I can improve on in each event,” LoCascio said. “[This week] my focus will be on floor tumbling and leaps.” LoCascio said she was proud of how the team bounced back during the event after some early struggles on the bars. “The team as a whole kept their confidence up,” LoCascio said. “Though we had some falls on the bars, the girls didn’t let the disappointment carry over to the other events.” McBrayer was also impressed with her team’s ability to respond to some of the adversity that struck during their event. “I’m proud of how everyone picked each other up after we had to count a fall on the bars,” McBrayer said. “Everyone stayed positive and did their job without worrying about what had happened.” Freshman Bailey Finin said she is looking for areas to improve heading into the WIAC Championships on March 4. “I need to remember to show off my dance, and make sure my finishes are strong after each pass,” Finin said. “Every tenth counts.” LoCascio said she would use the meet in Eau Claire as extra motivation heading into the WIAC Championships. “I thought about where I fell short and how I could improve in those areas,” LoCascio said. “I would really like to make it to nationals to try for All-American on the beam.” Finin said joining her team for nationals is a driving force in how she is preparing for the WIAC Championships. “I am aware of how real this opportunity is and that we really can make our dream a reality,” Finin said. “I really want to be able to compete with my entire team in New York.” The Titans will head to La Crosse for the WIAC Championships on March 4.