Cappalli, Hoffman, and Aucoin Honored With EAGL Week Three Awards

2014 Week #3 Update – January 28th

Courtesy of: Ashley LeVine

BALTIMORE, MD (Jan. 28, 2014) – The East Atlantic Gymnastics League announced its Weekly Honors after three weekends of competition in the 2014 season, on Tuesday, January 28th. Sophomore Lexi Cappalli of the University of North Carolina picked up her second weekly honor of the season as EAGL Gymnast of the Week, while junior Emma Hoffman of Rutgers University notched Specialist of the Week Honors and redshirt freshman Kelsey Aucoin of the University of New Hampshire was recognized as EAGL Rookie of the Week.

For the third-straight week Rutgers continues to lead the league with an undefeated 6-0 season record (2-0 in EAGL competition) and an average score of 194.656. North Carolina State University (4-4, 2-1 EAGL) is currently ranked second, averaging a 194.640 and UNC (3-2, 2-1 EAGL) follows in third with an average team score of 193.775. For the second week in a row, NC State holds onto the league’s highest total score so far this season (195.650), which the team posted during Week Two of competition, in a quad meet against University of Michigan, UNC, and Towson University on Friday, January 17th.

Starting out Week Three, Rutgers hosted Brown University on Friday, January 24th. RU picked up its sixth win of the season, defeating the Bears, 193.025 – 190.625. The team’s score ranks them No. 25 in the nation (as of January 27th), tied with Kent State University. NC State also competed at home Friday evening, for the first of two competitions this past weekend. On January 24th, NC State hosted a Beauty and the Beast competition, where gymnastics and wrestling competed simultaneously. The Wolfpack went 2-0 over Texas Women’s University (192.500) and the College of William & Mary (191.300) with a team score of 194.050.

In EAGL action on Saturday, January 25th, UNH traveled to the University of Pittsburgh for a dual competition. Pittsburgh came away with the win, totaling a team score of 194.025 over the Wildcats’ 191.675. Also on Saturday, Towson had its home debut in its brand new SECU Arena. The Tigers hosted West Chester University (188.975), Southern Connecticut State University (187.100), and Centenary College (186.375) and were able to pick up three wins with a season-high team score of 191.900.

Wrapping up action for the weekend, EAGL opponents UNC and the University of Maryland faced one another for the first time this season in Chapel Hill on Sunday, January 26th. The Tar Heels topped the Terps, 194.700 – 192.300, while every North Carolina athlete on the roster competed to contribute to the win. NC State also finished off its weekend on Sunday, traveling to the University of West Virginia. Although WVU (195.425) was able to come away with a win by a narrow margin, NC State tallied an impressive 195.400 to close out the weekend.

EAGL Gymnast of the Week:

Sophomore Lexi Cappalli of Kildeer, Illinois (UNC) notched EAGL Gymnast of the Week Honors on January 28th after placing first in the all-around, her first time competing all four events as a collegiate gymnast. In UNC’s home conference win over Maryland, Cappalli went 9.775 on vault, 9.850 on bars, 9.750 on beam, 9.825 on floor, and 39.200 in the all-around. In addition to a top finish in the all-around, Capalli took first on both beam and floor.

This is Cappalli’s second EAGL honor of the season. The sophomore garnered Co-Specialist of the Week during Week One (along with Katie O’Rourke of Pittsburgh). With her performances this past weekend, Cappalli leads EAGL in all-around average (39.200) and ranks second of floor (9.850 average), tied with Chelsea Raineri of GW.

EAGL Specialist of the Week:

Junior Emma Hoffman of Union, N.J. (Rutgers) was honored as EAGL Specialist of the Week for her first-place performance on bars in the Scarlet Knights’ win over Brown at home this past weekend. Hoffman earned a 9.850 on her lone event, which was the highest in the competition and also marked a career-high score for the junior.

Hoffman’s 9.850 helped Rutgers tally 48.625 on the event and ultimately pick up its sixth win of the season. Currently undefeated Rutgers leads the conference with an average team score of 194.656 and is ranked No. 25 in the nation (tied with Kent State). With this past weekend’s performance, Hoffman ties Stephanie Oullette of NC State and Taylor Henderson of GW for third in the conference on bars (9.788 average).

EAGL Rookie of the Week:

Redshirt Freshman Kelsey Aucoin of Double Oak, Texas (UNH) was named EAGL Rookie of the Week on January 28th. After a shoulder injury sidelined Aucoin her entire freshman season (2013), she has established herself as three-event stalwart in the lineup for UNH.

This past weekend against PITT, Aucoin set a personal-best score on vault with a 9.800 to tie for third place. Additionally, she followed up that performance with a 9.700 on beam (tied for sixth) and a 9.725 on floor (tied for seventh).