April 8, 2003
Brown juniors Jayne Finst (Delray Beach, Florida) and Gina Verge (Scituate, Massachusetts) will represent Brown gymnastics at the Northeast Regional in the All-Around. The Regionals will be held at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on April 12, 2003.
Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team), and one individual event specialist per event were named to each of the six regions. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Lincoln, Nebraska, April 24-26, hosted by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
The duo helped to lead Brown to a record-setting season, as the Bears shattered the school record team score, posting a 194.000 in their final meet of the year. In addition, the Bears broke several individual records this season, including the vault (Finst - 9.775) and the All-Around (Finst - 39.175). Finst, who owns the school and Ivy record on the Beam (9.925), also tied the school record on the floor, posting a 9.900 twice this season. Finst, who was named the 2003 ECAC Gymnast of the Year, also posted a season-high 9.825 on the bars, and a season-high 9.900 on the beam.
Verge, who earned ECAC Athlete of the Week honors once this season, had a very successful year, posting career-high scores in all but one event. She improved her vault career-high score by .075, earning a 9.650, and improved her bars score by .225, scoring a career-high 9.800 this season. On the beam, Verge posted a season-high 9.775, just .025 shy of tying her career-high, and posed a career-high 9.775 on the floor, .125 better than her previous personal best. In addition, in the all-around, Verge earned a 38.825, improving upon her career-high by .700.