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Spring 2005 | Volume 28, Number 1 | Athletics

SPU Gymnasts Claim Four Individual Titles at National Meet; Team Ties for Third

AT THE APRIL 15–16 USA Gymnastics (USAG) National Championships in Ithaca, New York, Seattle Pacific University gymnastics captured both individual and team honors. The squad tied for third place with UC Davis, while Debra Huss and Kari Kelly combined for four out of five individual titles.

A sophomore all-arounder, Huss capped a career meet with a 9.850 tie for first on floor exercise. Earlier, she swung a 9.750 tie for first on the uneven bars and finished as runner-up on balance beam. Huss also won the all-around title, scoring 38.875 over four events and joining Barbara Elliott (1986–88) as the only SPU gymnast to win three national titles in a single year. Kari Kelly launched a 9.712 vault during the first rotation of the championship event to win gold.

Despite injuries to a couple key performers, Coach Laurel Tindall’s team was ranked No. 1 nationally for an unprecedented five straight weeks to start the season. Under Tindall’s watchful eyes, the Falcons have finished among the top four schools in NCAA Division II in 21 of the last 22 seasons and have produced 18 individual champions. Seattle Pacific won the NCAA crown in 1986 and garnered USAG titles in 1992 and 1997.

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