Fisk University Is Succeeding In The NCAA

by Anthoni Duncan

Congrats Are In Order For The Women’s Gymnastic Team At Fisk University: They Just Keep On Winning!

Earlier this month, the team went viral when they were the first HBCU (Fisk University) team to compete on the NCAA level. This was held at the Super 16 invitational in Las Vegas.  According to HBCU Legends, they finished fourth, becoming the first HBCU gymnastics squad to compete at the NCAA level in an organized event. The team was led by top-recruit Morgan Price, who earned the meet’s highest score of 9.9 on the vault. As a matter of fact, the history of this team is quite intriguing as well.

Fourteen months ago, the Fisk Ladies Gymnastics program’s formation was pioneered by freshman Jordynn Cromartie. She was inspired to create the team after a conversation with her uncle, a Fisk alum. He persuaded her to consider an HBCU over a Power 5 school. Monday’s match was a homecoming for Fisk University head coach Corrine Carver. The first-ever HBCU gymnastics coach is a UGA legend who became the first black gymnast in school history. She then went on to become the first African-American to win an NCAA all-around championship.

Nothing But Love….

When the meet was over, the crowd eased its way onto the floor. They flooding the Fisk gymnasts with love in the form of warm words, photo requests, and hugs. This went on for several minutes, with the crowd having to be ushered off the court. Channel 5 News tells us Fisk University will compete close to home on Friday since becoming the first historically Black college or university to launch a gymnastics team.

Fisk University’s gymnastics team will make it’s first — and only — local appearance against college programs during the 2023 season at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic in Lebanon. The event, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20, will consist of Fisk, Southeast Missouri State, Kent State, Lindenwood, and Ball State. Three meets into the season, the team undoubtedly already has a champion! (Tennessean, 2023)

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