January 23, 2010

Yale First Among Ivy Schools, Third Overall at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With a score of 186.125, the Yale gymnastics team finished third at a meet hosted by No. 22 Penn State. In the process, the Bulldogs defeated defending Ivy Classic champion Cornell, a positive omen in Yale's quest to return to Ivy prominence. The nationally-ranked Nittany Lions placed first overall with a score of 195.325, while Iowa finished second, scoring a 192.175. Cornell was fourth with a 185.750.

For the second straight meet, the Bulldogs were led in the all-around event by seniors Allison Mak and Brigitte Kivisto, although this time Mak edged Kivisto for a fourth-place finish, scoring a 37.475. Kivisto was only .025 points behind with a 37.450.

On the vault, Yale was led by Kivisto, who scored a 9.750. Freshman Tara Feld and Mak also broke 9.5, scoring a 9.700 and a 9.525 respectively.

Kivisto also produced Yale's highest finish on the uneven parallel bars, scoring a 9.600. Freshman Lindsay Andsager, who competed solely on the bars, was Yale's second finisher with a 9.450. Freshman Stephanie Goldstein scored a 9.325 and Mak scored a 9.250.

On the balance Beam, Feld had Yale's top individual event finish of the night, placing sixth overall with a score of 9.600. Goldstein and Mak were the only other Yale gymnasts with scores above 9.0. Goldstein had a 9.325, while Mak scored a 9.150.

In the floor exercise, Kivisto, who struggled on the balance beam, once again placed highest among Yale gymnasts, finishing seventh with a score of 9.725. Sophomore Talis Trevino, Mak, and junior Sherry Yang were shortly behind with respective scores of 9.600, 9.550 and 9.450.

Next Saturday, Jan. 30, the Bulldogs will host their first home meet of the season, a matchup with Ivy rival Penn beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Yale's John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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