Gymnasts Shoji and Andsager Win Conference Honors

Sophomore Monica Shoji
Sophomore Monica Shoji

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two Yale gymnasts earned ECAC conference honors after their performances at the New Hampshire Invitational. Freshman Lindsay Andsager was named conference Specialist of the Week and sophomore Monica Shoji was given the Coach’s Choice Award following the Bulldogs’ fourth place finish.

Andsager, from Naperville, Ill., competed solely on the uneven parallel bars in her first collegiate competition at New Hampshire, placing 12th with a score of 9.675, tops among Yale gymnasts. Andsager came to Yale from Aerial Gymnastics Club, where she was a two-time level 10 state and regional qualifier. In both 2008 and 2009, she placed third on bars at the state meet.

Shoji, from Boston, Mass., earned the Coach’s Choice Award after competing in her first meet in four years as a result of injuries. Shoji, a former USA national team member, first tore her Achilles and then her labrum in her shoulder while in high school. She was forced to undergo surgery, and deferred a year from Yale before sitting out last season while still recovering from her surgery. Although she is still unable to compete in every event, Shoji competed on the balance beam at New Hampshire, scoring a 9.050 in her first collegiate competition, a testament to her perseverance over the past four years.

Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity