Gymnasts Defeat Springfield, Rhode Island College

(Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - The Yale gymnastics team topped Springfield and Rhode Island College this afternoon in a dominant fashion, scoring a season-high 189.950. Springfield was second and Rhode Island College third with scores of 182.625 and 159.625 respectively. Bulldog gymnasts took the top two places in every event as well as the top three places in the all-around competition.

Freshman Tara Feld and senior Brigitte Kivisto took first and second places respectively on the vault, earning respective scores of 9.750 and 9.675. Senior Allison Mak finished fourth with a 9.475. Freshman Stephanie Goldstein and sophomore Talis Trevino also broke 9.000, with Goldstein scoring a 9.325 and Trevino scoring a 9.100. Freshman Chelsea Savit made her career debut in the event, scoring an 8.750.

On the uneven parallel bars, Yale produced its highest collective score of the season, a 47.325, with five Bulldogs occupying the first five places. Freshman Lindsay Andsager won the event with a 9.750, tying her career record. Kivisto finished second with a 9.675 and Feld third with a 9.575. Goldstein earned a 9.200, while Mak scored a 9.175.

Brigitte Kivisto placed first on the balance beam, scoring a 9.825, the highest score of her four-year career. Mak finished in second place with a 9.675. Goldstein, like Kivisto, produced a career record, placing third with a 9.525. Junior Sherry Yang and Feld finished sixth and seventh with a 9.200 and an 8.875 respectively. Sophomore Mia Yabut placed 11th, scoring an 8.525 in her career debut.

As usual, the Bulldogs’ strongest event was the floor exercise. Kivisto won the event with a 9.850, with Feld placing second with a 9.750. Trevino placed third with a 9.625, while Goldstein finished shortly behind with a 9.600. Yang scored a 9.450, finishing seventh. Savit, making her career debut in the floor exercise, scored a 9.025.

Yale took the top three spots in the all-around competition, with two Yale gymnasts earning career-bests. Kivisto placed first with a career-record 38.975, while Feld finished second with a 37.950. Goldstein placed third with a career-best 37.650.

The Bulldogs resume competition with a three-way meet at Rutgers with Towson at 1:00 p.m. next Saturday, Mar. 13.

Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity