Yale Finishes Strong to Defeat SCSU

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Sherry Yang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Leading by only four-tenths of a point going into the final event, the Yale gymnastics team used an extremely strong floor rotation to hold off Southern Connecticut State by a score of 187.450-185.850. The Bulldogs saw multiple career-high individual scores on the way to a season-best team total, most notably by senior captain Sherry Yang, who posted career records on both the vault and the floor exercise in her last home competition. Yang, Yale's only senior, was honored after the meet during the Bulldogs' Senior Day festivities.

Yale began the day on the vault, with Yang scoring a 9.550 to tie for second place. Stephanie Goldstein and Talis Trevino finished shortly behind with a 9.475 and a 9.450, good enough for fourth and fifth place respectively, with Trevino's score a career record. Maren Hopkins and Tabitha Tay also recorded career bests with a 9.275 and a 9.250.

On the uneven parallel bars, Yale took the top two spots.  Lindsay Andsager finished first with a 9.775 and Nicole Tay finished second with a 9.500, both career bests. Goldstein finished fifth with a 9.300.

Nicole Tay also finished second on the balance beam with a career-best 9.650, while Goldstein finished third with a 9.600. Tabitha Tay and Hopkins finished sixth and seventh respectively with scores of 9.275 and 9.250. Yang scored a 9.175, while Ashley O'Connor posted a 9.150, the best score of her young career.

On the floor exercise, Yale's final three gymnasts occupied the top three spots. Trevino and Goldstein tied for first with a 9.700, a career record for Goldstein, and Yang finished third with a career-best 9.675. Tabitha Tay finished eighth with a 9.500.

All three of Yale's all-around competitors posted career bests. Goldstein won with a 38.075. Tabitha Tay and Hopkins finished third and fourth with scores of 36.675 and 36.050.

Report Filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity