January 28, 2012

Gymnasts Fall to Quakers in Home Opener

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale gymnastics team fell to defending Ivy Classic champion Penn this afternoon at a home meet, 191.225-188.35. The spread of less than three points was a significant improvement over last year's dual meet against Penn, in which the Bulldogs were bested by more than six points.

Yale started out with strong performances on both the vault and the uneven bars, and the team remained less than five tenths behind Penn on every event except for beam. However, the Bulldogs were forced to count several falls on beam. 

"I think there were some outstanding performances today, but I also think that we made a lot of mistakes that we're going to have to work on and to correct before next weekend," said head coach Barbara Tonry.

Junior Tara Feld had a particularly strong day, winning vault and floor with a score of 9.75 on each event. Feld also competed beam for the Bulldogs, scoring a 9.275.

Standout freshman Joyce Li placed second in the all-around with a 37.725 despite a fall on beam. Li finished behind Penn freshman Amber Woo, who won the all-around competition with a 38.025. Li also placed fourth on bars with a 9.675 behind bars specialist and junior Lindsay Andsager, who placed third on the event with a 9.7. Additionally, Li tied for third on the floor exercise with junior Stephanie Goldstein. Both gymnasts scored a 9.6 on the event. Goldstein was Yale's top performer on the balance beam with a score of 9.425.

Freshman Morgan Traina, who took second in the all-around at last week's quad meet at Springfield, competed all four events and scored a 36.675. Traina hit on bars and floor for scores of 9.475 and 9.375, respectively. Freshman Brianna Chrisman also contributed for the Bulldogs on vault and bars. Chrisman's front handspring front with a half twist on the vault was good enough for sixth place and scored a 9.525.

Senior captain Mia Yabut contributed a 9.275 on the uneven bars. Sophomore Ashley O'Connor made her season debut with a 9.125 on the vault and performed an exhibition routine on beam. Fellow sophomore Nicole Tay hit her bar routine for a score of 9.575 and placed sixth on the event. Nicole also contributed on bars and beam, and her twin sister, junior Tabitha Tay, performed on beam and floor.

"I thought that they did a really good job on bars, and Tara did an excellent job on floor. They all did a little bit better on vaulting. Beam is another story. We need lots of work on that so we don't have to count any falls, ever," said Tonry.

The Bulldogs return to competition Saturday February 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Hampshire Invitational, where the Bulldogs will also face Ivy rival Brown.

Report filed by Margaret Greenberg '12, Yale Sports Publicity.

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