February 11, 2012

Gymnasts Post Season-High Score at Pink Zone Quad Meet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs tumbled to second place in a quad meet at home this afternoon against Bridgeport, Rhode Island College and Springfield College. Yale's team score of 190.4 was a season-high for the team and was only bested by Bridgeport's 193.075. Springfield placed third with a 185.625 and RIC rounded out the competition with a 170.7.

Junior Tara Feld and freshman Morgan Traina each had standout all-around performances, with each gymnast hitting four out of four routines. Feld was fourth on vault with a 9.725, eighth on bars with a 9.55, eighth on beam with a 9.45, and second on floor with a 9.775. She placed second in the all-around with a 38.5 and was only a quarter of a tenth away from all-around winner Monica Mesalles Sallares, a Bridgeport junior who represented Spain in gymnastics at the 2004 Olympics.

Traina placed third in the all-around with a 38.475. She was eighth on vault with a 9.5, third on bars with a 9.75, third on beam with a 9.725, and thirteenth on floor with a 9.5. Fellow freshman Joyce Li also competed in the all-around and placed fourth with a 37.6. Li competed a high-flying layout yurchenko for a 9.35 on vault and placed fifth on bars with a 9.725. Li was sixth on beam with a 9.575 but fell on the last pass of her floor routine.

Junior Stephanie Goldstein has a solid showing on the vault and the floor exercise, scoring a 9.4 and a 9.525, respectively, on each event. However, Goldstein struggled on the beam, as did teammate sophomore Tabitha Tay. However, Tay bounced back and scored a 9.5 on the floor exercise, the final event for the Bulldogs.

Other notable performances included junior Lindsay Andsager's standout bar routine, which scored a career-high 9.85 and was good enough for first place. Sophomore Nicole Tay was second on bars with a career-high 9.775, and Yale gymnasts took three of the top four spots on the event. Nicole also competed on floor and placed eighth with a 9.55. Freshman Brianna Chrisman competed a notable exhibition routine on the floor exercise. Although her score did not count towards the team total, her high-powered tumbling resulted in a score of 9.625 on the event and showcased Yale's depth on the event. Senior captain Mia Yabut only competed vault, but her layout yurchenko scored a 9.3, good enough for thirteenth place. Finally, junior Maren Hopkins competed on the beam in her second meet of the season and beautifully executed both her flip-flop, layout step-out series and a switch leap to standing back tuck for a tenth-place finish with a score of 9.375.

"We're improving slowly," said head coach Barbara Tonry. "At this meet bars was outstanding, vault was okay, but we still have our nemesis--that beam. We need to go back to the drawing board to see what we can do to get the team ready to compete on that event. For floor, we have to work on our tumbling and our endurance."

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

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