February 18, 2012

Yale Wins Dual Meet Against SCSU, Honors Seniors

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale gymnastics team continued an upward trend this afternoon with yet another season-high team score of 190.825 to Southern Connecticut State University's 187.9. Freshman Morgan Traina captured the balance beam and all-around titles while junior Tara Feld finished on top on the vault and the floor exercise. Yale gymnasts swept three of the top four spots on every event for an encouraging performance heading into next weekend's Ivy Classic.

Traina, who has consistently been a top contributor throughout the season, was fourth on vault with a score of 9.475. She was second on bars with a 9.775, first on beam with a 9.775, and fifth on floor with a 9.55. Her scores on beam, floor and in the all-around were personal bests for the season.

Right behind Traina in the all-around was fellow Yale freshman Joyce Li. Li also put forth a personal best on beam, where she placed second with a 9.725. Li was fourth on bars with a 9.725, fourth on floor with a 9.575, and second all-around with a 38.35.

Though Feld struggled on bars and beam, she stuck her full-twisting yurchenko on vault to take first with a 9.7 and executed a difficult floor routine which included a double back tuck as her third tumbling pass to win with a 9.825.

Another standout performance of the day came from senior captain Mia Yabut, who competed a layout yurchenko with a half twist and scored a 9.65, a personal best, to place second on the event. Yabut also competed a solid exhibition routine on the uneven bars which received a score of 9.475. Additionally, junior bars specialist Lindsay Andsager hit every skill in her bar routine and won with a score of 9.8. Sophomore Nicole Tay also did well on the event, placing fifth with a score of 9.65. Tay's routine includes a variety of difficult skills including a tkatchev, an overshoot to handstand, and a double layout dismount.

Junior Stephanie Goldstein also made important contributions to the team total on three events. Goldstein's layout yurchenko scored a 9.225 on vault. On beam she was fourth with a score of 9.675 to tie her career best, and on the floor she was second with a 9.7.

"I thought the kids did an outstanding job. We still had to count a couple of falls or we would have gotten the magical score of 191," said head coach Barbara Tonry. "They are starting to gain confidence and to believe they can hit their routines, and I'm really pleased with the way it's coming together. I hope it continues into the Ivy Classic next weekend."

After the meet seniors Talis Trevino and Yabut were honored in front of the crowd. Trevino, a valuable component of the Yale floor line-up, is still recovering from a minor surgery but hopes to be back on the floor before the season ends. The meet also coincided with Youth Day, and after the results were announced the team signed autographs for young fans.

The Bulldogs resume competition next weekend when they travel to Cornell for the Ivy Classic. Competition begins at 1:00 p.m.

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