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Gymnasts Prepare for ECAC Championships

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Saturday the Yale gymnastics team will compete at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Penn, in the final meet of the 2012 season. The competition is among seven teams: Brown, Cornell, Penn, Temple, Towson, William & Mary and Yale.

The Bulldogs are coming off of a fourth-place finish at a quad meet hosted by Towson. At the meet, Yale scored a team total of 189.325. Senior captain Mia Yabut tied for second on vault with a 9.775, which ties her for the fifth-highest score in Yale vaulting history. Yale struggled on the balance beam, with five of the six competitors counting at least one fall. Junior Tara Feld was a bright spot in the all-around competition, placing third with a score of 38.4. Yale has scored as high as a 191.175 this year, which would have put the team in second place at last year's ECAC Championships.

Last year at ECACs, Yale placed seventh with a score of 186.225. Cornell won with a score of 191.675, and Penn was second with a 191.175. Towson was third, Temple was fourth, William & Mary was fifth, and Brown was sixth.

Yale has faced Brown twice this year. On Feb. 4, the Bulldogs prevailed 190.275-189.675. However, at the Ivy Classic the Bears scored a 191.075 to Yale's 190.725.

Yale faced Cornell at the Ivy Classic, where Cornell placed second with a team total of 191.875.

The ECAC Championships will mark Yale's fourth meeting of the season with Penn. The two teams faced off in a dual meet at Yale on Jan. 28, and Yale fell 191.225-188.35. Penn won the Ivy Classic with a score of 192.65, and the Quakers again bested the Bulldogs last weekend at Towson, 191.55-189.325.

The meet will mark Yale's first and only encounter of the season with Temple. The Owls achieved their highest team total in school history earlier this season, scoring a 193.275. Last weekend the Owls faced William & Mary and won the competition 192.275-191.4.

Towson and Yale have already met twice this season, with the Tigers coming out on top in both competitions. Towson has hosted Yale two of the past three weekends. On Mar. 2 the Tigers won 192.85 to Yale's 187.95. On Mar. 16 Towson won 194.8-189.325.

William & Mary competed with Yale at Towson on Mar. 2. The Tribe placed second with a score of 190.325.

Competition is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Palestra at Penn.

Report filed by Margaret Greenberg '12, Yale Sports Publicity