Gymnasts Prepare to Face Ithaca, Southern Connecticut

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Morgan Traina. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following a tough season opener against Alaska-Anchorage and Rutgers in which Yale finished third, the Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday with another tri-meet against Ithaca and Southern Connecticut.  Southern Connecticut will host, meaning the Bulldogs will not have to travel far for Sunday's meet.

Yale finished with a 185.750 last Saturday and the Bulldogs are keen to improve that score on Sunday.  Despite the disappointing end result, Saturday's meet featured encouraging performances from a number of gymnasts including senior captain Stephanie Goldstein, who finished fourth in the all-around, and sophomore Joyce Li, who finished right behind Goldstein in fifth place 

Ithaca lost its season opener against Brockport last Saturday by a score of 179.450-177.825.  Southern Connecticut had a more successful beginning to its season, winning last Sunday's tri-meet against Rhode Island College and Springfield with a score of 187.950.

Though the Bulldogs did not face Ithaca last season, they met Southern Connecticut twice, and prevailed both times.  In last year's first meet, a quad-meet against Brockport, Sothern Connecticut and Springfield, Yale finished first with 189.475, right ahead of second-place SCSU's 188.825.  Later in the season, Yale hosted Southern Connecticut in a dual meet and won 190.825-187.900.  The Bulldogs were led in last year's dual meet by current senior Tara Feld and sophomore Morgan Traina.  Feld won the vault and floor exercise while Traina finished first in the all-around and on the beam.

Sunday's meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

This report was filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity.