Yale Finishes Third, Puts Up Season-High Score

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

DURHAM, N.H. – The Yale gymnastics team put on its best performance of the 2013 season on Sunday, scoring a 191.225 in a tri-meet at the University of New Hampshire against UNH and George Washington.  Despite breaking 190 points for the first time this season, however, the Bulldogs finished third behind two very strong East Atlantic Gymnastics League teams.  The host team was victorious as UNH scored a 195.425, just ahead of GW's 194.750.

Despite the unsatisfying result, Yale received a number of strong performances—as evidenced by the season-high team score.  On the floor exercise, all six Bulldogs scored above 9.500, led by senior Tara Feld whose 9.725 was good ninth overall, only .125 off first place.  Freshman Brittney Sooksengdao was Yale's next finisher, coming in 13th with a personal best score of 9.650. 

Sooksengdao was Yale's top finisher on the vault, tying the personal best score she set last week with a 9.650 to finish 10th in the event.  Sophomore Joyce Li was right behind Sooksengdao on the vault, finishing 11th with a 9.575.  Li was also Yale's top all-around finisher, scoring a 38.500 to finish fourth in the all-around.  Fellow sophomore Morgan Traina finished fifth in the all-around competition, posting a score of 38.275. 

Traina, last year's Ivy champion on beam, was Yale's top finisher on that apparatus on Sunday, coming in fourth with a 9.775.  Senior bars specialist Lindsay Andsager proved why she focuses on the uneven bars, putting up a 9.750, good for fourth place.

The Bulldogs have a chance to continue this season's steady improvement next Saturday, Feb. 9, when they travel to Cornell for the Big Red Invitational, which features Brockport, Ithaca and Southern Connecticut in addition to the hosts. 

Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity.