Bulldogs Achieve Season-Best Score in Rescheduled Meet
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Competing in their second meet in three days, the Yale gymnastics team scored a 193.475 on Tuesday, its highest score since 2004 and fifth highest all-time. The Bulldogs finished second among the four teams competing in the rescheduled meet, behind Bridgeport (196.200) and well ahead of this season's Ivy champion Brown (191.625) and Rhode Island (162.575).
It was one of those days where nearly everything went right for the Bulldogs, as five different gymnasts achieved a total of ten career-best scores. Leading the surge for Yale was senior Tara Feld, who broke her own school record on the vault, scoring a 9.900 to tie for second place. Feld was fifth on the floor exercise with a 9.725. She also set a career-best in the all-around, scoring at least 9.650 on all four apparatuses to total a 38.950, third-place overall. The team set a school record for on the vault, totaling a score of 48.625. Freshman Brittney Sooksengdao had a career-high, scoring a 9.800 to finish tied for seventh overall on the vault. Sophomore Morgan Traina also set a career-high, scoring a 9.675 to finish 14th.
The Bulldogs also had a spectacular day on the uneven parallel bars, totaling a 48.675, the best team score since 2001. Senior bars specialist Lindsay Andsager finished third with a 9.825, just .25 off her career-best. Traina tied her career best with a 9.775 to finish fourth. Sophomore Joyce Li tied for fifth with a 9.750 and junior Nicole Tay scored a season-best 9.650 to finish tied for 11th. Senior Stephanie Goldstein set a career-high on bars with a 9.600 to finish 15th. In addition to her performance on the bars, Goldstein scored personal-bests on beam with a 9.725 (finishing tied for eighth) and in the all-around, totaling 38.500 to finish fifth.
Traina had her best score of the year on the balance beam with a 9.800 to tie for first on the apparatus. With career-bests on the vault and bars and a season-high on the beam, Traina set a career-best in the all-around, scoring a 38.800. Junior Ashley O'Connor set a career-best on the beam, scoring a 9.675.
The Bulldogs will travel to Williamsburg, Va. to compete against William & Mary in their final regular season meet. The meet will begin at 7:00 P.M.
Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity