Gymnasts Honored at Post-Season Banquet
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Several members of the Yale women's gymnastics team were presented with awards at the team's annual end-of-season banquet. Senior Lindsay Andsager, senior Tara Feld, senior Stephanie Goldstein, sophomore Joyce Li and freshman Brittney Sooksengdao were awarded special honors for their influence on this year's successes.
Feld, Li and Sooksengdao each received Outstanding Contribution Awards for their fantastic performances in 2013. Feld had a phenomenal senior campaign, competing in the all-around in every meet this season. She won the Ivy championship on the floor exercise, pacing the field with a score of 9.825. In her best all-around meet of the season against Bridgeport, Brown and URI, she broke her own school record on the vault, scoring a stratospheric 9.900 as part of a personal-best 38.950 score in the all-around. She was named the ECAC Co-Gymnast of the Week for her spectacular performance. Feld wrapped up her senior season at the USAG Collegiate Nationals, scoring a 9.575 on the floor to finish 11th. Feld was also given a Four-Year Senior Varsity Award.
Sooksengdao was a revelation for the Bulldogs during her freshman season. Competing on beam, floor and vault in all but one meet, she consistently delivered big routines for the Bulldogs. In the meet against Bridgeport, Brown and URI, she scored a 9.800 on the vault, tying for sixth on Yale's all-time high scores. The indisputable highlight of her freshman season, however, was her electric performance at the ECAC championships. Obliterating her previous personal best of 9.650, she scored a 9.850 on the beam to win Yale's first individual ECAC championship since 2010.
Li was among Yale's most consistent performers of the 2013 season. She competed all-around in every meet this season, exceeding 38.000 in all but two meets. She won the all-around in the SCSU/Ithaca meet, scoring a 38.375. At the Ivy Classic, she delivered a career-high 38.700 to finish third. For her consistently excellent performance, Li was named an alternate to the 2013 NCAA regional championships, a truly impressive achievement.
The team's three seniors each received Four-Year Senior Varsity Awards. Andsager finished her Yale career with another series of masterful performances on the uneven parallel bars. At the Ivy Classic, she tied for second with a 9.800. Against Bridgeport, Brown and URI, she finished third with a season-high 9.825. She finished her Yale career at the ECAC championships, where she tied for eight with a 9.700.
Goldstein was given the Captain's Award for Leadership for her calming presence as captain and consistent performance (she competed all-around in each meet). In addition to her added responsibilities as captain, Goldstein also had her best season as a Bulldog, posting career-best scores in four categories. One of these personal-bests came in the second-to-last meet of her career, against William & Mary, where she scored a 9.750 on the beam to finish second in that meet.
Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity.