Yale Falls in Clash Against Bowling Green, Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Yale gymnastics team finished third on Saturday in a tough meet against Bowling Green State University and the University of Maryland, scoring 188.550 points. The host Terrapins finished first with a score of 194.675, ahead of the Falcons with a 193.875.
The Bulldogs were led on the vault by sophomore Camilla Opperman who, after missing her entire freshman season due to injury, has stepped up in a big way in recent meets. She scored a 9.575 on the vault to finish in 13th, ahead of Brianna Chrisman with a 9.500 and Joyce Li, who scored a 9.475.
Li tied for Yale's top score on the uneven parallel bars with fellow junior Morgan Traina, both scoring 9.625 to share eighth place. Chrisman was 11th with a 9.600 and freshman Anella Anderson scored a 9.525 to tie for 13th place.
Traina had Yale's top score on the balance beam, netting a 9.600 to finish in 8th place. Right behind her was last season's ECAC balance beam champion, sophomore Brittney Sooksengdao, in tenth place with a 9.575. Anderson was 12th with a 9.425.
Opperman tied her career-best score on the floor exercise, putting up a 9.725 to finish in eighth place. Traina was 13th with a 9.425, just ahead of Katherine Lucas with a 9.400.
Having been tested against some of the best gymnasts in the country, the Bulldogs now have a week to prepare for the 2014 Ivy Classic. Hosted by Brown, this year's classic takes place on Sunday, Feb. 23, with competition starting up at 1:00 p.m. Yale is looking to improve on last season's fourth-place finish.
Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity