February 20, 2014

Gymnasts Ready for Ivy Classic

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a number of strong meets to start the season, the Yale 
gymnastics team is primed for a big performance at Sunday's Ivy Classic. The 
Bulldogs travel to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown, Cornell and Penn, with the Ivy 
title on the line.


At last season's Ivy Classic, held in Payne Whitney Gymnasium, Yale finished in 
fourth place with a score of 191.100. Brown took first place with a 193.925, Cornell 
was second with a 193.025 and Penn was third with a 191.600. Junior Joyce Li had 
an excellent meet for the Bulldogs, finishing third in the all-around and finishing 
above 9.525 on every apparatus. Junior Morgan Traina was fifth in the all-around 
and fifth on the floor exercise.


Li and Traina have followed up their impressive 2013 campaigns with excellent 
junior seasons. They have a lot of help from some talented newcomers as well. 
Sophomores Camilla Opperman and Brittney Sooksengdao have had solid 
seasons as well. Opperman missed her entire freshman season due to injury 
and now competes mainly on the floor and vault. In the past two meets, she has 
produced Yale's top scores in those events and has shown great improvements 
in confidence and execution over the course of the season. Sooksengdao came 
into her own during the end of her freshman season, ultimately winning the ECAC 
championship on the balance beam, and has carried over that high level into her 
second season. She has consistently produced strong results on the beam and 
figures to do so on Sunday.


The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.


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

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