March 18, 2014

Gymnasts Wrap Up Season With Two Meets This Week

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale gymnastics team wraps up the regular season this week with a meet against Bridgeport on Thursday.  Yale will then travel to Philadelphia on Saturday to compete in the ECAC Championships.  The Bulldogs look to carry the momentum they have been building recently into the two meets this week, hoping to finish the season on a strong positive note. 

The Bulldogs are coming off their best performance of the season, having scored a 191.750 to finish third against George Washington and Towson.  Junior Morgan Traina was excellent in that meet, finishing third on the balance beam with a 9.800 and setting a career-best in the all-around with a total of 38.900 points.  Sophomore Camilla Opperman had a strong meet as well, finishing third on the floor exercise with a 9.825. 

Yale has already faced Bridgeport twice this season, at the Bulldog Invitational and again in a quad-meet with Penn State and Western Michigan.  At the Bulldog Invitational, Yale finished fourth with 187.125 points while Bridgeport finished first with 192.275 points.  At the Penn State quad-meet, Yale was fourth again with a 188.525 while Bridgeport finished third with a 193.500. 

The Bridgeport meet is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. 

In last year's ECAC Championships, the Bulldogs finished in fifth place with a score of 191.500.  Penn finished in first place to win its second straight ECAC title.  The highlight of the meet for the Bulldogs last year was sophomore Brittney Sooksengdao 's performance on the balance beam, where she won the individual title with a career-best score of 9.850.  Junior Joyce Li also performed well, scoring a 9.750 on the uneven parallel bars to finish in fifth place.

This year's ECAC Championship will be held at Temple University on Saturday, with the meet starting at 12 p.m.

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

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