Yale Places Second in Season Opener

Jan. 13, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - In a six-way competition at Springfield College, Yale received second place with a team score of 185.225, only six tenths of a point behind first place SCSU. Sophomore Allison Mak won the individual beam title with a 9.65, paving the way for the team's first place finish in the apparatus.

Yale started the meet off strong on floor, competing several new routines for the first time. Team captain Kristen Campbell was a highlight, scoring a 9.7 and placing sixth.

On vault, the Bulldogs were led by junior Alina Liao, whose 9.45 placed fourth. Fellow junior Lauren Tatsuno wasn't far behind, in fifth place with a 9.375.

Bars proved to be the Achilles' heel for the team, with lots of little errors that added up. Nevertheless, senior Laura Lombardi had a nearly flawless routine, swinging her way to a 9.4 and fourth place.

"We have all the skills down, but each person made a mistake at a different place," said Head Coach Barbara Tonry.

The Bulldogs refused to dwell on bars for very long and moved to the beam, where all six competitors stuck their routines. Besides Mak's first place finish, Tatsuno added a 9.575 and received third place.

SCSU's Erika Pysh won the all-around with a 37.9. Liao placed third with a 37.275, while sophomore Brigitte Kivisto finished in fifth place with a 36.775.

"I'm very pleased with the first meet," said Tonry. "The girls rose to the occasion and looked nice and clean, especially on beam and floor."

Next Sunday, Jan. 20, is the Bulldogs' first home meet. Against SCSU and Bridgeport, competition starts at 1 p.m. in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity