January 20, 2008

Yale Wins Nutmeg Classic

Jan. 20, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In a battle of the Connecticut women's gymnastics teams, Yale impressed the home crowd with a two point team win, as well as victories in each of the individual events. Alina Liao led the way, winning floor, bars, and all-around, while Lauren Tatsuno and Allison Mak received the vault and beam champion titles, respectively. Yale's final score was a 187.7, over University of Bridgeport's 185.675. Southern Connecticut took third with a 183.225.

The Bulldogs started out on vault, led by Tatsuno's 9.45. Brigitte Kivisto scored a 9.25 (6th place), with Liao closely behind with a 9.2.

On the bars, Yale received strong performances from Liao, Kivisto, and Sherry Yang. Kivisto's fluid routine earned her a 9.425 and fourth place. Yang's impressive high bar combination landed her in third place with a 9.45. Liao's 9.55 grabbed her a first place tie with SCSU's Sarah Darst.

Yale's strength on beam shone through once again, with a sweep of the top three scores. Kristen Campbell opened up with a 9.575 (5th place). Mak followed with an enthralling combination of rarely seen skills that won her first place with a 9.775. Laura Lombardi's graceful routine earned her a 9.525 (7th place), and Tatsuno followed with a 9.125. Kivisto's solid connections received a 9.65 (4th place), and Liao earned second place with a 9.725.

Closing on floor, Bulldog highlights include Tatsuno, Kivisto, and Liao. Tatsuno tumbled her way to a 9.525 fourth place finish, while Kivisto's sharp routine earned a 9.675 and second place. Liao took the floor title with a 9.75, closing out the competition on a high note.

Liao won the all-around, with a 38.225. Kivisto's 38.0 earned her second place, and Campbell scored a 36.325 for sixth place.

Next Saturday, Jan. 26, the Bulldogs will take on the University of Pennsylvania at John J. Lee Amphitheater. Competition starts at 1pm.

Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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