Jan. 21, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs topped Ancient Eight rival Penn in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon at John J. Lee Amphitheater. Down 1.175 points after two rotations, the Elis mounted a late charge on the balance beam and floor exercise to defeat the Quakers 187.675 to 187.075.
The defending Ivy Classic champion Elis started the comeback on the balance beam during the third rotation. A trio of Yale freshman - Kimberly So, Lauren Tatsuno, and Alina Liao - turned in the meet's top three scores in the event, with So and Tatsuno tying for first with 9.675.
In the final rotation, junior Miki Seltzer and Liao posted the meet's top scores on the floor. Both earned a 9.650 from the judges. Those performances helped put Yale ahead of the Quakers, who struggled during their final rotation on the beam.
"That's what happens when you have a team that doesn't give up," head coach Barbara Tonry said. "[The team was] really, really, great today."
In the all-around competition, So, the reigning ECAC Rookie of the Week, took first place with a 37.975. Liao was a close second with a 37.700.
Yale fell behind early after struggling on the vault and bars, totaling 92.825 after two rotations, but overcame the early deficit.
The Bulldogs return to action next Saturday to host the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Report filed by Sean Singer '06, Yale Sports Publicity