Jan. 26, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In the second home meet of the season, Yale beat out UPenn 188.575 to 183.775. The Bulldogs had higher team scores than the Quakers on each event, and Alina Liao walked away with the beam and floor champion titles.
Despite two 9.6 start value vaults and an uncharacteristic fall, Yale received strong contributions from Allison Mak (9.375), Brigitte Kivisto (9.4), and Lauren Tatsuno (9.5). Mak opened with a beautiful layout Yurchenko, which has a 9.8 start value, and placed fifth. Kivisto and Tatsuno, competing the same vault as Mak, placed fourth and second respectively.
Yale's performance on bars was the best it has been thus far this season; the team did not need to count any falls. Cynthia Leung started off with a flowing routine that earned a 9.275. Laura Lombardi contributed a beautiful routine with a mile-high release move on the high bar, propelling her to a 9.575 and second place. Sherry Yang's combination of different arm positions on the high bar was flawless, scoring a 9.5, putting her in third place. Liao received with a 9.325.
Beam provided the Bulldogs with some jitters, forcing some uncharacteristic bobbles and missed connections. Still, Yale received high scores from Liao (9.625) and Lombardi (9.5). Liao won the event and Lombardi took third. Unfortunately, there were several other nearly flawless routines punctuated with falls.
"We improved so much on vaulting and bars," said Head Coach Barbara Tonry. "But then we got a little nervous and it unraveled a bit."
But on floor, Yale truly shone. Sarah Hughes (9.2) and Mak (9.275) opened with solid routines, and the remaining Bulldogs took off from there, earning the top four scores of the afternoon across all of the events. Campbell's 9.65 got the crowd riled up. Tatsuno and Kivisto followed, scoring 9.725 and 9.75, respectively. Liao anchored the event with a stunning routine that earned a 9.825.
Penn's Marissa Rosen and Jordan Brewer shared the all-around title with the score of 37.8. Liao was just behind them with a 37.625. Kivisto's 36.7 placed fourth with Campbell right behind her in fifth place at a 36.625.
Next Sunday, Feb. 3, the Bulldogs take on the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Competition starts at 1pm.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity