January 28, 2006

Elis Top Engineers

Jan. 28, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Despite injuries to four gymnasts, the Elis turned in a solid performance Saturday afternoon, defeating the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 184.9 to 175.625 at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Two of the Bulldogs saved their best for last. Competing in the floor exercise during the fourth and final rotation, Suchitra Paul earned a 9.725, while fellow-junior Miki Seltzer received a 9.8, the meet's highest mark.

"Some of the kids did some beautiful things I didn't anticipate [on the floor]," Yale head coach Barbara Tonry said.

Freshman Kimberly So got the Elis off to a good start on the vault, scoring a 9.775, over one-tenth of a point better than any other gymnast. Yale dominated the Engineers on the vault, delivering the meet's three best individual performances. The Bulldogs equaled that feat on the bars during the second rotation, with Alina Liao notching a meet-best 9.425.

The Elis return to action next Saturday when they visit the University of New Hampshire for the Fox Run Invitational.

"It'll be a difficult meet," Tonry said. "[We're] going to get some experience with nationally ranked teams."

Report filed by Sean Singer '06, Yale Sports Publicity

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