Yale Edges Out URI

Feb. 17, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After inquiries by coaches led to a score change, Yale topped the University of Rhode Island by a mere quarter of a tenth, 187.8 to 187.775. The Bulldogs had several top three event finishers, including Alina Liao's win on the balance beam.

Despite only having five people in the vault line-up, the Bulldogs opened up the meet with strong landings on the event. Liao stuck her landing and the 9.55 was a season high, and Lauren Tatsuno also landed a beautiful vault, scoring a 9.525. Miki Seltzer placed second in the event with a 9.65.

Cynthia Leung started off on bars with a 9.25. Jessica Blick hit her routine, scoring a season high 9.4. Liao anchored the event and placed third with a 9.5.

Beam also was a venue for strong performances from the Bulldogs. Suchitra Paul drew a 9.4. Tatsuno's steady routine earned her a 9.725 and a second place finish. Liao won the event with a career-high 9.775.

On floor, sophomore Sarah Hughes (8.925) competed for the first time in her collegiate career after another gymnast withdrew at the last minute. Paul impressed the audience with her flawless tumbling and huge leaps, landing her third place and a 9.6. Liao's solid landings received a 9.675 and second place.

URI's Kelly Gurney won the all-around with a 38.725, just edging out Liao's career high 38.5.

"Now we have to go back to the drawing board and work on our landings. Every step is one tenth," said Head Coach Barbara Tonry.

Next Sunday, Feb. 25, Yale heads to the University of Pennsylvania for the Ivy Classic.

Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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