February 18, 2006

Bulldogs Rough Up Rhody Rams

Feb. 18, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Despite the absence of senior captain Anne McPherson due to injury, the Bulldogs showed depth and consistence this afternoon, en route to a 190.350 to 187.900 victory over the University of Rhode Island at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

"Everybody did a really good job and stepped up," Yale head coach Barbara Tonry said.

Junior Miki Seltzer helped get the Bulldogs off to a good starting, posting a 9.725 on the vault during the first rotation. It was the highest vaulting score of the day and helped give Yale a .475 point lead heading into the second rotation.

Freshman Kim So earned a 9.550 from the judges on the uneven bars, the second best bars score of the day and the Bulldogs moved to the third rotation with a slim .425 lead. But Yale put things away in the final two rotations with impressive performances on the beam and the floor.

Freshman Alina Liao nailed her balance beam routine for a 9.675 and Kristen Campbell's 9.625 helped extend Yale's lead over Rhode Island. Liao and Seltzer both performed nearly flawless floor routines. Seltzer's 9.8 was the afternoon's highest score in any event, while Liao earned an impressive 9.725. Liao also won the all-around with a score of 38.125.

"The kids pulled together really well," Tonry said. "They're right on target to go for the Ivies next week."

After the meet, Yale honored seniors McPherson and Brynne Kennedy.

The Bulldogs return to action Feb. 26 to defend their Ivy Classic title in Providence, R.I.

Report filed by Sean Singer '06, Yale Sports Publicity