Bulldogs Reclaim Ivy Classic Championship

Feb. 26, 2005

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New Haven, CT - The Bulldogs reclaimed the Ivy Classic Championship trophy this afternoon, taking first place with a score of 191.525 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Yale has won three of the last five Ivy Classics and 14 in the event's 29-year history.

Yale topped Ancient Eight foes Cornell, Penn, and Brown, with the Big Red finishing second with 189.075. The Bulldogs dominated in almost every single event, posting the top score in all but the vault. On the balance beam, the Elis recorded the meet's top three scores and were even better on the floor, earning the top five scores.

"It was absolutely great to bring [the trophy] back," head coach Barbara Tonry said. "We had a few injuries and the kids coped so well with it. No one questions that [we] were the best team here."

In addition to having the best team, the Elis also had the best all-around gymnast, junior Anne McPherson. McPherson's 38.675 was 1.300 points better than Brown gymnast Amber Smith's second place performance. McPherson earned the meet's top scores in the balance beam and on the floor.

With the all-around title, McPherson became only the 11th Yale gymnast to earn the individual championship in team history.

"I knew she could do it," Tonry said. "She hit everything, it was beautiful."

Several other Elis had banner days, with Kathryn Fong capturing her third straight uneven bars title with a 9.825. Fong also finished second to McPherson in both the balance beam and the floor exercise. Miki Seltzer posted the meet's second best vault with a 9.600.

As a team, however, Yale shined brightest on the floor. McPherson, Fong, team captain Christine Lacy, Cynthia Leung, and Seltzer recorded scores ranging from Seltzer's 9.650 to McPherson's 9.750.

The Bulldogs have won the Ivy Classic the last two times it played host, winning before a home crowd in 2003 as well.

The Elis return to the gym next Saturday, when they travel to Maryland to face Towson and James Madison.

Report filed by Sean Singer '06, Yale Sports Publicity