March 3, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs made the last home meet for the seniors of the 2006-2007 gymnastics team a sweet one as they defeated Brown, 188.8 to 185.825. Miki Seltzer won floor, and Alina Liao placed second on bars, floor, and the all-around.
Yale started the meet with solid vaulting. Led by Seltzer's 9.55, placing second, and Liao's 9.5 third place finish, the Bulldogs also placed fourth through eighth. Senior Jessica Tai scored a 9.425, tying for fifth place.
Despite a rough time on bars, the Bulldogs picked themselves up for an excellent beam set. Kristen Campbell opened up with a 9.35, followed by Laura Lombardi's 9.55. Kivisto was solid, scoring a 9.625. Paul also had a beautiful routine, punctuated by large leaps and jumps. Liao rounded out the event with a 9.625. She tied for Kivisto for fourth place, Paul placed sixth, Lombardi placed seventh, and Campbell placed eighth.
"I'm proud of the way that the girls who are in both the bars and beam line-ups came back strong on beam," said Seltzer.
Following the momentum from beam, Yale continued to impress on floor. Tai opened up with an 8.8. Seltzer closed out her career in the John J. Lee Amphitheater with high tumbling and a 9.725, which allowed her to win the event and defeat Brown's Alicia Sacramone, who won floor at the World Championships in 2005. Liao tied Sacramone for second with a 9.7. Paul, who was ECAC floor champion in 2005, placed fifth with a 9.625, just behind Lauren Tatsuno's 9.65.
Sacramone won the all-around with a 39.1. Liao's 38.525 placed second, while Kivisto came in third with a 37.9.
After the meet, the Bulldogs honored the five graduating seniors Blick, Tai, Paul, Seltzer, and team captain Sarah Peterson, who did not compete due to an injury. As each senior was given a bouquet of flowers, they received a standing ovation from the rest of the team members.
"Payne Whitney's a great place to compete. I've had so many good memories in the gym - we won Ivies here in 2005, and I've had some of my best performances," said Seltzer.
Next week, the Bulldogs will travel to Towson on Friday, March 9. Competition starts at 7 pm.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity