March 9, 2007
TOWSON, Md. - With a season-high team score of 191.775, Yale edged out Rutgers to place second in a tri-meet. Towson, the host, won with a score of 193.525. Earlier this season, Yale had lost to Rutgers by almost four points, showing a remarkable improvement over the past few months. The Bulldogs were led by Alina Liao (38.525) and Brigitte Kivisto (38.3) in the all-around, who placed third and fifth, respectively. For the first time this season, every gymnast hit each routine.
"There were little mistakes here and there, but the girls are extremely happy with themselves, as am I," said Head Coach Barbara Tonry.
Yale proved its consistency on vault once again, with solid runs from each girl, led by Seltzer's 9.675, which placed sixth, and Tatsuno's 9.65 seventh place finish. After three events, the Bulldogs were only within a few tenths of first place.
Bars, the event which has given the Bulldogs the most trouble this season, proved to be surmountable tonight. Liao earned sixth place with a 9.65, while Kivisto (9.525), Jessica Blick (9.475), Lombardi (9.425), and Suchitra Paul (9.4) placed 10th through 13th.
Towson's Jackie Schweitzer won the all-around with a score of 38.975.
Next Saturday, March 17, the Bulldogs will head to West Virginia for a tri-meet with Temple. Competition starts at 1 pm.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity