Bulldogs Place Fourth in Quad Meet at Penn State

March 24, 2007

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With a score of 187.475, Yale placed fourth in a quad meet with Penn State, Rutgers, and New Hampshire. Penn State, the home team, is currently ranked 13th in the nation and won the meet with a 196.325. Rutgers placed second (191.550) and New Hampshire came in third (190.325). The Bulldogs had an irregular competitor in each event's line-up to account for two injured gymnasts.

Sophomore Sarah Hughes, in her second appearance of her collegiate career, opened up on floor, scoring an 8.8. Yale was led by Miki Seltzer and Alina Liao, who both scored 9.775 and tied for eighth place.

On the vault, the Bulldogs were in danger of not having a five person line-up. However, junior Katherine Yao, who has been injured all season, filled in and scored an 8.9. Lauren Tatsuno scored a 9.575 while Liao, Seltzer, and Jessica Tai all received a 9.5.

Bars was led by Suchitra Paul's 9.5 and Cynthia Leung's 9.425. Tai, who has only competed the event a few times this season, added a 9.15.

Liao performed a beautiful routine on the beam, scoring a career high 9.8 and tying for second place. Tai and Campbell also turned in solid routines, earning 9.45 and 9.3, respectively. Team captain Sarah Peterson competed for the first time since her injury after the season opener, receiving a 9.175.

"Everybody stepped up and plugged in the holes," said head coach Barbara Tonry. "We just couldn't keep the pace up after starting out beautifully on floor."

Elizabeth Fittery from Rutgers won the all-around with a 38.225. Liao's 38.1 placed third, and Tai placed fourth with a 37.5.

Next week is the ECAC Championship, hosted by Cornell. This will be the last meet of the season for most of the team. Competition starts at 12pm on Saturday, March 31.

Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity