Jan. 24, 2009
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Yale placed third in a competition at Bridgeport, with a score of 184.600. UNH took first place, while the home team placed second. Yale only had five gymnasts competing on each event, meaning every routine counted towards the team total. Brigitte Kivisto's beam routine was the Bulldogs' best individual performance; her 9.5 earned second place.
The Bulldogs started on floor, one of their stronger events. Allison Mak led off with 9.15, followed by Sherry Yang's 9.3. Sarah Hughes had a beautiful routine that earned her a 9.4. Lauren Tatsuno and Alina Liao ended the rotation with their usual powerful routines, earning a 9.6 and 9.675, respectively. Liao placed 6th in the event.
The team then headed to vault, where they performed a respectable set of runs. Yang and Micaline Tomeo started with a 9.175 and a 9.275. Liao contributed a 9.425, and Tatsuno a 9.575. Mak's 9.6 earned her 7th place.
On bars, the Bulldogs are slowly improving week by week. Claude de Jocas, recovering from illness, scored an 8.725. Hughes had an 8.975, and Mak a 9.325. Liao's 9.65 earned her 5th place.
Yale finished on beam, which saw some bobbles, forcing it to count several falls. Yang scored an 8.925. Mak scored slightly higher with a 9.025, followed by Liao's 9.15 and Tatsuno's 9.25. Kivisto shone, adding a 9.5 to the team score and picking up 2nd place along the way.
UNH's Helena Diodati won the all-around with the score of 38.75. Bridgeport's Lorraine Galow placed second with a 38.5, and Liao's 37.9 placed third. Mak ended with a 37.1.
Next Saturday, Jan. 31, is Yale's first home meet. The Bulldogs and Purple Knights will face each other again in a dual meet. Competition starts at 1:00pm at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity