January 30, 2006

Liao Named ECAC Rookie of the Week

Jan. 30, 2006

The ECAC named Yale gymnast Alina Liao Rookie of the Week for her efforts in Yale's comeback victory against Penn on Jan. 21. The Bulldogs trailed the Quakers by 1.175 after two rotations, but Liao and company turned in dominant performances on the beam during the third rotation to close the gap.

Liao's strong beam performance carried over to the floor, where she posted a meet-best 9.650, tying teammate Miki Seltzer. Those performances gave Yale the lead and a 187.675-187.075 victory over its Ivy rival.

Liao finished second in the all-around competition with a 37.700. This marks the second consecutive week the ECAC named a Bulldog its top rookie, with Kimberley So earning the honor on Jan. 19.

Yale competes at the Fix Run Invitational in Durham, N.H., this Saturday.

Report filed by Sean Singer '06, Yale Sports Publicity