January 31, 2008

UAA Comes to Yale for the First Time

Jan. 31, 2008

Yale and the University of Alaska-Anchorage will be meeting in competition for only the fourth time, when the Seawolves travel over 3000 miles to the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The previous meets have all been held at neutral sites. This will be the third home meet in a row for the Bulldogs, who have won the last two. Before coming to New Haven, the Seawolves will be competing in a quad-meet at New Hampshire on Friday evening.

UAA has only been a Division I team for five years, but they're already turning into a force to be reckoned with. Although the Seawolves are currently 0-3, their lowest team score so far has been a 187.725 and they almost scored 190 points last weekend. Yale is 2-1 and earned 188.575 in a win against Penn last weekend.

The Seawolves have six freshmen on the team this year who are proving their worth. Yale's all-arounders Alina Liao, Kristen Campbell, and Brigitte Kivisto will take on UAA's Courtney Williams, Jessica Portlock, and Kristy Boswell. The Bulldogs need to put up a strong performance on their weakest event, bars, as UAA has a complete line-up of difficult routines. On beam, Yale will be in competition against the Seawolves captain Brooke Nall, who has scored three career-highs in a row. Freshman Leah Wilson will be Lauren Tatsuno's main competitor on vault.

"UAA shouldn't be underestimated," said Head Coach Barbara Tonry. "They have heavy recruiting power and were really successful this year in bringing in new girls."

Competition starts at 1pm on Sunday, February 3rd.

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Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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