March 11, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sarah Hughes received the ECAC Coaches' Choice Award for her performance at the Bulldogs' home meet against SCSU. She competed all four events, scoring a 34.8. In addition, Alina Liao received ECAC Gymnast of the Week for winning the Ivy Classic, also held at Yale.
Hughes has been a regular in the bars and floor line-ups this season. But three weeks ago, due to her teammates' injuries and illnesses, she stepped up and competed vault and beam as well, two events that she doesn't usually train so that her team could minimize the number of 0's it counted in the team score. Against SCSU, she scored an 8.1 on vault, 8.45 on bars, 8.85 on beam, and 9.4 on floor, in which she earned fifth place.
Liao received the Gymnast of the Week award after winning her second straight Ivy Classic and third in four years. She scored a 9.55 on vault, 9.7 on bars, 9.775 on beam, and 9.7 on floor for a winning all-around score of 38.725. Liao also defended her title as beam champion. In the other events, she placed fifth on vault, third on bars, and fourth on floor.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a quad meet at Maryland with Penn State and Arizona. Competition starts at 4:00 p.m. in the Comcast Center.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity