March 17, 2007
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - With a score of 186.925, Yale placed 4th in a quad meet at West Virginia University. An injury on the first event of the afternoon put the Bulldogs at a disadvantage, with only five girls in both the vault and bars line-ups. Still, individual gymnasts hit key routines to keep the team's morale up.
Despite being one girl short, each gymnast landed her vault well. Lauren Tatsuno led the way with a 9.65, followed closely behind by Seltzer's 9.625 and the 9.6's from Liao and Jessica Tai. Laura Lombardi received a 9.125.
The Bulldogs were also missing one person from the bars line-up, and unfortunately had to count several falls. However, Lombardi and Paul, the two gymnasts with the big high bar release moves, stepped up for the team. Lombardi turned in a beautiful routine, earning a career high 9.75 and tying for seventh place. Paul also contributed a 9.5, her highest this season.
Beam was highlighted by impressive routines from Liao and Tatsuno, who tied for second with scores of 9.75, a season high for Tatsuno. Paul continued her day of hitting routines, earning a 9.55.
WVU, who is currently ranked 21st in the nation, won the meet with a 195.275. Rutgers placed second with a 190.225, just edging out Temple's 189.975.
Janae Cox from WVU won the all-around with a 39.325. Liao's 37.325 placed fourth.
"There were a few individual highlights, but we had a rough day," said team captain Sarah Peterson. "Hopefully we'll be able to pick it up next week."
Next Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel to Penn State for a tri-meet with Rutgers. Competition starts at 7pm.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity