2009-10 Yale Women's Gymnastics

May 22, 2010
Yale Honors Six Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior Student-Athlete Reception
Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women's fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Travis Henry (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) of the football team and Allison Mak (Richmond Hill, Ont.) of the gymnastics team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Chris Labosky (Tallmadge, Ohio) of the men’s cross country and track & field teams and Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) of the field hockey team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Stephanie Colantonio (Watertown, Mass.) of the field hockey team and Ben Wescoe (La Jolla, Calif.) of the men’s golf team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.

May 11, 2010
Gymnastics Names Team Award Winners
At the team’s end-of-year banquet held last week, the Yale women’s gymnastics team honored several team members for their outstanding performance over the course of the year.

May 3, 2010
Yang Named 2010-2011 Gymnastics Captain
At their annual banquet last week, the Yale women’s gymnastics team announced that junior Sherry Yang will serve as captain for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. Yang will be the 35th captain in the 39-year history of the program.

April 10, 2010
Kivisto Places Eighth at NCAA Regionals
With a score of 38.650, senior captain Brigitte Kivisto finished eighth at the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon. Kivisto, the ECAC Gymnast of the Year, was the only Ivy League gymnast to qualify for the meet, which was held at Penn State’s Recreation Hall.

April 8, 2010
Kivisto to Compete at NCAA Regionals Saturday
Senior captain Brigitte Kivisto travels to Penn State on Saturday to compete in the all-around competition at the NCAA Regional Championship. Kivisto, the ECAC Gymnastics Athlete of the Year, was one of six individuals to receive an at-large bid for the all-around competition at the meet. Additionally, six full teams and one individual specialist for each event qualified for the competition.

April 1, 2010
Seven Gymnasts Named to ECAC All-Academic Team
Seven Yale gymnasts were named to the ECAC All-Academic Team following the conclusion of Yale's regular season with a sixth-place finish at the ECAC Championships. In order to qualify for the award, gymnasts must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

March 29, 2010
Kivisto Qualifies for NCAA Regionals
With a regional qualifying average of 38.785, senior captain Brigitte Kivisto was awarded a spot in the all-around competition at the NCAA Regional Championships, to be held on Saturday, Apr. 10 at Penn State. The announcement caps an amazing week for Kivisto, who was named the ECAC Gymnastics Athlete of the Year on Friday night and placed second in the all-around competition at the ECAC Championships on Saturday. Kivisto, who won the Ivy Classic earlier in the season, is the only Ivy League gymnast to qualify for NCAA Regionals.

March 28, 2010
Kivisto Named ECAC Gymnast of the Year
Senior captain Brigitte Kivisto was named Athlete of the Year at the 2010 ECAC end of the year awards banquet on Friday in Philadelphia. She was selected by the head coaches of the seven schools that participate in ECAC gymnastics.

March 27, 2010
Mak Wins Balance Beam, Yale Sixth at ECACs
Senior Allison Mak successfully defended her conference title on the balance beam at the ECAC Championships, helping the Bulldogs to a score of 189.5000 and a sixth-place finish overall. Mak was not the only Yale gymnast to reach the podium, as senior Brigitte Kivisto finished second in the all-around competition and freshman Lindsay Andsager tied for third on the uneven parallel bars. With a score of 192.725, Towson won the meet for the sixth consecutive year, besting Cornell, the nearest competitor, by 1.925 points.

March 25, 2010
Bulldogs Ready for ECAC Championships
After finishing fourth with a score of 188.700 last week at Maryland, the Yale gymnastics team travels to Philadelphia for its final meet of the season, the ECAC Championships. Seven teams will be competing at the meet hosted by Temple, the four Ivies with gymnastics programs as well as Temple, Towson, and William and Mary.

March 25, 2010
Trevino Receives ECAC Coaches' Choice Award
Sophomore Talis Trevino has been named this week’s recipient of the ECAC’s Coaches’ Choice Award. Trevino finished 13th in the floor exercise, scoring a career-high 9.700, at Maryland on Saturday. She also competed on the uneven parallel bars, scoring an 8.500.

March 20, 2010
Gymnasts Place Fourth at Maryland
The Yale gymnastics team finished fourth with a score of 188.700 against top-level competition at Maryland in a meet won by No. 17 Auburn, which finished with a score of 196.225. The host Terrapins finished second with a 195.825, while George Washington placed third with a score of 192.100.

March 18, 2010
Gymnasts Travel to Maryland for Saturday Quad Meet
One week after producing a fourth-place finish and its highest team score of the season, a 191.000, at Rutgers, the Yale gymnastics team travels to Maryland for a quad meet. Joining the Bulldogs and the Terrapins will be No. 17 Auburn and George Washington.

March 16, 2010
Mak to Receive Seton Ivy Award from City of New Haven
Senior gymnast Allison Mak has been selected to receive a Seton Ivy Award from the City of New Haven for her contributions to the improved relations between Yale and New Haven. The Seton Ivy and Elm Awards were established in 1979 by Fenmore Seton ’38 and his wife Phyllis to honor outstanding efforts to expand the partnership between Yale and New Haven made by both members of the New Haven community and Yale staff, faculty, and students.

March 16, 2010
Kivisto Captures Third Straight ECAC Gymnast of the Week Honor
Senior captain Brigitte Kivisto has been named ECAC Gymnast of the Week for the third straight week following her performance at Rutgers. Kivisto won the all-around competition with a career-high score of 39.075, pacing the Bulldogs’ to their highest team score in over two years. The meet also marked Kivisto’s fourth all-around competition victory in the last four weeks.

March 13, 2010
Bulldogs Top Season-High Score, Finish Fourth
Despite producing its highest team score of the season, a 191.000, the Yale gymnastics team finished fourth at a quad meet hosted by Rutgers on Saturday. Towson edged Bridgeport 193.400-193.200 for first place, while Rutgers finished third with a score of 192.675. Despite the loss, however, there were plenty of highlights for the Bulldogs, as Yale gymnasts won two events and the all-around competition.

March 12, 2010
Bulldogs to Compete Against Rutgers, Towson on Saturday
After posting its highest score of the season, a 189.950, against Springfield and Rhode Island College last weekend, the Yale gymnastics team travels to Rutgers on Saturday. Towson will join the Bulldogs for the tri-meet.

March 9, 2010
Kivisto Wins Second Straight ECAC Gymnast of the Week Award
Following her performance in Sunday’s win over Springfield and Rhode Island College, senior captain Brigitte Kivisto was named ECAC Gymnast of the Week for the second straight week. This week marks the third time this season and the fourth time of her career that Kivisto has won the award.

March 7, 2010
Gymnasts Defeat Springfield, Rhode Island College
The Yale gymnastics team topped Springfield and Rhode Island College this afternoon in a dominant fashion, scoring a season-high 189.950. Springfield was second and Rhode Island College third with scores of 182.625 and 159.625 respectively. Bulldog gymnasts took the top two places in every event as well as the top three places in the all-around competition.

March 5, 2010
Yale Gymnasts Travel to Springfield for Tri-Meet
The Yale gymnastics team resumes competition this Sunday at Springfield College for a three-way meet with Springfield and Rhode Island College after finishing fourth at the Ivy Classic last weekend. At the Ivy Classic, won by Cornell, senior Brigitte Kivisto took home the floor exercise and all-around titles, earning an ECAC Co-Gymnast of the Week honor in the process.

March 3, 2010
Kivisto Named ECAC Co-Gymnast of the Week
Following her victories on the floor exercise and in the all-around competition at last Sunday’s Ivy Classic, senior captain Brigitte Kivisto was named ECAC Co-Gymnast of the Week, sharing the award with Penn’s Dana Bonincontri. This week marks the second time of the season and the third time of her career that Kivisto has received conference Gymnast of the Week honors.

February 28, 2010
Kivisto First, Yale Fourth at Ivy Classic
Senior captain Brigitte Kivisto became the 13th gymnast in Yale history to win the all-around competition at the Ivy Classic as Yale finished fourth with a score of 187.500. Cornell successfully defended their 2009 title with a score of 192.550. Brown and Penn finished second and third with scores of 189.675 and 189.550 respectively.

February 26, 2010
Gymnastics Prepares for Sunday's Ivy Classic
After finishing second to Bridgeport with a score of 188.300 in a three-way meet on Senior Day last Saturday, the Yale gymnastics team travels to Brown on Sunday for the Ivy Classic. In addition to Brown, the Bulldogs will face Penn and Cornell, the two other Ivy League schools with gymnastics programs. Yale is searching for its 15th Ivy title, and its first since 2005.

February 20, 2010
Yale Places Second as Kivisto, Mak Honored
The Yale women’s gymnastics team fell to Bridgeport but defeated Southern Connecticut State at John J. Lee Amphitheater. Bridgeport, ranked second nationally in Division III, scored a 190.700, while Yale finished with a 188.300. SCSU was third with a 187.200. The meet, which was the Bulldogs’ last home competition of the season, served as Senior Day, and seniors Brigitte Kivisto and Allison Mak were honored.

February 18, 2010
SCSU, Bridgeport Travel to Yale as Bulldogs Celebrate Senior Day
After producing its highest score of the season in a 188.925-183.000 victory over Springfield College last week, the Yale gymnastics team faces in-state opponents Southern Connecticut State and Bridgeport this Saturday at home in a final tune-up for next weekend’s Ivy Classic. The meet will also serve as Senior Day for the Bulldogs. Seniors Brigitte Kivisto and Allison Mak will be honored. Fans can sign up for an online video stream of the event at http://www.stretchinternet.com/yaleschedule.html for $6.95.

February 16, 2010
Yale Athletics to Host WBCA Pink Zone Event This Saturday
The Yale University Athletics Department will be hosting a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone event this Saturday, Feb. 20, at Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven. The festivities, which will raise money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to be designated for breast cancer research, will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a Yale gymnastics meet (1 p.m.) and women’s basketball game (7 p.m.) as a part of the day-long event.

February 13, 2010
Yale Posts Season-High Score, Defeats Springfield
The Yale Gymnastics team produced its highest score of the season in a 188.925-183.000 defeat of Springfield College this afternoon at John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs topped their previous season best of 187.775, scored in a dual meet against Penn, by over a point. In the process, the Bulldogs scored season-best team totals in three of four events. Coach Barbara Tonry, who was pleased with the team’s performance, said that a season-high score was one of the Bulldogs’ goals coming into the meet.

February 11, 2010
Feld Wins Second ECAC Rookie of the Week Award
Freshman Tara Feld earned league honors for the second week in a row following Yale’s performance at a five-team meet held at Southern Connecticut State. Feld was named ECAC Rookie of the Week after leading the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish.

February 11, 2010
Yale to face Springfield on Saturday
After traveling across New Haven to face Southern Connecticut State last weekend, the Yale women’s gymnastics team returns home to face Springfield College on Saturday. Yale has not faced Springfield since 2008, when the Bulldogs defeated the Pride 185.225-182.400 at a six-way meet.

February 6, 2010
Bulldogs Place Second of Five at SCSU
With a score of 186.925, the Yale gymnastics team finished second of five at a meet hosted by Southern Connecticut State. The Bulldogs bested their cross-town rival by 0.175 points, falling only to Bridgeport, who won the competition with a score of 189.600. Yale also defeated Ithaca and Rhode Island College at the meet.

February 4, 2010
Gymnasts visit SCSU on Saturday for Tri-Meet
After defeating Penn 187.775-179.600 in its first home competition of the year last Saturday, the Yale gymnastics team doesn’t have to travel far for its meet on Saturday, as the Bulldogs face cross-town rival Southern Connecticut State and Ithaca on SCSU’s New Haven campus.

February 4, 2010
Kivisto, Feld Win ECAC Weekly Honors
Following the Yale gymnastics team’s 187.775-179.600 home victory over Penn, two Yale gymnasts were awarded ECAC honors. Senior captain Brigitte Kivisto was named conference Gymnast of the Week and freshman Tara Feld was named conference Rookie of the week, marking the second time this season that two Yale gymnasts have earned conference awards in the same week.

January 30, 2010
Feld Breaks School Record as Yale Tops Penn
In its first home meet of the year, the Yale gymnastics team defeated an Ivy League opponent for the second straight week, beating Penn 187.775-179.600. Yale gymnasts won every individual event as well as the all-around competition. Several Bulldogs posted career bests, including freshman Tara Feld, who recorded a 9.850 on the vault, the best score in Yale history. Coach Barbara Tonry was pleased with the results.

January 28, 2010
Gymnasts Shoji and Andsager Win Conference Honors
Two Yale gymnasts earned ECAC conference honors after their performances at the New Hampshire Invitational. Freshman Lindsay Andsager was named conference Specialist of the Week and sophomore Monica Shoji was given the Coach’s Choice Award following the Bulldogs’ fourth place finish.

January 28, 2010
Yale Hosts Penn on Saturday in First Home Meet
In its first home meet of the year, the Yale women’s gymnastics team plays host to conference rival Penn on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs are undefeated against Ivy competition this year after beating defending Ivy Classic champion Cornell last Saturday at Penn State. Yale finished third overall with a score of 186.125.

January 23, 2010
Yale First Among Ivy Schools, Third Overall at Penn State
With a score of 186.125, the Yale gymnastics team finished third at a meet hosted by No. 22 Penn State. In the process, the Bulldogs defeated defending Ivy Classic champion Cornell in the process, a positive omen in Yale's quest to return to Ivy prominence. The nationally-ranked Nittany Lions placed first overall with a score of 195.325, while Iowa finished second, scoring a 192.175. Cornell was fourth with a 185.750.

January 21, 2010
Gymnasts Travel to No. 22 Penn State for Quad Meet Saturday
The Yale women’s gymnastics team travels to University Park, Pa., on Saturday for what could be its toughest meet of the year. After finishing fourth with a score of 186.525 at the New Hampshire Invitational, where the Bulldogs were led by senior captain Brigitte Kivisto’s fourth-place finish in the all-around and senior Allison Mak’s fourth-place finish on the vault, Yale will face Cornell, Iowa, and host No. 22 Penn State.

January 17, 2010
Bulldogs Finish Fourth in First Meet of the Year
In its first meet of the year, the Yale gymnastics team finished fourth with a score of 186.525 at the New Hampshire Invitational, behind New Hampshire, Ball State and Utah State. Coach Barbara Tonry was relatively pleased with the result, pointing to the fact that the Bulldogs scored 3.725 points higher than they did at their first meet in 2009.

January 14, 2010
Bulldogs Set to Begin Season with Trip to New Hampshire
The Yale gymnastics team opens its season on Sunday at the four-team New Hampshire Invitational. In addition to host New Hampshire, Utah State and Ball State will be present.

December 14, 2009
Gymnastics Poised to Begin Season
The Yale Gymnastics team is looking to improve upon a fourth-place finish at last year's Ivy League Classic as they prepare for the 2010 season. Despite losing three-time Ivy and defending ECAC all-around champion Alina Liao ‘08, the team enters the season with a much deeper squad than they had one year ago.

October 19, 2009
2010 Schedule to Include Three Home Meets
Head Coach Barbara Tonry has yet again assembled a challenging schedule for the women’s gymnastics team this year. The schedule features three home meets and 11 straight weekends of competition beginning with a Jan. 17 trip to New Hampshire, where the Bulldogs will also face unfamiliar foes Utah State and Ball State.

October 14, 2009
Six Yale Gymnasts Earn Scholastic All-America Honors
The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women has announced that six members of the Yale gymnastics team have achieved Scholastic All-America status. Three current members of the squad, Courtney Fukuda, Margaret Greenberg and Monica Shoji, as well as recent graduates Alina Liao ‘09, Sarah Hughes ’09 and Lauren Tatsuno ‘09, earned the distinction by maintaining a grade-point average of 3.50 or above for the 2008-09 academic year.

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