Yale Hosts Penn on Saturday in First Home Meet

Senior Captain Brigitte Kivisto
Senior Captain Brigitte Kivisto

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

Yale fell to Penn in a dual meet in Philadelphia last year in the second weekend of the season, but the Quakers have struggled so far this year, placing sixth at the George Washington Invitational to open the season before falling in a dual meet to Rutgers last Saturday by a score of 190.725-185.100.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, are much improved from last year. They opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the New Hampshire Invitational before placing third at Penn State last weekend. Yale has profited greatly from its senior leadership, with seniors Brigitte Kivisto and Allison Mak competing in every event. Kivisto was Yale’s top finisher in the all-around with a 37.700 at the New Hampshire Invitational, but Mak was able to top her classmate at Penn State, scoring a 37.475.

In addition to their seniors, the Bulldogs have relied heavily on their freshman class. Three freshmen have competed this year for Yale, including Lindsay Andsager, who received the ECAC Specialist of the Week Award after her 9.675 on the bars at the New Hampshire Invitational.

Competition starts at 1:00 p.m. at Yale’s John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Updated stats will be posted throughout the meet at http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-gym/2009-10/files/Penn013010.html.

Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity.