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Feld Breaks School Record as Yale Tops Penn

Tara Feld. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tara Feld. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

“They did an outstanding job today,” said Tonry. “They’re starting to believe in themselves about hitting their ratings for the first time.”

On the vault, the Bulldogs performed better as a team than they had at either of their first two competitions, posting the meet’s three best scores. In addition to Feld’s school record 9.850, seniors Brigitte Kivisto and Allison Mak scored a 9.725 and a 9.600 respectively.

On the uneven parallel bars, Yale took the top four places. Kivisto led the team with a 9.550, while Feld scored a 9.525, another career best. Freshmen Stephanie Goldstein and Lindsay Andsager scored a 9.125 and a 9.100 to round out the top four.

On the balance beam, which Tonry sees as a “focus point” for the Bulldogs’ future, Yale took the top two spots, with Mak scoring a 9.825 and Kivisto scoring a 9.750. Junior Sherry Yang was the only other Bulldog to score a 9.100 or above, finishing sixth.

In the floor exercise, three Yale gymnasts achieved career bests as the Bulldogs obtained the top six places. Kivisto won with a 9.850, the best score of her four-year Yale career. Sophomore Talis Trevino posted a career best as well, finishing second with a 9.650. She was followed by Mak, Goldstein, and Yang, who scored a 9.425, a 9.400 and a 9.050 respectively. Feld tied Yang for fifth place with a career-best 9.050.

Kivisto also had a personal best in the all-around competition, finishing first with a 38.875. Mak and Feld were shortly behind with a 37.450 and a 37. 425, placing second and third.

The Bulldogs travel across town next Saturday, Feb. 6 for a meet with local foe Southern Connecticut State and Ithaca. The competition begins at 1:00 p.m.

Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity