Bulldogs Place Second of Five at SCSU

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

In the all-around competition, Yale was paced by freshman Tara Feld, the reigning ECAC Rookie of the Week. Feld finished second overall with a score of 38.100, the best score of her four-meet career. She was followed by senior captain Brigitte Kivisto, last week’s ECAC Gymnast of the Week, who finished fourth with a 37.275. Freshman Stephanie Goldstein also had a career best, earning a fifth-place finish with a 37.175. Senior Allison Mak also competed in all four events, scoring a 36.875 and placing seventh.

Yale began the day on the balance beam, the only event of the day in which the Bulldogs did not have a top-three finisher. Mak placed fifth with a 9.450, while Goldstein and Kivisto scored a 9.250 and a 9.200 respectively.

After a slow first event for the Bulldogs, two of the top three spots in the floor exercise were taken by Yale gymnasts. Feld led the way with a personal-best 9.650, finishing second, and sophomore Talis Trevino placed third with a 9.550. Shortly behind was Goldstein, who scored a 9.450.

As usual, the vault was the Bulldogs’ strongest event in terms of total score, with Feld, who broke the Yale record on the vault against Penn, finishing second with a 9.750. Kivisto placed fourth with a 9.650 and Mak scored a 9.400.

In its final event, the uneven parallel bars Yale showed improvement over previous weeks, collectively recording its best score of the season. Feld won the event with a career-best 9.700 while Kivisto and freshman Lindsay Andsager both scored a 9.500. Goldstein also broke 9.000, scoring a 9.250.

The Bulldogs return home next Saturday, Feb. 13, for a meet with Springfield College. Competition begins at 1:00 p.m. at Yale’s John J. Lee Amphitheater.

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