Gymnastics Prepares for Sunday's Ivy Classic

Monica Shoji '12. (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Monica Shoji '12. (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

Yale enters the meet with an average team score of 187.429, the second among participants only to Cornell, which averages 188.767. The Bulldogs defeated the Big Red 186.125-185.750 earlier in the season, however, as part of a larger meet at Penn State on Jan. 23. Cornell, the defending Ivy Classic champion, has steadily improved over the course of the season, though, breaking 190.000 in each of its last two meets.

Yale also beat Penn 187.775-179.600 in a dual meet at John J. Amphitheater on Jan. 30. The Quakers have also shown improvement over the course of the season, but they are clearly the underdogs in this competition. Last week, Penn scored its highest total of the season, a 186.400, at the Shelli Calloway Invitational at Towson, still lower than each of the other three schools’ season averages.

Unlike its other two opponents, Yale has not faced Brown directly this season. The Bears season has been one of ups and downs, with their lowest score being a 182.825 at Southern Connecticut State and their highest being a 189.325 last Sunday at Alaska-Anchorage. The Bears’ variance in scores has led to a season average of only 186.793, but their trip to Alaska certainly proved that they are capable of producing a score that could win Sunday’s Ivy Classic.

Competition begins at 1:00 p.m. at Brown’s Pizzitola Sports Center.

Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity