March 25, 2010

Bulldogs Ready for ECAC Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

The meet favorite is defending champion Towson, who defeated Cornell by just .275 points last year to win the title. This year, the Tigers are averaging the highest team score in the conference, at 191.741. Cornell’s average is second-highest, at 189.814. Yale, by comparison, is averaging 188.173, fifth among competing teams.

In addition to the team title, several Yale gymnasts are looking to contend for individual victories at the ECAC Championships. Senior captain Brigitte Kivisto has the highest regional qualifying averages (RQS), an average that only considers certain meets, among all competitors in both the all-around competition and the floor exercise, while fellow senior Allison Mak has the second-best regional qualifying score on the balance beam. Freshman Lindsay Andsager is third amongst ECAC gymnasts on the uneven parallel bars, and freshman Tara Feld is third on the vault.

Competition begins at 12:00 p.m. at Temple’s McGonigle Center.

Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity