UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – With a score of 38.650, senior captain Brigitte Kivisto finished eighth at the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon. Kivisto, the ECAC Gymnast of the Year, was the only Ivy League gymnast to qualify for the meet, which was held at Penn State’s Recreation Hall.
Kivisto, who competing alongside LSU during the meet, began the day on the floor exercise, which is typically her strongest event. She scored a 9.625, good enough for 33rd place out of a total of 42 competitors. On her next rotation, Kivisto finished 37th on the vault with a score of 9.650, which she followed with a 30th-place 9.575 on the uneven parallel bars. Kivisto then capped her day at regionals, and her career, with her best event performance of the meet, a 9.800 on the balance beam, earning her 10th place with what she called "one of the best beam routines of my career."
As an individual qualifier, the meet presented a unique opportunity for Kivisto, as the rest of her teammates concluded their season two weeks earlier at the ECAC Championships. Nonetheless, she credits her teammates for helping her during the past few weeks, which she says provided closure to her Yale career.
"Even though the rest of the team was done competing for the season, they have been working hard in the gym training new skills and were there to keep me company these last two weeks while I was preparing for Regionals," she said. "It was kind of tough to have an individual competition to close my career since I love my teammates so much, but it gave me a sense of completion to compete at Regionals."
Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity