March 3, 2011

Gymnasts to Rutgers for Five-way Meet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a fourth-place finish at the Ivy Classic last weekend in Philadelphia, the Yale gymnastics team resumes regular-season competition on Saturday with a trip to Rutgers, where the Bulldogs will see a set of mostly familiar faces. Yale has already competed against Rutgers, Southern Connecticut State, and Cornell earlier this year. Division-II West Chester will also be competing.

The host Scarlet Knights enter the meet coming off their best performance of the season, defeating Ursinus and Bridgeport last Saturday with a score of 194.150. Rutgers scored 190.575 when it traveled to New Haven earlier this year to for a tri-meet, defeating Yale and Ithaca.

Cornell failed to defend its Ivy Classic title last weekend, falling to Penn for this second time this season but finishing second overall. The Big Red did have two individual Ivy Classic champions, however, with Melanie Jorgensen winning the uneven parallel bars and Melanie Standridge winning the balance beam.

SCSU has improved since falling to Yale 187.450-185.850 on Feb. 19. The Owls have scored 187.975 and 187.775 in their last two meets, a victory in a tri-meet over Springfield and MIT and a dual meet loss to Towson.

West Chester, ranked fifth nationally among Division-II schools, has consecutive victories against Rhode Island College and Wilson entering the meet on Saturday.

Competition begins at 1:00 p.m. in Rutgers' Livingston Gym.

Report Filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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