2011-12 Yale Gymnastics News

May 19, 2012
Yale Honors Six Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior Reception
Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The men’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Jeffrey Hatten (Farmington, Conn.) of the men’s golf team and Talis Trevino (Marietta, Ga.) of the gymnastics team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Adam Fields (Jericho, N.Y.) of the men’s fencing team and Abigail Nunn (Richmond, Va.) of the women’s swimming and diving team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) of the women’s ice hockey team and Michael Pratt (Garden City, N.Y.) of the men’s lacrosse team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.

April 30, 2012
Gymnasts Receive Awards at End-of-Season Banquet
Several members of Yale’s gymnastics team received awards at the team’s end-of-season banquet, held this past Wednesday. Freshmen Joyce Li and Morgan Traina, junior Tara Feld, and seniors Talis Trevino and captain Mia Yabut received special awards for their contributions to the team.

April 17, 2012
Goldstein Elected Captain for the 2012-2013 Season
This week, the Yale gymnastics team elected junior Stephanie Goldstein as team captain for the 2012-2013 season. Goldstein, a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major from Plano, Texas, has been a consistent performer for the Bulldogs since joining the team as a freshman.

April 11, 2012
Winter Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its winter sport, and 10 Bulldogs were honored.

March 25, 2012
Goldstein Wins ECAC Scholar-Athlete Award and Traina Captures Rookie of the Year
Two Yale gymnasts were honored after the ECAC Championships on Saturday with awards for the 2012 season. Junior Stephanie Goldstein won the ECAC Scholar-Athlete Award, and freshman Morgan Traina was named ECAC Rookie of the Year. The gymnasts received their awards in a ceremony following Yale's seventh-place finish at the ECAC Championsips, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

March 24, 2012
Gymnasts Prepare for ECAC Championships
This Saturday the Yale gymnastics team will compete at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Penn, in the final meet of the 2012 season. The competition is among seven teams: Brown, Cornell, Penn, Temple, Towson, William & Mary and Yale.

March 24, 2012
Gymnasts End Season Seventh at ECAC Championships
Yale's gymnastics team scored a season-high team total of 191.45 to place seventh at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Penn in the Palestra. The Quakers won with a score of 194.4, besting the runner-up Towson Tigers by a quarter of a tenth. Temple placed third with a 192.45, followed by Cornell, Brown, and William & Mary. The Tribe finished 0.475 tenths ahead of the Bulldogs.

March 16, 2012
Yale to Face George Washington, Penn and Towson this Weekend
After scoring a season-high team total of 191.175 last weekend at George Washington, the Yale gymnastics team will travel to Towson, Md., on Friday for a quad meet with George Washington, Penn and Towson.

March 16, 2012
Freshman Joyce Li Named ECAC Rookie of the Week
Freshman Joyce Li received the honor of ECAC Rookie of the Week last week for the second time this season. The award came following Li's standout performance at a dual meet hosted by George Washington.

March 16, 2012
Yale Fourth at Towson Quad Meet
The Bulldogs placed fourth at Towson this evening with a team score of 189.325. The Towson Tigers, the hosts, won with a score of 194.8. George Washington and the University of Pennsylvania place second and third with scores of 192.55 and 191.55, respectively.

March 8, 2012
Gymnasts Prepare for Thursday’s George Washington Invitational
The Bulldogs, coming off a third-place finish at a tri-meet hosted by Towson with William & Mary, will compete again this Thursday at the George Washington Invitational in Washington, D.C. The meet will mark the first of two consecutive Bulldog-Colonials match ups, as the Bulldogs will face GW again at Towson along with Penn on Mar. 16.

March 8, 2012
Yale Falls at George Washington Invitational, Achieves Season-High Score
The Yale gymnastics team placed second at the George Washington Invitational, falling to the Colonials 192.875-191.175. The team score was the highest of the season for the Bulldogs, and Yale swept the top three places in the all-around.

March 2, 2012
Towson Hosts Gymnasts in Night Meet with William and Mary
This Friday, the Yale gymnastics team will travel to Towson, Md., to face off against ECAC opponents Towson and William & Mary in a tri-meet. The Towson Tigers are the six-time defending ECAC champions.

March 2, 2012
Gymnasts Third at Towson
The Yale gymnastics team placed third in a tri-meet at Towson with William & Mary Friday night. The Bulldogs finished with a 187.950. Towson won with a 192.850, followed by William & Mary With

February 26, 2012
Gymnasts Prepare for Ivy Classic
This Sunday the Yale gymnastics team will compete at the Ivy Classic, hosted by Cornell, in hopes of reclaiming the title for the first time since 2005. The competition is a quad meet between the four Ivy League schools with varsity gymnastics programs: Brown, Cornell, Penn and Yale.

February 26, 2012
Gymnasts Finish Fourth, Traina Takes Beam Title at Ivy Classic
Yale's gymnastics team competed this afternoon in the Ivy Classic at Cornell and placed fourth with a score of 190.725. Penn took the title for the second year in a row with a team total of 192.65. Cornell placed second with a 191.875, and Brown was third with a 191.075.

February 21, 2012
Traina Named ECAC Rookie of the Week for Third Straight Week
For the third straight week, freshman Morgan Traina was named the ECAC Division I Rookie of the Week. Traina received the honor following a standout performance against SCSU over the weekend. Traina set career-high scores on beam, floor and in the all-around at the dual home meet. In addition, all four of her scores counted toward Yale's season-high team total of 190.85.

February 18, 2012
Gymnasts Host SCSU Saturday in Senior Meet and Youth Day
The Yale gymnastics team is looking to continue its upward momentum when it faces off against Southern Connecticut State University at home on Saturday. The Bulldogs have posted season-high team scores the past two weekends, improving on a 190.275 two weekends ago with a 190.4 last weekend at the Bulldog Invitational.

February 18, 2012
Yale Wins Dual Meet Against SCSU, Honors Seniors
The Yale gymnastics team continued an upward trend this afternoon with yet another season-high team score of 190.825 to Southern Connecticut State University's 187.9. Freshman Morgan Traina captured the balance beam and all-around titles while junior Tara Feld finished on top on the bars and the floor exercise. Yale gymnasts swept three of the top four spots on every event for an encouraging performance heading into next weekend's Ivy Classic.

February 14, 2012
Traina, Andsager Win ECAC Awards
The ECAC today announced the Divison I gymnastics award winners for the week, and freshman Morgan Traina and junior Lindsay Andsager were among the winners for the second time this year. Traina was named ECAC Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row, and Andsager was named Specialist of the Week for the second time this season.

February 11, 2012
Gymnasts to Host Bulldog Invitational Saturday
The Bulldogs, coming off a season-high team score of 190.275, will play host to Bridgeport, Rhode Island College and Springfield College this Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational. The competition is part of the Yale University Athletic Department’s fifth-annual “Pink Zone” weekend.

February 11, 2012
Gymnasts Post Season-High Score at Pink Zone Quad Meet
The Bulldogs tumbled to second place in a quad meet at home this afternoon against Bridgeport, Rhode Island College and Springfield College. Yale's team score of 190.4 was a season-high for the team and was only bested by Bridgeport's 193.075. Springfield placed third with a 185.625 and RIC rounded out the competition with a 170.7.

February 7, 2012
Morgan Traina Named ECAC Rookie of the Week
Following a strong all-around performance at UNH last Saturday, freshman Morgan Traina was the second Yale gymnast in two weeks to be named ECAC Rookie of the Week. Freshman teammate Joyce Li received the same honor last week.

February 4, 2012
Bulldogs Ready for Tri-Meet at UNH
This Saturday, the gymnastics team will travel to the University of New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Invitational, a tri-meet between the UNH Wildcats, Brown and Yale. The Wildcats have scored as high as a 194.25 this year, while Brown has scored a 187.425 at both meets of the 2012 season.

February 4, 2012
Gymnasts Second at UNH Invitational, Feld Wins All-Around
With a score of 190.275, the Yale gymnasts had a season-high score and finished second at a meet hosted by the University of New Hampshire. The UNH Wildcats placed first overall with a score of 195.475. The Bulldogs defeated Ivy opponents Brown, who scored a 189.675 to place third

January 31, 2012
Freshman Joyce Li Named ECAC Co-Rookie of the Week
After a strong performance in the second collegiate meet of her career, freshman Joyce Li was named ECAC Co-Rookie of the Week. Li, who hails from Palo Alto, Calif., showed an impressive competitive maturity at Yale's dual meet against Penn last weekend, in which she placed second in the all-around with a score of 37.725.

January 28, 2012
Gymnasts Fall to Quakers in Home Opener
The Yale gymnastics team fell to defending Ivy Classic champion Penn this afternoon at a home meet, 191.225-188.35. The spread of less than three points was a significant improvement over last year's dual meet against Penn, in which the Bulldogs were bested by more than six points.

January 26, 2012
Gymnasts Prepare for Ivy, Home Opener
After a strong start to the season with a win at Springfield, the gymnastics team will host reigning Ivy Classic champions Penn at home on Saturday. The competition will mark Yale’s first meeting of the season with an Ivy opponent, as well as the first home meet for the Bulldogs.

January 25, 2012
Andsager, Yabut Win ECAC Weekly Awards
Two Yale gymnasts were honored with ECAC weekly awards for their performance against Springfield, SCSU and Brockport in the Bulldogs' first meet of the season. Junior Lindsay Andsager was named Specialist of the Week, and senior captain Mia Yabut was named Coaches' Choice.

January 22, 2012
Gymnasts Take First In Season Opener
The Yale gymnastics team opened the 2012 season with a bang, finishing first out of four teams at a quad meet at Springfield College. The Bulldogs won with a score of 189.475. SCSU, Brockport and Springfield followed with scores of 188.825, 186.475 and 184.55, respectively. Yale’s score beat last year’s season-high of 187.45 and is the highest the team has scored at a season opener in recent memory.

January 20, 2012
Gymnasts Set to Open Season at Springfield
The Yale gymnastics team will kick off the 2012 season Sunday with a quad meet hosted by Springfield College. The Bulldogs will also face teams from Brockport and Southern Connecticut.

January 6, 2012
Gymnastics Team Poised to Begin 2012 Season
While the majority of their peers continue to enjoy the winter holiday, the Yale gymnastics team is hard at work in Payne Whitney Gymnasium putting the finishing touches on routines. After placing fourth at the Ivy Classic and seventh at the ECAC Championship in 2011, the Bulldogs are eager to move up in the rankings in 2012. The addition of assistant coach Jason Vonk and four talented freshmen as well as the start of a new weight-training program has the captain and coaches predicting a successful season.

November 1, 2011
Sanford ’96 Awarded 2011 MacArthur Fellowship
Melanie Sanford ’96, a former member of the Yale gymnastics team, was recently named one of 22 recipients of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship. As part of her fellowship, Sanford will receive an unrestricted award of $500,000.

October 17, 2011
Jason Vonk Joins Gymnastics Program as Assistant Coach
Jason Vonk, the most recent addition to the Yale gymnastics team, brings more than 17 years of coaching experience to the role of assistant coach.

October 11, 2011
Yale Welcomes Four New Gymnasts
After losing only one graduating senior in May, the Yale gymnastics team will get a strong boost in numbers with the addition of four incoming freshmen. Three of the newcomers hail from California, and the fourth is from Florida.