February 26, 2012

Gymnasts Prepare for Ivy Classic

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Yale goes into the competition with the strongest team in years. The Bulldogs have scored as high as a 190.825 last weekend, in large part thanks to the contributions of an outstanding freshman class. Freshmen Joyce Li and Morgan Traina are both top all-arounders, and Brianna Chrisman has also contributed on vault, bars and floor.

Yale faced Brown on Feb. 4, and the Bulldogs prevailed 190.275-189.675. However, the Bears' season-high team total for the year is a 191.725, suggesting that Brown can still gave Yale a run for its money.

Cornell is the only Ivy opponent the Bulldogs have yet to see this season. Cornell has scored as high as a 189.9 and is a perennial Ivy and ECAC powerhouse.

Penn will provide the stiffest competition for the Bulldogs. The two teams faced off in a dual meet at Yale on Jan. 28, and Yale fell 191.225-188.35. The Penn team, which boasts a roster of 23 athletes, has scored as high as 192.975 this season.

Last year Yale finished fourth at the Ivy Classic, which was hosted by Penn. The Quakers won last year with a score of 191.95 with Cornell and Brown finishing second and third, respectively. Yale scored a 185.55.

Competition is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Cornell's Newman Arena.

Report filed by Margaret Greenberg '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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