Gymnasts Finish Fourth, Traina Takes Beam Title at Ivy Classic

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(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

ITHACA, N.Y. - 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.

Yale's current team is the strongest it has been in years, but the Bulldogs were forced to count three falls in the team total after several falls on bars and beam.

"Today was a disappointment," said senior captain Mia Yabut. "All we had to do was hit, and we didn't."

On vault, junior Tara Feld placed third with a 9.75, and freshman Joyce Li tied for fourteenth with a 9.6. On bars, freshman Morgan Traina and junior bars specialist Lindsay Andsager each scored a 9.725 to tie for fifth. Sophomore Nicole Tay placed thirteenth with a 9.6. Yale's team total suffered on the event, typically the team's best, after the Bulldogs were forced to count two falls.

On beam, the highlight was Traina, who won the event title with a score of 9.825. Li and Feld were in a six-way tie for second with a score of 9.725. Junior Stephanie Goldstein placed eleventh on the event with a 9.625. However, two Yale gymnasts fell on the event, and the team was again forced to count a fall.

On the floor exercise, Goldstein was the highest scoring Yale gymnast. She placed fifth with a 9.725. Li and Feld placed eighth and ninth with scores of 9.675 and 9.65, respectively.

In the all-around, Traina placed third with a 38.6 behind Penn's Dana Bonincontri, who won with a 39.1, and Kristen Strausbaugh, also from Penn, who was second with a 38.8. Traina's beam and all-around scores were personal bests for her.

Despite the fourth-place finish, the Bulldogs did have the highest team total on balance beam with a score of 48.125. The Bulldogs also had the second highest team total on floor with a 48.1. Given that Yale typically has a strong line-up on bars, the team undoubtedly has the potential to improve over the course of the rest of the season.

The Bulldogs return to competition Mar. 2 at 7:00 p.m. when they will face William and Mary and Towson at the Tigers' Towson Center.

Report filed by Margaret Greenberg '12, Yale Sports Publicity.