Gymnasts Finish Third in Season Opener

Tara Feld (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Yale's gymnastics team opened its season Saturday afternoon with a third-place finish in a tough tri-meet with Alaska-Anchorage and Rutgers.  The Bulldogs finished with a 185.750, behind Rutgers' first-place score of 193.900 and Alaska-Anchorage's 191.550. 

The Bulldogs were most impressive in the floor exercise, finishing ahead of Alaska-Anchorage on the apparatus with a cumulative score of 47.175.  Tara Feld finished fifth in the event with a 9.675, the highest individual finish on the day for the Bulldogs.  Freshman Brittney Sooksengdao tied for seventh place with Stephanie Goldstein with a 9.600.  Sooksengdao debuted across three events for the Bulldogs, finishing ninth on vault with a 9.575 and 16th on beam with an 8.750 in addition to her performance on the floor. 

Joyce Li paced the Bulldogs on the vault, finishing eighth with a 9.600, directly ahead of Sooksengdao's 9.575.  Goldstein finished 15th with a 9.425.  

Li was also Yale's top finisher on the uneven bars, scoring a 9.675 to finish seventh.  Lindsay Andsager finished ninth with a 9.625.

On the balance beam, Goldstein finished seventh with a 9.650.  Morgan Traina, last season's Ivy champ on beam, was 11th with a 9.225.

Yale was led in the all-around competition by captain Goldstein, who finished fourth with a 37.850.  Li scored right behind Goldstein, finishing fifth with a 37.800. 

Saturday's meet marked the competition debut for sophomore Katherine Lucas, who missed last season due to injury.  She competed on vault and floor.

The Bulldogs are back in action next Sunday, January 20th, facing off against Ithaca and Southern Connecticut.

Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity.