January 20, 2013

Li Wins All-Around, Gymnasts Finish Second Against Ithaca, SCSU

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In a tri-meet against Ithaca and Southern Connecticut on Sunday, the Yale gymnastics team finished second, edged out of first place by crosstown rival SCSU.  The Bulldogs finished with a score of 186.350, just behind Southern Connecticut's 186.875 and ahead of Ithaca's 180.800.

Competing only a few miles from Yale on SCSU's campus, the Bulldogs received standout performances from sophomores Joyce Li and Morgan Traina.  Li won the all-around competition with a combined score of 38.375.  She finished second in three events—the balance beam (9.650), uneven bars (9.675), and vault (9.450)—and fifth on the floor exercise with a 9.600.  Li was one of Yale's top two finishers on every apparatus.  Traina, last season's ECAC Rookie of the Year, won both the beam and the uneven bars, scoring a 9.725 on both, the highest score awarded all afternoon. 

In Yale's second meet of the season, the Bulldogs had the top four finishers in the all-around competition.  In addition to Li and Traina, seniors Tara Feld and Stephanie Goldstein finished third and fourth, scoring 36.250 and 35.975, respectively. 

Delivering other notable performances for Yale were Katherine Lucas and Lindsay Andsager.  Lucas was Yale's second finisher on the vault, scoring a 9.175 to finish seventh overall.  Andsager completed a Yale sweep on the top three spots on the uneven bars, scoring a 9.600.

The Bulldogs have their home and Ivy opener next weekend when they host Penn on Sunday, January 27th.

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

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