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Gymnasts Post Season-High Score on Senior Day

Anella Anderson (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Anella Anderson (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In its final home meet of the season, the Yale gymnastics team posted its highest score of the season.  Despite this achievement, the Bulldogs fell to the visiting New Hampshire Wildcats by a score of 195.400 to 188.700.

In front of an energetic Senior Day crowd in the John J. lee Amphitheater, sophomore Camilla Opperman had an excellent meet.  She was Yale's top finisher on both the floor exercise and vault—the only apparatuses she competed on—and set two personal-bests in the process.  Opperman finished sixth on the floor, scoring a 9.725.  Katherine Lucas was eighth on the floor, scoring a 9.425, while Tabitha Tay was ninth on the floor with a 9.400.

On the vault, Opperman finished seventh with a 9.675, another career-best score.  Brianna Chrisman was next, scoring a 9.650 to finish in eighth place.  She was followed by Joyce Li, who finished in ninth with a 9.550, and Morgan Traina, who scored a 9.525.

Traina scored Yale's lone win of the meet, tying for first place on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.775.  Li was Yale's next finisher, notching a 9.675 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place.  Freshman Anella Anderson finished ninth with a 9.450 and Nicole Tay was right behind her in 10th place with a 9.425.

Brittney Sooksengdao, last season's ECAC champion on the beam, had the Bulldogs' top score on that apparatus, scoring a 9.725 to finish in fifth place.  Ashley O'Connor was eighth with a 9.400.

Traina finished second in the all-around event, scoring a total of 37.825 points over the four events.  Anderson was third with 37.175.

Although the Bulldogs were unable to match the UNH gymnasts today, the team continues to show improvement, especially among the younger gymnasts.  They have another chance to continue that improvement next Saturday, Feb. 15, when Yale travels to face the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.  That meet is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

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