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Yale Falls in Clash Against Bowling Green, Maryland

Morgan Traina. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Morgan Traina. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Yale gymnastics team finished third on Saturday in a tough meet against Bowling Green State University and the University of Maryland, scoring 188.550 points.  The host Terrapins finished first with a score of 194.675, ahead of the Falcons with a 193.875. 

The Bulldogs were led on the vault by sophomore Camilla Opperman who, after missing her entire freshman season due to injury, has stepped up in a big way in recent meets.  She scored a 9.575 on the vault to finish in 13th, ahead of Brianna Chrisman with a 9.500 and Joyce Li, who scored a 9.475.

Li tied for Yale's top score on the uneven parallel bars with fellow junior Morgan Traina, both scoring 9.625 to share eighth place.  Chrisman was 11th with a 9.600 and freshman Anella Anderson scored a 9.525 to tie for 13th place. 

Traina had Yale's top score on the balance beam, netting a 9.600 to finish in 8th place.  Right behind her was last season's ECAC balance beam champion, sophomore Brittney Sooksengdao, in tenth place with a 9.575.  Anderson was 12th with a 9.425.

Opperman tied her career-best score on the floor exercise, putting up a 9.725 to finish in eighth place.  Traina was 13th with a 9.425, just ahead of Katherine Lucas with a 9.400. 

Having been tested against some of the best gymnasts in the country, the Bulldogs now have a week to prepare for the 2014 Ivy Classic.  Hosted by Brown, this year's classic takes place on Sunday, Feb. 23, with competition starting up at 1:00 p.m.  Yale is looking to improve on last season's fourth-place finish. 

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