Gymnasts Finish Second at Ivy Classic

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Yale Gymnastics team had an excellent meet this afternoon at the Ivy Classic, hosted by Brown.  The Bulldogs placed second with a season high of 190.250 points, behind the host Bears with 193.375 and ahead of Penn (190.150) and Cornell (190.025).

Morgan Traina had an excellent day for the Bulldogs, putting up Yale's top score on three of four apparatuses and finishing second in the all-around with a career-best 38.825.  She tied for eighth on the vault, scoring a 9.525.  Anella Anderson and Joyce Li tied for 15th , each scoring a 9.425.  Katherine Lucas was 17th with a 9.400.

On the uneven parallel bars, Nicole Tay and Traina tied for fifth place, each producing scores of 9.675.  Li and Brianna Chrisman were right behind them in a five-way tie for eighth place with scores of 9.625. 

Traina's terrific performance continued on the balance beam, winning the event while tying her career-best score with a 9.825.  This was Traina's second career Ivy title on the beam—she won the event as a freshman as well.  Brittney Sooksengdao, who won the ECAC title on the balance beam as a freshman, finished in third for the Bulldogs, scoring a 9.700.  Li tied for eighth with a 9.600, while Anderson was right behind her in 11th with a 9.575. 

Camilla Opperman was Yale's top finisher on the floor exercise, posting a career-high score of 9.825.  Traina was right behind in a tie for seventh place, scoring another career high of 9.800.  Lucas finished in 12th place with a 9.750—yet another career-best score. 

Overall, the meet was a major success for the Bulldogs.  Their second-place finish position was a major improvement over last season, when Yale finished in fourth place.  The team score was the first time Yale has broken 190 points this season.  The numerous personal-bests scored today show that the Bulldogs are finding their form and will continue their improvement into the second half of the season.

Yale is back in action on Friday, Feb. 28 when they travel to face Penn State in an evening meet.  Competition is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

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

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