Feb. 7, 2009
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - In a tri-meet at Rutgers, Yale placed third in the team competition with a 183.975. The University of Pittsburgh won the meet with a 192.85, and the home team earned a 189.575. Alina Liao, Lauren Tatsuno, and Brigitte Kivisto had several top five individual results.
The Bulldogs started on beam and experienced a few bobbles and falls. However, Tatsuno placed second in the event with a 9.725, with Liao's 9.7 in fifth place. In addition, Kivisto extended her streak of solid routines to six, scoring a 9.575.
Moving to floor, Yale had a nice set of routines for their highest scores thus far in the season. Allison Mak started off with a 9.225, and then Sarah Hughes landed her double back tumbling pass for a career high 9.5. Tatsuno scored a 9.575, Kivisto a 9.65, and Liao closed with a 9.8 that earned her second place.
Tatsuno was the highlight on vault, sticking her layout Yurchenko for a 9.625, which placed seventh. Mak followed with a 9.475, and Liao was half a tenth behind at 9.425. Micaline Tomeo scored a 8.95.
Bars continued to be a struggle for Yale.
"Our start values are low," said head coach Barbara Tonry. "Since we don't have the difficulty, we need to take what we can do and do it well."
The Bulldogs had to count three falls on their event, on top of a few mistakes that lowered their bonus points from difficult skills or connections. Mak, though recovering from a minor injury during bars practice earlier in the week, scored a 9.175. Liao scored a 9.6 and placed fourth.
Pittsburgh's Alicia Talucci won the all-around competition with a 38.65. Liao was in second place with a 38.525, and Mak placed fifth with a 36.875.
In the next three weeks leading up to the Ivy Classic, the Bulldogs will be focusing on solidifying the routines currently in the line-ups, and trying to add more as injuries heal.
"If the girls can stay healthy and we clean up our landings, we will be competitive in the Ivies," said Tonry.
Next Saturday, Feb. 14, the Bulldogs head to UNH to compete in a quad meet with the Air Force and Bridgeport. Competition starts at 7:00pm.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity