Feb. 10, 2008
DURHAM, N.H. - In a quad meet with some of the highest ranked teams in the region, Yale placed third with a team score of 189.1. The Bulldogs put up an excellent of beam routines, earning a 48.325 on the event. Individually, Alina Liao placed fifth in the all-around while Lauren Tatsuno and Kristen Campbell tied for sixth on beam.
"We did very well on vault, given the number of other vaults with 10.0 start values," said Head Coach Barbara Tonry.
The Bulldogs struggled a little on bars, but Liao swung her way to a 9.65 with a clean routine, which earned her tenth place. Kivisto added a 9.425, and Cynthia Leung had a season high score, with a 9.3.
However, Yale regained its focus and moved on to beam, and the team easily convinced everyone of its strength on the event. Campbell opened up the rotation with a season high 9.725, and Mak, who has won the event in three out of the last four meets added a 9.65. Laura Lombardi scored a 9.6 and Tatsuno also put up a 9.725. Liao closed with a 9.65, helping Yale to its best performance on the event this season.
On floor, Tatsuno closed out her high scoring meet with a 9.725. Kivisto, coming back from a week off, was right behind her with a 9.675 and Campbell put up a 9.65. Mak scored a 9.425.
No. 18 Penn State won the meet with a 195.275, followed by the home team, UNH, at 194225. William & Mary rounded out the field, scoring a 186.75. Penn State's Brandi Personett won the all-around competition with a 39.35. Liao (37.8) placed fifth, Kivisto (37.575) placed seventh, with Campbell (37.375) right behind her in eighth.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs return home on Saturday, Feb. 16, for Alumnae Weekend. Competition starts at 1pm in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity