March 8, 2008

Yale Places Second in Quad Meet

March 7, 2008

KINGSTON, R.I. - After a weekend off, Yale had a hard time getting back into the swing of things, placing second at the Fox Run Invitational with a season low 185.775 team score. The Bulldogs haven't earned so few points since early February last year. Still, sophomore Brigitte Kivisto shone, placing first on beam and in the all-around.

Vault was fairly straight-forward, without any falls. Each of the team members scored around 9.3 except Kivisto, who placed fourth with a 9.5.

The bars rotation was marked by the typical bobbles and falls that have often characterized the Bulldogs' performance on the event recently. However, Laura Lombardi had a beautiful routine, catching her release move and earning a 9.525, which put her in fourth place. Kivisto followed closely behind with a 9.425.

On beam, team captain Kristen Campbell led off with a 9.45. Lombardi and Lauren Tatsuno each scored a 9.175, and Alina Liao earned a 9.1. Kivisto put up her usual solid routine and her 9.75 propelled her to first place.

After a rough day, the Bulldogs seemed to come back to life on floor. Allison Mak opened up with a 9.075, followed by Katherine Yao's 9.025. Campbell finished off her trio of routines with a 9.475, just edged out by Tatsuno's 9.55. Kivisto's 9.625 placed third and Liao's 9.675 earned second place.

The home team, URI, easily won the meet with a 189.0. SCSU was third with a 182.575, and MIT was fourth with a score of 177.225.

Kivisto won the all-around competition with a 38.3, beating out SCSU's Justine Basley by half of a tenth. Liao placed fourth with a 36.9. Mak, in her all-around debut, scored a 34.925.

The Rams placed first with 189.000 points, followed by Yale (185.775), Southern Connecticut (182.575), and MIT (177.225).

Next Saturday, March 15, the Bulldogs head to Towson, the reigning ECAC Champions. Competition starts at 7pm.

Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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