Yale Places Second Against Towson and Rutgers

Yale Places Second Against Towson and Rutgers

March 9, 2007

Complete Results

TOWSON, Md. - With a season-high team score of 191.775, Yale edged out Rutgers to place second in a tri-meet. Towson, the host, won with a score of 193.525. Earlier this season, Yale had lost to Rutgers by almost four points, showing a remarkable improvement over the past few months. The Bulldogs were led by Alina Liao (38.525) and Brigitte Kivisto (38.3) in the all-around, who placed third and fifth, respectively. For the first time this season, every gymnast hit each routine.

"There were little mistakes here and there, but the girls are extremely happy with themselves, as am I," said Head Coach Barbara Tonry.

The Bulldogs started on beam, led by Liao's second place 9.7. Laura Lombardi and Lauren Tatsuno weren't far behind her with scores of 9.625 and 9.6, and the rest of the team followed closely as well.

On floor, Miki Seltzer's second place 9.75 was only one-quarter of a tenth away from first. Jessica Tai and Kivisto tied with scores of 9.65, and Liao had a 9.625.

Yale proved its consistency on vault once again, with solid runs from each girl, led by Seltzer's 9.675, which placed sixth, and Tatsuno's 9.65 seventh place finish. After three events, the Bulldogs were only within a few tenths of first place.

Bars, the event which has given the Bulldogs the most trouble this season, proved to be surmountable tonight. Liao earned sixth place with a 9.65, while Kivisto (9.525), Jessica Blick (9.475), Lombardi (9.425), and Suchitra Paul (9.4) placed 10th through 13th.

Towson's Jackie Schweitzer won the all-around with a score of 38.975.

Next Saturday, March 17, the Bulldogs will head to West Virginia for a tri-meet with Temple. Competition starts at 1 pm.

Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity