Yale Captures Fourth at ECAC Championship

March 26, 2005

Harrisonburg, VA - The Yale women's gymnastics team came in fourth place Saturday at the ECAC Division I Women's Gymnastics Championship at James Madison University. Towson, the only conference rival to have topped Yale this year, finished first with a score of 194.525. Rhode Island was the runner-up with a 192.225, and defending champion Penn rounded out the top three with a 191.975 team score. Yale's 191.1 merited a fourth place finish.

Ivy Classic Champion Yale topped its other Ivy foes with its score of 191.1. Temple was fifth with a 190.125, William & Mary scored a 189.75, Cornell was awarded a 189.525, James Madison followed with a 188.500 and Brown finished with a 184.325.

The Elis competed in their last meet with customary gusto. Coming back strong from a debilitating ankle injury that hindered her performance earlier in the season, Suchitra Paul scored a high 9.8 on the floor exercise. Paul was last year's ECAC floor exercise champion.

Jessica Tai ended her season with a strong performance on the vault, scoring a 9.375, and on the beam, where she was awarded an outstanding 9.725.

Perennial powerhouse Anne McPherson was once again a standout in the all-around competition, scoring a 38.25.

Senior Kathryn Fong did not fail to please in her signature event, receiving a 9.8 on the uneven bars. True to form, Fong had the Elis' highest score of the day on bars.

Although the season has come to a close for most of the Yale team, McPherson and Fong will continue their sensational seasons at the NCAA Individual Regional Championship, which will be held on Sat., Apr. 9 in Durham, North Carolina. McPherson will compete in the all-around competition and Fong will battle for the uneven bars title.

Reported by Christie Yang '06, Yale Sports Publicity.

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