Jan. 19, 2009
Alina Liao was honored as ECAC Gymnast of the Week for her standout performance this past weekend at MIT. The senior placed first on bars (9.7), beam (9.825), floor (9.7), and in the all-around (38.575), propelling Yale to a team victory as well over five other teams. She placed third on vault with a 9.35.
Also, freshman Claude de Jocas received the ECAC Coaches' Choice Award. Although de Jocas regularly trains for the bar line-up, she wasn't able to attend practice in the week leading up to the competition due to illness. However when the Bulldogs were unable to field five routines, de Jocas stepped up and competed on bars so that the team did not have to count a 0 in its overall score. Without her routine, Yale would not have won the team competition.
Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity