March 18, 2009

Yale Hosts ECAC Championships

March 18, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Saturday, Mar. 21, Yale will host the ECAC Women's Gymnastics Championships. Aside from the Bulldogs, six of the conference's top teams will be competing. Selection to the competition was based on Regional Qualifying Score, or RQS, which is calculated using a set algorithm.

Towson, who has won the last four ECAC Championships, leads the pack with an RQS of 192.840. Its season high is a 193.975, earned last weekend in a five-way meet at home. Joining Towson from outside the league is Temple and William and Mary. The Tribe came in third at Towson with a 190.100. Temple is coming off of a 193.400-192.625 loss to Cornell, and has the third highest RQS at 190.840.

The Ivy League is well-represented, as Cornell, Penn, and Brown will all be competing. At the Ivy Classic two weekends ago, also hosted by Yale, Cornell won the team competition with a 190.800, followed by Brown, Penn, and Yale. Cornell is also the only team with a high score within one point of Towson's, at 193.400 last weekend. The Big Red placed third last year.

Last weekend, Yale placed fourth at Maryland with a score of 165.625, although it was missing one gymnast. At the ECACs last year, the team placed seventh and Alina Liao earned third place on both beam and the all-around. While the Bulldogs have struggled due to injuries this season, several gymnasts have the potential to score high on individual events. Liao has a good chance of placing on bars, beam, floor, and all-around. Brigitte Kivisto has consistently been doing well on vault, beam, and floor when she's healthy, and Allison Mak has an impressive beam routine that scores high when she hits.

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Competition starts at 1:00 p.m. in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity