May 19, 2009

Brigitte Kivisto to Captain 2009-2010 Team

May 19, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Brigitte Kivisto '10 has been elected as the captain of the 2009-2010 women's gymnastics team.

A psychology major from Boca Raton, Florida, Kivisto has made a huge impact on the team in her three years at Yale. During her freshman and sophomore years she competed all-around in more than half of the competitions. This season, despite being injured, she did beam and floor almost every week and learned a new vault that she unveiled in the spring. She placed second on floor at the Ivy Classic with a 9.725. Kivisto also earned back-to-back weekly ECAC awards in Februray, for Specialist of the Week and Coach's Choice.

"I hope to be a strong, enthusiastic, and inspiring leader next year. We are all forward to increasing the number of girls on the team, and we have a very talented incoming group. Hopefully, a large team will allow for some relief from aches and pain. I think that staying healthy will give our team a huge advantage when competition season arrives, so I aim to make some of our conditioning preventative. Our team will be about three-quarters underclassmen, so I expect there will be a collaborative team spirit and am excited to lead the team to our full potential," said Kivisto.

The gymnastics team begins its competition season next January.

Report filed by Cathy Jan '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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