The gymnastics team finished sixth out of seven at the ECAC Championships Saturday at Temple University. With a score of 189.500, the Bulldogs saw top performances from Allison Mak ’10 on the balance beam and captain Brigitte Kivisto ’10 in the all-around competition.
“Although we still counted a few mistakes, it was one of our best performances as a team so we were all really happy,” Talis Trevino ’12 said.
With a top score of 192.725, Towson University finished in first place for the sixth straight year. Cornell was the top Ivy League team in the competition, finishing in fourth in the seven-team meet.
“Competition was tight this weekend, but we did well and are happy with our performance,” Kivisto said.
Mak performed her best on the balance beam as she took the event by .025 points with a score of 9.775. Kivisto also finished in the top 10 as her score of 9.600 proved good enough for ninth place. One other Bulldog scored above a 9.500 as Goldstein landed 16th place with a score of 9.525.
The Elis came close to recording their second first-place finish of the day when Kivisto recorded a 38.625 in the all-around competition, just shy of first place, an achievement she says she is proud of regardless of errors.
“I had a few mistakes that kept me out of first place,” she said. “I’m not happy about the mistakes, but it still felt great placing second in the all-around.”
On Monday night Kivisto found out her career will continue when she was awarded a spot in the all-around competition at the NCAA Regional Championships on April 10 at Penn State. She is the lone Bulldog to qualify for an NCAA Regional event.
Mak also finished in the top 10 with a career-high 38.000 in the all-around and a ninth-place finish. Also competing in the all-around competition were Goldstein with a score of 37.600 and Feld with a 36.650.
On the vault, the event with the lowest finish for the Bulldogs, Kivisto and Tara Feld ’13 each recorded a score of 9.750, good enough to land them in a tie for eighth place. Mak followed with a season-high 9.600 while Stephanie Goldstein ’13 recorded a 9.550 — a career-best — on the vault.
The Elis finished in third place on the uneven parallel bars as Lindsay Andsager ’13 posted a career-high 9.725 to earn a third-place tie.
“One of the highlights was Lindsay Andsager’s bar routine,” Mak said. “She’s been working really hard on that event all season, as a freshman and as our bar anchor, and this weekend she really pulled it together and performed very well.”
Kivisto followed the freshman with a twelfth-place finish of 9.525 while Mak recorded a 9.300 on the bars.
On the floor exercise, consistently the most successful event for the Bulldogs throughout the season, Kivisto led Yale with her fourth-place finish and a score of 9.750. Kivisto was closely followed by Trevino, who scored a 9.675 to finish in 12th place.
“This meet was a great way to end our season, we pulled together as a team and overall put forth some of our best routines,” Mak said.