GYMNASTICS | Bulldogs leap over Brown

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Photo by Sarah Eckinger.

Yale beat Brown and dominated the all-around competition at last Saturday’s tri-meet in Durham, New Hampshire.

At the University of New Hampshire Invitational, the Bulldogs took second place to New Hampshire’s 195.475 points and defeated Brown, which finished with a mark of 189.675. Yale scored 190.275 points, the team’s highest score of the season, and better than any result the team achieved last year. The Elis also dominated the all-around competition, with first, third and fourth place finishes from Tara Feld ’13, Morgan Traina ’15 and Joyce Li ’15.

Members of the team said they were satisfied by the results, but think they are capable of a better performance. Head coach Barbara Tonry said the team can score 192 or 193 if it minimizes mistakes. She added that in order to do this, the team needs to work on maintaining confidence throughout the entire meet.

“The team’s standards are higher this year,” team captain Mia Yabut ’12 said in an email to the News. She added that while the team did not perform to its full potential, she was pleased with the results.

Because the team’s main goal this season is to win the Ivy League championships, defeating Brown was especially important, Traina said. The loss to New Hampshire, although not ideal, is better than a loss to an Ivy League team, she added.

The Bulldogs were strongest on the uneven bars. Brianna Chrisman ’15 started off with a routine that scored a 9.650, which Yabut said sparked excitement on the team. Feld had Yale’s top score of 9.700, the first stop on her way to all-around victory. The team scored a 47.900, which Tonry said was almost enough to reach the team’s goal of 48 points per event.

While the Bulldogs usually face difficulty on the beam, this week the beam did not present its normal problems. After a hard week of beam practice, Yale counted no falls towards its overall score, which was a huge improvement from last week, when they had two, Yabut said. Despite this improvement, bobbles still cost the team points.

“[Beam] still wasn’t what we can do …” Tonry said. “They were just a little nervous.”

After hitting bars and improving on beam, the Elis faced a challenge on the floor. They were forced to count an uncharacteristic two falls towards their score on floor and struggled to stay in bounds on their tumbling passes. Floor, which is traditionally a strength of the team, was their lowest scoring event at the meet, with a total of 47.175. The highlight on floor was Feld’s routine, which earned her a 9.825, her highest score of the day.

Vault put an exclamation point on the meet for the Elis. Traina stuck the landing of her Yurchenko tuck full, which earned her a 9.475. Feld concluded her meet by landing a Yurchenko layout full for a score of 9.725.

“I was really proud of our vault line-up for coming together and really pulling through for the team after a disappointing floor performance,” Yabut said.

Feld won the all-around with a score of 38.775, the highest all-around performance in her collegiate career. Close behind were teammates Li and Traina, who earned scores of 37.850 and 38.100, respectively.

The Bulldogs are home for their next meet, which will take place next weekend at 1 p.m. against Bridgeport, Rhode Island College and Springfield.

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