Coming off the high of their victory last Saturday in Springfield, Mass., Yale gymnasts gave the University of Massachusetts a hairpin win Sunday afternoon to bring both teams’ records to 1-1.
While Yale scored higher on both the uneven parallel bars and the vault, the Minutewomen decidedly trounced the Bulldogs in the second half of the meet, beating Yale both on the beam and in the floor routine, and emerged with a victory by less than a tenth of a point.
After a shaky start from Jennifer Gold ’03 and Trista Miller ’04 on the uneven bars, Shoshanna Engel ’03 and Jamie Green ’04 nailed their routines to put Yale ahead for the first half of the meet. But Eli errors in the floor routine and falls off the beam allowed UMass to win by 0.075 points.
Overall, UMass scored 191.825 to Yale’s final team score of 191.750. Both scores were significantly higher than any from the Springfield meet.
Head coach Barbara Tonry said the team has it in them to beat such “heavy-duty, full-scholarship” teams like UMass in the future.
“We had some mistakes we need to iron out,” said Tonry about the floor errors and falls off the beam that caused the close loss. “Basically, we gave it away.”
UMass junior Megan Donoghue captured her first all-around title with a career-high 38.675. Donoghue also tied for second on both vault and balance beam with scores of 9.650 and 9.750, respectively, and claimed second outright on the floor exercise with a 9.825. Fellow junior Katie Teft won the balance beam competition with a 9.825, while claiming a share of the uneven bars title with a 9.875.
Kathryn Fong ’05 was Yale’s top finisher on the bars, vault and beam. Her all-around score of 38.525 was second, while Andrea Wolf ’03 finished third at 38.250.
Despite her good showing at the meet, Fong said she needed to clean up her floor routine.
“We’re still not where we want or need to be,” Fong said following Monday’s practice. “We’re looking to do better [this coming] weekend.”
The Bulldogs will next encounter one of their biggest Ivy League competitors, Pennsylvania, this Saturday at home. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. in Payne Whitney.
“I know we’ll be better prepared,” Tonry said.
Lara Flath ’03 and Lisa Naito ’05 did not participate in the meet against UMass due to injuries, and are questionable for the Penn meet. Christine Lacy ’05 competed despite ankle problems.