The gymnastics team defeated Springfield College with a season-high score at home on Saturday. The Bulldogs swept the Pride 188.925—183.000, winning every event of the day and posting season-best team total scores in three out of four events — a result Stephanie Goldstein ’13 said the Bulldogs were aspiring to reach.
“We knew that Springfield was a D-III school but that it was one of the better D-III schools, and we were still going into the meet wanting to beat them,” Goldstein said.
Captain Brigitte Kivisto ’10, who finished second overall with a total score of 38.350, had another strong day in John J. Lee Amphitheater, beginning with her first place finish on the vault. Tara Feld ’12 achieved a career-best 38.575 to land first place in the all-around competition. The Elis continued to dominate the all-around competition as Goldstein finished third with a career-best 37.300.
With a score of 9.725, Kivisto led the way on the vault, the only event that did not yield a season-high for the Bulldogs. Feld followed Kivisto in second place with a score of 9.675, and fifth-place Allison Mak ’10 finished with a 9.400.
On the uneven parallel bars, the Bulldogs soared above the Pride with two Elis tied for first place. Kivisto posted a career-best 9.650 and shared the win with Lindsay Andsanger ’13.
As the Elis continue to post high scores, Kivisto attributes their success to cutting down on mistakes.
“There were definitely fewer errors than last weekend, and the individual improvements showed in our team score,” she said.
Talis Trevino ’12 also vaulted to a career-best as she placed sixth with a score of 9.025. Feld took third place behind Kivisto with a 9.600, and Goldstein scored a 9.275 to finish fourth.
The Bulldogs had their best beam showing of the season Saturday, yielding a season-best and three career-bests, while dominating an event that has not been a strength for the Elis so far this season.
“We showed good improvement on beam,” Goldstein said. “In the past few weeks we haven’t been 100 percent, so that was our biggest area of improvement.”
Allison Mak ’10 landed first place with a 9.775, followed by Feld in third place and Goldstein in fourth as both underclassmen posted career-bests. Monica Shoji ’12 had her career-best with a 9.125, and Sherry Yang ’11 posted a season-high 9.300 to finish fifth in the event.
“We were happy to score season-highs on three of the four events, and we are continuing to work towards building consistency and perfecting our routines,” Shoji said.
Kivisto came out on top once again in the final event of the day. On the floor exercise, Kivisto scored a 9.775, followed by Feld in second place with a 9.625 to round out a successful day for the Bulldogs.
Looking ahead, Kivisto says the Springfield meet gives the Bulldogs confidence going into the remainder of the season.
“Our ultimate goal is of course to win the Ivy title, and we are starting to get the scores we need to make that goal a reality,” Kivisto said.
The Bulldogs are at home again next Saturday to face Southern Connecticut State and Bridgeport at 1 p.m. in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.