January 25, 2014

Gymnasts Defeat Penn In Home Opener

NEW HAVEN, Conn – Yale's gymnastics team hosted its first home meet of this season on Saturday, beating Penn by a score of 184.350 to 182.800.  The meet was attended by an enthusiastic crowd in Yale's John J. Lee Amphitheater.  

Yale's started the day on the vault and Morgan Traina, last week's ECAC Co-Gymnast of the Week, produced the highest score for the Bulldogs, producing a 9.250 to finish fifth.  Anella Anderson and Joyce Li tied in sixth place with scores of 9.225.  Yale's total score on the vault was 45.625.

Yale was dominant on the next rotation, winning places one through five.  Traina continued her strong start to the season on the bars, winning the event with a 9.600.

Brianna Chrisman second with a personal-best 9.575, followed by Tatiana Winkelman with a 9.300, Nicole Tay with a 9.200 and Joyce Li with a 9.100.  Captain Ashley O'Connor tied for ninth with an 8.900.  Overall, Yale scored 46.775 points on the bars.

Moving onto the beam, Li, led the Bulldogs with a first-place 9.675.  Anderson was fourth with a 9.375 and Brittney Sooksengdao was fifth with a 9.350.  Maren Hopkins set a career best of 9.250 to tie for sixth place.  Yale totaled 46.775 points on the beam.

Sooksengdao led Yale in the next event, the floor exercise, tying for second with a 9.425.  Anderson was fifth with a 9.275, and Camilla Opperman finished in sixth with a 9.050.  The Bulldogs combined for 45.175 points on the floor. 

Traina and Li were the only all-around competitors on the day, with Traina totaling 36.900 and Li close behind with a 36.400.

The Bulldogs will be back in action next Saturday, Feb. 1, when they host the Bulldog Invitational against Bridgeport, Brown and Southern Connecticut State.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity


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