New Haven, CT- The Brown University gymnastics team opened up the 2010 season with a tri-meet at Southern Connecticut Stat University this afternoon. Host SCSU won the meet with a combined score of 182.900, as the Bears fell short with a 182.825 to place second. Springfield finished in third overall with a 181.150.
On the vault, Ericca Castagna from Springfield earned the title with a 9.375, followed by Southern Connecticut's Rebecca Brady and Springfield's Christina Pagella 9.275 for second. Brown Sophomore Carli Wiesenfeld (Atlanta, GA) earned Bruno's top finish with a 9.250 for fourth, as teammates Chelsey Binkley (Marietta, GA) followed in seventh (9.125) and senior Helen Segal (Los Altos, CA) earned ninth place (9.075). The Bears also had solid efforts from newcomers Emily Lutfey (Los Angeles, CA), who tied with Segal for ninth place, while Lauren Hall (Charlton, MA) and Nicole Abdo (Largo, FL) both tied for 11th place with a 9.050. As a team, the Bears tallied a 45.575 on the event to top Southern Connecticut's 45.025, but came just short of Springfield's 45.775.
Southern Connecticut's Sarah Darst earned the top spot on the bars with a mark of 9.650, but Brown rookies Julia Meyer (Granite City, IL) finished in second (9.500) and Hall followed right behind with a 9.450 for third. Binkley and Wiesenfeld tied for fifth with a 9.300 and Lutfey finished in ninth with an 8.850. Brown dominated the event with its overall mark of 46.400, as Southern Connecticut posted a 45.325 and Springfield tallied a 43.400.
The Owls claimed the top two spots on the balance beam as Briana DiPinto garnered first with a 9.600 and Rebecca Brady followed behind with a 9.500 to help SCSCU win the event with its overall score of 45.950. Segal was Brown's top finisher with a 9.100 for sixth place, followed by Meyer (9.000) in eighth and junior Victoria Zanelli (Katy, TX) in tenth. Springfield was second overall in the event with a 45.300 as Brown totaled a 44.050.
The Bears had some great performances on the floor exercise to win the event with a 46.800, as Springfield followed behind with a 46.675 and Southern Connecticut fell short with a 46.600. Brown's Segal earned the floor title with a solid 9.650 followed by Binkley's third place score of 9.550. Abdo secured seventh place with a 9.400 and Lutfey earned a 9.250 for tenth place.
In the all-around competition, Southern Connecticut's Rebecca Brady reached the top with an overall score of 37.350, while Brown's Binkley tallied a 36.425 for second place and Hall came in third with a 35.250.
The Bears will be back in action on Sunday, Jan. 24, when the squad challenges MIT, New Hampshire and Southern Connecticut at 1:00 p.m. in the Pizzitola Sports Center.