Gymnastics Announces 2010 Team Awards

Providence, RI- The Brown University gymnastics team held their annual season-ending banquet where seven individuals were recognized and honored with various team awards.  Also, both Chelsey Binkley '11 and Vicki Zanelli '11 were named captains for the Bears next season.  Both have earned USAG All-American status, as Binkley was awarded the honor on floor as a freshman and vault this season, and Zanelli earned All-American status on the beam at the 2009 Nationals.

Brown's “Most Valuable Gymnast” award was given to freshman Emily Lutfey and junior Chelsey Binkley.  Binkley, one of Brown's most consistent performers throughout the year, received USAG All-American honors on the vault this season and was also named Second Team All-ECAC on the vault after she set a career-high 9.750 to finish eighth place overall.   She set career-highs on the beam (9.7), floor (9.825) and in the all-around (37.875) this season.  Binkley received Second Team All-Ivy Classic honors on both the floor exercise and all-around.  She earned Brown's highest finish on the floor with a 9.700 for fifth place, and had an all-around score of a 37.250 for sixth place. 

Lutfey competed at the USAG Nationals in the all-around, and earned All-ECAC honors in four events.  She received First Team All-ECAC in the all-around with a score of 38.275, which ranked fifth at the meet, and was awarded Second Team All-ECAC on the vault (9.725), beam (9.6) and floor (9.675).  Lutfey received Second Team All-Ivy Classic honors after placing fourth in the all-around with a 37.500.  She earned ECAC Rookie of the Week honors and was the second-ranked freshman all-around gymnast in the ECAC for the overall season.

The ”Rookie of the Year” was awarded to Julia Meyer, who qualified to the USAG Nationals on the beam and was a first alternate on bars. Meyer was a bars and beam specialist for the Bears this past season and posted consistent scores throughout the year. In her collegiate debut on Jan. 16, Meyer earned a 9.5 on the bars. She had her best meet of the season when the Bears traveled to Alaska to take on Alaska-Anchorage. Meyer lit up for career-highs of 9.8 on the bars and a 9.725 on the beam.   She was named ECAC Rookie of the Week for her performances. Meyer received First Team All-Ivy Classic on the bars with her second-place score of 9.650 and she earned First Team honors on the beam posting a 9.700 for third place. 

Brown's “Most Consistent” award was given to sophomore Katie Goddard.  Goddard spent most of the season competing on just the beam and floor, but learned a new competitive vault to help out the Bears.  She earned a career-high 9.650 on the vault at the ECAC Championship meet, helping Brown set a new school record on that event. She also earned a career-high 9.750 on the floor three times throughout the season.

The “Unsung Hero” award was earned by freshman Lauren Hall who competed mostly on the vault, floor and bars, but also saw some action on the beam this season.  She stepped in and made an immediate impact to record season highs of a 9.650 on the vault. 9.450 on the bars, a 9.675 on the floor and competed in the all-around three times to post a high of 36.875.

Senior Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt earned the team's “Most Improved” award.  Kirkham-Lewitt has shown great improvement during her career with the Bears.  She continued to add difficulty to her routines and strive for perfection through the final competition of her career.  She was determined to lead her team by example and encouraged each gymnast to improve throughout the season.
Freshman Kasey Haas received the team's “Bruno” award, which is given to the team member who displays the best sportsmanship, team spirit and positive motivation for the team throughout the season.  Haas tore her ACL last summer, prior to enrolling at Brown, yet remained completely dedicated and consistently encouraged the team.  Her unwavering support helped the team reach great success in 2010. 
Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne wishes her seniors, Kirkham-Lewitt and Helen Segal good luck with their futures beyond Brown, and is extremely proud of the leadership they provided.