Providence, RI- The Brown University gymnastics gave a stalwart effort today to combine for a season-high score of 191.875 to earn first place after defeating two-time national champion Bridgeport (190.800), Southern Connecticut (188.275) and the MIT Club team (136.75). Brown sophomore Emily Lutfey had strong performances in each event today, and highlighted the day with an all-around score of 38.425 to earn the title.
In Brown's first event of the day, Lutfey led the determined Bears squad with a 9.700 for fifth place and following in seventh was senior Chelsey Binkley and junior Carli Wiesenfeld with a 9.650. Freshman Michelle Shnayder posted a 9.600 (11th) and junior Katie Goddard earned a 9.575 (13th). Rounding out the Brown scorers was freshman Rebecca Freedman (9.550) in 16th place, en route to a team score of 48.175 on the event.
The Bears continued their strong performances over to the uneven parallel bars, as Binkley tied her career-high with a score of 9.700 for second place. Sophomore Nicole Abdo posted a career-high 9.675 to come in third place, while sophomore Kasey Haas (9.600) and Lutfey (9.575) finished in fifth and seventh place, respectively. Sophomore Lauren Hall scored a 9.400 (11th) and Wiesenfeld each registered a 9.125 for 16th place as the team tallied a 47.950, the highest team total on the bars this afternoon.
Bruno remained focused and headed over to the balance beam. Sophomore Julia Meyer and Wiesenfeld tied for second place with a 9.650, and Lutfey came in right behind with a 9.500. Senior Victoria Zanelli earned a 9.325 (6th) and Shnayder posted a 9.225 (10th). Freshman Madeline Benz rounded out the scoring with a 9.175 for 12th place, as Brown combined for a team total of 47.350, which was also the best score on the beam.
Heading into the final event of the day, the Bears and Purple Knights were close, and Brown had to give another outstanding performance to remain in the top spot. The Bears had a huge performance from Shnayder, who tied her career-high 9.825 to earn the title, while Goddard posted a score of 9.700 for seventh place. Freshman Taline Lahcanski put up a career-high score of 9.625 for 10th place, while Wiesenfeld (9.6) earned 12th and Haas (9.300) finished in 17th to finish the rotation. The Bears totaled a 48.400 on the event.
Brown had two gymnasts competing in the all-around competition, as Lutfey garnered the title with a total score of 38.425. Wiesenfeld locked up second place with a 38.025.
The Bears are back in action at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow when the squad challenges New Hampshire and Central Michigan at UNH.
Photos by Stew Milne