February 26, 2012

Bears Place Third at Ivy Classic

Ithaca, NY - The Brown University gymnastics team finished in third place at the Ivy Classic hosted at Cornell University on Sunday afternoon. The Bears combined for a team score of 191.075, falling just short of first place Penn (192.650), second place Cornell (191.875), but finished ahead of the Yale Bulldogs (190.725).

Sophomore Michelle Shnayder led the Bears by capturing the vault title with a 9.775. Junior Emily Lutfey followed in 6th place with a 9.650 while senior Carli Wiesenfeld finished 8th with a 9.600. Freshman Danielle Hoffman and senior Katie Goddard also competed in the vault tying for 9th with a 9.550, while sophomore Rebecca Freedman posted a 9.450 giving the Bears a combined score of 48.125 (3rd).

Capturing the meet's second highest individual score of the day, junior Nicole Abdo tied the school record on the uneven bars after receiving a 9.850 giving her second place, just behind Yale's Dana Bonincontri's 9.900. Michelle Shnayder also finished in the top ten on the bars with a 9.650, giving her a tie for 8th, while Kasey Haas' 9.525, junior Julia Meyer's 9.100, senior Lilly Siems' 9.050 and junior Lauren Hall's 8.350 rounded out Brown's scoring giving them a 47.175 (3rd) for the event.

Emily Lutfey and freshman Allison Rubenstein earned second place finishes on the balance beam with a solid 9.725. Michelle Shnayder and freshman Danielle Hoffman received the 8th highest score with a 9.425 and Abdo was 10th with a 9.100. Freedman was also up on the beam and recorded a 9.050. The Bears posted a 47.400 (4th) as a team on the beam.

On the floor exercise, Lutfey garnered second with a stellar 9.775, and was followed close behind by Goddard's 9.750 giving her the third best score. Abdo was 5th with a 9.700, Shnayder was 9th with a 9.600, and Rubenstein was 10th with a 9.550. Hoffman's 8.525 rounded out Brown's scoring on the floor which combined for a 48.375, good for 1st place as a team for the event.

In the All-Around competition, Michelle Shnayder compiled a 38.450 giving her a 5th place finish.