Providence, RI- The Brown University Bears captured titles on three of the four events this afternoon en route to a 190.750-188.550 victory over the visiting Southern Connecticut Owls on Saturday afternoon. The Bears honored their three seniors who were competing in their final home gymnastics meet of their careers: Lilly Siems (Baltimore, MD), Katie Goddard (Kings Park, NY) and Carli Wiesenfeld (Atlanta, GA), prior to the start of the meet.
Southern Connecticut's Rebecca Brady garnered first place on the vault with a 9.825, but Brown locked up second through fifth place finishes. Sophomore Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, NY) came in second place with a 9.675, while Goddard and sophomore Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, IL) tied for third with a 9.625. Junior Emily Lutfey (Los Angeles, CA) claimed fifth with a 9.525, followed by Wiesenfeld (9.450) in ninth and freshman Danielle Hoffman (9.375) in 12th to round out the scoring. The Bears defeated the Owls on the event, earning a team score of 47.900 to SCSU's 47.775.
Junior Julia Meyer (Granite City, IL) won the uneven parallel bar title with a 9.750, and was followed by a third place finish by junior Nicole Abdo (9.575) and a fourth place by Siems (9.550). Shnayder earned fifth with a 9.425, junior Kasey Haas (Charlotte, NC) finished in sixth (9.400) and Wiesenfeld posted a 9.275 for seventh place to help Brown to a team score of 47.700 (1st).
On the balance beam, Abdo earned the top score with a 9.500, followed by a 9.400 by Shnayder for third and a 9.275 by Lutfey to finish in sixth. Freshman Allison Rubenstein (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) came in eighth with a 9.225, Meyer followed close behind with a 9.200 for ninth, and Hoffman rounded out the Bears' competitors with an 8.8 to give Brown a team score of 46.600 (1st).
The Bears earned first through fourth place finishes on the floor exercise, with Shnayder turning in a meet high 9.825. In second was Goddard with a 9.775, and Abdo set a personal record of 9.750 to finish in third place. Lutfey came in fourth with a 9.700, Rubenstein finished in ninth (9.500) and Hoffman came in 10th with a 9.300 to give Bruno a 48.550 (1st).
Shnayder won the all-around competition with a 38.275 as SCSU's Meghan Cole finished in second with a 37.225.
The Bears are back in action at noon on Saturday, March 24, at the ECAC Championships hosted at the University of Pennsylvania.
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