PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University gymnastics team got off to a great start in its first meet of the 2013 at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Sunday afternoon. The Bears finished in second place with a team score of 192.225, just .025 below their season-high during the 2012 campaign. Four-time defending USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate National Team Champions, Bridgeport, earned the top spot with a 194.600, while the URI club team finished third (168.575) and Rhode Island College placed fourth (166.550).
"I am incredibly proud of the team today," said Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne. "This is the best opening meet we've had in the history of the program. We picked up right where we left off last season, with a 192+."
Brown rookie Diana Walters finished in second place in the all-around competition with a 38.225 in her collegiate debut. She finished third on the vault (9.775), sixth on bars (9.650), 11th on beam (9.150), and sixth on the floor (9.650).
On vault, behind Walters' third place finish was junior Rebecca Freedman with a personal record of 9.750 (4th). Brown then captured ninth through 12th place finishes, with senior Emily Lutfey leading off with a 9.5 (9th). Sophomore Danielle Hoffman and junior Michelle Shnayder shared 10th with a score of 9.475, and junior Katie Rogers placed 12th with a 9.425. As a team, Bruno combined for a 47.975 on the event.
Senior Julia Meyer led Brown on the bars with a 9.775 for third place, and Walters was next with a 9.650 for sixth place. Senior Kasey Haas was close behind with a 9.625 to earn seventh, and freshman Alexandra Chretien placed 10th with a 9.350. Seniors Lauren Hall (9.100) and Nicole Abdo (9.00) posted 11th and 12th place finishes, respectively. The Bears earned a bar score of 47.500.
Abdo boasted a personal record on the balance beam to lead Brown with a 9.800 for second place, and freshman Corey Holman posted a 9.750 for third. Junior Michelle Shnayder turned in a 9.750, a personal record, to share third place, and Meyer finished in sixth (9.725). Lutfey placed 10th with a 9.350, and Walters used a 9.150 for 11th. The Bears' combined for a 48.375.
On the floor exercise, Shnayder turned in a third place score of 9.800 to lead the Bears, as rookies Holman and Walters, as well as Lutfey shared sixth place with a 9.650. Abdo claimed ninth with a 9.625, and Hoffman rounded out the lineup with a 9.550 for 11th. The Bears tallied another team score of 48.375.
The Bears will be back at it again on Saturday, January 26th, in a meet at New Hampshire, with Temple.
Photo by Stew Milne