PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Junior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, IL), freshman Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, MI) and senior Nicole Abdo (Largo, FL) were honored with three of the ECAC's four weekly gymnastics awards for their performances this past weekend in Brown's historic first place finish at the 2013 Ivy Classic.
Shnayder was named Gymnast of the Week for her stellar showing, as she won the all-around title at the Ivy Classic, turning in a career-high score of 38.85 to lead her squad to the team title, the second in program history and the first since 1990. She had several impressive performances throughout the course of the day, turning in a career-high of 9.825 on vault to take second place, a 9.75 to take fifth on beam and a 9.675 to finish in the same spot on the floor. She also grabbed a season-high of 9.6 on bars, placing 13th. She earned first team All-Ivy Classic on vault and in the all-around, and second team All-Ivy Classic on beam and floor.
Chretien earned the Rookie of the Week honor, as she recorded a career best of 9.75 to place third on the bars in one of the biggest meets of the year for the Bears. She was up first on the event and earned Brown's top score, placing her on the first team All-Ivy Classic.
Abdo was given the Coaches Choice award for her performance at the Ivy Classic, both as a competitor and as a teammate. She competed on three events for the Bears, scoring a 9.8 on the floor to take second place, a 9.725 on beam to earn the sixth spot and a 9.7 on bars, good for eighth. She also earned second team All-Ivy Classic for her routines on bars and beam.
"Nicole has been an incredible and dedicated performer for Brown the past four years," said head coach Sara Carver-Milne. "She is respectful and hard-working every day, leading by example in every way. She is an inspiration to everyone in the gym. Nicole has serious, chronic back pain, but does what she can to produce great results for the team, never wanting individual recognition. She often can't train all her events every practice due to the pain, but makes sure she is ready to perform in each competition, wherever the team needs her."
Brown travels to the University of New Hampshire for the second time this season on March 2, where it will compete against Towson, Yale and the Wildcats at 4:30pm.