NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – The Brown gymnastics team continued its series of impressive performances this weekend in a meet at Southern Connecticut State with Cornell and West Chester, winning the overall team title with 192.000 points, the team's second highest point total of the season. The Bears were followed by the Big Red with 191.675 points, the Owls with 191.025 points and the Golden Rams with 186.425 points.
"We had the lead from the first event and held it throughout the competition," said head coach Sara Carver Milne. "Bars and beam were our last two events of the competition and the girls came on very strong! After some mistakes on vault, they showed great poise and determination in securing the win!"
The Bears took an early lead in their first rotation, turning in stellar performances on the floor to combine for a team score of 48.375. Junior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, IL), a consistently outstanding all-around performer, was the highlight of the apparatus for Brown, winning the event with a beautiful routine that earned her a score of 9.800. Senior Nicole Abdo (Largo, FL) also placed in the top three with a score of 9.750, while sophomore Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, New York) and senior Emily Lutfey (Los Angles, CA) tied for seventh with matching scores of 9.650. Freshman Corey Holman (Westford, MA) finished 14th with a 9.525 and classmate Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, MI) earned a 9.325 to take the 22nd spot.
Junior Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, NY) was a force for the Bears on the vault, finishing second and posting the team's top score of 9.700. Lutfey was also dynamic, taking the eighth spot with a 9.625, and Shnayder earned a 9.350, good for eighteenth. Junior Katie Rogers (Bethesda, MD) was 22nd with a 9.125, and freshman Diana Walters and Hoffman took the next two spots, turning in scores of 9.100 and 8.975 respectively. As a group, the Bears turned in a score of 46.900 in their second rotation.
Brown was brilliant on the uneven bars, earning five of the top ten scores on the apparatus, and senior Julia Meyer (Granite City, IL) led the way with a third place performance and a score of 9.750. Chretien finished fourth with a 9.725 and Abdo posted a 9.675 to take seventh. Senior co-captain Kasey Haas (Charlotte, NC) and freshman Stephanie Choo (Centerville, OH) also turned in steadily beautiful performances to finish ninth and tenth, respectively, as Haas earned a 9.625 and Choo grabbed a personal best score of 9.600. Shnayder rounded out the team score of 48.375 in the third rotation with a 9.450, good for 14th place in the event.
Ending the day with the beam, the Bears sealed their victory with more outstanding performances to earn a team mark of 48.350. Meyer earned Brown's second individual title of the day, winning the event with a score of 9.825. The mark ties the career high that she set just two weeks ago when the Bears won the Ivy Classic. Lutfey finished off a stellar meet by hitting her third routine to take second with a 9.775, tying her career high. Three more competitors finished in the top ten for Brown, with sophomore Allison Rubenstein (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) taking fifth with her score of 9.650, while Holman and Shnayder both earned a 9.550 to tie for seventh. Abdo rounded out the scorers, taking 15th with a score of 9.350.
Shnayder was Brown's only competitor in the all-around, turning in another solid performance to take second with a score of 38.150.
The Ivy Classic champions will return to the Pizzitola Sports Center on Tuesday, March 12 to compete in their final home contest of the season. Brown will welcome Bridgeport, Yale and the URI Club team for a 3:00pm meet. Prior to the start of competition, the team will honor its five graduating seniors for their accomplishments and commitment to Brown gymnastics.