PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown gymnastics team competed in its final home meet of the season this afternoon, welcoming the Bridgeport Purple Knights, the Yale Bulldogs and the URI club team to the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears turned in solid performances in the midst of a busy week of competition, finishing third with a score of 191.625. The Purple Knights took the top spot with a 196.200, followed by the Bulldogs with a score of 193.475. The team from URI finished fourth with 162.575.
"The team started out strong today," said head coach Sara Carver-Milne. "The highlight of the meet was breaking the school record on vault. We had a solid bar rotation as well with Stephanie earning a personal-best. We weren't our best on our final two events, which resulted in a lower overall score. We look forward to having a much stronger performance at George Washington this Sunday."
Brown opened up the afternoon with one of its strongest events, breaking the school record in the vault with a team score of 48.750. The Bears were led by junior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, IL) who finished seventh with a score of 9.800. She was followed closely by freshman Diana Walters (Austin, TX) who turned in a 9.775 to take 10th. Senior Emily Lutfey (Lost Angeles, CA), junior Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, NY) and freshman Corey Holman (Westford, MA) took the next three spots, turning in scores of 9.750, 9.725 and 9.700, respectively. Junior Katie Rogers (Bethesda, MD) also produced a strong score for the Bears in their first rotation, earning a 9.525 to take 17th.
Several members of the team turned in solid bar routines, as the Bears combined for a 48.300 in their second rotation of the afternoon. Three gymnasts finished in the top ten on the apparatus, with senior co-captain Kasey Haas (Charlotte, NC) and freshman Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, MI) tying for fifth with matching scores of 9.750 and freshman Stephanie Choo (Centerville, OH) earning a personal-best score of 9.675 to take ninth. Senior Nicole Abdo (Largo, FL) also turned in an impressive performance, finishing in the 11th spot with a 9.650. Senior Julia Meyer (Granite City, IL) and Shnayder rounded out the Bears' line-up, taking 17th and 18th, respectively, with scores of 9.475 and 9.425.
Although the team suffered some bobbles on the beam, the squad was able to compile a team score of 47.550. Meyer, competing in her final home meet for the Bears, turned in a beautiful 9.800 performance to tie for first in the event, while sophomore Allison Rubenstein (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) finished eighth with a 9.725. Holman earned a 9.700 to take the tenth spot, and Abdo, Lutfey and Walters completed the Brown line-up in the third rotation, taking 17th, 18th and 19th, respectively. Abdo recieved a 9.175, Lutfey turned in a 9.150 and Walters earned a score of 9.075.
The Bears finished the day on the floor, combining for a 47.025. Holman paced Brown's performance, taking sixth with a 9.675. The rest of the team's line-up finished in the middle of the pack, claiming 13th through 17th place. Abdo led the way with a 9.475 with Haas right on her heels, turning in a 9.450. Sophomore Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, NY) produced a 9.350 performance, while Lutfey fought through some mistakes to earn a 9.075. Chretien claimed the final spot for the Bears with an 8.900.
Brown will head to George Washington on Sunday for its third meet in seven days, taking on the Colonials in addition to the Towson Tigers and the Maryland Terps at 1:00pm.