SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA – The Brown gymnastics team earned its second highest team score of the season on Saturday night, finishing in fourth place in the 2013 USAG Collegiate National Team Finals with a 193.575. The only time the Bears scored higher this season is when they won the Ivy Classic with a score of 193.925.
"The team competed like champions on the largest stage our program has ever competed on," said head coach Sara Carver-Milne. "It was intense pressure among the top teams in the USAG Collegiate National Championship. It's an incredible accomplishment to have qualified as a team for the first time and qualify to team finals. I am so proud of this team, their hard work, composure and heart!"
Bridgeport won the team title, compiling a score of 196.500, while Texas Woman's earned the runner-up spot with a 194.800. The host team, Centenary College, just edged Brown for third place with a 193.975.
Brown turned in one of its best performances of the season on vault, combining for a score of 48.550. All six of the gymnasts hit their vaults, but freshman Diana Walters (Austin, TX) led the way with a 9.750. Junior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, IL) and freshman Corey Holman (Westford, MA) each received a 9.725, while sophomore Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, NY) produced a 9.700. Holman's scored tied her career-high on the apparatus. Senior Emily Lutfey (Los Angles, CA) and junior Katie Rogers (Bethesda, MD) rounded out the event for Brown, earning scores of 9.650 and 9.550, respectively.
Senior Nicole Abdo (Largo, FL) turned in the Bears' highest score on bars, tying her career-high with a 9.700. Freshman Stephanie Choo (Centerville, OH) also matched her career-high, producing a 9.675, while senior Julia Meyer (Granite City, IL) added a 9.650 to the team's score of 48.250. Shnayder was also a solid performer for Brown on the event, earning a 9.625. Freshman Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, MI) and senior co-captain Kasey Haas (Charlotte, NC) also competed, turning in scores of 9.600 and 9.525.
Meyer was remarkable on the beam, scoring a 9.825 to match her career-high and lead Brown to team score of 48.200. Abdo and Shnayder each added beautiful performances, earning matching scores of 9.700, while Lutfey grabbed a 9.625 for the Bears. Sophomore Allison Rubenstein (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) contributed a 9.350, while Holman added a 9.050.
Brown earned a season-high score of 48.575 on floor, led by Shnayder who tied her career-high with a 9.800. Lutfey and Abdo both added scores of 9.750, while Hoffman produced a career-high score of 9.700. Holman and Haas rounded out the group, earning scores of 9.575 and 9.500, respectively. Haas' performance was also a career-high.
Two Bears earned individual honors at the elite competition, as Meyer received first team All-American accolades on the beam and Lutfey was named to the second team on vault and floor. Meyer will represent Brown on the beam in the event finals on Sunday, April 14th at 1:00pm.