February 15, 2014

Gymnastics Takes Second at UNH on Strength of Six Personal Bests

DURHAM, N.H. – Six gymnasts walked away with personal bests as the Brown gymnastics team placed second with a team score of 191.600 at the University of New Hampshire in tri-meet action on Saturday. The Bears broke the 191-point mark for the fifth time this season, while the host Wildcats (195.575) took first and Centenary (188.600) placed third.

Freshman Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) earned a career-best 38.700 to finish just 0.075 out of first place in the all-around results and posted Brown's highest single-event score with a 9.775 on floor. Morant also secured the Bears' best placing of the day when she scored a 9.750 for fourth place on beam.

Brown opened on bars and turned in a 47.825 team score to trail UNH by just over a point. Senior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.) placed seventh with a 9.625, while sophomore Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) (9.600), Morant (9.550) and freshman Jorden Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.) (9.550) rounded out eighth and ninth place.

Morant's performance on beam helped the Bears total 48.200 for their best team score of the day. Three Brown gymnasts turned in career bests on beam, starting with junior Danielle Hoffman's (Bedford, N.Y.) 9.675 for sixth place. In a tie for 10th place, Mitchell's career-high 9.600 matched sophomore Corey Holman (Westford, Mass.), whose score was a season-best on beam. Finally, freshman Renee Edelman (Maple Grove, Minn.) placed 13th with a 9.575 for the best beam score of her young Brown career.

Morant (9.775) and Shnayder (9.725) paced Brown on the floor exercise in fifth and eighth place, respectively, while Mitchell's 9.675 secured 10th place and a personal best. The Bears cashed in a 47.425 team total, which left them trailing first-place UNH by a 146.525 to 143.450 margin heading into the final rotation.

Senior Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, N.Y.) shined on vault and took fifth place with a 9.725 score. Shnayder (9.650) earned eighth while Hoffman and Morant posted twin 9.650 scores for 10th, but the Wildcats dominated the floor exercise for a 49.050 team score to earn the win on their home turf.

Brown is set to defend its Ivy Classic title when the Bears host Cornell, Penn and Yale on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. First rotation is scheduled for 1 p.m.