April 13, 2014

Gymnastics Competes in USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals Event Finals, Earns Nine All-American Honors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown gymnastics team concluded its showing at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships with four individuals competing in event finals at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Sunday. Senior Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, N.Y.) competed on vault, senior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.) performed on floor, sophomore Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, Mich.) partook on bars and freshman Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) represented Brown on beam and floor.

Brown concluded the historic year with five gymnasts earning a total of nine USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals All-American honors for their performances during Friday's team semifinals. Shnayder and Morant joined sophomore All-Around Champion Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) as First Team All-Americans on All-Around. Morant was also recognized on the First Team for beam and floor, while Shnayder was First Team on floor. Freedman took First Team honors on vault and Chretien took the same on bars, while Walters was a Second Team All-American on floor.

Shnayder turned in Brown's top performance of the day with a 9.775 on floor for fourth place. Chretien went for a 9.125 on beam for eighth place after breaking the school record on beam on Friday. Freedman finished ninth with a 9.0875 on vault and Morant was 10th on beam with an 8.425 before rebounding with a 9.625 for sixth on floor.
 
Seattle Pacific's Maria Hundley was crowned a USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals Champion in three of four events, taking the top spot in vault (9.85) and beam (9.85) while tying for first on bars (9.85).

The event finals and All-American accolades capped the most successful season in Brown gymnastics history. The Bears won their second-straight Ivy Classic title and the program's first-ever ECAC Championship while earning an ECAC Rookie of the Year in Morant, Brown's first USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals All-Around champion in Walters and an ECAC Coach of the Year accolade for Sara Carver-Milne. Morant, Shnayder and Walters also qualified for the NCAA University Park Region Championships as all-arounders, marking the most individual qualifiers for the event in Brown history.