February 11, 2002

Gymnastics Finishes in Third at URI Invitational With School Record 190.450

Feb. 11, 2002

The Brown women's gymnastics team earned two wins on Sunday Afternoon at the five-team URI Invitational, improving to 7-4 on the season and 2-0 in the Ivy League. #24 NC State led the five-team field with a 194.600, followed by Rhode Island's 190.925. Brown shattered its school record with a 190.450, followed by Yale, who took fourth with a 189.650 with UMass rounding out the competition with a 189.575.

Led by sophomore Gina Verges first place in the all-around, 38.125, the Bears completed a 1-2-3 sweep in the individual all-around. Senior Jessica Buck took second with a 38.075 and sophomore Jayne Finst grabbed third with a 37.975.

The Bears scored a 47.275 on the vault, behind just NC State's 47.800, with Finst and senior Virginia Nuckols leading the way with a 9.550, tied for 4th overall. Buck scored a season-high 9.500, good for 8th.

On the Bars, the Bears scored a 46.025 and were led by freshman Kelly Moran, who was in the lineup for the first time this season and scored a career-high 9.500, .425 more than her highest exhibition score.

Brown took second on the beam with a 48.450 to NC State's 49.250, and was led by Finst, who scored a season-high 9.800, good for a 6th-place tie. Freshman Melissa Forziat was the next highest Brown finisher with a 9.725, matching her career-high, while Verge scored a 9.700 and Buck scored a season-high 9.675.

The Bears dominated the floor exercise, finishing with the highest team score, a 48.700, followed by NC State's 48.475. Brown was led by Finst, who won the floor competition with a 9.875, tying her career-high. Forziat was the next highest Brown finisher with a career-high 9.800, while Buck scored a season-high 9.725.

The Bears continue action on Sunday, February 24, when they host the 2002 Ivy League Classic at the Pizzitola Center. The meet begins at 1:00 p.m.