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.