Bears Turn In Highest Floor Team Total This Season In ECAC Championships

March 26, 2005

Harrisonburg, VA - With the addition of three teams this season, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, is the largest gymnastics conference in the nation, having nine teams compete in the championship. The Bears finished the afternoon in ninth place posting a 184.325 team total mark. On the floor exercise, Brown turned in their highest team total of the season, finishing with a 47.775, beating William & Mary in the event.

Second Team All-ECAC Jessica Pouchet (Miami, FL), finished in ninth place in the all-around posting a 37.075 mark for the Bears.

On the vault, freshman Hannah Goldstein (New York, NY) had Brown's top performance in the event finishing with a 9.425, followed by junior Jessica McNell (Darien, CT) turning in a 9.3 mark.

Junior Sarah Cavett (Chattanooga, TN) turned in the sixth best score in the meet on the bars, finishing with a 9.675 score. Competing in her final ECAC competition, senior Kelly Moran (Chevy Chase, MD) had Brown's second best performance on the bars, a 9.55.

Leading the Bears on the floor exercise was senior Melissa Forziat (Garden City, NY) and Pouchet, both finished with a team high 9.725 mark, the eight highest of the meet for the event, while Moran finished the event with a 9.45. Sophomore Nadia Nguyen (Portland, OR) turned in her personal best on the floor this afternoon, posting a 9.475 in the event.

In post-season honors the Bears had eleven of their fourteen gymnasts receive ECAC Scholar Athlete Honor Roll. Seniors Melissa Forziat, Kelly Moran Maya Vadiveloo, juniors Jessica Pouchet Mandi Baughman, Amber Smith, sophomores Nadia Nguyen, Caryn Leventhal, Kate Slawsky, and freshmen Jessica Pestronk and Hannah Goldstein received the honor. Vadiveloo was later named ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.