Bears Take Third at 2003 ECAC Gymnastics Championships

March 30, 2003

NEW HAVEN, CT - The Brown women's gymnastics team, which was seeded fourth for the 2003 ECAC Championships, claimed third with a new school record 194.000, shattering the old record of 192.000, which they set earlier this season. William and Mary won the Championship, followed by Yale in second place. Penn, Cornell, and James Madison rounded out the competition.

Junior Jayne Finst (Delray Beach, FL), who was named the 2003 ECAC Athlete of the Year, led the Bears with a second place finish in the all-around, scoring a 39.100. Junior Gina Verge (Scituate, MA) took fourth in the all-around with a 38.700.

The Bears set a new team record on the vault, scoring a 48.025, as Finst scored a 9.700, good for fourth place, to lead Brown. Freshman Jessica Pouchet (Miami, FL) took fifth place with a career-high 9.675, while Verge, freshman Amber Smith (Fort Myers, FL), and senior Jamie Shapiro (Manalapan, NJ) all scored a 9.55, which was a career-high for Shapiro, who was competing in her final collegiate meet.

Verge led the Bears on the bars with a career-high 9.800, good for third place, while freshman Sarah Cavett (Chattanooga, TN) scored a 9.725, finishing in sixth place.

Finst was Brown's top finisher on the beam, scoring a 9.900 en route to a second place finish. Sophomore Melissa Forziat (Garden City, NY), who finished in sixth place with a 9.800, Shapiro, who scored a 9.75, and freshman Miriam Straus (Philadelphia, PA), who scored a 9.700, each set new career-high scores.

In the final event of the day, the Bears set a new team-high score on the floor exercise with a 49.00, while Finst took third, tying her school record score of 9.900. Smith and Forziat tied for sixth place, each scoring a 9.825, while Straus earned a career high 9.700.

In addition to the Bears' success on each event, Brown assistant coach Tim O'Leary was named the 2003 ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year.