March 31, 2007
Ithaca, NY - Despite the Bears disappointing ninth place finish at the ECAC tournament at Cornell University on Saturday, Brown freshman Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA) was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year, while sophomore Rachel Foodman (San Diego, CA) was awarded the ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Sacramone, known as a vault and floor specialist must of her career, stepped up in a big way to help the Brown bears this season. Competing in all four events and posting huge scores for Brown all season long, Sacramone gained confidence and has become very consistent on all four events.
Often the top scorer on every event for the Bears, has posted high scores of a 9.9 on vault, 9.85 on bars, 9.875 on beam and a 9.925 on the floor. In addition, she has set school records on the vault, floor and the all-around. She became the first gymnast in the history of the Ivy League to finish first on every event and win the all-around at the Ivy Classic and also set a new Ivy Classic record in the all-around and tied the Ivy Classic record on the vault.
Sacramone has secured the top individual qualifying spot in the all-around for NCAA Regionals and is currently ranked first in the ECAC in the all-around with a regional qualifying score of 38.74.
Foodman, who was awarded ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year, holds a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and is a public policy major focusing on economics. She has been one of Brown's top competitors on vault and floor, holding high scores of 9.55 and 9.6, respectively.
Her passion for the sport and her eagerness to add difficulty to her routines makes her an integral part of the Bears squad. Unfortunately, she suffered an injury early in the season and was not able to compete.
The Bears competed in the ECAC tournament this weekend at Cornell, placed ninth with a team score of 182.600. Towson captured the team title with a 193.650 to easily outdistance second-place Penn who posted a 191.325.
Sacramone took first place on the bars with a 9.8, earning first team All-ECAC,and freshman Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt (Venice, CA) placed 12th with a 9.4. Sobuta earned the Bears team-high score on the beam with a 9.650 finishing in seventh place and Kirkham-Lewitt placed 10th with a 9.575.
Kwoka was Brown's top scorer on the floor as she recorded a 9.625 for seventh, and Kirkham-Lewitt posted a 9.400. Kirkham-Lewitt (Venice, CA)also achieved a personal best in the all-around, earning sixth place with a 37.675. She was named to the second team All-ECAC. Sobuta placed seventh in the all-around at 37.550 and Kwoka secured ninth with a 37.150.
The Bears also featured seven gymnasts on the ECAC Gymnastics All-Academic Team. Junior Hannah Goldstein (New York, NY) and sophomore Rachel Foodman (San Diego, CA) both have a 4.0 grade point average, Kirkham-Lewitt, Kwok sophomore Whitney Diederich (Naperville, IL), and junior Jessica Pestronk (Grand Blanc, MI) have a 3.66, and junior Sarah Durning (Roswell, GA) has a 3.30.
Coming up next, the Bears' Sacramone and Sobuta will compete at the NCAA Regionals at the University of Michigan on Saturday, April 14.