March 14, 2008

Gymnastics Team Places Second in Meet Against URI, SCSU and Bridgeport

March 14, 2008

Providence, RI - Brown junior Jennifer Sobuta (Maynard, MA) earned first place on the balance beam and in the all-around competition to help the Bears to a second place finish during tonight's meet against Rhode Island, Southern Connecticut and Bridgeport. The Rams came in first place (189.12), followed by Brown (186.550), SCSU (186.375) and then Bridgeport (178.025).

Sobuta was Brown's top finisher on the vault, earning a 9.550 for fifth place. Rhode Island's Ananda Frasser secured first place (9.675), while Southern Connecticut's Justine Basley (9.6) and URI's Erica Heaney placed second. Freshman Chelsey Binkley turned in a 9.425 effort for the Bears earning ninth, and senior Sarah Durning (Roswell, GA) posted a 9.375.

Sobuta was once again Bruno's top finisher on the bars, earning 9.625 for second place. Rhody's Emily Rinaldo placed first (9.650), while Heaney came in third (9.575). Brown's next best score was turned in by freshman Victoria Zanelli (Katy, TX), who tallied a 9.475.

On the beam, Sobuta dominated her competition by placing first with a 9.750. Southern Connecticut's Erika Pysh and URI's Jordana Ginsburg each placed second with a 9.650. Brown sophomore Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt (Venice, CA) had a solid 9.500 effort (a personal best) for fifth place, and Zanelli came in eighth with a 9.375.

Zanelli was Bruno's top finisher on the floor exercise, earning fifth place with a personal high of 9.625. URI's Fraser placed first (9.825), followed by Pysh (9.7) in second, URI's Danielle Lee (9.675) in third, and URI's Kara Machado in fourth (9.650).

Binkley tied Zanelli for fifth place (9.625) on the floor, followed by Whitney Diederich (Naperville, IL) with a 9.475 and senior Hannah Goldstein (New York, NY) notched a 9.425 for Bruno.

Winning the all-around competition was Brown's Sobuta with a 38.200, followed by SCSU's Pysh (38.100). Zanelli tallied a personal high 37.825 for third, as Binkley came in fourth with a 36.725.

The Bears will host its final home meet of the 2007-08 campaign when they take on Yale at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21.