Providence, RI- The Brown University gymnastics team earned second place in a tri-meet against the University of Bridgeport and Rhode Island College this afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The 2009 USA Gymnastics Team Champions, Bridgeport, earned first place with a score of 191.050, as the Bears followed closely behind with a season-high score of 187.275 for second. Rhode Island College earned third place with a 169.700. Brown junior Chelsey Binkley brought home the floor exercise title for the Bears today with a personal record of a 9.825.
The floor exercise was Brown's best event of the day as the Bears combined for its highest score of the season, 48.775, to defeat Bridgeport's 48.700 on the event. All six competitors for Brown earned career-highs on the event, which included Binkley's 9.825, Helen Segal's 9.800 (3rd), Katie Goddard's 9.750 (5th), Emily Lutfey's 9.725 (7th), Nicole Abdo's 9.675 (9th) and Lauren Hall's 9.550 (11th).
The Bears had a solid day on the vault, as the team earned a 47.200 overall. Bridgeport edged the Bears in the event with a 47.975, and earned both first and second place spots on the event. However, Brown's Lauren Hall earned a personal best 9.650 for a third place finish, followed by Carli Wiesenfeld and Lutfey in fourth with a 9.550, a personal record for Lutfey. Also posting solid results was Binkley (9.350), Helen Segal (9.100) and Abdo (9.025).
Bridgeport locked up first-through-third place on the bars, but Brown's Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt earned fourth with a 9.250. Lauren Hall came in fifth place with a 9.150, while Binkley posted a 9.0. The Bears posted an overall score of 44.950 on the event, which was second to Bridgeport's 46.525.
Binkley had a great beam routine and earned a personal high of 9.700 for third place, as Victoria Zanelli earned Brown's second highest score of a 9.450 for fourth. Lutfey's 9.275 was a personal high to earn eighth place, and Abdo posted a 9.100 for ninth. As a team, the Bears tallied a 46.350 on the beam, finishing just behind Bridgeport's 47.850.
Bridgeport's Lorraine Galow (38.600) and Miranda Der (38.250) came in first and second place, respectively, in the all-around, followed by Brown's Binkley in third with a personal high of 37.875 and Abdo in fourth with a career-high 36.400.
The Bears are back in action next weekend, when it travels to the University of New Hampshire for a 6:00 p.m. meet on Friday, Feb. 12.
Photo (on right) is of Brown's Chelsey Binkley '11 (by Stew Milne - reactionphotos.com)