Piscataway, NJ- The Brown University gymnastics team combined for a season-high score of 188.3 at a tri-meet hosted at Rutgers last night to finish in third. Bridgeport edged the Scarlet Knights with a 191.975 to take first place, while Rutgers finished with a 191.975. The Bears had many solid performances at the Livingston Recreation Center, as four gymnasts posted personal records on their respective events.
Sophomore Emily Lutfey was Brown's top scorer on the vault with a score of 9.500 to help Brown to a total score of 46.875. Freshman Rebecca Freedman was close behind with a 12th place score of 9.425, and junior Katie Goddard earned 13th place score of 9.400. Also, Brown junior Carli Wiesenfeld (9.325) and senior Chelsey Binkley (9.225) came in 15th and 16th place overall. Rounding out the scorers was rookie Michelle Shnayder who posted a 9.000 to finish in 17th.
Sophomore Kasey Haas had a huge performance for Bruno on the bars as she registered a personal record of 9.725 for finish third overall. Also earning career-high scores were Lutfey (9.650) and Binkley (9.525), who scores earned them eighth and 12th place finishes, respectively. Sophomore Lauren Hall posted a 9.475 for 14th, Julia Meyer scored a 9.075 and sophomore Nicole Abdo received an 8.850 help the squad to a total of 47.450.
The Bears continued to have great performances, as Shnayder and Haas both earned personal records on the balance beam. Wiesenfeld was Brown's top scorer with a 9.675 for fifth place, and was followed by Shnayder's seventh place score of 9.450 and Haas' 9.375 for eighth. Lutfey's performance received a 9.275 for ninth place, as Zanelli (9.2) finished in 11th and Madeline Benz (8.7) came in 15th to help the Bears to a combined score of 46.975.
Goddard led the Bears with a score of 9.7 on the floor exercise to earn eighth place, and was followed by Wiesenfel'd 9.6 for 11th and Shnayder's 9.550 for 12th, which tied her career high. Also, Lutfey finished in 14th with a 9.150 and Abdo earned a 9.000 for 16th as the Bears earned a 47.000 overall.
Lutfey, Brown's only all-around competitor last night, tallied a 37.575 to come in fifth in the competition. Bridgeport's Monica Mesalles earned the title with a 38.875, followed by Rutgers Alyssa Straub (39.825),Luisa Leal (38.125) and Jenna Zito (37.6)
The Bears are back in action next weekend when it competes in the UNH Invitational on Feb. 12. Brown will take on New Hampshire, Michigan State and Alaska starting at 7 p.m.