February 12, 2011

Gymnastics Defeats Alaska; Breaks Brown Records on Vault & Bars

Providence, RI- The Brown University gymnastics team had some outstanding performances this evening during a quad-meet at New Hampshire. The Bears posted a season-high score of 191.500, its highest team score since 2004, to defeat the University of Alaska Anchorage (190.475), but fell to host UNH (194.650) and Michigan State (193.425).

Three Bears earned career highs on the vault this evening as Brown tallied a 48.350. Sophomore Emily Lutfey led the Bears on the vault with a career-high 9.750 to earn fifth place and Carli Wiesenfeld posted a career-high 9.7 to finish 12th overall.  Close behind was Michelle Shnayder with a 9.675 for 14th, and rookie Rebecca Freedman followed with a career-high 9.625 for 16th. Rounding out the scoring for the Bears was Katie Goddard (9.6) and Chelsey Binkley (9.4). 

Lutfey led Brown on the uneven parallel bars, posting a career-high 9.750 to finish fourth. Julia Meyer had a great performance to earn sixth with a 9.725, and Binkley had a solid 9.7, a career-high, to capture 11th. Kasey Haas registered a 9.650 for 13th, Lauren Hall ended with a 9.4 and Wiesenfeld posted a 9.325 as the Bears tallied a score of 48.225.

On the beam, Wiesenfeld was Brown's top scorer with a 9.675 for sixth place, as both Haas and Lutfey tied for 12th place with a 9.500, a career-high for Haas. Michelle Shnayder had a solid 9.450 for 16th and also picking up great scores was Vicki Zanelli (9.350) and Madeline Benz (9.050) as the Bears totaled a 47.475.

Leading the Bears on the floor exercise was Lutfey with a fourth place score of 9.775 and Shnayder followed it up with a career-high 9.675 for 10th place. Wiesenfeld posted a 9.550 as Taline Lahcanski and Katie Goddard both earned a 9.225, and Haas rounded out the scoring with a 9.100. The Bears combined for a 47.450 on the event.

Both of Brown's all-around competitors, Lutfey and Wiesenfeld, posted career-high totals tonight. Lutfey combined for a 38.775 to come in second all-around, and Wiesenfeld tallied a 38.250 for third in the competition.

The Bears are back in action when it travels to Penn for the Ivy Classic on Feb. 27.