Durham, NH- The Brown University gymnastics team continues to roll as it combined for a team score of 193.675 to set a new season high, and also set a new balance beam and uneven bar record competing against two top-30 teams in Central Michigan and New Hampshire this evening. The Chippewas earned the win with a 195.700, followed by the Wildcats with a 195.225 and then Brown with a 193.675, which was just 0.4 away from breaking the school record.
Four Bears earned career-highs on the balance beam tonight en route to winning the event with a 48.800 and setting a new school record. Junior Carli Wiesenfeld led the Bears with a career-high 9.800 for fourth place, while sophomore Julia Meyer posted a career-high 9.775 for fifth place. Rookies Madeline Benz and Michelle Shnayder both registered career-highs of 9.750 for ninth place, and sophomore Emily Lutfey posted a 9.700 for 11th place. Senior Victoria Zanelli rounded out the scoring with a 9.700 to finish 13th.
Brown set another school record on the uneven bars with a score of 48.375. Junior Lilly Siems had a stellar performance to earn a career-high 9.825 to lead Brown with an eighth place finish, and sophomore Kasey Haas posted a career-high 9.800 for 11th. Senior Chelsey Binkley came in 15th with a 9.675, followed by Lutfey (9.650), sophomore Lauren Hall (9.425) and sophomore Nicole Abdo (8.250).
The Bears totaled a 48.275 on the vault and was led by Lutfey's score of 9.725 for eighth place, and Binkley placed close behind with a 9.700 for 10th . Freshman Rebecca Freedman and Katie Goddard followed with a 9.625 for 13th and Michelle Shnayder posted a 9.600 (15th) and Wiesenfeld finished with an 8.850 (18th).
Lutfey continued her success over to the floor exercise and performed a career-high 9.825 for fifth place. Goddard earned 11th with a 9.700 and Wiesenfeld finished in 15th with a 9.550. Rounding out the competitors was Abdo and Haas, who earned a 9.375 and an 8.950, respectively, while the Bears totaled a 48.225. Lutfey, the only all-around competitor, finished fourth in the competition with a score of 38.925.
The Bears will now head to Ithaca on Saturday, March 12, to compete against Cornell at 1:00 p.m.
Photo: Emily Lutfey '13 (by Stew Milne)