Brown Hosts 2011 ECAC Gymnastics Championships on Saturday

Providence, RI- The 2011 Division I ECAC gymnastics championships will be hosted at Brown University at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Joining the Bears are six other Division I institutions in Cornell, Penn, Temple, Towson, Yale and William and Mary.

Following competition tomorrow, the ECAC will honor its end of season award winners, which includes Athlete, Coach, Rookie, Specialist and Assistant Coach of the Year. The conference will also be honoring four student-athletes who achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher and maintain excellence on the competition floor as the 2011 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Admissions will be $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth under 12 and Brown students w/ID. There will not be a comp list. Tickets will be available by phone at 401-863-2350 or at the following website..

The Towson Tigers will seek to claim its seventh straight ECAC championship on Saturday as they arrive in Providence as the tournament number one seed with a 192.375 RQS. Cornell is the number two seed with a 191.075 RQS as Temple followed as the third-seed (190.540), Brown (190.300), Ivy Classic champion Penn (190.205), William & Mary (189.270) and Yale (184.895).

The Bears have been coming on strong as of late, scoring a 193.675 during a meet on March 7 against UNH and Central Michigan, which was just 0.4 away from breaking the school record. Brown also set both a new balance beam (48.800) and uneven bar (48.375) record. Most recently, the Bears scored a record-breaking 48.650 on the bars against Cornell, during a loss to the Big Red in Ithaca on March 12. However, junior Emily Lutfey was named the ECAC Gymnast of the Week and Michelle Shnayder earned Rookie of the Week honors.