March 19, 2011

Emily Lutfey Earns All-ECAC on Vault & Floor; Bears Earn Sixth at ECAC Championship

Providence, RI- The 2011 ECAC Gymnastics Championship came right down to the wire at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday afternoon, as Cornell claimed its first-ever ECAC title (191.675) by just five tenths of a point over second-place finisher Penn (191.175). Towson, winners of six-straight ECAC Championships, finished in third place with a 191.075, followed by Temple (191.000), William & Mary (190.075), Brown (187.925) and Yale (186.225).

Brown got off to a strong start this afternoon and was in first place after its first two rotations on the floor exercise and vault. But the Bears had some mishaps on the uneven parallel bars, which took the squad out of their zone heading into the final event.

Junior Emily Lutfey led the Bears this afternoon and earned All-ECAC on both the vault and floor exercise. Lutfey captured fourth on the vault with a 9.750, which tied a personal record, and earned a medal on the floor with a third place score of 9.825. Lutfey was also Brown't only all-around competitor. She finished in seventh place with a 37.675. Also earning All-ECAC honors was senior Chelsey Binkley, who earned the honor on vault with a fourth place finish with a 9.750.

The Bears began the day on the floor, and combined for a team score of 48.075. Lutfey's 9.825 led the Bears, as Katie Goddard and Michelle Shnayder followed with a 9.725 to tie for 21st place. Kasey Haas picked up 34th with a 9.6 and Taline Lahcanski finished with a 9.2 for 39th, while Carli Wiesenfeld rounded out the Bears' scoring with a 9.000 for 41st place.

Brown then moved over to the vault, where the squad collected a team total of 48.275. Binkley and Lutfey both led the Bears on the event with a 9.750 for fourth place, while Wielsenfeld earned a personal record 9.725 for seventh place. Katie Goddard recorded a 9.575 for 20th, Shnayder finished with a 9.475 for 29th, and Rebecca Freedman was the Bears' final scorer with a 9.250 to place 36th overall.

Kasey Haas led the Bears on the bars with a 9.550 for eighth place, and was followed by Julia Meyer's 9.475 for 17th. Next, Binkley posted an 8.850, Lutfey earned an 8.775, Lauren Hall (8.650) and Lilly Siems (8.625). Overall the Bears totaled 45.300.

On the beam, Meyer topped Brown scorers with a 9.625 for eighth place, while Shnayder finished in 19th with a 9.400. Lutfey posted a 9.325 for 24th, and Wiesenfeld earned a 9.000 for 31st. Madeline Benz finished in 36th with an 8.925 and Victoria Zanelli earned 39th with an 8.800.