Providence, RI- The Brown University gymnastics team opened the 2012 season with a team score of 187.425 in a tri-meet with Bridgeport and Rhode Island College this afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Purple Knights captured first place with a 191.800, followed by the Bears, and then Rhode Island College in third with a 169.250.
The Bears locked up sixth through 11th place finishes on the vault as sophomore Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, NY) and junior Emily Lutfey (Los Angeles, CA) led the squad with a 9.575 for sixth. Senior Katie Goddard (Kings Park, NY) followed with a 9.550 for eighth place and freshman Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, NY) earned a 9.525 for ninth. Rounding out the scoring for Brown was freshman Allison Rubentein (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) with a 9.450 to place 11th overall. The team totaled a score of 47.725, its highest score on any event this afternoon.
Siems led the Bears on the bars with a mark of 9.500 to earn fourth place, while teammates Kasey Haas (Charlotte, NC) followed in fifth (9.200), Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, IL) in sixth (9.075), and Nicole Abdo (Largo, FL) in seventh (9.00). Also competing for Brown in the event was Rubenstein (8.9) and Julia Meyer (Granite City, IL) with an 8.6. Brown compiled a team score of 45.675.
Rubenstein earned a 9.725 on the balance beam to lead the Bears on the event with a fourth place overall finish. Lutfey followed in sixth place with a 9.500, while Freedman finished in ninth with a 9.100. Meyer (9.0) and Abdo (9.0) tied for 10th place and Hoffman rounded out the scoring with a 12th place mark of 8.750 as the Bears totaled a team score of 46.325 on the event.
Goddard captured a 9.750 on the floor exercise to lead the Bears with a third place finish, while Shnayder (9.650) and Abdo (9.600) followed in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Rubenstein earned ninth with a 9.550, while Haas (9.150) finished in 12th and Hoffman placed 13th (8.675). The Bears tallied a team score of 47.700 on the event.
In the all-around competition, Bridgeport's Monica Mesalles Sallares won the title with a 38.375, but the Bears' Rubenstein finished in second with a 37.625 in her collegiate debut.
The Bears will now compete against New Hampshire and Yale at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 at UNH.
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