February 23, 2013

Brown Captures Ivy Classic Title For First Time Since 1990

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Michelle Shnayder paced a historic performance for Brown gymnastics, capturing the All-Around Championship in leading the Bears to their first Ivy Classic title since 1990 Saturday afternoon at the John J. Amphitheater at Yale University.  The Bears tallied a 193.925, while Cornell (193.025), Penn (191.600) and Yale (191.100) finished second through fourth, respectively.

Brown's team total is a season-high and the tournament victory is the first of the season through six events.

"We started the meet strong on vault, which put us on top, and we held onto the lead throughout the entire competition," said head coach Sara Carver-Milne.  "The team was composed, determined and focused. I am so proud of every Brown gymnast and especially for our five seniors who have been the heart of this team."

Shnayder's best individual event finish came on the vault, where she finished second with a 9.825, tying a career high.  She was tied for sixth on the beam at 9.750, tied for seventh on the floor at 9.675 and was tied for 13th on the bars at 9.600.

Carver-Milne said, "Michelle has been a solid all-arounder for the Bears the past three years. She studied abroad in Denmark last semester and committed to training while overseas. It is clear her commitment, consistency and perseverance were the keys to her success."

Senior Emily Lutfey took home the vault title, posting a career-high 9.850.

"Emily has worked hard in training to learn a more difficult vault, which she debuted last weekend at Cal Berkeley. Her determination to compete this vault to improve the team score, not only helped the team earn the Ivy Title, but also the honor of becoming the Ivy Vault Champion."

Lutfey and Shnayder's 1-2 vault performance was one of three different events where Brown placed two finishers in the top four.  In addition, sophomore Allison Rubenstein and senior Julia Meyer tied for second on the beam a career-high 9.825.  Senior Nicole Abdo was Brown's top finisher on the floor, also notching a career-high with a second-place 9.800.  Lutfey was fourth with a 9.775.

Rubenstein and Meyer were two of seven Bears who finished in the top 12 on the beam, leading to a school record 48.9 combined score for the event.  Freshman Corey Holman was fifth at 9.775 (career high) to go along with Abdo (9.725) and Lutfey (9.650), who finished eighth and 12th, respectively.

Freshman Alexandra Chretien finished tied for fifth on the bars and posted a career-high 9.750.

Brown travels to the University of New Hampshire for the second time this season on March 2, where it will compete against Towson, Yale and the Wildcats.

All-Ivy Performers

All-Around
Michelle Shnayder, First Team

Vault
Michelle Shnayder, First Team
Emily Lutfey, First Team
Rebecca Freedman, Second Team 

Floor
Nicole Abdo, First Team
Emily Lutfey, First Team
Michelle Shnayder, Second Team

Beam
Allison Rubenstein, First Team
Julia Meyer, First Team
Michelle Shnayder, Second Team
Nicole Abdo, Second Team
Corey Holman, Second Team 

Bars
Alexandra Chretien, First Team