ITHACA, NEW YORK – The Brown gymnastics team turned in a solid performance this afternoon, combining for a team score of 191.500 to take sixth place in the ECAC Championships held at the Newman Arena on the campus of Cornell University. Junior Michelle Shnayder's (Lincolnshire, IL) fourth place finish in the all-around competition with a score of 38.550 highlighted the competition for the Bears, as she earned second team All-ECAC honors for her performance.
"The team had a rough start on bars today," said head coach Sara Carver-Milne, "but we recovered well and had solid performances on beam, floor and vault, hitting every routine. Michelle had her second best all-around performance of the season and placed fourth overall, earning second team All-ECAC."
Senior Nicole Abdo (Largo, FL) produced Brown's best performance on the bars, the team's first event of the day, adding a 9.650 to the team total of 46.775 on the apparatus and taking 13th place. Freshman Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, MI) finished in 19th with a 9.550 and Shnayder scored a 9.500 to take 20th. Senior co-captain Kasey Haas (Charlotte, NC) finished 30th, earning a score of 9.050, while classmate Julia Meyer (Granite City, IL) took the 31st spot with an 9.025. Senior co-captain Lauren Hall (Charlton, MA) finished 35th with a score of 8.750.
Brown produced a team score of 48.300 on the beam and senior Emily Lutfey (Los Angeles, CA) led the way in the second rotation, tying for 15th with a score of 9.700. Abdo was just behind her, tying for 17th with a 9.675, while Shnayder and freshman Corey Holman (Westford, MA) tied for 19th, each with a score of 9.650. Meyer tied for 23rd, earning a 9.625 for her routine, while sophomore Allison Rubenstein (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ) received a 9.550, good for 28th.
An impressive score of 9.725 from Shnayder sparked a Brown team total of 48.175 on the floor exercise, as the junior finished in a tie for 12th place. Holman and Lutfey scored a matching 9.650 to tie for 19th, while sophomore Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, NY) tied for 22nd with a 9.625. Abdo and freshman Diana Walters (Austin, TX) rounded out the Brown competitors on the team's third apparatus, taking 31st and 32nd with scores of 9.525 and 9.475, respectively.
The squad turned in a score of 48.250 on the vault, their final event of the day and one that they have competed strongly on all season. Holman led the Bears, tying for eighth place with a career-high score of 9.725. Shnayder was 10th with a 9.675, while Walters and junior Katie Rogers (Bethesda, MD) tied for the 15th spot with a 9.625. Lutfey turned in a 9.600 to tie for 18th, and Hoffman turned in a score of 8.850 for the Bears to take 35th.
"Corey has improved in every competition and hit her career high on vault today," said Carver-Mile. "She has been solid for the Bears all season, composed and confident in every competition."
Penn earned the ECAC title this afternoon, combining for a score of 193.725, and Cornell took second, turning in a 193.250. William and Mary grabbed the third spot with a 192.950, Temple was fourth with a 192.175 and Yale was just behind in fifth with a 192.100. Brown rounded out the standings in sixth place with its 191.500.
With the regular season in the books, the Bears will focus on their preparation for the USAG Collegiate Nationals. The competition will take place on April 12th in Shreveport, Louisiana.