Morant Shines on Beam, Gymnastics Grabs Second Place at Bulldog Invitational

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) posted a 9.800 to earn the top score of the day on the balance beam and lead the Brown gymnastics team to second place at the Bulldog Invitational hosted by Yale University at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday.

The Bears earned a team score of 191.075, continuing their rivalry with first-place Bridgeport (192.275) and outpacing third-place Southern Connecticut (188.650) and fourth-place Yale (187.125). Morant finished just 0.2 off the lead in the all-around, turning in a 38.450 to trail only Bridgeport's Lissette Lafex (38.650).

Sophomore Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) got Brown started on bars with a third-place 9.675 and senior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.) tied for fifth with a 9.575.

Morant tied for the second highest individual score of the day with a sparkling 9.800 on beam for the top mark in the event. Freshman Renee Edelman (Maple Grove, Minn.) finished ninth in the event, seizing a 9.550.

Brown locked up five of the top 10 scores on the floor exercise, led by Morant and Shnayder who tied for third place with scores of 9.725. Freshman Brooke Williams (Clyde Hill, Wash.) nailed down eighth place (9.625), while Walters and junior Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, N.Y.) shared 10th with twin 9.600 tallies.

The Bears finished the day on the vault and were paced by senior Rebecca Freedman's (Plainview, N.Y.), who matched Morant's beam score with a team-best 9.800. Walters placed fifth (9.725) and Shnayder grabbed eighth (9.700) to help Brown secure second place for the third straight meet.

Brown is back in action on Feb. 9 when the Bears head to Springfield College. First rotation is scheduled for 1 p.m.