Gymnastics Breaks School Records on Bars, Team Total in Second Place Finish
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Program records and personal records alike were shattered as the Brown gymnastics team upped the ante with a best-ever 194.125 team score to finish in second place in quad meet action at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Sunday. The Bears were edged in a fierce battle with first-place Bridgeport (194.650) and finished ahead of West Chester (188.525) and University of Rhode Island Club (170.800). Brown broke the school record on bars with a 48.800, erasing the previous mark of 48.650 set in 2011, while 15 personal records fell for the Bears.
Four Brown senior captains were honored prior to their final regular season home meet: Madeline Benz (Chester, N.J.), Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, N.Y.), Katie Rogers (Bethesda, Md.) and Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.).
Shnayder and sophomore Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) tied for third place in the all-around with 38.850, a personal best for Shnayder. Freshman Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) took fifth in the all-around with a career-high 38.825, and her personal best 9.85 on floor matched sophomore Alexandra Chretien's (Commerce Township, Mich.) 9.85 on bars as Brown's highest individual mark of the day.
The Bears opened up on vault and turned in a 48.425, powered by Walters' 9.825 that landed her in second place. Morant (9.725) took fifth and Shnayder (9.675) took seventh, putting Brown just behind Bridgeport's 48.850 on bars for second place. Freshman Jorden Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Brooke Williams (Clyde Hill, Wash.) set personal records in exhibition with 9.575 and 9.375, respectively.
Brown took its bars performance to new heights as four Bears set personal bests to secure a program-record 48.800 and launch the hosts into first place with a 97.225 team score. Chretien shined in her specialty with a career-high 9.850 to tie for first place, while Mitchell and Walters shared third place with matching personal bests of 9.775. Morant and Shnayder tied for sixth at 9.700, which proved a new career mark for Shnayder.
The Bears hit a speed bump with a 47.875 on beam, which allowed Bridgeport to reclaim the lead after a strong 48.925 on floor. Brown still occupied many of the top spots in the event, with Shnayder (9.650) taking second and sophomore Corey Holman (Westford, Mass.) and Hoffman tying for third at 9.625 – a personal best for Hoffman. Williams scored a 9.500 for a career-high in exhibition.
Needing an exemplary performance on floor to surpass the Purple Knights, Brown unleashed its highest team score of the day with a 49.025, narrowly missing the program record of 49.125 set at this year's Ivy Classic. Despite Brown's crowd-pleasing display, Bridgeport remained consistent and secured first place with a 48.825 on vault.
Morant's new personal best of 9.825 earned second place, while Walters' career-high of 9.825 matched Shnayder's routine for a share of third. Williams raised her personal bar with a 9.800 to finish seventh and Chretien's exhibition routine resulted in a career-high 9.475.
The Bears close out the regular season at William and Mary with North Carolina and Rutgers on March 14. First rotation is set for 7 p.m.