Gymnastics Posts School-Record 194.225 at William and Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, Mich.) tied the school record of 9.875 on bars and freshman Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) took second with a career-high 39.025 in all-around, helping the Brown gymnastics team post a 194.225 and break the team score school record for the second meet in a row. The Bears placed second overall at Kaplan Arena on Friday, trailing only first-place North Carolina (194.775) and finishing ahead of William and Mary (193.425) and Rutgers (193.375).

Following a then-school record 194.125 in last Sunday's quad meet, the Bears raised the bar once again on the strength of Morant's personal best 9.825 on beam and 9.800 on floor to claim first place in both events. Senior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.) matched Morant's 9.800 on floor to round out a trio of first-place honors for the Bears. Sophomore Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) tied for second on beam after a career-high 9.800 and took third on bars with a 9.775, while Chretien nabbed second on bars to give Brown a total of six top-three finishes.

Brown sprinted out of the gate with a meet-best 48.625 on bars, driven by Chretien's inspired 9.875 that wrote her name in the Brown record books. Walters took hold of third place (9.775), Morant placed fourth (9.725) and freshman Jorden Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished fifth (9.700) in an exceptionally strong bars field. The Bears slightly trailed William and Mary for first place after the Tribe went for a 48.725 on vault in the first rotation.

Brown's elevated performance continued on beam with Morant's event-winning career-best 9.825 and Walters' personal-record 9.800, lifting the Bears to a 48.550 event score. Despite being on pace to set another program record, Brown's 97.175 was outpaced by the Tarheels, who snuck into first place with a 97.275 total after floor and vault. 

Morant and Shnayder teamed up to shine on the floor exercise, tying for first place with matching 9.800 scores. Walters (9.700) took fifth and freshman Brooke Williams (Clyde Hill, Wash.) placed sixth (9.675) to contribute to Brown's 48.575 team mark.

The Bears concluded with vault and saw Shnayder and senior Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, N.Y.) tie for fourth place with 9.750. Brown reeled in a 48.475 total to secure a 194.225 for a new school team score record. North Carolina proved just strong enough to run away with the victory, however, using an outstanding 49.050 on bars to seal a 194.775 and first place.

In all-around, Morant's best score of her young career (39.025) earned second place, while Walters (38.925) took fourth and Shnayder checked in at fifth (38.700).

The quad meet concludes regular season competition for the Bears and the back-to-back Ivy Classic Champions will return to action at the ECAC Championships at Temple University on March 22.