NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Caroline Morant won the vault title, and junior Diana Walters earned the bars title as Brown University gymnastics scored a season-high 194.150 to finish in second place at the 2015 ECAC Championship at Yale University's John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday afternoon.
Morant (Chicago, Ill.) earned the vault title with a 9.850 while Walters garnered the bars title with a 9.825. The Bears came within .075 points of a program record for team score while registering a season-high 48.725 on vault, a 49.025 on floor, a 48.600 on bars, and a 47.800 on beam.
William & Mary won the meet with a 194.375 while Brown finished ahead of third-place Yale (193.575), fourth-place Penn (192.800), fifth-place Temple (192.075), and sixth-place Cornell (191.225).
Sophomore Jorden Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Bears in the all around with a 38.675, finishing in fifth place. Walters followed with a 38.525, and Morant recorded a 38.150.
On vault, Morant paced Brown with a 9.850 just ahead of Mitchell's 9.800 as both gymnasts tied her career high on the event. Walters tied her season high with a 9.775, junior Corey Holman (Westford, Mass.) posted a 9.700, and sophomore Brooke Williams (Clyde Hill, Wash.) registered a 9.600.
Walters recorded a 9.825 to tally the Bears' top score on bars while freshman Maggie McAvoy (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, Mich.) each scored a 9.750, a personal best for McAvoy. Mitchell notched a 9.675, and freshman Claire Ryan (Greenwood, Minn.) scored a 9.600.
On beam, Morant and freshman Anya Olson (Farmington Hills, Mich.) each posted a 9.775, marking a personal best for Olson. Ryan followed with a 9.700, and Mitchell had a 9.325.
Mitchell established a new career high on floor with a 9.875 with Morant posting the same score. Williams registered a 9.825 while Olson notched a personal-best-tying 9.725. Walters also scored a 9.725, and senior Danielle Hoffman (Bedford, N.Y.) finished with a 9.650.
Last year, Brown won a share of the ECAC title for the first time in school history, tying William & Mary with a 193.600.
Next, Brown will look to qualify student-athletes for the NCAA Regional Championship at West Virginia on April 4 prior to competing at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championship from April 10-12.
Brown's All-ECAC Performers
Diana Walters – First Team All-ECAC (First Place)
Alexandra Chretien – First Team All-ECAC (T-Third Place)
Maggie McAvoy – First Team All-ECAC (T-Third Place)
Caroline Morant – First Team All-ECAC (T-Second Place)
Jorden Mitchell – First Team All-ECAC (T-Second Place)
Jorden Mitchell – Second Team All-ECAC (Fifth Place)
Diana Walters – Second Team All-ECAC (Sixth Place)
First Place – William & Mary: 194.375
Second Place – Brown: 194.150
Third Place – Yale: 193.575
Fourth Place – Penn: 192.800
Fifth Place – Temple: 192.075
Sixth Place – Cornell: 191.225
Athlete of the Year: Brittany Stover (William & Mary)
Scholar Athletes of the Year: Amber Hu (Penn), Larson Aasek (William & Mary), Joyce Li (Yale), Morgan Traina (Yale)
Rookie of the Year: Anna Merkuryev (Yale)
Specialist of the Year: Maggie Lundeen (William & Mary)
Assistant Coach of the Year: Deirdre Bertotti (Temple)
Coach of the Year: John Ceralde (Penn)