Jan. 18, 2009
Providence, RI - In its first meet of the 2009 season, the Brown gymnastics team fell 189.000-185.950 to the Towson University Tigers at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Chelsey Binkley (Marietta, GA) earned Brown's top finish of the day, turning in a 9.725 on the floor exercise to win the event.
On the vault, Brown turned in a team score of 46.200 and was led by rookie Lilly Siems (Baltimore, MD) with a 9.350 for seventh place. Towson's Alise McDonald won the event with a 9.725, followed by Avis Hixon's 9.675 and Megan Wooden's 9.550 for a team score of 47.925. Finishing behind Siems was Carli Wiesenfeld (Atlanta, GA) with a 9.300 for eighth place, Binkley finished in ninth with a 9.275 and junior Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt (Venice, CA) tallied a 9.200 for 10th.
Sophomore Victoria Zanelli (Katy, TX) led Bruno on the bars, posting a 9.400 for fourth place. Towson's Kacy Catanzaro earned the title with a 9.675, followed by the Tigers' Megan Wooden (9.525) and Emily Hill (9.525). Finishing in fifth was senior captain Jennifer Sobuta (Maynard, MA) with a 9.300, followed by sophomore Melissa Bowe (Barnstable, MA) with a 9.200 and Kirkham-Lewitt with a 9.100 for seventh. Towson's team score came to 46.425, while Brown recorded a total of 45.925.
Towson secured first through third place finishes on the beam, and was led by Jackie Schweitzer's 9.775. Alyssa Dittman tallied a 9.700 for second, while McDonald secured third place with a 9.650. Wiesenfeld was Brown's top finisher on the event, posting a 9.600 for fourth. Siems earned a 9.500, followed by freshman Katie Goddard's (Kings Park, NY) 9.400 for sixth and Zanelli's 9.375 for seventh. The Bears total score on the beam was a 46.900, while the Tigers earned a 47.400 overall.
Binkley's 9.725 was good for first place on the floor exercise, but Towson's Avis Hixon came in second (9.675) and Alise McDonald finished in third (9.650). Brown's Goddard secured the fourth place spot with her 9.600, as junior Helan Segal (Los Altos, CA) earned fifth with a 9.550. Towson tallied a 47.250 on the floor, while Brown earned a 46.925.
Winning the all-around competition was Towson's McDonald with a 37.900, followed by Megan Wooden with a 37.625. Brown's Siems placed third with a total of 36.375.
The Bears are back in action next weekend, when they host the MIT Engineers at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Pizzitola Sports Center.