January 22, 2007

Gymnastics Team Places Third at Triangular Meet in Texas

Jan. 22, 2007

Denton, TX - Freshman Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA) led the Bears during their first meet of the season on Sunday, taking first on the beam and second on the bars, against Central Michigan and Texas Woman's University. As a team, the Bears placed third with a score of 175.350, behind Central Michigan (193.675) and TWU (189.725).

On the beam, the Bears had a team total of 47.075, which included outstanding performances by Sacramone, who placed first with a 9.85, and also freshman Stephanie Albert (Sanibel, FL), who posted a solid score of 9.725.

Sophomore Rachel Foodman (San Diego, CA) earned a team-high 9.6 on the floor, and freshman Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt (Venice, CA) received a 9.325 on her floor routine. Unfortunately, Albert got injured on her triple full and was unable to finish, and was pulled from the rest of the meet.

The next event for the Bears was the vault, and all four Bears competing nailed their vaults. Brown saw great scores from freshman Alanna Kwoka (San Mateo, CA), and sophomore Jennifer Sobuta (Maynard, MA) who each posted a 9.625, while Foodman earned a 9.525. With Albert out of the rotation because of her injury, Sacramone was asked to step in and do a simple front handspring vault so the Bears could count an 8.7 instead of a zero, in which they would have received if she did not vault.

In the final event that afternoon, the bars, the Bears were led by Sacramone, who posted a 9.8 earning her a second place finish. Junior Hannah Goldstein (New York, NY) had her best performance of her career, as she earned a 9.5 and Kirkham-Lewitt received a 9.375. She also placed third in the all-around with a 37.075.

The Bears are back in action at the Pizzitola Center on Sunday, Jan. 28, when they take on Cornell, Cortland and MIT at 1 p.m.