Feb. 21, 2009
Norman, OK - The Brown gymnastics team gave another solid performance against some of the top teams in the nation when competing at the University of Oklahoma on Friday evening. The Bears tallied a 185.950, but it wasn't enough to overcome No. 11 University of Oklahoma's 196.375, No. 13 University of Missouri's 196.225 and No. 18 West Virginia's 195.250.
Missouri's Alex Gold earned the vault title with a 9.925, followed by Oklahoma's Ashley Jackson with a 9.900 in second and Mizzou's Sarah Shire with a 9.8745 for third. The Bears' top scorer on the event was freshman Carli Wiesenfeld (Atlanta, GA) with a season-high 9.625 to place 19th, followed by junior Helen Segal (Los Altos, CA) with a 9.575, sophomore Chelsey Binkley (Marietta, GA) with a 9.525 and sophomore Victoria Zanelli (Katy, TX) with a 9.500. Also posting positive results were sophomore Melissa Bowe (Barnstable, MA) with a 9.425 and freshman Lauren Tucker (Farmington Hills, MI) with a 9.250. Bruno earned a team score of 47.650.
On the bars, Mizzou's Alicia Hatcher earned first with a 9.875, followed by West Virginia's Mehgan Morris's 9.850 and Oklahoma's Megan Ferguson 9.850 for second place. For the Bears, freshman Lilly Siems (Baltimore, MD) recorded the team's top score on the bars, as she earned a season-high 9.550. Following behind was Bowe with a 9.200 and sophomore Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt (Venice, CA) posted a 9.025 as Brown combined for a 45.275.
Missouri's Sarah Shire and Oklahoma's Hollie Vise recorded a 9.850 on the beam for first-place finishes, and three tied for third place. Brown's Binkley tied her season-best score with a 9.650 for 16th place, followed by senior captain Jennifer Sobuta (Maynard, MA) with a 9.625 in 17th and Tucker with a 9.500. Also posting a solid score for the Bears was freshman Katie Goddard (Kings Park, NY) with a 9.050 as the squad tallied a 46.625.
Four individuals tied for first place on the floor exercise with a 9.875 as Mizzou's Shire posted fifth with a 9.850. Brown's Zanelli, Binkley and Wiesenfeld earned Brown's highest scores on the floor exercise with a 9.400 for 19th place. Segal followed with a 9.275 and Goddard earned an 8.925. As a team, Bruno combined for 46.400. Zanelli also placed eighth in the all-around with a 36.075.
The Bears are back in action next weekend at 1:00 p.m. when they head to Yale University on Saturday for the Ivy Classic.