Bears Place Fourth at Ivy Classic

Feb. 26, 2007

Philadelphia, PA - The Brown gymnastics team placed fourth at the Ivy Classic at UPenn on Sunday afternoon. The Bears earned a total of 186.975, behind first place finisher, UPenn (191.550), followed by Cornell (190.600), and Yale (190.550).

Although the Bears didn't place as well as they would have liked, they had plenty to be proud of and accomplished many things as a team, and as individuals. As a team, Brown earned its highest team total of the season (186.975), and had many individuals set new school records as well as beat personal records.

Freshman Alicia Sacramone (Wichester, MA) led Brown on the vault with a first-place finish with a 9.875. Her score set a new Brown school record, which was formerly held by Jayne Finst '04 with a 9.775. Finst was in attendance at the Ivy Classic with several other Brown alums, and congratulated Sacramone on breaking the record. Sacramone also set a school record in the all-around, with her 39.250. The record had also been set by Finst, who had a 39.175.

Sacramone became the first gymnast in the history of the Ivy League to place first on every event en route to winning the all-around. She also set a new Ivy record in the all-around and tied the Ivy record on vault, earning First Team All-Ivy Classic on everything. Sacramone also tied her person best on the floor, with a 9.85.

Other Bears performing well on the vault was freshman Alanna Kwoka (San Mateo, CA), who received a 9.550, and sophomore Jennifer Sobuta (Maynard, MA) with a 9.500, as both helped the Bears to a team score of 46.650. Freshman Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt (Venice, CA) posted a career-high on the vault, a 9.35.

The Bears tallied a 47.200 on the bars, and was again led by Sacramone, who earned first with a 9.775. Junior Hannah Goldstein (New York, NY) pulled in her personal best, a 9.625, earning fourth place and Second Team All-Ivy Classic. Kwoka and Sobuta also hit personal bests on the bars, with Kwoka recording a 9.4, and Sobuta with a 9.3.

On the floor exercise, Sacramone placed first with a 9.85, and sophomore Whitney Diederich (Naperville, IL) pulled in a career-high 9.425. The Bears struggled a bit on the beam, which was their first event of the afternoon. Sacramone took first with a 9.750, which helped the team tally a 45.825. Sobuta earned a 9.25 and Kirkham-Lewitt received a 9.025.

Sacramone also won the all-around competition, posting a 39.250. Kwoka stepped it up and broke the 37 mark for the first time with a 37.225. Sobuta finished in sixth place in the all-around, earning a Second Team All-Ivy Classic with a 37.275.

The Bears will travel to New Haven next weekend, when they take on the Yale Bulldogs on Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m.