Feb. 28, 2009
New Haven, CT - The Brown gymnastics team came out strong and placed second during the 2009 Ivy Classic hosted by Yale University this afternoon. The Bears combined for a 188.400 to earn second place behind Cornell, who earned the title with a 190.800. UPenn followed behind the Bears in third (187.325) and then Yale (185.200).
"I think the team had the right attitude from the very beginning," said Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne. "We treated it as a home meet and had a ton of support."
Brown's second place finish was its best since the 2002 season, as the Bears won the floor exercise, placed second on both the vault and bars and came in third on the beam. "We had some great momentum in the first event," added Carver-Milne. "We nailed every vault and that help set the tone for the rest of the meet."
On the vault, Cornell locked up first and second place finishes with the help of a 9.825 from Kerri Lavallee and a 9.775 from Sari Tepper. Freshman Lilly Siems (Baltimore, MD) and Carli Wiesenfeld (Atlanta, GA) earned Brown's top finishes with a 9.475 for seventh place, followed by sophomore Chelsey Binkley (Marietta, GA) in ninth with a 9.400. Also turning in solid scores was freshman Lauren Tucker (Farmington Hills, MI) with a 9.375, junior Helen Segal (Los Altos, CA) with a 9.300 for 11th and sophomore Victoria Zanelli (Katy, TX) with a 9.225 for 13th. As a team, the Bears combined for a 47.025.
Sophomore Vida Rivera (Jackson Heights, NY) earned the uneven bar title with a 9.750, as Cornell had three gymnasts tie for second with a 9.725. Zanelli posted a 9.675 for fourth place and sophomore Melissa Bowe (Barnstable, MA) tallied a 9.500 for seventh. Bruno earned a total of 47.050, placing just a tenth of a point behind first-place Cornell.
On the beam, Cornell's Melanie Standridge and Yale's Alina Liao recorded a 9.775 for the title, followed by Danielle Scott of Cornell's second-place score of 9.650. Leading the Bears was Tucker with a 9.575 in fourth place, followed by Zanelli's 9.550 for fifth. Siems gave a solid effort for 12th with a 9.100 and Binkley finished with a 9.050 as Brown totaled a 46.100 as a team.
"We didn't let mistakes effect the rest of our lineup," said Carver-Milne. "To come back on floor in our final event after having falls on bars and beam and sweep on the floor was huge."
Segal earned the floor exercise title with a 9.775, and was followed by freshman Katie Goddard (Kings Park, NY) and Binkley with a 9.750 for second place. Senior Whitney Diederich (Naperville, IL) and Tucker both nailed their routines to earn a 9.475 for ninth place, and Zanelli recorded a 9.175 for 14th. As a team, the Bears won the event with a total of 48.225. Zanelli competed all-around for the Bears, earning a 37.625 to finish in fourth.
"The girls were really focused on making Brown University proud the entire meet," said Carver-Milne. "We weren't looking at the other teams or concerned about what they were doing. I'm extremely proud of them."
The Bears head back home to take on West Chester at 6:00 p.m. on March 13 in their final home meet of the 2009 season, and then travel back to Yale for the ECAC Championships on March 21st.