Bears Place Second behind UPenn. Defeat Southern Connecticut

Bears Place Second behind UPenn. Defeat Southern Connecticut

March 18, 2007

Providence, RI - The Brown gymnastics team placed second against the University of Pennsylvania and Southern Connecticut in the Bears last home meet on Sunday afternoon. UPenn placed first with a score of 190.250, followed by Brown with a 187.925 and Southern Connecticut with a 185.575.

Highlighting the day was the Bears squad taking first on the floor exercise, and freshman Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA) earning first in every event, including the all-around, while also setting three new school records on the vault, floor and all-around. Brown graduate, Jayne Finst '04, used to own the vault record with a 9.775, but Sacramone beat it earlier this season with a 9.875. Today she earned a 9.900. Her 9.925 on the floor today defeated four other former Brown gymnasts who previously set the record at 9.900. Sacramone also broke the all-around record, which again was held by Finst, but was also beaten earlier this season. Sacramone set the bar even higher, as she earned a 39.425.

On the floor, the Bears had stellar performances, defeating both Penn and Southern Connecticut with a 48.150. Sacramone's 9.925 secured first, while freshman Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt (Venice, CA) came in third with a 9.650 and freshman Alanna Kwoka (San Mateo, CA) placed fourth with a 9.625. Also performing well was sophomore Jennifer Sobuta (Maynard, MA), who received a 9.600.

Taking second on the beam with a 46.850, the Bears were led by Sacramone's 9.750. Although Penn secured both second, third and fourth place finishes, the Bears saw a 9.375 from junior Jessica Pestronk (Grand Blanc, MI) and a 9.300 from Sobuta.

Led by Sacramone's 9.850 on the bars, the Bears came in second, scoring a 46.850. Penn's Lizzie Lowe took second with a 9.700, followed by Stefanie Navarro in third with a 9.680. Brown's Kwoka received a 9.350 and Sobuta recorded a 9.275.

Brown placed third on the vault with a 46.425, but was led by Sacramone's record-breaking 9.900 for a first-place finish. Penn took second and third place, but Kwoka came in fourth with a 9.450. Sobuta followed closely behind with a 9.425.

Sacramone owned the all-around competition, posting a 39.425. Next was Penn's Marissa Rosen with a 38.475, and then both Sobuta and Kwoka tied for third with a 37.600.

The Bears will compete in the ECAC tournament held at Cornell on Saturday, March 31, at noon.