Bears Finish Sixth at ECAC Championship
March 21, 2009
New Haven, CT - The Brown University gymnastics team finished in sixth place at the ECAC Championships hosted at Yale University on Saturday afternoon. The Bears combined for 188.175 points to finish ahead of Yale, while Towson claimed the title with 193.325 points. In second was Cornell (193.050), Temple (191.475), William & Mary (190.125) and UPenn (190.075) in fifth.
Rookies Lily Siems (Baltimore, MD) and Carli Wisenfield (Atlanta, GA) both led the Bears on the vault with a 9.425 as the Bears scored a total of 46.825. Following behind was freshman Lauren Tucker (Farmington Hills, MI) with a 9.350, sophomore Chelsey Binkley (Marietta, GA) with a 9.325 and Helen Segal (Los Altos, CA) with a 9.300. Cornell's Kerri Lavallee earned the title with a 9.850 as three Towson gymnasts tied for second with a 9.775
Senior captain Jennifer Sobuta (Maynard, MA) led Brown on the bars with a solid 9.575 for a solid eighth place finish as the Bears combined for a 46.775. Sophomore Vida Rivera (Jackson Heights, NY) posted Brown's next best score with a 9.450 and sophomore Melissa Bowe (Barnstable, MA) turned in a 9.375. Towson's Jackie Schweitzer placed first with a 9.775, followed by Jennifer Stack of William & Mary with a 9.750 for second and Cornell's Maddie Pearsall earned third with a 9.650.
Tucker earned Brown's top finish on the balance beam with a 9.650, followed by a 9.625 by Siems. Binkley turned in a 9.350 and Wiesenfeld posted a 9.150 as the squad earned a 46.850. Earning the beam title was Temple's Katie Canning and Yale's Allison Mak with a 9.850, as Cornell's Stacey Ohara and Melanie Standridge finished in third place with a 9.800.
The Bears posted its highest score on the floor exercise with a 47.725, as Binkley led the team with a 9.650 for 15th place. Junior Helen Segal and freshman Katie Goddard notched Brown's next highest score with a 9.625, followed by Victoria Zanelli (Katy, TX) with a 9.450. Senior Whitney Diederich (Naperville, IL) and Tucker both turned in a score of 9.375. Zanelli was the only Bear to compete all-around, as she finished in 13th place with a 36.650.