Bears' Asst. Coach Sacramone Wins Three Medals at Visa Championships

Bears' Asst. Coach Sacramone Wins Three Medals at Visa Championships

June 7, 2008

Boston, MA - Brown University rising junior and volunteer assistant gymnastics coach Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA) won three medals at the 2008 Visa Championships at Agganis Arena at Boston University on Saturday. Sacramone won gold in the vault, silver in the floor exercise, and bronze on the balance beam, medaling in all three events she competed in. As a result of her performance, Sacramone was named to the 2008-09 U.S. Senior National Team and will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials later this month.

"I just went out and had fun," Sacramone said. "I held nothing back. I'm in a great place right now because I haven't peaked yet and I'll keep up my conditioning and refining for Trials."

Sacramone's gold in the vault was her fourth consecutive win in the event at the Championships. Her score of 30.700 was well above the score of the runner-up, Britney Ranzy of Gaithersburg, Md., who scored 29.400.

On the floor, Sacramone's score of 31.400 was second only to all-around champion Shawn Johnson, who scored 32.250 in the event en route to defending her all-around title. On the beam, Sacramone scored a 31.650, finishing behind Johnson (32.300) and all-around runner-up Nastia Lukin (32.450).

The Senior National Team is comprised of the top 12 all-around finishers and Sacramone. The 13 members will be joined by six other gymnasts at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on June 19-22 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Although she did not compete in the all-around, Sacramone's three-event average was third at the competition, behind only Johnson and Lukin.

Sacramone competed for the Brown gymnastics team as a freshman, earning Brown Athletics' Kate Silver '86 Award as Brown's outstanding first-year female athlete. That season, she was named ECAC Rookie of the Year and became just the second Ivy League gymnast to compete at the NCAA Championship. Sacramone holds school records in the vault (9.9), floor exercise (9.925), and all-around (39.425), and became the first gymnast to win all four events and the all-around at the Ivy Classic. This past season, she helped the Bears as a volunteer assistant coach.