July 31, 2007

Alicia Sacramone Competes at 2007 U.S. Classic

Brown gymnast Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA) took first place in all three events she competed in at the U.S. Classic last weekend at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan. She will now be competing in the Visa Championships from Aug. 15-18 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Although it was her first elite competition since the NCAA Championships in April, Sacramone proved she hasn't missed a beat. Competing on the beam, floor and vault, she recorded outstanding marks taking first place in each event. She earned a 15.55 on the beam, a 15.15 on the floor, and a 15.20 on the vault.

"It just shows she isn't just maintaining, but she is improving as well," said Brown gymnastics coach Sara Carver-Milne. "She is definitely a strong contender for the Olympics."

A pioneer in women's gymnastics, Sacramone is the first to compete in NCAA Division I gymnastics, as well as on the elite level. Despite the strenuous schedule, she was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year, and has set Brown records on the vault, floor and the all-around this pat season. She also became the first gymnast in the history of the Ivy League to finish first on every event and win the all-around at the Ivy Classic, set a new Ivy Classic record in the all-around and tied the Ivy Classic record on the vault. Sacramone was just the second Brown gymnast to qualify for the NCAA Championships.