March 5, 2001

Tumblers Bow to Rutgers

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Plagued by injuries, the tumblers fell to Rutgers, 193.025 to 186.350 Saturday in Piscatway, N.J.

The Red posted its third highest scoring meet of the season, raising its overall team average by a point.

Record Holder

Sophomore Abby Vedder won the event with a 9.725. The score places her in the top five all-timeon the beam at Cornell.

Continuing problems with the uneven bars hurt the Red.

“We’ve been struggling with bars all season,” said head coach Paul Beckwith, after his team posted a high score of only 9.200 on the apparatus. “We lost some key bars people early in the season, so it’s been the hardest event for the girls.”

It didn’t help that Rutgers was hitting all of its routines. Although they won’t be meeting each other at the ECAC’s, the teams will be facing off again at Penn State.

“[Rutgers is about] the same type of team as a William and Mary, James Madison, or Yale and that will help us prepare for the [ECAC’s].”

“We’re starting to peak,” said Beckwith. “…Things are really coming together. We’re at a point where we can learn new elements, and upgrade our events.”

“As far as emotionally [acting like a team] and doing a team effort, this is the best [squad] we have ever had at Cornell.”

Archived article by Tammy Fang