January 31, 2003

Gymnastics Looks to Regain Winning Form

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Two meets into this season, the gymnastics team is still looking to find its record-breaking form of last year. After capturing its first dual-meet victory last weekend over local rival Cortland, the Red will host a quad-meet tomorrow featuring Cortland, Brown, and Wilson College.

In its first two meets thus far, Cornell has failed to live up to the high standards that the program set a year ago, when it broke the 190-point mark numerous times. The Red scored just 184.525 in its first competition, earning a seventh-place finish at the George Washington Invitational. Last weekend, the team managed just 183.80 points in a narrow win over Cortland.

Despite the lackluster team score last Saturday, several members of the Red had standout performances. Junior Denise Hurd took first place in the vault with a solid score of 9.575, while teammate, junior Rachel Goldberg tied for second on the apparatus with a 9.20.

Senior Shannon Weiman captured first place on the balance beam, notching a 9.650. Meanwhile, junior Stefi Daehler blew away the competition on the floor exercise, winning the event with a 9.700. Sophomore Larissa Calka, who claimed the all-around title, took fourth on the floor exercise.

Cornell received its strongest placings on the uneven bars, however, as the tumblers claimed the top six spots. Sophomore Andrea Mavro finished ahead of the pack, followed by teammates freshman Cathy Schnell, sophomore Shellen Goltz, Calka, and sophomores Allison Betof and Meghan Miller, in that order.

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