February 28, 2003

Gymnastics Team Competes in Ivy Classic

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Head coach Paul Beckwith and the gymnastics team will head to Philadelphia this weekend in search of Ivy glory, as they face off against the likes of Penn, Brown, and Yale. Things bode well for the Red, which was the overall winner of last year’s Ivy Classic.

Cornell starts the weekend with a good idea of what awaits its. The Red faced Penn last weekend, taking the runner-up position to the Quakers in a close tri-meet. Each of the three teams was separated by a margin of four points, and the Red established its season-high score. The team’s season record now stands at 188.4 points.

Standing out for the team was sophomore Larissa Calka. Having survived a career-threatening fall two weeks prior, Calka showed no fear as she earned the best individual overall score of last weekend’s Penn tri-meet.

Other contributors for Cornell included sophomore Allison Betof on the uneven bars, Denise Hurd on the vault, and freshman Cathy Schnell on the floor exercise.

Despite rising scores and a decreasing number of falls, the tumblers will still have their work cut out for them this weekend.

Judging the Competition

Last week Penn recorded several individual highs, including Christina Anzalone on the bars, Laura Bouchelle on the vault and Desirae Gaspero on both the beam and floor. Besides these performers, Penn combined for season highs on the vault and beam exercises.

Brown and Yale will also be tough competition at the meet, as both recorded scores in the 190’s last weekend. Brown’s Jayne Finst and Amber Smith also took home the ECAC Gymnast and Rookie of the Week, respectively, after season high performances earlier in the month.

Yale’s ace in the hole is that the team is extremely experienced. The Bulldogs lost just two members of last year’s squad to graduation, and return six seniors. At the same time, those who return do so as members of last year’s ECAC runner-ups. Yale also recently topped Penn, coming third during the Towson Invite.

Archived article by Matt Janiga