February 26, 2007

Gymnastics Earns Second Place

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This weekend the gymnastics team finished second at the Ivy Classic with an impressive score of 190.600.

One of the team’s goals was to break 190 before the end of the season. The Red was able to accomplish that this weekend, but fell just short to Penn, the host team and one of the Red’s ECAC rivals.

“We were a little disappointed with the outcome but we had a strong finish,” said sophomore Stacey O’Hara.

Penn was able to pull off the team victory with a score of 191.550. Yale and Brown finished third and fourth with scores of 190.550 and 186.975, respectively.

The Red averaged 47.800 in the vault events. Junior Colleen Davis led the Red in the vault competition and placed third with a score of 9.750. Classmate Leslie Gregory and freshman Brittany Howse placed eighth with a score of 9.550 in the vault competition.

Sophomore Elyse Gottschalk was Cornell’s top finisher in the uneven parallel bars event, achieving a score of 9.600 and a seventh place finish.

The Red was also strong in the balance beam competition. Sophomore Stacey O’Hara placed third in the competition with a 9.725 score.

“I had a career high in beam,” O’Hara said. “I was really happy with the way I performed.”

Senior co-captain Kari Kucera also finished well in the balance beam competition, placing sixth with a score of 9.650. She was closely followed by fellow senior Christina Baez, who placed seventh with a 9.600 score. Howse rounded out the top-10 finishers with a ninth-place finish and a score of 9.575.

Freshman Sarah Zelek also had a good showing for the Red, finishing with a 9.475 placing her in twelfth.

The Red was also strong in the floor exercise, including two finishes in the top-5 and four in the top-10. Kucera led the Red with a third place finish and 9.750 score. Right behind her was freshman Emily Lenk, who scored a 9.725 and finished fourth.

Howse and Gregory rounded out the top-10 in a three-way tie for eighth with a score of 9.625.

Sophomore Sari Tepper also had a strong finish for the Red, finishing right outside the top-10 with a 9.600, which put her in the 11th position.