The gymnastics team is set to compete in its biggest meet of the season thus far, as it will travel to New Haven, Conn., to compete in the Ivy Classic, hosted by Yale. The Red enters the Classic as favorite to repeat as champion, as it currently is the highest ranked Ivy League team in addition to being undefeated in Ivy League competition on the season.
Last year, the Red posted a 191.800, easily beating second-place Yale by two full points in front of a capacity crowd at Teagle. Though the gymnasts remain confident in their abilities this year, they do admit that being expected to come out on top again does add extra pressure to their routines.
The gymnastics team made its annual trek down to Towson, Md. this weekend to compete in the Shelli Calloway Invitational. The Red was forced to deal with adversity, as several members of the squad were sick. Still, the Red posted a gutsy 190.650, ultimately falling to host Towson for the second straight week, but beating Ivy League rival Penn and ECAC foe Ursinus.
“I think we did a really good job this weekend,” said senior tri-captain Sari Tepper, who finished with a 9.600 on vault and a 9.200 on floor. “Considering a large portion of our team was sick and one of our coaches couldn’t make the trip down with us, we’re very happy. Everyone did a great job of doing what they were supposed to do and pulling through as a team.”
[img_assist|nid=35189|title=Strike a pose|desc=The gymanstics team lost by 0.900 points in a thriller against rival Towson. The Red posted their highest score all season.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]“We’re pretty happy,” said sophomore Maddie Pearsall, who led the Red on both bars and floor, posting scores of 9.700 and 9.775 respectively. “It was disappointing to lose, but it was a big improvement coming off of the last couple of weeks.”
There was definitely an added level of intensity in Teagle, as the combination of a capacity crowd and having the Red’s undefeated rival as an opponent produced a very high level of competition.
In addition to being the gymnastics team’s biggest meet of the season thus far, the Red’s noon date with ECAC rival Towson at the Teagle Hall gymnasium this Saturday will also be a “Red Out” charity fundraiser. All proceeds will be donated to the Global fund for AIDS research. Given the magnitude of the meet in addition to the good karma for assisting in a good cause, the Red is expecting a big turnout on Saturday.
“We’re all pretty pumped for this weekend,” said sophomore Irene Leung, who is also a designer for The Sun. “Between the charity-meet, and the fact that we’re going up against Towson, we’re hoping for a big turnout.”
The gymnastics team traveled to State College, Penn. this past weekend to compete in a quadrangular with Penn State, Penn and William & Mary. Despite losing key contributors to injuries, the Red faired well and finished second with a team score of 189.675, behind only the nationally-ranked Nittany Lions. The Red held off ECAC foes Penn and William & Mary to help secure a third place standing in its conference.
The gymnastics team is still undefeated after pulling out a gutsy 188.025-178.550 victory over local rival Cortland this past weekend. Members of the Red captured first place in all four individual events, and sophomore Maddie Pearsall won the all-around with a score of 37.725.
Despite the victory, the level of performance was below what the Red has become accustomed to over the course of its young season.
[img_assist|nid=34678|title=Balancing act|desc=Sophomore Maddie Pearsall won the all-around on Jan. 31.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
“In general we were not where we wanted to be during the meet,” Pearsall said. “So far we’ve had a really great start to the season. This weekend we had more mistakes than we wanted to.”
After posting a record-breaking score in its win last weekend over Brockport, the gymnastics team will be hosting the Red Dragons of SUNY Cortland tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Teagle Gymnasium. The Red will be looking to continue its successful start, as the squad will try to build upon an already historic opening to the 2009 season. The Red placed third at the George Washington/Lindsey Ferris Invitational, behind only nationally-ranked North Carolina and George Washington, in addition to its win over Brockport. The Red Dragons placed third in their first two meets of the season before finishing second against Ithaca College last weekend.
The gymnastics team is a mere two competitions into its 2009 campaign, and already it has set two new team records. The Red followed up its highest-ever opening meet score with its highest-ever second meet of the season score, a 190.825. The Red battled Brockport, who proved to be stingy competition, in the Teagle Hall gymnasium Saturday afternoon before eventually coming away with the victory.
“We’re really happy,” said sophomore Kerri Lavallee. “Normally our second meet of the year doesn’t go so well, but that wasn’t the case this time.”[img_assist|nid=34442|title=The next Shawn Johnson?|desc=Maddie Pearsall won the all-around on Saturday with a score of 37.675.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The gymnastics team jumped out to a fast start to its 2009 season over the weekend in Washington, D.C., as it placed third at the George Washington/Lindsey Ferris Invitational — posting the best-ever season opening score in school history. The Red finished ahead of ECAC foes Temple, Rutgers and William & Mary — only placing behind nationally-ranked programs North Carolina and George Washington.
“It was great,” said sophomore Irene Leung. “Normally our first meet doesn’t go so well, but this time everyone came together as a team and we were great. Everyone was really happy.”
[img_assist|nid=34262|title=Keep reaching|desc=The gymnastics team opened its season with a third place finish at the GW Invitational.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]