The gymnastics team concluded its season in the best way possible over the weekend with a win at the USAG Collegiate National Championships in New Haven, Conn. The Red posted a score of 191.675, dead even with Bridgeport to share the title. Throughout the meet the Red knew that it had a shot, but was not sure of the final results until the announcement was made.
“It was crazy,” said sophomore Maddie Pearsall. “Basically throughout the meet we were keeping track of [the] Texas [women] because they won last year so we figured that they were our main concern. We knew that their last event didn’t go very well, and then when they made the announcements they came in fourth. When they finally announced that we had tied Bridgeport for the win, everybody went nuts.”
The gymnastics team tied its highest-ever finish at the ECAC Championships this weekend, posting a stellar 193.050 to finish a mere .275 points behind winner Towson. The Red did not have to count a single fall throughout the entire meet, something that it has been striving for throughout the season. Despite the frustration of not being able to edge Towson, the Red was very excited about its performance. [img_assist|nid=36176|title=Now that’s good form|desc=Freshman Melanie Standridge scored a 9.800 on beam, earning a third-place finish.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The gymnastics team continued its record-setting season over the weekend by traveling to Piscataway, N.J., and defeating Rutgers for the first time ever in the Livingston Recreation Center. The Red gutted out a slim 190.350-190.075 victory to improve its overall record to 13-5 and secure third place in the ECAC.
The Red was able to maintain composure and come away with the win, despite being shaken up halfway through the meet when freshman Kaitlin Hardy was taken away on a stretcher after injuring herself while warming up. There was obvious concern amongst the team for Hardy, but the Red was able to regain its focus and finish the meet strong.
The gymnastics team repeated as champions at the annual Ivy Classic this past weekend in New Haven, Conn. The Red dominated the competition, posting a 190.800, more than two full points higher than runner-up Brown. The Red came out of the gate strong, winning what has consistently been their weakest event throughout the season, balance beam. Freshman Melanie Standridge tied for the top spot, scoring a 9.775 along with Yale’s Alina Liao.
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.
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The women’s tennis team looks to rebound this weekend when it faces Binghamton University and the University of Buffalo in a back-to-back home set. Cornell suffered a disappointing loss to Harvard on Sunday, falling short, 1-6, in its final match of the ECAC Women’s Tennis Team Championships.
In the Red’s (3-2, 0-0 Ivy) loss, sophomore Leah Seyburn at the No. 6 spot put forth an impressive outing, posting a 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 comeback. Senior captain Shayna Miller and senior Elizabeth Googe at the No. 2 spot also picked up Cornell’s only doubles win. The Red looks to build on these wins as it faces two tough teams with upcoming talent.
[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.”