The gymnastics team finished third with 191.85 points at a competition held in the Livingston Recreation Center at Rutgers University Saturday. The Bears set a University record of 48.625 points on the vault, breaking the previous record of 48.4, which they recently set at a Jan. 26 meet at the University of New Hampshire.
The Scarlet Knights won Saturday’s meet with a score of 195 points of a possible 200, edging out second-place Pittsburgh University’s 194.625, while Southern Connecticut State University finished fourth with a total of 188.525.
“Our goal is always to break the school records in all events,” said Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne. “It just so happens that vault has been the event we’ve been doing well at.”
Danielle Hoffman ’15 led Bruno in the vault with a score of 9.775 and placed fifth overall. Michelle Shnayder ’14 and Diana Walters ’16 tacked on a 9.75 and a 9.725 in vault, respectively.
Walters finished first in the all-around competition, hitting all four of her events for a combined score of 38.475. Carver-Milne said this was the third time Walters had ever competed in this series of events and that she handled the pressure well.
The Bears combined for a score of 48.5 in the floor exercise, improving from last week’s score of 47.5. Shnayder finished sixth among competitors on the floor, with a 9.8, while Corey Holman ’16 tied for 10th with a 9.725.
Holman and Walters are among a class of six first-years and co-captain Kasey Haas ’13 attributed much of the team’s success this year to the new recruits’ “combination of physical skill and passion.”
On the bars, Bruno earned a 46.8 and was led by Nicole Abdo ’13 and Alexandra Chretien ’16, both of whom scored 9.575. Meanwhile, the Bears’ score of 47.925 on the balance beam was driven by a 9.775 by Emily Lutfey ’13.
Allison Rubenstein ’15 finished tying 10th overall on the beam with a score of 9.675. Rubenstein competed for the first time this season, missing the first two meets due to an ankle injury, Carver-Milne said. Rubenstein stepped in as a last-minute replacement for the injured Julia Meyer ’13.
“(Rubenstein) wasn’t supposed to compete,” Haas said. “But she stepped up and hit an amazing beam set right out of injury.”
Haas said Brown’s improvement from last week’s total score of 191.75 was due to the women “gaining more confidence in practice.”
“I think that everyone is beginning to see our potential,” Haas said. “We could accomplish things we’ve never had the opportunity to do.”
The Bears will next compete Feb. 10 at their final home meet of the season in the Pizzitola Center. In the seniors’ last home competition, they will face Rhode Island College, the University of Bridgeport, SUNY Cortland and Springfield College.