March 22, 2014

Brown and William & Mary Split 2014 ECAC Division I Women’s Gymnastics Title

PHILADELPHIA – The College of William & Mary and Brown University each scored a 193.600 to claim a share of the 2014 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Women’s Gymnastics Championship. It is the first time in the 31-year history of the event that two teams have recorded identical scores to tie for first place. Cornell University finished in second with a total score of 192.350 and championship host Temple University earned a third place finish with a 191.775. University of Pennsylvania posted a 191.275 to finish in fourth and rounding out the field was Yale University, who finished in fifth with a 189.850. 

The 2014 ECAC Division I Women’s Gymnastics Annual Awards were also announced and distributed on Saturday. William & Mary sophomore Brittany Stover (New Albany, Ind.) was selected as the Athlete of the Year, while her sister, junior Brandy Stover (New Albany, Ind.) was chosen by the league head coaches as the Specialist of the Year. The Tribe picked up a third award on Saturday, as assistant coach Tim Rivera garnered the Assistant Coach of the Year laurel. Brown freshman Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) was named the Rookie of the Year and her head coach, Sara Carver-Milne, earned the Coach of the Year distinction.

Morant captured the individual all-around title with a 38.975. Tribe freshman Olivia O’Connor (Brightwaters, N.Y.) finished in second with a total score of 38.850, and Brittany Stover was third with a 38.775.

On the vault, Stover registered a score of 9.825 to claim the gold medal. Morant, senior teammate Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.) and Cornell sophomore Alicia Blair (Clayton, N.J.) finished in a three-way tie for second with a 9.775.

Cornell senior Alexis Schupp (Duxbury, Mass.) was crowned the bars champion after she scored a 9.825. O’Connor, Big Red senior Melanie Jorgensen (Lafayette, Calif.) and freshman teammate Elana Molotsky (Mount Laurel, N.J.) tied for second with identical scores of 9.800.

Morant and Penn freshman Rachel Graham (Albuquerque, N.M.) shared the balance beam title with finishes of 9.800. Yale junior Morgan Traina (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) was right behind the duo in second place with a 9.775. O’Connor, Brandy Stover and Brown sophomore Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) were the bronze medalists with scores of 9.750.

Senior Jasmine Johnson (Smithtown, N.Y.) from Temple posted a 9.775 to earn the floor exercise championship title. Shnayder finished in second place with a 9.750 and rounding out the top-three was Temple junior Lauren Capone (Oreland, Pa.) with a score of 9.725.

The ECAC also recognized the academic achievements of student-athletes from the participating institutions. Shnayder, William & Mary junior Stacia Ruse (Poland, Ohio), Yale junior Joyce Li (Palo Alto, Calif.), Brown senior Rebecca Freedman (Plainview, N.Y.), Cornell junior Maia Vernacchia (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Penn sophomore Amber Hu (Acton, Calif.) were selected as Scholar-Athletes of the Year. In addition, 61 student-athletes qualified for the 2014 ECAC Division I Women’s Gymnastics All-Academic Team.