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Senior gymnast Alina Liao went out in style at her final USA Intercollegiate National Championships, in New Haven. When the events ended on April 11, Liao was named Outstanding Senior Gymnast, having won the all-around and the bars competition. Prior to the Intercollegiates, Liao won the Ivy Classic and the ECAC Championships.


Helen Resor, senior defenseman for the women's hockey team, won a gold medal as part of Team USA at the IIHF Women's World Championship on April 12 in Finland: the U.S. beat Canada, 4-1. Resor is no stranger to the medals platform in international play. She and Team USA won gold in the 2005 world championships and silver in 2007. In the 2006 Olympics, Resor and Team USA won the bronze.


The men's hockey team didn't quite make the NCAA "Frozen Four" national championship (see "Speed Demons") in Washington, DC, but senior goalie Alec Richards and women's team forward Crysti Howser ’09 were selected to compete in an all-star event called the Frozen Four Skills Competition. Richards and Howser represented the East, which beat West rivals, 16-8, on April 10.


On April 10, Yale and Harvard men and women put aside their differences to join forces in track and field. The Elis and Cantabs, in the 42nd edition of a biennnial meet that started in 1894, battled a team made up of athletes from Oxford and Cambridge. The Yale-Harvard men lost, and the women won; the combined teams beat their English rivals.  

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