Jessica Tai
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Holmdel, NJ
High School: Holmdel HS

In her junior season, Tai started out by leading the team on floor at the New England Invitational with a 9.6. Shortly thereafter, an injury hampered her ability to compete for most of the year. However, in the last four meets, she returned to the vault line-up, along with her unusual twisting vault. Tai competed in every meet in the 2004-2005 season on vault and beam, contributing to several Bulldog victories. Tai earned first place on vault against Southern Connecticut, MIT, and Brown, as well as the second highest Bulldog score, 9.425, on vault at the ECACs. She also stepped into the floor line-up occasionally, racking up high scores and proving her versatility. Despite an injury just before the start of her rookie season, Tai showed great perseverance and was soon consistently leading off the vault line-up at each event. She posted a top score of 9.65 on the event. Towards the end of season, she was almost back to full potential, exhibitioning on floor and beam. With her great talent, there was no doubt that she would prove to be an important all-around competitor for Yale. Tai joined the Bulldogs from Barnstormers Gymnastics Club. At State, she placed first on bars in 2000, second in the all-around in 2001, and first on both floor and all-around in 2003. In 2002, Tai qualified to the Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals and successfully performed a new skill on bars which has since been named the "Tai" in the official Gymnastics Handbook. She is also an accomplished concert pianist. Tai graduated as salutatorian from Holmdel High School.