NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale gymnastics team travels to University Park, Penn., on Friday for a quad-meet against Bridgeport, Western Michigan and the hosts, the Penn State Nittany Lions. Friday's meet will be a chance for Yale to test itself against some of the top gymnasts in the country, as Penn State was ranked 18th nationally in the most recent rankings.
While Yale faced neither Penn State nor Western Michigan so far this season, it is quite familiar with Bridgeport. The Bulldogs faced off against the Purple Knights at the Bulldog Invitational, with Yale finishing fourth with 187.125 points and Bridgeport in first with 192.275.
Going into Friday's meet, however, Yale is coming off its strongest performance of the season, a second-place finish at last weekend's Ivy Classic, where the Bulldogs scored a season-high 190.250 points. Junior Morgan Traina was excellent in the Classic, as she has been all season, winning the beam competition and finishing second on the all-around. In addition to Traina's stellar performance, sophomore Brittney Sooksengdao finished third on the beam and fellow sophomore Camilla Opperman was fifth on the floor exercise with a career-best 9.825.
Friday's meet is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity