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Gymnastics Welcomes Four in Class of 2018

Katherine Lucas. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katherine Lucas. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- This fall, the Yale Gymnastics team welcomes four new gymnasts in the class of 2018.  They each come as All-Around competitors from some of the nation's best gymnastics clubs and this class promises to take Yale Gymnastics to new levels.


Allison Bushman comes to Yale from Naperville, Illinois with many successes at both the state and national level.  Alli represented her region three times at the Junior Olympic National Championships.  She has been the Illinois State Champion on Vault and Balance beam as well as the three-time state champion on the Floor Exercise.  Alli loves the challenges that Yale offers and plans to pursue Engineering.

Anna Merkuryev has also qualified to represent her region at Junior Olympic Championships three times.  She excels at Floor and Vault, but should compete the all-around for Yale.  Anna was born in Russia, moved to the United States when she was four, and currently resides in Nashua, New Hampshire.  She chose Yale because of the academic opportunities, the gymnastics team, and the beautiful campus.

Coming from Colorado Springs, Megan Ryan is a tremendous all-around competitor, winning the all-around in the state of Colorado three years in a row.  She has qualified to both the Junior Olympic Championships as well as the National Invitation Tournament.  She likes the residential colleges at Yale and plans to pursue a major in Global Affairs.

Sloane Smith is a fierce competitor, holding many first place titles in her state, regional, and national competitions . She has a regional all-around title and was Floor Champion at Eastern Championships and the National Invitation Tournament.  Sloane resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  She looks forward to the opportunity of a world class education in math or science.

Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity