NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Following a near season-best performance, the Bulldogs were back on the road Friday as they traveled to SCSU. Yale picked up the win on the road trip, with a team score of 192.450. The Bulldogs outscored the competition over four points, with the second place team (SCSU) finishing with a score of 188.050. Springfield College came away from the meet in third (185.100) followed by Rhode Island College in fourth (179.350).
Floor exercise was the best event of the day for Yale, where the Bulldogs scored a season high 48.675. Yale was led by freshman Jade Buford, who set a huge career high with a score of 9.900. Not only did the score land her in first place on the apparatus, but also it is the sixth-highest score on the event in Yale history, which is a great feat for the young rookie. Yale had three gymnasts in the top five on floor. Close behind Buford was fellow freshman Emma Firmstone, finishing in second with a season high 9.825. Senior Anella Anderson also cracked the top five, scoring an impressive 9.700. Rebecca Chong was close behind, finishing in sixth (9.675). Floor specialists Kiarra Alleyne and Sloane Smith rounded out the lineup for Yale, scoring 9.575 and 9.500, respectively.
The Bulldogs also came away with a team score above 48.000 on uneven bars. Yale swept the podium on the event. Sophomore Roxanne Trachtenberg gave a huge performance setting a career high (9.775). The score landed her at the top of the podium. Captain Tatiana Winkelman finished second (9.750), while Anderson and Megan Ryan finished in a tie for third with a score of 9.700. The score was a season high for Anderson. Buford continued her all-around competition with another top-five finish. Her score of 9.625 landed her in a tie for fifth. Allison Bushman also competed in her specialty event, scoring 8.275.
On balance beam, yet another Yale gymnast sat atop the podium. Firmstone gave a strong performance, scoring 9.625. The score put her in a tie for first place. Senior Kacie Traina made her season debut on the event, giving a solid performance for her first competitive outing. Her score of 9.600 was good enough for fourth place. Anderson rounded out the top five, scoring 9.525 and finishing in fifth place. Winkelman was close behind in sixth (9.450). Alleyne and Buford finished just outside the top ten, scoring 9.200 and 9.250.
On vault, Yale once again landed three out of the top five spots. Ryan and Buford finished second and third with scores of 9.625 and 9.600. The score was a career high for Buford. Trachtenberg rounded out the top five with a score of 9.550. All Yale gymnasts finished inside the top ten, with Chong finishing sixth (9.525) and Firmstone and Smith finishing in a tie for seventh (9.475). The score was a career high for Smith.
Buford was the sole all-around competitor for the Bulldogs. She came away from the meet in first place with a score of 38.375.
The Bulldogs will return home next weekend to host the annual Ivy Classic. More details on the event will follow in the coming week.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity