NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale women's gymnastics team hosted the Ivy Classic Saturday, where the team once again came away with a score above 192.000. The Bulldogs have been incredibly consistent throughout the 2017 season and the score landed them in third place in a close competition. Less than a point separated all four teams, but Cornell came out on top with a score of 193.325. Penn came in a close second (192.925) with Brown finishing fourth (192.400).
The Bulldogs had the highest team scores of the competition on bars, floor and vault. This was due to some spectacular individual performances. Freshman Jade Buford continued her incredibly successful rookie year with a first-place finish in the all-around. Her score of 39.025 was a career high. The score earned her a spot in the Yale record books; it is the ninth-highest all-around score in school history. However, the young freshman did not stop there: she also claimed the Ivy Classic title on floor exercise scoring an impressive 9.850.
Junior Megan Ryan also had a huge meet for the Bulldogs. She started off her competition on uneven bars, where she scored a career high 9.850, which earned her a Ivy Classic title on the event. She ended her competition the same way she started, scoring a career high 9.800 on vault to earn second place. The score put in her seventh in school history on the event. Her efforts helped Yale achieve the second-highest score in Yale history on both uneven bars (48.875) and vault (48.575).
In addition to Ryan's performance on the uneven bars, senior Anella Anderson stepped up to the plate and gave the performance of her career. Her career-high score of 9.800 landed her in third place on the event. Yale continued its dominance on the event, landing four gymnasts in the top five. Captain Tatiana Winkelman was close behind Anderson in fourth, with a score of 9.775. Buford was fifth, scoring a career high (9.750). Roxanne Trachtenberg continued the streak of great performances, finishing sixth with a score of 9.700. Senior Kacie Traina was back in the lineup for the Bulldogs, scoring 9.075.
Vault was the next best event of the day for the Bulldogs. Freshman Rebecca Chong delivered a huge performance for Yale, finishing in a tie for fourth (9.725). Yale once again landed multiple gymnasts in the top five, with Anna Jennings scoring a career high 9.700 to finish fifth. Buford and Trachtenberg continued the streak of strong performances, both scoring career highs (9.675) and finishing in a tie for sixth. Emma Firmstone also came in with a solid performance, scoring 9.600.
On floor exercise, Yale once again claimed three of the top five spots. In addition to Buford's win, Firmstone finished her first Ivy Classic with a huge 9.775 to finish in a tie for second place. Floor specialist Kiarra Alleyne started her competition with a fourth-place finish on the event (9.700). Chong and Sloane Smith finished in a tie for sixth place with a score of 9.600. Anderson rounded out the lineup for Yale, scoring 8.975.
On balance beam, Buford earned the top score for Yale, finishing in fourth with a score of 9.750. Winkelman finished in a tie for ninth place (9.600). Alleyne and Firmstone also were in the lineup scoring 9.175 and 9.375, respectively. Seniors Anderson and Traina rounded out the rotation for Yale, scoring 9.000 and 9.050.
The Bulldogs continue their season in a dual meet against UNH on March 5th. They will continue to gear up for the ECAC Championships in the upcoming weeks.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity