NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After their first Ivy dual last Saturday against Penn, the Yale gymnastics team will now gear up to travel to Towson where the Bulldogs will compete against the home team, North Carolina and Ursinus.
Towson is coming off of a third-place finish against West Virginia and George Washington with a 194.000. UNC will arrive at Towson coming off a win against Temple 195.300 to 194.375 in their season opener. The Bears tallied a team score of 186.800 against West Chester last weekend, taking a second-place finish.
After earning multiple ECAC awards this early in the season, Yale looks to build off the successes in the past two competitions.
Yale will also look to the young class of 2021 to put up big scores Friday. After her debut on at the very first competition of the season, first-year Jacey Baldovino has consistently put up big scores every event and is one to look for in the all-around competition. Last weekend, she took home the all-around title in her second NCAA meet as a Bulldog. First-year Alyssa Firth made her all-around debut last weekend against Penn earning a fourth-place finish. She made top 10 in three out of the four events she competed. Look for both of these gymnasts in the all-around competition this weekend.
Junior Kiarra Alleyne is coming off a fantastic competition earning a 9.625 on floor exercise and a 9.725 on the balance beam. Her third-place finish on beam was evidence of her success. Finally, sophomore Emma Firmstone is a force to be reckoned with on floor exercise. She posted a 9.750 earning her the overall floor title last Saturday. Keep an eye out for her this weekend.
Senior Megan Ryan will also look to continue her successful season at Towson. With the consistency she has shown on bars, Ryan is ready to shine for the Bulldogs on Friday.
The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. Fri., Jan. 26. The competition will be streamed live here.
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity