NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale gymnastics team will be back in action Sunday following a huge season-best performance against William and Mary (194.700). With 14 Ivy Classic titles under their belt, the Yale gymnasts will attempt to make history when they travel to Brown on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs scored the second-highest team total in program history, second-highest beam score in program history and tied last week's total for the seventh-highest vault team score in program history. Additionally, this 2018 team earned a season-high team total on floor. Yale will travel to Brown for the Ivy Classic to compete against the host, Cornell and Penn. This will provide the Bulldogs with some stiff competition.
Brown is coming off a loss at North Carolina, 195.400 to 192.100. However, in that loss the Bears put up an impressive season-high score of 48.550 on floor. Penn comes to Providence having competed in a tri-meet featuring Cornell and Penn State. The Quakers came away with a third-place finish, scoring 192.200. Cornell scored a 192.400 at Penn State competing against Ivy rival, Penn.
Cornell and Penn are in a tie for sixth among the USAG Collegiate teams eyeing a spot at nationals. Both are averaging 192.179 and trail Yale (192.808), whose season-high of 194.700 is nearly a point better than its competition. Brown is just outside the top eight with an average of 191.154. The Bulldogs head into this weekend confident.
The Ivy showdown will give the Bulldogs a chance to compete against familiar competition in preparation for the rest of their season, including ECAC Championships. Yale hopes to bring its successes from the meet against William and Mary to Brown. With only four weeks before ECACs, this is a great opportunity for the Bulldogs to compete on a large stage.
In addition to receiving several season- and career-high scores last weekend, the Bulldogs also nearly swept the ECAC awards for the week ending Feb. 17. Jacey Baldovino has been a standout in her first season, very fittingly earning gymnast of the week status for the fifth time in the 2018 season.
"As a team, we have improved every single weekend, so I can't wait to see what more we can accomplish. This truly isn't 'individual'. Everything I have accomplished thus far is due to my coaches, trainer and the overwhelming support of my incredible teammates who push and inspire me every single day to reach my full potential," said Baldovino.
Junior Jessica Wang was also honored. The specialist of the week will continue to give solid performances on both balance beam and uneven bars for the Bulldogs. The junior has been a consistent presence on these events throughout the 2018 season.
The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. It will be live-streamed on the Ivy League Network here.
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity