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Gymnastics Takes on the Wildcats at Travel Meet

Jade Buford '20
Jade Buford '20

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Following a strong second-place finish at Maryland, the Yale gymnastics team will travel to compete at New Hampshire Sun. Mar. 11. New Hampshire will hold Senior Day while hosting Brown, the Bulldogs and ninth-ranked Kentucky in a non-conference quad-meet at the Whittemore Center. The meet will serve as preparation for ECAC Championships, which is two weeks away.
 
The No. 9 Kentucky (7-4, 3-4 SEC) gymnastics team finished the home season with a bang as UK took down Ohio State (10-4), 196.850 – 195.725. Additionally, the New Hampshire Wildcats were defeated by North Carolina State (196.075-195.650) last Friday night at the Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. No. 63 Brown scored a 193.150, placing second in a quad meet in its home finale on Sunday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. In the team standings, Bridgeport won the meet with a 194.800 while Brown came in second with its 193.150. The SCSU Owls placed third with a 192.050, and the Brockport Golden Eagles finished fourth with a 190.975.
 
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 57 in the nation based on qualifying scores released by Road to Nationals. Yale's RQS is 193.345, the third-best ECAC team. Bridgeport and Temple sit in front of the Bulldogs. Yale has an average score of 193.097 and a high of 195.025, which the Bulldogs posted at the Ivy Classic this 2018 season.

The Bulldogs' best individual event ranking is on the uneven bars (No. 52) and only one other ECAC team is better than Yale on this event. Yale is No. 58 in the nation on the vault, while Ivy rival Brown is No. 64. Yale has the No. 62 spot for the balance beam and No. 60 for the floor exercise.

Look out for two-time Ivy Classic all-around champion Jade Buford for another all-around showing this weekend. First-year Jacey Baldovino has also been a crowd favorite on all four events this 2018 season for the Bulldogs, making a number of appearances in the Yale record books. The rookie scored a huge career high of a 9.925 on balance beam to take the No. 1 spot in program history.
 
The meet is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. with senior day festivities taking place after the competition for New Hampshire. The meet will be on ESPN3 as well as streamed live here. Live stats will also be available here.
 
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report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity