Megan Ryan Earns ECAC Coaches Choice Award

Senior Megan Ryan
Senior Megan Ryan

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior Megan Ryan started her career at Yale as an all-around performer. Over her time at Yale she has learned to hone her skills on the uneven bars. Heading into the competition last weekend against ECAC rival Brown, Kentucky and New Hampshire, she wasn't sure if she would be able to compete after not finishing warm-ups. The Colorado native however did compete on the uneven bars, almost setting a new season-best score earning a 9.700 for her routine.

The senior has continued to demonstrate her dominance on her specialty event, uneven bars as well as her versatility to step up and compete on vault when needed. She began 2018 in the uneven bars lineup for the Bulldogs, making this her fourth-year in a row to contribute to the Yale bar lineup. Her career high on the event of 9.875 exemplifies her ability to step up and perform under pressure when needed.

Ryan contributes to the team not only with her performances, but also with her spectacular leadership in her senior role. With such a young team, Ryan has stepped up to be a positive presence to the large first-year class. The Bulldogs have scored over 194.000 four times this 2018 season.

"Meg is a true team player. She wants to finish her senior year as a contributor to Yale and the sport she loves so much," said head coach Barbara Tonry.

"Meg is consistently one of the hardest working people in the gym. Even injuries don't stop her from putting her best foot forward. Regardless of the struggles she may have had at practice, you can see the fire in her eyes, ready to hit another beautiful competition routine," said fellow senior Sloane Smith.
 
"She is, without a doubt, an incredible asset to this team. Watching Meg train every day is evidence of her passion and dedication for this sport and for her team. When she's up on bars, I think everyone agrees that you'll always smile as she hits that double layout dismount," said junior Sarah Caldwell.

"Meg is a constant source of positivity and joy, even if she's having a tough day. Her perseverance and determination sets an example for the rest of the team, and I'm so grateful to have her as a teammate and a role model," said sophomore Sofia Menemenlis.

"There are not enough kind words that can be said about Meg. She is easily one of the kindest, most supportive, and hard working individuals I have ever met. Without a doubt, she has helped make my transition into college smooth. She has been such a steadfast force for this team for four years now, and even though I have only been in the gym with her for one year, I am constantly inspired by her consistency, her ability to push through pain and her unwavering positive attitude," said first-year Isabelle Lee.

The link to the ECAC article can be found here. Keep an eye out for this amazing senior during one of the biggest competitions of the year, ECAC Championships, Sat. Mar. 24. 

report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity