NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale gymnastics team will be back in action Saturday following another fantastic performance at New Hampshire Sunday, Mar. 11. Earning Yale's 15th Ivy Classic title this 2018 season, the Yale gymnasts look forward to their last regular meet until championship season begins Mar. 17 at the ECAC Championships.
The Bulldogs posted another team score above a 194.000 last weekend at New Hampshire. After earning multiple season- and career-highs individually, Yale received a team score of 194.675. This score put them in the school records books once again, holding four out of the top 10 team scores in program history. Additionally, Yale took three out of the top five spots in the all-around competition.
Bridgeport gymnastics traveled to the University of Maryland on Sunday afternoon for a five-team meet in College Park, and UB finished in fifth place. The host Terrapins won the event with a team score of 196.300. West Chester took second at 193.325, followed by Cornell in third at 193.325, Southern Connecticut Sate in fourth at 191.950 and the Purple Knights in fifth with a team total of 191.900. Brown gymnastics scored a season-high 193.525, while finishing in fourth place in a quad meet at New Hampshire with No. 8 Kentucky and Yale on Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center. After a pair of 46's on both vault and bars, Centenary outscored the Redhawks on the final two rotations as Centenary fell to Southeast Missouri State 191.950-189.125 Friday night, March 9.
For the ECAC conference rankings, Brown is in sixth-place out of six teams with a team RQS of 192.800. Yale is in second-place with a team RQS of 193.870. Out of the ECAC-2 conference, Bridgeport is in first-place with a team RQS of 194.115. Centenary holds sixth-place out of six teams with a team RQS of 189.975 for the MIC conference. The Bulldogs head into this weekend confident.
Competing with Ivy rival Brown will give the Bulldogs a chance to compete against familiar competition in preparation for the ECAC Championships. Yale hopes to bring its successes from the meet at New Hampshire to Bridgeport. With only one week until ECACs, this is a great opportunity for the Bulldogs to compete with pressure.
The Bulldogs also had senior Megan Ryan earn ECAC coaches choice award for the week ending Mar. 11. Ryan has not only been a standout all season on the uneven bars, but a leader amongst the entire team, very fittingly earning coaches choice of the week.
Yale will conclude the regular season this Saturday at the Bridgeport Quad in Bridgeport, Conn. Besides the hosts, the Bulldogs take on Brown and Centenary. First rotation is set for 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. EDT).
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity