NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off the most successful year in team history, the Yale gymanstics team plans to build on last season's ECAC conference and Ivy Classic victories with the addition of the class of 2022. The team welcomes three first-years who show promise of adding outstanding routines, bigger scores and championship-caliber gymnastics to Yale's team.
Lindsay Chia is a level 10 training at Rose City Gymnastics in Windsor, Canada. She is a decorated gymnast who has qualified for the Canadian National Championships and Elite Canada for five consecutive years. In addition, she helped Team Ontario win gold at the 2016 National Championships as well as became the 2016 International Gymnix Champion. Chia placed fifth in bar finals and fifth in beam finals at 2017 National Championships. At the 2017 Elite Canada competition, she placed sixth on bars, eighth on beam and eighth in the all-around. In the same year, she became the Nastia Liukin International Invitational Champion. Recently, she was the recipient of the 2018 WESPY Gymnastics Award and the 2018 Nadia Comaneci International Invitational Champion.
According to her coach Tom Deslippe, "Lindsay is all about a team environment. She excels within a team, always willing to do her part, and going above and beyond for the sake of her teammates. Lindsay will be missed by us here back home, especially by our young athletes. Her presence has brought stability to our practices as well as competitions."
Yale Head Coach Barbara Tonry feels Lindsay's confidence, consistency and leadership qualities will have an incredible impact on the team for this upcoming pre-season and competition time.
Why Yale? "Yale felt like a place I could call home. A home that offers opportunity, challenge, and growth. The welcoming gymnastics family, the driven academic community and being surrounded by incredible people day in and day out is why I chose Yale."
Seina Cho is a level 10 gymnast from Omega Gymnastics Academy in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Cho attended Dr. Charles Best Secondary School for high school and is excited to make the big move to the Northeast. She joins YGT with quite a successful background as a three-time provincial all-around champion in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She also helped Team Canada take a bronze medal at the WOGA International Classic in 2016. She has represented Team British Columbia in 13 different competitions and was a core contributor to their third-place takeaway at the National Championships in 2017.
According to her club coaches Vladimir and Svetlana Lashin, "Seina is a disciplined young lady whose work ethic is simply contagious. It has been an absolute pleasure to have coached her for the last nine years."
Tonry believes Seina will be a great team player and huge asset to the team when it comes to expressing her passion for the sport of gymnastics.
Why Yale: "When I first visited Yale, I was overjoyed by the heartwarming welcome I received from students and staff all over the lively campus. Not only was it surreal to be standing on such beautiful grounds with amazing people, but it was also extremely inspiring to witness the tight-knit community that makes up Yale and seeing everyone share the common desire to learn and pursue their dreams. Yale is simply one of those places that you instantly fall in love with and I am so excited to call this my home for the next four years!
P.S. Can't wait for my first Yale-Harvard Football Game!!! Go Bulldogs!!!"
Kendal Toy is a level 10 gymnast from Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, Texas, and attended Coppell High School. Having finished four years of level 10, Toy comes to Yale with a wealth of experience. She is a standout on Balance Beam, placing top five for four consecutive years during post-season championship competitions. In 2018, Toy placed fourth on vault, second on beam, second on floor and second all-around at the State Championships. She also excels on Vault and Floor exercise, where she has numerous top-three finishes at the state, regional and national levels. Her talent and drive to succeed will continue when she joins the Bulldogs in the fall.
According to her club coaches, "Kendal is dedicated to gymnastics and maximizing her potential in the sport. She will contribute her motivation towards working hard and her encouragement towards her teammates."
Tonry believes Toy's desire to embrace the team's camaraderie and spirit in and outside of the gym will bring great energy to the competition environment.
Why Yale? "After I visited Yale and got to know the team, I realized what an amazing balance of education, team, and tradition Yale offers."
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report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity