NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The team is looking forward to a challenging 2019 schedule as forty-seventh year head coach Barbara Tonry announced the Bulldogs' schedule on Wednesday.
"We have an extremely difficult schedule this upcoming season, but one we look forward to," Tonry said. "We meet three nationally ranked teams at our competitions in California and Pennsylvania. We also travel to George Washington and meet New Hampshire and William and Mary."
The slate is comprised of 11 regular season meets and two post-season competitions, four of those competing in front of a home crowd.
The Bulldogs will be led by seniors Kiarra Alleyne, Sarah Caldwell, Mary Catherine Fletcher, Roxanne Trachtenberg and Jessica Wang this year. Yale gymnastics also welcomes a strong first-year class, including Lindsay Chia, Seina Cho and Kendal Toy. They are expected to make immediate impacts in 2019.
"We have such an exciting schedule this year as we will get to compete against some of our fiercest competitors in the Ivy League and our conference for repeat success," said senior captain Kiarra Alleyne. "In addition to this, our schedule affords us the opportunity to compete with highly ranked programs that will challenge the incredible depth and talent we have on our team this year."
Yale opens the season against local competitors, Bridgeport and SCSU, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m.
Following the season opener, the Bulldogs host their first of four home competitions of the year in a dual meet with Penn on Jan. 19. The competition will be a "Pink Meet," in support of breast cancer awareness. This year's annual Meet the Team event for Youth Days is Jan. 27 against New Hampshire. The team will be signing autographs after the competition.
The Bulldogs come together at home for the third weekend in a row for the annual Don Tonry Invitational competing against Bridgeport, RIC and SCSU on Feb. 2 at noon. The meet honors and celebrates the legacy of Don Tonry: a prominent figure in Yale gymnastics history.
The Bulldogs continue their season as they head to GW for a quad meet against GW, New Hampshire and W&M on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., before returning to John J. Lee Amphitheater for their final home competition of the season as they go head to head against Ivy rival Brown on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. The competition is a Senior Meet, where Yale gymnastics will recognize the Seniors for their accomplishments and dedication to Yale gymnastics in their last meet at home as Bulldogs.
The team then takes off to Penn for the Ivy Classic on Feb. 24. With their achievements in 2018, the Bulldogs will come into the Ivy Classic in contention for the title. A week later, Yale travels to one of their most competitive meets of the season at Penn State for a quad meet against two Big Ten teams, Arizona and Penn State, as well as Ivy competitor Cornell on Mar. 2 at 4 p.m.
Before post-season begins, Yale has two last regular season dual competitions, the first of those against New Hampshire at New Hampshire Mar. 8 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs close their season in their furthest meet of the season, flying to Davis, Calif. to compete against MPSF team UC Davis Mar. 15 at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs enter into postseason for the ECAC Championships at Cornell on Mar. 23 at 12 p.m. The so-called 'Hipster Team' according to news sources, took home the title the last two seasons and hope to defend their Championship win for the third season in a row.
NCAA Regional competition is set for April 6 at Michigan. Last season, Yale had three gymnasts qualify individually for this competition and hope to qualify as a team this season.
Finally, the Bulldogs will wrap up postseason with the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships that will take place close by at Bridgeport from Apr. 12-14.
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report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity