NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a record-breaking start to the 2019 season, the Yale gymnastics team opens up Ivy competition for the first time Saturday, as they take on the Quakers of Penn. The Bulldogs are coming off a road trip to Bridgeport, as well as the best season opener in school history with a score of 193.775.
Penn is coming off a third-place finish at Maryland with a 190.550 to open the 2019 season. A highlight of the meet was the Quakers' win on beam with a team score of 48.500.
In 2018, the Bulldogs took a close loss to the Quakers in the Ivy opener by a score of 191.900-191.475, but regained confidence by taking the Ivy Classic and ECAC Championship titles.
The Bulldogs enter the meet with confidence following the showdown against Bridgeport, Rutgers of the Big Ten and Southern Connecticut State (SCSU). Not only did Yale beat all three teams, but the Bulldogs also managed to win the team beam title against nationally ranked competition (48.600). Yale's beam score was the ninth highest beam score in Yale gymnastics history. The Bulldogs did not finish there -- they also made their mark in the vault team score, reaching Yale gymnastics' ninth highest vault team score in history. Those three records led this 2019 team off to a solid start to the season.
After taking the bar title last weekend, senior Jessica Wang shows great promise on the balance beam and uneven bars with her continued and consistent stuck routines. Fellow senior Roxie Trachtenberg looks to continue her streak of strong performances on the uneven bars. Sophomore Charlotte Cooperman is coming off a fantastic competition, earning second-place on vault with a 9.775.
Expect 2018 ECAC Gymnast of the Year Jade Buford to be a factor for the Bulldogs in the all-around competition. Since her arrival she has given impressive performances on all events. Additionally, 2018 ECAC Rookie of the Year Jacey Baldovino looks to shine in the competition as well.
"We have such a strong and supportive team, we compete for each other. We put in the work at practice because we truly love what we do. Being on the competition floor and cheering for each other is an incredible feeling. We are looking forward to what this weekend will bring," said Cooperman.
The meet will serve as a preview of Ivy Classic competition, which will be held at Penn on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.
Full results will be posted upon completion of competition. The meet is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. The meet will be streamed live on the ESPN+ here.
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report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity