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Four Yale Gymnasts Honored as USAG All-Americans

Photo by Linus Toy. YGT 2019 huddle.
Photo by Linus Toy. YGT 2019 huddle.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale gymnastics wrapped up its 2019 USAG Collegiate National Championship experience by crowning four All-Americans at the meet, including sophomore Alyssa Firth earning Second-Team honors on the vault. In addition, reigning ECAC Gymnast of the Year Jade Buford capped her junior season earning First Team All-American for the all-around. Seniors Roxanne Trachtenberg and Jessica Wang both earned First-Team on the uneven bars.

"All season, we focused on drills and landings. To finally go out and stick my vault at USAG Nationals and also earn an All-American spot was really exciting and a great way to finish the season," said Firth.

Buford took home eighth-place in the all-around competition out of both qualifying sessions. During the 2019 season, Buford scored two 9.750s on bars, six 9.750s or higher on beam, three 9.800s or higher on floor and one 39 in the all-around. She earned one beam record and four all-around titles this year.

Firth scored eight 9.750s or higher this year, with a season high of 9.775. She earned a 9.750 score at National Semi-finals and placed in the top 20. Firth is a part of the five vault records the Yale vault line-up has broken this season.

Trachtenberg qualified for individual event finals on the uneven bars at the USA Collegiate National competition and competed alongside teammate Wang. Throughout the 2019 season, Trachtenberg scored five 9.750s or higher with a season high of 9.875.

Wang qualified for the uneven bar individual event final at the USA Collegiate National competition. Throughout the 2019 season, Wang scored eight 9.850s or higher with a season high of 9.925. She has four total bar titles this season and holds six bar records for Yale gymnastics.

Yale's USAG All-Americans

Vault: Alyssa Firth– Second Team 

Bars: Roxanne Trachtenberg– First Team; Jessica Wang – First Team 

All-Around: Jade Buford - First Team

report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity