April 17, 2014

Traina Elected Gymnastics Captain For 2014-15

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale gymnastics team has elected junior Morgan Traina to be the team's captain for the 2014-15 school year.  Traina, a history of science/history of medicine major from Stevenson Ranch, Calif., has been a strong all-around competitor for Yale in her three seasons in New Haven and will be a strong leader for the Bulldogs next year.

Traina was consistently excellent during the 2014 season, turning in stellar performances week after week.  At this year's Ivy Classic, Traina had Yale's top score of three of four apparatuses, including a career-best 9.825 to finish first in the event.  Her second place finish in the all-around with a score of 38.825 led Yale to a second-place finish, its best in at least five years.  In a March meet against George Washington and Towson, Traina finished first in the all-around with a career-best 38.900, helping the Bulldogs to their highest score of the year.  In the ECAC championship meet, Traina finished third on the bars with a 9.775 and finished second on the beam with another 9.775.

During her sophomore season, Traina competed all-around in every meet.  She finished first on the bars and beam in a meet against Ithaca and SCSU, scoring 9.725 on both apparatuses.  In a meet against Brown, Bridgeport and URI, she finished first on the beam with a 9.800 and compiled a 38.800 all-around score to help Yale to its highest team score since 2004.  

Traina's freshman season was full of strong performances as well.  She competed all-around in every meet, and won the beam at the Ivy Classic with a 9.825.  After the season, she was named the ECAC Gymnastics Rookie of the Year.

Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity

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