NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Following a strong second-place finish at the Don Tonry Bulldog Invitational, the Yale women's gymnastics team will once again compete at home Saturday as the Brown Bears come to town to take on the Bulldogs in a dual meet. The meet will serve as preparation for the Ivy Classic, which is nearly three weeks away.
Like the Bulldogs, the Bears are coming off a second-place finish to the Bridgeport Purple Knights. In a dual meet held January 27th the Purple Knights edged out the Bears 194.050-190.275. The Bears' team scores have been comparable to the Bulldogs' throughout the 2017 season, which indicates the competition will be fierce Saturday.
The meet also serves as senior day for the members of the class of 2017. Seniors Anella Anderson, Kacie Traina and Tatiana Winkelman will be honored for their accomplishments throughout their four years prior to the start of competition. Anderson has been a consistent presence on balance beam, floor exercise and uneven bars for the Bulldogs in 2017, after competing in the all-around for much of her Yale career. Expect fellow senior and captain Winkelman to be a factor on her specialty events: balance beam and uneven bars. After battling injuries, Traina competed an exhibition routine on balance beam at the Don Tonry Invitational. She may make an appearance in the balance beam lineup Saturday on senior day.
Also look out for freshman Emma Firmstone on balance beam. The rookie scored a huge career high (9.800) to finish third on the event at the Don Tonry Invitational. Fellow freshman Jade Buford also had a huge performance on floor exercise for the Bulldogs, scoring a career high 9.825 and finishing in second place amongst the tough competition. Junior Sloane Smith, who earned ECAC coaches choice honors, will also be a factor on her specialty events: floor exercise and vault.
The meet is also a pink out. Spectators are asked to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. All proceeds and donations made throughout the meet will go toward Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.
The meet is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. with senior day festivities taking place prior to the start of competition. The meet will also be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network here.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity