NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale women's gymnastics team competed at home for the final time in the 2017 regular season Saturday, as they faced the Brown Bears in a critical Ivy matchup. The Bulldogs came out on top, outscoring Brown 193.500-192.225. The Bulldogs' team score was the highest of the 2017 season as well as the 7th highest score in school history.
Yale started out the day on vault with a season high score of 47.925. The Bulldogs landed three spots in the top five on the event. Megan Ryan was the top scorer for Yale, scoring a season high 9.675 and finishing in second place. Just behind Ryan were freshmen Rebecca Chong and Emma Firmstone. Their scores of 9.650 and 9.600 landed them in third and fourth place. Next up for Yale was sophomore Roxanne Trachtenberg, whose score of 9.525 was good enough for sixth place. Freshmen Jade Buford and Anna Jennings rounded out the rotation for Yale, scoring 9.475 and 9.450, respectively.
The Bulldogs then rotated to the uneven bars, which was by far their best event of the day. Their team score of 48.825 was a season high. The score was also the third highest team bar score in school history and the highest in 14 years. Uneven bars specialist Allison Bushman gave a spectacular performance, scoring a career high (9.825). Ryan also earned a career high of 9.825. Bushman and Ryan tied for first place on the event. Yale swept the podium, with captain Tatiana Winkelman coming in third place. Her score of 9.800 tied her season high. Trachtenberg gave her second performance of the day on bars, scoring a season high 9.725 to finish in sixth. Anella Anderson started off her senior day with an impressive performance. Her score of 9.650 was a season high. Buford continued her al-around competition with a score of 9.000.
Yale then carried their successes over to the balance beam, where the team scored yet another season high (48.375). Once again, a Yale gymnast sat atop the podium. Winkelman took first on the event with yet another season high score (9.825). Buford (9.725) and Firmstone (9.700) rounded out the top five, finishing in third and fourth. The score was a career high for Buford. Kiarra Alleyne made her first appearance of the day on balance beam, finishing in a tie for sixth (9.650). Chong and Anderson continued their competition on beam, scoring 9.475 and 9.100. The score was a career high for Chong.
The final rotation for the Bulldogs was floor exercise. Buford came away with a huge routine for the Bulldogs, scoring a career high 9.850 and clinching the top spot on the event. Alleyne and Firmstone both received scores of 9.775, landing them in a tie for third place. The score was a career high for Firmstone. Anderson concluded her senior day with a score of 9.550. Sloane Smith made her first appearance of the competition on floor, scoring 9.425. Chong rounded out the rotation for Yale, scoring 8.950.
Buford was the sole all-around competitor for the Bulldogs. She ended the day in third place, scoring 38.050.
The Bulldogs will be back in action February 11, as they travel to New Jersey to take on Rutgers.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity