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Yale Wins Two Events at Big Ten-Ivy Showdown

Kiarra Alleyne (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Kiarra Alleyne (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

PISCATAWAY, N.J.- Following a huge win at home, the Yale women's gymnastics team was back in action Saturday, as they traveled to Rutgers to take on the host school, Maryland and fellow Ivy competitor, Penn. The Bulldogs finished the day with a score of 193.050, which is the second-best score of the 2017 season. They edged out Penn (190.825) for third place in the meet. University of Maryland won the quad meet with an impressive score of 195.050 with Rutgers coming in second place (194.150). The meet gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to compete with Big Ten competition, while also competing against a fellow Ivy Classic competitor.


For the first time in 2017, the Bulldogs managed to score at least 48.000 on all four apparatus, which is an incredible feat. Following a season-best performance on vault against Brown, the Bulldogs once again topped that mark at Rutgers. The team vault score of 48.250 was a huge season best for this 2017 team. The rotation was led by freshman Rebecca Chong, finishing in a tie for first place with a career best mark of 9.825. Megan Ryan finished just outside the top five, scoring a season best (9.700). Underclassmen made up the rest of the vault lineup for Yale. Sophomore Roxanne Trachtenberg improved on her score from the previous weekend, scoring 9.600. ECAC Rookie of the Week Jade Buford topped her score from the Brown meet as well, scoring 9.550. Fellow freshmen Emma Firmstone and Anna Jennings rounded out the rotation for Yale, scoring 9.525 and 9.200, respectively.


On the uneven bars, captain and current ECAC Specialist of the Week Tatiana Winkelman once again delivered a spectacular performance. Her score of 9.800 matched her season high, which landed her in a tie for first place on the event. Following a first-place finish on the event against Brown, Ryan again gave a solid performance for Yale, scoring 9.775 to finish in a tie for third place. Buford continued her all-around pursuits with a near season best (9.725). Trachtenberg was close behind with a score of 9.700. Anella Anderson and Allison Bushman made their first appearances of the competition on uneven bars, scoring 9.125 and 8.850.


On balance beam, Buford was the top scorer for the Bulldogs with a career high 9.750. The score landed her in a tie for fifth place. Balance beam specialists Kiarra Alleyne and Winkelman each earned impressive scores: 9.700 and 9.675, respectively. Anderson, Chong and Firmstone rounded out the lineup, scoring 9.575, 8.975 and 9.375.


Floor exercise was the best event of the day for the Bulldogs: they finished with a season-best score of 48.600. The event was high scoring and incredibly close, with only 0.200 separating the top 20. All Yale gymnasts performed solid routines, each scoring above 9.500. Firmstone delivered a huge routine for the Bulldogs, scoring 9.750 and finishing in a tie for sixth place.  Anderson and floor specialist Sloane Smith both came away with impressive scores of 9.725. The score matches both gymnasts' career highs. Buford and Chong both were close behind, scoring 9.700. The score was a career high for Chong. Alleyne finished off the lineup, scoring 9.575.


Buford finished the day with a third-place finish in the all-around competition. Her score of 38.725 was a huge career high for the rookie.


The Bulldogs have one more competition before returning home to host the Ivy Classic on Feb. 25. On February 17, the Bulldogs will travel to SCSU to take on the host school, Bridgeport, Rhode Island College and Springfield.


Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity