NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Following two back-to-back team scores of at least 193.000, the Yale women's gymnastics team is back on the road again this week. They will travel to compete at SCSU Friday in a meet alongside the host school, Bridgeport, Rhode Island College and Springfield. The lineup is a repeat of the Don Tonry Invitational, with the addition of Springfield. In the last meeting, Bridgeport edged out the Bulldogs for first place with a score of 193.175. However, the Bulldogs have experienced improvement in their team score within the last couple weeks, which will make for a good matchup between the Bulldogs and the Purple Knights of Bridgeport.
The Purple Knights come to SCSU following a second-place finish at the Cornell Big Red Invitational (193.225). Rhode Island College enters the meet following a third-place finish at the Brown quad-meet. SCSU competed in the same meet, finishing in second place (190.850). Springfield is coming off a second-place finish against West Chester (189.300).
The Bulldogs enter the meet with confidence following the Big Ten-Ivy showdown. Not only did Yale beat Ivy Classic rival Penn, but the Bulldogs also managed to win two events against nationally ranked competition. Rookie Rebecca Chong had a huge day for Yale, scoring a career best on vault (9.825). The score landed her in a tie for first place and helped Yale secure a season high score on the apparatus (48.250). It was the first time in 2017 that the team scored over 48 points on the event. Also winning an event was captain Tatiana Winkelman. Her score of 9.800 on the uneven bars tied her season high and landed her in a tie for first place. Megan Ryan was also on the podium for the Bulldogs on bars.
The meet is the final competitive outing for the Bulldogs before they return home to host the Ivy Classic on February 25.
The meet is set to begin at 5:00 p.m.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity