WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Yale women's gymnastics team traveled to George Washington University Sunday to take on some tough competition leading up to next week's ECAC championships. The Bulldogs participated in a quad meet against the host school, North Carolina State and Stanford. Yale managed to finish in third place with a season high score of 194.575. The score is the third highest team score in school history and the highest since 2003. Yale edged out Stanford (193.275) and finished close behind NC State (194.825). George Washington took the win with a final score of 196.500.
The meet was the first time in the 2017 season that the Bulldogs scored above 48.000 on all four apparatus. On vault, the Bulldogs came away with a team score of 48.325, which is the 7th highest team score on the event in school history. Freshmen led the way on vault for Yale, with Rebecca Chong earning the highest score for the Bulldogs (9.750). Classmates Jade Buford (9.675), Emma Firmstone (9.625) and Anna Jennings (9.650) followed. The score tied Firmstone's career high. Rounding out the vault lineup was junior Megan Ryan and sophomore Roxanne Trachtenberg, scoring 9.625 and 9.450, respectively.
Uneven bars were once again the best event of the day for Yale. The team's score of 48.825 was the 4th highest score in school history. Captain Tatiana Winkelman dominated on her specialty event, scoring 9.850 to tie her career high and earn a tie for fourth place. Ryan was close behind with an impressive score of 9.800. Buford and Trachtenberg also had solid performances for Yale, scoring 9.775 and 9.750. The score was a career high for Buford. Senior Anella Anderson scored 9.675 to keep the scores above 9.500 for Yale. Firmstone had her season debut on uneven bars in the competition, scoring 9.250.
On balance beam, the 2017 team once again put their mark on the record books. Their team score of 48.625 was a season high and the 4th highest score in school history. Firmstone delivered a phenomenal performance, scoring 9.850 to finish in a tie for third amongst the tough competition. The score puts the young freshman in a tie for third in the Yale record books. Buford continued her all-around competition with an impressive score of 9.775, which was a career high. Winkelman was close behind Buford, scoring 9.750. Anderson, Chong and balance beam specialist Kiarra Alleyne rounded out the beam lineup. Both Anderson and Chong scored 9.625, while Alleyne scored 9.475.
Firmstone once again came out on top for Yale on floor exercise, scoring 9.825 to finish in a tie for fourth. The score ties her career high. Buford and Chong both came away with a score of 9.775 to tie for ninth place. Floor specialist Sloane Smith also gave a spectacular performance for the Bulldogs, scoring 9.725, which ties her career high. Anderson and Alleyne scored 9.700 and 9.675, respectively. The team floor score of 48.800 was a season high for the Bulldogs.
In the all around competition, Buford once again gave a strong performance. Her score of 39.000 is the tenth highest in school history. Firmstone had a spectacular competition in her all around debut, scoring 38.550.
The Bulldogs will look to build off the great successes of this weekend as they gear up for the ECAC Championships this week. Preview and details of the championship meet will be posted later in the week.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity