PROVIDENCE, R.I.- The Yale women's gymnastics team delivered its best performance of the 2017 season Saturday, as a team score of 194.600 resulted in an ECAC Championship team title. The score was third in the school record books. The 2017 team will go down in Yale history as the first to win an ECAC Championship title. The Bulldogs edged out the 2016 champion, Cornell (194.450) and the host school, Brown (194.125).
Yale started off the day on uneven bars, where their team score of 48.800 got them started on the road to success. The score is also the seventh highest in school history. Continuing her strong presence on the event in 2017, junior Megan Ryan delivered a spectacular performance for the Bulldogs, finishing in a tie for first place with a score of 9.875. The score puts the junior eighth in the school record books; it was also a career high. Sophomore Roxanne Trachtenberg finished inside the top five as well, scoring 9.800 (T-5th). Seniors Anella Anderson and Tatiana Winkelman both received scores of 9.725. Jade Buford started out her all-around competition with a 9.675, while Allison Bushman rounded out the rotation, scoring 8.850.
Balance beam was up next for the Bulldogs, where freshman Emma Firmstone earned a top-five finish. Her score of 9.800 landed her in fifth place. Anderson and Buford also finished in the top ten, scoring 9.750 (season high) and 9.775, respectively. Winkelman scored 9.650 on the apparatus. Underclassmen Kiarra Alleyne and Rebecca Chong rounded out the order, scoring 9.600 and 9.225.
Floor exercise was the best rotation of the day for Yale, with a season-high team score of 48.850. The Bulldogs landed two gymnasts in the top ten, with Buford finishing in second place with a score of 9.825. Chong finished close behind in a tie for third place (9.800). The score was a career high for the young freshman. Anderson and Firmstone finished in a tie for 11th place, with a score of 9.750, which is a career high for Anderson. Alleyne continued her competition with a strong 9.725. Sloane Smith made her first appearance of the day on the event, scoring 9.600.
On vault, Chong once again came away with the top score for the Bulldogs, finishing in a tie for third place (9.750). Her strong performance led Yale to another record-breaking performance, with the team score (48.375) was the seventh highest in Yale history. Ryan was close behind in a tie for 7th (9.700). Buford finished up her all-around competition with an impressive score of 9.675. Firmstone and Trachtenberg both finished with scores of 9.625; the score ties Firmstone's career high. Anna Jennings also competed on vault for Yale, scoring 9.425.
Buford finished the all-around with a final score of 38.950, finishing in third place. Buford's 2017 season has been spectacular, and the ECAC recognized that by awarding her the Rookie of the Year award following completion of competition. Head coach Barbara Tonry was honored with the ECAC Coach of the Year award, for leading the 2017 team to one of the most successful seasons in school history.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity