NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Throughout the competitive season, the members of the Yale women's gymnastics team have continued to set records and raise the bar for future generations of Yale gymnasts. The 2017 team is arguably one of the best teams in Yale history, winning its first ever ECAC Championship late last month. The Bulldogs will compete for the final time in 2017 April 7-9, as they travel to the USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate Championships, hosted by Seattle Pacific University.
Yale has qualified for the team competition and will compete in session two of the team semifinals alongside Brown, Lindenwood, Seattle Pacific and Texas Women's University. The first team semifinal will include competitors from Air Force, Bridgeport, Cornell and West Chester. The top two teams from each session will qualify for the team final, to be held on Saturday. Additionally, the top five individual finishers on each apparatus will advance to the individual event finals, to be held on Sunday.
Much of the Bulldogs' success in 2017 has come from a strong showing by the class of 2020. Freshmen Jade Buford, Rebecca Chong and Emma Firmstone have been consistent presences on multiple events for Yale, receiving many accolades from the ECAC throughout the season. Buford was recently awarded ECAC Rookie of the Year honors. Look for Buford and other members of the freshman class to step up to the plate and possibly qualify in multiple event finals at USAG Nationals.
Nationals will also serve as the final meet for seniors Anella Anderson, Kacie Traina and Tatiana Winkelman. Anderson has had a spectacular season, surpassing multiple career and season highs in the recent weeks. Expect her to perform well for Yale on balance beam, floor exercise and uneven bars. Traina has been a recent addition to the lineup on uneven bars. Also expect Winkelman to give strong performances on her specialty events: balance beam and uneven bars.
Megan Ryan has also had a spectacular 2017 season for the Bulldogs. Look for the junior to have a big day on uneven bars and possibly qualify for event finals.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity