NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After an impressive outing at the Ivy Classic meet Sunday, the Yale gymnastics team now gears up for a weekend in Maryland at the XFINITY Center competing against the host team, Penn and Temple.
The No. 32 Maryland gymnastics team posted podium finishes on every event to win the Pink Invitational last Friday night. The Terrapins scored a 195.150 to beat West Chester (193.300) and Southern Connecticut State (190.725). The Quakers are coming off a third-place finish behind Yale and Cornell at the Ivy Classic scoring a new season high for a team score of 193.875. Temple tallied a 193.375 in a tri-meet at Air Force last Saturday night. The Owls finished third overall, behind New Hampshire's 195.225 and Air Force's 194.425.
Yale looks to build off the successes attained at the Ivy Classic. After achieving the highest team score in history, this competition will be another chance to earn a spot in the record books. With back to back season high competition finishes, the Bulldogs are in a good position to score even bigger. At the Ivy Classic, multiple event-, career- and season-high scores were achieved. First-year Jacey Baldovino and sophomore Jade Buford continued their dominance in the all-around, going first and second on the podium. First-year Alyssa Firth also had a career high, scoring a 9.825 on the floor exercise.
Yale will also look to its all-grounders and specialists to put up big scores Friday. Baldovino has been a threat on the balance beam since the beginning of the 2018 season, earning the program's highest beam score in history (9.925). Her first-place finish at the Ivy Classic was evidence of that. Baldovino, Buford and sophomore Emma Firmstone took all three podium spots for the all-around. Baldovino finished second with a total of 39.000. Firmstone concluded her first all-around Ivy competition 38.650, placing third. Buford's score earned her the all-around Ivy Classic title for the second year in a row. Junior Jessica Wang looks to continue her streak of earning a 9.800 or higher on the uneven bars. Finally, Firmstone has competed on every event since the start of the season and specializes on the floor exercise. At the Ivy Classic, she added a 9.875 to the team floor score breaking her career-high.
Senior Megan Ryan will also look to continue her successful season at Maryland. With yet another 9.850 achieved at the Ivy Classic on the uneven bars, the specialist has shined for the Bulldogs in 2018. Look for her to be a factor in the bar lineup Friday.
Yale gymnastics broke multiple records, exceeding close to all season goals and taking several spots in the Yale record books. Sweeping the bars, beam and vault event titles at the Ivy Classic and taking the top spots on every event individually, Yale is hopeful for yet another solid team performance this weekend.
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity