STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The firsts from Yale since 2005 to compete at NCAA Regionals, first-year Jacey Baldovino, sophomore Jade Buford and junior Jessica Wang waited their turn on the big stage and notched fantastic scores on Saturday evening. Yale continued their post-season in front of 2,755 fans at Penn State's Rec Hall. Yale sent three Bulldogs to the meet for the individual NCAA competition. In the team finals, Florida turned in a 197.725, while Washington claimed the second-place title with a 196.275. The top two teams in regional competition advance to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo.
First-year Jacey Baldovino traveled to Penn State to cheer on her teammates with amazing enthusiasm. Due to a foot injury, she was unable to compete. However, she looks forward to contributing her routines at Nationals next weekend.
Sophomore Jade Buford competed in the all-around. She opened up the meet on balance beam, hitting a solid set and sticking her dismount earning a 9.750. This score landed the sophomore in the top 25. Next, Buford moved on to the two power events – the floor exercise and the vault. An entertaining and powerful floor set did not disappoint, earning a 9.775. She looked sharp on vault, posting marks of 9.550. Buford closed the meet on the uneven bars, hitting her fourth routine and receiving a score of 9.700. Her all-around score landed her in the top 10 (38.775).
Junior Jessica Wang competed on bars, representing Yale, earning a 9.075.
The Bulldogs will conclude their season at the USA Gymnastics National Collegiate Championships beginning next Friday, April 13 at Texas Woman's University.
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity