NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rising senior Kiarra Alleyne will serve the as the Yale gymnastics captain during the 2018-19 academic year, Yale head coach Barbara Tonry announced on Monday.
"I am honored to have been voted captain by the amazing women on my team. I am so excited to lead YGT to another record-breaking season next year alongside my fellow rising seniors Jess, Roxie, MC, and Sarah," said Alleyne.
In 2016, she competed on the balance beam, floor exercise, and vault for the Bulldogs. Alleyne tied for first-place on floor exercise against Ivy rival Penn, earned ECAC Rookie of the Week, place third on floor at the Ivy Classic and earned multiple career-high scores throughout season.
In 2017, Alleyne was named First-Team All-American on the floor exercise, competing balance beam, floor and vault. She finished third overall with season best in floor against Penn (9.825), fourth overall on floor at the Ivy League Classic (9.700), fifth on floor against George Washington, sixth on beam against Ivy rival Brown and Qualified for the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships floor exercise final.
Alleyne competed primarily on the beam and floor exercise this past season, earning season-highs of 9.850 on floor and a 9.775 on the balance beam. She posted a top 20 finish on both of those events at the USA Collegiate National competition as well as a top 10 finish on beam and floor at ECAC Championships.
"I am delighted to have Kiarra Alleyne as the new captain of Yale Varsity Gymnastics. She has been one of the most consistent scores on floor and balance beam in our history-making 2018 competition year. She will be instrumental, as captain, in equaling or bettering our performance as a team," said Tonry.
Not only does this rising senior excel in the gym, she has a passion for learning as well. A native of Houston, Texas, Alleyne is majoring in Cognitive Science as a pre-medical student with a plan of furthering her education to earn her Master's degree in Public Health with a focus on maternal and child health. After this two-time ECAC All-Academic Team gymnast completes her Master's degree, she will apply to medical schools to pursue a career in medicine.
Alleyne will have plenty of support in guiding the Bulldogs next season.
"Throughout the year, Ki has shown such amazing leadership in and out of the gym and has always been someone to turn to when you need help. Every day she walks into the gym with a smile and has such a positive attitude. I know she is going to be an amazing captain," said first-year Alyssa Firth.
"Ki has always been the rational one on the team. She is willing to speak up when need be, but also deeply cares about each and every girl on this team. I know she will be an amazing captain and I am so excited to see her in that position next year," said sophomore Carly Israel.
"Ki is going to be a wonderful captain next year. She is a role model, listens to her teammates, and has the team's best interest at heart. She is incredibly wise and will unite the team to have another historical season next year! I am so proud of her and excited to watch her and her junior class lead the team," said senior Megan Ryan.
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity