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Bulldogs Travel to Bridgeport for Gymnastics Season Opener

Emma Firmstone. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emma Firmstone. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale gymnastics team will take the competition floor for the first time in 2019 at the Wheeler Recreation Center Sat., Jan. 12 as they travel nearby to Bridgeport for a quad meet with the Purple Knights, Big Ten competitor Rutgers and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Competing with gymnasts from power conferences will bring out some impressive performances for the Bulldogs, as they look to set the bar high this season. With Yale's second ECAC championship win and 15th Ivy Classic title in 2018, the team is ready to start off strong.

Bridgeport opened its 2019 season by taking fourth place in a quad meet against nationally-ranked competition hosted by Central Michigan University last Sunday afternoon. The Purple Knights recorded a team score of 192.575. Rutgers opened its season in a quad meet at the Cancún Classic inside the Grand Coral Ballroom. The Scarlet Knights also took fourth amongst other nationally-ranked teams Iowa State (196.050), Michigan (196.050) and West Virginia (194.150). It will be the first meet of the season for both the Bulldogs and SCSU.  

This competition will mark the competitive debut for members of the class of 2022 including Lindsay Chia, Seina Cho and Kendal Toy. These three gymnasts have the potential to make an immediate impact, adding precision and difficulty across all four events. 

Following a successful contribution to the 2018 season, the class of 2021 plans to continue making history, adding depth and stunning routines to Yale's line-up. Keep an eye out for reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year Jacey Baldovino. Since her arrival she has given impressive performances on all events.

The Bulldog upperclassmen are excited to build on their strong performances and confidence from last season. Notably, captain Kiarra Alleyne, ECAC Gymnast of the Year Jade Buford, USA Collegiate vault finals qualifier Rebecca Chong, USA Collegiate bars champion Jessica Wang, several event specialists and ECAC placeholders return. Several gymnasts are recovered from past injuries and ready to hit the competition floor. Leadership is the area where the upperclassmen make their biggest mark, each bringing something unique into the gym and onto the competition floor.

The Bulldogs are in their first season with assistant coach Jason Collins and are thrilled to introduce the college gymnastics atmosphere to him. Action is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

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report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity