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Gymnastics Takes Second at Don Tonry Invitational

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 delivered a team performance of 193.175 to take second-place in the Don Tonry Invitational Saturday at Lee Amphitheater. The Bridgeport Purple Knights took the top spot with a 194.200. Southern Connecticut State University and Springfield earned a 192.350 and 188.200 to take third- and fourth-place.

Yale started off the competition on vault, where junior Rebecca Chong and sophomore Charlotte Cooperman earned the top spots for the Bulldogs, tying with a 9.675 and earning fourth-place overall. Close behind, sophomore Alyssa Firth earned a 9.650 with a full-twisting yurchenko. Junior Carly Israel saw her way into line up this competition, starting the Bulldogs off with a laid out yurchenko (9.425). Junior Anna Jennings finished top 10, scoring 9.625 with a twisting yurchenko. Senior Roxanne Trachtenberg performed a solid vault for the Bulldogs, scoring a 9.475. Sophomore Rowan Palmer earned exhibition spot, performing a yurchenko layout. The vault team score added up to a total of 48.100. 

The Bulldogs then rotated to the uneven bars, where senior Jessica Wang was the top scorer. Her score of 9.825 landed her in second place. Firth gave a solid performance, starting off the Bulldogs with a solid hit routine (9.475). First-year Lindsay Chia made her debut of the day, receiving a score of 9.800. This career high score for Chia placed her in the top five overall. Trachtenberg also competed on the uneven bars, scoring a massive 9.825, tying with teammate Wang. Junior Jade Buford kept the momentum going, hitting her routine and placing ninth (9.750). Sophomore Jacey Baldovino made her debut of the day on the uneven bars, sticking her double-back dismount. First-year Kendal Toy finished off the lineup with a hit routine in the exhibition position. The team concluded with a bar score of 48.675. 

The balance beam lineup earned a team score of 47.500. Cooperman is back in action in the lead-off position, sticking her routine, posting a 9.600 and earning a top 10 spot. Senior captain Kiarra Alleyne made her debut of the day earning a 9.250. Close behind Alleyne, Firth earned a score of 9.150. Wang followed Firth in the lineup this weekend. Junior Emma Firmstone made her first appearance of the day, putting up an incredible beam set, scoring a 9.700 and earning third-place overall. Baldovino was the top scorer; she earned an impressive 9.800 and finished in first place. Chia rounded out this rotation for the Bulldogs in the exhibition position with an excellent stuck routine.

The final event for the Bulldogs proved to be the best (48.900). The team score on floor exercise is close to a season high for Yale. Firmstone started off the last event strong with a hit routine of 9.775, placing fifth and tying teammate Cooperman. Underclassmen continued to have strong performances, with Baldovino and Cooperman scoring 9.625 and 9.775. Fellow sophomore Firth performed an incredible routine of a 9.825 to earn fourth place. Chong added a 9.600 to the lineup, hitting her routine. Alleyne finished her last event with a huge season-best, taking home the floor title with a 9.9. This score placed her sixth in the Yale record books. Jennings made her second appearance of the day, rounding out the lineup for Yale in the exhibition position with a hit routine.

"I have been working extremely hard in the gym and it is rewarding to know I have continued to progress throughout my college career. Earning a career high on floor my senior year was an incredible feeling," said Alleyne. 

The Bulldogs will take on their first travel meet of the season Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., as they travel to George Washington to take on New Hampshire and William and Mary. 

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report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity