NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale will host Ivy rival Brown Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in John J. Lee Amphitheater. Sunday's meet is more than just a regular-season home meet. It is Senior Day. The competition will serve as the last home meet for five Bulldog seniors: Captain Kiarra Alleyne (Houston, Texas), Sarah Caldwell (Falmouth, Me.), Mary Catherine Fletcher (Bellingham, Wash.), Roxanne Trachtenberg (Doylestown, Pa.) and Jessica Wang (Chino Hills, Calif.). This group of seniors has been instrumental in the success of the Yale gymnastics program's first and second ECAC team title as well as the program's 15th Ivy Classic team title.
"This is a bittersweet time. I love watching the girls I recruited four years ago compete. On the other hand, I am sad their gymnastics are coming to an end very soon. They have been a great senior class and could not be better representatives for Yale University and this program. I will truly miss these fine young women and expect they will be as successful in future careers as they have been for Yale Gymnastics," said head coach Barbara Tonry.
Last Friday night, Yale gymnastics broke five records and earned its 194.050 behind team scores of 48.350 on vault, 48.200 on bars, 49.025 on beam and 48.475 on floor. Host George Washington took home the title at the quad meet with a 195.400 and New Hampshire closely followed with a 194.925. William and Mary took fourth with a 189.925. Six Bulldogs finished the day on the podium as well as matched or surpassed their season highs.
Last Sunday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center, Brown won the all-around, bars, floor and vault titles at a tri-meet with Southern Connecticut State University and Rhode Island College. They took first place with a season-high of 193.900. It is the Bears' first time this season hitting the 193 mark.
"I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude knowing I get to share the Payne Whitney Gymnasium floor with my teammates and coaches for one last go-around. I am thankful for my friends, suitemates and family who have supported me from the stands since my first year and I cannot wait to celebrate the incredible bonds I've created during my time at Yale inside John J. Lee Amphitheater one last time," said Trachtenberg.
NCAA rankings are in Yale's favor heading into this weekend's dual meet. In the national rankings, Yale sits at No. 46 while Brown is at No. 65. Regionally, Yale is No. 6 and Brown is No. 13. Yale ranks first in the ECAC as well as the Ivy League.
"I wish I could accurately describe how much this meet means to me. I am excited to compete in front of friends and family and support the team I've come to love so much while celebrating the sport that has shaped who I am as an individual. Gymnastics has been such a large part of my entire life," said Wang.
The Yale senior class will be honored in post-meet ceremonies, including formal send-off announcements of each gymnast's accomplishments as well as plans for the upcoming future. The meet will be live on ESPN+ and can be found here.
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report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity