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Gymnasts Sweep Uneven Bars in Narrow Loss to Penn

Megan Ryan (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Megan Ryan (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- The Yale women's gymnastics team opened up Ivy competition Saturday, as they traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Quakers of Penn. In the end Penn narrowly edged out Yale with a score of 193.575-192.125. The team score was the best of 2017 for the Bulldogs.


Yale started off the afternoon with a spectacular performance on the uneven bars, where the Bulldogs edged out the Quakers 48.750-48.375. The huge bars score was largely due to three huge scores of 9.800 by Allison Bushman, Megan Ryan and Tatiana Winkelman. The score put the gymnasts in a tie for first place on the apparatus. The score ties a career high for Bushman and was a season best for Winkelman. The score was a new career high for Ryan. Freshman Jade Buford also did not disappoint on the uneven cars, scoring a season best (9.750) and rounding out the top five. Senior Anella Anderson and sophomore Roxanne Trachtenberg also delivered strong scores for Yale (9.600). The score was a season best for Anderson.


The Bulldogs then moved on to the vault, where underclassmen dominated. Freshman Rebecca Chong was the top finisher for Yale. Her core of 9.650 landed her in second place. Buford was close behind in fourth with a score of 9.575. Freshmen Emma Firmstone and Anna Jennings made their first appearances of the day on vault, both scoring 9.525. The score was a season best for Jennings. Ryan rounded out the top ten, finishing in ninth with a score of 9.475. Kiarra Alleyne also competed on vault for the Bulldogs, scoring 8.950.


Floor was up next for Yale. Alleyne was once again Yale's top scorer, finishing in a tie for third with a season best (9.825). Buford and Firmstone also had strong performances, scoring 9.725 and 9.700, respectively. Anderson finished just inside the top ten. Her season-best score of 9.675 put her in ninth place. Chong and fellow freshman Sofia Menemenlis rounded out the rotation for the Bulldogs, scoring 9.650 and 9.575.


Balance beam was the last rotation for the Bulldogs. Firmstone came through with a huge career high (9.700) to land in a tie for third place. Alleyne and Anderson both received scores of 9.600, putting them in a tie for sixth place. Buford finished up her all-around competition with a 9.100 on beam. Chong and Winkelman completed the lineup for Yale, scoring 9.050 and 9.000.


Buford was the only all-around competitor for the Bulldogs at the dual meet. She finished with a score of 38.150.


The Bulldogs return to John J. Lee Amphitheater Saturday for the Don Tonry Bulldog Invitational. The home opener for the Bulldogs will include competitors from Bridgeport, RIC and SCSU.


Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity