NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a spectacular 2017 season, the Yale gymnastics team has its sights set high for 2018. Last season, the Bulldogs qualified for the team competition at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals, were honored with multiple awards by the ECAC and made their mark in the Yale record books with a season-high score of 194.6.
Yale is looking forward to a challenging 2018 schedule as head coach Barbara Tonry announced the Bulldogs' schedule on Wednesday.
"They will have a lot of hard work ahead of them, but they do have the potential of scoring higher than our last year's team," Tonry said. "I have every confidence they will do that."
This year's schedule includes 10 regular season matchups, with three opportunities to compete in front of a home crowd.
The Bulldogs will be led by seniors Allison Bushman, Megan Ryan and Sloane Smith this year. Yale gymnastics also welcomes a strong first-year class, including Jacey Baldovino, Charlotte Cooperman, Alyssa Firth, Isabelle Lee and Rowan Palmer. They are expected to make immediate impacts in 2018.
Yale opens the season against two Big 10 teams, Illinois and Rutgers, as well as SCSU on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.
Following the season opener, the Bulldogs host their first home competition of the year in a dual meet with Penn on Jan. 20. Yale travels to Towson for a quad meet with UNC and Ursinus on Jan. 26 before taking on Iowa State, Northern Illinois and West Virginia in Ames, Iowa, on Feb. 2.
The Bulldogs come together at home for the annual Don Tonry Invitational competing against Bridgeport, SCSU and Springfield on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. The meet honors and celebrates the legacy of Don Tonry: a prominent figure in Yale gymnastics history.
The gymnasts will return to John J. Lee Amphitheater the following weekend to go head to head with William and Mary on Feb. 17. They will recognize the seniors for their accomplishments and dedication to Yale gymnastics in their last meet at home as Bulldogs.
The team will then take off to Brown for the Ivy Classic on Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. With their achievements in 2017, the Bulldogs will come into the Ivy Classic in contention for the title. A week later, Yale will travel to Maryland for a meet against Penn and Temple on Mar. 2 at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs head to New Hampshire for a dual meet on Mar. 11, before traveling to their final regular meet of the season at Bridgeport, competing against Brown and Centenary on Mar. 17.
Yale will enter into postseason at ECAC Championships that will take place at Penn on Mar. 24 at 12:00 p.m. The Bulldogs took home the title last season and are in high hopes of defending their Championship win.
Finally, the Bulldogs will wrap up postseason with the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships that will take place at Texas Women's University from Apr. 13-15.
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity