Gymnastics Has Best Season Opener in School History

Anella Anderson (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Anella Anderson (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

BOSTON, Mass.- The Yale Women's Gymnastics Team took the competition floor for the first time in 2017 Saturday as they took on George Washington at the Little Boston Invitational. George Washington came out on top, with an impressive score of 195.55, but the Bulldogs experienced early success in the first meet of the 2017 season. Their team score of 191.425 was the highest score for a season opener in school history, which is a good sign of things to come for this 2017 team.

The meet also marked the competitive debut for many members of the class of 2020, and they did not disappoint. Freshman Jade Buford was Yale's top finisher in the all-around, finishing fourth with a score of 37.800. Senior Anella Anderson also had a strong performance on all four rotations for the Bulldogs, finishing fifth in the all-around (37.775). Emma Firmstone also competed in the all-around, landing a tenth-place finish (28.100)

On vault, yet another freshman shined for the Bulldogs. Rebecca Chong finished in a tie for fourth on the apparatus, with an impressive score of 9.700. Fellow freshman Firmstone was close behind, scoring 9.600 and finishing seventh. Junior Megan Ryan also competed on vault, scoring 9.575. The rotation was rounded out with Anderson, Buford and Sloane Smith, who scored 9.475, 9.450 and 9.350, respectively.

On uneven bars, event specialist Allison Bushman came out on top for the Bulldogs. Her score of 9.725 landed her in fourth place on the event. Sophomore Roxanne Trachtenberg also had an impressive performance on bars, finishing closely behind Bushman in fifth (9.675). Ryan and senior captain Tatiana Winkelman rounded out the top ten, finishing 9th and 10th with scores of 9.600 and 9.500. Anderson, Buford and Firmstone all continued their all-around pursuits on uneven bars, scoring 9.250, 8.950 and 9.275.

On balance beam, Buford once again was the top scorer for the Bulldogs, finishing in 7th with a score of 9.700. Kiarra Alleyne had her first performance of the day on balance beam, finishing with a strong score of 9.650. Seniors Anderson and WInkelman scored 9.475 and 9.400, respectively. They were followed by Chong and Firmstone, who scored 9.350 and 8.800.

Floor exercise was led by specialist Alleyne, who rounded out the top five with a score of 9.750. Buford and Firmstone both received scores of 9.700, landing them in a tie for sixth place. Anderson and Chong also finished in a tie, both scoring 9.575. Freshman Sofia Menemenlis made her debut for the Bulldogs on floor exercise, scoring 8.700.

The Bulldogs look to build off the success at the season opener as they travel to California to take on Boise State, Stanford and UC Davis on Friday, January 13.

 

Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity