SEATTLE - The Yale gymnastics team finished in fourth place in the second semifinal at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships in Brougham Pavilion Friday night. The Bulldogs' team score was 192.975, less than a point behind third-place Seattle Pacific (193.775). Lindenwood placed first in the semifinal (195.100) and has advanced to Saturday's final against Bridgeport, Cornell and Texas Woman's.
Yale started off the day on balance beam, where rookie Jade Buford earned the top score for the Bulldogs. Her score of 9.750 put her just inside the top ten, finishing in a tie for ninth. Tatiana Winkelman and Emma Firmstone scored 9.575 and 9.375, respectively. Kiarra Alleyne scored 9.250 and Rebecca Chong was close behind with a 9.100. Senior Anella Anderson rounded out the rotation, scoring 8.950.
On the uneven bars, Megan Ryan was the top scorer. The junior scored an impressive 9.825 to finish in a tie for the top spot. The performance secured a spot for her in the individual event finals, to be held on Sunday. Sophomore Roxanne Trachtenberg also had a great performance on bars scoring 9.775. Anderson and Winkelman both scored 9.750. Buford and Firmstone came away with scores of 9.300 and 9.400.
Floor exercise was another event in which Yale produced an individual event finals qualifier. Buford scored a spectacular 9.875 to finish in a tie for fourth on the event. Floor was also the best event of the day for the Bulldogs, with a huge team score of 49.050. The score is a season high and the fifth highest in school history. Alleyne and Anderson were close behind Buford, scoring 9.850 to finish in a tie for sixth.The score was a career high for Anderson. Sloane Smith also had an impressive performance with a career high score of 9.800. Chong and Firmstone finished the event with scores of 9.675 and 9.100.
On vault, Chong was the top scorer for Yale. Her score of 9.800 finished just outside the top five in sixth place. The score puts Chong 7th in the school record books. Anna Jennings also finished inside the top ten, scoring 9.750 (career high) to tie for eighth place. Buford and Firmstone both continued their all-around pursuits, scoring 9.650 and 9.675, respectively. The score was a career high for Firmstone. Ryan and Trachtenberg also competed on vault, both scoring 9.550.
First team All-American status for USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships was awarded to Alleyne (floor), Anderson (floor), Buford (floor), Chong (vault) and Ryan (bars).
The individual event finals are set to begin at 1:00 p.m. PDT on Sunday. Live results can be found here.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity