NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Eastern College Athletic Conference honored two members of the Yale gymnastics team in their weekly awards. First-years Jacey Baldovino and Charlotte Cooperman earned Rookie of the Week and coaches choice honors for the week ending Jan. 14.
Baldovino from Santa Clara, California competed in her first collegiate meet and had an outstanding start to her career. At Rutgers, she claimed second in the all-around (38.650) competing against Illinois, Rutgers and Southern Connecticut State. She started her day on the beam with a score of 9.725. Baldovino's score was a contributing factor to Yale's impressive 47.975 on the balance beam. She moved to the floor exercise and received the same score. During her vault she received a 9.65 and finished her day on the uneven bars with a score of 9.55 to cap off the impressive start to her collegiate career.
"Jacey had an outstanding first NCAA competition. She is a top scorer for our team in every event. She shows a maturity in her performance not often seen in a freshman," Head coach Barbara Tonry said.
Cooperman from Southborough, Massachusetts started off her young career by leading the Bulldogs on the beam, her specialty. She gained momentum for the Bulldogs by scoring 9.65. The solid routine was a great start to her season.
"A few weeks before our season opener, Charlotte tore the ligament in her thumb and was told she would be unable to use her hand until further notice. Charlotte showed fierce determination and performed a balance beam routine without the use of her hands. She set the tone for our team with a 9.65 which led to our second place finish."
Look for both of these girls to continue their streak of strong performances as the Bulldogs compete at home for the first time in the 2018 season Saturday. They will take on Ivy Classic rival, Penn.
The release from the ECAC can be found here.
Report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity