NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Following their performance against Penn last Saturday, the Yale gymnastics team once again had a gymnast honored by the ECAC in their weekly awards. Each week, the ECAC gives out four different honors: gymnast of the week, rookie of the week, specialist of the week and coaches' choice honors. Junior Jessica Wang was honored as Specialist of the Week after her outstanding performance on the uneven bars last Saturday (9.850).
This is not the first time Wang has been selected for an ECAC award. As a young first-year, Wang was an integral part to the Bulldogs' successes in 2016. Wang qualified for bars and balance beam in event finals at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals. She earned the top qualifying spot in on balance beam with a 9.850. She ended her evening winning the national title scoring a career high 9.875, which ties the highest individual score ever received by a Bulldog on the event. It is also the highest score received by a Yale gymnast on the event since 2003.
In addition to her USAG national championship on balance beam, Wang finished fourth on the uneven bars in event finals, with a score of 9.800. Her competition weekend included first team All-American honors on balance beam and uneven bars as well as second team All-American honors in the all-around.
She has been a persistent presence on bars and beam for the Bulldogs.
With Wang consistently performing at such a high level, look for the junior to be a factor in the upcoming meets for the Bulldogs, as they travel to Towson Thursday.
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity