Jade Buford
Jade Buford
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
High School: Coppell
Major: History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health
Residential College: Trumbull

Personal Bests: 

Vault: 9.800 (2/26/2018) 

Bars: 9.825 (3/02/2018)

Beam: 9.875 (2/11/2018)

Floor: 9.925 (2018 ECACs)

All-Around: 39.225 (2018 Ivy Classic)

2019: Competed in all-around ... All-around Champion against Bridgeport ... All-around Champion against Penn ... All-around runner-up against UNH ... All-around runner-up against Brown ... Ivy Classic All-around champion ... 2x ECAC Award Honoree ... Holds second- and tenth-highest team vault records in program history ... Broke one bar team record ... Holds first- and tenth-highest team beam records in program history ... ECAC Gymnast of the Year

Summer 2018: Shadowed a general practice physician for clinical hours and practical experience. Additionally, she explored North Carolina while rehabbing my shoulder post surgery. 

2018: Competed in all-around ... ECAC Gymnast of the year ... Two-time ECAC Gymnast of the Week ... Ivy Classic All-Around Champion ... Placed second on floor (9.775) and second on beam earning a new career-high at Don Tonry Invitational (9.875) ... Earned bar career-high (9.800) at home ... Earned all-around career-high at home (39.075) ... Tied floor career-high (9.900) at Ivy Classic earning the title ... Earned new vault career-high (9.800) taking the title ... Earned bar career-high at Maryland (9.825) ... ECAC All-around runner-up ... NCAA Regional All-Around Qualifier ... Top 10 in NCAA All-around competition ... ECAC Second team vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around ... First-Team All-American All-Around

2017: Competed in all-around ... ECAC Rookie of the Year … First team All-American for floor exercise ... Competed in all-around ... Finished third in all-around at ECAC Championship (38.950) … First place and career high in all-around (39.025) and first in floor (9.850) at Ivy League Classic … First in all-around, first in floor and third in vault against SCSU … First in floor in win against Brown.

High school: Level 10 gymnast training at Texas Dreams in Coppell, Texas ... For three years in a row, represented Region 3, one of the most competitive regions in the country, at Junior Olympic National Championships ... Placed fifth on Floor Exercise at JO National Championships ... Regional Balance Beam Champion in 2015 and had a handful of top-three finishes at regionals on Uneven Bars, Floor Exercise and All-Around ... State Champion on Floor Exercise.

Questions with Buford: 

Who is your biggest influence? Why? "My biggest influence is my father. His commitment to excellence is a trait that has been instilled in me my entire life. He has taught me the value of commitment, sacrifice and joy. His confidence in both my academic and athletic abilities motivates me to be the best version of myself."

Favorite event? Why? "My favorite event is the floor exercise because my routine is a representation of me. My music selection, combined with the choreography allow me to connect with the audience to share my personality and my love for the sport."

Why Yale? "The first time I visited Yale, I knew I was home. I fell in love with the welcoming atmosphere, rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to position myself to make a difference. At Yale, I am surrounded by others who not only share similar passions, but also expose me to new ideas and experiences that challenge me to become the best version of myself."