Anna Jennings
Anna Jennings
State: Indiana
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
High School: Cathedral
Major: History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health; Medical Anthropology
Residential College: Silliman

Personal Bests: 

Vault: 9.750 (2/24/2019)

Floor: 9.750 (4/12/2019)

Summer 2019: Declared double-major in Medical Anthropology ... Recipient of the Yale College Public Service Fellowship - Research For a Better World funded by Dean Takahashi (Yale '80, MPPM '83), Wendy Sharp (Yale '82) and the Kresge Foundation. Fellowship is given to a student with exceptional leadership, intelligence and creativity who wish to bring together their intellectual passions with their social concerns. She will be filming a documentary while writing an ethnography on those experiencing homelessness in New Haven, Conn. 

2019: Competed on floor and vault ... Earned a new career-high on vault at Ivy Classics ... Third-place on vault against Brown (9.650) ... Fourth-place on vault against Penn (9.650) ... Top 10 on vault at Don Tonry Invitational, GW and against UNH ... Third-place on vault at Ivy Classics (9.750) ... Holds second- and 10th-highest team vault records in program history ... Earned a floor career-high score at USAG Collegiate National Championships (9.750) ... Two-time Member of ECAC Division One Academic All-Team.

Summer 2018: Financial Technology Public Relations Intern for 3Points Communications Firm in Chicago, Illi ... Practiced account management as well as strategy formation to help gain exposure in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Forbes. Clients included hedge funds, algorithmic trading firms, wealth management companies and cryptocurrency trading firms. Additionally, worked as a Public Health Research Assistant to award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, Perri Peltz (MPH, Columbia), on the current opioid crisis. 

2018: Recovered from surgery at beginning of season ... Returned to compete vault ... Made top 20 at the Don Tonry Invitational, Ivy Classic Championships and New Hampshire ... Top 15 at ECAC Championships and Maryland ... Top 12 at Bridgeport and USAG Collegiate Nationals ... Earned 9.725 at the ECAC Championships ... 9.675 USAG Collegiate Nationals ... Member of the ECAC Division I Women's Gymnastics All-Academic Team ... USAG National Scholar Athlete.

Summer 2017: Yale Student Housing Assistant for Graduation Commencement and Alumni Reunions ... Studied abroad in Siena, Italy, studying Italian film and culture as well as core language courses up to L5. 

2017: Competed vault and floor ... ECAC Scholar Athlete ... Vault First-team All-American … Posted 9.650 against Stanford ... Earned 9.600 at ECAC Championships ... Qualified to Individual event finals at USAG Collegiate Nationals on vault … Earned career high and eighth place at National Championship Semifinals (9.750) … Finished ninth at USAG Collegiate National vault finals ... Placed fifth on floor at Ivy Classic (9.700) … Made collegiate debut against UC Davis.

High School: Level 10 gymnast from Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center in Greenfield, Ind. ... Represented her Region at the Junior Olympic National Championships two times in 2016 and 2017 ... Earned Teammate of the Year Award ... State Floor Champion ... Placed fourth at Level 9 Nationals in the All-Around ... Silver medalist on uneven bars at National Invitational Tournament in 2015 ... Placed third at Regional Championships on floor exercise and won Indiana State championship on uneven bars in 2015.

Questions with Anna:

Who is your biggest influence? Why? "My biggest influence is my English grandmother, Nanny. From finishing half marathons, continuing to work as nurse because she loves it or being my number one fan from hundreds of miles away, she is the most elegant, passionate, and kind-hearted woman I know. She has taught me to cherish every moment of every day. An extraordinary woman is what she is."    

Favorite event? Why? "Floor, because it is where I can best express my personality and joy for the sport. From picking music to choreographing sections of the routine, this event best emulates who I am as a gymnast."

Why Yale?: "First and foremost, I was captivated by the beauty of Yale's campus on my junior and senior year visits. Aside from the aesthetics, I knew I wanted a university that would provide a balance between gymnastics and academics. Yale has been the perfect place that challenges me academically as well as pushes me athletically. However, what I adore most about Yale is the people. Everyone has a place here. I am in constant awe of my peer's sheer brilliance continually humbled to be in their company. It is refreshing to be surrounded by individuals driven from the inside to make a difference on the outside. I could not think of a better place to call home."