NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After taking second place at the Don Tonry Invitational at home last Saturday, the Yale gymnastics team will now gear up to travel to George Washington. The Bulldogs will compete against the home team, New Hampshire and William and Mary.
"We are up against formidable, NCAA-ranked teams this weekend. It will be good to have tough competition before going into Ivy Classics in a couple weeks. We need to focus on detail in every event and work to remain calm and control our nerves on all events," said head coach Barbara Tonry.
Last weekend on the road, George Washington posted season-high scores on uneven bars and vault. The Colonials were edged by New Hampshire, 195.500-194.475, on Sunday afternoon at Lindholm Gymnasium. GW earned its 194.475 behind team scores of 48.700 on vault, 48.825 on bars, 48.800 on beam and 48.150 on floor. New Hampshire posted team event scores of 48.825 (vault), 48.900 (bars), 48.725 (balance beam) and 49.050 (floor). William and Mary did not have a meet this past weekend, but is ready to hit the road for this weekend's quad competition.
For NCAA rankings, George Washington sits at No. 40 with an average team score of 194.188. New Hampshire earned No. 31 with an average team score of 194.655. William and Mary is No. 55 with a 192.563 average team score. The Bulldogs have a team average of 193.713, placing them at No. 45.
Senior captain Kiarra Alleyne is coming off a fantastic competition, earning a career high of 9.900 on floor exercise. Her score landed her in the Yale record books. Fellow senior Jessica Wang will also look to continue her successful season. With the consistency she has shown on bars and beam, Wang is ready to shine for the Bulldogs on Friday. Finally, first-year Lindsay Chia will be a force to be reckoned with on not only bars, but the balance beam as well. She posted scores of above a 9.800 on both events last weekend. Keep an eye out for her this weekend.
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report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity