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Gymnastics Faces No. 29 New Hampshire in Dual Meet

Rebecca Chong. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Rebecca Chong. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale gymnastics team hits the road again as the Bulldogs travel to New Hampshire for a dual meet on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Lundholm Gym. This will be the third time this season No. 49 Yale takes on the No. 29 Wildcats in a competition. It will mark the second-to-last regular season meet before the Bulldogs enter into post-season championships. 

"We are coming up on the second half of season and this team is expecting incredible performances with the talent and extreme depth we have. After taking home another Ivy title, we are even more excited for what is to come the rest of season," said senior captain Kiarra Alleyne.

Over the past weekend, the Wildcats had a comeback victory with a score of 196.000 over Brown (192.125), No. 25 North Carolina State (195.850) and Rutgers (194.625) on Saturday night at Lundholm Gym. New Hampshire is averaging 194.998 and has a high of 196.025. Head coach Gail Goodspeed is in her 40th season as the head coach at New Hampshire.

Yale held its own last Friday against Arizona State, Cornell and Penn State, breaking a 194 team score. The Bulldogs had a consistent meet, putting up 48s on each individual event. The Bulldogs have relied on strong performances throughout their lineups all season -- including Yale's vault line-up, which earned a spot on Yale's all-time top 10 list with a 48.400 team score. Additionally, the Bulldogs went seven-for-seven hit routines in their floor rotation. Senior Jessica Wang scored her fifth 9.800 or higher on the uneven bars to contribute to the team bar score of 48.075. Yale's strongest event at the quad meet was beam in the final rotation. Yale beat all three teams, including nationally-ranked Arizona State and Penn State, on this event with a 48.975 team score. The score was the fourth-highest beam team score for the program. As a team, Yale has moved in the NCAA rankings from 53rd in 2018 to 51st this 2019 season; averaging a 193.968 for the season.

The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Live stats can be found here. Live video can be found here

report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity