NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 2018 marked the first year since 2005 Yale gymnastics sent gymnasts to NCAA Regional Championships. This season is no different. For the second consecutive year, senior Jessica Wang earned her way to the big stage by notching fantastic scores at the ECAC Championships. She continues her post-season competing on bars in front of close to 10,000 fans inside Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum at the Athens regional this weekend.
"Jessica will be competing in her second consecutive NCAA competition. She is a determined competitor with a beautiful and difficult routine, which will place her as a strong competitor in the first round. I know she will represent Yale well," said head coach Barbara Tonry.
A native of Chino Hills, Calif., Wang competes in the second round on Friday in session three at 7:00 p.m. She will rotate with No. 1 Oklahoma and perform on bars in rotation two.
Making her second appearance at the NCAA Regional Championships, Wang is ranked as the No. 7 gymnast in the Northeast and No. 1 gymnast in the ECAC on bars with a 9.860 national qualifying score (NQS).
This season, she scored nine 9.825s or higher and five 9.850s or higher on the uneven bars. Wang broke the Yale gymnastics bar record with a near-perfect 9.925 routine. The score was a new career-high for Wang. That is her third record this year, bringing her record count to five on the uneven bars. Additionally, she has won four bars titles this season, averaging a 9.841 score. She has competed in every meet leading up to NCAA regionals, solidifying her spot as the most consistent bar worker on the team.
Day one, two and three live results and links can be found here.
The Bulldogs will conclude their season at the USA Gymnastics National Collegiate Championships beginning next Fri., Apr. 12 at Bridgeport.
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity