Gymnastics Celebrates Record-Breaking Season at Team Banquet

Marching in. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Marching in. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a record-breaking season that earned a second consecutive Ivy Classic Championship title, the Yale gymnastics team came together to honor and reveal the individual award winners inside the trophy room at Mory's recently. Sophomore Jacey Baldovino (Atherton, Calif.), junior Jade Buford (Coppell, Texas), junior Emma Firmstone (Honesdale, Pa.), senior Roxanne Trachtenberg (Doylestown, Pa.) and senior Jessica Wang (Chino Hills, Calif.) won the Outstanding Contribution Award. The Bulldogs also recognized senior Captain Kiarra Alleyne for her incredible leadership and effort leading to team to several achievements throughout the season.

Alleyne earned the Captain's Leadership award for her dedication and passion for Yale gymnastics. She earned a career high on floor this season with a 9.900 and a beam high score of a 9.750. She added one individual floor score to Yale's all-time top 10 floor scores and earned two floor titles. Additionally, Alleyne posted five 9.800s or higher this season on floor and two 9.750s or higher on beam. She is a three-time member of the ECAC All-Academic team and the floor second-team.

This concludes Alleyne's final year as a Bulldog. She is a cognitive science major in Ezra Stiles College. 

Baldovino earned the Outstanding Contribution Award in addition to being honored by the ECAC with weekly awards. She added three individual beam scores to Yale's all-time top 10 beam scores. She holds three of the 10 individual scores for beam as well as three top 10 all-around scores. Baldovino earned three beam titles this season and had season-highs of 9.550 (vault), 9.850 (bars), 9.900 (beam) and 9.625 (floor). Additionally, Baldovino posted five 9.800s or higher this season on bars and four 9.800s or higher on beam. She is a member of the ECAC All-Academic team and the uneven bars and beam first team.

This concludes another fantastic year for Baldovino. She is a film studies major in Jonathan Edwards College. 

After receiving the 2017 ECAC Rookie of the Year Award and the 2018 ECAC Gymnast of the Year award, Buford earned 2019 ECAC Gymnast of the Year. She is a three-time Ivy Classic All-Around Champion, posting an all-around career-high (39.225). Buford earned one spot on Yale's all-time top 10 beam scores list and earned season-high scores of 9.725 (vault), 9.750 (bars), 9.875 (beam), 9.825 (floor) and 39.025 (all-around). Buford earned a spot as an ECAC second-team beam and ECAC all-around team honoree.

This was another amazing year for this junior. Buford is a history of science, medicine and public health major in Trumbull College. 

Firmstone competed two events this season, earning the Outstanding Contribution Award in the process. One of the team's powerhouses on beam and floor, she consistently produced outstanding scores to be counted for the overall team score. Firmstone posted six 9.750s or higher this season on beam and five 9.750s or higher on floor. She earned one beam and one floor title. Her season-high scores include 9.900 (beam) and 9.850 (floor). Firmstone earned a spot on the ECAC Division I Women's Gymnastics All-Academic Team and ECAC beam second team.

Firmstone is also a history of science, medicine and public health major and is in Saybrook College.

Trachtenberg competed two events this season, earning the Outstanding Contribution Award. She was a key part of the team's success in winning the second consecutive Ivy League team championship as well as earning runner-up at the ECAC Championship. Trachtenberg posted five 9.750s or higher on bars and earned season-high scores of 9.700 (vault) and 9.875 (bars). She earned a spot on the ECAC Division I Women's Gymnastics All-Academic Team for the third season in a row and was a USA Collegiate Nationals Bar Finalist

Trachtenberg is an environmental studies major in Pierson College.

After recovering and rehabbing from her Achilles tear in 2017, Wang came back more motivated than ever to make her way to the competition floor. Wang not only rehabbed back, but made lineup and competed in every meet on bars and beam. For her final season, Wang made her way into line up on three events. She scored eight 9.850s or higher this season on bars and six 9.750s or higher this season on beam. She took home four bar titles and one beam title as well as adding six marks to the all-time top 10 list for Yale gymnastics. Her high scores this season include 9.675 (vault), 9.925 (bars) and 9.875 (beam). She is a member of the ECAC Division I Women's Gymnastics All-Academic Team for the third year in a row, and was ECAC second-team beam and first-team bars. After becoming USAG Collegiate National Beam Champion her first season, she looked to reach that potential her senior season as well. Wang did just that, qualifying to individual finals at USAG Nationals and qualifying to the NCAA Regional championships for bars.

Wang is a pre-med, majoring in molecular biophysics and biochemistry in Jonathan Edwards College. She graduated from Ruben S. Ayala School. She plans on attending medical school after her time at Yale.

The seniors and award winners all played key roles in a memorable season.

report by Anna Jennings '20 (anna.jennings@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity