NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale gymnastics rising senior Emma Firmstone will serve the Bulldogs as captain during the 2019-20 academic year, Yale head coach Barbara Tonry announced on Wednesday.
"The members of the rising senior class have shown leadership in many different ways throughout their three seasons with Yale gymnastics. I expect them all to be a very strong, positive influences on underclassmen next year as well as the team as a whole. Emma will be an excellent leader, and with the help of her senior class members, they all will take the team to the next level," said Tonry.
In 2017 Firmstone competed in the all-around for the Bulldogs. She earned a career high on vault at the National Semifinals (9.675), fifth-place on beam at the ECAC Championships (9.800), another career high on floor at George Washington (9.825), tied for second on floor at the Ivy Classic (9.775), won beam and placed second on floor at SCSU and placed third on beam at the Don Tonry Invitational.
In 2018 Firmstone continued in the all-around, where she tied her career high on beam at Iowa State (9.850), tied her career high on bars at the Don Tonry Invitational, earned a new career high on floor at Ivy Classic (9.875), earned her all-around career high at the Ivy Classic (placing third), took fourth on beam at Bridgeport (9.825) and made ECAC second-team in the all-around and on floor.
This past season, Firmstone competed on the beam and floor exercise, earning a career high on beam of a 9.9 at the ECAC Championships to take the title. This score placed her in the history books with the second-highest beam score in the history of Yale gymnastics. She earned six 9.750s or higher this season on beam as well as five 9.750s or higher on floor. She placed ninth on beam at the Ivy Classic and 11th on floor. Firmstone earned fourth place on floor at ECACs.
At USA Collegiate Nationals, Firmstone earned a top 30 finish on beam and top 20 finish on floor. She took home one beam title this year as well as one floor title. Additionally, she received a team contribution award at the end-of-the-year banquet for all she accomplished this season.
"I am really excited for next year. We have high expectations for ourselves, especially with a great group of first years coming in. The class of 2019 set a great example as leaders for our team this year, and I know that my class will do the same. This is such a great group of talented student-athletes and I could not be more proud to be a part of this team," said Firmstone.
- Vault: 9.675
- Bars: 9.675
- Beam: 9.900
- Floor: 9.875
- All-Around: 38.650
Questions with Firmstone:
Who is your biggest influence? Why? "My teammates. They push me to work harder every day in and out of the gym. This group of girls are so supportive and positive lights in my life every day."
Favorite event? Why? "Beam. This event requires so much focus and precision, and I love the challenge of it."
Why Yale?: "At Yale, I am able to receive an exceptional education while still being able to participate in an outstanding athletic program. The combination of these two factors along with an amazing team camaraderie puts Yale on top of any other school in the nation."
report by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity