Reagan Walker, a level 10 gymnast from SCEGA Gymnastics in Temecula and a 2019 Great Oak High School graduate, has taken with her a wealth of experience to Yale University. Walker is a standout in the all-around and hopes to contribute a multiplicity of scores to the Yale University gymnastics team. Starting her career in 2004, Walker earned a spot on the 2012 National TOPS Team with former Olympic Head coach Marta Karolyi.
At the SoCal Level 9 State Championships in 2016, the California native won the vault and floor titles and was the runner-up on bars and the all-around. Additionally, Walker placed second on vault and floor as well as first place on bars, beam and the all-around at the Level 9 Regional Championships. That same year at the Western Junior Olympic Championships in 2016, Walker placed runner-up on vault and won bars, floor and the all-around individual title.
The next year she took a second-place finish on the uneven bars at the State Championship. She joins the Yale University gymnastics team having placed runner-up on vault and first place on bars at the 2018 Level 10 SoCal State Championship as well as Regional Championships. In the all-around competition, Walker placed second at the State Competition and won the Regional Championship as well as the floor Regional Championship. In 2018 at the Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Cincinnati, Walker earned runner-up on the uneven bars. During the same season, she qualified to one of the most prestigious Junior Olympic National competitions, the Nastia Liukin Cup. She won the uneven bars event, and she also took the home third place in the all-around. Walker also has led her team to three state championship titles, being named senior captain in 2019.
In addition to excelling in the gym, Walker goes above and beyond in the classroom and has been recognized for several accomplishments, including being named to high honor roll throughout her high school career. She was recognized as an Honor Guard candidate, placing in the top 10% of the graduating class, a National Society of High School Scholars candidate, a “top senior” at Great Oak High School and awarded the “Leader of the Pack” at her high school, which is emblematic of the best all-around student in regards to leadership, attitude and teamwork. Finally, she was awarded the “President’s Award for Educational Excellence” in recognition of her outstanding academic excellence.
Head coach Barbara Tonry said Walker’s drive, determination and discipline will start her off strong in her first year as a Bulldog gymnast. She said she is excited for what is to come for Walker’s collegiate career.
“I chose Yale not only for its academic excellence and gymnastics program, but its collaborative community and nurturing environment, in which I am certain I will be able to express my best qualities,” Walker said.
What is your favorite event?
“My favorite events are beam and bars, because I love learning new skills and overcoming challenges on those events,” Walker said.
Who is your biggest influence?
“My biggest influences are my parents. I will always admire their sacrificial love, determination and spiritual faith,” she said.
Article contributions made by Anna Jennings, the current strategic communications reporter for Yale University gymnastics. For more information on Yale Gymnastics visit www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/womens-gymnastics.
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