Last weekend, the NCGA held their east and west regionals for all division III collegiate gymnastics programs. Qualifying as teams to NCGA National Championships, to be held next week, were Ursinus, Brockport, Cortland, Whitewater, La Crosse, and Stout.
Ursinus hosted on the east coast and shattered their team record with a 193.550 to defeat Brockport, who placed 2nd with a 193.075. In 3rd was Cortland with a 191.450, Cortland placed 4th with a 189.075, Ithaca was 5th with a 188.075, and Rhode Island College finished 6th with a 180.100.
From start to finish, Ursinus was excellent, counting no falls and posting two big 48.55s on beam and floor. On vault, both Kristin Aichele and Kristina Steffenhagan posted scores of 9.8, with Aichele competing a handspring double twist and Steffenhagan nailing her Yurchenko half-on front tuck. On bars, Vanessa Scalora posted the team high of 9.725 after hitting her bail, toe shoot, and big double layout dismount, and on beam, Jillian Casarella brought in a huge 9.825 after performing a nice switch to straddle 1/4, a lovely bhs bhs loso series, and a switch side to stuck back tuck full dismount.
The team finished up with a pair of 9.7s on floor from Monique Brooks and Kaelin Ruoss, the latter of whom won the all-around with a 38.675, in addition to a massive 9.875 from Steffenhagan, who was excellent on her double tuck, front full front lay, and 1.5 to front pike.
Brockport also had an incredible day, counting no major mistakes into their record-breaking performance. On vault, Amanda Carney earned a 9.7, and Stephanie Schuler had the team high of 9.775 on bars after hitting a giant full to bail, toe shoot, and stuck double layout dismount.
Both Schuler and Jennifer Sklenar posted 9.675s on beam, with Sklenar’s routine featuring a back tuck, switch to straddle 1/4, roundoff, and a 1.5 dismount. And Lily Jagodzinski earned the highest score of the day for the team on floor, posting a 9.85 after hitting a front full front lay, roundoff loso, and Rudi.
In the theme of making history, Cortland reached their second best score in program history as they placed 3rd toearn a spot at nationals next week. Amanda Scanlon won the vault title with a 9.825 after sticking her lovely handspring front pike and the team high on bars was Maddy Scozzie’s 9.6.
On beam, Scanlon reached 3rd place with a 9.75 after hitting a bhs loso, punch front tuck, switch to back tuck, and punch front tuck full dismount. Meghan Goyden also hit 9.75 on floor, showing great power on her double pike, front full to front tuck, and 1.5 to front layout.
Another team score record was broken by Springfield, who scored a 189.075 and saw team highs from Marissa DeAngelo on vault with a 9.625, Brianna Kerr on bars with a 9.675, and Abby Clark on beam and floor with a 9.775 and 9.575, respectively. Clark’s beam score was good enough for second place at the meet, and featured an awesome front tuck mount, bhs loso, switch leap to tuck jump full, front handspring, switch side, and gainer pike dismount.
Though they did not qualify as a team to championships, they did place a couple of all-arounders there individually.
In 5th was Ithaca with a 188.075, their second highest score of the season, while freshman Rachel Lee earned her first trip to nationals for her work on beam, averaging a 9.7 during the regular season and posting a 9.675 at Ursinus after hitting a switch side, front aerial to bhs, and 1.5 dismount.
Other team bests for Ithaca included a pair of 9.55s on vault from Lee and Valerie Cohen, a 9.5 on bars from Kendra Balcerak, a 9.675 from Margaret Nieto to tie Lee on beam, and a 9.675 from Cohen on floor.
Rhode Island College’s 180.100 was the best for the team since 2005, finally breaking the 180 mark after a season of getting close. Their top scores included a 9.475 from Victoria Costello on vault, a 9.075 from Courtney Osborn on bars, a 9.125 from Osborn on beam, and a 9.125 from Emma Hartan on floor.
For all videos from the NCGA East regional, check out The Gymternet’s YouTube playlist courtesy of David F. Pendrys who was on hand to cover the meet. Full results from the meet are available courtesy of Ursinus.
The NCGA West regional, also known as WIAC Championships, were held at Hamline and saw the advancement of University of Wisconsin programs Whitewater, La Crosse, and Stout to nationals.
Whitewater led the pack with a 191.750, followed by La Crosse in 2nd with a 190.875, Stout in 3rd with a 187.825, Winona State in 4th with a 187.675, Hamline in 5th with a 187.100, Eau Claire in 6th with a 184.475, Oshkosh in 7th with a 181.625, and Gustavus in 8th with a 180.025.
For Whitewater, the meet was a breeze, with no major mistakes counting to their team total. They saw a team highs from Katie Fiorilli on vault with a 9.775 for 1st place, Courtney Pickett on bars with a 9.725 for 2nd place, Kate Mierow on beam with a 9.625 for 1st place, and Cici Talcott on floor with a 9.75 for 2nd place; Pickett also won the all-around title with a 38.3.
La Crosse looked best on bars, earning a 48.375 after three huge routines from Samantha Wiekamp with a 9.7, Lauren Wilson with a 9.725, and Amy Enright, who won the title with a 9.85. On vault, Wiekamp was the best with a 9.575, both Kerry Scafidi and Kari Willett posted 9.575s on beam, and both Enright and Elsa Spitzmueller earned 9.675s for the team high on floor.
It’s been a fantastic season for Stout, who overcame some problems on bars and beam to still manage a good enough score for nationals. On vault, Kaylee Jondahl’s 9.65 was the team high, on bars Kenzie Hyde brought in a 9.675, on beam Hyde was best again with a 9.525, and Jondahl won the floor title with her huge 9.825 there.
Winona State put up a great fight but in the end finished less than two tenths away from earning a nationals spot. They did break their bars record, earning a 47.575 there after a pair of 9.575s from Kathryn Pipp and Olivia Cattelino in addition to a 9.625 from Katie Carling. On vault, Jade Donaldson and Emily Goldeman each brought in a 9.252, on beam they saw a 9.325 from Broke Hiestand, and on floor, they had a huge 47.875, including a 9.65 from Donaldson.
Hamline was also close to a nationals berth, but they couldn’t bounce back from struggles on beam. Their high scores came from Alexis Nault on vault with a 9.525, Nault on bars with a 9.55, Jacklyn Clement on beam with a 9.45, and Alexa Vorderbruggen on floor with a 9.675.
Eau Claire saw high scores from Julia Stedman on vault with a 9.55, Bailey Peter on bars with a 9.575, Destiny Cobbs on beam with a 9.35, and Stedman on floor with a huge 9.75 to place second.
Oshkosh had a 9.275 vault high from Nicole deRoode, and Krystal Walker was the team’s best on bars, beam, and floor with scores of 9.525, 9.525, and 9.625, respectively.
Finally, Gustavus finished their season by breaking 180 after seeing a 9.525 from Alexandra Kopp on vault, a 9.05 from Lauren Kershner on bars, a 9.5 from Kopp on beam, and a 9.3 from Kopp on floor.
Full results from the WIAC Championships and NCGA West regional are available courtesy of La Crosse.
The 2015 NCGA Championships will be held at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse on March 27 and March 28.
Article by Lauren Hopkins
Videos thanks to David F. Pendrys