The NCAA D2 and D3 Week Three Recap

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In Division II news this week, Bridgeport holds a steady lead in the rankings over Lindenwood by almost a point. They were on a bye last week, but will face Brown again on January 27th.

Texas Women’s had the best D2 score this week with a 192.625 in their meet against D1 LSU, which is ranked second in the country. The Pioneers of TWU had an outstanding floor rotation, counting all scores of 9.7 or higher, including a pair of 9.825s from Erin Alderman and Schyler Jones. Bria Northrop took second in the all-around (behind LSU’s Sarah Finnegan) with a 38.875, and led the Pioneers on vault (9.675) and bars (9.725).

This week, we absolutely NEED to talk about Ursinus. Ursinus scored the highest Division III score so far this season (189.350) in their meet against Temple. Beam continues to be their strongest event, where they scored about eight tenths higher than what they scored on the other three events. Jillian Cassarella led the Bears with a 9.775, followed by a 9.6 from Autumn Snape. Alexandra Puryear contributed a 9.575 on beam, and led Ursinus on floor with a 9.65. Kelsey Stewart contributed strong performances on vault (9.5) and floor (9.575). Ursinus is so great on beam, they are ranked first in D3 on that event, where they have an eight-tenth lead over La Crosse in second. That is HUGE. Ursinus is also ranked first on bars, just two tenths above Whitewater.

With the Bears of Ursinus hitting 189, they are now tied in the rankings for the top D3 spot with Whitewater. What’s even crazier is that in the national rankings with all divisions counting, both teams are just three tenths behind Alaska, a D1 team. It’s awesome to see not one but TWO D3 programs on par with a D1 school. But not to be discounted is NCGA East Region powerhouse Brockport, which has been slowly creeping up the rankings and can challenge both of these teams.

Who will be the first D3 team to break 190 this season? Could it be the beam queens of Ursinus? The consistent Whitewater Warhawks? The rockstar Brockport Eagles? Or will the defending D3 national champions of La Crosse pull ahead?

D2 Standings

Rank Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Bridgeport 192.850 1
2 Lindenwood 192.167 2
3 Texas Woman’s 191.417 4 +1
4 West Chester 190.725 3 -1
5 Seattle Pacific 189.563 5
6 Southern Connecticut 188.050 6

D2 All-Around Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Majesta Valentine West Chester 38.717 1
2 Schyler Jones Texas Woman’s 38.558 2
3 Bria Northrup Texas Woman’s 38.150 4 +1
4 Kelsey Campbell Bridgeport 38.112 3 -1
5 Selena Swanger West Chester 37.783 5

D2 Vault Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Darian Burns Seattle Pacific 9.787 1
2 Kimberly Stewart Bridgeport 9.775 1 -1
3 Katey Oswalt Lindenwood 9.763 3
4 Kierstin Sokolowski Lindenwood 9.753 3 -1
5 Majesta Valentine West Chester 9.742 6 +1

D2 Bars Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Christine Liautaud Bridgeport 9.713 1
2 Aubree Horn Lindenwood 9.708 2
Kierstin Sokolowski Lindenwood 9.708 4 +2
4 Andy Alexander Lindenwood 9.692 2 -2
5 Jenna Cashmore Texas Woman’s 9.667 5

D2 Beam Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Brianna Comport Bridgeport 9.825 1
2 Majesta Valentine West Chester 9.758 2
3 Miyuki Matsune Seattle Pacific 9.725 3
Kierstin Sokolowski Lindenwood 9.725 5 +2
5 Hannah Rector Lindenwood 9.708

D2 Floor Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Brianna Comport Bridgeport 9.875 1
2 Majesta Valentine West Chester 9.842 2
3 Erin Alderman Texas Woman’s 9.808 3
4 Randi Cutolo Bridgeport 9.800 3 -1
5 Maya Reimers Bridgeport 9.750 5

D3 Standings

Rank Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Whitewater 188.113 1
Ursinus 188.113 4 +3
3 Brockport 187.042 5 +2
4 La Crosse 186.638 2 -2
5 Centenary 186.300 6 +1
6 Eau Claire 186.067 3 -3
7 Stout 184.363 8 +1
8 Ithaca 184.075 10 +2
9 Winona State 183.850 7 -2
10 Hamline 183.413 9 -1
11 Springfield 183.050 11
12 Cortland 182.475 12
13 Oshkosh 180.308 13
14 Gustavus 179.892 14
15 Rhode Island 176.575 15

D3 All-Around Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Evelyn Harris Centenary 37.975 1
2 Kaylee Jondahl Stout 37.700 2
3 Jessica Clemens Springfield 37.575 3
4 Alexandra Kopp Gustavus 37.375 7 +3
5 Baylee Tkaczuk Oshkosh 37.350

D3 Vault Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Lily Szafrariski Cortland 9.675
2 Katie Fiorilli Whitewater 9.637 2
3 Ashley White Centenary 9.625 2 -1
4 Kaylee Jondahl Stout 9.600 9 +5
Kari Willett La Crosse 9.600
Evelyn Harris Centenary 9.600 4

D3 Bars Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Allison Scates Centenary 9.625 3 +2
2 Jessica Clemens Springfield 9.600 4 +2
3 Amy Enright La Crosse 9.575 2 -1
4 Lauren Chavis Ursinus 9.525 7 +3
5 Maddie O’Braitis Brockport 9.500
Meghan Cash Brockport 9.500

D3 Beam Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Kaelin Ruoss Ursinus 9.750 1
2 Jillian Casarella Ursinus 9.688 7 +5
3 Ashley White Centenary 9.675 2 -1
4 Heather Gomes Springfield 9.650 5 +1
5 Candis Kowalik Brockport 9.637 12 +7

D3 Floor Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 2 Change
1 Olivia Hirsch Centenary 9.750 1
2 Navia Jordan Centenary 9.725 3 +1
3 Courtney Pickett Whitewater 9.688 5 +2
Kaylee Jondahl Stout 9.688 1 -2
5 Erin Olson Eau Claire 9.617 4 -1

Article by Sarah Keegan

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