Last week in our recap, I wondered which would be the first Division III team to break 190. Well, week four was an interesting week, indeed. D3 teams as a whole hit scores of 190 or better SEVEN times, and most of them were teams that we totally did not expect.
In fact, it was Oshkosh and Centenary that both hit 191 in their dual meet on Friday. Oshkosh went into that meet ranked 13th in D3. In their first three meets of the season, they scored 174, 184, and 182. Then, out of nowhere, there they were with a nine-point jump to 191.250, losing to Centenary by just two tenths but shattering FOUR school records. To put it in perspective, their previous team record was a 188.475 from back in 2014.
Their other new school records were a 48.725 on beam (this would outscore many D1 teams this week), 48.025 on bars, and 47.75 on vault. Baylee Tkaczuk led the record-setting Titans on bars and beam with a pair of 9.825s. Danielle Turner also had a big day, contributing team a team high 9.675 on vault, a 9.75 on bars, and a 9.725 on floor (again, this is a DIVISION III TEAM). More 9.8s came from Kasandra Stamopolous on beam and from Bailey Finn on floor.
In that same meet, Centenary jumped five points from their previous team score (their highest in two seasons) and saw some pretty huge individual scores. Ashley White won the all-around with a 38.625, which included a 9.7 on vault, 9.85 on bars and a 9.75 on beam. Allison Scates won bars with a 9.875, and Navia Jordan scored her own meet-winning 9.875 on floor.
Now, I’ll admit, seeing those two teams’ scores jump that significantly had me a little skeptical. But Centenary competed twice this weekend, and in their second meet against Air Force, they scored a 190.650. Centenary was led once again by Ashley White (who was edged out of first place in the all-around by Air Force’s Kara Witgen 38.45 to 38.375) with her team-high 9.7 on vault, and contributions of 9.725 on bars and 9.775 on floor. Allison Scates won bars again with a 9.8, and interestingly enough, Navia Jordan won floor again with a 9.8. How crazy is that? Centenary’s performances this weekend have catapulted them up to first place in Division III, and truth be told, I did not see that coming.
Ranked second in D3 is Ursinus, which scored a 191.350 at a quad meet against all D1 teams. The beam queens of Ursinus continue to kill it and hold steady at #1 on beam in D3. Jillian Casarella led the Bears on beam with a 9.775, followed by a 9.725 by Amanda Palladino and 9.7 from Alexandra Puryear. Puryear also led Ursinus on floor with a 9.75.
Not to be outdone were the defending D3 national champions, the women of La Crosse, who scored the highest D3 score this week of 192.975 (so close to a 193, WHAT!?) at their meet against Lindenwood and Winona State. LaCrosse was within tenths of catching Lindenwood on three events. Kari Willett scored three 9.725s on vault, beam, and floor. Amy Enright led the Eagles on bars with a 9.725, while Elsa Spitzmueller’s 9.775 led a stellar floor rotation that counted all scores of 9.65 or higher.
At the same meet as La Crosse, Winona State notched their second highest score in program history, and, like Oshkosh, made a nine-point jump from one week to the next (I mean seriously, can any other teams claim that kind of improvement? It’s insane!). They scored a new team record on bars with a 47.675, led by Haruka Hasebe (9.675), Kathryn Pipp (9.6), and Eboni Jackson (9.6). Jackson also led the Warriors on beam with a 9.75. Winona State counted all scores of 9.6 or better on beam (seriously, maybe some of these D3 teams can teach a thing or two about hitting beam to some D1 teams?).
Finally, our last 190+ score goes to Brockport, which scored a 190.975 at its home meet against Springfield. Historically, Brockport has always scored huge on floor, and this week they counted all scores of 9.7 or better to hit a 48.675 (led by Brittany Vasile’s 9.8). Jen Sklenar led the Eagles on vault (9.675) and beam (9.65), and also contributed a 9.75 on floor. Brockport is currently ranked at #5, which is totally uncharacteristic for them (I feel like I have very rarely seen them outside of the top three teams).
Now just for fun, I decided to see which D3 teams were ranked ahead of D1 teams.
- Centenary, Ursinus, and La Crosse are ranked ahead of Alaska in overall team score.
- On vault, Whitewater leads the pack at #63 over #64 Yale. Centenary (#65) and Brockport (#66) are head of Cornell (#67) and UPenn (#68), and Stout (#69) is ahead of Alaska (#70).
- On bars, Ursinus is at #63, West Chester at #64, and Whitewater at #65, ahead of SEMO at #66. SCSU is at #67 and Centenary at #68, ahead of Alaska at #69.
- Most remarkable is beam, where Ursinus is tied with SEMO for #54, ahead of D1 teams Illinois State, Cornell, UIC, Pittsburgh, William & Mary, Air Force, San Jose State, Yale, and Alaska! Holy. Crap.
- On floor, Centenary is at #62, ahead of #63 Temple, #64 Alaska, and #66 SEMO. Additionally, La Crosse (#67) and Brockport (#69) are ahead of #70 William & Mary!
Texas Woman’s posted the highest D2 score of the season so far with a 194.650. Freshman Bria Northrop had a big day, taking second in the all-around with a huge 39.3. She was also second on vault (9.825), tied for third on beam (9.875), and tied for first on floor (9.875). Schyler Jones won vault with a 9.85, and Katie Simpson was second on bars with a 9.875. TWU hit 48.975 on bars and a 49 on beam. Could the Pioneers give Bridgeport a run for their money this season?
For now, Bridgeport maintains a comfortable lead at the top of the Division II standings after posting big beam (48.775) and floor (48.625) scores at the Yale quad. Maya Reimers scored a 9.9 on beam and a 9.825 on floor, while Brianna Comport scored the reverse of a 9.9 on floor and a 9.825 on beam. Bridgeport is ranked #38 in the country on floor, ahead of 24 D1 teams (including Stanford and Penn State).
Speaking of 49s, West Chester scored a season high 193.400, and hit a 49.025 on floor, with help from Majesta Valentine’s 9.925, and 9.8s from Madison Brent and Emily Loughery. Valentine also tied for first on vault (9.675), tied for second on bars (9.725), won beam (9.825), won floor, and won the all-around with a 39.15.
D2 All-Around Standings
|1||Majesta Valentine||West Chester||38.825||1||—|
|2||Schyler Jones||Texas Woman’s||38.558||2||—|
|4||Bria Northrup||Texas Woman’s||38.437||3||-1|
D2 Vault Standings
|1||Darian Burns||Seattle Pacific||9.783||1||—|
|3||Ariana Harger||Seattle Pacific||9.763||6||+3|
D2 Bars Standings
|2||Jenna Cashmore||Texas Woman’s||9.706||5||+3|
D2 Beam Standings
|2||Majesta Valentine||West Chester||9.775||2||—|
|Sarah Boyd||West Chester||9.775||—||—|
D2 Floor Standings
|2||Majesta Valentine||West Chester||9.862||2||—|
|3||Erin Alderman||Texas Woman’s||9.812||3||—|
D3 All-Around Standings
|5||Samantha Wiekamp||La Crosse||37.625||9||+4|
D3 Vault Standings
|3||Kari Willett||La Crosse||9.663||4||+1|
D3 Bars Standings
|3||Amy Enright||La Crosse||9.625||3||—|
D3 Beam Standings
|3||Kari Willett||La Crosse||9.658||6||+3|
D3 Floor Standings
|5||Savana Kettner||La Crosse||9.650||—||—|
|Abby Ostrovsky||La Crosse||9.650||—||—|
Article by Sarah Keegan