We are getting closer to the halfway point of the NCAA season, can you believe it?
At this point, Bridgeport has a pretty comfortable six-tenth lead over Lindenwood in the D2 rankings after their win over THREE Division I teams this weekend. The Purple Knights scored a 194.000 against NC State (193.725), Cornell (193.575), and Penn (190.95), their second meet of the weekend.
The team also had the best beam (48.825) and floor (48.875) totals in the meet. Kim Stewart and Hope Tralli tied for third on vault with a 9.75, Christine Liautaud tied for second on bars with a 9.825, Brianna Comport won beam with a 9.875, followed by second-place finishes with 9.8s from Carol Chiles and Maya Reimers. UB also claimed the highest floor scores, with 9.85s from Comport and Reimers, and a 9.825 from Randi Cutolo.
Bridgeport’s team scores have been SUPER consistent. In four out of their last five meets, they have scored between a 194.000 and a 194.475. Will they break 195 before the season is over? They’ve been known to do it (they were as high as 195.800 last season!), so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
Lindenwood is creeping up behind Bridgeport and seems to have found their 194+ momentum in the past two weeks. The Lions scored a 194.125 in their victory over fellow D2 team Texas Woman’s, which posted a 192.900.
Kierstin Sokolowski of Lindenwood and Schyler Jones of TWU tied for the vault title with scores of 9.8. The two teams were SUPER close on bars, with TWU just barely edging Lindenwood 48.725-48.7. TWU’s Jenna Cashmore won the bars title with a 9.825, followed by 9.8s from Lindenwood’s Aubree Horn and TWU’s Bria Northrop. TWU counted all scores on bars of 9.7 or higher, which is more than a lot of D1 teams can say.
It was beam that decided the meet. TWU had some struggles and posted a 47.1 where Lindenwood remained fairly solid at a 48.3. Sokolowski won beam with a 9.85, followed by teammate Breanna Franklin with a 9.8. TWU actually bested Lindenwood on floor by two tenths. Lindenwood’s Katey Oswalt tied with TWU’s Jones for first place with 9.8s, followed by TWU’s Northrop and Erin Alderman with 9.775s. This meet would have been MUCH closer had TWU had a better beam rotation, proving that they are right in that top D2 mix this season.
Most improved this week goes to Southern Connecticut, which has struggled through the first half of the season in the 184-188 range. They pulled out a school record of 192.000 against Bridgeport (this was UB’s first meet of the weekend). The Owls of SCSU were led on vault by Tiffany Elliot (9.75), and Alexandra Avandano (9.7), and on bars by Kathleen Aberger (9.725) and Jacqueline Kutcher (9.65).
SCSU also set a new school record on beam with a 48.5 (a far cry from last week’s 44.85), and beat Bridgeport on this event by nearly a point! The Owls counted all beam scores of 9.6 or higher, including a pair of 9.8s by Aberger and Rotem Porat. Avendano also led SCSU on floor with a 9.825, followed by a pair of 9.75s from Abigail Bensley and Keylea Brothers.
In Division III news, Ursinus has maintained its number one spot. We saw several big scores last week that broke the 190 mark, but many of those dropped back down to the low-mid 180s this week, which is crazy to me. I don’t think I can remember a D3 season with so many ups and downs, and D3 is the only corner of NCAA gymnastics with scores that oscillate around seven or more points week to week.
Ursinus held their own with a 190.850 at a D1/D2 quad meet against Temple (193.950), Pitt (193.525), and West Chester (191.675). Ursinus bested West Chester on beam 47.95-47.6, led by rock solid Jillian Casarella’s 9.7. With another season high on beam, those Ursinus Beam Queens cannot be knocked off the number one spot! They hold a five-tenth lead over Centenary on beam in Division III.
The Bears also scored a season high on vault (47.825) with Courtney Pearson’s 9.675 leading the way, followed by a pair of 9.6s from Kelsey Stewart and Heather Brubaker. Ursinus also has a one-tenth lead over Whitewater in the number one spot on bars in D3.
Brockport was oh-so-close to a 190 in its 189.975 win over Ithaca, and swept the top five bar scores, top four beam scores, and top five floor scores (insane!). Candis Kowalik led the Eagles on vault (9.55) and floor (9.7). Caitlin Elsadek and Maddie O’Braitis tied for the bars title with 9.625s, and Jen Sklenar won beam with a 9.65.
D2 All-Around Standings
|1||Majesta Valentine||West Chester||38.875||1||—|
|4||Bria Northrup||Texas Woman’s||38.508||4||—|
|5||Schyler Jones||Texas Woman’s||38.480||2||-3|
D2 Vault Standings
|1||Darian Burns||Seattle Pacific||9.781||1||—|
|Ariana Harger||Seattle Pacific||9.775||3||+1|
D2 Bars Standings
|1||Jenna Cashmore||Texas Woman’s||9.737||2||+1|
D2 Beam Standings
|4||Majesta Valentine||West Chester||9.760||2||-2|
D2 Floor Standings
|2||Majesta Valentine||West Chester||9.860||2||—|
|Erin Alderman||Texas Woman’s||9.787||3||-1|
D3 All-Around Standings
|5||Eboni Jackson||Winona State||37.720||6||+1|
D3 Vault Standings
D3 Bars Standings
|2||Amy Enright||La Crosse||9.638||3||+1|
D3 Beam Standings
D3 Floor Standings
|5||Abby Ostrovsky||La Crosse||9.650||5||—|
Article by Sarah Keegan