The NCAA D2 and D3 Week Six Recap

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We saw another big week in Division II and Division III, with many teams gaining momentum at the halfway point in the season and putting up huge scores!

The biggest score of the week goes to Texas Woman’s, which scored an enormous 195.625 (this is Division II, folks) in its meet against D1 BYU (195.450) and D3 Centenary (191.300). The Pioneers shined on floor, where they hit a 49.225 (that’s pretty much what my Fantasy Gym team scored on floor this week) and counted all scores of 9.8 or better, including 9.875s from Erin Alderman and Bria Northrop, and a 9.85 from Schyler Jones.

As for their other three events, TWU scored 48.8s on vault, bars, AND beam! At least they’re consistent, right? Jones won vault with a 9.875 (excuse me while I pick my jaw up from off the floor). Northrop, Katie Simpson, and Hunter Vincent all scored 9.8s on bars, while Northrop and Mallory Moredock led the Pioneers on beam with 9.825s. Jones also won the all-around with a 39.2, followed by Northrop’s 39.05.

At the same meet, D3 Centenary hit its second-highest score of the season, a 191.300, despite a couple missed opportunities on bars. It’s amazing to think that with just one or two higher bar scores, they could have reached a season-best. Ashley White took third in the all-around with a 39.0, the highest D3 all-around by FAR this season. In her victory, White scored 9.775s on vault and floor, a 9.75 on bars, and a 9.7 on beam.

The West Chester (D2) meet against Springfield (D3) was record-setting for both programs. West Chester scored a school record 194.400 and also broke team records on bars (48.575) and beam (48.95). Majesta Valentine continues to be a star for the Rams. She broke her own all-around record with a 39.3, and tied the school record of 9.85 on beam, which also secured her first place on the event. Valentine also won vault (9.825) and floor (9.875), and tied for the bars title (9.75) with teammates Meghan Chan and Myranda Marshall (what, like it’s hard?).

At the same meet, Springfield’s 189.300 also broke a school record. This is the second season for new head coach, Jenn Najuch, a former D3 gymnast herself, and her influence on the program is certainly showing. In two seasons, they have already broken four school records. Marissa DeAngelo continues to be rock solid, leading the Pride on vault (9.6), beam (9.7), and floor (9.675), and broke her own school record, placing second in the all-around with a 38.55. Brianna Kerr scored a 9.7 on bars, followed by a 9.65 from Jessica Clemens.

Most improved team of the week goes to Ithaca, which scored a 189.15 (the team scored a 182 at its last meet, just to add some perspective) in a quad meet with D1 Cornell (194.450), D2 Bridgeport (193.225), and D3 Brockport (189.550).

The fact that Ithaca was within tenths of D3 East Region powerhouse Brockport is an accomplishment itself. Looking at Ithaca’s scores, the program has 17 gymnasts who compete in 24 spots. I don’t think there are any other teams out there with that kind of depth, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team made up almost entirely of event specialists. There are no all-arounders, and with the exception of Kendra Balcerak, who competes three events, all gymnasts compete just one or two events.

The Bombers set a new school record on vault with a 47.85 (just 0.025 away from Cornell!). Carolyn Nichols scored a 9.725 on vault, and I heard a rumor that she is doing the famed/illusive front handspring onto the board, front handspring front vault, which has never been performed in Division III. Until now. I haven’t seen a video to confirm, but based on her score, I would say it’s probably true. Baylie Trammell also scored a 9.65 on vault, in addition to leading the Bombers on bars with a 9.575 on bars. Balcerak led the beam team with a 9.65, while Victoria Gery and Amy Thomas scored team-high 9.6s on floor.

In Division III, Ursinus is still on top, but the teams ranked second through fifth are only separated by about two tenths! The second half of the season is going to be very interesting.

Honorable mentions for great scores this week: Lindenwood (194.100), Seattle Pacific (190.425), Southern Connecticut (190.850), and La Crosse (190.200).

D2 Standings

Rank Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Bridgeport 193.461 1
2 Lindenwood 193.125 2
3 Texas Woman’s 192.918 3
4 West Chester 191.942 4
5 Seattle Pacific 190.320 5
6 Southern Connecticut 188.658 6

D2 All-Around Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Majesta Valentine West Chester 38.946 1
2 Ryan Henry Lindenwood 38.675 2
3 Schyler Jones Texas Woman’s 38.600 5 +2
4 Bria Northrup Texas Woman’s 38.586 4
5 Maya Reimers Bridgeport 38.525 3 -2

D2 Vault Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Ariana Harger Seattle Pacific 9.788 2 +1
2 Kierstin Sokolowski Lindenwood 9.785 4 +2
3 Schyler Jones Texas Woman’s 9.779 6 +3
4 Darian Burns Seattle Pacific 9.750 1 -3
5 Majesta Valentine West Chester 9.746 7 +2

D2 Bars Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Meghan Chan West Chester 9.750
2 Jenna Cashmore Texas Woman’s 9.732 1 -1
3 Aubree Horn Lindenwood 9.729 2 -1
4 Christine Liautaud Bridgeport 9.725 3 -1
5 Andy Alexander Lindenwood 9.687 5

D2 Beam Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Brianna Comport Bridgeport 9.850 1
2 Kierstin Sokolowski Lindenwood 9.775 3 +1
Majesta Valentine West Chester 9.775 4 +2
4 Hannah Rector Lindenwood 9.700 5 +1
Emily Millet Lindenwood 9.700 12 +8

D2 Floor Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Brianna Comport Bridgeport 9.882 1
2 Majesta Valentine West Chester 9.863 2
3 Maya Reimers Bridgeport 9.811 3
4 Randi Cutolo Bridgeport 9.804 4
5 Erin Alderman Texas Woman’s 9.800 4 -1

D3 Standings

Rank Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Ursinus 189.620 1
2 La Crosse 188.820 3 +1
3 Centenary 188.620 5 +2
4 Whitewater 188.606 2 -2
5 Brockport 188.604 4 -1
6 Winona State 186.204 6
7 Stout 186.055 7
8 Springfield 185.888 9 +1
9 Eau Claire 185.258 8 -1
10 Ithaca 184.900 12 +2
11 Cortland 184.320 11
12 Hamline 184.205 10 -2
13 Oshkosh 182.790 13
14 Gustavus 181.240 14
15 Rhode Island 175.725 15

D3 All-Around Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Ashley White Centenary 38.462 1
2 Jennifer Sklenar Brockport 38.250 2
3 Alexandra Puryear Ursinus 38.075 3
4 Evelyn Harris Centenary 37.975 4
5 Marissa DeAngelo Springfield 37.775 8 +3

D3 Vault Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Katie Fiorilli Whitewater 9.642 1
2 Kaylee Jondahl Stout 9.600 3 +1
Evelyn Harris Centenary 9.600 4 +2
4 Stephanie Mager Brockport 9.575 10 +6
5 Jennifer Sklenar Brockport 9.570 9 +4

D3 Bars Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Ashley White Centenary 9.763 1
2 Amy Enright La Crosse 9.610 2
3 Miranda Shaine Brockport 9.600 3
4 Mackenzie Smith Whitewater 9.569 7 +3
5 Jillian Casarella Ursinus 9.540 6 +1

D3 Beam Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Jillian Casarella Ursinus 9.690 1
2 Heather Gomes Springfield 9.650 3 +1
3 Erica Roth Brockport 9.637 13 +10
4 Hannah Donnelly Ithaca 9.625
5 Evelyn Harris Centenary 9.600 4 -1

D3 Floor Standings

Rank Athlete Team Average Week 5 Change
1 Navia Jordan Centenary 9.750 1
2 Bridgette Schaal Brockport 9.725
Kayleen Burns Brockport 9.725
4 Kaylee Jondahl Stout 9.715 2 -2
5 Olivia Hirsch Centenary 9.695 3 -2

Article by Sarah Keegan

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