The NCAA Gym Skim | January 12


The daily NCAA gymnastics update featuring the must-know moments and top stats from every meet all in one place.

A list of links to full results and tomorrow’s schedule is available here.

LSU 197.250, Florida 197.125 [Results]

This was such an excellent, close meet with both teams really showing up this early in the season. LSU looked a little tighter overall, though, sealing the win with stronger rotations on every event but floor. Myia Hambrick started a bit rushed on bars and vault, but came back with stellar performances on her other two to win the all-around, but Lexie Priessman was the highlight for me, with an incredible Yurchenko full I would’ve given a 10, and there’s so much to love about this team on beam, with Erin Macadaeg and Sarah Finnegan starting and ending the rotation with especially lovely work.

Florida had about one gymnast per rotation who didn’t exactly hit as planned, beginning with the super weird vault performance from the normally fantastic Rachel Slocum, whose steps were off on her run, leading to a balk and then an aborted attempt at her handspring pike half, which turned into a sat front tuck. Alex McMurtry finished off the rotation with her always lovely FTY, and she also brought in some of the team’s best work on bars and beam, Megan Skaggs came back from a fall on bars to anchor floor with a fantastic and difficult set that included a 1½ through to double tuck in her opening pass, and Rachel Gowey had a dream beam performance looking better than I’ve ever seen her and showing tremendous confidence from start to finish for a career-high 9.95.

AA: Myia Hambrick, LSU, 39.550
VT: Lexie Priessman, LSU, 9.925
UB: Alex McMurtry, Florida, 9.925
BB: Rachel Gowey, Florida, 9.950
FX: Myia Hambrick, LSU, 9.950

Kentucky 196.950, Arkansas 196.525 [Results]

These are probably the two most underrated teams in the NCAA right now, and this meet showed exactly why we should all be paying attention to what they can do. Kentucky had an incredible road meet, coming back from a couple of falls to end on a super high note with one of the most gorgeous beam rotations in the country. Mollie Korth was on her game all meet long, sticking a gorgeous Yurchenko 1½, saving the bars rotation after Alaina Kwan had a weird peel off of a blind change, and nailing her passes on floor to win the all-around. Sidney Dukes and Alex Hyland both did their jobs as well, and Katie Carlisle and Ella Warren were highlights on bars, starting the rotation off with beautiful sets to begin the momentum of what became one of the team’s strongest meets ever.

The Arkansas vault rotation was one of the most incredible things of beauty I have ever seen in any vault rotation. From start to finish, we got nothing but clean form and awesome landings, with the rotation going so well that they opted to stick with only the first five in the lineup. The team had a couple of small errors on bars, but Amanda Wellick and Braie Speed capped off the rotation with beautiful work, their collective beam was nearly as fantastic as Kentucky’s, with Sophia Carter so impressive in both her acro and dance, and Sarah Shaffer was a highlight on floor with super clean tumbling and solid landings throughout.

AA: Mollie Korth, Kentucky, 39.525
VT: Mollie Korth, Kentucky, 9.950
UB: Katrina Coca, Kentucky, & Amanda Wellick, Arkansas, 9.900
BB: Sophia Carter, Arkansas, & Sidney Dukes, Kentucky, 9.900
FX: Mollie Korth, Kentucky, 9.900

Auburn 196.625, Missouri 194.875 [Results]

After a rough start to the season last week, Auburn came back in a big way, coming back from a fall on both beam and floor to count scores of 9.75 or better across all four events. While nearly everyone had a strong meet, this night belonged to Abby Milliet, who had a lovely big Ray and floaty Pak on bars, a solid anchor set on floor, and a beam routine that was near perfection, including a front tuck mount, solid flight series, and cat leap to stuck gainer full. Samantha Cerio was also delightful and clean on her three events, and Gracie Day had an incredible Yurchenko 1½ along with top performances on bars and floor.

The return of 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year Morgan Porter didn’t go quite as expected, with a rough fall on her Jaeger and big steps back out of vault before pulling out of the other lineups. Otherwise, the meet actually went pretty well until beam, where the team was forced to count a fall after Becca Schugel and Britney Ward both missed their triple series. Otherwise, Aspen Tucker had a good meet, contributing good routines on all four events aside from a few weak landings on floor, and Allison Bower was a standout with her handspring pike half, nervous but hit leadoff beam set, and a solid floor routine to kick off the team’s rotation there.

AA: Aspen Tucker, Missouri, 38.950
VT: Gracie Day, Auburn, & Allison Bower, Missouri, 9.875
UB: Kendal Moss & Samantha Cerio, Auburn, 9.900
BB: Abby Milliet, Auburn, 9.925
FX: Gracie Day, Auburn, 9.900

Alabama 196.525, Georgia 194.525 [Results]

Though Alabama made some major improvements compared to their first meet last week, the team still fell short of reaching 197 after a bizarre vault rotation. Madison Desch apparently vaulted before the green flag went up, causing one of the judges to miss her turn, and though she went again and hit a clean FTY, the penalty for her mistake cost her half a point. The majority of their vault rotation was a bit weak, but then Lexi Graber, who had been struggling with her 1½, ended up landing lock-legged, sitting the vault back and injuring her ankle.

The Crimson Tide came back strong on bars and beam, though, with Kianna Winston a queen on both while also anchoring floor with a double pike and stuck double tuck. Ari Guerra and Mackenzie Brannan impressed on bars, Peyton Ernst had a slightly nervous but beautiful beam set to lead off that rotation, and Nickie Guerrero contributed big scores on all three of her events.

Georgia was what you’d expect from Georgia in a season debut, but they actually improved on last year’s start by a full point, and aside from counting falls on beam and finishing floor with an injury that could really hurt their already dwindling lineup, the Gymdogs actually looked really nice and showed tremendous potential. They actually got off to an incredible start on bars, where their lack of depth meant they could only put up five. But all five were excellent, each routine climbing exactly a quarter of a tenth from the last to finish up with the lovely Rachel Dickson and her Ray, bail, and double layout with a hop.

Sabrina Vega competed vault for the first time since the Olympic Trials in 2012, which is insane, leading off the rotation with a loose but huge FTY before also contributing an excellent floor set and calm anchor beam, capping off an otherwise bummer rotation with a 9.875, and Vivi Babalis was her usual steady self on beam and floor, bringing in a couple of 9.8-range scores. Unfortunately, the team counted a fall on floor when Sydney Snead crashed her double pike followed by a super short double tuck from GiGi Marino, who looked to have busted her Achilles and had to be carried off the floor. After ending that rotation on such a rough note, beam was typical Georgia, with nerves leading to falls from Marissa Oakley, Natalie Vaculik, and Rachel Dickson, who actually had a gorgeous set until her flight series, and came back to stick her 1½ dismount.

AA: Wynter Childers, Alabama, 39.325
VT: Nickie Guerrero, Alabama, 9.900
UB: Kiana Winston, Alabama, 9.925
BB: Kiana Winston, Alabama, 9.900
FX: Kiana Winston, Alabama, 9.900

BYU 196.025, California 194.350 [Results]

The Cougars BROUGHT IT here on beam and floor, with Jill van Mierlo a star on both while she, Shannon Evans, Mackenzie Douglas, Kyleigh Greenlief, and Briana Pearson brought BYU to a huge 49.225 on the event to help them surpass a 196. Natasha Marsh and Abby Boden also showed big beam sets, with Boden also superb on bars while Avery Bennett and Angel Zhong led the team on vault.

Cal, meanwhile, opened with a huge struggle, counting falls and mistakes on bars, though freshman Alma Kuc continues to be absolutely gorgeous on this event. They came back to hit the remaining events, but landings and wobbles were weak overall, holding the team back considerably. On an individual level, Toni-Ann Williams hit all four events even if she wasn’t exactly on her game, with beam shockingly the best thing she did all meet, capping off the rotation with an excellent set. Cassidy Keelen was fab on vault and beam, and though Kyana George had a fall on bars, she made up for it with good sets on vault and beam in addition to a fantastic performance on floor.

AA: Jill van Mierlo, BYU, 39.175
VT: Avery Bennett, BYU, 9.850
UB: Shannon Evans, BYU, & Alma Kuc, Cal, 9.850
BB: Jill van Mierlo, BYU, 9.900
FX: Mackenzie Douglas & Shannon Evans, BYU, 9.900

Iowa State 195.450, Arizona 194.975 [Results]

Hayley Young continues to be an all-star for ISU, winning the all-around and nailing beam to help lead the team to a half point win over visiting Arizona. Kelsey Paz also stepped up as an all-arounder here, while Meaghan Sievers had a fall on beam but otherwise contributed big scores, leading the bars rotation with a 9.875, where Laura Burns and Hilary Green also stepped up with a pair of 9.8s.

It wasn’t the best meet for Arizona, beginning the meet with a warmup injury to Jenny Leung, but they still made it through without counting any falls, coming back on both vault and floor with good enough sets considering the early drama. Madison Cindric had a good meet, contributing on all four events with beam a highlight, while Kennady Schneider killed it on floor, Peyton Bellows stood out on vault, and Christina Berg led the team on bars with a 9.8.

AA: Haylee Young, Iowa State, 39.450
VT: Haylee Young, Iowa State, 9.900
UB: Meaghan Sievers, Iowa State, 9.875
BB: Haylee Young, Iowa State, 9.925
FX: Kennady Schneider, Arizona, 9.875

Washington 195.350, Sacramento State 191.450 [Results]

Despite a weak bars rotation, Washington had a solid start to the season, led by all-arounders Hailey Burleson and Evanni Roberson, both of whom put up strong performances across the board. Both Zoey Schaefer and Maya Washington were solid contributors on beam and floor, and though Madison Copiak got off to a weak start on vault and bars, she came back with a fantastic beam set to help the team reach a 49 there.

Unfortunately, Sacramento State, already dealing with injuries to the Soliwodas, lost fan favorite Lauren Rice to an injury on floor, where they ended up having to count two falls on top of counting a fall on beam. Pretty much no one was exempt from the team drama, though Jackie Sampson contributed good work on bars and floor, Jennifer Brenner hit floor for a 9.75, and Jordyn Brent, who later fell on floor, put up the team’s sole 9.8 of the meet with her lovely work on bars.

AA: Hailey Burleson, Washington, 39.275
VT: Hailey Burleson, Washington, 9.875
UB: Jordyn Brent, Sacramento State, 9.800
BB: Hailey Burleson, Washington, 9.875
FX: Evanni Roberson, Washington, 9.825

NC State 194.650, North Carolina 194.375 [Results]

Despite counting a fall on beam, NC State managed a three-tenth win over the host team, thanks to fabulous all-around performances from Drew Grantham and Chelsea Knight as well as strong vault and floor from Alexa Phillips, a great leadoff beam set from Alexis Beucler, and strong work on bars from Lauren Kent.

But this meet was ALL about Khazia Hislop. The UNC sophomore nailed vault and absolutely smashed it on floor, getting a career-high 9.95 to help the team to an epic 49.25 overall, where Morgan Lane was also a standout in addition to bringing in big scores on bars and beam. Despite the last-minute push on floor, however, the team lost the meet a rotation prior, counting a fall there after both Hislop and Alexis Allen came off the beam in the anchor spots, and the team also struggled a bit on bars, though Madison Nettles got them off to a great start with a solid leadoff set, also contributing top scores on vault and floor. Even with the mistakes, this was the team’s best season opener in history, and they really showed their potential to do well this year if they can just hit.

AA: Drew Grantham, NC State, 39.200
VT: Khazia Hislop, North Carolina, 9.875
UB: Madison Nettles, North Carolina, 9.800
BB: Drew Grantham, NC State, 9.850
FX: Khazia Hislop, North Carolina, 9.950

Texas Woman’s 193.525, Lindenwood 191.625 [Results]

After surprising to defeat Lindenwood at last year’s collegiate nationals, TWU proved to still be on a roll, taking down the Lions once again with a nearly two-point win at home thanks to strong efforts on vault and floor. The team ended up counting a fall on beam, and bars could definitely use some work, but the work they did here was great overall considering the time of the season. Schyler Jones was on fire, especially with her work on floor, Erin Alderman brought in solid scores on beam and floor, and Morgan Colee showed promise on all three of her events.

Lindenwood had a rough day overall, putting up big numbers on vault, but counting falls on the other three events, leaving them unable to fight in what could’ve been a super close meet. Kierstin Sokolowski had the best night overall, leading the team on vault, bars, and beam, while Ryan Henry contributed on all but vault, and the bars performances from those who hit were solid, including the sets from Samantha Borges and Taylor Colwell.

AA: Schyler Jones, Texas Woman’s, 39.050
VT: Schyler Jones, Texas Woman’s, 9.875
UB: Morgan Colee & Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s, 9.675
BB: Schyler Jones, Texas Woman’s, & Kierstin Sokolowski, Lindenwood, 9.775
FX: Schyler Jones, Texas Woman’s, 9.875

S.E. Missouri 193.300, Illinois State 191.175 [Results]

The Redhawks made big improvements over the past week to take down conference rival Illinois State by over two points. The team did count a fall on beam, and had some weak performances on vault and bars, but floor was a standout for pretty much everyone, a great way to cap off the meet. Alexis Brawner contributed big scores on her three events, and Lindsey Bates proved to be a solid, capable all-arounder with a 9.7 or better across the board. I also found Gabrielle Adams strong on vault and floor, and McKinzie Jones put up a strong floor set for a 9.8.

Illinois State struggled with counting falls on all events but beam, a reversal of literally every other team competing this weekend, though that rotation did have a bunch of wobbles and mistakes. Gabrielle Cooke was strong on beam and floor, Alyssa Wiggle led the team on bars, and Meredith LaRoche was a standout on vault for the Redbirds.

AA: Lindsey Bates, S.E. Missouri, 38.950
VT: Alexis Brawner, S.E. Missouri, 9.775
UB: Lindsey Bates, S.E. Missouri, Alexis Brawner, S.E. Missouri, & Alyssa Wiggle, Illinois State, 9.725
BB: Lindsey Bates, S.E. Missouri, & Gabrielle Cooke, Illinois State, 9.700
FX: Alexis Brawner, S.E. Missouri, 9.825

UC Davis 193.125, Seattle Pacific 191.325 [Results]

Division I UC Davis brought down Division II Seattle Pacific in Seattle last night, counting a fall on bars but otherwise looking strong, led by Alexis Brown and Kelley Hebert with valuable performances on bars, beam, and floor. Gabby Landess had three falls on bars, but came back with solid work on vault and floor, and both Aya Suzuki and Yasmine Yektaparast showed lovely work on beam, the team’s best event overall.

SPU gave up a little with a fall counted on bars, but overall this was a strong season opener for the team, improving a great deal compared to 2017, and showing big numbers on vault and floor. Darian Burns was the standout here, coming off of a great season last year to continue leading this program, while we also saw highlight performances from Sienna Brane on bars and beam, Lena Wirth on vault and beam, and McKenna Zimmerman on vault, bars, and beam.

AA: Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 39.050
VT: Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, 9.750
UB: Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.800
BB: Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.850
FX: Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.900

Alaska 188.825, Cortland 182.675 [Results]

The Division I Seawolves took down Division III Cortland in Anchorage last night, led by all-arounder Isabelle Fox, Hope Nelson on bars and beam, and Kaylin Mancari on vault, beam, and floor. Overall the team struggled a bit with weak lineup options on bars and floor, on both of which they were only able to field five athletes, but the work done on beam was promising, with Michaela Phillips also contributing a nice set there.

Cortland also struggled on bars and floor, with beam this team’s standout just as it was for Alaska. Emma Schulz was the hero of the meet with a 9.8 for her gorgeous set, and we also saw great work from McKenna Passalacqua and Bailey Gildemeyer there. Rachel Filipski led the team on vault, Lindsay Riggs and Arianna Turso were the strongest on bars, and Schulz was a standout on floor in addition to her beam work, with Turso and Samantha Betz also bringing in some help there.

AA: Isabelle Fox, Alaska, 38.375
VT: Rachel Filipski, Cortland, 9.550
UB: Hope Nelson, Alaska, 9.750
BB: Hope Nelson, Alaska, & Emma Schulz, Cortland, 9.800
FX: Isabelle Fox, Alaska, 9.700

Whitewater 188.175, Eau Claire 183.500 [Results]

Whitewater counted some mistakes in this D3 matchup, but came out with a near five point win thanks to great performances from Blaise Wilson in the all-around, Lewa Evans on vault and floor, Lisa O’Donnell on vault, bars, and floor, Jessi Rondeau on beam, and Lauren Marshall on vault.

Eau Claire struggled on bars and beam, though Megan Fayler and Hannah Lewis both did lovely work on the former with a pair of 9.45s, while Clare Mascia led beam with a 9.35, coming back from falls on bars. Tori Erickson, who also struggled on bars, put up some of the team’s best work on vault and floor, while Becca Wilcox contributed a 9.475 on vault and Kiya Bjorge hit for a 9.55 on floor.

AA: Blaise Wilson, Whitewater, 37.800
VT: Lewa Evans & Lauren Marshall, Whitewater, 9.600
UB: Lisa O’Donnell, Whitewater, 9.550
BB: Jessi Rondeau, Whitewater, 9.550
FX: Lisa O’Donnell, Whitewater, 9.600

La Crosse 187.875, Gustavus 174.275 [Results]

This was a really strong meet for La Crosse, with some individually weak performances throughout, though as a team everyone came together for a big effort to easily beat fellow D3 Gustavus. Amy Enright and Breghan Kiloran led the team with excellent performances on bars, while Ally Blixt and Leah Spankowski were lovely on beam, Sam Weyker brought in great scores on vault and floor, and Jessica Ahrens was a standout on vault and beam.

Gustavus had one of their weakest meets I’ve ever seen from them on bars, and also counted a number of mistakes on beam and floor, making this a meet they’d like to forget, especially after coming down nearly two points compared to their debut last week. Amanda Malo, typically a standout, struggled on bars and beam but led the team on vault and floor, and her bars score of 8.775 was still the team’s highest after a pretty rough day. Jamie Erdely led the charge on beam, where Emily Anderson also did strong work, and both Alyssa Teper and Leah Heilig contributed good vaults to what ended up the team’s best event.

AA: Amanda Malo, Gustavus, 35.150
VT: Jessica Ahrens, La Crosse, 9.550
UB: Amy Enright, La Crosse, 9.625
BB: Leah Spankowski, La Crosse, 9.625
FX: Sam Weyker, La Crosse, 9.500

Stout 180.350, Oshkosh 178.200 [Results]

Stout surprised to upset host team Oshkosh with standout performances on vault and floor, thanks largely to Sierra Beaver and Mikala Bugge. Beaver also did the team’s best work on bars and beam, winning the all-around in a five-person field, with Mallary Dick also contributing a solid score on bars while Maddie Mullenbach and Emma Sirjord helped the team to their strongest score of the night, a 45.925 on floor.

Oshkosh’s biggest problems came on bars, where they were forced to count a 7.85 into their total, so it didn’t help that their work on vault and beam was also weak. Bailee Hardy had a lovely bars set to help the team there, while Amanda McBrayer led the team on beam and also contributed a strong set on floor alongside Paige Mayhew and Bailey Finin, and Amira Ali was the top earner with a 9.35 on vault.

AA: Sierra Beaver, Stout, 37.425
VT: Amira Ali, Oshkosh, 9.350
UB: Sierra Beaver, Stout, 9.425
BB: Amanda McBrayer, Oshkosh, 9.400
FX: Mikala Bugge, Stout, 9.525

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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6 thoughts on “The NCAA Gym Skim | January 12

  1. I miss the liveblogs from last season but I almost like this better, with the attention paid to every team regardless of division or national competitiveness.


    • Thank you! Live blogging was fun but with my job now it’s harder to always ensure that I’d be around to do it, and then when elite season kicks in the NCAA liveblogs get ignored even when I’m watching the meets! So this way I’ll still be able to get highlights for the big meets that I do watch, and then every other team with no streams or streams I can’t watch can also get some highlights based on their own reporting and stats.

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  2. How is Peyton Ernst allowed to compete this season?

    Didn’t she transfer from within the SEC (Florida) and thus have to sit out a season? And then Bailie switched her verbal commitment… Yes? Or am I missing something.

    Thanks- your website is always an amazing read!


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