The NCAA Gym Skim | January 20

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 next week’s schedule is available here.

UCLA 197.300, Arizona 195.750 [Results]

The Bruins had a weird meet with some uncharacteristic mistakes and a need to finish up quickly so they could make their flight (?!), but still pulled off one of the best scores in the country thanks to a fantastic beam rotation and good enough work elsewhere to push them past the 197 mark on the road at Arizona.

Felicia Hano made her all-around debut, and despite a fall on her bars release in the first rotation, she came back for an awesome rest of the meet, including a great Yurchenko 1½ on vault, an excellent set on floor, and a solid beam routine in the first half of the lineup. Kyla Ross was excellent on bars, Grace Glenn had an incredible beam set that managed to stand out ahead of her superstar teammates, and we saw Madison Kocian debut for the season with a performance on beam. Kocian, who had shoulder surgery in the off-season, had a fall at this meet, but it was nice to see her work her way back into the lineup while UCLA gave Ross a break in the all-around.

I also want to mention that Jordyn Wieber was back on the floor coaching just one day following her brave statement at Larry Nassar’s sentencing in Lansing. I was so happy and proud to see her out there smiling, laughing, and enjoying this win with her teammates, who all wore teal ribbons in their hair in support of victims of sexual abuse. Wieber wrote on Instagram that she will not and does not live her life as a victim, and by showing up to do her job, to celebrate with her team, and living her life in a way her abuser will never have the chance to ever again, she is an example to all of us for what it means to be a brave badass woman.

Arizona started the meet with a bunch of hopped FTY landings, leading to a pretty solid 1½ from Payton Bellows, who anchored with a 9.8. The host team looked great on bars, where Christina Berg anchored with a lovely set that saved the rotation after a fall from Danielle Spencer-Bearham right before her, and though they had to count some form breaks from Kennady Schneider, including a big wobble on her front toss, the rest of the beam sets to count were strong, with Madison Cindric capping off the rotation with a clean flight series, side aerial, and gainer pike for a 9.875. Arizona finished up nicely on floor, where Schneider was a star performer in the anchor spot, showing off her self-choreographed routine to a crowd of fans who are gonna miss the crap out of her next year.

AA: Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA, 39.450
VT: Felicia Hano, UCLA, 9.900
UB: Kyla Ross, UCLA, 9.925
BB: Grace Glenn, Katelyn Ohashi, & Peng Peng Lee, UCLA, 9.950
FX: Felicia Hano & Pauline Tratz, UCLA, & Kennady Schneider, Arizona, 9.900

NC State 196.350, Ball State 194.750, William & Mary 193.300 [Results]

This was an epic meet for NC State, which went 49+ on all four events after hitting 24-for-24. The always-reliable Chelsea Knight was on her game yesterday, anchoring every lineup with excellent sets, bringing in her highest scores of 9.9 on vault and beam. Other standouts included Alexa Phillips on vault and floor, Drew Grantham on beam and floor, and Maggie Tamburro on bars, though everyone gets credit for excellent work at this meet, with the lowest recorded score across all events a 9.7.

Ball State didn’t count any falls to put up a solid meet of their own, led by Maddie MacDonald on vault, Jordyn Penny on bars, Baylee Bell on beam, and Tia Kiaku and Sydney Finke on floor, while William & Mary counted some weak routines on bars and beam to wind up in third, with Katie Waldman a top contributor on all four events, while Elizabeth Snoddy and Aaliyah Kerr also had a standout day.

AA: Chelsea Knight, NC State, 39.450
VT: Chelsea Knight, NC State, 9.900
UB: Maggie Tamburro, NC State, 9.850
BB: Chelsea Knight, NC State, 9.900
FX: Drew Grantham, NC State, 9.875

Washington 196.325, California 194.850 [Results]

I love that Evanni Roberson went from not making an appearance her freshman year to killing it now. Roberson was a star at this meet, and I’ve loved watching her at this early point in the season knowing that this is just the beginning. In addition to being UW’s top all-arounder, Roberson led the team on bars and beam, and was well-balanced by Hailey Burleson, who anchored on three events and posted the 9.9 high on floor. Maya Washington also reached a 9.9 there while also contributing on bars and beam, Zoey Schaefer was once again an excellent leadoff on beam and floor, and the vault lineup saw a boost from Monica Riley and Haley Roy.

Cal unfortunately got off to a rocky start on bars, counting two falls to drag down the overall team score, though the three who did hit — leadoff Sofie Seilnacht, Toni-Ann Williams, and Nina Shank — were excellent. Williams continued with excellent routines elsewhere, Alicia Gallarzo was gorgeous on beam, and Arianna Robinson added powerful sets to the vault and floor rotations.

AA: Toni-Ann Williams, Cal, 39.325
VT: Toni-Ann Williams, Cal, 9.900
UB: Nina Shank, Cal, 9.925
BB: Kyana George, Cal, 9.900
FX: Toni-Ann Williams, Cal, 9.925

Nebraska 196.300, Rutgers 192.975 [Results]

The Huskers showed up ready to work on Saturday, and while it wasn’t the tightest meet for the team, they made it through with no real errors to defeat Rutgers by almost four points. Abbie Epperson and Megan Schweihofer were solid on all four events to share the all-around title, while Sienna Crouse was a standout on vault and floor, Sierra Hassel contributed strong sets on beam and floor, and specialist Taylor Houcin rocked the bars rotation with a 9.9.

Rutgers is still only working with five vaulters, and so a few weak landings held them back from their potential overall. Otherwise, the team did a good job coming back from falls on both bars and beam, and floor was a great rotation, including a 9.825 from Makenzey Shank, who led the team there. Sophia Atienza was the top earner on vault, Shannon Farrell and Libby Groden added a pair of 9.775s on bars, and Belle Huang notched a 9.825 to lead the team on beam.

AA: Abbie Epperson & Megan Schweihofer, Nebraska, 39.275
VT: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 9.825
UB: Taylor Houchin, Nebraska, 9.900
BB: Abbie Epperson, Megan Schweihofer, Sierra Hassel, & Grace Williams, Nebraska, 9.825, & Belle Huang, Rutgers, 9.825
FX: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 9.900

Arizona State 196.250, Stanford 195.650 [Results]

ASU continues to thrive with another win on the road, this time tackling Pac 12 rival Stanford to finish six tenths ahead. The team got off to a strong start on bars, with a solid leadoff set from Morgan Wilson that included a giant full to stuck double tuck while freshman superstar Cairo Leonard-Baker wrapped things up with an excellent set earning a 9.9. On vault, the parade of FTYs was pretty solid, with every score to count in the 9.75 to 9.8 range, but things really picked up on floor and beam, where ASU continues to be one of my favorites on both. Kaitlyn Szafranski stepped up with an excellent floor set, while Leonard-Baker again was a top contributor, bringing in a 9.9 for her huge double tuck and double pike, and on beam, Justine Callis started off with a gorgeous triple series, split jump to stag ring jump, and stuck side aerial to layout full, earning a 9.875 to set up a phenomenal rotation that also included a 9.9 from Katelyn Lentz.

Stanford struggled a bit on vault with some weak FTY landings and a fall from Rachael Flam on her Yurchenko half-on front pike, but Elizabeth Price got off to what I’m pretty sure was her career-best all-around performance with yet another “perfect 9.95” for yet another literally perfect FTY. She continued to be the standout on every single event, getting another 9.95 on bars, where the team unfortunately had to count a few weak early performances, a career-best 9.95 on beam, which wrapped up with a stuck double pike, and a solid floor routine earning a 9.925, complete with a huge double layout, front through to double tuck, and a fabulous double pike.

In addition to the Price show, I continue to be in awe of Kyla Bryant, who hit a Ray and super clean Pak on bars before nailing beam with a 9.9 for her floaty flight series and stuck double tuck, and we also saw a phenomenal beam set from Lauren Navarro, who stuck her double tuck as well and reached a 9.925. On floor, Kaylee Cole got the team started with her fun Britney Spears set that included a solid 2½ to front tuck to start, and Hailee Hoffman returned to the lineup with a solid anchor set.

AA: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 39.775
VT: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.950
UB: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.950
BB: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.950
FX: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.925

Pittsburgh 196.225, New Hampshire 195.175 [Results]

The Panthers reached the program’s third-highest team score in history and the highest mark since 2004 while setting the record on bars in its win against EAGL rival New Hampshire on Saturday. The team looks better than I’ve ever seen them, especially on bars and beam, where they have lots of lovely sets and great skill combinations. Freshman Haley Brechwald continues to be an incredible asset to the team, contributing some of the highest team scores on all four events to pick up titles on bars and floor, while I also enjoyed Alecia Petrikis on vault and floor, and Lucy Brett was a standout on bars and beam.

UNH came back from a rough week two performance with a near-perfect day, counting nothing more detrimental than an out-of-bounds on floor into their team total. Nicole O’Leary and Marissa Toci led the team on vault, Lauren Diggan and Danielle Mulligan were the strongest on bars, Casey Lauter continues to be a phenomenal beam worker, and Danielle Doolin brought in the team high of 9.825 on floor.

AA: Haley Brechwald, Pitt, 39.300
VT: Alecia Petrikis, Pitt, 9.850
UB: Catie Conrad, Haley Brechwald, & Lucy Brett, Pitt, & Lauren Diggan & Danielle Mulligan, UNH, 9.875
BB: Catie Conrad, Pitt, & Casey Lauter, UNH, 9.875
FX: Haley Brechwald, Pitt, 9.875

Minnesota 196.075, Michigan State 194.925 [Results]

After a weak start to the season, Minnesota reached the 196 mark this weekend and seems to be on the path to rebirth thanks to the excellent freshman team of Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper. Ramler, who had one of the top ten all-around scores in the country this weekend with a 39.450, was especially excellent on bars and beam, while Loper led the team with a pair of 9.9s on vault and floor. These two were helped by Hannah Hitchcock on vault and bars, while Ciara Gardner had a solid set on beam and Paige Williams was a standout on floor.

Michigan State also had no major mistakes count this weekend, but just wasn’t as precise as the host team, though there were several individual performances that were excellent. Hailee Westney continues to be excellent on bars and beam, while Roya Shirley showed fantastic work on all four events, and Jessica Ling was stellar on bars.

AA: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 39.450
VT: Ona Loper, Minnesota, 9.900
UB: Ivy Lu, Minnesota, 9.900
BB: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 9.950
FX: Ona Loper, Minnesota, 9.900

Central Michigan 195.600, Western Michigan 195.425 [Results]

I got to see part of this meet on Saturday afternoon, and was super impressed with the Chippewas on vault and bars, where there were a few missteps but Denelle Pedrick killed it with her DTY on vault and gorgeous bars set, while both Gianna Plaksa and Kennedy Rae Johnson also brought in high scores on bars. The team was forced to count a fall on beam, and then faced further adversity on floor when Macey Hilliker seemed to shock her knee while landing her opening double pike on floor, but the team rallied through both to get the win over in-state rival WMU, thanks especially to Katy Clements with her beautiful performances on both of these events.

WMU had some issues of its own, including an early bars set from Jessica Juncaj that saw her completely miss her Jaeger twice, not getting credit for the skill. Everyone else hit, though, with anchor Amelia Mohler showing a lovely set for a 9.9, and the team also showed up with solid vaults to put up a strong fight against the host team at the halfway point. On floor, Rachael Underwood had a fantastic performance to lead the team, but they had to count a few weak landings into the total, and though they put up quite a fight on beam — the team’s best rotation overall — they just weren’t able to catch up with CMU, though Underwood was again excellent, as were Taylor Buis and Morgan Spence, and I was happy to see Juncaj come back from her bars drama to hit both that and floor.

AA: Morgan Spence, WMU, 39.025
VT: Denelle Pedrick, CMU, 9.900
UB: Kennedy Rae Johnson, CMU, & Amelia Mohler, WMU, 9.900
BB: Katy Clements, CMU, 9.925
FX: Katy Clements, CMU, 9.875

Penn 191.900, Yale 191.475 [Results]

Penn got over counting a fall on vault to top host team and Ivy League rival Yale on the road thanks to excellent work on beam and floor. Ally Podsednik led the team on vault with her excellent anchor set, while Kyra Levi brought in the top score on bars, Darcy Matsuda and Caroline Moore capped off the beam rotation with a pair of 9.775s, and Levi came back on floor to reach a 9.75 to share the title.

For Yale, some struggles came on bars and beam, but the team had overall solid vault and floor performances, led by Rebecca Chong and Emma Firmstone, respectively. Jessica Wang, a former elite, led the team on bars with a 9.8 for her lovely set, and Kiarra Alleyne was the team’s best on beam with a 9.725.

AA: Jacey Baldovino, Yale, 38.350
VT: Ally Podsednik, Penn, 9.750
UB: Jessica Wang, Yale, 9.800
BB: Darcy Matsuda & Caroline Moore, Penn, 9.775
FX: Emma Firmstone, Yale, & Kyra Levi, Penn, 9.750

Whitewater 188.500, Gustavus 176.850 [Results]

Whitewater once again proved to be an incredible DIII program this weekend, topping visiting Gustavus by almost 12 points after overcoming mistakes on bars and beam to put up an excellent finish on floor. Lauren Marshall led the team on vault and star all-arounder Lisa O’Donnell was the best on bars and floor, though she unfortunately had a fall on beam and wasn’t able to contribute to the total there, with Franchesca Hutton and Kate Mierow picking up the slack.

Gustavus had a bit of a meltdown on bars and beam at this meet, and like O’Donnell, this team’s strongest all-arounder Amanda Malo was one of those beam casualties, and she also ended up struggling on floor, though she brought in the second-best vault and the top bars scores. The team fielded five gymnasts on vault and floor, putting them at even more of a disadvantage, and they had to count some mistakes on floor, though vault was pretty strong, led by a 9.35 from Leah Heilig, who was also the top earner on floor, while Katy Trunk led the team on beam.

AA: Lisa O’Donnell, Whitewater, 37.075
VT: Lauren Marshall, Whitewater, 9.700
UB: Lisa O’Donnell, Whitewater, 9.525
BB: Franchesca Hutton, Whitewater, 9.575
FX: Lisa O’Donnell, Whitewater, 9.725

Springfield 186.200, Rhode Island 177.625 [Results]

Ali Rushlow and Jess Clemens led Springfield to the win over host RIC on Saturday afternoon, with exemplary performances on vault and floor and a relatively strong finish on bars. Rushlow and Clemens were leaders on all four events, with other standout routines coming from Taylor Jackson on vault, Lena Morant on bars, and Madi Bowen on floor.

RIC had the usual struggles on bars and was also a little rough around the edges on beam but looked mostly strong on vault and floor to top last week’s score by about two points. Reaching a 177 helped push the team past Gustavus in the week three rankings for the first time in six years, with the last time RIC wasn’t ranked last back when Wilson College still existed. Considering RIC is without top all-arounder Allie DiBiase, who injured her foot leading up to the season opener, this is a big deal for the Anchorwomen, who can thank Kyndel Yett for her great work on vault and floor and Miranda Murphy for her hard work giving her some of the team’s best scores across all four events.

AA: Ali Rushlow, Springfield, 37.750
VT: Taylor Jackson & Ali Rushlow, Springfield, 9.600
UB: Jess Clemens, Springfield, 9.550
BB: Ali Rushlow, Springfield, 9.500
FX: Madi Bowen & Ali Rushlow, Springfield, 9.575

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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4 thoughts on “The NCAA Gym Skim | January 20

  1. But seriously, what is the jump that Felicia Hano does after her tumbling pass where it looks like a mistake in the air? Is it just part of her choreo and is supposed to be done that way?

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    • I don’t know, I was thinking about that because like…it looks like she’s balking a stag jump? I can’t imagine that the judges would allow choreography like that directly out of a pass because it’s like…using a legit jump to cover up a landing is one thing but rebounding into the air and flailing is quite another! I’m always confused about it hahaha.

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