The NCAA Gym Skim | January 27

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

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UCLA 197.625, LSU 197.375, Washington 196.525, NC State 195.825 [Results]

This meet was so much fun to watch, and so engaging, that I didn’t realize just how good Kyla Ross’ night was until I saw her scores. Looking back, almost every single thing she did was flawless, culminating in a huge stuck FTY in the middle of UCLA’s best vault rotation probably in one million years. Five ‘sticks’ in a row (okay, the first two were college sticks) after a meet that started off a bit weak on bars but quickly picked up with fanastic performances on beam, where Peng Peng Lee got a much-deserved 10 for the most effortless, confident set I’ve seen her do, and floor, where Katelyn Ohashi stole the show with her Michael Jackson routine. They looked like a championship team not even halfway through the season, which could be #problematic if they can’t keep the momentum going and have it last until it’s actually postseason, but I’m not celebrating the future of this program based on one meet, I’m celebrating a team that was on fire last night and showed exactly how much talent, ability, and passion they have when everything actually comes together.

LSU had one of its weaker meets of the season, but weak for LSU means a 49.3+ on every single event, so I’m sure most teams would love to have a weak LSU performance. Basically, there were just lots of hops and steps on vault landings, awkward breaks on bars, uncharacteristic wobbles on beam, and tentative tumbling on floor, but they seemed to be testing out a few lineup changes and weren’t really fighting for things that are generally easy for them. Myia Hambrick had one of the best floor routines I’ve seen from pretty much anyone all season, and while I would’ve preferred to see both judges give it a 10, the way the scores built throughout the rotation due to the weaker earlier routines would’ve made that a stretch so I get why one judge was a bit more conservative in handing over a 9.95 (because yes, these things matter). At least compared to the other floor routines at this meet, it was exactly where it should’ve been, which was first place. At that point, the score itself is kind of irrelevant. I also thought Sarah Finnegan looked to be in peak form on bars, and Kennedi Edney had a few higlight moments throughout the night.

From what I saw of Washington, I was in love, especially with Hailey Burleson’s performances on beam and floor. Her beam was absolutely out of this world and I think had her leo been a different color, she would’ve seen at least a 9.95, while on floor she showed great control on all of her passes, and almost stuck her 2½ to finish after also showing fab landings on her double pike and 1½ through to double full. Monica Riley had an incredible night, sticking both her Yurchenko half and her bars dismount cold, and while this team doesn’t have a star-studded roster in the way that UCLA and LSU do, these gymnasts more than held their own, and I think if they were a star-studded team, they’d probably see at least a half-point bump based on what they did last night.

I didn’t see much of NC State beyond floor and a few beam routines, but this team had a great night as well. Alexis ‘Poof’ Beucler showed incredible promise on beam and floor, anchoring beam with a 9.85, and I think will one day be a star competitor for this team the way Chelsea Knight is now. Knight, who anchors all four events, unfortunately had some weak landings on vault and floor that held her back from challenging as an all-arounder, but she more than made up for it topping the field on bars and beam, and Drew Grantham had a standout night on all four of her events.

AA: Kyla Ross, UCLA, 39.700
VT: Kyla Ross, UCLA, 9.925
UB: Kyla Ross, UCLA, & Sarah Finnegan, LSU, 9.925
BB: Peng Peng Lee, UCLA, 10.000
FX: Myia Hambrick, LSU, 9.975

Oregon State 196.975, Stanford 195.550 [Results]

Finally we got to see OSU at home, and finally they got a score that reflects what this team can do. Their first two road scores both came in at meets with super strict judging, but here, the Beavers were rewarded nicely for an excellent meet that ended on a high note, counting five fantastic floor routines into the total. Sabrina Gill continues to step up as an all-arounder, putting in her best work on beam with a lovely split jump to stag ring jump and front aerial to back handspring for a 9.875. Also killing it was McKenna Singley with lovely work on bars and beam, despite being sick and not really training this week, while Mary Jacobsen brought in top scores on bars and floor, Maela Lazaro was a queen on beam, and Kaitlyn Yanish brought it home in the anchor spot on floor, nailing her huge double layout to bring in a 9.95.

Stanford was shaping up to finish with its best meet of the season, but had a rough finish on beam where the Cardinal had to count one fall and one near-fall kept them below the 196 threshold once again. Prior to beam, the team was on pace for close to a 196.5, with an excellent start on bars despite just a five-man lineup thanks to hit routines from the whole squad, including a 9.85 from Kyla Bryant with a clean double layout to finish while Elizabeth Price was almost perfect, bringing in a 9.975 for a routine with zero noticeable flaws. On vault, Price again led with her clean FTY while Rachael Flam looked better than she has all season, hitting her Yurchenko half-on front pike with a step, and on floor, Bryant showed off an excellent open double tuck while Price brought it home with her double layout stuck cold for a 9.9. The latter half of the beam lineup was great, with Price bringing it back under control with just a wobble on her full turn in an otherwise solid routine, and both Lauren Navarro and Bryant followed up with solid sets of their own, but unfortunately the damage was done early on, and the team will have to wait until next week to see if they have better luck finally reaching that 196.

AA: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 39.600
VT: Destinee Davis & Dani Dessaints, OSU, & Rachael Flam & Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.850
UB: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.975
BB: Maela Lazaro, OSU, 9.900
FX: Kaitlyn Yanish, OSU, 9.950

Nebraska 196.875, Michigan 196.525 [Results]

Big Ten matchups are always fun at the highest levels, and it doesn’t get higher-level right now than Nebraska against Michigan. The teams went back and forth throughout this meet, with the Huskers besting the Wolverines on vault and beam while the Wolverines posted the best results on bars and floor, but in the end, some weak vault landings for Michigan held them back while Nebraska managed to seal their win on beam with a fantastic lineup that never disappoints.

For Nebraska, Abbie Epperson led as the top all-arounder with some of the strongest scores on each event, while Sienna Crouse was excellent on vault and floor (her stuck Yurchenko 1½ went 9.975), Taylor Houchin was lovely on bars, and Megan Schweihofer got past some bars mistakes to finish with excellent work on beam and floor.

For Michigan, the normally sturdy Olivia Karas sat her vault, with Emma McLean also coming in for a weak landing to count only two scores at a 9.8 or better, and the team was forced to fight past falls on both beam and floor, giving them less of an advantage over a crisp, tight Nebraska, though both Karas and McLean came back from their vault mistakes to put in good work on beam and floor, while Brianna Brown was lovely on both as well, and Paige Zaziski was a standout on all four events.

AA: Abbie Epperson, Nebraska, 39.450
VT: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 9.975
UB: Abbie Epperson, Nebraska, 9.900
BB: Megan Schweihofer, Nebraska, 9.900
FX: Emma McLean, Michigan, 9.950

Ohio State 196.775, Minnesota 195.775, Illinois State 190.875 [Results]

This season has been about climbing up the rankings for OSU, which started out with a rough performance at UCLA with a 193.2, but then moved into the 194s a week later, the 195s last week, and finally to a 196.775 at the home opener last night, where everyone was on fire to make this a momentous performance. Alexis Mattern was strong on all four events, bringing it home with a 9.925 on floor, while freshman Jenna Swartzentruber stepped up in the all-around as well, with beautiful work on bars and floor, Olivia Aepli brought in big scores on all but beam, and Jamie Stone was a queen on floor with a huge 9.95 to share the title.

Big Ten rival Minnesota counted a fall on bars, but saw another incredible week from freshman Lexy Ramler, who continues to be perfection at basically everything she does. Ramler is currently undefeated on beam three weeks into her career, and she also shared the floor title this week, contributing a 9.95 to her 39.6 total, fifth-best in the country this week. Ona Loper, another strong freshman for the Gophers, unfortunately counted a fall on bars, but she was gorgeous on beam and floor, while Ciara Gardner also brought it home on beam and floor, and Hannah Hitchcock was a standout on vault and bars.

Aside from a mistake on bars, Gabrielle Cooke continues to be excellent for ISU, with her best work coming on floor, and in addition to Cooke, we saw lots of great work from specialists on this team, including Anna Marema on bars and Brianna Barrett on floor, though the Redbirds struggled overall with mistakes on bars and falls on beam.

AA: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 39.600
VT: Olivia Aepli, OSU, 9.900
UB: Ivy Lu, Minnesota, 9.950
BB: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 9.900
FX: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, & Jamie Stone, OSU, 9.950

Denver 196.675, Utah State 195.000 [Results]

The Pioneers continue to be a team those normally in the lower end of the top ten rankings want to keep an eye on, as even with a depleted roster and weaker-than-expected depth, this team is stepping up and consistently hitting. With three all-arounders taking control, led by sophomore Maddie Karr and bulked up by freshmen Lynnzee Brown and Mia Sundstrom, everyone was solid in Saturday night’s competition, with additional help from Nikole Addison’s top floor score.

Utah State fought past a weak opening bars and closing beam rotation to reach a 195 total, showing that they’re capable of big things on vault and floor, the latter of which was an excellent rotation led by Faith Leary. Autumn DeHarde also had a fantastic night, with her top work coming on beam and floor, while Jazmyn Estrella added strong scores on vault and bars and specialist Brittany Jeppesen was a standout on bars as well.

AA: Maddie Karr, Denver, 39.600
VT: Lynnzee Brown, Denver, 9.925
UB: Maddie Karr, Denver, 9.900
BB: Lynnzee Brown & Maddie Karr, Denver, 9.875
FX: Maddie Karr & Nikole Addison, Denver, 9.925

Illinois 195.750, Penn State 195.475 [Results]

This meet was close and exciting right to the end, with neither teams counting falls. Host team Penn State led at the halfway point and after the third rotation, but Illinois fired back with a stellar beam rotation, counting nothing lower than a 9.8 to come out ahead by about three tenths in College Park. Despite some drama on floor — anchor Karen Howell crashed her first pass and seemed to injure her left knee — the team was able to come out fighting on beam, with Howell back in the lineup performing an excellent set that contributed to their Big Ten win. Howell was also a top contributor on bars, along with Jordyn Givens, while Bridget Hodan and Haylee Roe had beautiful routines on beam and floor (I was especially excited about Roe really stepping it up in general at this meet!), and I loved Rae Balthazor’s toe-on to ginormous Tkachev on bars.

All-arounder Briannah Tsang continues to be a rock for PSU, putting up solid work to start but then killing it on beam and floor, where she brought in a pair of 9.9s. Sabrina Garcia unfortunately missed her flight series on beam, but otherwise had a great day that included a 9.875 for her lovely Jaeger and double layout stuck cold on bars as well as a 9.875 to match on floor, and Gianna LaGuardia had a huge clean stuck FTY to lead the vault rotation with a 9.85.

AA: Briannah Tsang, PSU, 39.350
VT: Gianna LaGuardia, PSU, 9.850
UB: Lauren Bridgens & Sabrina Garcia, PSU, 9.875
BB: Briannah Tsang, PSU, 9.900
FX: Briannah Tang, PSU, 9.900

Michigan State 195.525, Eastern Michigan 194.950, Rutgers 194.225, Pittsburgh 193.225 [Results]

With a sea of students in the crowd supporting the MSU women’s team after a tough week dealing with the fallout of the Larry Nassar sentencing in Ingham County, the host team took the title at this quad meet for a satisfying victory both on the charts and in their hearts (edit: omg I didn’t mean that to rhyme, it’s so bad but I’m leaving it). MSU got off to a great start on vault and bars, fought through beam, and finished with a fantastic floor rotation, where they counted all scores at 9.8 or better, including a trio of 9.875s from leadoff Brittini Chappell, middle-of-the-lineup Drew Hendershot, and anchor Lea Mitchell, who had a fantastic day in her own right to win the all-around with a 39.325 after equally strong performances on her other three events. Hailee Westney was also excellent on bars, and Roya Shirley had big sets on vault and floor to help the team seal the deal half a point ahead of EMU.

EMU struglged a bit on bars, but saw great work there and on beam from Lacey Rubin, while Emili Dobronics led the team on vault and floor, the strongest event for the team with a great performance from Kirsten Gendron as well. Rutgers had its best meet of the season by far, even counting some weak routines on bars, with Sophia Atienza strong on vault, Shannon Farrell good on bars and beam, Makenzey Shank bringing in big scores on bars and floor, all-arounder Libby Groden hitting a 9.8 and a 9.85 on beam and floor, and specialist Jenna Rizkalla nailing floor for a career-high 9.9. Pittsburgh unfortunately had some weak vaults in addition to counting falls on beam, but individual standouts included Deven Herbine leading vault, Megan Tripp leading bars, Catie Conrad leading beam, and the up-and-coming Haley Brechwald leading floor.

AA: Lea Mitchell, MSU, 39.325
VT: Roya Shirley & Lea Mitchell, MSU, Deven Herbine, Pitt, & Sophia Atienza & Michelle Amoresano, Rutgers, 9.825
UB: Hailee Westney, MSU, 9.875
BB: Lacey Rubin, EMU, & Catie Conrad, Pitt, 9.850
FX: Jenna Rizkalla, Rutgers, 9.900

West Chester 192.050, Cortland 185.350, Rhode Island 174.800 [Results]

West Chester had a fantastic meet overall, putting up a season high thanks to a particularly strong day on beam and floor. Jessica Meakim led the team on vault, Myranda Marshall was the strongest on bars, we saw excellent work on beam from Meghan Chan (who was fab overall on her three events), Sarah Boyd, and Yolanda Nodarse, and Emily Loughery was the strongest on floor, also putting up a solid beam set.

Despite a rough bars rotation, Cortland was able to make it through with good work on its other events, with floor especially strong for the team overall. Bailey Gildemeyer had an incredible day, looking flawless on beam for a 9.825 while also helping the team with good scores on vault and floor, while Arianna Turso was the standout on bars with equally solid work on beam and floor, Emma Schulz was fantastic on beam and floor, and Julie Giardina was excellent on floor, with a strong beam performance as well.

Unfortunately, RIC had a bit of a meltdown on bars, though all-arounder Miranda Murphy pulled a solid routine together to put up the highest score by nearly half a point while also contributing some of the top scores on vault, beam, and floor. Christa Vaccaro led the team on vault and Grace Davis had good work on beam and floor to keep them afloat and get them to a stronger score than their season opener.

AA: Miranda Murphy, RIC, 35.950
VT: Jessica Meakim, WCU, 9.675
UB: Myranda Marshall, WCU, 9.725
BB: Bailey Gildemeyer, Cortland, 9.825
FX: Emily Loughery, WCU, 9.775

Southern Conn. 191.000, Brockport 190.975, Brown 190.600, Springfield 188.300 [Results]

I got to see some of this quad meet before the feed died, and was impressed with what I saw from the winning team, which came in strong on all four events to count only a few weak routines. Alexandra Lesperance led SCSU on vault, Michaela Gilbert led on bars, Morgan Gatewood had an excellent set on bars to lead the team there, and the floor lineup was fire, counting a 9.625 from leadoff Cadi Borsellino, a 9.725 from Keylea Brothers, a 9.75 from Kathleen Aberger, and a pair of 9.775s from Kylyn Dawkins and anchor Alexandra Avendano.

This was also an incredible meet for Brockport, which was a bit weak on bars compared to the winning team, but the DIII squad came close to upsetting DII SCSU and won three of the five individual titles while breaking 190, which is a huge accomplishment for them this early in the season. Stephanie Mager unfortunately fell on beam, but she won vault with a 9.6 and also put up solid scores on bars and floor, where she posted a 9.775, while Miranda Shaine led the team on bars, Taylor Keough put up a huge 9.75 for her excellent beam set, and Brittany Vasile was perfect on floor with a 9.85 to close out an incredible DI-level rotation that also included a 9.7 from Shelby Schumaker and a 9.775 from Mager.

DI Brown had a rough meet in comparison, counting a couple of falls as well as some weaker-than-usual vaults, but we saw standout routines from Anne Christman on vault, Emma Hansen on bars and floor, and Regan Butchness on beam, and host team DIII Springfield was pretty polished overall with a fantastic finish on floor, seeing its top work from Madi Bowen on vault, Briana Kerr and Taylor Jackson on bars, Ali Rushlow on beam, and pretty much everyone on floor, including a 9.6 from Victoria Gendreau, a 9.7 from Bowen, a 9.725 from Tali Twomey, and a pair of 9.775s from Jessica Clemens and anchor Rushlow.

AA: Jessica Clemens, SCSU, 38.175
VT: Stephanie Mager, Brockport, 9.600
UB: Emma Hansen, Brown, 9.750
BB: Taylor Keough, Brockport, 9.750
FX: Brittany Vasile, Brockport, 9.850

La Crosse 188.400, Oshkosh 183.900 [Results]

Lax picked up a solid road win against UW rival Oshkosh on Saturday afternoon, getting through a solid bars rotation and a fantastic day on floor to top the host team by nearly five points. Amy Enright unfortunately had a fall on beam, but was excellent on bars and floor, bringing in the top scores on both, with Samantha Wiekamp putting up the top number on vault, specialist Leah Spankowski was solid on beam, and we also saw great work from Ellie Beckman and Sam Weyker on floor.

For Oshkosh, Amanda McBrayer continues to lead the team with help from fellow all-arounder Paige Mayhew in addition to strong performances from Baylee Tkaczuk on vault, bars, and beam, Jessica Bernardo on floor, Dana LoCascio on beam, and Kasandra Stamopoulous on bars and beam.

AA: Amanda McBrayer, Oshkosh, 36.850
VT: Samantha Wiekamp, UWL, 9.525
UB: Amy Enright, UWL, 9.600
BB: Leah Spankowski, UWL, 9.525
FX: Amy Enright, UWL, 9.625

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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7 thoughts on “The NCAA Gym Skim | January 27

    • As long as they don’t run out of steam they should be challenging for the National title. The scoring here looks like what we should expect at nationals, and the score here was the same score that would’ve put them less than a tenth away from the top three, and this is only the fourth meet of the year, with several top competitors (Kocian, Hano, Ohashi) either having small mistakes or not up to full health. I just hope they don’t fall apart, and can keep it going for the rest of the season.

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  1. Does anyone know of a reliable way to watch the meets after the live stream? Or do most places that live stream publish the video afterwards?

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