The NCAA Gym Skim | February 2

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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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Florida 197.400, Auburn 197.000 [Results]

Both teams continued to rise at what is almost the halfway point of the regular season in NCAA gymnastics. Florida showed up with an incredible vault rotation, really making landings a focus now. Alex McMurtry had an outstanding FTY, getting a perfect 9.95 to lead the rotation, with Rachel Slocum also showing what she’s capable of with a 9.925. McMurtry also led the bars rotation with a 9.975, though the rest of the routines in this lineup could use a little tightening still at this point, and on beam as well, where McMurtry fell and Alyssa Baumann wasn’t at her best, though Rachel Gowey continues to be phenomenal bringing in a 9.9. Floor was excellent for the Gators, with Kennedy Baker going 9.925 and Alicia Boren getting a 9.95, and after the meet Baker asked fans on Twitter if we think she should finally fully lay out her Dos Santos. (YES, KENNEDY. YES.)

This was easily Auburn’s strongest meet of the season, opening with a fantastic vault rotation that included a 9.9 from Jada Glenn and a 9.925 from Gracie Day. The Tigers remained solid and consistent throughout, with no falls or major mistakes on their other three events. Day continued her momentum from vault to bring in another 9.925 on bars and then brought in a 9.9 to lead the floor rotation, Abby Milliet fought through mistakes on bars to come back to kill it on beam and floor, and Emma Slappey was fantastic on beam and floor.

AA: Alicia Boren, Florida, 39.550
VT: Alex McMurtry, Florida, 9.950
UB: Alex McMurtry, Florida, 9.975
BB: Alicia Boren, Florida, 9.925
FX: Alicia Boren, Florida, 9.950

LSU 197.225, Kentucky 196.700 [Results]

I was actually surprised to see the LSU judges hold back a bit at this meet, going a little more conservatively than they usually do at home though I can’t say I’m mad about it; it was just bizarre seeing vaults that might usually get a 9.95 end up a tenth lower. Myia Hambrick led the team on every event but bars, where her 9.925 was second-best. She also added a 9.925 on beam and then her second 9.975 in a row on floor. I think her Metroplex routine was better than the one she gave us this week, and I would’ve given that one a 10, but with her loose knees on the double pike, I can see why judges are hesitant to go all the way with her on that set. In addition to Hambrick, we also got a 9.975 from Sarah Finnegan on bars, who was excellent on beam and floor as well, and Lexie Priessman was a star on bars in addition to debuting her floor routine for a 9.875. The Tigers overall had some weak spots, counting a 9.4 on bars after Ruby Harrold sat her double front dismount and Kennedi Edney had to get her swing back after an arched handstand, and on top of that, Julianna Cannamela struggled through her beam set, though they were thankfully able to drop it.

Kentucky also had some weak spots, with Mollie Korth falling on her piked Jaeger and vault looking weaker than we’re used to, but the whole team was on top of things on beam, with the rotation led by Hailey Poland, who also had a strong floor set, and by Alex Hyland, who was a superstar all-arounder as usual. Other strong competitors for the Wildcats included Katrina Coca on bars, Sidney Dukes on vault, beam, and floor, and Ella Warren with solid routines on bars and floor.

AA: Myia Hambrick, LSU, 39.700
VT: Alex Hyland, Kentucky, 9.925
UB: Sarah Finnegan, LSU, 9.975
BB: Myia Hambrick, LSU, 9.925
FX: Myia Hambrick, LSU, 9.975

Alabama 197.000, Arkansas 196.350 [Results]

The vault struggles continued for Alabama this week, mostly with big bouncy landings and a lack of power on some. The team counted two scores in the 9.7 range as well as a pair of 9.8s, with Nickie Guerrero’s 9.85 for her Yurchenko 1½. The rest of their events were great, with Kiana Winston and Mackenzie Brannan capping off a strong bar rotation with a pair of 9.9s and Guerrero coming back to snag a 9.925 on beam, and the Crimson Tide got past two weak early rotation sets to count a pair of 9.9s from Guerrero and Abby Armbrecht in addition to a pair of 9.95s from Winston and Maddie Desch, who finally seems to be getting a bit more control over her double Arabian.

Sydney Laird led the Razorbacks with a gorgeous bars set with the rest of the rotation going well, though the team, which fielded only five members on vault, struggled with landings in the following rotation, bringing in some low scores though Braie Speed was able to anchor with a 9.85 for her always effortless FTY. The best event for the team was floor, with the lowest score to count a 9.825 while both Hailey Garner and Jessica Yamzon brought in 9.875s, and freshman Sarah Shaffer crushed it with an excellent routine for a 9.9, and she snagged the same score for her brilliant beam, showing lovely extension on her leaps and looking polished throughout.

AA: Sarah Shaffer, Arkansas, 39.350
VT: Nickie Guerrero, Alabama, 9.850
UB: Kiana Winston & Mackenzie Brannan, Alabama, 9.900
BB: Nickie Guerrero, Alabama, 9.925
FX: Maddie Desch & Kiana Winston, Alabama, 9.950

Boise State 196.625, Utah State 195.150 [Results]

This was a strong meet for Boise State, which put up a 49.125 or better on all four events thanks to a big fight early on to overcome a bars fall, and from then on, it was mostly smooth sailing aside from a fall from Sarah Means on her anchor vault. All-arounder Shani Remme continues to lead the team, putting up a 9.9 on bars and a 9.875 on beam, the latter of which was the team’s strongest overall, with Means and Alex Esmerian also adding 9.875s. In addition to these competitors, Sandra Collantes led the team on floor with a 9.9, Mary Frances Bir was the vault standout with a huge 9.95, and we finally got to see the debut of freshman Emily Muhlenhaupt with a great set on bars.

USU continues to be on pace for a solid ranking this season, struggling with a few landings and minor mistakes here and there, but they didn’t put up any falls and finished strong on floor to reach a 49.075. Autumn DeHarde had a great day on beam and floor, with her floor score of 9.925 winning the title, while Madison Ward was a standout on vault and floor, and Jazmyn Estrella led the team on bars and Emily Briones led on beam.

AA: Shani Remme, BSU, 39.350
VT: Mary Frances Bir, BSU, 9.950
UB: Shani Remme, BSU, 9.900
BB: Alex Esmerian, Sarah Means, & Shani Remme, BSU, 9.875
FX: Autumn DeHarde, USU, 9.925

Iowa State 196.200, West Virginia 195.025, Northern Illinois 194.375, Yale 192.800 [Results]

In a quad meet that also included Big 12 rival West Virginia, the ladies from Iowa State put up their season-best performance with Haylee Young absolutely dominating the individual accolades while winning the all-around with a massive 39.55. Young was especially outstanding on vault and floor, while on bars she and two of her teammates, Meaghan Sievers and Hilary Green, each put up a 9.875 to help the program to a 49.2. Sievers and Kelsey Paz were great all-arounders in their own right, and the team showed tremendous fight coming back from a couple of problem routines on vault and floor.

WVU saw some rough spots from the girls on beam and floor, with all-arounder Zaakira Muhammad unfortunately falling on the latter, but the landings are looking great on vault — Muhammad got a 9.9 there and the always fab Kirah Koshinski brought in a 9.875 — while Jaquie Tun was a standout on bars, and Carly Galpin was excellent on beam. NIU counted a fall on bars and had some wobbles on beam, but otherwise this was a strong meet with standout performances from Cinny Lamberti on vault, Ashley Potts on bars, Katherine Prentice on beam, and Anna Martucci on floor, and this was the best meet I’ve seen from Yale this season, with all-arounders Jade Buford and Jacey Baldovino looking incredible, while Jessica Wang continues showing off beautiful work on bars.

AA: Haylee Young, ISU, 39.550
VT: Haylee Young, ISU, & Zaakira Muhammad, WVU, 9.900
UB: Meaghan Sievers, Haylee Young, & Hilary Green, ISU, 9.875
BB: Haylee Young, ISU, 9.875
FX: Haylee Young, ISU, & Anna Martucci, NIU, 9.900

New Hampshire 196.125, North Carolina 195.075 [Results]

UNH put up a season-best score at home against EAGL rival North Carolina, showing fantastic work on bars and beam while continuing to improve on vault landings. Nicole O’Leary was a stunner on vault and floor, Danielle Mulligan had a dream bars set that brought in a 9.925, and Casey Lauter continues to be a star on beam, looking flawless for a 9.95 after her teammates who went up before her built throughout the rotation, with both Courtney Bondanza and Riley Freehling bringing in 9.85s to help the team to a 49.225.

North Carolina actually looked like they might upset the host team, going into the final rotation a tenth ahead after an incredible floor rotation where they counted a pair of 9.85s from Madison Nettles and Mikayla Robinson while Khazia Hislop brought in a 9.925. Unfortunately, the team had two falls and counted mostly weak sets the rest of the way, with the exception of Morgan Lane’s routine, which was excellent, helping her to the all-around title. Lane was also a top contributor on bars, along with Grace Donaghy, while Hislop and Nettles led the team on vault.

AA: Morgan Lane, UNC, 39.200
VT: Nicole O’Leary, UNH, 9.875
UB: Danielle Mulligan, UNH, 9.925
BB: Casey Lauter, UNH, 9.950
FX: Khazia Hislop, UNC, 9.925

Stanford 196.050, UC Davis 195.150, San Jose State 192.975, Seattle Pacific 190.750 [Results]

The Cardinal finally breached a 196 thanks to the underclassmen stepping up with senior superstar Elizabeth Price limited to just vault and bars. Price was a top contributor on both, posting a 9.875 and 9.925, respectively, but I was most impressed with Rachael Flam at this meet. Flam has struggled throughout the first few weeks of this season, but she was excellent on all four events on Friday, matching Price on vault in addition to leading the team on beam and floor. There’s still some polishing that needs to happen, but I’m so happy she’s beginning to live up to her potential.

UC Davis also had its best meet, breaking past a 195 thanks to excellent performances from all-arounders Alexis Brown and Kyla Kessler in addition to fantastic bars and floor from Gabby Landess. SJSU counted three falls on beam for its weakest meet of the year, but Kaitlin Won hit that event and was solid across the board with her floor a standout, while Kaprece Nadonza was great on vault and bars and Ellie Pascoe-Long also had a great night, and DII SPU saw an incredible performance from Darian Burns across the board while Haven Lanzador was a standout on bars and beam.

AA: Rachael Flam, Stanford, 39.375
VT: Rachael Flam & Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.875
UB: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.925
BB: Kyla Kessler & Alexis Brown, UC Davis, & Kaylee Cole & Rachael Flam, Stanford, 9.825
FX: Kyla Kessler, UC Davis, & Rachael Flam, Stanford, 9.875

Southern Utah 195.825, Central Michigan 195.675 [Results]

SUU had an incredible upset of CMU on the road, winning by just over a tenth thanks to strong work across all four events capped off by a stellar performance on beam. Autumn Jorgensen led the team in the all-around, putting up the top beam and floor scores for the Thunderbirds, and we also got great work from Megan McBride on vault, Kirsten Yee on bars, Hannah Nipp and Mary Packham on beam, and Madison McBride on floor. SUU managed its best score of the season by over a point with this win, and looked much more together and I hope they’re able to continue the momentum in the coming weeks!

CMU didn’t actually even have a bad meet. Actually, it was one of the strongest meets for the team this season with tons of individual highlights. But they just happened to be half a tenth or a quarter of a tenth behind SUU on each event, and though they put up some strong work on floor in the final rotation, they were unable to make up that slight difference between the two squads. Denelle Pedrick was excellent on all four events, hitting her DTY on vault for a 9.85 to share the title, while also tying for the title on floor, and though Gianna Plaksa had a fall on beam, she was a standout on bars and floor while Katy Clements put up a meet-high 9.925 on beam and Bryttany Kaplan was lovely on bars.

AA: Denelle Pedrick, CMU, 39.350
VT: Denelle Pedrick, CMU, & Megan McBride, SUU, 9.850
UB: Gianna Plaksa, CMU, 9.900
BB: Katy Clements, CMU, 9.925
FX: Denelle Pedrick, CMU, & Autumn Jorgensen & Madison McBride, SUU, 9.875

Illinois 195.325, Iowa 195.150 [Results]

Illinois fought through counting two beam falls to still manage a super tight win over Big Ten rival Iowa thanks to beautiful work on bars and floor. The beam falls were unfortunate, because otherwise this was shaping up to be Illinois’ best meet of the season, but the girls who did hit that event were great, with Rae Balthazor and freshman Nicole Biondi also knocking out solid all-around sets while Haylee Roe continues to grow in her roles with the team, winning the floor title on top of her great beam set.

Iowa’s beam in comparison was fantastic, and they also came up with a super strong floor rotation, but their vault landings suffered on top of counting a fall on bars, and so they weren’t able to take advantage of Illinois’ mistakes. Charlotte Sullivan just gets better and better each week, topping the team on every event but floor, where Melissa Zurawski was excellent, and she also brought in good scores on vault and bars, while Nikki Youd, Nicole Chow, and Sydney Hogan were great on beam, and Emma Hartzler was fabulous on bars.

AA: Nicole Biondi, Illinois, 39.325
VT: Kasey Meeks, Illinois, 9.850
UB: Nicole Biondi & Rae Balthazor, Illinois, 9.900
BB: Charlotte Sullivan & Nikki Youd, Iowa, 9.875
FX: Haylee Roe, Illinois, & Melissa Zurawski, Iowa, 9.875

Eastern Michigan 194.900, Illinois-Chicago 194.250 [Results]

EMU showed good work fighting through a few problem areas at this meet to get a big win over UIC. There were a few bumps along the way, but each event had some great standouts, including Megan Hultgren leading vault, Lacey Rubin leading bars and putting up a solid set on beam, Kendall Valentin leading the team on beam, and Jada Rondeau and Emili Dobronics tying for the floor title, with Dobronics also winning the all-around thanks to her steady work across all four events.

Visiting UIC had to count a fall on bars right away, and then the squad had a couple of rough landings on vault, but they came back to make it through floor pretty well to finish with an excellent beam rotation (probably their strongest overall of the season). I was really impressed with Riley Mahoney on vault and beam, Katie Snyder on vault and bars, Toni Alicke on bars, beam, and floor, and Daniela Maciel on beam and floor. All-arounders Mikailla Northern and Ashley Albrecht struggled on bars, but both more than made up for it with their work elsewhere, especially on beam.

AA: Emili Dobronics, EMU, 39.075
VT: Megan Hultgren, EMU, & Katie Snyder, UIC, 9.775
UB: Lacey Rubin, EMU, & Serena Baker, UIC, 9.825
BB: Kendall Valentin, EMU, 9.875
FX: Jada Rondeau & Emili Dobronics, EMU, 9.825

Texas Woman’s 193.700, Centenary 185.700 [Results]

DII TWU defeated DIII Centenary by eight points in Louisiana with a weak beam rotation, but looking otherwise strong as they fought back from a few mistakes elsewhere. The team brought in three 9.75s on vault, from Schyler Jones, Brandi Lazarus, and Mallory Moredock, while Moredock also stood out as a highlight on beam and floor and Jones was excellent on floor. Specialist Bria Northrop led the team on bars, Erin Alderman was solid on beam, and Alyssa Kelly brought in lovely sets on bars and beam to help the squad to a season best.

Centenary continued to make improvements with Friday’s performance, struggling on beam but otherwise showing great work with top performances coming from Cami Bea Austin on vault, Sierra Ponder on bars, Ashley White on beam, and Navia Jordan with a huge 9.775 on floor.

AA: Tavia Smith, Centenary, 37.175
VT: Mallory Moredock, Brandi Lazarus, & Schyler Jones, TWU, 9.750
UB: Bria Northrop, TWU, 9.850
BB: Erin Alderman & Mallory Moredock, TWU, 9.775
FX: Schyler Jones, TWU, 9.825

Western Michigan 192.425, S.E. Missouri 191.650 [Results]

This was a rough meet for WMU, with the team falling more than three points short of what they’re capable of after being forced to count an 8.35 on bars on top of a fall on floor. Rachael Underwood and Taylor Buis led the team on vault, while Amelia Mohler had a lovely bars set to anchor that event, Underwood came back with a 9.825 to anchor beam, and we saw a trio of 9.8s from Jessica Juncaj, Kelsey Hood, and all-arounder Morgan Spence on floor, though unfortunately the top floor workers just weren’t able to wrap things up on a high note on that event.

At first, SEMO looked like they might actually be able to upset the visiting team, but they struggled through vault and beam to end up nearly a point behind the guests. Alexis Brawner continues to be the team’s star, bringing in a 9.775 on vault, a 9.8 as the bars anchor, and a 9.9 to win the floor title, while McKinzie Jones brought in the top score for SEMO on beam with a 9.725.

AA: Morgan Spence, WMU, 38.825
VT: Alexis Brawner, SEMO, 9.775
UB: Amelia Mohler, WMU, 9.825
BB: Rachael Underwood, WMU, 9.825
FX: Alexis Brawner, SEMO, 9.900

La Crosse 189.600, Eau Claire 183.750, Gustavus 179.875 [Results]

Top DIII team UWL didn’t have its best possible outing on Friday, but proved once again to be the best in the nation thanks to a mostly good day, just looking a bit weaker than usual with mistakes on floor. All-arounder Samantha Wiekamp led the team on vault, though unfortunately had a fall on floor, Amy Enright led the team on bars, Sam Weyker led the team on beam, and Ellie Beckman led on floor, with these four also taking the event titles at this meet.

UWEC once again saw phenomenal work from Tori Erickson, who struggled on bars but was incredible on the remaining events to bring in the top scores for the team on each while winning the all-around title. Kiya Bjorge was also great on floor at this meet, and Megan Fayler had a standout bars routine. Gustavus unfortunately struggled a bit on beam at this meet, but looked better on bars and saw some solid work from Amanda Malo in the all-around, bringing in two of the strongest scores for the team on vault and floor. In addition to Malo, other great work came from Samantha Ardy on vault and bars, and from Emily Anderson on beam and floor.

AA: Tori Erickson, UWEC, 37.500
VT: Samantha Wiekamp, UWL, 9.550
UB: Amy Enright, UWL, 9.675
BB: Sam Weyker, UWL, 9.625
FX: Ellie Beckman, UWL, 9.750

Hamline 186.150, Stout 184.525 [Results]

This was an excellent meet for Hamline! The team crushed it on vault and floor to defeat host team Stout, which was looking like it might actually get the win until they suffered falls on floor. For Hamline, Sydney Tribbet continues to be awesome, leading the team on vault and also putting up a strong score on floor, where we saw standout performances from all-arounder Caitlin Cooper as well as from Darby Slater and Alexa Vorderbruggen, specialist Morgan Bradford was great on bars, and both Lydia Ingram and Meghan Webb were standout performers on beam.

Stout got off to a fantastic start on vault, where they saw a 9.5 and a 9.525 from all-arounders Brooke Terry and Sierra Beaver, capped off with a 9.675 from anchor Mikala Bugge. Bars and beam went mostly well for the host team, with Beaver leading on bars with a 9.45 and Emma Sirjord leading beam with a 9.252, and though floor saw the greatest number of mistakes at this competition, Belle Ihde and MacKenzie Nicholson were both solid.

AA: Sierra Beaver, Stout, 37.150
VT: Mikala Bugge, Stout, 9.675
UB: Sierra Beaver, Stout, 9.450
BB: Emma Sirjord, Stout, 9.525
FX: Caitlin Cooper, Hamline, 9.700

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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2 thoughts on “The NCAA Gym Skim | February 2

  1. I hope you don’t mind a small correction (as I know you are watching a gazillion NCAA meets on top of Elite Canada) but McMurtry just did the FTY this meet, not the DTY (hence the score of 9.95).

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