The NCAA Gym Skim | February 4

2018 UCLA Gymnastics

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 the master schedule is available here.

Oklahoma 198.050, UCLA 197.950 [Results]

Yes, some of the scores here were cracky, but at least both teams were getting some love from the judges, and the spirit of the meet was incredible, with both squads coming together to rise as one in the fight against sexual abuse. Aired on ESPN — the first time an NCAA meet hit the big time on ‘real’ ESPN after usually being pushed to streaming networks or one of the college channels — it showcased not only some of the best collegiate gymnastics in the country, but also an incredibly moving tribute to the survivors, five of whom were brought out in front of the crowd, including Oklahoma competitor Maggie Nichols.

Nichols, who teared up listening to her mom Gina reading her impact statement at the Ingham County sentencing, had an incredible day, winning the all-around with a 39.9, her second time reaching or surpassing that score making her one of only seven gymnasts to do it and the only one to do it twice. With a near-perfect Yurchenko 1½ (one judge gave it the ten), a fabulous bars set, an actually perfect beam, and another near-perfect set on floor, Nichols was incredible from start to finish and if she had earned nonstop perfect scores, I don’t think a single human would’ve complained no matter what team they were there to support.

Also perfect for OU was Brenna Dowell, who stuck the bejeebus out of her Yurchenko 1½ and finally got what she has been deserving pretty much all season, while freshman Anastasia Webb got the first ten of her career on beam, hitting a lovely set while Brehanna Showers went 9.975 and Stefani Catour opened with a 9.95 on the same event, bringing them to a massive 49.775 despite counting a fall early in the rotation.

The Bruins also brought in three perfect scores, including back-to-back tens from Felicia Hano (!!!!) and Katelyn Ohashi on floor, which was incredible for both, and I love that Hano is continuing to grow in her confidence and ability to perform at an insanely high level. Also getting a ten was Peng Peng Lee on beam, who is so beyond incredible, it’s easy to ignore the super minor technical flaws that even the most ‘perfect’ NCAA routines have because she’s just so breathtaking and awe-inspiring with how she can seamlessly move through her skills, including an absolutely fabulous double spin into a leap series on this evening.

Also fantastic for UCLA was Kyla Ross on all four events but with her bars especially excellent, Pauline Tratz with her always fab anchor floor set, Brielle Nguyen with such a strong leadoff beam, and Nia Dennis, who stepped it up looking better than she has all season, hitting a powerful floor set while also nailing her best FTY of the season, getting a deserved 9.925.

AA: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 39.900
VT: Brenna Dowell, Oklahoma, 10.000
UB: Nicole Lehrmann & Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 9.950
BB: Maggie Nichols & Anastasia Webb, Oklahoma, & Peng Peng Lee, UCLA, 10.000
FX: Felicia Hano & Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA, 10.000

Michigan 196.875, Maryland 195.050 [Results]

A win for Michigan but in the process, they sadly lost Olivia Karas, who knocked out a fabulous Yurchenko 1½ and clean sets on bars and beam before rupturing her Achilles on floor, a horrible way to end her season…and I believe it was a week too late for her to redshirt, unless she figures out some exception to the rule if she hopes to have a fifth season.

Karas aside, it was a mostly strong meet. Not the greatest, but nothing majorly bringing them down, especially as they attempted to introduce some newer routines to the lineups. They weirdly had anchor falls on both bars and beam, in addition to an out-of-bounds counting in both the leadoff and anchor spots on floor, but they also got some excellent sets in, including a trio of 9.9s from Paige Zaziski on her first three events while Lexi Funk, Brianna Brown, and Emma McLean ruled the floor rotation.

The Terps had to count a fall on beam but otherwise had a good day, opening with great rotations on bars and vault. Alecia Farina was an excellent anchor on both, getting a 9.875 on bars and following it up with a 9.85 on vault before going on to get a 9.875 on floor and a 9.75 on beam, finishing with a solid all-around score, and we also saw top scores from Audrey Barber on vault, leadoff Kirsten Peterman on beam, and Karrie Thomas on floor.

AA: Brianna Brown, Michigan, 39.425
VT: Olivia Karas & Paige Zaziski, Michigan, 9.900
UB: Paige Zaziski, Michigan, 9.900
BB: Paige Zaziski, Michigan, 9.900
FX: Emma McLean, Michigan, 9.925

George Washington 196.525, Kent State 195.325, William & Mary 193.225, Oshkosh 190.975 [Results]

GWU had an easy time at this quad meet, winning by over a point after looking sharp and polished from start to finish in front of a home crowd. Jillian Winstanley led the team with help from fellow all-arounders Cami Drouin-Allaire and Alex Zois, all of whom had great meets to bring in the majority of the team’s top scores. Kent State got off to a great start on bars and they also had a killer floor rotation, but they were unable to challenge the host team after counting some weak beam sets and vaults, though Rachel Stypinski was incredible throughout, and we also saw great performances from Brooke Timko on bars and Abby Fletcher on floor.

W&M counted a few problem routines on pretty much every event, with their opening floor rotation the strongest all day, bolstered by a 9.775 from leadoff Taylor White and a 9.8 from anchor Aaliyah Kerr, while Katie Waldman led the team on vault and beam and Caroline Caponi was the standout on bars. For DIII Oshkosh, their scores overall were a bit lower, but it was overall an incredible day for them, leading to their highest overall score since last January after excellent work from all-arounder Baylee Tkaczuk (who got an incredible 9.825 on bars!) as well as Amanda McBrayer on vault, Paige Mayhew on beam, and Bailey Finin on floor.

AA: Rachel Stypinski, KSU, 39.550
VT: Cami Drouin-Allaire & Jillian Winstanley, GWU, 9.900
UB: Rachel Stypinski, KSU, 9.950
BB: Rachel Stypinski, KSU, 9.925
FX: Cami Drouin-Allaire, GWU, 9.925

California 195.950, Arizona 194.425 [Results]

Despite a phenomenal floor rotation to close out the meet, Cal continues to struggle this season, counting weak bars sets and a fall on beam to walk away with the win but a low team score considering what they’re capable of. Toni-Ann Williams had one of her typically insanely good floor routines, anchoring with a 9.95, but she struggled on both bars and beam in what was definitely her weakest performance of the season. Arianna Robinson was great on vault, though, while Nina Schank was lovely on bars, Cassidy Keelen and Chelsea Shu brought it on beam, and Kyana George brought in a fantastic floor set after a mostly solid day.

Arizona got off to a weaker than normal start on bars, following it up with a relatively weak vault rotation, a fall in their opening floor set, and then a fall (and other rough sets) counted on beam. Standouts included all-around champ Madison Cindric, who was solid from start to finish, including bringing in a 9.875 as the beam anchor to finish the day on a high note, as well as Christina Berg on bars and Lauryn Mattson and Adra Parks on floor.

AA: Madison Cindric, Arizona, 39.225
VT: Arianna Robinson, Cal, 9.900
UB: Nina Schank, Cal, 9.850
BB: Madison Cindric, Arizona, 9.875
FX: Toni-Ann Williams, Cal, 9.950

Penn State 195.600, Michigan State 195.550 [Results]

PSU got off to a strong start here, but really closed the gap when they counted a fall on beam, making it a super close battle in the final rotation, but they were able to bank on some weak beam sets from visiting MSU to finish strong on floor and get the win by half a tenth. Briannah Tsang was a hero of the meet, as always, bringing in solid routines including a 9.925 as the floor anchor, while we also saw beautiful work from Sabrina Garcia on bars and beam, a solid vault from Gianna LaGuardia, and a good early lineup set from Kristen Politz on floor.

MSU was pretty steady from start to finish here, opening with a stellar bars rotation that included a 9.9 from specialist Anne Maxim, though overall their routines aren’t quite at the level as PSU’s and they weren’t able to take advantage of the host team’s beam errors. In addition to Maxim, Hailee Westnee was fab on bars and beam, Lea Mitchell was great on bars and floor though unfortunately fell during her beam set, and we also saw some great floor work from specialists Brittini Chappell, Drew Hendershot, and Tristan Brown, helping the team to a 49.175.

AA: Briannah Tsang, PSU, 39.475
VT: Briannah Tsang, PSU, 9.850
UB: Lauren Bridgens & Sabrina Garcia, PSU, 9.925
BB: Hailee Westney, MSU, 9.900
FX: Briannah Tsang, PSU, 9.925

Bridgeport 194.350, Brown 190.900, Rhode Island 177.100 [Results]

DII Bridgeport defeated DI Brown on the road with its strongest meet of the season thanks to especially good rotations on bars and floor. All-arounder Kelsey Campbell led the team with some of the top scores on all four events while Nina Whittaker was lovely on bars, Kathryn Doran and Lauren Ramirez were solid on beam, and Maya Reimers was a standout on floor.

For Brown, vault was tough and though they came back for a solid two rotations to follow it up, they unfortunately counted multiple falls on floor to fall to the visiting team. Standouts for this program included Alyssa Gardner on vault, Kate Nelson on bars, Regan Butchness on beam, and Anya Olson on floor. For DIII Rhode Island, bars continued to be weak, but they actually had one of their better meets on beam, including a 9.2 from Violet Pinola and a 9.4 from Grace Davis, who matched that score on floor. Kaela Skerl was also great on floor, while Christa Vaccaro led the team on bars and Erin Shea was the strongest on vault.

AA: Kelsey Campbell, Bridgeport, 38.850
VT: Maya Reimers & Kelsey Campbell, Bridgeport, 9.700
UB: Kate Nelson, Brown, 9.825
BB: Regan Butchness, Brown, 9.800
FX: Maya Reimers, Bridgeport, 9.850

Lindenwood 193.600, Illinois State 191.200, Winona State 186.825 [Results]

Another tale of a DII team defeating a DI on the DI’s home turf, as the Lions managed to amass a more than two-point lead ahead of ISU. For Lindenwood, Ryan Henry was solid across the board, putting up her best performances with huge numbers on beam with a 9.825 and on floor with a 9.85, while Jordan Boogerd and Aleah Leman led the team on vault and Andavea Alexander was strongest on bars.

ISU struggled, counting falls on beam and floor, but saw strong work from all-arounder Gabrielle Cooke on all events but beam, including a huge 9.875 on floor, while Anna Marema and Alyssa Wiggle were great on bars and Cameron Topp and Savannah Remkus were solid on beam, and for DIII Winona State, Kennedy Utz led on vault and floor, Kathryn Pipp was her always stunning self on bars, and Katie Carling was tops on beam.

AA: Ryan Henry, Lindenwood, & Alyssa Wiggle, ISU, 38.650
VT: Gabrielle Cooke, ISU, 9.750
UB: Anna Marema, ISU, 9.750
BB: Ryan Henry, Lindenwood, 9.825
FX: Gabrielle Cooke, ISU, 9.875

Texas Woman’s 192.650, Centenary 189.750 [Results]

DII TWU defeated DIII Centenary by nearly three points on Sunday, struggling a bit on bars and counting a fall on floor, but getting back under control for vault and for a solid finish on beam. All-arounder Schyler Jones was great on vault, bars, and floor, and though she fell on beam, she still managed to pick up the all-around title, while Bria Northrop was excellent on bars, Mallory Moredock and Alyssa Kelly were lovely on beam, and both Moredock and Erin Alderman killed it on floor.

Centenary continues to improve, besting the previous meet score by four points and coming in 12 points higher than their season opener thanks to especially strong work on beam and floor. Tavia Smith had a fantastic all-around performance this afternoon, while Ashley White was great on vault, beam, and floor, Navia Jordan put up a huge floor performance for a 9.8, and we saw great work on beam from Cami Bea Austin and Delia Ardoin.

AA: Schyler Jones, TWU, 38.475
VT: Schyler Jones, TWU, 9.800
UB: Bria Northrop, TWU, 9.800
BB: Alyssa Kelly, TWU, 9.825
FX: Navia Jordan, Centenary, 9.800

Brockport 188.925, Ithaca 188.575 [Results]

This was a great upstate New York battle between two great NCGA East teams, with host team Brockport ending up just over three tenths ahead of visiting Ithaca after a relatively weak beam, but then a fantastic finish on floor to seal the win. Stephanie Mager was excellent as always on vault and floor, Bridgette Schaal brought it on vault and bars, Miranda Shaine was excellent in the bars anchor spot, and Candis Kowalik saved the beam rotation with a big 9.75 in the anchor spot in addition to adding a 9.75 on floor as well to win both titles.

Ithaca had some bars bumps in their opening rotation, but got back on track with a solid vault rotation and counted mostly great routines on floor and then beam. Carolyn Nichols was a standout on vault, as usual, though wasn’t super strong anchoring floor this week, while Courtney Christoforo led the bars rotation to win the title with a 9.5, Katie Holcomb was a standout on beam, and Victoria Gery was very strong on floor, though an out-of-bounds held her score back a bit.

AA: n/a
VT: Stephanie Mager, Brockport, 9.775
UB: Courtney Christoforo, Ithaca, 9.500
BB: Candis Kowalik, Brockport, 9.750
FX: Candis Kowalik, Brockport, 9.750

Springfield 188.700, Cortland 187.000 [Results]

Like the above NCGA East showdown, this was also a great one that came right down to the wire as Cortland led by two points going into the final rotation, but a disastrous beam rotation for the Dragons allowed Springfield to make up ground to get the win by almost two points. Vault saw consistency in the lineup from the start, building up to a 9.4 from Taylor Jackson and a 9.45 from Madi Bowen, while on bars Jackson came back to post a 9.65 and anchor Briana Kerr nailed her set for a 9.7. Beam was really strong overall, with the team getting over a fall to count a 9.675 from Jessica Clemens, who came back from a fall of her own on bars to win the beam title with a 9.675, and floor was excellent overall, with the team counting a 9.775 from Bowen and a 9.825 from Tali Twomey.

Cortland got off to a good start on bars, with anchor Sidney McConnell tying for the title with a 9.7, and they had a very strong vault rotation, with big scores from Bailey Gildemeyer, Lily Szafranski, and Rachel Filipski, who anchored with a 9.625 to win the title. Moving to floor, Gildemeyer was again productive while the team also counted a 9.7 from Szafranski and a 9.775 from Emma Schulz, but on beam the team saw multiple falls, with the high scores coming from anchor Gildemeyer with a 9.1 and from Schulz with a 9.3.

AA: Jessica Clemens, Springfield, 35.725
VT: Rachel Filipski, Cortland, 9.625
UB: Briana Kerr, Springfield, & Sidney McConnell, Cortland, 9.700
BB: Jessica Clemens, Springfield, 9.675
FX: Tali Twomey, Springfield, 9.825

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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