The NCAA Gym Skim | February 9

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 197.850, Alabama 197.075 [Results]

The scoring at this meet wasn’t quite as insane as I expected it to be, with the judges playing it pretty conservative for the most part, a few iffy scores aside. Alex McMurtry was on fire here, putting up a nearly perfect score for a DTY that was better than the one she actually got a ten for, and she also led the team with brilliant work on bars and beam, the latter of which was also a great rotation for Alyssa Baumann and Alicia Boren, who won the all-around thanks to awesome routines on bars and floor as she continues to improve on the little things that have tended to hold her back in the past. Baumann was also great on floor, while Rachel Gowey and Amelia Hundley were standouts on bars, and Kennedy Baker, competing only on floor, got a perfect ten for a set that was undeniably flawless. We’re ready for that Dos Santos II, Kennedy!

Alabama looked better here than they have for most of this season, with Nickie Guerrero the MVP thanks to nailing her routines on vault, beam, and floor. Also impressive were Mackenzie Brannan and Kiana Winston on bars and Peyton Ernst on beam, while we saw steady performances overall from Abby Armbrecht, Lexi Graber, and Shea Mahoney.

AA: Alicia Boren, Florida, 39.600
VT: Alex McMurtry, Florida, 9.975
UB: Alex McMurtry, Florida, 9.950
BB: Nickie Guerrero, Alabama, 9.950
FX: Kennedy Baker, Florida, 10.000

LSU 197.150, Missouri 196.375 [Results]

Despite counting a fall on beam and putting up a weak rotation on bars, LSU managed to break 197 thanks to excellent work on vault and floor, the latter of which saw two almost perfect tens from Myia Hambrick and Sarah Finnegan. These two led the team with excellent work on all four events, with Hambrick also putting up a 9.95 to win the vault title and a 9.875 to win bars while Finnegan won the beam title with a 9.9, matched by Erin Macadaeg for a super steady set. Kennedi Edney would’ve been in the mix of top all-arounders as well had she not fallen on beam, as she shared the vault title with a 9.95 and also picked up a 9.925 on floor, and Lexie Priessman also brought her A-game on bars.

SEC rival Mizzou got through a solid meet, if not exactly a great one after some weak performances on bars. Madeleine Huber led the team on both vault and bars, showing solid sets on both, while Britney Ward was the strongest with her beam anchor set and both Allison Bower and Kennedi Harris killed it on floor, which was the team’s overall strongest work.

AA: Myia Hambrick, LSU, 39.625
VT: Myia Hambrick & Kennedi Edney, LSU, 9.950
UB: Myia Hambrick & Lexie Priessman, LSU, 9.875
BB: Sarah Finnegan & Erin Macadaeg, LSU, 9.900
FX: Myia Hambrick & Sarah Finnegan, LSU, 9.975

Utah 197.075, Arizona State 195.400 [Results]

This wasn’t one of Utah’s best meets after some missed routines and weak performances along the way, but it was one of MyKayla Skinner’s best meets of the season, complete with an all-around win and title sweep as she held the Red Rocks together with top performances on all four events. Skinner, who has had a couple of little missteps earlier this season, was superb tonight, with one of her most solid beam sets so far this year in addition to a DTY with a hop, a clean bars set with a stuck dismount, and an excellent floor routine that earned a 9.95. Fellow top performer MaKenna Merrell-Giles was good on vault and floor, but she was a bit weaker than usual on bars and had a fall on beam, while Kari Lee was solid in the all-around, Kim Tessen was great on vault and bars, and Tiffani Lewis showed solid work on floor.

Arizona State still isn’t back in top shape after a rough meet in week five, but they did pick things up quite a bit here, getting over a fall on bars in the first rotation to put up mostly strong routines. Anne Kuhm and Cairo Leonard-Baker were great in the all-around, both putting up their best work on floor, while Morgan Wilson led the team on vault, and Heather Udowitch came into the beam lineup as a replacement for Nichelle Christopherson, who rolled her ankle at the previous meet, putting up a 9.8 to lead the team there.

AA: MyKayla Skinner, Utah, 39.675
VT: MyKayla Skinner, Utah, 9.900
UB: MyKayla Skinner, Utah, 9.925
BB: MyKayla Skinner, Utah, 9.900
FX: MyKayla Skinner, Utah, 9.950

Southern Utah 196.800, BYU 196.450 [Results]

This was a fantastic meet between MRGC and Utah state rivals Southern Utah and BYU, with the host team coming out on top by a few tenths after both teams went 49 or better on all four events, putting up fantastic final rotations to make this a super close finish. For SUU, Megan McBride led the team on vault and Becky Rozsa led on bars, both hitting excellent leadoff routines to kick off solid rotations, while Karen Gonzalez and Autumn Jorgensen were stellar on both beam and floor.

Shannon Hortman led BYU with a huge 39.4 in the all-around, also winning the bars title with a 9.875. On vault, Avery Bennett hit for a 9.875 in what was a mostly solid rotation, though Mackenzie Douglas unfortunately fell in the anchor spot and the team was forced to count a low leadoff score, while Hortman and Abbey Miner led the team with a pair of 9.875s on floor, and beam was excellent from start to finish, including a pair of 9.9s from Abby Boden and Natasha Trejo who ended the rotation, and the meet, on a high note.

AA: Shannon Hortman, BYU, 39.400
VT: Megan McBride, Southern Utah, 9.900
UB: Becky Rozsa, Southern Utah, and Shannon Hortman, BYU, 9.875
BB: Karen Gonzalez, Southern Utah, 9.950
FX: Karen Gonzalez & Autumn Jorgensen, Southern Utah, 9.875

Arkansas 196.750, Auburn 194.875 [Results]

The Razorbacks had a stellar competition at home, reaching great team scores on all four events with bars especially excellent at a 49.450 thanks to four 9.9s from Sarah Shaffer, Amanda Wellick, Braie Speed, and Hailey Garner. Speed also led the team on vault with a 9.875, the team fought past Shaffer’s beam fall to put up 9.85s from Wellick and anchor Michaela Burton there, and they ended on a high note on floor with a pair of 9.875s from Burton and Jessica Yamzon while Shaffer got some redemption from beam with a 9.9.

Auburn struggled quite a bit at this meet, giving up tenths here and there in addition to counting a fall on bars, where they opened with a miss from Katie Becker and then Abby Milliet had a fall of her own at the end of the rotation. Vault was also pretty weak considering what this team can do, with top scores from Drew Watson and Gracie Day, the only two to break a 9.8, and they also had some small mistakes on their final two events, though Milliet came back with excellent sets on both to earn a pair of 9.9s and the team had a strong fight back from an early beam fall from Watson to see freshman Meredith Sylvia step up with a 9.85.

AA: Jessica Yamzon, Arkansas, 39.225
VT: Braie Speed, Arkansas, 9.875
UB: Hailey Garner, Sarah Shaffer, Braie Speed & Amanda Wellick, Arkansas, 9.900
BB: Abby Milliet, Auburn, 9.900
FX: Abby Milliet, Auburn, & Sarah Shaffer, Arkansas, 9.900

Boise State 196.400, Iowa State 195.725, San Jose State 194.500 [Results]

Despite some weak sets on beam at this meet, Boise State was otherwise fantastic, getting the win at SJSU without counting any falls. Sani Remme, who won the all-around, continues to be a top contributor on all four events, with her 9.925 on floor the highlight there in what was an especially strong rotation, also including a 9.9 from Sandra Collantes and a 9.875 from Abby Webb, while Mary Frances Bir and Ann Stockwell were excellent on vault, with Stockwell also leading the bars rotation, where we saw freshman Emily Muhlenhaupt step it up with a 9.85 to match Courtney McGregor with the same score.

Iowa State struggled with counting a fall on bars, but otherwise this team had a great meet, reaching a 49 or better to finish well despite the error. All-arounders Meaghan Sievers and Haylee Young were the two who fell on bars, but both came back with excellent routines elsewhere to put up some of the squad’s top numbers on each event, while Kelsey Paz was great on vault, beam, and floor, Molly Russ brought in a 9.9 on beam, and both Hilary Green and Madeline Johnson were excellent on bars, with Green earning a 9.875 and Johnson reaching a 9.925 for a flawless set.

SJSU wasn’t a match for either of the other teams here, but they were consistent for the most part, and had some great individual standouts, including Ellie Pascoe-Long on vault and floor, Kaprece Nadonza on bars, Katie Won on bars and beam, and Taylor Chan on floor.

AA: Shani Remme, Boise State, 39.425
VT: Mary Frances Bir, Boise State, 9.925
UB: Madeline Johnson, Iowa State, 9.925
BB: Molly Russ, Iowa State, 9.900
FX: Shani Remme, Boise State, 9.925

Georgia 196.150, Kentucky 195.550 [Results]

The Gymdogs had a solid road performance against SEC rival Kentucky, upsetting the host team by over half a point thanks to outstanding work on bars and floor. Their opening rotation saw a couple of bumpy routines, including from the usually flawless Rachel Dickson, but freshman Marissa Oakley looked fantastic on this night, putting up a 9.9 to lead the rotation and win the title, backed up by a 9.875 from Natalie Vaculik and a 9.85 from Sydney Snead. Snead, who won the all-around, had a solid vault and beam leadoff set while leading the team on floor with a 9.9, while Lauren Johnson won vault with a 9.9, and Vivi Babalis led beam with a 9.875 and Sabrina Vega anchored with a 9.85.

Kentucky unfortunately counted a fall on beam after both Alaina Kwan and the normally solid Sidney Dukes came off, though Katie Stuart had a great leadoff performance for the team and Alex Hyland anchored with a 9.875 to take a share of the title. Otherwise, the team was great, putting up top numbers on bars, where anchor Mollie Korth brought in a 9.875, and on floor, where we saw a pair of 9.875s from Korth and Hailey Poland.

AA: Sydney Snead, Georgia, 39.400
VT: Lauren Johnson, Georgia, 9.900
UB: Marissa Oakley, Georgia, 9.900
BB: Alex Hyland, Kentucky, & Vivi Babalis, Georgia, 9.875
FX: Sydney Snead, Georgia, 9.900

Ohio State 196.200, Penn State 196.025 [Results]

Whenever Ohio State and Penn State come together in a dual meet, you know it’s gonna be a good one, and this was no exception. Ohio State ended up with the win just a little over a tenth ahead of their Big Ten rivals thanks to an excellent final rotation on floor, where Stefanie Merkle and Jamie Stone put up excellent routines to share the title. Both of these ladies had great days, as did Olivia Aepli on vault, bars, and floor, Janelle McClelland on vault and floor, and Jenna Swartzentruber and Alexis Mattern on bars, both of whom have been pretty steady all-arounders this year but took a backseat at this meet which allowed others to step up and fight for the win.

For Penn State, Sabrina Garcia struggled on bars, but came back to win titles on beam and floor, the latter shared by Briannah Tsang, who was strong across the board. Gianna LaGuardia was a standout performer on vault, and both Alissa Bonsall and Lauren Bridgens brought in strong bars work, while specialist Mason Hosek put up a solid beam set to help the team overcome a fall.

AA: Briannah Tsang, Penn State, 39.325
VT: Gianna LaGuardia, Penn State, 9.875
UB: Jenna Swartzentruber, Ohio State, 9.875
BB: Sabrina Garcia, Penn State, 9.925
FX: Briannah Tsang & Sabrina Garcia, Penn State, and Jamie Stone & Stefanie Merkle, Ohio State, 9.875

Minnesota 196.100, Illinois 195.100 [Results]

Host team Minnesota bested Big Ten rivals Illinois by a full point thanks to excellent work from an incredible freshman class. Lexy Ramler continues to be one of the strongest all-arounders and beam workers in the country, winning the all-around with a 39.475 thanks to excellent work across the board, including a 9.95 for her stellar beam set, while Ivy Lu also looked great on beam and was outstanding on bars, getting a 9.975 for one of the cleanest routines I’ve seen, and Ona Loper led the team with a big 9.9 for her clean work on vault. In addition to these three, Paige Williams and Ciara Gardner helped the team on vault and floor.

Illinois counted a fall on bars and otherwise had a few bumps along the way, but freshman Nicole Biondi stepped up as a great all-arounder, showing her best work on bars to lead the rotation along with Sarah Lyons, while Kasey Meeks led the team on vault, Bridget Hodan was a standout on beam, and both Kylie Noonan and Haylee Roe added to the team’s total on floor.

AA: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 39.475
VT: Ona Loper, Minnesota, 9.900
UB: Ivy Lu, Minnesota, 9.975
BB: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 9.950
FX: Lexy Ramler & Ciara Gardner, Minnesota, 9.825

Northern Illinois 195.425, Eastern Michigan 194.900 [Results]

NIU got their first conference win of the season on the road at EMU last weekend, showing a couple of weak spots on beam but absolutely killing it on beam and floor to secure the win. All-arounders Ashley Potts and Katherine Prentice were on fire, with Potts counting a 9.8 or better on all four routines while Prentice put up a 9.825 on beam and a 9.85 on floor, and we also saw excellent work from Amanda Bartemio on vault and floor, Allison Richardson on beam and floor, and specialists Andie van Voorhis on beam and Anna Martucci on floor, both of whom took home the titles.

EMU came close to the visiting team, and the team worked through a couple of weak routines to count mostly good scores, but they just didn’t have that little something extra that NIU brought on their last two events, holding them back half a point when all was said and done. Emili Dobronics led the team with strong scores across the board, including a 9.85 on floor, while Julia Schwartz brought great routines on vault and floor, both Lacey Rubin and Kendall Valentin were excellent on bars and beam, and Jada Rondeau was strong on beam and floor.

AA: Ashley Potts, Northern Illinois, 39.325
VT: Ashley Potts & Amanda Bartemio, Northern Illinois, 9.825
UB: Ashley Potts, Northern Illinois, and Kendall Valentin, Eastern Michigan, 9.850
BB: Andie van Voorhis, Northern Illinois, 9.875
FX: Anna Martucci, Northern Illinois, 9.900

Utah State 195.000, UC Davis 194.525, Sacramento State 194.400 [Results]

Utah State fought past counting a fall on bars to pick up a road win thanks to lovely work on beam and floor. Leighton Varnadore had a great day, bringing in a trio of 9.8s on bars, beam, and floor, while Emily Briones led the team on beam with a 9.925, the lineup also helped by a pair of 9.85s from Taylor Dittmar and Autumn DeHarde, who was also strong on floor, while Faith Leary showed strong sets on vault and floor, and Madison Ward led the vault rotation with a 9.825.

Host team UC Davis had a few minor issues throughout their performance, and so they weren’t able to take advantage of Utah State’s fall. Alexis Brown was excellent in the all-around, leading the team on bars and floor, while Kelley Hebert was the standout on vault and beam, and Aya Suzuki had an excellent beam set. As for Sacramento State, the team counted a fall on beam, but otherwise looked better than they have this season, led by all-arounders Annie Juarez and Caitlin Soliwoda as well as Courtney Soliwoda on vault and beam, and Jordyn Brent on bars.

AA: Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 39.275
VT: Madison Ward, Utah State, 9.825
UB: Jordyn Brent, Sacramento State, 9.850
BB: Emily Briones, Utah State, 9.925
FX: Annie Juarez, Sacramento State, 9.875

Central Michigan 194.525, Illinois State 192.025 [Results]

This wasn’t a perfect meet for CMU on the road, and it’ll definitely drag them down a bit in the rankings after unfortunately counting a fall on beam in addition to some weak spots elsewhere throughout the night, but on an individual level they had lots to be happy about, especially with Bryttany Kaplan’s great work on vault and bars as well as Katy Clements’ brilliant routines on beam and floor. Denelle Pedrick, who won the all-around, struggled a bit, looking weaker than usual on vault while also leading off bars with a set that wasn’t her best, though she came back for strong work on beam and floor, and in addition to these three, we also saw a lovely floor set from Abbie Rose Zoeller.

For Illinois State, the normally solid Gabrielle Cooke unfortunately had a fall in the anchor spot on beam, which they had to count in addition to counting an especially weak vault rotation this week. Otherwise, Cooke was great, though, leading the team on the other three events, while Savannah Remkus led the team on beam with a solid set and we also saw good work from Cameron Topp on floor.

AA: Denelle Pedrick, Central Michigan, 39.000
VT: Bryttany Kaplan, Central Michigan, 9.800
UB: Bryttany Kaplan, Central Michigan, 9.800
BB: Katy Clements, Central Michigan, 9.925
FX: Katy Clements, Central Michigan, 9.875

Lindenwood 190.850, Whitewater 188.650, Stout 184.875 [Results]

DII Lindenwood got the road win over DIII Whitewater in a two-point victory despite some weak spots on bars and beam. The Lions counted a fall on beam, but floor was a superb rotation for the team, seeing a 9.7 from Ryan Henry, a 9.725 from Andy Alexander, and a 9.8 from Aleah Leman to win the title. Henry was also polished on beam, winning the title with a 9.725, while all-arounder Courtney Mitchell led the team on bars and Jordan Boogerd led on vault, and we also saw great work from Taylor Colwell on bars, beam, and floor, and from specialist Samantha Borges on bars.

Whitewater was hoping to get the upset here, and they had a mostly strong day, but they were just a little behind Lindenwood and were unable to take advantage with some weak performances here and there. Lisa O’Donnell did manage to win the all-around, though, after a great day especially on bars and floor, leading the team on both events, while specialists Lauren Marshall and Chloe Rehberg proved their worth on vault, and Franchesca Hutton was excellent on beam and floor.

For fellow DIII Stout, vault and beam both proved to be struggles, though all-arounder Brooke Terry was excellent across the board, leading the team on vault and beam, while Sierra Beaver was a standout on bars and Belle Ihde showed great work on floor.

AA: Lisa O’Donnell, Whitewater, 37.950
VT: Jordan Boogerd, Lindenwood, 9.600
UB: Courtney Mitchell, Lindenwood, 9.700
BB: Ryan Henry, Lindenwood, 9.725
FX: Aleah Leman, Lindenwood, 9.800

La Crosse 190.100, Winona State 184.625 [Results]

La Crosse continues to show why they’re in the hunt for the NCGA title with outstanding work on vault and floor in addition to some of the top DIII rotations on bars and beam. All-arounder Samantha Wiekamp unfortunately had some struggles on a couple of events in this performance, but she led the team with an excellent vault that earned a 9.725, and she was also solid on beam early in the lineup. The best bars work came from Brooke Kachinsky and Amy Enright, who won the title, while Leah Spankowski and Jessica Ahrens led the team on beam and Sam Weyker anchored with a 9.75 on floor in a rotation that also included excellent work from Enright, Lauren Wilson, and Ellie Beckman.

Winona State didn’t really have a shot at the win here, but the team also showed solid routines on vault and floor, though they lost a bit of leeway on bars. Alana Currin led the team on vault with a 9.4 in what was overall a consistent rotation, while Anna Hiller brought in the top score on bars, leadoff Kelly Johnston was great on beam for a 9.5, and Breanna Murray was the floor standout wth a 9.45.

AA: Samantha Wiekamp, La Crosse, 36.575
VT: Samantha Wiekamp, La Crosse, 9.725
UB: Amy Enright, La Crosse, 9.575
BB: Jessica Ahrens, La Crosse, 9.625
FX: Sam Weyker, La Crosse, 9.750

Alaska 188.500, Centenary 187.700 [Results]

Alaska put up a solid road win against DIII Centenary, showing excellent work on vault after struggling through a couple of sets across the other events. Both Mackenzie Miller and Isabelle Fox were excellent, putting up the top two all-around spots without any major mistakes while Miller led the team on bars and Fox led on vault. Hope Nelson was also solid on her two events, bars and beam, Kendra Daniels put up excellent routines on beam and floor, and specialist Isabella Scalapino was strong on vault.

Centenary had a good meet overall, with no real disaster events to put up a great team total, but they were just a bit weaker than Alaska across the board. Tavia Smith competed in the all-around and put up some of the team’s best scores on vault, beam, and floor, while Ashley White had great work on beam and floor, Aspen Hattley was solid on vault, bars, and floor, and Jenny Jackson was a standout on vault and bars.

AA: Mackenzie Miller, Alaska, 38.200
VT: Kennedy Green & Isabelle Fox, Alaska, 9.675
UB: Mackenzie Miller, Alaska, 9.675
BB: Kendra Daniels, Alaska, 9.725
FX: Navia Jordan, Centenary, 9.675

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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