The NCAA Gym Skim | February 10

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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 197.750, California 197.225 [Results]

The Bruins had another fantastic meet this week, competing 15 athletes in an effort to rest some of the regulars and still posting a high 197 with the lineup swaps because #depth. We got our first glimpse of Anna Glenn on vault, hitting an FTY for a 9.8, while her twin Grace crushed beam to tie Katelyn Ohashi for the title with a 9.95. Nia Dennis was stellar in the all-around, Pua Hall had one of her best vaults and put up a 9.9 on floor, Peng Peng Lee and Kyla Ross led the team with gorgeous sets on bars, and Savannah Kooyman proved to be a solid backup competitor for bars and floor.

More importantly, though, was Cal finally having everything come together. Prior to this meet, the team’s high was a 195.950, so they were able to beat this season high by over a point with no real weak spots on any event. Toni-Ann Williams was the hero of the meet, going 9.85 or better on each event including a pair of 9.925s on vault and beam, and we also saw great work from freshman Kyana George in the all-around while Alma Kuc was lovely on bars for a 9.9, Sofie Seilnacht brought in strong numbers on bars, beam, and floor, and Arianna Robinson killed it on vault and floor. It was also great to see a fantastic bars exhibition from Emi Watterson, who put up a 9.9 for her nearly flawless set that would’ve tied the team high for this event. I hope they can continue this momentum going forward so that once the RQS kicks in, they’ll see a healthy bump in the rankings.

AA: Toni-Ann Williams, Cal, 39.600
VT: Pua Hall, UCLA, 9.950
UB: Peng Peng Lee & Kyla Ross, UCLA, 9.950
BB: Katelyn Ohashi & Grace Glenn, UCLA, 9.950
FX: Pua Hall, UCLA, and Toni-Ann Williams, Cal, 9.900

Michigan 197.250, Michigan State 194.950 [Results]

For the first meet without standout Olivia Karas, who is out for the season, Michigan still managed to put up a strong number using only eight athletes. Almost everyone was on point and did what they needed to do for the team, led by all-arounders Brianna Brown and Lexi Funk. It was great seeing Lauren Farley deliver on beam, where Polina Shchennikova also brought in a gorgeous set in addition to looking strong on bars, Emma McLean was fantastic as always on vault and floor, and Syd Townsend was excellent on vault, bars, and floor to count great sets into the team’s total.

MSU was sailing along in this meet with solid work in the first three events, though they unfortunately counted a fall on beam in the final rotation. All-arounder Roya Shirley was one of those falls, but she led the team on vault and also contributed a solid bars set, with Hailee Westney looking beautiful on that event, which we’ve come to expect. Lea Mitchell, the strongest all-arounder for this team, was excellent on beam, as was specialist Victoria Huehn, and specialists Tristan Brown and Brittini Chappell led the team with strong performances on floor.

AA: Brianna Brown, Michigan, 39.400
VT: Syd Townsend, Michigan, 9.900
UB: Polina Shchennikova & Brianna Brown, Michigan, and Hailee Westney, Michigan State, 9.875
BB: Polina Shchennikova & Lauren Farley, Michigan, 9.925
FX: Emma McLean, Michigan, 9.950

Washington 197.000, Oregon State 196.500 [Results]

This was a tight, close meet until Oregon State had a sub-par beam rotation. Washington hit 197 for the first time this season, tying its season highs on floor and bars and putting up a season high on beam in the process. Senior Hailey Burleson led the team, winning beam and the all-around. Joslyn Goings, recovering from a preseason injury, is starting to find her form on beam, notching a 9.9, while Madison Copiak scored a career-high 9.9 on beam, and Monica Riley won the bars title (it has been so much fun to see her improve so much on that event this year). Additionally, Burleson, Evanni Roberson, and Maya Washington led the GymDawgs on floor, and overall, the sophomore class looked really impressive and will be so huge for this team going forward.

For Oregon State, Lena Greene made her college debut with a strong front pike half on vault, winning the event. OSU has now shows three different vaults with 10.0 start values. Dani Dessaints competed bars for the first time in two years, which was very exciting, and she, along with Maela Lazaro, led the team on beam. Lazaro has such a calm presence on beam; it’s fun to see her develop. Finally, McKenna Singley won floor with a dramatic routine that complemented the super engaging sets from Isis Lowery and Kaitlyn Yanish.

AA: Hailey Burleson, Washington, 39.450
VT: Lena Greene, Oregon State, 9.900
UB: Monica Riley, Washington, 9.900
BB: Hailey Burleson, Washington, 9.925
FX: McKenna Singley, Oregon State, 9.925

Denver 196.725, George Washington 195.950, West Virginia 194.925 [Results]

Host team Denver won this tri-meet ahead of GWU and Big 12 rival WVU by a huge margin despite losing freshman standout Lynnzee Brown to injury shortly before the meet. Brown will likely be out for at least four weeks, unfortunately for this program which already struggles with depth and lineup shortages, but thankfully the talent they do have is right up there with some of the top programs in the country. Maddie Karr led the team with a 39.6 in the all-around, contributing a pair of 9.925s for her outstanding vault and floor sets, while freshman Mia Sundstrom continues to put up steady and lovely work, reaching a 9.85 on both beam and floor. Additionally, Nikole Addison was a standout on vault and floor, Claire Kern had one of her best bars performances of the season, and Kaitlyn Schou contributed excellent routines on vault and beam, sharing the beam title with Karr with a 9.875.

GWU had a pretty solid meet, including standout performances on vault and beam with all-arounders Cami Drouin-Allaire, Jillian Winstanley, and Alex Zois each contributing some of their best work of the season. These three led the team on all four events, with Liz Pfeiler also adding in solid scores on vault and beam. WVU looked a little rough on bars and beam here, but Kirah Koshinski was fierce on vault and floor, and Zaakira Muhammad — who still isn’t back as an all-arounder — put up solid scores on vault and bars while specialist Sydney Marler also put up a nice bars set, and Abby Kaufman and McKenna Linnen showed solid work on beam.

AA: Maddie Karr, Denver, 39.600
VT: Maddie Karr, Denver, 9.925
UB: Emily Glynn, Denver, 9.900
BB: Maddie Karr & Kaitlyn Schou, Denver, 9.875
FX: Maddie Karr & Nikole Addison, Denver, 9.925

New Hampshire 195.775, Towson 193.975 [Results]

UNH got over some weak beam sets, including from the typically flawless Casey Lauter, to manage a nearly two-point win over EAGL rival Towson, finishing with a solid floor rotation to end on a high note. Nicole O’Leary led the team on vault with an excellent outing, and she also put up one of the top scores on floor, while Lauren Diggan and Danielle Mulligan were solid on bars, Courtney Bondanza and Riley Freehling were steady on beam, and Danielle Doolin, who fell on bars earlier in the meet, led the team on floor with a fantastic anchor set.

Towson started off the meet counting a fall on bars, and though they were able to make up for this with mostly good routines on the rest of their events, it wasn’t enough to come close to the host team. Tyra McKellar and Gabriella Yarussi led the team on vault, with McKellar also putting up the top score on beam while Yarussi led the team on beam, and on floor, we saw great work from Cortni Baker, who unfortunately struggled on her normally excellent vault in addition to falling on bars. Mary Elle Arduino also fell on bars, and her vault wasn’t as strong as we can usually expect, but her beam and floor were both good to get some redemption for the earlier mistakes.

AA: Danielle Doolin, New Hampshire, 38.325
VT: Nicole O’Leary, New Hampshire, 9.900
UB: Lauren Diggan, New Hampshire, 9.900
BB: Riley Freehling, New Hampshire, 9.825
FX: Danielle Doolin, New Hampshire, 9.875

Nebraska 195.675, Iowa 194.900 [Results]

The Huskers came back from a rough opening rotation on vault to get the win over Big Ten rival Iowa thanks to strong work on bars and floor. With landings a struggle for many of the vaulters this week, Grace Williams, Megan Schweihofer, and Sienna Crouse were strong to lead the rotation, with Crouse also putting up a 9.925 on bars and a 9.8 on floor to contribute a great program here. Everyone in the bars rotation looked strong, with specialist Taylor Houchin a standout, specialist Danielle Breen led the beam rotation with a lovely set, and both Williams and Sierra Hassel were great on beam and floor, sharing the floor title with a pair of 9.875s.

Iowa held the lead after the first rotation thanks to solid work on bars, and they kept the momentum going through vault but then counted a fall on floor to end up a tenth away from reaching a 195. Nicole Chow led the team on vault and also showed good work on beam, but also put up one of the floor falls, Melissa Zurawski led the team on bars, Nikki Youd led the team on beam, and Lanie Snyder led the team on floor.

AA: Megan Schweihofer, Nebraska, 38.950
VT: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 9.825
UB: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 9.925
BB: Danielle Breen, Nebraska, 9.900
FX: Grace Williams & Sierra Hassel, Nebraska, 9.875

Yale 194.275, Bridgeport 194.225, Southern Conn. 191.825, Springfield 186.000 [Results]

After a strong season so far, Yale continues to impress, winning the quad meet against two DII squads and DIII Springfield with the final rotation a nail-biter as the host team fought to overcome some issues on floor. Just half a tenth a head of Bridgeport, beam sealed the deal for this team, seeing a 9.875 from Jade Buford and a 9.925 from Jacey Baldovino to bring the team above a 49, which was super exciting to see. Baldovino also won the all-around while leading the team on vault and floor, and we also saw solid scores from Rebecca Chong and Alyssa Firth on vault, Megan Ryan and Jessica Wang on bars, and Buford on floor.

Bridgeport counted a beam fall, but otherwise looked good, especially on bars where their lowest score to count was a 9.75. Kelsey Campbell led the team on vault and as an all-arounder contributing solid scores across the board, while we also saw good work from Maya Reimers on vault and floor, Kelli Tereshko on bars, and Kathryn Doran on beam. For Southern Conn., which struggled a bit on bars, we saw standout work from Alexandra Lesperance on vault, Kathleen Aberger on bars and beam, and Alexandra Avendano on floor, and Springfield had a rough meet on both bars and beam, but we saw great work from Taylor Jackson on vault, Briana Kerr on bars, Jessica Clemens on beam, and Tali Twomey on floor.

AA: Jacey Baldovino, Yale, 39.150
VT: Alexandra Lesperance, Southern Conn., 9.775
UB: Kelli Tereshko, Bridgeport, 9.850
BB: Jacey Baldovino, Yale, 9.925
FX: Maya Reimers, Bridgeport, 9.825

Air Force 194.275, Seattle Pacific 189.250 [Results]

Air Force ended up with a five-point win over MPSF rival DII Seattle Pacific thanks to brilliant work on bars and beam, some of their strongest rotations on these two events this season, making up for mistakes counted on floor. Lauren Miller and anchor Anna Salamone brought in a pair of 9.7s on vault, and bars was excellent from start to finish, with nothing lower than a 9.75 counted into the total while the final two up — Miranda Murphy and Salamone — led the team with a pair of 9.85s to share the title. On beam, Lynne Jad put up a fantastic leadoff set and the rest of the squad fought past a fall in the two-spot to see a 9.875 from Analise Howard, and after two rough floor routines to start that rotation, the rest of the team was able to bring it back under control, with a 9.75 from Brooke Bruder turning things around while Casey Bell anchored to end the meet on a high note with a 9.825.

For SPU, some weak work on bars aside, this was a pretty solid meet. After a rough start to the bars rotation, Darian Burns and Sienna Brane ended the rotation with a 9.725 and a 9.75, both showing mistake-free sets, and Itzia San Roman led the team on vault with a 9.6 in an overall strong rotation. Burns anchored floor with a 9.7, but unfortunately fell on beam, though the rest of the rotation was more or less good, including a 9.7 from Shelbi Spivey and a 9.775 from Miyuki Matsuni.

AA: Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific, 37.875
VT: Lauren Miller & Anna Salamone, Air Force, 9.700
UB: Mariana Murphy & Anna Salamone, Air Force, 9.850
BB: Analise Howard, Air Force, 9.875
FX: Casey Bell, Air Force, 9.825

Cornell 193.625, Ithaca 191.375, West Chester 190.600, Brockport 190.575 [Results]

DI Cornell got the win at home in a quad meet, putting up especially strong work on bars and floor to finish over two points ahead of the rest of the teams there. Maci Prescott led the team on vault, Amy Shen had a gorgeous bars set to put up a 9.8, we saw a pair of 9.75s on beam from Izzy Herczeg and Maddison Smith, and on floor, Samantha Henry anchored with a 9.85 after an excellent start to the rotation to secure the win.

DIII Ithaca had a great upset of West Chester, finishing almost a point ahead of the DII squad after an incredible floor rotation and no major mistakes counted throughout. Carolyn Nichols led the team on vault, Baylie Trammell anchored bars with a lovely set, and we saw phenomenal work on beam from Paige Landes and on floor from Victoria Gery, with Gery taking the title there with a 9.875, an incredible score for DIII.

WCU was somewhat weak on bars and beam, but also saw standout work on both events from Myranda Marshall, who won the bars title with a 9.825, and from Sarah Boyd, who anchored beam with a 9.7, while Jessica Meakim took the vault title with a 9.8 and added another 9.8 on floor, and for Brockport, the team fought past a couple of weak routines on bars and beam to put up an incredible floor rotation that included a pair of 9.75s from Stephanie Mager and Brittany Vasile, while Shelby Schumaker led vault, Allison Hester led bars, and Candis Kowalik led floor with a huge 9.85 to win the title; she also picked up the all-around title with a 38.5.

AA: Candis Kowalik, Brockport, 38.500
VT: Jessica Meakim, West Chester, 9.800
UB: Myranda Marshall, West Chester, 9.825
BB: Candis Kowalik, Brockport, 9.850
FX: Victoria Gery, Ithaca, 9.875

Oshkosh 183.425, Gustavus 179.875 [Results]

Oshkosh struggled a bit on bars and floor here, but had a solid five-person vault rotation and ended on a high note with a fantastic beam rotation to get a big win over WIAC rival Gustavus on the road. All-arounders Baylee Tkaczuk and Amanda McBrayer each had one weak routine, but otherwise contributed some of the team’s top numbers, with McBrayer leading on vault and Tkaczuk leading on bars and beam while Bailey Finin put up the top score on floor to win the title with a 9.425.

For Gustavus, bars and beam brought them down considerably, where even Amanda Malo struggled, though she started and ended the meet on a high note with a pair of 9.4s on vault and floor. Other standout work for the host team included solid work on vault and floor from Leah Heilig and great sets on vault and bars from Veronica Vasina, while the top beam score came from Samantha Ardy with an 8.875.

AA: Amanda McBrayer, Oshkosh, 36.850
VT: Amanda McBrayer, Oshkosh, 9.425
UB: Baylee Tkaczuk, Oshkosh, 9.325
BB: Baylee Tkaczuk, Oshkosh, 9.600
FX: Bailey Finin, Oshkosh, 9.425

Article by Lauren Hopkins and Trisha Wolf

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