The NCAA Gym Skim | February 11


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

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Oklahoma 198.150, North Carolina 195.750 [Results]

The Sooners continued their epic season with another insane meet at home, where Brenna Dowell continues to be on fire, notching a 9.9 on vault, a 9.925 on bars, and a 9.95 on floor but what was most exciting from her was the debut of her beam in an exhibition setting, hitting a nearly flawless routine (and the Kochetkova is back!) for a 9.925, which would’ve been second-highest after Nichols. Had this score counted, not only would Dowell have won the all-around at this meet, but she also would’ve posted the highest all-around score in the country this week, a huge accomplishment considering this was the first all-around performance of her NCAA career.

But it was Maggie Nichols who actually won the all-around, and she nearly swept the titles with brilliant performances on vault and bars in addition to a perfect ten on beam, though an unfortunate step out-of-bounds on floor held her back to “only” a 9.8 there, limiting her from taking that top spot. AJ Jackson tied Nichols on vault, but struggled with her own out-of-bounds on floor, Nichole Lehrmann tied for the title on bars, and Anastasia Webb tied Dowell on floor while also putting up great work on bars and beam, though she was out of the vault lineup this week.

Morgan Lane ran the show for North Carolina, hitting a solid 39.3 all-around while also putting up a 9.95 for her rockstar beam set, which was super gorgeous and included a mix of strong acro and beautiful dance elements. This was my first time seeing Lane compete this year and she was breathtaking, and I also loved seeing Khazia Hislop bring both the power with her clean FTY and solid tumbling on floor as well as showing off lovely extension and lines on beam, where she posted a 9.9. Also standing out for this team were Madison Nettles on vault and Kaitlynn Hedelund on bars, who put up a 9.775 to lead the rotation that saw the final two struggle, leading the team to count a fall in what was an otherwise excellent meet.

AA: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 39.675
VT: Maggie Nichols & AJ Jackson, Oklahoma, 9.925
UB: Maggie Nichols & Nicole Lehrmann, Oklahoma, 9.950
BB: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 10.000
FX: Brenna Dowell & Anastasia Webb, Oklahoma, 9.950

Maryland 196.575, Rutgers 193.950, William & Mary 193.650, Brown 193.325 [Results]

The host team Maryland put up a season-best score to take down Big Ten rival Rutgers at this quad meet thanks to stellar rotations across the board, with bars a huge standout for the team. Audrey Barber was unstoppable in the all-around, leading the team on vault and bars to take the titles on both, while specialists Collea Burgess and Emma Johnson were also solid on vault, Alicia Farina put up a pair of 9.9s on bars and floor, earning titles on both, and specialist Shynelle Agaran was excellent on beam, posting a 9.875 in a rotation that was the weakest for the team.

Rutgers counted a fall on bars but otherwise showed up strong at this meet, seeing standout performances from Belle Huang on vault, Michelle Amoresano on bars, Makenzey Shank on beam, and Jenna Rizkalla on floor. William & Mary came in for third place after counting a fall on floor, with Erika Marr leading on vault, Evan Pakshong putting up top scores on bars and beam, and Aaliyah Kerr posting the top floor score for the program, and Brown finished last with what was a great meet for them, though a lack of vault difficulty held them back; Alyssa Gardner was great there, however, putting up a 9.75 while Emma Hansen led the team on bars, Regan Butchness and Rose Domonoske put up the top scores on beam, and Anya Barca-Hall and Anya Olson were the standouts on floor.

AA: Audrey Barber, Maryland, 39.475
VT: Audrey Barber, Maryland, and Belle Huang, Rutgers, 9.875
UB: Audrey Barber & Alecia Farina, Maryland, 9.900
BB: Shynelle Agaran, Maryland, and Makenzey Shank, Rutgers, 9.875
FX: Alecia Farina, Maryland, 9.900

Auburn 196.500, Pittsburgh 196.100, NC State 195.925, Texas Woman’s 195.200 [Results]

The Tigers took the top honors at this quad hosted by DII TWU, reaching a 49 or better across the board after fighting back from falls on all four events. Abby Milliet continues to be a major presence on this squad, putting up golden routines on bars, beam, and floor with her beam one of my favorites in NCAA right now, while Gracie Day led the team on vault and bars with excellent work on both events, Taylor Krippner had an excellent beam set, and Emma Slappey brought in strong numbers on beam and floor.

This was also a fantastic meet for both EAGL rivals Pitt and NC State, with the two battling for that second-place position all meet long, though Pitt took it in the end after a fantastic bars rotation. Freshman Haley Brechwald is leading the team with such fire this year, winning the all-around after especially great performances on bars and floor, while we also saw solid work from Catie Conrad on all four events, Lucy Brett on bars and beam, and specialists Taylor Laymon on beam and Charli Spivey on floor.

NC State looked like they might take it over Pitt, but ended up just a couple of tenths behind after fighting through a weak beam rotation, though they were otherwise great, led by Alexa Phillips on vault, Lauren Kent, Chelsea Knight, and Maggie Tamburro on bars, Kent and Nicole Wild on beam, and Drew Grantham on floor, and TWU counted a fall on beam but otherwise had an incredible meet, going 49.175 to help themselves to a season-best team total after excellent work from Brandi Lazarus on vault, Bria Northrop on bars, Schyler Jones on beam and floor, and Mallory Moredock on floor.

AA: Haley Brechwald, Pittsburgh, 39.325
VT: Gracie Day, Auburn, 9.925
UB: Gracie Day, Auburn, 9.900
BB: Taylor Krippner & Abby Milliet, Auburn, 9.925
FX: Abby Milliet, Auburn, Drew Grantham, NC State, and Mallory Moredock & Schyler Jones, Texas Woman’s, 9.900

Arizona 195.725, Stanford 195.025 [Results]

With visiting team Stanford counting two falls on bars, Arizona was able to take advantage of that deficit to get the win despite some drama of their own, including a fall counted on beam and a season-ending injury for Payton Bellows on floor, who ruptured her Achilles on her opening double tuck. It was a huge blow for this team, but they fought through the adversity to put up a solid finish on this event, with a pair of 9.85s from Madison Cindric and Kennady Schneider matching Lauryn Mattson’s opening 9.85. Cindric was also a standout on vault and beam, Victoria Ortiz led the team on bars, and before getting injured, Bellows had posted the highest vault score alongside Mattson.

With only five in their bars lineup, Stanford had to count not only Taylor Lawson’s leadoff fall, but also — shockingly — Elizabeth Price’s anchor fall, which came after she arched over her bail and couldn’t control her swing. It was a shame, as the rest of the meet went about as well as you could possibly expect from this team, with Price coming back to crush vault and floor, winning the titles on both while Kyla Bryant led on bars and brought in a consistent performance throughout the rest of the day to win the all-around and share the title with teammates Rachael Flam and Lauren Navarro on beam. Both Flam and Navarro continued to prove themselves as confident all-arounders.

AA: Kyla Bryant, Stanford, 39.400
VT: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.900
UB: Victoria Ortiz, Arizona, 9.850
BB: Rachael Flam, Lauren Navarro & Kyla Bryant, Stanford, 9.875
FX: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.925

Kent State 195.575, Western Michigan 194.975 [Results]

Rachel Stypinski led her team to a conference win over WMU on the road, reaching a 9.95 on bars and coming back from a weak vault to post a 9.9 on floor and a 9.925 on beam for one of her best days this season, taking four of the five titles. In addition to her great day, Abby Fletcher put up solid work on vault and floor, while Dara Williams was great on vault and bars, Ali Marrero got her job done on bars and beam, specialist Kennedy Plude was excellent on beam, and Alyssa Quinlan nailed floor, helping the team to a solid overall score despite a weaker-than-usual vault rotation.

WMU had a great day everywhere but beam, where they counted a fall early in the rotation to hold back just about a half point behind the visiting team. Sarah Shirley led the team on vault, taking the title with a 9.8, while Stacie Harrison and all-arounder Morgan Spence were the strongest two on bars, Jessica Juncaj stood out on beam, and Rachael Underwood was the queen on floor, posting a 9.9 to share the title with Stypinski.

AA: Rachel Stypinski, Kent State, 39.350
VT: Sarah Shirley, Western Michigan, 9.800
UB: Rachel Stypinski, Kent State, 9.950
BB: Rachel Stypinski, Kent State, 9.925
FX: Rachael Underwood, Western Michigan, and Rachel Stypinski, Kent State, 9.900

Northern Illinois 195.025, Illinois-Chicago 193.625 [Results]

The ladies of NIU put up one of their top performances this season to get the road win over Illinois state rival UIC, led by Katherine Prentice, who had a phenomenal day on bars and beam, the latter of which was the team’s best event overall with Ashley Potts, who also killed it in the all-around, putting up a 9.825 in the five-spot to push Prentice to a 9.875 as the anchor. Potts also led the team on vault while Anna Martucci anchored floor with a 9.85 to take the title.

UIC struggled to put up high numbers on beam and floor after counting a fall on bars, but Mikailla Northern had a great day across all four events, as did Ashley Albrecht, with these two leading vault and bars, respectively, while Kayla Baddeley brought in the top score on beam and Toni Alicke got over a bars fall to post the team’s high on floor with a 9.775.

AA: Katherine Prentice, Northern Illinois, 39.275
VT: Ashley Potts, Northern Illinois, 9.850
UB: Katherine Prentice, Northern Illinois, 9.875
BB: Katherine Prentice, Northern Illinois, 9.875
FX: Anna Martucci, Northern Illinois, 9.850

Ball State 195.000, Bowling Green 194.275 [Results]

Ball State took a conference win at home this week, seeing great work on beam and floor to come back from counting a fall on bars. Bri Slonim had a fabulous vault, and though the team did have the bars fall, this would’ve been an incredible rotation without it, seeing a 9.8 from Vicky Garcia, a pair of 9.85s from Maddie MacDonald and Kaitlyn Menzione, and a 9.9 from event winner Jordyn Penny, who was lovely and solid in her work there and on beam, where she shared the title with Baylee Bell, the pair earning 9.825s. Floor was excellent from start to finish, including a 9.85 from Sydney Finke and a 9.875 from Tia Kiaku, who also exhibitioned on beam with a solid set.

BGSU’s downfall was beam in the final rotation, where they were forced to count two falls after an otherwise excellent day that saw them coming close to upsetting the host team. The ladies started on bars with a pair of 9.85s from Laura Mitchell and Lexi Augustine and went on to see another 9.85 from Jovannah East on vault, good enough for the title there. They surpassed a 49 on floor thanks to Mitchell, Augustine, and East, but then both Augustine and East fell on beam with their scores both counting, though the rotation saw good work from Mitchell once again, who had a great day contributing three excellent scores to the overall team finish.

AA: Kaitlyn Menzione, Ball State, 38.400
VT: Jovannah East, Bowling Green, 9.850
UB: Jordyn Penny, Ball State, 9.900
BB: Baylee Bell & Jordyn Penny, Ball State, 9.825
FX: Tia Kiaku, Ball State, and Jovannah East, Bowling Green, 9.875

Temple 194.700, Bridgeport 194.225, Pennsylvania 193.725, Ursinus 186.900 [Results]

In this quad that featured teams from every division in NCAA gymnastics, Temple managed an easy win, coming close to a season high after an excellent day on vault and floor. All-arounder Monica Servidio was strong across the board, leading the team on bars and putting up one of four 9.8s on floor with Madison Rennix, Jaylene Everett, and Jordyn Oster following in her footsteps while Tori Edwards led the rotation with a 9.85 to help the team surpass a 49; additionally, Sahara Gipson led the team on vault while Breahna Wiczkowski put up the strongest score on beam and Daisy Todd tied Servidio on bars.

DII Bridgeport was also in season-high territory with great bars and floor rotations, the latter seeing a huge 9.925 from Maya Reimers on top of a 9.875 from Kelly Aycock, while Kelli Tereshko led the team on bars to take the title with a 9.8. Vault was a little rough around the edges, with Kelsey Campbell’s 9.75 the high, and the team had to count a few weak beam sets, with Kathryn Doran’s 9.775 the standout.

Like the others here, Penn saw floor as a standout rotation, counting a 9.875 from Darcy Matsuda, a 9.9 from Kyra Levi, and a 9.925 from Alex Hartke, who took a share in the title on that event. Otherwise this wasn’t a bad meet for the team, but there were a few weak individual spots that held them back from contending against the first two, with the event highs coming from Ally Podsednik on vault and Levi on bars and beam. DIII Ursinus, meanwhile, just wasn’t as strong as the other teams, though they had some great individual work from Heather Brubaker on vault and bars, Matisen O’Brien on beam, and Eleanor LaFountain with a 9.75 on floor.

AA: Monica Servidio, Temple, 38.975
VT: Sahara Gipson, Temple, 9.850
UB: Kelli Tereshko, Bridgeport, 9.800
BB: Lauren Ramirez, Bridgeport, 9.825
FX: Alex Hartke, Pennsylvania, and Maya Reimers, Bridgeport, 9.925

Alaska 189.050, Centenary 188.750 [Results]

Alaska got the win at Centenary for the second time this weekend, the two teams fighting to the end as Centenary put up its second-best score of the season but was unable to match the visiting team. Isabelle Fox led Alaska on vault in addition to putting up some of the highest scores on the other events as well, while Hope Helson was great on bars and beam, Kendra Daniels was a standout on beam and floor, and Mackenzie Miller showed her strongest work on beam and floor.

For Centenary, Cami Bea Austin had a pretty solid meet to place second all-around while leading the team on beam and putting up strong scores on the other events as well. Ashley White took the titles on vault and floor with a 9.7 and 9.75, respectively, not an easy task for a DIII gymnast up against a DI team, but she was excellent on both events, and we also saw solid work from Navia Jordan on beam and floor, and from Delia Ardoin on vault and beam.

AA: Isabelle Fox, Alaska, 38.400
VT: Ashley White, Centenary, 9.700
UB: Hope Nelson, Alaska, 9.700
BB: Kendra Daniels, Alaska, 9.825
FX: Ashley White, Centenary, 9.750

Cortland 185.850, Rhode Island 179.300 [Results]

Cortland fought past a rough bars rotation to put up two solid rotations on beam and floor to beat fellow NCGA East program RIC at this dual meet at home. Rachel Filipski led the team on vault and also showed great work on floor, specialist Mia Dimartino had the top score on bars with a 9.025, Emma Schulz and Bailey Gildemeyer showed excellent work on beam and floor, and both Julie Giardina and Lily Szafranski were stellar on floor, with Szafranski winning the title with a 9.675 that included a 9.8 from one judge.

RIC also struggled on bars, but with Cortland’s troubles, all-around winner Miranda Murphy — who had a great day across the board — was able to pick up a title on this event with a 9.025. Erin Shea showed excellent work on vault and floor, Grace Davis was solid on beam and floor, leading both events, and specialist Alexandra Otis was also solid on beam for a 9.25.

AA: Miranda Murphy, Rhode Island, 36.775
VT: Rachel Filipski, Cortland, 9.500
UB: Mia Dimartino, Cortland, and Miranda Murphy, Rhode Island, 9.025
BB: Emma Schulz, Cortland, 9.675
FX: Lily Szafranski, Cortland, 9.675

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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