The NCAA Gym Skim | February 17


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.

Oregon State 197.300, Arizona 145.375 [Results]

The Beavers reached their season high this week in a no-contest match against Arizona, starting off steady with great work on vault before moving on to lights-out performances on bars, beam, and floor. Mary Jacobsen was on fire at this competition, leading the team with a flawless bars set to win the title while also topping the vault field with a 9.875 and putting up a 9.9 on floor. Alyssa Minyard was excellent on bars and beam, Destinee Davis had great work on vault and floor, Kaitlyn Yanish was solid on vault and beam before killing it on floor for a 9.95 as the anchor, and Isis Lowery made her only event, floor, one to remember, entertaining the crowd while simultaneously showing improvements on her tumbling for a 9.925.

With four Arizona gymnasts suspended for a meet for ‘disciplinary reasons’ and a ‘violation of team rules,’ Arizona lost pretty much everyone who normally competes vault and floor, and since they came into this meet knowing it’d be a team score to drop, they rested some top competitors on some events. Fielding five on bars, the team had to count a mistake from Madison Cindric, who hit a gorgeous beam set in the final rotation for some redemption, but then on vault only two ended up competing weak sets, and we saw only three on floor, which included two falls. With six going up on beam, the team was able to drop a fall and count mostly solid routines, but that didn’t help them from finishing more than 50 points behind what they’re capable of. Shoutout to Victoria Ortiz for doing great work on bars and beam, while Kennady Schneider brought in good scores on her three events, and Danielle Spencer was solid on bars and beam.

AA: McKenna Singley, Oregon State, 38.525
VT: Mary Jacobsen, Oregon State, 9.875
UB: Mary Jacobsen, Oregon State, 9.950
BB: McKenna Singley & Destinee Davis, Oregon State, and Madison Cindric, Arizona, 9.900
FX: Kaitlyn Yanish, Oregon State, 9.950

Washington 197.025, Arizona State 196.575 [Results]

Washington came in for a huge road win over Pac 12 rival Arizona State, finishing with outstanding rotations on floor and then beam to surpass a 197 for a new season high. Hailey Burleson led the team with excellent performances on all four events, bringing in the team’s high scores on all but bars, adding four individual titles while she was at it. Evanni Roberson also stepped it up to match her on beam while also putting up strong work on vault and floor, while Monica Riley was excellent on bars, Malory Rose was gorgeous on beam, and Maya Washington put up huge numbers on bars, beam, and floor. No one really had any mistakes at this meet, making for a strong competition from start to finish, one that should help them reach the top 10 in the nation once the rankings switch to RQS.

ASU came back from a couple of weak meets to reach their second-best score of the season after going 49.05 or better on all four events, including hitting a beautiful bars rotation for a 49.3. As always, Cairo Leonard-Baker was a rockstar, sharing the all-around title with Burleson while winning titles on bars and floor as well, leading her team on both of these as well as on floor. Anne Kuhm was also on her game at this meet, with her best work coming on bars and floor, while Morgan Wilson was solid on vault, bars, and beam, and specialist Morgan Hart put up a lovely routine on bars to help the Sun Devils out there.

AA: Cairo Leonard-Baker, Arizona State, and Hailey Burleson, Washington, 39.525
VT: Hailey Burleson & Evanni Roberson, Washington, 9.875
UB: Cairo Leonard-Baker, Arizona State, 9.950
BB: Malory Rose, Evanni Roberson, & Hailey Burleson, Washington, 9.900
FX: Cairo Leonard-Baker, Arizona State, and Maya Washington & Hailey Burleson, Washington, 9.900

Michigan 196.775, NC State 196.575, North Carolina 196.050, Brown 192.450 [Results]

The Wolverines continued to excel at this quad meet in North Carolina, and while they might not be one of the top-scoring teams in the nation, they’re absolutely one of the most consistent in their team totals, which they continued to prove here even with a fall counted on bars. I don’t know what happened to Emma McLean there, but with a 6.2 it can’t be anything great, though she was otherwise excellent at this meet, contributing a pair of 9.9s on vault and floor. Vault and beam were the strongest for this team, with three 9.9s on vault, including one from Syd Townsend, who was also excellent on bars, while Lauren Marinez led the team on beam and Lexi Funk put up solid routines on all four events. The highest bars score came from Brianna Brown, though she unfortunately fell on beam.

NC State put up an amazing fight to come close to topping Michigan with four excellent rotations and zero falls. The team started with solid work on vault, really attacking landings this week to see a pair of 9.875s from all-arounders Chelsea Knight and Drew Grantham, while bars saw 9.85s from Knight, Lauren Kent, and Maggie Tamburro, all of whom had aggressive and polished work. Knight led the team on beam with a 9.95, helping her to her all-around win despite following up that routine with a weak landing on floor, while Alexis Beucler led the team on floor with a 9.875 after an otherwise great day; I love watching her confidence and joy for performing in college.

UNC unfortunately counted a fall on bars on a day that was otherwise insanely good, and they would’ve challenged both NCSU and Michigan without that fall. As always, Khazia Hislop was a standout on vault, beam, and floor, where her unique combination of power and beautiful extension makes her so incredible to watch. Madison Nettles was also brilliant on her three events, including a 9.95 to win the floor title, and all-arounder Morgan Lane put up solid work on all four events, though her bars score was a little behind as she’s missing a requirement there.

Finally, Brown had some landing issues on vault and floor, but was great on bars and beam, putting up one of the strongest beam rotations I’ve seen from them in a long time, including a 9.725 from Claire Ryan, a 9.775 from Rose Domonoske, and a 9.8 from Regan Butchness. Julia Green led the team on vault, Kate Nelson put up a 9.825 for her gorgeous anchor bars set, and on floor, the strongest work came from Anya Olson, who had a great day overall.

AA: Chelsea Knight, NC State, 39.350
VT: Khazia Hislop, North Carolina, 9.925
UB: Brianna Brown, Michigan, 9.950
BB: Chelsea Knight, NC State, 9.950
FX: Madison Nettles, North Carolina, 9.950

California 196.700, Stanford 196.425 [Results]

After finally pulling everything together last week, Cal continued building on that with a big win against Bay Area and conference rival Stanford, topping the Cardinal on all events but floor with excellent routines and no falls counted. Toni-Ann Williams skipped floor this week, but was solid on her other three events, while Nina Schank continues to be a goddess on bars, Kyana George was super consistent in the all-around, contributing 9.85s on all four events, and Arianna Robinson was phenomenal on vault and floor, hitting her front-front-front vault for a 9.95.

Stanford finally brought a six-person team to bars, which helped them out so much when Rachael Flam had a fall and Lauren Navarro had some mistakes in her set. Otherwise, the team was strong, including a solid floor rotation that saw a Perfect 10 from Elizabeth Price, who won the all-around with a 39.675 after also leading the team with a 9.975 for her stuck DTY, a 9.9 on bars, and a 9.8 on beam. Kyla Bryant led on that event with a 9.875 to win the title after a super solid day, Flam showed improvement on vault, and Taylor Lawson put up a good set on floor for a 9.875.

AA: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 39.675
VT: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.975
UB: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.900
BB: Kyla Bryant, Stanford, 9.875
FX: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 10.000

Illinois 196.350, Michigan State 194.550 [Results]

Illinois got a road win over Big Ten rival MSU, taking them down by nearly two points as they reached a season high, counting no falls on any event. Bridget Hodan had an incredible day, including a 9.925 for her gorgeous work on beam, while Kylie Noonan was solid on beam and floor, Karen Howell was excellent on bars, beam, and floor, and specialist Kasey Meeks led the team on vault.

MSU saw excellent work from all-arounder Lea Mitchell, while Hailee Westney was gorgeous as always on bars and beam, Drew Hendershot put up an excellent floor set, specialist Jessica Ling was great on bars, and Michaela Lupinetti led the team on vault while also putting up great work on beam.

AA: Lea Mitchell, Michigan State, 39.175
VT: Kasey Meeks, Illinois, 9.850
UB: Jessica Ling & Hailee Westney, Michigan State, and Karen Howell & Rae Balthazor, Illinois, 9.825
BB: Bridget Hodan, Illinois, 9.925
FX: Kylie Noonan & Karen Howell, Illinois, and Lea Mitchell, Michigan State, 9.825

Ohio State 195.725, Western Michigan 193.900 [Results]

Ohio State got the win against WMU at home, counting some weak beam sets after a fall to lose ground there and miss out on surpassing a 196, but the rest of the day had very strong performances, including a fantastic ending on floor, where the team saw a pair of 9.9s from Stefanie Merkle and Jamie Stone while specialist Brooke Chesney won the title with a 9.925. Also strong here was Amanda Huang on bars, beam, and floor, while Alexis Mattern and Jenna Swartzentruber put up lovely bars sets, and Kaitlyn Hofland was a standout on vault, bars, and beam.

WMU’s downfall came with a fall counted in their opening bars rotation, and they also ended their day counting a fall on beam. Taylor Buis, who fell on both events, led the team on vault, the highest bars scores came from Amelia Mohler and Stacie Harrison, Kira Hoy had an excellent performance on beam, and floor saw several great performances including from Harrison, Katie Jennings, and Rachael Underwood, who struggled on her first two events but finished strong with a pair of 9.85s on floor and then beam.

AA: Morgan Spence, Western Michigan, 38.150
VT: Olivia Aepli, Ohio State, 9.850
UB: Jenna Swartzentruber, Ohio State, 9.900
BB: Kira Hoy, Western Michigan, 9.875
FX: Brooke Chesney, Ohio State, 9.925

Penn State 195.325, Cornell 192.400, Pennsylvania 192.200 [Results]

Coming up short after a rough beam rotation, Penn State still managed to snag the win over Ivy League teams Cornell and Penn, putting up its strongest performance on bars. Lauren Bridgens was the highlight of the day, winning the all-around and three event titles for her impressive and polished work across all four events, including a 9.9 to lead bars and a 9.85 to lead floor. Briannah Tsang started out great, leading the team on vault with her solid Yurchenko 1½, and she also put up great work on bars and floor, though struggled through her beam set. Sabrina Garcia, Ava Verdefloor, and leadoff Tess McCracken were also excellent on bars, while additional good work came from Alissa Bonsall and Peyton Schuller on floor.

Cornell managed to edge out Penn by two tenths thanks to a fantastic bars rotation that saw a 9.8 from Payton Murphy, which built into a 9.825 for anchor Amy Shen. Shen also led the team on vault and beam, while Samantha Henry and Maddison Smith were excellent on floor. For Penn, bars and floor were both excellent, though the team counted a fall on both beam and floor to come up short of what could’ve been an outstanding meet otherwise. With everyone strong on bars, Kyra Levi was a standout, sharing the title with her 9.9 while both leadoff Allison Frommer and anchor Alex Kothe put up a pair of 9.775s. Ally Podsednik led the team on vault, while Caroline Moore was strongest on beam, and floor saw Levi, Alex Hartke, Darcy Matsuda, and Darby Nelson all put up excellent routines to put up a huge team score.

AA: Lauren Bridgens, Penn State, 39.300
VT: Briannah Tsang, Penn State, 9.825
UB: Lauren Bridgens & Sabrina Garcia, Penn State, 9.900, and Kyra Levi, Pennsylvania, 9.900
BB: Lauren Bridgens, Penn State, and Amy Shen, Cornell, 9.775
FX: Lauren Bridgens, Penn State, 9.850

UC Davis 194.950, Air Force 193.300 [Results]

Top MPSF team UC Davis put up a big win over conference rival Air Force thanks to a stellar all-around performance from Kelley Hebert, who also won titles on vault and floor, putting up a 9.9 in the final rotation to top a lineup that was on fire at this meet, also seeing a 9.85 from Yasmine Yektaparast and a 9.875 from Alexis Brown. Brown unfortunately fell on beam, but the team was able to fight back from that, with Alyssa Ito leading them with a 9.85, and Brown also led the bars rotation with a 9.825 to win the title there.

Air Force struggled with some landings on vault in addition to counting a vault on beam, but we otherwise saw some great individual performances, including incredible floor routines from specialists Casey Bell and Tyler Davis, a beautiful bars set from Jessica Kirkpatrick, and solid work on vault and bars from Anna Salamone, while Emily Luers led beam with a 9.775.

AA: Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 39.250
VT: Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 9.850
UB: Alexis Brown, UC Davis, and Jessica Kirkpatrick, Air Force, 9.825
BB: Alyssa Ito, UC Davis, 9.850
FX: Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, and Tyler Davis, Air Force, 9.900

Yale 194.700, William & Mary 193.000 [Results]

Yale put up a season high at home last weekend, besting their previous score by half a point thanks to rockstar rotations on bars, beam, and floor, where they were able to fight back from falls on all three events to finish strong. As has been the case all season, Jacey Baldovino and Jade Buford led the team as superb all-arounders, with Baldovino leading the team on all but bars while Buford matched Baldovino on floor and also contributed solid scores on bars and beam. Alyssa Firth and anchor Rebecca Chong also brought in big numbers on vault, while Jessica Wang was flawless on bars to win the title with a 9.9 in addition to putting up a beautiful beam set for a 9.8. I’m loving this team right now, and with both Baldovino and Buford still early in their careers, I’m excited to see how they can continue to help the team do big things in the future.

Visiting William & Mary put up solid rotations pretty much everywhere, with beam a bit weak but showing several solid individual performances. Katie Waldman, the top all-arounder for the program, led the team on vault, while Evan Pakshong was the strongest on bars, Madison Dwyer was solid on beam, and Aaliyah Kerr wrapped up the floor rotation with an awesome set earning a 9.875 for the title.

AA: Jacey Baldovino, Yale, 39.250
VT: Katie Waldman, William & Mary, 9.825
UB: Jessica Wang, Yale, 9.900
BB: Jacey Baldovino, Yale, 9.875
FX: Aaliyah Kerr, William & Mary, 9.875

Temple 194.625, West Chester 192.650, Bridgeport 191.075, Ursinus 185.175 [Results]

Temple won their annual Ken Anderson Invitational quad, featuring DII teams West Chester and Bridgeport as well as DIII Ursinus. The host team was excellent from start to finish, counting no falls and finishing with top-notch work on beam and floor to finish two points ahead of their competition. Sahara Gipson showed tremendous power and control on vault and floor, while Kerry Arone led the bars rotation with beautiful work, Delaney Garin topped the beam rotation with a 9.8, and floor finished off with a 9.875 from Tori Edwards and then a 9.85 from anchor Jaylene Everett, getting the team close to a 49.

West Chester got the upset over ECAC 2 rival Bridgeport thanks to especially great work on beam and floor, with standout performances from Rachel Blair and Jessica Meakim on vault, Meghan Chan and Melanie Wojewoda on bars, Yoli Nodarse and Jordan Miranda on beam, and from anchor Meakim on floor. Bridgeport unfortunately counted two falls on beam and saw an injury from anchor Nicole Javinett in her season debut, but her teammates rallied with solid work on vault and floor, seeing top scores from Nina Whittaker and Kelsey Campbell on vault, Kelli Tereshko and Kathryn Doran on bars, Doran and Lauren Ramirez on beam, and Gabrielle Kistner and Kelly Aycock on floor. Ursinus had a mostly strong meet aside from bars, with top scores coming from Eleanor LaFountain on vault and floor, Amanda Palladino on bars, and Alexandra Puryear and Kelly McLaughlin on beam.

AA: Kathryn Doran, Bridgeport, 38.600
VT: Sahara Gipson, Temple, 9.800
UB: Kerry Arone, Temple, 9.825
BB: Delaney Garin, Temple, 9.800
FX: Tori Edwards, Temple, 9.875

Brockport 189.500, Rhode Island 177.075 [Results]

Brockport State hit a solid competition to defeat fellow NCGA East team RIC, finishing with a great floor rotation that saw a 9.7 from Bridgette Schaal, a 9.725 from Kimberly Musall, and a 9.85 from Brittany Vasile, who got a 9.95 from one judge for her super precise and well-performed routine. Stephanie Mager led the team on vault, Miranda Shane put up the strongest set on bars, and beam saw a pair of 9.5s from Allison Hester and Shelby Schumaker in the final two spots, getting the team close to a 190 though unfortunately they couldn’t quite get there after counting a couple of weak spots on bars.

RIC struggled a bit on floor, normally a strong event for them, but the team had a super exciting moment in seeing senior Ali Otis win the beam title over the entire Brockport field, a huge accomplishment for her as she also broke the program record on beam with that score. Miranda Murphy added another all-around title to her collection, leading the team on bars, while Christa Vaccaro had the team high on vault and Grace Davis led the Anchorwomen on floor.

AA: Miranda Murphy, Rhode Island, 35.225
VT: Stephanie Mager, Brockport, 9.750
UB: Miranda Shaine, Brockport, 9.725
BB: Alexandria Otis, Rhode Island, 9.575
FX: Brittany Vasile, Brockport, 9.850

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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