The NCAA Gym Skim | February 23


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 198.025, West Virginia 195.750 [Results]

Oklahoma was back on track after a bummer beam rotation last weekend, getting a 49.6 on the event this time around, making last week never happen in the realm of the RQS. Maggie Nichols was at her best here, with a small step on her Yurchenko 1½, a slightly short handstand before her stuck double layout dismount on bars, a pretty much flawless beam set where she just slid her heels together after nailing her 1½ dismount, and a super crisp floor routine, leading to an insane 39.825 in the all-around with a 9.95 or better on each event to take (or share) every single individual title. #JustMaggieThings

Maggie things aside, Brenna Dowell was also great, coming close to sticking the Yurchenko 1½ before nailing her Ray and sticking the double layout on bars and then coming up a tad bit short on her double front on floor, but still managing to get it up into the stag jump before continuing with a solid rest of the routine. Anastasia Webb also continues to be an adept all-arounder, her high scores coming with a stuck Omelianchik on vault and then on beam with mostly good work aside from a large check on her aerial, though she still went 9.95 because Carol took a trip to Norman this week. We also saw Nicole Lehrmann in the all-around, with bars and beam her standout events, and it was great seeing Natalie Brown back and hitting, going 9.9 on beam with solid flight and jump series and a stuck switch leap to gainer full.

With a fall and some weak routines on bars, West Virginia wasn’t able to match last week’s standout performance. Zaakira Muhammad, who returned to the all-around last week, was the bars fall, which forced the team to count a 9.55 on top of multiple 9.6-range scores, though Jaquie Tun proved to be lovely there with a 9.75. Things picked up on vault, with a 9.925 for Robyn Bernard’s gorgeous vault followed by a 9.95 from Kirah Koshinski, who stuck her Yurchenko 1½ to tie the three OU gymnasts with a 9.95 to share the title, and floor also saw excellent work from her as well as from Tun and Chloe Cluchey. On beam, Muhammad was back in fighting form, contributing a 9.85 while specialist Carly Galpin was once again stellar in her performance, putting up a 9.875 to lead the team.

AA: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 39.825
VT: Maggie Nichols, Brenna Dowell, & Anastasia Webb, Oklahoma, and Kirah Koshinski, West Virginia, 9.950
UB: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 9.950
BB: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 9.975
FX: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 9.950

Florida 197.625, Arkansas 196.875 [Results]

I can’t talk about Florida without getting super depressed this week, because while I was crossing my fingers and hoping we’d finally get the layout arabian double front from Kennedy Baker, we instead saw her rupture her Achilles on a double back, which was the worst thing on the planet. For her to be such a leader for the Gators from the second she stepped into the gym on top of being an outspoken voice for social action, she was an immediate fan favorite, and so this one hit especially hard for everyone watching…and even more so because it happened in the latter half of the regular season, past the redshirt eligibility deadline, and because it happened in her senior year, meaning a season-ending injury became career-ending. It’s the exact opposite of how she and everyone else who has dealt with career-ending injuries this year deserves to go out, and after watching her for nearly a decade between elite and NCAA, I personally found this one of the most difficult to take in…something I realize I said only a week ago when discussing Mack Brannan. For these two, and for all of the girls who dealt with unfortunate injuries this season, I hope they are happy and healthy as they move onto the next phases of life, and I also hope when Kennedy’s all better, she’ll attempt the Dos Santos II just once, into a pit, just to say she did it.

Sigh. Onto the meet. The team opened with a half-solid, half-weird vault rotation, seeing a couple of missteps but then also getting a great Yurchenko 1½ from Baker on top of a beautiful front pike half from Rachel Slocum and a ‘perfect’ 9.95 from Alex McMurtry for her FTY, which had a slight slide on the landing, but hey. The team continued with a fab bars rotation, with the best work coming from Rachel Gowey, who had a toe-on to Pak and a strong double layout, as well as from McMurtry again, who hit a big Ray, bail to toe shoot, and super high full-in with a hop.

Beam was gorgeous from start to finish, with Hundley kicking things off with a super solid front aerial to sissone and stuck 1½, while Alyssa Baumann was absolutely beautiful with an Onodi, solid flight series, and hop back on her 1½, Gowey nailed her triple flight series and stuck her gainer full, and McMurtry capped things off with a front toss, solid flight series, Shushunova to clear hip, and mostly clean double full dismount. Floor was pretty weak in comparison, with Hundley’s solid leadoff set not able to hold them afloat after landing issues from Baumann and McMurtry, and though Slocum and Alicia Boren got things back in motion, we ended with the injury to Baker, and gymnastics was canceled forever.

The Razorbacks were also pretty excellent here, opening with a gorgeous bars rotation that saw Jessica Yamzon lead off with an awesome full-twisting double layout, continuing to get a pair of 9.9s from Sarah Shaffer, who had a toe-on to Maloney to bail and stuck double tuck, and from Braie Speed, flawless with a giant full to stuck double tuck of her own. Speed was also phenomenal on vault, delivering one of the most reliable FTYs in all of NCAA to get a near-perfect 9.925, which probably would’ve been a 9.95 had it been in Florida’s lineup. Shaffer was also great here, sticking her Yurchenko layout half, while Amanda Wellick brought in a 9.875 for a stuck FTY of her own.

I loved seeing Wellick back in the floor lineup, with some easy tumbling but it was lovely, especially with her Rudi and front full front layout, though the standouts here were Michaela Burton, who had a solid double tuck, double pike, and 1½ to front layout, and Shaffer, who really showed off with expressive dance and performance ability. Things got a little iffy on beam with a couple of routines, but that didn’t stop Sophia Carter from bringing an effortless and lovely routine to the table, while Burton again was a standout, anchoring with a 9.9 for her aggressive and dynamic set.

AA: Alicia Boren, Florida, 39.525
VT: Rachel Slocum & Alex McMurtry, Florida, 9.950
UB: Rachel Gowey & Alex McMurtry, Florida, 9.925
BB: Rachel Gowey & Alex McMurtry, Florida, 9.950
FX: Alicia Boren, Florida, 9.950

LSU 197.575, Georgia 196.725 [Results]

It wasn’t a 198, but LSU managed an excellent road win by nearly a point ahead of long-time SEC rival Georgia, winning at Stegeman for the first time in 35 years. Sarah Finnegan was the queen of the night, going 9.9 or better on all four events to win the all-around and three event titles after one of her weaker but still solid bars sets (there were lots of picky things there, like piked hips as she caught her Ray on top of two small steps out of her double layout), sticking her FTY, hitting floor with three solid passes, and wrapping things up on beam with a check on her flight series, but her leaps were gorgeous and she easily stuck her side aerial to layout full for a 9.95.

Miya Hambrick unfortunately had an off-night for the Tigers, bouncing back on her bars dismount, taking a large step out of her Yurchenko 1½, and landing her piked double layout with her chest down before stumbling the landings on both her 2½ to front tuck and on her double pike, though she came back with a gorgeous beam set to post a 9.925. Lexie Priessman was on fire, though, hitting a lovely Tkachev to Pak before bouncing back on her double layout on bars, sticking her FTY with her chest down, and going to town on floor with a near-perfect set to win the title with a 9.95, and Christina Desiderio also had herself a night, bringing in her awesome double layout on floor, though her subsequent passes were landed with some buckled knees, and then bringing in a big score on beam for her polished work that she capped off with a stuck gainer full.

Georgia started off on vault like…Georgia on vault, with a bunch of meh landings, though Sydney Snead brought in a Yurchenko 1½ upgrade and took a step back to lead the team with a 9.85. Things also got a little dicey on bars, as Lauren Johnson was penalized for messy legs on her Gienger and had a large step back on her double layout, and they had to count her 9.65 after Rachel Dickson fell on her Tkachev in the anchor spot. With tight scoring throughout, the team was again unable to break a 49, though we did see nice work from Marissa Oakley, who put up a clean Maloney to Pak and a full-in with a hop for a 9.9.

Moving to beam, now shockingly one of the team’s strongest apparatuses, things thankfully picked up, with great work from mid-lineup girls Oakley, who tied for the title with a 9.95 thanks to her solid wolf turn, front aerial, clean flight series, and small hop on her gainer full, and Vivi Babalis, who was fluid throughout for a 9.9, before Sabrina Vega came in for a gorgeous and steady anchor set that showed off a switch ring, solid flight series, cat leap to front aerial, and a side aerial to stuck layout full for a 9.925 (which should’ve outranked Oakley’s routine tbh…if they wanted to give Georgia a 9.95 on beam, this was the routine to go with). The Gym Dogs finished up with five excellent floor performances, opening with a solid set from Jasmine Arnold before seeing a 9.95 from Dickson thanks to her solid double pike and high double tuck to finish, and then another 9.95 from Vega, who anchored with a bounce out of her double pike and a strong double tuck to finish.

AA: Sarah Finnegan, LSU, 39.675
VT: Sarah Finnegan & Myia Hambrick, LSU, 9.900
UB: Sarah Finnegan, Lexie Priessman, & Kennedi Edney, LSU, and Marissa Oakley, Georgia, 9.900
BB: Sarah Finnegan, LSU, and Marissa Oakley, Georgia, 9.950
FX: Lexie Priessman, LSU, and Sabrina Vega & Rachel Dickson, Georgia, 9.950

Alabama 197.300, Auburn 195.400 [Results]

The Crimson Tide competed for fallen teammate Mack Brannan this week, putting up a season high 197.3 in her honor to defeat Auburn in this always-dramatic SEC and Alabama state showdown. Led by Kiana Winston in the all-around, Bama counted no falls while putting up its strongest work on bars and beam, with Winston leading both. Bars had pretty much no weak spots in the bunch, but Shea Mahoney was fab with precise handstands and a stuck full-in for a 9.9, while Winston finished them off with a lovely Pak and stuck double layout for a 9.925. Nickie Guerrero led a solid vault rotation with a 9.95 for her always solid stuck Yurchenko 1½, and she was also one of the strongest in a hit-or-miss floor rotation, where she lunged out of her double pike but stuck her 1½ to front full, and Winston added a second 9.925 thanks to a big double pike and double tuck to finish. Ending on beam, Winston was lovely and fluid as always, just stepping back on her double tuck, while Guerrero anchored with an effortless triple flight series and a near-stuck 1½ dismount.

Auburn opened with a solid vault rotation thanks to a stuck 1½ from Drew Watson and a solid effort from Taylor Krippner, both going 9.9, though they were forced to count a fall on bars after Abby Milliet missed her Tkachev followed by Gracie Day coming off on an archy handstand, with the rest of the rotation a bit weak, save for a clean and underrated set from Kendal Moss while Watson also put up a solid routine. The team then counted a fall on beam as well, with both Watson (who split the beam) and Krippner (on a split jump, of all things) coming off, though Milliet got some redemption both there and on floor with beautiful sets on both, with Watson, Emma Slappey, and Day also adding big numbers, including a 9.925 from Day, who hit her double arabian, front full to layout to stag jump, and a strong double tuck to finish.

AA: Kiana Winston, Alabama, 39.550
VT: Nickie Guerrero, Alabama, 9.950
UB: Kiana Winston, Alabama, 9.925
BB: Kiana Winston, Lexi Graber, & Nickie Guerrero, Alabama, 9.900
FX: Kiana Winston & Nickie Guerrero, Alabama, and Gracie Day, Auburn, 9.925

Kentucky 197.100, Missouri 195.125 [Results]

With an outstanding effort on Friday, the Wildcats were able to crack 197 to put up a two-point win over SEC rival Missouri. Led by Alex Hyland, who won three event titles in addition to topping the all-around with the sixth-best score in the nation this week, the team’s best efforts came on bars and floor, finishing with a lineup that built from start to finish to reach a 49.4, the top floor score in over a year for the program.

Hyland continues to be an unstoppable force for the team, sticking a super clean FTY, putting up a lovely Gienger and stuck full-in on bars, anchoring beam with a 9.875 for her switch to split jump, cat leap to front aerial, solid flight series, and cat leap to side aerial to layout full dismount, and then also bringing in the top score of the meet on floor, where she was super solid on every single pass. I was also super impressed with Katie Stuart’s vault this week, performing a clean FTY for a 9.875, and she also put up a strong leadoff beam set, while Mollie Korth was gorgeous on bars, anchoring with a big piked Jaeger and double layout full-out for a 9.925.

On beam, the Wildcats fought past a fall from Alaina Kwan to post five solid sets, including especially confident work from Hailey Poland and Sidney Dukes in addition to Hyland’s routine, and the team was unstoppable on floor, with the strongest work coming from Dukes, Ella Warren, and Cori Rechenmacher, who sealed the win with a huge and gorgeous double pike.

Missouri started out strong on bars, but otherwise was a little meh at this meet, giving up landings on every vault before counting a couple of weak numbers on floor and beam. Aspen Tucker was probably the most put-together here as a total package, leading the team on vault with a hop on her FTY while performing serviceable work elsewhere, while Madeleine Huber showed gorgeous work on bars with a huge Jaeger to overshoot and stuck double layout before also putting up a lovely FTY, though she unfortunately stepped out-of-bounds after a low landing on her 2½, Morgan Porter had a big Jaeger to overshoot and stuck double front to bring in a solid bars score, though she was a bit wobbly on beam, Allison Bower and Michaelee Turner made a great pairing on floor, with great landings for both getting them to a 9.825 each, and the strongest work on beam came from Brooke Kelly, who finished up her clean routine with a solid 1½ dismount.

While I like both of these teams a lot, this meet got me feeling low-key depressed because among the 12 routines we saw from both teams on bars, TEN featured a Jaeger, bail or overshoot, and a dismount, and the other two had a Gienger, bail, and dismount. There are how many non-dismount bars skills out there? I know it’s more than three, right? I don’t blame the coaches or athletes because as we see with other girls who go for more unique skills and construction, they get heavy deductions while the Jaeger/bail/dismount combo is an easy way to minimize deductions. In fact, Anne Kuhm of Arizona State — who started out the season with a toe-on to Maloney, Jaeger, and toe-on to bail before dismounting — just changed her routine so that it’s now a Jaeger and bail into the dismount, and why? Because her original construction was a deduction party waiting to happen, and her new set is far less creative, but basically guarantees a 9.8+ every week.

The technical committee for the NCAA code needs to look at how mind-blowingly boring bars is and do something about it, because as strong as some of the routines were from these Kentucky and Missouri gymnasts, I literally stopped paying attention because if I see one more Jaeger/bail combo I’m going to lose my mind. Moving a Yurchenko full down to a 9.95 is still in the process of creating greater variety among vaulters, but many teams have been great already at switching things up, and I think if a similar vote was made to lower the start value of #BasicB bars routines to a 9.95 or even a 9.9, we will hopefully see similar moves toward variety within routine construction. These two teams certainly aren’t the only teams in the country pulling this stuff on bars, but to see both back-to-back really highlighted my frustrations. To quote Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, “I’m not mad at you, I’m mad at the dirt.”

AA: Alex Hyland, Kentucky, 39.575
VT: Alex Hyland & Katie Stuart, Kentucky, 9.875
UB: Mollie Korth, Kentucky, 9.925
BB: Alex Hyland, Kentucky, 9.875
FX: Alex Hyland, Kentucky, 9.925

Denver 196.575, Michigan 196.575, Utah State 195.325, Bowling Green 194.750 [Results]

Two top programs, Denver and Michigan, faced off against Utah State and Bowling Green at an Elevate the Stage meet in Ohio on Friday night, with the Pioneers and Wolverines tying for the top spot after both posting a 196.575.

Denver put up 20 solid routines, not counting below a 9.75 across all events, and though it wasn’t a perfect meet, they showed some great performances to push for a 49 or better on each event. Maddie Karr was a little weaker than usual, landing her Yurchenko 1½ short with a step back and saving a fall on beam after a huge break on a leap, but Mia Sundstrom was super steady across her four events, Diana Chesnok was once again super consistent on vault, and also put up lovely work on bars, Kaitlyn Schou had a lovely front aerial into her flight series on beam before sticking a gainer full, Emily Glynn was lovely on bars, and we got Lynnzee Brown back on that event, hitting a Maloney to Pak, van Leeuwen, and a double layout for a 9.875.

Michigan kind of rode the struggle bus through vault with some weak landings across the board, though on the opposite end of the spectrum was Paige Zaziski, who had a solid FTY for a 9.925 (I think they forgave some of her air form in favor of the landing, but compared to the rest of the rotation, this was pretty deserved). Zaziski led the rest of the meet with the top score on bars and second-best scores on beam and floor to win the all-around, while we also got great work on bars from Lexi Funk, who stuck her double layout cold, and from Polina Shchennikova, who had a nice Maloney to Pak, but bobbled the landing on her double tuck a bit. Funk also brought in a 9.9 on floor, looking aggressive on all of her landings, while Brianna Brown was able to shine as the top earner on beam and floor, showing lovely work on both.

Utah State had some clear weaknesses on vault and bars, but they had a collection of beautiful work on beam and finished on a high note on floor, where Autumn DeHarde was able to stand out over all 12 girls from Denver and Michigan to win the title with a 9.925 while we also saw a lovely set from Faith Leary. Mikaela Meyer led the team on vault, specialist Brittany Jeppesen’s 9.8 held up the team on bars, and McKinley Pavicic had the most impressive beam set for USU.

We finally got the all-around debut from senior Laura Mitchell this weekend, which was super exciting. Typically known for her great sets on bars and beam, Mitchell has occasionally branched out to floor in the past, but vault is new for her this season. It wasn’t the greatest debut, but showed promise, and she more than made up for it with excellent work across her other three events, leading the team on bars and beam in addition to posting one of the best sets on floor. Jovannah East was a standout on vault, beam, and floor, and we also saw great work from Lexi Augustine and Kayla Rose on floor, with Rose leading the team there with a 9.875.

AA: Paige Zaziski, Michigan, 39.575
VT: Paige Zaziski, Michigan, 9.925
UB: Paige Zaziski, Michigan, and Maddie Karr & Emily Glynn, Denver, 9.900
BB: Brianna Brown, Michigan, and Kaitlyn Schou, Denver, 9.900
FX: Autumn DeHarde, Utah State, 9.925

BYU 196.225, Boise State 196.175 [Results]

As expected, this was a super close meet between MRGC rivals BYU and Boise State, with the host team Cougars on the rise this season, posting 196-range scores in five of this season’s eight meets. Beginning on vault, the team saw a 9.85 from Angel Zhong, and I loved Avery Bennett’s Yurchenko full-on back tuck, which earned a 9.8 to help them reach a 49. On bars, standouts included Haley Pitou with a big Jaeger, Brittni Hawes with an absolutely lovely routine including a beautifully extended bail and a double layout dismount, and Shannon Evans, who brought in a 9.9 thanks to her toe-on to huge Gienger to overshoot and a stuck double layout. Beam saw a fall from leadoff specialist Hannah Miller, and there were a couple of other mistakes there that held them back from reaching a 49, but Evans was again excellent with a solid flight series and a hop on her gainer full, while Jill van Mierlo carried the rotation with her gorgeous work, and on floor, Evans was entertaining and solid to bring in a 9.875, followed by a 9.95 from Kyleigh Greenlief for her outstanding performance that had the crowd on its feet.

With an excellent opening bars rotation, Boise State took an early lead, with all six in the lineup posting either a 9.8 or 9.825, though I found Gabrielle Bouza’s very strong this week, performing a clear hip to Tkachev, bail, and double layout for a 9.825 in the anchor spot. The team faced some landings issues on vault, though all-around leader Shani Remme put up a strong FTY and Ann Stockwell matched her with a 9.825 for her Yurchenko 1½ with a step. The team overcame a floor fall from Abby Webb, who sat her wild front layout into a front full, by responding with excellent routines that included a 9.875 from Remmi, who opened with a front double full and nailed a big double pike to finish, as well as a 9.9 from the awesome Sandra Collantes with her “Mambo #5” set that included a tucked full-in, 1½ to front layout, and double pike. Leading by several tenths going into the final rotation, the Broncos had some good work on beam, but they were no match for what BYU did on floor, so despite an incredible set from Remmi, they couldn’t hold onto the lead and fell just short of getting the win.

AA: Shani Remme, Boise State, 39.450
VT: Angel Zhong, BYU, 9.850
UB: Shannon Evans, YU, 9.900
BB: Shani Remme, Boise State, 9.925
FX: Kyleigh Greenlief, BYU, 9.950

Southern Utah 195.850, Iowa 195.775 [Results]

This was another super close meet in Utah, as the Thunderbirds took on the Hawks and ended up fighting through beam to finish strong on floor and get the win by just under a tenth. Autumn Jorgensen led the team as the top all-arounder of the meet, also putting up the team highs on beam and floor. The McBride sisters, Megan and Madison, led the team in what was a super solid vault rotation before also going on to put up big scores on floor while Kirsten Yee and Madison Howlett were excellent on bars, and Mary Packham delivered a solid beam set under pressure to score a 9.75.

Iowa fought through bars and vault, counting some lower numbers than they would’ve liked, but came back stronger on floor to finish strong on beam. With a pair of 9.9s there from all-arounder Nicole Chow as well as from Nikki Youd, it seemed like the team could actually pull off the upset, but they were just shy of making it happen. Chow and Maria Ortiz led the team on vault, Melissa Zurawski was the strongest on beam, and Lanie Snyder put up a superb floor set to post a 9.9 for the title.

AA: Autumn Jorgensen, Southern Utah, 39.300
VT: Megan McBride & Madison McBride, Southern Utah, 9.850
UB: Kirsten Yee, Southern Utah, 9.850
BB: Nikki Youd & Nicole Chow, Iowa, 9.900
FX: Lanie Snyder, Iowa, 9.900

Iowa State 195.775, Minnesota 194.425, Michigan State 191.775, Stout 185.550 [Results]

ISU hosted a quad meet on Friday night that included Big Ten teams Minnesota and MSU as well as DIII Stout, with the four finishing in that order in what wasn’t really a super close meet, but it was great to see ISU putting up some solid numbers to finish with an excellent rotation on floor. All-arounder Haylee Young led the team with some of the top scores across the board, including the beam high of 9.9, while Hilary Green was excellent on bars for a 9.925, Meaghan Sievers led vault with a 9.875, and Kelsey Paz led floor with the same score.

This was a messy meet for Minnesota, which counted a fall on bars on top of a disastrous floor rotation to end up down in the 194 range after spending the majority of the season looking so consistent. Lexy Ramler had a mostly great meet, aside from some landing errors on floor, putting up a pair of 9.9s on bars and beam to lead the team on both in addition to topping vault with a 9.875, while the top floor scores were just 9.7-range scores from Selena Ung and Ona Loper. Ivy Lu wasn’t quite as electric as she’s been in recent weeks, but still brought in solid numbers on bars and beam, and Hannah Hitchcock did a good job on vault and bars to help the team increase their totals there.

MSU struggled across the board, putting up its weakest performance in over six years after counting a routine with multiple falls in the four-person floor lineup as well as bringing in weak numbers pretty much everywhere else. There were a few bright spots in the meet, however, with Lea Mitchell putting up a solid all-around performance while earning the team’s top scores on vault and floor, and Hailee Westney was once again brilliant on bars and beam, topping the team on both with gorgeous and underrated routines. In addition to these two, specialists Anne Maxim and Brittini Chappell got their jobs done on bars and floor, but overall this was a rough one to watch and hopefully they’ll be able to get past it and improve next week.

Stout put up solid work on vault, but unfortunately had to count a 7.45 on bars and an 8.925 on beam, with five-person fields on both, in addition to counting a fall on floor. Sienna Beaver had a fantastic day, though, hitting all four events and leading the team on bars while Shaquilla Payne was great on vault, Brooke Terry led beam in addition to putting up solid work on vault and bars, though she unfortunately wasn’t at her best on floor, and on floor we saw excellent work from Maddie Mullenbach, who got redemption with a great routine there after struggling on beam.

AA: Haylee Young, Iowa State, 39.350
VT: Meaghan Sievers, Iowa State, and Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 9.875
UB: Hilary Green, Iowa State, 9.925
BB: Haylee Young, Iowa State, and Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 9.900
FX: Kelsey Paz, Iowa State, 9.875

Maryland 195.150, West Chester 193.300, Southern Conn. 190.725 [Results]

Aside from counting a fall on beam, this was a solid meet for Maryland, which faced off against two DII teams with ease thanks to great work on vault and floor. Audrey Barber was mostly excellent, leading vault and bars with a 9.9 while also putting up a 9.875 on floor, and she won the all-around despite falling on beam thanks to facing some weaker competition. Collea Burgess also put up a solid vault while Emilie LeBlanc matched Barber’s 9.9 on bars, Karrie Thomas led the team on beam with a 9.8, and Alecia Farina was on fire on floor with a 9.925 for the meet high to take the title.

This was WCU’s best meet of the season, as they counted no major mistakes and mostly strong routines including an excellent floor rotation that saw a pair of 9.8s from Jessica Meakim and Madison Brent. Meghan Chan and Rachel Blair led the team on vault and floor, Myranda Marshall and Melanie Wojewoda both put up 9.8s to help the team to an excellent overall bars score, and both Sarah Boyd and Jordan Miranda stood out on beam, with Boyd also looking good on floor and Miranda finishing with a solid all-around score despite a low-scoring vault.

SCSU struggled on bars, which kept them from challenging WCU, but they saw solid work elsewhere, led by Alexandra Lesperance on vault, Kathleen Aberger on bars, Emily Balasco on beam, and Alexandra Avendano on floor.

AA: Audrey Barber, Maryland, 38.625
VT: Audrey Barber & Collea Burgess, Maryland, 9.800
UB: Audrey Barber & Emilie LeBlanc, Maryland, 9.900
BB: Karrie Thomas, Maryland, 9.800
FX: Alecia Farina, Maryland, 9.925

UC Davis 194.525, San Jose State 193.450 [Results]

MPSF leader UC Davis got another conference win at home against visiting SJSU, starting off slow and steady but then kicking things up a notch to finish with excellent rotations on beam and floor. All their all-arounders — Kelley Hebert, Alexis Brown, and Kyla Kessler — were excellent here, with Brown leading the team on bars, beam, and floor, contributing a meet-high 9.9 on the latter, while specialist Cammi Johnson led the team on vault with a 9.775.

SJSU came up short on vault, counting two falls in the first rotation, bars, before going on to have an otherwise great meet. Both Madilyn Probst and Stephanie Relova were able to put up solid bars sets, while Katie Won’s was brilliant, and she was solid throughout the rest of her all-around performance, while Ellie Pascoe-Long led the team with strong work on both vault and floor, and we saw several awesome beam sets, including a 9.8 from both Chelsey Andrada and Taylor Chan, with Chan also great on vault and floor, but she unfortunately had a fall on bars, as did Pascoe-Long.

AA: Alexis Brown & Kelley Hebert, UC Davis, 39.025
VT: Ellie Pascoe-Long, San Jose State, 9.825
UB: Katie Won, San Jose State, 9.850
BB: Alexis Brown, UC Davis, 9.875
FX: Alexis Brown, UC Davis, and Ellie Pascoe-Long, San Jose State, 9.900

Sacramento State 194.075, Seattle Pacific 192.825, Alaska 191.950 [Results]

After a slow start to the season, Sac State continued its streak of 194+ scores on the road at MPSF rival DII Seattle Pacific alongside Alaska. They nearly missed out on a 194 after counting a fall on beam, where the normally incredible Annie Juarez unfortunately had a bit of a meltdown, though she still managed to lead the team on floor while putting up one of the top vault scores. Beam aside, the team had a great night, with Caitlin Soliwoda leading vault, Soliwoda and Jackie Sampson leading bars, and the Soliwoda twins — Caitlin along with sister Courtney — adding a pair of 9.8s to lead beam, with Courtney also solid on vault and bars, while Jennifer Brenner put up great work on floor.

SPU put up a season high thanks to an outstanding performance from Darian Burns, who won the all-around with a 39.15. Leading the team on vault and floor, Burns showed consistent and aggressive sets with her anchor performance on floor helping the team to a huge 48.525. The team fought through a couple of issues on bars, though Sienna Brane was great as always there, while on beam, Itzia San Roman was able to lead the team with a 9.825, also putting up a great performance on floor.

Alaska struggled on bars here, counting two falls, and their vaults tend to be a bit too weak to help them contend against stronger teams, but they had solid work on beam and floor, and Isabelle Fox was able to put out solid work on all four events, leading the team on vault. Hope Nelson was excellent on bars and beam, while Mackenzie Miller put up big scores there as well, and Kaylin Mancari was excellent on beam and floor.

AA: Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific, and Caitlin Soliwoda, Sacramento State, 39.150
VT: Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific, 9.825
UB: Jackie Sampson & Caitlin Soliwoda, Sacrament State, 9.800
BB: Itzia San Roman, Seattle Pacific, 9.825
FX: Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific, and Annie Juarez, Sacramento State, 9.850

Centenary 191.175, S.E. Missouri 191.050 [Results]

DIII Centenary stepped up with a huge upset over their DI competition. I’ve loved watching Centenary rise this season, starting out in the 170s but quickly rising through the ranks to now reach the low 190s, setting the season record at this meet before going on to smash it on the road on Sunday. Here, the team was pretty solid across the board, with just a few bumps on bars and beam, but they capped the day off on floor, where Cami Bea Austin posted a 9.7 and Navia Jordan put up a 9.8 to take the title. Tavia Smith had a great day, leading the team on vault and bars while winning the all-around title, and we also saw solid work from Evelyn Harris on vault and bars, Ashley White on vault, beam, and floor, Sierra Ponder on bars and beam, and in addition to her great floor performance, Austin led the team on beam with a confident set.

S.E. Missouri got off to a solid start without too many issues on bars and then vault, but they lost some ground on floor, and then struggled even more on beam to drop the meet by nearly a point. Alexis Brawner was awesome on vault, bars, and floor, leading both rotations, while McKinzie Jones led the team on beam, Mackenzie Slee put up strong scores on vault and floor, and Megan Dennis was a solid competitor on beam.

AA: Tavia Smith, Centenary, 38.400
VT: Alexis Brawner, S.E. Missouri, 9.775
UB: Alexis Brawner, S.E. Missouri, 9.800
BB: McKinzie Jones, S.E. Missouri, 9.800
FX: Navia Jordan, Centenary, 9.800

Eau Claire 185.950, Oshkosh 184.675 [Results]

Eau Claire got the win at home here against WIAC rival Oshkosh, reaching a season high thanks to an exemplary performance on floor. Tori Erickson won the all-around, coming back from a weak bars set to contribute solid scores on beam and floor, while Ashley Benes led the team on vault, Hannah Lewis was strongest on bars, Clare Mascia topped them on beam, and the best floor sets came from Kiya Bjorge and Amelia Moorehouse, both of whom reached a 9.6.

For Oshkosh, the team competed at about the same level as Eau Claire for most of the meet, but when it came to floor, the team counted too many mistakes, leaving them over a point away from challenging for the win. Amanda McBrayer was pretty strong in the all-around, contributing the team’s best vault score, while Baylee Tkaczuk was excellent on bars and beam, specialist Marisa Scholtens led the team on beam, and specialist Bailey Finin was the strongest on floor, where we also saw good work from powerful vault and floor worker Naya Haynes.

AA: Tori Erickson, Eau Claire, 36.900
VT: Ashley Benes, Eau Claire, 9.525
UB: Hannah Lewis, Eau Claire, 9.550
BB: Marisa Scholtens, Oshkosh, 9.525
FX: Amelia Moorehouse & Kiya Bjorge, Eau Claire, 9.600

Winona State 183.825, Gustavus 182.200 [Results]

Winona State got a solid road win over WIAC rival Gustavus, struggling a bit on bars but showing strong work elsewhere to lead the meet by nearly two points. The top vault scores came from Alana Currin and Cora Geiger, while Katie Carling was strong on bars, Kelly Johnston crushed it on beam with a huge 9.7, and we saw lots of great work on floor, including from Leah Messelt and Kennedty Utz.

Gustavus actually put together some great work on bars this week, but struggled on beam to hold them back from challenging their guests. Vault saw strong performances from Veronica Vasina, all-around winner Amanda Malo, and Samantha Ardy, with Ardy and Vasina also leading the team on bars while Grace Arnold’s 8.95 was the team’s best on beam and Malo came back from some weak moments on beam to put up a 9.5 to cap off the floor rotation and the meet on a high note.

AA: Amanda Malo, Gustavus, 36.950
VT: Alana Currin, Winona State, 9.475
UB: Veronica Vasina, Gustavus, 9.625
BB: Kelly Johnston, Winona State, 9.700
FX: Amanda Malo, Gustavus, 9.500

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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6 thoughts on “The NCAA Gym Skim | February 23

  1. I totally agree with you about bars. When I watch gymnastics with people who aren’t fans, the first skill they learn is a jaeger because it seems to be in every elite and NCAA bars routine. It’s sad when a pak is adding a little creativity to a routine, especially when there are so many beautiful bars workers in NCAA right now.

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    • I know Achilles injuries occur in gymnastics especially at the collegiate level due to the impact on them over time, but the number this year alone has been astounding. In previous years there have been a couple along with ACL/MCL and other various injuries. The top teams all suffering Achilles injuries leads me to believe there’s something going on since they all have different conditioning, access to sports medicine professionals to prevent and manage injuries…it’s not fair that some of these girls will never get another shot due to NCAA rules.


      • It is unfair but they have to draw the line somewhere. Like if you get injured right before post season it just seems weird that you would get an extra season just because you missed 3-4 weeks. Although I think it’s kind of ridiculous that Karas got injured on week 5 (correct me if I’m wrong) and can’t redshirt.


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