The NCAA Gym Skim | February 24


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

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Arizona State 196.725, Arizona 195.025 [Results]

Last year’s Territorial Cup made headlines when a 45th-ranked Arizona State upset host team Arizona by only a few tenths to get the win. This year, the Sun Devils have been sitting comfortably in the top 15 for most of the season, and managed to easily take down the Wildcats by nearly two points.

ASU crushed it at this meet, going 49.025 or better on all four events including a stellar finish on floor to reach their second-best team score of the season. The ladies started out with one of their strongest vault rotations, including a huge FTY with a step for a 9.85 from Cairo Leonard-Baker and the most gorgeous stuck FTY from Anne Kuhm, who got a career-high 9.9. On bars, the team gave away some tenths for little things, but Justine Callis returned to the lineup for the first time in two years, getting a career-high 9.775 on the event after finishing with a double layout stuck on her toes, while Anne Kuhm made some changes in her routine — she now competes a Jaeger, toe-on to bail, and double layout, which she stuck cold here — that helped her to a 9.825, followed up by a 9.875 from Leonard-Baker in the anchor position, showing a Ray, bail to toe shoot, and high stuck full-in dismount.

Beam saw steady, consistent, and confident work, with Ashley Szafranski back in standout mode, showing off a front aerial to Korbut, Rulfova, and stuck gainer full to put up a 9.875 while Callis — moved from leadoff to anchor — finally, finally, finally got a 9.9 for her set, which included a beautiful triple flight series, her signature front kickover to her knee, and a side aerial to stuck layout full. Moving to floor on a high note, the team was able to continue the momentum to put up an outstanding rotation, seeing a pair of 9.85s from Kaitlyn Szafranski and Jessica Ginn while Kuhm was out-of-this world with an excellent whip to double tuck, front full to front tuck to stag, and perfect 2½ for a 9.925, followed by Leonard-Baker’s killer set that included a stuck double tuck and excellent double pike, getting a career-high 9.95.

After last week’s “we’re dropping this meet” performance, Arizona got off to a good start on bars, and put up decent work throughout the subsequent two rotations, but they weren’t able to hang on for beam, counting a fall and a mistake to limit their overall score. Pretty much everyone showed lovely work on bars, with Maddi Leydin really stepping it up in the early half of the rotation with a toe-on to Pak, Mareklov, and giant full to double tuck stuck cold, while Danielle Spencer-Bearham led the rotation with a 9.825 after catching a huge Gienger and landing her double layout with a little bounce.

Vault was pretty decent, with Lauryn Mattson’s Yurchenko layout half and Madison Cindric’s stuck FTY going 9.85 the highlights, and on floor, everyone was pretty clean, with Cindric again sticking out thanks to her double pike, 1½ to front layout, and solid double tuck, though the team lost what is usually a big score from Kennady Schneider, who went out-of-bounds on her big double pike to post just a 9.65. On beam, Leydin unfortunately had a big wobble at the start of her routine and it seemed like Courtney Cowles missed a connection, and though the team was holding out for Cindric to save them, she ended up shockingly falling on her flight series, a bummer after an otherwise great day, though we did see Schneider come back nicely here, and another shoutout to Haylie Hendrickson, who was lovely both here and on bars, bringing in a 9.8 on both events.

AA: Cairo Leonard-Baker, Arizona State, 39.475
VT: Anne Kuhm, Arizona State, 9.900
UB: Cairo Leonard-Baker, Arizona State, 9.875
BB: Justine Callis, Arizona State, 9.900
FX: Cairo Leonard-Baker, Arizona State, 9.950

George Washington 196.475, Penn State 196.150 [Results]

Thanks to a solid day to finish with stellar rotations on floor and then beam, GWU was able to take down host team Penn State with their second-best score of the season. The weakest rotation for this team was bars, where nothing really went super wrong, but the occasional little things held them back from getting out of the 9.7-9.8 range, with Jillian Winstanley’s 9.825 and Cami Drouin-Allaire’s 9.85 the team’s highest. Since this meet also featured a men’s competition, we didn’t get to see every routine from the women, but thankfully Drouin-Allaire’s anchor set was on the broadcast and she looked great with her piked Jaeger and giant full to stuck double tuck.

Drouin-Allaire also led the team on vault, posting a 9.875 while Winstanley added another 9.825 for her huge and lovely Yurchenko 1½ with a hop forward. On floor, the first five routines in the lineup were excellent, with Winstanley and Drouin-Allaire again leading the pack, as Winstanley showed a front tuck to front handspring to Rudi and lovely front double full for a 9.875 while Drouin-Allaire put up a 9.95 to win the title after nailing her tucked full-in and perfect double tuck to finish, and the team saw a solid beam rotation with every score to count either a 9.825 or 9.85, aside from Liz Pfeiler’s standout routine, which earned a 9.925 thanks to her solid flight series and lovely cat leap to switch side on top of a stuck dismount.

Beam aside, this was an incredible meet for Penn State, which saw standout Briannah Tsang earn her career-best all-around score of 39.6 on senior day, a score that was fifth-best in the country this week. Tsang led the team on vault, beam, and floor to pick up her share of event titles as well, but unfortunately the Nittany Lions had to count a fall on beam, though they still managed to put up a season-high team score.

On vault, Lauren Bridgens — who also had an outstanding day — put up a 9.85 for her Yurchenko 1½ with a hop forward, a vault that followed Tsang’s gorgeous stuck 1½ to earn a 9.9. Bridgens was again one of the best on bars, showing gorgeous work on her Maloney to bail to toe shoot and giant full to stuck double tuck for a 9.925, while Sabrina Garcia followed her with a 9.925 of her own, capping off her routine with a stuck double layout.

Peyton Schuller unfortunately got the beam rotation started with a fall on her flight series, sitting it on the beam before falling off, and while the rest of the team was mostly able to fight off counting her score, Garcia in the anchor position was off-center on her own flight series, and the team was forced to count her 9.175. We did see great work from Bridgens, Tsang, and Mason Hosek, though, with Tsang’s the clear highlight, earning a 9.9 with a solid layout stepout to layout stepout and Kochetkova to stuck layout full dismount, the most badass dismount combo I’ve seen this season.

The team came back strong on floor, with especially excellent work from Bridgens with her strong double tuck, Rudi into a floaty layout stepout, and excellent 1½ to front layout to finish with a 9.85, followed up with a 9.9 from Garcia for her stuck double tuck and lovely double pike, while Tsang picked up a 9.95 after landing her piked full-in into a stylish lunge before showing a 1½ to front half and beautiful double pike to take the title.

AA: Briannah Tsang, Penn State, 39.600
VT: Briannah Tsang, Penn State, 9.900
UB: Lauren Bridgens & Sabrina Garcia, Penn State, 9.925
BB: Liz Pfeiler, George Washington, 9.925
FX: Briannah Tsang, Penn State, and Cami Drouin-Allaire, George Washington, 9.950

Washington 196.475, Stanford 195.450 [Results]

A phenomenal beam rotation highlighted UW’s win over Stanford. While the team did not look as sharp on the other three events as they had the previous few weeks, they had a number of strong landings on vault and engaging and solid floor routines. Evanni Roberson, Joslyn Goings, and Hailey Burleson all scored 9.9 or higher on beam and Burleson also led the team in the all around. Roberson and Monica Riley also had a strong showing on vault and bars.
Stanford counted a fall on bars and a major break on beam, which held down their overall score. Elizabeth Price and Kyla Bryant put up beautiful sets on bars that were easily the best of the day. Rachael Flam competed one of the best Omelianchiks of her career and Price’s FTY was a delight as always. Taylor Lawson proved to be a great performer on floor and nailed a standing arabian in her beam exhibition.

AA: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 39.425
VT: Rachael Flam, Stanford, 9.925
UB: Elizabeth Price & Kyla Bryant, Stanford, 9.900
BB: Evanni Roberson, Washington, 9.925
FX: Kyla Bryant, Stanford, and Hailey Burleson, Washington, 9.875

Nebraska 196.425, Pittsburgh 193.600 [Results]

Nebraska gave up on what could’ve been a great meet here, counting mistakes both big and small as they hosted Pitt, though the girls who did show up with great performances were able to lead the team to a solid overall score. Sienna Crouse and Megan Schweihofer led the Huskers with top-notch all-around performances while posting the top scores on all four events to secure a nearly three-point win. Crouse’s top scores came in on bars and floor, with a pair of 9.925s, and her 9.825 on beam was the team’s best there, while Schweihofer posted the top scores on vault and floor, her floor ending up with a meet-high 9.95. Grace Williams was solid on beam and floor, Abbie Epperson is out of the beam lineup but put up excellent work on her other three events, and specialists Danielle Breen and Torri Hutchinson put up good routines on their respective events, beam and floor.

Pitt got off to a good start on bars, overcoming a fall to count five mostly decent sets, with Lucy Jones putting up the team best with a 9.8. Vault was a problem for these ladies, however, as they saw two falls, which was a bit shocking at this point in the season. The girls who did hit looked good, though, with all-around phenom Haley Brechwald posting the high of 9.85. Floor looked strong, with Alecia Petrikis getting a 9.825 after also looking great on vault, though the team ended up counting another fall on beam, where routines overall were a little iffy, though Brechwald was solid, as was Catie Conrad, who had the team-high 9.8.

AA: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 39.550
VT: Megan Schweihofer, Nebraska, 9.900
UB: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 9.925
BB: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 9.825
FX: Megan Schweihofer, Nebraska, 9.950

NC State 195.725, William & Mary 193.325 [Results]

This was a steady meet for NC State. It wasn’t one of the record-breakers, but aside from some minor things here and there adding up to limit their overall scoring potential, the team looked good and were able to celebrate with a big final rotation on floor. On vault, everyone had hops on landings, but Alexa Phillips was able to bring in a 9.825 with just a small hop on her FTY while Drew Grantham put up a 9.85 for her YUUUGE and lovely FTY, also with just a small bounce as she hit the mat. Bars also had some little form breaks, and the team was hoping to get rid of Grantham’s 9.6 with a solid anchor set from Chelsea Knight, but Knight shockingly fell on her Tkachev, which held the team back a bit there, though they were happy to count a 9.825 from Caitlin Fillard, who caught her Tkachev and stuck the dismount, while leadoff Nicole Wild brought in a 9.775 with a clean bail to toe shoot and lovely lines throughout.

On beam, leadoff Alexis Beucler didn’t bring in the highest score, but I enjoyed her routine the most if only because the joy was there in everything she did, and she had excellent work with a standing layout stepout, a solid flight series, and a little bounce on her gainer full for a 9.775. Otherwise this was a good rotation, with Grantham showing an excellent set that included a switch to straddle side, clean flight series, and stuck dismount for a 9.875, while Knight was able to deliver in the anchor spot this time, saving the team from counting Wild’s acro series fall, hitting for a 9.8 with a slight wobble on her flight series before finishing with a great jump series, a lovely full turn in attitude, and a stuck gainer full.

Floor was excellent from beginning to end, as Mackenzie Itcush kicked them off with a 9.85 for her double pike, 1½ to front layout, and strong double tuck, and I again enjoyed Beucler’s entertaining set, while Knight anchored with a 9.875 with a perfect Rudi pass to finish, though Alexa Phillips was the star of this rotation, nailing an arabian double front, 1½ to front layout, and Rudi with some of the best work I’ve seen from her.

This was also a very strong meet for the super consistent W&M ladies, who have scored between a 193.3 and a 193.65 in the past five meets! Opening on bars, they saw the occasional form break or landing step that held them back, but no one had major mistakes, with a 9.7 from Evan Pakshong, who had a lovely Tkachev, bail, and double layout with a step, on top of a 9.725 from Katie Waldman, who showed a Jaeger and had a slight step back on her dismount. I also have to shout out to Erika Marr, who had an awesome front giant full right into her straddleback, an impressive level of difficulty and she looked awesome, though an under-rotated double tuck dismount with a large step forward held back her scoring potential.

On vault, Waldman and Marr led the rotation, with Waldman getting a 9.7 for her Yurchenko full-on back pike with just a step while Marr reached a 9.725 for her excellent Yurchenko layout half, though anchor Taylor White unfortunately was too slow in the rotation on her handspring front pike and sat it. The team put up solid work on floor, including a 9.775 from Elizabeth Snoddy with a double pike and a stag ring jump out of her last pass, while Aaliyah Kerr anchored with a huge double pike, 1½ to front layout, and double tuck for a 9.825, and on beam, we got six confident sets, including a 9.75 for Caroline Caponi’s lovely leadoff routine (her punch front tuck to back handspring was great, and she had a small step on her double full dismount) and a 9.825 from Pakshong, who showed a solid front aerial to back handspring and big switch half to stag ring jump.

AA: Drew Grantham, NC State, 39.175
VT: Drew Grantham, NC State, 9.850
UB: Caitlyn Fillard, NC State, 9.825
BB: Drew Grantham, NC State, 9.875
FX: Alexa Phillips, NC State, 9.900

New Hampshire 195.225, Air Force 194.475, Temple 193.375 [Results]

Looking good, if not perfect, UNH was able to get a nearly one-point win over host Air Force and another point on top of that over EAGL rival Temple. The team didn’t surpass a 49 on any event, but they also didn’t have anything major go wrong, so #SilverLinings, right? Lauren Diggan led the team on vault, where the first two up had some struggles but the remainder of the lineup was strong. She went on to also do good work on bars, where anchor Danielle Mulligan was gorgeous for a 9.9 before going on to put up solid routines on beam and floor. Casey Lauter led the beam rotation alongside Mulligan, getting a 9.875, while leadoff Lia Breeden was the standout on floor for the team.

Air Force was on a roll here, aside from sadly counting a fall on bars in what was an otherwise excellent meet, getting the team to a season-high even with the mistake. Leadoff Lauren Miller led the team on vault, kicking off a super successful rotation with a 9.775, while bars saw several great sets, including a 9.825 from anchor Anna Salamone and a 9.85 from Analise Howard. On beam, Tyler Davis brought in a 9.8 early on, with Howard again topping off the team with a 9.85 in what was a superb and consistent rotation overall, and we saw an excellent finish on floor as Casey Bell brought in a 9.825 followed by Davis in the anchor position hitting a stellar routine to nab a 9.85 for the title.

Temple unfortunately had a weak vault rotation on top of counting a fall on beam, but as always, floor was excellent, and bars actually ended up being the team’s top-scoring event, which was awesome to see, as Daisy Todd and Kerry Arone came up with their typically great numbers at the end of the rotation, but the early work from girls like Yasmin Eubanks and Tori Edwards was also fantastic. Sahara Gipson led the team on vault, where Edwards and Jaylene Everett also put up solid numbers, while the top vault score came from Delaney Garin, and we also saw a 9.8 on floor from India Anderson.

AA: Tori Edwards, Temple, 38.275
VT: Sahara Gipson, Temple, and Lauren Diggan, New Hampshire, 9.800
UB: Danielle Mulligan, New Hampshire, 9.900
BB: Danielle Mulligan & Casey Lauter, New Hampshire, 9.875
FX: Tyler Davis, Air Force, 9.850

Rutgers 194.800, Towson 194.450, Western Michigan 192.650, Ursinus 188.125 [Results]

Rutgers handily took down all three teams that came to play at this weekend’s quad meet, counting a fall on bars but otherwise showing fantastic work to finish with a season high 194.8. Libby Groden was a standout on vault and beam, while Shannon Farrell was killer on bars, beam, and floor and Belle Huang fell on bars, but put up two of the team’s best scores with a 9.775 on vault and a 9.875 on floor in addition to rocking it on beam. But tonight belonged to Makenzey Shank, who showed off lovely lines to lead the team with a 9.9 on bars before going on to show a “10 in the SEC” beam set that included a front aerial to scale, perfect back handspring layout stepout flight series, switch leap to sheep jump, and cat leap to stuck gainer full. She “only” got a 9.925 because this is New Jersey, not the south or parts of the west coast, but this was a career-high for the senior, and crazy exciting nonetheless.

Towson also had a strong meet here, a couple of problem routines aside, showing especially good work on vault and bars. Cortni Baker was on fire here, competing at older sister April’s alma mater and channeling some of that love to hit for huge numbers across her three events, leading the team on vault and floor with scores of 9.85 and 9.825, respectively. Tyra McKellar was lovely on her three events and led the bars rotation with a 9.85 while beam was the weakest overall, but we did see a trio of 9.7s from McKellar, Mary Elle Arduino, and Lauren Cahalan.

This was a weak meet for Western Michigan, which counted falls on three events, but we saw some good individual work from Stacie Harrison on vault, bars, and floor, from Rachael Underwood on vault, beam, and floor, taking the title on the latter with a 9.9, and from specialist Amelia Mohler, who led the bars rotation with a 9.85. DIII Ursinus had a solid meet aside from beam, seeing its highest scores from Alexandra Puryear (who was fab in the all-around!) and Lindsay Rush on vault, Amanda Palladino on bars and beam, and Eleanor LaFountain with an excellent routine on floor.

AA: Belle Huang, Rutgers, 38.600
VT: Cortni Baker, Towson, 9.850
UB: Makenzey Shank, Rutgers, 9.900
BB: Makenzey Shank, Rutgers, 9.925
FX: Rachael Underwood, Western Michigan, 9.900

La Crosse 192.125, Whitewater 190.975 [Results]

For Division III, this was basically the regular season version of Florida meeting up with LSU, with these two programs leading their conference by a significant amount while also being two of the best D3 teams in the country. Whitewater hasn’t been quite as strong this season as they’ve been in the past, while La Crosse has been at the top of the conference all season, and they brought their best work here to take down their WIAC rivals with a huge road win for a season-best score.

Led by all-arounder Samantha Wiekamp, who was excellent and contributed some of the team’s best scores on all four events, the team showed almost no weaknesses at this meet. Dani Barmore put up the top vault score while also contributing great routines on bars and beam, Brooke Kachinsky was beautiful on bars and beam, leading the bars rotation with a 9.7, the top beam score came from Ally Blixt, and on floor, specialist Jenna Danniger posted a 9.7 while Amy Enright went 9.725 and Lauren Wilson took the title with a 9.75 to help the team to a 48.25 total, a great finish for the Eagles, who we’ll next see at WIAC Championships this weekend, where they’ll hope to once again walk away the victors.

This wasn’t the season-best meet for Whitewater in 2018, but it came pretty close, thanks to strong work across the board, with almost no major mistakes throughout, and like UWL, the squad put up an incredible floor rotation, counting all scores at 9.6 or higher, including a 9.75 from Franchesca Hutton to share the title. Lisa O’Donnell wasn’t at her best on beam here, an unfortunate end to an otherwise excellent all-around performance, while Erika Briscoe was superb on vault, beam, and floor, specialists Lauren Marshall and Chloe Rehberg led the team on vault, and Kate Mierow was at her best on bars, beam, and floor.

AA: Samantha Wiekamp, La Crosse, 38.225
VT: Dani Barmore, La Crosse, 9.775
UB: Brooke Kachinsky, La Crosse, 9.700
BB: Ally Blixt, La Crosse, 9.625
FX: Lauren Wilson, La Crosse, and Franchesca Hutton, Whitewater, 9.750

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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One thought on “The NCAA Gym Skim | February 24

  1. Love seeing Anne Kuhm as the photo for this post!

    For me, the biggest athlete who’s impressing me on this ASU squad is Heather Udowitch. I remember in the meet against OSU, my first thought when Callis fell was “Oh crap, and Udowitch is in the lineup,” and she’s come out this season this totally steady beamer. She might not always hit her acro series, but I always had her as “fall risk” before, and that’s not been a problem at all this season.

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