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UCLA 198.075, Oregon State 196.525 [Results]
This was a bananas meet for UCLA, with the team getting a 198 for the first time this season while putting up the third-best overall floor score and best ever overall beam score in program history. With the way the team started out on vault, showing a lack of control on pretty much every single landing, it didn’t seem like this was going to be one of the team’s better meets. The team didn’t break the 9.9 barrier here, with 9.875s from Kyla Ross on her FTY and Pua Hall on her Yurchenko 1½ the top scores leading to the second-weakest overall vault score this season.
Things picked up a bit on bars, where Nia Dennis opened one of her strongest routines, catching her Maloney to bail before taking just a slight slide back on her double layout dismount for a 9.9. There were a few little things that added up in this rotation as well, but nothing quite as severe as vault, though Kyla Ross finished the team off with a near-perfect set for a 9.975, looking gorgeous on her Maloney to bail to toe shoot before sticking her double layout cold.
Beam is what set the team apart from pretty much any other program this season. Though they started out with a fall from Brielle Nguyen on her flight series, Madison Kocian got the team back on track with a steady set showing just some minor checks before we saw a pair of 9.95s from Grace Glenn and Ross, while Katelyn Ohashi and Peng Peng Lee brought in 9.975s. Ohashi nailed her front aerial to back handspring layout stepout in addition to a switch ring to beat jump before hitting her back handspring layout stepout into a stuck layout full, and Lee capped off the rotation with a solid layout series, a beautiful double turn to beat jump, and a great double full dismount.
The lowest score the team brought in on floor was a 9.9, which both Kocian and Ross added early in the rotation, but beyond that the team saw 9.95s from Gracie Kramer and Felicia Hano, a 9.975 from Dennis, who changed her opening double arabian pass into a piked full-in to go from ‘meh’ to brilliant on this event, and then Ohashi anchored the team with the first perfect 10 of the meet, crushing her big double layout, 1½ to barani to split jump to front tuck, and front full to barani down into a split while selling the crap out of her Michael Jackson routine.
We knew UCLA would be great once everyone got healthy and consistent. With this level of star power, a meet of this magnitude has been years in the making, and vault aside, it was incredible to see it all finally come together. I’d say this is person-to-person the most talented team in the league right now, and I’m glad they’re finally living up to what they’re capable of after falling short in the past couple of seasons.
This was also an excellent meet for Oregon State, though I believe they were pretty short-changed by the judges in some areas, especially on beam. It wasn’t a perfect rotation, but the strongest routines in their beam rotation would’ve been at least a tenth higher had they been wearing Bruin blue.
Shireen Khamedoost kicked off the team’s great day with a solid bars set that earned a 9.8 for her toe-on to Maloney to bail and just a hop on the double layout, and thanks to a trio of 9.85s throughout the rotation, the team was able to reach a 49.15 here, though this was definitely below what they’re capable of due to hops or steps on pretty much every landing, though landing aside, Mary Jacobsen’s set was gorgeous, with a huge Tkachev to overshoot before just a step back on her double front.
Vault also saw some messy landings, with Destinee Davis’ 9.85 leading the rotation after she nailed a big FTY with a bounce back, but floor and beam were both excellent. On floor, Savanna Force unfortunately had two falls, but the rest of the rotation quickly brought them back, with the latter half of the lineup all able to put up 9.9s thanks to McKenna Singley with her excellent double tuck and double pike, Isis Lowery with her solid and clean tumbling to match an outstanding performance, and Kaitlyn Yanish looking fab with her huge double layout to open a stellar set.
The beam scoring was definitely confusing compared to UCLA’s, because while I was actually not really mad at any of UCLA’s scores, I WAS mad that Oregon State’s routines didn’t seem to be judged on the same scale. There were a couple of routines with wobbles, but I felt like what we saw from Alyssa Minyard, and Davis in the lineup spot were worth 9.9s at the very least. The high score being just a 9.85 for this team for a set like Davis’ — which far exceeded Kocian’s wobbly 9.875 set — is criminal. Davis was lovely with her aggressive jumps and solid dismount, and I also loved Minyard’s cat leap to switch side and side aerial to stuck tuck full dismount.
AA: Kyla Ross, UCLA, 39.700
VT: Kyla Ross & Pua Hall, UCLA, 9.875
UB: Kyla Ross, UCLA, 9.975
BB: Peng Peng Lee & Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA, 9.975
FX: Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA, 10.000
California 197.500, Utah 197.450 [Results]
What a meet for Cal, which saw a huge upset of Pac 12 rival Utah at home in super dramatic fashion, putting up Toni-Ann Williams on floor instead of letting her rest, which helped them get that last-second push to overtake the Red Rocks. Williams swept the individual titles to win the all-around with a 39.7, the second-best score of the week.
The vault rotation saw lots of strong work, but the most impressive sets came from Arianna Robinson, who stuck her front handspring onto the springboard into a front handspring front pike, while Williams had a huge FTY, holding the stick with a balance check for a 9.9. On bars, the scoring was a little ridiculous without enough differentiation between routines that were good and routines that were great, as we saw three in a row get a 9.925 and yet all three could’ve been easily separated and ranked. Williams got the first of these scores, hitting her Hindorff but missing a couple of handstands and sliding back on her double layout, while Alma Kuc came next with a lovely Maloney to Pak and a stuck full-in, and Nina Schank got over some arched handstands to finish with a stuck double layout.
Beam was a little weak for this team, but the opening set from Chelsea Shu was fabulous, getting a 9.85 for her slow but fluid flight series, switch half, and side aerial to stuck full dismount, and Williams again led the rotation with a fantastic front tuck to layout stepout series and gainer pike off the end of the beam, fighting for the stick to earn a 9.9. Kyana George also showed some great moments in her set, including a double wolf turn and a double tuck dismount with a step, and she came back to look strong on floor with her front double full and double tuck to finish, her 9.925 a little aggressive, but it was a solid routine nonetheless, and then Williams anchored with a 9.975 for her double layout, front layout to front full, and double pike.
Again, while the scoring was a bit nutso, I do think that Cal overall had a better day than Utah and was happy to see them get the win. With MyKayla Skinner taking a break from her leg events — her first time resting after going 84 for 84 in competition since the start of her NCAA career, no big deal — the team lost out on top vault and floor scores on top of just looking a bit low-energy in general. It was still a solid meet, but it wasn’t a killer meet in the way Cal’s was, if that makes sense to anyone else.
Tiffani Lewis led the team off on bars with a 9.875, hitting a giant full to big Tkachev, bail, and stuck double layout for a 9.875, though the three routines to follow her were a little iffy, including a fall from Kari Lee on her dismount. Kim Tessen and Skinner saved the rotation with a pair of 9.9s, looking mostly strong aside from some nit-picky things. Tessen went on to show a gorgeous 1½ with a hop forward to get a 9.9 on vault as well, and Lee made up for her bars fall with a 9.9 for her FTY, which was super clean though had a little bounce on the landing.
As with Cal, I found some of the floor scores a bit too eager as many of the routines looked a bit off and not as sharp as usual, though I did think Tiffani Lewis was pretty deserving of her 9.925, showing a floaty double pike, front layout to front full, clean and nicely extended leaps, and a double tuck for a solid finish. On beam, Maddy Stover kicked off the rotation for the Red Rocks with a 9.85 for a good flight series, beat jump to split ring jump, front toss, and stuck gainer full, Skinner had one of her typically solid routines throughout but was a bit short on the double tuck, stepping forward to pick up a 9.85, and Lee was lovely with her full turn, confident flight series, switch to straddle side, and stuck double full for a 9.9.
AA: Toni-Ann Williams, California, 39.700
VT: Toni-Ann Williams, California, and Kari Lee & Kim Tessen, Utah, 9.900
UB: Toni-Ann Williams, Nina Schank, & Alma Kuc, California, 9.925
BB: Toni-Ann Williams, California, and Kari Lee, Utah, 9.900
FX: Toni-Ann Williams, California, 9.975
Missouri 196.625, Illinois 194.375, Illinois-Chicago 194.100 [Results]
Mizzou had a kind of surprisingly amazing day on the road here, getting a huge two-point win over host team Illinois while reaching a season-high after spectacular work on bars, beam, and floor. Aspen Tucker had a great day, leading the team on vault while also putting up some of the team’s top scores on the other three events to win the all-around, while Shauna Miller led bars with a 9.9, Britney Ward was stellar on beam, putting up a 9.925 to not only win the title but also to save the rotation after a fall from Brooke Kelly in the five-spot, Michaelee Turner won the title in a stacked floor lineup, and Morgan Porter was a standout on her three events.
As so many do, Illinois gave up this meet on beam, counting a fall after an otherwise okay day. Bars was a standout rotation for the team, seeing a 9.9 from Karen Howell to lead the rotation, while Bridget Hodan put up the highest vault score, and Haylee Roe really stepped it up to bring in the best work on beam and floor, leading off the beam rotation with a 9.85 and getting the floor title with a 9.9. With beam as weak as it was, UIC actually came close to topping the Illini, but ultimately they too had a weak rotation there. Mikailla Northern put up strong routines to lead the team on vault, beam, and floor, though a fall on bars held her back in the all-around with Serena Baker picking up the slack there and posting a 9.825 to top the Flames.
AA: Aspen Tucker, Missouri, 39.325
VT: Aspen Tucker, Missouri, 9.850
UB: Karen Howell, Illinois, and Shauna Miller, Missouri, 9.900
BB: Britney Ward, Missouri, 9.925
FX: Haylee Roe, Illinois, and Michaelee Turner, Missouri, 9.900
Iowa State 196.450, Lindenwood 195.175, Illinois State 193.050 [Results]
Iowa State got back on track here with an excellent meet from start to finish to put up a season high on the road against MIC teams Illinois State and D2 Lindenwood. Going 49 or better across all four events, the team saw an incredible all-around performance from Haylee Young, who led the team on beam while also putting up some of the team’s best scores elsewhere, while Meaghan Sievers and Kelsey Paz also brought top-notch work in the all-around, Molly Russ was excellent on beam and floor, Briana Ledesma had a beautiful floor set, and specialist Hilary Green got her job done on bars, anchoring with a 9.825.
Lindenwood also looked fab at this meet, coming in two points ahead of Illinois State thanks to an especially impressive beam rotation that saw a pair of 9.8s from Breanna Franklin and Ryan Henry, a 9.825 from Kierstin Sokolowski, and a 9.85 from Emily Milliet. Henry was also lovely on bars, winning the title with a 9.85, while Sokolowski was strong on vault and bars, and we saw steady work from Andy Alexander on her three events. Illinois State struggled on beam in addition to putting up some weak landings on vault and floor, though Gabrielle Cooke and Alyssa Wiggle did great work to lead the team as all-arounders, while Kylie Meyer led the team on beam with her confident set.
AA: Haylee Young, Iowa State, 39.400
VT: Meaghan Sievers, Iowa State, 9.900
UB: Ryan Henry, Lindenwood, 9.850
BB: Haylee Young, Iowa State, 9.900
FX: Briana Ledesma, Iowa State, 9.900
Ohio State 196.125, Bowling Green 195.400, Central Michigan 195.375 [Results]
Thanks to an impressive bars rotation, Ohio State took the lead at this tight battle against BGSU and CMU, putting up a 49.325 on that event with three 9.85s on top of a 9.875 from Amanda Huang and a 9.9 from Alexis Mattern, who also showed solid work on vault. Morgan Lowe led the vault rotation with a 9.85, Huang and Jenna Swartzentruber, who was also excellent on bars, topped the beam rotation with a pair of 9.825s, and Stefanie Merkle put up some of her strongest work on floor to post a 9.875.
BGSU counted a fall on beam at this meet, but otherwise looked great, fighting past a bars fall and finishing strong with a 49.1 on floor. Jovannah East and Laura Mitchell were both big contributors as all-arounders, with East stealing the show on vault and floor with a pair of 9.9s, while Mitchell, a senior, had a career-high 9.95 on beam, and it was about time. In addition to these two, Lexie Augustine was excellent on bars and beam, Lauren DeMeno put up a solid vault, and India McPeak, also a senior, had a gorgeous beam set that earned a 9.9.
CMU was in the same boat as BGSU, counting a beam fall on an otherwise super impressive day. Shockingly, Denelle Pedrick missed her DTY, but we saw great vaults from Bryttany Kaplan and Katy Clements, and Pedrick was able to contribute high scores on the other three events. Kaplan and Hayley Porter led bars with a pair of 9.9s, Clements was stunning as always on beam with a 9.9 there, and she also led the team on floor with a 9.875, though she was just a tad short of reaching the title on both.
AA: Jovannah East, Bowling Green, 39.300
VT: Jovannah East, Bowling Green, 9.900
UB: Bryttany Kaplan & Hayley Porter, Central Michigan, and Alexis Mattern, Ohio State, 9.900
BB: Laura Mitchell, Bowling Green, 9.950
FX: Jovannah East, Bowling Green, 9.900
Northern Illinois 195.375, Ball State 195.200 [Results]
NIU took down Ball State, counting a bars fall but showing strong work elsewhere, with Ashley Potts looking tremendously strong in the all-around. Potts led bars with a huge 9.95 to win the title, and she also contributed a pair of 9.8s on vault and floor to finish with a 39.3, and though fellow all-arounder Katherine Prentice fell on beam, she too was beautiful on bars and floor, while Cinny Lamberti led vault with a 9.825 and shared the vault title with Allison Richardson, both earning 9.8s, and Anna Martucci won floor with a 9.925.
Ball State came close to getting a road win here, and had higher overall bars and beam scores, but some weak vaults held them back just about two tenths from making it happen. Bri Slonim led the team with a 9.8 on vault while Maddie MacDonald was the top earner on bars with a 9.85, Slonim and Garcia were strongest on beam with a pair of 9.775s, and specialist Tia Kiaku led floor with a 9.9, looking super crisp and polished, a step ahead of the rest of her teammates on this event.
AA: Ashley Potts, Northern Illinois, 39.300
VT: Cinny Lamberti, Northern Illinois, 9.825
UB: Ashley Potts, Northern Illinois, 9.950
BB: Cinny Lamberti & Allison Richardson, Northern Illinois, 9.800
FX: Anna Martucci, Northern Illinois, 9.925
Yale 195.025, Cornell 194.350, Pennsylvania 193.875, Brown 192.975 [Results]
Yale made history at the Ivy Classic on Sunday, winning their first team title since 2005 while posting a season-high 195.025, the team’s best score since 2003 and their all-time program record on top of sweeping the individual titles and breaking multiple overall event total scores. Led by all-arounders Jade Buford and Jacey Baldovino, who have been on fire all season long, Yale made it through the entire meet without a single fall, seeing top scores coming from Buford on vault and floor, Baldovino on beam, and Jessica Wang on bars with one of her always outstanding sets. But truly, everyone who competed at this meet deserves huge props for bringing it when it counts, and I’m absolutely loving what the future holds for the Bulldogs.
Cornell, also looking strong here to count no falls, showed fantastic rotations on bars, beam, and floor, with Amy Shen’s 9.7 the top vault score, a trio of 9.8s from Lauren Wong, Christina Luniewicz, and Payton Murphy leading bars, Izzy Herczeg’s 9.825 the strongest on beam, and a 9.85 from Samantha Henry the top score for the team on floor.
Penn struggled, counting a fall on beam, but putting up an incredible floor rotation that included a 9.875 high from Alex Hartke, while Ally Podsednik led vault and beam, and Kyra Levi led bars, while Brown finished fourth at home, counting a fall on bars on top of some low beam scores. For the Bears, Julia Green led vault, Anya Olson and Claire Ryan led bars, Regan Butchness led beam, and Anya Barca-Hall led floor.
AA: Jade Buford, Yale, 39.225
VT: Jade Buford, Yale, 9.800
UB: Jessica Wang, Yale, 9.900
BB: Jacey Baldovino, Yale, and Izzy Herczeg, Cornell, 9.825
FX: Jade Buford, Yale, 9.900
Eastern Michigan 194.875, Kent State 193.925 [Results]
Despite some struggles on beam, EMU picked up a win on the road here, outscoring MAC rival Kent State by nearly a point. On bars, a couple of low-scoring early routines had to be counted into the rotation due to a fall at the end of the lineup, but Jada Rondeau led the rotation with a 9.85 after showing great work with her big straddle Jaeger and stuck double layout, while we also got a great set from Emili Dobronics with her lovely Tkachev and high double layout with a step forward. Julia Schwartz, who also had mostly solid work on bars, led the vault rotation with a 9.875 for her stuck Yurchenko layout half, while Megan Hultgren put up a 9.85 for a solid set of her own, helping the team to a 49.05, and on floor, the ladies reached a 49.125, counting mostly 9.8-range scores and then a 9.9 from Dobronics in the anchor position. With some weak work on beam early in the rotation, the team was forced to count some low scores after a fall at the end of the meet, but Hultgren had a solid leadoff set for a 9.85 and we also saw a 9.8 from Megan Marino in the five-spot to help keep the team afloat to get the win.
This would’ve been an incredible meet for Kent State — easily a season high, probably by several tenths — had the team not fallen apart on beam, but alas. Rachel Stypinski had a phenomenal day, though, opening the vault rotation with a great landing on her clean handspring front pike, before going on to put up a solid bars set and then looking her best on beam and floor, with her anchor floor set getting a 9.975 for her flawless floor set. Sarah McCarty led the vault rotation alongside Stypinski, showing a handspring front pike half for a 9.825, while Brooke Timko led the team on bars with a 9.9, and we also saw excellent work from Nasha Manitkul-Davis on floor. Beam was truly a heartbreaker, however, with falls in four routines, though kudos to Stypinski and Alyssa Quinlan for hitting in one of the team’s most traumatic beam rotations ever.
AA: Rachel Stypinski, Kent State, 39.550
VT: Julia Schwartz, Eastern Michigan, 9.875
UB: Brooke Timko, Kent State, 9.900
BB: Rachel Stypinski, Kent State, 9.925
FX: Rachel Stypinski, Kent State, 9.975
Texas Woman’s 194.675, Bridgeport 194.275, S.E. Missouri 193.675, Centenary 191.825 [Results]
TWU took the title at home by just four tenths ahead of fellow D2 Bridgeport, both teams coming ahead of SEMO and D3 Centenary. TWU had some mishaps on beam, but otherwise was at a high level of competition here, with great performances from Mallory Moredock and Schyler Jones on vault, beam, and floor, while specialist Hunter Vincent put up good work on bars. Both Bria Northrop and Alyssa Kelly struggled on beam, but more than made up for it with their gorgeous bars sets to contribute scores of 9.875 and 9.825, respectively, while Erin Alderman got past a beam fall to contribute a 9.8 on floor.
Bridgeport also saw its weakest routines coming on beam, but they also got a 9.8 there from Maya Reimers, who was just as great on floor. Kelsey Campbell led vault while also putting up strong scores on her other three events, specialists Kelli Tereshko and Maritza Futch led bars with a pair of 9.8s, and Kelly Aycock had a great floor set to add a 9.8 of her own.
For SEMO, Alexis Brawner was as fierce as ever, killing it on her three events, and I was also super impressed with what we saw from Alana Fischer on bars and beam, Mackenzie Slee was excellent and showed great improvement on vault, beam, and floor, and McKinzie Jones unfortunately fell on bars in what was otherwise one of the team’s strongest rotations there, but her work on beam and floor more than made up for it.
Centenary, meanwhile, was able to put up one of its strongest scores of the season despite some weak spots on bars. All-arounder Tavia Smith had a bars fall, but was excellent on her other events, putting up a 9.775 on beam, while Cami Bea Austin also had issues on bars but showed solid work on beam and floor. Ashley White was a top contributor on vault, beam, and floor, Navia Jordan led the team on beam and floor, and both Aspen Hattley and Evelyn Harris were strongest on bars to help them get past some rough numbers in that rotation.
AA: Kelsey Campbell, Bridgeport, 38.875
VT: Schyler Jones, Texas Woman’s, 9.800
UB: Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s, 9.875
BB: Mallory Moredock, Texas Woman’s, 9.875
FX: Schyler Jones, Texas Woman’s, 9.875
Ithaca 189.575, Brockport 183.800, Rhode Island 174.925 [Results]
With Brockport competing several members of its B team here, Ithaca was able to easily get the win, leading by six points thanks to especially strong numbers on beam and floor. As always, Carolyn Nichols led on vault while also contributing the top score on floor, Elyse Ryden won the bars title with a 9.95 to lead her team, Kendra Balcerak was the strongest in a solid beam rotation, and in addition to Nichols’ floor, we also saw great work from Melissa Hollrigl and anchor Victoria Gery.
For the team from Brockport, Stephanie Mager anchored vault to bring in a 9.725 while also leading a B team on bars with a 9.375, Alyssa Klock led the beam rotation with a 9.525, and Kayleen Burns put up a solid leadoff floor set for a 9.475 to put up the team’s best number there. RIC unfortunately had one of its weaker meets of the season, especially only being able to field five on bars, and the top scores we saw from the Anchorwomen came from Christa Vaccaro on vault, Chandler Lynn on bars, Grace Davis on beam, and Miranda Murphy, who won the all-around, on floor.
AA: Miranda Murphy, Rhode Island, 34.800
VT: Carolyn Nichols, Ithaca, and Stephanie Mager, Brockport, 9.725
UB: Elyse Ryden, Ithaca, 9.550
BB: Kendra Balcerak, Ithaca, 9.700
FX: Carolyn Nichols, Ithaca, 9.700
Hamline 184.775, Gustavus 179.525 [Results]
Hamline took down visiting Gustavus by over five points on Sunday, with the team putting up a superb floor rotation where every score to count was a 9.5 or better. The latter half of the vault rotation was excellent as well, seeing solid work from Caitlin Cooper, Alyssa Huch, and anchor Sydney Tribbet, while the first half of bars ended up seeing strong routines from Huch, Morgan Bradford, and leadoff Kelsey Ranneklev. On beam, the team fought through a couple of weak sets to see the high scores come from Meghan Webb and Lydia Ingram, while on floor, Webb, Tribbet, and Alexa Vorderbruggen were the standouts, with Vorderbruggen taking the title with a 9.7, the highest individual score at this meet.
For Gustavus, the biggest struggles came on bars, where they opened with some weak sets and were unable to surpass an 8.75 early in the rotation from Emily Anderson as their high for this meet. Things improved on vault, where all-arounders Amanda Malo and Samantha Ardy as well as anchor Veronica Vasina showed solid work to lead that rotation, and on floor the strongest routines came from Ardy and Malo, who put up scores of 9.3 and 9.4, respectively. Beam also saw some mistakes, but a solid leadoff routine from Vasina took the high of 9.325, and both Malo and Anderson also had some confident sets.
AA: Amanda Malo, Gustavus, 36.100
VT: Alyssa Huch, Hamline, 9.475
UB: Morgan Bradford, Hamline, 9.275
BB: Meghan Webb & Lydia Ingram, Hamline, 9.350
FX: Alexa Vorderbruggen, Hamline, 9.700
Article by Lauren Hopkins
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