The NCAA Gym Skim | Week 5

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

Oklahoma 198.325, Florida 198.025 [Results]

Well this was a meet. Because almost no one on earth has the elusive Fox Sports Pacific channel, I lived blogged this if you want a full recap and look at every routine, but basically scoring was a disaster, multiple routines got 10s from at least one judge, if not both, despite visible and obvious mistakes, and judging in NCAA is based in magic and fairy tales and not any actual code of points that exists.

The Sooners started out looking great on vault, and the majority of routines here weren’t too badly overscored, and they were all pretty crisp and lovely on bars as well, though this is when we first began seeing routines getting a bit too much love, with Nicole Lehrmann a standout with her always excellent work, though a 10 may have been a bit too gracious this time around. On beam, Lehrmann had a fall on her Korbut, and then Brehanna Showers split the beam on a switch leap, but she actually landed it well enough to make it look like she was supposed to do a switch leap into a cross straddle, and I guess the judges thought so as well because they only took three tenths off instead of half a point for a fall. Even though, you know, it was a fall. Maggie Nichols, still only back on two events after bruising her heel earlier this season, got a 9.975 here for a mostly flawless routine despite a check on her full turn. And as much as I love Oklahoma on floor, two 9.95s on top of three 9.975s was insane. Fangirl me is thrilled for Brenna Dowell to finally get some 10 love on this event, but me with a brain is like judges no, this is not what judging is. Are you okay? You can’t start the opening routine – which had multiple noticeable flaws, including steps out of tumbling passes and short leaps – with a 9.95 if it is not in fact a 9.95 routine. It left no room for the judges to grow with routines that actually may have been deserving of such a high number, and so literally everyone else got the same or higher. One judge gave a 10 with crossed ankles, and while Jordan Draper was much improved on her set, a 9.95 was pushing it, especially when Florida had multiple routines that were stronger than Draper’s that didn’t score nearly as well.

Florida still got a lot of love, though, which is how they were able to break a 198 for the first time this season with multiple mistakes. Their bars rotation continues to be an absolute stunner, and Trinity Thomas got a 9.975 despite an arched handstand at the end, but hey. One judge gave Olivia Trautman a 9.9 despite her completely almost falling on her bail, so that’s fair. The rest of the rotation went well with just minor issues and tiny adjustments, though unfortunately the Gators still haven’t been able to figure out vault, where they’re all hopping or not tight in the air or just a bit wild in general. On floor, Sydney Johnson-Scharpf was a bit weak on her first two landings to earn just a 9.55, but the team quickly picked up steam after that and I don’t know how Alicia Boren and Nya Reed didn’t get at least 9.95s after seeing Oklahoma’s scores, but alas. The Gators then fought past a fall on Boren’s flight series on beam to put up a 49.6 on the event thanks especially to Thomas and the breathtaking Alyssa Baumann, who competed effortlessly and should have topped Nichols’ score but the two ended up tying, with Baumann the only Gator to take an individual title here.

While annoyed with the barely kindergarten-pasted together institution that is NCAA judging, and while most of the scores at this particular meet were bonkers, I still think the outcome was correct rankings-wise, and also like, Florida pulled this nonsense last year when the Sooners visited them, so this was really and truly just payback, right? On the holy day that was January 26, 2018, we witnessed the birth of Carol when an actual judge named Carol scored every Oklahoma gymnast a half tenth lower than the other judge did on every single floor routine, but then rewarded Florida with kittens and rainbows and multiple 10s for comparable and even weaker sets. Oklahoma should’ve had that meet in the bag based on how their performances looked compared to Florida’s, but Florida ended up winning it by exactly a quarter of a tenth, with the final routine getting exactly what it needed to pull the Gators ahead. Here, even though Oklahoma had the more problematic beam rotation, I still think they made the most sense for the win because they’re just light years ahead on vault and otherwise looked tighter and like a more ‘total package’ whereas Florida still has one or two in each lineup who aren’t quite matching the rest of the team. Considering the Gators can easily go 49.6 on every event but vault, their vault coming in half a point lower basically suggests that their vault rotation essentially has a fall built in. Frankly, scoring over a 198 with that vault rotation is a miracle in itself, and if they were hitting vaults the way they hit everything else, they would’ve taken this meet with over a 198.5 which is high-key nuts.

At the end of the day, the team that was and is overall the stronger team won. Both teams received questionable scores for routines with noticeable errors, but while Oklahoma’s scores involved quite a bit more nonsense on floor than Florida’s did, and while it should be mathematically impossible to reach a 49.2 on beam with a fall, I think vault was really the deciding factor here and the outcome made sense even if the scores didn’t. But also, like, if we’re just gonna throw 10s around, it’s time for Boren to get hers on floor.

(Oh, and congrats to Olivia Trautman on a fantastic day in her all-around debut! Scoring aside this was an incredible performance from the freshman and I’m thrilled to see her looking so sharp and consistent this early on in her career.)

AA: Olivia Trautman, Oklahoma, 39.725
VT: Olivia Trautman, Oklahoma, 9.950
UB: Nicole Lehrmann, Oklahoma, 10.000
BB: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, & Alyssa Baumann, Florida, 9.975
FX: Jade Degouveia, Brenna Dowell, & Olivia Trautman, Oklahoma, 9.975

UCLA 197.900, Oregon State 197.450 [Results]

While not quite as egregious as the Oklahoma fiasco, it’s almost like the Pac 12 judges saw what happened in Norman and were like “anything you can do, I can do better!” I was actually looking forward to seeing UCLA get a more realistic road score at Oregon State, where the judging has been pretty tight so far this season, but the Bruins ended up getting their season high here despite it not actually being their best overall performance of the season, so *shrug* who knows what anything means in life anymore.

That said, it was an overall strong day for the team as usual…and at least the judges were also rewarding the often underscored Beavers with some equally high scores, which I’m fully here for. My issue isn’t that judges think they only have one tenth worth of deductions to work with, but rather that this love isn’t spread fairly throughout the entire NCAA program. I mean, I hate that there are a full 10 points in scores and judges think every hit routine is somehow deserving of a 9.9 or higher, but the fact that this rule only applies to a select few programs and no one else is what makes NCAA judging a joke to me. If Madison Kocian can have split legs, flexed feet, and her feet apart on the landing on every full-in dismount she’s ever done in her entire life and get 10s, then fine, but every other gymnast outside of UCLA with these same flaws is being deducted for them, so if we’re not going to deduct Kocian, then no one should get deducted for these issues.

This was a standout day for Nia Dennis in particular, who stuck the crap out of her FTY on vault to get an almost-perfect 9.925 before then going on to rock floor and beam, with one judge on beam giving her a 10. Kocian got a 10 on bars from one judge at this meet, but not both, and dismount aside it was a pretty fantastic routine with a great attention to most of the details, though the judges saved their perfect 10 for Kyla Ross, who was beautiful as always in her routine. I loved Felicia Hano sticking the crap out of her Yurchenko 1½ on vault, Katelyn Ohashi competed only on beam but was fantastic there, and Norah Flatley was a gem on bars and floor.

For Oregon State, the best thing that could have possibly happened was Lacy Dagen finally hitting her flight series on beam, performing an overall excellent routine for a 9.875 in addition to also hitting her FTY. Her sister, Madi, was also fantastic on both events, getting a 9.925 on beam and then matching that with an equally awesome floor routine, but Isis Lowery and Kaitlyn Yanish bested her on that event with scores of 9.95 and 9.975, respectively. We also saw Sabrina Gill back in the lineup on beam, where she looked mostly solid, and Maela Lazaro continues to be a thing of beauty on that event, going 9.9 for her clean and stylistic performance.

AA: Kyla Ross, UCLA, 39.650
VT: Mary Jacobsen, Oregon State, & Felicia Hano, UCLA, 9.950
UB: Kyla Ross, UCLA, 10.000
BB: Nia Dennis, UCLA, 9.975
FX: Kaitlyn Yanish, Oregon State, 9.975

Georgia 197.475, Arkansas 196.125 [Results]

Okay, I’m going to almost shut up about scoring and just talk about meets shortly, though this was another one where things were probably a bit more crazy than they should have been, though kudos to Georgia for putting together a super solid meet with only one fall, from the anchor on bars, and honestly if you’re gonna overscore someone it might as well be Sabrina Vega. Why? Because she’s my favorite, that’s why, and that’s how NCAA judging works, right?

Vega was one of the top performers on all three of her events, and both all-arounders Sydney Snead and Rachel Dickson were integral to all lineups as well, while Rachel Lukacs continues to step it up on vault and floor, getting the Gym Dogs to their top meet of the season, and showing that this team belongs up their with the best when they’re consistent and hitting all routines.

As for Arkansas, the team had a couple of minor hiccups on bars and beam, but put together great rotations on the other two events. The buzziest part of this meet was Sarah Shaffer showing a textbook Yurchenko 1½ on vault, and this brings me to my points about relative scoring and lower-ranked programs getting deducted for things top programs would. My issue with her vault is that it was SO low and SO close to the table, I was terrified she was going to hit her head when she flipped over. This compared to the more powerful Yurchenko 1½ vaults we see should get deducted and I felt a 9.85 was fair, while the other judge giving the 9.8 was a tad harsh but I get it.

With zero other context, a 9.825 seemed legit. However, in a land where top teams absolutely would not get the distance and height deductions for a vault that looks like that, just as Madison Kocian doesn’t get deducted for any faults on her full-in when she sticks them, this should have been a 10, especially compared to many of these same vaults that have been awarded 10s by at least one judge this season. Shaffer had some visible issues with her vault that shouldn’t make it a 10 if an actual code of points existed, but because no code or deductions outside of landings exist for the top teams, programs like Arkansas should also deserve that benefit. And they don’t. And that’s the problem. Just take a look at Kyla Ross’ Yurchenko 1½ from the first week of competition, which one judge awarded a 10 despite obvious pre-flight leg separation, post-flight ankle crossing, and body line deductions throughout in addition to being fully seated with her feet apart on the landing. If that’s the kind of vault judges want to reward with a 10 simply because she stuck, then fantastic, but then so should Shaffer’s. Visible flaws shouldn’t be okay for some teams and not okay for others. End of story.

I’m going to shut up about overscoring for the rest of this recap now because I’m only three meets in and already having a rage stroke. Aside from Shaffer’s beautiful vault, the team saw solid work from Kennedy Hambrick and Jessica Yamzon in the all-around, Sydney McGlone was a rock on vault and floor, and Hailey Garner had a lovely bars set.

AA: Rachel Dickson & Sydney Snead, Georgia, 39.575
VT: Sydney Snead, Georgia, 9.950
UB: Rachel Dickson & Sydney Snead, Georgia, 9.900
BB: Sabrina Vega, Georgia, 9.925
FX: Rachel Dickson & Sabrina Vega, Georgia; Sophia Carter, Arkansas, 9.950

Denver 197.450, Iowa State 196.700, West Virginia 196.125 [Results]

I loved seeing these Big 12 teams come together in a competition that involved some of the best gymnastics I’ve seen all season from all three programs. Denver was absolutely on fire, especially as Maddie Karr – who has struggled a bit in recent weeks – was back to her old self on every event, leading the team and winning the titles on vault, bars, and beam to get a massive 39.7 in the all-around, the second best score of the week. Alexis Vasquez showed leaps of glory on beam to share the title there with a 9.925, and Mia Sundstrom, Lynnzee Brown, and Alexandria Ruiz all got their jobs done in the all-around with fantastic performances to provide the bulk of the team’s routines, with none of these three going below a 9.8 all meet.

Iowa state crushed it on vault this week, led by a pair of 9.9s from Kelly Martin and Meaghan Sievers, who was also phenomenal on floor. Laura Burns stepped up as one to watch on bars while also putting up a strong floor performance, and though beam had some iffy moments, freshmen Meixi Semple and Grace Woolfolk proved calm and confident to lead the team there. For WVU, Kirah Koshinski was golden with a perfectly stuck Yurchenko 1½ and a lights-out performance on floor, while Esperanza Abarca received yet another 9.8 in her lead-off spot on bars in addition to making her beam debut with a 9.85, the second-highest for the team to make her a superstar freshman just weeks into the season.

AA: Maddie Karr, Denver, 39.700
VT: Maddie Karr, Denver, 9.975
UB: Maddie Karr, Denver, 9.925
BB: Maddie Karr & Alexis Vasquez, Denver, 9.925
FX: Alexandria Ruiz & Lynnzee Brown, Denver; Meaghan Sievers, Iowa State; Kirah Koshinski, West Virginia, 9.925

LSU 197.150, NC State 195.375 [Results]

Queen Sarah Finnegan continues to be the star of the LSU Tigers, leading them to victory here with especially brilliant performances on bars and beam, while also putting up two of the top numbers on vault and floor. McKenna Kelley is proving to get better and better on floor with each performance, earning a 9.975 here, while Reagan Campbell was lovely on beam, and Kennedi Edney was strong on three of her four events, getting a 9.95 for her Yurchenko 1½ in addition to posting a 9.9 for her super clean and always improving bars.

For NC State, vault had some weak spots but overall this was a great meet, with only minor issues across all four events. Drew Grantham and Caitlyn Fillard led the team as all-arounders, while Paris Phillips was a standout on vault and floor, Lauren Kent was fantastic on bars and beam, and Nicole Webb put up excellent sets on beam and floor.

AA: Sarah Finnegan, LSU, 39.650
VT: Kennedi Edney, LSU, 9.950
UB: Sarah Finnegan, LSU, 9.950
BB: Sarah Finnegan, LSU, 9.950
FX: McKenna Kelley, LSU, 9.975

Utah 197.075, Arizona 195.400 [Results]

Even though superstar MyKayla Skinner was rested on floor this week, Utah still managed to make the event their best of the night, going 49.525 with incredible routines from Adrienne Randall, Sydney Soloski, and MaKenna Merrell-Giles. Merrell-Giles was as good as always in the all-around to take the title, while Randall and Kari Lee put up great beam sets, helping the Utes come back from a fall and a few other missteps throughout the rotation. Though this was a rest week for Skinner, she still managed a super solid DTY and excellent bars set, and though she had a few wobbles throughout her beam set – I seriously thought she was going to fall at least three different times – she managed to fight through it to still put up a solid number, sticking her double tuck at the end to finish strong.

Arizona had a bit of a weak start on bars, where a pair of 9.75s from leadoff Haylie Hendrickson and Maddi Leydin were the top for the Wildcats, but they picked up slightly on vault to see a couple of 9.8s from Leydin and Heather Swanson, and then finished with excellent floor and beam rotations, with Leydin again a standout on both while Christina Berg led floor and Courtney Cowles had the top score on beam, ending the meet for her team with a 9.875.

AA: MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Utah, 39.500
VT: Alexia Burch, Utah, 9.900
UB: MaKenna Merrell-Giles & MyKayla Skinner, Utah, 9.900
BB: Kari Lee, Utah, 9.925
FX: Adrienne Randall, Utah, 9.950

Alabama 196.850, Missouri 196.550 [Results]

Things were closer than I expected at this road meet for Bama, though the Crimson Tide still came out on top by three tenths with good work on all four events. Lexi Graber returned to the lineup this week on all four events, looking especially strong on vault and floor, while Shea Mahoney was excellent on vault, bars, and floor, Alonza Klopfer was super solid on beam, and Maddie Desch was at one of the strongest levels I’ve seen her on both beam and floor.

Missouri continues to be one of the most under-the-radar but on-the-rise teams this season, with no crazy standout routines on any event, though they always manage to hit cleanly and confidently to rival most of the top-ten programs. Fielding only five on vault, the team managed a 49.125 with especially strong sets from Aspen Tucker and Britney Ward, Morgan Porter was also solid on this event in addition to putting up some of the top scores on bars and floor, Mary Nicholson and Allison Bower were both excellent on beam and floor, and Tucker had the high score on floor for the Tigers, posting a 9.9 to end another solid day in the all-around.

AA: Lexi Graber, Alabama, 39.350
VT: Aspen Tucker & Britney Ward, Missouri; Shea Mahoney & Lexi Graber, Alabama, 9.875
UB: Shea Mahoney, Alabama, 9.900
BB: Alonza Klopfer, Alabama, 9.875
FX: Lexi Graber, Alabama, 9.925

Minnesota 196.725, Michigan State 194.450 [Results]

After being a bit overlooked earlier in the season, the judges have taken notice of Minnesota, rewarding them with some huge scores to help them post one of the top scores in the country this weekend. I was thrilled to see Lexy Ramler get some more love, especially with her pretty much perfect beam routine going 9.95, while Ona Loper had great work on all four events as well, Ivy Lu continues to be stellar on bars and beam, and Paige Williams was fantastic on floor, topping the competition there with a 9.9.

Michigan State did a great job fighting past a fall from their leadoff on bars to see Jessica Ling anchor with a beautiful routine that earned a 9.85, and things picked up for the program on vault and floor, with Gabriella Douglas excellent on both (her floor tied for the title with a 9.9!), while specialist Ashley Beatty was solid on vault and all-arounder Lea Mitchell had one of the top floor sets. MSU unfortunately counted a fall and some bobbles on beam, but Douglas was excellent, anchoring the rotation – and the meet – with a 9.875 for her beautiful work there.

AA: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 39.600
VT: Ona Loper & Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 9.850
UB: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 9.925
BB: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, 9.950
FX: Paige Williams, Minnesota, & Gabriella Douglas, Michigan State, 9.900

California 196.700, Arizona State 195.700, BYU 194.975 [Results]

Cal came back from a rough bars rotation in week four to slay on the event this past weekend, with Nina Schank topping the team with a 9.875 to lead them to a 49.1 overall. On vault, Milan Clausi continues to be a standout and Toni Ann Williams stuck her FTY cold to get a 9.9. Clausi was also fantastic on beam and floor, making a huge impression in her all-around debut, and Williams was also fantastic on both events, putting up a pair of 9.9s. Beam was the strongest event for the Golden Bears this week, going 49.425 with a 9.9 from Maya Bordas and a 9.925 from Sofie Seilnacht on top of Clausi and Williams’ scores.

ASU came in second with bars and beam the strongest events for the program. All-arounders Anne Kuhm and Cairo Leonard-Baker were great across the board, while Ashley Szafranski and Justine Callis were gorgeous (as always!) on beam to help the team fight back from a fall. For BYU, Shannon Evans continues to be a star, getting a huge all-around win ahead of some super talented ASU and Cal gymnasts in addition to taking the titles on vault and bars, with her beam and floor also fantastic this week. The Cougars unfortunately counted a fall on bars, leaving them a bit too far behind to challenge, but we got more great individual performances from Abby Boden on her three events, with her 9.85 on beam leading the field there, while Natasha Marsh was lovely on bars and beam.

AA: Shannon Evans, BYU, 39.475
VT: Shannon Evans, BYU, 9.925
UB: Shannon Evans, BYU; Cairo Leonard-Baker, Arizona State; Nina Schank, California, 9.875
BB: Sofie Seilnacht, California, 9.925
FX: Toni Ann Williams, California, 9.900

Boise State 196.525, UC Davis 194.525, San Jose State 194.125 [Results]

Despite counting some lower than usual scores on vault and floor, Boise State stayed far ahead of the game here thanks to some brilliant work on bars and beam. Shani Remme and Courtney McGregor had some of the top performances on all four events, while Sarah Means was superb on vault and beam, Emily Muhlenhaupt crushed records with a 9.975 for her insanely good bars set, and Isabella Amado was great on beam and floor.

UC Davis came in four tenths ahead of San Jose State, with the team having a few iffy spots in each lineup, but overall looking strong on vall four events to count no falls. Kelley Hebert led the team in the all-around, putting up the top vault and floor scores, while Kyla Kessler and Sarah Liddle were the strongest on bars, and Yasmine Yektaparast topped beam with a 9.825. For SJSU, vault was a bit problematic with only five counting in the team’s total, but Chelsey Andrada put up a huge 9.875 there in addition to showing strong sets on beam and floor, Stephanie Relova was great on bars and beam, and Taylor Chan put up some of the team’s top scores on all four events, with her 9.8 on beam and 9.85 on floor her strongest.

AA: Shani Remme, Boise State, 39.400
VT: Sarah Means, Boise State, 9.925
UB: Emily Muhlenhaupt, Boise State, 9.975
BB: Sarah Means & Alex Esmerian, Boise State, 9.900
FX: Shani Remme, Boise State, 9.900

Michigan 196.500, Nebraska 195.700 [Results]

Michigan, which recently lost Maggie O’Hara to an Achilles injury, fought adversity to put up its top team score of the season, coming back from falls on three of the four events to manage a big win ahead of Big Ten rival Nebraska. On vault, the usually perfect Natalie Wojcik fell on her Yurchenko 1½ in the anchor spot, but the team counted enough solid hits earlier in the rotation to come away mostly unscathed, with Abby Brenner’s 9.85 the top score for the team. On bars, Brenner posted a 9.875 while Wojcik made a comeback from her vault fall to show a beautiful routine for a 9.925. She continued with excellent routines on beam and floor, putting up some of the top scores on both, and both Brenner and Emma McLean were also fantastic on floor, but it was Olivia Karas who stole the show on this day, going 9.8+ on her first three events before finishing with an incredible floor performance that earned a 9.95 to take the title.

Nebraska got an early lead with a strong, but not perfect bars rotation, where Sienna Crouse had the standout routine with a 9.9. They held their lead at the halfway point with a fantastic vault rotation that saw a 9.925 from the up-and-coming superstar Adnerys De Jesus as well as a 9.95 from Crouse, but they lost their edge with mistakes on floor and beam, though Crouse was strong on both as was Megan Schweihofer, who posted a 9.825 and 9.85, respectively.

AA: Olivia Karas, Michigan, 39.400
VT: Sienna Crouse, Nebraska, 9.950
UB: Natalie Wojcik, Michigan, 9.925
BB: Natalie Wojcik, Michigan, 9.875
FX: Olivia Karas, Michigan, 9.950

Auburn 196.125, Kentucky 196.000 [Results]

Auburn remains undefeated in the SEC this season, getting the win on the road here by just over a tenth to keep their perfect record even after ending with relatively weak rotations on beam and floor. Derrian Gobourne and Drew Watson were strong on all four events to lead the team, and we also got some great work from Samantha Cerio on bars and Ashley Smith on floor. Though the latter half of the meet wasn’t as good as the first, both rotations saw a great fight, with Sylvia ensuring the win by wrapping things up beautifully as the beam anchor, winning the event with a 9.85.

The host team got off to a decent start on vault and bars, giving up a few tenths here and there on the details, but Mollie Korth was fantastic on both and Cally Nixon continues to blow my mind with her beautiful bars set, getting a 9.875 to lead the team. On beam, a fall from Korth in addition to some wobbles from other routines took their overall potential down by over half a point from what they’re capable of scoring, though both Alex Hyland and Sidney Dukes were fab, and the pair continued to lead the team with some 9.9s on floor, which was overall a solid rotation for Kentucky, though just not quite enough to fix the damage done in the previous rotation.

AA: Derrian Gobourne & Drew Watson, Auburn, 39.350
VT: Mollie Korth, Kentucky, & Drew Watson, Auburn, 9.925
UB: Samantha Cerio, Auburn, 9.925
BB: Meredith Sylvia, Auburn, 9.850
FX: Alex Hyland & Sidney Dukes, Kentucky, 9.900

Washington 195.825, Stanford 195.425 [Results]

Washington got an excellent Pac 12 road win against Stanford this weekend, with especially beautiful beam and floor rotations giving them the push they needed to come out on top. Monica Riley had a solid day on her three events, while specialists Malory Rose and Kristyn Hoffa were excellent on beam and floor, respectively, and we also saw fantastic work from Geneva Thompson, Maya Washington, and all-arounder Evanni Roberson, who had a 9.8 or better on all four events to tie for the win with a 39.3.

Kyla Bryant was the top performer for Stanford this week, with especially excellent performances on bars and floor, while Rachael Flam continues to grow in her consistency to put up strong sets on vault and floor, Taryn Fitzgerald was solid on beam, Taylor Lawson was fabulous on beam and floor, and specialists Morgan Hoang and Hailee Hoffman stunned on the latter, which was Stanford’s best by a long shot, though the team unfortunately had a few too many mistakes on bars to put up a fight for the win.

AA: Kyla Bryant, Stanford, & Evanni Roberson, Washington, 39.300
VT: Rachael Flam, Stanford, 9.850
UB: Kyla Bryant, Stanford, 9.850
BB: Evanni Roberson, Washington, 9.850
FX: Kyla Bryant, Stanford, 9.925

Southern Utah 195.500, Utah State 194.900 [Results]

This great MRGC and Utah state rivalry saw host team SUU coast to the win thanks to lovely bars and beam performances. Karley McClain was solid in the all-around, Stephanie Tervort was excellent on vault and bars, Becky Rozsa was great on bars, Shylen Murakami was fantastic on bars and beam, and Hannah Nipp put up a great beam set, all helping the team come within a quarter of a tenth from its season high even despite some weak sets on floor. Utah State had to count a few 9.6 routines throughout the night, leaving them unable to catch up to the host team, though they still made it through without counting any falls, and saw fantastic work from Madison Ward on all four events, Grace Rojas on bars, Autumn DeHarde on beam, and Leighton Varnadore on floor.

AA: Karley McClain, Southern Utah, & Madison Ward, Utah State, 39.175
VT: Madison Ward, Utah State, 9.800
UB: Becky Rozsa, Southern Utah, 9.875
BB: Shylen Murakami, Southern Utah, 9.900
FX: Karley McClain, Southern Utah, 9.875

New Hampshire 195.500, George Washington 194.475 [Results]

UNH took the win at this EAGL match-up by over a point, coming back from falls on bars and beam to snag a season high thanks especially to an awesome all-around performance from Danielle Mulligan as well as standout event performances from Lauren Diggan on vault, bars, and beam, Riley Freehling on bars and beam, Courtney Bondanza on beam, and Ava Watkins on bars and floor. GWU, meanwhile, was close to its season high with excellent work on vault, bars, and beam, though they unfortunately had to count a fall on floor, leaving them unable to reach a 195. Alex Zois continued to show why she’s the leader for this program with especially great performances on beam and floor, while Julia McLaughlin was fabulous on vault and bars, Simone Banen was solid on bars and beam, and Cydney Crasa was a standout on vault and floor.

AA: Danielle Mulligan, New Hampshire, 39.275
VT: Danielle Mulligan, Nicole O’Leary, & Lauren Diggan, New Hampshire, 9.825
UB: Danielle Mulligan, New Hampshire, 9.900
BB: Courtney Bondanza, New Hampshire; Alexandra Zois & Hannah Cohen, George Washington, 9.875
FX: Danielle Mulligan, New Hampshire, 9.850

Penn State 195.275, Illinois 193.500 [Results]

This was a huge conference road win for Penn State. It wasn’t even close to the strongest of the season for the team, which had to count some especially weak vaults and beam sets, but overall had a mostly error-free day and showed some lovely individual performances throughout. The team counted nothing lower than a 9.8 on bars, with Alissa Bonsall the top earner there, and though we saw some steps on vault, the latter half of the rotation was pretty solid, including a 9.775 from Gianna LaGuardia. Anchor Sabrina Garcia led the team on floor with a 9.875 before going on to open beam with the top score of 9.8, and Lauren Bridgens was also excellent on both events.

This has been a rough season for Illinois, and Saturday’s meet was no different, with the team counting two falls on beam to fall to just a 193.5, not its weakest of the season, but nearly two points below what the squad is capable of on a good day right now. Kasey Meeks topped the team on vault with a 9.825, Karen Howell had a pretty great day to lead the team on bars in addition to putting up strong routines on beam and floor, Haylee Roe was also mostly solid on vault, beam, and floor, getting the top floor score of a 9.85, and Shaylah Scott did a fantastic job to lead the team with a 9.825 on beam in addition to leading off on floor with a solid 9.775.

AA: Sabrina Garcia, Penn State, 39.250
VT: Kasey Meeks, Illinois, 9.825
UB: Karen Howell, Illinois, & Alissa Bonsall, Penn State, 9.850
BB: Shaylah Scott, Illinois, 9.825
FX: Sabrina Garcia, Penn State, 9.875

Maryland 195.275, Rutgers 194.600 [Results]

In another Big Ten match-up this weekend, Maryland got a solid win ahead of host team Rutgers, looking pretty great on all four events, though vault was a standout for me given the attention to detail on landings there. All-arounder Audrey Barber was especially fantastic, and we also saw some great work rom Alecia Farina to lead vault while also putting up big scores on bars and floor, Collea Burgess was excellent on vault, beam, and floor, and specialist Alex Robinson put up a 9.8 on floor to make herself a standout there. Rutgers also had a pretty great day, but had a few more minor mistakes that counted toward event totals, leaving them just shy of being able to catch the Terps. Belle Huang continues to stun on beam, and her day overall was a great one, while Mia Betancourt showed great strength on vault, beam, and floor, and specialists Shannon Farrell and Kiera Doherty-Herwitz were fabulous on bars and beam, respectively, to each win a title.

AA: Audrey Barber, Maryland, 39.225
VT: Alecia Farina, Maryland, 9.850
UB: Shannon Farrell, Rutgers, & Audrey Barber, Maryland, 9.875
BB: Kiera Doherty-Herwitz, Rutgers, 9.825
FX: Audrey Barber, Maryland, 9.825

Ohio State 195.000, Iowa 194.775 [Results]

It was a tight meet, but ultimately the host team Ohio State picked up a win thanks to a brilliant bars performance. Our very own Sarah Keegan, J.O. coach and NCAA judge, went to this meet on Saturday afternoon and gushed about the team’s bars, both about their difficulty – with anchor Jenna Swartzentruber’s van Leeuwen a favorite of hers – and their execution, so it was no surprise to see three gymnasts on the roster post 9.875s here. The team also showed some decent work on vault, where they fielded only five gymnasts, and on floor, where they had some out-of-bounds here and there, though all-arounder Jamie Stone and Janelle McClelland were standouts. Stone unfortunately had a fall on beam, so they had to count a bunch of mistakes there, but the team’s solid work elsewhere kept them afloat.

Iowa got off to a bad start on bars, counting a fall, though they saw great routines from Maddie Kampschroeder and Nicole Chow. On vault, there were a few landing errors, with Bridget Killian’s 9.8 the top for the team, though the team came back with a brilliant floor performance, with beautiful work and some strong tumbling from nearly everyone. Charlotte Sullivan’s routine showed a level of artistry above anyone else at the meet, while Killian and Clair Kaji both showed excellent tumbling, with Killian showing a triple full and Kaji hitting a 1½ through to double full to each post a 9875. The team fought through a couple of bumpy beam routines to put up some great scores there, including a 9.8 from Kaji and a 9.85 from Misty Jade Carlson, and though they came up just a bit too shy to take the win, they had so many great moments throughout and are one of the most exciting teams to watch on several events.

AA: Olivia Aepli, Ohio State, 38.925
VT: Olivia Aepli, Ohio State, 9.850
UB: Jenna Swartzentruber, Colby Miller, & Peyton Hinterberger, Ohio State, 9.875
BB: Misty Jade Carlson, Iowa, 9.850
FX: Janelle McClelland, Ohio State, 9.900

UIC 195.000, Eastern Michigan 193.075 [Results]

UIC has been on a hell of a roll this season, defeating every team they’ve faced since week two, with this week no different as they took yet another win and came within two tenths of matching their season best score at home. With no big mistakes on any event, the team stayed solid throughout and finished with a huge 49.2 on floor, where they posted all routines at 9.8 or better, including a 9.875 from all-arounder Mikailla Northern. Northern was also strong on vault, Kayla Baddeley was a standout on vault, beam, and floor, Serena Baker topped the team with a 9.85 on bars, and Alisa Sheremeta put up great routines on bars, beam, and floor, posting a 9.9 on the latter. EMU opened with a fall counted on bars, and they went on to also count a few mistakes on beam and floor, though they had a few strong individual performances at this meet, including from Cortney Bezold on bars, Allison Smith on vault and floor, and Caitlin Satler on beam and floor.

AA: Mikailla Northern, UIC, 38.700
VT: Allison Smith, Eastern Michigan, 9.875
UB: Serena Baker, UIC, 9.850
BB: Riley Mahoney, UIC, & Caitlin Satler, Eastern Michigan, 9.775
FX: Alisa Sheremeta, UIC, 9.900

Northern Illinois 194.500, Lindenwood 194.350, Kent State 192.075, Seattle Pacific 190.625 [Results]

NIU won this quad meet at home against fellow MAC program Kent State and two D2 programs, coming back from a fall counted on beam to seal the win thanks to an incredible finish on floor. Tara Kofmehl was fantastic on vault and floor, Morgan Hooepr was the top earner on bars and beam, and the team saw a few 9.8+ scores on floor, including a 9.825 from Amanda Bartemio and a 9.875 from specialist Anna Martucci, who won the title there. Though NIU ultimately got the win, it was exciting to see D2’s Lindenwood come within a tenth and a half, counting a fall on bars but otherwise showing some brilliant work, especially on vault and floor. All-arounder Courtney Mitchell was truly on her game to win the all-around title in addition to leading the team on vault and bars, while Andavea Alexander was super strong on bars, beam, and floor, and Ryan Henry posted the top floor score with a 9.825.

This has been a weak year for Kent State, and they counted a few falls on bars and floor here to stay far below their potential, though they saw some great work from Dara Williams on vault and bars, Kennedy Plude on beam, Abby Fletcher on vault, beam, and floor, and Madison Trott on bars and floor. D2 Seattle Pacific was a bit weak overall on vault in addition to counting some falls. Standout all-arounder Darian Burns had an unfortunate beam fall, but her other three events were fantastic, while Kayla Chan was a standout on beam and floor, Jadacie Durst was great on vault, bars, and floor, and specialist Kylie Reese stood out on floor.

AA: Courtney Mitchell, Lindenwood, 39.225
VT: Aleah Turon & Courtney Mitchell, Lindenwood, 9.850
UB: Morgan Hooper, Northern Illinois, & Dara Williams, Kent State, 9.825
BB: Morgan Hooper, Northern Illinois, 9.875
FX: Anna Martucci, Northern Illinois, 9.875

Ball State 194.475, Western Michigan 193.400 [Results]

The ladies of Ball State picked up a season high at home this weekend, showing an outstanding vault rotation in addition to putting up some great work on bars and floor. The team counted five scores of 9.8 and higher on vault to reach a 49.175 as a team, including a pair of 9.875s from Marissa Nychyk and Stefanie Schweikert, while Jordyn Penny put up a 9.8 there in addition to leading the team with a 9.8 on bars and a 9.875 on beam, and Sydney Finke was a standout on vault and floor with scores of 9.8 and 9.825, respectively. For Western Michigan, a couple of falls counted on beam held them back here, but we saw great individual work from Taylor Buis on vault, bars, and beam, Stacie Harrison on vault, bars, and floor, Emily Carless on beam, and Morgan Spence on all four events.

AA: Morgan Spence, Western Michigan, 38.925
VT: Marissa Nychyk & Stefanie Schweikert, Ball State, 9.875
UB: Amelia Mohler, Western Michigan, 9.850
BB: Jordyn Penny, Ball State, & Emily Carless, Western Michigan, 9.875
FX: Sydney Finke, Ball State, 9.825

Bridgeport 194.200, Yale 193.175, Southern Conn. 192.350, Springfield 188.200 [Results]

D2 Bridgeport picked up a big win against D1 Yale at Yale, counting a couple of falls on beam, but otherwise looking fantastic to wind up nearly a point ahead of the host team. A 9.85 from Kelly Aycock followed by a 9.9 from anchor Maya Reimers helped the team reach a 49.050 total on floor, and the team also saw standout performances from Julianna Roland on vault and beam, and Kelli Tereshko on bars.

Yale got off to a bit of a weak start on vault, and then didn’t quite live up to expectations on bars with a fall from Jacey Baldovino late in the lineup, making a couple of falls on beam hurt them more than usual, though they finished strong on floor with a 9.9 anchor routine from Kiarra Alleyne. In addition to Alleyne, Jessica Wang and Roxanne Trachtenberg has fab bars sets, and Baldovino came back from her bars fall to post a 9.8 as the beam anchor, but despite these great individual routines, they couldn’t manage to catch up to Bridgeport.

SCSU, another D2 program, finished about a point behind Yale thanks to standout performances from Tiffany Coleman on vault, Hannah Stahlbrodt and Cadi Borsellino on bars, Morgan Gatewood on beam, and Stahlbrodt and Jordan Peloquin on floor, while D3 Springfield had top performances from Taylor Jackson on vault, Jessica Clemens on bars (she posted a massive 9.8 to come close to the title!) and on beam, and Tali Twomey on floor.

AA: Julianna Roland, Bridgeport, 39.075
VT: Julianna Roland, Bridgeport, 9.875
UB: Cadi Borsellino, Southern Conn., 9.850
BB: Jacey Baldovino, Yale, 9.800
FX: Kiarra Alleyne, Yale, & Maya Reimers, Bridgeport, 9.900

Central Michigan 194.200, Illinois State 191.725 [Results]

CMU had a mostly good day on the road here, putting up especially nice work on bars and floor to lead by over two points ahead of host team Illinois State. Denelle Pedrick had a fairly solid all-around performance, leading the team on vault, while Sydney Williams proved her worth as a vault specialist, Gianna Plaksa was great on bars and beam, specialist Skyler Memmel continues to be a rockstar on beam, and Abbie Rose Zoeller was a standout on bars and floor. ISU had to count a fall on bars, but did well on their other events, seeing a great all-around performance from Gabrielle Cooke, who led the team with especially fantastic routines on vault, beam, and floor, and specialist Anna Marema was lovely on bars to post a 9.75.

AA: Gabrielle Cooke, Illinois State, & Denelle Pedrick, Central Michigan, 38.950
VT: Denelle Pedrick, Central Michigan, 9.775
UB: Gianna Plaksa, Central Michigan, 9.775
BB: Gabrielle Cooke, Illinois State, & Skyler Memmel, Central Michigan, 9.825
FX: Abbie Rose Zoeller, Central Michigan, 9.850

Temple 194.200, North Carolina 194.050, Pittsburgh 193.550 [Results]

Temple, the big underdog here, came out ahead of the two stronger programs two tally two road wins thanks to a solid day of competition, including an especially excellent rotation on beam, where they saw a pair of 9.825s from Ariana Castrence and Jazmyn Estralla, and a 9.9 from all-around champ Monica Servidio. Servidio was great on all four events, while Castrence was also pretty solid across the board, and Estrella was great on vault and bars as well. Additionally, Jaylene Everett led the team on vault and India Anderson was the strongest on floor.

Bars was a rough event for North Carolina, which counted a fall and several other mistakes, though the rest of their day was great, with an incredible performance from Khazia Hislop, who won the vault, beam, and floor titles with a 9.9 or better on all three, while Mekyllah Williams and Rylie Dewhurts led the team on bars and we also saw some great performances from Mikayla Robinson on vault and floor, and from Lily Dean on beam and floor. Pittsburgh also had a great day aside from one event, with bars their Achilles heel. The host team fielded only five gymnasts here and was forced to count a painful 8.2, so despite coming back to post a 49.1 on beam followed by an almost as good floor rotation, they were unable to fight past bars. Haley Brechwald led the team on vault, Lucy Brett was strongest on bars, Brittany West and Kiley Robatin were especially excellent on beam, and Alecia Petrikis and Charli Spivey were stellar on floor.

AA: Monica Servidio, Temple, 39.025
VT: Khazia Hislop, North Carolina, 9.900
UB: Lucy Brett, Pittsburgh, 9.850
BB: Khazia Hislop, North Carolian, 9.925
FX: Khazia Hislop, North Carolina, 9.900

Eastern Michigan 194.150, Bowling Green 193.975 [Results]

This Thursday night meet was almost postponed due to the polar vortex basically shutting down Michigan, but the teams were able to shift hosting duties to Bowling Green, where EMU ended up getting the win by just a couple of tenths. Though they counted a fall on floor, they came back with a fire beam performance that saw a pair of 9.875s from Megan Hultgren, who was also a standout on vault and bars, and from Caitlin Satler, while Cali Harden led the team on vault, Cortney Bezold was best on bars, and we saw a pair of 9.8s on floor from all-arounders Emili Dobronics and Jada Rondeau. BGSU counted a fall on beam in addition to some weak spots on bars to finish just behind their guests, but vault was excellent, led by Lauren DeMeno with a 9.8, while Leslie Delgado brought in a 9.85 on bars, Jovannah East did the same on beam, and Lexi Augustine got a 9.875 to win floor.

Part of the reason they were unable to make up ground and come out on top was a scary fall from freshman Tess Muir, who ruptured her Achilles and went into surgery on Tuesday, leaving her out for the season. We wish her the best in her recovery, and hope to see her back happy and healthy in 2020!

AA: Emili Dobronics, Eastern Michigan, 39.100
VT: Lauren DeMeno, Bowling Green, & Cali Harden, Eastern Michigan, 9.800
UB: Leslie Delgado, Bowling Green, & Cortney Bezold, Eastern Michigan, 9.850
BB: Megan Hultgren & Caitlin Satler, Eastern Michigan, 9.875
FX: Lexi Augustine, Bowling Green, 9.875

Pennsylvania 193.900, Cornell 191.125, Brown 191.000, Ursinus 183.025 [Results]

Penn got the win at home against fellow Ivy programs Cornell and Brown in addition to D3’s Ursinus, coming in nearly three points ahead of the rest of the field with standout work on beam and floor. Caroline Moore showed great attention to detail on vault and beam, Sydney Kraez was excellent on vault and floor, Jordyn Mannino was flawless on bars and floor, and Nicole Swirbalus was a standout on beam and floor this week.

Cornell ended up just about a tenth over Brown, using some tremendous depth to their advantage, which helped them get a slight edge on vault and floor. Lyanda Dudley was solid on vault and bars, Maci Prescott put up good scores on vault and floor, specialists Christina Luniewicz and Kaitlin Green showed lovely presentation on bars and beam, respectively, and fellow specialists Claire Haklik and Samantha Henry topped the team with a pair of 9.8s on floor. For Brown, Mei Li Costa showed phenomenal work to win the titles on vault and bars, while Rose Domonoske showed lovely work on beam and floor, Sophia Petrillo had an overall strong day across the board with floor a standout, and Alyssa Gardner got her job done on vault, bars, and floor.

Ursinus still isn’t at top strength, but managed a season best here thanks to big improvements on vault and floor. Unfortunately, the team known for its work on beam struggled a bit there with some falls in addition to counting some weak sets on bars, but they had standout work this week from Lindsay Rush on vault, Emma Gable on vault and bars, Kaylin Knapsack and Matisen O’Brien on beam and floor, and Emma Brown on vault and floor.

AA: Sophia Petrillo, Brown, 38.375
VT: Mei Li Costa, Brown, 9.725
UB: Mei Li Costa, Brown, 9.875
BB: Caroline Moore, Pennsylvania, 9.800
FX: Sydney Kraez, Pennsylvania; Claire Haklik & Samantha Henry, Cornell, 9.800

Towson 193.525, West Chester 192.550 [Results]

Towson is one of several teams that hasn’t reached its full potential this season, but week after week we continue to see more glimpses into how good they can be. Mistakes aside, we got many of those glimpses last weekend, and the team really stepped it up on vault and floor, where they were only able to put up five routines apiece, a major disadvantage that didn’t end up hurting them all that much. Cortni Baker was especially strong here on vault, bars, and floor, Emerson Hurts was solid on vault and beam, Mary Elle Arduino was absolutely beautiful on beam and floor, and all-arounder Ally Wesoly was excellent across the board. The team ended up winning by a point ahead of D2 West Chester, which put up a season high thanks to an especially great floor performance, where they saw a 9.8 from all-arounder Jessica Meakim. Also doing great work here were Ashley Duke on vault and bars, Melanie Wojewoda on bars and beam, Myranda Marshall on bars, Cassandra Hageman and Sarah Boyd on beam, and Rose Fanara on floor.

AA: Ally Wesely, Towson, 38.925
VT: Emerson Hurst & Cortni Baker, Towson, 9.750
UB: Ally Wesely, Towson, 9.775
BB: Mary Elle Arduino & Emerson Hurst, Towson, 9.775
FX: Cortni Baker & Ally Wesely, Towson; Jessica Meakim, West Chester, 9.800

Texas Woman’s 192.875, Centenary 190.075 [Results]

TWU traveled to Louisiana to get an inter-divisional win against D3 Centenary this weekend, fighting past a couple of falls to manage some solid scores, especially from the brilliant Erin Alderman on beam and floor, from all-arounder Bria Northrop on all four events, and from Jenna Cashmore on beam. The ladies of Centenary had a bit of a rough performance on beam, but otherwise they showed some great work to reach their season high, seeing standout performances from Tavia Smith in the all-around as well as from Xian Baumgartner on bars and Navia Jordan and Cami Bea Austin on vault and floor, with Jordan’s 9.85 on floor a huge number for her, helping her share the title.

AA: Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s, 39.050
VT: Cami Bea Austin, Centenary, 9.775
UB: Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s, 9.825
BB: Erin Alderman, Texas Woman’s, 9.800
FX: Navia Jordan, Centenary, & Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s, 9.850

Centenary 190.375, Gustavus 182.725 [Results]

After first setting a season high on Friday night, Centenary upped their game by three tenths on Sunday, again competing at home this time against fellow D3 program Gustavus. Vault and bars weren’t quite as strong as they were earlier in the weekend, but the team made some major improvements on beam, seeing especially nice work from Elizabeth Sander and Cami Bea Austin. Austin was also phenomenal on vault and floor, and though Navia Jordan sruggled on vault and beam here, she once again won the floor title, this time with a 9.825. Additionally, Tavia Smith was solid in the all-around, while specialist Sierra Ponder did fantastic work on bars to take that title. Beam was rough for Gustavus here, but vault and floor both went very well for the Gusties, which saw its best work from Amanda Malo on vault and floor, from Samantha Ardy on bars, and from Katy Trunk on beam.

AA: Tavia Smith, Centenary, 38.050
VT: Cami Bea Austin, Centenary, 9.725
UB: Tavia Smith & Sierra Ponder, Centenary, 9.625
BB: Cami Bea Austin, Centenary, 9.675
FX: Navia Jordan, Centenary, 9.825

Brockport 189.050, Ithaca 185.975, Rhode Island College 178.250 [Results]

This D3 tri-meet saw host team Brockport win by over three points with a season high team total that ended with a stellar floor rotation. Nicole Jackson and Candis Kowalik led the vault rotation with a pair of 9.7s, Rachel Doll was the top on bars with a 9.475, anchor Kowalik won beam with a 9.7, and floor counted all scores at 9.675 or higher, including a trio of 9.7s followed up by a 9.75 from Kimberly Musall. Floor was also the best event for Ithaca, which saw Carolyn Nichols as the vault standout in addition to great work from Katie Holcomb on bars and beam, and from Alexis Griffin on floor, and Rhode Island College also had some stellar floor work, especially from the latter half of the rotation thanks to solid sets from Chandler Lynn, Allie DiBiase, and Grace Davis, with DiBiase also leading vault, Davis leading beam, and Christa Vaccaro leading bars.

AA: Candis Kowalik, Brockport, 38.350
VT: Nicole Jackson & Candis Kowalik, Brockport, 9.700
UB: Rachel Doll, Brockport, 9.475
BB: Candis Kowalik, Brockport, 9.700
FX: Kimberly Musall, Brockport, 9.750

Air Force 188.200, La Crosse 186.975, Whitewater 182.500 [Results]

This was a shockingly weak meet for D1 Air Force, which barely topped the two D3 programs it faced this weekend after showing several falls on all four events to finish about five points lower than its season high. Still, the team did put up some individual standouts, including Tyler Davis on vault and floor, Anna Salamone on bars, and Cameron Barber on beam. La Crosse ended up a little over a point behind in second place with its top scores from Ally Blixt on vault, Molly Lyngaas and Brooke Kachinsky on bars, Blixt and Jessica Ahrens on beam, and Brittany Gutzkow, Sam Weyker, and Emma Grant on floor, while Whitewater underperformed this weekend thanks to a few falls, with top scores coming from Lauren Marshall on vault, Bailey Fitzpatrick on bars, Vanessa Olinger on beam, and Frankee Hutton-Lau on floor.

AA: Tyler Davis, Air Force, 37.550
VT: Tyler Davis, Air Force, 9.500
UB: Anna Salamone, Air Force, 9.750
BB: Cameron Barber, Air Force, 9.775
FX: Tyler Davis, Air Force, 9.600

Stout 186.825, Hamline 180.725, Eau Claire 179.175 [Results]

Stout topped this D3 triangular at home on Friday night, losing some points after a few mistakes, especially on floor, but still managing some top D3 performances of the week, seeing especially good work from Shadae Boone and Mikala Bugge on vault and floor, Sierra Beaver and Mallary Dick on bars, and a massive 9.7 from Britney Wolfe on beam. Hamline counted a few falls on bars, and the team wasn’t at its best on vault or floor, though they put up a great beam rotation that saw top routines from Lydia Ingram (also a standout on bars) and Katie Kalland, while Nikki Johnsen led vault and Caitlin cooper and Darby Slater were best on floor, and this was a bit of a disastrous meet for Eau Claire on all four events, with bars especially weak, though each event had a couple of standout performers, including Ashley Benes on vault and bars, Tayla Thome on beam, and both Kiya Bjorge and Jordan Ehde on floor.

AA: Mikala Bugge, Stout, 37.500
VT: Mikala Bugge & Shadae Boone, Stout, 9.600
UB: Sierra Beaver, Stout, 9.550
BB: Britney Wolfe, Stout, 9.700
FX: Mikala Bugge, Stout, 9.725

Oshkosh 182.200, Winona State 180.550 [Results]

It was a bummer to see some mistakes from Oshkosh on beam to hold them back overall a bit this week after they’ve slowly been climbing the ranks, but they saw a couple of mid-9s on all events and finished with an especially strong floor performance to still manage the win here. Emily Gilot was fantastic on vault, beam, and floor, Kaira Hammond was a leader on vault, bars, and beam, Bailee Hardy was lovely on bars, and specialist Bailey Finin was excellent on floor. Winona State had a rough meet on bars and beam, but floor counted all hit routines, including top-scoring sets from Shelsea Zehr, who was also a leader on vault and bars, and from Kaitlyn West, while Sunny Hasebe and Natalie Koehler was great on beam.

AA: Emily Gilot, Oshkosh, 36.825
VT: Emily Gilot, Oshkosh, 9.475
UB: Bailee Hardy, Oshkosh, 9.350
BB: Emily Gilot, Oshkosh, 9.400
FX: Emily Gilot, Oshkosh, 9.550

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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6 thoughts on “The NCAA Gym Skim | Week 5

  1. What makes you say that Oklahoma really deserved that win? Just curious.

    To me, Oklahoma being 7 tenths ahead on vault makes sense. I would have scored Florida’s vaults a 48.9, and Oklahoma a 49.6.

    Both teams got some equal love on bars to me. Maybe Florida was a little bit better here, but I can take a 1 tenth difference. I would have given Florida a 49.6 and Oklahoma a 49.5, but let’s assume they tied here.

    So at the halfway point, Oklahoma had a 0.7 lead.

    Beam should not have hit 49 for the Sooners. So they received around 3 tenths in gifts there, especially when compared to the Florida routines. I would have given them a 48.9, at MOST, and the Gators got a 49.6.

    Floor was just ridiculous. Oklahoma should have maxed out at a 49.3. Dowell was short on her opening and none of those first three routines should have scored above a 9.9, especially when compared to the Gators. They were given 0.525 in gifts here.

    Doing the math, Florida should have come out on top with a 197.7, and Oklahoma should have ended with a 197.4.

    I agree with you that Oklahoma is MILES away on vault. But if they are relatively equal on Bars, and Florida was the superior team on Beam and Floor – Florida wins 2.

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    • I didn’t go through event by event, but thought based on my one viewing that Oklahoma was more of the total package team even with that beam fall counted…but either way it would’ve been close and either team would have ‘deserved’ it the win.

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        • I don’t mean including mistakes when I say “total package,” I mean all mistakes aside they look like the better team. Obviously counting a fall should decrease their chances of scoring so high, which is why I discussed how ridiculous the scores were. But Florida essentially counted a fall with how weak their vaults were, putting them back on the same page. All mistakes from both teams aside, if both teams had perfect meets, Oklahoma is the better team hands down. If Florida hit vault landings, they should’ve won, but since both teams had one event apiece with glaringly obvious mistakes, they’re back on the same page. Oklahoma is just a hair tighter in the majority of what they do compared to Florida, and I see why judges ranked them higher. This was a fairly weak meet for both teams and neither team deserved close to a 198, but regardless of actual scores I still think Oklahoma looked like the stronger program but I also think it could have gone either way at this particular meet and would have been fine with Florida winning so it’s not really a big deal, they both got ridiculous scores that they’ll ultimately drop in the RQS (unless of course the OU/UCLA meet is more of a judging disaster than this meet was, of course).

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  2. The scoring for UCLA/ORE. Was a total joke, the Bruins shouldn’t bounce out of landings, there were obvious mistakes (small but nonetheless. . .) and still got killer scores. however, that being said the Oregon floor routines were so outrageously over scored I’m surprised that lightening didn’t strike the building. Isis is a great performer but compare that routine to Solosky at Utah on the same night and the number of foot slides for Yanish, again good routine but not anywhere close the almost perfect 9.975. Their parents must have been judging. Stuck landings are supposed to count – pretty BB bobbles are NOT choreography and should be deducted. The entire thing was a joke. But, the OKLAHOMA debacle – there are no words. Something needs to be done. It does matter, placement matters. Regionals are being decided and where you go matters. Judges for hell sake take off the blinders – it’s gone on far too long. And, as a final note, could someone PLEEEEEEEEESE keep Miss Val away from the judging tables. She is a coach not a stalker.

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