The DIIsmount: Week Eight USAG

The more the USAG postseason picture takes shape, the more fascinating it gets. After a few weeks of Lindenwood putting up big scores and looking like the team to beat, UIC has taken the reins back with a season and USAG-best of 195.500 at possibly its last home meet ever.

We wanted to show more love to the non-top teams in college gym in 2019, so we broke out our Dismounts into DI, DII (all USAG nationals teams) and DIII. Each week, we’re also dishing out a few superlatives for some of our favorite moments, looks and results from the weekend of competition. Below those, you’ll find your typical results and highlights from every DII and USAG nationals-eligible team’s meet. For reference, teams eligible for USAG nationals include those with less than seven and a half full scholarships. They include, Ivy league schools, all DII teams, Air Force, Centenary and SEMO. Note: Penn has opted out of competing at USAG nationals this year, but we will continue to feature it here.

Routine of the Week

Claire Haklik (Cornell) – FX

Sophomore Claire Haklik is a dynamic tumbler and has come into her own this season, recording her second 9.900 in three weeks at the Ivy Classic. She opens her routine with a one and a half twist through to double back, a pass that is unusually difficult, even at the top levels of college gymnastics.

Surprise Performance of the Week

Maya Reimers (Bridgeport) – FX

By this point, you’ve undoubtedly all heard about Reimers’ landmark floor routine in which she threw a brand new double layout, as well as her existing tuck full-in. She didn’t quite have the stamina this time, but her full-in has been so reliably excellent through her career that we’re sure she’ll get it.

Emotional Moment

UIC’s Last Home Meet

This weekend might have been the last time UIC will ever compete at home, but you wouldn’t know it from the relentless positivity the Flames have exuded on social media and on the competition floor this year. Some of the emotions snuck into Instagram captions this weekend, though, with sniffle-worthy comments like “If you want a happy ending it depends on where you stop your story 🔥“ and “Still managed to get a picture after a lot of ugly crying so that was definitely an accomplishment.”

Top Scores

Gymnast Team Event Score
Claire Haklik Cornell FX 9.900
Maya Reimers Bridgeport BB 9.875
Crystal Gwinn Bridgeport FX 9.875
Courtney Mitchell Lindenwood VT 9.875
Caroline Moore Pennsylvania BB 9.875
Erin Alderman TWU BB 9.875
Erin Alderman TWU FX 9.875
Kayla Baddeley UIC UB 9.875
Yolanda Nodarse West Chester BB 9.875
Lindsay Chia Yale BB 9.875
Jessica Wang Yale BB 9.875
Christina Luniewicz Cornell UB 9.850
Samantha Henry Cornell FX 9.850
Ryan Henry Lindenwood BB 9.850
Natalie Yang Pennsylvania BB 9.850
Darian Burns Seattle Pacific FX 9.850
Kayla Baddeley UIC VT 9.850
Toni Alicke UIC UB 9.850
Serena Baker UIC UB 9.850
Mikailla Northern UIC UB 9.850
Jacey Baldovino Yale UB 9.850
Jacey Baldovino Yale BB 9.850

The Highlights

No. 11 Auburn at No. 56 Texas Woman’s
Full Results Auburn 195.350 Texas Woman’s 193.85
VT: Gobourne & Watson 9.875 UB: Day & Krippner 9.875 BB: Alderman 9.875 FX: Alderman 9.875 AA: Gobourne 39.425

The Big Storyline: Texas Woman’s tied its season high in an injury-delayed meet with the help of a phenomenal day from senior Erin Alderman who won two events. It still has a way to go if it wants to challenge the top four though. It’s time for the Pioneers to be pushing 195.

Implications: Texas Woman’s passes Air Force in the rankings this week to move back up to No. 5 in USAG standings, but it shouldn’t get too comfortable there: Air Force is still counting a 188 in RQS and could make up the difference with any kind of normal meet this weekend. TWU also dropped to fourth in the MIC.

Controversies: The meet was paused for around 30 minutes due to a scary fall from TWU senior Jenna Cashmore who peeled off the bar after catching her Gienger. She was checked out by the training staff and eventually taken away on a stretcher for further evaluation. However, she was spotted after the meet and appeared to be OK. The lengthy delay resulted in both teams being allowed to have a four-minute open stretch period before heading into their rotation three touch. In funnier news, TWU’s Hunter Vincent had an unfortunate fall on her beam mount, which is literally just a forward roll onto the beam, and gave a head shake and smirk to head coach Lisa Bowerman before hopping back on to finish (or really start, to be honest) her set.

No. 35 Northern Illinois at No. 33 UIC
Full Results UIC: 195.500 NIU: 193.975
VT: Baddeley 9.850 UB: Baddeley 9.875 BB: Lord 9.875 FX: Richardson 9.825 AA: Baddeley 39.100

The Big Storyline: In its best-attended meet of the season by far, UIC put up a season best and the top score of the USAG teams on its senior night—and what may be its final home meet ever. Sophomore Kayla Baddeley has now put up two 39-plus all around totals in a row and remains ranked No. 1 on vault in USAG and MIC standings. If this is the end, what a way to go out.

Implications: UIC is solidifying itself at the top of the MIC and USAG.

Records: Kayla Baddeley’s 9.875 on bars was a career best.

No. 68 Centenary at No. 42 Lindenwood
Full Results Lindenwood: 194.850 Centenary: 187.450
VT: Mitchell 9.875 UB: Borges 9.725 BB: Henry 9.850 FX: Jordan, Alexander 9.825 AA: Mitchell 39.050

The Big Storyline: Neither MIC team had a particularly excellent outing in Missouri this weekend, but Lindenwood recorded its best home score of 2019 and set a season high on floor. Centenary registered an acceptable road score and senior Navia Jordan got two podium finishes.

Implications: Neither will move in USAG standings this week.

Records: Courtney Mitchell’s vault score is a career high.

No. 44 Bridgeport and No. 81 Ursinus at No. 50 Temple
Full Results Bridgeport: 195.350 Temple: 194.950 Ursinus: 183.300
VT: Castrence 9.850 UB: Doran, Tereshko, Aycock 9.825 BB: Reimers 9.875 FX: Gwinn 9.875 AA: Roland 39.100

The Big Storyline: Bridgeport set a season high that briefly tied the USAG season best before UIC took it over. It also recorded an impressive win over Division I Temple and came close to sweeping the individual titles. Freshman Julianna Roland continues to excel in the all around, and senior Kelly Aycock recorded a season high on bars to win the title there.

Implications: Bridgeport remains at No. 3 in USAG standings, and senior Maya Reimers becomes No. 1 in USAG on floor with the help of NQS kicking in.

Records: Reimers became the first Bridgeport gymnast to compete two E passes in a routine.

No. 60 Illinois State and No. 73 SEMO at No. 45 Ball State
Full Results Ball St.: 194.575 Ill St.: 194.250 SEMO: 186.900
VT: LaRoche 9.875 UB: Marema 9.825 BB: Meyer 9.825 FX: Menzione 9.900 AA: Cooke 38.950

The Big Storyline: SEMO recorded its second highest vault score of the season but hasn’t made much headway in the team total.

Implications: NQS will help the Redhawks a little, boosting them to No. 70.

Records: Freshmen Anna Kaziska and Maya Tran set career highs at this meet.

Ivy Classic With No. 46 Yale, No. 58 Cornell and No. 65 Brown at No. 57 Penn
Full Results Yale: 195.100 Cornell: 193.925 Penn: 193.100 Brown: 192.200
VT: Costa, Webster 9.800 UB: Luniewicz, Baldovino 9.850 BB: Moore, Wang, Chia 9.875 FX: Haklik 9.900 AA: Buford 38.725

The Big Storyline: This was truly a fascinating meet from beginning to end. Cornell, performing in Olympic order, started the meet with excellent performances on vault and bars, but a couple unfortunate misses on beam put the competition back in Yale’s hands; the Bulldogs won the meet for the second year in a row.

Implications: With the shift to NQS, Yale remains comfortably at No. 4 in USAG standings. Cornell improves one place to No. 6 over Air Force, which was on bye this week, and Brown improved another spot to No. 9 and now looks as though it will be fighting West Chester for a nationals berth.

Records: Costa’s meet-winning vault score was a personal best. Yale’s beam score was a program record, and Cornell came only a quarter tenth from its program record on floor.

Pink Invitational With No. 62 West Chester and No. 63 Southern Connecticut
Full Results West Chester 192.900 SCSU: 190.875
VT: Johnson 9.750 UB: Stahlbrodt, Wojewoda 9.800 BB: Nodarse 9.875 FX: Meakim 9.825 AA: Stahlbrodt 38.800

The Big Storyline: It was a night of repeated success for various standout gymnasts. WCU sophomore Yoli Nodarse notched another 9.875 on beam to tie the school’s record on the event, which she also did the week before. In addition, SCSU breakout freshman Hannah Stahlbrodt had another solid meet, falling short of last week’s 39-plus all around score but earning her third consecutive bars score above 9.800.

Implications: West Chester remains at No. 8 this week, but Southern Connecticut will drop to No. 10, under Brown.

No. 64 Sacramento State at No. 66 Seattle Pacific
Full Results Seattle Pacific: 192.375 Sac State 192.175
VT: Burns 9.825 UB: Sampson 9.850 BB: Sampson 9.825 FX: Burns 9.850 AA: Burns 38.600

The Big Storyline: Seattle Pacific got a rare Division I win on Friday, defeating the Hornets for the first time since 2005. Star Darian Burns got three event wins. Itzia San Roman suffered an ankle injury in warm ups and was forced to scratch three events but recorded her career best bars score.

Implications: NQS won’t change SPU’s ranking of No. 11 in USAG standings.

Records: Three Falcons recorded new career highs: Haven Lanzador and Kayla Chan on beam and Itzia San Roman on bars.

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Article by Rebecca Scally

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