With just a few more meets left in the regular season, we are starting to see teams ramp up the difficulty while also becoming more consistent and steadily making their way up the rankings. This past weekend, we saw upsets from UW-Whitewater and UW-La Crosse, season highs from seven teams (yes, you read that right… SEVEN TEAMS!) and some impressive sticks and saves across the country.
Below you’ll not only find fast facts from every NCGA meet this weekend (for more on DI and USAG teams, check out their respective Dismounts), but the overall NCGA standings, top scores and a few superlatives for some of our favorite moments as well.
Routine of the Week
Glynis Curcione, Cortland, bars
Glynis Curcione has a jam-packed routine that includes a Maloney, a Ray + bail and a blind full + double back. She makes everything look effortless despite competing one of the most difficult sets in DIII.
Stick of the Week
Danielle Malecha, UW-Eau Claire, beam
Blugold sophomore Danielle Malecha claimed the beam title this past weekend in the team’s matchup against Hamline. Though her whole set was lovely, the icing on the cake was a stuck round-off one and a half dismount!
Save of the Week
Brooke Merila, Gustavus Adolphus, bars (video No. 3)
Honestly one of the most impressive gymnastics saves you’ll ever see. For real. Just watch.
UW-Whitewater Gymnastics Team
The Warhawks post their #MeetHairMagic before every meet, but they really crushed it this weekend with this original ‘do.
|Kelly Johnston||Winona State||Beam||9.775|
|Annie Corbett||Gustavus Adolphus||Beam||9.725|
|Olivia Opheim||UW-La Crosse||Beam||9.700|
NCGA-East Meet of the Week
|No. 75 Ursinus & No. 76 Ithaca at No. 73 Springfield|
|Full Results||Springfield: 189.925||Ursinus: 188.950||Ithaca: 186.325|
|VT: Cassidy Marquette 9.650||UB: Courtney Christoforo 9.750||BB: Skylar Haas 9.750||FX: Tali Twomey 9.825||AA: Cameryn Nichols 37.975|
The Big Storyline: This was a big tri-meet for the NCGA-East. Before the meet, Springfield and Ursinus had team season highs that were half a point within each other. Springfield was able to put everything together and notch a new season high of 189.925. The Pride had an amazing beam rotation and hit six-for-six but needed to rally together on floor during their last rotation after their first gymnast, Devon Rosier, injured her foot on her last pass. They were able to do so with help from Tali Twomey who made her senior season debut with a stunning 9.825 floor routine. Ursinus had a strong showing on all four events and posted the highest event totals of the day on vault and bars with a 47.250 and 47.200, respectively. This led the Bears to a season high of 188.950. Lastly, Ithaca found itself reaching a season high of its own with a 186.325. The Bombers continue to show that they are very strong on vault and floor, but are still looking for that consistency on beam.
Implications: Springfield will remain second behind Brockport in the NCGA-East rankings and will move ahead of UW-Whitewater into sixth in the overall DIII rankings. Ursinus will move into the third spot in the NCGA-East and the eighth spot in DIII, moving past Cortland in both of those rankings. Ithaca will remain in fifth and 10th in the NCGA-East and overall DIII rankings.
Records: All three teams recorded season highs with their team scores of 189.925 for Springfield, 188.950 for Ursinus and 186.325 for Ithaca.
WIAC Meet of the Week
|No. 70 UW-La Crosse at No. 69 UW-Stout|
|Full Results||UW-La Crosse: 187.825||UW-Stout: 187.000|
|VT: Shadae Boone 9.750||UB: Mallary Dick 9.600||BB: Olivia Opheim 9.700||FX: Audrey Kaufman 9.575||AA: Brooke Terry 37.600|
The Big Storyline: These two teams have been neck and neck in the rankings, so we knew this would be an exciting meet. However, we weren’t prepared for how close it would truly turn out to be. The whole way through, these teams were just a few tenths apart, but after a stellar routine from beam lead-off Olivia Opheim and a season best performance from the rest of the La Crosse beam squad, the Eagles distanced themselves in the final rotation and claimed the W. Though the Blue Devils fell a bit short, they still looked quite strong. Some highlights include a stuck Yurchenko 1.5 from Shadae Boone for a meet-high score of 9.750, and a beautiful and difficult bar routine from Mallary Dick.
Implications: This meet ultimately didn’t change the rankings much with Stout still sitting in second in the WIAC while La Crosse is third; however, the Eagles’ average score crept up a bit and tightened the gap between them and the Blue Devils, though.
Records: La Crosse recorded a season high on beam with a 47.700.
|No. 67 Brockport at No. 52 Yale|
|Full Results||Yale: 194.175||Brockport: 188.750|
|VT: Aimee Titche/Alyssa Firth 9.800||UB: Jade Buford 9.850||BB: Lindsay Chia 9.825||FX: Firth 9.775||AA: Buford 38.650|
|Harley Davidson Invite with No. 68 UW-Oshkosh, No. 72 UW-Whitewater & No. 79 Gustavus Adolphus|
|Full Results||UW-Whitewater: 188.925||UW-Oshkosh: 187.825||Gustavus Adolphus: 179.150|
|VT: Trinity Sawyer 9.750||UB: Baylee Tkaczuk 9.600||BB: Emily North 9.800||FX: Karina Sabol 9.725||AA: Blaise Wilson 38.350|
|No. 74 Cortland at No. 54 West Chester|
|Full Results||West Chester: 192.425||Cortland: 188.025|
|VT: Kiah Johnson 9.650||UB: Yolanda Nodarse 9.775||BB: Emma Schulz 9.800||FX: Jessica Meakim 9.875||AA: Meakim 38.875|
|No. 77 Hamline at No. 81 UW-Eau Claire|
|Full Results||Hamline: 181.075||UW-Eau Claire: 178.550|
|VT: Tisana Lowe 9.450||UB: Emma Barry 9.275||BB: Danielle Malecha 9.600||FX: Lowe 9.600||AA: Madeline Sowinski 36.675|
|No. 78 Winona State at No. 71 Centenary|
|Full Results||Centenary: 191.050||Winona State: 186.900|
|VT: Cami Bea Austin 9.725||UB: Xian Baumgartner 9.600||BB: Kelly Johnston 9.775||FX: Austin 9.825||AA: Kendall Sanders 36.575|
|No. 80 Rhode Island at No. 49 Bridgeport|
|Full Results||Bridgeport: 193.950||Rhode Island: 180.250|
|VT: Julianna Roland 9.750||UB: Hayley Bangart 9.800||BB: Maya Reimers 9.875||FX: Reimers 9.950||AA: Roland 39.100|
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