The NCGA-East wrapped up its regular season while the west battled it out at the conference championship. Career highs were reached, Brockport broke into the 190.000 range for the first time this season and we now know which teams from the west will be representing the WIAC at the NCGA national championships this season.
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
Madeline Sowinski, Hamline, Floor (27:10)
Hamline’s floor lineup went lights out and counted no score lower than a 9.300 in a meet where floor judging was very tight. Sowinski led the team with a strong 9.650 which was good enough to tie for fourth on the event. This was an incredible finish for the freshman who came into this meet ranked 33rd in the conference with an SAS of 9.2938 and a season high of 9.625.
Posted by Hamline Pipers Gymnastics on Saturday, March 7, 2020
Stick of the Week
Ithaca’s reigning national bar champion Courtney Christoforo broke the school record on bars with a big 9.800. She capped off her difficult set with a perfectly stuck double layout dismount!
Most Impressive Win of the Week
Karina Sabol, UW-Whitewater, Floor (6:55)
It’s no secret that Sabol is a fantastic floor worker. She went into conference ranked first on the event and was one of the favorites to win the title. However, not only was Whitewater the first team to compete floor, but Sabol was their leadoff gymnast. That’s right, folks. The very first gymnast to compete floor in an eight-rotation meet CLAIMED THE EVENT TITLE! Would also like to give a special shout out to the judges who weren’t pressured into giving out higher scores throughout the meet just because they only gave Sabol a 9.700… we appreciate you.
Posted by UW-Whitewater Warhawk Gymnastics on Saturday, March 7, 2020
|Kacey Mortenson||UW-La Crosse||Beam||9.750|
|Kerrie Legault||UW-La Crosse||Bars||9.700|
NCGA-East Meet of the Week
|No. 54 Bowling Green, No. 79 Rhode Island at No. 64 Brown|
|Full Results||Bowling Green: 193.900||Brown: 193.500||Rhode Island: 180.000|
|VT: Elena Lawson 9.900||UB: Alexandra Fochler 9.925||BB: Jovannah East 9.850||FX: East 9.875||AA: East 39.300|
The Big Storyline: Rhode Island had a slow start on beam but was able to quickly shake it off and have its best floor rotation of the season. Seniors Chandler Lynn and Grace Davis led the Anchorwomen on floor with a 9.575 and 9.600, respectively. Its 47.175 total on floor strengthened Rhode Island’s momentum for its last two events. Vault has been one of the Anchorwomen’s strongest events this season and that certainly showed. Senior Kyndel Yett had the highest vault score in the lineup with a 9.475. They almost matched their season high vault total but had some low landings that they’ll want to perfect before NCGA-East regionals next weekend. Lastly, bars is where the Anchorwomen struggle the most. They lack the difficulty needed to compete with other NCGA-East schools but they are doing what they can in as clean a way as possible. Kaela Skerl led this rotation with a 8.950, almost getting into the 9.000 range that they are looking for. This meet will end Rhode Island’s regular season as the team prepares for the NCGA-East regional championship on Sunday March 15 at Springfield College.
Implications: Rhode Island will remain sixth in the NCGA-East heading into regionals and 12th in the division.
Records: The Anchorwomen reached a new season high on floor with a total of 47.175. This was led by senior Grace Davis who recorded a career best on the event with a 9.600. Fellow senior, Chandler Lynn, also notched a career high on the event with a 9.575.
WIAC Meet of the Week
|WIAC Championship/NCGA-West Regional|
|Full Results||Oshkosh: 189.675||Whitewater: 189.425||La Crosse: 189.350||Stout: 186.925|
|Hamline: 184.925||Winona: 182.100||Eau Claire: 177.075||Gustavus: 175.925|
|VT: Emily Gilot 9.725||UB: Kerrie Legault 9.700||BB: Kacey Mortenson 9.750||FX: Karina Sabol 9.700||AA: Blaise Wilson 38.175|
The Big Storyline: We knew this was going to be a close one but weren’t sure anyone could have predicted just how close it would end up. Oshkosh claimed the title by a mere two and a half tenths, but it wasn’t clear right from the get-go that the Titans would come out on top. Their first event was beam, and they had two gymnasts fall. This meant they were already counting a miss after just one rotation. However, the Titans put that behind them and didn’t count a fall the rest of the meet, which ultimately resulted in claiming the title.
Whitewater was steady the whole time—no extreme highs or lows—just steady and consistent gymnastics, which was all it needed to do to guarantee a trip to nationals. Out of the top three teams, the Warhawks were the only ones who didn’t have to count a fall.
After a lackluster vault rotation that put it in fifth after the first rotation, La Crosse crushed bars and beam to put the team in first going into the final rotation. However, after some hesitant floor landings that looked a little too “let’s just get to nationals” and two falls from key lineup members, the Eagles finished a respectable third.
Stout started off OK on vault, but bars did not go according to plan, which pretty much took the Blue Devils out of nationals contention. They finished the meet on a high note with a fantastic floor rotation that landed two gymnasts on the podium.
The biggest surprise of the day was Hamline, who was ranked second after an incredible first rotation on floor. The Pipers were only one tenth behind Stout heading into the final rotation, but some falls on beam set them back a bit. Still, this was a great showing for the Pipers, and they finished higher than Winona State, who was actually ranked higher than them coming into the meet.
Speaking of Winona… The Warriors should have been a little closer to a top five finish than they were, but it also wasn’t their worst day. They just had a few too many falls to keep pace with a confident Hamline team.
Eau Claire wanted to join the cool kids in the “let’s outperform our rank” club, and although it wasn’t the Blugolds best meet or highest score of the season, they did enough to pull ahead of Gustavus.
Unfortunately, Gustavus wasn’t able to keep up its streak of bursting out of nowhere to finish in the top five at conference. The Gusties started the meet on beam where nerves got the best of them, and even their two most reliable competitors had shaky days. They bounced back well on floor and vault, but bars brought them back down after some uncharacteristic falls.
Implications: Oshkosh, Whitewater and La Crosse will move on to nationals. There hasn’t been anything officially announced yet, but it is looking like Stout, Winona, Hamline and Gustavus will each have at least one individual competing as well.
Controversies: This isn’t necessarily a controversy… but as we mentioned in the superlative section, Karina Sabol, who was a favorite to win floor, was the first person to compete the event. Not sure if the judges were worried about giving out high scores too soon in fear of better routines coming along later, but they only gave her a 9.700 for a really great set. Major props to the judges for keeping things consistent and allowing the best person to win despite her placement in the competition, but because they maybe didn’t go as high on her routine as they should have, the rest of the floor scores were a few tenths lower than they might usually be at a normal meet.
|No. 70 Brockport at No. 73 Cortland|
|Full Results||Brockport: 190.200||Cortland: 188.650|
|VT: Nicole Jackson 9.725||UB: Glynis Curcione 9.775||BB: Kamryn Rodriguez 9.675||FX: Emma Schulz 9.900||AA: Megan Hanley 37.375|
|No. 74 Springfield at No. 76 Ithaca|
|Full Results||Ithaca: 189.225||Springfield: 187.525|
|VT: Cassidy Marquette 9.675||UB: Courtney Christoforo 9.800||BB: Katie Holcomb 9.775||FX: Cameryn Nichols 9.825||AA: Nichols 36.975|
|No. 76 Ursinus at No. 47 Temple|
|Full Results||Templet: 195.575||Ursinus: 185.775|
|VT: Madison Brooks 9.800||UB: Jazmyn Estrella 9.900||BB: Delaney Garin/Brooks 9.800||FX: Ariana Castrence 9.900||AA: Castrence 39.225|
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