We eased into the 2016 NCAA gymnastics season with just two competitions this past weekend. Michigan, Arkansas and Iowa met in Mexico at the Cancun Classic Saturday night while Central Michigan took on Temple on Sunday. Catch up on everything you missed in our weekend recap, “The Dismount.” We’ve got everything from team scores to event winners to notable storylines. We’ve also updated ourpotential lineupspage with any new information from the weekend’s events.
Michigan 196.975 | Arkansas 195.150 | Iowa 192.350
VT: Karas 9.925 | UB: Artz 9.900 | BB: Karas 9.900 | FX: Artz: 9.950 | AA: Artz 39.525The 2016 season officially got underway in Mexico. While no team looked completely ready, the Wolverines were themostready and came out on top with a near-197 mark its first time out. Arkansas battled back from a nervous beam rotation to finish second while Iowa came in a distant third. Michigan’s Nicole Artz continued to impress after two standout years at Michigan so far. The junior won bars, floor and the all around. Freshman Olivia Karas also showed she was here to stay with an impressive showing in her collegiate debut. Karas picked up wins on vault and beam and finished second in the all around with a 39.475. Arkansas had moments of success, especially on vault to close out its meet. However, two falls on both beam and floor ended up being the Razorbacks’ downfall. Next weekend, the Wolverines and Hawkeyes will be back in action with Michigan facing off against Georgia at home and Iowa will host Northern Illinois. Arkansas will have a bye.
Central Michigan: 193.425| Temple: 188.900
VT: Teet 9.825 | UB: Kaplan 9.825| BB: Charrette 9.800| FX: Janowicz/Stambaugh 9.850| AA: Janowicz 38.975To close out the opening weekend of the 2016 season, Central Michigan took on Temple at home. The Chippewas swept the event titles, but the meet wasn’t an all-around success. Before the start of competition, senior Kiki Petzold got injured. She was slated to compete vault and floor Sunday and was preparing to be a big part of the team’s 2016 campaign. Freshman Kasey Janowicz did impress, though, winning the all around and taking a share of the floor title. The Owls, on the other hand, came away from the meet pleased, despite losing, as the team posted its highest season-opening score since 2011. The Chippewas are back in action Friday at UW-Eau Claire while the Owls travel to Kent State Sunday for their second competition of the year.
The Gophers held one last intrasquad in preparation for the season that begins next weekend. The team debuted new routines for fans and showcased skills for the first time. After everything, the Gophers tallied a 191.775 as a team with senior Lindsay Mable winning beam and the all around while sophomore Ciara Gardner won bars and floor and junior Bailey Abernathy won vault. For full results from the preview, head on over to our Storify. And check out Minnesota’s recap here.