The DIIIsmount: Week Six

It was a stellar weekend in Division II/III gymnastics, as evidenced by the long list of top scores this week! In USAG standings, Bridgeport registered two strong performances to overtake Lindenwood for the top spot—though with Lindenwood’s senior star Kierstin Sokolowski returning to action soon and Texas Woman’s recording the first 195 of the DII/DIII season, expect a tussle for that ranking over the next few weeks. In DIII action, UW-La Crosse held onto its No. 1 position, and Brockport and UW-Whitewater swapped the No. 2 and No. 3 places once again, with the Golden Eagles ahead this week.

Top DII/DIII Scores of the Weekend
Aleah Leman Lindenwood FX 9.8
Kelli Tereshko Bridgeport UB 9.85
Kathleen Aberger SCSU BB 9.85
Kathryn Doran Bridgeport BB 9.825
Kelsey Campbell Bridgeport BB 9.8
Maya Reimers Bridgeport FX 9.825
Jessica Meakim West Chester VT 9.8
Myranda Marshall West Chester UB 9.825
Candis Kowalik Brockport BB 9.85
Paige Landes Ithaca BB 9.8
Victoria Gery Ithaca FX 9.875
Jessica Meakim West Chester FX 9.8
Kelli Tereshko Bridgeport UB 9.8
Lauren Ramirez Bridgeport BB 9.825
Maya Reimers Bridgeport FX 9.925
Kelly Aycock Bridgeport FX 9.875
Gabrielle Kistner Bridgeport FX 9.825
Nina Whittaker Bridgeport FX 9.8
Mallory Moredock TWU VT 9.8
Schyler Jones TWU VT 9.8
Brandi Lazarus TWU VT 9.825
Bria Northrop TWU UB 9.875
Schyler Jones TWU BB 9.825
Alyssa Kelly TWU BB 9.8
Erin Alderman TWU FX 9.85
Mallory Moredock TWU FX 9.9
Schyler Jones TWU FX 9.9

No. 15 Auburn, No. 30 N.C. State and No. 44 Pittsburgh at No. 56 Texas Woman’s
Full Results AU: 196.500 Pitt: 196.100 NCSU: 195.925 TWU: 195.200
VT: Day 9.925 UB: Day 9.900 BB: Krippner, Milliet 9.925 FX: Grantham, Milliet, Jones, Moredock 9.900 AA: Brechwald 39.325
  • TWU recorded a season high.

Texas Woman’s recorded a season high at a home quad on Sunday, as well as setting a national milestone: Its score is the first 195 by a DII/III or USAG team in 2018. The Pioneers also set event highs on every event but beam. Brandi Lazarus tied a career high to lead the vault rotation, and Bria Northrop set a new one on bars, recording a 9.875. The Pioneers scored two 9.800+ marks on beam but also counted a fall—remarkably, given the final score. As with last season, TWU has massive room to grow, and its path to 196+ is clear. In the last rotation, the Pioneers required three strong final scores to drop an error and surpass the 195 mark, and their upperclassmen delivered; Erin Alderman scored a 9.850 in the fourth spot, and Mallory Moredock and Schyler Jones concluded the meet with matching 9.900s, matching or exceeding their season highs.

No. 70 Brockport, No. 71 Ithaca and No. 62 West Chester at No. 60 Cornell
Full Results Cornell: 193.625 Ithaca: 191.475 WCU: 190.600 Brockport St.: 190.575
VT: Meakim 9.800 UB: Marshall 9.825 BB: Kowalik 9.850 FX: Gery 9.875 AA: Kowalik 38.500
  • Ithaca’s score is the best in program history. It also scored its best totals on bars and floor.

Competing at Cornell just across town from its home gym, Ithaca hit its highest team total in program history. The Bombers also registered program high bar and floor scores. Two Ithaca gymnasts tied program records in individual results: Paige Landes’ 9.800 on beam tied her own program record set earlier this year, and Victoria Gery’s 9.875 on floor tied a record that was last hit over five years ago. Six other gymnasts tied or set career highs to lead the Bombers to their record-setting mark. In week six rankings last year, Ithaca was ranked 10th in Division III; this year, it has climbed to No. 4.

While Brockport finished last in this meet, it should be proud to have achieved another 190+ soore. At this stage in the season, that mark is the gold standard for Division III gymnastics. Junior Candis Kowalik continued her great run of beam form to register a meet-winning 9.850, as well as picked up the all around title. West Chester’s Jessica Meakim and Myranda Marshall earned the other two event titles, and while the Golden Rams had a difficult day, especially on bars, it’s very promising to be hitting more 9.800+ scores as the season progresses.

No. 67 Alaska at No. 75 Centenary (Friday)
Full Results UAA: 188.500 Centenary: 187.700
VT: Fox, Green 9.675 UB: Miller 9.675 BB: Daniels 9.725 FX: Jordan 9.675 AA: Miller 38.200
  • Aspen Hattley and Jenny Jackson (Centenary) set career highs on bars and vault, respectively.
No. 74 Winona State at No. 66 UW-La Crosse
Full Results UW-LC: 190.100 Winona St.: 184.625
VT: Wiekamp 9.725 UB: Enright 9.575 BB: Ahrens 9.625 FX: Weyker 9.750 AA: Wiekamp 36.575
  • UW-La Crosse scored a season high on floor.
Harley Davidson Invitational: No. 49 Lindenwood, No. 80 UW-Stout and No. 69 UW-Whitewater
Full Results LU: 190.850 UW-W: 188.650 UW-S: 184.875
VT: Boogerd 9.600 UB: Mitchell 9.700 BB: Henry 9.725 FX: Leman 9.800 AA: O’Donnell 37.950
  • Kierstin Sokolowski (Lindenwood) sat out to rest but will return next week.
No.52 Bridgeport, No. 68 Southern Connecticut and No. 72 Springfield at No. 58 Yale
Full Results Yale: 194.275 UB: 194.225 SCSU: 191.825 Springfield: 186.000
VT: Lesperance 9.775 UB: Tereshko 9.850 BB: Baldovino 9.925 FX: Reimers 9.825 AA: Baldovino 39.150
  • Kathryn Doran (UB) made her all around debut as a freshman.
No. 52 Bridgeport, No. 50 Temple and No. 73 Ursinus at No. 53 Penn
Full Results Temple: 194.700 BU: 194.225 Penn: 193.725 Ursinus: 186.900
VT: Gipson 9.850 UB: Tereshko 9.800 BB: Ramirez 9.825 FX: Hartke, Reimers 9.925 AA: Servidio 38.975
  • Ursinus set season highs in the all around and on vault.
No. 79 UW-Oshkosh at No. 81 Gustavus Adolphus
Full Results UW-O: 183.425 Gustavus: 179.875
VT: McBrayer 9.425 UB: Tkaczuk 9.325 BB: Tkaczuk 9.600 FX: Finin 9.425 AA: McBrayer 36.850
No. 65 Seattle Pacific at No. 54 Air Force
Full Results AFA: 194.275 SPU: 189.250
VT: Miller, Salamone 9.700 UB: Murphy, Salamone 9.850 BB: Howard 9.875 FX: Bell 9.825 AA: Burns 37.875
  • Shelbi Spivey (SPU) set three career highs.
No. 82 Rhode Island at No. 76 Cortland
Full Results Cortland St.: 185.850 RIC: 179.300
VT: Filipski 9.500 UB: Dimartino, Murphy 9.025 BB: Schulz 9.675 FX: Szafrariski 9.675 AA: Murphy 36.775
  • RIC set a season high.
No. 67 Alaska at No. 75 Centenary (Sunday)
Full Results UAA: 189.050 Centenary: 188.750
VT: White 9.700 UB: Nelson 9.700 BB: Daniels 9.825 FX: White 9.750 AA: Fox 38.400

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Article by Rebecca Scally

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