The Dismount: Week Seven

From suspensions that forced Arizona to total only a 145, to upset wins over tops teams, this weekend was one to remember—or forget, depending on who you ask. But we didn’t expect you to catch it all. See all you missed with scores, event winners and recaps of the top matchups.

Perfect 10 Challenge with No. 12 Nebraska at No. 1 Oklahoma
Full Results OU: 196.425 Neb.: 196.175
VT: Crouse 9.925 UB: Catour, Crouse, Houchin, Lehrmann, Webb 9.925 BB: Nichols 9.950 FX: Nichols 9.950 AA: Nichols 39.600
  • OU senior Natalie Brown returned to the beam lineup.
  • Nebraska freshman Karley Hutchinson made her collegiate debut on floor.

The Sooners edged the Huskers Friday night in what was an off night for the team, especially on beam, with three falls on the event. Oklahoma remained strong on the other pieces but found it difficult to come back from the 48.150 in the third rotation, the Sooners’ lowest mark on the event in a decade. The team’s freshman phenom Anastasia Webb continued to shine, with two of her three events scoring 9.9 or better. She did not compete vault for the second week in a row after falling on her Omelianchik two weeks ago. The Huskers had a consistent meet all around, with all team scores within the range of 48.9 and 49.225, but it was not enough to capitalize on the Sooners’ mistakes. After a fall on both bars and floor, the team was forced to count a score in the 9.5s on both events. Sienna Crouse competed beam and stepped into the all around for the first time this season for the Huskers with a total of 39.550—just 0.05 off Maggie Nichols’ total.

No. 3 Utah at No. 2 UCLA
Full Results Utah: 197.550 UCLA: 197.425
VT: Dennis, Skinner 9.950 UB: Dennis 9.925 BB: Merrell-Giles, Ohashi, Skinner 9.925 FX: Hano, Ohashi, Skinner 9.975 AA: Skinner 39.625
  • This was the first time Utah beat UCLA in Pauley Pavilion since 2008.

Utah defeated UCLA in one of the more bizarre meets of the weekend. For Utah, the meet was highlighted by its four all arounders; Kari Lee, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, MyKayla Skinner and Missy Reinstadtler all hit four events for the team, and all but Reinstadtler scored over 39.5. A few of the Ute underclassmen had wobbly days, though—Sydney Soloski mistimed a punch into her front layout on floor, and Kim Tessen sat her Yurchenko 1.5 on vault. There were errors from stars as well, including an overly arched handstand on bars from Skinner and an awkward vault landing from Merrell-Giles. Overall, though, the Utes held steady and avoided having to count any error, which made the difference in the end. UCLA looked fallible starting on bars when Sonya Meraz fell on her Ray and Peng-Peng Lee uncharacteristically underotated her dismount, having to take a couple of awkward steps. But the difference came on floor: The Bruins and Utes came into the fourth rotation tied, and when three Bruins stepped out of bounds on tumbling passes, all the Utes needed to do was hold their nerve to bring home the W. An underrated highlight of the meet was Anna Glenn, who performed successful exhibitions on bars and beam, as well as anchored the vault lineup for UCLA.

Mardi Gras Invitational: No. 4 LSU, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 21 George Washington and No. 20 Missouri
Full Results LSU: 198.075 Mo.: 196.025 GWU: 195.650 Ark.: 195.575
VT: Drouin-Allaire, Hambrick 9.925 UB: Finnegan, Priessman 9.950 BB: Finnegan 9.975 FX: Hambrick 9.975 AA: Finnegan 39.775
  • Hailey Garner (Arkansas) made her collegiate all around debut.

Not only did LSU notch its highest score of the season, it became one of only four teams to score above a 198 in 2018. The Tigers had one of their strongest meets with consistent performances across all apparatuses. Sarah Finnegan and Myia Hambrick scored huge for LSU, with Finnegan winning the all around title, a score that placed her fourth in school history. Hambrick remained unstoppable on floor, notching yet another near-perfect 9.975. Noticeably missing from LSU’s lineup was freshman Sarah Edwards, who was pulled late for junior Julianna Cannamela. Mizzou and George Washington had similar nights, both overtaking a struggling Arkansas team that was forced to count multiple falls. Missouri posted season high event totals with the help of some key players on beam to start them off, including junior Britney Ward who had a memorable night with a 9.950 on beam and a 9.900 on vault. Though GW struggled on bars, sophomore Cydney Crasa saw action in two events, scoring big to keep the momentum going for a solid third place finish. The Razorbacks changed their lineup to add in sophomore Hailey Garner to the all around, joining sophomore Jessica Yamzon. However, it was senior Amanda Wellick who notched the most consistent scores for Arkansas with two 9.900s.

No. 55 Texas Woman’s at No. 4 LSU
Full Results LSU: 198.175 TWU: 194.200
VT: Edney 9.900 UB: Priessman 9.975 BB: Desiderio, Finnegan, Hambrick, Macadaeg 9.900 FX: Edney, Priessman 9.950 AA: Edney 39.625
  • LSU’s 49.725 bars score is the highest in program history.
  • LSU’s 198.175 is the highest score in the nation so far.

In its second meet of the weekend, LSU tested depth against Texas Woman’s where it notched its second 198 in a row. Vault and floor saw lineup shakeups for the Tigers, including Erin Macadaeg and Ruby Harrold on vault while Julianna Cannamela and Ashlyn Kirby saw action on floor. However, it was LSU’s bars rotation—one of two apparatuses where the lineups generally remained the same—that was the highlight of the meet. Harrold made her routine for a career high 9.950 while Lexie Priessman notched her own career high with a near perfect 9.975. The event total of 49.725 is the highest in program history and currently the highest total in the nation in 2018. The Pioneers struggled on bars after Schyler Jones fell but brought back its star power on floor, where Jones notched a 9.825 with beautiful landings. While LSU had an outstanding floor rotation, TWU had an equally impressive beam, with three scores above a 9.800 to bring it past a 194 final.

No. 5 Florida at No. 14 Georgia
Full Results UF: 196.950 UGA: 196.125
VT: Boren 9.950 UB: McMurtry 9.975 BB: Baumann 9.900 FX: Snead 10 AA: Boren, Snead 39.475
  • Alex McMurtry (UF) made her all around debut this season.
  • Emily Schild (UGA) and Nicole Webb (UF) made their collegiate debuts.
  • Kennedy Baker (UF) was out of lineups with the flu.

Although Georgia fell to Florida at home, the Gymdogs have a lot to celebrate. Junior Sydney Snead has been a consistent all around gymnast and leader for Georgia during its turnover period and the hard work paid off. Snead landed a perfect 10 on floor, the first perfect mark since 2016 and the first on floor since 2009. Snead’s 10 helped her tie for the all around title with Florida’s Alicia Boren. Former elite Emily Schild made her long-awaited debut on bars, but a fall on her dismount soured the event for Georgia, where they were forced to cound Schild’s 9.200 after a fall from Marissa Oakley earlier in the rotation. Florida introduced Alex McMurtry into the all around for the first time this season and came in second behind Boren and Snead. McMurtry’s floor earned her a 9.925 while she came close to another perfect score on bars.

No. 64 Brown, No. 6 Michigan, No. 34 North Carolina and No. 29 N.C. State
Full Results UM: 196.775 NCSU: 196.575 UNC: 196.050 Brown: 192.450
VT: Hislop 9.925 UB: Brown 9.950 BB: Knight 9.950 FX: Nettles 9.950 AA: Knight 39.350
  • UNC posted its highest competition score since 2010. Its vault score of 49.275 was also the highest score since 2007.

N.C. State was on Michigan’s heels the entire meet and came close to passing the Wolverines, but multiple out of bound passes on floor slowed its momentum in the final rotation, eventually settling for a very close second. The Wolfpack started strong on vault and continued high caliber performances—beam being a highlight with senior Chelsea Knight notching a career high 9.950 on the event. NCSU was able to capitalize on Michigan’s early rotations, including a shaky floor start and needing to a count fall on bars. A lineup change put Emma McLean in the all around for the first time in her collegiate career, but she only managed a 6.200 on bars while Paige Zaziski had to count her 9.300. North Carolina struggled during its first rotation on bars where it was also forced to count Kaitlynn Hedelund’s fall. The Tar Heels were far behind coming into the second rotation but were able to recover quickly on floor, with Morgan Lane, Madison Nettles and Khazia Hislop all counting above 9.900. Brown also had a good competition with a solid score, beginning the meet by impressing on the balance beam with Regan Butchness’ 9.800.

No. 9 Kentucky at No. 7 Alabama
Full Results Ala.: 196.925 UK: 196.375
VT: Graber, Guerrero 9.900 UB: Mahoney 9.975 BB: Hyland 9.925 FX: Guerrero, Korth 9.900 AA: Korth 39.550

Kentucky continued its mid-season struggles in a tough loss against Alabama while the Crimson Tide just missed breaking another 197 this season. The Wildcats took a loss against Georgia at home last week and were looking to get back into the swing of things away, but a less-than-average bars performance and rough floor rotation allowed the Tide to sneak into the winning position. Kentucky’s Mollie Korth and Alex Hyland remain the two most consistent all arounders for the Wildcats, coming in one-two against Alabama’s Kiana Winston and Lexi Graber. Kentucky finished on its strongest event, beam, with its highest total of the night, where Hyland saw a 9.925 for her 15th beam title in her collegiate career. Despite a win, it didn’t come easy for the Tide. In its first two rotations, Alabama saw a season high on the uneven bars with a 49.550. Sophomore Shea Mahoney received a career high 9.975 on the event while three other gymnasts followed her massive score with their own above 9.900. The momentum faded on beam where the Tide scored an uncharacteristic 48.850, counting two scores in the 9.600s but finished solid on floor with Nickie Guerrero winning a portion of the floor title.

No. 10 Denver and No. 35 Southern Utah at No. 19 BYU
Full Results BYU: 196.625 SUU: 196.075 DU: 195.975
VT: Karr 9.975 UB: Glynn, Karr, Sundstrom 9.900 BB: Karr 9.950 FX: Hortman-Evans 9.950 AA: Karr 39.750
  • BYU had its highest team score since 2005.
  • Maddie Karr (DU) posted the highest all around score since 2016 and the second highest in program history.
  • SUU freshman McKenna Burnside injured herself on her vault landing. She had to be carried off.

After a rocky beam rotation in which two gymnasts fell and Diana Chesnok struggled with her leap series, the Pioneers failed to break 196 in an upset the Cougars won with a 196.625. BYU hit 24 for 24 and all but two of the team’s counting scores were above 9.8. The team didn’t have many individual standouts but rather put together an excellent team effort with solid, consistent routines. The only 9.900+ score for the team came from Shannon Hortman-Evans, who scored a 9.950 on floor for a routine that garnered a 10 from one judge to highlight the night. The Thunderbirds put together an almost completely hit meet to break 196 for just the second time this season, though the team was not left without adversity. The Thunderbirds, too, had a balance beam situation that left the team in a similar situation as Denver—the team had two falls and a lower-range hit score of a 9.625. In addition, McKenna Burnside, the team’s final vaulter went down with an injury and had to be carried off the mat. Denver started the meet on floor, an event the team has put up five gymnasts on. Until Friday, the team had fared well with just the five but on Friday had OOBs from both freshmen, Mia Sundstrom and Emily Glynn, which forced the team to count two scores in the 9.600s. Although the Pioneers did not put together their best meet, it wasn’t without highlights. Maddie Karr was a bright spot, recording a score of 9.900 or better on all four events, culminating with a 39.750 in the all around, just 0.025 shy of the program record set by Nina McGee in 2016.

No. 24 Arizona at No. 11 Oregon State
Full Results OSU: 197.300 Ariz.: 145.375
VT: Jacobsen 9.875 UB: Jacobsen 9.950 BB: Cindric, Davis, Singley 9.900 FX: Yanish 9.950 AA: Singley 38.525
  • Arizona gymnasts Christina Berg, Courtney Cowles, Maddi Leydin and Adra Parks were suspended from the meet for breaking team rules. Arizona was forced to put up incomplete lineups on some apparatuses.
  • Dani Dessaints (OSU) was out of lineups nursing a knee injury.

This was a meet Arizona will want to forget as quickly as possible. On top of the season-ending injury to freshman Payton Bellows a week prior, the Wildcats were missing a few of their key gymnasts because of a one-week suspension for disciplinary reasons. As a result, they only put up two, yes two, gymnasts on vault and three on floor. They still were able to field six performers on bars and beam, though, and Victoria Ortiz competed her new uneven bars dismount, a full twisting double tuck. It was thus a walk in the park for the Beavers to take the victory. But they didn’t just add a tally to the win column. They registered a season-high score of 197.300 despite resting a few of their top athletes on some events. Dani Dessaints was out to rest a knee injury, and Sabrina Gill only competed on bars and beam.

No. 13 Washington at No. 17 Arizona State
Full Results UW: 197.025 ASU: 196.575
VT: Burleson, Roberson 9.875 UB: Leonard-Baker 9.950 BB: Burleson, Roberson, Rose 9.900 FX: Burleson, Leonard-Baker, Washington 9.900 AA: Burleson, Leonard-Baker 39.525
  • Washington put up two back-to-back 197 scores for the first time since 2004.

The Huskies continued to improve and scored another 197, this time on the road, that will benefit them greatly once RQS kicks in next week. The whole team hit solid routines, but once again was led by senior Hailey Burleson who tied for the win in the all around with a 39.525. The Sun Devils also put up a much improved performance and their fourth 196+ score of the season, scoring above 49 on all four events for the third time. They were a bit depleted on vault following the lower leg injury to Nichelle Christopherson and unknown injury to Katelyn Lentz but managed to hit five solid vaults, which put them over he 49 mark. Freshman Cairo Leonard-Baker continued to be a rock, winning bars and tying for the floor and all around titles. Junior Anne Kuhm also had a great night and was right on Leonard-Baker’s heels in the all around with a 39.425.

No. 37 Utah State at No. 15 Boise State
Full Results Boise: 196.875 USU: 194.900
VT: McGregor 9.900 UB: McGregor, Remme 9.900 BB: DeHarde 9.925 FX: Remme 9.950 AA: McGregor 39.500
-Courtney McGregor returns to the all around after three weeks off to beat teammate Shani Remme in the all around, marking Remme’s first AA loss of the season.

Boise State puts another strong showing in the books with a face-off against conference rival Utah State, putting up its highest team total yet and inching closer to the elusive 197. Strong performances in the all around from both McGregor and Remme highlighted the Broncos’ effort, as did a standout floor routine from Alex Esmerian, who was the only other BSU gymnast to receive a 9.900+ score. Beam was the weakest rotation for the Broncos, with no one scoring higher than Sarah Means’ 9.85, though they did escape counting a fall. However, they came back strong on floor, with all counting scores at 9.875 or higher to close out the meet. Utah State had some trouble right out of the gate, as it only put up five on bars and was forced to count Madison Ward’s 8.85. Vault did not improve much, though it was able to drop the one fall. Floor was the Aggies’ best event of the evening as the team hit six for six, and beam finished out strong, dropping the one miss and earning freshman Autumn DeHarde the event title.

No. 51 Rutgers at No. 16 Auburn
Full Results AU: 196.575 RU: 194.225
VT: Day 9.875 UB: Milliet 9.900 BB: Milliet 9.900 FX: Milliet 9.900 AA: Watson 39.225
Mardi Gras Invitational with No. 18 Minnesota, No. 43 Northern Illinois and No. 53 Lindenwood
Full Results Minn: 195.725 NIU: 195.025 LU: 193.600
VT: Loper 9.900 UB: Lu 9.975 BB: Lu 10 FX: Loper, Martucci 9.850 AA: Potts 39.175
  • Ivy Lu is the second Minnesota gymnast in program history to score a perfect 10.
No. 23 California at No. 25 Stanford
Full Results Cal: 196.700 Stan: 196.425
VT: Price 9.975 UB: Price 9.900 BB: Bryant 9.875 FX: Price 10 AA: Price 39.675
No. 33 Kent State at No. 26 Central Michigan
Full Results CMU: 196.150 KSU: 196.125
VT: Pedrick 9.900 UB: Stypinski 9.875 BB: Clements, Stypinski 9.900 FX: Clements 9.925 AA: Stypinski 39.375
No. 44 Western Michigan at No. 27 Ohio State
Full Results tOSU: 195.725 WMU: 193.900
VT: Aepli 9.850 UB: Swartzentruber 9.900 BB: Hoy 9.875 FX: Chesney 9.925 AA: Spence 38.150
No. 60 Cornell, No. 59 Penn and No. 28 Penn State
Full Results PSU: 195.325 Cornell: 192.400 Penn: 192.200
VT: Tsang 9.825 UB: Bridgens, Garcia, Levi 9.900 BB: Shen 9.775 FX: Bridgens 9.850 AA: Bridgens 39.300
No. 30 Illinois at No. 41 Michigan State
Full Results Illi.: 196.350 MSU: 194.550
VT: Meeks 9.850 UB: Balthazor, Howell, Ling, Westney 9.825 BB: Hodan 9.925 FX: Howell, Mitchell, Noonan 9.825 AA: Mit
  • Roya Shirley (MSU) went down with an injury on vault.
No. 40 Pittsburgh and No. 32 Maryland at No. 31 West Virginia
Full Results WVU: 196.225 UMD: 195.825 Pitt: 195.250
VT: Koshinski 9.900 UB: Brechwald, LeBlanc, Peterman 9.875 BB: Galpin, Laymon 9.875 FX: Koshinski 9.925 AA: Muhammad 39.400
No. 64 Brown at No. 34 North Carolina
Full Results UNC: 195.400 Brown: 192.100
VT: Hargrave, Hedelund, Hislop, Nettles 9.825 UB: Hedelund 9.850 BB: Hislop, Lane 9.825 FX: Hislop 9.900 AA: Lane 39.175
No. 38 Bowling Green at No. 36 New Hampshire
Full Results UNH: 195.550 BGSU: 195.025
VT: O’Leary 9.875 UB: Diggan 9.925 BB: Lauter 9.925 FX: East, Mulligan 9.900 AA: East 39.400
  • Jovannah East (BGSU) made her collegiate all around debut.
No. 42 Ball State at No. 38 Iowa
Full Results Iowa: 195.775 Ball St.: 194.825
VT: Ortiz 9.85 UB: Zurawski 9.875 BB: Chow 9.85 FX: Snyder 9.9 AA: Chow 39.25
No. 45 UC Davis at No. 54 Air Force
Full Results UCD: 194.950 USAFA: 193.300
VT: Hebert 9.850 UB: Brown, Kirkpatrick 9.825 BB: Ito 9.850 FX: Davis, Hebert 9.900 AA: Hebert 39.250
No. 63 Illinois State at No. 46 Eastern Michigan
Full Results EMU: 194.0 Ill.St.: 192.55
VT: Cooke, 9.75 UB: Valentin, 9.875 BB: Dobronics, 9.75 FX: Dobronics, Cooke, 9.875 AA: Dobronics, 39.1
No. 47 San Jose State and No. 65 Seattle Pacific at No. 56 Sacramento State
Full Results Sacramento St.: 195.400 SJSU: 194.050 SPU: 189.200
VT: Nadonza 9.825 UB: Sampson 9.875 BB: Andrada, Soliwoda 9.875 FX: Brenner, Chan, Juarez 9.850 AA: Juarez 39.200
No. 81 Gustavus Adolphus and No. 66 Southern Connecticut at No. 48 Towson
Full Results Towson: 195.450 SCSU: 190.825 GA: 184.925
VT: Baker, McKellar 9.800 UB: Gamble 9.800 BB: Arduino, Yarussi 9.950 FX: Temkov, Yarussi 9.800 AA: Arduino 38.900
No. 50 Bridgeport and No. 73 Ursinus and No. 62 West Chester at No. 49 Temple
Full Results Temple: 194.625 WCU: 192.650 UB: 191.075 Ursinus: 185.175
VT: Gipson 9.800 UB: Arone 9.825 BB: Garin 9.800 FX: Edwards 9.875 AA: Doran 38.600
No. 52 UIC at No. 61 SEMO
Full Results UIC: 193.625 SEMO: 191.325
VT: Adams 9.800 UB: Alicke 9.800 BB: Northern 9.775 FX: Brawner 9.875 AA: Northern 39.050
No. 57 William & Mary at No. 58 Yale
Full Results Yale: 194.700 W&M: 193
VT: Waldman 9.825 UB: Wang 9.900 BB: Baldovino 9.875 FX: Kerr 9.875 AA: Baldovino 39.250
No. 67 UW-La Crosse at No. 79 UW-Stout
Full Results UW-LC: 187.500 UW-S: 186.350
VT: Barmore 9.550 UB: Nicholson 9.675 BB: Ahrens 9.675 FX: Weyker 9.675 AA: Beaver 37.950
No. 82 Rhode Island at No. 69 Brockport
Full Results Brockport St.: 189.500 RIC: 177.075
VT: Mager 9.750 UB: Shaine 9.725 BB: Otis 9.575 FX: Vasile 9.850 AA: Murphy 35.225
  • Ali Otis (RIC) notched the highest score on beam for the program.
No. 70 UW-Whitewater at No. 80 UW-Oshkosh
Full Results UW-W: 187.875 UW-O: 185.375
VT: O’Donnell 9.475 UB: Tkaczuk 9.675 BB: Scholtens 9.525 FX: O’Donnell 9.750 AA: O’Donnell 38.250
No. 72 Springfield at No. 71 Ithaca
Full Results Ithaca: 188.875 Springfield: 186.375
VT: Nichols 9.775 UB: Trammell 9.550 BB: Landes 9.750 FX: Gery 9.875 AA: Clemens 38.050
  • Victoria Gery (Ithaca) tied a program-best score on floor and teammate Carolyn Nichols was able to notch a program-best on vault.
No. 78 UW-Eau Claire at No. 75 Winona State
Full Results Winona: 183.325 UW-EC: 182.125
VT: Benes 9.500 UB: Lewis 9.650 BB: Hiller 9.175 FX: Utz 9.550 AA: Erikson 36.000
  • Eau Claire’s Hannah Lewis tied the school record on bars.

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