The DIIIsmount: Week 10

The second half of the NCGA nationals field was set this weekend as Ithaca, Cortland and Brockport qualified out of the NCGA-East Championship. Ithaca set a program record score for an astounding third time this season; the Bombers just keep improving and increasingly have the scoring capacity to make a run at the NCGA title.

In DII action, Lindenwood was the first to break the 196 mark in the 2018 season—the first of its kind in the program’s six-year history. But with the way momentum has been building throughout the USAG season for the Lions, it felt like it was only a matter of time. Lindenwood and Texas Woman’s have been continually rising to each other’s challenges throughout 2018, so expect fireworks as TWU hosts Oklahoma for its senior night this weekend.

Top DII/DIII Scores of the Weekend
Kelli Tereshko Bridgeport UB 9.80
Maya Reimers Bridgeport FX 9.875
Gabrielle Kistner Bridgeport FX 9.85
Kelly Aycock Bridgeport FX 9.825
Brandi Lazarus TWU VT 9.80
Alyssa Kelly TWU UB 9.80
Schyler Jones TWU BB 9.85
Mallory Moredock TWU BB 9.85
Alyssa Kelly TWU BB 9.825
Schyler Jones TWU FX 9.825
Darian Burns Seattle Pacific VT 9.825
Stephanie Mager Brockport VT 9.825
Sidney McConnell Cortland UB 9.825
Victoria Gery Ithaca FX 9.825
Rachel Filipski Cortland FX 9.80
Eleanor LaFountain Ursinus FX 9.80
Kelli Tereshko Bridgeport UB 9.85
Thomara Powell-Brown Bridgeport UB 9.825
Melanie Wojewoda West Chester UB 9.825
Myranda Marshall West Chester UB 9.80
Kathleen Aberger Southern Connecticut FX 9.875
Jessica Meakim West Chester FX 9.875
Kelly Aycock Bridgeport FX 9.85
Gabrielle Kistner Bridgeport FX 9.825
Kelsey Campbell Bridgeport FX 9.825
Maya Reimers Bridgeport FX 9.825
Alexandra Avendano Southern Connecticut FX 9.825
Kierstin Sokolowski Lindenwood VT 9.875
Jordan Boogerd Lindenwood VT 9.825
Breanna Franklin Lindenwood VT 9.80
Ryan Henry Lindenwood UB 9.85
Kierstin Sokolowski Lindenwood UB 9.85
Andy Alexander Lindenwood UB 9.825
Courtney Mitchell Lindenwood UB 9.825
Kierstin Sokolowski Lindenwood BB 9.95
Ryan Henry Lindenwood BB 9.9
Emily Milliet Lindenwood BB 9.9
Taylor Colwell Lindenwood BB 9.85
Breanna Franklin Lindenwood BB 9.825
Ryan Henry Lindenwood FX 9.875
Andy Alexander Lindenwood FX 9.85

NCGA Regionals with No. 68 Brockport, No. 73 Cortland, No. 69 Ithaca, No. 82 Rhode Island, No. 75 Springfield and No. 74 Ursinus
Full Results Ithaca: 191.475 Cortland St.: 190.300 Brockport St.: 190.225
Springfield: 189.525 UC: 188.400 RIC: 182.400
VT: Mager 9.825 UB: McConnell 9.825 BB: Szembrot 9.675 FX: Gery 9.825 AA: Kowalik 38.425
  • Ithaca’s 191.475 broke the program record for the third time this season.
  • Sidney McConnell (Cortland) broke the school record on uneven bars with a 9.825.
  • Springfield’s 189.525 is a school record.
  • Ithaca’s head coach Rick Suddaby was named NCGA East Coach of the Year.
  • Jess Clemens (Springfield) was named NCGA East Gymnast of the Year.

Ithaca had yet another program-best day to easily qualify to NCGA nationals for the first time since 2014, claiming its first regionals win since 2006. The team began on beam, typically its best event, and was led by eventual beam champion Emily Szembrot with a 9.675. It also registered the highest bars score with the help of the eventual 2-3-4 finishers Elyse Ryden, Baylie Trammell and Courtney Christoforo. Victoria Gery won the floor title with her fourth 9.800+ of the season on that event.

Cortland scored its third consecutive 190+ mark to qualify in second, led by a program-best bars score from Sidney McConnell. Seven Cortland gymnasts ranked in the top six in apparatus rankings, but the story for the Red Dragons is their consistency; they ranked third on every apparatus. Freshman Emma Schulz, who has scored 9.800+ on floor repeatedly throughout the year, was awarded a NCGA Rookie of the Year recognition.

Brockport was the first seed heading into regionals, and the Golden Eagles showed their pedigree by breaking 190 and qualifying despite a challenging day on bars and beam. Brockport is ranked at the top in DIII standings on vault and floor and was able to win those two events securely to carry itself through. Stephanie Mager and Candis Kowalik went 1-2 on vault, and the five counting floor routines all ranked in the top 11 in the meet.

No. 46 Eastern Michigan, No. 49 Lindenwood and No. 51 Rutgers at No. 48 Temple
Full Results LU: 196.400 Temple: 196.050 EMU: 195.725 Rutgers 184.500
VT: Sokolowski, Gipson 9.875 UB: Valentin 9.950 BB: Sokolowski 9.950 FX: Everett 9.925 AA: Edwards 39.125
  • Lindenwood broke a program record by scoring its first 196. It also broke its program record on bars and beam.

Lindenwood broke its team record by a margin of over half a point on Sunday to pick up three Division I wins over similarly ranked opponents. The Lions also broke their school records on bars and beam, where they scored an astounding 49.425 that included three marks of 9.900+. Senior Kierstin Sokolowski scored over 9.850 on all three of her apparatus, including a 9.950 on beam that tied her own program record. Ryan Henry also scored 9.850+ on every routine; the sophomore seems poised to become a team leader next year. Beam specialist Emily Milliet completed the trio of 9.900s, tying Henry for second in the event standings. Henry also picked up second place on floor with a 9.875 and tied with Sokolowski for third on bars.

No. 65 Seattle Pacific and No. 45 UC Davis at No. 9 Washington
Full Results UW: 197.4 UCD: 195.5 SPU: 192.7
VT: Hoffa, Burleson, 9.85 UB: Riley, 9.95 BB: Roberson, Burleson, 9.925 FX: Burleson, 9.925 AA: Burleson, 39.6
  • SPU registered its third consecutive 192+ mark
  • Darian Burns’ 9.825 on vault is the team’s highest mark of the season
No. 28 Penn State, No. 38 Utah State and No. 52 Texas Woman’s at No. 21 BYU
Full Results PSU: 196.675 BYU: 196.5 USU: 195.725 TWU: 194.925
VT: Tsang, 9.875 UB: Bridgens, 10.000 BB: DeHarde, 9.925 FX: Evans, Tsang, 9.925 AA: Bridgens, 39.375
  • TWU registered a season high on beam
  • Morgan Colee set a career high of 9.775 on vault for TWU
No. 32 New Hampshire at No. 53 Bridgeport
Full Results UNH: 195.05 UB: 193.5
VT: Diggan, 9.775 UB: Mulligan, 9.875 BB: Lauter, 9.85 FX: Doolin, 9.9 AA: Doolin, 38.975
  • Bridgeport set a season high of 49.025 on floor
No. 53 Bridgeport, No. 59 Cornell, No. 66 Southern Connecticut and No. 62 West Chester at No. 33 Maryland
Full Results UMD: 196.325 WCU: 193.325 Cornell: 193.225 SCSU: 192.000 Bridgeport: 191.900
VT: Farina 9.825 UB: LeBlanc 9.900 BB: Barber 9.850 FX: Farina 9.925 AA: Barber 39.200
  • SCSU set a program record of 48.825 on floor
No. 72 Centenary at No. 61 SEMO
Full Results SEMO: 191.95 Cent.: 189.125
VT: Brawner, 9.775 UB: Brawner, 9.875 BB: Jordan, 9.775 FX: Brawner, 9.9 AA: Austin, 37.2

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Article by Rebecca Scally


    1. Leotard rankings are published every Wednesday and the Dismount is published after all DI meets have concluded (there are still two meets tonight).

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