The DIIIsmount: Week Four

There was a ton of action this weekend. Many of our DIII teams got to show their stuff against DI and DII competitors at quad meets and tris around the country, and there were top 10 finishes galore! Some highlights include Stout proving that last week’s huge home opener wasn’t a fluke, Cortland taking three individual titles against Cornell and Brockport showing it is able to hit the big floor rotation it’s become known for the past few seasons.

We wanted to show more love to the non-top teams in college gym in 2019, so we broke out our Dismounts into DI, DII (all USAG nationals teams) and DIII. Each week, we’re also dishing out a few superlatives for some of our favorite moments, looks and results from the weekend of competition. Below those, you’ll find your typical results and highlights from every NCGA meet.

Routine of the Week

Rahdea Jarvis (UW-Oshkosh) – Floor

In a low scoring meet overall, Jarvis managed to grab everyone’s attention with her big tumbling and fun routine to score a personal best and meet-high of 9.625.

Surprise Performance of the Week

Kamryn Rodriguez (Cortland) – AA

After competing only one or two events in the first few meets of the season, Rodriguez made her all around debut this weekend. She managed to take second and help lead her team to a season-high score.

Cutest Hair

Sam Tonjes – Gustavus

Tonjes strikes again! We see gymnasts wear bows in their hair all the time, but have you ever seen one like this?  

Top Scores

Gymnast Team Score
Emma Schulz Cortland 9.775
Candis Kowalik Brockport 9.750
Kimberly Musall Brockport 9.750
Emma Schulz Cortland 9.750
Meghan Webb Hamline 9.750
Brooke Terry UW-Stout 9.750
Britney Wolfe UW-Stout 9.750
Alexis Castellaneta Brockport 9.725
Sierra Beaver UW-Stout 9.725
Rachel Filipski Cortland 9.700
Brooke Kachinsky UW-La Crosse 9.700
Meghan Webb Hamline 9.675
Carolyn Nichols Ithaca 9.675
Shadae Boone UW-Stout 9.675
Candis Kowalik Brockport 9.650
Taylor Keough Brockport 9.650
Jess Ahrens UW-La Crosse 9.650
Mikala Bugge UW-Stout 9.650
Franchesca Hutton UW-Whitewater 9.650

The Highlights

No. 45 Bridgeport, No. 75 Hamline, No. 82 Rhode Island at No. 66 Brown
Full Results Bridgeport: 195.075 Brown: 191.225 Hamline: 188.425 RIC: 177.850
VT: Gwinn 9.850 UB: Doran 9.875 BB: Reimers 9.825 FX: Reimers 9.900 AA: Roland 38.700

The Big Storyline: The Pipers showed they shouldn’t be counted out when it comes to making a return appearance at nationals. The team hit a great meet to set a new season high and an eight-point score increase over last week. Meghan Webb continues to be a big contributor, scoring a huge 9.750 on beam and a 9.675 on floor.

Implications: Hamline will sit just a few tenths below UW-Whitewater and put some pressure on the Warhawks to make improvements if they want to remain No. 3 in the conference.

No. 61 Penn, No. 70 Ithaca, No.81 Ursinus at No. X Temple
Full Results Temple: 194.150 Penn: 190.100 Ithaca: 185.750 Ursinus: 174.175
VT: Servidio 9.725 UB: Estrella 9.850 BB: Servidio 9.850 FX: Anderson 9.900 AA: Castrence 38.275

The Big Storyline: Ithaca wasn’t quite able to maintain the performance level we saw in its season opener, but it put enough together to stay ahead of Ursinus. Ursinus had a critical team member go down in the first event of the day and wasn’t able to field an entire lineup on bars. Besides that, the Bears had a pretty good meet with seven gymnasts setting season-high scores.

Implications: Lack of a fifth competitor on bars will cause Ursinus to fall below Gustavus in the NCGA rankings. Ithaca will also experience a slight dip, falling behind NCGA East foe Brockport.

No. 63 West Chester at No. 73 Springfield
Full Results West Chester: 191.850 Springfield: 186.500
VT: Meakim 9.725 UB: Marshall 9.650 BB: Boyd 9.750 FX: Meakim 9.825 AA: Clemens 37.700

The Big Storyline: Springfield scored a season-high this weekend and continues to inch closer to Ithaca in the rankings. Jess Clemens was a standout, hitting all of her sets to score a big 37.700 in the all around and Tali Twomey led the way on floor with the Pride’s meet-high score of 9.625.

Implications: Springfield solidified itself as the third best team in the NCGA East averaging two full points higher than Cortland, which is currently fourth.

No. 67 UW-Stout, No. 69 Centenary, No. 71 UW-La Crosse at No. 54 Texas Women’s
Full Results TWU: 194.300 Centenary: 189.950 UW-S: 189.950 UW-L: 187.350
VT: Parkin 9.775 UB: Cashmore 9.850 BB: Alderman 9.875 FX: Alderman 9.850 AA: Northrop 39.025

The Big Storyline: Stout proved once again that it’s on a mission this year, taking down reigning WIAC champion UW-La Crosse by nearly two points and scoring a school-record team total in the process. The Blue Devils also set records on both bars and beam. Shadae Boone was a big scorer, placing in the top eight on both vault and floor, and Mikala Bugge took third in the all around with a fantastic 38.100. UW-La Crosse had some problems on bars in the first rotation, which ultimately took it out of the mix for second place. However, the Eagles bounced back strong and have nine top 10 finishes to be proud of.

Implications: UW-Stout will stay atop the NCGA rankings this week. UW-La Crosse continues to climb a little higher, pulling ahead of UW-Whitewater.

Controversies: A long judging conference after a floor routine from a UW-Stout gymnast caused a bit of a delay in the competition.

No. 68 Brockport, No. 82 Rhode Island at No. 65 Southern Connecticut
Full Results SCSU: 191.125 Brockport: 188.850 RIC: 178.450
VT: Lesperance 9.600 UB: Stahlbrodt 9.600 BB: Peloquin 9.725 FX: Stahlbrodt 9.825 AA: Stahlbrodt 38.675

The Big Storyline: We finally saw Brockport hit its usual floor rotation, counting no scores below a 9.600 and besting DII competitor SCSU. The massive 48.475 on floor helped the Golden Eagles to a season-high team score and one we would typically expect to see at this point in the season from a team of its caliber. This was RIC’s second meet of the weekend in which it showed a bit of improvement.

Implications: Brockport will move up to No. 2 in the division, moving ahead of Ithaca to take the top spot in the NCGA East.

No. 77 Cortland at No. 60 Cornell
Full Results Cornell: 192.150 Cortland: 184.800
VT: Filipski 9.600 UB: Luniewicz 9.825 BB: Mackey and Schulz 9.775 FX: Henry 9.825 AA: Schulz 37.625

The Big Storyline: Cortland was able to score a season-high this weekend and take three individual titles against DI Cornell. Rachel Filipski won vault, and Emma Schulz tied for the beam title and won the all around in only her second meet competing every event. She was joined on the podium by teammates Kamryn Rodriguez and Megan Hanley. This was Rodriguez’s first time competing all around. Cortland is still only able to put out five competitors on bars and beam but is continuing to make the improvements necessary to stay above conference competitors Ursinus and Rhode Island.

Implications: Cortland will stay at at No. 4 in the NCGA East but have made it clear it won’t dip to No. 5 or No. 6 anytime soon.

No. 78 UW-Eau Claire at No. 76 UW-Oshkosh
Full Results UW-Oshkosh: 183.025 UW-Eau Claire: 179.175
VT: Gessner and Anderson 9.100 UB: Lewis 9.350 BB: Hammond 9.550 FX: Jarvis 9.625 AA: Bernardo 36.575

The Big Storyline: Though we weren’t able to watch this meet, something tells us scoring was a bit harsh on vault and bars. Eau Claire nabbed two individual titles with Andrea Gessner and Lauralynn Anderson scoring top marks on vault while Hannah Lewis managed to top the competition on bars. The Titans managed to receive some higher scores on beam and floor.

Implications: Both of these teams will fall in the rankings this week.

No. 79 Winona, No. 80 Gustavus at No. 74 UW-Whitewater
Full Results UW-W: 183.375 Winona: 182.650 Gustavus: 180.525
VT: Marshall 9.575 UB: Malo 9.475 BB: Hutton 9.650 FX: Hutton 9.600 AA: Ardy 37.425

The Big Storyline: This was a bit of a surprising meet for multiple reasons. The first is an uncharacteristic score from top-player UW-Whitewater. Though Franchesca Hutton and Abby Helmke are steady contributors the Warhawks can count on to bring in some big scores, they are struggling to get that consistency out of their other contributors. UW-W was also only able to field a team of five on bars this week and ended up having to count multiple falls there. Winona’s finish was a bit surprising as well. The Warriors were able to hold their own against the reigning national champs, coming in a mere 0.725 behind and making the distance between them and the Warhawks smaller than the distance between them and the Gusties who had managed to overtake the Warriors just days earlier.

Implications: UW-W will fall to No. 3 in the conference, just barely ahead of Hamline. Winona also drops in the rankings but manages to stay ahead of Gustavus even after a loss to the Gusties earlier in the week.

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Article by Rebecca Scally and Rachel Riesterer

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