The Dismount: Week Seven USAG

USAG rankings have settled into a predictable order: The sum total of the ranking changes this week is a straight swap between No. 5 and No. 6, and when we enter RQS rankings next week we’re not expecting any major changes either. That doesn’t mean things aren’t exciting though. This week, UIC broke back into the 195 range, Lindenwood scored a stunning upset over a DI opponent and Southern Connecticut State’s standout freshman Hannah Stahlbrodt set yet another new program record.

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 DII and USAG nationals-eligible team’s meet. For reference, teams eligible for USAG nationals include those with less than seven and a half full scholarships. They include, Ivy league schools, all DII teams, Air Force, Centenary and SEMO. Note: Penn has opted out of competing at USAG nationals this year, but we will continue to feature it here.

Routine of the Week

Anna Salamone (Air Force) – UB

Salamone spent the early part of the season hanging out in the high 9.7s on bars, which is great for most gymnasts, but we knew she could do better. Scoring two 9.900s in a row is much more her style, and she’s beautiful while she does it.

Stick of the Week

Erin Alderman (Texas Woman’s) – FX

The TWU senior had a great double-meet weekend on floor, scoring a 9.850 and a 9.825. On Sunday at Lindenwood, she stuck her opening double pike spectacularly to win the floor title.

Surprise Performance of the Week

Evelyn Patient (Cornell) – BB

Patient’s creative beam acro series made some waves on social media this weekend. It’s not news that Cornell is doing creative gymnastics—Patient is one of two gymnasts on the roster who rebound out of a kneeling position, and the Big Red regularly fields four or more different vaults in its lineup—but it’s exciting that it’s getting mainstream recognition.

Best Social Media

Lindenwood (Insta Story)

The Lindenwood story, which we believe is run by freshman Paige Sorensen during meets, makes us crack up every week with its ridiculous puns and amazing reaction stickers.

Honorable mention goes to Penn, which reliably and hilariously makes hashtags and rhyming jokes based on its athletes’ names.

Top Scores

Gymnast Team Event Score
Anna Salamone Air Force UB 9.900
Izzy Herczeg Cornell FX 9.875
Anna Kaziska SEMO BB 9.875
Ashley Albrecht UIC FX 9.875
Yoli Nodarse West Chester BB 9.875
Jessica Wang Yale UB 9.875
Mariana Murphy Air Force UB 9.850
Cam Barber Air Force BB 9.850
Tyler Davis Air Force FX 9.850
Mei Li Costa Brown UB 9.850
Courtney Mitchell Lindenwood VT 9.850
Hannah Stahlbrodt SCSU UB 9.850
Darian Burns Seattle Pacific FX 9.850
Anna Kaziska SEMO FX 9.850
Anna Kaziska SEMO FX 9.850
Erin Alderman TWU FX 9.850
Serena Baker UIC UB 9.850
Mikailla Northern UIC FX 9.850
Melanie Wojewoda West Chester UB 9.850
Jessica Meakim West Chester FX 9.850
Rose Fanara West Chester FX 9.850

The Highlights

Mardi Gras Invitational With No. 23 Iowa State, No. 42 Lindenwood, No. 54 Texas Woman’s and No. 73 SEMO
Full Results LU: 195.275 ISU: 193.575 TWU: 190.725 SEMO: 188.500
VT: Converse, Mitchell 9.850 UB: Henry 9.800 BB: Kaziska 9.875 FX: Kaziska, Alderman 9.850 AA: Henry 39.225

The Big Storyline: Lindenwood excelled in this neutral-site meet that happened to be in its hometown—always a RQS boon—to upset Division I and No. 23 Iowa State and approach its season high score from last week. The Lions look incredibly clean in 2019 and only need a little more consistency to threaten for 196s. Texas Woman’s had a fluke disaster meet, counting falls on both bars and beam, while SEMO put together its second highest score of the season.

Implications: All three USAG teams competed again later in the weekend, so ranking changes from this meet were irrelevant.

Records: Anna Kaziska’s 9.875 on beam and Mackenzie Slee’s 9.800 on vault are career highs. Ryan Henry set a career high in the all around.

Controversies: The live scores for this meet were an absolute disaster, and the Flo commentators had no idea what they were talking about for most of the meet. We heard the phrase “Lindenwood Tigers” about fifty times more than is acceptable.

No. 73 SEMO at No. 30 UIC
Full Results UIC: 195.100 SEMO: 185.550
VT: Baddeley 9.875 UB: Baker 9.850 BB: Sheremeta 9.825 FX: Albrecht 9.875 AA: Northern 39.150

The Big Storyline: UIC broke back into the 195 range, though it still has plenty of room to grow. Freshman Alisa Sheremeta only competed beam this meet, but Kayla Baddeley shone with three career highs. SEMO had another bars meltdown that led it to lose to its conference-mate by almost 10 points.

Implications: UIC remains at the top of the USAG and should continue to lead when RQS kicks in, though Lindenwood will eventually become a threat.

Records: Baddeley’s vault-winning 9.875 and her bars and all around scores were career highs, as was Ashley Albrecht’s floor routine. This meet was the first time since 2003 that UIC has scored 195-plus in five or more meets in one year.

No. 33 Utah State, No. 37 Pittsburgh, No. 58 Cornell at No. 27 West Virginia
Full Results USU: 196.075 WVU: 195.575 Pitt: 195.100 Cornell: 193.075
VT: Lo. Varnadore 9.875 UB: Tun 9.875 BB: Ward-Sessions 9.900 FX: Koshinski 9.975 AA: Ward-Sessions 39.525

The Big Storyline: Cornell had a successful week at West Virginia, coming up around a point short of its season high from last week but still beating all its previous road scores by around two points. Senior Malia Mackey sat the meet out for unknown reasons.

Implications: Cornell’s rankings won’t change this week.

No. 54 Texas Woman’s at No. 42 Lindenwood
Full Results Lindenwood: 194.000 TWU: 193.850
VT: Parkin 9.775 UB: Mitchell, Cashmore 9.825 BB: Vincent 9.775 FX: Alderman 9.825 AA: Mitchell 39.025

The Big Storyline: Lindenwood lacked the luster of its incredible win early in the weekend, but it was able to keep it together at home to eke out a win against conference rival Texas Woman’s. Courtney Mitchell and Bria Northrop continue to have one of the most fascinating all around rivalries in the country, with Mitchell grabbing the all around title by under a tenth.

Implications: Lindenwood remains at No. 2 in USAG while Texas Woman’s’ will drop to No. 6 as a rough Friday allowed Air Force to sneak up a spot.

Controversies: The stream lacked audio through most of the first rotation and then failed entirely about halfway through the fourth, so we missed some critical routines.

No. 65 Brown at No. 46 Yale
Full Results Yale: 193.775 Brown: 191.950
VT: Gardner 9.700 UB: Wang 9.875 BB: Baldovino 9.775 FX: Cooperman, Firmstone, Alleyne, Chong 9.800 AA: Buford 38.550

The Big Storyline: Yale won convincingly on its senior day, taking all four events versus Brown and sweeping the individual podium on beam and floor. Seniors Jessica Wang and Kiarra Alleyne were able to pick up individual titles at their last home meet. Brown had one of its better meets of the year and is just one more solid week away from being able to drop its nightmare opening weekend scores when RQS kicks in.

Implications: Both teams will stay steady in the rankings this week.

No. 56 Air Force, No. 74 UW-Whitewater, No. 76 UW-Oshkosh at No. 66 Seattle Pacific
Full Results USAFA: 194.200 SPU: 192.600 UWO: 189.100 UWW: 185.025
VT: Salamone, Burns 9.700 UB: Salamone 9.900 BB: Barber 9.850 FX: Davis, Burns 9.850 AA: Burns 39.075

The Big Storyline: Seattle Pacific squeaked in only a quarter tenth under its season high in its second home meet of the year. Junior all arounder Darian Burns led the Falcons with one of her best ever all around marks while junior McKenna Zimmermann set two career highs. Air Force had an individual event champion on each event, including two from junior Anna Salamone, to lead it to a comfortable win that is also its second highest total of the year.

Implications: Air Force was able to jump Texas Woman’s to move up to No. 5 in USAG rankings and No. 54 nationally.

Records: Burns’ all around score is 12th-highest in SPU history and her fourth above 39.000.

No. 61 William & Mary and No. 82 Rhode Island at No. 62 West Chester
Full Results WCU: 192.675 W&M: 192.525 RIC: 182.825
VT: Sakti 9.750 UB: Wojewoda 9.850 BB: Pakshong, Sakti 9.800 FX: Meakim, Fanara, Sakti 9.850 AA: Caponi 38.150

The Big Storyline: West Chester opened its incredible double meet weekend with a season high at home, led by a career high and event-winning bars routine by Melanie Wojewoda. The Golden Rams just squeaked in over conference rival William & Mary.

Implications: West Chester’s ranking did not change this weekend.

No. 62 West Chester at No. 81 Ursinus
Full Results West Chester: 191.725 Ursinus: 182.800
VT: Johnson 9.625 UB: Marshall 9.700 BB: Nodarse 9.875 FX: Meakim, Kissinger 9.700 AA: DeCicco 35.725

The Big Storyline: West Chester’s total dipped a little at its Sunday meet, but it had some individual standouts. Sophomore Yoli Nodarse tied the Golden Rams’ program record on beam, and West Chester swept the individual event titles.

Records: Nodarse tied WCU’s beam program record.

No. 63 Southern Connecticut, No. 70 Ithaca at No. 72 Springfield
Full Results SCSU: 192.075 IC: 189.950 SC: 188.100
VT: Coleman 9.750 UB: Stahlbrodt 9.850 BB: Holcomb 9.750 FX: Stahlbrodt 9.825 AA: Stahlbrodt 39.050

The Big Storyline: SCSU’s Hannah Stahlbrodt continues to be the story of Division II, setting yet another all around program record for the Owls. This one, a 39.050, beat her own personal best by almost four tenths and the pre-Stahlbrodt program best by over five. The current SCSU squad is incredibly young; 15 of 24 routines at this meet came from newcomers.

Implications: The Owls remain at No. 9 in USAG, but they’re looking increasingly able to threaten West Chester for a top-eight spot.

Records: In addition to Stahlbrodt’s incredible day, the Owls set a program record of 48.825 on floor.

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Article by Rebecca Scally

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