Things were WILD this weekend! At least 13 school records were broken, season highs were scored and upsets occurred in both conferences. Check out all the details from both meets below.
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
Victoria Gery (Ithaca) – Floor
Gery’s powerful tumbling and fun dance topped the competition out east this past weekend. She received a 9.900 to tie for first place on the event, shattering the school’s individual floor record. Gery is definitely one to watch for a national title as she has consistently scored in the 9.700 to 9.800 range the majority of season.
Surprise Performance of the Week
Abigail Missiaen (UW-Whitewater) – Vault
In a field of twisting vaults, you don’t usually expect to see a hand front place near the top of the field. However, Missiaen’s massive one served her well this weekend. She tied for second, only falling short to a Yurchenko 1.5, which has a two-tenth higher start value.
Most Emotional Routine of the Week
Emiko Wilks (UW-La Crosse) – Beam
Plagued by injuries throughout her college career, Wilks never really had the chance to prove what she was capable of until mid-season this year—which also happens to be her senior year. This past weekend was her first time competing at a conference championship, and not only did she hit a beautiful set, she recorded a personal best score.
|Kiya Bjorge||UW-Eau Claire||9.750|
|Amelia Moorehouse||UW-Eau Claire||9.750|
|Emma Grant||UW-La Crosse||9.700|
|NCGA-East Regional With No. 68 Brockport, No. 69 Ithaca, No. 72 Springfield, No. 77 Ursinus and No. 82 Rhode Island at No. 76 Cortland|
|Full Results||Brockport: 193.700||Ithaca: 191.650||Cortland: 188.175|
|Springfield: 188.100||Ursinus: 186.150||RIC: 185.525|
|VT: Kowalik 9.750||UB: Doll 9.650||BB: Kowalik 9.800||FX: Castellaneta, Gery, Schulz 9.900||AA: Kowalik 38.925|
The Big Storyline: This was quite the upset as Springfield looked like a lock to qualify for nationals in the third spot coming into the meet. However, Cortland put together its best competition of the season and a huge floor rotation that put the Red Dragons 0.075 ahead of the Pride and solidified their trip to nationals. Cortland wasn’t the only team to peak at exactly the right time: Both Brockport and Ithaca had incredible meets and each broke three school records. Ursinus also did well, breaking the 47.000 mark on both vault and floor and scoring its second highest team score of the season. And although Rhode Island wasn’t able to move out of that sixth spot, the Anchorwomen had an amazing meet and broke three school records including the team score record they just set the previous weekend. Overall, though there’s definitely a team or two that may feel slightly disappointed in their finish ranking-wise, this was a really good meet for all six teams with everyone finishing with a score that was in the top three of their seasons.
Implications: Brockport, Ithaca and Cortland punched their tickets to the NCGA championships. This was the first time these three teams qualified since, well, last year. Springfield missed out on a trip of its own by less than a tenth—which is even more devastating than the Pride’s seven tenth-miss last season.
Records: Brockport, Ithaca and Rhode Island all broke their team records. Brockport also broke its beam and floor records, Ithaca broke its vault and floor records, Rhode Island broke its vault and beam records and Cortland broke its floor record.
|NCGA-West Regional/WIAC Championship With No. 73 UW-Oshkosh, No. 74 UW-La Crosse, No. 75 UW-Whitewater, No. 78 Hamline, No. 79 Winona State, No. 80 Gustavus Adolphus and No. 81 UW-Eau Claire at No. 70 UW-Stout|
|Full Results||Stout: 190.225||Oshkosh: 188.950||Whitewater: 187.425||La Crosse: 186.550|
|Winona: 185.675||Gustavus: 184.725||Hamline: 184.275||Eau Claire: 183.975|
|VT: Boone 9.725||UB: Beaver 9.625||BB: Terry 9.750||FX: Bugge, Slater 9.825||AA: Terry 38.075|
The Big Storyline: Basically, this meet was nuts. Stout led the pack the entire meet and looked in peak form on every event. However, we saw different teams in the second and third spots after nearly every rotation. Right off the bat, Whitewater was at the top for a rotation and Hamline saw some time in the top three for two rotations. Then we saw La Crosse sneak in during rotations two and three. Oshkosh appeared after rotation three and held on to No. 2 until the end while Whitewater came back from fifth to claim the third spot. Besides Stout and Oshkosh, every team had an event that caused issues. For Whitewater and La Crosse, it was bars—each having to count at least one fall. Winona’s downfall was vault. And for Gustavus, Hamline and Eau Claire, beam was the culprit. Ultimately, that third spot came down to who hit during the final rotation, which ended up being the Warhawks, who scored just under a 48.000 on floor.
Implications: UW-Stout, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater qualified for the NCGA championships. This is the Blue Devils’ first trip to nationals since 2017 and the Titans first since 2014. The Warhawks pulled ahead in the final rotation to claim the third team spot and their 13th-consecutive trip to nationals. UW-La Crosse will miss out on a team spot for the first time since the NCGA championships started in 1984.
Records: UW-Stout broke its school record on both floor and with the team total en route to its first ever conference title. Gustavus broke its floor record.
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Article by Rachel Riesterer
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