The regular season is coming to an end, but these teams are heating up as we head into the postseason. Eau Claire broke a 180.000 for the first time this season while Stout broke a floor record that it had just set last year. Ithaca and Cortland set season highs on floor, and Ursinus set not one but two season highs on floor and beam to push them past reigning NCGA champ Brockport.
Below you’ll not only find fast facts from every NCGA meet this weekend (for more on DI and USAG teams, check out their respective Dismounts), but the overall NCGA standings, top scores and a few superlatives for some of our favorite moments as well.
Routine of the Week
Sara King, Springfield, Beam
Springfield junior Sara King has one of the prettiest beam routines in the division with a unique front aerial round off series. Her presence while performing on this event is phenomenal right from the start with her press handstand mount. Fun fact: King is originally from Slovenia and competed in the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples July of 2019 for Slovenia!
Performer of the Week
Emma Grant, UW-La Crosse, Floor
Sophomore Emma Grant is a strong all-arounder, but floor is where she really shines! Check out her amazing 9.850 set from this past weekend, complete with a big double Arabian and some fantastic teammate choreography on the sidelines.
|12||Rhode Island College||181.2438|
|Emma Grant||UW-La Crosse||Floor||9.850|
|Emma Grant||UW-La Crosse||Beam||9.800|
|Brooke Kachinsky||UW-La Crosse||Bars||9.725|
|Jessica Ahrens||UW-La Crosse||Beam||9.700|
NCGA-East Meet of the Week
|No. 73 Springfield & No. 74 Ithaca at No. 72 Cortland|
|Full Results||Springfield: 188.875||Ithaca: 187.500||Cortland: 186.925|
|VT: Ali Rushlow 9.550||UB: Sara King 9.575||BB: Sara King 9.750||FX: Emma Schulz 9.800||AA: Cameryn Nichols 37.850|
The Big Storyline: Springfield started off strong on beam and kept its momentum going throughout the meet with standout performances from Sara King, who claimed the bar title with a 9.575 and beam title with a 9.750. Seniors Tali Twomey and Taylor Campagnone helped push the Pride past the competition with solid showings on floor that earned them a 9.650 and 9.625 respectively. Ithaca has shown great improvements with its overall consistency on each event. The Bombers had some trouble controlling their vault landings in previous meets, but there was no sign of that this weekend. Cortland had a few top finishers on beam and floor including Emma Schulz who claimed the second spot on beam with a 9.675 and won the floor title with a 9.800. Junior Julie Giardina was right behind Schulz in the third spot on beam with a 9.500, and junior Emily Speciale earned the fourth spot on floor with a 9.650. The Red Dragons had some uncharacteristic errors on bars, like casting over or dragging legs after an overshoot, that took a toll on their final team score.
Implications: With this win Springfield was able to move ahead of Cortland into the second spot in the NCGA-East and sixth in the division. Ithaca will remain fifth in the NCGA-East and ninth in the division. Cortland will now be behind Springfield in both the NCGA-East and division rankings and will be looking to claim that second and sixth spot back with their home meet next weekend against Brockport.
Records: Sara King’s 9.750 on beam is a new personal career best for her on that event.
WIAC Meet of the Week
|No. 76 Winona State, No. 77 Hamline & No. 80 UW-Eau Claire at No. 71 UW-Stout|
|Full Results||UW-Stout: 189.300||Hamline: 183.275||Winona State: 182.725||UW-Eau Claire: 181.600|
|VT: Shadae Boone 9.575||UB: Mallary Dick 9.500||BB: Katie Kalland 9.800||FX: Belle Ihde/Brooke Terry 9.800||AA: Terry 37.750|
The Big Storyline: Eau Claire had its best meet of the season, breaking 180.000 for the first time this year. Andrea Gessner and Ashley Benes were the Blugold’s highest finishers of the day claiming fourth and fifth on vault. Hamline finished slightly ahead of Winona thanks to a strong floor rotation. Katie Kalland claimed the beam title for the Pipers with a huge 9.800. Stout was yet again, so close to a 190.000 but fell just a bit short. However, it was still a fantastic meet, and it easily came out ahead of the three other teams and claimed four of the five individual titles. Bars and floor were particularly strong for the Blue Devils as they swept the podium on both events.
Implications: This performance moved Stout ahead of Oshkosh in the rankings, so the Blue Devils are heading into conference championships ranked third in the WIAC. Winona and Hamline stayed No. 10 and No. 11 in the division and fifth and sixth in the WIAC. Eau Claire remained No. 14 in the division, however, its SAS increased by over a point thanks to this season-high performance.
Records: Stout broke the school floor record that it set last year with a whopping 48.450.
|No. 67 Brockport & No. 75 Ursinus with No. 53 Bowling Green at No. 41 Kent State|
|Full Results||Kent State: 195.450||Bowling Green: 193.275||Ursinus: 188.125||Brockport: 187.725|
|VT: Samantha Marion 9.850||UB: Rachel DeCavitch 9.875||BB: Jovannah East 9.900||FX: Abby Fletcher 9.900||AA: DeCavitch 38.800|
|No. 68 UW-Oshkosh at No. 79 Gustavus Adolphus|
|Full Results||UW-Oshkosh: 186.525||Gustavus Adolphus: 178.950|
|VT: Emily Gilot 9.775||UB: Annie Corbett/Gilot 9.425||BB: Corbett 9.625||FX: Olivia Keller 9.625||AA: Corbett 37.600|
|No. 69 UW-La Crosse at No. 70 UW-Whitewater|
|Full Results||UW-Whitewater: 192.125||UW-La Crosse: 191.975|
|VT: Lauren Marshall 9.825||UB: Brooke Kachinsky 9.725||BB: Emma Grant 9.800||FX: Grant 9.850||AA: Grant/Blaise Wilson 38.475|
|No. 78 Rhode Island with No. 49 Bridgeport, No. 56 West Chester & No. 63 Brown at No. 66 Southern Connecticut|
|Full Results||Bridgeport: 194.800||West Chester: 193.125||Southern Connecticut/Brown: 192.400||Rhode Island: 181.525|
|VT: Julianna Roland 9.850||UB: Hannah Stahlbrodt/Kathryn Doran/Melanie Wojewoda 9.875||BB: Bianca Leon/Maya Reimers 9.825||FX: Reimers 9.925||AA: Stahlbrodt 39.075|
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Article by Rachel Riesterer and Allie DiBiase
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