This first week of January typically includes less NCGA action. Since COVID protocols forced the Hamline at UW-Eau Claire meet to be canceled, this week’s NCGA competition only featured one meet. UW-La Crosse faced Gustavus Adolphus at home. These two teams took advantage of this extra week of competition by putting up strong opening scores. In fact, Gustavus scored its second-highest season-opening score of program history with a 181.975. This is only the beginning. The competition level will only go up from here.
Intro Video of the Week
UW-La Crosse brought big school energy with its 2022 intro video. The voiceovers combined with videos of the skills that draw people to watch the Eagles’ meets made for an intro that Division III gymnastics has yet to see.
Performance of the Week
Rachel Chesley, Vault, 9.650
Chesley casually stepped into her first ever college lineup and walked away with a win. She competes a beautiful Yurchenko half with lines you can’t miss. We don’t have video, but click the hyperlink above to see an example of what Chesley is capable of on the event.
Under the Radar Athlete of the Week
Sophia Redding, Bars, 9.600
Senior Sophia Redding increased her career high by 0.25 this weekend. If you’ve ever seen Redding’s dynamic swinging style and smooth Maloney to overshoot connection, you’d wonder what took the judges so long to give this athlete a 9.600.
For reference, the sixth athlete in this Gusties’ “Team Bars” video is Redding.
|Rachel Chesley||UW-La Crosse||Vault||9.650|
|Annie Corbett||Gustavus Adolphus||Beam||9.625|
|Sophia Redding||Gustavus Adolphus||Bars||9.600|
|Kerrie Legault||UW-La Crosse||Bars||9.500|
|Madi Vanderpool||UW-La Crosse||Vault||9.475|
|Olivia Opheim||UW-La Crosse||Floor||9.450|
|Madi Vanderpool||UW-La Crosse||Bars||9.450|
|Annie Corbett||Gustavus Adolphus||Floor||9.425|
|Sara Beck||UW-La Crosse||Bars||9.400|
|Jordyn Faust||UW-La Crosse||Beam||9.400|
|Brooke Merila||Gustavus Adolphus||Floor||9.400|
|Cate Sandvik||UW-La Crosse||Beam||9.400|
|Alex Wood||UW-La Crosse||Vault||9.400|
Click and expand the events below to see results, recaps and more.
Gustavus Adolphus at UW-La Crosse
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Article by Allison Freeman and Tavia Smith
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