While the rest of the USAG is slowly inching into 2023, Lindenwood dove in head first with its first double meet weekend of the season. Yale had a few hiccups and uncharacteristic falls, but Bridgeport came flying into the season, holding off Southern Connecticut while West Chester took the first win in a GEC-only meet. TWU began its season in Denver, posting a solid opening total.
While the gymternet waits for Centenary and the rest of the Ivies to join in on the fun, let’s take a look at high points from Week 1.
Nerves? I Don’t Know Her
Yale had a few hiccups in the Bulldogs’ opening meet of the 2023 season on the road against LIU, but freshman Hana Strause pointed Yale in the right direction with a nerves-of-steel lead-off routine.
Stamina of the Week
It’s Week 1, and Lindenwood managed to complete two meets already. Not to mention that the competitions were more than 900 miles apart. The fact that the Lions’ Sunday meet was an improvement over Friday’s after a long day of travel is really impressive. Shout out to Jaly Jones for competing eight solid routines for Lindenwood in her debut weekend!
Triple Series for the Soul
Not only does West Chester’s Caitlyn Allen grace us with a triple series, but she does so with a back handspring step-out to a one-armed back handspring step-out to layout step-out. Soothes the mind quicker than chicken noodle soup.
Freshmen of the Week
TWU’s trio of Kami Zarlengo, Brooke Ferrari and Ruby Goad went three-for-three in their first meet as Pioneers. These athletes competed like seasoned professionals, remaining calm even with mistakes earlier in the lineup.
Top Meet of the Week
SEMO at Lindenwood
Why Should You (Re)Watch? It’s always a fierce competition when Lindenwood and SEMO face off! This matchup featured high flying skills, plenty of stuck landings and the makings of redemption arcs that anyone would love.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down?: Lindenwood looks to be trending slightly up, while it’s a bit too soon to tell for SEMO. The Redhawks’ future is looking bright with the likes of Taylor Ingle stepping into the all-around, though.
Underrated Meet of the Week
Lindenwood, Ball State, and West Virgina at Florida
Why Should You (Re)Watch? This competition allows viewers to see teams from four different conferences on the same stage, a rare feat in the NCAA. Catch a Trinity Thomas 10.0 while also getting your USAG gym fix. It’s a win-win.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down?: Lindenwood’s still trending up.
Editors’ Choice Meet of the Week
Bridgeport and SCSU at West Chester
Why Should You (Re)Watch? This is the second year of the GEC, and with Bridgeport’s inaugural season in the conference facing a few extra obstacles than other teams, the Purple Knights are making it known that they’re not to be counted out, beating out GEC rival SCSU to open the season.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down?: It’s so early, but Bridgeport is on the way up, West Chester is holding strong, and you shouldn’t worry about SCSU.
|Brooke Ferrari||Texas Woman’s||Bars||9.875|
|Maddie Griffith||Texas Woman’s||Bars||9.825|
|Mara Johnson||Texas Woman’s||Floor||9.825|
|McKenna Kissinger||West Chester||Floor||9.800|
Click and expand the events below to see results from each meet, as well as individual career highs and team program records.
Ball State, Lindenwood and West Virginia at Florida
Bridgeport and Southern Connecticut at West Chester
Yale at LIU
Simpson and Winona State at Hamline
Penn State and Texas Woman’s at Denver
Around the Gymternet
Interested in how all the teams around the country performed this week? Check out our recaps of the top matchups in our other various Dismounts.
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Article by Allison Freeman and Tavia Smith
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