Week one saw many WIAC teams back in action for the first time in 2023. Some teams thought it was so nice that they competed twice. We’re looking at you, Hamline and Winona State. The Best of Minnesota meet meant DIII gymnastics was on TV (for a fee), and Simpson made its program debut at the Hamline tri. What’s not to love?
While the NCGA-East teams haven’t gotten their feet wet just yet, let’s take a look at the highlights for the NCGA’s Week 1 action nevertheless!
Upgrade of the Week
Winona State is adding more big releases to its bar lineup. Junior Ashley Roth put in her Jaeger for the first time in competition this week, and it had just the right combination of aggressiveness and float.
Stick Item of the Week
Stick crown met New Year’s Glasses with Oshkosh’s latest meet-day accessory. Perhaps this was just the encouragement the Titans needed to post the highest season-opening score in program history.
Recap Video of the Week
Hamline highlighted its home opener against Winona State and Simpson in an aesthetically pleasing hype video. Check it out for unique beam series, floaty release moves and fun floor routines.
Heart-Stopping Skill of the Week
Rahdea Jarvis’ Tkatchev has so much amplitude that it took our breath away to watch. Sky-high release moves, especially of this variety, can feel few and far between, but Jarvis makes it look easy.
WIAC Meet of the Week
Oshkosh and Illinois State at Western Michigan
Why Should You (Re)Watch? First of all, this meet can be streamed on demand without going through a pay wall. Secondly, Oshkosh held its own against Division I foes with big skills and a level of consistency that’s rare for January.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down?: Well, considering Oshkosh is the reigning national champion and did so with a record-setting performance… It’s too soon to tell on this one. We will say that Oshkosh should still be in the discussion for the title in 2023, though.
|Kennedy O’Connor||Winona State||Vault||9.675|
|Izzy Kropiwiec||Winona State||Vault||9.575|
|Olivia Jahnke||Gustavus Adolphus||Floor||9.550|
|Breanna Ho||Winona State||Vault||9.525|
|Izzy Kropiwiec||Winona State||Floor||9.525|
|Kennedy O’Connor||Winona State||Vault||9.525|
|Abby Willis||Gustavus Adolphus||Vault||9.525|
|Marley Michaud||Gustavus Adolphus||Vault||9.500|
Click and expand the events below to see results from each meet, as well as individual career highs and team program records.
Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline and Winona State at Minnesota
Illinois State and UW-Oshkosh at Western Michigan
Simpson and Winona State at Hamline
UW-Stout at UW-Eau Claire
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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