Things are heating up as Week 6 was rich with upsets and new history that’ll keep you on the edge of your couch while you watch. Cornell didn’t count a single fall for the first time this season, Alix Pierce said “Bars? Bars who?”, West Chester just beat out Penn by an eyelash, and Brown’s individual floor record inches closer to being broken. SEMO holds tight and is putting all the pieces together to catch its stride as it looks towards the rest of the season.
Performance of the Week
This week’s 9.925 on floor from Julia Bedell tied her for the school record. That feat becomes even more momentous when considering that the mark ties her with Olympian Alicia Sacramone Quinn, among other Brown greats. As Bedell is just a sophomore, there’s much more to come for this athlete.
Bounce Back Award
After an uncharacteristic mistake on bars, Alix Pierce hit the ground running for the rest of the competition, claiming the victory on beam and floor while eclipsing a previous career high. There’s something to be said about the mental toughness of an athlete who can put it all behind them to compete the routine of their life.
Can we talk about how Simone Evans had ACHILLES surgery 5 months ago and is back doing double backs like it’s casual? pic.twitter.com/FgwNxJAAzT
— Tavia Smith (@tavia_smith15) February 11, 2023
Simone Evans has been noticeably absent from Lindenwood’s lineups thus far in 2023 after being spotted in a boot during the offseason. Turns out she was working behind the scenes to come back from an Achilles injury that was just five months ago. At SEMO this weekend, she performed exhibition routines on both beam and floor, ahead of schedule on the road to recovery. A round of applause is in order for both Evans and her rehab team.
Top Meet of the Week
Towson, West Chester, Ursinus at Penn
Why Should You (Re)Watch? West Chester upset Penn by just a quarter tenth in the Palestra. Take a second. Really think about that. A quarter tenth. This may not have been the best meet of the season for the Golden Rams, but this team proved that this season and pacing is no fluke. Beam did throw things for a loop, but you could say they grabbed this meet by the horns.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down? Ursinus? Best team floor since 2017. West Chester? Edged out fellow GEC competitor for a close win that you’d want to bottle up and turn to on any rainy day. Penn struggled on beam, but it was an uncharacteristic, nearly-two-and-a-half-points-lower-than-usual-day and most certainly a one-off. None of these teams have reason to worry, and everyone is staying level or trending up as we move into Week 7.
Underrated Meet of the Week
Brockport, Cortland, Ithaca at Cornell
Why Should You (Re)Watch? The Big Red took home the title at its Big Red Invitational, even bringing the Golden Eagles’ undefeated regular season to a close. Brockport had been undefeated in the regular season since last year. Need more reasons? Cornell didn’t count a single fall, and the 193.475 is its best score since 2018. Brockport owned a share of the top spots on floor, including Kirsten Paultre and Sydney Beers tying for the top spot with a 9.825.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down? Each of these teams seems to be fixing what’s been holding any of them back: Brockport smoothed over beam, Ithaca put together its best bar rotation of the season, as did Cortland, and Cornell nailed every routine. The answer? Trending up! All of them.
Editors’ Choice Meet of the Week
Lindenwood and Fisk at SEMO
Why Should You (Re)Watch? SEMO took down rival Lindenwood while Morgan Price put on a bars masterclass to take the win on the event. If you haven’t seen the Redhawks on floor, you better start tuning in. They bring power, consistency, and several two and half twists to keep things interesting. Lindenwood’s vault squad continues to steal the show as Allie Berkley’s full rivaled Gayla Griswold’s 10.0 start value vault.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down? SEMO is continuing to pick up steam, trending up halfway through the season. Lindenwood’s brushes with inconsistency leave it hitting a slight plateau. While Fisk has been battling injuries and lineup changes, the Bulldogs are holding steady amidst it all.
|Angel Lee||Southern Connecticut||Beam||9.875|
|Alix Pierce||Texas Woman’s||Beam||9.850|
|Briona Carswell||Air Force||Beam||9.825|
|Maria Damiano||Southern Connecticut||Beam||9.825|
|Rose Fanara||West Chester||Floor||9.825|
|Alix Pierce||Texas Woman’s||Floor||9.825|
|Kyla Podges||Texas Woman’s||Floor||9.825|
|Daisy Woodring||Texas Woman’s||Vault||9.825|
|Leilani Zander||Air Force||Beam||9.825|
|Amber Boll||Air Force||Bars||9.800|
|Velandra Brochi||Air Force||Beam||9.800|
|Jordan Coleman||West Chester||Bars||9.800|
|Daisy Woodring||Texas Woman’s||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.
Texas Woman’s at Centenary
Fisk and Lindenwood at SEMO
Air Force at San Jose State
Greenville at Simpson
Brockport, Cortland and Ithaca at Cornell
Bridgeport and Southern Connecticut at Yale
Springfield at Brown
Towson, Ursinus and West Chester at Penn
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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