What did you miss in Week 8 with USAG? Grab your coffee, grab your blanket, it was a WEEK. The Ivy Classic kept everyone on their toes, Lindenwod debuted a new leotard, and records were tied and smashed. With only a handful of weeks before these teams head off to conference championships, everyone is polishing and refining.
Raegan Walker is having herself a season! She once again tied the program record (one she set herself), and her efforts were rewarded with a 9.950, with one judge going for that 10.0.
We’re loving meet day vibes and let us tell you, we’re loving the purple coach squad. Unrelated, where do we get a pair of sequin pants?
Debut of the Week
As a senior, Mallory Desch made her official bar lineup debut in the anchor spot, sporting a strong Jaeger and a unique stalder to double back dismount combination.
Top Meet of the Week
The Ivy Classic
Why Should You (Re)Watch? Brown upset Penn for the win, and each of the Ivy teams flashed their muscle as a warning warm up before they meet again at the GEC Championships, including a very competitive Yale bar lineup (Hello, Raegan Walker) and Brown’s floor squad (Hi, Julia Bedell). This meet proves it doesn’t matter how the season has gone, it’s about what you put on the mat today.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down? Cornell? Third meet going 193.400 or better. Brown? Best score of the season, and second best in program history. It was neither Penn nor Yale’s best meet of the season, but it was far from the worst. Cornell and Brown continue to rise but Penn and Yale have some work to do to fix their trajectories.
Underrated Meet of the Week
Southern Connecticut, Illinois State and Pittsburgh at New Hampshire
Why Should You (Re)Watch? Southern Connecticut has been pushing the boundaries, inching closer and closer to its program record. In fact, the team has had multiple top-five performances in the last few weeks. Abby Royer was a standout performer for the team this week. Illinois State posted its second highest team score of the season, while UNH posted a season high of its own in its victory.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down? SCSU is definitely on the rise and not losing steam any time soon. Currently the Owls are on the bubble of a team qualification to USAGs, so keep an eye on them in the coming weeks.
Editors’ Choice Meet of the Week
Brockport, Rhode Island, West Chester at Bridgeport
Why Should You (Re)Watch? Anytime you can have sem-neighboring teams meet across divisions and conferences, you’re in for a treat. With a spread across different styles of gymnastics and routines, this meet goes a little too quickly but even good things must come to an end. Oh, and Rhode Island’s Kelsey Gates took first on floor with a program record 9.900. And all of the first place finishes were a 9.775 or better.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down? This may not have been a dream meet for any of these teams, but no one had any major obstacles. West Chester sits in seventh in the USAG rankings, but the Golden Rams face a tough field in the MIC and MPSF ahead of them. Bridgeport continues to build on last season so while things may not fully develop by conference championships, no team should let their guard down.
|Velandra Brochi||Air Force||Beam||9.850|
|Jordan Coleman||West Chester||Bars||9.850|
|Maddie Griffith||Texas Woman’s||Bars||9.850|
|Mara Johnson||Texas Woman’s||Floor||9.850|
|Steelie King||Texas Woman’s||Vault||9.850|
|Ayla McKean||Air Force||Beam||9.850|
|Alix Pierce||Texas Woman’s||Beam||9.850|
|Daisy Woodring||Texas Woman’s||Vault||9.850|
|Amber Boll||Air Force||Beam||9.825|
|Velandra Brochi||Air Force||Bars||9.825|
|Velandra Brochi||Air Force||Floor||9.825|
|Kylee Greene||Air Force||Beam||9.825|
|Kylee Greene||Air Force||Floor||9.825|
|Ciana Rios||Southern Connecticut||Floor||9.825|
|Emily Six||Texas Woman’s||Beam||9.825|
|Leilani Zander||Air Force||Bars||9.825|
|Madeline Gose||Texas Woman’s||Floor||9.800|
|Kiah Johnson||West Chester||Vault||9.800|
|Ayla McKean||Air Force||Floor||9.800|
|Kyla Podges||Texas Woman’s||Beam||9.800|
|Kristina Rodriguez||West Chester||Floor||9.800|
|Abby Royer||Southern Connecticut||Beam||9.800|
|Abby Royer||Southern Connecticut||Floor||9.800|
|Carolanne Van Zandt||Brown||Floor||9.800|
|Daisy Woodring||Texas Woman’s||Beam||9.800|
|Kami Zarlengo||Texas Woman’s||Vault||9.800|
|Hanna Zebdi||Southern Connecticut||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.
Air Force at Sacramento State
Brockport, Rhode Island and West Chester at Bridgeport
SEMO at Greenville
Centenary at Springfield
West Virginia at Texas Woman’s
Illinois State, Pittsburgh and Southern Connecticut at New Hampshire
Northern Illinois at Lindenwood
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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