Just one weekend between the USAG and the respective conference championships and somehow, things continue to get more and more interesting by the week. The GEC will keep anyone on their toes. SEMO lost a narrow battle with fellow-MIC competitor Illinois State. Texas Woman’s got yet another season high with another 195-plus. The top teams are looking great right now, but don’t forget to check out the bubble USAG qualifying teams. There’s only a 0.045 difference between qualifying and not qualifying to nationals as a team right now, so these last couple meets matter.
The GEC Shuffle
We were all guilty of chatting about the upset Brown pulled on Penn at the Ivy Classic, and the Golden Rams continued to hustle in silence. In a midweek meet, West Chester jumped from 7th to 5th in the USAG rankings. While the Golden Rams wouldn’t hodl onto that 5th place ranking, Brown jumped ahead of Yale. Brown’s jump puts the Brown Bears within sticking distance of Air Force now, too.
Who’s Cutting Onions?
The emotions that flowed from everyone on the floor after Riley Meeks saluted, not a dry eye for the Bull Dogs. We also said goodbye to Raegan Walker, Caitlin Henry, Aimee Titche, and Cassie Clement. Just a reminder, seniors, you can always use that Covid year at Utica. Happy trails, Class of 2023.
Go Big or Go Home
We don’t know if anyone else has noticed but SEMO’s Madison Greene is having herself a year. She was already a floor standout last season, but she’s stepped up her game on vault this year. A 9.8, approaching 9.9 is a weekly occurrence at this point. Be on the lookout for her when it comes to crowning conference and national event champions.
Top Meet of the Week
Illinois State at SEMO
Why Should You (Re)Watch? Who doesn’t want to watch a meet that comes down to the final routine to determine the victor. SEMO started the meet on a vault stick spree, and finished up absolutely slaughtering floor. However, it was not quite enough to edge out conference foe, Illinois State.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down?: After two sub-normal meets, SEMO will gladly take the 195-plus on senior night. This is a good sign for things to come, especially considering the solid score came with a fall counting on beam
Underrated Meet of the Week
Cornell, Cortland at Brockport
Why Should You (Re)Watch? There’s something about Tuttle that puts magic into floor routines. And you’ll find not only an excellent spread of variety in floor, but floor done well. The top eight scores between these Division I and Division III teams went 9.800 or better, with the top three spots going 9.900, 9.900, and 9.925. And, for once, you won’t be taking to Twitter to complain about overscoring.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down?: Brockport is slowly putting its beam lineup back together after having a less than consistent season, but the Golden Eagles are trending back up. Cortland is shining again on vault and floor, and putting it all together back on bars. With a little beam work, like Brockport, the Red Dragons will be back on track. The Big Red are looking hot and holding steady, with only bars holding them back from their full potential.
Editors’ Choice Meet of the Week
West Chester, Towson, Maryland at Temple
Why Should You (Re)Watch? The Golden Rams sneakily climbed through the rankings with some perfect pacing during this season. They notcehd the second highest score of the season, with a 194.275, which was good enough for the fifth best in program history, but the Golden Rams hit beam for the sixth best score in history and swung to the tenth best bar score in history. While everyone was busy still going “ooohhh” about Brown beating Penn at the Ivy Classic last weekend, West Chester has been putting in the work. And a clinic on how to click the pieces together at the right time.
Are These Teams Trending Up or Down?: Maryland and Temple are holding steady as the season starts to end. Towson has a few things to clean up before it can be trending up again. But West Chester may as well be the Golden Jets the way they’re shooting for the sky.
|Jordan Coleman||West Chester||Bars||9.850|
|Ciana Rios||Southern Connecticut||Floor||9.850|
|Daisy Woodring||Texas Woman’s||Floor||9.850|
|Libby Allen||Southern Connecticut||Floor||9.825|
|Brooke Ferrari||Texas Woman’s||Bars||9.825|
|Mara Johnson||Texas Woman’s||Floor||9.825|
|Steelie King||Texas Woman’s||Beam||9.825|
|McKenna Kissinger||West Chester||Floor||9.825|
|Alix Pierce||Texas Woman’s||Floor||9.825|
|Kristina Rodriguez||West Chester||Beam||9.825|
|Taylor Ann Wilson||Centenary||Bars||9.825|
|Caitlyn Allen||West Chester||Beam||9.800|
|Elena Bailey||Southern Connecticut||Vault||9.800|
|Rose Fanara||West Chester||Floor||9.800|
|Madelin Gose||Texas Woman’s||Vault||9.800|
|Maddie Griffith||Texas Woman’s||Vault||9.800|
|Maddie Griffith||Texas Woman’s||Bars||9.800|
|Jayci Jordan||Southern Connecticut||Bars||9.800|
|Lily McFarland||West Chester||Beam||9.800|
|Alexa Melanson||Southern Connecticut||Floor||9.800|
|Alix Pierce||Texas Woman’s||Beam||9.800|
|Daisy Woodring||Texas Woman’s||Beam||9.800|
|Hanna Zebdi||Southern Connecticut||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.
Maryland, Towson and West Chester at Temple
Air Force at North Carolina
Illinois State at SEMO
Cornell and Cortland at Brockport
Rose City Classic
Bridgeport and Rhode Island College at Yale
Brown, New Hampshire and Penn at Maryland
Fisk, Southern Connecticut and Ursinus at Temple
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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