It was another big competition this week for UCLA, who won with a 197.750, although resting some of their best gymnasts. The Bruins’ opponent, California, also had their best meet of the season by far, posting an impressive 197.225. Michigan and Washington also impressed for breaking into the 197 range, a 197.250 for the Wolverines and a 197.000 for the Huskies.
What a competition it was for UCLA and California! The Bruins rested their best athletes, with Kyla Ross and Peng-Peng Lee competing only on bars, and 10.0-floor gymnasts Katelyn Ohashi and Felicia Hano not competing there, and still posted a huge 197.750. This shows how much depth, talent and potential UCLA has this year, they are definitely one of the favourites for this year’s national title! The Bruins started off on bars, where Kyla Ross and Peng-Peng Lee posted two huge 9.950s and Nia Dennis a career-high 9.900. UCLA kept impressing on vault, where Pua Hall stuck her second Yurchenko one-and-a-half in a row for a 9.950, followed by Felicia Hano’s 9.900 for the same vault, and another 9.900 by Pauline Tratz for a very high FTY. Pua Hall went on to have another great routine on floor, winning the event with a 9.900. All other counting scores for the Bruins were solidly in the 9.8s. Finally, UCLA had another outstanding beam rotation, with Grace Glenn and Katelyn Ohashi posting big 9.950s and Madison Kocian a 9.925. Cal also had an outstanding competition. The Golden Bears moved from scores in the 195s to a huge 197.225 this week. Cal started off very strong on vault – Toni-Ann Williams scored a 9.925 and Kyana George a 9.900 and all other gymnasts scored in the 9.8s. Also on bars, all scores were solidly in the 9.8s and Alma Kuc, who was a member of the Polish national team, posted their highest score, a 9.900. Again on beam, the lowest score was a 9.825, and Cal had two scores in the 9.9s – Toni-Ann Williams’ 9.925 and Sofie Seilnacht’s 9.900. Cal scored a 49.350, tying their best ever score on this apparatus. Floor was the only apparatus where the Golden Bears had to count a 9.775, but the other scores were very solid, and Williams tied the best score of the day, a 9.900. Williams also won the all around with a big 39.600.
Michigan lost one of their best gymnast to injury last week, Olivia Karas, but they did not seem affected by it this week. The Wolverines posted a big 197.250 to win over Michigan State (194.950). Michigan had a big first rotation on vault, where the lowest counting score was a 9.825, and freshman Syd Townsend won the event with a 9.900. On bars, Brianna Brown and Polina Shchennikova won the event with two 9.875s, but this was a weaker event for the Wolverines, who had to count two scores in the 9.7s. Beam, however, was an outstanding apparatus for Michigan. The lowest counting score was a 9.825, and freshman Lauren Farley and Polina Shchennikova won the event with huge 9.925s. Floor was also excellent. The lowest counting score was Syd Townsend’s 9.850 in her floor debut routine. Emma McLean won the event with a huge 9.950, followed by Lexi Funk’s 9.900. Michigan State had a great rotation on bars, where four scores were in the 9.8s, including Hailee Westney’s 9.875. Michigan’s Brianna Brown won the all around with a 39.400.
Washington finally came out of its shell and showed its potential, scoring a huge 197.000 against Oregon State, which also had a solid meet for a 196.500. The Huskies started a bit slow on vault and bars, but gained speed on the final two apparatuses. On vault, the best scores were four 9.825s, which are good scores but not excellent ones. On bars, most scores were also in the mid-9.8s, but Monica Riley impressed with a 9.900. Beam, however, was a fantastic rotation for Washington. Hailey Burleson won the event with a 9.925, and Joslyn Goings and Madison Copiak followed with two 9.900s. Things went even better on floor, where three gymnasts scored 9.900s – Evanni Roberson, Hailey Burleson and Maya Washington. Oregon State, on the contrary, started off very well on bars and vault, but were unprecise on floor and beam. On bars, all scores were in the 9.8s, and so were they on vault, with Lena Greene winning the event with a 9.900. On floor, McKenna Singley won the event with a big 9.925, but the Beavers had to count a score in the 9.7s. Oregon State faced problems also on beam, where they had to count a 9.6oo. Dani Dessaints and Maela Lazaro, however, impressed with two 9.900s. Washington’s Hailey Burleson won the all around with a 39.450.
Denver also had an outstanding meet, scoring a 196.725, ahead of George Washington (195.950) and West Virginia (194.925). Denver started strong on vault, where Maddie Karr posted a 9.925 and Nikole Addison a 9.900. Bars was also a very solid rotation for them, with all scores in the 9.8s and Emily Glynn scoring a 9.900. Denver, however, lost a few tenths on beam, where they counted two 9.875s but also a 9.675. They finished fairly strong on floor, where Maddie Karr and Nikole Addison posted two 9.925s. The main problem with Denver is that they are competing the leg events, vault and floor, with five gymnasts, so they have no margin of error. George Washington had excellent rotations on vault and beam, with Camille Drouin-Allaire impressing with a 9.900 on vault, and West Virginia had a fantastic rotation on vault, scoring over 49 and with Kirah Koshinski scoring a 9.900.
It was a disappointing meet on the road for Nebraska, who won against Iowa 195.675-194.900. Nebraska had a very good rotation on bars, where the lowest counting score was a 9.800, and Sienna Crouse impressed with a 9.925. In the other apparatuses, however, Nebraska failed to score consistently in the 9.8s, and on beam they had to count a 9.575. Still, Danielle Breen impressed on beam with a 9.900, and Grace Williams and Sierra Hassel impressed on floor with two 9.875s. Iowa, instead, had a very good rotation on beam, with three scores in the 9.8s, including Nikki Youd’s 9.875.
Host New Hampshire won against Towson 195.775-193.975. New Hampshire had a very solid competition overall, with a lot of solid scores in the 9.8s on all apparatuses and even a couple of 9.9s. Nicole O’Leary posted a 9.900 on vault and Lauren Diggan a 9.900 on beam. New Hampshire’s best apparatus was floor, where four scores were 9.825 or better, and Danielle Doolin topped the rotation with a 9.875.
Air Force won against Seattle Pacific with an impressive 194.275 to a 189.250. Air Force had very solid rotations especially on bars and beam. On bars, Anna Salamone and Mariana Murphy impressed with two 9.850s, and on beam Analise Howard posted a big 9.875.
Yale won the Don Tonry Invitational with a 194.275, ahead of Bridgeport (194.225), Southern Connecticut (191.825) and Springfield College (186.000). Yale impressed on beam, where Jacey Baldovino posted a 9.925 and Jade Buford a 9.875. Bridgeport instead impressed on bars, with solid scores in the 9.7s and Kelli Tereshko posting a big 9.850.
UW-Oshkosh won against Gustavus 183.425-179.875. Oshkosh’s Amanda McBrayer won the all around with a 36.850.
Article by Talitha Ilacqua