Michigan vs Illinois, 197.350 to 195.100
In just the third week of the season, Michigan, a team who fought to get out of the 195-range all last season, has not only surpassed 197, but has also earned the top score of any team competing this week.
Michigan saw the return of Natalie Beilstein on vault for the first time this season (and since her Achilles injury on floor last year). She vaulted a huge, powerful Yurchenko 1.5, though it was a bit messy throughout. Joanna Sampson and Katie Zurales both threw wonderful FTYs; Zurales stuck hers while Sampson had a tiny step, though I’d say despite the step, Sampson’s was a little tighter. First up in the lineup on bars was Zurales, who looked awesome on her full pirouette to Deltchev and stuck her double layout off. Unfortunately Lindsay Williams got a bit lost in her routine after coming in too close on her Jaeger and going into a dead hang on her kip cast, but the rest of the routines were good with my personal favorite being that of Brittnee Martinez, who competed a full to huge tkatchev and stuck her double layout. There were no jaw-dropping standouts on beam, but the session was super solid with only minor issues; I did like Shelby Gies with her one-armed backhandspring to layout-stepout, and again, Zurales was impressive, this time on her side aerial to back handspring, lovely sheep jump, and stuck double full off. Floor was fantastic for the Wolverines, with one huge routine after another. Reema Zakharia runs right into her double front, which is awesome, though landed a bit crouched. Sachi Sugiyama, who had a very steady day, danced her heart out, and Sampson opened with a huge stuck double layout (her first time competing this pass, I’m fairly certain?) while finishing with a solid stuck double pike.
Beginning on bars, the Illini were a little lacking in terms of form, but did have some solid routines, including from Jaclyn Kantecki (who nailed her Deltchev to overshoot and full-out dismount), Sunny Kato (I love her piked jaeger and pak salto), and their shining all-arounder Alina Weinstein (who was a bit low on her tkatchev, but sailed through her pak salto and had just a step on her double front dismount). Vault was similar to bars, in terms of having the skills but needing to refine them in order to keep the deductions away. Floor was a miss as a whole for the team, who saw two falls (from Kantecki and Kelsi Eberly) but one fierce routine from Weinstein, which featured a solid double tuck. But despite the issues here, the Illini really pulled together to rally for awesome beam performances. I was really impressed…they didn’t count a single score below 9.825 and actually beat Michigan on this event by just 0.05! Kato was especially fantastic, as her lines are gorgeous; even when she missed a connection early on, she was able to come back and fix it in the end, earning the top score for her team and tying for the title. I also enjoyed Giana O’Connor’s gorgeous press handstand to planche mount.
Zurales won the all-around with a huge 39.575, in addition to taking the bars title with a 9.925 and sharing the beam title with Gies and Kato with 9.875s. Sampson won both the vault title (9.925) and the floor title (9.95) while also coming in second in the all-around with a 39.55, less than a tenth behind her teammate.
Oklahoma vs Denver, 197.325 to 195.850
The Sooners scored their highest team score of the year this week and their highest home opener score in the program’s history in their meet against Denver! It was a super strong meet for Oklahoma, who went 49.275 or higher on each event, building on each as the night went on. Taylor Spears continues to prove her strong leadership and consistency even in the absence of teammate Kayla Nowak, while freshmen Haley Scaman and Keeley Kmieciak look like they’re settling in a bit more each time they head to the competition floor.
We should note that Oklahoma not only had no falls all night, but their lowest score to count across all four events was a 9.825! They were incredibly solid starting right away on vault, where rebounded landings seemed to be the biggest problem. Brie Olson had a great FTY with a hop back while Taylor Spears looked fantastic on her FTY. Moving to bars, I loved Erica Brewer’s routine with her nice tkatchev, bail, and double layout (with a step) as well as Kmieciak’s, who looked so much stronger than she did a week ago (where even then, only minor form issues were a problem); she competed a big Ray, a bail, and a fantastic stuck full-in dismount. Lauren Alexander continues to amaze me on beam with her beautiful routine that showcases her lines through dance rather than her tumbling; though one of her leaps wasn’t exactly at 180, she had a lovely front aerial to back tuck, an awesome flex hold (kind of in a switch ring position, but standing on one leg), and a good piked Gainer off. Spears was also impressive, with an awesome Onodi to Korbut, nice front aerial, and Gainer full off. On floor, we got to see Lara Albright’s great choreography in addition to a fierce routine from Scaman, who competed a stuck double layout, 1.5 to back layout-stepout, and a solid double back.
Denver started the meet with a fall from Katie Menhinick, though Simona Castro picked things up quickly with her lovely jaeger, even if her form was off a bit for the rest of the routine. I was most impressed with Moriah Martin, both here and on vault. On bars, she had a very nice Gienger and then went immediately into her bail, and she stuck her full-in despite it looking a bit off in the air. Her vault was a pretty strong FTY; Kaitlin Moorhead and Melodie Pulgarin Linero also competed good FTYs with Linero sticking hers, though she did receive deductions from her chest being low on the landing. On floor, Jorie Hall had such a great double pike, but Nina McGee was the star of the night for Denver with her big double layout, front full to front layout, cool Shushunova full, and a solid double pike to finish. I didn’t get to see the team compete beam, but apparently someone stepped off the end of the beam by mistake? They had a mostly successful competition here, likely with form issues being their major problem.
Spears won the all-around with a 39.55, beam with a 9.925, and split the vault title with Martin with 9.9s; in addition, Kmieciak won bars with a 9.9 and Scaman won floor with a 9.925.
Florida vs Missouri, 197.300 to 194.625
This was an incredibly strong meet for the Gators, who continue to impress with very few problems week after week, though this week was special because we saw the first Perfect 10 of the season from junior Mackenzie Caquatto, who hit a solid routine to cap off an exemplary bar rotation for Florida, currently the best in the nation on this event.
The Gators began on vault, with a steady FTY from Jamie Shisler, who continues to prove her strength as the lead-off athlete each week. Kiersten Wang competed an FTY with a step back, Caquatto’s FTY had a hop, and Marissa King’s Tsuk 1.5 was powerful; the strongest vaults belonged to Kytra Hunter and Ashanee Dickerson, though. Hunter threw a huge Yurchenko 1.5 with just a hop forward on the landing, but Dickerson’s FTY was near-perfect, earning a 10.0 from one judge (though leg separation on the entry likely led to “just” a 9.975). Bars was incredibly strong; though Bridget Sloan fell on her Church, she finished strongly with clean handstands and just a small step on her double layout. Kytra Hunter had a huge Hindorff and a stuck full-out, Alaina Johnson got lots of height on her Ray and stuck her double layout, and Caquatto performed a gorgeous pak salto, shaposh, and stuck full-in for the first perfect 10 of her career. On beam, Randy Stageberg got things started with a gorgeous planche mount; though Johnson had issues with a check on her front aerial and then on her side aerial into her full twist off, the rest of the rotation went smoothly (Sloan especially looked fantastic, coming back super strong after her fall on bars; I loved her flight series and stuck double full best). On floor, Stageberg had trouble on a couple of landings, but we saw mostly fantastic routines, including Sloan’s first performance with lots of really fun choreo at the beginning and tumbling passes that included a front handspring to front double full, a nice double pike (landed with bent knees), and a 1.5 to punch front layout (a bit short on the landing). Johnson looked incredible here; her double arabian was a bit cowboyed and she had to step forward, but her 1.5 to punch front layout and stuck double pike were fantastic, as was Dickerson’s show-stopping routine in which she nailed her double arabian and double pike, finishing with a trademark Gator chomp to huge applause.
Missouri actually had a pretty strong meet, despite some issues on beam in their final rotation. Miranda Eubank has an awesome bars set (including a hop change to piked jaeger to bail and blind to double front dismount); teammate Rachel Updike was short on a few handstands throughout, but had a great hecht and stuck her full-in dismount. Vault was the strongest for the Tigers, where we saw a handspring front pike among a variety of Yurchenkos, including Updike’s incredible stuck FTY. Only five athletes competed on floor, so their total there was probably a little less than it could have been; Katelyn Trevino had a beautiful switch-side to pops leap series and a huge double pike, while Tori Howard opened with a big double back and hit a great whip half to Rudi to music from Hairspray. The Tigers did see a fall on beam from Taylor Medrea on her flight series and big balance checks from Updike on her sheep jump and full turn, though Howard had a relatively strong routine, complete with nice front aerial to two feet.
Dickerson won the all-around with a 39.575, vault with a 9.975, and floor with a 9.9, while Caquatto took the bars title with a 10.0 and Sloan took the beam title with a 9.9.
Georgia vs Stanford, 197.000 to 195.400
I realized halfway through this meet that there was a little Canadian Olympian reunion with Brittany Rogers competing for Georgia and Kristina Vaculik competing for Stanford! This was a crazy meet with both teams having superb moments one minute and disastrous moments the next, though Georgia still pulled out a huge win while Stanford was forced to count big mistakes or falls on bars, beam, and floor.
I was most impressed with freshman Brandie Jay, who just gets better as she gets more confident with each meet. She had a huge Yurchenko 1.5 and a strong floor routine, and competing on bars for the first time in her collegiate career, she earned a 9.9 to share the title with Chelsea Davis. Jay’s last pass on floor, a double tuck, has always been a bit tricky; it was underrotated in the first two meets but now she goes in with a bit too much power, stumbling it back a little today. But really, that was her biggest problem on three events and I’m sure it’s something she’ll be able to speedily fix.
The Gym Dogs had their best vault rotation of the year; even lead-off Davis was strong and confident with her FTY and I loved seeing Rogers stick her Yurchenko 1.5. I also loved their confidence on bars; there were a few handstands that weren’t held or that went over a bit, but in addition to Jay’s routine (which sadly doesn’t feature her Markelov or Khorkina!), I loved watching Rogers’ lovely Ricna, Davis’ huge tkatchev, and Cheek’s stuck double layout. Beam is where the team struggled quite a bit, as Christa Tanella got lost throughout her routine, at first taking a huge check on her front aerial and missing the connection to the back handspring, and then falling on her side somi. Then Sarah Persinger had a rather wobbly routine, including a moment where she fought like heck to stay on but still took quite a heavy hit in deductions, which was followed by a beautiful routine from Rogers, though her flight series wasn’t credited, which is becoming something of a problem for the team. But Cheek as the lead-off was incredibly solid, featuring an incredible bhs-bhs-loso in her flight series and a stuck gainerfull off, and Shayla Worley was so floaty and pretty in her routine it was hard to watch for form breaks – she just performed it so beautifully. Georgia finished strong on floor, with Worley’s double pike and front layout to rudi both incredibly solid (though her legs on her double full were helicopter territory…yikes!) and Earls nailing a huge double pike and double tuck. My only gripe here was Tanella going out of bounds on her 1.5 to whip half to stag; her whip half looked to be heading completely out of bounds but she pulled herself in at the last second…but her right foot was still out, yet no flag went out and she wasn’t deducted. It was probably her strongest floor routine in recent memory, but the judges’ willingness to ignore such a clear deduction left a bad taste in my mouth.
With Stanford, we were supposed to see this year’s all-around debut of Ivana Hong, though unfortunately she was scratched thirty minutes prior to the competition after falling on her bars dismount in warmups (she’s fine, according to team reps). Stanford was forced to put in alternate routines at the last minute, which is probably what messed with their composure a bit. They actually started out okay on bars; despite a fall from Nicole Dayton on her Tkatchev early on (she stuck it, though!), they were relatively strong. It looks like they’ve been to a handstand clinic since I last saw them, and I was especially impressed with Sam Shapiro looking remarkably clean. Amanda Spinner, known for her beam prowess, competed on bars for the first time, and in the anchor position at that – my guess was so she’d pick up on the confidence of those weho went before her, kind of like Gabby Douglas on beam at 2011 Worlds? But aside from a few form issues to clean up, she did a great job. Dayton came back from her bars fall with an awesome stick on her Yurchenko half on vault, which was the highlight of their rotation here. On floor, they started out rough, with Shona Morgan becoming a bit rattled and stumbling sideways on her 1.5 to front layout; Taylor Rice’s fall was most heartbreaking, however, as she opened with an awesome double pike but then fell out of her double turn! The rest of their routines were pretty sharp, however; I loved Pauline Hanset’s 2.5 to punch front, Ashley Morgan’s double tuck, and Melissa Chuang’s 1.5 to front layout best. Shona Morgan came back great in the lead-off position on beam, with a packed routine that included a front aerial to split jump, solid flight series, lovely side aerial and side somi, ending with a stuck double full; her connection on the front aerial to split jump unfortunately had a pause, causing the connection to not be credited, which was too bad. Spinner was crisp and lovely, especially on her flight series, gainer layout, and double full dismount, and I loved seeing Rice come back from her floor mistake with a great beam that ended with a stuck gainer full.
Ashley Morgan won the all-around title with a 39.225, Cheek and Dayton shared the vault title with 9.925s, Jay and Davis shared the bars title with 9.9s, Spinner took the beam title with a 9.925, and Earls and Worley shared the floor title with 9.9s.
Utah (196.950), Oregon State (195.950), West Virginia (192.125), Southern Utah (191.050)
Though Oregon State came into the quad meet hosted by Utah as the lowest-ranked among these four teams, they managed to put together a performance that far-outshone their first two weeks in the 2013 season. The Red Rocks also came miles from their debut at UCLA in week two, besting their first score by nearly two full points after a solid night with no falls. We also saw a few strong routines fem West Virginia and Southern Utah, though both teams had meltdowns on beam, with WVU counting three sub-9.3 scores and SUU counting an 8.65.
The Utes started out strong on vault, with Tory Wilson perfectly sticking her giant FTY as the team’s anchor; highlights also included Georgia Dabritz looking fantastic with just a small hop on her FTY and Corrie Lothrop competing a solid Yurchenko half-on, front pike off with a little hop forward. Bars were a little shakier, though they were miles ahead of their multiple falls just a week ago at UCLA! Their biggest problem seems to be Tkatchevs, most of which are super low and/or close to the bar, making them awkward to catch. I loved Hailee Hansen’s slooooow blind swing before her straddle jaeger; she also looked great on her pak salto and stuck full-in dismount. Lothrop’s clean routine complete with piked jaeger and a tiny hop on her double layout was also a highlight, as was Dabritz’s routine, which featured her trademark Comaneci salto, straddle jaeger, and great full-in. Wilson, the lead-off athlete on beam, started off with a bang, looking like a changed athlete from the tentative beam-worker we saw last week; her bhs-bhs-loso series was solid, as was her 1.5 off. Freshman Breanna Hughes also had a solid flight series and a great double full, while Dabritz was once again a standout, also hitting a great double full, though her side aerial was a favorite of mine…that, and the fact that she performs her routine to John Mayer’s “Why, Georgia, Why!” Has to be a bit funny to hear that cry of exasperation if she falls! Lothrop, usually great here, was very wobbly throughout her entire routine, pausing and checking after many of her skills, though she came back as one of the best on floor, coming down from the sky on her tucked full-in opening pass and closing with an awesome double pike. Nansy Damianova was a standout early in the lineup, with a big double back and lovely 1.5 to punch front layout, while Dabritz finished things off with fireworks, earning big applause especially on her great triple full.
Oregon State got an unfortunately rough start on bars, as Melanie Jones fell on her Gienger followed by Stephanie McGregor landing her double layout to her knees. Brittany Harris was a nice surprise, competing a lovely toe-on shaposh and beautifully stuck double layout, while Makayla Stambaugh anchored the event, performing a great piked jaeger and stuck full-in dismount, earning a 9.9 to share the title with Dabritz. Though the event score they recorded left much to be desired, the Beavers came back immediately on beam, with only one rough patch as lead-off athlete Cerise Witherby fell on her flight series; Witherby also includes a skill in her low-to-beam choreo that looks like she’s about to climb off the beam…definitely a weird transition! I loved some of their dismounts, like Jones’ great full twist off, and Harris’ cool back handspring to one-armed back handspring to gainer full. On floor, Jones and Stambaugh were solid throughout, but I most enjoyed Kelsi Blalock’s handspring Rudi to back layout-stepout and her lovely 2.5; I also thought Harris’ double pike was excellent. The Beavers finished on vault with one strong hit after another, particularly with Blalock’s slightly piked but stuck FTY and Stambaugh’s super clean FTY; transfer Haley Gaspar is a specialist here, but as the competitor with the very last routine after a very long night, she looked to be full of nerves as she went for her FTY, and sadly looked disoriented in the air as well as on her landing.
Dabritz nearly swept the podium, taking first in the all-around with a 39.525, winning the bars title with a 9.9 (along with Oregon State’s Stambaugh), winning the beam title with a 9.9, and sharing the floor title along with Damianova, Lothrop, Jones and Stambaugh with 9.875s; Wilson took the vault title with a 9.95.
Nebraska vs Michigan State, 196.700 to 192.100
In a no-contest meet hosted by Nebraska, the Huskers easily defeated visiting Michigan State, who fell victim to rough beam and floor rotations. While Nebraska isn’t quite at the level of other top ten teams this year (many of whom have already breached that big 197 team score), their performances showed incredible consistency, with not one fall throughout the entire night. Their biggest focus in the coming weeks needs to be on form, as that’s where they’re taking the majority of their deductions at the moment. But for the most part, they look good, with bars an especially strong standout for this team of mostly all-arounders.
Things started off pretty slowly on vault, where they competed with just five athletes; Jamie Schleppenbach was notably missing from this competition, though I’m unsure whether she’s injured or not. It seems that with the addition of Schleppenbach, their overall score would have possibly been a bit higher. I wasn’t able to watch every routine, but most of what I did see was great. Even with just five vaults, the Huskers scored a respectable 49.05. Jessie DeZiel’s beautifully stuck FTY was the highlight for me, though I’m sure I must have missed some form issues, as she earned only a 9.85 (it would have been at least a 9.95 in the SEC! Nebraska’s judges were remarkably conservative this Saturday night). Emily Wong was also spectacular here, as was Janelle Giblin. Bars was incredible for the team, and was where they really stood out on Saturday, with the five scores to count all 9.85 and above; sadly, I missed Wong’s routine, though I’ve heard it was incredible, earning her a career-best 9.95. They did have form issues on beam, though Wong was again an insanely strong competitor and Jennifer Lauer also standing out; Lauer’s sister Amanda performed an exhibition routine following the rotation and it looked like she’ll included in more lineups once she gets more experience and is able to get her nerves under control. The first few floor routines were a bit lacking, with Janelle Giblin looking a little off and landing all of her passes somewhat low. Freshman Hollie Blanske looked awesome, however, nailing a great double pike at the start of her routine and earning the top score on this event. She didn’t have quite the explosive start to her NCAA career that DeZiel had last year, but she’s that kind of sneaky-good and is for sure one to watch as the season goes on. DeZiel had a small bounce on her double pike but hit a great 2.5 to punch front, and though Wong’s triple wasn’t the greatest (it was more like a 2.75, with that last quarter totally snuck the rest of the way around), her Rudi was wonderful and the rest of her routine was solid.
Lisa Burt was the shining point from Michigan State. I saw this freshman compete several times as a level 10 and always enjoyed her performances; in the meet against Nebraska, she looked confident and strong despite her youth, performing exceptionally well on bars and beam. I also enjoyed watching Alina Cartwirght on vault and Nicola Deans on bars and floor. As a whole, the team seemed to lack confidence, counting two falls each on bars, beam, and floor; whereas Nebraska needs to work on fixing and refining, Michigan State is still in the “need to figure out how to stay on the apparatus” stage of the game. They do have some core athletes with a lot of potential, however, so it would be great to see them gain more strength on the competition floor.
Nebraska swept the all-around podium, with Wong taking the top score of the meet and in the nation this weekend with her huge 39.65! Wong also won the event titles on vault with her 9.9, bars with her 9.95, and beam with her 9.925; Blanske took the floor title with a solid 9.9.
Alabama vs LSU, 196.575 to 195.525
Alabama put on a great show for the fans at home this week, winning the meet by just over a point in this big SEC contest against LSU, who had nice vault and floor rotations sandwiched between rough bars and beam rotations, counting a fall in both. Bama was as steady as you could expect, minus a few blips on floor, though in general they were strong considering it was only their second meet of the season.
Vault was stupendous for the Crimson Tide, with no big problems; vaults that had tiny form issues ended up stuck, while vaults with hops were near-perfect in the air. Up second in the lineup, Kaitlyn Clark performed one of her best vaults yet, hitting her FTY with maybe only a shuffle. Kayla Williams was incredible with her stuck FTY (which also got TONS of power) while Diandra Milliner’s Yurchenko 1.5 was huge and clean with just a hop forward as she landed. There was also lots to love on bars; Becca Alexin is still recovering from injury and in a knee brace but she showcased a good double tuck with just a shuffle, Ashley sledge stuck a big double layout, Ashley Priess was lovely on her Tkatchev to pak salto (as always), and Sarah DeMeo’s Jaeger and full-twisting double layout were both excellent. Though it was just an exhibition team, I literally screamed with delight when I saw Williams on bars. Her form when I last saw her on the event as a level 10 was getting stronger under the direction of Mary Lee Tracy (compared to her elite form) but now she’s like a changed athlete on this event. I hope she gets to compete it for real eventually, if only just to show her insane improvement. There were some issues with form on beam, but dismounts mostly looked great…especially Marissa Gutierrez and Priess on their stuck Gainer fulls; I also loved Priess’ front aerial to Korbut and Kim Jacob’s flight series (bhs-loso-loso). I don’t think anyone thought the problems would come in the second half of the floor lineup after such a strong night, but sadly, that’s where we saw falls from both Gutierrez and Sledge, with Sledge’s fall happening as the final skill of the meet…truly a bummer, because it was going so well up to that point, with a stuck double back and stuck double pike. DeMeo’s entire routine was stellar (especially the double pike and 1.5 to punch front) and Brooke Parker continues to improve here (looking solid on her double pike to finish her routine), but Jacob was the best in my opinion, with a great full-in pike, 1.5 to front full, and front full to front layout.
Starting out on bars, LSU had two falls – first with Randii Wyrick (again on her Tkatchev) and then, shockingly, from Rheagan Courville, who is normally so clean and confident on this event. There were some strong moments, though; Jessie Jordan looked pretty good on her jaeger and double layout, Jessica Savona (going up for the first time) was a little messy but caught her tkatchev and hit her double layout, and Sarie Morrison continues to be their star here, hitting a great piked jaeger, bail to Ray, and a stuck full-in as the anchor. Vault was the team’s best, despite Lloimincia Hall surprisingly sitting her vault. Kaleigh Dickson and Savona both stuck great FTYs in the early part of the lineup, however, and anchor Courville had a huge FTY with a small hop back. Floor was also strong for the Tigers, with Savona, Hall, and Courville the team’s standouts once again. Savona’s 1.5 through to double back was great (as were her tucked full-in and double pike), Courville impressed with her HUGE stuck double arabian to start (though her double pike was a bit underrotated in her last pass), and Hall was the show-stopper as usual, nailing her double layout, 1.5 to punch front, getting wild applause on her drop seat (of all things!), and sticking her double back cold. They came to have problems on beam early on, however, as both Dickson and Savona had falls and Hall had a small stumble on her flight series, missing her foot as she landed. Courville was excellent, however, nailing her standing arabian and flight series one after the other, showing off a lovely front aerial to split jump, and sticking her piked Gainer off; Jordan also looked great, wobbling a bit on her front aerial at first but getting it back together quickly and looking solid on her flight series, side somi, and stuck full twist off.
Jacob won the all-around with a solid 39.375, also taking the floor title with a 9.9 along with Hall and DeMeo; Williams and Milliner won vault with 9.925s, Morrison won bars with a 9.925, and Courville won beam with a 9.9.
Kentucky vs Arkansas, 195.500 to 193.075
This meet was a bit of a shocker, as no one really expected No. 14 Kentucky to defeat No. 9 Arkansas, especially by such a wide margin. Despite a strong home opener, Arkansas was without all-arounder Katherine Grable when they faced Kentucky, forced to rely on alternate routines and only five vaults. While their attempt to keep it together was mostly successful, floor was a bit of a disaster for the Razorbacks, who counted three sub-9.5 scores into their total.
Amy Borsellino gets special recognition for stepping up in Grable’s absence, competing in the all-around mainly as a lead-off athlete and getting the strong starting scores needed to get the team going, even if the rest of the team didn’t quite fall in line. Unfortunately, though she didn’t fall on floor, she had problems and went out of bounds, earning only a 9.45 on the event. Freshman Sydnie Dillard again proved to be a strong asset to the Razorbacks, competing solid beam and floor routines; additionally, Heather Elswick was a great asset on vault while Shelby Salmon put in a strong bar routine, both standing out on an otherwise weak night.
Kentucky competed their hearts out for this home meet, earning one of the top twenty scores in the nation this week with their 195.500. Audrey Harrison was the show-stopper, competing a solid vault, showing off fabulous beam and floor routines, and anchoring bars with a big 9.9. Freshman Marissa Beucler, who graduated high school early and joined the team only a few weeks ago, made her debut on beam, earning the title with a 9.825! She should be a great asset for the team, which also saw great work from Holly Cunningham on vault, Kayla Hartley on bars, and Kenzie Hedges on floor.
Harrison took the all-around title with a 39.275, the bars title with a 9.9, and the floor title with a 9.85; meanwhile, Cunningham and Elswick shared the vault title with 9.825s while Beucler, Dillard, and Mitchell shared the beam title with 9.825s.
Article by Lauren Hopkins
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