It's the final week of the season, with just the Conference Championships remaining. Just 38 teams remain in the running for one of 36 seeds at the Regional Meets. An intense race is also under way for one of the Top 18 seeds, which will determine the composition of the Regional fields.
In a rare Wedneday meet, Maryland posted a 195.8 to score a win over UNH (195.275), Temple (194.9), West Chester (193.225) and W&M (191.05). Alecia Farina led the way for the Terrapins, winning the AA with a 39.275. Temple's Sahara Gipson won VT, while UNH's Danielle Mulligan won the UB. Wildcat Casey Lauter won the BB. Seven gymnasts tied for the FX title.
The Women's Rankings for the Week of February 20th switch to the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), the formula by which Regional post-season qualification is determined. It is calculated by taking the team's top three Away meet scores, the three highest other scores, tossing out the highest, and averaging the remaining five. OU still holds the lead.
Cal shrugged off a series of injuries (Cassidy Keelen, Toni-Ann Williams, Dana Ho) to defeat the visitors from Oregon State. Bear Ariana Robinson tied for the VT and FX titles to lead her squad. Teammate Alicia Gallarzo won UB while Zoe Draghi tied for the FX title. For Oregon State, Madeline Gardiner won BB and Dani Dessaints tied for the VT title.
Two months have passed and things have shaped up for an exciting stretch run to Regionals and Nationals. With the switch in the rankings by Regional Qualifying Score, some clear trends have emerged. Here's a recap:
Hamline won its home opener, posting a 183.1 to down UW Eau Claire's 181.8. Frosh Lydia Ingram won the BB while classmate Caitlin Cooper won the VT for the Pipers.
Host WVU upset DU to win a quad meet on Sunday. They posted a 196.3 to edge DU's 195.9. Towson posted a season-best 194.775 while Temple broke the school record with a 193.625. For WVU, Tiara Wright and Alexa Goldberg shared the UB title with DU's Sam Ogden and Julia Ross. Teammate Kirah Koshinski tied for the FX title with DU's Nikole Addison. DU's Ross also won the BB and the AA (39.4). Frosh teammate Maddie Karr won VT but struggled on BB.
Link: WVU Release