Alabama defeated UGA Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 14,220 fans. Ricki Lebegern led Bama, winning the AA with a 39.35. Teammate Ashley Preiss won the UB and placed 2nd AA. Another teammate, Geralen Stack-Eaton, won the VT. For Georgia, Courtney McCool won the FX while teammate Grace Taylor won BB.
Link: Bama Release
Nebraska's Erin Davis posted the first 10.0 of the season, winning vault. Illinois' Allison Buckley won the AA with a 39.275, tying for 1st on BB with NU's Kathryn Howard. Husker Kylie Stone won UB while teammate Maria Scaffidi won FX.
Link: NU Release
Hollie Vise won UB and tied for with teammate Megan Ferguson on BB to lead the Sooners to victory. OU used a balanced attack, with no AAers and 49+ scores on each event. Krissy Voss won the AA and tied for 1st on FX with OU's Jackie Flanery.
Link: AU Release
Frosh Ashanee Dickerson won VT, FX (tied with Arkansas' Jaime Pisani) and the AA (39.475) to lead the Gators to victory. Senior teammate Maranda Smith won UB. Arkansas' Casey Jo Magee won BB.
Link: UF Release
Maryland, bolstered by frosh Ally Krikorian's 9.95 school record tying vault, rolled to a 49.125 first event tally. Terrapin Abigail Adams won FX, tied for the UB title with teammates Brandi George and Kaitlin Joseph, and won the AA with a 39.225. George also won the BB.
Link: UMD Release
SUU won the rare Thursday meet, with star Elise Wheeler posting a 38.925 in the AA. SUU's Bailey Baker and Shannon Coughlin tied for top honors on the FX while teammate Melissa Johnson won the VT. BYU senior Megan Donehue won the UB and BB to lead the Cougars.
Link: BYU Release
In his latest contribution, Tom Kovic shares the importance of persistence in the college recruiting search...
The dictionary definition of persistence is: continuing in spite of opposition; enduring, lasting or recurrent. In a nutshell, I feel strongly that a persistent effort in every aspect of the college search for athletes will, in the end, give prospects and their families the greatest chance at success.
The first rankings of the season have been published (by high score) at Troester.com. UCLA leads the team rankings, with OU second.
Elyse Hopfner Hibbs of UCLA leads the AA rankings.
Link: Troester GymInfo
CMU defeated host Illinois State by a narrow margin, overcoming the Redbirds first half lead. CMU's Katie Simon won the AA (38.575), VT and tied for titles on the BB (with Illinois State's Hannah Deutsch) and FX (with teammate Kristin Teubner). Illinois State's Erica Shick won the UB and took 2nd in the AA.
Link: Illinois State Release
Natalie Blum, a NIU senior, won the AA and two individual events in her debut as an AAer. She captured titles on VT and FX en route to a 38.45 AA win. Teammate Ashley Guerra led a NIU sweep on UB, while Huskie Jessica Watanabe won BB with a meet-high 9.775.
Link: NIU Release
Thomasina Wallace won the UB, VT (tie with teammate Lily Swann) and AA with a 38.7 to lead San Jose State. Katie Yamamura, a frosh, won the FX for the 2nd place UC Davis squad. Another frosh, Cami Casimere of CSUF, won the BB.
Link: UC Davis Release
WMU's Kristine Garbarino posted a 38.55 to win the AA and lead the Broncos to victory. She also posted victories on the BB and a tied for the title on FX with Ball State's Brittany Emmons. Teammate Meghan Donovon tied for the UB title with Ball State's Katelyn Busacker. For Ball State, Brittany Emmons also tied for the vault title with teammate Nicole Allen.
Link: Ball State Release