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Shannon Mitchell, L10 at Hills in Maryland, has committed to Kentucky for next season. In 2010, Mitchell won beam at the Maryland Classic, finished 2nd AA at the Tim Rand Invitational and placed 1st AA (1st V/FX) at her state meet. She finished off her season with a 10th place finish at regionals.
In action Sunday, BGSU defeated UIC. BGSU's Dawn Christman led BGSU with a win on the FX and in the AA. Teammate Danielle Wishart won VT while teammate Sunny Marchand won UB. BGSU's Monica Eaton tied with Erin Duggan on BB.
Link: BGSU Release
After one weekend of action, Florida tops the National rankings for the women. With most teams in action already, the rankings are shuffled from the Preseason rankings, and a number of new teams are in the Top 25. Florida also leads the teams on FX, and is tied for first on BB with Stanford. Utah leads vault while Washington holds the top spot on UB.
Individually, Florida's Ashanee Dickerson is the top AAer. She is also tied with Bama's Sarah DeMeo for the top BB spot, and with Utah's Kyndal Robarts and WVU frosh Hope Sloanhoffer for the top VT spot. Gator teammate Alaina Johnson leads the UB. On FX, Kentucky's Andrea Mitchell holds the top spot.
Stanford opened in a big way, posting the nation's highest road total of the weekend, winning the Pac-10 showcase with a 196.625. The Cardinal were strong on all four events, starting off with VT but really distancing themselves from the field on BB. UCLA was second with a 195.925, after troubles on the BB. A strong FX rotation closed out the day for them. Oregon State was third with a 195.375, with some problems staying in bounds on FX. Fourth with Arizona, which overcame an early counting fall on UB with strong vaults to edge Washington, 193.825 to 193.675. The Huskies struggled with nerves on FX, their first event. ASU started off strong but encountered problems on UB and BB to edge out Cal, 191.85 to 191.675. After some problems on UB, Cal remained steady.
Individually, UCLA's Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs posted a 39.55 to win the AA. She also captured the BB and FX titles with matching 9.95s. Olivia Vivian of Oregon State hit her UB to also post 9.95. Four gymnasts tied for 1st on VT with 9.875s: Shelley Alexander and Alyssa Brown of Stanford, Deanna Graham of Arizona and Brittani McCullough of UCLA.
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Senior Marcy Miller won the AA with a 38.775 to pace UC Davis to the win on Sunday afternoon. Teammate Erica Van Dyke won FX to lead an Aggie 1-2-3 sweep on the event. Katie Merritt won the VT for SJ State, while fellow Spartan Thomasina Wallace won the UB. Alaska's Kaelei Spoor won the BB.
Link: UC Davis Release
Kent State opened with a big win, posting a 194.775 over visiting Maryland. Frosh Marie Case led Kent State, winning the AA (39.075), FX and BB. Teammate Lindsay Runyan won the UB for Kent State. Frosh Katy Dodds won the VT for Maryland.
Link: Kent State Release
Yale defeated Springfield, led by Stephanie Goldstein's win in the AA. Teammates Lindsay Andsager won UB and Talis Trevino won FX. Christina Pagella of Springfield won the BB, while Carly Flynn won the VT.
Link: Yale Release
New Hampshire won their home opener, led by Chelsea Steinberg, who won the AA with a 38.95. She also won VT. Teammates Austyn Fobes and Danielle Reibold tied for the UB title, then Reibold went on to take the BB title while Fobes took the FX title.
Link: UNH Release
Trent Jarrett, Nick Sacramento and Mike Wilner have committed to Illinois for 2011-2012, according to a site submission.
Jarrett trains at the Atlanta School of Gymnastics and tied for 73rd AA at the 2010 JO Nationals. Link: Jarrett YouTube.com Channel
Sacramento trains at Buffalo Grove. Link: YouTube.
Wilner trains at the Gymnastics Spot in Illinois. In only his fifth year of training, he placed 5th on Rings at Regionals. Link: Recruiting Website
No. 7 PSU won their opener with a solid 343.3 win over Army. PSU dominated the meet, winning all six events as a team and 6 of 7 individual titles. Parker Raque led PSU, winning the AA and VT (15.8). Classmate Scott Rosenthal won the rings with a 15.4, higher than any Nittany Lion scored in 2010.
Link: PSU Release
UGA quickly brushed aside concerns with injuries and the resulting depth to post a big opening meet win. Junior Gina Nuccio led UGA with wins on UB and FX, while classmate Shayla Worley won the BB. Frosh Lindsey Cheek won the VT while Cassidy McComb's AA victory completed the sweep.
Link: UGA Release
TWU defeated Centenary, posting a 190.625 for the win. Brittany Johnson led TWU, winning the AA, UB and tying for 1st on VT with teammate Bethany Larimer. TWU's Roshanda Cannie won BB while teammate Amy Winczura tied with Centenary's Marissa Schneider for the FX title.
Link: Centenary Release
Kentucky posted four career-best scores on FX, including a meet-high 9.95 from Andrea Mitchell, to secure the win. Teammate Whitney Rose won the VT, while another Wildcat, Caitlyn Ciokajlo, tied with Illinois' Jackyn Kantecki on UB. Kelsey Joannides led Illinois, winning balance beam and tying with teammate Allison Buckley for the AA title.
Link: UK Release
Illinois State captured the win over conference rival SEMO, 191.5 to 190.275. The Redbirds were led by Ericka Shick, who won the AA. Teammate Tara Sarantakis won the VT with a Yurchenko Layout Full. SEMO's Christina Sundgren won the UB, while teammate Taylor Westrick won the BB. SEMO's Brianna Gaddie won the FX.
Another ranked team fell as Ohio State defeated Minnesota. Sophomore Colleen Dean won the FX and the AA (39.125) to lead Ohio State. Frosh teammate Sarah Miller won the BB while teammate Rebecca Best tied with Minnesota's Kristin Furukawa on UB. Gopher frosh Kayle Slechta won the VT.
Link: Ohio State Release