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
Host Illinois posted a 416.5 to hold off the Gophers 413.75 and secure a win. The Illini only won three events but used a big 71.2 to pull away from Minnesota on the HB.
Link: Minnesota Release
Host Air Force posted a big 409.15 to defeat Army's 389.25 and score a big service academy win. Air Force won five of six individual events, with five different winners: Aaron Nubine (FX), Tim Wang (PH), Fletch Braunton (R), Casey Branin (PB) and Eric Klein (VT).
Link: Air Force Release
Utah posted a 197.15 to defeat Washington's 196.3 in Seattle. MyKayla Skinner led the way once again with a 39.575 win in the AA. She also won the FX, BB and tied for the VT title. Ute Baely Rowe won the UB title while Tiffani Lewis shared the VT title.
The Utes suffered another blow when frosh Kim Tessen tore her Achilles in warmup.
Link: Utah Release
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Winona State edged host UW Oshkosh 182.65 to 182.175 in action on Friday evening. Alyssa Carroll of Winona State won the FX to lead her her squad. Baylee Tkaczuk of Oshkosh won UB and BB en route to a 37.35 AA win. Teammate Danielle Turner won VT.