To the delight and thunderous cheers of the home crowd, Canadian Ellie Black won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games, held in Toronto. She became the first Canadian woman to win the AA title in 36 years. Using a solid 58.15, she easily outdistanced runnerup Madison Desch (Bama commit), who suffered a hand touch on BB and an out-of-bounds on FX. Rising Cuban star Flavia Lopes Saraiva won the bronze. Florida commit Amelia Hundley was 4th after a fall on UB.
Florida has announced the hiring of Owen Field as an assistant. Field has been a volunteer assistant or manager for Nebraska the last six seasons. He also served as a volunteer coach for Southern Utah.
Link: UF Release
Florida frosh Alex McMurtry stuck her double layout off UB and was awarded a 9.95, lifting the Gators above the Utah Utes, who already finished. Utah entered the final rotation 0.15 behind Florida but proceeded to drill their vaults to a 49.55 team total. Florida experienced a series of landing errors (hops, steps and large steps) until McMutry's score lifted the Gators to their three-peat.
TWU has announced the signing of Jenna Cashmore, as expected.
All of the Top 2 seeds advanced with no upsets this season, although some #2s knocked off the #1 seed in their Regional. Here's the full list of qualifiers (based on tentative results from live stats).
Ursinus scored a school record 193.55 to win the East Regional and qualify to the NCGA Championships in two weeks. They also set new team records on the VT, UB, and BB.
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Ursinus was led by Kaelin Ruoss' win in the AA, a 38.675 school record. Teamamte Kristina Steffenhagen won the FX with a new recoard, and was named NCGA East Gymnast of the year. Ruoss was frosh of the year. Teammate Jillian Casarella won the BB.
Cortland State's Amanda Scanlon won the VT. Brockport State's Stephanie Schuler won the UB.
Link: Ursinus Release
Host UGA edged undefeated Utah by just 0.175 points. A pair of UGA frosh tied for individual titles: Natalie Vaculik tied for the BB title with Utah's Baely Rowe. Meanwhile on FX, Gigi Marino tied with Utah's Becky Tutka. Utah split the remaining hardware. Kari Lee won VT while Georgia Dabritz won the UB. Ute Tory Wilson also won the AA with a 39.275.
In a close preliminary session at the 2015 Men's Winter Cup, former Illinois star Paul Ruggeri (87.7) edged former OU standout Steven Legendre (87.6) and former Cal star Donothan Bailey (87.5) for first. Cal's Kevin Wolting was the top active NCAAer in 8th, with OU's Allan Bower and Hunter Justus in 9th and 10th. Stanford's Akash Modi was 11th but first in the first preliminary session. Competition continues on Saturday.
We're almost halfway through the season, and we're going to see a switch to the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) in a few weeks. Now that the jitters and novelty of the new season is wearing off, we're starting to see some clear trends emerge. "Slow Starters" are making big improvements while "Early Leaders" are finding new teams nipping at their heels. As we head into the "mid-point shakeup", here are some observations.
OU still holds the top spot in the Men's Poll, but there has been activity in the poll this week. PSU is now in 2nd and Illinois in 3rd. Both received a first place vote in this week's poll.