Penn State won the West Point Open with a 349.85. Temple was 2nd with a 388.7, and Springfield 3rd at 329.0. Army was 4th with a 321.85, Navy in 6th with a 320.5 while Brockport tallied a 263.8 and MIT totalled 243.35 with incomplete teams. Temple's Patrick McLaughlin posted the highest AA tally with a 85.95.
Link: PSU Release
Missouri won the Lady Luck Invitational with a 195.625, edging out an improved Kentucky squad in 2nd with a 195.525. LSU was third with a 195.35, while ASU posted a 192.675 for fourth. LSU's Susan Jackson won the AA with a big 39.625.
Link: LSU Release
Utah held off Iowa State, 196.3 to 195.35, in front of 12,605 fans. Ute Jamie Deetscreek won the AA, UB and BB. Annie DiLuzio won the floor while Kyndal Robarts won the VT with her stuck pike Omelianchik. Iowa State outscored the Utes on UB.
Link: Utah Release
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
SEMO used a superior BB set to overcome Illinois State's early lead. Illinois State's Erica Shick posted a 38.875 to win the AA, and also won the UB and FX. .
Link: Illinois State 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
Senior Taylor Seaman posted a 39.1 to win the AA, UB, BB and FX and lead NC State to victory. Teammate Brooke Barr won the vault and placed 2nd AA.
Link: NC State 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
Central Michigan was led by junior Cheryl Conlin, who led a CMU sweep of the AA with a 38.45. Frosh Britney Taylor won the VT and placed 2nd AA.
Link: CMU 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
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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