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The WIRlwind: 2/20-2/22

by David F.P. (Scores from Troester)

It’s the WIRlwind! (Weekend In Review) for the past weekend!

Brown posted a 185.95 on their trip to Oklahoma. The team’s best event was Vault where Carli Wiesenfeld led the team with a 9.625, and Helen Segal, Chelsea Binkley, Vicki Zanelli, and Melissa Bowe were not far behind. On the Bars, Lilly Siems put up a team high 9.55. On the Beam, Binkley’s 9.65, and Jennifer Sobuta’s 9.625 set the team pace, and Lauren Tucker had a 9.5 as well. On the Floor, Binkley, Wiesenfeld, and Zanelli all had team high 9.4. Zanelli put up a 36.075 in the All Around as well.

Bridgeport: Meet 2
The Purple Knights were back in their home gym less than 24 hours after the meeting in Penn State. They scored a 190.825 including a 48.2 on the Floor. On the Vault, Lorraine Galow’s 9.6 was the team high, with Miranda Der and Hannah Forti close behind. Forti’s 9.65 on the Bars topped the Purple Knights, with Galow close, and Carissa Huggins, and Miranda Der within .1 of that mark. On the Beam, Galow’s 9.8 was the team best, but Caroline McAvity notched a 9.725 as well, and Der had a 9.65. On the Floor, Der took the top team score of 9.75, with Breanna Collins and Lorraine Galow’s 9.7 second among Knights. Katherine Reitz, Stephanie Morgan, and Emily Repko’s scores were solid as well. Galow posted a 38.725 and Der a 38.425 in the all around. Bridgeport is on fire.

Maryland 195.1, New Hampshire 194.225
The high flying Terps continued to show how good they are in the EAGL topping the Wildcats, who are strong contenders in their own right.

Highlights for Maryland included Abbey Adams posting the top score in three out of four events among her team, including a 9.825 on Vault, 9.825 on Bars, and 9.9 on floor. Brandi George also had a 9.825 on Bars, and a team leading 9.8 on Beam, as well as a 9.775 on Floor. Michele Brenner’s 9.8 on Floor was second best on the team. Kyra Phillip’s 9.775 Vault was the second best team score. Talia Tossone had a 9.8 on Floor and a 9.775 on Beam as well. Maryland didn’t count a Bars or Beam score below 9.7.

For UNH among the highlights,, Helena Diodati returned to the lineup and posted the best team score on Vault and Bars with a 9.875 and 9.8 respectively. Justine Turner’s 9.825 was good for second on the Vault and Ali Car and Katie Caliendo had 9.8s. On the bars, Carr and Danielle Reibold had 9.775s, and Katie Lawrence a 9.7. On the Beam, Taryn LaFountain hit a 9.85, and Chelsea Steinberg a 9.8 with Keeley Smith’s 9.725, and Turner adding a 9.7. On the Floor, Turner led the team with her 9.775, LaFountain had a 9.725, and Julie Sauchuk had a 9.7.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 187.525, Bridgeport Purple Knights 189.475, New Hampshire Wildcats 193.4 at Penn State Nittany Lions 196.175.
Needless to say if these teams namesakes were found in a clearing battling it out, it would be quite a sight.
The home team posted a variety of high scores, including Brandi Personett’s 9.9 on Vault, Alexandra Brockways’ 9.875 on Vault, Allie Southard’s 9.9 on Beam, and Personett’s 9.875 on Floor. Personett had a 39.45 in the all around, Whitney Bencsko a 39.325, and Brockway a 39.175. No Lion scored lower than a 9.8 on Beam, and they didn’t count a score lower than 9.8 on Bars.

The Wildcats were facing even more tough competition one day after the Maryland meet. The team had an unusual scoring performance on Floor, but continued their steady scoring on the other three events. Justine Turner led the team on Vault with her 9.875, and Helena Diodati and Katie Caliendo added 9.825s and Diane Grey and Ali Carr weren’t far behind. On the Bars, Grey had the top team score of 9.85, and Diodati and Carr were close. Katie Lawrence set the team pace with her 9.875 on Beam, Keeley Smith had 9.85, and Taryn LaFountain a 9.8. It was Turner with the team’s top score on Floor. UNH showed in this two day span what their depth allows, as various gymnasts took the leading scores in the two meets, keeping the team scoring steady even as individual numbers fluctuated slightly.

For Rutgers, Kiah Banfield had the team’s top Vault of 9.65, Nicole Schwartz had the team’s top Bars score, and on the Beam, it was Schwartz’s 9.65 and Danae Johnson’s 9.6 at the top of the team scoring. Johnson added a 9.65 on Floor as well. Schwartz also had a 37.975 in the All Around.

Bridgeport had a good day on the road and picked up another win over Division 1 competition. On the Vault Lorraine Galow’s 9.675 and Miranda Der’s 9.65 lead the team and Jamie DePaola, Amanda Goodman, and Hannah Forti were close as well. On the Bars, Shannon Cain’s 9.725 was tops among knights, and Galow and Forti weren’t far off that pace. On the Beam, Emily Repko’s 9.675 was the best team score with Der close. Finally on Floor, Galow’s 9.65 led the team, with Repko and Der close second among the purple. Galow also notched a 38.025 in the All Around and Der a 37.725.

Ithaca at MIT
MIT hosted a tri meet including ECAC colleague Ithaca. I honestly didn’t realize Ithaca was going to be there from the schedule, but there they are. MIT scored a 179.55, and Ithaca 184.7 to win the meet.
For Ithaca, Jessica Bolduc led the team on Vault with a 9.325, Bolduc and Roxanne Deshaes both had 9.6s on the bars to top Bombers. On the Beam it was Samantha Brawn’s 9.3 leading the way. Finally on the team’s best scoring event of the day, the floor, Kailee Spusta hit a 9.6, Emily Graber a 9.55, and Justine Picciano a 9.475.
For the host Engineers, it was a bit of an interesting day, Katie Mingo and Beth Stavely both put in All Around performances. The team scored solidly on Vault, but had some struggles on the Bars, though Julia Zimmerman hit a 9.65. On the Beam, Zimmerman’s 9.4 toped a tough rotation, and she’d hit a 9.8 on the Floor, with Leanna Morinishi picking up a 9.475 and Katie Mingo a 9.4. Zimmerman added a 38.125 on the All Around to her resume.