2019 season week 5 has come and gone. Hard to believe how quickly the season is progressing. Our conference teams are posting record numbers all over the board and individual gymnasts continue to steadily climb the national rankings. Here are some of this week’s highlights:
Arizona State and Washington faced tough competition against Stanford and Cal Berkeley (NCAA teams #2 and #11 respectively). The meet was the Pac-12 Invitational, held in Tempe Arizona Saturday, Feb 2nd.
Arizona improved their season-high team scores on floor, rings and vault. This helped them achieve their best total team score of the season: 395.90 points. Kiwan Watts took second place in the AA with a 82.55, a personal season high for him as well.
Washington also posted their season high team score of 377.950. Nathan Tsuji, came huge for his team on FX and VT. He showed artistry and elegance, stuck every single pass on his floor routine and brought in a huge 14.600 score. (5.2 start value and only 6 tenths deduction on FX). On Vault, Tsuji stuck his Kasamatsu-half for a 14.100 end score.
Temple competed against William and Mary (NCAA #15) at the State Open, hosted by Williamsburg Gymnastics, in Williamsburg, VA. Temple fielded once again a full team and posted season highs on FX (60.45) and PB (59.60) as a team at the meet.
On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 the “traditional” California United Face-off took place. Southern and Northern California United teams came together for their second annual dual meet. SoCal took the meet with a score of 337.450 over NorCal’s 270.550. SoCal’s Calvin Valrie earned the top AA spot with his season high, 73.30. NorCal United, in its second season ever was not able to travel with a full roster to this meet. They fell shy of their season high team score, but did improve their score average per routine performed. We expect big things to come from two-year young team.
An edited version of the entire meet can be viewed at:
The gymnasts from New York Alliance all returned to school and started out the week by practicing with potential recruits from the western NY area. Captains Matt Williams and Devin Taylor continued to do a great job leading these guys and keeping them organized. Coaches Garison Clark and Karl Jaanimagi are busy organizing personal training plans for each team member to implement the next 3 weeks They are now preparing for their first 2019 competition at Springfield College with William and Mary and Temple.
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