After an impressive play-in meet where Iowa secured a regional spot over Arizona, competition resumed at the NCAA Corvallis Regional with round two of regional competition. In the first session of competition, fifth-ranked Denver faced Boise State, Washington, and Southern Utah.
Washington opened the meet on floor, their strongest event, where they posted a crucial 49.225 to take an early lead. Four 9.850s for the Huskies from Amara Cunningham, Kristyn Hoffa, Geneva Thompson, and Maya Washington contributed to this score. Sitting behind the Huskies after rotation one was Boise State with a 49.000 on beam. Despite a fall from Isabella Amado and having to count a low 9.650 from Gabriella Bouza, a 9.900 from Alex Esmerian allowed the Broncos to post a relatively high score. In third place going into rotation two was Denver, the favorite to win the competition. However, a 48.950 on vault in the first rotation caused for a slow start to the Pioneers’ meet. Southern Utah, on the other hand, still sat in fourth behind Denver with a 48.850 on bars.
After rotation two, Denver moved into first with a 49.325 on bars, their second-highest bars total in a regional competition. This score was the product of a 9.925 from junior star, Maddie Karr, and four 9.850s. Washington, moving down to second place, tallied a 48.900 on vault with a 9.850 from Thompson and a 9.800 from Madison Copiak. The Broncos, sitting in third after rotation two, posted a 49.100 on floor, while Southern Utah maintained fourth place with a 48.850 on beam.
A huge 49.475 for Denver on beam allowed the Pioneers to hold their first place position. This total is their highest total for the event in a regional competition, and their fourth-highest beam total in program history. Two 9.900s from Lynzee Brown and Kaitlyn Schou and a 9.950 from Alexis Vasquez allowed for this massive total. Moving into second place after the third rotation was Boise State with a 48.850 on vault, while Washington moved down with a 48.725 on bars. A solid 49.075 for Southern Utah on floor, however, was not enough to advance.
Denver closed session one with another big score, a 49.225 on floor. With a 9.950 from Brown, Denver was able to secure the meet to advance to the super regional on Saturday. Also advancing to the super regional is Boise State, who posted a 49.275 on bars to close the meet. Unfortunately, Washington and Southern Utah came up short in the final rotation and will not be advancing to next round of regional competition.
The second session of competition saw host Oregon State face Florida, Stanford, and Iowa. Iowa, having just come off an impressive play-in meet win, looked to carry their momentum into round one of regional competition, while the Beavers looked to use the home crowd energy inside Gill Coliseum to their advantage.
In the first rotation, Oregon State impressed with a huge season-high 49.500. Three 9.900s from Isis Lowry, McKenna Singley, and Madi Dagen, with Maela Lazaro’s 9.925, allowed the Beavers to take an early lead. In second after one rotation was Stanford with a 49.225 on one of their strongest events, floor. Florida, opening on their weakest event, vault, sat in third after rotation one with a 49.075. Savannah Schoenherr, however, stood out with a 9.900 on her Yurchenko one-and-a-half. In fourth was Iowa with a 48.025 on bars.
The Beavers managed to maintain their first place position with another big 49.250 on floor. Kaitlyn Yanish and Lowry highlighted the second rotation for the Beavers, each scoring 9.900s. The Gators succeeded the Cardinal after rotation two with a 49.425 on bars. Amelia Hundley and Megan Skaggs both impressed with a pair of 9.900s, while Trinity Thomas stood out with a huge 9.925. The Cardinals, on the other hand, posted a 48.900 on vault to sit in third, while Iowa tallied a 49.000 on beam to remain in fourth.
Florida claimed their spot in first place after posting a huge 49.500 on beam. Two 9.900s from Alyssa Baumann and Skaggs, and a 9.950 from Alicia Boren allowed the Gators to outscore the Beavers, who tied Florida’s vault total of a 49.075 on vault in the third rotation. Remaining in third and four after three rotations was Stanford and Iowa, with a 48.950 on bars and a 49.150 on floor, respectively.
The final rotation did not see any changes in the standings. Florida maintained their lead for a first place finish with another huge 49.500 on floor. Another pair of 9.900s from Nya Reed and Boren, and a 9.950 from Thomas, ended the Gators’ meet on a high note. The Beavers, taking second place, will also be advancing to the super regional, while Stanford and Iowa fell short.Tags: 2019 NCAA Regionals, Alex Esmerian, Alexis Vasquez, Alicia Boren, Alyssa Baumann, Amara Cunningham, Amelia Hundley, Arizona, Arizona Wildcats, Big 10, Big 12, Big Ten, Boise State, Boise State Broncos, Denver, Denver Pioneers, Florida, Florida Gators, Gabriella Bouza, Geneva Thompson, Iowa, Iowa Hawkeyes, Isabella Amado, Isis Lowry, Kaitlyn Schou, Kaitlyn Yanish, Kristyn Hoffa, Lynzee Brown, Maddie Karr, Madi Dagen, Madison Copiak, Maela Lazaro, Maya Washington, McKenna Singley, Megan Skaggs, MRGC, NCAA Corvallis Regional, NCAA Gymnastics, NCAA Regionals, Nya Reed, Oregon State, Oregon State Beavers, Pac 12, Savannah Schoenherr, SEC, Southern Utah, Southern Utah Thunderbirds, Stanford, Stanford Cardinal, Trinity Thomas, Washington, Washington Huskies