The opening-weekend of a new NCAA Gymnastics season always brings with it excitement, intrigue, and nerves for the first meet of the season, and over the course of week one, fans have seen plenty of impressive and quite surprising results. One of the best opening-weekend performances came from the pre-season number ten Kentucky Wildcats, going on the road for their first meet and defeating Texas Woman’s 195.975-192.600 in Denton, Texas.
For the Wildcats, they got things started on the uneven bars, one of their strongest events in a historic season last year, where stalwarts Mollie Korth and Alex Hyland both scored 9.825 to bring Kentucky out to an early lead. Texas Woman’s, the defending Division II National Champions, struggled in some parts of their vault lineup, but a 9.800 from Morgan Colee kept the Pioneers not far behind their SEC opponents after one rotation.
In rotation two, Hyland continued her consistent all-around performance, adding a 9.850 on the vault in addition to Katie Stuart‘s 9.825. On the bars, Texas Woman’s was unable to make up the deficit to the Wildcats, however they posted four very strong routines, including a 9.800 from Bria Northrop.
One of the most dynamic and fun floor exercise performers in the nation last season, Hyland debuted her new floor routine this season and succeeded with her powerful tumbling and unique dance being rewarded with a 9.825. Stuart also added to a very good rotation for the Wildcats with a 9.800 of her own. On the balance beam, the Pioneers were forced to count a fall, however Hunter Vincent and Erin Alderman‘s 9.825s contributed to a solid rotation for TWU.
On their best event, the balance beam, Kentucky closed out a very impressive opening-weekend performance with a plethora of calm and confident routines, with Hyland and Sidney Dukes going 9.875 and Korth and freshman Josie Angeny both adding 9.850s for the Wildcats to close out a commanding win and a strong week one score. Texas Woman’s still showed nice work on floor exercise, where Northrop’s 9.850 led the way for the Pioneers along with a 9.825 from Alderman to close out the meet.Tags: Alex Hyland, Bria Northrop, Erin Alderman, Hunter Vincent, Josie Angeny, Katie Stuart, Kentucky, Kentucky Wildcats, Mollie Korth, Morgan Colee, NCAA Gymnastics, Sidney Dukes, Texas Woman's, Texas Woman's Pioneers