– Temple women's gymnastics opened up their home season posting the second-highest program score, topping the Ursinus Bears 193.375-189.35. The score is also the team's season high and stands as the Owls' 44th all-time win against the local rival.
Opening up the meet on vault, the Owls were led by junior Sahara Gipson
who posted a 9.775 to take first place on the event. Freshman Daisy Todd
posted a 9.675 followed by a pair of 9.65 marks from Jaylene Everett
and Aya Mahgoub
. The four Owls swept the top three podium spots. Briana Odom
rounded out the lineup that posted a 48.3 event total with a 9.55.
The bar squad nearly matched their season high with an event total of 48.225. Todd led the team and earned her first event title with a season-high 9.775. Junior Kerry Arone
returned to the bar lineup after suffering an injury in 2016 to posted a 9.725 and take second overall. Reagan Oliveri
and Breahna Wiczkowski
both hit solid routines with scores of 9.6 and 9.65, respectively. Gipson returned to the lineup with a 9.475.
Temple's beam lineup set a new season high with a 48.35. Wiczkowski anchored the lineup and garnered a new career-high 9.775 to tie for the event title with Ursinus' Jillian Casarella. Todd continued her successful afternoon in the all around with a season-high 9.75. Fellow freshmen Whitney King
and Kerra Masella
continued their early career success with scores of 9.675 and 9.6, respectively, for their first performance in McGonigle Hall. Oliveri rounded out the lineup with a 9.55 in the leadoff position.
Floor brought the meet home for the Owls with four season highs and an event total of 48.5. Odom was able to cap the afternoon off with a powerful performance that garnered a 9.85, matching her career-high. Everett, Oliveri and Phillip also grabbed season-highs with marks of 9.7, 9.6 and 9.75, respectively. Todd rounded out the counting scores with her third-consecutive 9.6. Gipson made her season debut on the event, posting a 9.55.
In the all-around, Todd set a new season high of 38.8, writing herself into the record books once again with a score that stands in a tie for seventh all time in individual all-around scores.
The Owls hit the road next weekend for a quad meet at West Virginia. The Sunday afternoon meet will feature Towson and Denver and is set to begin at 2 p.m. in Morgantown.
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