– After posting a near record-breaking 193.375 score in its home opener last weekend, Temple women's gymnastics is up for its biggest challenge yet. The Owls are hitting the road for a quad meet that features two nationally-ranked opponents and a long-time rival. No. 25 West Virginia will play host to the Owls along with #7 Denver and Towson. The meet is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 inside the WVU Coliseum.
Temple's first home meet nearly saw a new school record. Led by a 48.5 floor rotation, the Owls were able to post the program's second-highest team score and top the Ursinus Bears by a three-point margin. Daisy Todd
continued her success as an all-around gymnast, posting a season-high 38.8 in her first appearance in McGonigle Hall. The score ranks seventh all-time and led the freshman to her first ECAC Rookie of the Week honor.
Todd was able to capture the bar title on Sunday afternoon as the Owls swept the top spots on all four events. Sahara Gipson
notched a 9.775 on vault to lead the event with Breahna Wiczkowski
earning a career-high 9.775 on beam to tie for first place. Briana Odom
rounded out the first-place performances with a career-high matching 9.85 on floor.
The Owls now hold a team average of 192.508 and rank second in the conference behind city-rival Penn. The vault team leads the ECAC with an average of 48.492, more than four tenths ahead of second-place vault team William & Mary. The bar squad also ranks first amongst conference opponents.
Individually, Todd ranks second in the all-around and is ranked 10th in the North East region. Gipson is currently ranked first on vault in the conference and 10th in the region with an average of 9.767.
#25 West Virginia
The hosting Mountaineers enter the weekend after a season-high performance against top-ranked Oklahoma. Sunday's meet will be their second consecutive home meet. The team posted a top score of 195.55 last weekend and boasts an average of 194.608. They currently rank fourth in their region behind Florida, Georgia and George Washington.
Sophomore Kirah Koshinski is holding her own within the Big 12 Conference, ranking fourth on floor behind national leaders Maggie Nichols, Chayse Capps and AJ Jackson. Koshinski also ranks fifth on vault. Nationally, the 2016 regular-season All-American ranks 13th on floor and 18th on vault.
The Owls last met the Mountaineers at the 2016 Pink Invitational where West Virginia took the meet with a 196.225. Overall, West Virginia leads the all-time series against Temple 28-3.
The Denver Pioneers will head to Morgantown in their third-consecutive week at #7. Last weekend, the Pioneers posted the program's fifth-highest road score with a 196.875 at Utah. On individual events, Denver holds top 15 rankings on all four standing ninth on bars, 10th on beam, 11th on vault, and 12th on floor.
Freshman Maddie Karr has moved quickly into top ranks as an all-around gymnast. She currently stands in 11th nationally amongst all all-around competitors.
Denver and Temple have met once previously in the same arena where they will face off on Sunday. In 2013, Denver and Temple competed in a West Virginia quad where the Pioneers posted a 196.8 to the Owls' 191.175.
The Towson Tigers will round out Sunday's competitors and head to West Virginia following a season-high 194.05 as they hosted #18 George Washington. The Tigers hold a team average of 193.675 and rank fourth out of the six teams in the EAGL. Their floor team sits highest within event rankings, sitting second in the conference with an average of 48.792.
Tyra McKellar holds the highest individual ranking for the Tigers, sitting in eighth on floor within the EAGL. McKellar has posted a season-high 9.85 on the event and holds an average of 9.783.
In their last meeting in 2014, Temple topped Towson for the first time in program history, moving the all-time series to 51-1. The Owls took first place in the Tigers' quad meet with a mark of 192.325.