PHILADELPHIA - On Sunday Jan. 28, Temple women's gymnastics will host SEMO, Ithaca, and Cornell for its home opener set for 1 p.m. start. The Owls will salute those who serve, naming the quad meet their military and first responders appreciation day.
Military and First Responders Appreciation
> Temple gymnastics would like to highlight junior co-captain Breahna Wiczkowski
who is a member of university's ROTC program. Upon graduation from Temple, Wiczkowski will serve an eight-year commitment with the United States Military.
> All active and retired military personnel and first responders are invited to join us and pick up a free Temple scarf as a token of our appreciation while supplies last.
Scouting the Owls
> Temple will enter Sunday's home opener ranked fifth in the North East region by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches / Women (NACGCW).
> Senior Sahara Gipson
was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Gymnast of the Week for the week of competition ending on Jan. 21 for her vault (9.7), floor (9.675), and beam (9.675) routines at UNC.
> Freshman Jordyn Oster
earned ECAC Coaches Choice honors for the same week. Last weekend against the Tar Heels, the freshman posted her third consecutive 9.725 on the balance beam and a strong 9.7 on floor.
> At UNC, Temple notched a season-high uneven bars score of 48.625 led by senior Kerry Arone
and freshman Tori Edwards
with a pair of 9.75's. On floor, Edwards was the Owls' top scorer with a 9.825, tying for second with UNC's Madison Nettles.
> The Owls reset the program record for highest season-opening team score with a 194.875 in their 2018 debut at the Little Boston Invitational on Jan. 6. Overall, Temple placed first out of four teams, topping Maryland, Towson, and New Hampshire. The meet marked Temple's first time beating New Hampshire in program history and its first time beating Maryland since 1995.
> Sophomore Jaylene Everett
kicked off 2018 with a career best performance on vault, scoring a 9.825 on Jan. 6 in Boston. She then topped her career high floor exercise score at Towson on Jan. 14 with a 9.825. The sophomore sits at No. 2 in the ECAC for highest average of both vault and floor workers and was named the conference's Specialist of the Week on Jan. 16 for her efforts.
> On Jan. 6 at the Little Boston Invitational, Temple's beam squad topped last season's high score of 48.775 with a 48.8 overall. Sophomore Whitney King
posted at career-high score of 9.8 to earn the Owls' highest score in the event.
> Alexis Brawner, Lindsey Bates and McKinzie Jones all won individual titles for Southeast Missouri women's gymnastics in their 191.900-194.650 loss to Lindenwood on Jan. 15. Brawner took the vault title with a 9.825 and Jones won the floor exercise with a season-best 9.850. Bates captured her second career all-around crown with a score of 38.250
> The Bombers fell to Brockport in their home opener on Sunday, 186.950-188.375. Carolyn Nichols won the vault title with a score of 9.525. Danielle Maffuid led Ithaca on bars with a 9.525.
Paige Landes posted a team-best 9.650 on beam and Nichols added a team-high 9.675 on floor.
> The Big Red placed first in their tri meet with Cortland and Southern Connecticut State on Sunday with a team score of 192.500. Amy Shen won the all-around with a score of 38.875. Shen also won individual event titles on bars (9.825) and tied with Maci Prescott for a win on vault with dual 9.725's. Claire Haklik tied for first on floor with a score of 9.725.