TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— Temple women's gymnastics opened up the 2019 season with a quad meet hosted by Alabama that also featured NIU and SEMO. The Owls placed third with a 191.925. Alabama took first (194.750), NIU was second (193.325) and SEMO finished fourth (187.800).
> Temple started off the night on beam, tallying a 47.050 team score.
> Three Owls made their debuts in the Cherry and White. Taylor Newland
started off the lineup with a 9.525, Jazmyn Estrella
scored a 9.025 and Ariana Castrence
notched a 9.400.
> Delaney Garin
highlighted the beam rotation for the Owls with a 9.600. Jordyn Oster
tallied a 9.500 and Monica Servidio
rounded out the lineup with an 8.950.
> In their second event of the competition, the Owls scored a 48.275.
> Jaylene Everett
kicked off the floor exercise strong for Temple with a 9.725.
> The Owls were consistent through the middle of the lineup. Erica Fuchs
was up second with 9.550, followed by Garin with a 9.475. Servidio, came up big with a 9.650 and Castrence scored a 9.575.
> India Anderson
anchored the Owls, notching a 9.775.
> Temple tallied a 48.075 on their third event of the night.
> Estrella and Everett highlighted the vault rotation for Temple, both scoring a 9.700.
> Servidio and Yasmin Eubanks
were strong for the Owls with a 9.550 and a 9.500.
> Castrence and Aryanna Anderson
wrapped up the vault rotation, with a 9.625 and a 9.300, respectively.
>The Owls rounded out the competition on bars with a 48.525, their best rotation of the night.
> Daisy Todd
started off with an 8.825. Garin scored a career-best 9.700 in the second spot for Temple, smashing her previous record of 9.575. Servidio was up next with another stellar score, a 9.725.
> Tori Edwards
and Castrence continued the strong showing for the Owls, with a 9.650 and a 9.625.
> Estrella finished up in strong fashion for the Owls, scoring a 9.825. She placed third overall on bars.
> Servidio and Castrence competed in the all-around for the Owls. Castrence scored a 38.225 and Servidio tallied a 37.875, placing second and third in the all-around competition.
From the Coach
> "Overall, I'm really proud of the team for staying in it," said head coach Josh Nilson
. "The difference between a good team and a great team is how it reacts to adversity. With the adversity on beam, they stepped it up and pushed through as a team. I couldn't ask for more."
> "We left the meet feeling positive and happy with how we handled the situation," said Nilson. "I asked them to go in to an environment they hadn't experienced before and they did a great job."
> The Owls will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Little Boston Invitational. Temple will face Towson and Penn State at 7:30 p.m.