WCU’s Valentine wins all-around at 2017 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships
posted on 04/08/2017

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SEATTLE, Wash., April 7, 2017 – Majesta Valentine of West Chester University, won the all-around title at the 2017 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships at Seattle (Wash.) Pacific University’s Brougham Pavilion. The four teams competing in the team finals on Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m. PT are: Cornell University, Lindenwood University (defending team champion), Texas Woman’s University and University of Bridgeport. Competition wraps up on Sunday, April 9, with the individual event finals at 1 p.m. PT.

Valentine clinched the all-around crown with her 39.200. Cornell’s Lyanda Dudley edged out Bridgeport’s Maya Reimers, 39.075 to 39.025, for second. Rounding out the top five were Bridgeport’s Kelsey Campbell (39.000) and Brown University’s Jorden Mitchell (38.825).

Both Lindenwood and Bridgeport are favored for this year’s title, entering the championships with matching RQS marks of 194.440. Defending team champion Lindenwood won its second-straight USA Gymnastics Collegiate title last season by less than .100 last year. Bridgeport won six consecutive USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate Championships from 2009-2014.

Bridgeport topped the team standings in the first session with a 195.575 total. Cornell was second at 194.200. West Chester University tallied a 193.525 for third, with the U.S. Air Force Academy in fourth at 192.800.

Lindenwood earned the chance to defend it team title by scoring a 195.100 in the second session. Texas Women’s took the second with a 194.250. Host Seattle Pacific University was third, followed by Yale University (192.975) and Brown University (192.225) for fourth and fifth, respectively.

The nine schools that entered the team competition are Brown University, Cornell University, Lindenwood University, Seattle Pacific University, Texas Woman’s University, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Bridgeport, West Chester University and Yale University. Schools with athletes competing for an event or all-around title only are: Centenary College, Southern Connecticut State University, and University of Pennsylvania.

The top two teams from each session advanced to Saturday's team finals at 7 p.m. The top five individuals for each event from each of the two Friday sessions qualified for the individual finals, scheduled for Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a day pass, or $30 for an all-event pass.

The USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships is for Division I, II and III schools with less than seven-and-a-half full scholarships.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men's and women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and group gymnastics (known internationally as Gymnastics for All). For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.

Individual event finalists for Sunday’s event finals

Vault
Semifinal 1
(Top 5, plus ties, advance to finals)
1, Kara Witgan, AF, 9.850
2, Kimberly Stewart, BP, 9.825
3, Nina Whittaker, BP, 9.800
4, Anna Salamone, AF, 9.775
5t, Lyanda Dudley, Corn, 9.750
5t, Majesta Valentine, WCU, 9.750
Semifinal 2
(Top 6, plus ties, advance to finals)
1, Schyler Jones, TWU, 9.925
2t, Mallory Moredock, TWU, 9.850
2t, Megan Gentry, TWU, 9.850
4t, Kierstin Sokolowski, Lndwd, 9.825
4t, Katie Simpson, TWU, 9.825
6, Rebecca Chong, Yale, 9.800

Uneven Bars
Semifinal 1
(Top 5, plus ties, advance to finals)
1, Thomara Powell-Brown, BP, 9.800
2t, Anna Salamone, AF, 9.775
2t, Majesta Valentine, WCU, 9.775
4t, Kelly Aycock, BP, 9.750
4t, Maritza Futch, BP, 9.750
4t, Lauren Wong, Corn, 9.750
4t, Kaitlin Green, Corn, 9.750
Semifinal 2
(Top 6, plus ties, advance to finals)
1t, Aubree Horn, Lndwd, 9.825
1t, Kierstin Sokolowski, Lndwd, 9.825
1t, Jenna Cashmore, TWU, 9.825
1t, Megan Ryan, Yale, 9.825
5t, Andavea Alexander, Lndwd, 9.800
5t, Ryan Henry, Lndwd, 9.800
5t, Breanna Beltran, SPU, 9.800
5t, Darian Burns, SPU, 9.800
5t, Alyssa Kelly, TWU, 9.800
5t, Katie Simpson, TWU, 9.800

Balance Beam
Semifinal 1
(Top 5, plus ties, advance to finals)
1, Maya Reimers, BP, 9.900
2, Kaitlin Green, Corn, 9.875
3t, Carol Chiles, BP, 9.850
3t, Joy Gage, Corn, 9.850
3t, Majesta Valentine, WCU, 9.850
Semifinal 2
(Top 6, plus ties, advance to finals)
1, Alyssa Kelly, TWU, 9.875
2, Kristi Hayashida, SPU, 9.800
3t, Jorden Mitchell, Brown, 9.775
3t, Ashley White, Centenary, 9.775
3t, Hannah Rector, Lndwd, 9.775
3t, Kierstin Sokolowski, Lndwd, 9.775
3t, Rachel Graham, Pennsylvania, 9.775
3t, Schyler Jones, TWU, 9.775

Floor Exercise
Semifinal 1
(Top 5, plus ties, advance to finals)
1, Kimberly Stewart, BP, 9.925
2, Brianna Comport, BP, 9.900
3t, Casey Ball, AF, 9.850
3t, Kara Witgen, AF, 9.850
3t, Kelsey Campbell, BP, 9.850
3t, Maya Reimers, BP, 9.850
3t, Lyanda Dudley, Corn, 9.850
3t, Nicole Swirbalus, Penn, 9.850
Semifinal 2
(Top 6, plus ties, advance to finals)
1t, Andavea Alexander, Lndwd, 9.900
1t, Ryan Henry, Lndwd, 9.900
1t, Ariana Harger, SPU, 9.900
4t, Bria Northrop, TWU, 9.875
4t, Jade Buford, Yale, 9.875
6t, Breanna Franklin, Lndwd, 9.850
6t, Katie Oswalt, Lndwd, 9.850
6t, Darian Burns, SPU, 9.850
6t, Lauren Glover, SPU, 9.850
6t, Kiarra Alleyne, Yale, 9.850
6t, Anella ndesron, Yale, 9.850