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PHILADELPHIA – The Temple Owls women’s gymnastics team will be home this weekend, hosting a pair of meets starting on Thursday, March 3 at 6 pm ET and then finishing up the rest of the home schedule with a tri-meet on Sunday, March 6 at 4: 30 pm ET. Both meets will have streaming availability, with Thursday’s competition being available on ESPN+ and Sunday on the Owls’ athletics website.

On Thursday, the Owls will honor their past during Alumni Night. Temple will take on Maryland, Southern Connecticut State, and Bridgeport inside McGonigle Hall. Just three days later, the Cherry and White will host Senior Day against New Hampshire and West Chester. Initially, Sunday’s meet included Ursinus College, but the meet will now be rescheduled as a tri-meet due to unforeseen circumstances. Concluding Sunday’s meet, the Owls will recognize student-athletes Ariana Castrence, Caitlin Gray, Tori Edwards, Faith Leary, Nicole Smith, Julianna Rolandand student assistants Jackie Terpak spirit Taylor Newland.

ONE TOUCH WARMUP

Senior Ariana Castrence was named EAGL Co-Gymnast of the Week on Wednesday, her first weekly award this season.

Temple defeated No. 29 NC State on the road in Reynolds Coliseum last Friday night. The Owls earned a school record, 196,675 to the Wolfpack’s 196,600. Two days later, the team traveled north to George Washington to compete in a tri-meet with the Colonials and NC State. The Owls finished in third place with a score of 194.875, while the Pack scored 196.025 to earn the victory. The host GW finished in second place with a score of 195,850.

The Owls had a record-setting night last Friday at NC State, where they broke the team score record (196,675), the vault record (49,200), and the beam record (49,300). Individually, senior Julianna Roland set the vault record with a 9,925.

LAST TIME ON THE FLOOR
Vault

On Friday Feb. 25 at NC State, the Owls set the school record on the apparatus with a 49,200. Just two days later, the Temple tied the fifth-best mark in school history with a 49,050. In both meets, five of the six TU gymnasts scored at least a 9.8. Roland, Castrence, Anna Hillduck Mackenzie Aresta reset their personal bests during the two-meet weekend. It was highlighted by Roland’s school record, 9,925.

Bars

The Owls tied the fifth-best mark in school history with a 49,050 against the Wolfpack last Friday. Two days later at GWU, Temple would score the third-best score in program history (49,175). Five gymnasts marked their career bests in the two-meet span. Castrence highlighted the group of the Owl gymnasts on the bars last weekend with a career-best 9.900, making her the sixth person to score at least a 9.9 in program history.

Beam
Last Friday, the Cherry and White earned their second of two broken records of the night with a 49,300. Roland added her second 9.925 on the evening, marking only the third person in program history to score at least a 9.925. She added her name beside Brehana Wiczhowski (’17) for the second-best mark in school history. Sophomore Brooke Donabedian and freshman Summer Ruskey set new career-highs on the apparatus with a 9,900 and a 9,825, respectively. Two days later in DC, three of the six Owl gymnasts scored at least a 9.8, including a team-high from Hannah Stallings (9.825) and matching 9.8’s from Castrence and Donabedian.

Floor
The team scored a 49.125 on Friday versus NC State as five of the six TU gymnasts scored 9.8 or better and were led by Roland’s second-place 9.850. Veterans Faith Leary, Tori Edwards, and Donabedian had matching 9,825’s, which tied for third place overall. Sophomore Renee Schugman earned a 9.8, the fourth straight meet, she would score a 9.8 or better. The Owls had struggled in Sunday’s tri-meet as just two of the six gymnasts scored a 9.8 or above. Edwards led the team with a 9.825 and Donabedian followed with her eighth straight 9.8 score this season.

OWL ABOUT TEMPLE
Temple remains at No. 41 in the country and fifth in the EAGL with NQS of 195,315. After last Friday’s record setting performance, the Owls increased their NQS by .470. .

The strongest event by far this season for the Temple has been on the vault. The team ranks first in the EAGL with an NQS of 49,000 with three gymnasts ranked in the top 20. Last Friday, Temple set the school record on the apparatus with a score of 49,200. Senior Julianna Roland has been the leader for the Cherry and White, with an NQS of 9,835. Roland is fourth in the conference and last Friday versus No. 29 NC State, she turned in a school record-breaking performance with a 9.925. Fellow senior Ariana Castrence is tied for sixth with an NQS of 9,825. Last Sunday, the Waldorf, Md. native won a share of the vault competition with scores of 9,875. Castrence has now won two vault championships this season, giving her 15 for her career. Hannah Stallings rounds out the Owl gymnasts, ranking No. 18 with an NQS of 9,780. Earlier this season, the freshman scored a 9.9 in just her third collegiate meet at UNH on Jan. 23.

Speaking of Stallings, the Raleigh, NC native is ranked fifth in the EAGL with an NQS 38,875 in the all-around. She won five straight all-around competitions before that streak was broken on Feb. 12 in Chapel Hill, where she finished third overall with a 39,000. Stallings 39,250 on Jan. 30 at the LIU Dual Meet tied for the fifth-best score in school history, tying her teammate’s Castrence’s mark from 2020. She also tied Castrence’s mark in her third meet of the season with the third-highest score in school history with a 39.275.

Over on the floor exercise, where they have averaged the second-best EAGL NQS of 49,075. Wed Feb. 4 at the Towson Quad Meet, the Cherry and White tied the school record on the floor with a 49.375. Last Friday at No. 29 NC State, their fourth consecutive 49-plus score. The Owls scored 49.125 as five of the six gymnasts put together scores of 9.8 or better. So far this season, the team has three gymnasts ranked within the top 15 of the conference. Sophomore Brooke Donabedian and graduate student Tori Edwards are tied for the fifth-best NQS with a 9,850. Fellow veteran Faith Leary is tied for 12th with an NQS of 9,825. Donabedian has been the most consistent gymnast of the three with eight consecutive 9.8’s or better, including a season-high 9.900 versus Yale on Feb. 18.

Temple has made strides over the past three weeks on the beam. 18 of the last 24 routines for the Cherry and White have resulted in at least a 9,700 score. The team is ranked fourth in the EAGL with a 48,865. Compared to the Feb. 4 Towson Quad Meet when Temple had just two scores of 9.7 or better, the Owls came out of last weekend with seven 9.8’s or better. Roland and Donabedian scored a pair of 9.9’s on Friday versus NC State, while freshman Summer Ruskey also set a career-high with a 9,825. Two days later Hannah Stallings was one of the three Owls to score a 9.8 or better with a team-high 9.825.

The Owls are the fifth-best team in the conference on the bars with an NQS of 48,780. Against NC State on Feb. 25, Temple would set the school record with a 49,300. Castrence is the lone Owl in the top 20. She comes into the weekend with the 13th best NQS (9.805) in the EAGL and just last weekend, she put in an excellent performance with career-high 9.9 and a 9.875, resulting in a bars victory.

SCOUTING MARYLAND
The Terrapins come into Thursday’s meet tied for eighth in the Big 10 Conference with a 2-7 record and 5-7 overall. UM has an NQS of 195,630 and No. 33 in the nation.

Wed Feb. 26, at Penn State, the Maryland gymnastics team lost a dual meet to Penn State 196,250-195,425.

All-arounder Audrey Barber led the Terps in all facets of the meet at Penn State, placing second in the all-around with a 39.425. On the vault, Barber posted a 9,850. On the bars and floor, she earned matching 9,875’s.

SCOUTING SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE
The Owls come into Thursday’s meet ranked sixth in the GEC with an NQS of 190,580 and No. 63 in the nation.

Southern Connecticut gymnastics defeated Springfield and Rhode Island at the Springfield Tri-Meet, where they posted a season-best score of 192.025, ahead of Springfield’s 186.800 and RIC’s 185.125. In addition, SCSU broke the program record on the bars with a score of 48.575 to break the three-year record of 48.425 set on Feb. 2, 2019, the Owls featured three scores of 9.8-or-higher for the first time this season. Chelsea Baker and Bianca Leon scored a 9.825 on the bars, while Hanna Zebdi matched their scores on the floor, while Audrey Arnold had a 9.8 on the bars.

SCOUTING BRIDGEPORT
Bridgeport last competed on Feb. 13, before the first NQS rankings. They have averaged 184,781 so far this season and are seventh in the GEC.

The Purple Knights had their most recent meet was postponed on Feb. 20, but before that, UB earned a third-place finish of the four-team Don Tonry Invitational hosted by Yale on Feb 13. During that meet, Bridgeport posted a team score of 187.450 to finish behind Yale (193.525), Southern Connecticut State (189,400), but ahead of Springfield College (183,750).

Senior Kathryn Doran had a strong meet for Bridgeport, turning in the team’s top performance on the bars with a score of 9,800 to tie for fifth and tying for third place on the balance beam with teammate freshman Kiana Session, as each scored a 9,750.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Wildcats come into Sunday’s meet tied in eighth in the EAGL with a 4-5 record and 7-7 overall. UNH has an NQS of 195,085 and No. 46 in the nation.

The last time out, Kylie Kratchwell set a personal best with a 9,925 on uneven bars. At the same time, senior Hailey Lui and junior Alyssa Worthington shared first place on balance beam and floor exercise to lead the UNH gymnastics team to Friday night’s 195.400-194.675 EAGL victory against Long Island University.

SCOUTING WEST CHESTER
The Golden Rams come into Sunday’s meet ranked third in the GEC with an NQS of 192,985 and No. 58 in the nation.

The Golden Rams knocked off Ursinus last Sunday, Feb. 27, by the score of 192,825-188,250 while earning event victories on the vault, beam, and floor.

WCU won the top four spots on the vault, with Jessica Meakim winning with a 9.7. Meakim also added a win on the floor with a 9.8. Like the vault, the Golden Rams had the four highest scores on the balance beam, with Hyla Betts and Natalie Marshall tying for first place with matching 9,725’s.

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