FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — TWU senior Brittainy Johnson scored a 9.850 to tie for fourth place on uneven bars Saturday at the NCAA regional meet. Johnson’s score and finish are the highest ever for a TWU gymnast on bars at an NCAA regional.
Johnson and senior Courtney Cochefski held the previous high of 9.825. Johnson posted the score in 2011 while competing in all-around, and Cochefski posted it in 2012. Courtney Arno-Templet held the highest finish when she tied for fifth in 2007.
Johnson also holds TWU’s highest NCAA regional all-around score and finish when she posted a 39.000 and tied for seventh in 2011.
Rotating with California-Davis, Johnson was the final competitor of the day on bars in the sixth rotation. She was the top scorer on the event in the rotation. All six gymnasts from UC Davis scored 9.825 or below on bars.
“We are incredibly proud of Brittainy and her performance,” TWU coach Lisa Bowerman said. “She worked really hard this season to get here and represented our team well.”
The Division II postseason awards were announced following the meet, and TWU took home two awards. Bowerman was named head coach of the year while Gerrett Griffeth was named assistant coach of the year.
Johnson and the Pioneers now will prepare for the three-day USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships, which start Friday in Providence, R.I. The Pioneers will be shooting for their 10th USAG title. TWU has finished second the last three years.
UNT 5, Texas-San Antonio 2
North Texas beat Texas-San Antonio for its sixth win at the Waranch Tennis Complex this season.
“We played a clean match today,” UNT coach Sujay Lama said. “Four things we talked about were energy, execution, fight and having fun. It was great to accomplish our goals.”
In doubles play, the Mean Green picked up wins from Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer at the No. 1 spot and Alexis Thoma and Anastasiya Shestakova at No. 2, securing the doubles point.
In singles play, Mean Green juniors Bardabush and Sprinkmeyer kept their momentum going and defeated their opponents at the Nos. 1 and 5 spots, respectively.
UNT freshman Alexis Thoma defeated Nicole Karaklis 6-1, 6-4, and freshman Ana Sofia Cordero won 6-0, 6-4.
The Mean Green will host South Alabama at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Kwon paces Mean Green
DALLAS — North Texas fought through a crisp, cold day and remained in 16th place after 36 holes at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational. The Mean Green duplicated its opening-round score of 321.
Eji Kwon posted the lowest score of the weekend for North Texas with a 6-over-par 78. Kwon had an up and down afternoon with four birdies and was tied for 54th place.
Chaslyn Chrismer and Laura DeLeonardis were tied for 64th at 161. Chrismer had a second round of 82, while DeLeonardis has the second-best round for UNT at 79. Taylor Kilponen is one stroke behind at 162 after shooting an 82. Brooke Bailey cut seven shots off of her opening score to post an 83.
Baylor takes a four-stroke lead into this morning’s final round.