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Women's gymnastics: Pioneers set record in winning opener

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 TWU, the defending USA Gymnastics national champion, opened the 2018 season with its highest team score in an opener and defeated Lindenwood 193.525-191.625 on Friday at Kitty Magee Arena.

The previous high for an opener was set in 2013 when the Pioneers recorded a 191.800 at Bowling Green.

The Pioneers outscored the Lions on vault (48.750-48.700), uneven bars (48.075-47.600), and floor exercise (48.825-47.425), while Lindenwood narrowly won balance beam (47.900-47.875).

TWU gymnasts placed first in each event, with Schyler Jones taking the all-around title (39.050) with victories in vault (9.875) and floor (9.875) and a tie in beam (9.775). Morgan Colee performed in her first competition with the Pioneers and shared first place with Bria Northrop at 9.675 on bars.

The evening began for the Pioneers with Colee vaulting to a 9.625, followed by Erin Alderman (9.650), Megan Gentry (9.725), Mallory Moredock (9.725), Brandi Lazarus (9.750), and the event-high from Jones (9.875).

Abigail Versemann started off the second rotation for TWU on bars with a 9.625, as Colee (9.625), Hunter Vincent (9.050), Northrop (9.675), Jones (9.525), and Alyssa Kelly (9.575) also competed.

On beam, Lazarus began with an 8.900, followed by Alderman (9.700), Moredock (9.125), Taylor Vincent (9.575), Kelly (9.700), and Jones (9.775).

TWU finished strong on floor beginning with a 9.675 by Versemann. Next up was Colee (9.675), then Moredock (9.850), Alderman (9.750), Jones (9.875), and Bridgette Peterson's notched a 9.650 in her TWU debut.

"I am so incredibly proud of this team and the way they competed," TWU coach Lisa Bowerman said. "It was exciting to see some upperclassmen in new lineups and to know there is still so much we can add to our depth as the year goes on."

The Pioneers will visit NCAA champion Oklahoma on Jan. 21.