Last night, the 2016 NCAA Gymnastics Championships came to a close in Fort Worth, Texas. While in the first day there weren’t really any surprises in the results, the second day of competition (super six) didn’t really end as expected.
The podium looked like this:
Let me explain how all of the teams meet went.
Oklahoma obviously had a great meet considering the fact that they won it.
LSU started off with a shaky rotation on the uneven bars suffering a fall from Sarah Finnegan and having no one scoring above a 9.9 in that rotation. On beam, they still didn’t manage any scores above a 9.9 but their all around event score improved from bars. On floor they really managed to pull themselves together with Mckenna Kelley, Myia Hambrick, and Ashleigh Gnat all scoring a 9.9 or higher. Their strongest rotation came on vault where they scored a overall score of a huge 49.525 which was the second highest event score of the night. On vault, the Tigers had n o gymnasts score under a 9.85 and 4 gymnasts scored a 9.9 or higher. This was just good enough for a second place finish.
In third we had Alabama who had one of their best meets of the season pulling out a strong overall score 197.4375. They began on a bye but officially started on floor where Mackenzie Brannan, the leadoff on floor for them scored a sturdy 9.825 and their scores only got higher from there. The Crimson Tide’s highest score of the night came on beam where they had 3 gymnasts score over a 9.9. They finished beam with a 49.45.
*FACT: Interestingly, 5 of the 6 teams strongest event was the event they ended on.
In fourth place, we have the mighty gators who put their national winning streak to an end last night. They began on beam where they had no falls but quite a few wobbles and small errors. They had a strong floor rotation but only 2 scores were a 9.9 or higher (which is uncharacteristic for Florida). On vault, unfortunately, Alicia Boren sat her 1 1/2 twisting yurchenko so Florida was forced to count a 9.7875 from Bridgette Caquatto. Bars was the gators strongest event of the night where they scored a 49.45 overall team score and Alex McMurtry and Bridget Sloan both scored over a 9.9.
In fifth place, we have the U(niversity of)C(alifornia)L(os)A(ngeles) Bruins. They started on floor where they had sturdy routines other than Angi Cipra stepping out of bounds. But they still scored no higher than a 9.8625 which is quite unusual for them considering that in the regular season they were ranked number 1 on floor exercise for quite a few weeks. They had an otherwise strong meet never scoring below a 49.0 but finished with a all around team score of 196.825.
The Georgia Bulldogs, finished in sixth place. In my opinion, they were very underscored on bars where Brittany Rogers scores ranged anywhere from a 9.925 from one judge to a 9.65 from another judge. This interests me and makes me wonder what really goes through each judges head as they are watching the routines. They otherwise, (like UCLA), had a strong meet good enough for a 196.8125 just less than a tenth away from UCLA.
Congrats to all the teams that competed!
THE MENS SIDE:
At the men’s national championships in Ohio, the podium looked like this:
3. Ohio State
5. Penn State
Oklahoma obviously (again) had a strong meet, winning it all.
Stanford who ended in second, led for most of the meet. With, Ohio State in a close second most of the meet, having the advantage of it being a home meet. Penn State, who I was hoping would win, faltered throughout most of the meet, not counting the high scores that they have all season and suffering a 12.9 from Trevor Howard, but managed a strong finish to the competition. Not much was expected of Minnesota and they finished in 6th place fair and square. Event finals also were last night. The highlight of the meet (for me) was when Anthony McCallum of Michigan won the vault final with a HUGE 15.550. Colin Mahar, also from Michigan, performed a beautiful routine on the rings with some high difficulty skills for a score of 15.2 which was good for second. GO BLUE (XD)! Congratulations to all the teams that competed!
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Photos via Getty Images. Akashi Modi (left) is a gymnast at Stanford and Haley Scaman (right) is a gymnast at Oklahoma.