The NCAA Gym Skim | January 8


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California 195.475, Stanford 194.925, San Jose State 194.475, UC Davis 194.400, Sacramento State 192.875 [Results]

The ladies of Cal casually swept in and won the quintuple meet at Stanford last night, with equally exciting performances from the veterans and the new kids alike. 2016 Olympian Toni-Ann Williams counted her fall on bars, limiting the team’s overall scoring potential, but she more than made up for it with excellent performances on beam and floor, while Arianna Robinson showed everyone who’s boss on floor, nailing her opening double arabian pass for a 9.8. I am in love with what we saw on bars from Alma Kuc, who represented Poland at several world championships, and Kyana George is phenomenal, placing second all-around with fantastic work on all four events. Consider yourselves golden if you have her on your fantasy gym team!

Stanford was what you’d expect from Stanford at a first meet of the year, despite my hopes and prayers that they’d come out like a brand-new program. In a way, they kind of did, with the awesome freshman class absolutely killing it despite a few fumbles on vault and mistakes on bars. On the latter, the team fielded only five gymnasts and thus had to count two falls, so not even Elizabeth Price’s Perfect 10 (FREAKING FINALLY, and what an incredible meet from her in general!) could save them. But they more than made up for a weak first half with what they did on beam and floor, with Kyla Bryant and Lauren Navarro killing it there, while Taylor Lawson was a queen on bars and also nailed the crap out of her 1½ to double tuck on floor. Ebee came close to a second 10 of the meet on floor, and overall the team now ranks first in the nation on the event, a far cry from 46th last year. At full health, this will be an incredible team, and the super talented newcomers are putting in the foundation for a team that could be back in the top ten within the next few years.

Kaitlin Won led the charge for San Jose State, which also saw excellent work on floor from Taylor Chan and Ellie Pascoe-Long, while Kaprece Nadonza was a standout on bars. UC Davis had solid scores across the board from senior Alexis Brown, while Gabby Landess was a bars queen and Kyla Kessler added big numbers to vault and floor. And as always, we were floored by the spunky, weird, and borderline ridiculous in a good way routines from Sacramento State. Lauren Rice delighted with her hilarious choreo both on floor and beam, and though the team had a few struggles on vault and bars, Annie Juarez had their back with a 9.8 and 9.85, while Courtney Soliwoda nailed her beam set and Jennifer Brenner was a standout on floor.

AA: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 39.650
VT: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.850
UB: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 10.000
BB: Toni-Ann Williams, Cal, 9.900
FX: Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 9.975

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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4 thoughts on “The NCAA Gym Skim | January 8


    (Seriously, Ebee has been one of my all-time faves since 2012 Trials, and it has murdered my soul that she hadn’t gotten even ONE 10 in her ridiculously stupid-awesome NCAA career. My soul is now un-murdered! GO EBEE GO!!!!)

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    • I literally tweeted “SEC 10!” because I was like this stupid amazing routine is gonna get a 9.95 when it would’ve easily been a 10 at Florida or LSU. Ebee has been screwed out of so many 10s in her career because the northern CA judges are like “NONE FOR YOU.” So when she actually got a 10 I lost my MIND. An Ebee 10 is actually like an SEC 11. So she is the queen.

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  2. Yay, I do have Kyana George on my fantasy team!! And Toni-Ann (and the only event I didn’t put her one was beam, dangit!!) And Arianna Robinson!

    Somehow I only got gymnasts from 8 teams.


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