The NCAA Gym Skim | January 26


“CAROOOOOOL!!!!!” — Alex McMurtry

The daily NCAA gymnastics update featuring the must-know moments and top stats from every meet all in one place.

A list of links to full results and this week’s schedule is available here.

Florida 198.150, Oklahoma 198.125 [Results]

The judging at this meet was hardcore out of control, like when you hand the car keys to a toddler on Benadryl. There was zero distinction between bad and great (a floor routine with two majorly low landings got a 9.825, meaning one judge gave it a 9.85, and a beam with zero notable flaws got a 9.9), judges ignored wildly noticeable mistakes for both teams, and a mediocre final routine from Florida got exactly the score needed to push them into the win — and boost their rankings after a sluggish start to the season. All I can say is…

So this meet was a 10 parade for Alex McMurtry, who was wildly undeserving of either of her two, though I always like to point out that this is not the gymnast’s fault or responsibility. With a hop on her okay DTY and fully crossed helicopter knees on her double full off beam, CAROL (and the other judges) were like “these are worth 10s” when any peasant who has never watched the sport before could’ve told you they absolutely were not. But in keeping with being atrocious, CAROL, who gave McMurtry a 10 on vault, did NOT give one to Maggie Nichols on the same event, and her Yurchenko 1½ was far superior to McMurtry’s double. CAROL also refused to give a 10 to either Nichols or Kennedy Baker on floor; neither routine would’ve been 10-worthy in their own merit, but since this was a “toddlers drunk driving the bus off a cliff” kinda night and since Judge #1 (PAT! Bless you!) handed one to both, it would’ve made sense with the theme. But CAROL decided to hold back, and CAROL is officially on my list.

CAROL aside, both teams really did #BringItOn, but while Florida won, Oklahoma remains the tighter of the two. Florida did have some noticeable improvements compared to previous weeks, but just not enough to take them from a middling 196 to a 198 overnight. They hopped on every single vault and there were hops, short handstands, or messy legs in every single bars set, and yet they came close to a 49.5 on both when really, they should’ve been closer to a 49.1.

Beam was excellent across the board, aside from a few minor annoyances that generally don’t get deducted in college, like floppy feet on leaps and the occasional loose knees in acro skills. Alyssa Baumann was golden here, finishing off with a college stick for a 9.975, and I was also super impressed with Megan Skaggs, who had a super controlled double wolf turn, a solid flight series, and a stuck side aerial to layout full.

In comparison, floor was insanely weak, and yet the team scored only a tenth back from what they brought in on beam. Looking at the judging, Carol rewarded what wasn’t cute (Jazmyn Foberg’s super low front full to front tuck and way short double tuck, Alicia Boren’s short double layout, Baumann’s short and stumbled double pike, a routine she gave a 9.95 but that ended up averaging to a 9.925 thanks to Pat keeping it real) but was like “none for Kennedy Baker” and gave her a 9.95 to Pat’s 10 for a routine that was a real-life 9.95, but a drunk toddler judging 11.

Oklahoma, which was missing Jade Degouveia who was seen on crutches, was precise and crisp for the most part, aside from a few steps on landings in the first two rotations. Anastasia Webb had a lovely bars set, including a clean Pak and van Leeuwen before her double front dismount, and Maggie Nichols stole the show as the anchor there and on vault, competing her Church, Pak, van Leeuwen, and double layout with zero cause for concern, and then going on to stick the crap out of her Yurchenko 1½ for a 9.975.

Floor was outstanding for the Sooners, with Webb and Nichols again killing it and Brenna Dowell putting up one of her best sets of the season (a 9.95 according to Pat but a 9.9 from you-know-who), though AJ Jackson looked surprisingly tired here, looking tentative on pretty much all of her passes and taking a step out of bounds to have her anchor score not count in the team total. The beam rotation was INSANELY good, with Nicole Lehrmann’s routine my favorite of the night; her full turn, front aerial, gorgeous cat leap to switch side, solid flight series, switch leap to Korbut, and stuck gainer full looked BREATHTAKING. How this only got a 9.9 while McMurtry’s got a 10 is beyond how my brain works. Stefani Catour, Carly Woodard, and Nichols also had standout sets, but the judges weren’t as excited about these routines as they were about Florida’s.

This is the first time this season I’ve really felt like rage-shrieking about judging. There are always those gymnasts who are going to have faults ignored while others at lower-caliber schools can put up the most amazing routines of their lives and get a 9.85. After watching college gym for a decade, I know what to expect and I’m used to it. But tonight was an especially horrendous reminder of just how bad judging can be, though kudos to both TEAMS for putting their hearts and souls into their work and doing their best to remind us of why we love this SPORT in the wake of such horrible tragedy over the past few weeks. If you get past the judging, both teams had incredible performances making for one of the most skilled and stylistic meets of the season thus far.

AA: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 39.775
VT: Alex McMurtry, Florida, 10.000
UB: Anastasia Webb & Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, 9.950
BB: Alex McMurtry, Florida, 10.000
FX: Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma, & Kennedy Baker, Florida, 9.975

Utah 197.550, Arizona 196.325 [Results]

The Red Rocks continue to be consistent and fierce this season, and that was with what was probably the weakest performance of MyKayla Skinner’s career…and yet she still walked away with multiple 9.9s. Skinner just looked to be a hair short of how we can usually expect her, arching over her bail and stepping on her bars dismount, looking short on her full-in on floor, and wobbling on her full L turn on beam before stepping on her double tuck, all relatively minor mistakes that she corrected incredibly well, but just not giving her what she needed to maintain her usual high scores (though her DTY landings on vault continue to get better each week, and this was no exception).

In the wake of Skinner’s “not quite herself” day, MaKenna Merrell-Giles stepped up to crush it, with her Yurchenko 1½ a standout while she also nailed her piked full-in on floor and triple flight series on beam, Kari Lee had an incredible day on her three events, capping it off on beam with a gorgeous set, Sydney Soloski was excellent on floor, and I loved Alexia Burch’s beam set, which had a solid flight series, cat leap to front aerial to beat jump, and a 1½ dismount stuck on her toes.

Arizona had a really strong day aside from beam, where Kennady Schneider and Victoria Ortiz fell early in the rotation, but they had a strong start on vault and bars and the floor rotation was phenomenal, with Schneider coming back from her beam mistake to end the competition on a high note with her solid double pike, front layout to front full, and double tuck. The biggest standout at this meet for me was Payton Bellows, who stuck her Yurchenko 1½ cold in the first rotation and finished her floor routine with a stuck double pike, and Madison Cindric continues to lead as a tremendous all-around competitor, contributing strong scores on all four events, including the beam high of 9.875 in the anchor spot.

AA: MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Utah, 39.625
VT: MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Utah, & Payton Bellows, Arizona, 9.950
UB: Kari Lee, Utah, & Christina Berg, Arizona, 9.900
BB: Kari Lee, Utah, 9.925
FX: MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Utah, & Lauryn Mattson & Kennady Schneider, Arizona, 9.925

Arkansas 197.175, Georgia 196.125 [Results

The Razorbacks continued to build on an incredible season so far with a win at home that included one of the best beam rotations in program history. The team had so much strong work on that event, including a pair of 9.95s from Jessica Yamzon and Michaela Burton for their solid sets, but Sophia Carter stole the show and set the school record with a 9.975 for her routine that included a solid flight series, split jump to sheep jump, a dancey full turn, and a side aerial to stuck layout full. Carter went on to anchor floor with a gorgeous set featuring a lovely double tuck, great double pike, and perfect 1½ to front layout for a 9.95, wrapping up a stellar rotation and a phenomenal meet for the team. Braie Speed also gets a shoutout for her always consistent vault and bars, and Sarah Shaffer was fantastic across the board, with vault and floor highlights for her.

Still fielding only five athletes on vault and floor, Georgia did what they could here, coming back from an early bars fall to finish counting 20-for-20 hit routines. Things got a little shaky in the final rotation on beam, where even the always-steady anchor Sabrina Vega wasn’t immune to a few bobbles, but Sydney Snead and Rachel Dickson were fantastic on this and all other events, Marissa Oakley continues to grow into a confident bar worker, and Jasmine Arnold is living her best life, contributing on two events with a fantastic opening floor set.

AA: Sydney Snead, Georgia, 39.525
VT: Sarah Shaffer, Arkansas, 9.875
UB: Sydney Snead, Georgia, 9.900
BB: Sophia Carter, Arkansas, 9.975
FX: Sophia Carter, Arkansas, 9.950

Kentucky 196.700, Auburn 196.250 [Results]

Despite a weaker-than-usual beam rotation, where Sidney Dukes shockingly fell on her front aerial and anchor Alex Hyland nearly came off on her flight series on top of wobbles from other normally steady competitors, Kentucky came out on top with a great score at Auburn, showing excellent work on the other three events. This was the first time we got Hyland in the all-around this season, and both she and Mollie Korth had good days aside from beam, with Hyland’s floor a standout while Korth had a gorgeous bars set including a solid landing on her double layout full-out, landed her Yurchenko 1½ with a tiny shuffle, and brought in a good score on floor with a whip to double tuck, Rudi to layout stepout, and had a low double pike with a hop forward to finish. Aubree Rosa is also deserving of a mention for her gorgeous FTY, and Hailey Poland was a leader on beam and floor, with her excellent beam — including a solid triple flight series, full turn, front aerial, switch leap to stag ring jump, and stuck gainer pike — one of the evening’s highlights for the team.

Auburn had a few mishaps throughout the night, with Drew Watson sitting her Yurchenko 1½ in the opening rotation, where landings were overall weak for the Tigers, and though the team fought back on bars with six gorgeous sets, including a 9.9 from Samantha Cerio for her clear hip half to piked Jaeger, bail, and stuck giant full to double tuck, beam and floor were a bit of a struggle. On the former, Emma Slappey had a wobble on her flight series, which they ended up needing to count after Taylor Krippner missed her cat leap to front aerial in the anchor spot, and then Skyler Sheppard landed the punch out of her 1½ on her back, forcing them to count Watson’s 9.4 after she hit her 1½ into a super low front tuck. But there were standouts on both events, with Abby Milliet bringing in a pair of 9.9s for her excellent routines, while freshmen Allie Riddle and Meredith Sylvia both proved to be confident beam workers, each bringing in a 9.85.

AA: Mollie Korth, Kentucky, 39.300
VT: Mollie Korth, Kentucky, 9.900
UB: Mollie Korth & Katrina Coca, Kentucky, & Samantha Cerio, Auburn, 9.900
BB: Abby Milliet, Auburn, 9.900
FX: Abby Milliet, Auburn, & Sidney Dukes, Kentucky, 9.900

BYU 196.400, Air Force 192.775 [Results]

I was so excited I actually got to watch this meet because I loooove BYU and I also discovered lots of new faves from the Air Force crew, which has a ton of standout performers and solid routines. The Cougars got off to a good start, with Mackenzie Douglas leading them on vault while both Shannon Evans and Natasha Marsh brought in big numbers on bars, though no one really had any major mistakes. Beam was fabulous with no weak links from start to finish; Jill van Mierlo is always a stunner there, and I loved Angel Zhong’s routine, though she had a few tiny checks and a hop on her 1½ dismount. And the team brought it home on floor with nonstop strong routines, including excellent openers from Briana Pearson, who hit her front double full, Rudi, and 1½ to front layout, and Abbey Miner, who kicked off her set with a great double layout, while Douglas wrapped things up with a flawless performance that included a huge tucked full-in, earning a 9.95.

Air Force began their meet with a solid bars rotation, where Anna Salamone was outstanding to anchor with a 9.875 to tie for the title, though the team unfortunately had to count a fall on vault, bringing their score down on what was otherwise a good night. I loved Tyler Davis on floor with her solid tucked full-in and a routine that was incredibly well-performed, Miranda Murphy had a great night, finishing it off with a 9.8 for her incredible beam set that included a solid flight series, pike jump to straddle side, switch to switch side to beat jump, and a college stick on her gainer pike dismount, and Cam Barber was another standout on that event, with a lovely front aerial to back handspring, beat jump to split jump full, and a stuck gainer full.

AA: Shannon Evans, BYU, 39.300
VT: Mackenzie Douglas, BYU, 9.825
UB: Natasha Marsh & Shannon Evans, BYU, & Anna Salamone, Air Force, 9.875
BB: Jill van Mierlo, BYU, 9.875
FX: Mackenzie Douglas, BYU, 9.925

Alabama 195.850, Missouri 194.525 [Results]

The Crimson Tide continued to hold back a bit in the fourth week of the season, so while its biggest competition in Oklahoma and Florida are (thanks to CAROL) surpassing a 198, Bama didn’t even reach a 196, which is a bit worrisome as they have a super talented team that can do so much better. The team can blame counting a fall on beam for its especially low score this week, though the four who followed the first two did a great job to bring the rotation back under control, and compared to other SEC meets, the scoring here was tighter, but ultimately they’re giving up a ton of tenths on landings and loose form.

Nickie Guerrero is really stepping it up for this program, putting up a huge score on vault all things considered while also nailing her triple flight series as the beam anchor and earning a 9.85 on floor for her double pike, 1½ to front full, and slightly short Rudi. Kiana Winston, who still isn’t vaulting, had a great day on bars and beam, with her beam the highlight of the entire competition (she stuck her double tuck!), though I believe she went OOB on floor and wasn’t able to pull off a big score there, and Abby Armbrecht had a solid beam with a nice 1½ dismount as well as an excellent floor, with a strong double pike and lovely Rudi to stag ring jump, bringing in a 9.95.

When Alabama started making mistakes and counting a fall I wondered if Missouri could possibly take them down on the road, but the Tigers had their own drama in the same rotation, counting a fall on floor on top of a weaker overall performance, and they fell over a point short of getting the win. Madeleine Huber put up some lovely work on vault and bars, Aspen Tucker led the team with a difficult floor set that included a tucked full-in, double full to layout stepout, and double pike while Kennedi Harris wrapped up that rotation with solid and controlled tumbling, and Britney Ward anchored beam with their strongest set there, including a triple flight series, side aerial, and 1½ dismount.

AA: Aspen Tucker, Missouri, 38.575
VT: Nickie Guerrero, Alabama, 9.925
UB: Lexi Graber, Alabama, 9.900
BB: Kiana Winston, Alabama, 9.900
FX: Abby Armbrecht, Alabama, 9.950

Boise State 195.475, Southern Utah 193.475 [Results]

Boise State came back from counting a bars fall in the first rotation to put up solid routines throughout the rest of the meet, allowing them a two-point defeat over host team Southern Utah. Shani Remme was a highlight across all events, winning the all-around with a big 39.5 with her best performances on beam, where she had a lovely mount and flight series as well as a stuck 1½, and on floor, where she stuck her double pike cold and earned a 9.925. Also notable was Courtney McGregor with a fabulous bars set and consistent work on floor, and Mary Frances Bir contributed good scores on vault, showing off her awesome handspring front pike half with just a step, as well as on floor.

SUU got off to a good start, but ended up counting multiple falls on beam as well as a fall from the anchor on floor to end the meet on a low note. Aside from her beam mistake, Autum Jorgensen had a great meet elsewhere, including getting a 9.9 for her floor set that included a double pike, front layout front full, and double tuck, while Alyssa Ladieu was gorgeous as the leadoff on beam, and Karen Gonzalez put up three strong numbers with bars and floor her standout events.

AA: Shani Remme, BSU, 39.500
VT: Megan McBride, SUU, & Rachel Obmann & Mary Frances Bir, BSU, 9.850
UB: Shani Remme, BSU, 9.875
BB: Shani Remme, BSU, 9.900
FX: Shani Remme, BSU, 9.925

Iowa State 195.275, Texas Woman’s 191.050 [Results]

Iowa State had a better time out this week than they did last week, but still showed that they have a few problem areas to work through if they want to maintain a good spot in the rankings. They gave up a lot of little things throughout the meet, and counted a mistake on bars, though fought through the beam and floor rotations to put up mostly solid 9.7 or higher-range scores, and were kept afloat all meet long thanks to the three all-arounders, Haylee Young, Kelsey Paz, and Meaghan Sievers, while Cassandra Diaz had lovely work on beam.

TWU, which struggled on beam last week, got through mostly great sets there this time around, but counted multiple falls on bars and floor to limit their overall potential. Even Schyler Jones wasn’t immune to the drama this week, with two big mistakes of her own, though Mallory Moredock was a queen on her three events with beam a highlight — she won the title! — and I was also impressed with Brandi Lazarus on vault and beam.

AA: Haylee Young, ISU, 39.300
VT: Meaghan Sievers, ISU, & Schyler Jones, TWU, 9.850
UB: Meaghan Sievers & Haylee Young, ISU, 9.825
BB: Mallory Moredock, TWU, 9.850
FX: Haylee Young, ISU, 9.850

West Virginia 195.050, UC Davis 194.200, Illinois-Chicago 193.025 [Results]

WVU got over weak rotations on bars and beam to easily win this west coast meet by nearly a point. Erica Fontaine continued to impress, sitting out of the beam lineup this time around but putting up an excellent routine on floor, the team’s best overall with Jordan Gillette and Kirah Koshinski leading the Mountaineers with a pair of 9.875s. Koshinski was also excellent as usual with her Yurchenko 1½ vault, while Jaquie Tun did her job on vault and bars, and Zaakira Muhammad returned to competition, but only on vault and bars for the time being, putting up a pair of 9.8s.

The Aggies finished second with standout performances on bars and beam, though they were a little weak on vault and counted some mistakes on floor. Alexis Brown had an excellent night, leading the team on all four events, while we also saw good scores from Kelley Hebert on beam and floor while Gabby Landess was solid on vault and bars.

UIC unfortunately ended a phenomenal meet with a terrible beam rotation, counting multiple falls there after leading the other two higher-ranked teams following the third rotation. After losing Alli Broad to an injury in warmups, they truly fought hard, with an outstanding bars rotation that seriously boggles my mind. Toni Alicke, Mikailla Northern, and Serena Baker each put up a 9.85, while Katie Snyder earned a 9.8, and both Ashley Albrecht and Riley Cholod brought in 9.775s, all earning season highs to bring them to a 49.125 total, but unfortunately those falls on beam knocked them down to last place.

AA: Alexis Brown, UCD, 39.250
VT: Kirah Koshinski, WVU, 9.900
UB: Alexis Brown, UCD, & Toni Alicke, Serena Baker, & Mikailla Northern, UIC, 9.850
BB: Alexis Brown, UCD, 9.850
FX: Jordan Gillette & Kirah Koshinski, WVU, 9.875

North Carolina 194.600, Towson 194.275, Yale 192.050, Ursinus 187.425 [Results]

UNC took the win at this close battle against host team Towson despite counting mistakes on bars and beam. As always, Khazia Hislop was a superstar, putting up the strongest numbers on vault and floor, while Morgan Lane was a top contributor on all four events, and Mikayla Robinson and Lily Dean were excellent on floor, a great event for the team overall.

Towson unfortunately got off to a rough start with some bad landings on vault, and though they fought back on the remaining three events, they just couldn’t quite get into a position to take over the top spot. I loved Tyra McKellar’s Yurchenko full-on back tuck on vault, which was the highest-earning there, and she was mostly solid in her role as an all-arounder. We also got Mary Elle Arduino back on all four events, and most importantly, back killing it on beam with her gorgeous set earning a 9.85 to win the title, while Cortni Baker was a standout on vault, bars, and floor, and Lauren Cahalan put up strong scores on beam and floor.

Yale’s best work came on bars, with Jessica Wang showing a standout set there, while Rebecca Chong led vault, Jacey Baldovino led a weak beam rotation (she also had lovely bars!), and Jade Buford led floor. For DIII Ursinus, I saw some excellent sets on floor, where Eleanor LaFountain picked up a 9.775, but their overall efforts elsewhere fell short, with the standings being Alexandra Puryear on vault, Amanda Palladino on bars, and Skylar Haas on beam.

AA: Morgan Lane, UNC, 39.100
VT: Khazia Hislop, UNC, 9.825
UB: Tyra McKellar, Towson, 9.825
BB: Mary Elle Arduino, Towson, 9.850
FX: Khazia Hislop, UNC, 9.825

San Jose State 194.425, Sacramento State 191.775 [Results]

SJSU breezed through this win at home, counting mistakes on bars and beam, but looking strong on vault and floor. Taylor Chan and Katie Won led the team with great routines across the board, while Josalyn Ray and Ellie Pascoe-Long were standouts on vault and floor, and Kaprece Nadonza was solid on vault and bars.

Sac State unfortunately counted falls on beam and floor, though Caitlin Soliwoda was excellent in the all-around while Lauren Schmeiss and Kendra Braida were lovely on beam and Courteney Ng stood out on bars.

AA: Taylor Chan, SJSU, 39.025
VT: Kaprece Nadonza, SJSU, 9.825
UB: Katie Won, SJSU, 9.850
BB: Taylor Chan & Katie Won, SJSU, & Kendra Braida, Sac State, 9.750
FX: Taylor Chan, SJSU, 9.850

Lindenwood 193.875, Seattle Pacific 190.725, Eau Claire 184.900 [Results]

The Lions had an important road win against DII foe Seattle Pacific last night, a big deal especially as their biggest rival TWU had a loss at home. Lindenwood saw top performances from Kierstin Sokolowski, who led on vault, bars, and beam, as well as great work from Ryan Henry on bars and floor, Andy Alexander on beam and floor, and Kayla McMullan on floor.

Lena Wirth led the SPU program on vault and beam, while Sienna Brande brought in a big score on bars and all-arounders Darian Burns and MeKenna Zimmerman led on floor, both also putting up solid vault numbers as well. DIII Eau Claire saw Tori Erickson as a standout as usual, bringing in the team’s top scores on all four events and winning the all-around, while Lauralynn Anderson was also great on bars and beam.

AA: Tori Erickson, UWEC, 38.400
VT: Kierstin Sokolowski, Lindenwood, 9.825
UB: Kierstin Sokolowski, Lindenwood, 9.725
BB: Kierstin Sokolowski & Andy Alexander, Lindenwood, 9.775
FX: Andy Alexander, Lindenwood, 9.825

S.E. Missouri 192.700, Pennsylvania 192.200 [Results]

SEMO had a narrow win over Penn here, putting up great beam and floor rotations to seal the deal by five tenths. Alexis Brawner was incredible, leading the team on her three events to put up a 9.825 on vault, a 9.8 on bars, and a huge 9.9 on beam, a fantastic road performance from her. We also saw great work from Gabrielle Adams on vault and floor and from McKinzie Jones on beam and floor, while Alana Fischer and Lindsey Bates put together good routines on bars.

Penn started out with some good work on vault, but counted falls on bars to end up unable to challenge the visiting team. Leading on each event was Valerie Rube on vault, Kyra Levi on bars, Caroline Moore and Ally Podsednik with lovely work on beam, and Darby Nelson and Alex Hartke with big numbers on floor.

AA: Darby Nelson, Penn, 37.500
VT: Alexis Branwer, SEMO, 9.825
UB: Kyra Levi, Penn, & Alexis Brawner, SEMO, 9.800
BB: Caroline Moore, Penn, 9.825
FX: Alexis Brawner, SEMO, 9.900

Whitewater 187.525, Winona State 186.400, Hamline 183.675 [Results]

DIII leader Whitewater had some weaker-than-usual performances on vault and bars at this meet, so they weren’t quite as dominant as you’d expect, but they still pulled off the win here by over a point because they’re just that good. Lisa O’Donnell unfortunately had a fall on beam, keeping her from challenging Eboni Jackson for the all-around title, which would’ve been a nationals-level battle. She looked good elsewhere, though, bringing in a huge 9.775 on floor to win the title, while Lauren Marshall led on vault, Kate Mierow led on bars, and Franchesca Hutton led on beam.

Jackson was tremendous as usual, leading the team on all but bars while also winning the titles in the all-around and on vault and beam, where she put up a 9.75 for her phenomenal and confident leadoff routine; Kathryn Pipp was lovely as ever on bars, meanwhile, and put up the team’s top score of 9.375 there. For Hamline, bars and beam brought some issues, but the team had an excellent floor rotation, seeing a 9.7 from anchor Sydney Tribbett, who also led on vault and beam, while we also saw good work from Caitlin Cooper on vault, from Lauren Faust on beam, and from Lydia Ingram on bars.

AA: Eboni Jackson, Winona, 38.275
VT: Eboni Jackson, Winona, 9.525
UB: Kate Mierow, UWW, 9.575
BB: Eboni Jackson, Winona, 9.750
FX: Lisa O’Donnell, UWW, 9.775

Stout 185.275, Gustavus 179.050 [Results]

Stout continues to improve as they get further into the season, with an excellent day from all-arounder Brooke Terry that included a huge 9.75 for her fantastic work on beam. Also standing out here were Kenzie Hyde on vault, MacKenzie Nicholson on bars, and Mikala Bugge on floor.

Gustavus is also growing quite a bit in what they can do after a rough start to the season. Bars continues to be a struggle, and they also weren’t super tight on beam or floor. Even Amanda Malo struggled on beam this week, but she was strong elsewhere and won the title on floor, while Leah Heilig led the team on vault, Veronica Vasina led on bars, and Katy Trunk was the best on beam.

AA: Brooke Terry, Stout, 37.825
VT: Kenzie Hyde, Stout, 9.525
UB: MacKenzie Nicholson, Stout, 9.475
BB: Brooke Terry, Stout, 9.750
FX: Amanda Malo, Gustavus, 9.350

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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21 thoughts on “The NCAA Gym Skim | January 26

  1. OMG Yes! FLA vs OU… was crazy judging, I wont even get into it all, but Alyssas score cuz it was the anchor position on that event, was an utter joke. She has never gotten near a 9.925 yet in this early season, the highest I believe with hit passes she received was around 9.850… with a hit routine. But sure Jan, Pat etc…. 🙂


  2. Any thoughts on the Bailie Key situation? I can’t imagine that they’re ‘pacing her’ by having her sit out this many meets so my only guess is that she’s not healthy? Not sure though, would love to know if you have the inside scoop!


  3. I kept the OU/Florida recap for last, and thank goodness I did! That is the comedy the gymternet needs this week!

    I still haven’t watched it (thanks ESPN), and I’m waiting with baited breath for it to become available somehow. Can’t wait to enjoy this madness myself!

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  4. I watched the meet at Fla and was horrified. Yes both teams were outstanding but that judging is going to compromise the rankings for weeks to come. I also watched “Mega plex” and the judging there was a bit suspect also. UCLA and LSU were over scored – not as egregiously as Fla/OU mind you but the also got a major ranking bump. Comments are made that ranking isn’t important but it is. It literally determines the post season and with the total fantasy that took place ‘‘tis weekend a true determination can’t be made. There needs to be some oversight with the judging. It is getting worse every year. Especially with. Florida. LSU. UCLA. This will be proven again at the next UCLA home meet The fans are getting a bit more knowledgeable and are starting to be a tad disgusted. Come on NCAA and judges. Clean up your acts


    • I watched the Metroplex meet too and thought the judging was fairly realistic? Ross and Finnegan both got 9.925 on their gorgeous bars sets that look identical to their sets at nationals last year. Peng’s 10 on BB and Hambrick’s 9.975 on FX were also some of best this season. Where did you think they were overscored?


    • As far as rankings go, the only team that really gets an “unfair” advantage is Florida. UCLA and LSU’s scores were well within what a good meet has looked like for the top teams this season and UCLA had the better meet so them winning was fair. Oklahoma would be number 1 regardless so Florida is really the only team that benefits. However, postseason is based on RQS, not one super high -scoring meet. It averages out in the end. That’s why teams who have a few rough meets can still make it to regionals and teams who have one amazing meet but are otherwise mediocre won’t rank as high. Gymnastics judging is always subjective. It’s only a problem when the team deserving to win doesn’t, as was the case with Florida and Oklahoma. That’s not realistically gonna hurt anyone in the postseason rankings, though.


  5. Great recap of the insanity at Florida, although I feel like to be fair, it should be pointed out that there were two unfairly high scores given to Oklahoma too. Evy Schoepfer’s floor routine getting a 9.9 was possibly the worst judging of the meet. And Bre Showers getting a 9.9 on beam was pretty generous too. I love Oklahoma and think they should have won the meet over Florida, because I think that I can count so many more generous calls that Florida got. But I feel like I want to be even-handed and point out that it wasn’t just Florida getting the drunk toddler calls.


    • Oh yeah, I thought I mentioned Schoepfer’s floor with her middle pass but if I didn’t, I meant to…and I think I mentioned that it was bad for both teams early on in my recap if I didn’t call out Schoepfer’s routine directly. But my thing is that if the judging is consistent throughout the meet, it’s not a big deal, and so at first I didn’t really care that it was super high, and I think the UB/BB judges did a good job with keeping it fair between the two teams even if many scores were ridiculous…but the VT/FX judges had a clear bias. I think had Maggie gotten a 10 on vault after Alex did, since her vault was actually worthy of one and Alex’s wasn’t but got one anyway, no one would’ve been complaining as much because at least the ridiculous scoring would’ve been equal. Yes, Oklahoma did get many many gifts, but Alex’s vault and the whole Florida floor rotation were especially bad which is why CAROL in particular gets most of the blame, since she was the one constantly upping Florida’s scores and suddenly getting conservative with OU (but the Schoepfer score was just weird in general, pretty much all of her teammates should’ve outscored her and YET…they must not have had a good angle on her punch lay).


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