With RQS starting yesterday, this weekend's meets held more importance than in the earlier part of the season. Those with lower marks looked to score big to be able to drop those duds and those with high marks looked to remain consistent. Many teams also held pink meets to bring awareness to breast and other forms of cancer while others celebrated their seniors in the final home meets of the season. Catch up on everything you missed and relive the things you didn't. We've also got event winners, links to full results and more!
some highlights. Brandie Jay had herself a night once again, scoring a 9.9 on vault, bars and floor and a 9.85 on beam, winning the all around for the fifth straight meet. She’s only competed in the all around five times in her collegiate career. GiGi Marino and Mary Beth Box also had 9.9s on floor to finish off the meet for the Gymdogs.
first time in 2016. UC Davis also competed in Cedar City, posting a respectable 194.025, backed by a 9.9 on floor from Stephanie Stamates and a number of other 9.8+s. Currently sitting at No. 23, the solid effort should move Southern Utah up in the rankings, while Michigan has the potential to drop to No. 4 depending on Alabama’s results.
third. Brown had a 9.875 on bars and Nicole Medvitz had a 9.9 on beam. Cornell finished in fourth with a 191 flat.
but came back strong on floor for yet another 9.925. The Cardinal had to count a 9.675 on beam but also had a 9.925 from Melissa Chuang in the average. The team was also forced to count a 9.675 from Jenna Frowein on floor but had a 9.9 form Haley Spector to close out the night. With only three meets, all of which are away, left in the regular season, Stanford will need big score in each of them if it wants any chance at the top 12 going into regionals.
But she ended well, scoring a 9.925 on beam with her signature routine. Sophina DeJesus went 9.925 on floor yet again and Angi Cipra and Sadiqua Bynum followed up the viral sensation with 9.95s. Washington had its best performance of the season, finishing with a 196.450. Joslyn Goings won the all around and had a 9.9 on beam. Alexandra Yacalis also finished with a 9.9 on floor. During the entire competition, no Washington gymnast scored below a 9.725 — an impressive feat for a budding team, and something not even UCLA can claim.
of 9.95s on bars from Mary Jacobsen and Kaytianna McMillan. McMillan also had a 9.95 on beam.
No. 29 New Hampshire, No. 53 North Carolina, No. 65 William & Mary at No. 17 George Washington: Full Results
GWU: 195.400 | UNH: 194.000 | UNC: 193.750 | W&M: 193.175
VT: Winstanley 9.875 | UB: Mulligan 9.875 | BB: DeMoura, Pflieger, Gracia 9.825 | FX: Lane 9.875 | AA: Winstanley 39.175
No. 66 Air Force, No. 18 Minnesota at No. 33 Iowa State: Full Results
Minn: 195.525 | ISU: 195.075 | AF: 190.200
VT: Mable 9.875 | UB: Mable 9.9 | BB: Mable 9.9 | FX: Young 9.9 | AA: Mable 39.550
No. 20 Arizona at No. 49 Arizona State: Full Results
Arizona: 196.375 | ASU: 193.975
VT: Allex 9.9 | UB: Howard 9.875 | BB: Cindric 9.9 | FX: Allex 9.925 | AA: Salas 39.1
No. 36 Western Michigan at No. 21 Eastern Michigan: Full Results
EMU: 195.750 | WMU: 193.250
VT: Corbett 9.9 | UB: Gervais 9.9 | BB: Rubin 9.8 | FX: McEachern 9.875 | AA: Corbett 39.100
No. 22 Kentucky at No. 27 West Virginia: Full Results
UK: 195.750 | WVU: 195.600
VT: Stuart 9.9 | UB: Goldberg 9.9 | BB: Stuart, Idell 9.85 | FX: Koshinski 9.875 | AA: Dukes 39.350
No. 48 Towson at No. 24 Iowa: Full Results
Iowa: 194.150 | Towson: 191.800
VT: Drenth 9.8 | UB: Mura 9.85 | BB: Drenth 9.875 | FX: Snyder 9.825 | AA: Drenth 38.725
No. 25 Illinois at No. 37 Michigan State: Full Results
Illinois: 196.300 | MSU: 195.575
VT: O’Connor 9.9 | UB: Ling, Burt 9.875 | BB: Kate 9.95 | FX: Hendershot, Frederick, Lagoski, O’Connor 9.9 | AA: O’Connor 39.325
No. 28 Penn State at No. 39 Maryland: Full Results
PSU: 196.350 | UMD: 195.350
VT: Brown 9.825 | UB: Brown 9.9 | BB: Medvitz 9.875 | FX: Tsang 9.9 | AA: Brown 39.350
No. 31 Utah State at No. 35 BYU: Full Results
USU: 195.475 | BYU: 195.150
VT: McIntire 9.875 | UB: Kulczyk 9.85 | BB: Halliday, Rainboldt 9.875 | FX: Halliday, Douglas 9.875 | AA: Halliday 39.225
No. 36 Western Michigan at No. 32 Central Michigan: Full Results
CMU: 196.125 | WMU: 193.750
VT: Corbett 9.825 | UB: Teet 9.9 | BB: Peszek, Janowicz 9.9 | FX: Janowicz 9.9 | AA: Janowicz 39.4
No. 41 Bowling Green at No. 34 Kent State: Full Results
KSU: 196.125 | BGSU: 195.350
VT: Heath, Feely 9.8 | UB: Stypinski, Marrero 9.875 | BB: Stypinski 9.9 | FX: Stypinski 9.925 | AA: Feely 39.175
No. 46 San Jose State at No. 40 Sacramento State: Full Results
Sac State: 196.475 | SJSU: 195.300
VT: Konner 9.875 | UB: Soliwoda 9.95 | BB: Herr 9.85 | FX: Rice 9.925 | AA: McCartney 39.350
No. 47 Ball State, No. 63 Seattle-Pacific at No. 42 Northern Illinois: Full Results
NIU: 194.900 | BSU: 194.775 | SPU: 193.900
VT: Christian 9.975 | UB: Carter 9.9 | BB: Hundley 9.8 | FX: Greenfield, Christian 9.9 | AA: Hundley 39.2
No. 61 Penn, No. 64 Temple, No. 72 Ursinus at No. 45 Rutgers: Full Results
RU: 195.075 | Penn: 192.400 | Temple: 191.625 | Ursinus: 188.200
VT: Amoresano 9.825 | UB: Groden 9.75 | BB: Shank 9.9 | FX: Hoffman 9.85 | AA: Groden 38.925
No. 50 Lindenwood at No. 56 Illinois-Chicago: Full Results
UIC: 192.225 | LU: 191.950
VT: McMullan 9.825 | UB: Szabo 9.8 | BB: Tomassini, Northern 9.725 | FX: McMullan 9.8 | AA: Northern 38.825
No. 59 Texas Woman's at No. 51 Pittsburgh: Full Results
Pitt: 194.375 | TWU: 192.550
VT: Pearson 9.875 | UB: Dotson 9.85 | BB: Offutt 9.925 | FX: Dotson, Pearson 9.85 | AA: Pearson 39.175
No. 57 Illinois State at No. 52 SEMO: Full Results
ISU: 193.850 | SEMO: 193.550
VT: Brawner 9.75 | UB: Mohler 9.8 | BB: Mohler 9.85 | FX: LaRoche, Brawner, Jones 9.8 | AA: Brawner 39.0
No. 55 Brown, No. 62 Yale at No. 68 Southern Connecticut: Full Results
Bridgeport: 194.125 | Brown: 192.750 | Yale: 191.300 | SCSU: 189.075
VT: Holman, Tralli 9.75 | UB: Liautaud 9.875 | BB: Chiles, Comport 9.825 | FX: Pruchnik, Cutolo 9.8 | AA: Mitchell 38.7
RQS started this week! But that still doesn’t mean we agree with the rankings. RQS typically rewards those with a handful of high scores and not those who are consistent throughout. So this week Casey and Elizabeth ranked our top 15 teams based on the 1996 Olympic Team. As always, Let us know who you have in your top 15 and what Magnificent 7 member (or almost member) you think they take after in the comments or on Twitter. And if you’re a traditionalist, you can check out the official rankings on Road to Nationals.
Florida - Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller was a household name (and still probably is). She was the big star of her era and had big gymnastics to back it up. Florida has been on top of the gymnastics world for the past three years. It also has the piked double Arabians, Yurchenko one and a halves and double back beam dismounts to make fans want to pull up the live stream and watch. However, like Miller had broken wrists, the Gators are not the best in the choreography department. They could take a tip or two from Oklahoma. But even without that grace, they’re doing pretty well for themselves, thank you very much.
Alabama - Dominique Dawes
Dominique Dawes always seemed to be around, coming back and making yet another Olympic team. She was powerful and never someone you wanted to doubt. Alabama never seems like the true contender to start out but sneaks up and BAM wins SECs or makes Super Six yet again. The team as a whole is powerful and is always a threat for that title.
Utah - Amanda Borden
Can you honestly say you expected Utah to finish second in the nation last year? And even this year, a lot of people counted the Utes out after the team lost a star-filled senior class that included the likes of Georgia Dabritz, Tory Wilson and Corrie Lothrop. However, it is still hanging in there, sitting right around that No. 1 regional seed position. Amanda Borden was a phenomenal gymnast but often overshadowed by the bigger names like Shannon Miller and Kerri Strug. Yet she was a star in her own right and just as much a part of the gold-medal winning team as the other six.
Michigan - Jaycie Phelps
If you ask someone on the street or even a casual gym fan to name the Magnificent Seven, Jaycie Phelps would probably be the last on the list or maybe even forgotten by the majority of people. Michigan is often overlooked as well. The Wolverines have quiet success, hitting consistent and confident routines that people only start to notice come post season when the team makes noise.
Auburn and Arkansas - Theresa Kulikowski
Auburn and Arkansas are perfectly good teams. But they’re second tier. Both are fighting for that final spot in the night session of SECs, but both aren’t considered the best in the conference. Yeah, they’ve had their time in the spotlight, but they haven’t been good enough to stay there and get the real fame. Theresa Kulikowski was relegated to alternate status. She was good enough to make it that far but not good enough for the big time.
Georgia and Stanford - Bela Karolyi
Bela Karolyi was fantastic in his prime. No one has arguably achieved the success he has as a coach in the sport. But now he’s a bit past his prime. Georgia, and to a lesser extent Stanford, are current-era Bela. Georgia had its time in the Suzanne Yoculan years, sitting at the top of the NCAA gymnastics world for years and years. But now the Gymdogs are struggling to find the same success. Stanford was one floor rotation away from a national title last year (I know, right?) but is struggling this year to find that same success (so far — because we all know what Stanford is like during the regular season).
Boise State and Denver - Kristen Maloney
Denver and Boise State each have a star in Nina McGee and Krystine Jacobsen but haven’t had that big moment as a team yet. Right now, the Pioneers and Broncos are 1996 Maloney. Overshadowed by the Mag Seven and not yet good enough for the Olympics, she persevered until she finally made it. Denver and Boise State are on the brink of greatness but not there yet. But wait a few years for 1998-2000 Maloney to roll around and we’ve got ourselves some excitement.
The time has finally come! Rankings are now based on Regional Qualifying Score. And while the top spot remains the same, the rest of the rankings are very interesting. To calculate RQS, take the top six scores for the team or individual — three must be from away meets — drop the highest score and average the remaining five.
See what's different and where your favorite team and gymnasts stand. To view the full rankings, visit Road to Nationals. Note that some teams and gymnasts may no longer be listed in the rankings because they do not have the necessary six scores/three away scores to fulfill the RQS requirements.
To gear up for the 2016 Nastia Liukin Cup, we took a look at all the qualifiers, their scores from the meets they qualified from and other fun info in preparation for the big night.
There are a handful of good meets this weekend. No. 1 Oklahoma travels to Georgia where the Gymdogs have upset teams the past two weeks. We’ll see if the Sooners are immune to Stegeman Coliseum or if they will go down just like the Gators and Tigers. California also heads to Oregon State for a No. 15 vs. No. 16 matchup. Stanford hosts its senior night for a nationally-televised competition against Utah and Auburn rides the high of beating Alabama to LSU where the battle of the Tigers will ensue.
As always, we’ll tell you who we think will win these top meets, give previews of other notable matchups and provide scoring and video links for every competition happening between Friday and Monday. And once again, we’re welcoming Casey to the pick em panel! But we don’t want to be the only ones with opinions. We want to hear your opinions too! So play along by answering who you think will win each matchup by participating in the polls. And if you feel strongly about your choices, feel free to let us know in the comments below. The records from last week’s college pick em are as follows: Casey (1-4), Elizabeth (2-3), fan vote (2-3).
No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 10 Georgia: Saturday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Oklahoma Preview | Georgia Preview
Georgia’s adding a twist to its annual pink meet this year by adding green to the celebration to support all cancers. While it’s uncertain whether the Gymdogs will don pink and green in their ensembles, its for a good cause nonetheless. But for the actual gymnastics side of things, Georgia is coming off back-to-back upsets of top five teams. Oklahoma comes into Stegeman Coliseum as the second No. 1 team to visit in three weeks. While it didn’t look like the Gators were capable of losing back then it happened. And while it doesn’t look like Oklahoma will have problems, anything can happen, especially when a beam is involved. The Sooners don’t have as many vulnerabilities as Florida did and has more lineup depth. The Gymdogs are coming off their best meet of the season and have a lot of confidence coming away from that meet. While on paper, Oklahoma is the better team, Georgia showed it can hang with the top teams.
Days until the 2017 National Championships