This week Casey and Elizabeth rank the top 12 teams as characters from everyone’s favorite movie, Mean Girls. Who’s wearing sweatpants for the second time this week, and who is winning Prom Queen.
As always, Let us know who you have in your top 15 and which Mean Girls character you think it resembles in the comments or on Twitter. And if you’re a traditionalist, you can check out the official rankings on Road to Nationals.
Oklahoma - Cady Heron
Like Cady, Oklahoma is a sweetheart and liked by everyone. She started out as the new girl, kind of weird and not in the know, but slowly became a part of the plastics and one of the most popular girls in the school. Oklahoma recently came into its own, was new to the Super Six party and had some weird choreography. But with time, people grew to love the Sooners.
LSU - Karen Smith
Like Karen, LSU has some blonde moments, like the falls from Cannamela in prelims and Finnegan in finals. But when they get into a groove like their final vault rotation, LSU can be amazing. I’m 30 percent sure D-D is already bedazzling a new blouse for 2017.
Alabama - Gretchen Weiners
Always in the Super Six and with a chance to win it all. Carley Sims totally reversed the Gretchen Weiners fate and made fetch happen when she cat walked down the vault runway in prelims. But despite being in the top tier every year, the Tide was robbed of that SEC title and finished off the top of the podium yet again. And none for Alabama. Bye.
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At the conclusion of the competition, the women's coaches of the year were announced. Justin Howell, head coach of Cal women's gymnastics and Liz Crandall-Howell, associate head coach of the Cal program, took home top coaching honors after coaching their team to its first nationals berth since 1992 and finishing a program-best seventh at the championships.
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While it was only night one of the NCAA national championships, individual championships and All-American honors were on the line. Florida's Bridget Sloan capped off her individual career with three titles while Georgia and LSU made it back to the Super Six for the first time since 2014 and UCLA qualified for the first time since 2013.
Florida and LSU qualified easily as expected, but the anticipated race for the third spot was less dramatic than expected with Georgia picking up the final placement over a point ahead of fourth-place finisher Stanford. The Cardinal, along with Auburn and Minnesota, all had to count big mistakes, thus taking them out of the running for a finals berth. Stanford and Auburn both fell twice on beam while Minnesota fell three times on bars.
Like in session one, the top two qualifiers, Oklahoma and Alabama, made it to Saturday's competition easily, with Alabama doing so with four of six perfectly stuck vaults to end the night. Meanwhile, Utah came in the third-seeded team but left in sixth in the subdivision after a disastrous beam rotation, falling twice and having another major error on a dismount. UCLA took advantage of the Utes' mistakes and snagged the final qualifying spot. California, competing at nationals for the first time since 1992 and without superstar Toni-Ann Williams who is in Rio trying to qualify to the Olympics, finished a record fourth in the session and seventh overall. Nebraska wrapped up the night in fifth, overcoming adversity when senior and leader Jennie Laeng suffered a severe injury on bars.
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