Many teams celebrated Halloween by dressing up in costumes this week. While some simply wore costumes to practice on Friday, others turned the Halloween spirit into a competition. For instance, Auburn held a contest to see which class' costumes received the most likes on social media and the winner earned a day off of 6 a.m. workouts. Florida surprised its gymnasts with a trip to do things like ride go-karts and play putt putt.
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After helping Canada qualify to the team final as well as the Rio Olympics, Brittany Rogers and the team competed a few days later in the hopes of improving upon its seventh-place qualifying position. And they did.
At the end of a hard-fought team final, the Canadians landed themselves in sixth, a program best. It was due partly from the help of Georgia's Rogers who deferred the fall semester of her senior year to focus on elite, compete at the world championships and train for the upcoming Olympics.
In the finals, Rogers perfectly stuck her Yurchenko double twist for a score of 15.0 for the vault that only starts out of a 15.8. She had some minor mistakes on bars, hitting her feet on the low and high in separate occasions, but closed out the competition strong for her country on beam, tallying a high 13 to increase her mark form the qualification round.
Both Oklahoma's Brenna Dowell (USA) and Georgia's Brittany Rogers (Canada) were a part of teams that qualified to the 2016 Olympic Games. After 12 subdivisions of qualifications, the U.S. ranked first and Canada was in seventh. Since the top eight teams automatically receive a spot at the Olympics, Canada does not need to rely on earning a spot by finishing in the top four at the Olympic test event in April.
Dowell competed on floor, vault and bars for the U.S., but her score didn't count toward the team total on any of her routines. Dowell competed her floor routine without music and went out of bounds on her final pass in her otherwise solid routine. Her bar routined started on a rough note when she had to redo a release and was later forced to insert an addition half turn after missing her full pirouette. Still, in both cases she stayed on the bar. However, as the routine progressed, she fell twice and only earned a 11.333. On vault, she performed a near-stuck double-twisting Yurchenko for a 15.100.
Rogers earned Canada's highest score on both vault and bars. On vault, she also competed a double-twisting Yurchenko and earned a 15.0. She received a 14.166 on bars, and after three subdivisions, was ranked first on both events. By the time the final session of qualifications concluded, Rogers was not in the top eight on either event and will therefore not compete in event finals. It was Rogers' first time competing beam for Canada since the 2009 world championships and she earned a 13.5.
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UCLA's Danusia Francis and California's Toni-Ann Williams also competed in Glasgow, both representing Jamaica. Francis wowed the crowded with her flexibility on both floor and beam and hit all four apparatuses in competition, finishing with a 51.999 and qualifying to the test event in April. Williams also performed well, sticking her full-twisting Yurchenko on vault for a 14.166 and nailing her floor routine as well. She had a fall on bars but bounced back with a solid beam routine, which ended with a stuck double front dismount. She finished her day with a 50.531 in the all around.
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