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US Worlds Team, By The Numbers

Lots and lots of acrimony over the worlds team this year—mostly by me, because scores and charts and frustration over “rank order” from previous selections—which is fine and normal.

But Spencer, why do you have a problem with the selected team if those were the gymnasts who earned it on the day?

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The Scores: Post-Nationals Edition

Now that the US national championship has provided a lovely, juicy, delicious (can you tell I’m hungry) chunk of new numbers to bolster and clarify Spreadsheet Nation, let’s take a new look at the updated scoring hierarchy and what it could mean for potential worlds team selection.

First, the athletes are ranked by peak score recorded on each event so far in 2019, with the top 3 on each apparatus highlighted.

Using those numbers, the highest-scoring team in a 3-count scenario would be as follows:

That team would be “burn down the world” good on bars and beam, though I do think the peak scores somewhat misrepresent vault because this group of 5 is far from the strongest vault team the US could come up with. It would be perfectly reasonable for the US to object to heading into worlds with McCusker, Lee, and Eaker on the same team knowing that one of them would have to vault in the team final.

Now, you could counter that argument with “but the other events are so good they make up for it” or “they’re going to win the team final anyway, so why not maximize event medal possibilities” in support of this team of five. Your choice.

Basically, counting the McCusker vault is the only non-amazing part of that team (should everyone hit), and there’s no other permutation of gymnasts that comes very close at all to matching this peak team score.

What the peak team doesn’t take into account, of course, is consistency, so it doesn’t mind if you fall 80 times as long as you hit once and that hit was an amazing score. Continue reading The Scores: Post-Nationals Edition

2019 RQS Calculator

This year’s RQS calculator is live.

It’s on view-only status, but you can either download the document from there or select “make a copy” if you want your own version to edit yourself so you can play around with your own “If we got 199 next week, and they got a 2, would we be ahead of them?” pipe dreams. I’ll update each week with the new scores.

It’s still early. Only two teams have a full RQS score so far (congratulations on your championship Iowa), and RQS doesn’t get used for official rankings until week 8. But, a large chunk of teams will have a prospective RQS following this weekend’s competitions, so the comparison game can start—while the “they desperately need three more road scores” game has already long since begun.

Quad Records

Current national scoring records for the 2017-2020 quad (seniors).

All-Around Ragan Smith 57.850 August 2017
Vault Jordan Chiles 15.150 August 2017
Bars Riley McCusker 15.050 April 2017
Beam Ragan Smith 15.350 July 2017
Floor Ragan Smith 14.433 October 2017


All-Around Elena Eremina 57.900 August 2017
Vault Angelina Simakova 15.050 November 2017
Bars Anastasia Ilyankova 15.275 August 2017
Beam Maria Kharenkova 15.350 October 2017
Floor Maria Kharenkova
Angelina Melnikova
14.500 August 2017
April 2018


All-Around Liu Tingting 56.800 May 2017
Vault Zhang Jin
Liu Jinru
14.550 May 2018
May 2017
Bars Fan Yilin 15.166 October 2017
Beam Liu Tingting 15.300 May 2017
Floor Wang Yan 13.800 September 2017


All-Around Asuka Teramoto 56.800 August 2017
Vault Sae Miyakawa 15.100 June 2017
Bars Hitomi Hatakeda 14.500 June 2017
Beam Kiko Kuwajima 14.500 February 2018
Floor Mai Murakami 14.800 August 2017


All-Around Ellie Downie 56.198 April 2017
Vault Ellie Downie 14.950 March 2017
Bars Georgia Mae-Fenton
Becky Downie
14.600 3 occasions
April 2017
Beam Alice Kinsella 14.050 March 2017
Floor Taeja James 14.100 April 2018


All-Around Martina Maggio 55.450 May 2017
Vault Martina Maggio 14.800 May 2017
Bars Martina Maggio 14.050 May 2017
Beam Elisa Meneghini 13.950 September 2017
Floor Desiree Carofiglio 13.900 May 2017


All-Around Eythora Thorsdottir 56.350 February 2017
Vault Tisha Volleman 14.500 September 2017
Bars Sanne Wevers 13.933 November 2017
Beam Eythora Thorsdottir 14.850 February 2017
Floor Eythora Thorsdottir 14.000 February 2017


All-Around Rebeca Andrade 56.000 April 2017
Vault Rebeca Andrade 15.150 September 2017
Bars Rebeca Andrade 14.450 September 2017
Beam Daniele Hypolito 14.600 June 2018
Floor Thais Fidelis 14.200 August 2017


All-Around Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos 55.450 May 2017
Vault Coline Devillard 14.633 April 2017
Bars Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos 14.650 November 2017
Beam Marine Boyer 14.900 May 2017
Floor Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos 14.200 May 2018


All-Around Tabea Alt 54.866 April 2017
Vault Sarah Voss 14.600 December 2017
Bars Elisabeth Seitz 14.900 November 2017
Beam Pauline Schäfer 14.150 June 2017
Floor Kim Bui 13.566 April 2017


All-Around Nina Derwael 54.250 March 2018
Vault Maellyse Brassart 14.100 February 2018
Bars Nina Derwael 15.350 May 2018
Beam Nina Derwael 13.900 June 2017
Floor Rune Hermans 13.500 March 2018


All-Around Ellie Black 56.199 May 2018
Vault Shallon Olsen 14.900 March 2018
Bars Ellie Black 14.400 October 2017
May 2018
Beam Ellie Back 14.400 August 2017
Floor Brooklyn Moors 14.600 February 2018


All-Around Larisa Iordache 58.466 September 2017
Vault Larisa Iordache 14.800 September 2017
Bars Larisa Iordache 14.533 September 2017
Beam Larisa Iordache 15.566 September 2017
Floor Larisa Iordache 14.266 September 2017
All-Around Georgia Godwin 56.325 May 2018
Vault Emily Little 14.750 May 2017
Bars Georgia Godwin 14.575 May 2018
Beam Georgia Godwin 14.625 May 2018
Floor Georgia Godwin 14.525 May 2018

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Operation Hall of 10s

This season, I have been updating and expanding the Hall of 10s (always available at the top of the page) with the goal of including names, dates, and apparatuses for every 10 ever scored in NCAA gymnastics.

It currently includes 873 scores of 10.0 dating from Kelly Garrison in 1988 to Elizabeth Price in 2018, but it’s definitely not the complete account of every 10.0 ever scored. I’m missing exact dates for a number of 10s from the mid-90s (because apparently the internet was invented 7 days ago, and before that we didn’t have calendars and told time by the wind).

Plus, most of the Jenny Hansen 10s don’t appear at all in the list because I’m missing years for them (I currently have dates for just six of the twenty-one vault 10s and none of the six floor 10s). No matter. She’s not the most 10-ed NCAA gymnast of all time or anything (oh wait, yes she is). Information is also pretty sparse for those schools that don’t have programs anymore, since they’re weirdly not super concerned about maintaining records because of the whole not-existing thing.

So, I think we can do better if we work together. I know we have a lot of the original fans out there, so take a look at the list and let me know if you have information that isn’t included so that this can become a more complete Hall of 10s.

As we have it now, you may be interested to know (if you’re a trash nerd like me), that the 10-iest day in the history of college gymnastics came on March 12, 2004, when twelve separate 10.000s were awarded (five to Arizona State alone). Disclaimer: 2004 is not a role model.

Plus, a scavenger hunt: Can you find the only athlete in NCAA history who has scored a 10.000 for two different schools?