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NCAA Week 1 Preview

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Marquee Meet

[16] Missouri @ [10] Georgia
Friday7:00pm ET – SEC Network

It was kind of difficult to choose a marquee meet for this opening weekend (you know, that very important classification) because, among the SEC slate, we have the four traditional powers—Florida, LSU, Georgia, Alabama—each in separate dual meets they’ll be expected to win. Elsewhere, Utah and Oklahoma will be major favorites in their competitions, so it’s quite possible we could have six straightforward and predictable results. And yet, it’s the first meet of a truly bonkers year and there are many unanswered questions, like who’s out with COVID. Or, I mean, who’s injured, or which freshmen are for real and which ones aren’t. Many, many reasons not to be confident about what we’ll end up seeing this weekend. But anyway, I went with the one where I’m most interested in seeing who ends up in these lineups.

In 2021, Georgia’s highest priority will be actually figuring out bars, so I’ll be hyper-focused on how that six shapes up during the first meet. Theoretically, things should get better, but the team will need to see freshmen like Victoria Nguyen come through with competition-ready routines, and Marissa Oakley maintain her health long enough to lead that lineup. Another season of cobbling together a lineup of people who’d rather not be doing bars will lead to Georgia fighting to stay in the top half of the SEC once again. Also Victoria Nguyen. College debut. A thing. Interesting. Watch.

Georgia’s released tentative lineups include Nguyen on everything but beam (I have 16 questions) and include Emily Schild on both bars and beam. That’s a potential boon for Georgia as her injury history had made me, shall we say, skeptical that we would see her again. I notice a disturbing lack of Rachael Lukacs in the lineups below.

Missouri will be without Helen Hu this season, which forces a lineup reshuffle. During the showcase about a month ago, Missouri showed just three scored vaults. There are several obvious vaulters on the roster who were not part of that three and I assume will be vaulting now, a month later, but how Missouri fills out a vault and bars lineup of six will be worth following. Kyra Burns is a potentially significant freshman who did not compete at that showcase and would be expected to make it into both lineups normally. Do expect to see at least a couple events from Jena Swanson and Amaya Marshall.

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2021 Oklahoma Sooners

2021 OKLAHOMA ROSTER
Seniors
Jordan Draper
UB
FX
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.880)
  • Competed 1 UB for 9.850
Evy Schoepfer
VT
BB
FX
  • #3 returning score on VT (9.880)
  • Competed 2 BBs, avg 9.838
  • Competed FX in 2018 and 2019 seasons
Karrie Thomas
UB
BB
  • #4 returning score on UB (9.855)
  • Competed 4 BBs, avg 9.863
Anastasia Webb
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Ranked #5 nationally in AA in 2020
  • #1 returning score on VT (9.935), BB (9.925), FX (9.925)
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.895)
Carly Woodard
BB
  • Competed BB in every meet in 2020
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.905)
Juniors
Emma LaPinta
FX
  • Competed FX in 10 of 11 meets in 2020
  • #4 returning score on FX (9.875)
Allie Stern
VT
FX
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.895)
  • Competed 1 FX for 9.725
Olivia Trautman
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, BB in final 5 meets of 2020
  • Did not compete floor due to injury
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.880)
  • Scored two 10.000s on VT
  • FX NQS of 9.965 in 2019
Sophomores
Vanessa Deniz
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed 5 UB, FX and 1 BB (9.650) in 2020
  • Avg 9.880 FX, 9.860 UB
Jenna Dunn
BB
  • Competed BB every meet in 2020
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.850)
Erin Hutchison
 
  • Did not compete in first season
Ragan Smith
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed UB, BB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on UB (9.930), BB (9.925)
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.885)
  • Competed 4 VTs, avg 9.750
Freshmen
Audrey Davis
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • WOGA
  • Former elite, 6th AA 2018 US Classic
Julianne Fehring
VT
UB
FX
  • LaFleur’s
  • 3rd AA, 1st VT, 2019 JO Nationals
Danae Fletcher
VT
UB
FX
  • MG Elite
  • 4th AA, 1st FX, 2019 JO Nationals
Bell Johnson VT
UB
FX
  • Bart Conner’s
  • 15th AA, 2019 JO Nationals
Katherine LeVasseur VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Mavericks
  • 3rd VT, 2019 JO Nationals
  • 3rd FX, 2020 Nastia Cup
Audrey Lynn VT
  • Bart Conner’s
  • 9th VT, 2020 WOGA Classic
Sheridan Ramsey VT
  • Aim High
  • 6th VT, 2019 Region 3 Champs
Quinn Smith VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Arizona Sunrays
  • 1st VT, 2nd FX, 9th AA 2018 JO Nationals
Meilin Sullivan  
  • Out for 2021 season with myocarditis/pericarditis
  • Fuzion
  • 5th UB, 2019 JO Nationals

RANKING HISTORY
2020 – 1st
2019 – 1st
2018 – 2nd
2017 – 1st
2016 – 1st
2015 – 3rd
2014 – 1st
2013 – 2nd
2012 – 7th
2011 – 3rd

THE 2020 STORY
The 2020 season doesn’t count as a championship because there wasn’t one, but as the team holding the #1 ranking when everything shut down, Oklahoma gets to claim the closest thing the 2020 season had to a title. At least, 2020 can count as the fourth season out of the last five in which Oklahoma has been the #1 team.

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2021 California Golden Bears

2021 CAL ROSTER
Seniors
Kyana George
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 8 of 10 meets in 2020
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.895), VT (9.890), BB (9.885)
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.865)
Alma Kuc
UB
BB
  • Competed 4 UBs in 2020, avg 9.819
Victoria Salem
UB
BB
  • Has not competed a scored routine
  • Showed exhibition in 2020 season
Nina Schank
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed 7 UB, 6 VT, 2 BB, 2 FX in 2020
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.865)
  • #4 returning score on VT (9.820)
  • Avg 9.850 FX, 9.838 BB
Emi Watterson
UB
BB
  • Competed 10 UB, 9 BB in 2020 season
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.890)
  • #5 returning score on BB (9.810)
Juniors
Maya Bordas
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 9 of 10 meets in 2020
  • #1 returning score on UB (9.910)
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.865), BB (9.855)
  • #5 returning score on VT (9.810)
Milan Clausi
VT
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, BB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.885), FX (9.885)
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.840)
Talitha Jones
VT
UB
BB
  • Competed 8 BB, 4 UB, 3 VT before injury
  • NQS of 9.795 BB
  • Avg of 9.800 UB, 9.742 VT
Grace Quinn
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed FX in every meet in 2020, NQS 9.835
  • Showed 4 VT, 2 BB, 1 UB (9.775)
  • Avg 9.756 VT, 9.537 BB
Abi Solari
VT
FX
  • Did not compete in 2020
  • Competed in only the first meet in 2019
Sophomores
Nevaeh DeSouza
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning routine on BB (9.865)
  • #3 returning routine on VT (9.855)
  • #5 returning routine on UB (9.845), FX (9.830)
Maya Green
UB
  • Competed 5 UB in 2020, hit 4 of 5, peak of 9.875
Natalie Sadighi
VT
  • Competed 1 VT in 2020 for 9.650
Ashton Woodbury
VT
FX
  • Competed 1 FX in 2020 for 8.500
Freshmen
Elise Byun
VT
BB
FX
  • Airborne
  • 45th AA, 2018 JO Nationals
Cosette Carranza
BB
FX
  • Texas Dreams
  • 2nd AA, 2016 JO Nationals
Blake Gozashti
BB
FX
  • Gymnastics Zone
Andi Li
VT
UB
BB

FX
  • Legacy Elite
  • 1st AA, 2018 JO Nationals
  • 3rd AA, 2020 Nastia Cup
Gabby Perea
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Legacy Elite
  • 3rd AA, 2016 junior P&G Championships
  • 6th AA, 2020 Nastia Cup
Kennedy Quay
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • SCEGA
  • 6th AA, 2018 JO Nationals

RANKING HISTORY
2020 – 9th
2019 – 11th
2018 – 9th
2017 – 16th
2016 – 7th
2015 – 18th
2014 – 16th
2013 – 28th
2012 – 49th
2011 – 50th

THE 2020 STORY
Cal will be ultimately quite comfortable with a 2020 final ranking that tied for the 3rd-best result in program history. The team managed to gain tenths even after the departure of the Toni-Ann Williams class and, after a slow start in those first couple meets, went on to rack up five 197s and position itself as a solid spoiler to get to nationals—if not one of the main picks—contending with the likes of Alabama and Denver.

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2021 LSU Tigers

2021 LSU ROSTER
Seniors
Reagan Campbell
BB
FX
  • Competed BB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on BB (9.930)
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.875)
Bridget Dean
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed BB every meet in 2020
  • Competed UB in 9 of 11, FX in 7 of 11
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.815)
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.840)
Christina Desiderio
BB
FX
  • Competed 8 BBs, 5 FXs in 2020
  • #5 returning score on BB (9.830)
  • Avg 9.785 on FX
Sami Durante
VT
UB
BB
  • Competed UB, BB every meet in 2020
  • Competed VT in final 6 meets
  • #1 returning score on UB (9.890)
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.860)
  • #4 returning score on VT (9.755)
Sarah Edwards
VT
FX
  • Competed VT, FX in first 4 meets of 2020 before injury
  • Avg of 9.888 on VT
  • Avg of 9.783 for hit FX (also received a 2.000 for injury routine)
Olivia Gunter
FX
  • Competed first routines in 2020
  • Showed 6 FX for NQS of 9.705
Juniors
Rebecca D’Antonio
VT
  • Competed first routines in 2020
  • Showed 2 VTs, avg of 9.713
Sophomores
Kiya Johnson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 9 of 11 meets in 2020
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.960), VT (9.925)
  • #2 returning score on BB (9.895), UB (9.875)
  • Finished season ranked #6 AA, #2 FX
Lexie
Nibbs
VT
  • Competed 4 VTs for LSU in 2020, avg 9.744
Maddie Rau
VT
FX
  • Competed 10 VTs in 2020 after joining in Jan.
  • #3 returning score on VT (9.785)
  • Showed 1 FX in final meet for 9.775
Kai Rivers
 
  • Out with injury
  • Competed VT, UB in 10 of 11 meets in 2020
  • Competed 3 BBs, avg 9.883
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.850), UB (9.840)
Kamryn Ryan
VT
  • Did not compete in first season
Alyona Shchennikova
VT
UB

BB
FX
  • Competed 8 UB, 2 BB in 2020
  • #5 returning score on UB (9.835)
  • Hit 1 for 2 on BB
Caitlin Smith
 
  • Did not compete in first season
Freshmen
Elena Arenas
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Georgia Elite
  • 8th AA, 2019 JO Nationals
  • 9th AA, 2017 P&G Championships
Sierra Ballard
VT
BB
FX
  • North Shore
  • 8th VT, 2019 JO Nationals
Chase Brock
VT
UB
FX
  • Gymnastix
  • 6th UB, 8th VT, 2018 JO Nationals
Haleigh Bryant
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Everest
  • 1st AA, 2020 Nastia Cup
  • 2nd AA, 2019 JO Nationals
Olivia Dunne
VT
UB

BB
FX
  • ENA Paramus
  • 9th AA, 2017 junior P&G Championships
  • 11th AA, 2020 Nastia Cup

RANKING HISTORY
2020 – 6th
2019 – 2nd
2018 – 4th
2017 – 2nd
2016 – 2nd
2015 – 10th
2014 – 3rd
2013 – 5th
2012 – 9th
2011 – 20th
2010 – 9th

THE 2020 STORY
LSU won’t have been particularly pleased with how 2020 was going. Some critical graduations coupled with a rash of key injuries left holes in lineups that had to be filled with [gasp] 9.7s—a shape of number that LSU wouldn’t typically be forced to look at. Things began to improve after a slow start, but even late February saw a streak of low 197s that left LSU looking like a juicy upset prospect in a regional final.

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2021 Denver Pioneers

2021 DENVER ROSTER
Seniors
Lynnzee Brown
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in first 7 meets before injury
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.920), UB (9.895), VT (9.870)
  • #2 returning score on BB (9.895)
  • Finished ranked #7 AA for second straight year
Emily Glynn
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.890), VT (9.810)
  • #4 returning score on FX (9.825)
Mia Sundstrom
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed in first 5 meets of 2020 before injury
  • Avg of 9.830 VT, 9.825 UB, 9.575 BB
Juniors
Natalie Morton
UB
  • Competed 4 UBs in 2020, avg 9.444
Alexandra Ruiz
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 8 of 10 meets in 2020
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.835), VT (9.800)
  • #4 returning score on UB (9.860), BB (9.820)
Alexis Vasquez
BB
  • Competed BB in every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on BB (9.960)
  • Competed 1 VT for 9.725
Sophomores
Victoria Fitts
VT
  • Competed 2 VTs in 2020, hit 1 of 2 for 9.825
Amoree Lockhart
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed BB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.845)
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.820)
  • Showed 4 UBs (avg 9.306), 1 VT (9.525)
Callie Schlottman
BB
  • Competed 3 BB in 2020, hitting 2 of 3
AK Subject VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB every meet in 2020
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.870)
  • #4 returning score on VT (9.760)
  • Competed FX in 8 of 10 meets, NQS 9.685
Freshmen
Rose Casali
VT
UB
FX
  • Southeastern
  • 6th AA, 5th UB, 2019 JO Nationals
Jessica Hutchinson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Silvia’s
  • 10th FX, 2019 JO Nationals
Isabel Mabanta
VT
BB
FX
  • Denton
  • Former senior elite
  • 19th AA, 2018 US Classic
Rylie Mundell
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • CGI
  • 4th AA, 2019 JO Nationals
  • 7th AA, 2020 Nastia Cup
Abbie Thompson
VT
BB
FX
  • Orlando Metro
  • 6th AA, 4th FX, 2019 JO Nationals

RANKING HISTORY
2020 – 7th
2019 – 4th
2018 – 15th
2017 – 9th
2016 – 15th
2015 – 15th
2014 – 18th
2013 – 20th
2012 – 23rd
2011 – 17th

THE 2020 STORY
The 2020 season (as it were) may have seen a drop for Denver in the rankings compared to 2019’s finish, but that was pretty much always going to happen. A very specific confluence of events allowed Denver to finish 4th in 2019, and being able to retain a spot in the top 8 during the 2020 season with competitive scores throughout the year—even when Lynnzee Brown was missing with injury, on top of not having Sundstrom—proved that 2019 wasn’t a fluke and that 2020 should be chalked up as a victory.

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2021 Florida Gators

2021 FLORIDA ROSTER
Seniors
Alyssa Baumann
VT
BB
FX
  • Competed BB, FX all 9 meets in 2020
  • #2 returning score on both (9.935 FX, 9.930 BB)
  • Showed 6 VTs, avg 9.704
Jazmyn Foberg VT
UB
  • Returned from missing 2019 to show 3 VTs in 2020, avg 9.825
  • Made final 2018 lineups on VT (9.850), UB (9.840)
Megan Skaggs
VT
UB
BB
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.870)
  • #4 returning score on VT (9.850)
  • Competed BB each week in 2019
Juniors
Leah Clapper
BB
FX
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.810)
  • Competed exhibition FX in 2019
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf
BB
FX
  • Competed 7 FX, 5 BB in 2020
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.845)
  • BB avg 9.750
Nya Reed
VT
FX
  • Competed 5 FX, 4 VT in 2020 (missed 1 month with injury)
  • Avg 9.860 FX, 9.762 VT
  • 2019 NQS of 9.920 FX, 9.862 FX
Savannah Schoenherr
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.910)
  • #3 returning score on VT 9.865
  • Showed 1 FX for 9.925
Halley Taylor
FX
  • Competed 1 FX in 2020 for 9.750
Trinity Thomas
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Ranked #2 nationally in AA in 2020
  • #1 returning score on all four events
  • NQS of 9.965 FX, 9.965 BB, 9.945 UB, 9.900 VT
Sophomore
Payton Richards
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 5 of 9 meets in 2020
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.885)
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.895)
  • NQS of 9.835 UB, avg 9.830 FX
Freshmen
Chloi Clark
VT
FX
  • Gymtegrity
  • 4th VT, 2019 JO Nationals
Gabrielle Gallentine
VT
UB
FX
  • Everest
  • Junior elite, 2017-18
  • 29th AA, 2018 US Jr Classic
Ellie Lazzari
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Legacy Elite
  • 1st AA, 2019 JO Nationals
Alex Magee
UB
BB
  • Orlando Metro
  • 9th UB, 2019 region 8s

RANKING HISTORY
2020 – 2nd
2019 – 10th
2018 – 3rd
2017 – 3rd
2016 – 4th
2015 – 1st
2014 – 1st
2013 – 1st
2012 – 2nd
2011 – 7th

THE 2020 STORY
Florida will have been largely pleased with how the 2020 season was progressing. The team had scored at least 197.800 in seven consecutive meets prior to the shutdown and was setting itself up as the most compelling challenger to Oklahoma’s reign at the never-nationals. Coming off the disappointment of the previous year’s regionals elimination, Florida was in full Renata Klein mode.

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