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Week 3 Rankings

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1. Florida Gators

Average: 197.392

In avoiding the general world apocalypse that was week 3 in college gymnastics, Florida extended its advantage atop the national rankings, in the process recording its third consecutive score comfortably into the 197s and the best score of the week nationally. It’s the closest thing 2021 has to cruising. Megan Skaggs is currently Florida’s top-ranked all-arounder, and other things you predicted.


2. LSU Tigers

Average: 197.008

Going into the 197s is suddenly kind of a big deal again given the everything, so LSU’s second consecutive 197.2 over the weekend—achieved with Kiya Johnson limited to one event—proved enough to lift the team three spots as the Tigers tightened up to avoid counting misses on bars and floor after early mistakes. We’re still not settled with Haleigh Bryant’s routine somehow being the lowest-scoring hit of that floor rotation.


3. Oklahoma Sooners

Average: 196.858

This weird-shaped number next to the word Oklahoma comes as a result of the Sooners’ worst team score in 9 years—a 196.100 recorded thanks to counting falls on both beam and floor. It was a semi-shocking result for a team that doesn’t really have random meltdown meets, but we saw the absences of gymnasts like Trautman and Woodard and Sullivan catch up to the team and prove that the challenges of the Devil Season can affect even a juggernaut like Oklahoma.


4. Utah Red Rocks

Average: 196.842

A season-high 197.075 in the home opener helped Utah jump in the rankings and get within striking distance of LSU and Oklahoma. Utah kind of solved the beam problem from last week (though it can still get better), and consistently full, first-choice lineups have been the team’s biggest asset so far. Contrary to what’s happening in most of the country, we’re not seeing Utah having to cobble together lineups with random backups. These are the people you want going.

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Week 2 Rankings

1. Florida Gators

Average: 197.375

Florida retained the #1 ranking in week 2 despite not quite matching the strength of its first-meet performance (a national theme) and having this weird thing happen where Trinity Thomas fell on beam. Nonetheless, Florida’s 197.250 proved to be nearly the top score of the weekend, receiving a necessary boost from Nya Reed’s final rotation 9.975.


2. Oklahoma Sooners

Average: 197.238

The Sooners fell to #2 in the rankings this week after a meh-for-Oklahoma 197.025, the team’s lowest score in two years. The lineup felt the strain of the additional injuries to Audrey Lynn and Carly Woodard in a hoppy vault rotation and tight beam performance, though will take comfort that the “off” meet still featured six 9.9s—an improvement over last week’s five—and a score over 197.


3. Michigan Wolverines

Average: 197.225

A statement season opener saw Michigan debut among the best teams in the country, and very nearly break into the top two in the process. The five Y1.5s on vault will be a formidable force, and the bars dismounts look almost postseason ready. Michigan will be particularly encouraged about being able to open comfortably into the 197s with a nationally competitive score, even on a day when beam was only OK.


4. Minnesota Gophers

Average: 197.025

A first-rotation zero didn’t seem to bode well, but then Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper took over to bring the team into the 197s as Loper jumped into the top position in the national all-around rankings. The addition of Mya Hooten, who debuted with a 9.950 on floor after the vault unpleasantness, should give Minnesota some much-needed oomph on floor, the weak event for last season’s roster.


5. LSU Tigers

Average: 196.913

LSU pulled itself up from last week’s performance with a much stronger 197.275 that turned out to be the top score in the country this weekend. The improvement came largely thanks to the bars scores and slightly more hitting on beam—though Kiya Johnson still needs to get that hex taken off of her. Haleigh Bryant competed the all-around for the first time for a casual 39.600 and made a compelling case for herself as a beamer in addition to the other events.


6. Utah Utes

Average: 196.725

Utah will be ruing a missed opportunity this week as Oklahoma’s average performance opened the door for an upset if Utah had been at its best. It was an anxious performance on beam, typically the team’s strongest event, that took away any chance for the victory. A 196.550 is still a fine score, but probably not a road score that a team like Utah wants to have to count come the end of the season.


7. Denver Pioneers

Average: 196.600

Denver will be fairly pleased with 196.600 as a foundational score as Lynnzee Brown competed all four events in her return to lead the team. The promise of increased depth from the freshman class also came through as they delivered 11 of the team’s 24 routines. Vault landings proved the lone stumbling block for a low event score there despite what should be a greater number of options this season, so watch out for that.


8. Arkansas Razorbacks

Average: 196.488

It was kind of a weird one for Arkansas. The team did not come as close to upsetting LSU this time around and had to count a fall on bars, but still somehow improved on last week’s result to score a quite strong 196.625 and rank as the #3 team in the conference. To a large extent…it’s good to be home. But the makings of a very competitive SEC team are there, Maggie O’Hara’s scores are thriving, and Sarah Shaffer has never looked stronger in setting an all-around career high.

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Week 1 Rankings

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1. Florida Gators

Score: 197.500

Florida edged Oklahoma to take the top spot in the season’s first rankings, largely on the strength of a beam rotation that picked up right where it left off last season. Overall, Florida recorded ten scores in the 9.9s, compared to Oklahoma’s five. Ellie Lazzari made an encouraging debut with two scores in the 9.9s, and Trinity Thomas leads the national all-around standings with her opening 39.750.


2. Oklahoma Sooners

Score: 197.450

Oklahoma came up just shy of Florida but showed a complete and even first-meet performance with no counting score lower than 9.825. Freshman Katherine Levasseur led the entire team on bars with a 9.925, and Audrey Lynn—who never scored better than 9.650 on vault as a L10—upgraded to a handspring pike 1/2 to tie for the highest vault score with 9.875. Despite the second-place position, this week’s score is .150 higher than Oklahoma’s debut score from last season, which had the team in first place.


3. Utah Utes

Score: 196.900

Utah will comfortably accept a near-197 performance in the first meet, a showing that encountered a few minor bugs but also featured competitive debuts from Rucker and Stanhope, on vault and floor—though with downgraded vaults, so watch that space. Unsurprisingly, beam shone as Utah’s strongest event score, even with some shaky early-lineup routines.


4. Alabama Crimson Tide

Score: 196.850

Alabama will be among the teams most pleased with its first-meet performance, securely withstanding falls here and there to score competitively, and keeping pace on floor even with a half-missing lineup. Sophomore Mati Waligora stole the show in her debut with a Y1.5 and a 9.925 on beam, though Shania Adams also comported herself smoothly in an all-around debut, and Makarri Doggette was excellent in her two appearances. A rough performance from Emily Gaskins may jeopardize her lineup spots as more gymnasts add back events, so keep an eye on that.


5. LSU Tigers

Score: 196.550

LSU isn’t ranked poorly but won’t be particularly pleased with a first-meet performance that nearly saw the team fall to Arkansas. Shaky beam routines from some unexpected characters, as well as a generally rough day for Shchennikova, took LSU’s total down, and the team required some serious saving from Haleigh Bryant and Kiya Johnson on floor to get the win (their scores were too high, but even scored normally, those routines would have been enough for the win). The sublime three-event debut from Bryant will rank as the major highlight for LSU.

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NCAA Week 10 Rankings

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1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 198.080
Previous ranking: 1

Road 1198.250
Road 2197.900
Road 3197.675
Home/Road 1198.450
Home/Road 2198.400
Home/Road 3198.175
Qualifying Score198.080

Maximum after next meet: 198.235
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 2

Oklahoma posted an obviously horrible and shameful 198.100 home score over the weekend with only one 10.000 (was it a try?) and therefore remains steady in NQS. The Sooners will compete in Minnesota on Saturday with another chance to set the all-time NQS record, needing “just” a 197.900 to do so, which is quite manageable.


2. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.940
Previous ranking: 2

Road 1198.100
Road 2197.875
Road 3197.800
Home/Road 1198.375
Home/Road 2198.050
Home/Road 3197.875
Qualifying Score197.940

Maximum after next meet: 198.040
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 1

Florida equaled Oklahoma’s number with a 198.100 over the weekend, getting two 10s, which Florida will particularly appreciate because those were not 100% full, ideal postseason lineups. Florida returns home to compete on Friday and cannot catch Oklahoma for first place but remains solid in 2nd place and is highly likely to remain there through the end of the season.


3. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.565
Previous ranking: 3

Road 1197.575
Road 2197.425
Road 3197.250
Home/Road 1198.025
Home/Road 2197.900
Home/Road 3197.675
Qualifying Score197.565

Maximum after next meet: 197.635
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 1

UCLA recorded its second-highest score of the season, and like Oklahoma and Florida, will be fairly encouraged that it was a big total that still did not represent the team performing to full potential (even on vault which did show major improvement). Because UCLA stays home this coming week, there’s not a ton of room to improve the team’s NQS until Pac-12s, so UCLA is vulnerable to being passed by Utah depending on what Utah does.


4. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.475
Previous ranking: 4

Road 1198.075
Road 2197.675
Road 3197.550
Home/Road 1197.750
Home/Road 2197.300
Home/Road 3197.100
Qualifying Score197.475

Maximum after next meet: 197.670
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 1

Utah stayed at #4 this week but will have an opportunity to get up to #3 and pass UCLA next week by dropping that remaining 197.100. It will depend on what UCLA scores to know what Utah actually needs to do to pass, but since Utah competes the day before UCLA, Utah won’t know that yet and will be aiming for a 197.925, which is the score required to ensure a #3 ranking next week regardless of what UCLA does.

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NCAA Week 9 Rankings

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1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 198.080
Previous ranking: 1

Road 1198.250
Road 2197.900
Road 3197.675
Home/Road 1198.450
Home/Road 2198.400
Home/Road 3198.175
Qualifying Score198.080

Maximum after next meet: 198.135
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

The…elaborate prank?…that was Maggie Nichols being out with an ankle injury “for a while” was not a thing over the weekend as Nichols competed all four events for an AA score of 39.825. Just that. It helped Oklahoma record one of its highest team scores ever and come within comfortable striking distance of the all-time record NQS/RQS of 198.115. Already. It would take a 198.375 this Friday at home against Michigan (Maggie Nichols Senior Night Watch) for Oklahoma to break the all-time qualifying score record.


2. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.880
Previous ranking: 2

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.800
Road 3197.800
Home/Road 1198.375
Home/Road 2198.050
Home/Road 3197.875
Qualifying Score197.880

Maximum after next meet: 197.995
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Florida successfully removed its last “low” road score last Friday against Georgia and is therefore looking quite comfortable to stay at #2 for the remainder of the process. Because Florida’s scores are all pretty tightly packed, there’s not a lot that the Gators can gain in an individual weekend, but there’s also not a lot Florida needs to change at this point because the margin between #2 and #3 is so large. Florida’s own team NQS/RQS record is 197.895 from the 2014 season, which can be broken with a 197.900 this weekend at Penn State.


3. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.425
Previous ranking: 3

Road 1197.575
Road 2197.425
Road 3197.250
Home/Road 1198.025
Home/Road 2197.675
Home/Road 3197.200
Qualifying Score197.425

Maximum after next meet: 197.590
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 1

UCLA managed to hang on with the #3 ranking, though the lower 197 recorded against Oregon State keeps the team in a somewhat vulnerable position for retaining a top-4 place (and #1 regional seed) because those bold road scores are weaker than what we’re seeing from teams like Utah and LSU. So there’s still some urgency in the score project for UCLA, the main goal this weekend being a 197.800 to ensure maintaining sole possession of #3 in next Monday’s rankings. And really, especially at home, that’s what UCLA should be scoring at this point in the season to make a case as a title contender.


4. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.335
Previous ranking: 4

Road 1198.075
Road 2197.675
Road 3197.550
Home/Road 1197.300
Home/Road 2197.100
Home/Road 3197.050
Qualifying Score197.335

Maximum after next meet: 197.540
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 1

Utah did itself some good with the 197.675 in that strangely evaluated meet against Washington, both in terms of hanging onto 4th place amidst challenges from Michigan and LSU and in terms of keeping things close with UCLA. UCLA has the higher maximum after next week and will therefore control its ranking future, but Utah could move ahead depending on what both teams end up scoring. Utah also may face a serious challenge from Michigan, so another higher 197 is looking necessary to fend off the other teams as well.


5. Michigan Wolverines

NQS: 197.285
Previous ranking: 7

Road 1197.950
Road 2197.075
Road 3196.800
Home/Road 1197.900
Home/Road 2197.350
Home/Road 3197.300
Qualifying Score197.285

Maximum after next meet: 197.515
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Michigan did it for a second week running on Friday with another 197.9, enough to gain two spots in the rankings and make an assault on a top-4 spot look like a realistic prospect. While UCLA and Utah both have higher maximums after this weekend, Michigan could pass either or both if those teams don’t perform up to the expected level and Michigan continues getting these 197.9s. Away at Oklahoma on Friday provides a tremendous opportunity for it.


6. LSU Tigers

NQS: 197.245
Previous ranking: 5

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.775
Road 3197.025
Home/Road 1197.500
Home/Road 2197.125
Home/Road 3196.800
Qualifying Score197.245

Maximum after next meet: 197.460
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Another low 197 over the weekend was not enough to keep back the rush of Michigan’s 197.9s and therefore leaves LSU in a position that…well it’s not tragic, this ranking is fine…but if LSU is entertaining hope of a #1 regional seeding, we’re going to need to see a high 197 this weekend. All of the non-bold scores at this point are too low for a top-4 team, which means every remaining score must be better than that. Moving up remains an absolute possibility—LSU has a chance to get to #3 after this weekend if everything goes just right—but because LSU’s maximum is lower, that possibility is dependent on other famous teams not getting cracky scores. And do you really want to have to bank on that?


7. Denver Pioneers

NQS: 197.135
Previous ranking: 6

Road 1197.250
Road 2197.250
Road 3197.000
Home/Road 1197.425
Home/Road 2197.425
Home/Road 3196.750
Qualifying Score197.135

Maximum after next meet: 197.270
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Hitting that 197 mark against Oklahoma was a big deal for this Denver team, eager to prove that it can still score competitively with such a depleted roster. But it’s also still just a 197.000, which isn’t necessarily going to stand up in this portion of the rankings or keep Denver in the top 8 moving forward. Denver has an outside shot to move ahead of LSU this weekend in its final home meet but is mostly just looking to hang onto this sort of ranking, which will require another 197 to guarantee.

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