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Records That Could Fall in 2023
On the eve of the 2023 college gymnastics season, I’m looking back at just a few of the new scoring records set during that whirlwind of a 2022 experience, as well as a few more that happened to survive 2022 but…could…fall in 2023. At this point, we never know.
New Records in 2022
Team NQS – 198.140, Oklahoma
Oklahoma broke its own NQS record in 2022 with that 198.140, surpassing the previous record mark of 198.120 that OU set in the 2018 season. Florida’s NQS of 198.135 in 2022 also beat the previous record but did not beat Oklahoma. At this point, given the scoring trends, it’s reasonable to expect a new NQS record to be set…basically every season.
Highest road meet score – 198.775, Florida
Florida’s performance in the Auburn regional final on April 2, 2022 earned 198.775, which is the highest score a team has ever achieved at a road meet. It surpassed the previous record of 198.575 that Florida also received at Auburn less than a month before, on March 4. That surpassed the previous record of 198.525 that Michigan received at Rutgers a month before that, on February 4.
Prior to the 2022 season, the road score record sat at 198.475, belonging to Oklahoma’s performance at the Georgia regional in 2019. Now it seems quaint.
Highest team bars score – 49.825, Oklahoma (tie w/ Cal 2021, UCLA 2004)
Oklahoma’s bars score of 49.825 on March 4th matched the all-time team bars score record, which was originally set by UCLA in 2004 and then tied by Cal in 2021. The bars mark still sits as the lowest of the four apparatus score records (see below) and seems primed to be bested in the 2023 season.
Most 198s in a season – 33
The previous record for 198s scored in a single college gymnastics season was 19. Last season saw 33. So that was a lot more. Five of the ten highest scores in college gymnastics history were scored during the 2022 season.
Highest-scoring dual meet – 397.150, Florida @ Auburn
Florida and Auburn’s March 4th meet, a 198.575-198.575 tie, set a new record for the highest cumulative 2-team score in NCAA history at a whopping 397.150. The previous record was 396.600 (so…over a fall lower) from a Florida and Oklahoma meet in 2015. Another record totally blown out of the water.
Records That Survived 2022
Highest team score – 198.875 (UCLA, Stanford 2004)
No one can say 2022 didn’t try. Florida’s 198.775 was the highest mark in 2022 and made a solid run at the record, but ended up a tenth short and sits as the #3 score of all time.
The door…I hear banging.
Most career 10s by an individual – 28, Jenny Hansen, Jamie Dantzscher
This record will be under threat in the 2023 season as Trinity Thomas currently sits at 20 on the eve of her fifth season of eligibility. For reference, Thomas scored twelve 10s during the 2022 season alone.
Most 10s in a single meet – 7 (Michigan @ Georgia; March 8, 1997)
This is among the rarer records in NCAA in that it has withstood both the craziness of 2003-2004 and the craziness of the current era. In that 1997 dual meet between Michigan and Georgia, Georgia got four 10s (Leah Brown and Kim Arnold both got 10s on vault and floor) and Michigan got three 10s (Sarah Cain and Nikki Peters on vault, Heather Kabick on floor).
The record has been under serious threat three times since then, competitions where six 10s were scored—a UCLA quad meet with Michigan, Minnesota, and Fullerton in 2002; an Arizona State/UCLA meet in 2003; and the UCLA/Oklahoma meet from 2018—but it is yet to be matched.
We had a total of four 10s in the same meet a bunch of times in 2022, but never more than that.
Most 10s in a single day – 12 (March 12, 2004)
Thatttttt’s a lot of 10s. On this day, Arizona State recorded five 10s at home against Minnesota, while Florida hosted UCLA with only one 10 for each team (was that a try?), Washington scored two 10s at home against Boise State and Seattle Pacific, LSU scored two 10s away at Centenary, and Missouri got a 10 away against TWU.
The single-day record for the 2022 season was eight 10s, set on March 4th, when Florida and Auburn’s meet provoked four 10s (two for each team), Utah got three 10s at home against Minnesota, and Oklahoma got one against Michigan.
Most 10s in a Season – 98 (2004)
Again, 2022 tried its best but ended up with 71 scores of 10.000 across the season, one of the 10-iest seasons in college gymnastics history but not yet at the level of the 2004 season.
Highest team vault score – 49.925, Georgia 1996
Highest team beam score – 49.875, Arizona State 2003
Highest team floor score – 49.925, Stanford 2004
These 49.9s are toughies because the judges have to be willing to start at 9.950+ and go up from there, but we saw a 49.875 vault score from Michigan in 2022, so all of these have to be considered attainable at this point.
Highest individual all-around score – 40.000 (Karin Lichey, 1996)
I mean, it’s possible…
As always, you can check out the
Hall of 10s
Team Scoring Records
Most 10s in NCAA
Top NCAA All-Around Scores
Top NCAA Team Scores
Top Event Scores of 2022
Today, as we hurtle ever closer to worlds, I’m checking in on the best scores on each apparatus recorded in 2022*. Across all four of these top-10 lists, China owns 14 scores, the US has 13 scores, Gadirova Britain has 6 scores, Brazil has 4 scores, Italy has 3, and Hungary has 1.
*Only worlds-eligible gymnasts are included.
|VAULT (2 VT AVERAGE)|
|1.||Jade Carey||14.650||US Nationals Day 1|
|2.||Jade Carey||14.567||US September Camp|
|3.||Jade Carey||14.475||US Nationals Day 2|
|4.||Jessica Gadirova||14.150||English Championship|
|5.||Jordan Chiles||14.117||US September Camp|
|6.||Asia D’Amato||13.967||Jesolo Qualification|
|7.||Zsofia Kovacs||13.933||European Event Final|
|8.||Leanne Wong||13.900||US Classic|
|8.||Jessica Gadirova||13.900||British Nationals Event Final|
|10.||Asia D’Amato||13.875||Mediterranean Games|
|1.||Wei Xiaoyuan||15.000||Asian Championship Qualification|
|2.||Rebeca Andrade||14.967||Pan American AA/Event Final|
|2.||Rebeca Andrade||14.967||Brazilian Nationals Day 2|
|2.||Luo Rui||14.967||Chinese Nationals Event Final|
|2.||Wei Xiaoyuan||14.967||Chinese Nationals Event Final|
|6.||Wei Xiaoyuan||14.900||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|7.||Shilese Jones||14.850||US Nationals Day 1|
|7.||Luo Rui||14.850||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|9.||Alice D’Amato||14.800||Serie A Final|
|10.||Shilese Jones||14.767||US September Camp|
|10.||Wei Xiaoyuan||14.767||Asian Championship Event Final|
|1.||Sun Xinyi||14.850||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|2.||Konnor McClain||14.800||US Nationals Day 1|
|2.||Zhou Yaqin||14.800||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|4.||Tang Xijing||14.767||Asian Championship Trial|
|5.||Luo Rui||14.650||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|6.||Sun Xinyi||14.633||Asian Championship Trial|
|6.||Wu Ran||14.633||Asian Championship Qualification|
|6.||Wu Ran||14.633||Asian Championship Event Final|
|9.||Konnor McClain||14.600||Winter Cup|
|10.||Wu Ran||14.533||Asian Championship Trial|
|1.||Jessica Gadirova||14.600||British Nationals Event Final|
|2.||Shilese Jones||14.250||US Nationals Day 2|
|3.||Flavia Saraiva||14.133||Brazilian Nationals Day 2|
|4.||Shilese Jones||14.100||US Nationals Day 1|
|5.||Jade Carey||14.050||US Nationals Day 1|
|5.||Jessica Gadirova||14.050||British Nationals Day 1|
|5.||Jessica Gadirova||14.050||English Championship|
|8.||Jordan Chiles||14.000||US September Camp|
|8.||Jessica Gadirova||14.000||European Event Final|
|8.||Rebeca Andrade||14.000||Brazilian Nationals Day 2|
Armed and not to be trusted with this information, it’s time to play a little game called What Is the Best Possible Worlds Team You Could Pick Using Anyone From Any Country? We’re still workshopping the title. Seems long-ish.
The highest-scoring team one could come up with is this one (using single-vault scores because that’s what team is):
Now, if this were real life, I’m not sure that I would trust that Gadirova 14.600 from British as real and would also consider Jade Carey for that position on the team to deliver a floor score and improve the vault total by several tenths. A team with Carey in place of Gadirova also goes into the 175s.
In fact, a “light a candle and hold on for dear life” team with Jade Carey and Sun Xinyi joining Andrade, Jones, and Luo comes in only a tenth behind the previous team.
Luo Rui delivers the best combination of bars and beam scores, though by only a little more than a tenth over Tang Xijing, whom you might also consider for having more realistic events, even though her floor wouldn’t be used on a best-in-the-world team.
Wei Xiaoyuan’s world-leading bars score doesn’t really get her into these five because the bars scores from Andrade, Jones, and Luo are very close to her, and they all have at least one other event.
For reference, the highest-scoring team you can come up with that doesn’t include Rebeca Andrade would be at 174.682, which would include Jones, McClain, Tang, Luo, and either Carey or Gadirova (both the same score). The top team that doesn’t include Shilese Jones would be at 174.882 and would include Andrade, Gadirova, Carey, Luo, and Tang.
So anyway, this was a very productive use of time and I’m pretty much the same as a doctor.
US Scoring Update — Post-Classic
The time has come for the post-Classic score update where all our questions can finally be answered. Now, because of how light the senior field was at Classic, “all our questions” amounts to exactly one question: where does Leanne Wong fit in the current team conversation after this meet?
Using everyone’s top score recorded in 2022, the highest-scoring US team remains unchanged, largely because the 13.7 that eMjae Frazier scored on beam at Winter Cup and the 13.85 she scored on floor at Jesolo remain ahead of the 13.5 and 13.6 that Wong got on beam and floor at Classic.
But it’s possible to take a slightly more nuanced approach to things than just the single highest score on each event over a 7-month period, and methods where we start to use averages do indeed put Wong on the highest-scoring team of five solely because of her Classic results.
Basing the team on straight average score for the whole year, Wong would move onto the above team to create the highest score along with a couple other shifts that are…interesting and probably unrealistic in the bars department. But that’s where we are right now.
Alternately, we could take the current Japanese approach to determining the highest-scoring team—the average of your top two scores on each apparatus (at least, for those who have two).
Essentially, you can cherry pick whatever variation on the method gets you the team you want (shhh, don’t tell the others), i.e. if you take this method and use only scores from public competitions and eliminate closed-door camps, you would see Frazier replace Blakely on this team. But the headline is that after one competition composed of two good events, one medium event, and a miss, Wong already is—or is at least very close to—making up the best US worlds team, which bodes very well for her chances as we progress.
From the performances over the first 7 months of the year, this third team seems a pretty reasonable estimate of what the best US team looks like, but there’s so much more action to come. DiCello appeared on the average-score team instead of Blakely, which seems quite realistic if she hits beam and gets her DTY back. Plus, of course, there’s the Jordan Chiles and Jade Carey factors, which are still TBD.
Of entirely pointless but also interesting nature: If I give Carey and Chiles what I think would be realistic scores for their previous routines under the new code’s vault values and CV changes—very rough, very guessy, but you know—that would have them replace Wong and Blakely on the above team, leaving Miller. That speaks to how challenging it may end up being to shift Miller off a highest-scoring team in a non-Suni year, despite the fact that she’s contributing only one event. Miller and Jones having mid-14s on bars while most other people are in the 13.9s is a huge asset that’s difficult to make up with an event like beam that’s all…beam.
Basically, regardless of what method you decide to use right now (best score, average score, average of international meets, yada yada yada), Konnor McClain and Shilese Jones are all the teams. I couldn’t find a method that didn’t include them, which means they’re currently most impervious to Olympian comebacks. Everyone else shifts in and out depending on what you decide to look at, but the next most frequent team member after those two is Zoe Miller. I’ll be keeping an eye on whether that remains the case after nationals, especially if we see Jordan Chiles compete, someone who should be going over 14 with a hit bars, or if we see a hit and fully connected bars from Wong, which could disrupt what currently looks valuable.