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2018 Outlook – Oklahoma Sooners

 

OKLAHOMA
Seniors
Natalie Brown
BB
FX
  • Competes BB, FX every week
  • #2 returning BB score (9.910), #4 returning FX score (9.870)
Stefani Catour
VT
UB
BB
  • Competed UB, BB each week in 2017
  • #3 returning BB score (9.880), #4 returning UB score (9.900)
Samantha Craus
UB
  • Competed 1 UB routine in 2017 for 9.850
AJ Jackson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, FX in every meet in 2017
  • #2 returning FX score (9.960), #3 returning VT score (9.900)
  • Can provide backup UB, BB when needed
Juniors
Brenna Dowell
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, FX every meet in 2017
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.935), #3 returning score on FX (9.910), UB (9.905)
Ashley Hiller
FX
  • Transfer from Florida
  • Competed 4 FXs, 1 VT in first two years
Nicole Lehrmann
VT
UB
BB
  • Staple of UB, BB lineups in 2017
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.910)
  • 2017 peaks of 10.000 (UB), 9.925 (BB)
Alex Marks
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT regularly in 2017 for 9.815 RQS
  • Performed 1 FX in 2016 for 9.700
Sophomores
Jade
Degouveia
VT
FX
  • Made final 2017 VT lineup with 9.830 RQS
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Maggie Nichols
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #1 nationally in AA in 2017
  • #1 team score on each event in 2017
  • No RQS lower than 9.955
Brehanna Showers
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Did not show competition routine in 2017 due to injury
Freshmen
Jordan Draper
BB
FX
  • Empire
  • 12th UB & FX, 2016 JO Nationals, Senior D
Abigail Matthews
UB
  • Cincinnati
  • 5th UB, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior D
Evy Schoepfer
VT
BB
  • Triad
  • 2nd AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E
  • Training 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Anastasia Webb
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • IGI
  • 7th AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E
  • 10.0-start Omelianchik on VT
Carly Woodard
  • Fuzion
  • 22nd AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior F

Recent History
2017 – 1st
2016 – 1st
2015 – 3rd
2014 – 1st
2013 – 2nd
2012 – 7th
2011 – 3rd
2010 – 2nd

Is it possible to go up from here? We’ll see.

For the two-time defending champions, with three titles in the last four years, the only as-yet-unachieved goal is dynasty status. With another championship this season, Oklahoma would match the standards set by both the recent Florida teams (3 straight titles—2013-2015) and the early 2000s UCLA teams (4 titles in 5 years—2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and would then be able to set sights on the records of the late 2000s Georgia teams (5 straight titles—2005-2009) and the early 1980s Utah teams (6 straight titles—1981-1986). Things be getting historic ’round here.

The challenge facing the Sooners will be the loss of 7 routines from last season’s final 24. The roster is poised to be able to replace those routines without too much angst, but the lingering question is whether those replacements will result in a slight dip in scoring potential, making Oklahoma more vulnerable to an improving team like Florida.


Vault
Lineup locks
Nichols (9.955), Dowell (9.935), Jackson (9.900), Degouveia (9.830)
Lineup options
Webb (FR), Schoepfer (FR), Showers (-), Marks (9.815), Lehrmann (9.812 in 2016), Catour (-)

Vault was the only event where Oklahoma did not finish ranked #1 in the country last season, and preseason evidence suggests the team will improve there in 2018. The big 3 Yurchenko 1.5s—Nichols, Dowell, and Jackson—all return and will once again do the heavy lifting for what should be weekly 9.900s. Degouveia added a fourth Y1.5 to the slate in the middle of last season, a vault that was typically a little more 9.850 than Oklahoma would prefer, but one that has continued to develop and looks excellent so far in preseason. Expect it to be back.

In 2017, Oklahoma went with fulls in the first two spots. This season, the Sooners are looking to add Webb‘s Omelianchik to the mix for a fifth 10.0 start and are currently working on a Y1.5 for Schoepfer in an effort to achieve Mission Six 10.0s. That may still be a slight reach, at least at the beginning of the year, but we’ll see at least five. Continue reading 2018 Outlook – Oklahoma Sooners

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2018 Outlook – Florida Gators

FLORIDA ROSTER 2018
Seniors
Kennedy Baker
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA 7 times in 2017
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.945)
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
  • 2017 peaks of 10.000 (FX), 9.925 (VT, BB), 9.900 (UB)
Grace McLaughlin
UB
BB
FX
  • Performed weekly BB, FX in 2017
  • 13 for 13 on BB
  • Competed 4 UBs for 9.800 avg
Alex McMurtry
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #1 returning score on VT (9.950), UB (9.930), BB (9.925)
  • Competes FX at ends of seasons
  • 10.0-start DTY on VT
  • 2017 peak of 10.000 (VT, UB, FX), 9.950 (BB)
Rachel Slocum
VT
FX
  • VT/FX specialist
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.945)
  • 10.0-start handspring pike 1/2 on VT
Juniors
Alicia Boren
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA every week in 2017
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.945)
  • Top-4 team score on each event in 2017
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Amanda Cheney
VT
BB
  • Competed 5 BBs, 1 VT in 2017
  • Provides backup option on both events
Sophomores
Sierra Alexander
VT
FX
  • Competed 7 VTs in 2017 for 9.800 avg
  • Can provide backup FX
Maegan Chant
VT
UB
FX
  • Made final 2017 UB lineup for 9.820
  • Competed 4 VTs (9.831 avg), 2 FXs (1 hit)
  • Can provide 10.0-start Tsuk 1/1 on VT
Rachel Gowey
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2017 lineups on UB, BB
  • Competed AA in 6 meets
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.895)
Amelia Hundley
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in all but one meet in 2017
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.925)
  • Top-4 team score on each event in 2017
Freshmen
Alyssa Baumann
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • WOGA
  • 2014 World Championship team
  • 7th AA, 2016 US Nationals
Vanasia Bradley
  • Splitz
  • Junior elite, 2013
  • 6th VT, 2013 Junior Classic
Jazzy Foberg
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • MG Elite
  • 2014 US Junior National Champion
Megan Skaggs
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Gym Academy Atlanta
  • Elite, 2012-2015
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Nicole Webb
BB
  • Sonshine
  • 3rd BB, 2017 Region 8s, Senior C

Recent History
2017 – 3rd
2016 – 4th
2015 – 1st
2014 – 1st
2013 – 1st
2012 – 2nd
2011 – 7th
2010 – 5th

Florida has now gone two whole seasons without a title, which is like eight seasons, which is like a thousand seasons. The 2016-2017 journey was one of relative upheaval, with a new coaching staff and the departure of program-defining stars, excusing such lowly finishes as 3rd and 4th. (Scandal! Outrage!) But to most observers, if there’s going to be a Florida year again in the near future, 2018 is that year.

With all 24 postseason routines from 2017 retained, and two high-profile elite stars joining the program, Florida 2018 has no excuse not to outshine last year’s 3rd-place team was. It’s a title-or-bust season for the Gators.


Vault
Lineup locks
McMurtry (9.950), Slocum (9.945), Boren (9.925), Baker (9.900)
Lineup options
Skaggs (FR), Baumann (FR), Foberg (FR), Hundley (9.850), Chant (9.831), Gowey (9.800), Alexander (9.800), Cheney (9.750)

Among teams contending for the national championship, the goal on vault is a little different. It’s not simply about pulling together some 10.0 starts; it’s about having a whole lineup of 10.0s. That’s the Golden Fleece of current college gymnastics. No team has achieved a final lineup of six 10.0 starts so far in the new start-value era, but a few teams have a shot this year, of which Florida is one.

The core four from last season will return in McMurtry (DTY), Slocum (handspring pike 1/2), Boren (Y1.5), and Baker (Y1.5). For those four, it’s a disappointment when they score under 9.900, meaning that Florida will have realistic 49.5+ goals this year in most meets.

In terms of new routines, Florida is looking to get Skaggs and her very comfortable Y1.5 into the lineup as a fifth 10.0 start. That’s the vault project of greatest importance, and preseason showings from her have been very lineup-worthy.

We’re then left with a mad rush for the 6th spot. Of note, Hundley is attempting to add back the Y1.5 for 2017. It wasn’t competition-ready yet as of mid-December, but we’ll see if that project develops. We also know from their elite days that Foberg and Baumann are capable of 10.0 difficulty. So far, we haven’t seen that (Foberg showed an excellent full at the December intrasquad), but the possibility is there. Chant has a 10.0 start Tsuk 1/1, but she made the lineup with it only sporadically in 2017 for 9.8s, which won’t outscore the Yfull options. Continue reading 2018 Outlook – Florida Gators

2018 NCAA Roster Notes

OKLAHOMA
Seniors
Natalie Brown
BB
FX
  • Competes BB, FX every week
  • #2 returning BB score (9.910), #4 returning FX score (9.870)
Stefani Catour
VT
UB
BB
  • Competed UB, BB each week in 2017
  • #3 returning BB score (9.880), #4 returning UB score (9.900)
Samantha Craus
UB
  • Competed 1 UB routine in 2017 for 9.850
AJ Jackson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, FX in every meet in 2017
  • #2 returning FX score (9.960), #3 returning VT score (9.900)
  • Can provide backup UB, BB when needed
Juniors
Brenna Dowell
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, FX every meet in 2017
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.935), #3 returning score on FX (9.910), UB (9.905)
Ashley Hiller
VT
FX
  • Transfer from Florida
  • Competed 4 FXs, 1 VT in first two years
Nicole Lehrmann
VT
UB
BB
  • Staple of UB, BB lineups in 2017
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.910)
  • 2017 peaks of 10.000 (UB), 9.925 (BB)
Alex Marks
VT
FX
  • Competed VT regularly in 2017 for 9.815 RQS
  • Performed 1 FX in 2016 for 9.700
Sophomores
Jade
DeGouveia
VT
FX
  • Made final 2017 VT lineup with 9.830 RQS
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Maggie Nichols
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #1 nationally in AA in 2017
  • #1 team score on each event in 2017
  • No RQS lower than 9.955
Brehanna Showers
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Did not show competition routine in 2017 due to injury
Freshmen
Jordan Draper
BB
FX
  • Empire
  • 12th UB & FX, 2016 JO Nationals, Senior D
Abigail Matthews
UB
  • Cincinnati
  • 5th UB, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior D
Evy Schoepfer
VT
BB
  • Triad
  • 2nd AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Anastasia Webb
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • IGI
  • 7th AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E
  • 10.0-start Omelianchik on VT
Carly Woodard
  • Fuzion
  • 22nd AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior F

FLORIDA
Seniors
Kennedy Baker
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA 7 times in 2017
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.945)
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
  • 2017 peaks of 10.000 (FX), 9.925 (VT, BB), 9.900 (UB)
Grace McLaughlin
UB
BB
FX
  • Performed weekly BB, FX in 2017
  • 13 for 13 on BB
  • Competed 4 UBs for 9.800 avg
Alex McMurtry
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #1 returning score on VT (9.950), UB (9.930), BB (9.925)
  • Competes FX at ends of seasons
  • 10.0-start DTY on VT
  • 2017 peak of 10.000 (VT, UB, FX), 9.950 (BB)
Rachel Slocum
VT
FX
  • VT/FX specialist
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.945)
  • 10.0-start handspring pike 1/2 on VT
Juniors
Alicia Boren
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA every week in 2017
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.945)
  • Top-4  team score on each event in 2017
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Amanda Cheney
VT
BB
  • Competed 5 BBs, 1 VT in 2017
  • Provides backup option on both events
Sophomores
Sierra Alexander
VT
FX
  • Competed 7 VTs in 2017 for 9.800 avg
  • Can provide backup FX
Maegan Chant
VT
UB
FX
  • Made final 2017 UB lineup for 9.820
  • Competed 4 VTs (9.831 avg), 2 FXs (1 hit)
  • Can provide 10.0-start Tsuk 1/1 on VT
Rachel Gowey
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2017 lineups on UB, BB
  • Competed AA in 6 meets
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.895)
Amelia Hundley
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in all but one meet in 2017
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.925)
  • Top-4 team score on each event in 2017
Freshmen
Alyssa Baumann
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • WOGA
  • 2014 World Championship team
  • 7th AA, 2016 US Nationals
Vanasia Bradley
  • Splitz
  • Junior elite, 2013
  • 6th VT, 2013 Junior Classic
Jazzy Foberg
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • MG Elite
  • 2014 US Junior National Champion
Megan Skaggs
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Gym Academy Atlanta
  • Elite, 2012-2015
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Nicole Webb
BB
  • Sonshine
  • 3rd BB, 2017 Region 8s, Senior C

LSU
Seniors
Myia
Hambrick
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Ranked 8th nationally in AA in 2017
  • Top-3 for LSU on each event
  • Can VT a 10.0-start Y1.5
  • Will contribute AA in 2018
Lauren Li
BB
  • Competed 5 BB routines in 2017 for 9.755 avg
Erin
Macadaeg
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Evergreen BB leadoff for 9.900 RQS in 2017
  • Can provide VT as needed
  • Competed FX once in 2016 for 9.950
Kylie Moran
  • Has not competed a routine in first three years
Juniors
Julianna
Cannamela
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed 7 VTs in 2017 for 9.829 RQS
  • Can provide backup routines on all four pieces as needed
Sarah Finnegan
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Added AA in 2017, competing all four events in 7 meets
  • Team’s top BB routine (9.945)
McKenna
Kelley
  • Will miss 2018 season with torn Achilles
Lexie
Priessman
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Anchored UB in 2017 for 9.925 RQS
  • CGA Legs limit contributions on other events
  • Will contribute VT, FX when able
Sophomores
Kennedi
Edney
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Likely AA in 2018
  • Stars on VT with Y1.5 for 9.910 RQS
  • RQS of at least 9.870 on all events
Ruby Harrold
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed regular VT, UB in 2017
  • Performs Y1.5 on VT
  • Looking to add FX for 2018
Ashlyn Kirby VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed 1 FX for 9.625 in 2017
Freshmen
Reagan Campbell
UB
BB
  • Texas Dreams
  • 5th AA at 2016 JO Nationals, Senior D
Bridget Dean
BB
FX
  • Orlando Metro
  • 8th AA at 2015 JO Nationals, Senior A
Christina Desiderio
VT
BB
FX
  • Expected to contribute on at least two pieces right away
  • Parkettes
  • 12th at 2016 Olympic Trials
Sami Durante
UB
BB
  • Georgia Elite
  • 6th UB at 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E
  • Expected to contribute on UB
Sarah Edwards
VT
  • Will contribute VT with Y1.5
  • Lanier’s
Olivia Gunter
  • North Shore
  • 2017 Louisiana State FX champ
Gracen Standley
UB
  • Cincinnati
  • 2017 Ohio state UB champ, Senior B

ALABAMA
Seniors
Mackenzie
Brannan
UB
BB
  • Returned mid-2017 on UB for 9.820 RQS
  • AA in 2016, including 10.0 start VT
Nickie Guerrero
VT
BB
FX
  • Team’s top routine on BB, VT
  • #4 nationally on BB in 2017 (9.945)
  • Occasional FX each season
Jennie Loeb
UB
FX
  • Has not competed in first three seasons
Kiana Winston
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #4 nationally in AA in 2017
  • High of 9.9 on VT, 9.950 on UB/BB, 10 on FX
Juniors
Abby
Armbrecht
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • VT every week in 2017 for 9.835
  • Can provide an option on each event
  • Adding DLO on FX for 2018
Angelina
Giancroce
UB
BB
FX
  • Missed 2017 with injury
  • Occasional UB (9.792), FX (9.635) in 2016
Ari Guerra
VT
UB
FX
  • Weekly FX for 9.870 in 2017
  • Can contribute UB as needed
  • Attempting to add Omelianchik on VT
Sophomores
Wynter Childers
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2017 lineup on VT, BB, FX
  • High RQS of 9.865 on BB
  • Can provide any event for 9.8s as needed
Maddie Desch
VT
BB
FX
  • Regular late-lineup routine on VT, BB, FX
  • RQS of 9.845 (VT), 9.850 (BB), 9.905 (FX)
  • Has 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Peyton Ernst
BB
  • Transfer from Florida
  • Ineligible to compete in 2017
  • Weekly BB in 2016 for 9.860
Shea Mahoney
VT
UB
FX
  • Made final 2017 UB lineup for 9.860
  • Expected to add VT for 2018
Freshmen
Kylie Dickson
VT
UB
FX
  • All-Olympia
  • Super from Belarus
  • 2nd UB, 6th VT at 2017 JO Nationals, Senior F
  • Competed DTY in 2017 JO season
Lexi Graber
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • CEGA
  • Scored 10.0 on VT (Y1.5) at 2017 JO Nationals
  • Will provide option on each event
Bailey Key
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Texas Dreams
  • 2013 junior national champion
  • Currently working UB, BB
  • Has not shown VT, FX in preseason
Alonza Klopfer
BB
FX
  • North Stars
  • 4th AA at 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E

Continue reading 2018 NCAA Roster Notes

2018 Outlook – Denver Pioneers

DENVER ROSTER 2018
Seniors
Nikole Addison
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #1 returning FX routine (9.915), weekly VT
  • Made final 2017 BB lineup
  • Can provide UB as needed
Claire Hammen
BB
FX
  • Returned on FX at end of 2017 for 9.796 avg
  • Competed BB in 2016 for 9.835
Leah Lomonte
(redshirt)
UB
  • Weekly UB for 9.850 in 2017
Juniors
Grace Broadhurst
  • Did not compete in first two years
Diana Chesnok
VT
UB
BB
  • #1 returning UB routine (9.880)
  • Can provide backup VT as needed
  • Competed BB 4 times in 2016
Claire Kern
UB
FX
  • Weekly UB for 9.840 in 2017
  • Provided 6th FX routine in a pinch as needed
Kaitlyn Schou
VT
BB
FX
  • Staple of VT, BB, FX lineups through 2017
  • #2 returning BB routine (9.880)
Sophomores
Maddie Karr
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #10 nationally in AA in 2017
  • #1 returning VT (9.930), BB (9.890) score
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Courtney Loper
BB
FX
  • Made final BB, FX lineups in 2017
  • RQS of at least 9.800 on both
Freshmen
Lynnzee Brown
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • GAGE
  • 2nd AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior F
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
  • Expected on at least 3 events in 2018
Emily Glynn
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Airborne
  • 5th VT, 8th UB, 2017 Region 3s, Senior E
  • 10.0-start Tsuk 1/1 on VT
Mia Sundstrom
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Airborne
  • 11th VT, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E

Recent History
2017 – 9th
2016 – 15th
2015 – 15th
2014 – 18th
2013 – 20th
2012 – 23rd
2011 – 17th
2010 – 15th

Expectations are high and hopes higher for Denver in 2018 after the program-best 9th-place finish in 2017. Is the new record already in danger?

This remains a very small roster, so any concerns about not living up to the standard set last season revolve around whether enough depth exists to fill out a good six on each piece. At the same time, a freshman class of three all-arounders has arrived, the strengths of which should address some of the weaknesses from last season, meaning there’s every reason to anticipate improvement in 2018.

Now that Denver has been officially invited to join the cool kids table, there’s no excuse not to stay.


Vault
Lineup locks
Karr (9.930), Brown (FR), Glynn (FR), Sundstrom (FR)
Lineup options
Addison (9.830), Schou (9.830), Chesnok (9.650)

Denver managed to finish quite well on vault last year, but many meets throughout the season featured just five (or five and a half) vaulters—not an ideal setup. Depth will be tested once again this season with exactly six first-choice competitors, but the addition of some new 10.0 starts should increase the potential total.

Karr‘s weekly 9.9 for her Y1.5 will not have to perform as much of the heavy lifting in 2018 because it will have a partner in Brown, who is nearly equally adept at the 1.5. Glynn has added a Tsuk 1/1 to her repertoire, which should complete the vaulting top three and keep things more regularly in the 49.3 zone when partnered with very 9.8able Yfulls from Addison, Schou, and Sundstrom. Continue reading 2018 Outlook – Denver Pioneers

2018 Outlook – Utah Utes

UTAH ROSTER 2018
Seniors
Tiffani Lewis
VT
UB
FX
  • Reliable, weekly contributor on VT, UB, FX
  • Top-3 team score on UB, FX in 2017
Maddy Stover
BB
  • Leadoff BB for 9.830 in 2017
Juniors
Kari Lee
(redshirt)
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competes AA when health permits
  • Standout on BB (9.890 in 2017)
  • 9.890 on FX in 2015, pre-Achilles
Shannon McNatt
VT
UB
BB
  • Performed 4 VTs, 3 BBs in 2017
  • 10.0-start Omelianchik on VT before injury
  • Could give backup UB in a pinch
Makenna
Merrell-Giles
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Expect AA again in 2018
  • RQSs range from 9.835-9.855
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Erika Muhaw
VT
  • Six career VTs for 9.721 avg
Macey Roberts
VT
FX
  • VT, FX specialist
  • Competed weekly in 2017 for 9.845 (FX) and 9.785 (VT)
Sophomores
Missy Reinstadtler
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final UB, BB, FX lineups in 2017
  • 9.875 RQS on FX
  • Can VT as needed
Mykayla Skinner
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #2 nationally in AA in 2017
  • All RQSs of at least 9.9
  • 10.0-start DTY on VT
Kim Tessen
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Missed nearly all of 2017 with injury
  • Can contribute AA when healthy
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Freshmen
Alexia Burch
VT
BB
FX
  • Flip USA
  • 10th AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior D
Sydney Soloski
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Calgary GC
  • Expected to contribute at least FX in first season
Lauren Wong
UB
BB
  • USA Gymnastics World
  • Joining team in January
  • 10th AA, 2017 Region 1s, Senior C

Recent History
2017 – 5th
2016 – 9th
2015 – 2nd
2014 – 7th
2013 – 9th
2012 – 5th
2011 – 5th
2010 – 6th

Overall, Utah met expectations last season: ranked 5th pretty much the whole year, advanced to Super Six without much drama, then performed OK (though not ideally) in the final for…bum bum bum…5th place. The outlook will be largely similar for 2018.

The losses of Baely Rowe and Sabrina Schwab should ultimately be balanced by the return of Kim Tessen and the introduction of Sydney Soloski, keeping the expected RQS and scoring potential in that low-mid 197 range, though specific events will be a little stronger or weaker than last year depending on the piece.


Vault
Lineup locks
Skinner (9.925), Merrell-Giles (9.855), Lewis (9.850), Tessen (9.783)
Lineup options
Lee (9.840), Roberts (9.785), McNatt, (9.688), Muhaw (9.637), Reinstadtler (9.500), Burch (FR), Soloski (FR)

Utah does appear to have traded up on vault by getting Tessen back, looking at a higher scoring potential than last season with three sure 10.0 starts: Tessen and Merrell-Giles with the 1.5s, Skinner with the DTY. Skinner will continue to lead the scoring with minimum 9.900, and MMG and Tessen will be expected to contribute at least high 9.8s of their own.

Three Yurchenko fulls will complete the lineup, with Lewis‘s the strongest of the bunch. A number of others could realistically join her. Lee is usually good for a viable vault, and Reinstadtler got a top-six spot at the RRP, looking improved over last season. That’s probably your best-case scenario six, with Roberts right there as a usable #7, and then Muhaw and Burch as backup 9.750s as needed.

McNatt is still a question, someone who had an Omelianchik of 9.8ish level last season but who injured herself on that vault at Pac-12s, meaning it may be a little too scary to be worth it this season. It did not make an appearance at the RRP. Continue reading 2018 Outlook – Utah Utes

2018 Outlook – Nebraska Cornhuskers

NEBRASKA ROSTER 2018
Seniors
Danielle Breen
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2017 lineup on UB, BB, FX
  • Team’s top BB routine (9.870)
  • Competed VT in 2016 for 9.862
Abbie Epperson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2017 lineup on UB, BB
  • Competed each piece at least 4 times
  • Can go on any event as needed
Grace Williams
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Weekly BB (9.850) and regular FX in 2017
  • Added VT for postseason
  • Team’s top UB routine in 2016 (9.875)
  • Can make any lineup, health permitting
Juniors
Sienna Crouse
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA five times in 2017
  • Made final lineups on VT, UB, FX
  • Has 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
  • Team’s top routine on UB (9.890)
Megan Schweihofer
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA four times in 2017
  • Reached 9.9 mark on each event
  • Made final lineups on VT (9.830), FX (9.850)
Sophomores
Kelli Chung
(redshirt)
  • Has not competed a routine
Sierra Hassel
BB
FX
  • Made 2017 final BB lineup with 9.800 avg
  • Competed FX 3 times early in season
Taylor Houchin
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Weekly AA in 2017
  • Has 10.0-start Y1.5 (RQS 9.880)
  • Led off UB, BB
  • #2 returning RQS on FX (9.845)
Catelyn Orel
(redshirt)
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Missed 2017 season with injury
  • Saw time on each event in 2016
  • Regularly competed UB, FX for 9.8s
Freshmen
Makayla Curtis
VT
BB
FX
  • Summit
  • 2nd VT, 2017 Region 8s, Senior F
Anika Dujakovich
VT
FX
  • Fuzion
  • 9th VT, 10th FX, 2017 JO nationals, Senior D
Karley Hutchinson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Pearland Elite
  • 12th FX, 2017 Regions 3s, Senior D
Torri Hutchinson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Pearland Elite
  • 10th BB, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior D
Kynsee Roby
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Triad
  • 2nd AA, 2016 JO Nationals, Senior C
  • Torn ACL, March 2017
Rachel Thompson
  • NSG
  • 19th BB, 2016 JO Nationals, Senior A
Megan Verceles Carr
VT
BB
FX
  • West Valley
  • Y1.5 on vault
  • 8th AA, 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E

Recent History
2017 – 7th
2016 – 8th
2015 – 8th
2014 – 6th
2013 – 14th
2012 – 8th
2011 – 4th
2010 – 7th

As is typical, Nebraska outpaced expectations in 2017 with a 7th-place finish (after a preseason coaches ranking of 12th). Nebraska has bested its preseason ranking in each of the last four seasons, which should make the other teams somewhat nervous this year since Nebraska received a preseason ranking of 9th.

It’s unsurprising that Nebraska tends to be underestimated because the team is basically a national secret. Without the preseason instragram videos, twitter updates, and live streams of the other top schools, Nebraska does not develop the same kind of reputation footprint or expectations, meaning the fans (and the judges) go into seasons much more blind. Nonetheless…


Vault
Lineup locks
Houchin (9.880), Schweihofer (9.830), Crouse (9.810),
Lineup options
Verceles Carr (FR), Epperson (9.790), Williams (9.775), Orel (9.660 in 2016), Roby (FR), Dujakovich (FR), K Hutchinson (FR), T Hutchinson (FR), Curtis (FR)

Nebraska enters the season in solid shape on vault, with two 10.0 starts returning from last season in Houchin and Crouse with their Y1.5s. Most teams in this section of the rankings are looking at one or two 10.0 starts total, so this should keep the Huskers in the front of the vaulting pack, as they typically are. Nebraska will hope to add a third 10.0 start from the freshman Verceles Carr, who competed a 1.5 to moderate success in the 2017 JO season. Even if that vault doesn’t develop, she’s powerful enough on vault that she should be one of the fulls in the lineup. Continue reading 2018 Outlook – Nebraska Cornhuskers

2018 Outlook – Alabama Crimson Tide

 

ALABAMA ROSTER 2018
Seniors
Mackenzie
Brannan
UB
BB
  • Returned mid-2017 on UB for 9.820 RQS
  • AA in 2016, including 10.0 start VT
Nickie Guerrero
VT
BB
FX
  • Team’s top routine on BB, VT
  • #4 nationally on BB in 2017 (9.945)
  • Occasional FX each season
Jennie Loeb
UB
FX
  • Has not competed in first three seasons
Kiana Winston
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #4 nationally in AA in 2017
  • High of 9.9 on VT, 9.950 on UB/BB, 10 on FX
Juniors
Abby
Armbrecht
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • VT every week in 2017 for 9.835
  • Can provide an option on each event
  • Adding DLO on FX for 2018
Angelina
Giancroce
UB
BB
FX
  • Missed 2017 with injury
  • Occasional UB (9.792), FX (9.635) in 2016
Ari Guerra
VT
UB
FX
  • Weekly FX for 9.870 in 2017
  • Can contribute UB as needed
  • Attempting to add Omelianchik on VT
Sophomores
Wynter Childers
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2017 lineup on VT, BB, FX
  • High RQS of 9.865 on BB
  • Can provide any event for 9.8s as needed
Maddie Desch
VT
BB
FX
  • Regular late-lineup routine on VT, BB, FX
  • RQS of 9.845 (VT), 9.850 (BB), 9.905 (FX)
  • Has 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Peyton Ernst
BB
  • Transfer from Florida
  • Ineligible to compete in 2017
  • Weekly BB in 2016 for 9.860
Shea Mahoney
VT
UB
FX
  • Made final 2017 UB lineup for 9.860
  • Expected to add VT for 2018
Freshmen
Kylie Dickson
VT
UB
FX
  • All-Olympia
  • Super from Belarus
  • 2nd UB, 6th VT at 2017 JO Nationals, Senior F
  • Competed DTY in 2017 JO season
Lexi Graber
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • CEGA
  • Scored 10.0 on VT (Y1.5) at 2017 JO Nationals
  • Will provide option on each event
Bailey Key
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Texas Dreams
  • 2013 junior national champion
  • Currently working UB, BB
  • Has not shown VT, FX in preseason
Alonza Klopfer
BB
FX
  • North Stars
  • 4th AA at 2017 JO Nationals, Senior E

Recent History
2017 – 6th
2016 – 3rd
2015 – 4th
2014 – 4th
2013 – 3rd
2012 – 1st
2011 – 1st
2010 – 3rd

Somewhat unexpectedly, 2017 turned into Alabama’s worst season since 2008, the result of a sudden poor showing in Super Six for 196.000. Still, Alabama spent the entirety of the 2017 season among the top six teams and looks poised to remain in the top six in 2018, provided the team shows a modicum of health.

As made clear by some depleted intrasquad lineups, which has stoked a mild case of December-panic about the Tide’s chances, the health of some perpetually injured former elites will be the biggest obstacle between Alabama and another successful season.


Vault
Lineup locks
Guerrero (9.880), Desch (9.845)
Lineup options
Dickson (FR), Graber (FR), Armbrecht (9.855), Winston (9.850), Childers (9.840), Guerra (-), Mahoney (-)

Alabama has a very competitive theoretical collection of 10.0 starts this season, one that would keep pace with most schools in the country. Because we haven’t seen…really any of them yet in preseason, however, it’s still a potential lineup rather than a confirmed lineup. The presence (or lack) of some of those 10.0s will make the difference between Alabama being a 49.300 vault team and a 49.4+ vault team.

The Y1.5 from Guerrero is the highest returning vault score and the most likely to make weekly appearances in 2018, which should again be joined by Desch‘s 1.5 at the end of the lineup. Ideally, two freshmen will assist. Dickson showed a DTY as recently as this spring, while Graber showed a high-scoring Y1.5 herself in JO. That would make for a strong four. You’d take that four. Perhaps a little more high-9.8s than 9.950s, but very usable scores. Continue reading 2018 Outlook – Alabama Crimson Tide