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2019 Preview – Utah Utes

UTAH
Seniors
Kari Lee
(redshirt)
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 9 of 14 meets in 2018
  • RQS of 9.875 BB, 9.875 FX, 9.865 FX, 9.850 UB
  • Top-3 returning score on BB
Shannon McNatt
BB
  • Provided backup BB in 2018
  • Competed 10.0-start Omelianchik in 2017 before injury
Makenna
Merrell-Giles
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in every meet in 2018
  • Team’s #2 returning score on all 4 events
  • RQS of 9.940 FX, 9.925 VT, 9.890 BB, 9.870 UB
Macey Roberts
VT
FX
  • Performed 6 FXs in 2018, hit 5 of 6, and 1 VT
  • Competed weekly in 2017 for 9.845 (FX) and 9.785 (VT)
Juniors
Missy Reinstadtler
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 13 of 14 meets in 2018
  • Team’s #3 returning RQS on UB, FX
  • RQS of 9.895 FX, 9.865 UB, 9.840 VT, 9.835 BB
Mykayla Skinner
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • #2 nationally in AA in 2018
  • Ranked #3 on FX, #5 on VT
  • RQS of 9.960 FX, 9.930 VT, 9.925 UB, 9.915 BB
Kim Tessen
VT
UB
  • Competed weekly VT, UB in 2018
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
  • RQS of 9.895 VT, 9.860 UB
Sophomores
Alexia Burch
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed 7 BBs in 2018 for 9.800 RQS
  • Also showed 1 FX (9.850) and 1 VT (9.775)
Sydney Soloski
BB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on FX, BB
  • RQS of 9.890 on FX, avg of 9.775 on BB
Lauren Wong
UB
  • Competed 1 UB in 2018 for 9.825
Freshmen
Hunter Dula
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • All-American
  • 9th AA, 4th UB – 2018 JO Nationals
Cammy Hall
 
  • Torn Achilles in early December
  • Capital
  • 11th VT, 2018 JO Nationals
Cristal Isa
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • GymCats
  • 4th AA, 1st UB – 2018 JO Nationals
Adrienne Randall
UB
BB
FX
  • SCEGA
  • 4th AA, 2nd BB – 2018 JO Nationals

FINAL SEASON RANKINGS
2018 – 5th
2017 – 5th
2016 – 9th
2015 – 2nd
2014 – 7th
2013 – 9th
2012 – 5th
2011 – 5th
2010 – 6th
2009 – 3rd

THE STORY
Utah is Utah. Always toward the top. Always a contender. An evergreen selection to make Super Six. The constant in college gymnastics. Everything about 2019 points to Utah occupying the same position in the college gymnastics pantheon that is has for the last 10 years or so.

But this year, Utah is not immune from the moment of truth imposed by the new postseason format. Not so much in terms of advancing to nationals as one of the 8 (the team that has never missed nationals is favored to keep that streak alive in 2019), but shrinking the final-day field from 6 teams to 4 teams has major ramifications for a team that finished 5th each of the last two seasons. Utah will know it must improve (even if just by a little) this season to attain that eternal goal of being in it with a shot on the last day of the season.

At the very least, expect Utah to maintain its scoring level from 2018. This team hasn’t lost enough to be truly worried about a dip in performance. These lineups are almost entirely intact, with an opportunity for some upgrades depending on how the freshmen come through. In several cases, Utah is losing one routine but gaining three legitimate possibilities, so there’s every reason to expect increased competition for spots that can help Utah improve the standard by inches and bits here and there on most events, especially in those early halves of lineups.


VAULT 2019
Lineup locks: MyKayla Skinner, Makenna Merrell-Giles, Kim Tessen
Lineup options: Missy Reinstadtler, Kari Lee, Cristal Isa, Macey Roberts, Alexia Burch, Hunter Dula

Vault delivered Utah’s best ranking in 2018, the Utes finishing up as the #3 team in the country, an impressive feat considering Utah didn’t have the absolute most 10.0 starts to work with. Continue reading 2019 Preview – Utah Utes

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2019 Preview – Cal Golden Bears

CAL ROSTER 2019
Seniors
Sofie
Seilnacht
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on UB, BB, FX
  • #2 returning routine on BB
  • RQS of 9.880 BB, 9.830 UB, 9.820 FX
Sylvie
Seilnacht
VT
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on VT, FX
  • RQS of 9.810 VT, 9.805 FX
Chelsea Shu
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineup on BB for 9.840
  • Also competed 8 FXs (9.805 RQS), 3 UBs
Toni-Ann Williams
(redshirt)
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Returning for 5th year in 2019
  • Competed AA in 11 of 14 meets in 2018
  • Missed Worlds with elbow injury
  • RQS of 9.935 FX, 9.895 VT, 9.895 BB, 9.865 UB
Juniors
Cassidy Keelen
VT
BB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on VT, BB
  • RQS of 9.835 BB, 9.820 VT
  • Competed 3 FXs for peak score of 9.775
Rachel
Mastrangelo
VT
  • Competed 7 VTs in 2018 with a peak of 9.825
Sophomores
Kyana George
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA every week in 2018
  • Top-3 returning score on all 4 events
  • RQS of 9.860-9.865 on each piece
Alma Kuc
UB
BB
  • Competed 10 UBs in 2018 for RQS of 9.855
  • Hit 8-for-10, peak score of 9.925
Maleah
Pearson
  • Did not compete in 2018
Victoria Salem
UB
BB
  • Missed 2018 season with knee injury
  • Potential UB, BB star
Nina Schank
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed UB every week in 2018
  • #1 returning UB score (9.905)
  • Showed 1 VT (9.625) and exhibition FX
Emi Watterson
UB
BB
  • Joined UB lineup at end of 2018
  • Hit 5-for-5 for average of 9.838
Freshmen
Maya Bordas
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Capital
  • 1st AA, 2017 JO Nationals
Talitha Jones
VT
UB
FX
  • Precision
  • 6th AA, 2017 JO Nationals
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Milan Clausi
VT
UB
BB

FX
  • Olympus
  • 2nd AA, 2018 JO Nationals
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Grace Quinn
  • Texas Dreams
  • US elite, 2013-2015
  • Has barely competed since 2015
Abi Solari
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • GB
  • Has 10.0-start Hs tuck 1/1 on VT

FINAL SEASON RANKINGS
2018 – 9th
2017 – 16th
2016 – 7th
2015 – 18th
2014 – 16th
2013 – 28th
2012 – 49th
2011 – 50th
2010 – 55th
2009 – 57th


THE STORY
Cal’s ascent has been remarkable in its speed and slope. From a “you could try Sears”-style punchline when I started this site, Cal has risen to become the #3 team in the Pac-12 and a no-longer-shocking entrant in the national top 10.

For this upcoming season, the question is whether Cal will stay in the same position or make that next leap into the top tier, and in that regard, the new postseason format presents a sort of artificially imposed moment of truth (and we know how I’m all about those). For those teams nestled in the 7-12 ranking group, some will rise and continue to reach nationals, and others just won’t be able to keep pace. Which group are you in?

In that race, Cal remains an underdog against the more nationally established, been-good-forever programs like Michigan and Nebraska, but for a team that finished 9th last season and will get markedly better in 2019, reaching nationals remains an utterly realistic aim.


VAULT 2019
Lineup locks: Toni-Ann Williams, Milan Clausi, Kyana George
Lineup options: Abi Solari, Talitha Jones, Maya Bordas, Sylvia Seilnacht, Cassidy Keelen, Rachel Mastrangelo

Cal is ramping up its supply of 10.0 starts for 2019 and will use those vaults to improve on an event that was already its best-scoring piece last season. Most important in that batch of new 10.0s will be the gorgeous Y1.5 from Milan Clausi, a vault that has the form to be a lineup leader and earn weekly 9.9s. Expect Clausi to be joined by Abi Solari with her handspring front tuck 1/1, a supremely difficult vault to land but one that has been looking increasingly impressive in preseason training. Continue reading 2019 Preview – Cal Golden Bears

2019 Preview – Nebraska Cornhuskers

NEBRASKA ROSTER 2019
Seniors
Sienna Crouse
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 7 of 15 meets in 2018
  • #1 returning RQS on VT, UB
  • RQS of 9.920 VT, 9.920 UB, 9.910 FX, 9.610 BB
Megan Schweihofer
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 14 of 15 meets in 2018
  • #1 returning RQS on BB, FX
  • RQs of 9.935 FX, 9.875 VT, 9.840 BB, 9.830 UB
Juniors
Kelli Chung
(redshirt)
  • Has not competed a routine
Sierra Hassel
BB
FX
  • Competed 10 FXs, 9 BBs in 2018
  • RQS of 9.835 FX, 9.830 BB
Taylor Houchin
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Limited to UB for much of 2018
  • Added VT, BB in March
  • RQS of 9.900 UB, avg of 9.890 VT
  • Competed weekly AA in 2017
Catelyn Orel
(redshirt)
UB
FX
  • Returned from injury in 2018 to compete UB, FX
  • Made final FX lineup
  • RQS of 9.845 on FX, 9.800 on UB
Sophomores
Makayla Curtis
VT
BB
  • Competed 4 VTs in 2018 for 9.700 avg
Anika Dujakovich
VT
FX
  • Competed 4 VTs, 2 FXs in 2018
  • Avg of 9.788 VT, 9.725 FX
Kynsee Roby
  • Will miss 2019 season with foot surgery
  • Made final lineup on all 4 events in 2018
  • RQS of 9.840 UB, 9.825 UB, 9.725 FX
Megan Verceles Carr
VT
UB
BB
  • Competed 5 VTs in 2018 for 9.720 avg
Freshmen
Adnerys De Jesus
VT
BB
FX
  • Darien YMCA
  • 11th VT, 2018 JO Nationals
  • Training 10.0-start Y1.5
Sarah Hargove
UB
BB
FX
  • CGA
  • 1st AA, 2018 Region 5s
Abigail Johnston
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • American Twisters
  • 2nd AA, 2018 JO Nationals
Kaylee Quinn
VT
BB
FX
  • North Stars
  • 2nd FX, 2018 JO Nationals
Megan Thompson
BB
FX
  • Desert Lights
  • 6th AA, 2018 Region 1s
Rachel Thompson
(redshirt)
  • Did not compete in first season

FINAL SEASON RANKINGS
2018 – 6th
2017 – 7th
2016 – 8th
2015 – 8th
2014 – 6th
2013 – 14th
2012 – 8th
2011 – 4th
2010 – 7th
2009 – 17th


THE STORY
2018 was such a Nebraska season. We all spent three months not really talking about this team as a true challenger. They finished the regular season ranked 11th—even that was a significant improvement over the weeks previously—and then suddenly showed up to nationals to go, “What up turds, we’re making Super Six.”

That’s not an anomaly for the Huskers. Nebraska has outperformed its preseason ranking for five consecutive seasons now, so however you think Nebraska is going to do in 2019 right this second, it will probably end up being better than that. This year, I again don’t anticipate that Nebraska will be placed in the top 8 in the coaches poll, but Nebraska has nonetheless finished the year in the (now-coveted) top 8 each of the last five seasons. The only other schools to have achieved that are Oklahoma, Florida, and Alabama.

Yet this is also an age of transition for Nebraska. Dan Kendig abruptly retired during preseason because of compliance issues, meaning Heather Brink has taken over as interim head coach. This year’s team will also be without 13 of the 24 routines that appeared in the Super Six lineup last year. That’s…not a small number. If Nebraska is to make nationals this year, it will be another season of against-the-odds results.


VAULT 2019
Lineup locks: Taylor Houchin, Sienna Crouse, Megan Schweihofer
Lineup options: Adnerys De Jesus, Megan Verceles Carr, Makayla Curtis, Abigail Johnston, Anika Dujakovich, Kaylee Quinn

Vault has always been Nebraska’s showcase event, and though Kendig is no longer coaching the team, I don’t expect that reputation to dissipate any time soon. The big vaults are there. Continue reading 2019 Preview – Nebraska Cornhuskers

2019 Preview – Michigan Wolverines

MICHIGAN ROSTER 2019
Seniors
Olivia Karas
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed in first 5 meets of 2018 before season-ending injury
  • RQS in 2017 of 9.895 VT, 9.890 FX, 9.865 BB, 9.845 UB
Emma McLean
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competes weekly VT/FX
  • #1 returning score on both from 2018 (9.930 FX, 9.890 VT)
  • Can provide UB/BB as needed
Juniors
Lexi Funk
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 9 of 14 meets in 2018
  • #1 returning score on BB (9.880)
  • RQS of 9.895 FX, 9.805 UB, 9.775 VT
Maggie O’Hara
UB
BB
  • Competed 1 BB in 2018 for 9.300
Maddy Osman
VT
BB
FX
  • Did not compete in 2018 after missing end of 2017 with injury
Sophomores
Anna Dayton
UB
  • Joining team as sophomore
  • 7th UB, 2016 JO Nationals
Lauren Farley
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on UB/BB
  • RQS of 9.870 BB, 9.810 UB
  • Competed 1 FX for 9.850
Sam
Javanbakht
  • Did not compete in first season
Anne Maxim
VT
UB
FX
  • Transfer from Michigan State
  • RQS of 9.820 UB
  • Competed 5 VTs with peak of 9.800
  • 7th FX, 2017 JO Nationals
Syd Townsend
VT
UB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on VT, UB, FX
  • #1 returning score on UB (9.875)
  • RQS of 9.875 VT, 9.830 FX
Freshmen
Abby Brenner
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Metroplex
  • 4th AA, 4th VT, 4th UB – 2018 JO Nationals
  • 1st AA – 2017 JO Nationals
Abby Heiskell
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Southeastern
  • 5th AA, 2017 Nastia
  • 1st AA, 2016 JO Nationals
Maddie
Mariani
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Arizona Dynamics
  • 4th AA, 2017 JO Nationals
Natalie
Wojcik
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Stallone
  • 1st AA, 2018 JO Nationals

FINAL SEASON RANKINGS
2018 – 13th
2017
– 10th
2016 – 13th
2015 – 7th
2014 – 10th
2013 – 7th
2012 – 13th
2011 – 6th
2010 – 10th
2009 – 14th


THE STORY
Michigan’s recent history has been defined by achieving the expected, solid results during the regular season but underperforming upon reaching the elimination meets.

For the last three years, Michigan has been the 7th-best team in the NCAA on both talent and January-March scores, but Michigan has nonetheless missed nationals in two of those three years—and in the other year, counted a fall on beam in the semifinal to finish 10th. Over the last five seasons, only two top-10 teams have failed to advance to nationals, and they’re both Michigan.

The realistic goal in 2019 will once again be to reach that coveted golden goose called nationals, but it’s so much harder now that only the top eight teams can make it. Some big programs will be left out, even with postseason hits. Expect Michigan to advance comfortably to the regional finals (top 16), but this team cannot afford to underperform its 7th-place talent in the postseason even a little bit this time around and still make it to nationals.


VAULT 2019
Lineup locks: Natalie Wojcik, Abby Brenner, Emma McLean, Olivia Karas
Lineup options: Lexi Funk,A bby Heiskell, Anne Maxim, Maddy Osman, Maddie Mariani

Michigan’s best opportunity to improve on last season’s scoring potential comes on vault, with a roster that is clearly superior to 2018’s lineup—especially the 2018 lineup put out after Karas’s injury. Continue reading 2019 Preview – Michigan Wolverines

2019 NCAA Roster Notes

I’ll have deep previews of the top schools coming in December, but for now—and with fantasy gym drafts open—check out the team roster notes to aid with all your lineup preparation and prognostication needs. (More teams to be added.)


UCLA
Seniors
Brielle Nguyen
BB
FX
  • Competed 13 BB routines in 2018 following transfer from Illinois — RQS of 9.850
  • Competed weekly FX in ’17 for Illinois
Katelyn Ohashi
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Ranked #1 in nation on FX, #3 on BB in 2018
  • RQS of 9.970 on FX, 9.945 on BB
  • Competed 12 UB routines for 9.696 avg (scored 9.8+ on 7 of 12)
  • VTed 4 times for 9.831 average
Stella Savvidou
  • Did not compete in 2018 due to injury
  • Further wrist surgery in October
  • Made final UB lineup in 2017
Macy Toronjo FX
  • Did not compete in 2018 due to injury
  • Is no longer listed as taking a redshirt year
  • Competed 8 FXs in 2017, peaking at 9.950
Juniors
Anna Glenn
VT
UB
BB
  • Returned from 2017 labrum injury to make final VT, UB lineups in 2018 – VT RQS of 9.825
  • Competed 5 UB routines, peak of 9.875
  • Competed one BB routine for 9.900
Grace Glenn
BB
  • Returned from 2017 labrum injury to compete BB in every meet in 2018
  • Hit 15 for 15 routines — RQS of 9.925
Felicia Hano
VT
BB
FX
  • Competed weekly VT, FX in 2018 — ranked #7 nationally on FX
  • RQS of 9.935 on FX, 9.900 on VT for Y1.5
  • Competed 2 BB routines (9.775 avg) and one UB routine (9.025) in 2018
Madison Kocian
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Returned from shoulder surgery to compete 13 BBs, 8 FXs, and 3 UBs in 2018
  • RQS of 9.875 on BB
  • Average of 9.861 on FX, 9.863 on UB
  • Also competed weekly VT in 2017 for 9.860 RQS
Gracie Kramer
VT
FX
  • Competed 13 FXs in 2018 for 9.890 RQS
  • Has 10.0 start VT, competed twice in 2018, hitting once
  • VTed 10 times in 2017 for 9.810 RQS
Giulianna Pino
  • Did not compete in first two seasons
Kyla Ross
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 10 of 15 meets in 2018
  • Ranked #1 nationally on UB
  • RQS of 9.960 on UB, 9.910 on BB, 9.895 on VT, 9.890 on FX
Mercedez Sanchez
  • Did not compete in first two seasons
Sophomores
Nia Dennis
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB every week in 2018
  • Competed 11 FX routines and 3 BB routines
  • RQS of 9.885 on VT, 9.880 on UB, 9.860 on FX
  • Average of 9.792 on BB
Savannah Kooyman
UB
FX
  • Provided backup routines on UB, FX in 2018
  • Competed 3 UBs (9.800 avg) and 1 BB (9.825)
Kendal Poston
  • Did not compete in first season
Pauline Tratz
VT
FX
  • Competed VT, FX in 14 of 15 meets in 2018
  • RQS of 9.910 on FX, 9.875 on VT
  • Has potential 10.0 start on VT
Freshmen
Norah Flatley
UB
BB
FX
  • Chow’s
  • 3rd at 2014 Junior P&G Championships
  • Expected to be replacement-Peng on UB and BB
Margzetta Frazier
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Parkettes
  • Is continuing to train DTY on VT
  • Will be counted on for VT, FX, and UB. Can provide BB as needed
Sara Taubman
  • Head over Heels
  • 12th AA, 2018 Region 1s
Sekai Wright
VT
FX
  • AGA Long Beach
  • 1st on VT, 2018 JO Nationals
  • Has Yurchenko 1.5

 

OKLAHOMA
Seniors
Brenna Dowell
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, FX every meet in 2018
  • Hit 45-for-45 routines
  • RQS of 9.945 on VT, 9.915 on FX, 9.910 on UB
  • Performed 1 exhibition on BB in 2018
Ashley Hiller
FX
  • Did not compete in 2018 following transfer from Florida
  • Competed 4 FXs, 1 VT in first two years at UF
Nicole Lehrmann
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, BB every meet in 2018
  • Ranked #5 nationally on UB
  • RQS of 9.955 on UB, 9.885 on BB, 9.870 on VT
  • Competed 4 FXs in 2018 for 9.806 avg
  • Training Y1.5
Alex Marks
VT
  • Competed 7 VTs in 2018 for 9.835 RQS
Juniors
Jade
DeGouveia
VT
FX
  • Missed majority of 2018 season with injury
  • Returned on VT at nationals for 9.894 avg
  • Vaults 10.0-start Y1.5
  • Hit 1 of 2 FX routines in 2018
Maggie Nichols
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Ranked #1 nationally in AA in 2018
  • Ranked #1 nationally on VT, #2 on BB, #3 on FX, and #7 on UB
  • No RQS lower than 9.950 in 2018 season
Brehanna Showers
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Returned from injury in 2018 to make all four postseason lineups
  • RQS of 9.910 on BB, 9.875 on FX, 9.845 on VT
  • Average of 9.854 on UB
Sophomores
Jordan Draper
FX
  • Competed 1 FX in 2018 for 9.775
Evy Schoepfer
VT
FX
  • Competed 10 FXs for 9.855 RQS in 2018
  • Performed 2 VTs for 9.813 avg
  • Trained Y1.5 on VT
Karrie Thomas
UB
BB
FX
  • Transfer from Maryland
  • Competed weekly UB, BB, FX for Maryland in 2018
  • RQS of 9.850 FX, 9.820 UB, 9.795 BB
Anastasia Webb
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 10 of 15 meets in 2018
  • Made final S6 lineups on UB, BB, FX
  • RQS of 9.915 FX, 9.910 BB, 9.900 UB, 9.890 VT
  • Can VT 10.0 start Omelianchik or Y1.5
Carly Woodard
BB
  • Competed 5 BBs in 2018, hitting 4
  • Peak score of 9.950
Freshmen
Emma LaPinta
FX
  • Kurt Thomas
  • 20th AA, 2018 JO Nationals
Allie Stern
VT
FX
  • Perfect Balance
  • 1st place VT, 2017 JO Nationals
Olivia Trautman
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Twin City
  • 3rd AA, 1st FX – 2018 JO Nationals
  • Has Y1.5 on VT

 

FLORIDA
Seniors
Alicia Boren
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA every week in 2018
  • RQS of 9.930 FX, 9.920 BB, 9.880 UB, 9.870 VT
  • #1 returning RQS on VT, BB, FX
  • 10.0-start Y1.5 on VT
Amanda Cheney
  • Did not compete in 2018
  • Competed 5 BBs, 1 VT in 2017
Juniors
Sierra Alexander
VT
  • Competed 4 VTs in 2018 before injury
  • Average of 9.763
Maegan Chant
VT
UB
  • Competed 1 VT in 2018 for 9.825
  • Made final 2017 UB lineup for 9.820
  • Can provide 10.0-start Tsuk 1/1 on VT
Rachel Gowey
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on UB, BB, FX
  • RQS of 9.915 BB, 9.885 UB
  • Showed 4 VTs for 9.831 average
Amelia Hundley
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 6 meets in 2018
  • Made final lineups on all four events
  • RQS of 9.905 UB. 9.865 BB, 9.825 FX
  • #1 returning score on UB
  • VT avg of 9.832
Sophomores
Alyssa Baumann
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed BB, FX every week in 2018
  • Ranked #10 nationally on BB
  • RQS of 9.920 BB, 9.900 FX
  • VTed 4 times for 9.733 avg
Jazmyn Foberg
  • Elbow surgery in November, likely out for 2019
  • RQS of 9.850 VT, 9.840 UB in 2018
Megan Skaggs
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on VT, UB, BB
  • RQS of 9.860 BB, 9.840 UB
  • Avg of 9.795 VT, 9.706 FX
Nicole Webb
BB
  • Showed one BB routine in 2018 for 9.725
Freshmen
Leah Clapper
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Gym America
  • 9th AA, 2018 JO Nationals
  • Senior elite, 2016-2017
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Brandy Johnson’s
  • US elite, 2013-2017
Nya Reed
VT
FX
  • Capital
  • 4th VT, FX – 2018 JO Nationals
Savannah Schoenherr
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Georgia Elite
  • 2nd AA, 2018 JO Nationals
  • Y1.5 on VT
Halley Taylor
FX
  • La Fleur’s
  • 8th AA, 2018 JO Nationals
  • 6th VT, 2013 Junior Classic
Trinity Thomas
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Prestige
  • US elite, 2015-present
  • Y1.5 on VT

 

LSU
Seniors
Julianna
Cannamela
VT
BB
FX
  • Competed 14 VTs in 2018 for 9.870 RQS
  • Has potential Y1.5 on VT
  • Competed 5 FXs (9.845), 2 BBs (9.162)
Sarah Finnegan
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 13 of 16 meets in 2018
  • Ranked #1 nationally on UB, #4 on BB, #7 on FX
  • RQS of 9.960 UB, 9.940 BB, 9.935 FX, 9.885 VT
Lexie
Priessman
VT
UB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on UB, FX
  • Ranked #7 nationally on UB (9.950)
  • Competed 9 VTs (9.870), 7 FXs (9.863 avg)
Juniors
Kennedi
Edney
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 13 of 16 meets in 2018
  • Team’s top returning VT score (9.900)
  • RQS of 9.930 FX, 9.915 UB, 9.870 BB
Ruby Harrold
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed regular VT, UB in 2018
  • RQS of 9.845 UB, Avg of 9.733 on VT
  • Hit 4 of 5 FX routines in 2018
McKenna
Kelley
(redshirt)
VT
FX
  • Missed 2018 season with torn Achilles
  • 9.925 RQS on FX in 2017
  • Competed 1 VT in 2017 for 9.825
Ashlyn Kirby UB
BB
FX
  • Competed FX each week for 9.870 RQS
  • Competed 2 UBs in 2018 (9.113 avg)
Sophomores
Reagan Campbell
BB
  • Competed weekly BB for 9.840 RQS in 2018
Bridget Dean
BB
  • Did not compete in 2018
Christina Desiderio
VT
BB
FX
  • Made final 2018 lineups on BB, FX
  • RQS of 9.900 BB, 9.820 FX
Sami Durante
UB
BB
  • Competed UB weekly in 2018 for 9.880
Sarah Edwards
VT
FX
  • Competed Y1.5 VT each week in 2018 for 9.880 RQS
  • Provided early-season FX for 9.865 RQS
Olivia Gunter
  • Did not compete in 2018
Freshmen
Rebecca D’Antonio
BB
  • Cypress Pointe
  • 3rd AA, 2018 Region 8s
  • Possible BB depth
Bailey Ferrer
VT
UB
FX
  • Brandy Johnson’s
  • US elite, 2013-2014
  • VTs 10.0 start Omelianchik
  • Expected to contribute VT and FX with possible UB

Continue reading 2019 NCAA Roster Notes

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

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