NLI Week 2018-2019

Wednesday marks the beginning of NLI week, the annual period during which schools finally reveal to us which gymnasts have signed on to join their programs for the 2019 competition season. The large majority will not be surprises since most of these gymnasts have been verbally committed since the late 1860s, but there are always a few little pieces of interest (usually regarding who doesn’t sign rather than who does).

To review:
NLI = National Letter of Intent

When a gymnast signs an NLI, it signals the end of the recruiting process and confirms a gymnast’s intent to attend the school in question. At this point, all other schools must cease recruiting that gymnast.

The NLI is accompanied by the athletic aid (scholarship) agreement. Gymnasts can’t sign NLIs if they are not receiving athletic aid, though they can receive athletic aid without signing an NLI.

So, let’s see what we see. Continue reading NLI Week 2018-2019

Advertisements

2018 Freshmen – Oklahoma

The defending champs are going back to their roots this year by bringing in a class of ninja Level 10s as the more famous former elites congregate at other members of the top five.

This is precisely the type of gymnast that helped Oklahoma reach an exalted position in the first place, but one thing you’ll notice about this class is that there are only a handful of routines that you’d slot into an Oklahoma lineup as is. Most of them will be projects, but those projects are exactly what Oklahoma is known for.

The Sooners return excellent scores from last season, though it’s not a team replete with proven options. That means the freshman class of five will be counted on to contribute real, lineup-level routines on several events right from the beginning.

OKLAHOMA 2018
VAULT
Nichols – 9.955
Dowell – 9.935
Jackson – 9.900
DeGouveia – 9.830
Marks – 9.815
BARS
Nichols – 9.960
Lehrmann – 9.910
Dowell – 9.905
Catour – 9.900
Craus – 9.850
BEAM
Nichols – 9.955
Brown – 9.910
Catour – 9.880
Lehrmann – 9.855
Jackson – 9.825
FLOOR
Nichols – 9.965
Jackson – 9.960
Dowell – 9.910
Brown – 9.870
Anastasia Webb

Webb has been a featured soloist in the JO circuit for the last couple seasons. She won a Region 5 AA title in 2016 and 2017, finished 2nd at JO nationals in 2016, and won vault at JO nationals in 2017 (a miss on bars took her out of the AA title running). She’s very “she’ll be a thing in NCAA.”

Of course, it’s difficult to make a lineup at Oklahoma, so a gymnast can’t just be good on an event. She has to bring something to stand out among the other good options, which is why Webb’s Omelianchik is among the most important routines in the new class. The Sooners return four 1.5s from last season, and Webb’s vault would give them a vital 5th 10.0 start value.

Continue reading 2018 Freshmen – Oklahoma

Things Are Happening – November 3, 2017

A. NCAA News

In Utah developments, Sabrina Schwab has taken a medical retirement after missing the majority of last season with a torn ACL. Injuries more than ability were always the concern for Schwab, someone who was WOGA catnip for the top NCAA coaches from a young age but also missed most of her L10 career with various ailments and bodily catastrophes.

Those injury concerns are what ultimately led UCLA not to offer Schwab a scholarship after her initial verbal. Utah gladly swooped in and took the risk on Schwab because of her sky-high potential, which worked out for one season of pretty 9.9s, but not beyond. The Utes should still have enough returning routines this season to fill out lineups, but Schwab’s were scores they would have been counting on.

We’ve seen some (IDed!) videos of Utah’s training come out over the last couple weeks, though it is slightly unsettling that we’re just seeing the same four gymnasts over and over. You have other people training……right?

Vault and bars highlights from Friday's intrasquad! #WIL #GoUtes

A post shared by Utah Gymnastics (@utahgymnastics) on

Beaming after our intrasquad yesterday! #WIL #GoUtes 🙌🏻

A post shared by Utah Gymnastics (@utahgymnastics) on

Oklahoma is qualifying for the toe-point Olympics this week. Plus, Brehanna Showers busting out her Shushunova.

Release, catch, repeat! #SIP

A post shared by Oklahoma Women's Gymnastics (@ou_wgymnastics) on

Meanwhile, Kocian isn’t telling you whether she’s going to have to redshirt in 2018 or not.  Continue reading Things Are Happening – November 3, 2017

National Team Rankings – November 2017

How It Works
Taking into account all scores recorded at competitions in the last six months, each nation is given a team total based on how its best-scoring group of five senior gymnasts would do in a hypothetical 3-up, 3-count team final.

Each individual’s best scores may come from any official competition (they need not all be from the same meet), and whichever group of five gymnasts would produce the highest score is the one selected.

Countries that have not shown enough senior routines in the last six months to fill a 3-up, 3-count team on each event are not included.

Rankings will be updated on the 1st of each month, and scores will expire after six months in order to provide the most up-to-date snapshot of where nations are at the current moment. These current rankings include only scores from May 2017–October 2017.

Entering the rankings this month was Malta, while leaving the rankings were Azerbaijan and Bulgaria, temporarily without enough scores on each event in the last six months to put together a team.

Last month’s ranking is in parentheses.

Previous rankings
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017

1. (1) RUSSIA – 176.866
Elena Eremina 14.000 15.175 14.450 14.275
Angelina Melnikova 14.625 14.966 14.825 14.425
Anastasia Ilyankova 0.000 15.275 14.150 0.000
Maria Paseka 15.000 12.700 0.000 0.000
Maria Kharenkova 13.725 12.100 15.350 14.500
176.866 43.625 45.416 44.625 43.200
2. (2) UNITED STATES – 175.249
Ragan Smith 14.466 14.550 15.350 14.433
Riley McCusker 13.400 14.550 14.500 13.900
Jade Carey 15.066 0.000 14.050 14.400
Jordan Chiles 15.150 14.000 14.200 13.700
Margzetta Frazier 14.750 14.400 13.650 13.600

175.249

44.966 43.500 44.050 42.733
It’s a bit strange that the current world champion wouldn’t be among the best-scoring US five, but across the nations you’ll see fewer score increases than perhaps would be expected after worlds because the scores at worlds were so much lower (particularly on beam) than in other competitions. Even those who had great meets weren’t recording season highs, so Morgan Hurd for instance does not have a top-3 score in the US on any apparatus in the last six months, despite being world champion.

Many nations, including the US, will see their scores decrease this month because the April scores from Jesolo and Euros have come off the rankings, the loss of Jesolo numbers accounting for some upheaval in the US group and the addition of Frazier.

3. (2) JAPAN – 172.900
Asuka Teramoto 15.000 14.000 14.400 13.766
Mai Murakami 14.700 13.900 14.350 14.800
Sae Miyakawa 15.100 11.600 10.550 14.100
Yuna Hiraiwa 13.850 11.150 14.200 13.850
Hitomi Hatakeda 14.150 14.500 13.400 13.300
172.900 44.800 42.400 42.950 42.750
One of the few who recorded a season high at worlds was Mai Murakami on bars during her fantastic qualification day, raising Japan’s total by a couple tenths.
4. (4) CHINA – 172.165
Wang Yan 14.500 13.400 14.133 13.800
Luo Huan 13.650 14.566 14.750 13.150
Liu Tingting 14.300 14.350 15.300 13.500
Mao Yi 14.367 13.700 13.000 13.433
Fan Yilin 0.000 15.166 13.567 11.467
172.165 43.167 44.082 44.183 40.733
China also received a slight boost from bars at worlds, with Fan Yilin improving on her 2017 best by a couple tenths in that title-winning performance.
5. (5) BRAZIL – 168.350
Rebeca Andrade 15.150 14.450 0.000 0.000
Flavia Saraiva 0.000 13.750 14.000 13.850
Thais Fidelis 14.100 12.800 14.000 14.200
Jade Barbosa 13.400 13.200 11.250 13.000
Daniele Hypolito 14.100 12.750 13.750 13.800
168.350 43.350 41.400 41.750 41.850
Brazil loses a few tenths this month with some useful scores from the currently injured Andrade and Saraiva coming off the rankings, though not enough to jeopardize the coveted fifth-place spot.
6. (6) FRANCE – 168.316
M De Jesus Dos Santos 14.500 14.500 14.100 13.250
Alison Lepin 13.700 14.550 12.866 12.750
Marine Boyer 13.950 13.200 14.900 13.600
Juliette Bossu 13.800 13.900 12.550 13.600
Coline Devillard 14.600 0.000 0.000 0.000
168.316 43.050 42.950 41.866 40.450
Qualification at worlds saw De Jesus Dos Santos record six-month highs on vault and bars, increasing France’s total despite Devillard’s vault scores fro Euros coming off the rankings.
7. (7) ROMANIA – 167.996
Catalina Ponor 0.000 0.000 14.600 14.133
Alexandra Mihai 13.750 0.000 12.967 12.433
Larisa Iordache 14.800 14.533 15.566 14.266
Laura Jurca 13.666 12.866 12.200 12.200
Ioana Crisan 13.666 13.000 13.766 13.050
167.996 42.216 40.399 43.932 41.449
Expect Romania to remain in a surprisingly solid position as along as those scores from Romanian nationals hang around. I typically remove those who have retired from the rankings, but with Ponor still planning to compete in a couple of meets and also being Ponor (you’ve retired like 15 times already…), I’m leaving her on for now.
8. (10) CANADA – 167.453
Isabela Onyshko 13.400 12.734 14.034 13.234
Shallon Olsen 14.800 12.750 12.700 13.133
Brittany Rogers 14.500 13.634 13.266 0.000
Rose Woo 14.050 13.567 13.634 13.100
Ellie Black 14.650 14.400 14.400 13.467
167.453 43.950 41.601 42.068 39.834
As has been the story for a few of these nations, a good bars score goes a long way, and Ellie Black’s 14.400 from qualification at worlds helped in increasing Canada’s total while many of the European nations dropped this month.
9. (9) GERMANY – 166.882
Kim Bui 13.600 14.233 12.600 13.050
Tabea Alt 14.500 14.200 13.533 12.933
Pauline Schaefer 14.100 13.050 14.150 13.350
Sarah Voss 13.750 11.750 14.100 13.150
Elisabeth Seitz 13.700 14.766 13.400 12.800
166.882 42.350 43.199 41.783 39.550
Germany lost a series of important floor scores from Euros, accounting for the drop in total scores despite a successful worlds. The Germans were the victim of having a great worlds on beam, where the scores were so much lower than any other meet that their accomplishments don’t show up here at all.
10. (11) ITALY – 166.482
Giada Grisetti 14.000 13.800 13.566 12.666
Desiree Carofiglio 14.050 12.700 13.300 13.750
Martina Maggio 14.800 14.050 13.850 13.400
Elisa Meneghini 13.900 12.900 13.950 13.050
Lara Mori 13.600 13.466 13.050 13.800
166.482 42.850 41.316 41.366 40.950
11. (12) AUSTRALIA – 164.750
Emily Little 14.750 12.775 13.150 13.375
Rianna Mizzen 14.575 14.500 12.850 12.550
Georgia-Rose Brown 13.575 13.800 13.425 13.225
Georgia Godwin 13.775 13.500 12.666 13.425
Talia Folino 13.875 13.200 13.150 12.800
164.750 43.200 41.800 39.725 40.025
12. (7) GREAT BRITAIN – 164.198
Amy Tinkler 14.533 13.600 12.800 13.500
Phoebe Turner 14.333 10.900 11.600 12.650
Alice Kinsella 14.000 13.533 13.033 13.150
Georgia-Mae Fenton 0.000 14.533 12.500 12.250
Claudia Fragapane 0.000 12.900 13.250 13.933
164.198 42.866 41.666 39.083 40.583
The most unfortunate month belongs to the Brits. With the scores from Euros coming off, that means neither Downie has competed in the last six months, leaving GB quite depleted in terms of the scores that can be chosen. GB drops five ranking spots and four whole points without the Downie scores.
13. (13) BELGIUM – 163.531
Axelle Klinckaert 0.000 13.650 0.000 0.000
Nina Derwael 13.566 15.033 13.900 13.366
Maellyse Brassart 13.800 13.300 12.933 13.066
Rune Hermans 13.600 13.900 13.400 13.133
Dorien Motten 13.750 12.950 11.250 12.900
163.531 41.150 42.583 40.233 39.565
The bars success for Derwael (and Hermans, who increased her total by several tenths) at worlds was counteracted by Senna Deriks now having not competed in the last six months, meaning Belgium basically stays the same as an overall group.
14. (15) SPAIN – 162.081
Claudia Colom 13.650 13.150 13.150 12.900
Nora Fernandez 13.733 13.266 13.100 12.833
Ana Perez 14.600 13.833 13.833 13.700
Paula Raya 13.500 13.150 12.100 12.850
Cintia Rodriguez 12.933 13.133 12.900 13.166
162.081 41.983 40.249 40.083 39.766
15. (14) NETHERLANDS – 161.567
Eythora Thorsdottir 14.300 12.667 13.067 13.033
Sanne Wevers 0.000 13.800 14.100 0.000
Tisha Volleman 14.500 12.333 12.733 13.433
Naomi Visser 13.400 12.900 13.000 12.600
Elisabeth Geurts 14.167 12.500 12.200 12.033
161.567 42.967 39.367 40.167 39.066
The Netherlands could have used some big numbers at worlds with those Euros scores coming off, but with a not-100% Eythora and the Weverses not hitting well on beam, the Netherlands did not get those needed numbers. It was really only the big bars score from Sanne that keeps the Dutch afloat, and they’ll need some more Netherlandsy beam numbers in the coming months to get the ranking back into a more competitive zone.
16. (16) HUNGARY – 159.618
Zsofia Kovacs 14.600 14.734 14.000 13.067
Dorina Boczogo 13.600 11.267 11.600 12.900
Dalia Al-Salty 13.000 12.300 12.800 12.500
Boglarka Devai 14.467 12.500 12.000 12.650
Boglarka Tombol 12.100 11.200 12.000 11.600
159.618 42.667 39.534 38.800 38.617
17. (17) SWITZERLAND – 158.714
Ilaria Kaeslin 13.533 11.933 11.733 12.750
Giulia Steingruber 15.100 13.300 13.200 13.633
Jessica Diacci 13.400 13.000 11.300 11.400
Fabienne Studer 13.500 12.866 11.666 12.100
Thea Brogli 13.566 12.066 13.200 12.833
158.714 42.199 39.166 38.133 39.216
Steingruber’s continued improvements at worlds saw the Swiss increase their vault and floor scores by multiple points. This was undermined somewhat by Kaeslin’s early-year beam scores coming off the rankings, but Switzerland still ultimately saw a gain of 6 tenths over last month.
18. (18) MEXICO – 157.672
Nicolle Castro 14.000 13.050 12.566 13.100
Jimena Moreno 13.466 12.850 12.550 12.740
Karla Vielma 13.600 12.200 12.950 12.760
Mariana Almeida 13.766 11.550 12.200 13.030
Ahtziri Sandoval 13.750 13.300 11.534 11.700
157.672 41.516 39.200 38.066 38.890
19. (19) NORTH KOREA – 157.175
Kim Su Jong 14.450 13.250 12.200 13.250
Pyon Rye Yong 14.375 11.400 13.100 12.650
Jong Un Gyong 13.400 12.100 0.000 12.700
Kim Won Yong 13.400 0.000 12.150 12.400
Jon Jang Mi 0.000 13.350 12.350 0.000
157.175 42.225 38.700 37.650 38.600
20. (23) UKRAINE – 156.531
Diana Varinska 13.716 14.583 13.033 13.250
Yana Fedorova 13.550 12.700 11.150 0.000
Valeria Osipova 13.533 12.233 11.850 12.700
Angelina Radivilova 0.000 12.600 0.000 0.000
Valeria Iarmolenko 0.000 0.000 13.066 11.900
156.531 40.799 39.883 37.949 37.900
Diana Varinska’s incredibly successful world championship singlehandedly launched Ukraine into the top 20 with gains on three of the four events.
21. (20) SOUTH AFRICA – 156.500
Claudia Cummins 13.900 12.750 13.200 12.700
Naveen Daries 13.700 12.700 13.050 12.950
Angela Maguire 13.000 12.300 11.900 12.250
Caitlin Rooskrantz 0.000 13.150 10.350 0.000
Cathy Eksteen 13.600 11.250 12.550 12.200
156.500 41.200 38.600 38.800 37.900
22. (21) COLOMBIA – 156.416
Melba Avendano 13.350 12.850 12.450 13.100
Dayana Ardila 14.150 11.800 12.000 13.050
Ginna Escobar 13.650 12.550 12.550 13.300
Valentina Pardo 13.466 12.500 12.800 12.950
Juliana Villa 12.450 12.100 11.450 12.450
156.416 41.266 37.900 37.800 39.450
23. (22) CZECH REPUBLIC – 155.950
Karolina Bartunkova 13.000 9.350 7.600 11.550
Veronika Cenkova 12.800 12.900 13.200 13.200
Romana Majerechova 12.800 11.650 10.950 12.350
Lucie Jirikova 13.500 12.850 13.100 12.950
Aneta Holasova 12.800 12.900 13.100 12.450
155.950 39.300 38.650 39.400 38.600
24. (24) MALAYSIA – 155.025
Tan Ing Yueh 13.375 12.450 13.100 12.700
Tracie Ang 13.150 12.650 13.300 12.200
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi 13.450 13.300 11.800 13.450
Nur Azira Aziri 11.900 11.000 11.400 11.750
Azmi Nur Eli Ellina 12.400 9.450 11.900 11.000
155.025 39.975 38.400 38.300 38.350
25. (26) NORWAY – 153.950
Julie Erichsen 13.200 10.600 11.700 12.550
Martine Skregelid 13.800 12.350 12.550 13.000
Solveig Berg 12.550 11.050 12.750 12.050
Ingrid Hafenbradl 12.550 12.000 12.950 12.500
Thea Nygaard 13.250 12.150 13.000 12.950
153.950 40.250 36.500 38.700 38.500
26. (39) SOUTH KOREA – 153.599
Kim Ju Ri 13.433 12.600 12.150 12.225
Lee Eun Ju 13.300 13.200 12.800 12.875
Heo Seon Min 0.000 12.450 0.000 10.300
Sung Gaeun 13.966 9.750 11.500 11.775
Yun Narae 0.000 11.350 12.275 12.325
153.599 40.699 38.250 37.225 37.425
South Korea moves way up based on the scores from the Korean National Sports Festival, which saw the return to competition of Yun Narae, immediately recording important numbers on beam and floor.
27. (27) PORTUGAL – 152.833
Mariana Marianito 13.150 10.800 12.550 12.400
Beatriz Dias 13.250 10.150 12.400 12.500
Filipa Martins 13.500 13.533 13.500 13.250
Mariana Carvalho 13.000 11.550 12.250 12.100
Leonor Feijo 12.250 11.200 12.450 11.800
152.833 39.900 36.283 38.500 38.150
27. (30) CUBA – 152.833
Yesenia Ferrera 14.350 12.850 13.350 14.000
Marcia Vidiaux 13.833 13.200 12.650 13.000
Yumila Rodriguez 12.900 9.250 11.100 11.750
Norma Zamora 13.450 0.000 11.150 11.650
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
152.833 41.633 35.300 37.150 38.750
Cuba gains a couple spots after worlds, where Marcia Vidiaux increased her 2017 high for her first vault by a few tenths.
29. (29) ARGENTINA – 152.666
Ayelen Tarabini 13.700 12.300 12.200 13.050
Augustina Pisos 13.350 12.750 12.700 12.550
Ailen Valente 0.000 11.950 10.850 11.900
Mayra Vaquie 13.566 11.400 12.050 11.233
Merlina Galera 11.500 10.250 11.850 12.500
152.666 40.616 37.000 36.950 38.100
30. (32) EGYPT – 151.766
Farah Hussein 13.500 12.850 13.000 12.750
Farah Salem 12.550 12.350 12.500 12.033
Sherine El Zeiny 13.433 13.533 11.450 12.050
Mandy Mohammad 11.466 0.000 9.533 12.566
Hana Kassem 12.500 0.000 0.000 0.000
151.766 39.483 38.733 36.950 37.366
Egypt continues its ascent up the gymnastics world rankings by gaining a couple more spots when Sherine El Zeiny recorded 2017 highs on both vault and bars at worlds.
31. (28) ICELAND – 152.016
Sigridur Bergthorsdottir 13.400 0.000 0.000 11.400
Agnes Suto 13.400 12.100 12.350 12.400
Dominiqua Belanyi 12.600 12.850 12.950 11.366
Irina Sazonova 13.566 12.600 11.550 12.400
Fjola Thorsteindottir 11.800 11.400 12.300 11.700
152.016 40.366 37.550 37.600 36.500
Iceland saw a number of useful scores and gymnasts drop off the rankings this month, but some helpful results from the post-worlds Northern European Championships helped the team stay in vaguely the same zone.
32. (25) POLAND – 154.516
Gabriela Janik 14.033 13.400 12.933 13.100
Paula Plichta 13.467 8.267 12.333 12.733
Patrycja Dronia 12.967 10.533 11.900 11.833
Klara Kopec 11.567 10.850 12.767 11.633
Katarzyna Jurkowska 0.000 0.000 13.367 0.000
154.516 40.467 34.783 39.067 37.666
Poland falls dramatically this month, having lost the bars score from Cal’s Alma Kuc (who has now not competed for Poland in the last six months). Not sending any gymnasts to worlds did not help the project.
33. (31) PUERTO RICO – 151.975
Andrea Maldonado 13.650 12.000 12.350 12.800
Karelys Diaz 13.525 10.650 12.800 12.875
Nicole Diaz 13.175 10.675 10.650 12.700
Paula Mejias 13.950 11.500 11.500 13.050
Bianca Leon 12.750 10.875 12.600 10.475
151.975 41.125 34.375 37.750 38.725
34. (33) SLOVENIA – 151.566
Teja Belak 14.300 11.350 12.500 0.000
Adela Sajn 0.000 0.000 13.250 11.500
Ivana Kamnikar 11.400 11.900 9.850 12.000
Lucija Hribar 13.333 12.600 11.800 12.100
Tjasa Kysselef 13.933 0.000 11.900 12.400
151.566 41.566 35.850 37.650 36.500
35. (37) FINLAND – 150.366
Veronika Vuosjoki 12.250 10.900 12.050 11.300
Wilma Malin 13.500 11.900 9.600 11.600
Maija Leinonen 13.350 12.300 12.750 12.350
Annika Urvikko 13.400 10.933 11.467 12.100
Helmi Murto 12.933 12.500 11.866 12.300
150.366 40.250 36.700 36.666 36.750
The Finnish team excelled on bars and floor at the Northern European championships to gain the better part of a point over last month’s total and move up two ranking spots.
36. (34) SLOVAKIA – 150.350
Barbora Mokosova 13.800 13.433 13.067 13.200
Radoslava Kalamarova 12.100 11.450 12.367 11.167
Dominika Korpova 11.650 11.533 11.367 11.967
Ema Kuklovska 12.850 10.100 10.100 11.850
Maria Homolova 0.000 0.000 12.733 0.000
150.350 38.750 36.416 38.167 37.017
37. (36) IRELAND – 149.994
Meaghan Smith 13.033 11.500 11.260 12.634
Tara Donnelly 13.350 11.800 13.050 12.250
Chloe Donnelly 13.050 8.800 12.700 12.100
Casey Bell 13.100 12.500 0.000 0.000
Paulina Wiktorczyk 0.000 12.200 10.960 0.000
149.994 39.500 36.500 37.010 36.984
38. (40) CHINESE TAIPEI – 149.150
Fang Ko Ching 13.500 11.450 12.600 12.200
Lai Pin Ju 12.900 9.650 13.175 11.966
Chuang Hsiu Ju 13.100 11.325 11.150 11.750
Lo Yu Ju 13.500 9.200 8.933 11.533
Mai Liu Hsiang Han 12.850 12.400 11.300 12.950
149.150 40.100 35.175 37.075 37.116
39. (35) AUSTRIA – 149.447
Jasmin Mader 13.500 12.700 12.250 12.266
Tamara Stadelmann 12.400 10.666 10.066 11.133
Marlies Mannersdorfer 12.966 12.100 12.800 12.566
Linda Hamersak 12.500 10.650 11.933 11.633
Selina Kickinger 12.400 12.233 10.733 11.567
149.447 38.966 37.033 36.983 36.465
40. (43) SWEDEN – 149.033
Marcela Torres 13.633 11.650 11.700 12.500
Sigrid Risberg 12.250 11.950 10.500 12.450
Ida Staafgard 13.200 0.000 9.850 12.500
Jonna Adlerteg 0.000 14.200 0.00 0.000
Sofia Malmgren 12.800 0.000 11.950 11.600
149.033 39.633 37.800 34.150 37.450
Northern European Championshups were also kind to Sweden, bringing in new vault and floor scores to make those event totals far more competitive.
41. (41) TURKEY – 149.032
Doga Ketenci 13.100 9.133 11.233 11.467
Ekin Morova 12.900 11.900 9.650 12.400
Demet Mutlu 13.550 12.750 11.050 12.700
Goksu Uctas Sanli 0.000 1.400 12.750 13.050
Tutya Yilmaz 0.000 10.733 11.966 11.466
149.032 39.550 35.383 35.949 38.150
42. (42) ISRAEL – 147.550
Ofir Netzer 13.850 11.400 110.700 12.633
Gaya Giladi 13.500 9.050 12.500 11.700
Tzuf Feldon 12.347 8.050 11.750 11.800
Shailee Weiss 13.100 10.300 11.133 12.567
Ofir Kremer 13.100 10.850 12.533 12.567
147.550 40.450 32.550 36.783 37.767
43. (44) INDONESIA – 146.425
Rifda Irfanaluthfi 13.225 12.450 13.550 13.000
Tasza Devira 12.250 10.200 12.550 11.900
Armartiani 12.800 9.200 10.600 10.550
Amalia Nubuwah 12.550 10.550 12.550 11.100
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
146.425 38.575 33.200 38.650 36.000
44. (45) KAZAKHSTAN – 145.500
Anna Geidt 12.800 11.600 9.550 11.450
Yekaterina Chiukina 13.100 10.800 12.500 13.250
Olga Bahtgalieva 12.600 9.950 10.900 11.500
Aida Bauyrzhanova 12.400 11.100 11.800 12.150
Tamara Kutichsheva 12.100 10.550 12.300 11.450
145.500 38.500 33.500 36.600 36.900
45. (46) SINGAPORE – 145.200
Nadine Joy Nathan 12.700 11.350 11.950 12.500
Mei Togawa 11.800 11.750 10.250 11.200
Colette Chan 11.700 12.650 10.750 11.450
Zeng Qiyan 12.200 12.300 11.600 12.400
Kelsie Muir 12.600 11.350 9.800 11.850
145.200 37.500 36.700 34.250 36.750
46. (48) COSTA RICA – 141.450
Heika Del Sol Salas 13.300 11.850 11.550 12.150
Franciny Morales 12.850 11.200 11.650 10.950
Mariana Andrade 11.250 11.600 10.900 11.150
Ariana Castaneda 12.300 11.150 8.500 9.750
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
141.450 38.450 34.650 34.100 34.250
47. (49) PHILIPPINES – 140.150
Kaitlin DeGuzman 11.950 12.875 12.300 13.025
Cristina Onofre 12.800 9.500 11.450 12.350
Katrina Evangelista 12.100 8.800 10.750 11.600
Mariana Hermoso 11.800 9.350 10.000 11.400
Rachelle Arellano 12.050 0.000 0.000 0.000
140.150 36.950 31.725 34.500 36.975
48. (50) VENEZUELA – 140.066
Milca Leon 12.600 11.300 9.800 11.300
Pamela Arriojas 12.433 11.466 11.650 11.700
Karla Escorche 12.750 10.550 9.800 11.450
Eliana Gonzalez 13.450 7.650 11.500 11.850
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
140.066 38.800 32.400 32.950 34.600
49. (51) THAILAND – 137.600
Prawprow Duangchan 12.200 11.100 11.100 11.550
Thidaporn Khanthara 12.100 10.350 11.200 11.950
Kanyanat Boontoeng 12.950 9.100 11.650 11.550
Nasha Mantikul-Davis 0.00 9.500 0.000 0.000
Takyamon Atthavanich 12.500 2.250 9.600 8.750
137.600 37.650 30.950 33.950 35.050
50. (53) INDIA – 137.483
Pranati Nayak 13.400 10.333 12.500 10.950
Aruna Budda Reddy 13.500 9.733 9.500 11.650
Dwija Asher 12.300 10.300 0.000 11.100
Pranati Das 0.000 10.750 11.050 10.350
Swastika Ganguly 12.200 0.000 9.650 0.000
137.483 39.050 30.300 33.200 33.700
51. (47) DENMARK – 137.288
Sofia Bjornholdt 12.366 9.250 10.500 11.250
Mette Hulgaard 12.741 12.100 11.550 12.050
Emile Winther 0.000 0.000 10.266 11.433
Linnea Wang 0.000 10.466 9.666 8.500
Mary Petersen (FAR) 12.900 8.800 8.800 8.500
137.288 38.007 31.816 32.316 35.149
With most of the Danish scores more than six months old, Denmark falls rather far this month. Very little besides the scores from worlds are available to be used, but to ensure that Denmark had enough routines, I added in a vaulter from the Faroe Islands, since the Faroes fall under the kingdom of Denmark and do not have their own designation in the FIG.
52. (54) GUATEMALA – 135.450
Ana Palacios 13.350 8.450 11.900 12.550
Marcela Bonifasi 11.250 9.500 11.600 12.400
Katherine Godinez 12.400 9.050 11.400 11.600
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
135.450 37.000 27.000 34.900 36.550
53. (55) VIETNAM – 134.550
Bui Nguyen Hai Yen 12.700 10.950 9.600 11.450
Truong Khanh Van 12.800 10.000 12.100 11.150
Duong Thi To Lien 0.000 0.000 7.500 11.400
Nguyen Thi Nhu Qunh 13.000 4.700 9.050 9.925
Long Thi Hgoc Huynh 12.350 9.350 9.650 11.550
134.550 38.500 30.300 31.350 34.400
54. (56) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – 130.950
Yamilet Pena 14.050 12.350 10.700 12.000
Sandra Contreras 12.050 7.750 10.100 11.400
Alonda Echavarria 11.450 10.200 7.650 11.250
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
130.950 37.550 30.300 28.100 34.600
55. (NR) MALTA – 125.750
Kirsty Caruana 12.000 9.250 10.650 11.450
Sana Grillo 12.200 8.350 11.300 11.100
Suzanne Buttgieg 12.150 8.000 9.150 10.150
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
125.750 36.350 25.600 31.100 32.700

2018 Freshmen – Nebraska

Nebraska will have to make do without Ashley Lambert and Jennie Laeng in the upcoming season, which will be a challenge and will require the cultivation of at least two new routines on most events in order to keep pace with the nearly-made-Super-Six result from last season.

To accomplish this, Nebraska brings in a giant crop of new gymnasts, ideally continuing the project of developing some more depth and cultivating more choice for lineups with a larger roster than the Huskers had in the olden days of a few years ago.

NEBRASKA 2018
VAULT
Houchin – 9.880
Schweihofer – 9.830
Crouse – 9.810
Williams – 9.796
Epperson – 9.790
BARS
Crouse – 9.890
Schweihofer – 9.860
Houchin – 9.835
Breen – 9.815
Epperson – 9.555
BEAM
Breen – 9.870
Williams – 9.850
Hassel – 9.825
Houchin – 9.795
Crouse – 9.695
Epperson – 9.550
Schweihofer – 9.515
FLOOR
Crouse – 9.855
Schweihofer – 9.850
Houchin – 9.845
Williams – 9.805
Epperson – 9.744
Breen – 9.596
Hassel – 9.083
Kynsee Roby

The most acclaimed of the group is Kynsee Roby, who finished second at JO nationals in 2016 and who would be the most likely of the freshmen to contribute the all-around. So, of course, she tore her ACL in March.

March was a fairly long time ago, though, so we can still hold out hope for 2018 contributions, as well as future AA status.

Most important in Roby’s repertoire is bars. Nebraska needs bars routines this season, and because this is not a particularly barsy freshman class overall, that puts more emphasis on Roby’s set. Her JO routine features a piked Jaeger, a legs-together Pak, and an excellent straight body position on a DLO, which can be molded into a very good NCAA routine.

Extension is a major feature in Roby’s gymnastics, which is also on display in this quick and precise beam work. That loso series and front aerial will do just fine.

Bars and beam are the highlight routines, but at full strength Roby has a pretty high full on vault that should fit right in with Project We Make Vault’s Here at Nebraska, as well as a floor routine that while not showing huge difficulty, would be clean and comfortable enough to be lineup-usable. Continue reading 2018 Freshmen – Nebraska

2018 Freshmen – Kentucky

Kentucky is in a somewhat unconventional position for NCAA gymnastics in that no competition routines were lost after last season, and no one would begrudge Kentucky retaining basically the exact same lineups for another year since they may still be the best available options.

The star of the 2018 freshmen was going to be Mollie Korth, but she ended up joining a year early, and we all know how that worked out (well). As a result, the remaining 2018 walk-on-central of a freshman class is one of supporting players and backup possibilities. None looks to be immediately muscling her way into the deep half of lineups because the team NEEDS that routine, but they do each bring a couple believable sets that could find their way into lineups if needed, or at least give Kentucky a much larger breadth of options this season.

KENTUCKY 2018
VAULT
Korth – 9.910
Stuart – 9.860
Rosa – 9.840
Davis – 9.830
Dukes – 9.820
Hyland – 9.815
Kwan – 9.694
BARS
Korth – 9.895
Hyland – 9.845
Coca – 9.835
Carlisle – 9.835
Stuart – 9.815
Rechenmacher – 9.810
Dukes – 9.810
BEAM
Hyland – 9.915
Dukes – 9.900
Stuart – 9.855
Korth – 9.850
Poland – 9.825
Rechenmacher – 9.815
Carlisle – 9.725
FLOOR
Dukes – 9.895
Korth – 9.890
Hyland – 9.870
Rechenmacher – 9.820
Stuart – 9.815
Carlisle – 9.795
Kwan – 9.575
Madison Averett

Of note, Averett has competed a front 2/1 on floor in the past, the one E pass I’ve seen from this freshman class, which could be a useful look for the lineup if they can fill out the rest of a routine.

Floor was Averett’s best routine during her run to JO Nationals in 2016, earning her best score at states, regionals, and nationals, though she also brings a complete beam routine that could hang around as a choice.

Katherine Marianos

Marianos is another who typically got her best scores on floor, bringing solid tumbling in a double pike, double tuck routine option that I could see being an option in Kentucky’s menu, but I’d also keep an eye on her vault. This is not much of a vaulting class (with the only Yfulls coming from Marianos and occasionally Harman), so if Kentucky does end up being in the market for a perfectly useful Yfull, Marianos has shown the most success with it in the past and would be the option there. Continue reading 2018 Freshmen – Kentucky

Things Are Happening – October 27, 2017

A. NCAA Training

It’s a mostly NCAA training kind of week since everyone is still in a worlds hangover and little else is going on.

Alabama held its annual Halloween-tide Ghosts and Goblins preview, with the featured attraction being how Bailie Key looked on beam.

Key did only beam and the interior of bars. The UA Medalist Club streamed the whole thing on facebook (the future is now!), so you can watch all manner of routines if that’s your kind of thing.

Vault

Bars

Beam and Floor 1

Beam and Floor 2

Florida is showing off floor passes this week (with IDs! 10 points to Florida!). We have to keep in mind that it’s October and, as you may have heard, sometimes people train things in October that don’t make it into the competition season, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see Baumann working the double layout. I had her in the “immediate front 2/1 in college” column.

These passes are (E)xquisite! 💥💎🐊 #GoldMoney #FreshLegs #OnFire

A post shared by Florida Gators Gymnastics (@gatorsgym) on

Also, Baumann is good at beam. Sort of duh.

Denver’s floor passes. To answer your questions, 1) That’s Emily Glynn with the open full-twisting double back, and 2) Yes.

Continue reading Things Are Happening – October 27, 2017

2018 Freshmen – UCLA

It is customary for UCLA to assemble a cast of thousands for any given season, and this year’s roster is no exception with seven new freshmen joining the ranks: Nia Dennis, Pauline Tratz, Savannah Kooyman, Sofia Gonzalez, Kendal Poston, Rebecca Karlous, and Lilia Waller.

They’ll be tasked with bolstering a returning squad that is not exactly starved for numbers but is certainly looking for an injection of new counting routines and reasonably reliable depth on the leg events.

UCLA 2018
VAULT
Ross – 9.895
Kocian – 9.860
Kramer – 9.810
Hano – 9.805
Hall – 9.805
Meraz – 9.796
Honest – 9.790
BARS
Ross – 9.965
Peng – 9.955
Kocian – 9.870
Honest – 9.865
Savvidou – 9.855
Meraz – 9.850
Dennis – 9.800
BEAM
Ohashi – 9.960
Ross – 9.945
Peng – 9.910
Kocian – 9.910
Meraz – 9.805
FLOOR
Kocian – 9.930
Ohashi – 9.880
Toronjo – 9.772
Honest – 9.663
Hall – 9.610
Ross – 9.525
Meraz – 9.510
Savvidou – 9.505
Kramer – 9.225
Hano – 9.050
Nia Dennis

The star of UCLA’s new group is unquestionably Dennis, a six-year US elite who dropped down to L10 for 2017 to become JO national champ before heading off to UCLA.

Dennis has the chops to be a highly ranked all-arounder in NCAA, and the expectation will be that she provide four events to a Bruin team full of names but that still needs a reliable, late-lineup, weekly all-arounder to take the pressure off a relatively walking-wounded group of other elites.

Let’s begin with vault because it’s no secret that a lack of 9.9s and non-terrifying 10.0 starts on vault held UCLA back last season. Dennis had a very good DTY in her elite days, seemingly a salve to UCLA’s start-value problems, but we haven’t seen that vault from her in a while. She vaulted a full during the 2017 JO season and has been vaulting fulls in preseason training for UCLA as well. We’ll all hope to see a 10.0 start from Dennis at some point in her Bruin career, but that DTY may be a thing of the past.

Regardless, Dennis should be in UCLA’s vault lineup because her full would be among the biggest and most stickable the team has (and would outscore the 10.0 starts we did see from them last season), but she’s also kind of supposed to be the new powerful vaulter… Continue reading 2018 Freshmen – UCLA

2018 Freshmen – Washington

Expectations rise quickly in this game. I had never done a freshman preview for Washington in previous seasons, and now it’s all, “Why don’t you have more 9.850s?” That’s what an 8th-place finish will do, and with the team’s top routines on vault, bars, and floor from last season now departed, there will be actual expectations placed on the freshmen. At least a couple expectations. Maybe two.

The freshman trio won’t be called on to lead the way on events (with one-ish exception), but Washington will need to get several moments of lineup-ready gymnastics out of them to remain a nationals-level team.

WASHINGTON 2018
VAULT
Burleson – 9.845
Roy – 9.825
Goings – 9.820
Hoffa – 9.780
Riley – 9.775
Copiak – 9.705
BARS
Goings – 9.830
Washington – 9.825
Burleson – 9.815
Copiak – 9.805
Nelson – 9.770
Riley – 9.569
BEAM
Goings – 9.915
Burleson – 9.905
Schaefer – 9.855
Rose – 9.835
Nelson – 9.825
Washington – 9.800
FLOOR
Burleson – 9.870
Washington – 9.840
Schaefer – 9.835
Goings – 9.804
Hoffa – 9.660
Roy – 9.625
Jennifer Oh

Oh finished 3rd all-around at JO Nationals in 2016, proving her ability across four events. If Washington has an AAer out of this freshman class, it will be her. Oh’s gymnastics is simpler gymnastics—she’s not breaking down any difficulty walls—but it is well-executed enough to be worthy of rewards in NCAA.

My favorite quality in Oh’s gymnastics is her line on bars, so of course she had labrum surgery in April because welcome to gymnastics. Hopefully April was long enough ago that we will see a recovered Oh in the 2018 season.

I love that line, but even better is the height and toe point on the Jaeger. The beginning of this routine is really exceptional. For the dismount, she connects into the double tuck with a giant full, which means it would be up to level for NCAA. It’s not ideal difficulty, but we’ve seen plenty of people successfully go that route before. It does have to be perfect to get away with it, though, without a step or any handstand questions. Continue reading 2018 Freshmen – Washington

2018 Freshmen – Michigan

Much of the focus for Michigan in 2018 will be on how the team manages to replace the seven critical routines lost from Artz and Chiarelli in order to maintain the same level from last season, at the least.

That will be as much a task for the returning gymnasts—some of whom were injured in 2017 or not competing as many events as they may in future—as it will be for the freshmen. Don’t expect all seven new lineup routines to come from freshmen, but Michigan does bring in a class of three newbies: Syd Townsend, Lauren Farley, and Sam Javanbakht.

MICHIGAN 2018
VAULT
McLean – 9.915
Karas – 9.895
Zaziski – 9.845
Shchennikova – 9.758
Osman – 9.745
Funk – 9.744
BARS
Zaziski – 9.915
Brown – 9.870
Shchennikova – 9.850
Karas – 9.845
Funk – 9.815
Marinez – 9.770
Osman – 9.725
McLean – 9.275
BEAM
Marinez – 9.875
Karas – 9.865
Zaziski – 9.860
Funk – 9.835
Brown – 9.825
FLOOR
McLean – 9.910
Karas – 9.890
Funk – 9.835
Marinez – 9.835
Osman – 9.695
Zaziski – 9.282
Syd Townsend

Most importantly, the Sydney Townsend from Southern Utah graduated after last season, so we don’t have to deal with multiple Sydney Townsends in the same season. Phew. It wasn’t going to go well. (There will be an Ashley Smith situation this season, but cross that bridge when it comes.)

Townsend is a fairly mysterious character because she hasn’t been spotted in the wild since Gymnix 2016, but you may recall her from Canada’s 2015 worlds team. She made that team primarily to be a third vaulter in the team final after Black and Rogers, and we can look to vault as her most significant contribution on her new squad as well.

That Y1.5 is quite straight throughout the flight phase and well executed overall, so if she has been able to retain that vault in the two intervening years, it will have a key place in Michigan’s lineup. Continue reading 2018 Freshmen – Michigan

Advertisements

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama