Maximum after next meet: 198.235 Meets remaining: 2 Road meets remaining: 2
Oklahoma posted an obviously horrible and shameful 198.100 home score over the weekend with only one 10.000 (was it a try?) and therefore remains steady in NQS.The Sooners will compete in Minnesota on Saturday with another chance to set the all-time NQS record,needing “just” a 197.900 to do so, which is quite manageable.
2. Florida Gators
NQS: 197.940 Previous ranking: 2
Maximum after next meet: 198.040 Meets remaining: 2 Road meets remaining: 1
Florida equaled Oklahoma’s number with a 198.100 over the weekend, getting two 10s, which Florida will particularly appreciate because those were not 100% full, ideal postseason lineups. Florida returns home to compete on Friday and cannot catch Oklahoma for first place but remains solid in 2nd place and is highly likely to remain there through the end of the season.
3. UCLA Bruins
NQS: 197.565 Previous ranking: 3
Maximum after next meet: 197.635 Meets remaining: 2 Road meets remaining: 1
UCLA recorded its second-highest score of the season, and like Oklahoma and Florida, will be fairly encouraged that it was a big total that still did not represent the team performing to full potential (even on vault which did show major improvement). Because UCLA stays home this coming week, there’s not a ton of room to improve the team’s NQS until Pac-12s, so UCLA is vulnerable to being passed by Utah depending on what Utah does.
4. Utah Utes
NQS: 197.475 Previous ranking: 4
Maximum after next meet: 197.670 Meets remaining: 2 Road meets remaining: 1
Utah stayed at #4 this week but will have an opportunity to get up to #3 and pass UCLA next week by dropping that remaining 197.100. It will depend on what UCLA scores to know what Utah actually needs to do to pass, but since Utah competes the day before UCLA, Utah won’t know that yet and will be aiming for a 197.925, which is the score required to ensure a #3 ranking next week regardless of what UCLA does.
Before we get to Cal and UCLA, there have been some significant developments on the regionals cut-off front so far today. George Washington got near a season high to keep its hopes alive, especially in the face of Central Michigan and New Hampshire not getting the scores they were looking for (both teams will be out of the top 36 in next Monday’s rankings).
North Carolina’s score was not totally ideal since it was in the 195s, but enough to drop another 194 and stay right in contention. Western Michigan got a good score in the 196s, but it’s a major uphill battle at this point, and WMU will be well down in Monday’s rankings, especially because Northern Illinois came through to get itself up into the hunt this week. Pitt competes now, and that score will be quite significant (as will Ohio State’s as Ohio State is suddenly teetering on the edge of being in danger and needs to remove that danger with a good score today).
Because you need some more gymnastics today, right? Right.
In NCAA news, we’ve already had a bit of a 10-a-thon, with Trinity Thomas getting one on floor, Rachel Gowey getting one on beam, and Ona Loper getting one on vault. To go with Maggie Nichols’ vault from yesterday. It’s that time of year…
DIII west regionals are also underway, with the favorites Whitewater, La Crosse, and Oshkosh in control of the three qualification spots after 2 events.
Among the first group of meets, Illinois/Kentucky is the ranked matchup, but keep an eye on what Northern Illinois gets up to as well. Currently, NIU is well back in 42nd, but another 196 this week would be enough to gain some ground and get into the regionals conversation. George Washington, as well, will be looking for a season-high 196 in the early action, though GW’s peak score is not as high as NIU’s. Both are currently well on the outside of regionals spots and need a huge result.
Gymnix is really leaning into this whole TWO SEPARATE opening ceremony performances thing. The Mag 7 during the Atlanta gala vibes are strong.