First division of semi-finals just finished. Qualifiers are Florida, LSU, and Georgia, with Auburn, Stanford and Minnesota out. Not a big surprise except for maybe Georgia over Auburn, as I think Auburn had been higher ranked going in. But Georgia appears to have actually hit beam for once, which makes a big difference since they counted a fall in almost all of their regular season meets. Georgia's been one of my favorite teams this year in spite of their inconsistency on beam, so I'm glad they made it through.
Congrats to Oklahoma! This is the first time I've seen them all year. I am soooo happy for LSU - my fav team. And they are so young. I can't wait for next year. I am a bit stunned Florida ended in 4th. Thought they'd higher. What a great competition. What a great season. I'm bummed it's all over.
That was an awesome competition, it took the last two routines from all 4 teams to figure anything out.
So happy with how UCLA placed here, this is a perfect setup for Kyla Ross (and maybe Madison Kocian) to come in and make the team even better on all 4 events next year. They couldn't have done any better.
Oklahoma was fab and their beam choreo is really happy for them.
I was pulling for LSU but they still got their highest finish ever with 2nd. vault was amazing, I was happy with Finnegan esp after that bar routine. She had the best FTY of the entire competition.
And Bridget Sloan is an amazing gymnast, I'm really going to miss her.
Sloan won 2 NCAA all-around titles. Kupets won 3 and Jenny Hansen of Kentucky also won 3. Overall, Sloan has 6 individual NCAA titles compared to Kupets' 9 titles. Kupets can safely keep her GOAT designation for now.
I thought the Super Six was fantastic, with a deserving champion in Oklahoma. Florida looked just a bit off in certain routines and LSU didn't really do enough on bars and beam to reach the top spot. However, Sloan sure competed like a boss and LSU's vault rotation was fantastic! Alabama did very well throughout.
It was nice to see Georgia back in Super Six action, but man, they have a ways to go to be competitive. Floor in particular stood out and not in a good way. Yoculan may have given her girls cheesy floor routines sometimes, but young women like Stack and Tolnay sold the hell out of them. This current group had the standard NCAA bombastic music, but generic choreography and not-quite-there presentation. Lots to work on there!
UCLA turned it on on the balance beam. Really nice rotation for them and they should be much better next year with the addition of Kyla Ross.
Obviously some overscoring here and there as the event went on, but I think the overall placements were dead on. Super happy for Oklahoma, they've been the best and most consistent team all season long. I'm so impressed that they've built up such a great program without getting many of the big names of elite gymnastics (yes, they've had a few over the years.. Vise, Kelley, Dowell... I believe Nichols is committed to there, too), but nowhere near the amount that Florida or UCLA has had.
Do we seriously have to wait 8 months for next season to start?
Im really excited to see what Miss Val does with her, there's so much untapped potential there on floor. I wouldn't be surprised to see Kyla give Kupets a run for her money on NCAA titles. She's going to boost the team on all 4 events, as well as Kocian. (Who would be silly to go pro)