NCAA Gymnastics: Top freshmen to keep an eye on
Successful elite gymnast, Sabrina Vega announced today that she will be Vega has decided to close the elite chapter of her career and focus on her NCAA career. arrival at Georgia is still undecided, but anticipated to be for the fall of Vega most recently competed at the U.S. Secret Classic, where she. We're little more than a month away from Classic now, so the Mad Max remake that masquerades as the Vega – / Fewer than half of the future NCAA gymnasts who competed AA at the championships. NCAA Gymnastics for Beginners Move along, haggard old jaded NCAA fans. The main point of dual meets is to make fun of the people who write Georgia – Sabrina Vega, Natalie Vaculik (CAN), Vivi Babalis (CAN), Jordyn Pedersen (CAN ) .. Previous Post versus A Beam Comparison Part.
They get to do this on a full scholarship because athletes are more important than scientists. These teams spend four months each year competing against other schools—under a code of points that most closely resembles elite competitions of the early s—in the hope of screaming, chanting, sticking, hugging, teamworking, and life-lessoning their way to the annual national championship. How does the season work? Also, can Florida please challenge Alabama to pistols at high noon?
At the end of March, the top 36 teams in the country are allowed to continue on to the regional championships, from which 12 teams advance to the national semifinals, from which 6 teams advance to the Super Six Team Final, where the national champion is crowned. What about individual titles? In NCAA, any acknowledgement of individual goals or the desire to win an individual title—or any honest assessment of your own individual gymnastic abilities—is tantamount to treason and will see you drawn and quartered in the town square.
On an NCAA team, you are the closest group of sisters, and no sister is more sisterly than any other sister. Maggie Nichols already gets it. Like an old pro. She just wants to help the team anywhere she might possibly maybe be able to contribute, you guys. NCAA gymnastics is infinitely more entertaining if you have a specific team to root for. And, consequently, rival teams to root against.
There are no wrong choices.
For reference, here are the former elites with the awareness that I left out some people who were junior elite for one second currently on some of the top teams: Nichols hit a In addition to taking the all-around title, she also earned uneven bars and floor exercise titles. Skinner had perhaps the most surprising debut.
She finished with a Unsurprisingly, she put up great performances on vault 9. But it was on uneven bars and balance beam where she showed that she isn't the two-event specialist we saw in elite.
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Kocian's all-around performance tied for 10th place in the country with a All eyes were on the two-time Olympic medalist, especially on the uneven bars where she put together a clean set for a 9. Kocian shared parts of the uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise title in Saturday's meet. While Ross didn't compete in the all-around, she put up three solid routines for the Bruins.
We haven't seen her compete since the U. Oklahoma's dazzling bars rotation The defending champs were not messing around in their second rotation. New year, new faces for Gators Florida is coming off a fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships last season after winning three straight titles from to She was the uneven bars specialist for Team USA, but competed in the all-around at both the national championships and the Olympic Trials in The Texas native has battled untimely injuries—a rolled ankle at nationals in prematurely ended her senior debut and a leg fracture early in that kept her out of the Pac-Rim championships and the Jesolo meet.
She will definitely contribute on the uneven bars for the Bruins, but it will be interesting to see where else she breaks into the lineup.
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Kocian had a beautiful floor routine that lacked the difficulty to compete with Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and company at the elite level, but could be a contributor for the Bruins on floor.
She has long been lauded for her uneven bars prowess, but her contributions to the team aside from bars will be very interesting to watch. MyKayla Skinner, Utah Skinner was an alternate on the Olympic squad this summer in Rio after perhaps one of her most complete meets of the year at the Olympic Trials.
Her biggest strengths come on floor exercise and vault. She was one of just two Americans competing for the vault title at international meets and won a bronze medal at the world championships on vault. She was age eligible for London in but did not qualify for Trials that year.
She was a member of the U. Pan-American Games team that won gold in Canada where she also came away with an all-around gold medal.
She was an alternate on the world championship squad. She won the all-around at the Glasgow World Cup in March