NCAA Gymnastics Week 6: Five Routines You Won't Want to Miss
Katie Bailey (Alabama) - Uneven Bars
Friday, Feb. 10, at Kentucky at 7 PM ET on SEC Network Plus
Bailey had an incredible bars set against Florida with a 9.925. The highlight of her routine also comes from a release skill -- her straddled Jaeger, which gets incredible amplitude. It marked the first time that Bailey scored above a 9.900 this season, though she has notched at least a 9.825 in all five meets. But the Crimson Tide tied a season-high on the uneven bars with a 49.325 team total. Look for Bailey to continue contributing solid scores.
Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) - Balance Beam
Friday, Feb. 10, vs. Auburn (Perfect 10 Challenge) at 8 PM on Fox Sports Southwest
Nichols grabbed her second career 10.0 last week on balance beam and the first one in the country. She's been rock solid for the Sooners and has yet to score below a 9.900 on the event. She has an uncanny ability to stick her landing, and we've yet to see even a balance check for the Oklahoma freshman. Her leaps get great amplitude and show beautiful flexibility.
Arianna Robinson (California) - Vault
Friday, Feb. 10, at Arizona at 9 PM ET on Pac-12 Network
Robinson has probably one of the most unique vaults in the country -- a front handspring onto the springboard and a front handspring onto the table. Most vaults in NCAA gymnastics are from a Yurchenko-style entry, and the ones that aren't typically involve a different entrance onto the table, not the springboard. Robinson gets great height and power on this vault. She does have some small form errors in the air and a hop on the landing, but it's refreshing to see a different vault in a sea of Yurchenkos.
Peng Peng Lee (UCLA) - Uneven Bars
Saturday, Feb. 11, vs. Stanford at 5 PM ET on Pac-12 NetworkLee has been a standout for the Bruins on the uneven bars this season. She's currently ranked third on the event and hasn't scored lower than a 9.875. She gets tons of amplitude on her Ray at the top of her routine. Her full-twisting pak salto has impeccable form and is a definite highlight. She anchors UCLA's uneven bars rotation, so look for her to continue to not only be relied on by the Bruins but also to keep putting up huge numbers.
Kirah Koshinski (West Virginia) - Floor Exercise
Sunday, Feb. 12, at Towson with Temple and North Carolina
Koshinski has three straight scores of 9.900 or better and has not scored lower than a 9.850 all season. She has big tumbling skills -- a high double layout to open and a double pike to finish -- with great landings. She also has great flexibility in her dance elements. West Virginia has hit above the 49.000 mark in its last three meets. Look for Koshinski to keep grabbing top marks for the Mountaineers.
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