2016 NCAA Championships

NCAA Semifinals Recap: Oklahoma Leads The Pack Going Into Super Six

NCAA Semifinals Recap: Oklahoma Leads The Pack Going Into Super Six

After two sessions of Semifinals today, six teams will be advancing to Super Six Finals tomorrow to vie for the NCAA Championship. Oklahoma finished in the

Apr 16, 2016 by Justine Kelly
NCAA Semifinals Recap: Oklahoma Leads The Pack Going Into Super Six
After two sessions of Semifinals today, six teams will be advancing to Super Six Finals tomorrow to vie for the NCAA Championship. Oklahoma finished in the top spot with a 197.7875, followed by Florida with a 197.4750, Alabama with a 197.3875, LSU with a 197.3375, Georgia with a 196.7250, and UCLA with a 196.7000.

Six teams also ended their seasons tonight - Cal finished in 7th place overall with a 195.8500, followed by Nebraska with a 195.7750, Utah with a 195.7625, Stanford with a 195.5750, Auburn with a a 195.100, and Minnesota with a 194.9875.

Check out our full recap of the day below.

Session 1 - Florida, LSU, Georgia clinch their spots


Florida and LSU were the favorites going into session 1, and they delivered with some of their best performances. Florida was particularly strong on bars in rotation 5, where they scored a huge 49.475 with multiple stuck dismounts and excellent form. Bridget Sloan scored the highest for the team with a 9.95, a high score that she replicated on balance beam as well. It’s no surprise that she came out first in the all-around from both sessions with a 39.700, and also tied to win the bars and beam titles. Florida ended the competition on balance beam with very few wobbles from all six competitors, securing their spot at the top.


After a bye in rotation 1, LSU started off on what has been one of their weaker events - uneven bars. They had no mistakes this time, however, and all six gymnasts delivered a solid performance, including Ashleigh Gnat who was a last minute replacement for Randii Wyrick and ended up competing in the all-around. Although stumbles on balance beam kept the team out of the Super Six last year, they delivered a stellar performance this time around, despite suffering a fall early on in the rotation from freshman Julianna Cannamela. The remainder of the competition was textbook, and they finished up on vault with no score below a 9.8.


Going into competition, the third spot was going to be a tight fight between the remaining four teams. Stanford got into some trouble early on. The team started on bars, usually their best event, but had some uncharacteristic lower scores (sub-9.8 range) and also a fall from Taylor Rice. Although they didn’t have to count a fall on this event, they usually score much higher. The team went to beam next and unfortunately had to count a fall when both Taylor Rice and Melissa Chuang fell. Elizabeth Price proved to be the star of the team on all four events, scoring a 39.55 in the all-around, with her highest scores being 9.9 on both vault and bars. We also got to see Ivana Hong contribute a strong performance in the all-around, her first time competing all four events in three years.

Rotation 4 is when things started to get a bit messy for both Auburn and Minnesota. Auburn suffered from two falls on beam from their lead off Kullen Hlawek and later Taylor Krippner as well. Caitlin Atkinson scored highest for the team with a 9.8375, and we were fortunate to see her impressive double pike dismount. Minnesota fared even worse on uneven bars, where they had three falls from Rachel Cutler, Abby DeMuse, and Bailie Holste. On the plus side, their anchor Lindsay Mable displayed a stunning routine to score a 9.9. By this point, however, things were looking dire for both teams.


Georgia, meanwhile, put up a solid performance, with no falls or major errors throughout the whole competition. This consistency solidified their hold on the 3rd spot. Highlights include Brittany Rogers huge bar routine, packed with difficulty but executed flawlessly, to score a 9.95 and tied to win the bars title. Brandie Jay also impressed, especially on vault where she stuck her 1 ½ twisting Yurchenko to score a 9.95 and tie for the vault championship title.

Session 2: Oklahoma, Alabama, UCLA move ahead

Haley Scaman of Oklahoma on floor during Perfect Routine

In session 2, was expected that it would be a close competition between Oklahoma, Utah, UCLA and Alabama, given that all four teams were close to the top throughout the season. Utah started off with an okay vault rotation, but not one of their best and suffered several landing deductions. Once again, rotation 4 proved to be a difficult one, and Utah suffered from a bit of a meltdown on beam in the beginning of their lineup. Both Samantha Partyka and Kailah Delaney had falls, while Breanna Hughes stumbled significantly on her dismount to land off the mat. They put up a good fight on floor to finish the competition, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to catch the other teams.

Oklahoma and Alabama put up the most impressive performances of the competition. Both teams did particularly well on landings, with lots of sticks on bars and vault especially. Oklahoma started their competition on floor and had three scores over 9.9 from Chayse Capps, Keeley Kmieciak and AJ Jackson. The team's momentum seemed to just keep going up as the competition went on. They displayed a fantastic vault rotation, with Capps, Kmieciak, Hunter Price and Haley Scaman all going 9.9+, and they were able to drop Jackson's score when she fell on a Yurchenko 1 1/2. Bars and beam proved to be their best events. McKenzie Wofford was the highlight on bars, scoring a huge 9.9375. The Sooners put up their highest score on their last event, balance beam, with a 49.475.

Amanda Jetter of Alabama

Alabama put up solid performances on bars, beam and floor, with no falls, but it was vault that was the highlight for them. They had multiple stuck landings, including on the more difficult Yurchenko 1 1/2 vaults. Both Katie Bailey and Mackenzie Brannan stuck their 1 1/2s, and Bailey tied for the vault title with a 9.95. Brannan competed in the all-around for the team and totaled an impressive 39.500. 


UCLA's best performance came on beam, unsurprisingly, where they scored a 49.3625. Danusia Francis was the highlight of the rotation, and she tied Sloan to win the beam championship with a 9.95. The team struggled a bit on vault, where they suffer a bit from a lack of difficulty in their lineup. There were no major falls, but little landing and form deductions here and there on full twisting Yurchenkos pulled their overall score down a bit. Pua Hall scored the highest with a 9.8625 for her Yurchenko 1 1/2. Still, the team showed a lot of consistency on all of their events and were able to clinch a spot for finals.

Despite having to compete without Toni-Ann Williams, California did very well, finishing just under a point behind UCLA. They got their competition off to a great start on beam, which proved to be their highest scoring event. The highlight came from the lead-off Sofie Seilnacht who scored a 9.8875.

Nebraska put up a great fight, especially given the scary fall of Jennie Laeng on bars during the fourth rotation. The team rallied and competed for Jennie, and ended up scoring a 48.9750 on bars, their best score of the night.

Another highlight from session 2 was Nina McGee's dynamite floor routine. McGee competed as an individual and scored a huge 9.95 on the event to win the floor title.

Super Six Field Set
2016 NCAA Individual Titles Crowned
Results: 2016 NCAA Women's Championships - TEAM - Semifinal 1
Results: 2016 NCAA Women's Championships - TEAM - Semifinal 2
Results: 2016 NCAA Women's Championships - INDIVIDUAL