Most Difficulty In The 2017 NCAA Super Six: Vault Edition

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Ashleigh Gnat.png
In our fourth and final installment on the most difficulty in the 2017 NCAA Super Six, we are taking a look at vault. Specifically, we're analyzing which teams had the most 10.0 start value vaults. In 2016, the Yurchenko full was devalued to a 9.95 start value, and many teams have reacted by upping the difficulty of the vaults their gymnasts compete. We have seen more Yurchenko 1 1/2s and even Yurchenko doubles. Some teams have gymnasts training more unique vaults, such as a front handspring pike-front half or Omelianchik (round-off, half turn to front pike). It's likely that, as the years goes on, we'll see less and less Yurchenko fulls as statistics show that upping the difficulty pays off in the scoring.

Check out our analysis below which ranks the difficulty on vault of the six teams that competed at the NCAA Championship Finals: 

1. LSU

Five 10.0 SV Vaults

LSU takes the No. 1 spot with a total of five 10.0 SV (start value) vaults in its lineup. It's not surprising that the team was ranked No. 1 in the country on this event during the season. Senior Ashleigh Gnat, who was also ranked No. 1 individually on vault for the season, competed the toughest skill with a Yurchenko double full. She scored three perfect 10.0s on that vault this season. Kennedi Edney, Sydney Ewing, Myia Hambrick​, and Ruby Harrold all competed Yurchenko 1 1/2s, while Sarah Finnegan competed a Yurchenko full. Out of the vaults competed at Super Six, Gnat and Harrold had the highest scores out of the lineup, both scoring a 9.8875 in competition. Check out one of Gnat's perfect 10.0 vaults from earlier in the season:

Video via LSU Tiger TV

2T. Oklahoma

Four 10.0 SV Vaults

Oklahoma is tied for second place with four 10.0 vaults in its lineup. Jade Degouveia, Brenna Dowell, AJ Jackson​, and Maggie Nichols all competed Yurchenko 1 1/2s, while Chayse Capps and Alex Marks competed Yurchenko fulls. Nichols had the highest score out of the lineup during competition, scoring a 9.9625, followed by Jackson who scored a 9.95. Nichols placed just behind Gnat in the vault national rankings at the No. 2 spot, while her teammate Dowell placed fifth nationally. Check out Nichols' 10.0 vault from the Big 12 Championship:

2T. Florida

Four 10.0 SV Vaults

Florida tied with Oklahoma for the No. 2 spot, also having four 10.0 vaults in its lineup. Out of all the teams, the Gators certainly had the most variety in their vault lineup. Kennedy Baker and Alicia Boren both competed Yurchenko 1 1/2s. Rachel Slocum competed a front handspring, front-pike half off, and Alex McMurtry competed a Yurchenko double. McMurtry put up the highest score for her team at the competition with a 9.9375, followed by Baker with a 9.9. McMurtry and Slocum were also in the top five in the national rankings -- McMutry was No. 3 and Slocum was No. 4 in the country. Check out McMurtry's huge vault from the semifinals, where she scored a 9.975:

4. Utah

Two 10.0 SV Vaults

Utah is ranked No. 4 in our list with two 10.0 vaults -- McKayla Skinner's Yurchenko double and MaKenna Merrell's Yurchenko 1 1/2. The remainder of the lineup competed Yurchenko fulls. Sophomore Sabrina Schwab had been competing a 10.0 vault as well -- a tucked Yurchenko 1 1/2 -- but she unfortunately got injured early in the season. Unsurprisingly, Skinner's vault received the highest score at Super Six with a 9.8875, followed by Tiffani Lewis​, who scored an impressive 9.8375 on her Yurchenko full. 


One 10.0 SV Vault

UCLA and Alabama tie once again for the final spot in the ranking, both having just one 10.0 vault in their lineups. In preseason, UCLA had shown many of its gymnasts training upgraded vaults, including several working on the Omelianchik; however, we did not see any of these in competition. Pua Hall was the only gymnast to compete a 10.0 vault at Super Six -- a Yurchenko 1 1/2, although her score was actually the second highest of the lineup. Kyla Ross, who competed a Yurchenko full, scored a 9.875. Ross was also the strongest performer on vault for the team all season and was ranked highest in the vault lineups at No. 19. Check out Ross nail her Yurchenko full in training for NCAA Championships:

5T. Alabama

One 10.0 SV Vault

Alabama's lineup also had only one 10.0 vault, which came from Nickie Guerrero, who competed a Yurchenko 1 1/2. At Super Six, Guerrero actually tied with Abby Armbrecht and Katie Bailey for the highest score in the lineup -- a 9.85. Armbrecht competes a Yurchenko full, while Bailey competes a Yurchenko half. Bailey is also ranked highest for the team on vault nationally at No. 23. Her high score of the season was a 9.925 -- almost perfect.

Most Difficulty in the 2017 NCAA Super Six: Floor Exercise Edition
Most Difficulty In The 2017 NCAA Super Six: Balance Beam Edition
Most Difficulty In The 2017 NCAA Super Six: Uneven Bars Edition

Roster: Great Britain To Send Four Juniors To 2018 City Of Jesolo Trophy

Annie Young

British Gymnastics plans to send a team of four juniors to the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy, the International Gymnastics Federation has confirmed. Below are the gymnasts on Great Britain's nominative roster for the international competition, which takes place in Italy from April 11-15. You can watch Jesolo LIVE on FloGymnastics.

Aly Raisman Flips The Switch On Abuse, Partners With Darkness To Light


Aly Raisman has teamed up with Darkness to Light, launching a training initiative aimed at education and prevention of child sexual abuse. 

5 Can't-Miss Routines From Oklahoma Sooners, SEC Squads, And Utah Utes

Utah Athletics maxresdefault.jpg

There are still some fantastic routines to catch before the NCAA gymnastics season winds down and gives way to regionals. This week's five can't-miss routines come from the defending national champion Sooners, a slew of SEC squads, and the Utes out west.

2018 City Of Jesolo Preview: New Kids On The Roster For Team China

© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports OLYMPICS: Gymnastics-Apparatus Finals

With the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy on the horizon, there’s a lot of gymnastics to be excited about — like new juniors we’ve never heard of who come out and generate some buzz over the second half of this quadrennium. So before you stream Jesolo live on FloGymnastics April 14-15, here’s a first look into the new kids on the roster for Team China.

Big 12 Championships Preview: Oklahoma Sooners Aiming To Defend Titles

Christy Ann Linder 2017 NCAA Championships Super Six by Christy Ann Linder 161.jpg

The Big 12 Gymnastics Championships will take place on Saturday, March 24, at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, and FloGymnastics will be on-site and live-streaming the competition. The Iowa State Cyclones will host the championships this year and will be joined by the defending champions the Oklahoma Sooners, the Denver Pioneers, and the West Virginia Mountaineers. 

Lindenwood Breaking Records, Stanford Perfection, And Florida Celebration

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10528690_168383134_lowres.jpg

Lindenwood edged Eastern Michigan, Rutgers, and Temple in a quad meet in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon in record-breaking fashion. The Lions scored over a 196 for the first time in school history with a 196.400. They set new program records with totals on bars (49.100) and on beam (49.425).

2018 FloGymnastics Level 9 And 10 National Rankings Are Here!

Hands beam generic flash close up.jpg

FloGymnastics has once again partnered with Meet Scores Online to bring you weekly rankings of the top 100 level 9 and 10 gymnasts in the country.

Team China's Rosters For The 2018 City Of Jesolo Trophy

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10327928_168383134_lowres.jpg

The Italian Gymnastics Federation has confirmed China's rosters for the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy. Below are the gymnasts scheduled to compete.

Russia's Nominative Roster For The 2018 City Of Jesolo Trophy

Christy Ann Linder Anastasiia Iliankova finishes her bar routine.jpg

Russia plans to send a team of eight to the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy. Below is the nominative roster, which is subject to change. 

Rivals Auburn & Alabama Take The Floor At Elevate The Stage In Huntsville

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10528690_168383134_lowres.jpg

Alabama faces Auburn for the second time in three meets, this time at the Elevate the Stage meet in Huntsville, Alabama, tomorrow night. The last time out, the Crimson Tide posted their best score of the season — a 197.300 — on the road. They finished with matching 49.400s on uneven bars and balance beam led by senior Kiana Winston with a 9.925 on bars and a 9.900 on beam.