While the J.O. National Championships don't have anything to do with college gymnastics, it's fun to pretend they do! Many gymnasts who competed at nationals this year have already committed to colleges, and we took a look at where they finished this weekend to determine which college had the best competition.
Analyzing the number of gymnasts each college had competing, their scores, as well as their individual placement, we determined which college teams had the best showing at J.O.s. To be in these rankings, the NCAA teams must have had at least five commits competing. Below are the top five schools. (These total numbers may not be completely accurate due to the nature of undocumented verbal commitments).
1. MichiganMichigan had 11 gymnasts competing, the most out of any school, and the average score for all of these gymnasts was a 37.9. Five of these gymnasts placed in the top four, making the J.O. National Team, and nine of these gymnasts placed in the top ten. Additionally, Michigan had a remarkable seven gymnasts who posted an all-around score above a 38.
|Abby Brenner||Metroplex||2018||Senior D||38.75||1st|
|Gabryel Wilson||Olympia||2019||Junior F||38.5||2nd|
|Carly Bauman||Chow's||2020||Junior D||38.45||2nd|
|Sierra Brooks||Aspire||2020||Junior E||38.375||3rd|
|Madison Mariani||Arizona Dynamics||2018||Senior D||38.35||4th Tie|
|Natalie Wojcik||Stallone||2018||Senior D||38.3||7th|
|Lauren Farley||WOGA||2017||Senior E||38.1||9th|
|Abby Heiskell||Southeastern||2018||Senior C||37.9||10th Tie|
|Alyssa Al-Ashari||Twistars||2020||Junior C||37.625||6th|
|Samantha Javanbakht||Capital||2017||Senior F||36.6||45|
|Alexis Stern||Infiniti||2017||Senior D||36.05||48|
2. AlabamaAlabama came out of nationals with two national all-around titles and impressive overall results. With nine commits, Alabama had a 37.61 average, five scores above a 38, and seven scores above a 37. Five future Bama gymnasts also made the J.O. National Team, which was the final factor that bumped them to the second spot.
|Makarri Doggette||Buckeye||2019||Senior B||38.75||1st|
|Lexi Graber||Coast Elite||2017||Junior F||38.625||4th|
|Matilyn Wagilora||Olympia||2019||Junior F||38.575||1st|
|Luisa Blanco||WOGA||2020||Junior E||38.425||2nd|
|Alonza Klopfer||North Stars||2017||Senior E||38.375||4th|
|Kylie Dickson||AOGC||2017||Senior F||37.675||19th Tie|
|Griffin James||Gymstrada||2018||Senior B||37.45||21st Tie|
|Simone Banen||North Stars||2018||Senior C||35.4||52nd|
|Chase Brock||Gymnastix||2019||Junior C||35.225||54th|
3. CaliforniaCal's seven gymnasts had a notable 38.0 average with no gymnast posting below a 37 all-around. The team had one all-around co-champion and two J.O. National Team members.
|Kyana George||Metroplex||2017||Senior F||38.65||3rd|
|Milan Clausi||Olympus||2018||Senior C||38.425||1st Tie|
|Nina Schank||Head Over Heels||2017||Senior F||38.25||9th|
|Jamie Panchak||Airborne||2017||Senior E||38.075||10th Tie|
|Talitha Jones||Precision||2018||Senior A||37.875||6th|
|Nevaeh DeSouza||Dream Xtreme||2019||Junior F||37.4||14th|
|Andrea Li||Legacy Elite||2020||Junior E||37.375||23rd|
4. UtahUtah was close behind Cal with a 37.99 team average from their seven gymnasts. They finished with one all-around champion who was also the only gymnast who made the J.O. National Team. Six of their gymnasts placed in the top ten and the lowest placement was a still very respectable 21st place.
|Jillian Hoffman||SCEGA||2019||Junior E||38.5||1st|
|Lex Burch||Flips||2017||Senior D||38.125||10th Tie|
|Mikayla Magee||Pearland Elite||2018||Senior E||38.025||10th Tie|
|Adrienne Randall||SCEGA||2018||Senior C||38.05||6th|
|Amanda Cashman||Arena||2019||Junior E||38.0||6th|
|Hunter Dula||All American||2018||Junior E||37.775||10th Tie|
|Jaedyn Rucker||Desert Devils||2019||Junior E||37.4||21st Tie|
5. Oregon StateOregon State was at a slight disadvantage in our ranking with only five competitors but all of their gymnasts finished in the top 10 so they took our fifth spot (edging out Oklahoma by a narrow margin). OSU had a 37.95 average and three gymnasts on the J.O. National Team.
|Kaitlyn Yanish||Arizona Dynamics||2017||Senior E||38.6||2nd Tie|
|Madison Dagen||San Mateo||2018||Senior D||38.45||3rd|
|Sydney Gonzales||Wildfire||2020||Junior D||38.075||3rd|
|Jane Poniewas||Gymcats||2019||Senior A||37.35||9th|
|Kayla Bird||Arizona Dynamics||2019||Senior A||37.275||10th|
Many top NCAA teams like Florida and UCLA have committed elite gymnasts who don't compete in level 10, and therefore weren't at nationals. As mentioned, to try to get a more balanced look, we only ranked teams with more than four gymnasts competing.
While LSU only had three gymnasts, two of them won the all-around in their age divisions and all of them scored about 38s. Haleigh Bryant and Kai Rivers won all-around and Bailey Ferrer placed third.
Another notable team is Stanford who also had three competitors. Rachael Flam won all-around, Lauren Navarro placed second, and Taylor Lawson placed 10th. Again, all three gymnasts posted scores above a 38.
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