These NCAA Teams Had The Best Showing At 2017 J.O. Nationals

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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. Michigan

Michigan 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.

Gymnast Club Class Age Group Score Place
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. Alabama

Alabama 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.

Gymnast Club Class Age Group Score Place
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. California

Cal'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.

Gymnast Club Class Age Group Score Place
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. Utah

Utah 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.

Gymnast Club Class Age Group Score 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 State

Oregon 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.

Gymnast Club Class Age Group Score Place
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

Honorable Mentions

Ohio State

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.

View our master list of college-committed 2017 J.O. Nationals competitors here.

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