Recapping The Action: Michigan Grabs Top Score, UCLA Wins In Reno

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Week two in the NCAA saw near-perfect-10s, SEC showdowns, and programs on the rise. Catch all the action you missed right here.

Wolverines Top In The Country

Michigan put up the top score in the country this week with a 197.550 against Big Ten rival Ohio State and is up to the No. 3 spot in the week two rankings. Michigan was led by a huge 49.500 on floor with scores of 9.900 or better coming from Lexi Funk, Olivia Karas, and Emma McLean. Freshman Sydney Townsend had a big day with a 9.925 on vault and a 9.900 on uneven bars. Paige Zaziski won the all-around with a solid 39.450.

Bruins Edge The Competition In Reno

UCLA continued its great start to the 2018 season with a quad meet win against Pac-12 foes Utah, Stanford, and Washington. The Bruins notched a 197.200 in the win with Utah finishing second (196.975), Washington in third (195.725), and Stanford in fourth (195.350). For the second straight meet, UCLA scored a 49.400 on floor and, this time, added vault to the mix with a matching 49.400. UCLA was led by Kyla Ross, who had a great all-around competition to finish third with a 39.550.



The Utes, which had a great meet on both vault (49.425) and floor (49.450) were led by sophomore standout MyKayla Skinner. Skinner won the all-around with the top all-around score in the country, a 39.700. Skinner also earned the title on floor (9.975) and tied for titles on vault (9.950) and uneven bars (9.950).

Hitting Perfection

Stanford senior Elizabeth Price opened up week two with a perfect 10 on uneven bars in the Nor-Cal Classic on January 8. Price finished with a 39.650 in the all-around, which tied Sarah Finnegan for the top all-around total until Sunday’s Elevate the Stage meet.



Nearly Perfect

Three gymnasts narrowly missed grab their first perfect 10s of the season:

MyKayla Skinner, Utah – Floor Exercise



Skinner had a little too much power in week one on her final pass, but hit it perfectly here for a 9.975.

Mollie Korth, Kentucky – Vault



Korth was first awarded a 9.975 before the score was corrected to a 9.950. The sophomore standout performed a gorgeous Yurchenko one and a half, and if she keeps hitting landings like that, should be rewarded with perfection.

Emma McLean, Michigan – Floor Exercise



McLean landed all three passes solidly to earn a 9.975 and lead the Wolverines to a big win against Ohio State. She is currently ranked second on vault and fourth on floor after two weeks of competition.

SEC Showdowns

Friday night showcased back-to-back SEC clashes with LSU traveling to Florida and a rivalry renewed as Alabama hosted Georgia. 

In a meet that was separated by 0.150 heading into the final rotation, LSU came up clutch on beam with three scores of 9.900 or better to win 197.250 to 197.125. Erin Macadaeg and Myia Hambrick grabbed 9.9s in the first two lineup spots while Sarah Finnegan earned a 9.925 that clinched the meet for the Tigers. Hambrick won the all-around title with a 39.550.

A week after being pulled from the meet for precautionary reasons, Kennedy Baker was back for the Gators where she tied for second on floor with a 9.925. Alicia Boren had another stellar meet for Florida and grabbed second in the all-around with a 39.450.

The Crimson Tide edged the GymDogs in the second matchup of the evening, 196.525 to 194.525. Due to injuries, Georgia only put up five athletes on uneven bars, but got off to a great start there led by Rachel Dickson (9.875) and Sydney Snead (9.850). The struggles for Georgia came on balance beam, where the GymDogs were forced to count multiple falls. Sabrina Vega had a great performance on beam though and earned a team-high 9.875 in the anchor position.



Alabama’s strongest performance came on balance beam where the Crimson Tide was sixth tenths better than week one. Senior Kiana Winston led the team with a 9.900 to win the event, and Alabama did not score below a 9.825 with Wynter Childers and Maddie Desch each adding 9.875s. Peyton Ernst made her Alabama debut on beam and picked up a 9.825.

Sun Devils Rising Up

Arizona State traveled to West Virginia in week two, and the Gym Devils defeated the Mountaineers 196.475 to 195.875. It is the best score for Arizona State since 2007 and the first time the team has hit the 196 mark since 2014.



Freshman Cairo Leonard-Baker was a star for the Gym Devils, winning the all-around (39.450) and event titles on both uneven bars and floor exercise. Arizona State posted season-highs on all four events and hit at least a 49.0 on all four for the first time since NCAA regionals in 2007.

Injury Updates

Georgia senior GiGi Marino will miss the rest of the 2018 season with a torn Achilles. Marino came down hard on her final tumbling pass on floor in the Gym Dogs’ meet against Alabama.

Lexi Graber was pulled from the beam lineup for Alabama after coming down lock-legged on her Yurchenko one and a half.

Madison Kocian On The Comeback Trail

Kocian has missed UCLA’s first two meets after having off-season shoulder surgery. It’s unclear if — or when — Kocian will be back this season, but she’s definitely on the comeback trail.




2018 NCAA Elevate The Stage Toledo Promises Close Competition

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This Friday, February 23, FloGymnastics will be on-site and live-streaming the 2018 Elevate the Stage NCAA competition in Toledo, Ohio. The quad meet will play host to several close battles between No. 6 Michigan, No. 12 Denver, No. 37 Utah State and No. 38 Bowling Green. The meet serves as a great opportunity for the gymnasts to practice competing on podium before postseason. 

Brielle Nguyen Embraces Her Dream In Transition From Illinois To UCLA

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Less than a month after officially joining the UCLA women’s gymnastics team, Brielle Nguyen had a feeling she would be making her debut as a Bruin at the Reno Elevate the Stage meet on January 14. 

USA Gymnastics To Hold April Verification At World Champions Centre

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Press release below via USA Gymnastics:

LIVE This Weekend On FloGymnastics: February 23-25

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Here's what to watch for this weekend on FloGymnastics, February 23-25.

Recapping the Action: Utah Edges UCLA, LSU Hits 198 Twice

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In a battle between the top two teams in the Pac-12, it came down to the final rotation. UCLA had the edge early on vault and maintained the lead through the second rotation after some uncharacteristic mistakes from both squads. But Utah cut down the lead in the third rotation, bolstered by MyKayla Skinner’s 9.975 on floor exercise to tie the meet, and earned the win in the final rotation 197.550 to 197.425.

U.S. Gymnasts Set To Compete At 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy

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Eight U.S. elite gymnasts are set to compete at the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy competition April 14-15 in Jesolo, Italy. USA Gymnastics will not be sending a team to the competition, but individual gymnasts have still opted to compete in the prestigious competition as individuals representing their club teams.

USA Gymnastics Names 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team Following Winter Cup

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Following the conclusion of the 2018 Winter Cup Challenge, the U.S. Men’s Team was named for 2018 through the 2018 U.S. Championships in Boston, Mass., Aug. 16-19.

Roster: USA Gymnastics February National Team Verification Event

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USA Gymnastics has released more details for the upcoming February verification competition to be held at LSU's training facility in Baton Rouge, LA. 

USA Gymnastics Announces 14 On Interim Board Of Directors

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Press release below via USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS — The interim Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics, which replaces the Board that resigned last month, will reflect the makeup of the 21-member Board that is identified in the current USA Gymnastics Bylaws, as outlined below.

Seven Stacked Teams Head To NCAA GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational

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The 2018 GymQuarters NCAA Mardi Gras Invitational takes place in two sessions with a total of seven teams competing Friday in St. Charles, Missouri. Both sessions are streaming LIVE on FloGymnastics. It is the second time this season that No. 4 LSU will face SEC foes Arkansas and Missouri.