Recapping The Action: Price Shines For Stanford, Kocian Returns

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Catch up on all of the week three action as the Oklahoma Sooners took on Georgia and then Iowa State and Texas Women’s University in two meets. LSU and Alabama battled in SEC action, while UCLA welcomed back Madison Kocian in a road win against Arizona. Elizabeth Price posted another excellent all-around meet and Minnesota freshman Lexy Ramler has been stellar on beam for the Gophers.

Oklahoma Takes Over The Top Spot

The Sooners competed twice in week three — a season-opening win on the road against Georgia and a home opener against Iowa State and Texas Women’s University. Both scores for the defending national champions were over 197.500.

Oklahoma debuted five vaults starting out of 10.0 at the home opener — an Omelianchik from freshman Anastasia Webb and Yurchenko one and a halfs from Jade Degouveia, Brenna Dowell, AJ Jackson, and Maggie Nichols. For the second straight meet, Dowell stuck her vault. Nichols vaulted for the first time this season.

LSU Floats To Top Uneven Bars Score

The Tigers put up the top score in the country against SEC rival Alabama with a 49.625. LSU was led by Sarah Finnegan’s near-perfect 9.975. Myia Hambrick and Kennedi Edney posted matching 9.925s and Sami Durante, Lexi Priessman, and Ruby Harrold all posted 9.900s. The Tigers’ stick crown was making some frequent appearances throughout LSU’s second rotation.

Kocian’s Return For UCLA

Madison Kocian made her return for UCLA this weekend as the Bruins defeated Arizona 197.300 to 195.750. The two-time Olympic medalist had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in August and it was unclear whether the sophomore would make an appearance for the Bruins this season. Kocian scored just a 9.225 after a fall, but could figure into the Bruins’ plans the rest of the season.

The 197.300 was the top score for UCLA this season. Katelyn Ohashi and Felicia Hano each competed in the all-around with Hano making her collegiate debut on uneven bars despite a fall, and Ohashi vaulting for the first time since UCLA traveled to Arizona in 2016.

Price Posts Top All-Around Score 

Stanford senior Elizabeth Price posted the top all-around total in the country this weekend with a massive 39.775. For the second week in a row, Price posted a perfect 9.95 for her Yurchenko full. She posted 9.950s on both uneven bars and balance beam and a 9.925 on floor exercise at Arizona State. 

Price has had a phenomenal start to her final collegiate season for the Cardinal, competing in the all-around for all three meets. She has not scored below a 9.900 on bars or floor all season.

Gophers Take On Spartans

Minnesota edged Michigan State on Saturday afternoon 196.075 to 194.925. The Gophers were led by freshman standout Lexy Ramler in the all-around with a 39.450. Ramler leads the country on balance beam with a 9.938 average across two meets. She scored a season-best 9.950 against the Spartans. 

Ona Loper earned event titles on vault and floor with a pair of 9.900s while Ivy Lu grabbed a 9.900 to win the uneven bars title. Hailee Westney and Michelina Lupinetti led the Spartans on beam with 9.825s.

Sidney Dukes Utilizes Experience In Kentucky's First Nationals

The Kentucky Wildcats finished the 2018 season ranked No. 12 in the country and traveled to Minneapolis to contend for a spot at the NCAA championships. The top team in the country turned out to be in Minneapolis as well — a squad that was all but a lock to head to St. Louis for the NCAA championships.

Most Difficulty In The 2018 Super Six: Floor Edition

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For the third installment in our series on the most difficulty in the 2018 NCAA Super Six, we're taking a look at floor exercise. Floor scores are calculated similarly to bars and beam scores: Gymnasts start from a 9.5 and add in difficulty value and connection value in order to get to a 10.0 start value. Gymnasts can add difficulty by performing "E" skills (worth 0.20) and "D" skills (worth 0.10). 

USAG CEO Kerry Perry Addresses National Team Athletes And Parents

USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry wrote a message addressed to "U.S Women's National Team athletes and their parents," posted to USAG's website on Monday, May 21. The letter follows a hectic week for elite gymnasts, coaches, and families when USAG announced Rhonda Faehn was no longer with the organization in the middle of the first national team training camp since 2017. 

Most Difficulty In The 2018 NCAA Super Six: Beam Edition

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Today, we are taking another look at which teams had the most difficulty in their lineups at the Super Six championships, focusing this time on balance beam. As we mentioned in our previous look at the uneven bars, gymnasts start from a 9.5 difficulty level on bars, beam, and floor, and they are required to add bonus points to get to a 10.0 start value.

Cal's Toni-Ann Williams Finally Got Her Chance At NCAAs

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Two years ago, the Cal women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA championships. It was just the second time—the first in 20 years—that the Bears were competing at the NCAA championships. And while Toni-Ann Williams, then a sophomore, had helped her team move on to the season’s pinnacle event, she wouldn’t be competing with them.

Letter: USAG CEO Kerry Perry Addresses Gymnastics Community

USA Gymnastics posted a letter from Kerry Perry to the gymnastics community on May 18, 2018. Read the full letter below:

More Larry Nassar Fallout: Rhonda Faehn 'No Longer With' USA Gymnastics

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USA Gymnastics has announced that Rhonda Faehn, senior vice president of the women's program, is "no longer with USA Gymnastics."

May National Team Training Camp Includes Simone Biles, Jade Carey, & More

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The May national team training camp is being held May 15-18 at Flip Fest in Crossville, Tennessee. Twenty-two elite gymnasts are in attendance including Simone Biles, who is attending her first camp since before the 2016 Olympics.

#GymnasticsFailChallenge - Fails From Around The Gymniverse

You've seen the Instagram tag, #GymnasticsFailChallenge. It's been around, but now some of our favorite elite and NCAA gymnasts are posting their own fails, and things just got so much more painfully awesome.

Most Difficulty In The 2018 NCAA Super Six: Uneven Bars Edition

In NCAA gymnastics, execution is paramount to an athlete’s success on the floor, thanks in large part to the use of the 10.0 system. Gymnasts strive for perfection and look to minimize form deductions as much as possible, and difficulty often takes a back seat as a result.