Oklahoma, Florida, Utah Advance To Super Six At 2018 NCAA Championships

Oklahoma, Florida, and Utah advanced to the Super Six after Semifinal 2 at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

No. 1-Ranked Oklahoma Posts Highest Score

The Sooners competed with aggression and precision tonight to earn the top score of the day with a 198.05.

Starting on beam, the team posted a 49.375 with no scores under a 9.8. Maggie Nichols anchored the lineup with a big 9.95 for a nearly flawless routine.

The lineup went lights-out on floor posting a massive 49.5875, with four scores in the 9.9s. Nichols anchored again and scored a 9.9625 for her beautiful routine with a piked full into open. Anastasia Webb scored a 9.9375, AJ Jackson a 9.925, and Brenna Dowell a 9.9.

The momentum continued to vault where the Sooners posted a 49.475. The highlight of the rotation came from Dowell when she stuck her Yurchenko one and a half for a 9.9375. Nichols scored the other 9.9 of the lineup for her Yurchenko one and a half in the anchor spot.

Finishing on bars, Oklahoma posted their best team score of the night with a 49.6125, bolstered by Nichols’ 10.0, which also secured her all-around title. Nicole Lehrmann posted a 9.95 and Stefani Catour a 9.925.

Florida Finishes Second

The Gators totaled a 197.5875 to easily move on to the Super Six finals after stellar—but not mistake-free—meet.

The team was aggressive from the start, posting a big 49.475. Reigning NCAA champ Alex McMurtry anchored with a 9.95 while Amelia Hundley and Rachel Gowey both scored 9.9s.

In the second rotation, the team totaled a 49.3125 on beam, led by Gowey’s 9.9125 routine with her gorgeous layout-layout triple series. McMurtry anchored again and scored a 9.875.

On floor, the Gators had a few mistakes early on but came back strong and Alyssa Baumann anchored with a career-high 9.95. One of the crowd-favorite routines came from Alicia Boren with her sky-high tumbling and fun dance to score a 9.9. McMurtry stumbled on her triple full landing but still posted a 9.825.

Florida finished big on vault with a team score of a 49.4875. McMurtry performed a massive double-twisting Yurchenko but had a hop back on the landing and scored a 9.9.375. Boren stuck her Yurchenko one and a half for a 9.925 and Slocum scored a 9.9.

Utah Secures Final Spot

The Utes finished with a 197.1375, the fifth-highest score of the day and third-highest score in the semifinal.

The team had a bit of a slow start and a 49.225 on vault. The team struggled midway but MyKayla Skinner brought it home with an incredible stuck Yurchenko double full.

The Red Rocks looked more themselves in the bar rotation, where they scored a 49.3375 and nothing lower than a 9.825. Skinner anchored again with the highest score of a 9.925.

On beam, the Utes ran into a bit of trouble with a fall from second-up MaKenna Merrell-Giles, putting the pressure on the rest of the lineup to hit. But the team delivered, hitting the rest of the lineup and Skinner anchoring with a 9.925.

Finishing on floor, Utah posted a 49.4625 to secure their spot in the Super Six. Sydney Soloski scored a 9.9125 while MyKayla Skinner anchored with a 9.925.

Season Ends for California, Washington, & Kentucky

California finished fourth with a strong 196.5. Toni-Ann Williams led the bears with a 39.425 all-around. The team-high came on bars with a 49.2875.

Washington finished their meet with a 196.25. The team’s highest score came on floor, their first event, where they posted a 49.2625.

Kentucky made their first NCAA Championships team appearance in history. After a shaky start, the Wildcats showed resilience but ultimately ended sixth with a 196.0625.

Individual Champions Crowned

Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols won the individual all-around title with a 39.8125 after incredible performances on all four events. Nichols has been OU's star all-around gymnast the past two seasons and her meet came together once again tonight.

There was a three-way tie for the vault title between Utah’s MyKayla Skinner, Oklahoma’s Brenna Dowell, and Florida’s Alex McMurtry, all scoring 9.9375s.  Elizabeth Price and Nichols both scored 10.0s on bars to tie for the title. UCLA’s Peng-Peng Lee won beam with a 9.9875, which held up from the first semifinal. UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi and Nichols tied for the floor title, both scoring a 9.9625.

With both semifinal sessions complete, the Super Six field is set with Oklahoma, Florida, Utah, UCLA, LSU, and Nebraska!

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