The Biggest Stories From The 2020 California Grand Collegiate Challenge

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Eight elite NCAA gymnastics teams opened their seasons at the California Grand Invitational Collegiate Challenge. These are the top headlines from the exciting event.

Reigning NCAA Champion Tops Session 2

Oklahoma won its first meet of the 2020 season with a score of 197.350, the highest score in the nation so far. Rotating in Olympic order, the Sooners started on vault and had a few incredible scores in a row, topped by a 9.900 from Anastasia Webb with a strong Yurchenko 1.5. 


On bars, Jade Degouveia scored a 9.875 in her first bar routine for Oklahoma. It was a great day for firsts, as Jordan Draper made her collegiate debut with a 9.850. The scores only got higher as Webb scored a 9.900, freshman Ragan Smith stuck her routine and earned a 9.950, then senior Maggie Nichols stuck her double layout dismount to score a 9.975. After their second rotation, the sooners crept up to first place and stayed golden the rest of the competition.

On beam, the Sooners remained steady and Smith had the highest beam score on the team with a 9.900. On floor the team continued to fly high, with a 9.900 from Webb and a 9.925 from Nichols. 


Oklahoma won by 0.775 over UCLA, which came in second place with a 196.575. 

UCLA Second to the Sooners

Last year’s California Grand collegiate challenge winner couldn’t quite pull out another first-place finish at this year’s competition, despite a good meet with lots of highlights. UCLA began on bars, where Margzetta Frazier had an especially solid routine, tying her career high of a 9.950 and putting the Bruins in first place after their first rotation. 


As they rotated to beam, however, UCLA lost its momentum and had to count a fall after back-to-back falls from Grace Glenn and Felicia Hano. Despite this, the Bruins came back with a good lineup to finish the event. Frazier competed her first routine in the regular beam lineup, scoring a 9.775. Samantha Sakti competed her first routine ever for UCLA, scoring a 9.950, and Kyla Ross matched Sakti’s score to complete the rotation. 

Norah Flatley fell on floor during UCLA’s third rotation, but the Bruins did not have to count a fall as everyone else stood up their routines. They saw especially good performances from Ross with a 9.950, Frazier with a 9.925, and Grace Kramer with a 9.900. On their final rotation, Ross scored a 9.900 for her vault, which was enough to ensure her the all-around title with a total score of 39.725. UCLA has a lot of talent this year, but needs to remain more consistent to beat powerhouses like Oklahoma. 


Behind silver medalist UCLA was California in third with a 196.200 and Stanford in fourth, scoring a 195.475, to complete the second session. 

Alexis Vasquez Clinches First Perfect 10 of the Season

The first perfect 10 of the season was awarded at the Collegiate Challenge, and it went to Alexis Vasquez on beam. Vasquez’s flawless routine was rewarded with a perfect score, and this sophomore could not have looked more confident. 

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She received support from many fans on Twitter, including Michigan gymnastics alumni Olivia Karas.


Denver First Place In Session 1, Second-Highest Team Score

Vasquez’s perfect 10 helped Denver score a 196.700 as a team, giving the Pioneers first place in their session and the second-highest team score out of all the college teams competing overall, right behind Oklahoma. Their high score did not result in them taking second place, as they were in a different session, but still proved that they are a huge competitive force this season. 


Fan favorite and reigning NCAA floor champion Lynnzee Brown helped the team as well this meet, scoring a 9.850 on vault, 9.925 on bars, 9.825 on beam, and a 9.950 on floor. 


Behind first-place Denver in session one was Arizona State in second place after a 194.675, Auburn in third scoring a 194.375, and Penn State in fourth with a 193.500. 

Watch replays of every routine from the 2020 Cali Grand Invitational Collegiate Challenge.

Aleah Finnegan Discusses Deltchevs And Diversity

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Aleah Finnegan remembers watching Carlos Yulo make history at the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Yulo won bronze on floor exercise in Doha, making him the first Philippine gymnast to medal at a World Championships.

A New Generation Of Gymnasts: Why Morgan Hurd Aims To Be Voice Of Change

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Morgan Hurd keeps her pronouns (she/her) in her bio, encourages everyone to wear a mask, and doesn’t shy away from sharing her opinions on social justice topics, even while she launches into the public eye as her career intensifies. Hurd speaks out about many social issues, especially ones that affect marginalized communities.

Division I Recruiting Dead Period In All Sports Extended Through April 2021

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By Michelle Brutlag Hosick

The Division I Council on Wednesday extended the recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through April 15.

Shane Wiskus Aims For His First Olympic Team Amongst Difficult Setbacks

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Shane Wiskus dealt with his fair share of setbacks this year, but it hasn’t changed his goals. No matter what stands in his path, he has his sights set on Tokyo 2021. 

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Leanne Wong Commits To University Of Florida

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Two-time U.S. Senior National Team member Leanne Wong, an elite from Great American Gymnastic Express (GAGE), announced her commitment to the University of Florida. Her signing ends months of gymternet guessing and giddiness. Known for her graceful extension, clean lines, and competitive consistency, Wong made it official November 14, 2020, through her Instagram account. 

Riley McCusker Files Lawsuit Against Maggie Haney

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Riley McCusker, a four-time national team member of USA Gymnastics, filed a lawsuit against former coach Maggie Haney and former assistant coach Victoria Levine. It's a civil case for damages, alleging negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress by her coaches for forcing her to train while injured. 

Auburn Women's Gymnastics Sign Four In 2021 Recruiting Class

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Auburn women's gymnastics head coach Jeff Graba and staff are elated to sign one of the most promising classes school history. 

Kara Eaker And Grace McCallum Sign With Utah Gymnastics

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SALT LAKE CITY – Two-time World champions and two of the nation's top elite gymnasts - Kara Eaker and Grace McCallum - locked in their futures with Utah gymnastics on National Signing Day. As two of the most decorated signees in program history, the duo will vie for a 2021 Olympic Team berth prior to continuing their illustrious gymnastics careers in Salt Lake City.

Aly Raisman Continues Her Path As An Advocate For Gymnasts Everywhere

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Best known for her accomplishments inside the gym, since her retirement from the sport Aly Raisman has made strides to leave a different kind of legacy in gymnastics. Besides her six Olympic medals, four World Championships medals, and numerous other successes, Raisman wants the sport to remember her for the change she created within it. 

What To Expect From The Friendship & Solidarity International Competition

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After months without international competitions, gymnastics fans can mark their calendars for a treat at the beginning of November! On November 8th, a competition named “Friendship and Solidarity” will take place in Japan. As the name suggests, this one-day competition will be fun and lighthearted, getting gymnasts back into competition mode.