Top 2020 NCAA Routines To Re-Watch

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Missing NCAA gymnastics? We are too. Fortunately, there are dozens of exciting performances from this season that deserve a replay (or two!). From Lexy Ramler’s first 10.0 on balance beam to Nia Dennis’s Beyoncé-inspired floor routine debut, we’ve compiled a list of 10 routines to help you re-live the 2020 NCAA season right from your living room.

Vanessa Deniz’s Pinch-Hitting Floor Routine

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Competing in her first collegiate meet ever, OU’s Vanessa Deniz replaced veteran Maggie Nichols in the anchor spot on floor at the MetroPlex Challenge on Jan. 25 after a last-minute decision by head coach KJ Kindler. The freshman stepped up to the plate, performing this gorgeous debut routine for a 9.900. The score was good enough to earn her a share of the event title and Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors.

Notably, it was also Deniz’s first meet back after sustaining a major elbow injury during her J.O. career. Although her first year was cut short, the freshman has a bright future ahead of her with the Sooners.

Lexy Ramler Finally Gets Her 10.0 on Beam

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After many near-perfect routines, junior Lexy Ramler finally scored her first 10.0 on balance beam at Rutgers on Jan. 18. Everything about the routine is a joy to watch, from her oversplits to the smile on Ramler’s face after nailing each skill. This 10.0 paved the way for others to follow; the junior notched another perfect score on beam the following weekend — the first ever recorded at Minnesota’s Maturi Pavilion.

When the Beam is Your Playground

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There’s a lot to love about this routine by CMU’s Savana Kotas. First, check out that mount. She takes a simple press handstand and transforms it into something else entirely. The fluid movement she performs is like the wave, but done with her legs. It’s lovely to see a collegiate gymnast show off her control and strength in such a fun way.

Kotas maintains this unique style throughout her entire routine, moving with a finesse that not many other gymnasts possess on balance beam. You’ll notice she went for her series and felt off, so the freshman seamlessly ad-libbed some choreography and went for it again. She nailed it on the second run, finishing with a popular TikTok dance move. What a cool routine. 

Is Anyone Surprised This Went Viral?!

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UCLA’s Nia Dennis debuted her new Beyoncé-inspired floor routine for the first time at the 2020 Collegiate Challenge on Jan. 4. Later in the season, the routine went viral, amassing millions of views on YouTube and social media. It received attention from many prominent celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Dennis to perform her routine live on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” a few weeks later.

Helen Hu is a Breakout Gymternet Favorite

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If you know about Missouri’s Helen Hu, then you’re probably obsessed with her gymnastics. After entering the NCAA stage this season, Hu quickly became a clear gymternet favorite, and it’s easy to see why. With a unique skill set and flexibility that’s to die for, the freshman easily rose up through the rankings this season. She finished fifth in the country on this event with a career-high 9.975.

A Poetic Ending for Rachel Gowey

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What a way to go out. Senior Rachel Gowey scored her first career perfect 10.0 in what would become her last collegiate routine ever. It was a poetic final performance for Gowey, whose prior career-best was a near-perfect 9.975. She finished the season ranked sixth in the country on the balance beam.

This Season’s 10.0 Superstar

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At the same competition, teammate Trinity Thomas earned her first 10.0 on floor after eight career 9.975s. Performing in her home state of Pennsylvania, Thomas collected this perfect score in from of more than 300 friends and family members. 

Thomas notched her first career perfect score at the beginning of the 2020 season on the uneven bars, which opened the floodgates for more to follow. She went on to earn two more 10.0s on the balance beam before securing this one on floor. The Gator standout was the only gymnast to score a perfect mark on three different events in 2020, finishing the season ranked second in the all-around behind OU’s Maggie Nichols. Not a bad sophomore season!

Difficulty for Days

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Alabama sophomore Shallon Olsen is one of the few NCAA competitors who still maintains an active elite career, and it shows. She was the only collegiate gymnast this year to perform a double-twisting double tuck on floor, an extremely difficult element that is common in elite gymnastics. Last year, Utah’s MyKayla Skinner competed the pass as well, but she deferred her eligibility this season to pursue a 2020 Olympic berth.

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Although Olsen is great on every event, vault is her forte. At the 2018 World Championships, the Canadian earned a silver medal on this event behind USA’s Simone Biles. Here she is performing a double-twisting Yurchenko in the NCAA, another high-level skill that only a handful of other gymnasts competed this season.

Deltchev FTW.

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Michigan’s Natalie Wojcik is another fan-favorite. This year, the sophomore competed a Deltchev for the first time on the uneven bars at a home meet against Rutgers. After winning the event with a 9.875, Wojcik decided to continue competing the single-bar release, which looks like a cross between a Gienger and a straddled Jaeger.

Here she is competing the skill in a meet against New Hampshire on Feb. 28, where she scored a 9.950 and nabbed the event title. It’s always impressive when an athlete can continue learning new skills throughout their collegiate careers, especially ones as impressive as the Deltchev!

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.

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Leanne Wong Shoots For Big Goals In 2021 and Beyond

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After a disappointing end to her most recent competition season, the 2020 Coronavirus meet cancellations were even more shocking for Leanne Wong, who was left with something to prove. 

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USAG Sending Six Athletes To Nov. 8 Friendship & Solidarity Competition

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INDIANAPOLIS, October 14, 2020 – Six U.S. athletes will join delegations from China, Japan and Russia for an international friendly competition Nov. 8 in Tokyo, Japan. The one-day Friendship and Solidarity Competition will feature two teams – Team Friendship and Team Solidarity – which will be comprised of a mixture of artistic gymnasts from the participating nations.

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William & Mary Reinstate Women's Gymnastics, Swimming, & Volleyball

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On Sept. 3, 2020, William & Mary announced the decision to discontinue seven of its 23 NCAA Division I varsity sports — Men's and Women's Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, and Women's Volleyball — effective with the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The plan prepared by the Department of Athletics implemented discontinuations to address structural budget deficits exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and to begin remedying long-standing gender equity imbalances inconsistent with the requirements of Title IX.

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12 Things Chellsie Memmel Does In A Day That Most Elite Gymnasts Don't

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Chellsie Memmel is just like any other elite gymnast working for a spot on the 2021 Tokyo Olympic team...oh, except that she’s 32, married with two kids, coming back out of retirement after eight years off...and a few other differences. 

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25 Favorite Practice Leos: VOTE For Your Top Picks!

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GK Elite, Alpha Factor, Snowflake Designs, TumbleWear… these are just a few well-known gymnastics leo brands across the US. Leotard designs have the power to express so many things! Whether it be a classic leo or a statement leo, if you look good on comp day, you feel good. 

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Air Force Women's Gymnastics Announces Freshmen Class

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USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – The Falcon women's gymnastics team has announced the addition of six freshmen to the roster for the 2021 campaign. The newcomers will join 15 returners from the previous season.

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William & Mary Are The Latest School To Cut Their Gymnastics Teams

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This year is a disappointing time for all sports fans, and gymnastics fans are no exception. After months of canceled meets, pushing back the Olympics, and training centers on lockdown, the latest 2020 gymnastics disappointment is multiple NCAA programs cutting their gymnastics teams. William & Mary cut both their men’s and women’s gymnastics teams in early September, just the latest of many announcements this year about cutting teams. 

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Rutgers Gymnastics Announces 12 Newcomers

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Head Coach Umme Salim-Beasley announced the addition of 12 newcomers to the Rutgers gymnastics program in 2020-21. The newest Scarlet Knights include Avery Balser, Myra Daniels, Kylie Haffner, Rees Hagler, Jordan Halcom, Emily Leese, Calah Newman, Jaidyn Raby, Kieran Ross, Christiana Thompson, Emily Wood, and Stephanie Zannella.

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How You Can Help Save Collegiate Gymnastics Programs

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With universities across the country facing budget cuts, college gymnastics programs are being eliminated or are on the brink of being cut. College gymnastics needs your help and support more than ever. 

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