We’re formally by Week 2 of the 2024 NCAA gymnastics season and if there’s one factor we have realized to this point, it is that Oklahoma stays the workforce to beat.
The Sooners, the reigning two-time NCAA champions, opened the yr with a dominant efficiency throughout their meet on the “Imply Women Tremendous 16” — they usually adopted up this week with an much more spectacular victory on the star-studded Sprouts Farmers Market Collegiate Quad in West Valley, Utah. Competing in opposition to LSU, UCLA and Utah, Oklahoma earned the very best workforce rating of the season at 197.900 — three-quarters of a degree higher than the second-place Tigers.
Oklahoma took the lead after its first rotation on vault, and by no means misplaced it. Audrey Davis, who completed second within the all-around, had one of the crucial memorable performances of the day along with her near-perfect bars routine that earned a 9.975:
— Oklahoma Ladies’s Gymnasium (@OU_WGymnastics) January 13, 2024
After the second week, the Sooners have two of the yr’s prime three all-around scores and rank within the prime two within the nation on vault, bars and beam. While the team did announce it would be without junior Danae Fletcher, a contributor on bars, flooring and vault, for the remainder of the season as a result of an harm, it stays the favourite to hoist the trophy — but once more — in April.
UCLA completed in third place, however Bruins sophomore Selena Harris received the all-around title with a 39.650 whole rating. The sophomore was particularly robust on vault and beam, scoring a 9.95 on each occasions.
It is stick metropolis right here on vault! @selena_harriss drills her 1.5 for a 9.95!
— UCLA Gymnastics (@uclagymnastics) January 13, 2024
And that is under no circumstances that occurred this weekend. Removed from it, really. There have been good scores, history-making debuts and the return of a beloved favourite. This is all the things you should know from the second week of school gymnastics:
There have been 4 good scores over the weekend, making the grand whole six on the season. This is who joined Sage Kellerman and Maile O’Keefe, the Week 1 entrants, on the record:
Konnor McClain: The LSU freshman recorded the right rating in simply her second (!) collegiate meet. And positive, be happy to insert your favourite, “And that is why she was the 2022 U.S. nationwide all-around champion” line right here.
McClain grew to become simply the seventh gymnast in class historical past to earn the rating on bars, and the primary on the street since 2019. With a super-difficult opening launch transfer, textbook strains and handstands and a superbly caught dismount, McClain greater than lives as much as the hype that preceded her arrival in Baton Rouge.
Faculty gymnastics seems to be GOOD on @_KonnorMcClain
The freshman scores her first profession good 10
— LSU Gymnastics (@LSUgym) January 13, 2024
Mya Hooten: Losing no time in giving Minnesota followers one thing to cheer about on the Gophers’ first dwelling meet of the season, the senior earned the sixth good 10.0 rating of her profession on flooring. With a smile as infectious as her dancing, and tumbling passes that she in some way makes look easy, the group and her teammates instantly began the “10” chants as quickly as her routine ended — and it was clearly unattainable for the judges to argue.
MYA HOOTEN 🤩🤩
The three-time All-American posts an ideal 🔟 in her dwelling debut in 2024!
— Minnesota Ladies’s Gymnasium (@GopherWGym) January 13, 2024
Sierra Brooks: The Michigan soccer workforce grew to become nationwide champions final week, however Brooks nonetheless made a case for the title of most beneficial athlete on campus over the weekend. And if that is an exaggeration, it is solely barely. The fifth-year senior broke the varsity’s all-around rating report with a 39.825 within the workforce’s win over Stanford on Friday — thanks partially to the ten.0 she acquired on flooring to shut out the night time. To cite the published workforce, “Sierra Brooks doing Sierra Brooks issues.”
— Michigan Ladies’s Gymnastics (@UMichWGym) January 13, 2024
eMjae Frazier: In 2023, Frazier grew to become the primary Cal gymnast to attain an ideal 10.0 on flooring. In 2024, the sophomore grew to become the primary gymnast in class historical past to earn an ideal rating on two completely different occasions as she executed a flawless beam routine through the night time session on the Sprouts Farmers Market Collegiate Quad. Like Brooks, in some way that achievement was simply a part of a historic night time for Frazier, who broke her personal program all-around report with a 39.775. However this beam routine — the poise! the leaps! — was actually a standout.
— Cal Ladies’s Gymnastics (@CalWGym) January 14, 2024
And whereas it wasn’t technically throughout Week 2, O’Keefe scored one more good 10.0 on beam for the Pink Rocks on Monday on the “Better of Utah” meet. It was the twelfth good rating of her profession on the occasion and helped lead the workforce to victory over BYU, Southern Utah and Utah State.
🔟 for the BEAM QUEEN!!! 👑
The twelfth of @maile_okeefe‘s profession on beam 🤯
— Utah Gymnastics (@UtahGymnastics) January 16, 2024
It wasn’t simply Frazier who shined for the Golden Bears on Saturday. Competing in opposition to BYU, Michigan State and North Carolina State, Cal scored the second-highest workforce whole of the season at 197.875 for the seventh-best rating in program historical past, and broke their very own report on vault (49.525). The workforce swept the all-around podium as Mya Lauzon and Maddie Williams completed in second and third place, respectively, behind Frazier.
Lauzon even acquired a ten.0 rating of her personal from one choose on vault for her Yurchenko 1.5. ESPN’s Kathy Johnson Clarke known as it “completely breathtaking” on the published.
— Cal Ladies’s Gymnastics (@CalWGym) January 14, 2024
Except Oklahoma, there could be no workforce with extra momentum and ever-increasing confidence than Cal because the season enters its third week.
For the historical past books
The second week of the season introduced the debuts of two brand-new groups: Clemson and Talladega.
In entrance of a house crowd of over 8,000 followers, the Tigers put the gymnastics world on discover with a 196.325 rating — the very best ever for a debut workforce — and a victory over William & Mary. Clemson will subsequent face Pittsburgh at dwelling on Saturday.
To the unimaginable @ClemsonGym program,
To the 8,000+ followers who got here out to help,
And to all the individuals who helped us make final night time so successful…
We simply wish to say thanks 🧡 pic.twitter.com/6l2iDjvZ3o
— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) January 13, 2024
The Talladega Tornadoes confronted Florida, Fisk and George Washington of their inaugural competitors in Gainesville on Friday. It marked the primary meet in faculty historical past that includes two HBCU applications. Talladega completed in fourth place, however head coach Aja Sims-Fletcher was optimistic concerning the expertise.
“We had some early nerves however our younger workforce competed properly in a tricky setting for his or her first collegiate competitors,” Sims-Fletcher told the school’s website. “We noticed some good tough expertise tonight and noticed the place we will enhance. It is solely up from right here.”
Talladega had been slated to compete on the MLK Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday however the occasion was canceled as a result of inclement climate. The meet, which Fisk, Brown, Rutgers, William & Mary and Iowa State had been additionally scheduled to compete at, was set to be a historic milestone for school gymnastics, that includes all Black ladies head coaches. Whereas the meet’s cancellation was disappointing, the six head coaches did take part in a panel dialogue on Sunday, sharing what made the thought for the occasion so particular.
Fisk Head Coach Corrinne Tarver gathered all 6 NCAA Gymnastics Black head coaches for a meet that includes Talladega, Iowa State, Rutgers, Brown, William & Mary, & after all, Fisk. Coaches needed the meet to really feel like a party-a celebration of excellence. pic.twitter.com/WKjX6ADEBa
— Arielle (Ari) Chambers (@ariivory) January 15, 2024
Whereas most of the different prime groups made their 2024 debut final week, Florida did not formally get its season began till Friday through the aforementioned quad meet. However the Gators — ranked No. 2 within the preseason ballot –made it a fashionably late entrance to the season in entrance of a sellout crowd of practically 9,000 followers. The workforce’s 197.10 was greater than 2.5 factors greater than second-place George Washington.
Freshman Anya Pilgrim, who represented Barbados on the world championships in October, formally launched herself to the faculty gymnastics world in spectacular style, successful the all-around title in addition to a share of three occasion titles. Her 39.525 all-around rating is the very best ever for a Florida freshman in her debut meet.
— Gators Gymnastics (@GatorsGym) January 13, 2024
Senior Ellie Lazzari earned the team’s highest individual score of the night with a 9.975 on beam.
And in per week crammed with debuts and unimaginable performances, there was maybe nobody — for any workforce — that received the collective love from followers on-line greater than Morgan Hurd. The 2017 world all-around champion has had a tricky street over the previous few years as a result of a string of accidents and surgical procedures. Now a junior, she missed everything of her freshman yr and competed sparingly throughout her sophomore marketing campaign.
However on Saturday, Hurd competed on beam and flooring and each wholesome and blissful. Recognized for her artistry, Hurd wowed followers along with her stunning “Black Swan”-themed efficiency on flooring. As Australian gymnast (and buddy of Hurd) Heath Thorpe stated on social media, “All my life issues have been fastened with this routine.”
All my life issues have been fastened with this routine https://t.co/Qfab7sWw5p
— Heath Thorpe (@thorpeheath) January 13, 2024
Better of the remainder
Listed here are just some extra routines that you should see from the weekend:
Frankie Value, Arkansas: Value’s flooring routine opens because the music of Eve performs, and whereas the rapper’s phrases aren’t heard, most nonetheless know the query she’s asking in her lyrics: Who’s that woman? And goodness gracious, that woman is Frankie Value. The sophomore completely slays her choreography and her tumbling — and her early 2000s music decisions. She earned a 9.95 for this routine on Friday and appears destined for a ten.0 and a few viral fame this season.
— Arkansas Gymnastics 🐗 (@RazorbackGym) January 13, 2024
Syd Morris, LIU: Within the season opener in opposition to New Hampshire on Sunday, the 2023 EAGL Rookie of the 12 months appeared to construct on their robust freshman marketing campaign — and wow, did Morris, who makes use of they/them pronouns, do this. Morris scored a 9.9 on beam 3 times final season — and earned a staggering 9.975 on Sunday to place themself atop the nationwide rankings on the occasion.
Syd Morris beam pic.twitter.com/9kfgInTwy3
— betelgeuse (x3) (@NastiaTrixie) January 14, 2024
Victoria Henry, Ball State: The senior earned the second-best rating on vault in program historical past — and the very best mark since 2016 — along with her 9.975-earning Yurchenko 1.5 on Sunday at Ohio State. Her smile, and the response of her teammates, after her caught touchdown actually says all of it.
— Ball State Gymnastics (@BallStateGYM) January 14, 2024
Rylie Mundell, Denver: Anchoring bars and needing to hit after a teammate had fallen, the senior recorded a 9.95 to elevate her workforce in its dwelling opener in opposition to Arizona State.
— Denver Gymnastics (@DU_Gymnastics) January 14, 2024
Key meets in Week 3:
Jan. 19: Florida at Auburn; 6 p.m. ET on SEC Community
Jan. 19: Arkansas at Alabama; 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Community
Jan. 19: Kentucky at LSU; 9 P.M. ET on SEC Community
Jan. 20: Missouri at Georgia; 2 p.m. ET on SEC+
Jan. 20: Cal at Washington; 3 p.m. ET on Pac-12 Community
Jan. 21: Michigan at Ohio State; 2 p.m. ET on B1G+
Jan. 21: Denver, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA at Denver; 4 p.m. ET