Monday, 15 October 2012 23:25

Fall Training: Openings and Newcomers

Written by Greg

As the fall workouts continue, teams are hard an work to prepare for the coming season.  Key veterans are looking to advance from where they left off last spring, while newcomers look to break into the rotations for the coming season.  This past summer, we said good-bye to some top athletes at teams across the national.  Athletes like UGA's Kat Ding, Bama's Geralen Stack-Eaton, OU's Megan Ferguson and UCLA's Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs have been stars in their respective programs for the past four years.   Although it is still early in the preseason, here's a quick summary of the status of Top 25 women's teams from this past season, with their key losses summarized and highlighted.

In "routines returning" column, we have estimated the number of routines returning, based on the lineups for the last competition of the 2012-2013 season.  To get an idea of the distribution of the losses, we've noted the number of departing athletes per event.  This list is not final; transfers and pre-season retirements could impact the final tallies.  All statistics are from official school sites or NCAA.com.

Statistically, you might expect a quarter of all routines to come from any given class.  But in NCAA gymnastics, in spite of the wear and tear of years of training, experience does count.  Thus, the starting lineup of many teams is often filled with upperclassmen, especially on high pressure events like balance beam.  In the table below, we've highlighted teams in with the color RED where the losses hit 9 or more routines (out of 24) OR where losses in any given event run more than three.  In contrast, we've highlighted teams with 3 or fewer losses (out of 24) in GREEN.  This rough measure shows where the teams have the most capability to replace, and where others will just add to their depth and experience when the newcomers join the rosters this fall.

Some teams are adept at "reloading" and will simply rely on talented incoming classes or their depth to cover their losses.  For teams on the fringe of qualifying to Nationals or the Super Six, this can be a difference maker.  We'll see how the Incoming Classes stack up in our annual ranking, as the season approaches.  And, later this fall we'll do a short preview of the incoming classes for the top returning teams.

Final
Rank
Team
Final Score NQS
Routines
Returning
Routines Gone
VT UB BB FX
1 Alabama 197.85 394.27 20 1 1 1 1
2 Florida 197.775 394.77 22 0 1 0 1
3 UCLA 197.75 394.495 17 2 1 2 2
4 Stanford 197.5 393.085 18 2 2 1 1
5 Utah 197.375 393.53 15 2 2 3 2
6 Arkansas 196.3 393.37 19 1 1 2 1
7 Oklahoma 196.925 394.385 16 1 1 0 1
8 Nebraska 196.625 393.555 20 1 3 2 2
9 LSU 196.55 392.645 22 1 0 0 1
10 Ohio State 196.525 392.47 17 2 2 1 2
11 Georgia 196.5 394.095 17 1 2 2 2
12 Oregon State 196.475 393.21 17 1 2 2 2
13 Michigan
392.15 24 0 0 0 0
14 Boise State
392.105 17 2 1 3 1
15 Auburn
392.065 16 2 2 2 2
16 Penn State
391.88 15 1 3 3 2
17 NC State
391.845 15 2 3 2 2
18(t) Illinois
391.42 19 1 1 1 2
18(t) Washington
391.42 17 2 3 1 1
20 Missouri
391.375 18 2 2 1 1
21 WVU
391.165 20 1 2 0 1
22 Arizona
391.095 15 1 3 2 3
23 DU
390.965 20 1 1 1 1
24 Minnesota
390.785 22 0 1 1 0
25 Kentucky
390.24 19 1 3 1 0
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