Leading up to the NCAA finals, a number of articles hit the mainstream press regarding a potential scoring problem in the NCAA. Scoring during the 2023 season became quite uneven and at times, blatantly generous, and it became evident that deductions were not being taken. This was not news to hardcore fans, who had been noticing the wide variation in scoring throughout the season, and the obvious (and not so obvious) missed deductions. So how did we get here and how do we move forward?
PItt has named Casey Jo MacPherson as their new Head Coach. She's been serving as the Associate Head Coach at Missouri for the last three seasons, and as an assistant for the six seasons prior to that. She's a former8 time All-American and NCAA AA runnerup at Arkansas, as well as a senior international elite gymnast.
The season has completed and once again we are congratulating OU for winning the Women's Title and Stanford for winning the Men's title. Utah's Maile O'Keefe won the AA title, edging UCLA's Jordan Chiles. Chiles won the UB and FX, while O'Keefe took the BB. OU's Olivia Trautman completed a remarkable recovery from knee surgery (patellar ligament) in October to an NCAA Vault title in April. Before we look forward to next season, let's take some time to review some impressions of the past season.
Stanford has won the 2023 Men's NCAA Team title with a 422.458. That's four straight for the Cardinal, anbd 9th overall. Michigan kept chase with a 419.889. Illinois was 3rd at 415.59, OU 4th at 414.024, NU 5th at 412.4257 and PSU 6th at 412.057. Michigan Fred Richard won the AA with an 85.998. Richard also won titles on PB and HB. He also tied for the top mark on FX with Stanford's Nicolas Kuebler, but Kuebler won the tiebreaker to take the title. Stanford's Asher Hong posted a 15.333 to win Vault while Illinois' Ian Skirkey posted a 15.133 to win PH. Illini Ashton Anaya is the champion on R.
Link: Stanford Release
OU posted a 198.3875 to hold off Florida's 198.2375 to win the 2023 NCAA Team Title. That is the Sooner's sixth title in the last 9 Championship finals (2014,2016,2017, 2019, 2022, 2023). The Sooners posted a 49.675 to hold off Florida's 49.7125 on UB. In fact, Florida outscored OU on VT, UB and BB but came up short on the FX. Utah started off strong on FX but fell out of contention on VT, where they posted just a 49.15 after being unable to stick their key vaults. LSU was out of contention early after falling behind on UB and BB.
OU posted a 415.491 to edge host PSU's 415.29 and win semi-final #2 at the Men's NCAA Championships. Michigan was not far behind in third at 413.992. All three teams advance to Saturday's finals.
Stanford posted a 421.488 to win the first Semi-Final at the Men's NCAA Championships. Nebraska was 2nd at 410.124 and Illinois was 3rd at 405.524. All three teams advance to the finals, along with various individual qualifiers. Air Force posted a 399.222 for 4th, followed by Navy (392.491) and Army (384.523).
Link: Stanford Release
The USA Gymnastics Development Program Level 10 Regionals are this weekend, creating a packed few days of competition. The future NCAAers are all trying to advance to the WDP Nationals in May. Here are the Top 7 finishers (over 35.0 AA) and event winners, along with their schools. The Top 7 automatically advance to Nationals (as long as they post a 35+ AA). Additional AAers will be assigned where there are less than seven qualifiers from other regions, based on the three regions with the largest number of competitors. After the Regional Teams have been filled out, two additional AAers (over 35.0) for each age group in the Region will be added as Wildcard competitors. In addition, the top five event scorers from each Region (across all age groups) will be invited as a Wildcard Individual Event Specialists. We are showing only the 2023 and 2024 grads.
At the conclusion of the second semi-final, NCAA Champions were crowed in the individual events. AA: Maile O'Keefe, Utah, 39.7625 VT: Olivia Tratuman, OU, 9.95 UB: Jordan Chiles, UCLA, 10 BB: O'Keefe, 10 FX: Chiles, UCLA, 9.9875
Utah posted a 198.225 to win Semi-Final #2. OU was just behind at 198.1625. UCLA was 3rd at 197.9125, held back by just a 49.175 on VT. Kentucky was 4th at 197.125. Utah's Maile O'Keefe won the AA with a 39.7625, ahead of UCLA's Jordan Chiles (39.7125) and LSU's Haleigh Bryant (39.6875 in the 1st session).