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NCAA report!

January 17, 2009

Michigan won over Kent State and North Carolina State (194.325-193.525-191.15).

Alabama won handily over Kentucky 195.825-194.075. (Bama’s Ricki Lebegern took the all-around with 39.275. Other notable scores: Crimson Tide freshman Ashley Priess, last week’s SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week, scored a 9.925 on uneven bars. Bama’s Morgan Dennis delivered a 9.9 on vault and Priess, Alabama’s Geralen Stack-Eaton and Kentucky’s Heather Hite tied for the beam title with 9.875.) Only three gymnasts — UW’s Ashley Houghting (floor), Stanford’s Allyse Ishino (bars) and Stanford’s Shelley Alexander (vault) broke 9.9.

Stanford coasted through a quad meet with Washington, Sacramento State and Seattle Pacific University, winning 196.45-194.25-193.55-188.425. No Stanford gymnast competed in the all-around, which was taken by Sacramento State’s Marina Borisova (a very respectable 39.175).

Georgia ruled LSU 196.850-195.950. This was undoubtedly a huge improvement for the Gym Dogs, who opened up their season last week against West Virginia without breaking 196, disappointing outgoing coach Suzanne Yoculan. Georgia’s Courtney Kupets swept the first place finishes (to be fair, underrated LSU senior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney tied with Kupets on vault), tallying 39.65 in the all-around. Is she the best NCAA gymnast ever? It gets harder and harder to argue.

Behind Kupets and Clare-Kearney, Susan Jackson (LSU) and Tiffany Tolnay (Georgia) also did extremely well here (Tolnay finsished second in the all-around with a 39.4).

Florida barely held off the surging Auburn team, scoring 49.5 on floor to beat the Tigers 196.5-196.25. The Gators overcame their lowest team beam total since 2006 (48.325, led by Corey Hartung’s 9.75). This makes no. 4 Auburn, who barely lost to in-state rival Alabama last week, like, the most successful 0-2 SEC gymnastics school ever. If they can keep this up, they’ll see action in the Super Six. (Florida senior Hartung won the all-around with a 39.475.)

NCAA Championships: Florida, Alabama, LSU advance

April 24, 2008

The Super Three from round one of two during the first day of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in Athens, Ga. were Florida, Alabama and Louisiana State. They advance to tomorrow night’s Super Six.

Oklahoma, Oregon State and Arkansas didn’t make the cut, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Still to compete: Favorite Georgia, Denver, Stanford, UCLA, Utah and Michigan.

Lya Wodraska from the Tribune reported that only three falls occurred out of 144 performances. Unfortunately for her, one of those falls was from all-around darkhorse favorite Ashleigh Clare-Kearney of LSU. She fell off balance beam.

Top all-arounder from the first session is Florida’s Melanie Sinclair, who got a 39.525, highlighted by a 9.95 on uneven bars.

NCAA Gymnastics Championships: Game on

April 24, 2008

Ashley PostellOne of the biggest questions about the 2008 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which begins today in Athens, Ga., is whether Ashley Postell will finally get the NCAA all-around crown many think she richly deserves.

Postell has been Utah’s beacon — and one of the big names in collegiate gymnastics — for the past four years. But she’s always been eclipsed (twice by friend and former teammate Courtney Kupets) for the NCAA all-around title.

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The next Postell?

March 18, 2008

Utah freshman Kyndal Robarts.The excellent media coverage surrounding the University of Utah’s women’s gymnastics team is focusing on a new darling: after Ashley Postell completes her senior season this year, reporters and Utah coach Greg Marsden are predicting freshman Kyndal Robarts will take over.

Of Robarts, Marsden told the Desert Morning News, “She is our future.”

That’s not to say there aren’t a bevy of other supertalented gymnasts on Utah’s squad, including juniors Kristina Baskett and Nina Kim, and sophomores Annie DiLuzio and German Olympic hopeful Daria Bijak.

But Robarts, a San Marcos, Texas native, seems to fit into college gymnastics in the same way as many who weren’t that successful as elites, like UCLA’s Anna Li, Oklahoma’s Kiara Redmond-Sturms and LSU’s Ashleigh Clare-Kearney.

Robarts, Utah’s only freshman to have competed in the all-around this season, is pretty cool under pressure, too — her day against Minnesota contained a mishap on beam, and she makes a great and highly amusing cover-up.

A real crowd-pleasing moment, that, and perhaps one of the many still to come if she can stay healthy.

LSU, UCLA win first meets

January 5, 2008

Jubilation in Mexico for Louisiana: The No. 10-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted its highest first-meet score in school history en route to claiming the Cancun Classic in Mexico with a 195.725. Junior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney scored a 39.6 to win vault, bars, beam and the all-around.

In other news, UCLA posted a modest (for them) 194.975 beat Arizona State and Oregon State at the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas. And they did it without Tasha Schwikert, Melissa Chan and Ashley Jenkins, all of whom are injured. Sophomore standout Anna Li won the all-around.

Anna Li, 2007 UCLA vs. Alabama, Uneven Bars:

Li has a gymnastics pedigree as impressive as Nastia Liukin’s — she’s the daughter of 1981 World Floor champion Li Yuejiu and World medalist and 1984 Chinese Olympian Wu Jiani, the first person to perform a Yurchenko loop on the balance beam in world competition. (The skill was named after Natalia Yurchenko because the Chinese didn’t submit tricks to be named after them at that time, Jiani told International Gymnast Magazine last year.)

Wu Jiani, 1981 USA vs. China, Uneven Bars: