Hi everyone! Myself and Rodney (also from Gymnastike) went up to Denton, TX today to film the OU at Texas Women’s meet.
I thought I’d post a link to the coverage here, as well as a couple routines I liked, which I’ll embed here as the week goes on.
I was really impressed by freshman Madison Mooring, she just graduated high school in December and is making a huge splash right now. The 9.95 she got on beam today will probably only do great things for her! Taylor Spears also had another great beam routine, I think she’s ranked #1 in the country! Sara Stone did an exhibition that was very nice, she had a huge back handspring swingdown that was almost more of a back tuck….it was really cool!
I also really liked the floor routines, too. The Sooners seemed a little tired, but they are coming off a meet Friday night, so that’s not too surprising. The vault and bar rotations went well, but my suggestions are to watch the beam and floor rotations :)
I hope you’re all enjoying these videos I’ve been posting over the last few days. I am in Norman, Oklahoma visiting some friends (this is where I graduated from college!) and filming some stuff at the OU gym for gymnastike.org, so I took advantage of one of Tumblr’s awesome features - you can set posts to automatically post themselves at the time you choose! Pretty cool, huh? I could have just not said anything at all about being gone, lucky for you all I am feeling nice and honest! :P I’ll be back home in Dallas on Monday afternoon, the 12th, so perhaps we’ll get some news updates then. Maybe some CoverGirl Classic news? I know it’s coming up soon!
A couple surprises perhaps. I bet tonight was awesome to watch!
- Vanessa Zamarripa - UCLA - 9.925
- Susan Jackson - LSU - 9.8938
- Mandi Rodriguez - Oregon State - 9.8438
1. Carly Janiga - Stanford - 9.9375
2. Summer Hubbard - LSU - 9.925
2. Hollie Vise - Oklahoma - 9.925
1. Susan Jackson - LSU - 9.9625
2. Carly Janiga - Stanford - 9.8875
2. Courtney McCool - Georgia - 9.8875
1. Brittani McCullough - UCLA - 9.9375
2. Hollie Vise - Oklahoma - 9.900
2. Sarah Shire - Missouri - 9.900
2. Brandi Personett - Penn State - 9.900
So now what do we look forward to….VISAs?? European Championships was this weekend as well, but a damper was put on it thanks to that dang Icelandic volcano preventing some teams from traveling to the meet.
EXCITING NEWS, the Super Six competition is over and the results are in!
- UCLA 197.725
- Oklahoma 197.25
- Alabama 197.225
- Stanford 197.100
- Florida 197.000
- Utah 196.225
HERE is a link for full results from Friday’s Super Six Team Finals. I think it is SO CRAZY that 5 out of the top 6 teams broke 197, and places 2-5 are verrrry close! I wish I could have seen the meet! Sadly I was at work, which is where I will be during event finals too, booo.
HERE is a link to the live video for Event Finals which begin at 6 pm Eastern on Saturday.
While I’m happy for all the teams, I’m especially excited for Oklahoma. Mainly I’m biased since I go to school at OU but it’s really thrilling for them that they did so well this year. This is the first year that they have EVER reached the Super Six, and to top that off they went and got second place! They were even leading at one point! So you know what? Hats off to you Oklahoma! I think they’ve set a wonderful standard for next season and I can’t wait to see how the remaining gymnasts (ie: not graduating) embrace their new positions as one of the “top dogs” of NCAA gym! Very sad to see the seniors go, this was a batch of lovely and talented gymnasts: Oklahoma City’s own Kristin Smith, lovely and expressive on floor and beam; World medalist Hollie Vise, who turned out to be quite the All Arounder in her last season as a Sooner; Mary Mantle, the vaulting powerhouse out of Colorado; Jackie Flanery, always the showman on floor and a contributor on every event through her time at OU; and lastly Julie Kramer, the transfer student who was unlucky with injuries and never got to compete, but always stood by her teammates offering support.
KJ Kindler is certainly going to need to replace Hollie and Kristin’s beam scores as well as Jackie and Kristin’s (and even Hollie’s) floor scores. I suspect Candace Cindell will step in and take one of the beam spots. Melanie Root and Brie Olson are also strong on beam. KJ’s got a talented crop of freshmen from this year (Nowak, Neubauer, Olson, Ramaswami), and I’m sure she’ll now be flooded with interested recruits after their strong showing at NCAA’s!
Sorry for all the OU ooey gooeyness, can you tell I like this team? I really, really just love that they shook up the rankings this year. It is good, I think, for NCAA gymnastics, for a team like OU to come out and say “this is who we are, we’re here now and we aren’t going anywhere!”, I had really hoped that a “new” team would win NCAA’s than one of the usual suspects, but 2nd place will do just fine :)
Congrats UCLA! Job well done :)