For all you passionate fans, you big-time stats guys, you BTSG's. Here are some notes, nuggets and tidbits of all things college gymnastics. Impress your friends it's time to dismount!
No. 2 Florida showed why it is that dominant. For the second time this season, the Gators trailed after two rotations and put up a score above 198. The first time came against Georgia and this time was against No. 3 LSU as they won 198.125-197.625. It was the second highest total by any team (first was Oklahoma’s 198.175). Junior Kytra Hunter recorded another perfect 10 on the vault. She also had one last week and became the first Gators gymnast to get a perfect 10 in back-to-back meets on the vault since Susan Hines back in 1998. She also received a 9.975 on the floor. Sophomore Bridget Sloan won her sixth consecutive all-around title with a 39.70. She received at least a 9.90 in all four routines, highlighted by a 9.95 on both the beam and on the floor. The Gators have had eight final scores of 198 or better in their history. Here are the years they did it and the amount they had in each year.
- 2014 – 2 times
- 2013 – 4 times
- 2004 – 2 times
While one senior was out (Sarah DeMeo) with concussion symptoms, another senior (Diandra Milliner) shined as No. 5 Alabama finished second to No. 1 Oklahoma in a four-team Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City. Alabama scored above a 49 in each of the events and finished with a score of 197.100. Milliner won the all-around, highlighted by her performance with a 9.975 on the vault. The team as a whole dominated the vault and had a season-best 49.550 on the floor. The Alabama record on the vault is 49.775 at the Super Six back in 1996. In fact, none of the Crimson Tide’s top three vault scores were at home this season and all three of Alabama’s home scores are an identical 49.300. Here are the top three this season:
- Perfect 10 Challenge – 49.550
- Ozone Collegiate Classic – 49.425
- At Auburn – 49.425
No. 13 Arkansas had an incredible meet as it defeated Kentucky 197.100-195.975. The score was tied for the third highest total in Razorbacks history. The hero, once again, was senior Katherine Grable. She tied the school record in the all-around with a 39.725 (the record was hers and Jaime Pisani’s). She also won each event title as well as the all-around and tied her career highs in the vault, bars and the floor. Back to the team score, here are the top five scores by Arkansas in its history.
- vs. LSU in 2012 (197.225)
- vs. NCAA Championship (Session II) in 2012 (197.150)
- vs. Kentucky in 2014 (197.100)
- vs. Alabama in 2013 (197.100)
- vs. Auburn in 2010 (197.025)
The No. 6 Georgia Gym Dogs put up their best road score of the season and defeated No. 10 Auburn 196.875-196.100. In normal fashion, Georgia scored an impressive 49.500 on bars. They had four scores of at least 9.9 in its first event, including a 9.95 by junior Chelsea Davis. This meet the Gym Dogs were solid on the beam as well. While none of the gymnasts scored a 9.90 or better, none of them had a score lower than 9.825. Their beam score was 49.250. That mark was their highest on the road this season. Here are their scores on beam on the road this season.
- Jan. 10 at Oklahoma – 48.975
- Jan. 12 at Stanford – 49.150
- Jan. 24 at Florida – 48.450
- Feb. 7 at Alabama – 48.900
- Feb. 21 at Auburn – 49.250
After a cancelled meet last week, a well-rested Missouri competed in the Lindenwood Tri-Meet and came in first in the competition with a score of 195.125. The total was the second highest for the Tigers this season and their second consecutive score of at least a 195. Junior Rachel Updike was the star of the show winning or sharing the win in each of the events. Her all-around score of 39.525 was a career-high. She wasn’t the only Missouri gymnast to do well. Here is the number of Missouri gymnasts that finished in the top five of each event during this tri-meet.
- Vault – 4 out of top 5
- Bars – 3 out of top 5
- Beam – 3 out of top 5
- Floor – 3 out of top 5
No. 3 LSU posted a great score against No. 2 Florida, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell short 198.12-197.625. LSU had the lead halfway due to a great score on both the bars (49.425) and vault (49.550). Nine times (nine times, Mrs. Bueller) an LSU gymnast scored 9.90 or better and four times a 9.95 or better. Both senior Sarie Morrison and junior Rheagan Courville scored a 9.95 on the bars and shared the event title. The score of 197.625 was the fourth best ever in a dual meet on the road. Here is the four best:
- 2005 at Oklahoma – 197.850
- 2004 at Centenary – 197.650
- 2014 at Oklahoma – 197.650
- 2014 at Florida – 197.625
No. 10 Auburn fell to No.6 Georgia 196.875-196.100. This was the first meet of the season without all-around specialist Bri Guy competing. Last week she tore both Achilles tendons and this week she watched from the side. Instead of talking about the meet without her, I am doing a stat about the outstanding junior. In her first six meets she scored a 9.90 on the vault in four of six meets, three out of five on the floor (technically six meets on floor, but I am not counting the Alabama routine where she was hurt). She also had a 9.90 on the beam right before the injury. In her first five meets of the season, she increased her all-around score in each meet. Here are her increasing scores:
- 38.725 vs. Texas Women’s
- 39.350 vs. Florida
- 39.375 at LSU
- 39.450 at Arkansas
- 39.500 at Air Force
Kentucky competed twice this past weekend, falling to No. 13 Arkansas 197.100-195.975 on Friday and finishing second in a four-team meet with a score of 195.200 on Sunday. Friday’s score was the highest all season by Kentucky. Also on Friday, junior Shannon Mitchell set career-highs on the vault and on the beam with 9.90s in each event. On Sunday she had a 9.825 and 9.850 in those events. Sunday’s heroes were both leadoff gymnasts, as senior Holly Cunningham started the vault with a 9.90 and sophomore Amy Roemmele started the bars with a 9.90 as well.