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Inside Gymnastics Journal | 2024 NCAA Nationwide Championships Spherical Up


To go together with her AAI Award and group nationwide title, Haleigh Bryant additionally introduced dwelling the person All-Round title to Baton Rouge with an enormous rating of 39.7125.

Jade Carey tied for runner-up with a close to season-high All-Round rating. Right here, she introduced out the double-twisting Yurchenko for the primary time since Elite meets final season. We are able to’t wait to see what else Carey has up her sleeve now that we transfer into the lead as much as Paris – she’s scheduled to compete later this week on the American Traditional!

Washington’s Skylar Killough-Wilhem scored 39.550 within the All-Round to tie the rating that certified her to nationals. She has lovely kind and presentation on all 4 occasions and we beloved attending to see her on the large stage after such a spectacular profession at Washington, main her program from forty second place after her freshman season to twenty third this season. Killough-Wilhem particularly nailed her bar routine, her favourite occasion, to affix a giant tie for sixth alongside Bryant and different bars superstars like Georgia freshman Lily Smith who got here again from scoring within the 9.7s on vault to attain 9.9+ scores on her different occasions. Earlier than she left for Fort Value, Smith had an intrasquad by herself to organize for the competitors with (now retired commentator) Kathy Johnson Clarke on the decision!


Within the first Semifinal, Anna Roberts anchored Stanford’s rotation with an enormous, caught Yurchenko 1.5. Though it was mathematically not possible for the Cardinal to advance at that time within the competitors, Roberts got here via with one in every of her profession finest vaults to win the vault title and end her day within the All-Round with a rating of 39.6375 to win 4th place total. 

Arizona State’s Anaya Smith additionally nailed her Yurchenko 1.5 within the first Semifinal to attain 9.9375, the best rating till Roberts vaulted. Smith has come up clutch so many instances for Arizona State and it was unimaginable to see her hit a fair higher vault than she did at Regionals on the largest stage.


Coming after Oklahoma’s disappointing vault rotation, Audrey Davis carried out the near-perfect bar routine we’ve seen from her numerous instances. The peak on her piked Jaeger is simply out of this world! The judges rewarded her with a 9.9625. Later within the meet, Leanne Wong tied Davis’s 9.9625 with one other close to excellent routine. We love how Wong retains her legs glued collectively on her transitions between the bars! Though Davis and Wong didn’t win titles with their groups, their particular person performances right here have been beautiful and have been very worthy of a nationwide title.

We beloved watching Boise State’s Courtney Blackson nail her bar routine. Final season, Blackson certified for nationals as a person on vault by scoring a ten.0 at Regionals. She then went on to tie for the nationwide vault runner-up with Denver nice Lynnzee Brown. This season, an harm restricted Blackson to simply bars within the again half of the season. Some weren’t certain if she’d even have the ability to compete at Regionals, however there, she received the Regional title outright to qualify for Nationals. Within the first Semifinal, she hit a routine virtually similar to her routine at regionals to attain a 9.925. We love her Khorkina launch!


Audrey Davis additionally tied for the beam title, scoring 9.9625 within the lead off spot! Later in Oklahoma’s lineup, Religion Torrez additionally scored 9.9625 to tie Davis for the title. Though Torrez fell on vault within the opening rotation, she was capable of come again and carry out a stupendous beam routine, very deserving of the nationwide title.

People Selena Harris (UCLA) and Isabella Magnelli (Kentucky) each hit near-perfect 9.95 beam routines to be a part of a giant tie for second on the occasion. For Harris, her routine was devoted to her UCLA teammates whose seasons acquired lower sooner than anticipated. Harris had a spectacular yr within the All-Round, and would’ve beloved to compete within the All-Round together with her group. However since that was not potential, she put collectively one in every of her profession finest performances to complete out her sophomore season. This yr’s outcomes shall be motivating for UCLA to come back again stronger subsequent season. Magnelli was such an integral half in Kentucky’s record-breaking season. She is eligible for a fifth yr, however has not publicly declared if she is going to use it. If this was the tip of her profession, Magnelli needs to be so pleased with her beautiful beam work and her work creating a brand new legacy for Kentucky Gymnastics. 


A part of LSU’s #1 flooring group, Aleah Finnegan received the ground title outright with a 9.9625. Whereas there are such a lot of phenomenal flooring employees within the NCAA, Finnegan stands out for her tough tumbling, beautiful execution, and entertaining efficiency high quality. 

Kentucky’s Raena Worley was part of a giant tie for second place, scoring 9.95. Like Magnelli, Worley will go down in historical past as one in every of Kentucky’s finest gymnasts making an ever-lasting impression on this system. Worley scored 5 tens in 2024 after not having one in her 4 earlier years of NCAA gymnastics. Worley’s flooring particularly, has been unimaginable this season, nailing her landings week after week, and placing on a present each time. She shall be dearly missed within the NCAA, however we hope she retires figuring out the impression she’s made on Kentucky Gymnastics and NCAA gymnastics as an entire.

Whereas Michigan had a disappointing finish to their season, 2023 AAI Award Winner Sierra Brooks was capable of shut out her profession with a fantastic 9.95 flooring routine in addition to a stable vault. Brooks was a part of a era of Michigan gymnastics that really modified the trajectory of this system, profitable Michigan’s first NCAA title in 2021. Together with Brooks, Carly Bauman and Gabby Wilson additionally represented Michigan strongly, with Bauman scoring 9.900 on bars and Wilson scoring 39.500 within the All-Round. Wilson was rotating with Oklahoma within the Semifinal, and whereas Oklahoma had an sudden, devastating ending to their season, they have been enthusiastically cheering for Wilson throughout her ultimate routines as a collegiate gymnast. The sportsmanship and camaraderie have been off the charts right here.

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