NCAA 2019 Preview: UCLA

Coming off of a fantastic 2018 season, and the NCAA title, UCLA is under pressure to repeat their success in 2019. While the likes of Oklahoma and Florida won’t make it easy for them, the talent is there, manifested in strong veterans and talented incoming freshmen. UCLA is only without Peng Peng Lee and Janay Honest this year, so while two bars holes will need filled, UCLA´s lineups should remain otherwise untouched. Today, I´ll go over the key contributors for the team, lineup options, my lineups, and vice versa. Enjoy!

Seniors: 

Katelyn Ohashi; Senior: 2018 Weekly contributor on BB, FX lock for the FX and BB lineup can contend for VT, maybe UB

Brielle Nguyen: 2018 weekly beamer, lock for BB.

Stella Savvidou: Made UB in 2017, can contend for UB lineup

Macy Toronjo: Has not competed since 2017, can contend for UB and FX

Juniors: 

Kyla Ross: Olympic gold medalist, competed AA regularly in 2018 -Finally upgraded to a Y 1.5 on vault- Lock for UB, BB, and VT, has a chance at FX, too

Madison Kocian: Olympic gold medalist, out for much of 2018 season, lock for UB, probably FX as well, can contend for BB

Gracie Kramer: Inconsistent Y1.5, made floor lineup in 2018 -Can contend for VT and FX

Felicia Hano: Y1.5, DLO on floor, 2018 weekly contributor on VT and FX, can contend for BB as well.

Anna Glenn: Weekly contributor on VT, UB in 2018. Should contend for UB, BB, maybe VT??

Grace Glenn: 2018 weekly beamer, likely candidate for BB, can fight for UB as well.

Sophomores: 

Nia Dennis: Competed VT and UB regularly in 2018, Y1.5 on vault, lock for vault.

Pauline Tratz: Weekly FX and VT contributor, lock for both lineups.

Savannah Kooyman: Contender for BB, FX

Freshmen: 

Marz Frazier: 2017 USA national team member, DTY, lock for VT, UB, FX, can contend for BB.

Norah Flatley: The one who was a gr8 junior, Chow’s gymnastics, new Peng Peng Lee..?, please?, lock for UB, BB, and contender for FX as well.

Sekai Wright: DLO, Y1.5, lock for VT and FX?

Lineups: 

Vault: Lineup locks: Felicia Hano, Nia Dennis, Sekai Wright, Kyla Ross, Marz Frazier, Pauline Tratz

Lineup options: Gracie Kramer, Anna Glenn, Madison Kocian, Katelyn Ohashi

Things are looking better for the Bruins on vault this year. The introduction of both Sekai  Wright and Marz Frazier, both of whom bring 10.0 start value vaults, along with Kyla Ross showing a Y1.5 at Meet the Bruins, lend themselves to the fact that vault is improving for UCLA. Beyond them, Hano has a great 1.5, and Pauline Tratz has shown a handspring pike 1/2 in training before, but even if she doesn’t show it, her full is by far the best available for UCLA, so she is a lock. Gracie Kramer also has a tucked Y1.5 that can be used if she shows consistency (a big IF). Nia Dennis casually stuck her Y1.5 at M.T.B, and will be a staple in the vault lineup as well.

Uneven Bars: Lineup locks: Kyla Ross, Madison Kocian, Marz Frazier, Anna Glenn

Lineup options: Norah Flatley, Nia Dennis, Grace Glenn, Katelyn Ohashi, Macy Toronjo, Stella Savvidou

Bars have taken a dip following Peng´s retirement. That said, bars is still a solid event for UCLA this year, with Kyla Ross anchoring their efforts. We can expect to consistently see Madison Kocian in this lineup, as well as Marz Frazier, who showed a legs-together shap 1/2 and a big DLO at M.TB and looks to be a 9.9 ready bars worker if she can perfect the handstand positions. Beyond the core three, Anna Glenn made a great case for herself at M.T.B, with lovely toes, handstands, and a gorgeous straddle jaeger, all of which make a great case for a spot in the lineup. UCLA will really want Norah Flatley in the lineup this season, and while she certainly has the goods to make it happen (her jaeger is hypnotic), her bars routine at M.T.B was… not worthy of the lineup, and she will have to clean up tremendously in order to be the bars worker we know she can be. Nia Dennis is very clean and could be a good leadoff again this season, and if not her, Ohashi or Toronjo can swoop in for a 9.8.

 

Balance Beam: Lineup locks: Kyla Ross, Katelyn Ohashi, Brielle Nguyen, Grace Glenn, Norah Flatley

Lineup Options: Anna Glenn, Marz Frazier, Madison Kocian, Felicia Hano,

Beam is by far the best event for UCLA, with a tremendous amount of depth, combined with starpower from Ohashi and Ross, the Bruins are set to obliterate every other team on beam. Kyla and Katelyn are the stars of the lineup, along with Grace Glenn and those pretty toes and Brielle Nguyen with her fluid connections and solidity. The other gymnast who is set to rock the beam lineup is Norah Flatley. As a junior elite, beam was always Norah´s standout event due to her pristine execution, her beautiful extension, and her fabulous and fluid combinations. Flatley should be a star on beam for UCLA and can legitimately fill the hole that Peng has left behind.

I could see UCLA putting Madison Kocian in the last spot, but she has proven inconsistent on the event, so I´m not yet sold. Anna Glenn is an option, as is Marz Frazier, Savannah Kooyman, or Felicia Hano.

 

Floor Exercise:  Lineup Locks: Katelyn Ohashi, Felicia Hano, Marz Frazier, Nia Dennis, Pauline Tratz

Lineup Options: Gracie Kramer, Sekai Wright, Norah Flatley, Madison Kocian, Macy Toronjo, Brielle Nguyen.

UCLA´s Floor has a ton of depth this year. Senior Katelyn Ohashi, the national champion on floor, will anchor the Bruins lineup this year with some assistance from her trusty cohorts, Felicia Hano, and Marz Frazier. We can also expect to see Pauline Tratz regularly, as well as Nia Dennis and her piked full in. Beyond the fived just listed, Sekai Wright has a massive DLO that could contend for the last spot, and all of Madison Kocian, Gracie Kramer, and Norah Flatley have front 2/1 routines that can also have a look at the lineup, and expect to make cameos.

 

 

 

 

UCLA Defeats Oklahoma at Super Six Finals

Despite coming in as underdogs, the UCLA Bruins exceeded everyone’s expectations and defeated the favored Oklahoma Sooners at the Super Six finals. The Bruins were considered contenders for the national title, but they certainly weren’t the favorites, as they had a dismal two 10.0 start value vaults, and a slightly underpowered bars rotation. Luckily, they had fantastic beam and floor rotations that carried them to their first national title since 2010.

The Bruins started on floor, where Olympic Gold medalist, Madison Kocian, led them off with a lovely routine, including her impressive front 2/1. Gracie Kramer followed, hitting her 2/1 to punch front cleanly. Kyla Ross went up third, but she landed her double pike dismount on her knees. Thankfully, Pauline Tratz, Felicia Hano, and Katelyn Ohashi all had phenomenal showings, and UCLA was able to drop Ross’s score. The Bruins then went to vault, where they had an underwhelming showing, with lots of hops and steps, never scoring higher than a 9.85. Luckily, they had a fabulous bars rotation, where Madison Kocian, Janay Honest, and Anna Glenn all hti their routines well enough to keep the team afloat. Super senior Peng Peng Lee went on to hit her best routine of the year, with her huge Ray, Bhardwaj, Van Leeuwen, and stuck DLO dismount, earning a well deserved perfect ten. Kyla Ross followed with her simple but immaculate routine, which earned a 9.95. The Bruins entered the final rotation trailing Oklahoma by less than three tenths, which they could easily make up if they hit their best and final event, beam. UCLA had a great routine from their leadoff beamer, Anna Glenn. Glenn had a clean showing and stuck her gainer full dismount. Next up was Madison Kocian, who unfortunately fell on her bhs loso series. The team rebounded with Brielle Nguyen’s routine, which included a front aerial to loso series. Katelyn Ohashi followed, with a solid routine with a front aerial bhs loso series and a stuck bhs loso layout full dismount. Kyla Ross gave her usual near-perfect routine, and Peng Peng Lee gave the beam routine of her lifetime, nailing everything to score her second perfect ten of the night. Lee’s routine gave the Bruins a boost, edging them 0.037 above the Sooners. After a series of lackluster seasons, the Bruins showed just how good they can be when everything comes together. And this year, it did. From Peng Peng being granted a sixth year, to Madison Kocian returning from labrum surgery, the Bruins really couldn’t have asked for a better showing.

As for the sooners, they had a pretty solid competition themselves. They also had a fall from the normally solid Nicole Lehrmann on beam, but they really didn’t choke or miss anything here, they just didn’t look as polished as they usually are. Their beam had lots of wobbles and checks, and their bars dismounts were less than perfect, Maggie Nichols aside. Their nerves are what got in their way. It will be interesting to see how Oklahoma fares next year, as losing Lehrmann (among others) is a large blow to their team, with UCLA guaranteed Marz Frazier and Norah Flatley (Who needs to become the new Peng Peng Lee right away, thank you), we could see another rematch between the Bruins and the Sooners.

Third place went to Florida. At the beginning of the season, I thought Florida would be the team to challenge Oklahoma, as they returned with every single one of their routines and a super talented freshman class. However, the Gators were plagued by inconsistency moreso than any other top team. They also lost star Kennedy Baker to the achilles monster (who is tearing the tendons of top gymnasts everywhere), which didn’t help a single bit. Luckily for Florida, they had a fabulous showing here. Florida finished just .2 behind Oklahoma, which shows you how much of a contender they could have been if they had been more consistent all season. The star of this team was Alyssa Baumann, who was aggressive as can be, and placed third in the nation on floor and garnered a huge score on beam as well. With the Gators set to receive Trinity Thomas next year, they could be a threat so long as they can handle their nerves.

LSU placed fourth here despite coming in as a title possibility. Their vaults were hoppy, Lexie Priessman wasn’t feelin it, and Sarah Finnegan went over on a handstand which culminated to take them out of contention. Utah was semi messy, with MMG going OOB and Skinner hopping on her DTY. Nebraska was simply happy to be there, but they did have a minor meltdown, with Taylor Houchin and Sienna Crouse both having large issues on bars.

This was a very fun season of NCAA, and I’m excited for next year. Please know that this was my very first season of following NCAA, so if my knowledge seems a little thin… it’s because it is. Thank you for bearing with me as I learn more about this side of the sport. I’m definitely gonna miss Peng Peng the most, closely followed by… Ebee Price? God, retirements are gonna happen every year, aren’t they!?
Hope you all are having a great day!

NCAA Nationals Preview

(Please note: My knowledge of NCAA is lower than my elite knowledge)

Today marks the start of the NCAA national championships. There are two divisions of six teams competing, and the top three teams from each divisions will advance to the super six held on sunday. Division one is LSU, UCLA, Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Georgia. In this division, LSU and UCLA are locks barring a disaster. UCLA should get some boost from Madison Kocian’s return on bars, but their two 10.0 start value vaults hold them back. Thankfully, they can make those points up on beam and floor. The third spot could realistically go to any of the other three schools. I’d say that Alabama is the most likely to advance, as they hung around in seventh behind Michigan all season, but Michigan is out now, so they should be the clear number six. Georgia also has a chance, as they weren’t expected to advance from regionals, but they pulled that off, so why not here? It would take a perfect meet (and a sixth vaulter would help too), but it’s gymnastics, and Georgia has the underdog, fighting spirit, and I hope they work some magic.

The second division is composed of Oklahoma, Utah, Florida, Washington, Cal, and Kentucky. Obviously, Oklahoma is going to advance preventing a major meltdown. The other two spots will likely go to Utah and Florida, as they have consistently been ranked 4 and 5 in the preseason. Florida actually has the potential to challenge Oklahoma, as they’re the only team that has defeated them this season. They also seem to struggle putting hit meets together, but when they do, they likely have the second highest scoring potential. Utah should make super six, but they lack the standout routines (Mykayla Skinner aside) to challenge the top four. Should one of the top three here make mistakes, Washington could sneak in with a great meet. Obviously I’m going to root for them, as I FREAKING LIVE IN THE STATE. They have an excellent beam rotation capable of challenging anyone, they just need to make sure they stick their low difficulty vaults. Cal could also challenge for the third spot should top teams falter, but they’ve been inconsistent themselves, and have been ranked lower than their talent warrants.

Basically, I’m just hoping that UCLA and Washington advance. Everything past that is irrelevant to me. Just kidding, but really, I need them to hit.

Doha World Cup Recap + NCAA Notes

On March 22nd- 25th, the Doha world cup took place.

In the vault final, Chuso showed us just how much of a badass she is by bringing back her Rudi (which garnered a solid 8.733 E score) . She also had a nice Tsuk 1.5 to take the title. This woman is 42, HOW does she do this? Second place went to Pyeon Rye Yong of North Korea, who showed a sloppy DTY and a Rudi in her quest to become the next Hong Un Jong. She was followed by European champion, Coline Devillard of France, who had a DTY and a front handspring half to take the bronze.

On bars, Iron Man, I mean, Nina Derwael, showed a PHENOMENAL routine. She started with a nice Downie, which she followed up with her insane stalder tkatchev half to Ezhova to Chow to Bhardwaj combo. She also had a clean Van Leeuwen, and a stalder full connected to her STUCK full in dismount. Not only did this routine have massive difficulty (6.4), but she also had the highest execution in the field with a 8.9. After winning bronze at worlds last year, it’s clear that Nina has put in the work towards her goal of becoming the world champion on this event. While her foot form continues to be less than perfect, it gets better every time we see her, and just about everything else about her bars work is flawless. If she hits like this around worlds, I’d say the gold medal is hers to lose. Uliana Perebinsova of Russia followed Nina on the podium with a great routine including a Tweddle to Ezhova, and Maloney to stalder full to tkatchev to pak. She didn’t have the D or the E to challenge Nina, but she certainly showed up and did her job. With Eremina out, she has certainly made a great argument for the bars specialist role on the Russian team. The bronze medal went to my favorite non-big four gymnast, Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos of France. She had a clean routine including her Komova to clear hip to Galante (Inbar Tkatchev) to Pak. She also had a flawless Van Leeuwen and a full in dismount. Melanie is such a balanced gymnast, with no event a weakness for her. However, having balanced events means that she has no standout event, making event finals difficult for her. However, I love Melanie’s robotically perfect execution and beautiful lines, along with her big skills, such as her Galante. I also think that she could easily sneak into the bars final with her lower difficulty routine, should others make mistakes.

On beam, Melanie continued to slay, taking the gold with her routine including a front pike mount, bhs to layout, and switch to switch half. While her 5.5 difficulty is slightly lower than some, she is rock solid on this event and has some lovely skills, making the beam final an absolute possibility. Silver went to her teammate, Marine Boyer. She had a difficult routine, with a 6.0 D score, but she made several mistakes, dropping her E score to a 7.466. Rounding out the podium was the powerhouse that is Nina Derwael. Nina hit her lower difficulty set cleanly, earning an 8.3 E score to take the bronze. 

The floor podium included three gold medalists, with Axelle Klinckaert of Belgium, Elisa Meneghini of Italy, and Kim Su Jong taking the win, tying at a score of 13.333. Weirdly, they had the same D and E scores at 5.3 and 8.033, so they would have tied regardless. This is Glasgow all over again!

Also noteworthy, Ana Maria Ocolisan and Maria Holbura both competed for Romania here. The only one who came close to any final was Ana Maria, who placed 11th in quals on floor with a 12.866. After reading about their impending comebacks here, I got all optimistic about Romania’s future, but after seeing the results, I feel deflated. Oh well. Anywho, this was an amazing competition, with killer routines, and this has made me optimistic about the future of elite gymnastics. 

Complete side note, Alyssa Baumann is SEC beam champion! YAY! Go Alyssa!

Also, Katelyn Ohashi was voted Pac-12 specialist of the year. Umm, ok? I mean, yes, she stands out on beam and floor, but she competed the all around in pretty much every meet? I’m pretty sure that Peng Peng Lee, who got multiple tens on bars and beam this year, would be a better “specialist” award, as this is her last year. Elizabeth Price also won Pac 12 gymnast of the year. Good for Ebee!

Elite Verification+UCLA

US Elite Verification

So, for the first time, USAG let us see the athletes at their verification for the world cup assignments. Now, it was up to the athlete’s parents (?) if they were shown on video or not, so the majority of them weren’t shown, but I’ll take it. We did see some prominent figures such as Marz Frazier and Jade Carey. Marz Frazier started her day with a nice DTY. I hope she upgrades to an Amanar soon! She then went on to work pieces of her bars, like her shaposh half and her clear hip ½ to piked jaeger. In her routine, she hit all of this and more, including her church to pak and her shaposh to tkatchev. She had a wobbly beam routine, but she fought through it and stayed on. On floor, she debuted a double layout which was very powerful. She also had a nice double arabian to stag jump as her second pass. She also landed a double tuck and a double pike relatively well. The vault and floor world silver medalist, Jade Carey, showed a powerful Amanar on vault. On beam, she had a nice switch+switch half+back tuck series, along with a Shawn Johnson esque bhs bhs layout, but she lost herself on her onodi, and had to grab the beam for support. On floor, she debuted a Moors (double twisting double layout)! She also had a tucked double double and a front 2/1. She had a rough landing on her closing full in, though. After the camp, USAG named Jordan Chiles (I live two cities away from her!!!!) to the Stuttgart World Cup, Trinity Thomas to the Tokyo World Cup, and Marz Frazier to the Birmingham World Cup, as well as the alternate for American Cup.  

UCLA Slays

This sunday, UCLA destroyed Oregon State with a massive score that reached the 198 zone. UCLA started a little bit weak on vault, which featured many simple Yurchenko full vaults and the normally solid Felicia Hano having a very deep landing on her Y1.5. Bars was a bit blah as well, minus Kyla Ross’ routine which scored a 9.975. Peng Peng Lee had her usual lovely routine, up until her double layout dismount, which had a large hop backwards. The dismount fluke dropped the score to an 9.875, too low for a routine as good as her’s. The Bruins really picked it up on beam, though. Despite opening with a fall, they rebounded with a solid routine from Madison Kocian. They then went on to receive a 9.950 from Anna Glenn, and a 9.975 from Katelyn Ohashi’s routine, which featured a layout full. Kyla Ross nailed her routine for a 9.95, and Peng Peng Lee also had her usual brilliant beam routine for a 9.975. Wowza, UCLA. With a rotation like that, they can beat anyone at nationals. Their great night didn’t end on the balance beam, though. They went on to nail their floor rotation, which featured the first floor routine of Madison Kocian since her Labrum surgery. Kocian opened with a front 2/1 and showed good control on the rest of her passes, too. Gracie Kramer kept up the heat with her front 2/1 to punch front, receiving a 9.95. Kyla Ross had a lovely routine for a 9.9, Nia Dennis showed a nice routine with a piked full in for a 9.975, and Felicia Hano had a great showing including a double layout for a 9.975. Katelyn Ohashi was the real star here, though. She showed an outstanding routine with an opening double layout for a well deserved perfect ten! This was definitely UCLA’s strongest showing, and if they can polish their vault and bars rotation, they’re certainly in contention for a national title.

Sick Day: NCAA Gymnastics Week 2 Preview

Hey guys! I’m writing this article instead of taking a nap. Boy, I’ve been run down with the flu for quite some time now. Gotta love winter, huh? I’ve been sick all week and it’s been a TERRIBLE experience. Remind me to never catch the flu again.  


Anywho, enough of me complaining about being sick, let’s get to the real ordeal of the day, NCAA Gymnastics LSU vs. Florida. In.the.second.week.of.the.season. Holy moly! This is good and bad. Good because I need something to look forward to, and bad because the rest of the season will be comparatively bland. Oh well, I’ll take it. There’s also UCLA, Utah, Washington and Stanford all competing together on Sunday, AND Oklahoma’s debut on Monday! Boy oh boy, I’ve got plenty to do this weekend.

As for the winner, of LSU v Florida, it’s a toss up. LSU had a very uneventful meet last week, minus Sarah Finnegan being Sarah Finnegan and gracing us all with her divine presence and leading the all around while being top ten on every event. Before last week, I would have said that LSU needed Mckenna Kelley healthy and competing to factor into the national title. Well, it would appear that Sarah is really stepping up into a leadership role this year and that will (mostly, anyways) attone for the loss of Mckenna. They do, however, need Christina Desiderio to step up her game and get a high level floor routine together. Without Mckenna Kelley in that lineup, they really need an auto 9.9 routine. They also would appreciate it if Ruby Harrold could, ya know, not go OOB on floor.

Florida, on the other hand, had the splattiest of splatty meets last week, which accounts for their being #7 in the rankings. Ouch. I’m telling you, it’s all because they didn’t use Alyssa Baumann on bars. Alyssa Baumann on bars needs to happen this week or I will have a temper tantrum. Anyways, Alex McMurtry had a good meet on vault and bars going 9.9+ on both events. Alyssa had a good debut meet on beam, going 9.9, but her floor was just kinda, meh. Gowey fell on floor, Foberg had a rough beam routine but was good on vault, and floor. Overall, Florida will hope to erase that meet from existence come RQS time.

The fearsome foursome meet will be exciting. I hope that UCLA won’t implode on vault and that the level of preparation that we saw on floor last week wasn’t just a fluke. Utah will be the Skinner show (as usual). Washington and Stanford are basically along for the ride, but oh well. We can pretend that they matter.

Oklahoma will walk into the arena and will be handed a national title, because Oklahoma. Obviously.

Anyways, keep in mind that I can hardly walk up and down the stairs right now, so this isn’t my best work. I do hope you enjoy this sarcastic, messy article on a kind of gymnastics that I’m not 100% familiar with. Have a good day, and try not to catch the flu!

Elite to NCAA Gymnasts

Christina Desiderio: LSU


Christina Desiderio is a crucial player in LSU’s quest to replace key player, Ashleigh Gnat. As a elite, Christina was fantastic on floor and beautiful to watch on beam. On floor, she had powerful tumbling such as a double double and a double layout (I have a sneaking suspicion that it may end up in her NCAA routine. On beam, she had beautiful form and lines, and her precision was insane. We can expect to see her on both of those events for sure. On vault, she had a DTY, but it was never the best skill of hers. It’s possible that she could vault a full (or maybe a 1.5), but I don’t think LSU needs a ton of help in that area. Bars were consistently her weakness in elite. LSU has a pretty damn good bars team, so I don’t see them needing to scrape out a routine from her. Christina made the Olympic Trials in 2016, so she certainly has the goods to be a standout in NCAA. With powerful tumbling and clean, precise beamwork, you can expect her to be a regular in several of LSU’s lineups this year.

Alyssa Baumann: Florida


The moment I saw Alyssa Baumann, I couldn’t take my eyes off her (I mean her gymnastics, I’m gay). Those clean lines, that elegant choreography. Her gymnastics have an entrancing quality about them that draws people to her. She showcases beautiful lines and good technique on every event. In elite, she vaulted a messy DTY, so it’s possible that she could bring a 1.5 to college and make Florida’s lineup. Bars are a big old yes for her. In elite, she didn’t have the endurance and or difficulty to make it a strength for her. But she did have the good form and clean lines that will make her NCAA level bars impossible to ignore. Beam was her best event, as she has a World Championships gold medal from the time she performed beam in the TF in 2014. She has the elite level skills to easily come up with a 10 start value routine, combined with her usual beauty, she will absolutely be in the running for a national title there. On floor, she has kept her double layout from her elite days! That along with her turns and beautiful flexibility, i’m sure she will be a regular in Florida’s lineup. This beautiful gymnast has everything you need in NCAA, so I’m super excited to see what she can bring to the gators this year!



Jazmyn Foberg: Florida

As an elite, Jazzy was known for her insane tumbling such as a full twisting double layout, double double, full in, and double arabian. What makes this even more impressive is that all of this was performed as a JUNIOR! Although injuries cut her senior career short, she has kept her double layout on floor in addition to a gienger on bars, so we can expect to see her on those events. Her vault and beam will likely be viable backups for the gators. If she went to almost any other school, she definitely would make lineups, but the gators just have a ton of depth this year. It was truly a shame to see her elite career end so soon when she showed such great potential, but I hope that she’s happy and healthy and enjoys her NCAA career.

Nia Dennis: UCLA

Nia Dennis was a very talented elite from the start. Though her consistency was suspect, it was obvious to everyone that she had the skills to be a force. She was known for her powerful DTY on vault and her high flying Tkatchevs on bars. She also had a great double layout and powerful double arabian on floor. UCLA is feeling the loss of Madison Kocian this season, so I see Dennis making every lineup as an all around replacement/heir to the throne sort of situation. The goal for her will be to upgrade to a 10 start value vault at some point and to also add in one of her tkatchevs. As a fan of hers, I can’t wait to see what she can bring to the bruins. I wish her the best of luck in her NCAA career! 🙂

Bailie Key:

Bailie Key was a phenomenal junior gymnast. But that’s about it, her senior career was a disappointment by her standards. When she was a junior, people were hailing her the next Olympic Champion. While I do agree that she showed tremendous promise as a junior, injuries and growth spurts caused her to underperform at nationals in 2015, demoting her to an alternate for the World Championships team. At Alabama, she has only been training bars and beam, and while they will both be good, a gymnast of her caliber will be expected to contribute all four events and do so at a high level. She definitely has the skills to be a star in NCAA, but if she can’t overcome her injuries, she’ll leave us wondering what might have been, forever.