Collegiate Gymnastics Weekend Preview
posted on 02/05/2016

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The 2016 NCAA season continues with another exciting week of collegiate gymnastics. The Florida women’s reign at No. 1 holds steady with a 197.438 average. Oklahoma sits in second with a 197.185 followed by Michigan (196.860) in third, Alabama (196.855) in fourth and UCLA rounding out the top five with a 196.758.

Women

No. 1 Florida at No. 11 Georgia
    Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. ET
    Series Record (all-time): Georgia leads 98-41-1.
    Last meeting: Florida tied for first in NCAA Semifinal I (197.475) and Georgia was fifth (196.60) on April 17, 2015
    This week, No. 1 Florida makes its first visit to No. 11 Georgia for a dual meet since 2013. This weekend’s competition marks the 55th meeting between Florida and Georgia when one of the teams is ranked No. 1.
    No. 1 Florida - Previous Week Score: 198.175
    Last week, the three-time defending NCAA Champions defeated No. 5 Alabama 198.175-197.525 in a performance that included three perfect 10’s. The perfect scores came from the trio of sophomore Alex McMurtry (bars), senior Bridget Sloan (beam) and sophomore Kennedy Baker (floor). Sloan also took home the all-around title for the fourth consecutive week with a total of 39.775.

    No. 11 Georgia - Previous Week Score: 196.275
    No. 7 Georgia clinched their second victory of the season last weekend defeating Kentucky 196.275–195.025. Highlights from the meet included a 9.925 from anchor Brittany Rogers on bars, and a pair of 9.9’s from Brandie Jay (vault) and Mary Beth Box (floor). Nationally, Georgia ranks fourth on vault and bars and seventh on floor.
No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 7 Utah
    Saturday Feb. 6 at 1:00 p.m. PT

    No. 7 Utah - Previous Week Score: 197.150
    No. 7 Utah travels to UCLA for a heated top-10 matchup between two storied programs. Utah has a record 40-straight NCAA Championship appearances and won 10 national titles. UCLA boasts 33 NCAA Championship appearances and six NCAA titles. Utah leads the all-time series 50-25-21 and has claimed six consecutive victories over the Bruins since UCLA’s last win on Mar. 7, 2014. However, the Utes have not defeated the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion since 2008. This season is the first time the two-time defending Pac-12 Champions will compete at UCLA under the new head coaching duo of Megan Marsden and Tom Farden. Previously, Megan Marsden was the co-head coach with her husband and long-time Utah head coach, Greg Marsden. Marsden retired at the conclusion of 2015 season after forty years with the program. Last week, Utah defeated Arizona with a season-high 197.150. The Utes were forced to compete without All-American sophomore and all-arounder Kari Lee. Lee suffered a season-ending injury, tearing her Achilles tendon in practice.

    No. 5 UCLA - Previous Week Score: 195.175
    The Bruins will be looking to bounce back this week after falling to Cal last weekend 196.375-195.175. Untimely injuries and illness forced the Bruins to make a number of last minute line-up changes. This week the Bruins are forced to compete without freshman phenom Katelyn Ohashi, who was injured in last weekend's meet. Individually, Danusia Francis remains No. 1 in the nation on beam for the fourth straight week.
No. 6 LSU vs. No. 8 Arkansas
    Friday Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. CT

    No. 6 LSU - Previous Week Score: 196.750
    LSU is coming off a second-place finish to No. 2 Oklahoma at the Metroplex Challenge. The team tallied a 196.750 including another perfect score from junior Ashleigh Gnat. Gnat scored a 10.0 on vault for the second consecutive week with her double twisting yurchenko. LSU is 18-0 at home since the start of the 2014 season, and those wins included upsets over No. 2 Florida and No. 1 Oklahoma. In fact, LSU has not lost a home meet since falling to No. 5 Alabama on March 3, 2013.

    No. 8 Arkansas - Previous Week Score: 196.600
    Last time out, Arkansas captured another top-10 victory with their 196.600-195.975 victory over No. 9 Auburn. The Razorbacks trailed late in the third rotation and clinched the victory with a solid performance on floor going 49.325. All six athletes posted a 9.800 or better on floor for the second consecutive week. Individually, Amanda Wellick won the all-around and vault titles while sharing the beam title with teammate Samantha Nelson. Nelson also posted the top floor score of the night tying a career high with a 9.925.
Men

No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Nebraska
    OU and Nebraska have met twice already this season most recently at the rocky mountain open where Oklahoma was victorious 448.350-420.300.

    No. 1 Oklahoma - Previous Week Score: 447.400
    The defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners continued their unbeaten streak last weekend with a commanding tri-meet victory over Iowa and California with a 447.400. The Sooners also swept individual honors winning the all-around and all six event titles. The Sooners are ranked No. 1 overall in the nation and they are the top-ranked team on every event. Individually, Yul Moldauer is No. 2 in the all-around followed by teammate Hunter Justus in in third.

    No. 6 Nebraska - Previous Week Score: 428.100
    Nebraska comes into this week’s competition after a second place finish to Minnesota with a 428.100. The team total was the third highest score in school history. Additionally, Anton Stephenson picked up the all-around and parallel bar titles. The Huskers are ranked in the top ten on five of the six apparatuses including No. 2 on floor, No. 4 on parallel bars and No. 5 on pommel horse.
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