NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships

The NCAA introduced women's gymnastics as a championship sport in 1982. Gymnastics was one of twelve women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981–82 school year, as the NCAA engaged in battle with the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women for sole governance of women's collegiate sports. The AIAW continued to conduct its established championship program in the same twelve (and other) sports; however, after a year of dual women's championships, the NCAA conquered the AIAW and usurped its authority and membership.

NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships
Founded1982
Current championsOklahoma (4)
Most successful club(s)Georgia (10)
WebsiteNCAA.com

Under the NCAA, only six universities have claimed the overall Division I championship; the Division II competition was discontinued in 1987. During the early years of competition, the University of Utah, under the leadership of head coach Greg Marsden, dominated the field of competition. During the late 1980s and 1990s, the University of Georgia (UGA), coached by Suzanne Yoculan, and the University of Alabama, coached by Sarah Patterson, gained success and claimed several titles. From 1996 to 2012, the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, and UCLA, coached by Valorie Kondos Field, claimed all NCAA titles; four titles for the University of Alabama, seven for UCLA and seven for the University of Georgia.

In 2013, the University of Florida, coached by Rhonda Faehn, broke the reign of the prior four teams, winning the NCAA Championships held at UCLA's newly renovated Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Faehn was a competitor for the Bruins 1990–1992. The University of Oklahoma, coached by K.J. Kindler, became the sixth team to win the NCAA title after tying with Florida in 2014.

Current season

The top two teams, as well as the top two all-around competitors not from an advancing team, at each regional receive a berth in the NCAA Championships. In addition, individual event winners who did not already qualify with their team or as an all-arounder will advance. At the national championships, the top two teams from each of the regional finals advance to the Championship round, under the new format this year.

2019

The eight teams advancing to the semifinals are: UCLA, Michigan, LSU, Utah, Oklahoma, Georgia, Denver, Oregon State.

The Final Four teams: UCLA, LSU, Oklahoma, Denver

Final results:

  • 1: Oklahoma
  • 2: LSU
  • 3: UCLA
  • 4: Denver

Previous seasons

2018

The UCLA Bruins were the team Champions with a total of 198.075 points, coming from behind when Peng-Peng Lee scored two perfect-10s on both bars and beam at the end.[1][2] It was the school's seventh title in 37 years. Other scores: Oklahoma, 198.0375; Florida, 197.850; LSU, 197.8375; Utah, 196.900; Nebraska, 196.800.

2017

Riding on their 2016 first-place finish, The Oklahoma Sooners brought home their school's third NCAA championship. The Sooners finished with a final team score of 198.3875, LSU falling into second with a score of 197.7375, followed by Florida, UCLA, Utah and Alabama.

2016

The Oklahoma Sooners women's gymnastics team won the school's second NCAA title with a 197.675 score at Fort Worth, Texas on April 16, 2016. In second place was LSU (197.4500), followed by Alabama (197.4375), Florida (197.3500), UCLA (196.8250) and Georgia (196.8125). Individual titles went to Katie Bailey (Alabama) and Brandie Jay (Georgia) in vault, Bridget Sloan (Florida) and Brittany Rogers (Georgia) in uneven bars, Bridget Sloan (Florida) and Danusia Francis (UCLA) in balance beam, Nina McGee (Denver) in floor exercise, and Bridget Sloan (Florida) for all around.

Team titles

Georgia
Utah
UCLA
Alabama
Florida
Oklahoma
Schools with national championships
– 10 championships, – 9 championships, – 7 championships,
– 6 championships, – 4 championships, – 3 championships
Team Number Years won
Georgia 10 1987, 1989, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Utah 9 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995
UCLA 7 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2018
Alabama 6 1988, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011, 2012
Oklahoma 4 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
Florida 3 2013, 2014, 2015

Team champions

Annual Results

Detail Annual Results

  • From 1993 onward, scores for the top 6 teams are from the team finals (also known as the Super Six).
    • The scores for teams ranked 7th and lower are from the qualifying sessions, which is why the scores for some of these teams are higher than the scores of teams ranked above them.
  • From 2019 onward, scores for the top 4 teams are from the team finals (also known as 'Four on the Floor').
    • The scores for teams ranked 5th and lower are from the semi-final sessions, which is why the scores for some of these teams are higher than the scores of teams ranked above them.

Individual champions

All-around champions

Vault champions

Uneven bars champions

Balance beam champions

Floor exercise champions

Gym Slam

A Gym Slam (sometimes spelled as GymSlam) is the accomplishment of scoring a perfect 10.0 on each apparatus.[3] Only 11 women in NCAA gymnastics have achieved this feat and only 2 have achieved it twice:[4]

Gymnast College VT UB BB FX Year Accomplished
Missy MarloweUtahMarch 2, 1992February 11, 1991February 7, 1992March 9, 19921992
Heather SteppGeorgiaFebruary 14, 1992February 12, 1993February 6, 1993February 6, 19931993
Kristen KenoyerUtahFebruary 19, 1993March 20, 1993March 9, 1992February 13, 19931993
Karin LicheyGeorgiaFebruary 11, 1996February 23, 1996February 23, 1996February 23, 19961996
Ashley KellyArizona StateMarch 21, 2003March 21, 2003March 5, 2004February 27, 20042004
Kristen MaloneyUCLAApril 3, 2004March 6, 2005February 16, 2001March 4, 20012005
Courtney KupetsGeorgiaApril 4, 2009February 10, 2007January 23, 2009February 28, 20092009
Bridget SloanFloridaJanuary 11, 2015March 13, 2015February 7, 2014January 24, 20142015
Maggie NicholsOklahomaJanuary 21, 2017March 4, 2017February 3, 2017February 10, 20172017
March 18, 2017April 20, 2018February 17, 2017March 18, 20182018
Alex McMurtryFloridaJanuary 16, 2015January 29, 2016January 26, 2018February 24, 20172018
Kyla RossUCLAFebruary 10, 2019January 28, 2017February 20, 2017March 16, 20192019
February 16, 2019February 18, 2017March 18, 2017March 23, 20192019

See also

References

  1. Peng-Peng Lee's two perfect scores lift UCLA to first title since 2010, NCAA.com, Retrieved April 21, 2018
  2. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Peng-Peng Lee clinches NCAA title for UCLA gymnastics with perfect 10, Los Angeles Daily News, Retrieved April 21, 2018
  3. "Alex McMurtry Receives NCAA Today's Top 10 Award". USA Gymnastics. January 24, 2019.
  4. "Hall of 10s". Balance Beam Situation.
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