After the coronavirus pandemic introduced a untimely finish to the 2020 NCAA gymnastics season, and with it the conclusion of the collegiate careers of most of the sport’s largest names, it has been a protracted 10 months full of uncertainty concerning the upcoming marketing campaign.
Now, we’re at the beginning of the 2021 season. Whereas a number of groups have but to announce their full schedules and questions stay about how the season will play out, we do know there are some exceptionally gifted gymnasts able to compete.
Nobody can change Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols or UCLA’s Kyla Ross, however these gymnasts will attempt to step into the highlight.
Résumé: Ten-time All-American together with 2020 first group in all-around, bars, beam and flooring; 2020 SEC Gymnast of the Yr; 2019 SEC vault champion; 2019 SEC Freshman of the Yr; present member of U.S. nationwide group
Thomas is the one NCAA gymnast presently on the U.S. nationwide group and he or she left little doubt as to why throughout her exceptional 2020 marketing campaign.
She earned an ideal rating on 4 events (twice on beam, as soon as every on flooring and bars) and was the one collegiate gymnast to take action on three completely different occasions in 2020, she tied the Florida file with a 39.825 rating within the all-around and he or she was certainly one of simply three to earn the utmost of 5 All-American honors. She completed the season ranked No. 1 on flooring, No. 2 within the all-around and on beam and No. 4 on bars.
Now two years into her collegiate profession, and together with her largest opponents in Nichols and Ross having graduated, the Trinity Thomas Period is formally upon us. And because the Gators go into the season because the top-ranked group within the nation, it may very well be actually, actually enjoyable to look at.
Résumé: 2019 All-American first group on bars; four-time All-Pac-12; 2018 NCAA group champion; former U.S. nationwide group member
Dennis almost broke the web final season together with her Beyoncé “Homecoming-“inspired floor routine. After incomes a 9.975 on the occasion towards Utah in February, the clip from the meet garnered greater than 20 million views on YouTube and earned her a spot on “The Ellen DeGeneres Present.”
To cite Stefan from “Saturday Evening Dwell,” this routine had every thing. Dennis air-spelled her identify, flipped her hair, (rightfully) positioned a crown atop her head, hit the “Whoa” and — oh yeah — did a entrance structure to double tuck as her opening cross. Her flawless tumbling mixed together with her infectious vitality made her the gymnast to look at going into the postseason and a contender for the occasion at nationals. In fact, it wasn’t to be, however now getting into her closing collegiate season, and with the lack of final yr’s closely embellished senior class, that is Dennis’ group now. Having scored at the least a 9.95 on each equipment throughout her profession, she must be an element on every occasion, as effectively within the all-around at each meet for the No. 7 Bruins.
Résumé: Three-time 2020 first-team All-American (all-around, vault, flooring); 2020 SEC Freshman of the Yr; 2020 All-SEC
It is laborious to consider Johnson has but to finish a full season of NCAA gymnastics contemplating what she has already completed. Throughout her abbreviated freshman yr, she received the all-around competitors in six of the 9 meets she competed in, nabbed 22 occasion titles total, earned two good 10.0 scores (on vault and beam), and have become the ninth gymnast in LSU historical past to earn a rating of 9.95 or larger on all 4 occasions. Did we point out that was simply her freshman season?
She ended the yr ranked No. 2 on flooring, No. 4 on vault and No. 6 within the all-around, and a frontrunner for each occasion going into the postseason. She did not get the possibility to show herself at NCAAs, however anticipate her to just do that this season with the No. 3 Tigers and additional cement her place as certainly one of the finest gymnasts on the faculty stage.
Résumé: 11-time All-American, together with 2020 first group on vault and in all-around; 2018 Huge 12 co-champion on flooring; 2018 Huge 12 Newcomer of the Yr; 2019 NCAA group champion
For the primary three years of her profession at Oklahoma, Webb was within the shadow of her well-known teammates Nichols and Brenna Dowell. However she quietly emerged as among the best gymnasts competing on the faculty scene together with her artistry and consistency on all 4 occasions.
Ending the 2020 season ranked second nationally on vault and No. 5 within the all-around, Webb now would be the face of the Sooners program and may lastly get the popularity she deserves. Having earned an ideal 10.0 rating on beam throughout her freshman season in a meet towards rival UCLA, she has confirmed greater than able to with the ability to step up when her group wants her most.
Résumé: 2019 NCAA runner-up within the all-around and on bars; 13-time All-American together with 2020 first group for all-around, bars and beam; two-time Huge Ten Gymnast of the Yr
The all-around race on the 2019 NCAAs was anticipated to be a battle between Nichols and Ross, and few had been anticipating Ramler to affix the 2 embellished stars atop the leaderboard. She did simply that behind among the best performances in program historical past — her scores on bars and beam and within the all-around had been the most effective ever for a Minnesota gymnast at nationals — and he or she tied with Ross for second place with a 39.6625, behind Nichols, and in addition earned second on bars.
Ramler earned her first profession 10.0 rating in 2020 on beam, and concluded the season ranked No. 1 within the nation on the occasion. Now a senior, and with Ross’ and Nichols’ faculty careers behind them, Ramler enters the brand new season as a significant contender for the all-around title in April.
Résumé: 2019 NCAA co-champion on flooring; 10-time All-American together with 2020 first group for all-around; 2019 All-Huge 12 on flooring
Lynnzee Brown led Denver to a program-best fourth-place end in 2019, in addition to changing into simply the second NCAA champion in Denver’s historical past due to her dynamic flooring routine. There have been excessive hopes for Brown and the Pioneers through the 2020 season earlier than a devastating torn Achilles’ tendon halted her season in February. Nonetheless, she closed out the season ranked No. 7 within the all-around, and within the high 20 on flooring and bars.
Brown is wholesome and able to go for her senior season — and even previewed a “Getting Jiggy Wit It” floor routine in September. Along with her eyes set on ending her collegiate profession robust and representing Haiti in the 2024 Olympics, Brown will try to guide the No. 8 Pioneers again to nationals and make much more historical past for the college.
Résumé: 2020 second-team All-American on beam; 2020 first-team All-Pac 12 on beam; former U.S. nationwide group member
As a former two-time U.S. junior all-around champion, the expectations had been excessive for O’Keefe getting into her freshman season, however she struggled in her first three meets, failing to attain above a 9.875 on any occasion and scoring a 9.775 or decrease on 5 occasions. She ultimately discovered her groove and confirmed flashes of brilliance. She was named the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Week twice, notched two 9.975 scores, earned 5 occasion victories and went 30-for-30 on her routines.
Now, with a (largely full) season beneath her belt and having adjusted to the faculty stage, O’Keefe is poised to be the group’s high all-arounder and able to lead the No. 4-ranked Utes to what they hope is one other Pac-12 title and into her first NCAAs.
Résumé: 2019 NCAA champion on beam; six-time All-American; two-time All-Huge Ten first group; 2019 Huge Ten Freshman of the Yr
Some gymnasts come to school and wrestle with the weekly grind of competitors or the brand new setting. Wojcik was undoubtedly not a type of gymnasts. To say she had a prolific freshman season could be an understatement — she earned the Huge Ten’s all-around and flooring titles, nabbed an ideal 10.0 on vault, was named the convention’s Gymnast of the Week 5 occasions, helped raise the Wolverines to a Huge Ten title and, most notably, was the NCAA champion on beam.
Wojcik continued what she began throughout her sophomore marketing campaign with career-best scores on all however the vault (it is laborious to high a ten, in spite of everything) and within the all-around. The Wolverines enter the season ranked No. 5 and Wojcik and her group will look to win a seventh-straight Huge Ten title and do much more harm at nationals.
Résumé: Two-time All-American on bars; two-time All-Pac-12 (2019 and 2020 bars); former U.S. nationwide group member
Usually overshadowed by a few of her older and extra skilled teammates throughout her first two seasons with the Bruins, anticipate 2021 to be Frazier’s breakout yr. In the course of the first three meets of 2020, Frazier competed within the all-around for UCLA and positioned second on two events — and wowed with a fan-favorite soul and disco-themed floor routine. An ankle harm restricted her to simply bars for the remainder of the season, however she has confirmed she’s able to compete wherever the Bruins want her, and he or she would possibly simply give Dennis a run for her cash for the group’s viral flooring second this season.
Résumé: Two-time 2020 All-American together with first group on bars; two-time All-Huge 12 (bars, beam); 2020 Huge 12 Newcomer of the Yr; former member of the U.S. nationwide group
The U.S. all-around champion in 2017 and a member of the world champion-winning group in 2018, Smith was already a reputable famous person within the sport and simply the best-known freshman getting into the season final yr. Even on a group loaded with depth and expertise, she wanted little time to make the transition from elite and have become a right away contributor.
She received 9 occasions — three on bars, 4 on beam, one on flooring and within the all-around — and ended the yr ranked No. 7 within the nation on bars. Alongside Webb, she shall be anticipated to fill Nichols’ very huge footwear this season and Smith must be greater than prepared for the second.