Congratulations University of Alabama gymnasts on your 5th NCAA National Championship title!!
I watched the NCAA Championship meet online yesterday and without a doubt, that was one of the best Super Six meets I have seen! The level of gymnastics was ahhh-mazing! The gymnasts were ridiculously consistent and polished – and best of all – they really looked like they were having fun. At the half way point of the meet, Alabama and UCLA were tied – talk about well-matched teams. In the end, Alabama's incredibly deep team and near flawless performances allowed the Crimson Tide to hold off UCLA for the win.
Watch senior Kayla Hoffman's 9.95 Floor routine that clinched the title for Alabama:
UCLA got second and the team that most impressed me (basically because I haven't been watching college gymnastics closely this season and was taken off guard) was the University of Oklahoma. They are definitely a team to watch!! They are only losing two routines next year due to graduating seniors which puts them in a fantastic position for next season. Juniors Megan Ferguson (who reminds me so much of my own daughter, named Megan, that it is scary) and Sarah Stone along with former National Team Member Natasha Kelley and the rest of their team performed with purpose and polish. Watch the OU team warming up on beam:
Rounding out the top six were University of Nebraska, University of Utah, and University of Michigan.
The Super Six team finals will air tape-delayed on CBS, Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. ET. – even if you watched the coverage online yesterday, I highly recommend watching the televised broadcast – it will be good gymnastics!
For more coverage and commentary on the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, check out:
- Gymnastike – videos, photos, live commentary for today's event finals, and plenty of gymnastics goodness all year long!
- Gymnastics Coaching – more commentary, links and photos from the NCAA meet and more
- Blythe Lawrence on the Examiner – commentary and photos from the meet
- Scores from NCAA Team Finals – posted at USAG
You can watch the event finals today – live on NCAA.com.