NCAA Gymnastics Week 5: Rankings & Recap (February 5 – 8, 2021)

By Patricia Duffy | February 9, 2021
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Week 5 of the 2021 NCAA Gymnastics season was a bye week for many teams, but there was still plenty of exciting gymnastics performances over the weekend for both the men and women.

On the women’s side, No. 22 Auburn narrowly lost to No. 2 LSU 197.550 – 197.075, with Auburn junior Derrian Gobourne posting a near-perfect 9.975 on floor to close out Friday Night Lights. On Saturday, No. 25 Boise State defeated No. 23 Utah State in a nail biter 196.350 – 196.250, while the Broncos’ uneven bars specialist, Emily Muhlenhaupt, is still on the hunt for a perfect 10 after posting a 9.975 on the apparatus – her third score of 9.950 or higher this season. On Sunday, the Oklahoma Sooners bounced back after a tough Week 4 to post the second highest team score in the country this season with a massive 197.800.

For the men, while most teams were off, the biggest story was No. 6 Penn State’s second straight week coming out on the winning side of a close battle – this time with Nebraska, with the meet marking the Cornhuskers’ season opener. Freshman Michael Jaroh was the star for the Nittany Lions, winning three event titles and scoring a 14.000 on high bar – the second-best mark in the nation on the event this year.

Continue reading for the Women’s Top 25, Men’s Top 6, notable meet notes, weekly awards, and a look ahead at the NCAA Gymnastics Week 6 schedule.

Note: The current rankings only reflect teams who have already had a meet this season.

NCAA Women’s Top 25

14Arizona State196.065
17Iowa State195.892
18Southern Utah195.875
21Utah State195.500
22Boise State195.450
23North Carolina195.400
24Ohio State195.375
25North Carolina State195.244
*Ordered by average of all scores. Source:


#2 LSU 197.550 vs. No. 22 Auburn 197.075

AUBURN, Ala. – It was a record-breaking night for the No. 22 Auburn gymnastics team as the squad set a season best Friday evening in Auburn Arena with a 197.075. No. 2 LSU took home the win with a 197.550. Click here for a full recap.

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#3 Utah 197.450 vs. #16 Arizona State 197.150

TEMPE, Ariz. – Propelled by season-highs on vault and floor, the No. 3 Utah gymnasts remained undefeated in Pac-12 competition following a 197.450-197.150 win over No. 16 Arizona State on Saturday afternoon at the Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Utah is now 6-1 overall on the season and 3-0 in conference action. Click here for a full recap.

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#5 Oklahoma 197.800 vs. #8 Denver 196.725 vs. Temple 194.850

DENVER – The No. 5 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team posted a season-high 197.800 in a tri-meet win over No. 8 Denver (196.725) and Temple (194.850) Sunday night inside Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver, Colo. Click here for a full recap.

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#10 Iowa 196.800 vs. #11 Minnesota 196.325

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The 10th-ranked University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team set a season high overall score to beat No. 11 Minnesota, 196.800-196.325 on Saturday afternoon inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes tied the fourth-best team score in school history and the score is ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten. Click here for a full recap.

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#12 BYU 196.825 vs. #15 Southern Utah 196.175

PROVO, Utah — No. 12 BYU soared to its highest score of the season on Friday night while defeating No. 15 Southern Utah, 196.825-196.175, in its home opener at the Smith Fieldhouse. Click here for a full recap.

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Women’s Weekly awards (Click Here)

NCAA Men’s Top 6

Note: The men move to a 3-score average ranking this week, so most teams will drop off due to not having competed in three meets yet.

RankTeam3-Score Ave.
2Ohio State398.167
3Penn State396.617
6Northern Illinois328.400
*Ordered by average of all scores. Source:


#3 Ohio State 401.050 vs. #7 Minnesota 387.250 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team (2-1, 1-1 Big Ten) handled No. 7 Minnesota (0-2, 0-2 Big Ten) on Saturday night with an impressive 401.050-387.250 win in the Covelli Center.  Click here for a full recap.

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#6 Penn State 406.900 vs. Nebraska 403.050

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s gymnastics youth movement was on full display again Sunday as the team’s newcomers played a pivotal role in a 406.90-403.05 win over visiting Nebraska in a Big Ten meet at Rec Hall. Click here for a full recap.

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#8 California 380.600 vs. #12 Army 371.550

BERKELEY – With multiple veterans competing in five of six events and a true freshman holding his own in the all-around, The No. 8 California men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 12 Army, 380.600-371.550, Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. Click here for a full recap.

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Men’s Weekly Awards (Click Here)

NCAA Gymnastics Week 6 tentative schedule


2/11/21Central MichiganNorthern IllinoisMount Pleasant, Mich. 2:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/11/21West VirginiaDenverMorgantown, W.Va.1:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/12/21GeorgiaAlabamaAthens, Ga.6:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/12/21GymQuarters Mardi Gras InvitationalEastern Michigan, Ball State, Lindenwood, Illinois State, Air Force, SEMOSt. Charles, Mo.6:00 p.m. CTWeb
2/12/21KentuckyArkansasLexington, Ky.7:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/12/21LSUFloridaBaton Rouge, La.6:15 p.m. CTWeb
2/12/21MissouriAuburnColumbia, Mo.8:00 p.m. CTWeb
2/12/21North CarolinaNC StateChapel Hill, N.C.7:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/12/21Southern UtahBYUCedar City, Utah7:00 p.m. MTWeb
2/12/21TowsonWilliam & Mary, George WashingtonTowson, Md.6:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/13/21Bowling Green StateWestern MichiganBowling Green, Ohio4:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/13/21IowaMaryland, MinnesotaIowa City, Iowa1:00 p.m. CTWeb
2/13/21Long IslandNew HampshireBrookville, N.Y.4:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/13/21Metroplex ChallengeCentenary, Oklahoma, TWU, Iowa StateFort Worth, Texas7:00 p.m. MTWeb
2/13/21Penn StateIllinoisUniversity Park, Pa.4:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/13/21Utah StateBoise StateLogan, Utah7:00 p.m. MTWeb
2/14/21Ball StateNorthern IllinoisMuncie, Ind.3:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/14/21CaliforniaArizona StateBerkeley, Calif.2:00 p.m. PTWeb
2/14/21Eastern MichiganKent StateYpsilanti, Mich.3:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/14/21LindenwoodIllinois StateSt. Charles, Mo.2:00 p.m. CTWeb
2/14/21PittsburghTemplePittsburgh, Pa.2:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/14/21RutgersOhio StatePiscataway, N.J.1:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/14/21WashingtonUCLASeattle, Wash.1:00 p.m. PTWeb


2/13/21ArmyAir Force, NavyWest Point, N.Y.1:00 p.m. ETWeb
2/13/21IowaIllinoisIowa City, Iowa6:00 p.m. CTWeb
2/13/21NebraskaMinnesotaLincoln, Neb.2:00 p.m. CTWeb
2/13/21California, Stanford (Virtual)4:00 p.m. PTWeb
2/13/21Georgia United, UIC (Virtual)7:00 p.m. ET
2/14/21Ohio StatePenn StateColumbus, Ohio1:00 p.m. ETWeb

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