Week 6 of the 2021 NCAA Gymnastics season saw an epic matchup between the No. 1 and No. 2 women’s teams in the nation. Plus, the reigning men’s national champion kicked off its season and more.
On the women’s side, No. 1 Florida faced off against No. 2 LSU in Baton Rouge. Both teams went 198+, with the meet coming down to the last pass of the last routine. It was indeed a thriller, but the Gators retained their top spot after edging the Tigers by 0.100. Elsewhere, No. 4 Oklahoma had another great outing at the Metroplex Challenge, posting a massive 198.225, with senior Anastasia Webb earning a perfect 10 on vault. Minnesota’s Ona Loper also earned a 10 on vault, helping the Golden Gophers to a win against No. 9 Iowa and Maryland.
For the men, the big story was the return of reigning national champion Stanford on Wednesday, Feb. 10 (virtual). While NCAA fans are happy to see the Cardinal indeed having a season, despite the pandemic, the team was shorthanded to start its 2021 campaign, thus resulting in an opening loss against William & Mary. The Cardinal bounced back on Saturday against California, with sophomore Riley Loos making his season debut and winning the all-around (80.900) in the rivalry matchup. On Sunday, No. 2 Ohio State narrowly edged No. 3 Penn State to extend its win streak to three meets.
Continue reading for the Women’s Top 25, Men’s Top 10, notable meet notes, weekly awards, and a look ahead at the NCAA Gymnastics Week 7 schedule.
NCAA Women’s Top 25
Note: The NQS will be tabulated for every meet starting on Feb 22. From that day on, you’ll be able to see the NQS rankings by using the Road To Nationals “Daily Results” feature or the mobile app. The first official ranking using the NQS will come out March 1.
BATON ROUGE – The second-ranked LSU Gymnastics team (4-1, 3-1 SEC) earned a 198-plus team score in a thriller against No. 1 Florida (5-0, 4-0 SEC) Friday night inside the PMAC. Click here for a full recap.
FORT WORTH, Texas– Senior Anastasia Webb was perfect on vault and head coach K.J. Kindler earned her 400th win as the head coach of Oklahoma as the Sooners tallied the nation’s highest score with a 198.225 Saturday night in a tri-meet at the annual Metroplex Challenge. OU defeated TWU (194.050) and Centenary (189.925) to claim its third straight title at the event. Click here for a full recap.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a week away from competition, the recharged No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats (3-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) returned with a 197.000-196.675 victory over the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks (1-4, 1-3 SEC) in what was both the best win and best overall performance of the 2021 season on Friday. Click here for a full recap.
ATHENS, Ga. – For the first time in dual competition since 2013, the No. 13-ranked University of Georgia GymDogs defeated No. 6 Alabama , 197.275-197.00, at home Friday night in Stegeman Coliseum. Click here for a full recap.
BERKELEY – California women’s gymnastics notched an impressive win over No. 14 Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The Bears scored a season-high as they won 197.100-196.650 over the Sun Devils to stay perfect with a 3-0 record this year. Click here for a full recap.
NCAA Men’s Top 10
Note: While the men moved to a 3-score average in the rankings last week, the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Committee has since approved a request by the College Gymnastics Association to alter the way rankings are tabulated during the 2021 season. All rankings (team and individual) will now use an average of all scores up until March 1.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team extended its win streak to three meets with a 405.500-403.900 victory over No. 3 Penn State on Sunday at the Covelli Center. The Buckeyes earned their highest score of the season while handing the Nittany Lions their first loss of the year. Click here for a full recap.
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team claimed five event titles, including the all-around, to post a 402.000-400.500 victory over fourth-ranked Illinois on Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes went 1-2 in the all-around with junior Evan Davis claiming the top spot with a score of 81.700. Click here for a full recap.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The W&M men’s gymnastics team opened its season with a 379.95-306.65 victory against the defending national champions, Stanford, in a virtual meet at Williamsburg Gymnastics on Wednesday afternoon. Click here for a full recap.
NCAA Gymnastics Week 7 tentative schedule
|2/18/21||Kent State||Western Michigan||4:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/19/21||Alabama||LSU||7:30 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/19/21||Arkansas||Missouri||7:30 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/19/21||Auburn||Georgia||7:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/19/21||Bowling Green State||Ball State||5:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/19/21||BYU||Boise State, Air Force||7:00 p.m. MT||Web|
|2/19/21||Florida||Kentucky||6:45 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/19/21||Michigan||Maryland||7:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/19/21||NC State||George Washington, Oklahoma, William & Mary||6:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/19/21||Northern Illinois||Eastern Michigan||6:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/19/21||Southern Utah||Utah State||7:00 p.m. MT||Web|
|2/19/21||Texas Woman’s||Centenary||6:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/19/21||Towson||Long Island, North Carolina, Pittsburgh||6:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/19/21||Utah||UCLA||7:00 p.m. MT||Web|
|2/20/21||Arizona||Washington||1:00 p.m. MT||Web|
|2/20/21||Minnesota||Rutgers||2:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/20/21||Nebraska||Iowa||7:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/21/21||Denver||West Virginia||2:00 p.m. MT||Web|
|2/21/21||Illinois||Michigan||11:00 a.m. CT||Web|
|2/21/21||Illinois State||Iowa State||1:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/21/21||Kent State||Central Michigan||1:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/21/21||Lindenwood||SEMO||1:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/21/21||New Hampshire||Long Island||2:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/21/21||Oregon State||California||2:00 p.m. PT||Web|
|2/21/21||Penn State||Ohio State||2:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/21/21||Temple||North Carolina||4:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/21/21||Western Michigan||Eastern Michigan||1:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/21/21||William & Mary||Towson||2:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/17/21||Navy, Stanford (Virtual)||3:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/17/21||California, Springfield (Virtual)||3:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/20/21||Iowa||Penn State||Iowa City, Iowa||6:00 p.m. CT||Web|
|2/20/21||Army, Springfield (Virtual)||1:00 p.m. ET||Web|
|2/21/21||William & Mary||Navy||Williamsburg, Va.||2:00 p.m. ET||Web|