NCAA women’s gymnastics: Week 2 Power Rankings & meets to watch

By Gymnastics Now | January 20, 2023
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Michigan's Naomi Morrison competes on floor during the 2022 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. (© Amy Sanderson)

Each week, Gymnastics Now’s NCAA women’s gymnastics writers – Patricia Duffy and Hannah Johnson – will share their Power Rankings for the top 10 women’s teams, providing insight into why certain teams are trending up and others trending down.

These rankings are purely subjective. A (+) or (-) next to each team will signify how far the team rose or fell compared to the previous week.

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Hannah Johnson

Intern, NCAA Women

1. Michigan (+2)

The only team to hit 198 thus far, the Wolverines are on fire. They managed to achieve this elusive score with a very average beam rotation, making this feat even more impressive. Going into a huge rivalry meet, Michigan has all the momentum to keep rolling.

2. UCLA (+5)

The Bruins look incredible under their new coach, Janelle McDonald. They look so comfortable with their gymnastics and McDonald seems to be really connecting with the gymnasts.

3. Florida (-1)

Florida has turned in two high-197 performances and can easily break 198 if they start sticking more vault landings.

4. Oklahoma (-3)

The Sooners were a little off in their meet this week against LSU. Specifically, they are going to want to clean up their landings to get back to scores they are more accustomed to.

5. Utah (+1)

In Week 2, the Red Rocks increased their team score by almost half a point over Week 1. They scored an outstanding 49.675 on beam last week and will look to continue increasing scores on other events.

6. California (-2)

7. LSU (+1)

LSU showed true grit in their meet against Oklahoma on Monday after losing Kiya Johnson to an Achilles injury a couple days before. Not only did they take Oklahoma down to the last routine, but they were able to get crucial routines from gymnasts not normally in their lineups.

8. Denver (+1)

9. Alabama (+1)

10. Kentucky 

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Patricia Duffy

Founder, Gymnastics Now

1. Michigan (+5)

Yes, Michigan surpassed the 198 mark at home, but even with that advantage, it’s still an impressive feat, especially with so much room to improve. This week’s rivalry road meet against Michigan State will be another telling test for the 2021 champions.

2. UCLA (+3)

It’s only two weeks in and NCAA fans are already picking UCLA to make it to the Four on the Floor, even with a new coach.

3. Oklahoma (-1)

Oklahoma is simply a victim of Michigan and UCLA’s killer weeks in this situation. The defending champs are solid, but they lulled a bit after coming out swinging in Week 1.

4. Florida (-1)

Florida is breathing down Oklahoma’s neck in the official rankings, and once the Gators start sticking their vaults, we could have a new No. 1.

5. California (-4)

Coming off an opening week high, the Golden Bears are still very impressive and should easily contend in the postseason. Now it’s time to settle in and build.

6. Utah (+1)

Utah’s beam team is something special; no wonder the Utes are ranked No. 1 on the apparatus.

7. Auburn (-3)

8. Denver (+2)

Denver eclipsed the 197 mark in its second meet and can easily score higher, especially on beam and floor.

9. Alabama (-)

10. Kentucky (-)

Kentucky moves into the top 10, kicking out LSU after besting the Tigers last week. Week 3 brings with it another formidable road test against Georgia.

Meets to Watch

Season is in full swing! Here are some of the exciting matchups we’ll be watching this weekend. All times are ET.

Friday, January 20

Saturday, January 21

  • 4 p.m. – #8 Denver, Sacramento State, Brown @ #18 Oregon State
  • 5 p.m. – #4 UCLA @ #22 Washington
  • 5 p.m. – Penn State @ #16 Minnesota – Live Stats | Video (BTN+)

Sunday, January 22