The long-awaited 2023 gymnastics season finally arrived with a thrilling first week of competition that started with the Super 16 mega meet and debut of HBCU Fisk and ended with a couple of exciting Monday night duals. Despite the lighter-than-normal slate, so many things still happened, so it’s natural you missed at least something along the way. Catch up below with superlatives, recaps and results.
History in the Making
Naimah Muhammad finished with a solid routine. She made history as the FIRST HBCU gymnast to compete at an NCAA intercollegiate meet. That is forever and I am emotional.
— Arielle (Ari) Chambers (@ariivory) January 6, 2023
Fisk’s debut lived up to the hype leading up to its first meet in program history, and Brockport transfer Naimah Muhammad officially kicked things off on floor for the Bulldogs.
You may have thought this would be a UCLA or Oklahoma routine, or maybe Derrian Gobourne’s fifth-year set. And while all of those routines are phenomenal as always, our early favorite for best of 2023 goes to BYU’s Rebekah Ripley. Show us something more fun than this. We’ll wait.
Debut of the Week
ABSOLUTELY ATE. pic.twitter.com/QCBMBz91Bt
— Ian (he/him) (@karasrings_) January 6, 2023
Former five-star recruit Morgan Price shocked the gymnastics world when she flipped her commitment from Arkansas to join Fisk’s inaugural roster this summer. But she proved her decision was well worth it by nailing her Yurchenko full for a 9.900 in Fisk’s first meet in Las Vegas on Friday.
The is THE FIT. Peep the shoes pic.twitter.com/jWyOJ1zKbs
— Fluff (@gymnasticsfluff) January 6, 2023
With Illinois State, and thus Megan Harrington, paving the way, other coaches have begun to up their shoe game in 2023. Washington assistant coach Jeffrey Langenstein stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park with his shoes from the Super 16 meet in Las Vegas.
Most Savage Tweet
— Utah Gymnastics (@UtahGymnastics) January 7, 2023
LSU is known for its Twitter shade after wins on Twitter—all in good fun. But the Tigers got a taste of their own medicine after falling to Utah this weekend. Is this the start of a storied rivalry?
Upgrade of the Week
En route to an all-around win, tied with teammate Sarah Lutrel, Emma Morgenthaler competed a program-first double layout on floor for the Hornets.
Click and expand the events below to see results from each meet, as well as individual career highs and team program records.
Super 16 Vegas Podium Challenge Session One
Michigan State at Alabama
Ball State, Lindenwood and West Virginia at Florida
Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline and Winona State at Minnesota
LSU at Utah
Super 16 Vegas Podium Challenge Session Two
Central Michigan Showcase
Super 16 Vegas Podium Challenge Session Three
Arkansas at Nebraska
Super 16 Vegas Podium Challenge Session Four
Illinois State and UW-Oshkosh at Western Michigan
Bridgeport and Southern Connecticut at West Chester
Yale at LIU
Arizona, Kentucky and Greenville at Ohio State
Bowling Green at Northern Illinois
Missouri at Illinois
SEMO at Lindenwood
Simpson and Winona State at Hamline
Penn State and Texas Woman’s at Denver
UC Davis at Sacramento State
N.C. State at North Carolina
New Hampshire at Southern Utah
UW-Stout at UW-Eau Claire
Around the Gymternet
Interested in a more in-depth breakdown of how the USAG and NCGA teams performed this week? Check out recaps and results in our other respective Dismounts.
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