The NCAA Corvallis Regional super regional, which would decide which teams would advance to the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, saw one of the biggest shocks in recent NCAA Gymnastics seasons when Denver and host Oregon State defeated Florida, stunning the fourth-ranked and three-time national champion Gators, to advance to nationals and leave Florida at home for the first time since the 2000 season.

For Florida, there were struggles from the get-go when they opened with a mere 48.475 on beam, their lowest score of the season. This disastrous rotation was the product of having to count an uncharacteristic fall from senior Alicia Boren, however, Rachel Gowey led the rotation with a 9.850. Denver, on the other hand, had the opening rotation that they needed and posted a crucial 49.300 on floor. Both Lynzee Brown and Maddie Karr posted a 9.900 for the Pioneers to secure an early lead. The Oregon State Beavers trailed the Pioneers by .2 after rotation one when they posted a 49.100 on vault. A pair of 9.850s from Lacy Dagen and McKenna Singley highlighted the Beavers’ rotation. Boise State, however, sat only .100 behind Oregon State with a 49.000 on bars.

Alexis Vasquez performs on the balance beam for the Denver Pioneers at the NCAA Corvallis Regional super regional in Corvallis, Oregon/Denver Athletics

The Gators, looking much stronger in rotation two, put up a 49.425 on floor to fight their way back into the competition. Boren redeemed herself from the prior rotation with a 9.900, while Trinity Thomas posted Florida’s highest floor score at a regional competition, a 9.975. However, this was not enough to move the Gators in the standings and they remained in fourth place after two rotations.  Maintaining their lead, the Pioneers tallied a 49.200 on vault with 9.875 from Karr. The Beavers posted a strong 49.325 with three 9.900s from Mariana Colussi-Pelaez, Sabrina Gill, and Isis Lowry to hold their second-place standing. A 49.050 on beam also allowed the Broncos to hold their spot in third.

Moving up in the standings, the Gators tallied a 49.375 on vault. A 9.900 from freshman Savannah Schoenherr and three 9.875s from Sierra Alexander, Megan Skaggs, and Thomas allowed the team to sit in third after three rotations. Denver impressed with another huge 49.450 on bars. Alexandria Ruiz competed a solid 9.900 scoring routine, while Brown shined with a beautiful 9.925 routine. Behind them, Oregon State posted a 49.300 on beam with a 9.900 from Gill. The Broncos, moving to fourth behind Florida, tallied a 48.900 on floor.

Destinee Davis performs on the floor exercise for the Oregon State Beavers at the NCAA Corvallis Regional super regional in Corvallis, Oregon/USA Today Sports- Rob Kerr

In the final rotation a 49.425 from Denver on beam was enough to close the meet in first place and punch their ticket to nationals. A 9.925 from Alexis Vasquez and a 9.950 Kaitlyn Schou ended the meet on a high note for the Pioneers. Finishing in second place was the Beavers who tallied a 49.175 on floor in front of a raucous home crowd inside Gill Coliseum to also secure their spot in Fort Worth in two weeks.

Despite a valiant effort from the Gators to recover from their uncharacteristic first rotation, their efforts were not enough to advance to nationals. Unfortunately, a 49.425 on bars was not enough for Florida to surpass Oregon State and they missed second place by .200. However, the Gators’ ability to recover and post three 9.900s in the final rotation from Amelia Hundley, Schoenherr, and Thomas, demonstrated their ability to rally as a team when they needed it most. Also falling short of a trip to nationals were the Broncos who posted a 49.125 on vault in their final attempt to advance.

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