LSU Gymnastics Cruises to Super Six

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Both in their freshman years, Madison Kocian - 2016 Olympic gold and silver medalist in Rio - and Kyla Ross - a 2012 Olympic gold medalist in London who was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year - are leading the Bruins through the national championships, with the semifinals Friday in St. Louis.

This will mark the Sooners' fifth straight appearance in the team finals.

Utah gymnastics freshman MyKayla Skinner has topped the charts throughout the regular season. Her 40 wins this season are third all-time, and her 11 wins in the all-around are tied for first with Ashley Postell, who also won the all-around 11 times in 2008.

"It wasn't flawless but we didn't let any mistake get to us", Burleson said.

Fellow senior Angi Cipra also had a 9.925 on her iPhone routine, a season high after missing the first four meets of the season with a foot sprain.

Utah enters the meet with the lowest score out of the first session, but can easily improve on its effort with a better start than it got Friday.

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"We'll take those accolades when we get them, but that's not what we're about. I just hope we can make it in the top three at nationals, and that would be just so exciting". She and freshman Angel Zhong were All-MRGC Vault First-Team selections.

"This is a marathon long competition compared to our dual meets and conference championships", Breaux said. Utah, which trailed every team but one at the midway point, charged into third on the balance beam and then coasted into the Super Six on the wings of a giant floor set. Douglas collected Vault and Floor Co-Specialist of the Week honors.

This is a program that has sky high expectations. Copiak led the team with her score, followed by senior Janae Janik.

Also putting up impressive scores of 9.9 or over on different events include Stefani Catour on bars, Katelyn Ohashi, MyKayla Skinner, Madeline Gardiner, MaKenna Merrell, Silvia Colussi-Pelaez, and Stefani Catour on beam, and Madison Kocian, Maggie Nichols, AJ Jackson, Angi Cipra, Hallie Mossett, Baely Rowe, Kaytianna McMillan and MaKenna Merrell on floor.

LSU's Kennedi Edney won vault with a 9.9875.

"Cities like Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit with their new building, and San Antonio, are challenging for events year to year", Viverito said. "We were undefeated that year, but we never hit on all cylinders". Young looks forward to building on the success of this season. "We already went in the ice bath and massages, and I'm just trying to keep my shoulder in the game", Kocian said.

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