UCLA won the 2018 NCAA title in a dramatic come from behind victory of OU, 198.075 to 198.0375. UCLA's Peng-Peng Lee anchored BB with her second 10.0 of the night, following Kyla Ross' 9.9875. Lee also posted a 10.0 on UB as UCLA came from behind to overtake OU in the last two rounds with team scores of 49.6375 on UB and an incredible 49.75 in the last round on BB. Those two huge team totals overcame a deficit created when they posted just a 49.225 on VT, seemingly falling off the pace of the OU, UF and LSU.
In Session 1, Stanford (407.39), Minnesota (404.758) and Nebraska (402.69) advanced to the Finals. Michigan (400.59), Navy (390.921) and Air Force (385.688) finished their season.
In Session 2, OU posted a 410.991 to edge Illinois' 408.824. PSU beat Ohio State for the final spot, 404.79 to 403.959. Iowa was 5th at 400.451 with Cal rounding at the field at 395.991.
OU's Maggie Nichols tied for titles on FX and UB, including a perfect 10 on the latter, to win the NCAA AA title with a 39.8125. Utah's MyKayla Skinner was 2nd at 39.725, including a share of the VT title. Stanford senior Elizabeth Price tied with Nichols on the UB at 10.0 and placed 3rd A at 39.675.
OU posted a huge 198.05 to win the evening session and advance to the Super Six Finals. Florida posted a 197.5875 for 2nd, while Utah posted a 197.1375 to take the third spot in the finals.
UCLA posted a 197.5625 to edge LSU's 197.475 and advance to the Super Six Finals. Nebraska posted a 197.0125 to secure the third and final spot. A trio of teams from the SEC completed the round: UGA at 196.6875, Bama at 196.625 and Arkansas 196.425. UCLA's Kyla Ross posted the top AA mark at a 39.6375. She also held the top mark on UB (9.95), while teammates Peng-Peng Lee (9.9875) leads on BB and Katelyn Ohashi (9.9625) leads on FX. On vault, UGA's Sydney Snead and NU's Taylor Houchin were tied at 9.9
PSU redshirt junior Noah Roberson won the Elite 90 Award for Men's Gymnastics, which goes to the athlete at the finals (with sophomores or above) with the highest cumulative GPA. He won last season as well. He holds a 4.0 GPA with a double major in biomedical and mechanical engineering.
Florida officially announced that Trinity Thomas has signed her NLI for 2018-2019. They also confirmed that Halley Taylor will join the squad for next season. The commits of both were covered in prior news items.