2012 Championship Results | 2012 Championship Info
From defending event champions to rising stars gunning to make a place for themselves, here are the top five women’s college gymnasts to watch in the 2012-13 season.
Only the second fifth-year senior in Alabama gymnastics history, Ashley Priess was a 2012 balance beam All-American after having surgery on her ankles and sitting out a season. She helped clinch the Tide’s sixth NCAA title by tying her career-high score of 9.95 on the balance beam in the Super Six Team Finals. She also finished seventh on balance beam at the national event finals.
Five-time All-American Kytra Hunter used a collegiate-best 39.725 to become the first Gator to win the NCAA all-around title and the ninth freshman to do so in the event’s 31-year history. She also took home the championship in vault with a 9.875 and tied for fourth in the floor exercise final with a 9.925.
OU senior Brie Olson finished fourth on bars at the 2012 NCAA event finals with a 9.875. She won the 2012 Big 12 all-around title with a score of 39.500 in her first all-around competition. She has career-highs of 9.95 on vault and bars, 9.875 on beam and 9.9 on floor.
UCLA senior Vanessa Zamarripa scored a career-high 39.775 in the NCAA Super Six Team Finals, scoring a perfect 10 on vault and a pair of 9.95s on bars and beam. She has never scored lower than 9.8 on vault and holds a career average of 9.918. Zamarripa earned first-team All-America honors for her fifth-place performance on bars (9.85) and sixth-place performance on floor (9.900) in the event finals.
In her freshman season at Utah, three-event specialist Georgia Dabritz earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, first-team All-American honors and the nickname “No Grips Dabritz.” She placed 10th in vault in the event finals with a 8.7938. The 2012 Pac-12 and NCAA Regional bar champion, Dabritz had Utah’s highest scores of the season on bars (9.95 twice) and floor (9.975).