The last two national champions. The top two finishers at the 2021 NCAA Championships. Winners of four of the last five national championships. Numerous All-Americans with multiple conference and regional championships competing. Impressively-high scores up and down the rosters. Senior night in Norman.
Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, No. 1 Michigan at No. 2 Oklahoma.
Firstly, it was a welcomed sight for a team from Michigan to be competing in Norman. I was looking forward to this meet for weeks and not being one of the only Michiganders in the building😁. Secondly, the atmosphere was simply exceptional. 8,000+ invested fans who stayed with it throughout the entire night, especially as scores got incredibly high (season and school-record bests for some at that). It really sucked that not everyone could win, because the competition was just that good.
Thirdly, the level of excitement and fun the athletes show each and every rep, even in these high-pressure types of moment, is always good to see. Gymnastics is one of the most technically-challenging and bodily-demanding sports in existence, so it is important for the athletes to show their spirit and camaraderie.
Lastly, it has been such a pleasure getting more into collegiate gymnastics this season. The scores across the country have never been this consistently high, and there is star power all over the place. I cannot wait for the postseason (some of which will be hosted by OU👀), and let’s keep this energy up!
View my photo gallery from the meet below⬇️