2023 NCAA gymnastics championships – Live updates, scores and news

After an unforgettable season chock full of surprises, viral moments, dominant performances and even the occasional scoring controversy or two, the 2023 NCAA championships are upon us in Fort Worth, Texas.

The competition gets underway Thursday with the first semifinal (3 p.m. ET on ESPN2) as Florida, California, LSU and Denver battle for their spot in Saturday’s team final. Oklahoma, Utah, UCLA and Kentucky will compete in the night session (9 p.m. ET on ESPN2), and the two highest-scoring teams from each semifinal will advance. Gymnasts will also be competing Thursday for the all-around and individual event titles — awarded to the top scorers at the end of the second semifinal.

Of course, these are the NCAA championships and anything can happen. We’re in for an exciting day of close competition — and we’ll have updates on all of the action here:

Rotation one: A roller-coaster start

Florida started off with a fall on bars on the first routine, but then came roaring back with scores above 9.9 for the last three gymnasts. Highlighting the rotation: The return of Trinity Thomas to the line-up. She earned a 9.95 for a near-perfect set. Denver was rock solid with a 49.225 on vault, led by Lynnzee Brown’s stuck Yurchenko 1 ½ that earned a 9.925. On beam, LSU’s Haleigh Bryant scored a 9.9375 with an immaculate set, and on floor, Cal’s Mya Lauzon and eMjae Frazier earned matching scores of 9.9375. — Amy Van Deusen

First rotation results:

  1. Florida: 49.4875

  2. California: 49.4375

  3. LSU: 49.2750

  4. Denver: 49.2250

Strong start for Lynnzee Brown

Lynnzee Brown made a statement for Denver in their opening rotation on vault. The only thing more impressive than her stuck Yurchenko 1 ½? Her absolutely perfect reaction to it. She earned a 9.925 — the best score for the Pioneers on the event. — D’Arcy Maine

Trinity is in!

Trinity is in!

After days of speculation, and a near-constant stream of questions about her participation status due to a lingering lower leg injury, Trinity Thomas was announced to be competing on bars and vault moments before the start of the meet.

Showing no visible sign of injury, nor wearing any type of wrapping, she did Trinity Thomas things and scored a 9.95 with a nearly flawless opening routine on bars. Having been unable to practice her landing for nearly two weeks, Thomas stuck her double layout dismount.

“How did she do it?” ESPN reporter Sam Peszek asked Florida head coach Jenny Rowland after the first rotation. “Trusting her training, the months and weeks that led into these last couple weeks,” Rowland said. “She did a phenomenal job, extremely proud. I know this team is proud.” — D’Arcy Maine

It’s go time

The gymnasts are warming up, and Florida (with Trinity Thomas there as well) started the day with a dance party. The countdown begins.

Who to watch in Semifinal I

The biggest question leading into the weekend has undoubtedly been the status of Florida star and reigning all-around champion Trinity Thomas. The fifth-year senior injured her right leg during regionals and was unable to compete in the regional final.

During Wednesday’s practice session, Thomas trained exclusively on bars, giving fans a glimmer of hope that she will compete in at least the one event.

Still, Thomas’ presumed absence for most of the competition is a major blow to the Gators, who for much of the season appeared to be a front-runners for the NCAA title. Florida has the talent to advance to Saturday’s final even with Thomas’ limited participation, but it won’t be easy.

Who else should you be keeping an eye on during the first semifinal? LSU’s Haleigh Bryant is the likely favorite from the afternoon session to take the early lead in the all-around race. Freshman phenom eMjae Frazier and California will be looking to keep their record-setting season going. And Denver’s sixth-year senior Lynnzee Brown, one of college gymnastics’ most beloved figures, could put up big numbers on bars and floor — and force one more meet in her legendary career. — D’Arcy Maine

Get more predictions from Kathy Johnson Clarke, Sam Peszek, John Roethlisberger and many more here.

Championship history

Georgia has won the most national titles overall, with 10, and had a streak of five titles in a row from 2005 to 2009. But the Bulldogs haven’t won since 2009, and did not qualify to compete in Fort Worth this year.

Utah dominated the 1980s to the mid-1990s and has nine titles overall, with the most recent coming in 1995. Recently, Oklahoma has been the team to beat, with five national titles since the Sooners first won in 2014 (a tie for the title with Florida — the only tie in history.)

The full breakdown of national titles:

Georgia: 10 (1987, 1989, 1993, 1998-99, 2005-09)
Utah: 9 (1982-86, 1990, 1992, 1994-95)
UCLA: 7 (1997, 2000-01, 2003-2004, 2010, 2018)
Alabama: 6 (1988, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011-12)
Oklahoma: 5 (2014 [tied], 2016-17, 2019, 2022)
Florida: 3 (2013, 2014 [tied], 2015)
Michigan: 1 (2021)

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