This is the first ever edition of superlatives of any sort by World Gymnastics. Categories are:

-Favorite Routine of the Year
-Coach of the Year
-Upset of the Year
-Team of the Year
-Gymnast of the Year
-Freshman of the Year
-Senior of the Year
-Surprise of the Year

Here Goes!

Favorite Routine of the Year – Tie: Nansy Damianova (Utah) and Kylee Botterman (Michigan) both on the Floor Exercise. Kylee and Nansy have very different styles of music, dance and tumbling, but both are incredibly entertaining. Botterman ignites every crowd she performs for with her unique music composition, while Damianova gets the entire Huntsman Center clapping along in support of her performance.

Kylee Botterman at Big Ten Championships:

Nansy Damianova at BYU:

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Coach of the Year – Tie: Sarah Patterson of Alabama and Brice Biggin of Kent State. Sarah Patterson led her Crimson Tide team to their FIFTH national team title and their first since 2002. Brice Biggin led his Gold Flashes to their very first appearance at the NCAA Championships, surprising everyone by overcoming Stanford in the Ann Arbor Regional to gain the second spot behind Michigan.

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Upset of the Year – Stanford getting knocked out of the NCAA Championships by up-and-comers Kent State. Stanford had been ranked in the top 3 all season long, but had a rough go at Regionals in Ann Arbor and ended up not qualifying as a team or sending a single individual athlete to compete in Cleveland.

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Team of the Year – Florida. Even with a less-than stellar performance at NCAA Championships, Florida was ranked number one through the ENTIRE season this year. They posted several scores above 197.000, they had fantastic results all year long. I can’t wait for them to put a complete season together and break into that elusive group of NCAA Team Champions with UCLA, Georgia, Alabama and Utah.

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Gymnast of the Year – Trish Wilson (Michigan): Trish has had more knee injuries than one can shake a stick at, many would have ended their gymnastics careers after the first one. Not Trish Wilson. She stuck it out, worked hard, became a specialist on the Uneven Bars, and has been a rock solid performer for the Wolverines on the apparatus this season. When Wilson competed in a dual meet at New Hampshire back in February, it was the first time she had competed since the 2009 Regional meet. She fell, scoring only a 9.375, but she was back, competing in the Michigan line-up again. All of her hard work and dedication paid off. Gymnast of the Year couldn’t go to anyone else.

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Freshman of the Year – Tie: Mackenzie Caquatto (Florida) and Corrie Lothrop (Utah). Mackenzie and Corrie made immediate impacts for their teams this season. Caquatto is a solid go-to gymnast for the Gators on Bars and Beam, as well as contributing decent scores on the Floor Exercise. Lothrop has been an All-Around gymnast for the Utes from the start. Both gymnasts have been strong scorers and rocks for their teams.

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Senior of the Year – Kylee Botterman (Michigan). An NCAA All-Around Title, qualification to three of the four apparatus finals at NCAA Championships, and 6th with her team in the Super Six. Kylee has had a fantastic career at Michigan and finished it with the top individual award in collegiate gymnastics.

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Surprise of the Year – For this gymnastics follower, it was how close the Boise State team came to upsetting Florida at the Denver Regional. Boise’s final gymnast on the Balance Beam in the final rotation scored a 9.825. A 9.850 would have tied Florida and Boise State for second behind Nebraska. In the event of a tie at Regionals, all scores count toward the total to break the tie. If that had happened, Florida would have joined Stanford in being beat out by a surprise team, not traveling to Nationals. In an all-scores-count format, Boise State would have scored a 234.675 over a 233.875 from Florida. So close. Congratulations to Boise State on making it so far and being amazing this season, as well as to Florida for holding on by a hair to advance.

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