By Anna Rose Johnson

Elegance, power, musicality, expression, originality—these are elements that we’ve come to value in women’s NCAA gymnastics, and the harmony of these components make floor exercise a particularly special apparatus. We’ve chosen 10 of our favorite NCAA floor routines of 2018—the performances that best exemplify the creativity on the college stage today.

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Hailey Burleson (Washington)

Burleson brings an abundance of artistic qualities to her lovely floor routine: outstanding flexibility, tidy tumbling and a fine attention to detail.

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Sarah Finnegan (LSU)

A true artist, Finnegan has presented a masterpiece to the NCAA with this routine. Each movement is worthy of a photograph, and Finnegan combines balletic excellence with fast-paced choreography.

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Myia Hambrick (LSU)

Hambrick has a commanding presence on floor exercise and possesses amazing amplitude in her leaps and tumbling passes. A senior at LSU, Hambrick is bringing her best to the NCAA scene in her final season.

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Emma McLean (Michigan)

Imbued with smiles, sky-high leaps and energetic dance, McLean’s floor routine has been a highlight for Michigan this season. Also: check out her powerful double tuck mount!

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Makenna Merrell-Giles (Utah)

With long, elegant lines and crisp tumbling, Merrell-Giles has been stunning on floor all season long.  Her inventive exercise is definitely a crowd-pleaser—that magnificent straddle leap! The claps! The dynamism! It’s a fun routine.

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Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma)

Full of expression and energy, Maggie Nichols has been a fan favorite on floor for years. Her high, clean tumbling is punctuated by flawless landings, and this particular routine has a joyful exuberance that charms audiences.

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Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA)

In this routine, UCLA’s Ohashi is a powerhouse of energy and sparkle. With each element seamlessly connected, Ohashi’s choreography marks a completely unique routine for this team of innovative floor workers.

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Elizabeth Price (Stanford)

Noted for her explosive tumbling on this apparatus, Price has always been incredible on floor. Her 2018 routine combines dramatic choreography and flexible leaps for a standout performance.

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MyKayla Skinner (Utah)

Fun finger-snapping, clapping and a great connection to the music—Skinner’s floor exercise definitely has it all. And her double-double mount simply never gets old!

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Sabrina Vega (Georgia)

Hailed for her beautiful dance and artistry on each event, Sabrina Vega made a remarkable transition from elite to NCAA. This particular routine showcases Vega’s unique style and ability to tell a story through choreography.

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Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at:

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