Gymnasts are given two vaults in the individual finals, with the average of both computed for their final score. Anson nailed her first vault, a Yurchenko full twist she has been using all season. Just one of three finalists to use a one-and-a-half or double twist in a vault, she stuck a perfect landing after the much more difficult Yurchenko one-and-a-half full twist on her second vault. Former Olympian Kristen Maloney of UCLA won the event with a 9.9375.
"I knew right when I hit the board that it was going to be a good one," Anson said. "I was a little nervous because I didn't hit one in warm-ups, but I just remembered what (coaches) Lou (Ball) and K.J. (Kindler) told me and it took me through the vault."
Powell, making her first appearance at the NCAA finals, used all D-level bonus tumbling passes in her floor exercise routine. The junior had a clean performance, earning a 9.8375 from the judges. Co-defending floor champions Courtney Bumpers and Ashley Miles were in Powell's group. North Carolina's Bumpers recorded a perfect 10 to win the event, while Alabama's Miles turned in a 9.975 for a runner-up finish.
"I was excited to compete, I really like floor," Powell said. "It helps your confidence to compete among the best. It was a good routine, but there is always room for improvement."