FORT WORTH, Texas – After both sessions of the NCAA Championship semifinals, Jaedyn Rucker was crowned the 2022 NCAA Vault champion. Rucker becomes only the fifth Red Rock in history to win a national title on vault.
Rucker posted the highest score between Thursday’s two competitions with his Yurchenko 1.5 which scored a 9.9625. The Mesa, Arizona native joins Elaine Alfano (1982, 1983 and 1985), Megan (McCunniff) Marsden (1984), Kristen Kenoyer (1992) and MyKayla Skinner (2018) as national vault champions. This is the second straight year a gymnast from Utah has won a national title after Maile O’Keefe was the national uneven bars and floor champion last season.
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In addition to Rucker’s win, seven Red Rocks earned NCAA All-American honors in Thursday’s semifinal. Rucker took first-team honors on vault, while Alexia Burch also earned first-team honors after placing third in the first session with a 9.925. Abby Paulson, Kara Eakerand Maile O’Keefe earned first-team honors on beam after tying for first place with a 9.9375.
Grace McCallum also earned first-team floor honors with a 9.9375, while she and O’Keefe also earned first-team all-around honors. O’Keefe was third at 39.550 and McCallum was fourth at 39.4125. To complete the honors, O’Keefe and Sage Thompson also won second-team All-America awards on bars with a 9.90.
Utah will compete for a national championship this Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. MT on ABC. The Utes will face top-ranked Oklahoma, second-ranked Florida and seventh-ranked Auburn.
2022 NCAA All Americans
Maile O’Keefe – AA, BB, UB*
Grace McCallum – AA, FX
Jaedyn Rucker -VT
Alexia Burch -VT
Abby Paulson -BB
Kara Eaker -BB
Sage Thompson – UB*
*-denotes the second team