Gymnastics GIFs For All Occasions

In my gymnastics folder, I have a subfolder entitled “GIFs for all occasions” (no commentary required, thank you).

I am posting the entire contents of that folder here. Because it’s just that kind of day. And in response to your question, I barely know either.

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Monday Live Blog – February 18, 2019

Monday, February 18 Scores Stream
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [4] Utah @ Stanford LINK
Utah Scores

Bonus day!

Stanford accomplished its first goal of the weekend on Friday with a very usable high 195 in the GQ Invite, a necessary score, but will need to continue that with another solid score here since Stanford competes only twice in March. Continue reading Monday Live Blog – February 18, 2019

Sunday Live Blog – February 17, 2019

Sunday, February 17 Scores Stream
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Pittsburgh, Utah State, Cornell @ West Virginia LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Northern Illinois @ Ball State LINK ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Towson @ Western Michigan LINK
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brown @ Yale ESPN+
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Ithaca, Southern Connecticut @ Springfield FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – William & Mary @ Penn LINK ESPN+
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – West Chester @ Ursinus
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Kent State @ Bowling Green LINK
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – TWU @ Lindenwood LINK FREE
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – [15] Missouri @ [5] LSU LINK SEC+
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – New Hampshire @ UC Davis LINK FREE
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – SEMO @ UIC LINK FREE
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [14] Cal @ [12] Oregon State LINK P12N

LSU recorded a solid score on Friday and will be gratified by the victory over Utah—but is still lagging well behind the top 3 teams in terms of massive scores and will have to start rectifying that with this meet, otherwise a final ranking of #4 (which is still perfectly fine and whatever) will be the ceiling for this team.

Priessman did not compete on Friday (and Durante returned on bars but not yet beam), but otherwise we saw pretty much the main lineups. Interested to see who competes today. Posted vault lineup is the same as Friday.

Rotation 1

Finnegan – VT – LSU – full, didn’t get the stick this time, hop back, otherwise excellent, good body position, chest up. 9.825. (I had 9.850 for it.)

Tucker – UB – MU – hit first hs small leg break in 1/2 turn into piked jaeger – arch in hs on high, pulls it back – bail, collapses in position with major elbow break but keeps it going – finishes giant full to double tuck, step back. Really ragged routine there. 9.625

Harrold – VT – LSU – nearly got the stick on her 1.5, close, but ended up short with a step back, some knees in the air as usual. 9.800

Christensen – UB – MU – small arch in first hs, pulles back – giant full with some legs – hit tkatchev – short hs on high – leg break in bail, a little short of vertical on that and her final cast hs – giant full to double tuck, step back. Nickle and dime routine. 9.750

Kelley – VT – LSU – handspring pike 1/2, her best one. Good secure landing, very small hop, some legs apart to take and chest down. 9.925.

Schugel – UB – MU – 1/2 turn into piked jaerger to overshoot, pretty, good legs together throughout – giant full late to double tuck, holds the stick. Strong showing. 9.825

Cannamela – VT – LSU – full, better than her short landing from Friday, this time overdoes it, the better mistake, with a bounce back. 9.800

Porter – UB – MU – 1/2 turn to jaeger, a littl close, fine – better hs positions – leg break in the bail but gets up to vertical – quite short on final cast hs – double front, brings heels together, probably legs too cowboyed there. 9.825

Edwards – VT – LSU – solid 1.5, what we’ve come to expect from her, but another full tenth lunge forward on landing, and a bit to take for body position. 9.900 is high there for me. That was more of a 9.850 vault.

Huber – UB – MU – shortish first hs – lovely jaeger, good rhythm into overshoot connection, nice amplitude – also quite short on final cast hs – DLO, near stick. 9.875

Edney – VT – LSU – pace forward on her 1.5 as well, smaller pace than Edwards though but you can’t really reward her for that or her better dynamics and height because you already went 9.900 for Edwards and this really can’t go higher than that. 9.900

Bidwill – UB – MU – toe shap, legs connected to bail – finishes DLO out of control, with a lunge back and kind of got stuck in the mat with another step. 9.625

After 1: LSU 49.350, Missouri 48.900

LSU will be OK with that vault rotation but wanted a few more landings there. Still full tenth lunges coming from Edwards and Edney, Harrold a little short on hers. For reference, I had that rotation around 49.250, so it’s a little high for my taste but not crazy-high. Normal, top-team high but not mathematically impossible crack high.

Missouri not quite on track on bars, some real handstand problems especially in those last casts. Will still take a 48.900 for that though since it was far from their best bars rotation.

I see we’re going at “not on TV” pace for this one.

We’re checking in on Huber, forearm or elbow injury in vault warmup.

Rotation 2

Porter – VT – pretty large bounce back on her full, a bit of body position, not too much. 9.775 is too close to Finnegan’s 9.825 for a clearly weaker vault.

Dean – UB – LSU – short first hs – Ray, hit, close catch with elbows – second hs short of position – rushing through that bail with a bit of piked shape – final cast hs was super short – good stick on DLO with the usual straddle position. 9.800 is very high there.

Bidwill – VT – MU – another larger lunge back on her full – a hit, but shouldn’t break 9.8

Durante – UB – LSU – good first hs – 1/2 turn to nice high jaeger, just a little crooked – small arch in back on a cast hs and on the 1/2 turn on low – a little looseness in the pak – FTDT, small hop. 9.850. Getting back, still not her usual, but closer than Friday. They had to go higher than Dean there. What is Finnegan going to get, 75?

Gottula – VT – MU – sits down her full attempt, piked down a bit much and stumbled back and sat

Harrold – UB – LSU – pulls back arch on low bar on her Zuchold – 1/2 turn to jaeger, good position there – double front, stuck landing. One of her really good ones. Nice job. She had that early arch but cleaned up some of those verticals on the high bar this week. 9.900

Tucker – VT – MU – best vault of the lineup so far – small hop back, some clear piked position there but chest pretty well up

Edney – UB – LSU – good first hs – hits hindorff – clear hip to bail, pretty solid position there from our angle – I have two handstand issues in here – a little out of control on her DLO with a shuffle back, could be viewed as two steps, a second step into salute, for a tenth there. 9.875

Christensen – VT – MU – another pretty large bounce back on her full, fairly out of control – fine position in the air

Ferrer – UB – LSU – really short first hs – hits jaeger with some foot form – bail, a little back looseness, vertical position is fine – much better final cast hs – DLO, small adjustment. Nice second half but some breaks in the first half. 9.900 is INSANE.I had that in the 9.7s.

Huber not vaulting today.

Oooooooof. Missouri is only vaulting five now and one of them was a fall? No Huber, no Ward, no McCrary.

Finnegan – UB – LSU – lovely ray – hitting her handstands more crisply.  A little elbow break in bail, good vertical – DLO, flung out with a little hop.

Finnegan also goes 9.900, a score I’m fine with because she had a couple breaks in there but gives away nothing on form or built-in deductions, but to say that routine is of the same quality as the other 9.900s in this lineup is ridiculous because it means there’s no reward for performing elements like Sarah Finnegan.

After 2: LSU 98.775, Missouri 97.350

Disaster for Missouri, having to count that fall on vault, so this will be an unusable score this week. LSU got a big score on bars but definitely misses Priessman there and still needs to refine some of those newer routines that have major breaks in them. Probably should have been counting a 9.7 there.

Rotation 3

Desiderio – BB – LSU – aerial to sissone, very secure – bhs loso series, no trouble – switch to switch 1/2 to beat, abbreviated in her switch 1/2 position – cat leap to gainer full, stuck with a little lean. Good leadoff. 9.850

Bower – FX – MU – double pike, good control on landing, a bit of feet – split leap full to wolf full, solid – 1.5 to layout, a bit horizontal and a bit of position on layout – double tuck, a little forward with a step. 9.775

Dean – BB – LSU – Her first collegiate routine did not come two meets ago, dude – side aerial to bhs series, good control, some form – switch to split 1/4, a bit more back leg on that leap combination – aerial, pulls it out well despite landing a little short, no deduction – side aerial to full, hop back. Solid. 9.850

Turner – FX – MU – double pike, small bounce, a bit of chest down, hit – split leap full to wolf full, solid height, some foot positions there I really want Kathy to be here and talking about – 1.5 to layout, flatter in that layout, fairly controlled on landing step –

9.850. Isn’t there a UTL in that routine? No? I just can’t pay attention to a whole floor routine?

Durante – BB – LSU – back on beam and need her in this lineup – aerial to beat, smoothly done – bhs loso series, pulls those arms down to avoid check, just a bit of form – switch to split 1/4, some back leg – side aerial to full, step. Another strong one. 9.900

Nicholson – FX – MU – attempts front 2/1 first pass, underrotated but probably around enough to get credit – 1.5 to layout, a bit of an arch in that layout – switch side to popa – rudi. 9.825

Edney – BB – LSU – aerial to sissone, hit – bhs loso series, controls with the arms – switch with a large break, bend at the hips – unconnected split –  doesn’t have a leap series as yet – kickover front, solid – 1.5, sticks. But they won’t be able to use this score because she didn’t have a dance element combination.

9.650 is high since that routine should have started from 9.800 and she had a large bend at the waist as well.

That stick crown is COMING OFF. She’s like, that didn’t deserve a stick crown.

Gottula – FX – MU – double pike, a little forward, mostly controlled – 1/2 to 2/1, same, good control, a bit of form – double tuck, some chest position, controlled step. 9.850

Campbell – BB – LSU – bhs loso, strong series, good legs – aerial to sissone, lovely sissone position, just a bit of knees in aerial – switch leap to a check and pause, breaks connection into switch 1/2, adds in a beat jump to try get her combo – 2/1, stuck. 9.825

Tucker – FX – MU – full-in, pretty solid, just a small step back and chest down, mostly secure landing – 2/1 to loso, also secure, not super high but comfortable – double pike, some tiny steps back. 9.825

Finnegan – BB – LSU – wolf single, solid – bhs loso series, rushing it looks like, step back check – switch to switch 1/2, great position obviously – side somi is more composed – side aerial to full, stuck. Good second 1/2, a couple deductions in the first half. 9.900

Porter – FX – MU – double pike, nice toes, controlled step back, stronger chest position – 1.5 to layout, good straight position in the layout – switch 1/2 to popa, hits her 180s – double tuck, a bit of a bounce but by far the strong routine of the lineup. 9.875

After 3: LSU 148.100, Missouri 146.575

It’s 49.325 for an LSU beam rotation that started well but got into trouble with combinations and start value toward the middle there and had a more tentative second half than first half. Still expect a big team score and probably a season high from this one because floor scores were not subtle in the Missouri rotation and are ramping up for 9.9s for LSU.

Rotation 4

Bower – BB – MU – bhs loso series, pulled it out somehow despite being really short, step forward to save it, also some knees in the air – cat leap to kickover front to beat jump, stronger – switch to straddle 1/4, a bit of a pike position there but got solid as things went, stuck gainer full. 9.750

Harrold – FX – LSU – front 2/1, controls the step forward, still some knees but one of her stronger versions of that pass – double pike, bounce back, medium size – switch ring to switch 1/2, strong – 1.5 to layout, excellent position on layout, just traveling forward a little too much, strong one. 9.850

Nicholson – BB – MU – bhs bhs loso series, small check, mostly hit, just a bit tight-hipped in position – beat to straddle 1/2, strong position on straddle – finishes gainer full, stuck. 9.850

Desiderio – FX – LSU – DLO is getting back, good control, just a bit of chest position – front tuck through to double tuck, similar to DLO, good control just some deep position – nice leap shapes – double pike, pretty short with a lunge forward. Had a good one going until there. 9.850.

Kelly – BB – MU – aerial to one-arm bhs series and it was a fight – aerial and bends down to try to keep moving – into one-arm bhs with a larger check to the side – Bridget would give the connection, I would not, surprise surprise – finishes punch front full dismount with a step. 9.575

Campbell – FX – LSU – 2.5, comes up a little short with two steps back – Bridget pretending like that deduction is going to be 2-3 tenths despite being very familiar with the SEC (Bridget, you know you would have gotten 9.950 for doing that) – double tuck, just a bit forward with a step – lovely leap positions – 1.5 to layout, pulls it around pretty well. 9.850


Gottula – BB – MU – bhs bhs loso series, hit, just a small adjustment – switch with a little check into straddle 1/4, I would question the connection but obviously I’m the only one – gainer full, step back.

9.650. Maybe I’m not the only one who questioned the connection?

Edney – FX – LSU – double arabian is better this time, solid landing, just some crazy-leg form in the air – 1.5 to layout, very strong shapes in the air, a little awkward stepping out but not really a step deduction – double tuck, good nailed landing. I had a couple things, the form in the double arabian, a leap, but a strong one. 9.950

Ward – BB – MU – bhs bhs loso series, nice and solid – beat to nice high straddle 1/4, a wobble – hitch kick to side aerial, smooth and solid there – 1.5, holds the stick with a lean. 9.875

Finnegan – FX – LSU – 1.5 through to 2.5, good landing this time, more controlled step out – double tuck, nailed it – switch ring to switch 1/2, lovely – double pike, also super strong. So, this routine was better than Edney’s, so let’s see.

9.950 for Finnegan. They went too high too early and then didn’t have room to deduct for some borderline things in Finnegan’s routine and still reward her.

Clevenger – BB – MU – three series to loso, secure with some knees – switch side with an arm wave – 1.5 dismount with a large bound forward. 9.775

Kelley – FX – LSU – DLO, secure landing, a bit of chest down – front lay to front full, good straight position – split leap full to tuck jump double, short of position on the split leap full – double tuck, super solid landing.

Big routine. I’ll be displeased if this goes 10 and Finnegan didn’t because that’s just lineup order scoring.

9.950 for Kelley as well. Yeah, you can’t give that one a 10. I feel like they should have Kelley earlier in the lineup and Finnegan last?

FINAL: LSU 197.650, Missouri 195.475

On to Cal and Oregon State!

Rotation 1

Do we need to fix the bars? Do the bars work in any gym anymore?

We’re on track with the warmups now. Justin to the rescue.

Singley – VT – OSU – hop back on her full and then another little lunge back into salute which could really take away the score, a bit of a pike in the air. 9.750

So Seilnacht – UB – Cal – short first hs – 1/2 turn to piked jaeger to overshoot, solid, good shape, better cast hs back up on high – tries to fight to hold the stick on her 1.5 dismount, pretty big lean forward to hold it though, bend at the hips. 9.725

L Dagen – VT – OSU – another large bounce back on her full – not the most height but a solid layout position in the air for the most part. 9.750

George – UB – Cal – tkatchev, hit – good cast verticals – maybe a little short of position on the bail catch, good legs together – FTDT, holds the stick with a bit of a swim.

Singley will get a redo because of a camera flash? Amanda didn’t know you could do that? Yes you did Amanda.

M Dagen – VT – OSU – good hold on the stick on the full, very strong – comes in a bit deep with chest forward, really nice job staying secure. 9.850

Jones – UB – Cal – good Shap, connected to Pak, goes a little crazy with some knees and legs apart – nice 1/2 turn on low – short final cast hs – small hop back on FTDT with a bit of legs. 9.825

Yanish – VT – OSU – really excellent full, small step back, great distance and position, more amplitude and better open than Dagen, but not a stick. 9.850

Watterson – UB – Cal – small arch in first hs, pulls it back, good height in pak, just a little legs – hits shap 1/2 well, good hs on high – giant full to double tuck, nearly sticks, just gets a little deep and slides a hair in her salute. 9.875

Jacobsen – VT – OSU – Tsuk 1/1, really strong near-stick again, micro slide, she has figured out that vault this year, still some piked body position, some chest down. 9.875

Schank – UB – Cal – 1/2 turn to piked jaeger to overshoot, really pretty piked jaeger, so quick – good cast hs on high – nearly had a big score going, overpikes her DLO dismount with two small steps back. 9.850

Davis – VT – OSU – hits a full, good distance but a little crazy in form, chest down, really early twist, comes in chest down with a lunge forward/sideward. Should be the drop score.

Bordas – UB – Cal – small arch in first hs, pulls it back – huge jaeger into overshoot, LOVE her height on that – double tuck dismount, a little forward with a step. 9.850.

Singley – VT – OSU – her redo for the camera flash – this was a better vault – small hop back, solid chest position.

After 1: Cal 49.200, Oregon State 49.125

Singley score updated to 9.800 for her second attempt, which was stronger than the first. Really quality fulls from Yanish and Dagen were highlights there.

A solid bars rotation for Cal, they just needed more sticks. They had some leans and small hops to take away a .050 on a lot of them. Will absolutely take a 49.200 there since they’ve been getting stuck in those 49.1s. Thought the scores were going to trend low considering Seilnacht’s opening 9.725, but they did not.

Rotation 2

Liz is on face-sticker duty. 10.000.

Sy Seilnacht – VT – Cal – sticks her full, nicely done on that landing. Will still get deductions for dyanmics because it’s pretty short with some pike and chest forward, but best she can do. 9.750 is still a little tight for me there, but you probably do have to take major distance deduction.

Yamaoka – UB – OSU – toe on to toe shap, a little low on backswing – bail,nice legs together, a bit short of vertical – good final cast hs – giant full to double tuck. Probably her best bars routine we’ve seen. 9.750

Jones – VT – Cal – full, little bounce back, much stronger distance , some pike and the knee form throughout. 9.800

Jacobsen – UB – OSU – tkatchev to overshoot, good speed, a bit low – a little tight on a hs back on high bar – 1/2 turn to double front with a step back into salute. 9.825

Mastrangelo – VT – Cal – pretty solid full from here, small bounce back – some cleaner body position, a bit of direction, has the distance. 9.825

Our dude just said vault was the only event where you can start below a ten. Stab me in teh eye.

Lowery – UB – OSU – toe on to toe shap to pak, a bit of legs in that – 1/2 turn on low, gets a little loose in the back – DLO, great dismount with a stick. Nice routine, just a bit of body position here and there. 9.850

Clausi – VT – Cal – comes in short on her 1.5 this time, deep landing with a lunge back. 9.725

MCP – UB – OSU – close catch on her jaeger, has to muscle out into cast and short of handstand – bail is nice – getting it together with her dinal cast – sticks DLO, a little whippy, but great second half. Should be a pretty big deduction for the jaeger and subsequent hs though.

9.875 is a big overscore.

Williams – VT – Cal – big full as always, strong one, smaller bounce back, great direction and distance, chest up, controls the size of the bounce. 9.875

Briscoe – UB – OSU – also close on her jaeger catch – bail – a bit of a leg break – finishes DLO, great body shape but very short landing with a large lunge forward.

9.825 is another score that’s BONKERS high. I was thinking high 9.6s or maybe 9.700 for that.

George – VT – Cal – solid enough full but a larger bounce back – good form through, will still be a counting score for sure. 9.850

Gill – UB – OSU – short first hs – toe shap, pretty – to pak, major straddle on pak – 1/2 turn on low, a bit crooked – toe circle step up to high – nice final cast hs – DLO, a little chest forward and a step-salute, near stick. 9.825

After 2: Oregon State 98.325, Cal 98.300

Scores got weird in the second half of that bars rotation for Oregon State didn’t they. I was thinking this meet surely wasn’t tight but was still within reason before that, and then those last few bars scores were just insane.

Cal OK on vault, but once again didn’t quite have the landings to get the bigger numbers given the score-scape today. Needed the vault from Clausi and didn’t get it. Great landing from Seilnacht and good control from Williams.

Rotation 3

Singley – BB – OSU – split jump to double stag, small wave – bhs loso, large break with a bend at the hips – kickover front, very secure – gainer full, step back. A hit but a large break in there. 9.725

So Seilnacht – FX – Cal – front lay to rudi to double stag, good control there, some body position – illusion turn lovely – split leap 1.5, around – 1.5 to 1/2 to split jump, good height in the jump – 1.5 to front pike, stuck. Great. I’d take some for amplitude, but great landings. 9.775

MCP – BB – OSU – aerial, hit – bhs loso series, also hit, a bit of feet, doing well to avoid checks – switch to split to double stag, small check, some low back leg deductions on those splits – side aerial to full, stuck, some foot form. 9.800

Mastrangelo – FX – Cal – double pike, good height, small slide, some foot flexion – 1.5 to front layout, stuck, excellent – switch side to popa, looked a little piked in those hips, solid 180s – 2.5, crossover step, keeps it in, some deep knees in landing. 9.750

M Dagen – BB – OSU – bhs loso – switch to switch 1/2 to beat, super secure, a little deliberate – full turn, very smooth, nicely done – side aerial to full, step back, nicely done. 9.875

Shu – FX – Cal – double tuck, clean, slide back – double pike, another small slide back, better chest position on that one – split leap full to wolf jump 1/1 – BUT SHE LOVES TO COOK THAT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN SKILLS TALK ABOUT THAT MORE – 1.5 to front tuck, sits it down (basically? Butt scraper?) got nothing out of that 1.5. 9.450. So got the benefit of not quite sitting down there.

Gill – BB – OSU – smooth full turn – split jump to double stag, small adjustment, great height and positions – aerial to bhs series, clean as well – gainer full, stuck. 9.875

George – FX – Cal – front tuck through to 1.5, super secure, good twisting form, excellent split positions as well, right on for that switch ring and split leap full – front 2/1, just a bit short with a steppy adjustment – rudi, great rise, control. Good one for her. 9.875

L Dagen – BB – OSU – switch to switch side, arm wave correction. I don’t love these “through to” dance combinations because they aren’t them – aerial is nicely done – bhs loso series, hit with another little arm wave – gainer pike, stuck. 9.900.

Clausi – FX – Cal – full-in, great position in the air and controlled landing, just the chest down – switch side to wolf jump full, hit positions crisply – front 2/1 with a bit of a cover dance out – 1.5 to layout. Really strong routine. 9.900

Lazaro – BB – OSU – bhs loso series with a little side-to-side wobble – switch to straddle 3/4, a little slow, nice individual elements – full turn – side aerial to full, stuck. Very clean. Pretty slow rhythm, but I don’t think anyone cares anymore. 9.900s for everyone!

Williams – FX – Cal – full-in, good chest position on finish, slide back – switch side to popa, great height, hits those positions well – front lay to front full, got a tad mushy in there – double pike NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Crashes it and is down and stopping. Grabbing her ankle and crying.

After 3: Oregon State 147.675, Cal 147.050

Well, Cal has to count that low score on floor because of the miss from Shu and the injury to Williams, but of course more important to them will be if Williams is as injured as she looks because it looked very Achilles, which would be an untenable blow to the team.

Oregon State good and solid on beam, scores going high there but a nice, pretty hit rotation.

“To put that into football terms…” NO DO NOT PLEASE.

Rotation 4

George – BB – Cal – wolf turn full – aerial to bhs series attempt, kind of checky in between so possible no credit – a little lean afterward as well – split to loso combination, another little lean – switch to split – gainer full, stuck. 9.750. Got her series credit.

Amanda, a wolf turn is not unique.

Jacobsen – FX – OSU – double pike, keeps front foot down – 1.5 to layout – split leap full to split jump full to tuck jump, hits those split positions solidly – rudi, a bit short with a step forward. 9.800

Clausi – BB – Cal – switch to switch series, she hits those positions better than most, her and Glenn are the only ones who do that without what should be major deductions – excellent bhs loso series – side aerial to full, stuck. Fab. 9.875

M Dagen – FX – OSU – double tuck, comfortable, good chest up – closeups of face during dance series, ugh – double pike, high, larger bounce back out of it – front lay to front full with  dance out. 9.850

Keelen – BB – Cal – bhs loso series, solidly done, little arm wave to avoid a check – split to split ring with a check, leg goes up a little – aerial is strong – 1.5, near-stick, a little shuffle into salute. Not perfectly crisp this time but will be a strong score. 9.825

Singley – FX – OSU – front tuck through to double tuck, good control, chest just a bit forward – double pike, also controlled, a bit deep in chest position that one – switch ring (a bit low on front leg) to splits, nice split – rudi, controlled step, also a little low. 9.800

So Seilnacht – BB – Cal – bhs loso series, secure landing, lovely extension, slams arms down to avoid a lean – switch to stag to beat, tried to keep working through it despite being off balance, wobble bend – side aerial to full, near stick. 9.750

Force – FX – OSU – double pike, overcooks with a lunge back – switch side to popa looks quite nice – front layout to front full is more solid – double tuck, lands super deep, two lunges back, stays in bounds but will need to be the drop score. 9.700

Shu – BB – Cal – aerial to bhs series, just does keep moving through it, a little slow – hitch kick to side somi – switch to split, small check, some back leg deductions in those leaps – side aerial to tuck full, stuck. Impressive. 9.900. Well now.

Lowery – FX – OSU – punch front 2/1, awesome, excellent lift and position – 1.5 to layout with a dance out – splits and straddles, a little short in that first split – punch rudi, fab landing, stuck. Great routine. 9.875

So, butt closeup is not typically the replay one should choose…

Bordas – BB – Cal – switch check, pretends to have connected to split but shouldn’t get series credit – bhs loso, hit, small check – aerial, and falls. They’ll still go over 49 for this rotation.

Yanish – FX – OSU – strong high DLO, bounce back – front full to layout – switch side to popa, good 180s, overturns that switch side a bit – double tuck, bounce back.

9.950 somehow. Yanish’s home floor scores are ones I don’t understand at all. Like, she had two obvious bounces back on tumbling passes, which both have to be deducted at minimum.

FINAL: Oregon State 196.950, Cal 196.150

196.150 for Cal isn’t a devastating final score, but you worry about what they do on vault and floor now without Williams. Beam should be able to get by as long as they get either Bordas or Watterson hitting, but vault needs that full especially if we’re not seeing those other possible 10.0 starts materialize (Solari has been missing since week 1) and her floor was always going to be their best score there.

Saturday Live Blog – February 16, 2019

Saturday, February 16 Scores Stream
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Cortland @ Brockport FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Rutgers @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [8] Michigan @ [24] Penn State LINK FREE
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [17] Nebraska @ [22] Ohio State LINK BTN+
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – North Carolina @ NC State LINK ACC+
5:30 ET/2:30 PT – [25] Arizona @ [3] UCLA LINK P12N
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Illinois @ Iowa LINK BTN
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Illinois State @ [6] Denver LINK DU($)

The Big Ten action today gives us a lot to hang onto. For instance, Nebraska’s vault. Where do we go from here with that six 1.5s thing? Michigan is actually all the way down in 12th in the in-progress RQS rankings after yesterday’s action, getting passed up by teams like Boise State and Minnesota, and could use a road score.

Michigan State has broken the 195 barrier in defeating Rutgers, which had to count a fall on beam for a sub-48 total there.

Intros underway at Michigan/Penn State. Penn State’s team has been forced to dress in some sort of one-color futuristic “bad child at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory” jumpsuit for the intros, anticipating our future enslavement.

Touch warmups now underway at both meets.

Astarita – VT – PSU – quite short on full, just did get it to her feet, deep landing with a large lunge forward

Near stick on first Y1/2 for OSU, step forward into salute.

Mariani falls on her opening tkatchev for Michigan

Hargrove hits UB for Nebraska, bounce forward on double tuck. 9.750

Abanto – VT – OSU – y1/2, nice and high, step forward. 9.725

Bonsall – VT – PSU – bounce back on full, OK, some form

MVC – UB – Nebraska – 1/2 turn to piked jaeger, some knees, to overshoot – not quite there on some verticals, but a solid hit, hop forward on double tuck

Maxim – UB – Michigan – tight first hs and some loose back on toe on – hits tkatchev – bail vertical is pretty good but will get some cast hs position deductions, final one is better vertical but loose back – gorgeous DLO with a stick, that was the highlight. 9.800

De Jesus hits bars for Nebraska, big double arabian dismount with a little hop. Some close catching on release transitions and a couple form breaks

Aepli _ VT – OSU – nearly gets her stick, hop in place and a little forward in the chest position, some knees in the air

Crouse – UB – Nebraska – weiler 1/2 and goes over the wrong way, has to change direction and recast for a major deduction – excellent gienger, good legs together – FTDT, stuck

Strong hit for Farley on bars for Michigan, stuck double front. 9.875

Bridgens – VT – PSU – good full, must better dynamics, bounce back. 9.825

Karas – UB – Michigan – good first hs – toe on to toe shap, legs right together – a little rushed on bail position but solid enough, one issue hs – DLO, stuck, another excellent one. 9.850

Houchin – UB – Neb – good tkatchev – fantastic bail, great position and toes – hitting her casts – DLO, just a bit of legs and a small step back. The rotation highlight by far. 9.875

Hinterberger way short on vault for OSU with her full. Deep landing, possible hand down.

Chung – UB – Neb – 1/2 turn to jaeger, crooked in the air but caught – straddled pak but hit – toe circle step up to high – well short hs – DLO, straddle positon but good stick. 9.675

Brenner – UB – Michigan – 1/2 turn to big jaeger – bail, a bit short of vertical – rushing a couple of htese handstands – big DLO with a near-stick hop in place. 9.800

After 1: OSU 48.925, Nebraska 48.825

Wojcik – UB – Michigan – hecht mount, good, strong first hs – toe 1/2 to jaeger, clean – bail is a bit stronger, just a little floppy in the air – excellent final cast hs – DLO, flung that one out a bit and has to come in deep on the landing with a lunge forward, was gearing up for a big score before that, but should be at least .150 on dismount. Still gets 9.850, which is a bit high there.

After 1: Michigan 49.175, PSU 48.900

No monstrous events but no standouts in the first rotation for any of the four teams here. Nebraska had the mistake from Crouse on a routine they needed to count because Chung isn’t going to get out of the 9.6s for a hit, which she did here. Michigan did well to drop that opening fall, but no one was quite as crisp in the hs positions as they were last week.

Rotation 2

Heiskell _ VT – Michigan – full – better landing posiition than last week, chest up, hop back

MVC – VT – Nebraska – pulls out the stick on her opening 1.5 – some significant knees and a deep position but a big hit.

Allen hits UB for PSU – some hs positions – big DLO but overcooks it with a large lunge back

Maxim – VT – Michigan – good distance on her Tsuk 1/2, step forward.

Dujakovich – VT – Nebraska – short on her 1.5 with a fall – so going for all the 1.5s again, one fall so far.

Abanto sticks double tuck off bars.

DeJesus – VT – 1.5, hits it, a bit deeper than she has been the last couple weeks with a hop back

Stone – UB – OSU – 1/2 turn to hit jaeger to overshoot, a bit of pike position in that overshoot – one hs – giant full to double tuck, good form on double tuck, stuck

Crouse – VT – Nebraska – nailed her 1.5, stuck landing, great form, will be a giant score. 9.875 even a little tight for that

Fall from Bonsall on bars for PSU in the third position.

Brenner – VT – Michigan – larger lunge forward on her 1.5 this time, more than a tenth – a bit of knees, great power, distance, and direction as always

Fall from Aepli on bars for OSU.

Karas – VT – Michigan – brings out her 1.5 and sticks it. Some knees, but an excellent vault. Methinks that one won’t score 9.775 again

Just a full from Nebraska in the 6th position from Quinn today to get them through with a hit rotation rather than count a fall again this week.

Lost the stream for PSU/Michigan there, so couldn’t tell you what happened with Wojcik in the 6th position on vault, unfortunately. But it was 9.950.

Gagliardi going on bars for OSU in the final position with that excellent Yezhova, and a stuck DLO. Glad to see them working through that routine to get her into the lineup because she has some excellent qualities there.

After 2: Ohio State 98.000, Nebraska 97.975

Ohio State has to count a 9.625 on bars but gets big scores in the final three positions to go over 49 and maintain the lead on Nebraska. Nebraska went for five 1.5s and hit four of them this week, putting up a Yfull in the final position to get a hit so it’s a 49.150.

After 2: Michigan 98.575, Penn State 97.125

Big news for Michigan’s vault is Karas pulling out the 1.5 and sticking, providing a major upgrade there. Penn State had a bit of a nightmare on bars to fall well off the pace. They didn’t even get big scores from Bridgens and Garcia, who typically deliver them.

Here‘s Wojcik’s 9.950. I mean, it’s a stronger vault than any of the vaults that have received 10s so far this year. Probably not her strongest stick of the year. I would put it second or third on the Wojcik vault standings. Message from NCAA judges: “Be more Olympian.”

Rotation 3

Lowe leading off BB for OSU, a balance check on her series, 1.5 with a hop. “She’s just volunteering as tribute.” LOL.

Johnston – FX – Neb – double pike, some chest down, slide back – 1/2 to front full, a little bit of body position, solid control on landing – a little short on split position, popa was better – double tuck, solid. 9.800

Stone – BB – OSU – bhs loso series, large break with a bend at the hips, good extension – cat leap to switch side, well short of split position there – 2.5 dismount with a step forward

Orel – FX – Neb – hit double pike first pass – double tuck, a bit chest forward with a step – switch side to popa, popa pretty short, rushed around – 1.5 to 1/2 to stag, nice height in 1.5, a bit lower in the 1/2

Funk – FX – Michigan – double pike, right on, secure landing – front full to layout, some loose body position – solid punch rudi, good control overall on those passes

Aepli – BB – OSU – leg-up check on series, comes off on kickover front, so they’ll have to count Stone’s score in the 9.6s.

De Jesus – FX – Neb – 3/1, pretty well around, controlled, just some corkscrew legs – 1.5 to front layout stepout with that run out that drives me crazy because it’s a lack of control. I’d take a major landing deduction there. Good power on double pike, bounce back.

Osman – FX – Michigan – full-in, strong – good chest up – front tuck through to double pike, chest well up, bounce back out of it – punch rudi, solid height again but a larger bounce back out of it. She’s improving TONS on floor.

Interesting that Penn State has Hosek into the third position on beam now instead of usual anchor spot.

Schwei – FX – Neb – big full in, nice power as always, slide back – front lay to a super clean rudi, nice twisting form, controlled landing – switch 1/2 to wolf jump full, a bit of back leg – front lay to front full, controlled step – excellent work

Ohio State gets a necessary hit on beam from Swartzentruber after already counting two 9.6s so far in this beam rotation.

Hassel – FX – Neb – front 2/1 – solid twisting position, just a bit of lack of control – 1.5 to front tuck, was off on her punch on the 1.5, had to adjust to do a front tuck, landing in a super deep squat, major deduction – nice rudi to straddle, just a bit of travel

Michigan dealing with a fall from brenner in the third position on floor now.

McLean – FX – Michigan -second pass is  front lay to front full, solid control – finishes with her high double pike, just a little bounce

Crouse – FX – Nebraska – front 2/1 to layout, pretty – switch 1/2 to popa – 1.5 to 1/2 to stretch jump (stretch jump is SO IN this season, all the cool kids are doing it), travels back a bit – lovely rudi to loso. A hit they needed. 9.950

After 3: Nebraska 147.275, Ohio State 146.675

Wojcik – FX – Michigan – double pike, better control this week, hips moving back just a little – split leap full to wolf full, good finish positions and clear split shape shown – front 2/1 to layout, stuck landing – rudi to straddle, a little bounce on landing. Big hit.

Karas – FX – Michigan – double arabian, just does control that step out and keep the back foot down- switch 1/2 to wolf jump full, love the rise into the wolf, higher than her switch – secure middle pass – double pike with a bounce back out, does keep it in bounds, but that landing will be the largest deduction of the set

After 3: Michigan 147.725, PSU 145.900

It started slowly for Michigan on bars, but this should become a very usable road score with a hit beam. Nebraska should be able to pull out a solid 196 here, but it won’t be a huge number.

I think Curtis for Nebraska on beam was lowering into a squat wolf turn style and then kind of started to wobble and thought better and moved back out of it, and I wish that were every wolf turn.

We’re also just a few minutes out from the start of UCLA/Arizona.

By the way, I’m sorry, but if you’re going to do an LGBTQ meet, you have to say the words. Otherwise I’m not crediting the skill. “Promoting unity and inclusion” is a milquetoast, meaningless, nothing cop out.

Hargrove – BB – Nebraska – nice loso series, a little check just walking on the beam – aerial to beat jump, pretty – split jump to sheep is nice and high but a major break on the sheep jump, large leg-up wobble – OOOUCH, clipped her foot on the beam on her gainer pike dismount, falls.

Crouse – BB – Nebraska – aerial to bhs series, pretty quick, good form as expected – switch to straddle 1/4,  hit – kickover front with an arm wave – gainer pike full dismount with a little hop

UCLA and Arizona begins

This looks like a good crowd, but you can’t say “capacity crowd” when there’s literally an entirely empty tier.


Rotation 1

Ohashi – VT – UCLA – big height on her full, nice potential there, large bounce back. 9.775

Hendrickson – UB – a bit short on first hs – pretty jaeger, good toes, connected to overshoot – just some hs to take – DLO, some legs and a lunge back. 9.775

Hano – VT – UCLA – one of her better 1.5s ever. Really strong. Just a small adjustment on landing and a bit deep in landing. Will score well. 9.900

Swanson – UB – AZ – short first hs – giant full to tkatchev, hit – pak is solid, small leg break and some feet – Sam and I are not having these casts – DLO, piking down, hop back. 9.750

Wright – VT – UCLA – lunge forward on her 1.5, a bit bigger than her usual step, and the knees. 9.875

Kane – UB – AZ – 1/2 turn to jaeger, hit, good form on jaeger – 1/2 turn to straddle back, the 1/2 turn will get deduction destroyed – double front dismount, step. 9.775

Dennis – VT – UCLA – an awkward landing on her full this time – chest lean and a little hop, some knees in the air as well. 9.775

Leydin – UB – AZ – toe on to pak, straddle position there – 1/2 turn to khorkina, highlight of the routine – giant full late to double tuck, step. Same handstands to take on this one.

Ross – VT- UCLA – sticks her 1.5 again this week, and this one looked better than last week in the landing position, where the chest was a little back, this one higher up. Really strong.

10.000 for Ross. Less of a problem with this one. At least for now.

Spencer – UB – AZ – Ray, hit, close catch with some elbows – bail, clean, good vertical position – short final cast hs – DLO, bounce back. Cleaner overall than the first four. 9.800

Tratz – VT – UCLA – her big full, sticks the landing, just comes in deep with a knee bend and a bit of low chest. So still a couple things to take there.

Berg – UB – AZ – short first hs – 1/2 turn to huge piked jaeger to overshoot, strong amplitude – better final cast hs – FTDT, high and stuck, highlight of the rotation.

After 1: UCLA 49.425, Arizona 49.100

UCLA a pretty UCLA vault rotation, half bouncy or awkward landings and half excellent vaults. Kyla goes 10. Tratz and Hano pretty solid. Arizona close on bars, but the handstands are still breaking down the scores. Bars scores trending pretty high there, so it could get interesting when UCLA shows up.

FINAL: Nebraska 196.400, Ohio State 195.750

Not a huge score for Nebraska, but they’ll definitely take it as a road number. Ohio State recovers from some lower recent scores but not the 196s they were getting last month.

FINAL: Michigan 197.075, Penn State 194.750

Michigan needed another 197 today and got it. Bars and floor could both have been better, but vault showed improvements and beam finished cleanly.

Rotation 2

Kane – VT – AZ – Y tuck full, chest down, step to the side. 9.475

Dennis – UB – UCLA – toe shap, a bit of leg break in backswing – hits vertical bail hs, a little floppy in the air – excellent final cast hs – DLO, stuck landing. Very good. NECESSARY in this lineup. 9.900

Parks – VT – AZ – yfull, solid hit, medium hop back, some feet and knees in the air. 9.825

Frazier – UB – UCLA – toe shap,to excellent pak, some stronger legs together rhythm than Dennis, a little back shape – good shap 1/2 – DLO, stuck landing, a bit of legs apart in the air. Another really good hit. 9.950

Both very strong hits, but scores trending worryingly high.

Leung – VT – AZ – hop back on full, bit of a pike throughout.

Hano – UB – UCLA – didn’t Jim tell us that Ohashi was doing bars? No? short first hs – better Ray – high overshoot posiition, a bit of legs – she’s missed a couple cast handstands – giant full to double tuck, stuck. A better hit, but quite a few vertical deductions.

9.875 is too close to the other scores.

Cowles – VT – AZ – a bit farther on the bounce back on her full – some pike hips. 9.750

Flatley – UB – UCLA – higgins to jaeger, lovely toes – toe on to bail, a bit rushed there, some hip angle – a couple orderline cast hs, one def short – DLO, stuck, perfect dismount. 9.900

Swanson – VT – AZ – best height on her full and the smallest hop, just a little hop back and some pike position

“Twisting early off the table” is to Sam Peszek as “toes going into leap elements on floor” is to KJC.

Kocian – UB – stalders hap to pak, good legs today – 1/2 turn on low, quite vertical – smooth final cast hs, a bit borderline, I’d say short – FTDT, stuck. Another pretty routine. Not a 10 for me. We’ll see.

9.900. Impressed by their reasonableness. That’s like an accurate score.

Leydin – VT – AZ – tries to upgrade to the 1.5 but sits it down

Ross – UB – shap to bail to overshoot, super clean as always – nailed final cast hs – DLO, sticks the landing. Let’s see…

9.975 for Ross. No Lichey moment today.

Giving her a 9.950 instead of a 10 just to be a pill is a total me move.

After 2: UCLA 99.050, Arizona 97.725

Arizona had to count the 9.475 for the tuck full there after Leydin fell on the 1.5. A really strong bars rotation for UCLA there. Scores high for my taste of course, but clearly their best bars work of the year.

Rotation 3

G Glenn – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, super clean extension – aerial to split jump, lovely – switch to another split jump, her leap ability is her highlight because she actually hits them – bhs gainer full, stuck. Great start. 9.875

Freidin – FX – AZ – closeup of a butt check over her first leap, fun – controlled double tuck, chest down – split leap 1/1 and can’t get off the floor for her popa attempt, doesn’t get it around or close to 180 and kind of stumbles on the landing as well – front lay to front full, a bit of loose legs in layout. 9.675

Nguyen – BB – UCLA – switch to split, hit well – aerial to loso combination, it’s still slow for my taste but she kept moving and will get it – hits her side position jump – front layout full, stuck. Another strong one. 9.825

Swanson – FX – AZ – front tuck through to 2.5, a bit of a lunge out but keeps it in bounds – double tuck, super secure landing – 2/1 to front tuck, a bit of adjustment on landing and some legs, but a countable hit. 9.800

Kocian – BB – UCLA – bhs loso “thinking about jumping through my feet” Ow? – very solid series – aerial to split, holds it well into combination despite coming in a little short – slightly overturns her full turn – switch to split – 2/1, bounce back. 9.800

Parks – FX – AZ – wolf jump 1.5, gets it around clearly – front layout to rudi, controlled step – switch to stag jump, not so high on that stag, a little afterthoughty – front lay to front full, control, some knees. 9.800

Flatley – BB – UCLA – aerial to loso series, super quick in combination, leg-up check on landing that she tries to cover – side aerial, super clean – L turn, leg held up well – switch and falls, off line and tried to save it with a leg-up wobble but it took her off balance – stuck 1.5

Cowles – FX – AZ – double tuck, chest up, small slide – balance check in the corner – front lay to front full, a bit too soft in the lay – switch ring to split leap full – 2.5 final pass, good control, some legs. Solidly done.

Ross – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, very smooth, very solid – aerial to sissone, smooth – holds the full turn well and moves through it, nice choreo – switch to split jump with a little lean – side aerial to full, stuck. Strong one. Excellent.

Beam judges are like, “So glad one of us gave her bars a 9.950 so we don’t have to ignore that lean and give this a 10.”


Leydin – FX – AZ – front tuck through to double tuck, a bit of legs, good control – hitting her split positions – double pike, a bit of a bounce, good chest position. 9.900. The entire UCLA floor rotation just got 10s.

Ohashi – BB – UCLA – bhs bhs layout 2 feet, large break this time with a lean and a leg-up wobble – switch to split, hit – aerial with a check – bhs loso full, stuck. 9.800. Shout out to the judge who only took .1 on that giant wobble on the layout.

Berg – FX – AZ – front 2/1, a bit of a slide forward – 1.5 to layout, hit, not super high – rudi to split jump, hit, some ragged shape. 9.900

After 3: UCLA 148.275, Arizona 146.950

UCLA pretty blah on beam again, which is weird because it should be their best event by 80 miles. Mistakes from Flatley and Ohashi, a few wobbles elsewhere. Arizona goes 49.225 on floor to match UCLA’s beam number. Still an outside shot at a 196 with a big beam routine.

UCLA would need 49.725 on floor to hit a 198 here, and I would not be that surprised if it happens.

Rotation 4

Leydin – BB – AZ – wolf turn full, some arm waving – solid leap landings, a bit of back leg – bhs loos series, nice amplitude – side somi, small lean – pike jump to back tuck, holds it well, chest down but nice absorbing control – 1.5 with a lunge. 9.675

Frazier – FX – UCLA – full in, chest up, has obviously enough power for it – but a bounce back – whip through to double tuck, really secure landing. I like her in the leadoff spot for UCLA because it’s not the cleanest or most secure landing, but it’s big and impressive can snatch a high number and bump everyone else up. Double pike, solid.

Like that. 9.925. Now you have to go higher for the people who don’t have an obvious out of control error on their first passes.

Leung – BB – AZ – bhs loso, secure series, nice form – switch to switch combination, a struggle with a check, and will get deducted for not hitting split on second one – cat leap to side aerial, strong – 1.5 with a hop.

Kramer – FX – UCLA – front 2/1 to front pike, hit, keeps back foot down well on front pike, not her smoothest front pike but nothing obvious to take, 1.5 to layout, lovely, very secure landing – switch side to popa – rudi to extension jump. Nice. 9.925

Davis – BB – AZ – falls on bhs bhs loso series. Will have to count Leydin’s 9.675 now. Second fall on kickover front.

Ross – FX – UCLA – whip to double tuck, good, chest up – 1.5 to layout, also controlled on landing – switch 1/2 to popa, nice positions, she’s having quite the little day isn’t she. This is going to be the high AA score of the whole season the way things have been going – double pike, a little slide and chest, strong showing.

9.950 with a 10/9.900 split. So she got at least one 10 on three events.

Freidin – BB – AZ – loso series, hit, a bit of knees – switch to beat – fall on side aerial. It’s all coming apart now.

Dennis – FX – UCLA – piked full in, out of control on landing with two lunges back and a possible OOB. That looked out to me but we see no flag. Let’s see. front full to layout, stuck, very strong second pass – leap positions high and easy for her – double tuck, also controlled on the step back, chest up. Shame about first pass.

Did get docked for OOB for 9.750. Shout out to the judge who went 9.900 before the OOB.

Cowles – BB – AZ –  aerial to beat, smooth – bhs loso series, good, smallest lean – switch to split, hit – gainer front layout full dismount, stuck

Hano – FX – UCLA – DLO, good control on landing – front full to 1/2 to run, a little low on the 1/2, has the control overall – split leap full to wolf jump full, around well, hitting positions – double pike, lunge back, keeps this one in bounds

9.950 OH COOL FUN.

Hendrickson – BB – AZ – beat jump to split jump 3/4, a bit of back leg – bhs loso series, very secure, some feet – solid full turn – hits side aerial – switch to split 1/4, a bit of back leg there – gainer full, stuck.

Ohashi – FX – UCLA – split leg DLO, comes in a hair deep this time with a little adjustment – middle pass combination is as secure as always – switch ring to switch 1/2, smooth positions – 1.5 to 1/2 to drop split. Great routine. Not her very best first pass. Let’s see.

Oh look. A 10. I think that’s her third-best floor of the season for me.

FINAL: UCLA 198.025, Arizona 194.975

It fell apart on beam for AZ. UCLA with a few good rotations, bars was the highlight in this one. The best early-lineup routines of the season. Some nice moments in the second 1/2 of vault. Floor was normal, fine, good, solid, which of course means 49.750.


Friday Live Blog – February 15, 2019

Friday, February 15 Scores Stream
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – GymQuarters Session 1 ([23] Iowa State, Lindenwood, TWU, SEMO) LINK FLO
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – Towson @ Bowling Green LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [13] Kentucky @ [7] Georgia LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Eastern Michigan @ Central Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – William & Mary, Rhode Island @ West Chester FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – UW-Stout @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – GymQuarters Session 2 ([4] Utah, [5] LSU, [15] Missouri, Stanford) LINK FLO
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-La Crosse @ Winona State FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Eau Claire @ Hamline
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Perfect 10 Challenge ([1] Oklahoma, [18] Washington, [19] Arizona State, George Washington) LINK FSGo
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [21] Arkansas @ [11] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [2] Florida @ [9] Alabama LINK SECN
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – Maryland @ [16] Minnesota LINK BTN
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [10] Boise State @ [20] BYU LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Temple @ Southern Utah LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – New Hampshire, Sacramento State @ San Jose State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Air Force, UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh @ Seattle Pacific LINK FREE

Today, we have a couple not-widely-accessible quad meets with significant implications, so I’ll try to be on top of those meet as much as possible. But, the SEC duals are going to be worth attention as well, particularly this big Florida/Alabama thingamajig.

We had an upset in early action, as DII Lindenwood broke 195 for a second straight week in upsetting #23 Iowa State in the first session at GymQuarters.

First up, Kentucky and Georgia getting started now…

Rotation 1

Magee – VT – UGA – one of her better fulls, small hop back, still a pike of pike but not that much, better control. 9.800 Continue reading Friday Live Blog – February 15, 2019

Things Are Happening – February 15, 2019

A. Locklear Classic

Last weekend brought us the WOGA Classic, the headline performance being the return of Ashton Locklear to elite competition for the first time since 2017. Locklear competed beam and bars, scoring 12.550 on beam and 12.350 on bars for a two-fall performance that was sort of…Nastia 2012 Trials-esque?

I say that because the first half monster-connection was just like 2017 and clearly the on-the-bars skills are back (except for #ButHerInbars), but getting to full-routine-hit level with a dismount will take some more time. Unlike Nastia 2012 Trials, Locklear has that time.

For the most part, Locklear’s bars routine looks similar to her 2017 composition, except it seems she’s looking to add a toe 1/1 + full-twisting double tuck dismount combination to get her D-score up to 5.7—compared to the 5.5 from 2017. The FTDT isn’t there yet, but presumably that’s the plan.

Of course, the most entertaining part of Locklear’s comeback performance was Sophina the Diva over here impatiently chilling on the cable waiting for her to rechalk.

In the actual standings, Yurika Yumoto of Japan took the senior AA with 51.350. Yumoto was on that B-squad Asian Games team for Japan last year, and her 13.500 beam score, along with the fact that she outscored Nagi Kajita here (Kajita made the worlds team last year), should keep her in the conversation in 2019.

Placing 2nd in the seniors was Sloane Blakely, who went 50.050 despite an utter barstastrophe because of her massive 14.850 beam score. In the juniors, Kayla DiCello dominated as expected, though Skye Blakley’s three-event score (didn’t do bars) was competitive with what DiCello put up on those pieces. Love Birt took second in the juniors, followed by Sydney Morris in third.  Continue reading Things Are Happening – February 15, 2019

Week 7 Preview

Full schedule and links

Marquee meets

GQ Invitational: [4] Utah, [5] LSU, [15] Missouri, Stanford
Friday, 6:15 CT, Flogymnastics

At the top of the playbill, the GymQuarters Mardi Gras Beads and Whatever Invitational brings us a comparison we almost never get in a non-postseason context—Utah against LSU. That comparison is becoming particularly relevant this season as Utah and LSU spend more and more time entrenched at #4 and #5, rankings that will be assigned to the same regional site in the new postseason seeding format.

While both #4 and #5 would be seeded to advance to nationals, one’s going to be the leader and the other’s going to be the old gazelle at the back of the pack, the one vulnerable to getting picked off by a surging underdog. We just don’t know which one is Utah and which one is LSU yet.

Because Utah has shown the more consistent performances thus far with those weekly 197 victories, winning this meet becomes more important for LSU—a team that has had its share of dramas and losses (admittedly with a more difficult schedule) and is coming off a quite lackluster performance against Kentucky. In addition to whatever sentimental hogwash and confidence concerns you might want to imbue the current situation with, pragmatically, LSU has fewer usable scores than Utah right now (only one worthwhile road total) and needs to take this opportunity of a road meet to get a mid-197.

At the same time, LSU’s desire for victory may be tempered by some difficult lineup decisions since this is a two-meet weekend. On the one hand, it’s preparation for the back-to-back days of regional competition. On the other hand, this roster has a number of fragile athletes you wouldn’t necessarily want to push on the leg events for a two-meet weekend right now. Do you hold them back in one meet or the other? Balancing the powerful desire to get confidence back right away by going all out and trying to beat a higher-ranked team like Utah with the patient knowledge that it’s still the regular season and you’re going to make regionals with a fine seeding regardless is a challenge.

Utah will have to manage some of the same lineup considerations for its two-meet weekend with Skinner and Tessen and Reinstadtler all having faced participation limitations in the early going, but will also want to bring out the fireworks for this one. This is the first real big-money meet of Utah’s season—a top-ranked opponent, a podium meet—and one that ushers in the far more difficult portion of Utah’s schedule. Monday’s meet against Stanford is Utah’s last remaining competition without a top-10 opponent. Other than that, it’s LSU and UCLA and Georgia and Michigan and Pac-12s. Difficult asks, but also serious opportunities to move out of that solid-but-not-nationals-level rut of lower 197s.  Continue reading Week 7 Preview