NCAA Week 7 Final Scores


Wednesday, February 14 Scores Event Winners
AA: None
VT: Gildemeyer (Cort) 9.750
UB: Trammell (IC) 9.700
BB: Bustamente-Nadeau (IC) 9.750
FX: Nichols (IC) 9.725
Thursday, February 15 Scores Event Winners
Illinois State
Eastern Michigan
AA: Dobronics (EMU) 39.100
VT: Cooke (ISU) 9.750
UB: Valentin (EMU) 9.875
BB: Dobronics (EMU) 9.750
FX: Dobronics (EMU),
Cooke (ISU) 9.875
UW-Eau Claire
Winona State
AA: Erickson (EC) 36.000
VT: Benes (EC) 9.500
UB: Lewis (EC) 9.650
BB: Hiller (Win) 9.175
FX: Utz (EC) 9.550
Friday, February 16 Scores Event Winners
[18] Minnesota
Northern Illinois
AA: Potts (NIU) 39.175
VT: Loper (Minn) 9.900
UB: Lu (Minn) 9.975
BB: Lu (Minn) 10.000
FX: Loper (Minn),
Martucci (NIU) 9.850
[5] Florida
[14] Georgia
AA: Snead (UGA),
Boren (UF) 39.475
VT: Boren (UF) 9.950
UB: McMurtry (UF) 9.975
BB: Baumann (UF) 9.900
FX: Snead (UGA) 10.000
UW-La Crosse
AA: Beaver (Stout) 37.950
VT: Barmore (LC) 9.550
UB: Nicholson (Stout) 9.675
BB: Ahrens (LC) 9.675
FX: Weyker (LC) 9.675
AA: O’Donnell (WW) 38.250
VT: O’Donnell (WW) 9.475
UB: Tkaczuk (Osh) 9.675
BB: Scholtens (Osh) 9.525
FX: O’Donnell (WW) 9.750
[4] LSU
[8] Arkansas
[20] Missouri
[21] George Washington
AA: Finnegan (LSU) 39.775
VT: Droiun-Allaire (GW),
Hambrick (LSU) 9.925
UB: Priessman,
Finnegan (LSU) 9.950
BB: Finnegan (LSU) 9.975
FX: Hambrick (LSU) 9.975
[1] Oklahoma
[12] Nebraska
AA: Nichols (OU) 39.600
VT: Crouse (UNL) 9.925
UB: 5 tied 9.925
BB: Nichols (OU) 9.950
FX: Nichols (OU) 9.950
Ball State
AA: Chow (Iowa) 39.250
VT: Ortiz (Iowa) 9.850
UB: Zurawski (Iowa) 9.875
BB: Chow (Iowa) 9.850
FX: Snyder (Iowa) 9.900
[16] Auburn
AA: Watson (Aub) 39.225
VT: Day (Aub) 9.875
UB: Milliet (Aub) 9.900
BB: Milliet (Aub) 9.900
FX: Milliet (Aub) 9.900
[9] Kentucky
[7] Alabama
AA: Korth (UK) 39.550
VT: Graber, Guerrero (Ala) 9.900
UB: Mahoney (Ala) 9.975
BB: Hyland (UK) 9.925
FX: Korth (UK),
Guerrero (Ala) 9.900
[10] Denver
Southern Utah
[19] BYU
AA: Karr (DU) 39.750
VT: Karr (DU) 9.975
UB: 3 tied 9.900
BB: Karr (DU) 9.950
FX: Evans (BYU) 9.950
Utah State
[15] Boise State
AA: McGregor (BSU) 39.500
VT:  McGregor (BSU) 9.900
UB: McGregor,
Remme (BSU) 9.900
BB: DeHarde (USU) 9.925
FX: Remme (BSU) 9.950
San Jose State
Seattle Pacific
Sacramento State
AA: Juarez (Sac St) 39.200
VT: Nandoza (SJSU) 9.825
UB: Sampson (Sac St) 9.875
BB: Ca Soliwoda (Sac St),
Andrada (SJSU) 9.875
FX: 3 tied 9.850
Saturday, February 17 Scores Event Winners
William & Mary
AA: Baldovino (Yale) 39.250
VT: Waldman (WM) 9.825
UB: Wang (Yale) 9.900
BB: Baldovino (Yale) 9.875
FX: Kerr (WM) 9.875
[13] Washington
[17] Arizona State
AA: Leonard-Baker (ASU),
Burleson (UW) 39.525
VT: Burleson,
Roberson (UW) 9.875
UB: Leonard-Baker (ASU) 9.950
BB: 3 tied 9.900
FX: 3 tied 9.900
West Chester
AA: Doran (Bridge) 38.600
VT: Gipson (Tem) 9.800
UB: Arone (Tem) 9.825
BB: Garin (Tem) 9.800
FX: Edwards (Tem) 9.875
Rhode Island
AA: Murphy (RI) 35.225
VT: Mager (Brock) 9.750
UB: Shaine (Brock) 9.725
BB: Otis (RI) 9.575
FX: Vasile (Brock) 9.850
[24] Arizona
[11] Oregon State
AA: Singley (OSU) 38.525
VT: Jacobsen (OSU) 9.875
UB: Jacobsen (OSU) 9.950
BB: 3 tied 9.900
FX: Yanish (OSU) 9.950
Western Michigan
Ohio State
Penn State
[6] Michigan
North Carolina
NC State
Michigan State
UC Davis
Air Force
[23] Cal
[25] Stanford
Sunday, February 18 Scores Event Winners
Bowling Green
New Hampshire
West Virginia
Kent State
Central Michigan
Southern Connecticut
Gustavus Adolphus
[4] LSU
[3] Utah
[2] UCLA
Monday, February 19 Scores Event Winners
North Carolina

Week 7 leaders


1. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) – 39.775
2. Maddie Karr (Denver) – 39.750
3. Myia Hambrick (LSU) – 39.650
4. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) – 39.600
5. Sienna Crouse (Nebraska) – 39.550
5. Mollie Korth (Kentucky) – 39.550


1. Maddie Karr (Denver) – 9.975
2. Alicia Boren (Florida) – 9.950
3. Alex McMurtry (Florida) – 9.925
3. Sienna Crouse (Nebraska) – 9.925


1. Ivy Lu (Minnesota) – 9.975
1. Alex McMurtry (Florida) – 9.975
1. Shea Mahoney (Alabama) – 9.975
4. Lexie Priessman (LSU) – 9.950
4. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) – 9.950
4. Cairo Leonard-Baker (Arizona State) – 9.950
4. Mary Jacobsen (Oregon State) – 9.950


1. Ivy Lu (Minnesota) – 10.000
2. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) – 9.975
3. Britney Ward (Missouri) –  9.950
3. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) – 9.950
3. Maddie Karr (Denver) – 9.950


1. Sydney Snead (Georgia) –  10.000
2. Myia Hambrick (LSU) – 9.975
3. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) – 9.950
3. Rachel Slocum (Florida) – 9.950
3. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) – 9.950
3. Shannon Evans (BYU) – 9.950
3. Shani Remme (Boise State) – 9.950
3. Kaitlyn Yanish (Oregon State) – 9.950


Saturday Live Blog – February 17, 2018

Saturday, February 17 Scores Stream
1:30 ET/10:30 PT – William & Mary @ Yale Ivy($)
1:30 ET/10:30 PT – [13] Washington @ [17] Arizona State LINK P12N
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bridgeport, Ursinus, West Chester @ Temple FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Rhode Island @ Brockport FREE
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – [24] Arizona @ [11] Oregon State LINK P12N
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Western Michigan @ Ohio State LINK OSU($)
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Penn, Cornell @ Penn State LINK FREE
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – [6] Michigan, North Carolina, Brown @ NC State LINK ACC+
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Illinois @ Michigan State BTN+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – UC Davis @ Air Force FREE
10:30 ET/7:30 PT – [23] Cal @ [25] Stanford P12N

We’re back in action for Pac-12 day today! Sounds like I missed a doozy yesterday. Do kids still say doozy? Did kids ever say doozy? Did anyone ever say doozy? Of course it would be the day of beam meltdowns. Beam meltdowns are kind of my whole thing.

Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – February 17, 2018

Things Are Happening – February 16, 2018

A. Being a good gymnastics citizen

Let’s start this week with a roundup of the real things that we all need to know about so that we can all feel like we’re being a good gymnastics citizens when we back to doing the fun parts, the competition parts. We’re eating our vegetables first.

  • The Preventing Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act has been signed into law. For our purposes, it basically means that anyone at USAG or who has been authorized by USAG to interact with minor athletes at any sports facility is now a mandatory reporter and must report any suspected child abuse directly to law enforcement within 24 hours. None of this “let’s investigate this internally/but what about the coach’s reputation that’s obviously more important than a child’s safety?!?!” nonsense anymore. You have to go straight to the police. Like a person.
  • MSU is saying that all those people at the school who were told about That Guy have acquired a simultaneous case of Sudden Convenient Amnesia Memories, or SCAM, and are really sorry but have no idea who this Lerry Nussar person is. If that’s even his name! Who can remember?!?
  • At least MSU is finally firing That Guy’s supervisor. Now. After all this time. Sorry, no credit for that skill.
  • USAG claims that Maroney is definitely the only athlete with whom it entered into a nondisclosure agreement. Yeah. Mmmhmm. Sure.
  • WOGA did a big bad and was accused in 2006 of allowing a coach to stay on after complaints about him touching gymnasts inappropriately, then moving him to the other location after complaints that he was sexually abusing an underage gymnast. Which he was.

B. Winter Cup

That’s right, it’s Winter Cup: The Splattiest Show on Earth! The US men are in Las Vegas this weekend, competing yesterday and again tomorrow in an effort to earn spots on the national team for the first half of 2018. The top 6 all-around after two days automatically make the national team, while a further six will be selected based on that weird-ass point system that they call a 10-point system even though it goes up to 11. You guys.

All the big boys are there competing with two exceptions—Eddie Penev is out with shoulder surgery so the competition is officially cancelled, and Donnell Whittenburg is still on his way back from injury and not competing yet. If they need some sweet, sweet funding believe they may return to contend for an international assignment during the first half of the year, they can petition onto the national team. Continue reading Things Are Happening – February 16, 2018

RQS Outlook

The NCAA regular season has reached its halfway point, which means it’s time to start watching scores a little closer and time to take this season’s first deep look at the RQS picture. (What’s RQS?)

Who’s already fine? Who desperately needs what road scores and when? Let’s get into it.

NOTE: Teams will still be ranked by season average until the rankings of February 26, when RQS officially takes over. So, teams without an RQS right now still have two more weeks to record the necessary scores.

For reference, these are the RQSs required last season for a series of benchmarks if you’re feverishly watching what a certain team might need:

Advance to regionals – 195.420 RQS
Seeded #3 at regionals – 196.380 RQS
Seeded #2 at regionals – 196.845 RQS
Seeded #1 at regionals – 197.355 RQS

As a whole, scores are a little higher this year than they were at the same point last season (ACT SURPRISED), so keep that in mind as well.

Scores in bold will be part of the six scores used for final RQS and can no longer be removed because the team in question has fewer than six meets remaining.

1. Oklahoma
Road Score 1: 198.125
Road Score 2: 198.050
Road Score 3: 197.550
Home/Road Score 1: 198.150
Home/Road Score 2: 197.525
Home/Road Score 3:

Oklahoma started its season later this year and therefore doesn’t have enough scores for an RQS yet. But, as is typical, the Sooners already have five usable scores and are on track to finish the regular season at #1. Last season, Oklahoma made history by being the second team ever to finish the season with an RQS in the 198s. That all-time record of 198.055 (UCLA 2004) seems within reach again, but the Sooners will need to erase those 197.5s over the next seven meets to get there.

Road Score 1: 197.750
Road Score 2: 197.625
Road Score 3: 197.300
Home/Road Score 1: 197.950
Home/Road Score 2: 197.200
Home/Road Score 3: 196.250
RQS: 197.225

We’re accustomed to watching the scores a little bit closer for UCLA as the Bruins typically have one bad road score hanging around for way too long, but not this year. UCLA just needs to drop that 196.250 and replace it with another solid 197 to ensure a comfortable spot in the rankings. Staying at #2 and holding off the likes of LSU, Florida, and Utah, however, will likely require bumping up those 197.2s as well.

3. Utah
Road Score 1: 197.550
Road Score 2: 196.975
Road Score 3:
Home/Road Score 1: 197.700
Home/Road Score 2: 197.450
Home/Road Score 3: 197.075

The Utes have a little more work left to do. The top three scores here are totally usable, but they’ll want three more scores of an equivalent level to clinch a solid ranking. (This is all relative—Utah is going to be fine for an acceptable regionals seeding regardless of what happens here on out, but they’d like the stay right with the other members of the top 5.) Utah does have a week off at the beginning of March, which means there are only five meets remaining to get those three more mid-197s. Continue reading RQS Outlook

Week 6 Rankings

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Average: 197.880
Previous ranking: 1

Oklahoma once again widens its lead over the rest of the country with a third-straight score of 198. The Sooners own three of the four 198s recorded so far this season and are setting up for yet another assault on the RQS record after coming so close last season. This week’s 198.150 was not Oklahoma’s strongest performance of the season despite the giant score, with two OOBs on floor and no sticks on vault, but even with those errors on floor, Oklahoma is starting to show the skeleton of what would work as competitive floor six as long as Natalie Brown is able to return to the lineup, floor having been the one question mark so far this year.

2. UCLA Bruins

Average: 197.346
Previous ranking: 4

UCLA makes the big leap from 4th to 2nd this week after a road 197.750 in a victory over Cal. That’s the highest road score by a non-Oklahoma team so far this season, one achieved without full-strength lineups (because these scores, you guys), which means it may be time to start discussing UCLA not simply as a Super Six team but as a possible title contender. The jump between categories has been made largely because of a reinvented floor lineup that’s far superior to last season’s group, though the perennial vault concern has not disappeared. Vault comparison will be a significant feature of next week’s clash against Utah.

3. Utah Utes

Average: 197.292
Previous ranking: 2

The Utes drop behind UCLA this week after a fine-but-unremarkable 197.075 at home. It’s a score the team won’t expect to keep around for the RQS picture in a performance marked by counting a 9.650 on floor—an event where Utah typically would have expected to run up the total (of note, Soloski sat for this meet). Utah enters the testing portion of its season schedule now with four away meets in its remaining five, which theoretically will make it more challenging to rack up big scores. Then again, no one expects next Sunday’s meet at UCLA to be scored conservatively.

4. LSU Tigers

Average: 197.267
Previous ranking: 3

LSU drops another spot this week amidst the same old story we’ve been telling for at least the last month: the potential for a huge performance was marred by one mistake, keeping the Tigers in the lower end of the 197s. This time, it was a counting fall on beam after misses from both Campbell and Edney. LSU is usually able to mix-and-match with that third spot in the beam lineup, and do so comfortably, but with the hitting struggles this year (falls in 4 of 6 meets), I wonder if the coaches will change course and opt for stability. It’s inevitable that LSU will break out for a big total soon (this weekend’s two meets provide some juicy options), but it has been six weeks now and we haven’t seen this team really hit yet.

Continue reading Week 6 Rankings

Sunday Live Blog – February 11, 2018


Sunday, February 11 Scores Stream
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Kent State @ Western Michigan LINK ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Ball State LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Rutgers, Brown, William & Mary @ Maryland LINK
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bridgeport, Temple, Ursinus @ Penn LINK
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Rhode Island @ Cortland
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [20] Stanford @ [25] Arizona LINK P12N
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [15] Auburn, NC State, Pittsburgh @ TWU LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Northern Illinois @ Illinois-Chicago LINK
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Alaska @ Centenary LINK
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – North Carolina @ [1] Oklahoma LINK OU($)

Alright, Oklahomies. Today’s meet is only online, not even on Random Fox Sports, so I’ll keep you updated with quick hits here.

Continue reading Sunday Live Blog – February 11, 2018

Saturday Live Blog – February 10, 2018

Saturday, February 10 Scores Stream
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – West Chester, Brockport, Ithaca @ Cornell Ivy ($)
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bridgeport, Southern Connecticut, Springfield @ Yale Ivy ($)
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – UW-Oshkosh @ Gustavus Adolphus
2:30 ET/11:30 PT – [4] UCLA @ Cal LINK P12N
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Michigan State @ [7] Michigan LINK BTN+
4:30 ET/1:30 PT – [11] Oregon State @ [16] Washington LINK P12N
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [8] Nebraska @ Iowa LINK BTN+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Towson @ New Hampshire LINK FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [21] George Washington, West Virginia @ [12] Denver LINK FLO
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Seattle Pacific @ Air Force FREE

Ah. We begin with UCLA’s visit to Cal.

Be forewarned, today has been advertised as the 25th annual UCLA Exploring Depth February Road Meet. It is a hallowed tradition wherein UCLA travels to Cal, or Washington, or Arizona, or something and Allison Taylor finally gets to compete on bars. Some years it’s more exploring depth-y than others, so we’ll see how things play out this time. Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – February 10, 2018

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