In avoiding the general world apocalypse that was week 3 in college gymnastics, Florida extended its advantage atop the national rankings, in the process recording its third consecutive score comfortably into the 197sand the best score of the weeknationally. It’s the closest thing 2021 has to cruising.Megan Skaggs is currently Florida’s top-ranked all-arounder, and other things you predicted.
2. LSU Tigers
Going into the 197s is suddenly kind of a big deal again given the everything, so LSU’s second consecutive 197.2 over the weekend—achieved with Kiya Johnson limited to one event—proved enough to lift the team three spots as the Tigers tightened up to avoid counting misses on bars and floor after early mistakes. We’re still not settled with Haleigh Bryant’s routine somehow being the lowest-scoring hit of that floor rotation.
3. Oklahoma Sooners
This weird-shaped number next to the word Oklahoma comes as a result of the Sooners’ worst team score in 9 years—a 196.100 recorded thanks to counting falls on both beam and floor. It was a semi-shocking result for a team that doesn’t really have random meltdown meets, but we saw the absences of gymnasts like Trautman and Woodard and Sullivan catch up to the team and prove that the challenges of the Devil Season can affect even a juggernaut like Oklahoma.
4. Utah Red Rocks
A season-high 197.075 in the home opener helped Utah jump in the rankings and get within striking distance of LSU and Oklahoma. Utah kind of solved the beam problem from last week (though it can still get better), and consistently full, first-choice lineups have been the team’s biggest asset so far. Contrary to what’s happening in most of the country, we’re not seeing Utah having to cobble together lineups with random backups. These are the people you want going.
What a chill day of gymnastics we had yesterday. Oklahoma and Michigan both counted falls on multiple events, and I still say there was something wrong with that floor at Michigan. (#WheresBart) And UCLA hasn’t even gone yet.
Lowering blood pressure right now: Some of those Arkansas vault scores yesterday were in fact scoreboard errors and the real scores were more normal. And the Olivia Dunne bars score was more normal than I originally thought upon watching the replay. Cling to the little things.
The premier meet of the entire weekend starts us off today as Minnesota and Michigan contend for national “we’re better than you” status. After that, I’ll make a point of following Oklahoma pretty closely since I know fewer people have access to watch that one on a subscription stream.
Bev’s mask sparkles are all of them. Because when I think of glitz, I think of Bev Plocki.
Heiskell – VT – Michigan – already identified as Lexi Montgomery – Bridget thinks she fell last week (that was bars) – pretty full, near stick, smallest slide back, not the most distance, but pretty much as clean as she can go. 9.875
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Starting their seasons this weekend will be UCLA, Washington, West Virginia, Arizona, New Hampshire, Central Michigan, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Western Michigan, and Illinois State. Centenary has withdrawn from Friday’s Tennessee Classic.
#15 Iowa State is idle.
**Bowling Green won’t have enough gymnasts to compete for a team score.