Top Scores of Week 3

For the top scores of week 3, I’m looking at the routines that got a 10 from one judge, or a consensus 9.950 from both judges. Have at it.

The 9.975s

Trinity Thomas – Bars – Florida

Rylie Mundell – Bars – Denver

Alexis Vasquez – Beam – Denver

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Week 3 Rankings

Full rankings

1. Florida Gators

Average: 197.392

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 197s and the best score of the week nationally. 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

Average: 197.008

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

Average: 196.858

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

Average: 196.842

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.

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Saturday Live Blog – January 23, 2021

Saturday, January 23
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – [17] Illinois, [22] Maryland @ Rutgers LINK BTN+
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Nebraska @ Penn State LINK BTN+
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Arizona @ [6] Utah LINK P12N
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [15] Arizona State @ UCLA LINK P12N
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – Washington @ Oregon State LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [13] Ohio State @ [9] Iowa LINK BTN+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [14] BYU @ [25] Boise State LINK FREE

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.

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Friday Live Blog – January 22, 2021

Friday, January 22
Scores Stream
5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT – [4] Minnesota @ [3] Michigan LINK ESPNU
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – [21] NC State, Temple @ Towson LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [2] Oklahoma @ West Virginia LINK ESPN+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [12] Kentucky @ [20] Missouri LINK SECN
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – North Carolina @ New Hampshire LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [1] Florida @ [8] Arkansas LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Tennessee Classic (Northern Illinois, Lindenwood, SEMO)    
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [11] Georgia @ [5] LSU LINK SEC+
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [18] Auburn @ [10] Alabama LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [19] Southern Utah @ [24] Utah State LINK FREE

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.

Rotation 1

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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NCAA Week 3 – Schedule and Links

Friday, January 22
Scores Stream
5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT – [4] Minnesota @ [3] Michigan LINK ESPNU
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – [21] NC State, Temple @ Towson LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [2] Oklahoma @ West Virginia LINK ESPN+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [12] Kentucky @ [20] Missouri LINK SECN
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – North Carolina @ New Hampshire LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [1] Florida @ [8] Arkansas LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Tennessee Classic (Northern Illinois, Lindenwood, SEMO)    
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [11] Georgia @ [5] LSU LINK SEC+
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [18] Auburn @ [10] Alabama LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [19] Southern Utah @ [24] Utah State LINK FREE
Saturday, January 23
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – [17] Illinois, [22] Maryland @ Rutgers LINK BTN+
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Nebraska @ Penn State LINK BTN+
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Arizona @ [6] Utah LINK P12N
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [15] Arizona State @ UCLA LINK P12N
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – Washington @ Oregon State LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [13] Ohio State @ [9] Iowa LINK BTN+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [14] BYU @ [25] Boise State LINK FREE
Sunday, January 24
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Bowling Green** @ [25] Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [23] Kent State @ Pittsburgh LINK ACCN
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Illinois State @ SEMO    
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Central Michigan @ Ball State LINK ESPN3
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Northern Illinois @ Western Michigan LINK  
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Air Force @ [7] Denver LINK DU($)

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

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.

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