Monday Live Blog – January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16 Scores Watch
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [16] NC State @ Georgia LINK SEC+

This national holiday Monday recommences our annual tradition of remembering, appreciating, and learning from the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr by heading down to Georgia and watching some women get sparkly wedgies while irrationally rolling our eyes about whether they deserve 9.825s. Because citizenship.


Rotation 1:
Broussard – VT – good full, pretty much identical to her usual vault – hop back this time. 9.775.

Brooker – UB – toe, toe shap , bail – floppy legs on the bail will get her – short final cast handstand – step back on DLO, pretty good hollow shape on that DLO (not too hollow but straight enough). 9.750.

Reynolds – VT – her best vault in a WHILE – good open on her yfull and a stick, a little piked and not the biggest, but very strong. 9.900.

“A lot of times the first routine starts off the lineup.”

P Phillips – UB – starts with a step up to high – very late on slear hip – some major legs on gienger – sticks tuck full dismount with knee-chest. 9.750.

Dickson – VT – bigger hop back on her full – little bit of piking, good distance and direction.

Tamburro – UB – half turn to jaeger with Raisman knees – an arched handstand in here, but the bail was fine – DLO 1/1 dismount – pikes the second salto with a hop back. 9.750.

Johnson – VT – best dynamics of the rotation so far, but a large bounce back. 9.775.

Sobhan – UB – very late half turn to to a piked jaeger, high but raggedy – overcasts a handstand similar to Tamburro but can’t save it – doesn’t come off but as good as – knee down on DLO dismount.

Marino – VT – still with the full, also a bounce back but smaller than Johnson’s bounce. 9.800.

A Fillard – UB – short first hs – good finish and clean giant 1/1 – excellent legs on Gienger – short handstands are the real villain here – whippy DLO with a small hoppy hop.

Snead – VT – gorgeous 1.5 with a hop forward – good legs, just comes in a touch short and has to slide back. Still gets 9.950.

Knight – UB – giant 1/2 to bail, legs togther throughout – godo amplitude on tkatchev – step back on DLO – early handstands were short but later handstands actually improved – tape on ankles emphasizes foot form, but the best routine of the rotation. 9.875.

Lol at cutting away right as Beth Roberts is about to exhibition vault.

After 1: Georgia 49.225, NC State 48.875
Snead got Georgia a solid vault number there with her 1.5 because the rest of the lineup (save Reynolds) was too bouncy to get a huge score.

NC State has some scoring potential in this lineup. Fillard’s Gienger is a highlight. Knight scored the best because she had the best handstands of the group and didn’t suffer those moments of floppy legs that the earlier ones did. Really, it was the handstands that took the scores down to 9.750 most of the time. Hit one more handstand apiece and that’s a lineup of 9.8s.

Rotation 2:
Tamburro – VT – good full, medium step back – more piking and not the distance of the Georgia vaulters, but solid.

Sanders – UB – toe – blind to piked jaeger – bail – most of these handstands are borderline – stalder to doulbe tuck with a hop back – fine, improving, but things to take. 9.775.

C Fillard – VT – better height on her full than Tamburro, slightly larger “back and to the left” step from Fillard – same lack of distance. 9.675.

Reynodls – UB – hop grip change to jaeger is hit – very good shape on her pak – 1/2 turn to step up to high – DAMN – totally peeled off on giants before her dismount – flew sideways in the fetal position but landed knees-first on the mat and seems fine.

A Fillard – VT – they’re improving on dynamics as the lineup goes but also bigger hops backward, that was a bounce but she is rewarded for distance and amplitude with a  9.750.

Johnson – UB – clear hip – to Gienger, some more ragged shape on that one – small leg floppy on bail but probably not evident from judges angle – the DLO is the highlight of the routine – but this time landing deep with a lunge forward.

A Phillips – VT – very similar to the rest of the lineup – more piking than the second Fillard but just lunges back with one foot. 9.775.

Dickson – UB – good first hs – toe on – Ray with great amplitude – a short handstand in there – and nother toward the end – DLO – solid – 9.850.

P Phillips – VT – great dynamics and best laid out position, shoulder-sized hop back

Schick – UB – good hs – great amplitude and shape on piked jaeger floats out DLO with a hop back – very clean routine, as she can often do. 9.925.

Knight – VT – best legs of the team so far on vault – also hops back, though – they’re all giving away a tenth on these landings, but a little smaller bounces than we saw last time they vaulted in the Florida meet.

Snead – UB – good first hs as well – tkatchev isn’t the biggest but not a deduction – OOOh arches her bail on the low but saves it – very short hs back up to high – opens DLO but lands short with a lunge forward. She got rattled by that arched bail and got uncharacteristically sloppy after that. 9.775 still. How?

After 2: Georgia 98.350, NC State 97.625

Georgia avoids counting the mistake from Reynolds and is able to take a few 9.775s to stay over the 49 mark on bars.

Rotation 3:
Vega – BB – pause before loso series but smooth and solid – walkover is controlled as well – arm swing to save side somi, not major – switch to split jump, 180 – full turn – side aerial to full with some mush. 9.850.

Tamburro – FX – double tuck, open and controlled – double turn, which we don’t see a lot on floor in NCAA because it’s such a deduction trap – 1.5 to front 1/2 to straddle, not high but landed well – good control on double pike dismount as well, solid. 9.750.

Sanders – BB – so this is new. No Dickson. bhs loso series, smooth – cat leap to switch side, short of 180 there – tentative on full turn but no check – secure back tuck to straddle jump – standing front tuck, deep landing but not as deep as we saw in training videos – front layout full with a hop. 9.775.

Well. A new Georgia beamer came into the lineup and…hit?

A Phillips – FX – double Arabian, short with a two-step stumble backward but stays on her feet – short of position on split full – 1.5 to layout – rudi with some raggedy and a step back.

Snead – BB – bhs loso bhs series is good – a little checky on a back – front tuck with a bigger check – 2/1, some legs but sticks. 9.775.

C Fillard – FX – full in, good controlled step back on landing, legs apart but well landed – 1.5 to front pike – double tuck, a bit of an awkward step on that one but a small one.

Broussard – BB – bhs loso series, knees but secure – switch to straddle 1/4 is nice – side aerial to split, strong position on split – sticks gainer full with a lean to hold the stick. 9.900.

Grantham – FX – similar full in to the others, leg form with controlling the landing well, hers a little more bouncy – solid positions on split elements – 1.5 to layout is stuck – short on double pike and falls.

Babalis – BB – wobble on aerial and doesn’t redo – switch and split – full turn – kickover front and another break – improvises a back tuck to layout stepout series to get her acro connection, slow in connection but she got something in there – another large wobble – double tuck dismount with a hop in place. 9.575.

Knight – FX – attitude turn – such an open position on her double pike, does bounce back – high 1.5 to layout, a billion tiny hops to keep herself in bounds, like on the other pieces, she has the most amplitude on the team but is struggling to control it – very good double turn to wolf jump combo, precise – leg-crossed rudi to finish.

Schick – BB – loso series with a small check – lovely aerial to sissone – front walkover – breaks connection and just sort of walks around for a second awkwardly – instead does switch to split to wolf – good extension on side aerial – round-off gainer full, stuck. Still gets 9.925 in spite of a balance check and a weird-broken connection check-wander.

P Phillips – FX – double arabian, good control on the landing, very solid – hitting 180 – 1.5 to layout, some legs in the 1.5 – slides back on rudi – but good routine. 9.875.

After 3: Georgia 147.575, NC State 146.500

“This crowd has been large, it has been…” You know you wanted Kevin to add “in charge.”

Rotation 4:
C Fillard – BB – switch to tuck jump 3/4, tight in those dance elements – bhs loso series is secure – deep kickover front into beat jump – gainer full, a bit short with a hop forward. 9.725.

Reynolds – FX – front 2/1, good direction – one to layout, walk/dance/slides out of it but fine – some of her choreography is crawling across the floor like a dog – solid rudi to finish, pretty good leg form, especially compared to some of those NC State crossed-leg passes we just saw.

P Phillips – BB – quite a big wobble on loso series – leg up – kickover front is much more secure – JESUS CHRIST WITH THIS GIRL’S FOOT SWEATING – Cat got the note too – switch leap straddle 1/4 with another larger break – gainer gull with slide. Paris “foot sweat problems” Phillips apparently.

Roberts – FX – double pike is better, secure, still chest but solid landing – front lay to front full with a bounce/dance – splits are fine – solid double tuck, probably her best competition set. 9.825.

Tamburro – BB – lovely aerial carthwheel to two feet – very secure and well executed – and then the bhs loso series is nowhere close – fall – barely got one foot onto the beam – standing loso is good – round-off 1.5. In enjoyed her full twist in the air after falling on her loso and her salute afterward.

Babalis – FX – double tuck with a bounce to start – front layout to front full and dances out of it – “this is more of a hip hop” – round off double pike, large lunge backward and a slide.

A Fillard – BB – very short switch split, wonder if there’s a back leg issue given that tape – extended three series to loso, small check – kickover front with an arm wave to save a wobble – sticks a legs-apart gainer layout.

Vega – FX – chest down on full in but the best control she has shown on that landing so far – 1.5 to layout – hitting splits well – excellent double pike to finish, chest up and controlled – her best floor for Georgia.

Grantham – BB – kickover front with a check – bhs loso series with a major wobble, bend at the hips, barely stays on but does – switch leap with another check – side aerial is good – switch side – ro 1.5 with a large stumble back – stayed on but will be as good as a fall.

Snead – FX – full in, brought back, chest down like Vega, does have a hop on it – rudi to bhs loso – SHE TUMBLES ON THE FLOOR LIKE SHE’S ON THE BEAM – Double pike.

Knight – BB – walkover, solid – bhs loso series with a check – switch to straddle 1/4, bend at the hips – attitude turn – good stag leap – working tight and not showing off her full quality this time though – side aerial gainer full dismount, stick but a bend over.

Marino – FX – DLO, stumble on landing but controls it – her straddles have not been as strong so far this year as they were last year, when they were excellent – 1.5 to layout, great body shape – secure double tuck, great final two passes after the stumble on the DLO. Yeah, her floor music is Tequila.

Final: Georgia 196.875, NC State 194.800




13 thoughts on “Monday Live Blog – January 16, 2017”

  1. Any Sling users able to see this meet? I see it on the SEC+ site but not in the Sling app…

    1. If you go directly to the ESPN site, find it there and login with your Sling username it works

  2. VERY generous scoring for NC State on bars!!!! At least two of those routines were not 9.750

  3. New NCAA drinking game: take a shot every time a gymnast uses some variation of Laurie’s/Ellie Downie’s floor music.

  4. I am at the meet. The judging is very inconsistent and many times is not making sense. How can you still get a 9.925 on beam when you have an awkward broken connection and a balance check? I am afraid UGA is going to come away from this meet with some scores that are too high and unrealistic expectations.

    1. I’m sure the gymnasts and coaches know when they are over or under scored. I doubt one meet will make them be over confident or have too high of expectations.

      1. @Andrea LOL, although UGA may come away with a season high score at those locations due to judging 🙂

      2. ^^^ Yes, I always say you’re probably not going to win at Florida, Oklahoma, and maybe now LSU without the home side counting a fall or two, but if you’re clean and stick a team benefits in their RQS by posting a massive road score. At least that’s the coaching strategy I’d recommend.

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