Things Are Happening – February 16, 2017

A. Weekend schedule

Friday, February 17
Scores Watch
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [16] Nebraska, Brown, Seattle Pacific, Lindenwood (@ St. Charles, MO)  LINK FLOG
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Yale, Springfield, Rhode Island @ Southern Connecticut FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [3] Florida @ [23] Arkansas LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – NC State @ [8] Michigan LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [22] Iowa, Maryland, William & Mary, Pitt @ [20] George Washington LINK A10 $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – New Hampshire @ North Carolina LINK ACC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Eastern Michigan @ Northern Illinois LINK NIU $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Hamline @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [1] Oklahoma, [2] LSU, [10] Georgia, [15] Missouri (@ St. Charles, MO) LINK FLOG
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Centenary @ SEMO LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Illinois State, Gustavus Adolphus @ Iowa State LINK ISU $
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Eau Claire @ Winona State FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Michigan State @ [21] Illinois LINK FREE
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [17] Auburn @ [6] Alabama LINK SEC
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [7] Boise State @ Utah State LINK FLOG
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – BYU @ [13] Southern Utah LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Alaska @ UC Davis LINK FREE
Saturday, February 18
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – West Chester @ Cornell Ivy $
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Stanford @ Arizona State LINK P12
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [24] West Virginia @ [19] Ohio State LINK OSU $
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Ball State @ Bowling Green LINK FB
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – UW-Oshkosh @ UW-Whitewater LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [12] Oregon State @ [18] Cal LINK P12
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Minnesota @ [11] Denver LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – San Jose State @ Air Force FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [4] UCLA @ [5] Utah LINK ESPNU
10:15 ET/7:15 PT – Winter Cup Finals LINK USAG
Sunday, February 19
Scores Watch
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – UW-La Crosse @ Illinois State
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Central Michigan @ Kent State LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Temple @ New Hampshire ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Cortland @ Brockport FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Ithaca @ Springfield FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [9] Kentucky, William & Mary, Penn @ Maryland BTN+
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Penn State, Western Michigan, Sacramento State @ TWU LINK FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Brown, Seattle Pacific @ Lindenwood LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Rutgers @ Illinois-Chicago LINK
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – [20] George Washington, [22] Iowa @ [2] LSU LINK SEC+
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [25] Arizona @ [14] Washington P12
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Alaska @ UC Davis LINK FREE
Monday, February 20
Scores Watch
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Utah State, Bridgeport @ [4] UCLA LINK P12
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Towson @ Eastern Michigan LINK EMU $

This Friday goes a little differently, with the usual packed SEC Network slate giving way to the Gym Quarters Invitational presented by “We’re totally the new Metroplex, you guys.” It features Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia and Missouri in the evening session, following a day session headlined by Nebraska. Coverage is behind the paywall at Aunt Flo, but don’t worry, I’ve got you with the live blog.

With that meet, Florida and Alabama holding up their usual end of the bargain in SEC Network action, and a rare Michigan appearance on a Friday, the day is just as packed with teams as we would want but without too, too many meets to try to follow at once. Saturday brings its own comfortably spread-out affair culminating in the big UCLA/Utah clash. Very charitably, LSU has a rare Sunday meet to give us a truly full weekend.

B. Meet Notes

  • #1 and #2 (and #10 and #15) face off on podium at the Gym Quarters meet, the result of which may not have a ton of postseason implications at the very top because Oklahoma and LSU are both into smooth-sailing ranking territory and Oklahoma already has a lock on #1 at least for this week. Still, I’m quite eager to see how the same judging panel will evaluate both teams when forced to differentiate between the two. We hope. For instance, we’re going to see a lot of strong Yurchenko 1.5s in this meet (especially if it’s Hambrick’s on-week), so either the scoring is going to turn into a total 10-fest where everyone is a winner—ugh—or the judges will have to put on their somewhat-more-critical opera glasses in order to actually rank these vaults and provide a preview of the standard that will need to be used at nationals. I’m not exactly holding my breath, but that’s what I’m hoping for.
  • While Georgia will have several more opportunities in the coming weeks, this road meet provides the first chance to get rid of that hideous 193 once and for all and sail up the rankings. Nebraska is in a similar position in the first session with a road 194 to get rid of.
  • Saturday’s action is highlighted by Utah and UCLA‘s debut on the ESPN family of networks in a meet I’m quite excited to watch. Typically, when these two teams go at it in Utah, it’s early in the season and the projection is along the lines of “Well, UCLA has the talent to win, but Utah is at home and will be more consistent with the landings, farther along in training and endurance, and will probably take it,” but this year is a bit different. While the score UCLA received last weekend was completely silly, the performance was still noticeably better than Utah’s against Oregon State. UCLA has more potential high scores in those lineups, while Utah has had to turn to some backup-level routines. Things have been known to go crazy in this fixture, but the Bruins are the better side this year as long as floor doesn’t fall apart on them and they actually get through those routines. This is not a given. But still, expect some big numbers in this one. I wouldn’t be surprised at all by some “turnabout is fair play” judging.
  • UCLA has a second meet on Monday at home against Bridgeport and Utah State. The Bruins can’t really afford to rest people in the first meet against Utah (both a pride thing and a chance for a massive away score), so I expect Monday’s lineups to be basically an R-team, maybe a Q-team. I can’t imagine it would be worth trying to push Kocian for a two-meet weekend since she’s already on a one-routine-per-geological-age training schedule. We’ll see what LSU decides to do with its second meet, but it looks like a prime Cannamela to me. Perhaps a look at some of those other Harrold/Kelley/Priessman routines as well.

C. Winter Cup

The men’s elite season gets underway today as…oh, everyone already fell. Oops. The finals of Winter Cup coincide with UCLA/Utah on Saturday, which is why they invented uploading individual routines to YouTube. But, the big boys’ qualification session is tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 PT, and hopefully it will get weird. It always does. I’m looking forward to see which of the not-quite-Olympic-team guys like Whittenburg, Kimble, Penev, etc show up with “something to prove” gymnastics versus who shows up with “it’s February and daddy tired” gymnastics. Unfortunately, we won’t get a glimpse of the State of the Orozco Address as he scratched the meet.

Up to three elite women will also compete at the WOGA Classic this Saturday evening. It’s sort of a sparse WOGA class these days without Kocian and Baumann doing elite, but the international crop of competitors does include Kovacs (HUN), Boczogo (HUN), Simakova (RUS), and Klimenko (RUS), while WOGA’s group is led by Alexeeva (Void Between the Universes) and Blakely (USA).


Kathie Klages quit the day after her suspension was announced in order to spend more time with her excuses, and Mike Rowe is now the interim head coach at Michigan State as the fallout from Larry Nassar continues. Begins?

The statement by the AD includes a reference to her “passionate defense of Dr. Nassar.” Oh. Oh good.

E. GymCastic

This week, we went deep into all the ridiculous scores in NCAA last weekend to decide which ones were real and which ones weren’t and rank them accordingly. We also discussed insane penguin-style vault mistakes, unbearable theme meets, the chalkography rules, and a bunch of news and notes primarily regarding Russian kidney stones.

F. Beam routine of the week

Today, we’re going to talk about a glistening water dancer named Tricia Woo. That height and extension through every skill. That leap amplitude. That Korbut. She even made the hip circle work and threw in enough variety with a one-armed back handspring and a gainer double full dismount to stand out compositionally. I love the part where it looks like she’s going to do a wolf turn and then is like, “No, I wouldn’t do that to you, I’m Tricia Woo.”


22 thoughts on “Things Are Happening – February 16, 2017”

    1. No, because Flo is a fun-killer. They charge crazy prices for mediocre, at best, live streams. The fact that big name programs (and the Big 12 in general) uses them so frequently is appalling.

      I would get taking down videos of a huge event (i.e. the Superbowl or Olympics — yet even those are uploaded), but a middle of the season NCAA gymnastics meet that is uploaded to youtube is not going to have a huge detrimental impact on Flo’s bottom line. Whenever a meet is streamed on Flo, I immediately think back to the spotty university feeds that I used to abhor and I find myself longing for those days again.

      *stepping off my soap-box now*

      1. I really wish they would offer ways to pay for an individual event because most of the stuff they have I don’t care about, but every once and I while I see something that I want to watch (like Gym Quarters or the Big 12 championships), but I can’t watch unless I pay for their overpriced membership.

      2. Ugh I was afraid of that. I wouldn’t mind paying 20.00 if there were other things I’d watch this month but I won’t watch anything else until the Big 12 championships, and that’s more than a month away. Guess I’m sticking to the SEC tonight.

      3. I agree. I am so disappointed. All I want to do is watch a gymnastics meet. WHY is this so difficult?!?!

    1. 9.85!!!

      Three exclamations because, wow. That was at home. It was only 2009. Different world, eh?!

  1. Tricia was brilliant. I believe she did a triple full on floor as well. Nebraska was pretty banged up during her tenure, so she never really got the attention on a national stage that she deserved. If she were around right now, everyone would be #obsessed.

  2. Love Woo’s routine – thanks!

    I started watching Winter Cup and I think Sam Mikulak probably tore his Achilles on FX just now. Bailed after takeoff for last pass, opened up, landed on the good leg and rolled out of it holding his taped ankle.

  3. That mount made me laugh hysterically for some reason. In a good way! Is it possible for a skill to be witty?

    *watches this routine on loop*

  4. Stats link is working now for Nebraska, Lindenwood, et al. After one rotation Nebraska 49.2 (UB), Brown 48.65 FX, Lindenwood 48.675 VT, SPU 48.25 BB.

    Highest individual score so far – Caroline Morant of Brown on FX – 9.925! (Nebraska’s bars were 9.825-9.85, one 9.875, and a throw-away c 9.65/9/7).

  5. Looks like Nebraska will get a very useful score out of this. Steady on beam, 49.25, and then, rather predictably, scores flew on FX after that 9.925 in the first rotation: 9.875, 9.925, 9.9, 9.95, 9.85, 9.9, for 49.55. I assume they’ve got 5 decent vaults . . .

    After three,
    Nebraska 147.875
    Lindenwood 145.425
    Brown 144.900
    Seattle Pacific 144.200

  6. Typo. Nebraska’s beam went 49.125. They sort of 9.8’d their way through that one, which is good enough.

  7. It looks like
    5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Yale, Springfield, Rhode Island @ Southern Connecticut
    is actually behind a paywall. 🙁

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