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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

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.”


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