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Friday Live Blog – February 17, 2017

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 SC $
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

Opening proceedings today was the first session of the annual GymQuarters Yellow Font Mardi Gras Something Or Other. It’s obviously not a spelling test because I found this little winner on the event site.

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Nebraska managed a season-high out of this one with 197.125, which drops a 194.475 and makes the RQS picture look much more presentable. They still have a 194.800 hanging around (and a 195.700) but three meets left to get rid of them.

Final: Nebraska 197.125, Lindenwood 194.000, Brown 193.350, Seattle Pacific 191.000

Of note, Ashley Lambert did a tucked jaeger in the first rotation, which was an accident and also cool. She was crazy close on her piked jaeger and had to tuck it to avoid hitting the bar, but it was a delightfully throwback correction. Also be warned that the floor scoring was off-the-charts deranged and hilarious. Watch for that in the evening session. At that standard, both Oklahoma and LSU would get 50s.

Primary focus of the live blogging will be the GymQuarters Invitational because I know a lot of the more sensible among you haven’t sworn the blood oath and promised your first born to the river witch to subscribe to Flo.

But first, we get started with Florida and Arkansas with John and Sac. The “applique vest” quotient here is a little higher than I would have expected, though actually no.

Rotation 1:

Rathjen – VT – too large of a bounce back out of that full, a bounce and then a step, a little piking.

Boren – UB – solid tkatchev – small arch on hs after clear hip – some leg break on the bail as well – cast handstands look solid – hop back on DLO, good shape.

MacMoyle – VT – better control on the landing, small hop back and piking at the end – solid dynamics.

Chant – UB – She lives! “From watered-down, Ontario, Canada.” flatter tkatchev than Boren – keeps her legs on bail with a litlte hip angle – I’d say she missed all of her cast handstands – tuck full with a step forward – not as smooth as it was before she was out.

Yamzon – VT – bounces back out of her full, also a bounce and a step like Rathjen – good distance but doesn’t have the height of some others.

Gowey – UB – Nice Ray to a very pretty pak – loses her shape on 1/2 turn on low – super close on her DLO dismount, piked it down a ton but didn’t hit the bar, which it looked like she would for a second – hop.

Anderson – VT – great distance – controls the landing with a step but chest very far down, which will take away the score.

Baker – UB – giant and excellent Ray – hits her vertical on the bail – good counter rotation in her release skills – sticks double front, she has gotten much better on that landing this season.

I sort of love that Alicia calls a Ray a Hindorff like an old-timer. For explanation why: Ray.

Speed – VT – pretty full, best height and open in the lineup so far – hop back – pretty in the air.

Hundley – UB – strong Shap to pak – she loses her legs on the pak a touch but you can’t really see that from the side – good Shap 1/2 – pretends she sticks the tuck full, with a quick college salute.

McGlone – VT – nice full, smallish hop back – not much to take in terms of shape. Solid.

McMurtry – UB – good first hs – a little closer on Ray this week than last week – solid shape on bail and height on shoot to high – smallest slide back on the tuck full this time. She goes 9.975 this time. So…hi…that wasn’t even really a stick. I would have gone 9.900 for that, but I live in a fantasy world.

After 1: Florida 49.350, Arkansas 48.950

Florida picked it up at the end of that rotation after some early issues like Gowey’s dismount. Good later routines, from Baker in particular. Lots of “career high” comments from John in that rotation, which kind of tells you about the scores. Arkansas hit vault perfectly fine but needs more landing control to get a 49 from that lineup especially away.

Intros underway at GymQuarters. There seems to be a lot of throwing beads into the crowd. Get Ragan Smith to a safe space.

Did John just say bars has been really consistent for Arkansas this year?

Rotation 2:

Alexander – VT – her pop is excellent on that full – pikes down at the end and a step to the side – a little off line.

Anderson – UB – a little late on 1/2 turn – catches jaeger – short on some handstands and a some moments of loose back will be the major deductions, step on double tuck.

Chant – VT – Tsuk full – hop back – rather piked at the end – nice to have her 10.0 back in the lineup.

Garner – UB – giant 1/1 good finish position – lovely position on her gienger, legs together the whole time – hitting handstands – high tuck full dismount with a step – pretty. Also a little too piked on the overshoot out of the gienger.

Hundley – VT – leans to hold the stick on the full – a little dog-fire-hydrant landing position –

Yamzon – UB – clear hip to tkatchev – bail – DLO 1/1 with a step back – strong dismount, some handstand problems in there, one short and one a little arched – doesn’t have the huge amplitude in the tkatchev either.

Boren – VT – excellent 1.5 – one of her very best – great pop and only a hop of heels together on the landing – keeps her leg shape, you could say that’s a hop, but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt of just bringing her heels together there. 9.925 is like, actually realistic and appropriate? Where did that come from?

Speed – UB – great height on jaeger – legs together throughout the bail – precise handstands – chest down on tuck full with a step and a step-salute.

Slocum – handspring pike 1/2 – maybe they were saving the score for this one? – very similar to last week – but didn’t salute herself out of it to the same degree – some chest, some legs early on the block. Alicia is not having that. 9.925. I’m down with that score, also.

MacMoyle – UB – will get hit for being extremely short on her bail handstands, but she got her tkatchev and her DLO dismount with a hop back.

McMurtry – VT – does the full, gorgeous obviously, too big and hops back which should probably be a tenth. Maybe a half, nothing else you can take.

Burton – UB – a bit floppy on a bail and very late on her giant 1/1 into the double tuck, but otherwise some quality in there.

Florida goes 49.400 on vault, and I thought that was scored just right, which makes it seem low compared to some of the scores we usually see.

After 2: FLorida 98.750, Arkansas 97.900

Good start for Florida. We’re about to go at GymQuarters.

Emma McLean got 9.975 on vault. Let’s hope she was doing the 1.5, he says only half kidding.

Rotation 1:

Vega – BB – hits her loso series and aerial comfortably – small lean correction on side somi – switch to split 1/4, a little form from this angle, but little – small check on full turn – side aerial to full  – stuck with lean –

Jones – FX – 2.5 to front tuck, solid and controlled – normal, good hit, controlled landings –

Cannamela almost sticks her full on vault – small hop –

Priessman a little short on 1.5 with a lunge back to save it. But 1.5!

Ewing – VT – 1.5 – step forward, but small and otherwise one of her good ones.

Brown – FX – frotn 2/1 – lovely high loso out of second pass – clean rudi – lovely hit

Sanders – BB – secure loso series – back tuck to straddle – standing front tuck and hits it as usual, secure but very swautty – punch front lay 1/1 dismount – hop forward –

Hambrick – VT – just a full and a giant bounce/ lunge back out of it – a thousand tenth deduction, they’ll want to drop that.

Edney – VT – kind of larger lunge forward out of her 1.5 this time – more than shoulder width.

Gnat – VT – basically sticks the double full this time but does lean forward pretty distinctly to hold the stick.

Dickson – BB – small lean correction on loso series – aerial to beat jump, smooth – bhs 1.5 dismount, stuck – she’s shocked that she stuck – solid set. Very good.

Dowell – FX – double front is exceptional – 1.5 to layout, just the slightest bit short this time with an arch – front lay to front 1/1, controlled – just a touch short on that as well but neither really showed up in the landings.

How Hambrick got a 9.800 for that vault I have no idea. She barely stayed on the mat she bounced back so far. She scored higher than Cannamela? What?

49.375 for LSU on vault. Good score, though not their best vaults.

Jackson – FX – open full in, controlled step back – 1/2 to front full, high – excellent leap amplitude and completion position- double pike. Yes.

Reynolds – BB – small correction on kickover front – legs on loso series but secure – just a little forward on swithc side but fine – huge break on side somi, chest way down to save – 2/1 dismount, short with a lunge forward –

Just in case you’re curious, these scores at GymQuarters are cray. Don’t worry.

Babalis – BB – aerial to loso, hit but slow connection – switch to split, nice – full turn – kickover front is right on – punch front 1/1, near-stick, small hop.

Nichols – FX – piked full in, keeps her front foot down this time – 1.5 through to 2/1, finishes high and early, loses her legs in the twist a touch – switch ring and split full are awesome – small slide back on double pike.

Broussard – BB – hits loso series with feet – switch and straddle 1/4, back leg down a bit, emphasized by camera angle – side aerial is good, sticks gainer full. Phew.

Capps – FX – nails DLO this time, chest up pretty well too – front 1/1 to layout, just over-rotated on her front full so doesn’t get quite the punch into the lay – pretty leaps – rudi, solid – a little shortish? – Excellent.

9.975 for both Nichols and Jackson. Both high, Nichols definitely didn’t control the landing on her final pass. This is why I said, if we’re going by those Nebraska floor routines that went 9.925 and 9.950, all of these routines are 13s.

After 1: Oklahoma 49.675, Georgia 49.425, LSU 49.375, Missouri 49.100
I haven’t talked about Missouri because of internet stream priorities.

Hundley – FX – whip to double tuck is very solid – front lay to front 1/1 could be higher, especially for a gymnast of Hundley’s ability, she doesn’t need to flop it around like that – bounces pretty far back out of double pike, did well not to go OOB but it will be a notable deduction.

Braie Speed did beam! She’s all upset that she fell or whatever, but I’m just like…BRAIE SPEED DID BEAM –

Burton – BB – pretty loso series – check on full turn – switch to straddle 1/4, very short of position on straddle 1/4 – 1.5 dismount, secure.

McMurtry – FX – she’s doing floor today – doesn’t do the triple full, just a double, but it’s the highest double full you’ve ever seen.

Rotation 2:

Jones – VT – good full but does hop back – the others will have more distance, but it’s solid.

Reynolds – FX – front 2/1 – gets it around a little crossover – 1/5 to a whipped over front layout but fine –

Marks – VT – pretty – bit better height and distance than Jones but also a larger bounce back –

Hambirck – UB – strong bail – very straigth – a little forward on tuck full landing with a lunge

Capps – VT – short on her full again this week, lunge forward.

Dowell – VT – sticks 1.5 again! A little mushy knees at the end but that’s all –

Harrold – UB – toe shape 1/2 to zucchold, some legs on the shape 1/2 – borderline hs – 1/2 into solid jaeger – GAH, can’t cast out of it and has to recast- trouble – and of course sticks her double front out of that.

Roberts – FX – finishes chest down but secure double tuck.

Jackson – VT – super super high 1.5, does come in a little short this time with a hop back which is the opposite of her usual problem –

Nichols – VT – gorgeous stick on her 1.5, maybe just a little lean to hold it, but as we’ll say a lot, it was better than that time she got a 10. She didn’t move the foot, just leaned –

Edney – UB – actual Hindorff is solid – legs together on bail – straight DLO and stuck – very good one

Babalis – FX – good control on double tuck – front lay to front full has appropriate height and position, just a little bounce -hits double pike as well, some of her most controlled landings.

Finnegan – UB – some arch on handstand before gorgeous Ray – hits bail with legs together – small hop on DLO – a couple .05 errors in there but not much.

Vega – FX – whip to double tuck this time instead of the full in, probably smart because that full in wasn’t really cutting it even when she was landing it – finishes – chest down double pike with a lunge.

Priessman – UB – flattish tkatchev but good body position – pretty pak – whippy but high DLO with a lean to hold the stick – works bars like a crazy person on a caffeine high but it works for her.

Dickson – FX – high double pike, bounce back – 1.5 to layout, dances out of it and just keeps the dance in bounds – switch side and popa, hits her shapes – chest up on double tuck with a controlled step back.

Oklahoma has four 9.975s so far in this meet. LOL.

Marino – FX – bounces out of the DLO but chest was pretty well up – split and straddle are right to 180 again, loses her feet a little but the horizontal is nice – 1.5 to a very straight layout, that’s the opposite of what I’m talking about when I say a layout is whippy, Marino is what it should look like – looked like a slide on double pike.

Everyone on Georgia’s team is getting 9.9s on floor. I really should have just done my own scores for this meet and then we compare at the end. It would have been…fascinating.

Still missing the final two scores for LSU’s bars, but they both hit.

Cheney still in the beam lineup for Florida – check on full turn – bhs bhs loso series, large check with a bend at the waist – switch to vag-slammer – side aerial to full, a little piked,

Apparently Baker fell? Dear.

Nice high double pike from Yamzon.

After 2: Oklahoma 99.125, Georgia 98.875, LSU 98.675, Missouri 98.200

Georgia is ahead of LSU. Welcome to the upside down.

Hundley a good aerial – bhs loso series is solid – switch side very secure – full turn – side aerial to full with a step.

WAIT BALANCE BEAM IS LIKE POMMEL HORSE??? THANK YOU FOR THE BRAND NEW COMMENT!

Rotation 3:

Macadaeg – BB – pretty full turn – Kathy moan – switch to switch 1/2, excellent position – aerial to beat, nice – check on loso –

Capps – UB – some legs in full turn this time – good cast handstands – a little angle on the bail – sticks tuck full – they’ll take for the giant 1/1 and maybe amplitude on the tkatchev, but it will still be a big score, obviously.

Reynolds – VT – short this time with a lunge forward.

Roberts – VT – a little piked throughout her full, hop back.

Hambrick – BB – L turn, pulls out of it a little early but fine – huge mistake on side aerial, so so short and falls –  the rest is gorgeous obviously, but trouble now – not one of her good days.

Catour – UB – I’m wondering if it’s our angle here because everyone looks short of vertical on their bails – or everyone is short of vertical on bails –

Marino – VT – larger hop back on full –

Johnson – VT – great height but also large bounce

Dowell – UB – excellent Ray, great height and form – that bail looked better, more vertical – flings out DLO just a touch with a step back to control the landing –

Dickson – VT – deep landing on the full with another larger bounce back – not Georgia’s better vaults today.

Ewing – BB – small lean correction on layout to two feet but good – hits switch side – standing layout stepout is very secure – one hit down –

Snead – VT – she’s back on vault – good form on full, hop back. No 1.5.

Lehrmann leans to hold her stick on the tucked full dismount on bars.

Boren has a large wobble on beam as well for Florida, break at the waist to hold her series. And they’re already counting a 9.650.

Edney – BB – – aerial to a tight sissone, short of position – good loso series – sticks 1.5. Two more to get through.

Wofford – UB – giant full to 1/2 to a high jaeger – also a little angled on that bail – tight on final handstand – good stick on tuck full though. A few things in the middle –

Nichols – UB – another excellent Ray – precise hs – pretty pak to toe on – legs firmly together on the shap 1/2 – sticks DLO – fantastic. One handstand was out of shot so I couldn’t really tell, but I saw nothing else in that one –

Finengan – wonderful switch 1/2 as always, just pretty pretty – hits her side somi – side aerial to a stuck full – good one.

9.975 for Nichols. Kind of surprised it wasn’t a 10, just because…all of the scores have been seventh-tenths too high tonight anyway.

Gnat – BB – aerial, small lean – full turn – switch to straddle, solid – switch side – secure loso series – sticks 2/1 with DTY legs. They endured the fall.

Harris – FX – Missouri – bounces back on double pike, rather far – nice high straddles – front lay to front full – short double tuck with lunge forward.

Also, Alicia Boren got a 9.850, which you cannot explain to me because I saw her bend at the waist. I SAW IT WITH MINE OWN EYES.

Anyway, Florida 197.125, Arkansas 195.200
Neither team will leave particularly satisfied with that score. We’ve got Alabama and Auburn following that one as we also finish up action from GymQuarters.

After 3: Oklahoma 148.750, LSU 148.250, Georgia 147.875, Missouri 147.150
Georgia’s poor vault landings gave up the advantage after LSU got through beam with a fall and ALL THE 9.9s!!!!

In case you’re counting, Maggie Nichols has 9.975 for every routine so far.

In Alabama – NcNeer hops back on full on vault. Childers follows with a stick, just chest down a little.

Michigan went 197.225. They don’t mind.

Cerio has a lovely blind change to piked jaeger, very precise – nearly sticks double tuck, college salutes herself out of it.

Rotation 4:
Ewing – FX – small stagger on front 2/1 landing – slide back on double pike final pass.

Jones – BB – chest down on loso series but secure – kickover front to beat, a little deep but did the beat out of it well – switch to split is fine – sticks 1.5

Reynolds – UB – one short and one arched hs in there – medium step back on double layout –

Johnson – UB – clear hip to gienger with legs – hip angle on all her skills, which can be viewed as missing vertical each time – a little deep on dlo landing with a step –

Two steps back for Guerrero on 1.5 VT for Alabama.

Zamardi – FX -lunges forward out of double arabian this time but appears to stay in – a little crooked on her straddles – 1.5 to layout, fine –

Lehrmann – BB -solid aerial, a little tighter on switch side than usual – excellent legs and security on loso series – straddle 1/4 – step on 1.5 –

Vaculik – UB – It’s a hit but she did have a couple short cast handstands in there -usual legs on dismount, bounce backward –

Edney – FX – large-ish stumble/lunge forward out of double arabian this time – some stumble on landing her second pass as well – some solid double tuck, but not her best landings –

Catour – BB – finishes with a stuck gainer pike. I saw maybe a lean on the side side.

Snead – UB – godo toe point on Tkatchev – hitting hs – solid bail vertical – maybe short last handstnd – sticks DLO, will be a big score.

Hambirck – FX – pikes her DLO a little more than usual this time with a step – 2.5, way over and punches to a fall. DAMN. Talk about it not being your day.

Brown – BB – good aerial to bhs los series – clean and secure – pretty sissone – maybe rushed that switch a little, got ahead of herself with an odd chest position on it but nothing real – gainer full.

Dickson – UB – quite precise in all her positions – another stuck DLO – Snead and Dickson nailed the end of that rotation –

Kelley – FX – slide back on DLO – open full in, excellent height and power, not bad ont eh control but not ideal through two passes – loses her feet on splits and does a tuck jump, the universal sign for I DON’T SPLITS –

Nichols – BB – aerial walkover to beat, nice – bhs loso series, secure – full turn is smooth – switch to split, wonderful 180s – front tuck, holds it – double tuck and it looked like a stick from here. Running in and out of frame is the new celebration. 10.000. So that one was the 10? OK?

Gnat – FX – DLO, her usual, strong – 2.5 to front tuck, lunges out of it a bit too far this time – switch ring to split full – sticks double pike – one of her good ones other than the middle pass.

Capps – BB – completely solid on loso series – fluid full turn, works out of it elegantly – walkover to scale this time, controlled well – switch to straddle 1/4 – sticks gainer full. Good one. Same sort of moments of a couple not-even-deduction corrections, but they combine to probably make this not a 10. Quite strong. But we can’t all be Maggie Nichols. 9.925.

Oklahoma goes 198.350. Yeah. I know.

Georgia goes 196.950, a very usable road score. Missouri finishes 196.350, a season high. We’re still waiting on a final from LSU. No score from Kelley yet?

A casual 39.925 from Nichols. That’ll be a research project to find out the last time someone got 39.925.

It’s a 197.700 for LSU. You know. Gnat got a 9.975 on floor in spite of, you know, just bouncing out of one of her passes.

Short break, then the second half of Auburn/Alabama.

Alabama leads 98.500 to 98.225 at the mid point. My, how not-a-198.3 of you.

“I AM BEAUTIFUL RIGHT THERE BABY.” -Dana Duckworth.

Rotation 3:

NcMeer – BB – aerial to bhs, slow in connection but that’s never been a thing before – secure loso series – high switch split to split jump, shows her 180s – sticks 1.5 – one of her good ones, quite nice.

Becker – FX – solid double tuck, good shape, chest a little down but not bad – pulls around that double pike but lower than the double tuck – split full is short of 180, good popa – 1.5 to what was supposed to be a layout, has to tuck it but keeps it to her feet.

Childers – BB – solid loso series – split to sheep, sheep is a little too NCAA and a larger check on it, leg up – kickover front to scale is excellent – step forward on 1.5.

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Cerio – FX – short on her double pike landing with a lunge – very nice straddle positions – I like her layout to wolf, a little Atkinson ode – and she can pull that combo off – bounces out of rudi –

Sanders – BB – aerial to bhs, very confident and comfortable – switch to a tight straddle jump with a check – bend correction on loso series as well – step on 1.5.

So…is visible underwear during gymnastics like…a style trend I don’t know about?

Scaglione is a very pretty floor worker, just needs to control these steps out of her passes a bit more, but she has the leg form in twisting that a lot don’t have.

AH AH HA we’re talking about how much personality problems people have again.

Desch – BB – aerial to bhs – full turn – almost wobbles on choreorgraphy – side somi is right over the beam, very good – switch to split – two bhs to 1.5 dismount, hop forward.

Hlawek – FX – “This is another very interesting young lady.” When I say that, it is meant sarcastically. awesome rudi to full, pretty and better than the double arabian – bounce on double tuck – whips around 1.5 to layout a little whippy.

“Aspires to work for NASA some day so landings might be in her future.” AH HA HA HA STAB.

Winston – BB – split to straddle 1/4 is perfect – aerial to bhs – WAY too many aerial to bhs series in this lineup – pretty full turn – small hop on double tuck, very good.

Slappey – FX – high double pike, but lands squatty with a step – front lay to front rudi – huge travel span on that pass, pretty at the start but way hunched over on rudi and then steps OOB – short double tuck with lunge.

Guerrero – BB – She has some acrostic about her name. My eye roll muscle is broken – three series to loso is secure as always – switch to straddle – I’m glad we’re seeing this routine from this angle rather than the behind angle because her leo fit is so inappropriate – sticks 1.5, very strong. You’re not allowed to start crying before they even give you a score. 9.975. Cheers to the judge who didn’t acquiesce to the team or crowd. Good use of trolling sass.

MJ Rott is pretending the cheers are for her. LOVE YOU.

Rott with a large lunge out of her DLO. Short double pike with a lunge, not her better landings.

Alabama 147.800, Auburn 147.275

Kupets and Holly went to a “dance class” with Aja Sims. Sadly, Kupets didn’t do “pie in the face, pie in the face”

Hlawek hits her loso series – switch to split – deep kickover front but controlled – sticsk 1.5.

Jetter – FX – deep landing on double arabian, squatty with a lunge forward – tentative on split, good straddle – back 1.5 to front 1/1 to dance out – 1.5 to layout –

Boise State on 197 pace again. Southern Utah just had a mess on bars.

Cerio – BB – good loso series – check on switch 1/2 – punch front 1/1 and stuck.

Is “last routine in Coleman” even a thing for Auburn gymnasts?

Guerra – FX – “Here is Katie Bailey” – bounce on double tuck – 1.5 to front layout is excellent, great twisting shape and stays straight and higher through the layout – deepish on double pike with a slide back.

Becker – BB – lean correction on a kickover front – pretends she was doing a loso to scale to cover up a wobble – step on 1.5.

Bailey – FX – strong double arabian, that’s how you do it, controlled step out – front lay front full – a little short on rudi, not a major landing error, though.

Engler – BB – solid loso series – check on full turn – switch to straddle 1/4, another minor check – side aerial, holds it, tentative but getting through with a hit – hop back on gainer pike.

Desch – FX – deep double arabian landing but not much of a step, just down like she’s about it sit it – 1.5 to 1/2 to split to front tuck – switch ring to split full – double tuck, the issue in her routine is body position on landing, but she controlled them.

Slappey – BB – step back on loso series – high amplitude on switch and switch 1/2, that’s how high leaps should be – side aerial to tucked full with a step – actually it’s not tucked enough to be a tuck and not straight enough to be a layout.

Winston – FX – solid DLO, chest pretty good – front lay to front full – high switch ring and switch 1/2, excellent – slide back on double tuck.

Krippner – BB – aerial to beat – switch to split, good shapes – steps back out of her loso but pretends she meant to – sticks 1.5. Good beam rotation. It won’t be a super total for Auburn, but they’ll be able to drop something low and will have a mid 196.

Childers – FX – deep landing on full in with hop forward – I loved her floor in JO – front tuck through to double full, loses her legs in the twisting form – goes for three consecutive jumps, which gets a little indistinct in finishing position as it often does – flattish rudi but fine.

Alabama 197.350, Auburn 196.450
So, that is a season high for Auburn. There’s that. It’s still not great. Alabama had a solid showing. I wasn’t sold by all of the floor landings, but no problems. Just a casual point below Oklahoma’s score.

 

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