A. European Championship schedule
|Wednesday, April 19
|3:00am ET/12:00am PT – Men’s Qualification Subdivision 1
|7:00am ET/4:00am PT – Men’s Qualification Subdivision 2
|11:00am ET/8:00am PT – Men’s Qualification Subdivision 3
|Thursday, April 20
|3:00am ET/12:00am PT – Women’s Qualification Subdivision 1
|6:30am ET/3:30am PT – Women’s Qualification Subdivision 2
|9:00am ET/6:00am PT – Women’s Qualification Subdivision 3
|11:30am ET/8:30am PT – Women’s Qualification Subdivision 4
|Friday, April 21
|6:00am ET/3:00am PT – Men’s All-Around Final||LINK|
|10:30am ET/7:30am PT – Women’s All-Around Final||LINK|
|Saturday, April 22
|6:30am ET/3:30am PT – Event Finals Day 1
|Sunday, April 23
|6:30am ET/3:30am PT – Event Finals Day 2
The European Championships have quite charitably decided to take place this week and weekend in order to soften our descent into the abyss that is the NCAA season being over. They’re like the nicotine patch of gymnastics. We need it. A lot.
All the sessions will be streamed on the UEG site for free. Yippee! Less yippee: I couldn’t get the replays of men’s qualification to actually…you know…play (at least for now), but Flo also has the rights to broadcast the streaming—behind the paywall—and I could get the first subdivision replay to play there, if you’re looking.
So, everything’s going great so far.
Judging by twitter, the live scoring was a catastrophe during the men’s (as in…we still don’t have official results for the men or start lists for the women…), so expect heads to roll if it’s not resolved for tomorrow. That’s what Game of Thrones gifs were invented for, right?
Saint Oleg appears to have had just an OK day in qualification (only making five event finals like a LOSER) but still managed first place in the AA with 85.966 because St. Oleg and because Europe. He’s in over Dalaloyan in 2nd, James Hall of GB in 3rd, and Oliver Hegi in 4th, who are all bunched in the 84s and low 85s. I’m happy to see the next generation of GBers get a look at Euros this year.
In event final qualification, everything is OK because Alex Shatilov qualified third into floor. Dragulescu also had a solid showing, qualifying in the top two on both vault and floor, and Lankin hit the triple back to make floor finals as well. The world continues to spin on horse and rings with Berki and Petrounias taking the top spots.
Thankfully, Igor Radivilov is both still alive and hit vault to sit in second. Miracle of miracles. We have escaped the foretold prophecy:
C. NCAA Gym actually sort of did something…?
Hopefully, this will start to provide some curbing of the fetus-verbal epidemic, though the language could be stronger. Don’t just ban the early visits; ban the early scholarship offers entirely.
If you’re not up on the NCAA lingo, an official visit is one paid for by the school and cannot happen until the senior year of high school. An unofficial visit is one paid for by the student(‘s parents) but that the athletic department knows about and is involved in, just isn’t technically paying for. Previously, there was no real limit on unofficial visits. This is a good start. Now let’s do more.
My worry is that this new rule isn’t strong enough to actually stop anything and will simply lead to more people making verbal commitments with even less awareness or information about the school in question than they have now. Before your junior year of high school, you have no idea what you want in a college or a gymnastics program and should be making no decisions on that front. (All the coaches know this, and all the parents know this, but they do it anyway because they know otherwise they’ll lose recruits/lose spots.) When I used to work in college admissions, we wouldn’t even respond to contact from parents whose children were in 9th grade or earlier because…like, go to a sleepover or something. Stop thinking about college.
The “late” signing period for NCAA also started last week, with news that Ariana Orrego (Peruvian international) is heading to Iowa State next season. Also, Laura Leigh Horton (Stars Houston) is graduating early and signing to join Arizona for 2018, and Jada Glenn has signed to start at Auburn next season.
D. NCAA Regionals/Nationals
This week, the NCAA announced all its postseason sites through 2022 (not a real year), so here’s the rundown of where everyone will be headed for their next entire lifetimes.
E. NCAA Awards
Rounding up all the awards that have been handed out over the past week, Ashleigh Gnat took the AAI Award (best senior), Alex McMurtry won the Elite 90 Award (best gymnast that also goes to class), the gymnastics finalists for the Honda Award (best lady at lady sports) are Capps, Nichols, Gnat, and McMurtry, the LSUs won the coaches of the year awards, and 850 people are All-Americans of some description.
F. Kami Moore
Kami Moore (of Geddert’s and later Nebraska before medically retiring) made a video describing her horrifying experience with Larry Nassar. It’s a tough watch but very worth it. She’s incredibly brave and composed when talking about her experience and describes what was going through her head as a 13-year-old and what’s going through her head now as she’s fully understanding what happened to her.
This week’s episode is a full recap of NCAA Nationals with all of my experiences in the arena, including my favorite routines to see in person, my favorite team to watch train, coach interactions, the weirdest sound I’ve ever heard in my life, and shading all the crackiest scores. (I’m looking at you, floor.)
Give it a listen.
H. Beam routine of the week
13 thoughts on “Things Are Happening – April 19, 2017”
For the new recruitment rules, all I can think about is how many junior elites now have to change their Instagram bios
I don’t think the rule change applies to people who have already verbally committed
Kami’s story is heartbreaking. I am so sad for her and for all the other victims.
Igor’s vault is me everyday.
caroline bradford, jasmine arnold, and vaculik kicked off georgia team??
Another site says Cherrey as well….what the heck is going on there?
@Anon If you are talking about college gym board as the source for Cherrey, I wouldn’t believe it. One commenter made a statement that Cherrey’s twitter profile doesn’t say she’s a gym dog and people went nuts and lumped her in with the other three. The official release doesn’t mention her and, honestly, it’s disappointing “fans” get all worked up and fuel the rumor mill. In fact, I don’t think Cherrey’s profile has changed at all.
where did you hear that
Any news on any of the coaching vacancies being filled? Barbour at PSU is rumored to have made an offer to another horrible coach…
What happened at Georgia? That’s a big chunk of their team.
Numbers-wise, yes. But Arnold and Bradford never competed and Vaculik competed two routines this year. I would have expected her back in the bars line up next season and maybe beam (she was always inconsistent on beam and I like the younger athletes composing the beam line up for Georgia next year).
It sounds like a discipline issue — you don’t use the word dismissed unless there’s an issue.
It’s just kind of confusing. I don’t think we can really get a good picture of what caused this to happen based on the information we’re being given. In the article linked below, Durante comes right out and says: “Dismissal makes them sound like a problem which they weren’t,” which strongly implies that it wasn’t for disciplinary or academic reasons, but then later in the article it says that multiple sources say “dismissal” is fitting for the situation. People on other sites have brought up the idea that maybe it was an athletic department thing and the AD told them they needed to downsize or something.
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