NCAA Week 1 – Schedule and Links

Links will be added as they become available.

Friday, January 5 Scores Stream
5:30 ET/2:30 PT – [4] Alabama @ [7] Michigan LINK ESPNU
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [2] Florida @ West Virginia LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [21] George Washington, Ball State, SEMO @ [10] Kentucky LINK SECN+
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [19] Arkansas @ [3] LSU LINK SECN
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – BYU @ [5] Utah LINK P12N
Saturday, January 6 Scores Stream
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Illinois State @ Central Michigan LINK CSN($)
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [25] Eastern Michigan @ Penn State LINK FREE
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – UW-Eau Claire @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – [14] Auburn, [20] Iowa, Iowa State @ Arizona State LINK P12+
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – [8] Denver @ Arizona LINK LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Hamline @ UW-Oshkosh FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Maryland, New Hampshire, Temple @ Towson
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Minnesota Intrasquad LINK BTN+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – UW-La Crosse @ Air Force FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [22] Ohio State @ [6] UCLA LINK P12N
Sunday, January 7 Scores Stream
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – NC State, Illinois-Chicago @ Northern Illinois LINK  NIU($)
Monday, January 8 Scores Stream
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [11] Cal, UC Davis, Sacramento State, San Jose State @ [18] Stanford P12+

*Meets marked ESPNU, SECN, or P12N will be broadcast live on TV and may also be streamed online for those who have cable-subscriber log-ins or subscriptions to participating Sling, Roku whatnots.

*Meets marked SECN+ may be streamed on the WatchESPN app for those who have cable-subscriber log-ins or subscriptions to participating Sling, Roku whatnots.

*Meets marked P12+ may be streamed through the Pac-12 Network website or app and do not require a corresponding subscription.

*Meets marked BTN+/FLO may be streamed either through a paid subscription to BTN+ ($10/month) or a paid subscription to FloGymnastics ($30/month).

*Meets marked FREE are streamed through school-specific services and require no log-in or subscription fee.

Marquee meet

#4 Alabama @ #7 Michigan

An excellent selection to kick off the season, the Alabama/Michigan meet should be a legitimate competition between peers—not like all these other routs. Let’s be honest. Most expect Alabama to end up as the better team this season, but based on each side’s respective preseason preview (Michigan on December 3rd, Alabama on December 8th), Michigan looked the better of the two. Alabama has had a month since then to make up the gap, but work had to be done in that intervening month.

Alabama’s vaults – We saw no 10.0 starts on December 8th. With Michigan looking to put up three 10.0s, Alabama will need to have at least Guerrero and Desch out there with their 1.5s to keep pace. And what of Graber, and Dickson, and the Guerra Omelianchik Project? We still have several Alabama vault questions, and this meet will be an opportunity to answer them.

Michigan’s floor – The significant change in lineup identity for Michigan this year comes on floor. The early-season concern is whether the performances will all be a little 9.850y without enough replacement 9.9 options, which wouldn’t keep the Wolverines on track with top teams…like Alabama.

The Bailie Key situation – Perhaps the most anticipated of all freshman debuts in 2018 comes from the circa-2013 Savior of All Things, one Miss Bailie Key, partially because it has been so, so long since we’ve seen competition gymnastics from her, but also because her preseason has been kind of…do you have routines other than beam? An anxious gymternet eagerly awaits.

What to watch

Schedule changes – Apparently it’s like “winter” or something on the east coast, which has resulted in a few schedule shuffles. New Hampshire and Rutgers will no longer be traveling to Arizona for the meet on Saturday (which will now be a dual meet with Denver). Instead, New Hampshire jumped in on the meet at Towson, while Rutgers said, “Naw we good. **Immediate Pajamas**.” Rutgers will open the season next weekend instead.

January surprises – The January surprise is a hallowed tradition of NCAA gymnastics, wherein gymnasts who are starting academically in January can finally be added to rosters officially and unveiled to the public. Here’s a rundown of the January surprises (and not-so-surprises):

Kentucky – Ella Warren – Freshman
Kentucky is making a habit of blooping in last-minute freshmen after Mollie Korth last season and now Ella Warren this season. Warren will disrupt the “just keep last year’s lineups the same” outlook for Kentucky as she is a viable AAer, scored 9.700 at JO Nationals for a Yurchenko 1/1 on vault, and has the chops to be a beam star.

UCLA – Brielle Nguyen – Junior transfer
Nguyen disappeared from the Illinois roster in the offseason and has now landed at UCLA as a transfer. She competed BB and FX regularly for Illinois, with a peak score of 9.900 on both in 2017.

Cal – Emi Watterson – Freshman
Watterson was an Australian elite who has lovely elements on beam and quite a lot of difficulty on bars and can make some lineups for Cal.

Auburn – Skyler Sheppard – Junior transfer
Sheppard was granted release from Arizona after last season and has made her way to Auburn. Sheppard recorded some of Arizona’s best scores on vault, beam, and floor last season before injury and could figure on any of them for Auburn, just depending on consistency.

Iowa State – Natalia Ros Vaquer – Freshman
You might remember Ros from worlds in 2015, where she competed for Spain. She performed AA in qualification, recording the team’s second-highest total on bars and floor. She has lots of difficulty on bars that can be sculpted into an NCAA set but could quite believably make several lineups.

January surprise, bad version – Vanasia Bradley, a freshman at Florida, has already medically retired. She had not done any gymnastics in any preseason meets and has been out for a casual century with 7000 different injuries.

Debuts – It’s not just Key getting out and competing again. Friday will also see the debuts of elites Alyssa Baumann and Jazzy Foberg for Florida and Christina Desiderio for LSU, where in all cases it’s still somewhat uncertain what lineups they’re going to make. Then on Saturday, Nia Dennis will emerge from her cocoon for UCLA, where we have fewer questions about what lineups she’ll be in because it needs to be all of them.

Farther along? – We’ve heard this preseason that UCLA is a month farther along in training (floor in particular) than in past seasons, but the proof will be in actual competition performances. The Bruins have a reputation for somewhat “the silver lining is that now we know what we have to work on” opening meets, so watch to see if there’s a difference this year from previous seasons. UCLA hasn’t gone higher than 196.625 in an opening meet since 2005.

Stanford – I don’t mean to alarm you, but Stanford is producing a live stream of a home meet, and the link is available multiple days in advance. Where…am I? #RIPThatSpreadsheet. Cal will enter the NorCal quint as the favorite, but the Stanford unveiling of Bryant, Flam, Navarro, and Lawson will be fascinating. Whether Stanford has a real team this season will depend on those freshies.

Tentative lineups – A few more teams are getting on the bandwagon with releasing the tentative lineups in advance of the weekend. It is much appreciated.

Chesnok Kern Addison Glynn
Sundstrom Glynn Chesnok Sundstrom
Addison Brown Brown Schou
Brown Sundstrom Sundstrom Karr
Karr Chesnok Karr Brown
Glynn Karr Schou Addison
exh. Schou exh. Glynn
Wellick Wellick Wellick Yamzon
Speed Burton Yamzon Burton
Shaffer Garner Laird Garner
Yamzon Speed Burton Shaffer
McGlone Yamzon Garner Laird
Rathjen Laird Carter McGlone
Leydin Schneider Schneider Leydin
Mattson Hendrickson Hendrickson Bellows
Leung Spencer Leung Berg
Swanson Cindric Leydin Cindric
Cindric Ortiz Ortiz Mattson
Bellows Berg Cindric Schneider
Bondanza Hampford Doolin Breeden
Carroll Watkins Breeden Watkins
Toci Freehling Hampford O’Leary
O’Leary Kerouac Freehling Doolin
Mahoney Diggan Mulligan Diggan
Diggan Mulligan Lauter Winer

20 thoughts on “NCAA Week 1 – Schedule and Links”

    1. She hasn’t shown any vaults in preseason videos. I believe she only did bars at their preview meet.

  1. Rutgers said, “Naw we good. **Immediate Pajamas**.”
    Yep, that generally how I’ve felt all week.

  2. anyone wanna try guessing UCLA’s lineups? Here’s mine:
    VT: Dennis, Kramer, Hall, Tratz, Ross, Hano
    UB: Honest, Meraz, Ohashi, Dennis, Ross, Lee
    BB: Dennis, Meraz, Hano, Ross, Lee, Ohashi
    FX: Kramer, Ross, Dennis, Ohashi, Tratz, Hano

  3. Interesting Courtney Kupets interview from 2010… mainly fluff but she has an interesting comment about her future starting after 4:30…

    1. You mean the part where she says she will never be a coach and she is not coaching material?

    2. Thank God I never gave media interviews in college. I never thought I would live on the West Coast or be an attorney. In fact, I would have disputed the idea with anyone who suggested it.

      Life changes. People grow. Hopes and Dreams shift. I’m not sure if the person posting this thought it was interesting or was trying to take a little jab at Kupets or UGA, but the negativity around the UGA coaching change is crazy. Let the season play out and give her an honest chance as a coach.

      1. I genuinely think they meant interesting. I think very few people can say that the last 7 years of their life has gone exactly as plan. It’s always fun to see how the future of our past compares to our present.

  4. Yes! I put Sundstrom at the bottom of my fantasy draft on a whim and it looks like she’ll be a key contributor for Denver this season, especially after her 9.9 and 9.875 from the intrasquad!

    1. Same, I was looking for all arounders while scrolling through the roster notes and she was down at 124, but I ended up getting her.

      1. I also got Sundstrom! I’m stoked – her balance beam is gorgeous and they don’t have a ton of depth, so she’s likely to do AA most of the season. And let’s be honest – I like picking up Denver gymnasts because their home meet scoring is always inflated.

  5. Stanford/Cal, SJSU, Sac State, Davis? – NorCal Classic – on the plus side, free video, cameras on all four events. But – no live scoring, and low def. I guess they’re assuming we’ll try to follow along on twitter or something for scores. That’s a nightmare, with that many teams. Even in a dual meet I much prefer an easy to check chart with a stable url. Somewhat annoying high energy background music, but that’s pretty standard. Is it in the arena or just on the livestream?

    1. Stanford on VT, obviously. Must be Sac State on UB because they’re wearing bright green leos. Can’t tell who’s on BB & FX – dark leos for both. No sound.

  6. Landing errors for Stanford on VT (I’d have given EB about a 9.8 for a Y 1/1); multiple falls on landings for Sac State on UB but don’t know if any were exhibitions; I think it’s Cal on FX – sort of looked like Justin Howell on the side, yellow on the jackets, might have been Arianna Robinson a bit ago.

    Stanford twitter indicates a 9.85 for EB. I imagine they were a little high on prior ones and had to credit the better dynamics – but since I would have expected a split (9.9825) as the most likely score, hardly surprising. Actually, looks like all the other scores were on the low side, so maybe it’s just that she looked great by comparison.

  7. Live stats:
    Thanks, Jennifer Eisenbart, for asking Cal women’s twitter. I suppose they were there all along but it never occurred to me to look there as neither school had a link to it.

    Video seemed to be down for a bit (between rotations?) but is back. Yay! And now at least we heard the announcer say which team is on each event . . . .

    Rotation 1:
    Cal 49.1 (fx)
    UCD 48.65 (beam)
    Stanford 48.4 (vt)
    Sac State 47.95 (ub)

    That’s it for me . . .

    1. Hey thanks!

      On a quarter of a iPhone, I was expecting much higher scores for Stanford’s vaults. Guess that’s not enough pixels 🙂

      Love that they are doing this but man is it hard to follow.

  8. Also a great source for this meet: Casey Magnesium’s twitter. Glad it finally occurred to me to check! Some actual commentary, and yes Stanford only put up 5 on bars (injuries to #s 6 & 7). Lauren Rice reports. Etc. Thanks!

    per Cal:
    Standings after Rot. 3:
    1. UC Davis – 145.600
    2. Sacramento State – 145.175
    3. Cal – 97.700
    4. San Jose State – 96.975
    5. Stanford – 96.525

    No livestream heading into rotation 4, either, it looks like, although the logo screen is back, at least. Maybe by the next meet they’ll have it all worked out.

  9. Although Cal had to count a fall on bars, the other 4 counting scores were 9.9, 9.875, 9.9875, and 9.825. This looks promising!

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