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Sunday Live Blog – January 21, 2018


Sunday, January 21 Scores Stream
11:00 ET/8:00 PT – Cornell, Southern Connecticut @ Cortland FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brown @ Bridgeport
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – West Chester @ Ursinus FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – George Washington, Towson @ [20] West Virginia LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Alaska @ Illinois State FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Brockport @ Ithaca FREE
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [17] Iowa State, TWU @ [1] Oklahoma LINK

For those who don’t get Random Fox Sports, I’ll keep you apprised of what’s going on with the Oklahoma tri-meet.

Elsewhere, George Washington edged West Virginia 195.575 to 195.400 in West Virginia, Towson coming in with 194.000. Drouin-Allaire took the AA with 39.225.

Bart and that whispering shrinking violet Kelly Garrison are back to bring us the meet.

Bart on Maggie: “Maggie was one of the original whistleblowers who results in legal action being taken against the doctor. Her selflessness is leading to long overdue changes in the world of elite gymnastics. We all want to commend Maggie on her courage and bravery to come forward…she is rightfully being acknowledged as a hero in the gymnastics community.”

Warmups now. No one is comfortable with the whole “beauty and the beast” thing, as usual.

Lehrmann – VT – clean full, a bit too much of a bounce back but crazy super large, nice shape.

Versemann – TWU – FX – second pass front lay to front full, pretty nice

DeGouveia – VT – 1.5 – improvement on the landing from last week, a little slide to the side, some crossed legs coming off the table

Near-stuck DLO from Iowa State’s second up on bars, Paz –  small slide back.

Dowell – VT – Nailed her 1.5 again, basically identical to the stick from last week. Quite strong. 9.925 this time.

Colee from TWU bounces forward and it appears OOB on her middle pass.

Webb – VT – Omelianchik – small slide back, coming in a little short this time

Jackson – VT – 1.5 – small hop forward on hers, pretty good control, nice direction and shape in the air.

Nichols – VT – medium-sized pace forward on her 1.5, her first vault of the season, otherwise strong as usual

Catour is doing exhibition for OU  – clean full, just a bounce in place, will challenge Lehrmann for that spot, though she doesn’t have the dynamics of some others.

49.450 for Oklahoma. Scores not overly enthusiastic on that one either.

Hop forward for Young from ISU on her DLO, had to pike it down at the end and then ends up hopping.

Green – ISU – UB – 1/2 turn to Jaeger, good height – leg break on bail, a little loose in back – a couple handstands – nice DLO, maintains her shape and sticks.

Scores originally said 9.450, which made no sense. Have been corrected to 9.900, which also kind of makes no sense, but it makes more sense.

Alderman of TWO with a controlled double pike on floor, solid height on her straddles, not quite 180 but close – front full to layout, low with some legs – rudi with a bounce, good set.

Jones – FX – TWU – good control on double tuck, chest up – step back on double tuck, slightly stuck in her mat there, wolf and tuck jumps, unclear amount of rotation – 1.5 to layout, very strong final pass, controlled landing

Peterson – FX – TWU – rudi, chest down with a some slide – switch 1/2 to wolf jump 1/1 ish, short on the switch – front layout to front 1/2, pikes down the front half but controlled – back 1/2 to front layout with arch

After 1: Oklahoma 49.450, ISU 48.975, TWU 48.550

Oklahoma throws out five 10.0 starts and is a step above all the other teams on vault so far this month.


Steinmeyer – ISU – UB – kickover front, solid – bhs loso series, some leg form but secure –

Jackson – UB – piked Jaeger, solid – hits bail, some feet, some angle – good final handstand – FTDT, stuck. Good efficient set.

Webb – UB – Pak, very pretty – Toe shap half, only minor feet – pause on half turn on high but pushes through and keeps it going, double front dismount with a hop forward –

Orrego BB – ISU – somewhat tight on these split elements – finishes 1.5 with hop forward.

Catour – UB – Strong tkatchev, good counter – clean bail with toes pointed – hitting those handstands – DLO, very clean shape and basically stuck – did muscle an early handstand, but not too much else to take.

Nice stuck Yfull from TWU on vault. Brandi Lazarus.

Dowell – UB – Ray, very strong – tightish handstands – solid bail – DLO, fab and stuck. Really just a couple cast handstands in there.

Johnson from ISU finishes beam with nice split jump 3/4 and stuck 1.5 dismount. Fall earlier in the set.

Lehrmann – UB – 1/2 turn to Jaeger, maybe catches with some bent elbows but fine – clean bail, strong vertical – great held final handstand and sticks the FTDT with a swim to hold the stick.

Paz on beam with a solid standing loso

Nichols – UB – Giant Church, hits Pak easily – catches Shap 1/2, only minimal leg break – basically stuck her DLO as well, small slide with one foot – very strong – small amount of leg break in Pak, a borderline handstand. A couple maybe-deductions.

49.500 for Oklahoma on bars.

Sievers – BB – ISU – confident loso series – full turn, somewhat tentative – fall on side aerial – switch and switch, good first one, little back leg on second one – front full with hop forward

Young – BB – ISU – very pretty style on full turn – huge break on loso series, large bend and swim but stays on the beam – cat leap to switch 1/2 to beat jump – side aerial to side position with a check – 2/1, short with a hop forward

After 2: Oklahoma 98.950, TWU 97.450, ISU 96.925

TWU is beating Iowa State after Iowa State counted mistakes on beam. Oklahoma very strong in the dismounts on bars. I think they were just a little tentative in places on a couple handstands, turns, releases (bent-elbow catches), but otherwise looking pretty April there.

The walk-on Carly Woodard is getting into the beam lineup. Just because they can.

Natalie Brown knee surgery, back in a few weeks

Orrego – FX – ISU – double tuck, solid, chestish –

Catour – BB – full turn – bhs loso, pretty extended, very secure – switch to straddle 1/4, a little slow in combination but solid individual execution – cat leap to aerial, lean to the side with a bend at the hips but saved it – gainer pike, holds a staggered stick

Showers – BB – full turn – secure loso series, nice feet – switch to straight 1/1 to Korbut, awesome again – beat jump to split jump 1/1, back leg – gainer full – strong set

Steinmeyer – FX – bounce back on double tuck

Woodard – BB – smooth full turn – kickover front to bhs series, keeps it moving pretty well – nice amplitude on her switch – side aerial to full, small hop back. Good. OU has another one.

Colee – UB – TWU – Shap to bail, legs throughout but good combo – lay to double pike dismount, hop.

Lehrmann – BB – nice extension on her front aerial – cat leap to switch side, secure – solid on loso series as well – switch to Korbut, no trouble – sticks gainer full. Good.

Paz – FX – slide back on double tuck – front full to layout, controlled –

Webb – BB – full turn, well done – bhs loso, very strong legs – cat leap to aerial with a lean correction, bend at the hips, will have to count this routine though – great height on switch and split, would be perfect with a little more pointed toes – side aerial to stuck full, legs apart. Still good.

Young – FX – double tuck, slide back – front full to front lay, very nice, stuck, good shape –

Nichols – BB – aerial to beat, so well executed, smooth, slowish but keeps moving throughout so it doesn’t feel super slow – strong and secure loso – switch to split, nailed – full turn – front tuck, does well to correct and avoid a real check, though a little low with a hesitation that will take away the 10 – stuck 1.5. Very good. 9.925.

Schoepfer in exhibition – check on her three series – switch to straddle, small check in between but good extension – aerial – stuck 1.5.

Two of the Oklahomies had bends at the hips to take away the score, but not much else on the other routines.

After 3: Oklahoma 148.350, Iowa State 145.900, TWU 144.900

Oklahoma needs 49.225 on floor for the highest score in the country this year.


Martin – ISU – VT – some legs on full, bounce back

Kelly’s accent has not stopped calling the Sooners “the Sinners”

Showers – FX – “a type of Oriental flair”…oh Kelly, we don’t really say that anymore…
double pike, very short with a large lunge forward – switch ring to Ferrari, good switch ring – layout half to front full is good. Now Bart is talking about Oriental music too. Kelly, look what you’ve done!

Small bounce back for Paz on her Yfull

Dowell – FX – double front with hop forward, stays in bounds, not connecting to the stag this time, which she does when she sticks but not otherwise – back 1.5 to front layout, at least she keeps her toes pointed on her “I stepped on a bee” choreography – split leap full to popa, nice extension – front lay to front full, a little short with a shuffle back

Sievers – VT – handspring pike 1/2, good height and open shape, hop back

Young – VT – nearly stuck and good open on her full

Webb – FX – front 2/1 – back 1.5 to front full, good straight shape, controls the step out, great extension on her leaps but a stumble landing the second one – rudi, solid

Iowa State is done with 194.950.

Degouveia – FX – large bounce back out of her double tuck, they’re uncharacteristically struggling with those landings today – double pike, very secure – switch 1/2 to popa, extended well – back 1.5 to front layout, a little arch and lunge there

Nichols – FX – double tuck, comfortable – front full to front layout stepout, also comfortable, these are super easy passes for her and she makes them look easy – switch ring and split leap full, shows her 180 positions well – double pike sticks it, a little bit of that Nichols stagger-stick but very good. Strongest set of the rotation by a thousand percent. Interesting that she gets the same score as Webb.

Jackson – FX – open full in, fantastically huge but comes in a little short with a small hop – Kelly is making laser sound effects – 1/2 to front full, dances out but well-performed twisting – “I’d want her on my team in a dark alley” – no trouble on double pike.

9.925 for Jackson, so it’s just a 49.175 on floor for Oklahoma with three people having a trouble pass.

Total is 197.525, a quarter-tenth shy of Monday’s total.

FINAL: Oklahoma 197.525, Iowa State 194.975, TWU 191.425


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