Friday Live Blog – January 26, 2018

Friday, January 26 Scores Stream
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ [5] Florida LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [11] Georgia @ [10] Arkansas LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – North Carolina, Yale, Ursinus @ Towson LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – SEMO @ Penn LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – UW-Whitewater, Hamline @ Winona State FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – TWU @ [25] Iowa State LINK ISU($)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [3] Utah @ [21] Arizona LINK P12N
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [17] Missouri @ [7] Alabama SEC+
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [6] Kentucky @ [16] Auburn LINK SECN
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [9] Boise State @ Southern Utah LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Air Force @ [22] BYU LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [24] West Virginia, Illinois-Chicago @ UC Davis LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State @ San Jose State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Lindenwood, UW-Eau Claire @ Seattle Pacific LINK FREE

Let’s go! We’ve got some potentially ludicrous meets to be getting on with, and I can’t wait.

#1 Oklahoma @ #5 Florida

#11 Georgia @ #10 Arkansas

No Degouveia today for Oklahoma. No Baker on beam for Florida.

Georgia and Arkansas will get going a little before Florida and Oklahoma.

Yamzon – VT – Ark – nice distance on her full, a bounce back, not the most height we’ll see but solid dynamics.

Johnson – UB – UGA – nice first hs – clear hip to usual legs on Gienger – short hs, fine bail – she’s working on those handstands – DLO, overflips and has to lunge back. The dismount is usually the strength but not this time.

Foberg – VT – FL – very strong full – hop in place – nice height and shape

Jackson – UB – OU – piked Jaeger, solid – bail, good legs, a bit short – hitting handstands – full out, small hop. Solid.

Fall from Pedersen in the second spot on bars for Georgia.

Alexander – VT – FL – her usual excellent distance and power, bounce back but not a HUGE bounce back as it has been sometimes.

Foberg got 9.875 for a non-stuck full, so that’s where we are with the scores today.

Webb – UB – OU – clean Pak, strong hs – GREAT legs on Shap 1/2 – one or two short verticals later in the routine, sticks double front. Strong showing.

Hop back for McGlone on vault for Ark.

Boren – VT – FL – 1.5 – good height on her vault, didn’t get her landing the way she wanted, looked to pop up a little more rather than out, bends knees at the end and then a hop to the side.

Hit bars from Oakley for UGA.

Catour – OU – UB – Strong Ray, great catch position – clean bail, good vertical – muscles up final handstand with a small arch – DLO, stuck. Great except for final handstand.

Baker – VT – FL – came in shrot on her 1.5, larger lunge back to save it – looked like she was coming on  slightly sideways –

Vaculik – UB – UGA – excellent Vaculik Gienger but really struggling on a couple handstands – step back FTDT.

Dowell – OU – UB – awesome tkatchev – shortish handstand after that – solid bail – a second short HD – tries to hold stick on DLO, just comes in a hair short of what she wanted.

Pretty full from Braie Speed. Small slide back.

Slocum – FL – VT – handspring pike 1/2, good dynamics, slide back on landing, which will probably be a one-tenth slide.

Snead – Nice handstands and toe point, flatter tkatchev, working through some handstands, a little arch – DLO, slide back.

Lehrmann – OU – UB – gorgeous toes on Jaeger and bail – fantastic lines – one short cast – FTDT, looks like she just misses holding onto the stick, small slide.

McMurtry – VT – FL – DTY! – Pretty excellent, just has to lose her shape a hair at the end, and then a small slide back. Can still go 9.950, maybe 9.900. 10.000? Didn’t she…not stick? Guys? ….GUYS?

Nichols – OU – UB – Big Church, fab Pak – Excellent Shap 1/2, strong leg shape – nails DLO. Fab. 9.950.

If there was a 10 in that rotation…it was Nichols…?

After 1: Oklahoma 49.500 to Florida 49.475

Good bars rotation for Oklahoma, just a couple handstands to clean up, a couple near sticks. Florida OK on vault, but didn’t get the landings they would have wanted with the 3,4,5 vaulters all having minimum .1 landing deductions. I mean, McMurtry had a landing deduction too, but apparently that doesn’t count when you do a DTY anymore? What? The more I saw replays of that vault, the more it was definitely 9.900.

After 1: Georgia 49.175, Arkansas 49.100

Scores also a little soft on bars in this one, but Georgia avoided counting that fall, so mission accomplished.


Yamzon – UB – Ark – shrot first hs – tkatchev, flat but hit – bail – shortish borderline final handstand – DLO 1/1 and basically sticks it, will probably get the stick, some body position in the air still though.

Oakley – VT – UGA – bounce back on full, a little flatter off the table, small pike.

Shaffer – IB – solid Shap to bail combo, legs together throughout – some late 1/2 turns on high – double tuck with a hop back –

Dickson – VT – UGA – controls her landing, but has to bend and pike to get it because of coming in a bit short, which will hurt the score.

Showers – VT – OU – OK full, lunge back, didn’t get the full amplitude she wanted but enough to get it around.

Boren – UB – FL – hits Tkatchev – clear hip to bail, hits vertical – DLO with small slide forward

Lehrmann – VT _ OU – small slide back on full, good shape

Baker – UB – FL – Strong Ray – leg break on bail but hits her vertical – solid verticals until the 1/2, realllly has to cowboy her double front this time, kind of a large bounce forward

Dowell – VT – OU – didn’t stick this time, at the meet when she could have received a 10 – off to the side a little this time, hop forward.

Foberg – UB – FL – toe on to Pak, clean – Shap to Gienger, keeping legs together well – short final vertical – FTDT with step back. A couple things, but good routine.

Webb – VT – OU – Omelianchik, pretty good, small hop forward and loses her pike shape at the end with a knee bend.

Hundley – UB – FL – Good toe Shap to Pak, nice height – Toe shap 1/2, fingeertips and loses her leg shape – FTDT, good stick. A couple handstands and the legs on the Shap 1/2

Fall from Garner for Ark on bars, final routine had five hits before that.

Jackson – VT – OU – off to the side on her 1.5 as well, hop forward, usual strong power dynamics

Gowey – UB – FL – Strong Ray – hitting early handstands – clean Pak, not as big as Hundley’s but great body position – short final handstand – DLO with a large bounce back, the only weak part of the set.

Nichols – VT – OU – STICKS her 1.5. Very nice. Good control on her landing, maybe some knees at the end, but strong even in replay.

McMurtry – UB – FL – Ray, good height, elbows on catch – strong bail shape – short final handstand, the others were fine – FTDT, short with a bound forward.

Nichols 9.975 for that vault. I would like someone to explain to me how that vault was weaker than McMurtry’s.

After 2: Oklahoma 99.000, Florida 98.900

Big scores flying. Most of Oklahoma’s vault rotation was not as strong as they would like, similar to Florida’s, with some .1 lunges and not the best direction or amplitude, not quite what they can do. And then Nichols was excellent. Florida good on bars, some fewer missed handstands than in the last couple meets, though the landings weren’t there and could have been evaluated more strictly.

After 2: Arkansas 98.275, Georgia 98.050

Georgia counts a bunch of 9.7s on vault to fall behind Arkansas after 2 rotations. Both teams received the same bars score (and the same charitable bars scoring), but it’s the quality of the vaults making the difference, where Arkansas had cleaner shapes and better landings.


Yamzon – BB – Ark – switch side – three series to loso, small check – kickover front – gainer full.

9.950? I mean…it was fine…

Bart and Kathy are talking about Maggie and addressing the Nassar trial and giving credit to Rachael. Thanks, guys. Kathy bringing it about legislation!

Arnold – FX – UGA – Note this hospital of injuries behind her as she prepares for first pass – comes in short on double pike but holds the landing well to avoid a larger deduction – double tuck, keeps front foot down – switch ring and splits are OK but a little tight – Suzanne’s top is an ode to Ferrari’s leos – 1.5 to layout, flattish whippy layout.

Laird – BB – Ark – aerial to bhs series – switch to split 1/4, not there on her 180s – side aerial with a check – full turn, tentative – gainer full

Hundley – BB – FL – aerial to sissone, leans and pulls out the combination so they’ll probably give it – bhs loso, good extension, better this time, controlled – cat leap to switch side, secure – full turn – 1.5, near stick.

Babalis small slide back on double pike

Showers – FX _ OU – double pike, good height, bounce back – front full to layout, good shape but a stutter step on landing to keep it in bounds – switch ring and ferrari – 1/2 to front full, not huge but strong control this time

Skaggs – BB – FL – wolf double, hits it – switch to split, good split positions – loso series, strong – good leg form throughout – cast leap switch side, secure – side aerial to stuck full. Nice. Her best set of the season.

Dowell – FX – OU – double front, does exceptionally to keep in in bounds but does hop forward a little – looked like she was going to go OOB through the whole pass – 1.5 to layout – nice ups in those leaps – front layout to front full, controlled step out but sort of adjusts that back foot.

Boren – BB – FL – kickover front, secure – bhs loso, good height, not the most open hips but good – hitting leaps – cat leap to loso, strong – full turn with an arm wave adjustment – gainer full with a crossover step and then another correction step. Weird mistake after nice routine

Webb – FX – OU – front 2/1, controlled. “Slinkety.” Are you me? 1.5 to front full, just does keep that back leg down – split leap full and split jump full, feet and also a little back leg – rudi, a little bounce up and down

Good save from Carter of Ark on her side aerial full dismount. Stuck it despite kind fo missing her foot. But also she got a 9.975? Where am I?

Gowey – BB – FL – fantastic switch and split combo – bhs loso loso, legs got floppy at the end since she was off line but pulled it back without a wobble well, aerial to sissone, super clean – full turn – gainer full, small slide together –

Vega – FX – UGA – great double pike – hits middle pass – switch ring and split leap full, good positions – a little under on split leap 1.5, but pretty close – Tyra-style “ugly, pretty” face to camera –

Schoepfer – OU – FX – in place of Degouveia, bounce back on double pike – 1.5 to layout, missed her punch on the layout and had to arch it intensely, just got it around – switch ring to wolf jump full, not quite around – double pike, small slide back.

Baumann – BB – FL – “Alicia Baumann” – onodi to bhs, quite slow in combination- switch to switch 1/2, pretty switch – aerial to sissone, excellent – 1.5, pretends to hold the stick into her salute. Very pretty. 9.975. K.

Nichols – FX – OU – good double tuck, maybe a little slide – front full to front layout stepout, not tired of it yet – switch ring to split leap 1/1, good toes and extension, gets it around well – double pike, keeps the front leg down on the step back this time. Nice.

After 3: Arkansas 147.700, Georgia 147.150

Arkansas pulls way out in front after that EVERYONE GETS A 9.950 beam rotation.

McMurtry – BB – FL – kickover front, solid – loso series, secure – switch to shush hip circle, not the most extended on the switch – 2/1, good height and stuck. 10.000. For like, a routine that’s identical to all her other beam routines. Very secure set. I wasn’t happy with the switch, and I’d like to see more extension in the hips on her loso series, which is why I sometimes question the big scores she gets on this piece.

And a 9.975 for Nichols. I would actually be fine with a not-10 for that one, but one judge went there.

Jackson – OU – FX – huge open FTDT but bounces back and OOB, OU needed the big score here to keep pace with Florida – stagger step on double pike, awkward landing, not one of her better sets.

Recap of OU and Florida so far: TENS FOR EVERYONE *glug glug glug*

Florida and Oklahoma tied after 3


Hit opening set for Snead on beam for Georgia. 9.925. WHY NOT.

Okaley – BB – UGA – wolf turn, hit – high switch leap but a check afterward, back leg weird too – better on the split jump to split ring jump – secure loso series – cat leap to aerial, large break at the hips – gainer full slide. Probably 9.975.

Garner – FX – Ark – double pike, pulls in a little too much but fine – somewhat bouncy on leap landing – a little low on middle pass but just a small step out of front full –

Arnold – BB – UGA – switch to tuck jump 3/4, large break, does everything except touch the beam with a large bceck –  – aerial to bhs series, secure – switch to straddle 1/4, a little slow – 1.5, hop back.

Catour – BB  – OU – “Coach Kindler really likes to have seniors lead off” – remember when Keeley Kmieciak led off all four years? No? – Good loso series – cat leap to switch side, fine, a little tight – cat leap to aerial, confident – gainer tuck full dismount, stuck.

Slocum – FX – FL – whip through to double pike, pretty big bounce back – good height on leaps and hits positions, just a little bouncy – front full to front pike – rudi, hit – a little flat on final two passes but secure

Showers – BB – OU – bhs loso sereis, very smooth and extended – switch to straight jump full but couldn’t connect into Korbut this time with a couple steps backward to stay on the beam – hits kickover front – sticks gainer full. Still 9.900. LOLLLL. Also, have I mentioned LOLLLLLLLLLLL.

Skaggs – FX – FL – 1.5 through to double tuck, excellent, good form and controlled landing – back 1.5 to layout, secure. very well extended leaps too, this is quite nice – double pike, a little short but controls the landing.

The scoring is obviously bonkers, but I’ve also been really impressed by Skaggs today.

Woodard – OU – BB – full turn – kickover front to bhs, pretty legs – switch to split to beat jump, she is loverly – side aerial to full, stuck, great.

Foberg – FL – FX – full in, slide back – front full to front tuck, basically completely missed her feet and somehow pulled out a front tuck! Really should have been a fall, good save, but a large mistake – double tuck, short landing with lunge forward. Not her best.

9.825. MY GOD. She had like 15 mistakes.

Lehrmann – OU – BB – full turn, smooth – aerial, nice – switch side, secure – nails loso series – switch to Korbut – having no trouble at all with this – so obvious 15 – gainer full, stuck. And that gets 9.900? That was actually deserving of a huge, huge score, and the judges are like…mmmm same.

Boren – FL – FX – DLO comes in short with a lunge. Back 1.5 to layout is quite nice, good straight shape throughout, amplitude, secure, excellent. split leap 1/1 to wolf jump 1/1 – Double tuck, solid

197.175 for Arkansas. This Florida/OU meet isn’t the only crack in town.

Webb – BB – OU – full turn – bhs loso, smooth, nicely done – cat leap to aerial, hit – YOU HIT TWO SKILLS AUTOMATIC 10. switch to split – off to the side a little on dismount but another hit.

Baker – FL – FX – Dos Santos, good, controls her step forward, she can land it better than that, but that was a solid one. Double tuck, super high and easy, nailed it. switch to split leap 1/1, a little off of 180 – 1/5 to half to straddle. Good one. 9.975.

Nichols – BB – OU – aerial to split, strong – loso series, secure, excellent – switch split to split – full turn – almost holds the stick on the 1.5, small step to the slide.

Baumann – FX – FL – Double tuck, solid – 1.5 to front full, a little loose in the knees in the front full – She needs 9.925 to win. I WONDER WHAT SCORE SHE’LL GET – double pike, short with a lunge forward.

Over at Utah, Skinner with the small hop back on her DTY. Her usual.

9.925. Was there ever any doubt?

Apparently OU has an inquiry on beam. Because of course.

FINAL: Florida 198.150, Oklahoma 198.125


Next orders of business are Utah/Arizona and Alabama/Missouri.

Sticky Fingers couldn’t stick the double front on bars for Missouri, step back.

Alabama vaults five, meanwhile. 9.925 for Guerrero but 9.7s for the others.

Huber – UB – MU – Hit Jaeger to overshoot – shortish final handstand – DLO, stuck but staggered.

Schneider – BB – Ariz – kickover front with a check – another check on kickover front, redoing it, still doesn’t have an acro combo – check on sheep jump – front full, hit, but will start from 9.8 because no acro series

Lewis – FX – Utah – nice open on double pike, slide back – front lay to front full, too archy on the lay with a leg break – switch side to split jump 1/1, a little short of 180 – I’m going to miss Lewis next season, but we’ll always have Lee and Reinstadtler (and by always, I mean always, don’t take that away from me) – double tuck, slide back with the front foot up

Leydin – FX – Ariz – switch to split, small check, short leg on split, good switch – loso series, solid – pike jump to back tuck, holds it – 1.5 with step forward

Roberts – FX – Utah – double pike, slide back – front lay to rudi, well done, good control, chest up – switch side to wolf jump, not hitting those positions – 1.5 to half to stag, good final two passes.

Nice amplitude from Miller on vault – hop back.

Guerra – Ub – AL – short first hs – hits Jaeger, good toes – leg break in bail and a little floppy in the air but lands in handstand – improving as it goes, floaty DLO, stuck. Good.

Porter – VT – MU – Has the amplitude on full but bounce back on landing – comes in a little short

Giancroce – UB – AL – Tkatchev, short handstand – can’t get back to vertical on a clear hip and falls. Returns with straddle Pak – Pike open pike dismount, short with hop forward.

reinstadtler – FX – Utah – clean double tuck, good control – 1.5 to layout, controlled, lost her knees slightly in 1.5 – strong double pike as well. Pretty set.

Cowles – BB – Ariz – aerial to split, pretty aerial, a little short on split – hits loso with a check, it looked totally on but she was tentative on her wrapped leg and had to adjust a little – check in between her dance series – gainer front full with hop forward. AZ struggling on beam.

Graber – UB – AL – Big Gienger but leg break – nice toe point throughout – sticks FTDT –

Soloski – FX – Utah – DLO, good – split leap 1/1 – 2/1, hit – 1.5 to front layout, very controlled and secure set.

Amanda is complaining that these scores are too tight. Too soon, girl. Too soon. Also, no.

Dickson for Alabama hits her big tkatchev – FTDT with a hop back.

Tucker on vault for Missouri – hop back on a full – normal.

Winston – UB – AL – Shap  – short handstand on high bar – lovely Pak as always – another short hs – Perfect stuck DLO. Skills were awesome, just the handstands.

MMG – FX – Utah – secure landing on piked full in, chest down but not too chesty downy this time – 1.5 to layout to pike, strong – rudi to straddle, good control on that straddle this time

Brannan – UB – AL – Hits Jaeger – a little crooked in bail but pulled it together – short handstand – DLO with hop. They’re struggling on the handstands today.

Cindric – BB – AZ – Nice loso series – pretty side aerial in the air but checks working out of it – split jump to double stag, very secure – gainer pike, stuck. Much better than the rest of the lineup.

Skinner – FX – Utah – L hop full – double double, pretty strong but slide back on the landing this time – split leap 1.5 – 1.5 through to 2/1, didn’t die this time – front tuck, better landing on this one – full-in, shortish on the landing with a lean forward. A couple .05 landings this time, but 9.900 seems reasonable to me.

Kentucky has a .125 lead on Auburn at halfway. Alabama has .425 over Missouri but is on low 196 pace, which they won’t be happy with. Utah well ahead of Arizona and on pace for a mid-197.

Ernst – BB – Alabama – full turn, a little mushy – hits loso series securely – switch to split to sheep – fall – “And that does happen” – Bridget Sloan. 2/1, very short with a bound forward

Stumble back and OOB from Bower on a double pike for Missouri.

Klopfer – BB – Alabama – wolf turn, smooth – split and sheep, secure – cat leap to side aerial with small lean – bhs loso series, fall – way off line throughout. Two falls in two for Alabama. Dear. Side aerial to full dismount with small slide.

Stover – BB – Utah – aerial to bhs, smooth enough that she’ll get the series – full turn, hit – beat jump to split ring jump – kickover front, secure – switch to straddle, nailed – sticks gainer full. BY FAR her best beam routine of the season.

Armbrecht – BB – Alabama – aerial to beat jump, pretty as always – bhs loso series, hits it – split to beat to sheep, well executed pieces, small check at the end on the sheep – 1.5 hop forward.

MMG – BB – Utah – switch to split, hitting 180 – bhs bhs loso, hit – aerial to beat, not the fastest but smooth – full turn – 2/1 and holds the stick. Good set.

Berg – FX – Ariz – double pike, collapses slightly in the knees with a slide back – front 1/1 to front pike, hit, a little mushy in the full – rudi to split, a little short.

Graber – BB – AL – bhs lay-pike, very solid – kickover front to scale, comfortable and smooth without hesitation in the connection –  2/1 bounce back

Burch – BB – Utah – full turn – secure loso series, better legs this time – cat leap to aerial to beat, comfortable – switch to straddle – 1.5 and leans to hold onto the stick, basically dismounted INTO Baely Rowe. Like, girl, back up? Nice set. Much better than what we’ve seen from her before.

Winston – BB – AL – split to straddle 1/2, gorgeous and perfect – aerial to bhs, quick enough and very well executed – full turn – double tuck stuck! Awesome routine. So pretty.

Lee – BB – Utah – full turn – loso, well hit – beat to side aerial, not my favorite combo but secure and well done – a little tight on switch into straddle 1/4 – 2/1, stuck. Good. 9.925 is a little scoring the rotation order there.

Guerrero – BB – AL – bhs loso loso, solid as usual – switch to straddle, no trouble – full turn – 1.5 with a hop forward. At least they ended with four good ones.

Reinstadtler – BB – aerial to split jump, a little check in between the two – loso series, controlled and extended – large break on the full turn, bend at the hips and a swim – switch to straddle 1/4, well done – gainer full, stuck.

Mattson – FX – Arizona – double pike, good amplitude, slide back – 1.5 to layout, controlled – double tuck, solid. Good set.

Skinner – BB – bhs loso series, secure – side aerial to sissone, a little pause in between but hit both elements – larger break on L turn, bend at the hips and lean to the side – switch to straddle to back tuck, nailed – double tuck, step back.

Schneider – FX – Arizona – double pike, very well controlled, dropped into it, well done – front layout, front full – switch side popa, solid and extended – double tuck, very strong. One of her best floor routines.

Utah goes 197.550, Arizona will be over 196, waiting on the final score from Schneider.

Sheppard – FX – Auburn – finishes 2/1 to punch front, VERY Chinese 3/1, but secure – apparently she fell earlier in the routine.

Poland – BB – Kentucky – bhs bhs loso, secure – full turn – one-arm fhs – switch leap to double stag, this is quite a secure one for her – gainer pike, stuck.

Becker – FX – Auburn – double tuck, controlled well – good height on leaps – hits double pike, shortish – finishes 1.5 to front tuck, very open front tuck, wonder if she wanted to make it a layout.

Guerra – FX – double back first pass, bounces back and OOB – 1.5 to layout is solid to end.

Kwan – BB – Kentucky – check on full turn – hits loso series, small check – switch to double stag, hit – cat leap side aerial tuck full dismount series, stuck but legs well apart.

Cerio – FX – Auburn – double pike, step back – front full front lay to wolf – rudi a little under rotated.

Loeb – FX – Alabama – exploring depth – hit double tuck but chest down – OOB on second pass – 1.5 to layout, arches it around with a lunge forward out of it.

Dukes – BB – Kentucky – very solid loso series – aerial, very short and falls. Weird. Counting the 9.7 from Korth now.

Missouri struggling on beam – a 9.5, then a fall, and now a check on a full turn from Albritten.

Watson – FX – Auburn – fine double pike, solid, a little chest – quite short on double tuck, chest down and a hop forward – 1.5 to front tuck, couldn’t punch into front tuck and lands extremely low, just avoids sitting it but a major deduction.

Desch – FX – throws out the double Arabian, gets it around somehow with a bounce forward – 1.5 to 1/2 to split to front tuck, well done – good double back final pass.

Hyland – BB – switch to split, well done, so pretty – cat leap to aerial to bhs loso, small pause in between the aerial to bhs (doesn’t matter), but a check after the loso this time – side aerial to stuck full, good one.

Milliet – FX – front lay to rudi, such excellent position in the front layout, how it should look – switch ring to switch 1/2 – double pike, a little deep with step backward. 1.5 to layout with some legs.

Armbrecht – FX – double pike, solid – 1.5 to layout, good – rudi to double stag, came in short but worked it into the connection. 9.950? Sure? Why not at this point?

It’s 196.700 for Kentucky. Auburn 196.250, even with counting a 9.400 on floor

Guerrero – FX – Alabama – double pike, a little short with a lunge forward – switch side to popa, gets it around – 1.5 to front full, solid – this routine is so Alabama that Alabama is like, “I can’t even…” – weird little rudi, somewhat ragged and short.

Ward – BB – bhs bhs loso, very secure – Missouri already counting two 9.5s – switch to beat, good amplitude – cat leap to side aerial, solid – 1.5, stuck. Good.

Winston – FX – double pike, solid – very high split leap 1/1 – front lay to front full, great shape on layout, controls the step out of the front full – switch ring and then her foot died in her dance combo and she has to work into the next leap – double tuck, a little short with a hop to the side.

We’ll see what they do with that broken passage of dance…it’s a .200 composition requirement and judges would be within their rights not to give it because of that stumble.

Missouri 194.525. Counted a fall on floor and those 9.5s on beam. No rotations in the 49s today.

9.675 for Winston. Yeah, so I assume they didn’t give her the dance passage.

That means Alabama finishes 195.850. Counted the fall on beam, just five vaults, a 9.6 on floor. An “exploring depth” day for Alabama, but also not a memorable score or performance.


124 thoughts on “Friday Live Blog – January 26, 2018”

  1. I am all for Alex getting a 10 but im not sure that was her greatest vault. she looked to have just a tiny slide back but hey its a 10!

  2. Ok, on Alex’s vault one of the views looks like a stick and one looks like a slide!? But like lol I am very ready for both of these teams to go over 198 tonight

  3. I love maggie, and I love alex, but those two routines were of pretty equal caliber, and then you see the scores

  4. Definitely didn’t think McMurtry stuck in real time, but it looked like she stuck from the slo mo. Or at least stuck enough that they gave her a 10.

    1. Pretty sure Gnat had a vault last year that looked about like McMurtry’s tonight that got a 10 haha

  5. The UF judges are in full crack mode. I expect both teams to have 197s, if not 198s.

  6. well hey if ashleigh gnat could get a 10 on her dty vault against bama last year with a slide then so can Alex 🙂

    1. Geez Florida fans using an Ashleigh Gnat vault 10.0 score from last season to justify McMurtry’s gift tonight.

  7. Oakley’s FTDT off bars was beautiful. Her bar routine is excellent! Oakley, Vaculik, Snead, Dickson can all put up big scores. If they hit at the same time, bars could be a great event for Georgia.

  8. Scores are really going crazy! Maggie and Alex are two of my all-time favourites to watch, but 10 for a non-stick? A 9,95 for catching close and short handstand?

    1. Yeah I agree, Maggie’s 9.95 on bars was a bit much as well. Quite a close catch and her staggered DLO landing

  9. What on earth has been going on with Kennedy Baker? She has just seemed so off recently…

  10. MAybe Alex slid a tad on the landing but her execution in the air is SO much better than other DTYs that have scored a 10 just because of the stick. I can live with it.

    1. I was okay with the alex’s 10 as long as maggie’s awesome vault was also a 10, which it wasn’t so now I’m having a harder time justifying it

      1. Exactly. If Alex’s not perfect dty gets a 10, Maggie’s actually perfect Y1.5 needs the 10 as well.

        Gotta love Kathy’s commentary on McMurtry’s vault. She uses the words “perfect technique,” “amazing,’ and “precise.” She very distinctly does not say the vault is perfect. Kathy has such an elegant way of criticizing by omission.

  11. <3 <3 <3 Just taking this opportunity to appreciate Kathy Johnson Clarke and Bart Connor – celebrating the courage of athletes; pushing for institutional change to protect athletes; and just not being silent and trying to sweep scandal under the rug.

  12. Sassitude, Slinkyness and what was the strange word one of the teams had as goal/motivation?

      1. Thank you! It was on the tip of my tongue. I’m all for implementing them as normal words through their use at gymcastic.

  13. Arkansas has a great beam rotation, but a 9.975 and two 9.95s? I don’t think so.

  14. Arkansas has a great beam rotation, but a 9.975 and two 9.95s? I don’t think so.

  15. So much crack judging in this rotation on both sides. Schoepfer getting a 9.9 for that messy routine? 9.975 for Baumann’s beam?

    1. that was a great routine for Alyssa! no complaints from me! and Alex gets another 10! and this one was deserved imo! she now has a perfect 10 in all four events!

      1. Nope. Beautiful routine, but that “acro series” connection was questionable. I’m kinda ok with them giving her credit for the connection, but def no better than a 9.9. A judge calling that routine perfect is the crackiest score this season.

        And I love Baumann and her beam style.

  16. Alex’s 10 is NOTHING compared to Schoepfer’s 9’9 on floor. I had it at 9’7. Large hop on first pass, botched second pass, short on leaps and no e pass. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT SCORE?

    1. An E pass is not a requirement. I don’t know why people keep acting like not having an E is a deduction.

      1. Yeah I really dont care about e passes but like no on that 9.9. 9.8 MAYBE. at least a tenth for just the middle pass, plus her leaps were not as strong as the rest of her teammates (mainly the wolf full). And it was not only .025 below Dowell or Webb…..

      2. I think the point is sometimes judges overlook small errors if the difficulty is there, but it’s not there with Schoepher, so she should never in any universe have gone above 9.8 and really should have been in the 9.7’s.

    2. THIS so much. The judging has been crazy but no way that deserved a 9.9. I’d even say a 9.7 is a bit high. We all knew the Gators would be overscored today anyway.

    3. Both teams definitely got gifts but OU got lowballed in a few places too, especially last two beam routines (hmmm wonder why?).

  17. If UGA can get healthy, big if, they could be dangerous. The back end of their lineups are excellent.

    Also, they have improved so much on their bar handstands from last year. Johnson especially looks a lot better.

  18. My my. It’s going to be one of those seasons when scoring is just ridiculous. Like 2004.

  19. damn I so wish I wasn’t sick right now otherwise I would be in Gainesville watching this great meet between two awesome teams and seeing the competition between Alex and Maggie! damn flu!

  20. Some beautiful gymnastics between Florida and OU. Scores are crazy on both sides for sure. Hopefully the ‘best’ team ends up with the W.

  21. Last weekend Florida fans were complaining about being low balled in Kentucky on scores. It is okay because they are getting gifted back tonight for it. It all balances out at some point.

    1. The problem for UF though is when RQS kicks in and they MUST count three road scores – they already have two they want to drop and only four more road meets left.

      Won’t matter what their home RQS craziness is if they can’t get it together on the road – they also go to UGA for one meet where they had a low 196 the last time they were there.

    1. Michigan had a crazy scoring meet this year. PAC has also seen some crack scoring, as well as OU. It’s not conference based, it’s all reputation and ranking. You have a good reputation, here’s some crack!

  22. Arkansas and Georgia are pleasant surprises this year. I didn’t have high expectations for either this year, but they look like Nationals teams, especially if Arkansas can stay healthy and Georgia can get healthy.

  23. ok so people think Florida is scored high but the second girl for ou on beam missed a connection and still scored a 9.9 with one judge going 9.95. what?

  24. And Showers gets a 9.9 even with that mistake on her hop full. She covered well and I love her on beam but come on.

    It’s like a race between the beam and floor judges to see who can throw out the craziest scores.

    1. And explain to me how that beam score gets the same as Lehrmann who had a gorgeous error-free routine??

      1. Heels apart on the landing?

        but seriously, I don’t understand the ranking of the routines in that whole meet.

      2. I feel like Lehrmann has been underscored on bars all year and that beam routine is another example. Maybe there is just a “Lehrmann can’t score over a 9.9 rule”

  25. Sophia Carter is amazing! If you haven’t watched Arkansas this year, check out her beam and floor routines from tonight.

  26. There was a lot of crack there. But more to the benefit of Florida. That final Baumann score was .05 too high at least.

  27. All the scoring was nuts. Both teams got total gifts. Scoring not credible. But both teams brought it. If Florida ups it’s game on Floor it could make the difference for them over okla and LSU.

    1. The thing is that a meet like this will definitely factor into RQS for both teams. So good luck LSU and UCLA, you need a crack meet for 198 to keep pace.

    1. Agree – Utah on Floor is great – love their routines. There is absolutely no way that Arizona matched them but it was a tie on floor. Utah on beam was a bit of a bump but nothing to AZ on floor. AZ was scored high on Bars as well

      1. but what about the inquiry? have they announced if ou got what they wanted? if so Im sure that means ou would win right

    1. The score link hasn’t posted Baumann’s floor score. Florida’s live scores often take forever to post the final score of the meet.

    1. “Down goes number 1 ranked Oklahoma” really, Florida? Instead of saying something along the lines of Florida posted the highest score in the country this season or McMurtry being amazing, you go with Down goes Oklahoma?!?! Classy.

      1. I believe Lsu said the same thing last year when they beat them. How is that not nice? every other sport would said the same thing!

      2. Florida fans remember everything LSU did last year apparently.

        I have no clue what a team posted on Twitter last year. I just think there are better ways to post a win.

      3. It’s what is said during NCAA football and basketball (men or women) when a lower seeded team takes down an undefeated or #1 seed. It’s about school spirit and razing the competition.

      4. LSU did not beat Oklahoma last season so there is no way they said anything about “down with #1”. I, too, have noticed that often when someone makes a negative comment about Florida, the Florida fans always mention LSU. “Well LSU did that, too, before or Gnat got a 10 for her imperfect vault so why not Alex”. That kind of mud. Could the Florida fans be jealous because LSU has beaten them during the regular season for the past 3 years (twice in Florida’s own house) or because LSU are the reigning SEC champs????

  28. Bre Showers was over scored, and Nicole was underscored, so I guess in the end it evens out, but come on judges just do your job!

  29. I’m already excited for regionals. There could be so much drama this year. Teams that are three seeds and probably some four seeds may legitimately challenge for a spot. Bring on the drama and upsets!

  30. Is Britney Ward injured? I’ve noticed her scores are not her normal 9.9s this year.

    1. She is coming back from injury and maybe surgery—I can’t remember the details. It’s why she wasn’t vaulting in the first couple meets.

    1. Haha, best comment of the night. I’m still shocked she was allowed to stay on the team.

  31. wait.. i’m watching utah and they just showed that OU won? did the inquiry go through?!

    1. well they have already announced Florida won at the meet and on twitter and im watching the Alabama meet and they mentioned that Florida won by .025 and everything on twitter that I have seen is saying Florida won.

    1. It’s not even halfway through her freshman year… might be a little quick to rush to judgement.

      1. I predict a freshman year on the bench for inconsistency and then a medical retirement.

    2. I heard on another board she might be injured. If that’s the case, some transparency from Bama would be nice . . .

    1. The commentators said she tweaked her ankle in floor warm-ups. They didn’t say if she would be out long-term

  32. Drafting Kiana Winston high and getting her on my fantasy team was the best decision I ever made.

  33. Definitely not Alabama’s best night, but scores are a bit tight compared to other meets this evening, yeah?

    1. agreed. I thought Kiana’s beam routine was beautiful and deserved higher than a 9.9.

  34. After the disasterous scoring of the OU/Florida meet. Skinner losing AA made my day

    1. ha yea if there is a gymnast I would be happy to see lose anything really its her. Sorry for anyone who likes her but im not a fan

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