|Friday, February 9||Scores||Stream
|5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Northern Illinois @ Eastern Michigan||LINK||EMU($)|
|6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Penn State @ Ohio State||LINK||FREE|
|7:00 ET/4:00 PT –  Alabama @  Florida||LINK||SECN|
|7:00 ET/4:00 PT –  Georgia @  Kentucky||LINK||SEC+|
|7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Alaska @ Centenary||LINK||CC($)|
|7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Winona State @ UW-La Crosse||FREE|
|8:00 ET/5:00 PT –  Auburn @  Arkansas||LINK||SEC+|
|8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Illinois @  Minnesota||LINK||BTN+
|8:00 ET/5:00 PT –  Central Michigan @ Illinois State||FREE|
|8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Lindenwood, UW-Whitewater, UW-Stout (@ Milwaukee, WI)||LINK|
|8:30 ET/5:30 PT –  LSU @  Missouri||LINK||SECN|
|9:00 ET/6:00 PT –  Arizona State @  Utah||LINK||P12N|
|9:00 ET/6:00 PT –  BYU @ Southern Utah||LINK||FREE|
|10:00 ET/7:00 PT –  Boise State,  Iowa State @ San Jose State||LINK||FREE|
|10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Utah State, Sacramento State @ UC Davis||LINK||FREE|
Today started a little earlier than usual with some Penn State/Ohio State action before the main event: Alabama’s visit to Florida, though you may have noticed if you tried to watch that Ohio State is still one of those remaining schools that shows only the home-team routines. Because that makes sense.
Ohio State has a lead over Penn State after 1, 49.050 to 49.025, with Penn State falling off expectations on bars because of a surprising miss from Sabrina Garcia for 8.700.
Some Florida/Alabama lineup developments. Chant is vaulting for Florida (you’re forgiven for kind of forgetting she was on the team), Foberg is back on vault and bars, Baker is ONLY on floor, McLaughlin is on beam. So remember when I thought these would be sort-of peak lineups? Nope.
No Childers for Alabama. Klopfer on floor, Ernst back on beam, Winston back on vault.
Northern Illinois has defeated Eastern Michigan, 195.425 to 194.900. That’s a season high for NIU. EMU is still yet to hit 195 this season.
Ohio State extends its lead on Penn State after 2: 98.225 to 97.900. Penn State once again not getting a big score it needed with Tsang going just 9.700 on vault. OSU over 49 on both events so far.
Chant – VT – Florida – Tsuk 1/1 – “traditional entry vault” – small bounce back but fairly significant pike at the end, leg break on block
WHERE’S BART IN MY LIFE.
Guerra – UB – Alabama – shortish first hs – solid and good Jaeger, some short verticals until the final cast handstand, really went for that one and overarches and comes off. Starting with a fall.
Lauren Johnson stuck her DLO on bars for Georgia, otherwise her normal.
Rosa – VT – Kentucky – stronnnggg landing on her full, basically a stick. Just feet and distance.
Hundley – VT – Florida – good landing on her full, just a small small slide back – will get deducted for not having the dynamics and height as others, but good.
Pedersen – UB – UGA – now going second – shortish first hs – solid piked Haeger – goooood Pak, legs together and high – REALLY short final hs before blind change, hop on double front, a little deep
Graber – UB – Alabam – hite Gienger with leg break, another leg break on bail but good toes – short final handstand – legs on FTDT but a good stick
Foberg – VT – Florida – large bounce back out of full, but really good amplitude and form.
Oakley – UB – Georgia – great first hs – pretty Shap to Pak, good legs together – sway back on the half turn on low- strong final hs – STUCK FTDT, very good.
Mahoney very clean on bars for Alabama, one short handstand I saw, great shape on FTDT dismount, just a little deep.
Davis for Kentucky a little deep and squatty on her full landing.
Boren – VT – Florida – huge 1.5 but no control on the landing, large lunge forward and then a couple steps out.
Good set from Vaculik on bars, just two short handstands and then her usual FTDT form, but stuck. Nice.
Dickson – UB – Alabama – a little short on bail, as she is most weeks – just tight on some handstands but great tkatchev as usual – FTDT with a lunge back, and I counted three short handstands there.
Slocum – VT – Florida – handspring pike 1/2 , tries to stick, comes in deep-chested with a small hop forward.
Snead – UB – Georgia – good tkatchev and bail, nice toe point – a short handstand – whips her DLO this time just a little with a step forward. Didn’t have her usual height, but otherwise great.
Winston – UB – toe Shap, very clean – perfect form on Pak as always but came in a little close this time and had to muscle it – that threw her off on the next handstand as well a little, but a fab DLO as always –
McMurtry – VT – Florida – VERY good DTY! Better control on the landing than the previous 10 she got, maybe a little lean with one foot, but I think you can call that a slide together with the heels, which is fine, so we’ll see. 9.975 this time. Makes sense as a score to me, one judge calling that a slide together, the other calling it lack of control, though it was clearly way better than that 10 from two weeks ago.
Brannan – UB – Alabama – Jaeger,, good – legs together on bail – DLO, small slide. Good routine. They got through the rotation.
After 1: Florida 49.325, Alabama 49.300
Both of those scores overstate the quality of the rotations a little, Florida struggling with the vaults until McMurtry saved the rotation, Alabama having some rough times in the handstand and leg form departments on those routines, even though they endured the early fall.
After 1: Georgia 49.250, Kentucky 48.975
Impressed by parts of Georgia’s rotation on bars, really clean stuff from Oakley in particular. Dickson looked a little rushed at the end. Kentucky struggled with those vaults this week, Korth landing short with a lunge back, Davis very deep with a bound to the side. Not their best landing day. Kentucky continuing to do better on the road than at home so far.
Vega – VT – Georgia – struggles more this time, piked on the full and then a pretty large bounce back followed by another step
Carlisle – UB – Kentucky – 1/2 turn to hit Jaeger, some feet – a little angle on the bail handstand – FTDT, very good landing
Mahoney – VT – Alabama – good full, small slide back, nice leg form, just lacking in distance compared to the best.
Mahoney’s bars score got bumped up to 9.875. It did look very clean so I don’t mind that.
Boren – UB – Florida – Tkatchev, hit – smooth early, secure bail – one shortish final handstand – small ste on DLO, good one.
Armbrecht good control on the vault landing, small hop up, did have some tucking in her pre-flight. Like Mahoney, didn’t have the most distance.
Foberg – UB – Florida – nice Pak – Godo Shap, some legs – inbar Gienger, catches close and loses her momentum out of it, works through, FTDT with small slide back
Fall from Rechenmacher on bars for Kentucky on her Jaeger, she was moving SOOO fast she kind of just got ahead of herself.
Graber – VT – Alabama – the full still, lunge back, a little locked on landing
Skaggs – UB – Florida – toe on to Tkatchev to Pak, great counter rotation on the Tkatchev, some legs ont he Pak, short final hs – DLO, lands it deep with a step forwrad to save it.
Johnson basically sticks on vault for Georgia to try to save the rotation score after early struggles.
Winston – VT – Alabama – she’s back! Good dynamics as we expect, welcome back. A little more piking than she’ll have at her best on vault, slide back.
Hundley – UB – Florida – Shap , solid – to Pak, good handstand on low – hits Shap 1/2 – short handstand – FTDT, good, small slide – she often looks like she’s having leg breaks on these skills, but her thighs and knees are together, it’s just how her legs go.
Desch – VT – ALabama – small slide back on full, not much in the dynamics department, coming in a little too forward
Gowey – UB – Florida – Great Ray – toe on to Pak, smooth – iffy final hs – DLO, pikes down at the end with a hop back.
Korth – UB – Kentucky – nice piked jaeger – leg break on the bail – DLO 1/1 with a small hop back.
Guerrero – VT – Alabama – just a small slide back/together on her 1.5, usual knees, but strong vault –
McMurtry – UB – Florida – Godo Ray, better elbows this time – strong vertical on bail but a little pause and hand readjustment to hold it – sticks FTDT. Good.
After 2: Florida 98.825, Alabama 98.600
Better vaulting from Alabama. I don’t think dynamics were evaluated as they should have been (vault judging was very landing-focused today), but better. Still not enough difficulty and still a little too flat on those fulls for me, though. Florida good on bars. The landings were better, though we were hearing a lot about “sticks” that weren’t actually sticks. Small deductions but deductions.
After 2: Georgia 98.125, Kentucky 98.000
Georgia loses some of the lead after having to count the Vega vault bounce-a-thon because of having just the five vaults, though it’s still enough to stay ahead of Kentucky, who got through bars and did not have to count the fall.
Everyone’s OK so far. No one is having a GREAT day except Alex McMurtry.
Stuart – BB – Kentucky – double stag – layout stepout series, lean to the side correction – cat leap to side aerial to tuck full, stuck.
Hundley – BB – Florida – aerial with a lean correction into sissone, shouldn’t get the combo but will – more secure on loso series – cat leap to switch side, solid – full turn – holds the stick on 1.5. Got through, she doesn’t have the most amplitude but she Hundleys it.
9.800. Split is 9.700 and 9.900.
Guerra – FX – Alabama – double tuck, small slide, good shape – 1.5 to layout, very solid, maintains her position well, controls the landing – double pike, another small bounce. Solid.
McLaughlin – BB – Florida – beat jump – aerial to bhs series, also leans in between the combination, leans again on landing the bhs – check on double stag as well – side aerial to layout full, short with a lunge forward
Desch – FX – Alabama – double Arabian, short and falls this time. It always looks a little terrifying and touch-and-go, and it didn’t work out this time – solid remaining passes, small slide back on double tuck.
Poland – BB – Kentucky – small lean on her three series but well executed, just a couple checks – gainer pike, good.
Delay on beam. Judge 1 didn’t give the series, judge #2 did.
Boren – BB – Florida – good kickover front – solid layout stepout series – good switch and straddle, pretty close to 180 on the switch, cat leap to loso, arm wave to prevent having to check – gainer full, small slide back. Good again.
Snead did very well not to go OOB for Georgia stepping back out of her last pass.
Klopfer – FX – Alabama – double tuck, secure, not too high – split leap full to split jump 1/1, solid, double pike, deep with a step forward – back 1.5 to layout, arched around to get it done. Form in places, won’t be a final-lineup routine, but go through as needed.
Kwan falls on beam for Kentucky –
Gowey – BB – Florida – switch to split, pretty – bhs loso loso series, bend at the hips working out of it – aerial to sissone was lovely – full turn, a little tentative – gainer full
Dickson lunges forward on a couple of passes for Georgia but hits.
Armbrecht – FX – Alabama – bounces back out of double pike but nice height and toe point – 1.5 to layout, came in high on that 1.5 and did well to get the layout done – rudi to double stag, hit
Dukes even wobbling all over the place on beam for Kentucky. Not Kentucky’s beam day so far.
Baumann – BB – Florida – Onodi, perfection – bhs loso series, super clean – switch to split, not the MOST extended she can do but still hit – aerial to sissone, smooth – 1.5, tries to pretend she stuck it but steps forward in salute
Winston – FX – Alabama – double pike, controlled, no trouble – split leap 1/1, strong – front lay to front full, didn’t get her punch into the full so a little more awkward than usual – switch ring to switch 1/2, didn’t lift at all into the switch 1/2 and missed the position, which Winston NEVER does – double tuck, solid. A few weird moments
I love that Winston basically did the same switch 1/2 everyone else does, but it was the end of the world because she can actually do it well and does every time.
McMurtry – BB – Florida – kickover front, good – hits loso series with a check – switch to shushunova hip circle – 2/1 with a slide back. I really don’t see how you come up with 9.925 for that one.
Guerrero – FX – Alabama – double pike, stuck landing, very strong – back 1.5 to front full, also excellent on landing – the girl can land, that’s for sure – rudi, some legs, large-ish step back. Good routine.
Good ending for both teams in those rotations after a couple struggles early on.
After 3: Florida 148.225, Alabama 147.800
49.200 for Alabama on beam, so it should be a season-high with a hit beam. Florida is looking on track for a mid-197, though it could get to a higher 197 if home floor is in effect.
After 3: Georgia 147.250, Kentucky 146.275
Kentucky with a bit of a nightmare beam means this meet won’t really be a usable score regardless of what happens in the final rotation on floor. Georgia got through five gymnasts on floor and is still on pace for a comfortable 196 with a hit beam, though it won’t be a hugely competitive final score.
Dead at baby Adrian Burde.
Snead – BB – Georgia – bhs loso bhs, smooth and extended – cat leap to switch to back tuck, she’s always short on that switch but it looked particularly short this time – front tuck, leg-up wobble – 2/1 dismount with hop back
Childers wrist injury.
Desch – BB – Alabama – aerial with a check, covered with choreography but not really – hits series – full turn – side somi, lean forward to save it – switch to split – 1.5 dismount with a lean and a step.
Fall on a tkatchev for Milliet on bars for Auburn. WHY MY LIFE?
Oakley – BB – Georgia – split to split ring, OK, small check this time – good toes on loso series, secure – HUGE wobble on aerial did everything but come off the beam yet somehow did not fall.
Slocum – FX – Florida – whip through to double pike, nice height on the double pike – full to front pike – rudi to double stag, good.
Counting a fall for Auburn on bars.
Armbrecht with a couple small corrections working out of skills, and then a bend at the hips to save the sheep jump, good form and extension throughout
Sanders is back on beam for Georgia – hits series – at leap to switch side with a lean – check on full turn – front tuck, large bend at the hips correction – front layout full dismount.
Hundley – FX – Florida – double tuck, no trouble – switch side to popa, better distinct finish position this week – double pike, comes in short with a lunge forward – 1/5 to layout, solid on that but not big. 9.875? Here we go.
Georgia counting a 9.600 on beam now.
Ernst – BB – Alabama – full turn – bhs loso series, excellent and secure – switch to sheep, check but her sheep jump form is LEGIT as always – aerial to split, slow but keeps her arms moving so whatever I guess – 2/1, stuck with some crossed legs. Good set.
Baumann – FX – Florida – double tuck, slide back – back 1/5 to front full, solid on that one – switch 1/2 to straddle jump, her straddle is so high – double pike, small slide.
Graber – BB – Alabama – bhs to lay-pike, very confident and secure – switch to straddle 3/4, a little low on straddle 3/4 – kickover front, intended to scale but good correction to bail out of her scale, a significant wobble but she didn’t have it and saved – 2/1 with a lunge back
Gowey – FX – Florida – very well controlled double pike, good shape, just a hair forward – 1.5 to layout, solid – same on double tuck, just a bit more forward that time, but good security
Winston – BB – Alabama – split and straddle 1/2, perfect – aerial to bhs, smooth – full turn, lovely – NO WHY – double tuck, comes in super short with a lunge forward and the hand now
Vega – BB – Georgia – loso series, small lean – good style on full turn – cat leap to aerial and leans through her connection to sissone – split to straddle 1/4 – side aerial to full, stuck.
Boren – FX – Florida – DLO good – 1.5 to layout, good lift into layout, stays straight on it – Kathy’s distaste for this “someone is calling!” play is my favorite. Double tuck, big, chest up, some slide.
Let’s please talk about how Winston got a 9.700 when putting her hands down on her beam dismount. They’ll have evaluated it as a “brush” of the hands, but even so…
Glenn for Auburn falls on her 1.5 on vault. Not a good first two rotations for Auburn.
Guerrero – BB – Alabama – bhs loso loso, excellent – switch to straddle, very strong – side aerial, comfortable as well – 1.5, stuck. GOOD. She had a great day.
If Winston was 9.700, that was at least 10.200, so we’ll see…
Baker – FX – Florida – piked double Arabian, FANTASTIC, perfect control on landing – double tuck, controlled it well – switch split to split leap 1/1, nice – 1.5 to half to straddle, she started celebrating during that straddle because she knew it was one of her best routines. Fantastic.
And she gets a 10. I’m down with that 10.
FINAL: Florida 197.850, Alabama 197.075
FINAL: Georgia 196.150, Kentucky 195.550
Also Arkansas just went 49.450 on bars.
Yamzon – BB – Arkansas – bhs bhs loso, fairly large wobble with an arm wave – full turn – gainer full, hit.
Kennedi Harris really short on her Yfull for Missouri with a large lunge forward. Weird.
Durante – UB – LSU – good first hs – 1/2 turn to Jaeger, toes pointed well – strong Pak, small leg break – rushes through that handstand on low a little – FTDT, step back. I wonder if the judges take for her loose back in handstand, even though she brings those toes right up to vertical. 9.775, so I think they did.
Huber – VT – Missouri – hop back on full, small pike, good distance, a little direction
Laird – BB – Arkansas – aerial to bhs, a little slow in combination and a check on bhs – nice split leap
Hambrick – UB – LSU – good Ray – giant full to bail, strong position on bail, somewhat rushed through giant full and on final cast hs – great stick on FTDT.
Miller – VT – Missouri – nearly sticks her full, small slide back, leg break on the table, but good direction and form, controls landing.
Kirby – UB – hits tkatchev – a little tight on some handstands – WAY short on bail and can’t save it, fall –
Tucker – VT – Missouri – nice open on her full, bounce back, a little bit of direction, strong dynamics
Wellick – BB – Arkansas – switch to straddle 1/4, fab – aerial, smooth – front gainer full with hop forward
Edney – UB – LSU – a little close on Hindorff but otherwise solid – nice bail, stays extended – short final handstand – DLO, holds the stick with a lean. Good.
Bower – VT – Missouri – handspring front pike 1/2! Step back. Good. Not Slocum big, but nice.
Priessman – UB – LSU – nice first hs – hit Tkatchev to Pak, some leg break but small, not like it can be sometimes – hitting vertical positions well – DLO with a slide back, still one of her good ones, though
9.975 for Ivy Lu on bars for Minnesota.
Ward – VT – Missouri – still with the 1/2 on tuck 1/2, better than last week but still coming in deep and forward with a hop forward
Finnegan – UB – LSU – Great Ray – shortish hs – perfect bail to shoot to high, amazing – DLO with step back. They haven’t quite had the landings today.
Shaffer falls on beam for Arkansas on series.
Slappey – FX – Auburn – front full to front rudi, gorgeous form, just a lunge – double pike, high, foot adjustment on landing – double tuck, shortish with lunge forward
After 1: LSU 49.200, Missouri 49.150
Shouldn’t really be as close as it is. LSU evaluated tighter on bars there than some either meets have been or would have been at home, but they were a little tighter than usual as well, didn’t have the landings with a bunch of .05s, and some tighter handstands than we expect.
Missouri OK on vault but weird scores with no separation for very different vaults. Bower should have been well ahead of the others.
Carter with a large break on beam for Arkansas but saves it.
Great save from Gracie Day on floor to keep from going OOB on her huge double Arabian but was not so lucky on her final pass and does bounce back OOB. Auburn off from the start in this one.
Burton – BB – Arkansas – aerial to beat jump, hesitates but continues in connection – good loso series – full turn – split jump to sheep – gainer full
Cannamela – VT – LSU – great height and holds the stick, very nice full – she can’t do it better. 9.900. “Judges magically found a deduction.” You mean distance? That’s magic now?
Tucker- UB – Missouri – nice open position on her piked jaeger – a little angle on her bail – sticks double tuck.
Finnegan – VT – close to a stick, but has to lunge forward into her salute, couldn’t quite hold it, also off direction as she has tended to be this season. 9.875.
Kelly – UB – Missouri – also a nice piked jaeger – a little over her on bail as well, similar routine to Tucker but with a DLO to end, hop back.
Edwards – VT – LSU – nice 1.5, one of her better-controlled landings this season, small step back – also will get deducted for coming in a little short.
Albritten – UB – Missouri – short first hs – high Jaeger – small leg break in the air on bail but comes into vertical well – short hs – giant full to double tuck with step back
Priessman – VT – LSU – she has literal stars flying out of her head, oh they all do – good height on her full, bounce back this time.
Bower – UB – nice height on jaeger – also struggling on handstands throughout – DLO, pike down second salto and a hop.
Scores low for Missouri on bars but consistent with the evaluation we saw from LSU on bars.
Hambrick – VT – LSU – GREAT stick on 1.5. Her best vault of the season by about a thousand percent – finesses the stick a little bit, maybe some direction. 9.950. Fair.
Miller – UB – piked jaeger, good – nice vertical on her bail – arch in handstand on high – DLO, step back.
Edney – VT – LSU – also holds her stick on the 1.5. Knees in the air, slides heels together on landing but also comes in a hair short. It’s a bigger vault than Hambrick’s, so could go higher by comparison. 9.950.
Huber – UB – Missouri – short first hs – Jaeger is nice – DLO, tries to hold a stagger-stick but slides forward into salute.
GREAT vault rotation from LSU, and I think the scores are fair, but LSU will say, “THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A 10 AT OTHER MEETS” which is also an accurate comment. It would have been.
49.525 for LSU, really strong overall, 98.725 after two events.
WHOOOOOAA. Drew Watson for Auburn totally missed her foot on her beam dismount series and came off sideways, stumbling around on her ankles. Could have been super dangerous but she looks OK.
Bower – BB – Missouri – good loso series – kickover front with a check into beat jump – beat to straddle 3/4, a little tight on straddle – gainer full, small bounce in place.
Edwards – FX – LSU – front 2/1, with a dance-lunge out but pretty well controlled – double tuck, small slide – solid final pass. Good opener.
Utah in throwback leos tonight. Good 1.5 from MMG but a hop forward this time. Same from Skinner in terms of the hop, pretty typical vault from her though could be a full tenth hop back.
Good stick on FTDT from Leonard-Baker from ASU. ASU is counting a 9.5 on bars but minimized the damage there.
Desiderio – FX _ LSU – DLO! Some chest down but good control – front tuck through to double tuck, SUPER short on double tuck, manages not to touch the floor but a major lunge forward – switch ring to split full, tight on the split full – deep double pike as well. Not there yet, but the DLO is strong.
I’ll have to leave it there for today’s live blog, but enjoy the rest of the meets!