|Friday, March 23||Scores||Stream
|5:00 ET/2:00 PT – DIII Team Final
|7:00 ET/4:00 PT – MIC Championship
|Saturday, March 24||Scores||Stream
|12:00 ET/9:00 PT – ECAC Championship
William & Mary
|1:00 ET/10:00 PT – ECAC-II Championship
|2:00 ET/11:00 PT – EAGL Championship
 George Washington
 NC State
|2:00 ET/11:00 PT – MAC Championship
|3:00 ET/12:00 PT – SEC Championship Session 1
|3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Big 10 Championship Session 1
|4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Pac-12 Championship Session 1
 Oregon State
 Arizona State
|4:00 ET/1:00 PT – DIII Event Finals||LINK||FLO|
|5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Big 12 Championship
 West Virginia
|7:00 ET/4:00 PT – SEC Championship Session 2
|8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Big 10 Championship Session 2
 Ohio State
|8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Mountain Rim Championship
 Boise State
|8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Mountain Pacific Championship
San Jose State
|9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Pac-12 Championship Session 2
The conference championships are upon us once more!
I’ve previewed the Pac-12 and SEC Championships in their own posts, but there will be plenty of other action to follow on Saturday beyond those two meets, like Oklahoma winning the Big 12 Championship. Michigan enters Big Tens as the heavy favorite now that Nebraska has been relegated to the first session, George Washington is looking for a third conference title in four years as well as a score to get up into the top 18, and also there are other meets you’ll pretend to follow then won’t because there’s too much going on simultaneously. (Not autobiographical.)
As part of the project to manage your day, here is the annual composite schedule of all the conference meets:
You will not survive.
More of the smaller conferences should take the cue from the MIC, which is holding its championship on Friday this year instead of Saturday, and therefore everyone is 7000% more likely to watch.
“No one ever pays attention to us!” *holds meet at the exact same time as all the famous schools*
“We don’t get the leotard bonus!” *ensures no one has ever even watched team before*
Saturday is the RQS deadline (can’t record a score for RQS after the 24th), which is also dumb and limiting and should be changed. Put some conference champs on Sunday and Friday. Make a weekend of it.
Remember that the conference championships also usher in the beginning of four-judge season, as opposed to two judges. Now, four judges will score each routine, with the high and the low thrown out and the remaining two averaged. It just means that you have to bribe double the judges to get the score you want.
Danger zone watch
Your danger zone teams this year are New Hampshire, Central Michigan, Iowa, Arizona, Utah State, and North Carolina. Six enter, three will leave.
Check out the RQS Scenarios for specific details about how that will play out and what scores each of the teams will be looking for. It’s a little different this year because the lowest-ranked teams (Utah State and North Carolina) actually control their own fates and could clinch spots with huge scores tomorrow, which would leave Central Michigan, Iowa, and Arizona in the lurch.
New Hampshire is the most likely of the six to advance (needs just 195.500), while Central Michigan and Iowa will be rooting for a low-scoring national atmosphere and lots of misses because everyone’s RQS scores staying the same would be good for them as they currently sit in the top 36.