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Monday Live Blog – January 21, 2019

Monday, January 21 Scores Stream
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Iowa State @ [6] Georgia LINK SEC+
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [19] Arizona State @ [2] UCLA LINK P12N
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Southern Connecticut @ Brown LINK
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [24] Stanford @ [12] Cal LINK P12N

First, a heads up that I won’t be live blogging Stanford/Cal today because that’s when we record GymCastic, and I really think this meet should have done a better job of taking into account my specific schedule.

Technically, today’s meets are part of week 4 and won’t be included in the official rankings until next Monday, but UCLA could move into first place in the in-progress rankings with a 197.950. A tough score, to be sure, but also Carol’s on a three-day weekend, so…

First, it’s Iowa State visiting Georgia. Georgia has zoomed up the rankings this week thanks to that crack-blossom of a score-scape in the meet against Alabama, and they’ll be hoping to use what is already their third home meet to hit the 197 plateau. Iowa State has been stuck in the low 194s in its first two meets, sitting down at #36 in the rankings, and needs to use this opportunity of a meet at Georgia to burst into the 195s and start getting usable totals.

Not much in the way of changes for the Georgia lineup today, although Schild is beaming and Magee is back in on floor.

Rotation 1

Magee – VT – UGA – full – comes up short this time, pikes down, step forward. 9.750. Uh oh. That’s high.

Langkamp – UB – ISU – piked jaeger, strong – good cast hs, hits vertical on following bail hs – a bit rushed in last cast hs – DLO dismount, buckles with a lunge forward. Nice on the bars. 9.700

Vega – VT – UGA – great distance on her full, hop up in place – knees and a bit of a pike, very similar to Friday. 9.850. Carol take the wheel.

Diaz – UB – ISU _ good first hs – straddle jaeger, hit – bail hs, legs together but clearly short of vertical – DLO, great floaty, step back. 9.750

Ward – VT – UGA – Tsuk 1/1, hop back, the piking we’ve come to expect. She’s gaining a bit more control on that landing. 9.800.

Burns – UB – ISU – Ray, hit – hip angle in cast hs following that – better vertical in her bail but some clearly short casts in there – DLO, hop back. 9.800

Dickson – VT – UGA – Omel – large lunge forward this time as well, what we’ve come to expect of this vault from her so far, perhaps a bit more tuck to try to find the landing this time as well. 9.825

Sievers – UB – ISU – good height on piked jaeger into overshoot – quite short cast hs – FTDT, holds the stick with a little chest down. Solid routine. 9.900

Lukacs – VT – UGA – DTY, pops way up on that, hop back – better chest position this time, which allowed her just the normal-sized hop back. 9.900

Horowitz – UB – ISU – lovely toe point on jaeger – short hs – bail, a bit short of vertical – real pike technique in that swing – giant full to double tuck, little height on double tuck, lunge back. 9.725

Snead – VT – UGA – 1.5 – another solid showing, little hop forward. Good form, just a touch of legs and the hop. 9.925

Johnson – UB – ISU – giant full, a little late, into gienger, catches a bit close but solid legs together, some feet – bail, legs come apart there – rushing through some hs – FTDT, hop back. 9.775

After 1: Georgia 49.300, Iowa State 48.950

OK, these scores are higgghhhhh. Let’s just get that out of the way. Best part of that vaulting for Georgia will be Lukacs on the DTY, more comfortably around this time, chest higher, so she was able to hop back rather than coming in more awkwardly and lunging forward/sideward. Iowa State with lots of potential in that bars rotation, but the cast handstands were not there yet and were approached pretty charitably in the scores.

Rotation 2

Martin – VT – ISU – yfull, comes in short with a fairly large lunge forward – legs apart on block. 9.725.

Snead – UB – UGA – good first hs – clear hip to tkatchev, hit, good toes, not the biggest – clean bail hs – a bit short on final cast hs – DLO, small shuffle. 9.850

Johnson – VT – ISU _ full, bounce back, better chest position than the first, but has a clear pike in the air, good distance but the height is a little flat. 9.750.

Roberts – UB  – UGA – short first hs – toe 1/1 attempt but only gets 1/2 done, pauses, goes back over the other way and has to recast – shap to bail, good legs on shap, a bit short on bail – DLO, over a bit with a bounce back. A struggle. Still gets away with 9.650 after an out of range conference

Langkamp – VT – ISU – comes in short on her full landing without a ton of dynamics, hop forward  – quite a bit of knees and piking there. 9.675

Al-Hameed – UB – UGA – good toes on hs – tkatchev – hit – godo hs – clean vertical in the bail – close final hs – giant full, pretty strong position, better height into double tuck, stuck. Really strong showing. 9.875. That’s a more normal score there. Wouldn’t have minded a 9.9, which is funny because everything else has been so cracky so far.

Turner – VT – ISU – clean full, best shape and direction of the group so far – pretty big bounce back though. 9.775

Schild – Ub – UGA – rushes through first hs but did hit vertical in there. Ray, falls. Took it too far. Georgia now counting the 9.650 from Roberts. The rest is clean until a toe shoot, catches too close and a short hs afterward. DLO, hop. 9.200

Steinmeyer – VT – ISU – pulls out her Y1.5, OK, comes up short and has to take a step back. Some knees. 9.775.

Dickson – UB – UGA – short first hs – good height on tkatchev – nice next cast into bail, super clean, legs together and vertical – DLO 1/1, with a .1 bounce back and a bit of pike in the air that is typically forgiven on a DLO 1/1. 9.900. That seems high again, so everything’s back to normal.

Sievers – VT – ISU – her humongous handspring pike 1/2, very high, is able to land chest up, probably a .1 bounce back. Really strong. 9.875

Oakley – UB – UGA – toe 1/2 to perfect piked jaeger – pak, lovely – 1/2 turn on low – good hs positions – FTDT, holds the stick well. Very strong. 9.925. Not enough differentiation from the other scores.

After 2: Georgia 98.500, Iowa State 97.850

After those low 194s, I said the goal for Iowa State is just to go 195 here, which will happen easily with hits in the final two rotations. They’re like, “Oh…we can get scored like this? That’s an option?” Georgia gets 49.200 on bars despite having to count Roberts’ score, which was a bit forgiving for having a pretty large mistake and other things in the routine. When we get down to it, bars should be Georgia’s best event, but we haven’t fully seen that yet. This lineup has tremendous ability.

Rotation 3

Snead – BB – UGA – bhs loso bhs, very solid, good extension – cat to switch to straddle, dance positions still presenting some problem – punch front with a walk out of it – 2/1, leans to hold the stick. Good one. 9.850

Langkamp – FX – ISU – whip double tuck, good control – front lay to 1/2 to straddle, some form in the front lay, a little arm wave in the split to keep it under control – leaps short of position – double tuck, well controlled. 9.750

Dickson – BB – UGA – aerial with a check into straddle 1/4, that’s a missed combination to me – bhs loso, lovely toes, good extension, small lean – switch to split jump, good – bhs 1.5 dismount, holds onto a stick. 9.875. No one cared about the lean correction on that aerial to straddle combo.

Russ – FX – ISU – double pike, smallest bounce, good chest position – front full to front pike, fairly low amplitude on that series but completed comfortably – double tuck, good. 9.775

Schild – BB – UGA – switch through to split leap, awesome positions, yes – bhs los series, secure, knees in the loso – aerial with a little hesitation into split jump, but if they were OK with Dickson’s – sheep jump is also secure, a little ragged in legs but not bad for NCAA – full dismount, hop/ 9.800

Burns – FX – ISU – double pike, nice control – 1.5 to front pike, just a bit of a hop – switch side to popa, better completion of position, nice height – 1.5 to layout to stag, pretty solid

Baumann – BB – UGA – side aerial to loso series, excellent and secure – L turn…something? – she turned it into a 1.5, leg drops with a lean, same problem as last meet – switch side – 2/1, stuck with a bit of legs. Fun save, but major deduction. Still gets 9.775

Steinmeyer – FX – ISU – full in, a bit of chest down but solid – front full to layout, some serious knees in that one – a useful hit – 9.825

Oakley – BB – UGA – bhs loso loso series, HUGE break again this week, leg up and hands down on the beam to save it – split and switch ring, awesome positions, but a check. Gainer full, good. Still the drop score. 9.525.

Sievers – FX – ISU – front 2/1 to front tuck, really well controlled, good height – split full to popa, also nice height, not quite there on the split – front 1/1 to front pike with a bit of a dance out – rudi to split jump, lots of travel back in the air on that split,b ut a good routine. 9.875

Oh Kevin, that is absolutely not the first ringtone routine.

Vega – BB – UGA – switch to split ring jump, excellent switch, good ring position in jump though front leg not getting quite up to split, won’t be a problem for NCAA scores, though – aerial to split with a little lean in between like Dickson – bhs loso, hit, secure – aerial to full. Stuck. Strong one from her too. 9.875

Diaz – FX – ISU – double tuck, fairly big lunge back – switch side to popa, good positions – front lay to front full, a bit loose with a lunge forward – double pike, pretty low, gets it around but short with a lunge forward. That should be the drop score. 9.800? 9.800? That’s actual comedy. I was thinking mayyybe 9.6

After 3: Georgia 147.675, Iowa State 146.925

Iowa State will be thrilled about this score and will take it to the bank. Georgia once again got through beam with a fine score but isn’t hitting a rotation up to its capability, having to count the score from Baumann on her improvised L1.5 again that I think isn’t getting deducted as much as it could be because everyone’s so impressed by the save, but her leg drops and there’s a wobble and a break and it’s a major deduction.

Rotation 4

BEAM MALFUNCTION. ISU working on the beam.

SABOTAGE. Obviously. Put together your best Suzanne conspiracy theories in the comments.

So apparently they’re going to replace the beam. What a fun turn of events.

Kevin trying to talk about tools and being like, “Um, a bolt or a wrench?” is all of us.

They’re carrying the beam out of the arena like a coffin.

WE HAVE A NEW BEAM. Touch warmup back underway.

Kevin cracking himself up with dad jokes is where we are at this point.

Rotation 4 for realsies

Converse – BB – ISU – bhs loso series, hit – split jump to straddle 1/2, a bit tight in position – kickover front to beat jump, small correction – 1.5 dismount, stuck. 9.800

Baumann – FX – UGA – bounce back on double tuck, good shape – double pike, another large stumble back and OOB – double L turn is actually real (do it on beam!) 1.5 to front full, a little knees but her most controlled landing. 9.500

Steinmeyer – BB – ISU – kivoer front, tries to work through to beat jump with a little hesitation – bhs loso series, hit – switch to straddle 1/4, switch position looked short, straddle is good – 1.5 dismount, hop. 9.775.

Magee – FX – UGA – pike full in, good, almost secure just a little slide, her best so far – nice amplitude on straddles – 1.5 to layout to stag, not really committed to the stag and a bit mushy on layout – double pike, major stumble back, stays in bounds but two large lunges. Was good before that. 9.700 coutning

Sievers – BB – ISU – bhs loso with a lean at the hips to save it – cat leap to side aerial, another large break with a bend at the hips – switch leaps combo – strong punch front full dismount. 9.600

Snead – FX – UGA – whip through to double tuck, a bit of a bounce back – wolf jump full to popa, OK – rudi to shush – switch is good – double pike, good form, chest forward with a step. Not her cleanest but a necessary score. 9.900 is high. But, you know, today.

Woolfolk – BB – ISU – strong loso series, secure – split jump to split jump 3/4, really nice positions, this is lovely – cat leap to side aerial, smooth – 1.5, small step. Great one. 9.925

Lukacs – FX – UGA – DLO, under control, just a little chest down – wolf jump full to popa, nice and high this time – whip to 1.5 to layout, great shapes, just a hop forward – switch side to straddle jump, those a little shorter – double pike, secure as well. 9.925

Russ – BB – ISU _ bhs loso series, check – switch to split jump, hit – split jump to straddle 1/2, good positions, a little slow in combination – cat leap to side aerial to full, stuck with a stagger. 9.800

Dickson – FX – UGA – double arabian, large lunge forward but a bit better than it has been some times – 1.5 to layout, good rise in the layout – switch side to popa, crisp and comfortable – double pike, a little buckle in the knees but holds onto it.

Semple – BB – ISU – she’s getting her opportunity today – bhs loso, large break with bend at the hips – full turn, pretty – switch to switch 1/2, pretty short on switch 1/2 – side aerial, solid – 1.5, hop back. 9.675 gives ISU 195.900

Vega – FX – UGA – super clean double pike, perfect – not going for the risk today – 1.5 to layout, a little lunge out – switch ring to split leap full, smooth – split leap 1.5, also pretty crisply around – double pike, solid. That’s the one she needed against Alabama.

9.925 for Vega to give Georgia exactly 197.000

FINAL: Georgia 197.000, Iowa State 195.900

Huge numbers for both teams, Iowa State getting something they can actually lean on as a road score by the end of the regular season, and Georgia hitting that 197 barrier. No, these scores were not particularly realistic.

Meet back here for UCLA? Deal.

Poston, Wright, and Hano are all in the vault lineup for UCLA today. Ohashi will not be doing beam. Anna Glenn in on beam. Frazier on bars and floor.

“The stories are about to be written.” What is this NBC Olympic coverage circa 2000? I’m here for it.

Did you guys hear that Ohashi’s floor went viral? Because it went viral. Viral.

Did Jim just say, “Three Olympians, two great teams, and one legendary couch”?

Rotation 1

Tratz – VT – UCLA – her usual solid full, hop back, good distance, has the direction. 9.800

Hart – UB – ASU – hit jaeger to overshoot, just a little softness in knees – shortish hs in there – DLO, small step back, some leg form in the DLO. 9.875. What? So it’s going to be like that?

Poston – VT – UCLA – handspring pike 1/2 – great height, not controlled on the landing this time with two steps back, some knees. 9.800. That’s fairly high, since the landing would be two tenths, and then there are things like knees.

Callis – UB – ASU – muscle up first hs – tkatchev, hit – bail, good vertical but a leg break – some short hs – DLO, short with a hop and some piking in the air. 9.775.

Wright – VT – UCLA – Y1.5 – can land it comfortably, small hop to the side, some soft knees, a little direction – good. 9.875

K Szafranskai – UB – ASU – short first hs – Ray, hit, a bit close – insane legs on that bail, fairly large deduction,  better final cast hs – giant full with a little legs to a good double tuck, chest up, small hop. 9.775. These bars scores are very, very high.

Hano – VT – UCLA – lands deep on her 1.5 this time, has to take a pretty large lunge to the side, some soft knees in the air. 9.750

Wilson – UB – ASU – jaeger, hit – short hs afterward – good legs on her bail – still some short casts but the best routine so far – giant full to double tuck. Good. 9.825. They realized they went too high on the first one.

Ross – VT – UCLA – Y1.5 – super deep landing, large lunge back to save it from a fall. Not her best. 9.700

Sam, don’t say booty.

Kuhm – UB – ASU – jaeger, nice form, obviously – short cast – toe on – bail, good position – they don’t have the hs positions yet – DLO, nice stick, a little shape. 9.800

Dennis – VT – UCLA – Full – super huge, sticks it. Playing it safe because they desperately needed a score – good form, some feet, great stick.

9.950. So she gets a perfect score. Helped that she was anchoring. I would have gone 9.900.

CLB – UB – ASU _ Toe Shap to bail, super clean – piked shoot to high, very good – FTDT, high and stuck. Excellent routine. If we’re comparing to the other routines in the lineup, this should be a 13.550.

9.975 for Leonard Baker. It’s that kind of day. They sort of had to comparatively since they were going high for all the others, and it’s a great routine, but it’s not perfect with a few little things like feet in the Shaposh that sort of combine to take away the 10. Theoretically.

UCLA gets to 49.175 after struggling with the landings in several of these routines, Ross and Hano landing deep on their 1.5s with large lunges, and Poston having a couple steps back on hers. Dennis and Wright the clear highlights of the lineup.

After 1: ASU 49.250, UCLA 49.175

So, um, hey, Carol is certainly enjoying her Monday off. Both teams getting the benefit of the doubt here.

Rotation 2

Kuhm – VT – ASU – pretty full, sticks it, great form, doesn’t have the distance or amplitude of Dennis so it won’t get a perfect score, but lovely. 9.775. LOLOLOL. That’s low comparatively

Frazier – UB – UCLA – Shap to Pak, pretty, some legs, nice hs – Shap 1/2, excellent, one borderline hs – DLO, small slide back. 9.925. Sure why not?

Rushton – VT – ASU – Yfull, struggles on it a bit, short with a lunge to the side, feet flexed throughout. 9.575

Dennis – UB – UCLA – toe shap, to bail, similar to Frazier, a little legs on Shap that won’t be taken – over balances a handstand on the high bar and has to come off. DLO, basically sticks with a pike down. 9.275

Ginn – VT – ASU – Yfull, another really strong stick, a little bit of knees and chest forward on the stick, but strong showing. 9.800

A Glenn – UB – UCLA – 1/2 turn to jaeger, lovely toes, maybe a bit of elbows on catch – hitting hs – bit of a leg break on the pak – good vertical on 1/2 turn on low – borderline final hs – giant full to double tuck, stuck. Nice one. 9.850

K Szafranski – VT – ASU – full – small hop back on her full, another strong showing, some crazy legs on her block. 9.750

Flatley – UB – UCLA – Higgins to jaeger, lovely toes, great height – a little short on Higgins position – bail, a bit of a hip angle there – looks like a nice final hs – DLO, sticks it.


DONNA! Stop being Carol!

CLB – VT – ASU – great power on her full but struggles on her landing, lands short and has a stagger, basically a leg-up balance check, on landing. 9.750

Kocian – UB – UCLA – Stalder Shap to a pretty pak – good position on 1/2 turn on low – nailed cast hs on high – FTDT, stuck it. Well, don’t you have to give it a 10 because it was obviously better than Flatley’s?

10.000. No surprise there. My god. Kyla just has to cough now I think.

Wilson – VT – ASU – another pretty well controlled full, a little short for her this time with a step. 9.775

Ross – UB – UCLA  – toe Shap to bail, nailed, good height on toe shoot – short final cast hs this time – DLO, nails the stick. She was short on a hs this time so you can’t really go 10, but has that ever mattered today?

Wow, they actually decided to see it and give Kyla a 9.950.

After 2: UCLA 98.875, ASU 98.100

Alright so anyway UCLA went 49.700 for a bars rotation that was quite nice, but also we knew the scoring would go crazy based on the standard during the ASU rotation. It was the Flatley score that was the really insane one. That routine was like a nice 9.850-9.900, and then it went 9.975. Which is what we’re seeing today. ASU was actually pretty solid on a lot of those fulls. They didn’t quite have the dynamics, and it seems like that’s why they got kept in a more normal score range.

Rotation 3

Kocian – BB – UCLA – bhs loso, a bit of a lean to hold it – I like her as a beam leadoff – aerial to split jump, pretty slow in that combination – switch to split is strong – long pause before dismount – 2/1, stuck. Some really nice individual skills, obviously, but we’ll see what they do with rhythm and combinations. If the first rotations were any indications. 9.875. So they were fine with it mostly I guess?

Lentz – FX – ASU – double pike, lands right on her face and she’s down. She got nothing on that double pike so I’m worried it’s something foot serious.

Nguyen – BB – UCLA – switch to split to beat, good rhythm – aerial with a lean to the side, will need to redo series – aerial to loso combination, still not so fast on the combo – split jump side 1/2, arm wave but solid – punch front full, stuck. 9.825

Belkoff – FX – ASU – double pike, good landing position, just a little slide – front 2/1 second pass, pretty good, just a little knees and a dance out – 1.5 to layout, stuck it but stuck it OOB. 9.675

A Glenn – BB – UCLA – bhs to lay-pike, check – beat to split ring, lovely positions there, which we don’t usually see on those skills – front hs and choreography out of it, nice to see – balance check on choreography – bhs loso to full dismount, small step, was off line on that series and did well to save. 9.850

Kuhm – FX – ASU – whip to double tuck with a slide back- 2.5, good power but steps OOB – switch ring to switch 1/2 – front full to front tuck, lands short on the tuck with a stumble-ish backward. Not her strongest showing. 9.575

Dennis – BB – UCLA – aerial to loso series, keeps it moving to get credit, even though the ft/bk combos will still be the death of me – switch 1/2 is sooo high but a leg-up wobble to save it – switch to split with a little lean – 2/1 dismount, hop back. 9.750

Szafranski – FX – ASU – double pike, solid – split leap full, I like how she gets even higher into her popa there – double tuck, a little short with a step forward – 1.5 to layout, pretty solid, their first composed hit of the rotation. 9.825

Flatley – BB – UCLA – aerial to loso series with a lean after the loso – side aerial, pretty and smooth – L turn, no trouble – switch ring, keeps it going pretty well into the beat jump – bhs 1.5 dismount with hop forward. 9.850

Ginn – FX – ASU – front tuck through to double tuck with a bounce back – front lay to 1/2, simple pass but gets some height on it – double pike, hips moving back and has to take a lunge there

Ross – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, super solid – switch to split, easy peasy – R turn and runs out of it elegantly aerial with a lean and pretends she does the beat jump, finishes side aerial to full with a step. Kyla daring the judges to see how crazy today can be with an obvious check in between the aerial and the beat jump. 9.850. One judge went 9.900

CLB – FX – ASU – double tuck, super solid, very comfortable for her – 1.5 to front full, good shape throughout that, high, just a step – split leap full to straddles, split leap was well short of position – double pike, big, large lunge back. 9.825

After 3: UCLA 148.125, ASU 146.800

UCLA goes 49.250 on beam, which is like 48.850 at this meet, for a rotation that was fine but tentative, with a lot of hesitations in the middle of combos. That was the name of the game there. ASU gets through floor with 48.700, but that’s where the wheels started to come off after the injury to Lentz and then two OOB routines to follow.

Rotation 4

Kuhm – BB – ASU – full turn, smooth – aerial to bhs, no trouble there – switch to sheep, pretty short on that sheep, check – side aerial to full, short with the step. 9.725

Kramer – FX – UCLA – front 2/1 to front pike, controlled step forward – back 1.5 to layout, solid, great height on the 1.5 – switch side to popa, right around – rudi, good. What has become her usual, but it’s very clean. 9.925

Wilson – BB – ASU – bhs loso, some tight body position but secure – cat leap to switch 1/2, short of 180 there – kickover front, a little deep but works out of it easily to beat jump – gainer full, stuck. 9.850

Dennis – FX – UCLA – pike full in, a bit short this week with a step forward, but I do like that her form isn’t crazy on the pike full in. Even though that usually gets forgiven – front full to front layout, hop of choreo out of it, very high pass – her leaps are so good, great height and hitting the position – double tuck, a little deep in landing but controls the step. 9.875

CLB – BB – ASU – straddle jump to loso, solid – full turn a bit tentative – beat to straddle 3/4, leaps look improved, at least from this angle – bhs loso series is secure, the knees on the bhs are still crazy – 1.5, small hop. 9.850

These scores you guys.

Ross – FX – UCLA – whip to double tuck, a little deep to hop out of it but the chest position is getting better – 1.5 to layout, basically a side pass suddenly, just stays in bounds – switch side to popa to shushunova – double pike, a little hop forward. She was just a little short on a few of those passes, controlled them to just minor things. 9.950. Sure.

“She was really surprised.” Code for “Kyla was like, ‘these scores are crack'”

A Szafranski – BB – ASU – aerial to swingdown – lovely – side aerial, hit – switch to split, OK – rulfova, hit, hers is a little more Khorkina with the hands first, not crisp like Randall’s, but it’s still good – gainer full, small step. 9.875

Tratz – FX – UCLA – full in, wayyy short this time with a lunge forward – 1.5 to front full is great today – switch ring to split full, solid as well – double tuck, a little chest down, but just a controlled step. 9.825. Sure, because with that first pass, you have to get a bad score, like…9.825

Callis – BB – ASU – lovely flexibility – bhs bhs loso, very smooth and well hit – full turn, nice speed – double stag, pretty solid – front handspring to knee – side aerial to full, stuck. Good. 9.925.

ASU might beat UCLA on beam the way thing is going.

Frazier – FX – UCLA – full in, solid, just a bit of slide back – that split leap still needs to get closer to 180 to get her in 10 territory here – whip through to double tuck, strong control there – double pike, holds it well, didn’t initially seem like she would have the amplitude in there but she did –


Udowitch – BB – ASU – aerial to beat – bhs loso series, also well hit – smooth work – switch to split jump, short back leg in those dance elements – cat leap to kickover front, a little too deliberate in that combination – side aerial to full, hop back

Ohashi – FX – UCLA – how many mistakes does she have to make not to get a 10? – That many? Regular DLO this time, with a bounce back OOB – middle pass is super solid as usual – switch ring to switch 1/2, nice – 1.5 to 1/2 to drop split.

Carol’s still giving it a 10.


Wait, did she just get a 9.950 for going OOB on floor?

Please tell me this is real life.

I mean, it was close. Replay shows the flag girl didn’t put her flag up, but also I feel like I saw daylight, with her heel over the line.

But could there be a more fitting finish to this one than deciding that Ohashi didn’t go OOB? Which isn’t actually on the judges because on something that close they’ll defer to the flag raiser, but the flag raiser needed to be on top of that. Even so…

FINAL: UCLA 197.775, ASU 196.125

UCLA goes into the high 197s with two strong rotations, a wobbly beam, and a lungey vault. So you’re telling me that this team is already 197.775, so when they’re actually in form, they’re going to be 199?

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