Friday Live Blog – February 8, 2019

Friday, February 8 Scores Stream
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Western Michigan @ Eastern Michigan LINK EMU($)
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – Ball State, Lindenwood @ Bowling Green LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [12] Auburn @ [2] Florida LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [20] Ohio State @ Maryland LINK BTN+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – New Hampshire, Yale, William & Mary @ George Washington LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Winona State @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Southern Utah @ [23] Iowa State LINK ISU($)
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Northern Illinois @ SEMO LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Oshkosh @ UW-La Crosse LC($)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [8] Alabama @ [22] Arkansas LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [6] Georgia @ [13] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – UW-Whitewater v. Hamline (Milwaukee, WI) LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Michigan State @ Illinois LINK BTN+
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [5] LSU @ [17] Kentucky LINK SECN
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [11] Oregon State @ [25] Arizona LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [9] Boise State @ Utah State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – San Jose State @ Sacramento State LINK FREE

Today is mostly an SEC kind of Friday, but it will also be worth getting a look at OSU/Arizona and Boise State once the SEC action concludes.

Auburn is slated to return Abby Milliet on her three events today as well as get Gracie Day back in the floor lineup, where she has been absent since the first week. Pulling out all the stops today.

Georgia is not planning any changes to its typical lineup, looking like they’ve settled on Magee and Baumann for those early vault and floor spots for the time being.

Rotation 1 – Florida v. Auburn

Alexander – VT – UF – in for Cheney – small hop back, makes a point of piking down a little bit more than her usual to find the landing, still gets good distance though. 9.775

Watson – UB – Aub – hits tkatchev, good toes – small leg break on bail, little foot cross – short final hs – FTDT, a little short with a small hop. 9.875 is pretty high.

Hundley – VT – UF – she’s in first her first vault of the year – just the full – lands super deep with a large lunge to the side, didn’t get much of a block, fairly piked. Will need to drop that. 9.650 is surprisingly high there compared to Alexander, who hit.

Krippner – UB – Aub – toe shap, small legs, into bail, good vertical, same with little leg breaks – some elbows in a giant, secure landing on FTDT, takes it super close to the bar but normal for her. 9.850

Reed – VT – UF – 1.5 pretty good – has the direction, a bit of knees and a medium hop. 9.850

Gobourne – UB – Aub – 1/2 turn on high into tkatchev, good height, flexed feet – excellent height on pak – 1/2 turn on low – 1/2 turn deductions will get her for some feet and legs apart (she has two 1/2 turns in this routine) – FTDT dismount, small landing adjustment. 9.875

Schoenherr – VT – UF – keeps improving on this vault – very nice this week – only a small hop and a little bit of form toward the end. 9.900

Cerio – UB – lovely piked jaeger as always – bail, good vertical and toe point, super crisp – full turn (a little loose back but good finish position) into double tuck, college salutes her way out of a stick, but clean routine. 9.875

Boren – VT – UF – her best landing of the year, nearly stuck her 1.5 with just a tiny slide, did still have the legs on the block and a bit of a separation in the air, which is newer for her this year. 9.925, that’s too high for me with the leg break and the non-stick

Milliet – UB – Aub – lovely form in tkatchev, was a little close to the bar – pretty Pak, excellent form and height – excellent final hs – leg break on giant full into double tuck, stuck. 9.900

Thomas – VT – UF – still doesn’t quite have the landing with a .100 hop forward, but there’s so little else to take. 9.900

Day – Aub – UB – short first hs – toe 1/2 to super high jaeger to overshoot, great toes – a couple late vertical positions here – arabian dismount, medium hop back. 9.850

After 1: Auburn 49.375, Florida 49.350

Obviously, scores are pretty high here. Both teams will be pleased with the first rotation. Auburn having the lead, first of all, but also pretty clean on those bars routines. I would have had most of them in the lower part of the 9.8s because we did see the little leg breaks in pirouettes, little hops on landing, some things to clean up, but strong. Scores all too close together.

Definitely Florida’s best vaulting of the season so far as they hone the landing control. It’s getting there for those important vaults.

Rotation 2 – Florida v. Auburn

Phillips – VT – Aub – full – sticks it, well now. Like Alexander, she made a point of piking a little more than her usual in order to find the stick. She typically bounces back a mile, so that was a huge improvement. 9.775

Boren – UB – UF – solid tkatchev – clear hip to bail, smallest legs on the bail this time – hits final cast hs – DLO, small hop back. Not quite as strong as the Carol 10, but still a good one. 9.850

Krippner – VT – Aub – comes in a little deep on her full this time with a hop back, so they’ll also take for landing position. 9.800

Gowey – UB – UF – solid Ray – toe to pak, not the highest but good form as always – tight on final hs – DLO, struggles more on the landing this time with a bit of a lock-leg landing and a lunge back. 9.825

Day – VT – Aub – 1.5 – lands wayyy short this time and sits it after a stumble back, though not right into the table like Kyla.

Hundley – UB  – UF – toe Shap to pak, good power, usual little leg break – toe on to toe Shap, small legs apart – hair short on final hs – FTDT but with two very small steps trying to hold it. 9.900 is too high.

Gobourne – VT – Aub – 1.5 – solid showing, a medium-sized pace forward – solid direction, height, and maintains her body position very well

Thomas – UB – UF – Shap to clear hit to pak, lovely – hitting hs well – toe Shap 1/2, better legs together – smooth handstands, good vertical – DLO, stuck. That was perfection. A legitimate NCAA 10, Just 9.950. To say that was only .050 better than Hundley’s is comedy.

Watson – VT – Aub – hop forward on her big 1.5, not too large on the hop – a little bit of knees. Her usual. 9.875

Skaggs – UB – UF – strong Tkatchev to pak, great counter rotation – a little short on final cast hs – DLO with some more legs apart, small hop. 9.875.

Glenn – VT – Aub – didn’t get the block this week on her 1.5, did very well to not fall but a super large lunge forward after landing deep. 9.575

Schoenherr – UB – UF – arch is first hs, pulls it back – super high jaeger, wonderful – toe on to bail, nice legs together there – well short on final cast hs – double front 1/2 out, stuck it. Great dismount, but of a stagger stick but whatever, but struggled on some hs. 9.850

After 2: Florida 98.775, Auburn 98.300

Not the vault rotation Auburn wanted. Solid ones from Gobourne and Watson, but Day fell and Glenn had a huge problem on landing, which had to count to take them under 49.

Florida’s bonkers bars scoring, I can’t even begin with. They go 49.425. It was not Florida’s best bars rotation, some more handstands and leg breaks and little hops on landing than we’re accustomed to. Most of the people who had those were held up, but then Thomas was phenomenal and was held too far down toward the rest of the group. Not enough separation, and Kathy did very well to calm herself away from having the moment we all wanted to have about it.

Rotation 3 – Florida v. Auburn

Skaggs – BB – UF – wolf turn double, secure – switch to split, nice 180 positions – bhs loso with a leg-up wobble, good legs in the air – cat leap to side aerial to full with a lean to try to hold the stick. Bart is talking about the internet being upset about the scoring. I feel famous. 9.850

Slappey – FX – Aub – front layout to rudi, a little bit too large on the lunge back, but I like that it’s not a flappy rudi – switch and split elements are nice and high – double tuck, just does manage to keep that front foot down. 9.850

Hundley – BB – UF – aerial to sissone, smooth – bhs loso, also very solid and secure as we know, some bhs form – switch side, good horizontal position – full turn – 1.5, came in just a hair short and tried to hold the stick but ended up sort of college saluting back. 9.800

Sheppard – FX – Aub – 3/1, her best control on landing and getting the twist around, some leg form to take, but typically forgiven on 3/1 – switch side to popa, good extension – 1.5 to layout, small hop and does well to keep it in bounds. 9.875

Boren – BB – UF – kickover front, solid – bhs loso, good extension in legs, solid, a little closed in hips – switch to straddle jump with a little pause in between as she got herself on track but no one will care – loso, arm wave balance – gainer full, stuck. Strong. 9.900

Watson – FX – Aub – double with a large lunge forward this time, just does stay in bounds – double tuck, slide back, not quite with the landing control this time – 1.5 to layout, controlled step, some legs – 9.825

Gowey – BB – UF – switch to split, good 180s – bhs loso loso series, no trouble, well extended – aeiral to sissone, does well to avoid a check or a break in combo – gainer full, holds stick with smallest lean. 9.900

Gobourne – FX – Aub – full-in, chest up well, a little stomp in place that probably counts as a landing deduction but almost wasn’t really – switch ring to split leap full – front full to layout with a hop, good rise into that layout – double pike, also high and chest up, mostly controlled. 9.875

Thomas – BB – UF – switch 1/2 to beat, gorgeous – one-arm bhs to loso, just the smallest little lean at the hips to save it – aerial to wolf jump, well connected and high and whatnot – just a couple leans – 2/1 dismount, small slide back. Pretty obviously. 9.875

Milliet – FX – Aub – front layout to rudi, perfect form – switch ring to switch 1/2, hits her 180s – double pike, stuck – 1.5 to layout, god super high on the 1.5 so the layout had to get a bit mushier than usual, but a pretty routine obviously. 9.925

Baumann – BB – onodi, a step and a little lean as she tried to work out of it – hits bhs loso series well – switch to switch 1/2, hits both of her positions because Baumann – side aerial, solid – 1.5, stuck with a little lean. 9.900

Day – FX – Aub – double arabian, excellent position in the air, comes in a hair deep and holds well – double tuck, chest too far down but controlled step – not quite there on split positions, short of 180 – front full to front layout, hit, a little low to the floor, but she’s back. 9.925

After 3: Florida 148.200, Auburn 147.775

A strong rotation for both. Floor scores are seriously getting ready for Florida, but Auburn showed composure and comfort on most of the landings. Florida goes 49.425 for a good beam rotation, just a couple tentative leans that took away the truly massive scores on the big-money routines.

Despite vault, Auburn is in line for a gigantic road score with a hit beam.

The Alabama/Arkansas and Georgia/Missouri meets about to get started as well.

Yamzon – VT – Ark – full – medium sized bounce back, some legs on the block

Givens – UB – Bama – godo first hs – 1/2 turn, a little legs into jaeger, nice toes – hitting hs – well – bail, small leg break – really strong hs throughout – DLO, comes in deep with a lunge forward and some feet and body position in the air.

Huber with a nice, clean full for Missuri to start vault, small hop back.

Snead – Ub – UGA – clear hip to tkatchev, solid – clean hs – hits her bail vertical well – short final cast hs – DLO, high and pretty, just a little pike down at the end to find the stick.

We’re already having some kind of lineup confusion disaster at Arkansas?

Rotation 4 – Auburn v. Florida

Watson – BB – has a lean correction and a couple arm waves on her loso series and a lean forward on her switch side, but she’s keeping it on, 1.5, hop forward. 9.725

Schoenherr – FX – UF – getting into the floor lineup – double pike, good legs together, a little bit of feet – split leap full to wolf full, nice height and hit her positions – 1.5 to layout, not the crispest, but controlled – rudi, a little ragged position, but once again controlled

Pretty bars hit from Roberts for UGA with a stuck DLO.

Graber hits bars third up for Alabama, but did have some crazy legs on her gienger and a deep-landing hop on dismount.

Gobourne – BB – Auburn – bhs loso series, nicely crisp – tentative full turn – switch to straddle 1/4, short of 180 on straddle 1/4 – cat leap to side aerial to full, hop back.

Stuck Yfull from Hambirck for Arkansas.

Stuck FTDT for Mahoney on bars for Alabama. Dickson for Georgia goes through exceptionally cleanly, nearly sticks DLO 1/1. Small bounce.

Hundley – FX – UF – whip to double tuck, small slide, she always gets that around, but it’s never that high – large bounce back out of double pike for Hundley, a clear full tenth lunge – 1.5 to layout, OK, some form, more controlled

Stuck full from McGlone for Arkansas as well.

Fall from Oakley on bars for UGA. Went the wrong way and had to jump off.

Sheppard – BB – Aub – balks out of her bhs series, just does a bhs and steps back dances out of it – redoes the series – bhs loso with a leg up check as she’s moving backward – side aerial, a little short with some knees and an adjustment – switch side – long pausing here – bhs 1.5 with some feet. Stuck landing. 9.700

Lovely DLO from Gaskins for Alabama. Stuck.

I, too, have no idea what’s going on with the scores at Arkansas/Alabama.

Schild – UB – UGA – Ray, strong, good open – arch on hs but pulls it back – pak – another major arch on low back and does amazingly well to pull that one back – but was unsaveably off, falls on shoot to high. Georgia counting a fall on bars now.

Reed nails DLO for Florida. Fantastic tumbling. Little slide back on double pike.

Krippner – BB – Aub – cat leap to aerial, tries to keep it moving into bhs with a little lean – aerial, tries to turn it into scale but was off and could not, falls – switch to split, and she’s still off, large lean in between despite great180 positions. Stuck dismount.

Both Georgia and Missouri go 48s in their first rotations. Live score problems in Arkansas/Alabama, but what I saw was good?

Boren – FX – UF – DLO, exceptionally straight body position, well controlled – 1/5 to layout, good layout position there as well – not quite there on her split position I would say – double tuck, chest up, controlled step. Nice one. 9.950.

Milliet – BB – Aub – bhs loso, drives those arms down to stay steady – split to sheep jump, gets a Kathy gasp – cat leap to gainer full, hop back. 9.850

Thomas – FX – UF – the Carols are getting ready for this routine – DLO, legs together, chest up, controlled landing, very nice – front full to layout, rises into the layout, just does control that back foot – switch ring to split leap 1.5, around and position hit – double pike, well secured, just the tiniest bit forward. 9.975

Sylvia – BB – Aub – small hesitation on turn – aerial to rulfova, does very well to pull it around after landing her hand a little bit under – stag ring to switch 1/2, interesting combination – gainer full, stuck.

Magee struggled on her full for Georgia, coming in way angled onto the table.

Baumann – FX – UF – double tuck, chest up, easy for her – 1.5 to front full, does very well to hold the stick there – switch 1/2 to popa, lovely extension – double pike, super chest up, just theslightest bit out of control on landing

Vega – VT – UGA – hop back on full, some knees –

Graber – VT – Alabama – lovellllly 1.5, stuck landing, just a little bit back on landing, but excellent.

FINAL: Florida 197.850, Auburn 196.700

I mean, it was a really nice floor rotation from Florida today, but also you know, it’s a home floor rotation at Florida, and we saw that manifest. Auburn won’t even be thrilled by this performance with the vault problems and beam being a little eh, but they’ll absolutely take their road Florida 196.700

Olsen – VT – Bama – sticks her DTY again, because Shallon Olsen. Good landing, just legs in the air.

Dickson stuck her Omelianchik! Best vault of her season by about a thousand percent. 9.975. I mean, come on, she still has the knees, but it was a very good one.

Lukacs – VT – UGA – hits her DTY, small hop, the usual legs – also twisting onto the table to look a little crooked on blocking. 9.900

Snead – VT – UGA – 1.5 – just a little short this time, hop back. Got good scores out of Lukacs and Dickson though. Still got a 9.900. Some “IT’S OK GEORGIA” scoring in this vault rotation, but Dickson a real highlight.

LSU and Kentucky beginning

Kwan – VT – UK – good height and layout position on her full, bounce back, not the most distance. 9.775

Dean – UB – LSU – godo first hs – hits tkatchev, a little close with some feet – toe on to bail, misses her vertical on bail a bit – better hs – DLO, legs apart, hop back. 9.800

Dukes – VT – UK – full, has done very well to add that vault this year, step back, some feet, solid overall.

Ferrer – UB – LSU – short first hs – 1/2 turn to jaeger, takes it too far and falls. Eeep. In time. Good DLO. I’d still say that her routine is going to be top 6 for them.

Davis – VT – UK – full, good power, hop back, a bit of usual knees and came onto the table at an angle

Missouri and Georgia tied at 98.025 at the halfway point.

Harrold – UB – LSU – zucchold with an arch but saves it – another small arch on hs on high – hits jaeger – short hop grip change – double front with a step. Won’t be her normal score with those arches, but a hit. 9.800

Alabama 98.375 oafter 2.

Hyland – VT – UK – small hop on full, clean vault in the air, great straight position, which is impressive because she’s kind of closed on her block. 9.875

Edney – UB – LSU – Hindorff, hit a little safe this time with closer catch elbows – hit hs on bail and final hs on high bar – DLO, small step

Stuart – VT – UK – tries the 1.5 but comes up short, hits it but a large bound back and another lunge to the side as she came in short. “A little bit lower than she probably wanted.” Thanks Bridget.

Priessman – UB – lSU – hit tkatchev but then missed her hand on her pak, and steps down onto the mat, even though she never took her hands off the bar as she tried to pretend she didn’t fall, she did. So LSU will be counting a fall here.

Korth – VT – Fabbbbbbbb stick. Nicely done on her 1.5. Great form. Just a little back on her landing psoition.

Finnegan – UB – LSU – Ray, excellent – short hs though and a hesitation elbows on a toe on – lovely crisp bail as always – DLO – sticks it. Not her best but a score they needed.

Just 9.925 on vault for Korth. It was the best vault we’ve seen from any team today. How was that only a 1/2 tenth better than Hyland? Hyland was super clean, but not so much distance and a hop back on a FULL.

After 1: Kentuccky 49.200, LSU 48.575

Wow. Surprised LSU had to count a fall on bars, which basically makes this an unusable road score already based on LSU standards. They have to be basically perfect just to get this thing into the 197s now.

Sorry, the note about Garner’s gienger earlier must have been a highlight from warmups? Serves me right for trying to watch too many muted meets at once. Arkansas in this.

Armbrecht back on FX for Alabama – nice double pike, clean – switch side to popa, good extension into those positions – 1.5 to layout,a little low but fine – rudi to double stag, well hit.

LSU and Kentucky – rotation 2

Finnegan – VT – LSU – lovely full as always, sticks it again but has to lean forward to hold it a little bit this time, so not as strong as her previous sticks. 9.825, a little low for me comparatively

Stuart – UB – UK – tkatchev, fast and caught, a little ragged in legs – strong bail, vertical position, toes pointed – DLO 1/1, step back

Harrold – VT – lSU – one of her good 1.5s, small step forward, and the usual knees to take –

Nixon – UB – UK – shap to bail, fingertips that shap, but clean throughout – some late vertical positions on cast and giant full, double tuck dismount, major lean to try to hold the stick.

Snead hits floor for UGA, a little slide and a couple landing positions.

Cannamela – VT – LSU – sticks her full again this week as well, solid landing, super secure, just a little bit of pike compared to someone like Finnegan, and also a little forward.

Kwan – UB – UK – 1/2 turn to super high jaeger, hit well, late on 1/2 turn – hits bail –  finishes giant full to double tuck, same dismount as Nixon where she had to take a major lean to try to hold the stick.

Missouri counting a fall on beam.

Priessman – VT – LSU – they’re getting those sticks on fulls – she sticks similarly to Cannamela, but a little more dynamics and chest position is better. Not perfect form, a little forward, but close.

Lukacs for Georgia with a couple-step stubmle back out of her DLO on floor.

Dukes DLO on bars, step back. Did really well to work through that Pak because she was a little too over the bar.

Edwards – VT – LSU – hits her 1.5, some knees and a little off to the side, with a small step or two as she tries to minimize the landing deductions.

Hyland – UB – UK – short first hs – great high tkatchev – better second hs – bail, a bit of a leg break – FTDT, very clean in the air with a small hop.

Edney – VT – LSU – 1.5 with a lunge forward this time, .100 lunge, didn’t get her usual distance on that vault.

Korth UB – big piked jaeger, collapses a little on bail hs but works through it, think Trautman last week – FTDLO, small hop. 9.875

So apparently basically dying in the middle of your bail isn’t a deduction anymore.

Olsen – FX – Alabama – piked full in, mostly well controlled, just a little step – front tuck through to double tuck, small hop – leaps are getting there, some feet – double pike, small step back, could have sold it more as the controlled extension but was a little elite-minded there.

Vega – FX – Georgia -tries her full in and it doesn’t go great, chest way down with a large lunge forward.

Missouri counts a fall on beam for 48.500. Georgia has to count this 9.700 from Vega to go 49.100 on floor.

After 2: Kentucky 98.500, LSU 97.750

LSU actually fine on vault, especially with the fulls. Really nice sticks. Scored mostly accurately in a vacuum but not compared to Kentucky’s fulls at all. Not ranked properly there. LSU also needed better landings on the 1.5s to really get that score up there.

Rotation 3

Hit beam from Stuart in the leadoff position, but a leg-up wobble on a series. 9.750

Harrold – FX – LSU – front 2/1, step forward and keeps it in bounds, the knees – double pike with a bounce back and OOB – 1.5 to layout, good height, still some knees – 9.650

Angeny – BB – UK – bhs loso loso series, secure, solidly done, just some feet – switch to beat – side aerial to tuck full, stuck. Solid work. 9.875

Desiderio – FX – LSU – DLO, gets it to her feet, chest well down with a step forward – front tuck through to double tuck, very solid – switch ring to split full, good – double pike, also secure, some feet. She’s getting there, but the DLO still causing some problems. 9.800

Poland – BB – UK – necessary to get her back in the lineup – bhs bhs loso series, secure – aerial, pretty – switch to split, nice switch, a little short on split – gainer tuck full off the end, stuck. Nice. 9.875

Snead hit beam, just a little buckle on landing her 2/1.

Campbell – FX – LSU – 2.5 with a controlled step out, knees crossed – double tuck, very secure – really strong leaps as you would expect based on her beam, easy to 180 and completed accurately – 1.5 to layout, has to really whip around that layout but does not, not much height. 9.825

Spencer typing: Not much height
Bridget speaking: Great height

Korth – BB – UK – full turn, smallest adjustment – one-arm bhs to loso, very strong – switch to back tuck, lean correction and an arm wave – 2/1 dismount, small slide. 9.900.

Kentucky’s like, “Can we be scored like this every week?”

Edney – FX – LSU – double arabian, steps forward OOB. It was great in the air, but she has been struggling with her floor landings in a way you wouldn’t expect this year — 1.5 to layout, good – double tuck, a little short with a step forward. 9.700 and it will count.

Dukes – BB – UK – bhs loso, solid – aerial to split, good individual skills, a little slow in connection but no one except me cars – switch to straddle 1/4, well extended as always – 1.5, stuck. Really well done. 9.925

Magee a connection hesitation on beam for UGA, and then a couple subsequent skills were wonky. I don’t know how you come up with 9.800 for that.

Finengan – FX – LSU – 1.5 through to 2.5, good, controlled step out – double tuck, excellent – switch ring and switch 1/2, strong – double pike, perfect. Somebody came to work this rotation. 9.925

Hyland – Bb – UK – switch to split, good – cat leap to aerial, arm wave check – bhs loso series, smallest lean – cat leap to side aerial to full, stuck.

Kelley – FX – LSU – DLO, secure landing, chest in her knees for a deduction – front layout to front full, holds the controlled landing – split leap full to tuck jump 2/1, not bad this time – double tuck, stumble backward, probably three lunges, and possible OOB.

Ooof. LSU today. DD gonna stab someone.

After 3: Kentucky 147.925, LSU 146.650

Georgia pulling a reasonable road score together, but still won’t be happy with bars or floor.

Gaskins – BB – Alabama – candle mount – elite jump from side position – switch leap with a large leg-up wobble, breaks connection into split jump – side aerial is good – gainer full, small slide back

McGlone – FX – Arkansas – DLO, works it out well, controls the step back and stays in bounds

Vega – BB – Georgia – WHATTT? Falls on her split leap mount. I was just going to say WOW THAT MOUNT IS SO HIGH, and I think Vega thought the same thing.

Rotation 4

Desiderio – BB – LSU – aerial to sissone, secure – bhs loso series, also controlled well – switch to switch 1/2, hesitant in the combo this time with a little pause and not the most extended switch 1/2 – gainer full, stuck. 9.850

Poland – FX – UK – front tuck through to rudi, chest well down with a step and a little ragged form – front 2/1, step out, not too large, just a little crossing –

Pretty hit beam from graber to finish things off for Alabama.

FINAL: Georgia 196.300, Missouri 195.900

Neither team thrilled with that.

Dean – BB – LSU – “competing on beam for the first time” ? No. side aerial to loso, hit with some knees – switch to split 1/4, back leg low in that split – aerial, hit – side aerial to full, stuck. Secure routine. Some form stuff throughout, though. 9.875

Beam high for both teams here.

Warren – FX – UK – front 2/1, super solid landing and excellent twisting form especially for a front 2/1 – rudi, similarly good form but a stagger bounce back here – front full to front tuck. Good. This lineup badly needs her. 9.825

Kelley – BB – LSU – bhs loso series, good power – switch wolf hop to tuck jump 3/4, the struggle with getting her on beam is finding the leaps and this is kind of a weirdly composed routine as a result – straddle jump, a bit short – WAIT SHE’S MARY LOU’S DAUGHTER WHAT – standing loso to wolf jump – gainer full, stuck. 9.850????? OK.

Rosa – FX – UK – good hit on DLO, chest down, but secure – three strong straddle positions – front lay to front full attempt, no punch into the second skill, falls.

FINAL: Alabama 196.700, Arkansas 195.800

Alabama with four fine rotations but still stuck in the 196s

Edney – BB – LSU – aerial to sissone, some feet, good height in sissone – bhs loso series, hit with an arm wave correction – switch to straddle 1/4, pause after the switch, tried to continue into the straddle 1/4 but meant the straddle was super short of 180 – kickover front, great, chest up – 1.5, nearly stuck with a little slide. 9.775

Hyland – FX – UK – double pike, good, just some feet and a little forward coming into the ground, but controls it – split leap and wolf jump positions are excellent, great height on leaps – 1.5 to layout, a little flatter coming out of the layout, but no major problems. 9.900.

Campbell – BB – LSU – bhs loso series, solid – aerial to sissone, good extension on sissone – switch to switch 1/2, strong as well, this is one of her good ones – 2/1, stuck, brings the heels together. Nice. 9.875. Yeah, that was basically the same as Kelley’s routine. Mmm hmmm.

Dukes – FX – UK – double pike with a bounce back, stays in but a major bounce – front full to layout,this one solid, not the highest passes, but comfortably done – double tuck, another bounce back, so not her most controlled passes in this one. 9.850. I mean you guys –

Finnegan – BB – LSU – wolf single, good – bhs loso series, strong -switch to switch 1/2, just a bit of an arm wave, great positions – hit side somi – side aerial to full, comes off at an angle but sticks anyway. 9.925

Korth – FX – UK – full in, extremely well controlled, chest downish – commentators are told to tell us that she needs 8.8 for Kentucky to win. No. That score wouldn’t count if she got it. What you mean is Kentucky has already won. Finishes with double pike, lunge back and a possible OOB.

Gets a 9.900. So apparently she didn’t go OOB. But also DIDN’T SHE THOUGH?

FINAL: Kentucky 197.150, LSU 196.025

LSU will pretend this meet never happened. Kentucky will pretend this is the only meet ever.

We’ve still got Oregon State v. Arizona and Boise State v. Utah State, both in their third rotations.

McGregor – FX – Boise St – double pike, solid controlled step back – working against a fall earlier int eh rotation – 1.5 to layout, just a bit of legs in the 1.5 – rudi, some leg separations there, but controlled pass landings throughout.

DeHarde – BB – Utah St – aerial to beat, drops arms quickly to keep connection going – bhs loso series, very secure, nice toes – pike jump to straddle 3/4, well extended and crisp landing positions – 2/1, nearly stuck, legs a little too far apart. Strong. 9.900. I mean, at least it’s not inconsistent with the SEC?

Amado – FX – Boise State – a little low on that double tuck but pulls it around -1.5 to layout to stag, some soft knees throughout the series – double pike, also gets that around with a controlled landing without a ton of height on the pass, but chest down

Broines – BB – Utah State – hitch kick to aerial to….something that will read as a large bend at the hips as she tried to keep moving to show connection into a back tuck I think? – straddle to straddle 1/4, a little close to the beam but hit – front full dismount, stuck.

Remme – FX – Boise St – front 2/1, secure, a little bit of legs – good positions on leaps – double pike with a bounce back – 1/2 to front full, just a touch of knees, good control

Ward-Sessions – BB – Utah State – hits loso series but with a leg-up check and some serious knee bend in the air – switch side, hit, a little tight – double tuck dismount, excellent, just a bit short with a hop.

Nilson – FX – Boise St – double pike, bounce back – switch side to popa, short of 180 on that popa – 1.5 to layout, hit with dance out – rudi, some form, controlled step. That will help drop the fall and probably get BSU over 49 on floor.

Boise State on low 196 pace heading to beam. Utah State hoping to get into the 195s with a solid floor.

Let’s see what Oregon State and Arizona are getting up to in the final rotation.

Singley – BB – OSU – a bit of a lean on her loso series – kickover front hit, with another small lean adjustment – gainer full, some legs, looks like she just does hold the stick. 9.800

Hendrickson – FX – Arizona – double tuck, fine – front full to front pike, a little bit of knees in that full – foot on leaps – 1.5 to 1/2 to split to front tuck – solid landings, some leg separations and a little pike down on the 1/2. Remember during suspension meet last year when she had to go on floor and barely had a routine? We’ve come a long way. 9.775

M Dagen up second on beam – had one really short leap position but otherwise secure set. 9.900.

Swanson – FX – AZ – front tuck through to 2.5, just some legs – double tuck, some feet, a bounce – switch side to popa, a bit short – 2/1 to front tuck

Yanish with a big lean forward, bend at the hips in her routine.

Friedin OOB on opening pass on floor and then wayyyy OOB on final pass with both feet.

I’ve run out of words to talk about skills, so let’s do some score review.

WMU 193.725 @ EMU 194.850
Lindenwood 195.350, Ball State 194.075 @ Bowling Green 192.625
Ohio State 194.250 @ Maryland 195.950
UNH 194.925, Yale 194.050, W&M 189.925 @ GW 195.400
Winona State 183.675 @ Stout 188.825
Southern Utah 195.250 @ Iowa State 195.375
NIU 194.725 @ SEMO 186.825
Michigan State 194.575 @ Illinois 195.100

I mean, no one’s going to be thrilled except Maryland.

Oregon State needs one more hit to drop the Yanish 9.625 and go through with a solid beam score. Same with Arizona looking to drop the Freidin 9.300.

Surprisingly, it’s a fall from Lazaro in the anchor position for Oregon State, so they’ll count the Yanish score. Not a disaster. 196.350 is the final, an acceptable road number, if not ideal.

Arizona gets a hit from Berg in the final spot, even though she rebounded out of her final pass and almost flew so far on the rebound that she went OOB, but crisis averted. She goes 9.825 to give Arizona a 195.475 final score.

Boise State is having a bit of a time on beam, but Madison Ward-Sessions has the most amazing amplitude on floor for Utah State and just did an open full in.

Remme saves things on beam for Boise State with a hit, but will it be enough to get this score into the 196s?

Just is. A 9.900 for Remme lets Boise State finish with 196.075.

Golison hits the final floor routine for Utah State, though despite some strong routines in the middle there, they did have to count a 9.500, so the final score is 194.825.

74 thoughts on “Friday Live Blog – February 8, 2019”

    1. I got here halfway through the first rotation. OSU had some lovely bars work. On vault they have looked good but not great. Everyone is hitting but lots of soft knees. They are looking better as they get farther along in the lineup though.

      UMD is *killing* bars so far and I have a perfect view!

      1. Make that 2. Rough rotation for them.

        Maryland will have to count one fall on beam but they had a really good rotation overall. A few small wobbles but they looked strong and confident.

        Maryland is up by more than a point after 3 rotations. I definitely wouldn’t have predicted that but they are bringing it tonight!

      2. It was just a bad rotation. They also had to count a fall on beam, but so did Maryland. An OSU gymnast had the highest score in every single event (with one tie from a Maryland athlete). They were clearly the stronger team on paper and they looked super disappointed after the meet. Maryland topped their scores on every event but vault, though, and Ohio barely topped them there. Maryland had a pretty great meet overall.

  1. Is the florida link working for anyone? It keeps saying that it will be re-aired later

    1. Yeah, I think it’s a wrong link. I had to scroll wayyyy down on the watch ESPN page but eventually I found the meet.

  2. They should move Trinity to the end of the lineup so she can finally get the 10 she deserves on bars

    1. She’s obviously the most 10-able on UB and FX, I don’t see why they aren’t putting her in the anchor spot on both and rake them in

      1. It’s probably to “boost” the scores of Skaggs and Baumann. If they have a good rotation where scores escalate they’d probably gain more from Skaggs and Baumann than Trinity in the final spot.

      2. I still don’t think that’s really a great reason. With the exception of the Oklahoma crack meet, Baumann has still pretty much tapped out at 9.9ish, and I think it’s worth at least trying her in the 5 spot for a couple weeks makes sense since I think she’d likely still be around that 9.9. As for bars, I think Schoenherr is the bigger issue than Skaggs, so I think I’d like to see Skaggs 4, Schoenherr 5, Thomas 6, since they haven’t tried Schoenherr after Skaggs yet, or Skaggs 4, Thomas 5, Schoenherr 6. I’d say it’s worth at least trying out.

  3. Anyone know a free way to access SEC meets?! Someone help a sista out! I have access to PAC12, Fox Sports, & some ESPN meets with 2 apps I have, but I currently don’t have access to anything SEC… & I’ve already utilized free 7 day trials of Hulu & Sling, haha 🤣

  4. Does anyone else think the little things on Auburn’s leos look like sperm? I can’t unsee

  5. Kathy is providing some really good insight tonight into deductions. Usually she just points out the obvious or just a few things, but she is pointing it all out tonight.

    1. Kathy, basically explaining my bafflement at why finnegan is not ranked #1 on every event.

  6. I’m having trouble finding the Alabama/Arkansas meet on SEC+. Anyone else having trouble?

  7. This blog’s obsession with Thomas is almost Carol level. Calling her bars routines legitimate NCAA 10s even with her consistent bent arms and describing her breaks as “just a couple leans” when similar mistakes by other gymnasts are magnified.

      1. Where did anyone call Hundley sturdy? All I found was a mention of her acro series on beam as solid and secure, which if you are taking issue with that, you really need to chill.

      2. If you read BBS regularly, you might notice that Spencer calls Hundley “sturdy” VERY often in his live blogs (although you’re correct that he didn’t do so this week!). While he probably means to compliment her consistency, I think it veers too close to commenting on her physique.

        I also think – and this is just an opinion, that he criticizes form errors from Hundley which he happily lets slide for Thomas and others. But you know, these are just opinions. Everyone has their favorites and their blind spots.

      3. I do read the blog a lot and hadn’t noticed that, so I did a search and the last time he used the term to describe her was nearly a year ago (March 2018), so maybe you’re projecting much? I looked at a few recent blogs and the term most frequently used is the one from last night – secure. There aren’t connotations with that. I don’t really see the need to ask someone to stop doing something they aren’t currently doing and haven’t done in a long time.

    1. Haha i love Trinity and her gorgeous form and once she starts consistently sticking her landings and eliminating those little errors like “leans” I think she will be unbeatable but yes, Spencer and Kathy are obsessed with her and want her to get a 10 on everything even when she’s not perfect. No shade! Lol.

  8. Not going to lie, I giggled at the graphics in the Alabama/Arkansas meet identifying the athletes performing exhibition routines as “exhibitionists”

    1. Some language things all college gymnastics commentators need to learn:
      -“Mount” should only be used as a noun
      -Never say “exhibitionist”
      -“Showmanship” and “performance quality” are always preferable to “personality,” especially when talking about improving it

  9. Ferrer’s routine felt weird bc of the coach… idk I’ve never seen that before.

  10. Since Ferrer fell, got back on bar, coach touched her and she dropped, those aren’t each major deductions?

    1. Right? I need a full explanation here for how the deductions work on this one.

  11. So, Florida had a better meet this week, at home, in Florida, with Florida scoring…. and they went 198 last week and not this week. That’s easily the biggest statement about the scoring at the OU/UF meet.

  12. Does anyone know if Amanda Huang from Ohio State is injured? She didn’t compete tonight.

      1. Aw man, thanks for letting me know. That’s going to be a blow to my fantasy team which sounds really callous now that I say it.

    1. The panic button is worn out due to NHL hockey teams overuse, especially the Anaheim (2 wins in 52 days) Ducks and the always-a-mess Edmonton Oilers.

      They might want to order a new one or borrow the one in Boston since its professional sports teams rarely use it.

    2. I think the panic button has been activated. I am truly worried about floor- it seems like they can’t find their groove this season 😩

  13. Man, the injured gymnasts I trade in fantasy gym heal up and start making lineups and the ones I don’t trade stay injured AND then the healthy ones get injured toooooo 😩

  14. Reagan Campbell is consistently underscored on beam in my opinion. Great form and leaps and totally a natural in terms of her choreography too. The best beam routine of the meet so far yet only a 9.875

    1. Agreed! I don’t know much about scoring, but that seemed like one of the best routines of the meet. Out of curiosity, where are the deductions?

      1. my guess is they took for a tiny adjustment after the switch 1/2 and maybe shape on the dismount? but compared to the other beam routines of the night, 9.875 was definitely too low

  15. The commentators in the LSU/Kentucky meet kept talking about the score Korth needed on floor for Kentucky to win, but they’d already won before she even did her floor routine. I wonder who was feeding them those faulty numbers.

    1. I am pretty sure they Were talking about the score she needed to win the all around.

    2. Agreed! I don’t know much about scoring, but that seemed like one of the best routines of the meet. Out of curiosity, where are the deductions?

  16. okay, i dont normally complain about the judging, but knorth needs 9.875 to win all around; she goes a 9.9 on floor despite oob?

    1. The commentators had it wrong. Kentucky won by over 1 full point. Even if Korth had scored a 0 and Kentucky had to count the fall, they still would’ve won the meet. I agree that Kentucky received more generous scoring than LSU, but that didn’t change the outcome of the meet.

      1. Korth needed a 9.875 to win all-around over Finnegan, still. So changed the outcome of the meet in that respect

      2. Oh man. I must’ve been really tired last night. I completely missed the whole AA thing.

  17. Finally seen the Kentucky I’ve been waiting for all season!! I did say I saw a couple of underscores rountines for Kentucky!! I’m just happy we won. The atmosphere at Memorial here is Lexington is electric!!!

  18. Curious when did Alabama join the B1G… Based on the fact they’ve been under-scored in every meet this season, which especially stands out next to over-scores at Florida, UGA and tonight Kentucky in the SEC?

    This could be a good thing come postseason when the judges theoretically decide to take deductions they ignored all season and the Alabama gymnasts are close to perfection because they had to be just to score a 9.85 and all of a sudden they’re getting 9.95s.

    Then other over scored teams in regular season are shocked when they see lower scores then they are used to for similar routines which were scoring over 9.9 before.

    1. Is it possible that judges are lowballing Bama intentionally because many of them have strong relationships with people at UGA?

      I’m not saying this is happening, this is just speculation. It is notable that UGA is ranked higher than Bama- not sure they actually should be.

      1. I should clarify that Alabama has probably received “real” scores that are legitimate, but are lowballed compared to what other SEC schools are getting for the exact same (or weaker) routines.

        I don’t include LSU because their scores are low due to mistakes in pretty much every meet which lowered their final totals. Clean up the mistakes and then we’ll talk.

        Other than the “practice” meet Alabama had to start the season which resulted in the 194 score but still a sizeable victory over weaker teams, the Tide have been fairly clean and the mistakes haven’t had to count. They would’ve gone over 197 against LSU had Graber competed, not sure they would’ve won but it would’ve been close.

        Yeah, UGA should NOT be ranked ahead of Alabama (or Denver). I don’t mind Denver ahead of Alabama because they did win the quad meet which was scored legitimately with real scores, no real padding. Though Denver has had a couple of friendly meets since.

        The big question for UGA is at this point what happens if Snead and Dickson don’t both do the AA every week? The freshmen are strong enough overall to replace the scores of these two athletes. Snead also has back issues and Dickson has had trouble with her ankle in previous seasons so… The two UGA sophomores are also either injured or not mentally into competing as both of looked rough.

      2. Should be the freshmen ARE NOT strong enough overall to replace the scores of Snead and Dickson.

    2. The oddest was when LSU was at Alabama. That would have been a 197 score if it was UGA or Florida hosting LSU. LSU gets the relaxed scoring as the away team, but the home team stays under a strict pen? Weird.

  19. Kentucky was clearly the better team and deserved the win, but the gap shouldn’t be over a point. Kentucky got way more gifts compared to LSU, and Finnegan especially should have won the AA.

    1. Agreed. As soon as LSU opened the door in the first rotation I feel like Kentucky got overscored a lot and LSU got underscored a lot(by top NCAA team standards anyway).

  20. LSU is just waiting until they get Bryant, A.Finnegan, Dunne, Tatum and E.Kelly in (I’m not sure if they’re all in the same class, but within a year at least). They really don’t have that many star gymnasts coming in until then.

    1. They also have Kai Rivers and Kiya Johnson coming in next year which should be a big help

      1. But they also lose Sarah Finnagin (AA) and Lexi P (vault, bars and maybe floor). That’s a lot of strong routines to lose. Not to mention M. Kelly who may or may not redshirt – I imagine her final decision will come after the season when she’ll know if her body is strong enough to endure another year of competitive gymnastics and if she’s mentally into it.

      2. Yes. And they’ve had very strong gymnasts graduating with freshman classes that don’t have the ability to replicate the scores in the past few seasons. I believe that their season to win the title was in 2017, where they ultimately ended up bending to Oklahoma. I don’t see LSU being a title contending team until the 2021-2022 classes stocks them back up with strong elites and JO stars. As they are now, they’ll be hoping to sneak into the top 4, with 4th spot looking like Utah’s to win or lose.

  21. LSU has started season these past few years so strong, looking post-season shape, then under performing at nationals. This year, they have a lot of strength, they just aren’t putting it together in one meet. My hope is that they peak in post-season and get back in the top 3. Oh, and for Finnegan to be scored accurately. It’s absurd she gets deducted when there is *nothing* to take. All the 10s for (and 9.95 vaults) for Finney!!

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