Only the Best – NCAA Week 8

The 10s

Kyla Ross (UCLA) – Bars

Natalie Wojcik (Michigan) – Vault

The 9.975s

Trinity Thomas (Florida) – Bars

Trinity Thomas (Florida) – Floor

Maddie Karr (Denver) – Vault

The 9.950s

Marissa Oakley (Georgia) – Bars

Sabrina Vega (Georgia) – Beam

Khazia Hislop (North Carolina) – Floor

Kirah Koshinski (West Virginia) – Vault

Sophia Carter (Arkansas) – Floor

Sarah Finnegan (LSU) – Floor

Makenna Merrell-Giles (Utah) – Vault

Madison Kocian (UCLA) – Bars

Felicia Hano (UCLA) – Vault

MyKayla Skinner (Utah) – Bars

MyKayla Skinner (Utah) – Beam

Kyla Ross (UCLA) – Beam

Natalie Wojcik (Michigan) – Bars

Abby Brenner (Michigan) – Bars


Alexis Vasquez (Denver) – Beam


NCAA Week 8 Rankings and RQS Update

We’re supposed to pretend we’re interested in calling it NQS now instead of RQS—mostly because the new system has individual qualifiers to regionals decided based on their national rankings instead of their regional rankings, making regional classification even less important than it was before—but also like meh. This score still determines who qualifies to regionals, so RQS it is.

1. Oklahoma Sooners

RQS: 197.925
Previous ranking: 1

Road Score 1: 198.075
Road Score 2: 198.050
Road Score 3: 197.975
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 197.825
Home/Road Score 3: 197.700
RQS: 197.925

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 198.050
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 2

Oklahoma retains the #1 ranking this week by a sizable but dwindling margin after recording a no-Nichols, no-Showers 197.150 on Sunday at West Virginia, a semi-miss of a meet with issues on both beam and floor—though no counting falls. Oklahoma cannot afford absences as significant as this and still be a championship-winning team. That we’ve learned. But also duh. While having lost some ground to UCLA, Oklahoma will still retain the #1 ranking next Monday regardless of what happens in the meet between the two on Sunday.

2. UCLA Bruins

RQS: 197.800
Previous ranking: 2

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.900
Road Score 3: 197.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.025
Home/Road Score 2: 197.775
Home/Road Score 3: 197.600
RQS: 197.800

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.885
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Well, it wasn’t boring. (Dear world, holding newspapers in front of your face is harmless and nothing and also welcome to sports and get over it, and MyKayla Skinner absolutely was not underscored and to imply Utah—UTAH—is somehow a poor, oppressed minority that the judges hate is wildly disingenuous. There is no war on Christmas. Now, everyone go in from recess.) Anyway, for all the noise around Utah/UCLA, what really happened is that UCLA performed better gymnastics than Utah did and secured its status in the first tier of teams with a season-high-tying 198.025. What that score served to do is entrench UCLA at #2, unable to be caught by Florida or any other team this coming weekend.

3. Florida Gators

RQS: 197.545
Previous ranking: 3

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.500
Road Score 3: 197.325
Home/Road Score 1: 197.850
Home/Road Score 2: 197.675
Home/Road Score 3: 197.375
RQS: 197.545

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.685
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

It feels like 80 lifetimes ago that Florida lost to Georgia in the “Carol doesn’t know how to make the email box work” meet, a meet in which Florida was fine-but-kind-of-off in the early going, Things really changed when Florida counted a pretty large mistake on beam to allow Georgia into the meet, without the benefit of a home buffer since both teams were being scored with the same rose-colored code. With those other high 197s, however, Florida will be safe at #3 for another week regardless of what happens this weekend.

4. LSU Tigers

RQS: 197.280
Previous ranking: 5

Road Score 1: 197.450
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.125
Home/Road Score 1: 197.650
Home/Road Score 2: 197.425
Home/Road Score 3: 197.150
RQS: 197.280

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.380
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

LSU will hardly be pleased with the 197.125 recorded against Arkansas, with less-than-perfect showings across the board bringing the score down to a level that LSU will hope to drop in the coming weeks. Nonetheless, this 197 meant that LSU could drop a low 196 from January that was still hanging around and therefore move ahead of Utah in the rankings. LSU is in some vague danger of falling behind Utah and Denver this weekend but can avert that danger and guarantee staying at #4 by scoring a 197.350, which really isn’t a lot to ask.

5. Utah Utes

RQS: 197.220
Previous ranking: 4

Road Score 1: 197.375
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.150
Home/Road Score 1: 197.625
Home/Road Score 2: 197.175
Home/Road Score 3: 197.150
RQS: 197.220

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.315
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Despite recording a season high in the loss to UCLA, Utah loses a single place in the rankings because that season high is dropped as part of RQS calculation and the remaining scores were all already pretty similar. That better score, however, does give Utah a bit higher ceiling and the opportunity to pass LSU this weekend should things go just right. Even so, LSU has the higher maximum possible RQS so will be the team determining how that plays out. The new twist is that Utah now also has to watch out for Denver, which could catch Utah with another big result as long as Utah also returns to the lower 197s against Michigan. 

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Saturday Live Blog – February 23, 2019

Saturday, February 23 Scores Stream
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – [2] UCLA @ [4] Utah LINK P12N
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [18] Washington @ [15] Cal LINK P12N
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Big Five @ Toledo, OH ([8] Michigan, [14] Minnesota, [22] Ohio State, Illinois Rutgers) LINK FLO

What it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. I basically won’t be satisfied unless the UCLA/Utah meet descends into total anarchy. Whole bunch o’ stabbings. Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – February 23, 2019

Friday Live Blog – February 22, 2019

Friday, February 22 Scores Stream
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Southern Connecticut v. West Chester
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [7] Georgia @ [3] Florida LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [9] Alabama @ [13] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Big Five ([15] Nebraska, [24] Penn State, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State) LINK FLO
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – New Hampshire @ North Carolina LINK ACC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – West Virginia, Ball State @ Pittsburgh LINK ACC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Western Michigan, William & Mary @ NC State LINK ACC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Central Michigan LINK CMU($)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Towson @ George Washington LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Bridgeport, Ursinus @ Temple LINK
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout @ UW-La Crosse LC($)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Hamline @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK FREE
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [5] LSU @ [21] Arkansas LINK SECN
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [12] Oregon State @ [20] Arizona State LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [17] BYU @ Southern Utah LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Alaska @ Utah State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – San Jose State @ UC Davis LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State @ Seattle Pacific LINK FREE

It’s a busy start to the day with two SEC meets and the Big Five competition all going simultaneously. Good thing you’ve got 7 eyes. Alabama/Kentucky is under-the-radar serious because Kentucky’s last two scores have been better than Alabama’s season high, and Alabama is not going to be able to stick around in the SEC top 4 without some 197s dropping immediately.

Also this happened. And I’m screaming. The Carol Address shall go down in history and will definitely work problem solved.

“It has come to our attention” is my favorite part. HMM HOW DID YOUR SPY NETWORK FIGURE THAT ONE OUT. My second favorite part is news of the invention of television. My third favorite part is that apparently the scores should start being better because people can see you, not because of like…professionalism or accuracy or fairness or anything. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – February 22, 2019