Saturday Live Blog – March 16, 2019

Saturday, March 16 Scores Stream
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Cornell @ West Chester LINK
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Bridgeport @ Southern Connecticut LINK
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [6] Utah @ [8] Georgia LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Lindenwood, TWU, SEMO @ [20] Arkansas LINK
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Utah State @ [2] UCLA LINK P12N
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [9] Kentucky, [13] Boise State, Illinois State @ [18] Nebraska LINK FREE

We’ve got ourselves a day. It’s Utah/Georgia, and then it’s the Val farewell. And if yesterday’s scoring was just the hors d’oeuvres, then you’re going to need a straitjacket, some valium, and six wedding cakes.

First, Utah and Georgia. A meet I’m sure will be calm and reserved and evaluated with a discerning eye appropriate for this tightly matched occasion. JK it’s gonna be a Suze-splosion.

This isn’t even Kevin Copp. REFUND PLEASE. Instead we have Colt Brohampton IV joining Cat.

“Utah Ootes.” Carol’s commentating.

Rotation 1

Magee – VT – UGA – full, great vault, super clean and a stick. Her best vault by one thousand miles – just some chest forward, little bit of legs at the end, and not as much distance as the later ones will have. 9.875

Lee – UB – Utah – shortish first hs – 1/2 turn to great height on piked jaeger into overshoot, solid – better final cast hs position – front giant 1/2 to double tuck, hop back. Good. 9.775

Ward – VT – UGA – Tsuk 1/1, a bit uncontrolled this week with a bounce back, some piking throughout, not too bad. 9.800

Dula – UB – Utah – also tightish on first hs – gorgeous jaeger as always – great toes in next cast hs – bail, pretty solid, it looked – finishes stalder to double tuck with a near stick. 9.825

Vega – VT – UGA – hop back on her full, medium size – great distance of course – some soft knees to take. 9.875 sure why not cool.

Tessen – UB – Utah, a bit close on her jaeger catch but got it – solid vertical position on bail – a short final cast hs – FTDT, absorbs the landing well. 9.850

Dickson – VT – UGA – Omel – small hop forward, good vault – the usual bit of tucking toward the end – 9.875

MMG – UB – Utah – toe on to her big deltchev, hit – solid hs position after – bail, solid – some feet here and there, last handstand not quite all the way – flings out her FTDT a little but finds the stick – 9.900

Lukacs – VT – UGA – that’s probably her best one as well – small hop but great height and a little better around, with just that little stagger that she hops and covers.  9.950

Reinstadtler – UB – Utah – gorgeous jaeger, great height and toes – legs flash apart a little on bail – nice toes in all these casts but the last one wasn’t quite up – FTDT, step back. 9.850

Snead – VT – UGA – Y1.5 – small hop forward, didn’t get the stick, only that little bit of legs at the end – pretty – 9.900

Skinner – UB – Utah – close catch on her Ray this week with bent elbows – solid bail, legs together – toe on to FTDT, stick held with a little bend. 9.900

After 1: Georgia 49.475, Utah 49.325

Georgia solid on vault – nice improvements from Magee and Lukacs in particular. Will need more landings to get this kind of score moving forward, but they’re also hosting regionals. Most of them are hopping but not fully bouncing. Utah pretty much did its usual on bars, solid landings, opening handstands got a few people.

“In SEC play.” This guy.

Rotation 2

Lee – VT – Utah – small slide back on her full this week but otherwise her usual – good layout position and open shape. 9.850

Roberts – UB – UGA – small arch on first hs – toe on to toe shap, lovely legs together – into bail, solidly done – DLO, holds the stick. They keep cutting to a trash angle in these routines, so no way to tell handstands. 9.800

Roberts – VT – Utah – full, also with a bit of a hop back this week – she has the distance on Lee, so we’ll see if they go a little higher, but I wouldn’t really. Nope. Same at 9.850.

Lukacs – UB – UGA – tkatchev, flat but hit – good hs – clear hip to nice high pak but a leg break – a little late on cast 1/2 on low – very short final cast hs – DLO, stuck. She did what she can do there. 9.825. Sure cool.

Burch – VT – Utah – a hop up in the air in place there – they all have the power and pretty open positions in the air but won’t go higher because of the landing, a little more form in Burch’s vault. 9.800

Snead – UB – UGA – lovely first hs – clear hip to tkatchev, flat but hit – arch cast hs and pulls it back – pretty bail, good handstand position – strong final cast on hb – DLO, that little pike down, stuck landing. 9.825

One of the judges went higher for Lukacs than Snead, so that’s cool.

MMG – VT – Utah – small hop forward on her 1.5, and then a little uncontrolled salute after that – bent knee deduction.

Al-Hammed – UB – UGA – good first hs – giant full to her big tkatchev, solid – bail – finishes giant full to double tuck, can’t hold the stick with a step into salute. 9.825

Skinner – VT – Utah – bounce back on her DTY this week, so she won’t be able to rise on Lukacs’s score – good leg position, just some feet – 9.925. That was a full-tenth hop, so she still got some rise in the score.

Dickson – Ub – UGA – hits her ray this week – just a little shutter in catching bail but fine – short on final cast hs – DLO 1/1, hop. 9.875

Tessen – VT – Utah – 1.5, hop back but a bit better this week – not that lunge back to the side that we’ve seen sometimes – knee deduction to take. 9.850

Oakley – UB – UGA – short first hs – higgins into excellent piked jaeger, small arch on cast hs and holds it well – hits pak – 1/2 turn on low – just missing some handstands here – FTDT, stuck. 9.925 kind of high for me.

But interesting that the scores so far have been like, normal-big-team high, more than “the judges have all the drugs and nothing matters ever” high. But we haven’t seen floor yet, so…

After 2: Georgia 98.750, Utah 98.650

Close after 2, but Georgia with an important lead. Utah didn’t stick any vaults, which impeded the opportunity to gain a lot of ground on Georgia since we know that landings are the only thing that matters. Georgia gets by with a 49.275 from its new bars rotation with Lukacs in, which they’ll take. The big routines can all do better than they did today, though.

Rotation 3

Snead – BB – UGA – bhs loso bhs, very solid – cat leap to switch to straddle, those leaps are typically the only significant deduction in her routine – punch front, nailed – 2/1, stuck. 9.875

Roberts – FX – Utah – front layout to rudi, super clean, chest up, nice leg position, controlled – double pike, small slide – switch side to wolf full, overturns the switch side a little – 1.5 to layout, controlled landing but a little short. 9.850

Dickson – BB – UGA – aerial to straddle 1/4, very well done – bhs loso series, solid and secure, extended legs – switch to split, well done – bhs 1.5 with just a little hop in place. One of her best beam routines. 9.875. Should have been differentiated from Snead’s score.

Lee – FX – Utah – 2.5, controls step out, just a touch of knees in the air, not extreme – switch to switch ring 1/2, pretty solid ring closure – front lay to front full, keeps back leg down – 2/1 to loso, pulls it out, looked like she didn’t get her usual rise into loso but worked through it 9.800

Magee – BB – UGA – straddle to straddle 1/2, good straddle positions – bhs loso series, small lean working out of it, good toe point – switch to switch side with a lean, the switch leap also had a low back leg – side aerial to full, good, small movement. More tentative than the first two. 9.875

Say it with me now, ALL THE ROUTINES ARE THE SAME.

Burch – FX – Utah – double pike, nice power, slide back – rudi, another small slide – her straddle positions are fine – 1.5 to layout uncontrolled with a large bound forward and a possible OOB. Will need to drop. 9.625

Oakley – BB – UGA – wolf single, hit – bhs loso series, small lean, good extension – aerial, solid – split to split ring jump a little more tentative this time in both the ring position and landing, check – gainer full, small hop. OK. 9.850

These last two beam routine scores have been unwarrantedly similar to Dickson’s

Soloski – FX – Utah – DLO, controlled well, lots of arch in her DLO – hitch kick to switch 1/1, almost all the way around – 2/1 with a bounce back – 1.5 to layout and nearly the same problem as Burch with a bounce forward, though she controlled it a little more. Some control problems on the final two passes. 9.850 is a gift.

Baumann – BB – UGA – side aerial to loso series, small check, mostly good – wolf hop to switch side – hit – she has a moment of knees, a moment of hesitation in the routine, but a good one, basically sticks the 2/1. 9.900

MMG – FX – Utah – piked full in, she has improved the leg separation on that skill this season, a little chest down – 1.5 to layout to front pike solidly done – rudi to straddle with that bit of travel back. Her normal. 9.900

Vega – BB – UGA – split jump mount, lovely – switch to split ring jump, small hesitation in between but I don’t expect anyone to care – aerial to split jump, exactly the same issue – positions solid – bhs loso series, hit – side aerial to full, small slide. 9.900

Some things and some elevated scores, but a more confident beam rotation for Georgia this week.

Skinner – FX – Utah – I still think it looks like she’s holding her nose at the beginning of this routine every time – double double nailed this week, good control, high – split leap 1.5, pretty much around, landing just a hair short of the full 1.5 twist – 1.5 through to 2/1, solid, just a little foot adjustment – full-in, solid. Some of her best control on the first and last passes this time. They almost went there for her. 9.975.

After 3: Georgia 148.175, Utah 148.025

Still very close but Georgia with the edge going to beam. Georgia didn’t have that .3 error thrown in on floor this week like they seem to do most weeks, so an improvement there. Utah doing fine so far but just a little flatter than normal, not finding as many landings overall on the leg events.

Rotation 4

Lee – BB – Utah – bhs loso series, no trouble – switch to straddle 1/4, also secure – beat jump to side aerial to full, stuck. Good opener. 9.900. They went there for her.

Davis – FX – UGA – 2.5, controls the step out, some legs, good power – split leap full to wolf full – this choreography is really minimal – double tuck, a tad deep on landing – 1.5 to layout to front tuck, small hop. Some of her more solid landings. 9.825

Burch – BB – Utah – bhs loso series with a larger break, leg-up wobble – double stag – aerial is smoothy done – split jump to straddle 1/4, she has improved those dance elements – step back on gainer full. 9.775

Baumann – FX – UGA – double pike, controls the landing mostly, just a little forward – double tuck, that one a little deep, neither issue large – switch ring excellent – double L, I’d give it – 1.5 to layout. Hit. 9.850

Soloski – BB – Utah – aerial to bhs series, quickly connected – hitch to switch 1/2, well short of position, exacerbated by the angle but the split jump was also short, and a check – punch front full dismount, step. 9.825 is pretty high there.

Lukacs – FX – UGA – DLO, nice and floated, controlled landing – wolf jump full to popa, good combination for her, works – whip to 1.5 to layout, short on the layout with a hop back – switch side to straddle jump – double pike, hit. 9.850

Randall – BB – Utah – just realized we missed her in the floor lineup – nice full turn – bhs loso, hit – beat jump to sheep, held securely, not a ton of closure on the sheep but fine – switch leap to split, solid – rulfova, excellent – 2/1, step back. 9.875

Dickson – FX – UGA – double arabian, nearly perfect, just a little short coming in, so that hop-present kind of looks like she had to do it to avoid a step back – 1.5 to layout – switch side to popa is excellent – double pike, bounce back. 9.925.

MMG – BB – Utah – switch to split, some back leg on both – bhs bhs loso, hit well – aerial, mostly solid, a knee – 1.5, holds the stick, a little deep. Solid routine. Only some built in moments and some not-even-a-leans. 9.950.

OK well we’re arriving at the boozy portion of the meet now?

Vega – FX – UGA – full-in, solid – 1.5 to layout, clean and straight body position – switch ring to split leap full – close on her own split leap 1.5, but that is a risky skill, or would be if we had rules – double pike, also quite solid. A good one, some minor front foot adjustments on landings. 9.900

Skinner – BB – Utah – bhs loso series, solid, the loso more extended this week too – side aerial to sissone, strong – full turn – switch to straddle, solid – double tuck, step back. Solid. 9.875.

Snead – FX – UGA – double pike, clean in the air, bounce back – wolf hop full to popa looked solid. rudi to shushunova – switch leap to cat leap – whip through to double tuck, super deep landing, crunched into a ball with a step. No fall but will be the drop score.

FINAL: Georgia 197.525, Utah 197.450

Ended up really close, but Georgia got it. Similar performances, Georgia at home, Utah not as crisp as usual. Impressed that the judges didn’t decide to go too crazy (I mean, it was still crazy, don’t get me wrong, but normal type). That was Georgia’s most composed beam and floor performance—until Snead—of the season so far, so we’re seeing the improvements there, so the fact that it’s a season-high score seems about right. In several aspects at least, that was a season-best performance.

Interesting that Georgia ended up winning because of vault, an event where I expected Utah to have the edge because of how that had been landing in recent meets, but Utah didn’t stick any vaults today.

Neither team able to make up any ground in the rankings, so they’ll stay at 6 and 8.

Meet back here for Vallapalooza?


It’s time for Miss Val’s final home meet. Too much is not enough.

UCLA going with pretty much the same lineups. This week Tratz is the odd woman out of the seven options on floor.

Will be disappointed if no one comes out riding a celebratory golden camel.

So we’re all going to need softball to no longer exist as a sport in like 30 seconds, but if not, here’s the streaming link for the online over-run coverage.

You guys, what if the scoring is like…not crazy? Oh, how I like to kid.

Well I’ve already made up lyrics to the pac-12 bonus website’s little waiting music, so that’s where we are.

WE’RE OPENING WITH VAL IN THE PARKING GARAGE.

Piano music montage. You knew it would be. This is some solid NBC 2000 era/meets Oprah action.

“Somewhere in the background, there will be a gymnastics meet.” – Jim summarizing the Miss Val legacy.

Janay Honest as the Rose Parade correspondent in the alumni section.

OK but it’s not a memorial though.

GUYS. They have renamed the floor the Valorie Kondos Field Floor Exercise.

Rotation 1

Dennis – VT – UCLA – basically sticks her full, huge as always, perhaps a little foot adjustment. 9.850. Actually reasonable. Was ready for a 9.950.

Varnadore – UB – USU – toe shap with crazy legs and full straddle – bail also with large leg break – toe 1/2 on high to front giant 12 to double tuck, nice double tuck. 9.700 is crazy high. Get ready for bars.

Hano – VT – UCLA – excellent 1.5 from her, only the little bit of knees, but she nailed the landing – maybe could be constructed as movement on the landing, but I’d say that’s bringing the heels together. 9.950

Did they just straight up skip a USU bars routine to show Randy Lane talk about Val? NOT OK.

Wright – VT – UCLA _ and she runs through her vault! Didn’t touch so gets another run – hits it on the second run – tries super hard to hold the stick but ends up with a larger lean forward and then a step. 9.775. Yeah, they had to take quite a bit for that landing adjustment.

Bullitt – UB – USU – jaeger, hit – tight hs on high – bail, collapses a little in shape on her catch – some short cast hs – DLO, small hop back. Nice shape on DLO. 9.825

Tratz – VT – UCLA – bounce back on her full, a bit larger on her bounce this week. Definitely full tenth.

Rojas – UB – USU – toe shap to bail, a bit short on bail handstand position – short on final cast – DLO, flung out and couldn’t get it around, fall. Was going to be their big score of the rotation until that because the numbers have been coming.

Ross – VT – UCLA – Kyla sits her 1.5 today. So is it going to be one of THOSE kinds of farewell/senior night meets?

Ward-Sessions – UB – USU – hits jaeger to overshoot, nice – will get some cast hs deductions – FTDT, hop back. Their most solid routine.

Kramer – VT – UCLA – still goes for the 1.5 despite going after the fall, and she hits it – step back and to the side – knees – but an important hit. 9.700

UCLA a little all over the place on vault. Hano is the one who brought it.

Beck – UB – USU – short first hs – hits Shap to pak, leg deductions – front giant 1/2 to double tuck, hop. They will have to count the low score from Tueller in the routine that was skipped so that Randy could talk.

So it’s just 49.100 for UCLA on vault. There go our hopes for a 205. From the first two vaults, it looked like it was going to be a nailed rotation where the judges would have an excuse to 10 it up, but then we had Wright running through on her first attempt, Ross falling, just the usual crazy. I mean, the appropriate amount of drama for Miss Val’s last meet. This is more fitting than some 199.

Interview with Miss Val about excellence between rotations. Excellence is excellent. That 4th place trophy. Jim held the book upside down. The usual.

This outro music is SOOOO in memoriam

Rotation 2

We’ve skipped another USU routine.

Frazier – UB – UCLA – small hesitation in first hs but good position – very solid shap to pak combination – nice legs in her shap 1/2 – arches on final cast hs but pulls it back – stuck dismount and a scream. Great except for that arch. 9.900. Here we go.

Deharde – VT – USU – full – giant bounce back out of it – pretty nice shape in the air

Dennis – UB – UCLA – toe shap to bail, strong, leg break on catch of shap but together in the air – strong final cast hs, long hold – DLO, stuck landing.

9.950 for Dennis. Kyla’s getting a 40 just for this routine.

Interview with Waller so we miss more Utah State routines. Cool cool.

G Glenn – UB – UCLA – 1/2 turn to huge jaeger, lovely – pak and peels off with a shocked expression. It was too beautiful in the air. That’s why she fell. finishes with a floaty DLO, pikes it down a little at the end with a step.

Lo. Varnadore – VT – USU – pretty clean Y1/2 with a crossover pace forward, just a touch of knees

Flatley – UB – UCLA – higgins to a lovely jaeger – toe on to bail, maybe a little rushed through that position but solid – borderline final cast hs – DLO and holds the stick – lovely toe point, a moment of handstand or two, but expect a huge one. 9.925

Le. Varnadore – VT – USU – very nice on her Y1/2, only the smallest hop, very clean, solid direction, best routine we’ve seen from USU so far.

Kocian – UB – UCLA – Stalder shap to pak, very well done, just that little leg break on pak – 1/2 turn on low – strong final cast hs, FTDT short with a shuffle forward. 9.950. Cool cool. This is more the crazy scoring I was expecting.

Ward-Sessions – VT – USU – great power on her full – small hop back – nice distance and direction. Well done.

Ross – UB – UCLA – good first hs – toe shap to bail, very smooth – toe shoot to high – excellent – AND SHE GOES OVER ON A HANDSTAND AND FALLS WHAT. Stuck DLO of course.

We’re showing the exhibition bars routine from Toronjo, which is GREAT because we never see the exhibition routines on P12N, but it’s more salt in the wound for not showing the USU routines. Making it very clear that one team here matters and one does not. And those are the kinds of things I’m supposed to say, but the TV is supposed to pretend aren’t true.

Toronjo fall on a tkatchev in exhibition.

Kyla Ross’s 9.475 with a large arch in handstand and a fall is EVERYTHING. Like not even possible but amazing.

UCLA 49.200 on bars.

After 2: UCLA 98.300, Utah State 97.100

Four 9.9s and two falls is PEAK UCLA. Two nice, nationally competitive vaults from USU to end that rotation. We wouldn’t know a lot about the rest of the rotation.

Interview with Danusia. I’ll allow it.

Rotation 3

G Glenn – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, super smooth – aerial to split, perfect – switch to split, leaps are her highlight – gainer full, stuck. Fantastic routine. 9.950

Golison – FX – USU – front rudi, small slide back, good height – front lay to 1/2 to straddle jump, pretty comfortable for her – switch side 1/2 to popa, a little over turned on switch side but nice dance amplitude – front full to layout, a little archy, small hop. Good. 9.700

Nguyen – BB – UCLA – switch to split to beat jump, a little tentative but fine – aerial to loso combination, pretty quick in connecting – full turn, smooth – split jump 1/2 from side, a little tight on the position this week with a small lean – front full dismount with a  college stick. 9.850

Leary – FX – USU – front lay to rudi, comfortably completed, bounce back – switch side to popa, pretty well around, just some feet – double tuck, chest down bounce back, just does keep it in bounds. 9.625

Kocian – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, more solid landing this week – aerial to split jump, small pause in between – full turn, hit – switch to split with a small lean – 1.5 dismount with hop back. Still some things, but a bit more secure for her this week. 9.825.

Briones – FX – USU – front rudi, good control, a little ragged – front lay to 1/2 to lovely loso – switch side to popa, very well extended – front lay to front full, some knees and back, nice security on those landings

Flatley – BB – UCLA – aerial to loso, solid, nailed combination – side aerial, does well to absorb it without showing a real lean – small hesitation finishing her L turn into the split jump – punch front full with a fairly large hop forward. 9.850

Le Varnadore – FX – USU – full in, nice power, just a little chest down – double pike, solid landing, same with the chest a bit forward but pretty well controlled overall – switch side to popa, nice extension in those straddles – 1.5 to layout. This floor rotation is nice.

Ohashi – BB – UCLA – aerial to aerial combination with a leg-up check and a lean – switch to split with another check – bhs loso to full with a step back. That was her shakiest routine this season, and true for a lot of the UCLA gymnasts today. 9.825

DeHarde – FX – USU – big height on a double pike, nice shape, slide back – rudi to loso, well controlled – switch side to popa, a little indistinct – rudi to shushunova. Scores have been a little sluggish for USU comparatively in this rotation, but that should get up there. 9.875

Ross – BB – UCLA – bhs loso, super solid – aerial to sissone, nice and smooth – full turn with a lean check – Sam, don’t say butt – switch to split, very high – side aerial to full, stuck. Kyla’s back. One check there.

9.975 with an obvious balance check. Cool.

Ward-Session – FX – USU – gigantic open full in, fantastic, controls the landing – 1.5 to layout, the biggest 1.5 ever, but she overdid it a little and was flat on the layout with a step back – leap amplitude epic – double pike, nailed. Great routine. Shame about the middle pass. Still gets 9.925 so might have gone 10 with her last-week routine.

After 3: UCLA 147.750, USU 146.100

UCLA kind of pulled it back together on beam. I mean, they got a 49.475, but it wasn’t really a great rotation, save for Glenn at the start and Ross at the end. The middle still looked kind of all-over-the-place. Kyla got a “WE WERE TRYING SO HARD TO GIVE YOU A 10” but a great routine. Utah State got to show off on its highlight event, floor to hit 49. Last three routines were excellent there.

Rotation 4

Le Varnadore – BB – USU – bhs loso series with a check – aerail to beat jump with a slight pause in between – just a touch of knees here and there – switch to switch combo with some back leg – gainer tuck 1.5, small hop. 9.700

Frazier – FX – UCLA – full in with the slide back we’ve come to expect – nice rise into the second element of her dance combination – whip through to double tuck, solid – double pike, short with a pretty large hop forward. 9.850

Deharde – BB – USU – aerial to beat jump, nicely done, works quickly to get her connection – smooth loso series – pike jump to straddle 3/4 – 2/1, step back. 9.825

Nebraska just got a 49.600 on bars you guys. BARS.

Kramer – FX – UCLA – front 2/1 to front pike, controlled it well to get the front pike stuck despite looking a little over on her front 2/1 – 1.5 to layout, pretty – switch side to popa – rudi to stretch jump, nice, pretty much her usual. 9.925

Briones – BB – USU – hitch kick to aerial, nice – full turn, solidly done – bhs loso, smooth execution, just a small lean working out of it – beat to straddle 3/4, very solid – punch front full dismount with a bound forward. Good hit. 9.775

Tratz – FX – UCLA – she’s in the lineup instead of Dennis after all – full-in, very comfortable landing this week – 1.5 to front full, keeps her back foot down well – switch ring and split leap full very well completed – double tuck, small slide back and a swim to try to save it from being larger. Had the first two passes down well. Still goes 9.950. They’re going Kyla 10 or bust.

Ward-Session – BB – USU – huge height on loso series, some knees and a small check, great amplitude as you would expect – full turn, a little check – hitch kick to switch side with a check – double tuck, great tuck position, two small steps. 9.700

Ross – FX – UCLA – whip to double tuck, solid, keeps front foot down – 1.5 to layout, keeps herself from stepping there – split leap full to popa, a little bouncy, great positions of course – double pike, very solid landing. Let’s see now.

10.000 for Kyla. Inevitable based on everything. Same routine she has done all season.

Beck – BB – USU – full turn, solid – bhs loso, solidly done – this is the 5th routine of the lineup and Jim thinks it’s the exhibition for some reason – switch to a…something? Cat hop 1/2? indecipherable – side aerial with a small check – beat jump – front tuck 1/1, stuck

Hano – FX – UCLA – DLO, very secure landing, just a little too chest down this time – front full to 1/2 to run, bails out of the run a little bit this time – split leap full to wolf full, solid – double pike, secure. Let’s see what happens now.

9.950 for Hano from both judges.

We’re waiting for Ohashi on floor so we can hear Ohashi’s thoughts on Miss Val. Everyone’s already crying before Ohashi’s routine.

Ohashi – FX – UCLA – normal DLO this week, good control – 1.5 to 1/2 to split to front tuck, solid – switch ring and switch 1/2 look good – finishes with front full to 1/2 to drop split. Inevitable 10. We don’t need to wait for the score.

She got a 10. We’re all very surprised.

UCLA goes 49.825 on floor (not a program record). 197.575 is the final score while counting a fall on bars.

Now Ohashi is conducting the band. Everyone is hugging and crying.

Utah State finishes with 194.850, which does not help the regionals quest. In fact, that’s going to mean that USU is officially eliminated from regionals contention. I would tweet that if I loved party pooping.

Janay is trying to interview Miss Val and Val is too busy dancing. Fitting.

I hope we’re staying for the dancing and the speeches because that’s what this meet is all about.

Kentucky is easily going to hit its SEC goal mark unless it doesn’t even bother with the bars rotation.

Val doing the usual senior day thing, honoring the seniors from the other teams and talking about how they need media training. Shoutout to the celebrities in the crowd. Gotta get those clicks.

Something with Kenny Ortega and grabbing both of Ohashi’s arms and whatever.

Senior video, including the requisite one you’re like, oh yeah I remember her from the roster.

Kyla has two chemistry finals this week or something. She understands that math problems are the best way to calm down.

Nebraska is still on its way to a 180 bajillion will floor just getting started.

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136 thoughts on “Saturday Live Blog – March 16, 2019”

  1. So you have an issue with missing a few Utah State performances during a show that was clearly a celebration of the 29-year career of UCLA Coach Kondos Field, but I’m guessing you’re OK missing 2 or 3 out of 4 performances at a time at some regional Championships or the National Finals when it’s a shotgun start.

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    1. That’s kind of the point though- dual meets are specifically set up so that each routine goes on its own and can be shown. Quad meets by nature generally aren’t set up that way (though I do greatly appreciate PAC 12 champs for going one by one!) and most average fans don’t want a four-way split screen. It’s just logistical. The complaints about skipping USU routines are exactly the same as the complaints when NBC shows Someone Important drinking water when there’s a routine going on. There will be gymnastics without Val, but there wouldn’t be The Personage of Val as the UCLA coach without gymnastics-and dare I say without gymnasts like those who compete for USU because without those teams that “don’t matter” the whole college system would be on the precipice. If they wanted “a celebration of the 29-year career of UCLA Coach Kondos Field” they could do a special on her after the meet.

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      1. How many fans stick around for “post-game shows” in any sport? That said, I am curious how Utah State coach Amy Smith felt about the situation despite being one of Miss Val’s former athletes.

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    2. Different person named Mary chiming in here. Funny enough, the other person named Mary who already commented said a lot of the things I was going to say.

      In addition, though, it’s disrespectful to the USU athletes for the producers to decide that prerecorded interviews are more important to show than competition routines during a broadcast that is purportedly a broadcast of a dual meet competition. Those interviews can be shown before the meet, between rotations, after the meet, or posted online for people to view at their leisure. Nobody expected 100% equal attention to be paid to both teams. Nobody would’ve complained if more of the commentary and before and after meet stuff had centered around UCLA; that only makes sense given that it’s their senior night and Miss Val’s last home meet. But to decide that only one of the competing teams’ routines matter enough to be shown in the broadcast of the competition is disrespectful to the team you’re not showing. For what it’s worth, I think the UCLA gymnasts and coaches would be sad to know that their prerecorded interviews were prioritized by the broadcast producers over their opponents’ routines. Given the respect the UCLA team and coaches showed the USU gymnasts and coaches last night, I’d think they’d want the broadcast producers to treat them better.

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  2. I really don’t think they would care. I found the entire meet production a bit offensive. Miss Val should have a 30 minute farewell dedicated to her career. They could have used the tribute to the seniors time. No other pac 12 team senior salute was televised. Fans just had to be there early to see the senior tributes so the broadcast could start on time. It was jus another elevation of UCLA over the rest of the conference. Ohashi conducting the band was juvenile and a bit in your face. Utah State looked a tad annoyed and wanting to be anywhere but there. The flowers for the opposing seniors is done everywhere so not a big deal. Nice but not out of the ordinary. The ending reminded me of the movie “Mean Girls “ Pac 12 network your bias is blazing.

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    1. Ohashi’s “conducting” the alumni band was just more joy from one of the most exuberant athletes in collegiate gymnastics. Hardly “juvenile.” Perhaps the “bias” is on your end.

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      1. Fans of the other 7 teams in the conference would appreciate equal time on the network that we have to pay for. That is not bias that is equal representation for equal payment

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      2. @Anonymous While I agree that the degree of the UCLA focus of the Pac 12 Network has been rather tiresome (How many times do we need to recap the 2018 Super Six?), I think your argument is a bit flawed. The reality is that among all Pac 12 Network viewers who give a crap about any NCAA women’s gymnastics at all, the interest is not split equally among all 8 teams. Realistically, there are noticeably more people who care about UCLA and Utah gymnastics than there are people who care about Arizona and Stanford gymnastics.

        This same sort of thing happens in other sports. ESPN doesn’t give equal attention in their football coverage to Alabama and Coastal Carolina because realistically, far more people care about Alabama than Coastal Carolina. The reality is that cable TV is based on markets, and networks show what sells. They should take care not to be unnecessarily rude (i.e. don’t skip competition routines in favor of fluff pieces during a meet like they did last night), but that doesn’t mean that this has to be like YMCA basketball where everyone gets equal attention. Of course they show more competitions from and place more emphasis on the popular teams. They cover the sporting events that viewers will tune in to watch.

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      3. During the Gymnastics season I pay for 4 pac 12 stations because in their wisdom it is split into regions. The reason given is so that there’s more coverage of all of the schools. UCLA is the only school that received complete coverage of the season. I watched far more “streaming “ this yea than in years past. The pac networks showed their 30 minute recap program repeatedly-the same bloody 30 tripe – for hours on end rather than the meets except UCLA. That is what is so annoying. I realize networks show top programs more often but to view the entire conference having to pay an additional $50 per month you expect to see sports rather than repeat overviews with Mike Yam.

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      4. Once again, not the Mary who commented earlier in the thread 😛 but what you said about having the regional Pac 12 networks is so true! I just have Big Pac 12 and Pac 12 Arizona, but the gymnastics coverage was SO lacking this year compared to previous years. I think Pac 12 Arizona might never have shown a gymnastics meet this season!

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