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Live from the Collegiate Challenge – Session 2

Links for the whole day here

Saturday, January 4
Scores Stream
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [7] Denver, [13] Auburn, [21] Arizona State, [25] Penn State @ Collegiate Challenge   FLO
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – Illinois, SEMO @ [16] Missouri LINK SEC+
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – New Hampshire @ Illinois State LINK FREE
9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT – [1] Oklahoma, [4] UCLA, [9] Cal, [22] Stanford @ Collegiate Challenge   FLO

I’ll try to do scores again as best I can.

We’re currently in the final rotation of warmups. My proximity to the podium means I know exactly who told KJ they had to pee before the rotation started. Yes, my position also means most of my observations are about the bathroom. It’s the happenin’ place you guys. Who knew?

Kyla just stuck her final warmup 1.5 on vault. So probably wasted it. Hano and Kramer also doing 1.5s. Frazier doing fulls.

We’re now in the “extended costume change” portion of the evening.

Jessica is currently delighting in reading through the first session live blog and finding the spelling errors (or the “what did you mean when you wrote “naive” during Ruiz’s beam routine, and I’m like no idea). So that’s happening.

Amanda telling us that MANY ARE WONDERING who will go viral from this meet pllellleleleeease.

Kyla just barely defeated Maggie and Ragan in the clap-o-meter intro competition. Because that’s what it’s really all about.

Jade Chrobok is the winner of the Having a Walking Boot and Trying to Keep Up with the Walking competition for the second session.

Ragan Smith is in the AA for Oklahoma.

UCLA is adorned in Saved By The Bell Opening Credits.

Rotation 1

Smith – VT – OU – a little short on her full, but only a small hop forward – the usual leg break on block

Hano – UB – UCLA – short first hs – Ray, coaught and connection to overshoot – arch on cast on high but pulls it back – finishes with stuck double tuck

Stern with a lunge forward landing her Y1.5.

Strong hit on beam from Talitha Jones for Cal with stuck landing.

Hit Y1.5 for Degouveia, also lunge forward. 9.800

9.850 for Hano.

Webb – VT – OU – comes up just a hair short on her 1.5, small step/slide back.

9.775 for Jones, 9.825 for Lawson on floor. Steele on bars, flings out her DLO a little, shortish with a hop. Nice on the bars.

9.900 for Webb. Nichols follows her with a hop forward on her 1.5. 9.875

9.800 for Steele.

Schoepfer finished out the vault lineup for OU with a strong Y1.5 tucked, nearly got the stick, hopped forward

Kooyman – SHap to Pak a little whippy but fine – very short on hs on low bar and again on high – DLO was much improved, bounce back. 9.825

Clausi with a very secure loso series on beam – struggles on her switch side, doesn’t get all the way to split and leans forward – finishes 1.5 with a bound.

Frazier on UB with a solid Shap 1/2, finishes DLO, a little slide back on this one, she was sticking them in warmups.

9.650 for Clausi

9.950 for Frazier is a little much.

George on beam gets her aerial to back tuck combination.

Widner debuts with 9.800 on floor.

Flatley – UB -good first hs – higgins turn a bit late into jaeger – a couple handstands in here – bail a touch rushed but pretty – regular DLO (good) small hop back. Some refining to do, but also the usual pretty moments.

Big important 9.900 for George on beam for Cal. 9.875 for Flatley

Bordas a little tentative on her aerial to split, lean check afterward

Kyla – UB – shap to bail – arches the bail but pulls it back – nailed her DLO at the end. Not one of her 10s but will be a huge score. 9.925.

Bryant – FX – Stanford -fab full in, super high, bounce back – front tuck through to double pike, same landing, great power, bounce back – switch side to popaopen double tuck ewas excellent, good control – 9.900

Sanchez doing ex for UCLA on bars.

Quinn finishes for Cal on beam – stuck her dismount. She got a 9.8 start for this one though.

Cole 9.800 for Stanford

Watterson doing beam exhibition, kind of waving a wobble-town time. But it wasn’t an 8.150! So it’s a win! It’s even a 9.725.

UCLA will lead after the first rotation, just waiting on a couple scores from beam that I missed.

It’s UCLA on 49.425, Oklahoma 49.200, Stanford 49.150 (?!?!?!) and Cal 48.800.

Rotation 2

DeSouza – FX – Cal – a little bouncy on double pike but good – finishes with a bit of bounciness on a rudi. 9.800

G Glenn – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, huge break and falls – whaaaa?

Thomas first up on bars for OU was a little angled on a bail and didn’t stick her dismount, otherwise fine. 9.825

Cole 9.650 VT

Bryant bounces way back on a full for Stanford for 9.650. 9.725 for Flam on Omel with a bound.

Degouveia doing her bars debut, pretty pak – nice toe point of course – well looks like she has the dismount down now, small hop on FTDT. 9.875

9.075 for Glenn. Hano next – and she falls immediately on her series as well. OK now. UCLA counting a fall on beam.

Draper also appears to have been transformed into a bars worker, hop on double front. 9.850

Quinn – FX – goes for the front 2/1, a little under-rotated with a crossover step – better control on front lay to front full to stag –

Webb gorgeous on her Pak as always on bars – hits Shap 1/2 – toe 1/2 to double front 1/2 out, bounce back

Poston – BB – UCLA – beat jump to straddle 3/4, secure – bhs bhs loso, only the smallest lean – 1.5 dismount, hop forward.

9.900 for Webb. 9.550 for Brunette

Ragan Smith on bars with a hit. She was pretty whippy on her DLO but pulled it around with only a little hop. 9.950. OK now.

Bordas brings out her full-in on floor – hits with, chest down –

Nichols – Tkatchev to pak, brilliant – a little short on a low bar hs – small leg break on sha 1/2 – DLO stunning. 9.975 for Nichols. I had two deductions in there

Frazier – BB – hits her opening leap series – a little slow on her front to back combination, so we’ll see what happens. Side aerial to beat jump – bhs 2/1, stuck it with some feet.

9.825 for Bordas

Clausi – FX – full in with a hop to the side – back 1.5 to front full with a dance out – double tuck, bounce back

9.775 for Frazier

Sakti – BB – UCLA – standing loso loso series, very solid – switch 1/2 to beat, a little short of split – full turn – side somi, smallest correction – side aerial to full, small movement. Good. 9.950 is too high though.

9.850 for Clausi

Mastrangelo – FX – full-in, hits it, lands forward with a lunge – 1.5 to front tuck, slide – 2.5 final pass, some leggs, crossover step

Ross – BB – hits loso series solidly – switch ring to beat, has to work a little to connect that but solid it – full turn, a little control – aerial to sissone, very pretty – side aerial to a stuck full. I had a couple borderlineish things in there, so I don’t think you can go 10, but I wouldn’t be shocked because of course I wouldn’t be.

9.500 Mastrangelo.

Both judges 9.950 for Ross. Sensible.

Oklahoma’s massive 49.5+ bars score and UCLA’s counting beam fall, well, you know the story.

Emma Andres did exhibition beam for UCLA.

Scoring page updated after two rotations.

Rotation 3

Flatley starts with a hit rudi – goes for a front 2/1 second pass and falls

Hit leadoff beam for Thomas for OU.

Lawson 9.750 bars for Stanford.

Cal with good control on the first two vaults from Jones and Bordas, only minimal movement. 9.825 for Bordas

9.250 Flatley.

Thomas 9.850, Waguespack bars 9.775

A lordly Yfull from George on vault.

Dennis starts on floor with just a double tuck, very strong landing. split leap 15 to split jump full, come indistinct landing position. 1.5 to layout, some knees, strong showing.

Clausi – VT – nice 1.5, just a bit of knees and a small hop. Desouza follows, hits her Y1.5, a larger bounce forward, but strong. 9.775

Brunnete 9.775 bars, Dunn 9.750 beam, Denis 9.850 floor.

Quinn shows good disntance on a full, hop in place and some knees. 9.800

9.825 widner bars –

Tratz a bit short on her full in, lunge forward – finishes with a secure double tuck.

Apparnetly I missed Kyla Bryant getting 9.950 on bars. I blame the entire UCLA team standing between me and bars.

Webb – BB – OU – bhs loso series, very solid – aerial to split jump, secure – side aerial to full, a little off line but controlled the landing

Kramer hits her front 2/1 to front pike, only the slightest bit slidey on landing – 1.5 to layout, solid – rudi to stretch jump is good. Her usual. 9.900.

Smith – BB – OU – going at the same time as Frazier on floor – bhs loso series, solid – aerial to straddle, excellent – straddle jump 1/2 to korbut, works – bhs gainer full, hop to the side. Near perfection until the dismount. 9.900

Frazier – FX – UCLA – very secure on full-in, not the telltale slide from her first year – double tuck, a little bounce – double pike, very strong – blowing kisses to the crowd as part of her choreography and rose queening it up. 9.925

Nichols – BB – OU – aerial, check, breaks connection – bhs loso series, secure – kickover front to Korbut, got the connection there and KJ is thrilled right in front of me – 1.5, leans to hold the stick –

Ross – FX – UCLA – whip to double tuck, very solid – 1.5 to front lay, just a little whippy – double pike, nicely done. Good landing control.

Do you think they put Dom in the opposite corner for the final pass so that the gymnasts get that little bit of extra energy?

9.950 for Ross. 9.850 for Nichols.

147.975 for Oklahoma, 147.350 for UCLA, 146.975 for Cal, 146.775 for Stanford.

Rotation 4

Desouza – UB – Cal – good piked jaerg, a little elbows into overshoot – one short hs on high – huge FTDT and holds the stick with a little chest position. 9.850

Draper – FX – OU – double pike, good, just a little bit of movement – switch 1/2 to popa –

Dennis tries to sell the stick a little on her full, great of course, a little short with a lean –

George – UB – Cal – second half – good bail – finishes with his hs on high and another stuck FTDT with a little lean. Good. 9.900

Poston hits her front hs pike 1/2, deep and some chest, slide back. 9.775

Smith – FX – OU – double tuck, no trouble for her – 1.5 to front lay, comfortably dances out switch side to wolf full – short final pass with a hop. 9.775

Frazier hope back on a full – 9.825

Kuc a little more tentative than she can be on handstands but hits for 9.800.

Kramer hits her 1.5, a little knees, a hop, but one of her better landings. 9.825

Watterson comes up a little short this time on her toe full to double tuck with a hop. The rest lovely.

Ross cannot control the 1.5 in competition, bounce forward.Hano follows with a smaller hop on hers.

Degouveia gets her front 2/1 around – finishes with 1.5 to front full, hop forward, looks like she just stayed in?

Bordas was almost too high for her own good on her jaeger but she caught it – finishes giant full to stuck double tuck.

9.875 Degouveia.

9.900 for Ross, 9.850 for Hano. OK.

Maya Green a hair close on her huge gienger – but finishes with yet another stuck FTDT. Good finish to the meet for Cal on its best event. 9.850

It’s 9.850 for LaPinta in the 4th position for OU.

Webb – FX – OU – front 2/1 is solid – 1.5 to front full, controlled step – split leap full to jump full, a bit under – rudi, strong. 9.900

Nichols – FX – OU – through to double tuck, controls her step back – 1.5 to front loso, smooth – switch ring to split leap full, very strong – double pike, secure, chest a bit down. Strong routine. 9.925.

Just Kyla Bryant for Stanford on beam left. (In exhibition, apparently) She follows a 9.775 from Navarro. Good full turn – bhs loso series, nice feet, very strong – beat to change leg split, nice – nearly wobbles on choreo, dont’ worry about it – punch front, step forward – double tuck, hop back. Very strong.

197.350 for Oklahoma will win the meet, UCLA will take 2nd, Cal third and Stanford 4th. UCLA 196.575, Cal 196.200, Stanford 195.475.

Honestly everyone will be OK with this meet. Oklahoma the lone 197 so far. UCLA mid 196s with a counting fall and a pretty traditional UCLA opener. The won’t keep the score, but you know. No Kocian is a concern.

Cal is one of not very many teams to have gone 196 in the first weekend, and Stanford getting a mid 195 road score for the first meet means we should be working with less NQS anxiety than in the last couple years.

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