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Monday Live Blog – January 20, 2020

Monday, January 20
Scores Stream
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [12] Iowa State @ [17] Georgia LINK SEC+
2:30pm ET/11:30am PT – Arkansas @ [1] Oklahoma LINK FSN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [22] Boise State @ [23] Washington LINK FREE

As I mentioned in…something?…somewhere?…I don’t get the Oklahoma home meets anymore, so I’m just focusing on Georgia/Iowa State today in the live blog. But I’ll be watching the scores for Oklahoma and going, “hmmm” at things in between rotations. You know, just like the bad old days.

Like Iowa State, Kevin is doing double duty meets this week.

Rotation 1

Cashman – VT – UGA – hits a full, small bounce, a clear pike throughout. 9.825 quite high to start

Langkamp – UB – ISU – hits piked jaeger, good cast – piked shape in bail, ends up in vertical – some form casting up to a couple of these handstands – DLO, a hair short with a lunge forward. 9.775

Ward – VT – UGA – Tsuk full, one of her better landings – just a small step on landing, will also get deducted for pike. 9.850

Diaz – UB – ISU – half turn to jaeger, pretty solid – bail is cleanly vertical – probably .05s on all these casts – nice floaty DLO dismount with a controlled landing. 9.775

Magee – VT – UGA – does the full today, overdoes it with a huge bounce back – clean but didn’t have the landing control doing the full. 9.725

Palacios – UB – ISU – 1/2 turn to piked jaeger , hit – good cast – bail, solid hs, maybe a little foot break and rush in final cast hs – misses her release timing on the DLO, knees down. 9.050

Kevin notes that Orrego is off for the season for the Olympics

Vega – VT – UGA – mostly her usual full, good distance of course – a larger bounce back that she would have wanted, some body shape in the air. 9.800

Burns – UB – ISU – good first hs – Ray, solid turnover there, just a bit of feet – bail, a little hip angle there – good final hs, just does avoid a real arch there – DLO 1/1 dismount, little pike, small step. 9.850

Hawthorne – VT – UGA – beautiful full in the air, good height, hop back – best form of the lineup so far, good amplitude. 9.850

Vella-Wright – UB – ISU – short first hs – maloney to pak is glorious, great leg position – good hs – van leeuwen, very good form – FTDT, stuck landing. Great form in this routine. Two misses handstands, not a lot else. 9.875

Lukacs – VT – UGA – strong DTY, big height as usual – comes up a bit short on landing with a hop in place – not a lot of distance, good control on landing. 9.875

Ros Vaquer – UB – ISU – Maloney to pak as well, also good form – cast 1/2 on low, a little short – good final cast hs – DLO, very pretty, stuck landing. Impressive last few bars routines for ISU. 9.925 for her.

Rachel Baumann does exhibition for Georgia, a viable alternative full but not necessarily screaming for the lineup. Basuel does exhibition for Iowa State. Pretty jaeger, a little rushed in bail, really viable routine on the bars, took the FTDT reallllllly close to the bar but it was OK. A realistic rotation option.

After 2: Georgia 49.200, Iowa State 49.200

Those last couple bars routines for Iowa State were exceptionally good, putting the team into a tie with Georgia. Georgia fine on vault, scores were soft so they probably would have liked to take advantage of that a little bit more than 49.200, but some January landings meant they got 9.8s.

The Georgia bars moment of truth coming up now. New to see Sarah Persinger Sailors on commentary. She’s doing a good job. Also I really like the idea of the Sarah Persinger Sailors as a team mascot.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma not mixing things up in the lineup this week despite a two-meet weekend.

SUZANNE IS HAVING A GREAT TIME.

Rotation 2

Converse – VT – ISU – yfull, small slide back, a little bit of piking but also shows a good open. Pretty. 9.800

Lukacs – UB – UGA – shortish first hs – tkatchev, very low but caught – hit cast – pak, some leg break – late on cast 1/2 on low – final cast as well – DLO, some piking, bounce back. Did she what she had to do. 9.750

Palacios – VT – ISU – hits her yfull, doesn’t have a lot of block there so height and distance deductions, some pike, small step back. 9.700

Cashman – UB – UGA – good first hs – tkatchev, a little higher than Lukacs but kind fo low – arched handstand but pulls it back- a bit of legs on bail but OK – DLO, controlled landing. 9.775

Turner – VT – ISU – better height on her full, but also a large bounce back – a bit of pike. 9.800

Hattaway – UB – UGA – she’s in for Vega in this lineup – muscled up first cast a little but good hs – giant full to gienger, legs on catch – bail, hit vertical, another leg break – DLO, bounce back. 9.775

Boychuk – VT – ISU – bounce back on full but smaller than Turner’s, again some pike, some legs, but a reasonable, comfortable hit

Roberts – UB – UGA – first cast hs good – toe on to maloney to bail, best leg position of the lineup to far – hits final cast – DLO, just some piking in the air, good stick. Best of the lineup so far. 9.925 you guys.

Steinmeyer – VT – ISU – Hits her Y1.5, medium hop forward, a bit of knees throughout, not large on the bounce. 9.850

De Jong – UB – UGA – Toe to Ray, close catch on Ray with some elbows, good bail – good final cast hs – DLO dismount, flung out a little holds the landing with a little hop it appeared? 9.875

Maxwell – VT – ISU – very strong Y1.5, more control on the landing than Steinmeyer, small step to the side, a bit of knees. Good. 9.950. Guys. Well, at least it’s not just for Georgia? I guess?

Oakley – UB – UGA – a bit short in first hs – lovely pike jaeger – good next cast – perfect pak – a bit short on cast 1/2 on low, but close – good final cast hs – FTDT was excellent, stuck. 9.925

After 2: Georgia 98.475, Iowa State 98.350

Georgia goes 49.275 on bars. Really important for them to get through with six hits. Still concerns that those first three routines won’t be evaluated as kindly in other meets — not inconceivable that you would have seen those go 9.650-9.700 in other contexts—but definitely a progress point. Iowa State does have some flatter fulls to start the lineup compared to Georgia, but those last two Y1.5s will keep ISU nationally competitive and ahead of the standard of many of its traditional peer teams.

“Jay Ronayne was pretty clear about, he loves bringing his team to Stegeman Coliseum.” Yes. See: that 9.950 on vault.

Rotation 3

Magee – BB – UGA – lovely straddle jump 1/2 – bhs bhs loso series, lean correction – makes a bit of a meal of the full turn but no errors – 1.5 dismount, small hop forward. 9.850

Langkamp – FX – ISU – whip to double tuck, controls the landing well – split leap full to popa, short of position on the split – front lay to 1/2 to sissone – double tuck, another secure landing there. 9.850

Lukacs – BB – UGA – kickover front, solid – bhs loso, smallest arm wave adjustment, feet in the series – standing back tuck, lean – beat to straddle 1/4, short of position – double tuck, lunge back. 9.650

Diaz – FX – ISU – double tuck, smallest movememnt – switch side to popa, good extension, a bit out of control on the popa landing – front lay to front full, also a bit too much of a slide – double pike more control there. 9.825

De Jong – BB – UGA – good full turn – switch to split, lovely positions – aerial to a beat, nice and high – bhs loso, secure – split jump 1/2 from side, smooth – side aerial to full, stuck, just a bit deep. VERY nice routine. 9.875. Accurate, but kind of…surprisingly non out of control?

Diab – FX – ISU – front 2/1 to front pike, just a tad bouncy on landing – split leap full to popa, solid amplitude there – front lay to front full to stag, out of control on stag and kind of low – some knees on full – pretty rudi to loso final pass, that’s the highlight. 9.875

Floor scores also trending high. 2 career highs in three routines

Oakley – BB – UGA – gainer bhs bhs loso – nailed it – split to split ring jump, strong – side aerial, a bit of squeeze to avoid a check – gainer full, very high, too high?, bounces back on landing. 9.850

Converse – FX – ISU – double arabian, powerful, some cowboy and a lunge – 1/5 through to 2/1, landed pretty deep with a lunge forward – split leap full to popa, good positions, some travel – rudi, small foot adjustment. 9.700

Oklahoma scores – 49.525 for OU on vault and another 10 for Nichols. 49.250 for Arkansas. Looks like scores are also showing the exhibition numbers?

Baumann – BB – UGA – side aerial to loso, small lean to the side – switch side, good lift htere – 1.5 dismount, does well to hold the stick with a little lean. 9.925

Maldonado – FX – ISU – front randi – BUT WHY WASN’T IT THE TRIPLE – very smoothly done, better than most rudis – good security on second pass, just some knees – double pike, very solid. Good one. 9.950. Well damn. Pretty sure the judging sheet just said RANDDDIIIIIII

Vega – BB – UGA – switch to split ring with a little lean – aerial to split, lovely high split position – bhs loso, secure – side aerial to full, stuck, great dismount. 9.900

Palacios – FX – ISU – double pike, large bounce backward, looked OOB to me but we don’t have a flag judge in that corner – front lay front full, a crossover step to control – split leap full to split jump full to wolf full, a bit short on the split but I do like that the wolf full was the strongest psoition of the three, we’ve seen a lot of afterthought wolf fulls this season – rudi, chest down a little with step back. 9.650

After 3: Georgia 147.875, Iowa State 147.550

The scores are higgghhhh, but both teams putting together complete and comfortable performances, Georgia answering questions about whether it can hit and ISU answering questions about whether its high ranking is legit.

Meanwhile Oklahoma on track for a 658. 49.525 on vault. 49.675 on bars, just a half tenth shy of the Oklahoma program record on bars.

Rotation 4

Steinmeyer – BB – ISU – kickover front to beat, probably keeps it moving quickly enough – bhs loso series, lean correction, medium size – switch to straddle 1/4 – 1.5 dismount, lean at the hips to hold the stick. 9.775

Perez-Lugones – FX – UGA – double pike, a bit out of control with a lunge back – back 1/2 to front lay – switch side to popa to wolf full, popa got a litle short but overall fine – double tuck, small slide. Good. 9.850

Turner – BB – ISU – bhs bhs loso, very secure – some soft knees but solid – switch to straddle 1/4, bit of a lean – side somi, squats a little to hold it – gainer pike it pretty low with a bounce forward. 9.800

Magee – FX – UGA – pike full in, good control on landing, that bit of leg separation we always see in piked full ins but not extreme – pretty positions in her leaps – back 1.5 to layout to stag, also low on her stag – double pike, under control, some chest position. Another solid routine. 9.875

Burns – BB – ISU – cat leap to side aerial, pretty smooth – switch with a check before beat to straddle 1/4, a broken connection there, important for SV – bhs loso series is secure – 1.5 dismount, hop to the side. 9.600.

Baumann – FX – UGA – double wolf is well controlled this week – didn’t try the triple – back 1.5 to front full, small bounciness, touch of knees – L single to full turn to switch, pretty switch – double pike is short with a lunge forward – switch ring switch side to finish. 9.800. I would have had that in the 9.7s compared to the others.

Semple – BB – ISU – bhs loso series, secure, just a bit of chest down – full turn, small correction – switch to switch 1/2 to beat, deduction on the switch 1/2 position – side aerial to full, hop. 9.825

Hawthorne – FX – UGA – huge double pike, controls the landing better than that time she got a 10 from one judge – split lepa full to split jump full, amazing height on split jump full, love the way she can wait to initiate the twist – lay to rudi, to a bit too much travel in the split – double tuck, short with a lunge forward. 9.875

Palacios – BB – ISU – side aerial to bhs series, pretty large break, bend to the side – switch to split jump 1/2, controlled – cat leap to side aerial to full, holds the landing with a stagger

Lukacs – FX – UGA – huge DLO, small bounce back – 1.5 to half to shush, didn’t get a ton of height in the shushunova today – switch side to wolf jump full, low to the floor but hit – double pike, good, small adjustment but nice pop there. 9.900

Converse – BB – ISU – smooth loso series, good – split to straddle jump 1/2, best position of the bunch on those – kickover front to beat, good speed in combination, she was a little deep in kickover landing but I love how she returns to that deep position after the series to be like “this is a movement theme y’all” – 1.5 dismount with a bounce back, largest deduction in the routine. 9.875

Vega – FX – UGA – double pike, good control on landing – back 1.5 to lay to sissone, not the highest sissone we’ve seen from her – split leap full is great – I’d say the split 1.5 got around – good control on double tuck, just a bit of chest position. 9.950.

It’s 196.625 for Iowa State, a road score they will take to the bank any day. This is definitely a top-15 level team that should look toward making the regional final this year as a legitimate goal.

Georgia finishes 197.325, loose evaluation throughout but also an important statement performance, a complete and competitive meet.

Meanwhile Oklahoma went 49.400 on beam (I mean was that even a try?) but remains over 198 pace heading to floor. Arkansas has been over 49 on each event so far.

Austin doing exhibition on floor for Georgia again but comes up short on double tuck, hands down.

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