|Saturday, February 1
|1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Bridgeport, Southern Connecticut @ Yale||ESPN+|
|1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Brockport @ Ithaca||FREE|
|1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Springfield, Rhode Island @ West Chester||LINK|
|4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT –  Utah @  Arizona||LINK||FREE|
|5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – UW-Stout @ UW-Whitewater||LINK||FREE|
|6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT –  Cal @ Arizona State||LINK||FREE|
|7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT –  Minnesota @ Ohio State||LINK||BTN+
|7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – North Carolina @ NC State||LINK||ACCNX|
|7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Towson @ New Hampshire||LINK||ESPN+|
|8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Michigan State @ Iowa||BTN+
It’s going to be a Pac-12 experience today with Utah/Arizona and then Cal/Arizona State. Things didn’t…go awesome for some home favorites yesterday like UCLA and LSU, so we’ll see if a day of ranked favorites competing on the road works out a bit better.
Looks like O’Keefe is leading off for Utah in the initial bars lineup. Everything else looks as expected. Still no Jillian Hoffman in lineups.
Intros happening now at Utah/Arizona. We’ve moved to the one-touch warmup and selected which poor souls have to sit on that couch, which means it’s nearly time to go.
Nosek – VT – AZ – a hit full, medium-size bounce back, solid height, not the most distance. Normal start. 9.700
O’Keefe – UB – Utah – bars was…not ready yet. Anyway, now she’s starting – toe on to maloney to pak, small legs but fine, back arch cast 1/2 on low bar, double arabian, better, small step back but got it. I can tell you barely anything about cast handstands because the stream angle is so bad. 9.800
Leung – VT – AZ – holds the stick on her full – good distance – some piking in the air, some stagger on landing, so a few things to take but a strong one. 9.825
LeBlanc – UB – Utah – blind to jaeger to overshoot, solid, a bit late on blind – DLO, clean legs together position, stuck landing. Nice. Maybe her best this year but we’re told one of the casts was also short. 9.800
Bellows – VT – AZ – a larger bounce back on her full – some shape in the air, will be back down into the 9.7s. 9.725
Isa – UB – Utah – good first vertical – Ray, solid, a bit soft in legs/feet – very clean bail position, nice – hits final cast on high – giant full to DLO, stuck. Strong. We have a better camera angle now. You can take some soft back position on those straight-body casts, but she gets to vertical in the end. 9.925. They didn’t take for back position, appreciating that she was doing straight-body and getting to handstand.
Swanson – VT – AZ – nice full, best dynamics of the lineup so far, minor bounce back – some foot form throughout
Dula – UB – Utah – we’re back to the bad angle – hits jaeger – bail looked solid – handstands seemed solid enough – overdoes the DLO slightly this week with a bounce back. 9.800
Hargrove – VT – AZ – larger bounce back on her full – some piking – good distance and legs together. 9.800
Reinstadtler – UB – Utah – toe 1/2 to jaeger, strong on both elements – bail, small amount of hip angle in the air – FTDT, a bit of legs in the beginning, stuck landing. Solid one. 9.875
Leydin – VT – AZ – hits her 1.5 but with a pretty large bound forward this week. 9.850
Arizona will break 49 on vault.
Tessen – UB – Utah – blind to piked jaeger, solidly done – bail looked good – FTDT with a slide back, but nice on the bars. 9.900
Efficient rotation for Utah. Some handstands and landings that led to some 9.800s where they would have wanted 9.850+, but no one gave away that much or anything too large. Isa and Tessen are taking the risk in doing straight-body casts, which is normally a harder prospect with no actual benefit in the scores, but they’re doing them quite well.
After 1: Utah 49.300, Arizona 49.025
Hoffman does exhibition on bars for Utah, a hit, but not a routine I’m bumping anyone out of the current lineup to get in there.
There’s something called the “can jam” and…guys.
Soloski – VT – Utah – very solid full, stuck landing, knees position throughout to take – opens up a little. 9.875
Leydin – UB – AZ – toe on to pak, straddled position in the air – good handstand on high – 1/2 to khorkina, hits it – giant full to double tuck, was late on the full and didn’t quite have the timing on her double tuck, short with a bounce forward. 9.750
Hall – VT – Utah – comes up a bit short on her 1.5, medium-sized lunge back. Getting there in terms of control. 9.850
The judges were given some instructions last season to be harsher on short landings on vault, and like most instructions, that has pretty much entirely gone away this season.
Swanson – UB – AZ – a bit short on first hs – giant full to tkatchev, low but OK – pak, straddled position again – looks like she’s missing these casts – DLO, pikes down to get the stick. 9.800
Reinstadtler – VT – Utah – a clean full as usual, she bounced back, fairly large, but not the huge, huge bounce we were seeing in some earlier meets. 9.825
Hendrickson – UB – AZ – jaeger into overshoot, was low on the jaeger and missed one of her hands on the overshoot, amazing that she kept going and got her hand right back on – DLO 1/1, hit routine though she should get a pretty large deduction for the form breaks ensuing from that missed hand. 9.575
O’Keefe – VT – Utah – getting better on that full, step back, some leg break on the block and a little piking down. 9.800
Kane – UB – AZ – blind to jaeger to overshoot, fine, a little low/close on her overshoot than you’d like – blind into double front, very late on change on high bar, step back on double front. 9.775
Burch – VT – Utah – doesn’t have the landing on her Y1.5 today with a fairly large lunge forward. 9.775
Brovedani – UB – AZ – blind to piked jaeger, nicely done – toe on with some elbows into pretty pak, good height – cast 1/2 on low is pretty good – DLO, comes up short with a bounce forward, was going really cleanly but that should be at least a tenth and a half on dismount. 9.825
Tessen – VT – Utah – hits her 1.5, again just a bit short coming into the landing so she had to take a step back, but not too large a step. 9.850
Utah goes 49.200 on vault.
Berg – UB – AZ – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, best amplitude of the bunch – small arch on final cast but pulls it back – high FTDT, stuck landing, excellent dismount. I’d imagine a very high score the way this rotation has been evaluated. 9.950
Utah 49.200 on vault to Arizona’s 49.100 on bars.
After 2: Utah 98.500, Arizona 98.125
A fine-not-awesome vault score for Utah for a fine-not-awesome rotation. Hit vaults, but no sticks after Soloski, so it’s always going to be very hard to get into the 9.9s. A bounce back and on a full or a short 1.5 can only score so well.
Hendrickson – BB – AZ – beat to split jump 3/4, solidly done, not bad on the position – bhs loso series, small adjustment, leg form on both elements – switch hop to side aerial, small check (I’m taking Kathy’s advice and calling cat leaps “switch hops” until people start doing actual cat leaps) gainer full, small slide. 9.800
Isa – FX – Utah – double tuck, comfortable, controlled landing – back 1.5 to layout, shortish on the layout landing, arched it around – switch side to popa looked fine even if we had a closeup of her face because leaps don’t count – double tuck, also under control. 9.850
Stauffacher – BB – AZ – near check standing up after her mount – bhs loso series, a larger check with one of the feet going up but a bit more extended – split 3/4 with a lean at the hips – aerial, another larger check with a leg-up – split jump 1/2 from side, some form, small adjustment – gainer full, bounce back. Enough things that you want that to be the drop score. 9.475
Paulson – FX – Utah – double pike, small slide back – front lay to front full, fine – switch to switch full, comfortably performed, very elite-running-passage – 1.5 to layout, also a little low on that layout, not rising up into it. 9.825
Leung – BB – AZ – bhs loso, looked pretty in the air but a large wobble on landing, bend at the hips to correct and then another adjustment trying to save the bend at the hips – switch 1/2 to beat, short of position on switch 1/2 – switch hop to aerial to back full, nice finish. Got away with 9.750 there somehow.
Reinstadtler – FX – Utah – double tuck, solid chest position on landing, well controlled – 1.5 to layout, cleaner on the layout, not a ton of rise but enough to maintain her extension throughout – switch ring to split leap full, good split positions, a bit under-rotated landing the full – oooof, double pike, well short with two large lunges forward, nearly a knee down. 9.425. They got her for that.
Hargrove – BB – AZ – bhs loso series, nice amplitude and toe point – side aerial, comfortable – split jump to sheep, not very much closure on the sheep, will get credit, but it’s risking no credit – 1.5 dismount, step back. 9.800
O’Keefe – FX – Utah – double pike, short with a hop forward – front lay to front full, covers landing into a dance out – switch to split leap 1.5, looked pretty close to around – 1.5 to layout, better height on layout. 9.825
Brovedani – BB – AZ – this commentator loves the word “splash” – beat to sissone, nice – aerial and leans through it to connect to back tuck, some balance deductions on both though – switch 1/2 to split jump, nice jump, the switch 1/2 could be a little higher – 1.5, stuck landing. best of the rotation so far. Or not. 9.750. These 9.750s and 9.800s in this lineup have been of…varying quality.
Tessen – FX – Utah – front 2/1, some knees, controls the step out pretty well – switch 1/2 to wolf full, nice lift on wolf full, switch could be higher – back 1.5 to front full, very strong stuck landing there. 9.925
Davis – BB – AZ – bhs bhs loso, controls it with only a small check – beat to straddle 3/4, nice extension there – kickover front, works into beat, just a little forward on her kickover so the beat wasn’t too high – 1.5 dismount, hop forward. 9.800
Soloski – FX – Utah – strong DLO again, quick hop to present – switch 1/2 to split jump full, loses her feet in those leaps – front lay to front full, rises into second element, somewhat low in first element – 1.5 to layout, a tad low on layout but also controlled in the landing. 9.950
Arizona goes 48.900 on beam after hovering around the 9.800s in that rotation. (Also interesting that Cowles is only in the exhibition spot.)
Utah gets some huge final saving score for the beam rotation to go 49.375 there. It was a little underwhelming at the beginning and needed saving.
After 3: Utah 147.875, Arizona 147.025
LeBlanc – BB – Utah – switch to split 1/4, holds the landing well to avoid a real check – solid loso series, some feet – aerial to split, nicely done – 1.5 dismount, small step. 9.850
Orman – FX – AZ – lay to rudi, some messy leg position, mostly controlled – double pike, some chest position and knees in the air, another solid landing – switch side to popa, a tad short of 180 on the popa – a sturdy showing, a couple positions. 9.775
Burch – Bb – Utah – full turn, good – bhs loso series, secure – split jump to double stag, small check that she turns into 8 poses – switch hop to aerial, also a composed landing because she was a little short and didn’t really check – gainer full, hops heels together. 9.875
Swanson – FX – AZ – music problems, she gives good “you fucked up my music, bitch” face – she ends up launching well forward on her front 2/1, a couple lunges and goes OOB – secure landing on her final double tuck, chest down. 9.550
O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, quite strong – switch to split, good – smooth full turn to sissone – switch hop to side aerial to full, hop back. Good one. Beam is the one event where O’Keefe has looked like O’Keefe in her first month of college gym. 9.900
Davis – FX – AZ – front 2/1, controls the landing, some soft knee position but not bad – rudi to double stag, a bit bouncy in some of these dance element landings – back 1.5 to layout, nearly slips on layout landing but deals with it, small deduction. 9.800
Randall – BB – Utah – smooth full turn – bhs loso series, very strong – beat to sheep, sheep is OK, some legs – lone sissone – comfortable rulfova this week – 1.5, stuck landing. One of her best beam routines. 9.875 is surprising because they’ve been willing to go high in this meet. I thought we would see 9.950 for that, honestly.
Hargrove – FX – AZ – nice height on double pike, shows the toe point, bounce back though – back 1/2 to front full, takes it right to the edge but stays in, a flatter pass – switch ring to split leap full, kind of low – double tuck, good control. 9.825
Isa – BB – Utah – hits the handstand position in her candle mount this week – kickover with a little lean into beat jump, possible credit issue – bhs loso loso series, small arm wave correction – full turn, another .05 bend to correct – straddle jump to straddle 1/4, she’s hesitating just enough in these combinations to make some questions, though she’ll probably get credit. Gainer full with step.
Now it’s 9.825 for a routine with legit four checks. I’m taking crazy pills.
Berg – FX – Az – front 2/1, good height, just a small slide forward – switch to split jump full to wolf jump full, will get deducted for 180 on both split elements – 1.5 to front pike, gets it around, a bit low – rudi to split jump. Some more ragged moments in this routine than she would like but a fine hit. 9.825
Every routine is the same.
Paulson – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, very strong from her as well – switch to split, solid back leg positions – full turn, basically covers a hesitation – hitch to side aerial to full, off to the side on her dismount and a slide back
Leydin – FX – AZ – front tuck through to double tuck, short with a step – switch side to split jump full, nice position on split, overturned the switch side by a hair, but it’s a leap heavy routine because she can hit the positions – double pike, quite out of control -a lunge back and then 16 more little steps into the corner
Utah finishes up on 197.300, which is a season-best score, close to the 197.5 I was looking for from them this week with still lots of areas to improve. Beam was the only event that I would characterize as a particularly strong rotation.
Leydin’s 9.725 gives Arizona 195.975, which is regionals-fine and about on track with what they’ve been scoring at home, though not as high as last week’s number.
OK a short break until Cal/ASU.
Cal/Arizona State is supposed to be starting now. No current live stream, which is cool. What are you, Stanford?
They’re “working to fix it.”
For now, I’m just watching some scores.
I wish we could see it because these ASU vault scores look like…a lot. Meanwhile Cal has to count a 9.400 on bars and goes 48.825 there. Not great.
ASU now confirmed that there will be no live stream for the meet at all. OK byeeeeeeeee.
(I’m not going to be able to finish a live blog for the later meets, so I’m not going to bother starting and then stopping after two rotations.)