Saturday Live Blog – February 22, 2020

Saturday, February 22
Scores Stream
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – UW-Whitewater, Hamline @ Winona State   FREE
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [21] Oregon State @ [10] Cal LINK P12N
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Big Five Day 2
[7] Minnesota, [9] Michigan, [24] Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [15] BYU @ [5] Denver LINK  

A small-but-hearty day of competition, with a surprisingly low number of meets, but lots to pay attention to.

Starting with Oregon State and Cal, and now that qualifying score is in play, we can do Score Watch. Basically my favorite part of the season. The goal score for Cal today is 197.075, which would put Cal back ahead of Alabama and Georgia after those teams’ large scores yesterday. Oregon State is hoping for a 196.800 here, which would be enough to get to the top 16 (for the time being, with many meets to come this weekend and many more scores to come in and shift things).

Gill is currently listed in the AA for Oregon State per the live scores. TWIST. She hasn’t competed floor in a casual two years, so that would be interesting. Cal’s lineups intact and as expected.

Rotation 1

Brian says no AAers for Oregon State. Maybe Gill in exhibition? Or a mistake on the live scores? Always possible.

Schank – VT – Cal – another strong opening full – good clean position, chest lower on her landing this week, but good control again. 9.825

Yamaoka – UB – OSU – toe to maloney, small bit of legs – cast to toe on to bail, perhaps some angle there, legs together – shortish cast hs on high – giant full to double tuck, chest down, small hop. Better. 9.775

Bordas – VT – Cal – better control for this week – just a small absorption bounce in landing – more dynamics than Schank, a little legs at the end. OK whoa. 9.900 is higggh there.

Lowery – UB – OSU – toe on with come elbows to maloney, hits into pak this week, some leg separation and last position on cast 1/2 – good hs on high – DLO, pikes it down a bit, small step. But fine. 9.800

George – VT – Cal – glorious full again – the problem with giving Bordas 9.900 there is that there’s basically no room now to reward George’s superior distance and dynamics while still acknowledging that she didn’t quite stick. 9.900 is what I would go for that though.

Bird – UB – OSU – rushes first hs – stalder to bail, legs together, a bit short of vertical position – late cast on high – huge tkatchev but catches quite close to the bar – FTDT, lunge back. 9.650

Mastrangelo – VT – Cal – holds the stick on her Y1.5, another great landing for them – but she does come in with a deepish squat to hold her stick and has some knee form in the air. 9.850

Minyard – UB – OSU – hits jaeger to overshoot, not the highest jaeger but clean form – just short on final cast hs – DLO, step back. Fine. 9.775

DeSouza – VT – Cal – stuck Y1.5 – they are nailling this vault rotation – her best of the year – some things to take – leg separation on the block, knees, but another really good showing. 9.925

Briscoe – UB – OSU – blind to jaeger, catches reallly close with a form break there – bail looks fine – better cast hs on high – DLO with some feet, lands a bit short with a hop. But the close catch on the Jaeger will get her. 9.750

Clausi – VT – Cal – small hop forward on her Y1.5, another very strong vault – a little bit of soft knees and a little deep but again excellent. Best Cal vault rotation I’ve seen in…a looooonnng time. Slash maybe ever? 9.900 for Clausi.

Gill – UB – OSU – maloney to pak, hit, legs on the pak – DLO, pikes it down to find the landing, but a solid one. 9.850

After 1: Cal 49.475, Oregon State 48.950

Yeah, I feel pretty comfortable saying that’s the best I’ve ever seen Cal look on vault. Fab landings. Scoring was high for me here and there, but I’d say that was a legitimate high 49.3s or a 49.400 rotation. Very competitive with the top 5 teams on vault if they keep this up.

Oregon State not disastrous on bars but enough ragged moments to keep them below 49, and compared to Cal, that’s a large deficit now.

Rotation 2

Peterson – VT – OSU – round off full on back pike – getting the landing together – bounce back, some chest position – Janay has no idea what to do with this vault and I think described it as an Omelianchik. 9.750

DeSouza – UB – Cal – blind to pikedd jaeger to overshoot, a bit of a leg break while catching overshoot – solid cast hs on high – struggles to control the FTDT with two steps. 9.825

Bird – VT – OSU – lands short on her full with a step forward – pikes at the end, nice position at the beginning. 9.725

George – UB – Cal – hits tkatchev – bail, clean legs together – a bit of loose back here and there and rushes her final cast hs, short – FTDT is great, stuck. 9.850

Gill – VT – OSU – solid full, better chest up position than Bird, hop to the side – pretty clean, just some feet, chest still a tad down on landing. 9.775

Green – UB – Cal – small arch on first hs, pulls it back – gienger, huge, a bit of legs at the end – bail, solid legs together – excellent final cast hs – FTDT, forward with a hop. 9.800

Yanish – VT – OSU _ another large bounce back on her full, hasn’t controlled it this year really – but a lovely open position throughout – she can flirt with 9.950 of she were to stick, but a multi-tenth bounce. Still goes 9.825. Reward for the amplitude, but that’s high for the landing.

Schank – UB – Cal – good first hs – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, smooth, good amplitude – solid cast hs on high – DLO, overdoes it with a fairly notable bounce back. Very clean on the bars, but they’re not quite their usual crispness today. 9.825

M Dagen – VT – OSU – very strong Y1.5, excellent, similar to those Cal 1.5s – small hop of legs together – a bit of knees – good. 9.925

Watterson – UB – Cal – good first hs – pak, small legs aprt – toe on to van leeuwen, beautiful – toe full, perfect position – double tuck, short with a bounce forward. Again lovely until the dismount but they’re not getting those today. 9.850

L Dagen – VT – OSU – she successfully lands her Y1.5 as well, though with a large bounce forward and more knee form in the air. 9.875 quite high if Madi went 9.925 for what was basically a stick and Lacy was just .050 lower for a full-tenth bound.

Bordas – UB – Cal – good first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, super high – hitting her casts – giant full right on to double tuck, small step back. Best of the rotation. 9.925.

Oregon State goes 49.150 on vault, a strong vault score for them in a rotation saved by those Dagen 1.5s from being a 9.7-a-thon.

Cal ends up at 49.275 on bars. The opportunity was there for another gargantuan number, but the dismounts were not there today with Schank, Watterson, and DeSouza all giving away 9.9s with their dismount control.

After 2: Cal 98.750, Oregon State 98.100

Because of vault, Cal remains on pace for exactly the kind of score it’s looking for today. Oregon State will need to pick up the pace on beam and floor, but those are also better events for this team.

Rotation 3

So no Gill on FX after all. Order restored?

Jones – BB – Cal – wolf single, smooth – sissone (?) attempt, well short of position – aerial through to bhs loso, secure landing, good one – beat to stag ring, solid – side aerial to full, hop back. She’ll always have some knee things, some form things, that sissone, but a secure showing. 9.775

Peterson – FX – OSU – double tuck, just a bit of chest position, pretty solid, hop to present – front lay to front full, good layout position in initial element, a tough of knees in the full – switch 1/2 to popa, short on switch 1/2, good popa – double pike, chest down, solid control. 9.800

DeSouza – BB – Cal – straddle to sheep, secure – aerial, smooth – bhs loso series, clean extension, right on – 1.5 dismount, small slide back. A good one. 9.875

Bird – FX – OSU – lay to rudi to straddle, some knees in rudi but fine – switch and straddle positons were excellent – apparently there was some music issue? We couldn’t notice anything as viewers – 2.5, crossed legs, controls the crossover step. 9.850

Clausi – BB – Cal – kickover to beat, works through quickly to avoid any hesitation – bhs loso series, strong landing – balance chack wave on full turn – cat to switch side, crooked position on switch side – side aerial to full, another small hop back. A couple things, but a useful hit. 9.825

Force – FX – OSU – pretty double pike shape, some lack of control – switch 1/2 to popa, a little too bouncy on landing – front lay to front full, loses her legs in the layout and an uncontrolled step to the side – double tuck is pretty short, lunge forward. 9.775,

George – BB – Cal – aerial with a little arm wave into her back tuck, so keep an eye on her start value (he says as if we got to see start values LOL) – wolf turn double was a real adventure, with an arm wave and a knee and a little lower onto the beam, avoided any “resting against beam” deductions but will be a major break – switch, a touch of back leg – gainer full is pretty, stuck. 9.700

M Dagen – FX – OSU _ front 2/1, crossover lunge, a bit of knees – switch 1/2 to popa, hits her positions, not a lot of lift on those elements – front lay to front full, good straight position there – double pike, small rebound. Good. 9.900

Bordas – BB – Cal – aerial to split, works through combination with arm wave, perhaps a hair short on back leg on split – bhs loso is lovely – switch to split, nice switch, right to 180 – check on side aerial – gainer full, holds the stick through a bonkers college salute. 9.850

Lowery – FX – OSU – crossover step on her front 2/1 today, not under control – back 1.5 to layout is stuck as usual – split leap full to popa, back leg on split – rudi with what looked like a little slide. Good, not her best. 9/825

Watterson – BB – Cal – wolf double, hit – aerial, slightly hesitant into beat jump, a chalk clap to trick you into thinking it didn’t happen – bhs loso series is beautiful – switch to split leap, nicely done – side aerial to full, hop back. That was easily the most confident I’ve seen her look in a competition beam routine. Lovely.

Yanish – FX – OSU – DLO, small slide back – front full to layout, controls that one – switch side to popa, good 180s, overtiurns the switch side before the popa – double tuck, deep landing with a slide back, 9.875

Cal goes 49.225 on beam, a somewhat wobbly rotation here and there saved by Watterson at the end who was the surest of all the beam workers today.

The 49.250 helps Oregon State on floor, though it could have been a truly huge numbers, but neither Lowery nor Yanish had their best tumbling pass control today.

After 3: Cal 147.975, Oregon State 147.350

Cal just needs a 49.100 on floor to hit what I defined as the goal score for today, which should be very doable.

Oregon State would need a 49.450 on beam, which is quite a bit more of an ask.

OK Kyana George is currently just writhing on the floor, so that’s not ideal. She’s limping off.

Rotation 4

Davis – BB – OSU – aerial to back tuck, fairly slow in combination but I don’t think that matters anymore – split jump to stag ring, small arm wave, good height in stag ring – full turn, solid – kickover, little check – front gainer full, stuck with a stagger, Good. 9.850

DeSouza – FX – Cal – double pike, chest a bit down, shuffle – switch side to popa, doesn’t quite get all the way around on that popa – back 1.5 to front full with a dance out – rudi, large bounce back out of it. Gets away with 9.825 there.

Domingo – BB – OSU – aerial, lean through to back tuck in combination – switch to straddle jump to split 1/2, nice lift on straddle – sissone attempt, short – gainer full, stuck. 9.800

Bordas – FX – Cal – moved into George’s spot – full in, good control on landing and some better chest position this week – switch 1/2 to wolf jump full, gets it around – rudi, keeps the front foot down during what could have been a rebound – back 1.5 to layout, not the highest layout there but controls it. Good one. 9.900

Gill – BB – OSU – split to stag ring, minor arm wave correction – aerial with another little arm wave to bhs – switch 1/2 to split, off to the side and corrects with a little lean through the series – gainer full, slide back. 9.775

George with an ankle ice pack.

Quinn – FX – Cal – front lay to rudi, bounce back – quick wolf turn double, around without a check on sheer force of will, Kim Zmeskal squeezed her through it vicariously – front lay to front full, slide back – switch side to straddle, super high – back 1.5 to half, small slide, some knees. 9.775

L Dagen – BB – OSU – switch to switch side, nice positions, confident – aerial to split jump, smooth aerial, could be higher on split jump – bhs loso series, solid – gainer pike, bounce back. 9.875

Clausi – FX – Cal – just the double pike to start today and it’s clean, chest up, controlled landing – switch side to popa, hit – back 1.5 to front full, a little bouncy – double tuck, bounce back. 9.850

M Dagen – BB – OSU – bhs loso series, confident – switch to switch 1/2 to beat, solid, low on switch 1/2 – full turn, small adjustment – side aerial to full, small step back. 9.900

Mastrangelo – FX – Cal – 3/1,. controls the landing, slight stagger, good height – 1.5 to layout, stuck, much better on second pass – switch side to popa where she will incur some position deductions – 2.5, deep knees with a crossover step. Countable routine. 9.775 surprisingly tight.

Lazaro – BB – OSU – bhs lay to 2 feet, leg-up correction to hold it – switch to split to straddle 3/4, wonderful height and position on all three elements – full turn, slightly overturned – full dismount, lean forward to hold the stick

Schank – FX – Cal – double pike, chest down but controls the landing – front lay to front full, also under control with some knee form – switch side to split ring jump 1/2, which we don’t ever see in combination, slightly indistinct in landing position – back 1.5 to layout, lots of knees to jusstt bring that front lay around. 9.800.

The consistency of this floor rotation scoring has been…something.

FINAL: Cal 197.125, Oregon State 196.550

It never quite lived up to the quality of that first rotation for Cal, but still job done with the team’s fifth 197 of the season. The George situation is a bit of a concern. Took the steam out of the floor lineup. She can usually get 9.900 in the second spot to lift up everyone else.

Oregon State didn’t reach that 196.8 goal, but it’s a usable road score that will help erase a very unusable road score and allow the team to move up come Monday.

A bit of a break, then we have the second Big Five meet.

Moving toward starting, although we’re still in anthem time and haven’t done intros.

Haven’t seen a lot of starting order info except that Minnesota starts on a bye. And I’m seeing Penn State getting set up on vault now.

Ah. So it’s Penn State on vault, MSU on bars, Maryland on beam, Minnesota on a bye before floor, and Michigan on floor.

Cal is currently up to sixth after the result earlier today (Utah still to compete), but both Michigan and Minnesota can pass depending on their results today. Michigan really should with a hit, though it would take basically a season high for Minnesota to do so, which is obviously not a given.

Beam is going great

About to get started now.

Rotation 1

Koulos – FX – Michigan – split leap full, a bit short of split – front lay to front full, some knees – controls double pike final pass, chest position. 9.850. High start.

Strong double tuck dismount from Smith first up on bars from MSU

Allen – VT – Penn State – second up – full – controls the landing, small slide back, some leg separation and feet to take

Bridgens – VT – Penn St – bounces a little on her full but it causes her to lean her chest forward – better dynamics

Funk – FX – Michigan – double tuck, tight position, bounce back – controls landing well on middle pass – split full to straddle full to wolf full, nice straddle position – rudi, bit of bounce. 9.850

Raybon hits her bars dismount today, step forward.

Rushlow got 9.900 on vault for a full with a bounce back, so welcome to the show. Same for Bonsall, 9.900 for non-stuck full. Chinnery 9.875 for a full with a larger bounce back.

Wojcik – FX – Michigan – double pike, clean in the air of course, bounce back, keeps it in bounds – split leap full to wolf full, lovely extension – front 2/1 to layout, secure – rudi to a straddle jump, good control on the jump out today. Nice after the bounce on the first pass. 9.900

Brooks – FX – Michigan – nails the landing on her full in, very solid – 1.5 to layout, a dance-lunge out – split leap full to split jump full, good positions, gets it around – double pike, very secure landing. 9.950. Here we go on floor too. I wrote Wilson originally. That’s bad. I definitely know the difference between them. Feel free to roast me.

Silverman – BB – Maryland – full turn, good – switch and loso, check on loso, no connection also – bhs loso, hit, small arm wave, knee position – switch to straddle 1/4, back leg on switch – 1.5 with a step forward –

Brenner – FX – Michigan – big full-in, solid, small movement on landing – indistinct landing positions on something resembling a switch side popa – double pike, controls the landing, a tad deep.9.900

Rouse – BB – Maryland – gainer loso with an arm wave before beat jump – bhs loso and falls – that means Maryland will be counting a bunch of 9.6s and a 9.5.

Wilson – FX – Michigan – open full in, lands a bit short with a step forward – front lay to front full, controls it – huge straddle elements, great positions, somewhat bouncy on landing – double tuck, controls it, huge obviously.

Tiara Wright saved the rotation for Maryland (as much as it could be) with a stuck gainer full on a solid beam routine, but it’s still going to be an unfortunate score.

After 1:
Michigan – 49.525
Penn State – 49.300
Michigan State – 48.925
Maryland – 48.325

Scores definitely sailing in the first rotation. Michigan and Penn State will be going, “those are the exact rotations we always get 49.300 and 48.900 for, respectively.”

Rotation 2

Heiskell – VT – Michigan – fab stick on a full, honestly they’ve given themselves no choice but to go 9.950 for that after that first rotation scoring. 9.925 OK

Koulos – VT – Michigan – bounce back on her full, good amplitude, a bit of knees. 9.900

Sonier – Fx – Minn – solid double pike landing, good control – finishes routine with a clean 1.5 to layout, hop forward

Brenner – VT – Michigan – very strong 1.5 from her again – tiniest of movements in place, knees, good. 9.950. Lord. But they boxed themselves in early.

Brooks – VT – Michigan – medium hop forward on her 1.5, another solid showing.

Sales – FX – MN – double pike, a hair forward, mostly strong – swright ring to switch side to popa, clean positions –

Wojcik – VT – Michigan – doesn’t quiiittte have the control on her 1.5 landing, small movement, definitely her best of the year. And I mean it was stronger than Brenner’s 9.950. 9.950 for her as well.

Medium bounce forward on her 1.5 from Wilson.

Ramler – FX – MN – hits split ring full – double pike, secure landing, a hair soft in the knees – lovely split positions in her leaps, no trouble there – rudi was short with a hop forward – good secure landing on her final pass. 9.775

Meanwhile Michigan has gone 49.525 and 49.600 in the first two rotations.

Bonsall – UB – Penn State – good maloney – maloney to pak, a bit of feet separations here and in the cast 1/2 on low – shortish final cast hs – DLO, pikes down to find the landing, small step back.

Loper – FX – MN – front full to rudi, pikes it down to land – 2.5 was really nice, controlled step, clean in the air – back 1.5 to layout, controlled, a touch of body position. Nice routine. 9.875

Williams – FX – MN – beautiful front 2/1, gorgeous twisting form – switch side and popa are great – back 1.5 to layout, doesn’t rise in the layout but great straight extension in the series – rudi, bounce back

GREAT double tuck beam dismount from Smith for MSU. So high.

Mitchell – BB – MSU – bhs bhs loso series, check at the hips with a bend – aerial, some feet – split jump to straddle 1/4, good extension on that straddle – 1.5, deep landing with a bounce back

Douglas – BB – MSU – A couple 9.6s and a 9.7 on the slate, so they need a good one from her – double turn like a proper Russian, hits it – side aerial to loso series, small check, knee positions – cat leap to switch 1/2, attempted connection into sissone, some position on switch 1/2 – side aerial to full, stuck. Goes 9.900 for it.

Minnesota goes 49.300 on floor, which is really good for them especially because floor is usually the score they don’t rely on, but in this meet so far, it kind of feels low…?

What I’m saying is the judges today have taken it upon themselves to try to correct decades of Big Ten scoring.

After 2:
Michigan – 99.125
Penn State – 98.550
Michigan State – 97.800
Minnesota – 49.300
Maryland – 48.325

Michigan’s program record is 197.850. I let you know because based on the scores so far, that is in play.

Denver lineup news – Fitts is in, and Emma Brown remains in the 6 spot.

Rotation 3

Heiskell – UB – Michigan – hit jaeger, good legs together on pak – giant full, a bit late – double tuck, near-stick. Solid. 9.850

Quaglai – VT – a little short on her full with a step forward

O’Hara – Ub – Michigan – she’s barsing – great first hs – blind to a clean jaeger, good toes – some hip angle catching bail – strong handtand positions – DLO is pretty and stuck. Very nice work. 9.875

Sales – VT – MN – hit full, small slide back, not the biggest vault

Brenner – UB – Michigan – blind to high jaeger to overshoot, solid form – DLO, comes up short with a hop. 9.850

Williams can’t control her full for Minnesota with a large bounce back. Not taking advantage of the vault scores so far.

Ramler – VT- MN – a medium hop forward on her 1.5, some knees, fine.

Brooks – Ub – Michigan – strong piked jaeger – bail looked good – final cast was very nice, a short one earlier in the routine – DLO 1/1, nearly stuck it. Strong.

Loper – VT – MN – sits her 1.5. Surprising.

Wilson – UB – Michigan – blind to piked jaeger, caught – smal larch on cat – bail, a bit of angle there – DLO, looked like she had the height but came up short with a step.

Michigan fine but giving away a little here. Bars also has been quite as charitable as vault today.

Quarles goes 9.900 on vault to get Minnesota to 49.075, but they definitely did not take advantage of today’s vault score.

Wojcik – Ub – Michigan – toe on to her giant deltchev – great cast hs – bail, hit – strong final cast hs – DLO, great stick. Awesome routine. I thought her first cast was short, otherwise not much to take. And she goes 9.950

Penn State is working against a 9.150 from Verdeflor in the 2nd spot.

That’s 49.400 for Michigan on bars to put them at 148.525. They’re looking for 49.350 on beam to break the program record.

A fall in the fourth spot on beam for Penn State means they’ll be counting a miss. Which basically takes away the 197 pace they were on. If they go through cleanly in the final two, however, they can still manage a score that would help NQS since they have a 194.000 road score to drop and that’s still very beatable.

And…it’s 48.625 for Denver on vault in the first rotation. Fitts with a miss, and they ended up putting up Lockhart in the final spot who went 9.525. Even Karr was just 9.800, so it was an issue all around.

Rushlow – BB – Penn St – pretty opening leap combination – small slide back on loso series – back leg on switch leap, split jump was better, solid side aerial, some feet –

Tiara Wright goes OOB on her final double tuck on floor.

McCracken – BB – Penn St – hits wolf turn cleanly – aerial to bhs is secure – split jump double stag combination with a balance check – aerial, a balance error but brings it back – gainer full, stuck

Penn State ends up with 48.325 on beam, the same as Maryland. No one has been 49 on beam so far today.

After 3:
Michigan – 148.525
Penn St – 146.875
Minnesota – 98.375
Michigan State – 97.800
Maryland – 97.625

Rotation 4

Farley – BB – Michigan – bhs loso loso, secure, leg positions deductions to take throughout – split jump to split 1/2, also solid, some feet – 1.5 turn, glorious – side aerial to split, she’s not giving away anything, just some built in form stuff – gainer pike hop forward. 9.800

Quaglia sticks her double back to start on bars for Minnesota.

O’Hara – BB – Michigan – full turn, smooth – side aerial to bhs, comfortable as well – split jump to stag ring, small check – side aerial to 1.5, deep landing with a lunge. They’re giving away potential 9.9s with these dismounts.

Brooks – BB – Michigan – strong bhs loso series – switch to switch, rushes it and gets off line with a fiarly signifciant check – kickover front is strong – double tuck, bounce back. 9.800. Not the pace they need.

Lu – UB – MN – good first hs – maloney to pak, perfection – great position on cast 1/2 on low bar – hitting handstands – DLO, overdoes it with a bounce back, beautiful until the end –

Funk more secure for Michigan in the 4 spot. 9.900 is what they needed

Ramler – UB – MN – great first hs – maloney to pak, wonderful – van leeuwen, no problem – food cast hs – toe to FTDT, stuck, a tad deep. Between the deep landing and the handstand before the van leeuwen, I would be OK if they don’t go 10 for this one, but it was wondrous. 9.925

Wojcik – BB – Michigan – aerial to beat, brilliant – switch to split, excellent – bhs bhs loso, secure landing – full turn, not her smoothest but hit without a check – 1.5, stuck landing. A real gem of a routine there.

Bev with real “give that a 10 or you get shivved, I know a guy” face about that routine.

Heiskell – BB – Michigan – no pressure, just a potential all-time team record hinging on your score – side aerial solid – some short back leg in switch, solid combo – bhs loso, smoothly done – hit full turn – 1.5, solid landing. Very strong anchor routine. Now we just wait on the scores.

What a time for the scores to stop updating. But I see one judge with a 9.950 for Heiskell.

It was 9.975 for Wojcik and 9.925 for Heiskell.

Michigan goes 49.425 on beam. 197.950 for the meet. An all-time Michigan record.

And now that’s done and we still have a whole rotation to go.

After 4:
1. Michigan – 197.950
2. Minnesota – 147.600
3. Michigan State – 146.900
4. Penn State – 146.875
5. Maryland – 146.800

Very close among those 3-5 teams.

Minnesota can still salvage a 197 at what otherwise has been a gift exchange with one of its usual beam rotations.

Rotation 5

Sonier – BB – MN – bhs loso series, secure – beat to split jump 3/4, solid, a bit short of split – beat to loso, secure – step back on 1.5 dismount. 9.800

Politz with a pretty routine to start for Penn State. Good control on landing. Gets 9.825

Lu – BB – MN – noooo, falls on loso series. Rotation 5 canceled goodbye.

MSU needs to get some 9.8s of of these last couple vaults to try to get to 196 here.

And…9.900 for Lea Mitchell. That helps. Hit full for Smith in the anchor spot, bounce up in place and some chest position.

195.975 for MSU, just short of that 196 mark. A very useful score still.

Korlin-Downs – BB – MN – bhs loso, huge break with a leg-up check – stays on – a hit and a score that will count, but Minnesota not quite taking advantage of this meet.

Maryland trying to get rid of an early 9.475 on bars to have a shot at a 196 here.

Sales – BB – MN – bhs bhs loso series, huge break, bend at the hips, keeps it on – switch through to switch side is fine – gainer pike, stuck. Well…thee rest was good?

Bonsall finishes floor for Penn State with a rough double pike, short with a lunge, the rest of the routine was clean until that point.

Ramler – BB – MN – beautiful dull tuen – bhs loso series, excellent – aerial to wolf, casual true gymnastics greatness – split ring jump, very secure – side aerial to full, stuck. Excellent. Perfect routine until she went the wrong way to try to hug her coach. Gymnasts.

9.975 for Ramler. Both she and Wojcik went 9.975s for routines I would have no problems getting 10s.

Loper – BB – MN – hits loso series securely with a bit of knees – kickover front to beat jump, strong – switch to straddle 1/4, great extension on straddle 1/4, some back leg on switch – 1.5 with a shuffle forward

Bridgens – FX – Penn St – strong double tuck, controlled landing – rudi to loso, also solid, some knees in rudi – switch 1/2 to wolf jump full, good – front full to layout, good rise into layout, every so slightly out of control. Nice hit.

That should get Penn State over 196 despite counting a miss on beam.

9.9 for Bridgens brings Penn State to 196.125 to finish off the meet.

1. Michigan – 197.950
2. Minnesota – 196.650
3. Penn State – 196.125
4. Michigan State – 195.975
5. Maryland – 195.325

Really rough day for Maryland. A zero on bars??? Don’t know what happened there. Was watching other teams.

Penn State and Michigan State will absolutely take those scores, even though Penn State will feel this could have been a truly huge number. A 196 is very useful in their current quest. And Michigan State has a 191 to drop with this score and will zoom welllll up the qualifying score rankings.

A good number for Minnesota, but it shows how expectations have changed that a 196.650 feels like “eh.” That would have felt like a miracle score as recently as a month and a half ago. But now it feels like a missed opportunity given how those vault/floor scores were sailing today.

And Michigan…well a program record is nice isn’t it?

And now we get to spend the rest of the evning enjoying Winter Cup and Melbourne and alcohol. Or, I mean, at least the first two.

As for Denver, well after bars we know this is going to be a drop score. That’s fine in and of itself because Denver has plenty of solid scores so far, but if it’s a harbinger of things to come…

32 thoughts on “Saturday Live Blog – February 22, 2020”

  1. Wow, can’t believe they’re putting Gill in. She’s not really a team player and her gymnastics has been a hot mess for the last couple years. SO MANY MISSES. You can basically single handedly blame her for those 194s.

    1. And she just had the highest score of the bars rotation, so how does that fit into your theory?

      1. Well too bad for OSU that you’re not the coach I guess. They must have faith in her for some stupid reason. I’m going to guess it’s…her entire competitive history up until this year, plus working with her in the gym every day. But I’m sure you have better insight.

      2. You’re right – she’s had her highs in the past and I don’t know everything. (which is why I’m shocked)

        However – would you feel comfortable having a car that only started about half the time?

        The truth is she falls (a lot) or her score is low enough to often be dropped, putting pressure on the other girls to hit, so I don’t know what to tell you if you think that’s helpful.

      3. I think there are a lot of fair ways to talk about her having some struggles this season. Saying she’s not a team player and that she’s personally responsible for low team scores is not it. (You also can’t know the first and the second makes no sense mathematically.)

        Consider also that if they’re going to take her out, that means putting someone else in. What is their depth situation like? I really don’t know. Is someone in particular being kept out of lineups that you think should be in? Otherwise I’m not sure what you think the team is losing putting her up as one of their top six.

    2. This season alone she fell 3x on just the one event. Her average is 8.45 on UB and is ranked #576. Not sure where the confusion is, this isn’t a “theory”.

      There’s a reason two years ago she was an AA competitor and now being pulled back significantly.

      1. A reason she’s pulled back significantly… you ever think she has been battling nagging injuries?

      2. Of course. I know she has. You’re proving the point – performance isn’t there, as injuries typically have a negative impact. Despite her high potential, her hit rate is far from consistent.

  2. I have always wondered why Yanish doesn’t have a 1.5–the amplitude and strength are there…

    1. I admittedly don’t know enough about Yanish to know if she has ever competed a Yurchenko with a blind landing such as a Yurchenko half. If not, landing control could be the reason. There are a number of gymnasts who find that they have enough power to get that extra half turn around in the air, but learning how to control a blind landing is far more difficult than controlling the landing on a Yurchenko full, so they don’t upgrade from a full to a 1.5. I think this is the reason we see a lot of former elites who used to have DTYs in elite downgrade to a full in college rather than downgrading to a 1.5.

  3. Can someone please explain the George beam score? Why wasn’t her grabbing the beam to keep from falling on the wolf turn not counted as a fall? Isn’t it a 0.5 deduction if a gymnast grabs the beam after a leap series or skill? It looked like she would have fallen absent the grab. Is it different for turns?

    1. On beam, there is fall on or off the apparatus, which is -0.5, and grabbing the beam, which is -0.3. Personally, I would have taken 0.3 for George’s beam, but I guess the judges didn’t see it as fully grabbing the beam, so they took less. I think in real time and depending on the angle, it could be borderline between grabbing the beam and wobbling, but it was definitely not a fall.

      1. I’m watching the meet on Pac12 network. I think there are arguments either way — to me it looked like she grabbed the beam, but she also covered it very well.

      2. I watched it on TV. Had I been judging, I would have counted it as grabbing the beam to prevent the fall. It’s a subjective sport, but to me it was a .3 deduction for the grab (not even counting the rest of the balance check). A 9.7 was too high for that routine.

        It’s not just the SEC judges that give gifts.

    1. Weird. She had a pretty big leg-up check in her routine. The score looked correct to me.

  4. I can’t believe Michigan has never gone 198 before, certainly they’ve had teams in the past that were capable of it and of course this year’s team as well. They were so close!

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