NCAA Week 9 – Schedule and Links

Friday, February 28
Scores Stream
6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT – New Hampshire @ [7] Michigan LINK BTN+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [2] Florida @ [10] Georgia LINK SECN
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – George Washington @ North Carolina LINK ACCNX
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Western Michigan @ Central Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Bowling Green, Ursinus, Brockport @ Kent State LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT –UW-Eau Claire, Hamline, Winona State @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [25] Michigan State @ [17] Iowa State LINK ISU($)
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [11] Minnesota, Ohio State, Lindenwood @ [20] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – TWU @ [15] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [19] BYU @ Illinois State LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Northern Illinois v. SEMO @ Lebanon, TN    
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [14] Arkansas @ [5] LSU LINK SEC+
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [12] Kentucky @ [9] Alabama LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Boise State @ [21] Southern Utah LINK FREE
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – UC Davis @ Utah State LINK FREE
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – San Jose State @ Sacramento State LINK  
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT – Seattle Pacific @ Alaska LINK FREE
Saturday, February 29
Scores Stream
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT – [6] Denver @ [1] Oklahoma LINK ESPNU
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Brown, Bridgeport, West Chester, Rhode Island @ Southern Connecticut LINK FREE
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – UW-Oshkosh @ Gustavus Adolphus    
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [3] UCLA @ [18] Oregon State LINK P12N
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – NC State, Towson, Cornell @ [23] Penn State LINK BTN+
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – UW-La Crosse @ UW-Whitewater LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Eastern Michigan @ Air Force LINK FREE
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT – Seattle Pacific @ Alaska LINK FREE
Sunday, March 1
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Yale, Penn, Temple, William & Mary @ Maryland LINK
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Ithaca, Springfield @ Cortland LINK FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Pittsburgh, Rutgers @ West Virginia LINK FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Ball State @ Northern Illinois LINK ESPN3
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – SEMO @ Centenary    
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [4] Utah @ [13] Washington LINK P12N
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [24] Arizona @ [8] Cal LINK FREE
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – Central Michigan @ [22] Illinois LINK BTN+
Monday, March 2
Scores Stream
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – Arizona State @ Stanford   FREE

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

#16 Nebraska is idle this week.

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Keeping Up with the Cool GIFs – Week 8

This week…

Utah beat UCLA

And the judging had us all

Grace Glenn posted the first-ever leadoff 10 because of correctly

Other people also tried and therefore got 9.975

And then the randoms got confused why UCLA is now ranked better

Michigan set a program record

And the judges finally invited them to sit with the Plastics

Maggie Nichols is out with an ankle injury

And Oklahoma had to count a…9.7…on beam

Sierra Alexander stuck a perfect FTY

But then they did 10 HANDS

And you were like…

Rachael Lukacs performed an accidental FTY

And Sabrina Vega was like, “GET IT TOGETHER”

Women’s history has really been sleeping on JENN

Denver tried to come up with lineups

Kyana George was hard to catch

And Lexy Ramler would have gone 10 but had a balance check on hugs

The 10s of Week 8

This week, 23 routines received a 10.000 from at least one judge. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of the Utah/UCLA meet.

The 10s

Olivia Trautman – Vault – Oklahoma

Grace Glenn – Beam – UCLA

Abby Paulson – Beam – Utah

The 9.975s

Lexi Graber – Vault – Alabama

Leah Clapper – Beam – Florida

Alyssa Baumann – Floor – Florida

Mollie Korth – Vault – Kentucky

Drew Watson – Vault – Auburn

Anastasia Webb – Vault – Oklahoma

Ragan Smith – Floor – Oklahoma (passes)

Helen Hu – Beam – Missouri

Emily Muhlenhaupt – Bars – Boise State

Natalie Wojcik – Beam – Michigan
Lexy Ramler – Beam – Minnesota

FLO hasn’t uploaded individual routines from the Big Fives, but in the full beam replay, Wojcik’s routine is at 2:33:42 and Ramler’s routine is at 2:57:06.

Kyla Ross – Beam – UCLA

Adrienne Randall – Beam – Utah

Nia Dennis – Floor – UCLA

Gracie Kramer – Floor – UCLA

Kyla Ross – Floor – UCLA

The 9.950s

Rachel Gowey – Beam – Florida

Maddie Karr – Floor – Denver

Alexia Burch – Beam – Utah

Sydney Soloski – Floor – Utah

NCAA Week 8 Rankings

Full week 8 rankings

1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 197.930
Previous ranking: 1

Road 1198.250
Road 2197.900
Road 3197.675
Home/Road 1198.400
Home/Road 2198.175
Home/Road 3197.650
Qualifying Score197.930

Maximum after next meet: 198.080
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Oklahoma didn’t change its qualifying score much this week after a meh-for-Oklahoma 197.650 at the Nadia meet, but the big issue at play is the absence of Maggie Nichols because of an ankle injury, with KJ not expecting her back “for a while.” While Oklahoma is certainly still able to score well without Nichols, her absence depresses the team’s scoring potential to a more pedestrian (and potentially beatable) level.

2. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.690
Previous ranking: 2

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.800
Road 3196.850
Home/Road 1198.375
Home/Road 2198.050
Home/Road 3197.875
Qualifying Score197.690

Maximum after next meet: 197.995
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 3

With its 198, Florida closed the gap a little on Oklahoma this week and, most importantly, has a chance to pass Oklahoma for #1 this weekend if things go just right. It’s not the most likely outcome—Florida would have to go 198.050 to have a shot a tying, while Oklahoma would have to score under 197.975—but Florida is also going to Georgia on Friday, which I expect to be a “Utah/UCLA is a role model” type situation. So it’s in play.

3. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.335
Previous ranking: 3

Road 1197.575
Road 2197.425
Road 3197.200
Home/Road 1198.025
Home/Road 2197.675
Home/Road 3196.800
Qualifying Score197.335

Maximum after next meet: 197.580
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

It’s difficult to pretend to take a rankings post seriously after the abomination that was the scoring in the final rotation last night (if the judges don’t take these scores seriously, then why should I come in here and be like, “Well, if they can score 198 again…” like any of this is real or matters), but UCLA moves ahead of Utah despite the loss on the strength of a better supply of 197s throughout the season so far. UCLA will be looking for a score greater than 197.200 this week to ensure staying at #3 next Monday.

4. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.200
Previous ranking: 3

Road 1198.075
Road 2197.550
Road 3197.300
Home/Road 1197.100
Home/Road 2197.050
Home/Road 3197.000
Qualifying Score197.200

Maximum after next meet: 197.415
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Utah is in a much, much better position for qualifying score after the meet that shall not be named. (I’ll let you in on a secret—the meet wasn’t that good. That was medium quality for top-5 teams and Utah was weaker on several events than the meet before, including beam despite the program record. The only reason it’s being treated as this amazing meet is that the judges tried to make a show instead of doing their jobs.) Despite being in a strong position, Utah will still need to replace some of these low 197s if this ranking is to be maintained. It’s possible for Utah to get up to #3 next week, but that is dependent on UCLA’s performance.

5. LSU Tigers

NQS: 197.165
Previous ranking: 6

Road 1197.875
Road 2197.775
Road 3197.025
Home/Road 1197.500
Home/Road 2196.800
Home/Road 3196.725
Qualifying Score197.165

Maximum after next meet: 197.395
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

For portions of the meet this weekend, LSU got to experience how the other half lives in terms of judging, so the team won’t exactly be crying a river over a lower-than-intended score because it wasn’t really a problem meet. Not an ideal performance, but not a red flag. LSU is still on an improving trajectory, though is also running out of time to get rid of those lower scores, a task that will be necessary to get that top-4 ranking.

6. Denver Pioneers

NQS: 197.075
Previous ranking: 5

Road 1197.250
Road 2197.250
Road 3196.700
Home/Road 1197.425
Home/Road 2197.425
Home/Road 3196.750
Qualifying Score197.075

Maximum after next meet: 197.220
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 3

Basically all your worst fears for how Denver would do without Lynnzee Brown were realized this week with a counting 8 on bars and counting 9.5s on vault and beam for a 195.175 total. That score really shouldn’t be the shape of things to comea mid or high 196 would have been doable in that meet with a hit and remains very doable next week. Still, getting totals that improve the qualifying score in a significant way is going to be a challenging task, which makes Denver vulnerable to getting passed by the next couple teams in the coming weeks.

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