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Sunday Live Blog – March 14, 2021

Sunday, March 14
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – [1] Oklahoma @ [23] Iowa State LINK ESPN+
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Pittsburgh @ West Virginia LINK ESPN+
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – [24] Oregon State @ Stanford   FREE
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – George Washington, New Hampshire, Temple @ Towson LINK FREE
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – Washington @ [6] Cal LINK FREE
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [19] Iowa @ Nebraska LINK BTN+

In the first meet, Oklahoma is looking for anything better than 197.800, which would allow them to take sole possession of first place and bump Florida to second. This is Iowa State’s second competition of the weekend, and after a non-counting score earlier, they’re looking for something in the 196s to count, though they’re in a pretty safe ranking spot, so it’s not a huge deal.

No Audrey Davis in the lineups for Oklahoma today.

Rotation 1

Turner – VT – ISU – good height on her yfull, medium bounce back, small piking, good. 9.775

Trautman – UB – Oklahoma – Davis “injured slightly during warmups” – maloney to pak, small leg breaks – slightly late 1/2 turn on low – good final cast hs – DLO, stuck. Great finish. 9.875

Hong – VT – ISU – full instead of y1.5 – slightly larger bounce back than Turner, but also less piking. 9.800

Levasseur – UB – Oklahoma – definitely thought they were introducing her as Ronald Reagan instead of saying she went to Ronald Reagan high school – loose back in first hs – maloney to bail, good legs together, a little flat on maloney – DLO, also sticks. 9.850

Boychuk – VT – ISU – better full than earlier in the week – another bounce back – good layout shape. 9.775

Draper – UB – OU – good first hs – blind to piked jaeger, hit, some feet – pak, legs apart – 1/2 turn on low – blind to double front, step forward. One of her better routines handstand-wise. 9.875

Steinmeyer – VT – ISU – large lunge forward out of her Y1.5 this time – good shape

Webb – UB – OU – a bit tight on first hs – great pak as always – van leeuwen, legs together – not quite hitting her handstands – but it looks like she has the double front 1/2 out back together, near stick, lean to the side to try to hold the stick, a step-salute. 9.925 a little high there.

Maxwell – VT – ISU – very good Y1.5 – stuck landing – not the very highest Y1.5 you’ll see but solid form and a comfortable real-life stick, 9.925

Smith – UB – OU – Ray to pak, very good – pretty solid 1/2 turn position on low – good cast hs on high – DLO, that usual bit of whippiness but a stick. Strong work. 9.875

De Jesus – VT – ISU – medium bounce forward on her Y1.5, a bit of knees, good. 9.875

Thomas – UB – OU – hecht over low bar – toe 1/2 to jaeger, hit, a little lower than her usual but fine – bail, solid vertical position – somewhat short in a couple hs – DLO, sticks, came in a little deep on the landing but held it. 9.900

After 1: Oklahoma 49.450, Iowa State 49.175

Oklahoma 49.450 for a strong bars performance. Really good landings this week with a number of sticks. Pretty much an accurate total score to me, even though I feel like some of those scores should be switched. Like, those were the right scores, you just assigned them to the wrong people.

Iowa State not quite as strong on vault as we saw earlier in the week—one fewer Y1.5 today and not as much landing control on some of the other Y1.5s—but still a nationally competitive vault performance that keeps them over 196 pace.

Rotation 2

LaPinta – VT – OU – hits a yfull, slightly short, chest forward with a small step – some piking. 9.750

Langkamp – UB – ISU – piked jaeger, a little low but hit – bail, saves it with a pretty significant arch, pulls it back – slightly loose in final hs – DLO, small slide back. 9.725

Stern – VT – OU – a larger lunge forward on her Y1.5 today – good distance. 9.850

Maxwell – UB – ISU – blind, late, into jaeger, hit – short cast hs on high – hits bail, a little hip angle – better final cast hs – DLO, bounce back. 9.800

Levasseur – VT – OU – strong Y1.5 – small hop forward, good height. 9.900

Basuel – UB – ISU – blind to jaeger, good height there – bail, some hip angle in the air, gets to handstands in the end – short cast hs on high -giant full to double tuck, stuck. 9.725

Webb – VT – OU – medium hop forward and then an additional step salute, so two steps to take there, won’t be her highest score, but good distance and form. 9.900

Horowitz – UB – ISU – good first hs – blind to jaeger, good height – short cast hs on high – bail, shows tow point, gets to vertical – a couple short casts in here – DLO, nearly holds the stick, leans, ends up taking a small hop. 9.850

Schoepfer – VT – OU – full-tenth hop forward out of her tucked Y1.5 today – good height, flexed feet. 9.850

Vella-Wright – UB – ISU – good first hs – maloney to pak, great Pak – arch in cast hs on low – van leeuwen, solid – very short final cast hs – FTDT, deep landing with a bound forward. 9.850 is surprisingly high

Trautman – VT – OU – similar landing to Webb – a bounce forward on her Y1.5 and then an additional step salute, so two steps to take. Great power of course. 9.850

De Jesus – Ub – ISU – short first hs – Ray to overshoot, good height on overshoot – just a couple rushed handstands – DLO, excellent height, small hop forward. 9.900

After 2: Oklahoma 98.800, Iowa State 98.300

Oklahoma with a 49.350 on vault. It’s still a high score, but they did not bring the landings today, most gymnasts taking full-tenth hops on their Y1.5s. Iowa State 49.125 on bars, which continues the pace they were looking to set.

Rotation 3

Steinmeyer – BB – ISU – if this dude says “hits leadoff” again – kickover to beat jump, under control – bhs loso series, small lean, knees in bhs – switch to straddle 1/4, a little tight in those positions – 1.5 dismount, good landing. 9.825

“So good to get that leadoff hitter on base.” Murder me.

Draper – FX – OU – double pike, slide back – front full to front full, control, some knees – switch 1/2 to popa, good lift in popa position, slight control issue on landing – 1/2 to rudi, a bit of leg crossing, another controlled landing. 9.825

Turner – BB – ISU – candle mount – VERY DIFFERENT AND VERY UNIQUE – bhs bhs loso series, secure, slightly soft knees – switch to straddle 1/4, good height – hesitation finishing full turn – gainer pike, hop. 9.825

Schoepfer – FX – OU – double tuck, good chest up, a little steppy – back 1.5 to layout, solid, not super high but under control – switch ring to wolf hop full – double pike, again nearly secure, small step adjustments. 9.875

Boychuk – BB – ISU – bhs bhs loso, larger wobble, bend to the side – side somi, holds it – cat leap to switch 1/2, short of position, small check – gainer full, hit. 9.750

Johnson – FX – OU – so do OU’s floor scores just not exist? – lay to rudi, hit, controlled step, just a little sideways – double tuck, can’t completely control the landing with a bounce up – switch 1/2 to wolf full, around – 9.825

De Jesus – BB – ISU – bhs loso, quick and high – straddle jump to sheep jump, pretty solid closure on sheep, legs slightly apart – cat leap to side aerial, hit – 2/1, stuck, some leg crossing. Good one. 9.925

La Pinta – FX – OU – 3/1, pretty solid, steps around the final 1/8 of turn with a little slide – front full to layout, has to arch around the layout with some soft position – split leap full to jump full, hits 180s, some flexed feet – double tuck, shorter, chest down, lunge forward. 9.775

Semple – BB – ISU – bhs loso series, chest somewhat down, check – full turn, over turns slightly – cat leap to switch 1/2 to beat, secure – switch to split looks good – side aerial to full, small slide back. 9.875

Deniz – FX – OU – whip to 2.5, hit but a large lunge forward into the corner – switch rign to split full, a little low on that split full – rudi to split jump, pretty solid control on that. 9.875. Thought that was pretty similar to the 9.775s that just happened.

Horowitz – BB – ISU – “batting cleanup” DUDE, we get it, you wish this were baseball. Sorry? – full turn, good – bhs loso, fall, and the fall goes very crazy as she does a drive-by footing of the beam and runs away – kickover, a larger check, she sat that down on the beam last time.

49.100 will keep ISU on pace.

Webb – FX – OU – front 2/1, pretty solid control – back 1.5 to front full, good form, higher than most of the people who do that pass – switch 1/2 to split full, I’m glad they went back to that and ditched the stag to 1.5 from earlier in the season – rudi to straight jump. Very strong routine. 9.950

After 3: Oklahoma 148.150, Iowa State 197.500

Iowa State through beam with five hits this time. De Jesus a highlight. Oklahoma 49.300 on floor. It was fine, but other than Webb’s performance, it was a little blah. This lineup needs people like Smith or Trautman to be competitive at nationals.

OU would need to go over 49.650 on beam for this to be a counting score, so not that likely.

Score adjustments – Semple got bumped up to 9.875 and Bell Johnson up to 9.825

Rotation 4

Dunn – BB – OU – bhs bhs loso and falls, weird to see from her – very low on those elements, landed short – finishes gainer full with hop back

Langkamp – FX – ISU – whip to double tuck, slide back – split leap full to popa, a little short of split position – front lay to 1/2 to split, loses leg shape in that 1/2 – double pike, short land, lunge forward. 9.775

Schoepfer – BB – OU – bhs loso series, hit, very slight knee bend in bhs – side aerial through to switch to switch, nicely done – 1.5, lunge back – great until the dismount. 9.825

Boychuk – FX – ISU – judge tells her to step off – now she starts for real with tornado sirens – double pike, hit, a bounce up on landing – 1.5 to layout, hit, slightly low on layout – switch 1/2 to popa, popa position was nice – double tuck, struggles on landing, large bounce back and OOB. 9.625

Woodard – BB – OU – side aerial to bhs, very solid – kickover to beat, slightly awkward landing on the beat with a step back – switch to split leap, good 180 positions shown – side aerial to full, short landing, step forward. 9.800

Steinmeyer – FX – ISU – front 2/1, controls landing well – switch side to popa, nice popa, hits 180 and clear landing position – 1.5 to layout, a little low on layout but good form maintained – double pike, under control, chest down. 9.825

Smith – BB – OU – bhs loso, small lean correction – aerial, very nice – straddle 1/2 to swingdown, lovely – bhs gainer full, hop back. 9.875

Diab – FX – ISU – front 2/1 to layout, very good, crisp layout position – split leap full to popa – front lay to front full, shows stick there, waits to leap – rudi to loso. Excellent. 9.900.

Apparently the scores have been “low” today. Incorrect.

Thomas – BB – OU – after a judging delay – side somi, hit – bhs loso series, good amplitude – switch to switch to split jump, good 180s – side turn, good – side aerial to full, stuck. A couple almost-hesitations in there, very good. 9.950

Maldonado – FX – ISU – front 2/1 to front tuck, almost like a front 2/1 is easy for her – rudi, bounce back – switch side to popa, good height – double pike, stuck landing. Excellent. 9.925

Webb – BB – OU – bhs loso series, good – cat leap to aerial, squeezes to avoid any movement – switch to switch, good splits but a wobble on it, landing on one foot and being like, “that’s how I do it, whatever” side aerial to full, bounce back. 9.875

De Jesus – FX – ISU – double tuck, bounce back (or I mean “perfect landing”) 1.5 to front loso – switch side to popa – double pike, hit, slide back.

OU 49.325 on beam for a total of 197.475, which is like what peasants score and won’t count for them. That means Florida and Oklahoma will remain tied in Monday’s rankings,a nd the edge shifts to Florida, which has the lower score to drop at conference champs.

De Jesus gets a 9.900 (BUT TEH SCORES ARE SO LOW) which puts ISU on a season high 196.825, which will move them ahead of Missouri in the rankings.

Elsewhere, in the in-progress rankings, West Virginia currently sits in 38th, so it’s getting to be crunch time. WVU needs to drop a 195.175 with today’s performance, and drop it by a lot. So these 48.9s in the first rotations are keeping them on track to do that.

I haven’t seen a link to live scores for Stanford. I don’t know what I expected.

West Virginia is now through five beam hits. A big deal.

Evan is welcoming us to the Stanford meet. 99% of why I’m here.

Stanford/Oregon St Rotation 1

Zeng – VT – Stanford – oh it did not go great – falls on all fours on her yfull attempt

M Dagen – UB – Oregon St – bail, a bit short – toe shoot – toe on to giant full to double tuck – step back – through her “lol I have to do bars” set cleanly. 9.600

“The saga of Stanford women’s gymnastics this season.” “Less than ideal start for Stanford.”

Widner – VT – Stanford – high Yfull but struggles more this week – deep landing, forward with a hop. “Judges will interpret the code and deduct accurately.” Will they though Evan? Will they? 9.675

Looks like we missed Kyla Bryant’s vault because they went ahead, rather than waiting for the bars judges to interpret the apocalypse faced by a routine that doesn’t start from a 10.

“You can see the judges have…a LOT to talk about in front of the low bar there.” Evan is my favorite.

Jessen – VT – Stanford – yfull, around, chest down and a stagger on landing. 9.650

Hoiland – Ub – Oregon St – blind to piked jaeger, caught, but goes over on her next handstand, doesn’t come off the bars but will be the equivalent of a fall – lots of missed handstands as she tries to finish. 9.075

Brunette does a ylayout in the 5th spot for Stanford, clean body position, large bounce back. 9.575

Hoang – VT – Stanford – also a ylayout, less of a bounce back than Brunette but less distance and amplitude. 9.425

Young – UB – Oregon St – clear hip to toe on to maloney to overshoot, pretty solid, some feet – short final cast hs – DLO, pikes it down quite a bit at the end, hop forward. But a usable hit.

Stanford finished vault when Oregon State had done only 2 bars routines. GREAT.

Yanish – UB – Oregon St – 1/2 to front giant 1/2 to bail, a little hip angle, shoot back to high – good final cast position – DLO, pretty dismount, hop in place.

You know it’s trouble when both Dagen and Yanish have to do bars. 9.750

GOT TO PLUG THAT TWITTER.

Bird – UB – Oregon St – godo first hs – bail, hits her vertical – stalder to shoot high bar – some arch in cast hs – hit tkatchev – FTDT, small hop. 9.800

Domingo – UB – Oregon St – short first hs – ray to overshoot, solid – very short final cast hs – front giant 1/2 with a hesitation but keeps going, double tuck dismount, quite deep but survives it.

This meet is taking place in a different world where live scores haven’t been invented and we have no idea what’s happening and vault is done 18 hours before bars and it’s a thorougly entertaining disaster.

Evan, save us, get us some team scores.

Have we started the second rotation? No one can say.

Bird went 9.825 on VT.

Zeng – UB – Stanford – blind to jaeger and falls, couldn’t get her hands over – resumes with good hs – legs apart on pak – gets caught in 1/2 turn on low but works through it – DLO, some piking, lunge back

Young – VT – Oregon St – hits a full, step back, chest somewhat forward and a leg break in the air. 9.725.

Widner – UB – Stanford – good first hs – giant full to bail, some pike in the air, gets to vertical well – giant full to double tuck, hop back. Clean work. 9.675

Peterson – VT – Oregon St – round off full on, back tuck, hits it, medium hop back. 9.900. OK? “Not sure if I quite agree…” Hard same.

Brunette – UB – Stanford – small arch in first hs – giant 1/2 to deltchev to overshoot, lots of feet flexing but hit – DLO, small hop back. Through it.

Yanish – VT – Oregon St – great distance as always on her full, medium hop back. 9.875

Garcia – UB – Stanford – Impressed that Evan did not do a New York accent when saying she’s from “New York, New York,” that’s the real upset of this meet – blind to jaeger to overshoot, solid amplitude – short cast hs on high – blind to front 1.5, stuck landing. Nice job. 9.875

Gonzales – VT – Oregon St – round off full on back pike, chest forward with a lunge. 9.825

Bryant – UB – Stanford – toe on to tkatchev, hit – pak, great – a bit late on 1/2 turn on low – hitting cast hs well – DLO, nearly sells the stick, step back into salute. 9.850

M Dagen – VT – Oregon St – does her Y1.5 and nearly sticks, small slide back and some knees. Good. 9.900

Micco – UB – Stanford – hits jer jaeger – very short cast hs to follow – bail is hit – cast hs are fully horizontal – dismounts with a front layout 1/2. A sixth person in a lineup doing gymnastics.

West Virginia is done with a season-high 196.100. That score will put West Virginia back to 36th for the time being, ahead of UNC and Nebraska. And we now know that Nebraska will need better than a 196 today against Iowa in order to go into the final meet in a top-36 position. (New Hampshire also still competing today but a little farther back.)

Rotation 3

Hoang – BB – Stanford – bhs loso series, hit – straddle jump – beat to loso, also solidly landed – pike jump to stag ring attempt, not a lot of head release, a check – 1.5 dismount, hop forward, hit. 9.825

Mack – FX – Oregon St – front lay to rudi, nearly shows the stick and then steps back – switch side to popa, nice elevation – double pike, lunge back but not too large, keeps it in bounds – straight jump full to straddle sit, like it. 9.850

49.325 on vault, 48.525 on bars for Oregon State.
48.125 on vault, 48.350 on bars for Stanford

Widner – BB – Stanford – switch to split, good – bhs loso series, very solid – aerial with a check, leg-up – “If it’s good enough for Kathy Johnson Clarke it’s good enough for me” – side aerial to full, hop back. 9.625

Bird – FX – Oregon St – lay to rudi to straddle jump, hit – switch 1/2 to popa looks good – 2.5, good control there – 9.925

Jessen – Bb – Stanford – full turn, slightly tentative – bhs loso series, hit this time, some knees – side aerial, check and then an additional tentative check – cat leap to switch side, hit, good height – 1.5 dismount, step to the side. 9.650

You can also see the nervousness through my core.

Peterson – FX – Oregon St – double tuck, a little short, step forward – front lay to front full, very crisp layout position – switch 1/2 to popa, a little short on switch position, good popa straddle – double pike, control, chest down. 9.875

Flam – BB – Stanford – split to switch 1/2, short of position and a check – punch front, nailed -Didn’t connect to back tuck, but both solid – cat leap to switch side, check – front full dismount, small step. 9.650

Force – FX – Oregon St – double pike, nice, chest up and under control – switch 1/2 to popa, looks good – front lay to front full, under control, a little soft in the air – double tuck, solid, chest just a little down. 9.925

Another classic 10.000/9.850 split. What is happening.

Bryant – BB – Stanford – strong full turn – bhs loso series, hit, good speed – beat to switch split jump, good – punch front, rising up onto her toes with a step forward – bhs bhs double tuck, holds the stick on it, just a little forward. Nice. 9.850

M Dagen – FX – Oregon St – attempts front 2/1, not all the way around, steps it around after landing – front lay to front full, nice and high – double pike, stutter back. 9.825

Tan Sze En – BB – Stanford – she’s competing this year – side aerial with a large break, leg up and a lean – switch, check, no connection – switch 1/2, leans to try to add a split jump, wobble on both – split jump 1/2 from side is fine – beat to split jump, check – gainer pike, small hop. Stayed on? 9.250

Yanish – FX – Oregon St – big DLO as always, small slide back, Evan tries to sell us on the control, I’m not there – front full to layout, solid landing – switch side to popa, good split positions – double tuck, chest down, steps to the side. 9.850

Stonecipher is doing exhibition on beam. Aw, Stanford has enough people to do exhibitions now. Aerial with a lean, trying to connect it into one-arm bhs, check, I would say no combo – switch to split to another one-arm bhs – bhs back layout as dismount, hop back.

48.600 for Stanford on beam, 49.425 for Oregon State on floor.

Oregon State 147.275, Stanford 145.075

Rotation 4

Peterson – BB – Oregon St – slight overturn on full turn – switch 1/2, landed – bhs bhs loso series, hit, small lean – split jump to straddle 3/4, a bit short of split but secure – gainer pike, off to the side a little but stuck. 9.850

Zeng – FX – Stanford – lay to rudi, short landing with a step forward – double tuck, solid – split leap full to popa to straight jump full, not bad – 9.800

L Gonzales – BB – Oregon St – aerial to bhs, check – switch to straddle 1/4, some back leg on switch, nice high straddle there – full turn, small check – cat leap to kickover, deepish but held it – side aerial to full, stuck. 9.875

Jessen – FX – Stanford – back 1.5 to layout, somewhat flat but hit and around – switch side to popa, some hop on landing – double tuck, under control well, chest down – wolf jump full to wolf jump full, around – 9.725

Young – BB – Oregon St – aerial, keeps moving to back tuck, secure landings – full turn, slightly tentative – switch to split to stag ring, short positions on split elements, not a lot of release on her stag either – gainer full, small slide back. 9.825

Brunette – FX – Stanford – front lay to rudi, slide back, some pike in her layout – wolf full to split jump full, some feet – double tuck, nice control there. 9.800

Domingo – BB – Oregon St – aerial to back tuck, hit – switch to straddle to split jump 3/4, pretty positions – smoother full turn – gainer full, holds the stick. 9.900

Widner – FX – Stanford – switch ring to split full, nice split full position, best dance elements so far – front lay to front full – Evan pretending like she was going to do a DLO like he’s the SEC Network talking about Alyssa Baumann – switch 1/2 to split, again excellent dance elements – double pike, little hop, good one. 9.800

S Gonzales – BB – Oregon St – aerial – wobble and can’t save it – falls – redoes her aerial to try to connect but cannot, won’t have an acro series in this routine, so they’ll dump this one – got it together to finish the second half of the routine

Hoang – FX – Stanford – she hits a solid DLO, good control – split leap 1.5, brings it around – front lay to front full, nearly sticks that one, thought about it for a second and then a little step – double pike, short, step forward. 9.825

M Dagen – BB – Oregon St – bhs loso with a large check but keeps it on, leg-up check – switch to switch 1/2, short of split – side aerial to full, stuck. 9.825

Bryant – FX – Stanford – full-in, very high, strong landing – front tuck through to double pike, lunge back and OOB – switch side to popa, hit, a little under. – open double tuck, fall, well short – “open double tuck, beauti—oh.”

49.275 for Oregon State on beam. 48.950 for Stanford on floor.

Flam dance through on senior day exhibition. Also Garcia.

FINAL: Oregon State 196.550, Stanford 194.025


Some score implications in these final two meets of the day. Cal is eager to go 197.200, which would put them ahead of Utah as the top-ranked team at the Pac-12 Championship. Washington is trying to make the latest of late pushes for a regionals spot after that 196.5 mid-week and needs to do something like that again to make it semi-realistic. Washington already has to count a 195.000, which is low for regionals, so needs another 196 to balance that out.

Nebraska is currently sitting at 38th in the in-progress standings after today’s results and needs to go 196.000+ to get back into the top 36 for Monday’s rankings. Iowa is safe in 20th right now, but that’s still a little blah for how well this season has gone, so Iowa would really like a high 196 or a 197 to make some ground back up.

Rotation 1

Higgins – VT – Nebraska – hit a yfull, medium bounce back, chest forward. 9.775

Greenwald – UB – Iowa – Ray, takes it too far and falls to start – resumes, toe on to pak, hit – 1/2 turn on low, short – DLO, hop forward

Piringer – VT – Nebraska – solid Yfull, slightly smaller hop back than Higgins and a little more open position. 9.825

Cal/Washington starting

Schank – VT – Cal – nice open position, bounce back, a little more distance than her usual

Rogers – Ub – Iowa – maloney to pak, hit, small leg break – loses some mementum changing direction on low bar but works through – giant full, hesitation into double tuck, hop back. 9.725

Davis – VT – Nebraska – hits a yfull with a bounce back, some more loose leg form than the first two. 9.850 seems high

Killough-Wilhelm opens Washington with a hit. Sadighi comes into the vault lineup for Cal with a nice yfull, opens up, holds the landing. That’s a good option. 9.850 for Sadighi and SKW.

Hartzler – Ub – Iowa – hits piked jaeger, right to fingertips – short cast hs on high and does not get to vertical on her straddle back – giant full to double tuck, stuck

Comin – VT – Nebraska – great distance on her yfull but also a large bounce back. 9.825

Washington has a fall from McNamara on bars in spot 2.

Clausi – VT – Cal – small hop back on yfull, solid in the air. 9.800

Steffensmeier – UB – Iowa – good first hs – blind to piked jaeger, aagin a fingertip catch – small arch in hs – nice pak, good shape – stuck dismount. 9.925

Dujakovich – VT – Nebraska – brings out her y1.5, tucks it to get it around but lands it, medium hop forward. 9.900

Li – Vt – Cal – sticks her yfull well – a little bit of pike and leg form, but strong work. 9.875

Kaji – Ub – Iowa – short first hs – blind to jaeger, hit – pak, very archy but fine – pretty DLO, good one. 9.925

Curtis – VT – Nebraska – yfull, opens well but has a pretty large bounce back. 9.775

Bowles – UB – Washington – up 4th, trying to drop a fall in this rotation – good first hs – deltchev to overshoot, hit – better hs but then goes over the wrong way on her giant fiull and hs to hop off

Kenlin – Ub – Iowa – maloney to pak, nice – toe full on high – great finish position there – double tuck, loses her form on it and overcooks it a little, hop back. Nice on the bars.

George – VT – Cal – pretty yfull as always – small slide back. 9.875.

Nebraska 49.175 on vault. Iowa 49.225 on bars.

It started disasterously for Iowa but they pulled it back with those middle of the lineup routines to get a solid bars number. Nebraska gets itself over 196 pace with those vault scores. That’s a season-high vault number for them.

Thompson – Ub – Washington – nice high jaeger, good hs – some angle in bail catch – FTDT, holds a deep stick

DeSouza – VT – Cal – hits her Y1.5, little hop forward and then a quick step salute. 9.875

Four 9.875s gets Cal to 49.350 on vault, just ahead of the pace they’re looking for. Washington will be counting a fall on bars, so the dream is basically over.

Cal had Solari go in exhibition with a handspring pike 1/2, lunge back but solid.

Thomas – Ub – Washington – short first hs – blind to jaeger, hit – pak, legs apart – rushing through these hs – giant full to double tuck, lunge back. Limits the damage. 9.750

After 1:
Iowa 49.225, Nebraska 49.175
Cal 49.350, Washington 48.400

Rotation 2

Tolan – VT – Iowa – solid security on her yfull, small slide, a little piking. 9.675 is quite tight comparatively, really got her on dynamics

Piringer – Ub – Nebraska – toe on to maloney, some leg break – bail, short of vertical – giant full with some legs into double tuck, finds the stick. 9.725

Greenwald – VT – Iowa – similar, small hop back, a little piking, good. 9.775

Lorange – UB – Nebraska – has to recast on initial toe on – does, maloney to pak – 1/2 turn on low, a bit late – short short hs – giant full to double tuck, low but finds the stick. 9.675

Kenlin – VT – Iowa – better amplitude on her yfull but a fairly large bounce back, good layout shape. 9.850. That’s more like how Nebraska was scored on vault.

Cal and Washington starting rotation 2

Weiss hits a Tsuk tuck full, chest down and a step. 9.550

Thaler – UB – Nebraska – toe on to maloney, pak, loses her leg position some in the pak – 1/2 turn on low – short cast hs – giant full, late into high double tuck, step back. 9.750

DeSouza – Ub – Cal – good piked jaeger into overshoot, solid cast hs on high – FTDT, a little angled to the side but holds the stick. 9.925

McNamara – VT – UW – one of her best ones, full on back tuck, chest up, lunge back

Colombo – Ub – Nebraska – blind to piked jaeger, nice – pak is clean, finishes with stuck double tuck. 9.725

Li – Ub – Cal – Missed beginning. Pak, clean – good, van leeuwen, hit, legs together – giant full to double tuck, stuck. Nice. 9.900

Killian – VT – Iowa – good yfull, has the height and distance, a little pike, small hop back. 9.875

Davis – UB – Nebraska – good first hs – maloney to clear hip, very clean into tkatchev – hitting hs well – bail, some angle in the air but gets to vertical – DLO, small hop in place. Nice. 9.875

Henderson – VT – Iowa – awesome yfull, bit, small hop back. 9.900

Schank – UB – Cal – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, clean work – good cast hs on high – DLO, stuck landing. Very pretty. 9.950

Roby – UB – Nebraska – good first hs – blind to jaeger, a tad close but fine – small arch in cast hs – clean pak – 1/2 turn on low looks fine – a bit shor ton final cast hs – DLO, lands it chest down with a larger stagger on landing. Was great on the bars.

Bordas – UB – Cal – good first hs – blind to huge jaeger to overshoot, good – solid cast hs – giant full, pretty good finish position into double tuck, collapses in it and puts her hand down. Weirdness.

Smith – VT – Washington – y tucked 1.5, hit, some of her best control, small hop back

Iowa 49.225 on vault. Nebraska 48.800 on bars to go slightly under 196 pace now. After 2: Iowa 98.450, Nebraska 97.975

Kuc – UB – Cal – good first hs – maloney to pak, lovely legs together – late 1/2 turn on low, gets loose in position – good cast hs – FTDT, hit with a step forward. 9.875

Thompson – VT – Washington – great yfull, high and open, stuck, really just her insane leg separation on landing to take and a slightly deep position. 9.875

Watterson – UB – Cal – pak, good – toe on to van leeuwen – toe full, nice finish position into double tuck, slide back. Through with five hits. 9.925

A pedestrian 49.575 for Cal on bars. It looked like it was going to be another one of those 49.8s again until the Bordas miss.

I missed a couple of the Washington vault scores, so not sure what their total was there as the scores have broken.

Green in exhibition for Cal with a routine that would have been comparable in the high 9.8s probably.

Washington with a big 49.275 on vault. If they can keep doing this, it might not be a lost meet after all.

After 2: Cal 98.925, Washington 97.675

Rotation 3

Lorange – BB – Nebraska – bhs loso series, secure, some feet – switch to split, nice 180s – hitch kick to side aerial, secure – split 1/4, check – 1.5 dismount, hop. 9.850

Killian – FX – Iowa – 3/1, gets it around with solid control, some leg crossing – front full to front pike, a little low, controls the step – slightly crooked in popa position – double tuck, nailed landing. Good one. 9.850

Davis – BB – Nebraska – switch to straddle 1/4, hit – bhs loso series, solid – cat leap to aerial round off, no checks thus far – sdie aerial to tuck full, some leg positions but good stick. 9.825

Kenlin – FX – Iowa – front 2/1 to front tuck, hit, took it a little off to the side – 1.5 to layout with a dance out, good layout position – switch – split ring full, not bad on that position – 9.875

Higgins – BB – Nebraska – candle mount, good – beat to sheep jump, hit – gets through her bhs bhs loso series, some form and a small check – 9.775

Rotation 3 starting for Cal/Washington

Clausi – BB – Cal – kickover to beat, solid – bhs loso with a leg up check – switch side, hit – side aerial to tuck full, stuck. gainer pike, took it a little close to the beam but fine. 9.800

Greenwald – FX – Iowa – full-in, solidly landing, front foot kept down – switch side to popa, overturns switch side – 2.5 to front tuck, overdoes the 2.5 and goes out horizontally on front tuck, lands it but OOB. 9.625

DeSouza – BB – Cal – aerial, smooth, some knee softness – bhs loso , hit – check on sheep jump – 1.5 dismount, hit, little slide back. 9.850

Thaler – BB – Nebraska – aerial to bhs bhs, pretty, well extneded – kickover with a check – 1.5 dismount, nearly holds the stick witha step salute. 9.750

Kaji – FX – Iowa – 1,5 through to double tuck, hit, chest up – double pike, also solid, a bit too large on the slide back – 9.900

Washington has a fall int he second spot on floor.

Li – BB – Cal – aerial to beat jump, good – bhs loso hit, some knees in bhs – switch to split ring jump, front leg a hairrrr low on split ring – gainer pike, good stick. 9.850

Roby – BB – Nebraska – aerial, hit – very solid bhs loso series – split jump to stag ring, now that’s a stag ring, nice – side aerial to full, stuck landing – 9.925

Henderson – FX – Iowa – full in, great psoition in the air, large bounce back – switch side to popa to straddle, nice positions – front tuck through to double tuck, controls landing well with chest forward. 9.925

George – BB – Cal – aerial to back tuck, solid – wolf double, a tad out of control but fine – split ring jump, nice – gaienr full, holds her stick. 9.900

Curtis – BB – Nebraska – wolf jump to front tuck is somewhat more solid this week, arm wave check – bhs loso, hit – switch to split, good 180s – 1.5, stuck. 9.950 with a 10.000/9.900 split. I mean absolutely not. She checks on that front tuck

Guerin – FX – Iowa – huge full in, bounce back – good lift into her straddle elements – front tcuk trhough to double tuck, a large step but keeps front foot down.

Thompson – FX – Washington – double tuck, smoothly dropped into landing – front lay to front full, hit – split leap 1.5 – rudi, under control, the hit they needed. 9.900

Nebraska 49.325 on beam so just needs to stay living on floor to get that 196 they were shooting for. Iowa 49.450 on floor, so a 197 is very much alive with a good beam.

Bordas – BB – Cal – hitch kick to aerial, checks, breaks connection into split jump – bhs loso series, solid, switch to split jump, nice – nearly an arm wave check on choreography – cat leap to side aerial, saves it, comes in short, wobbles to keep it on the beam – gainer full, hop back. Got through it but they’ll want to drop it. 9.700

After 3: Iowa 147.900, Nebraska 147.325

Killough-Wilhelm – FX – Washington – solid double tuck landing – front 2/1, controlled pretty well, some leg crossing but not bad for a front 2/1 – 1.5 to front layout, a little short on layout landing but doesn’t give it away. 9.850

Watterson – BB – Cal – wolf double, smooth – bhs loso series, huge break but keeps it on the beam, somehow, Australian witchcraft – large leg-up check – switch to split leap, nice – cat leap to side aerial to full, bounce back.

Cal struggles on the last couple beam routines but still gets out with a rotation score over 49 so won’t need to do too much on floor to get to that 197.2 mark.

Cunningham – FX – UW – fron ttuck through to double tuck, smoothly under control, chest just a bit down – switch 1/2 to wolf full to wolf full, very precise combo – double pike, strong work. Should get them over 49 for floor.

Perea beam exhibition – wolf double, slight hestiation but fine – aerial with a check, breaks connection into back pike – throws her tuck full and it’s very strong – switch to split to beat, just a bit tight in position – side somi to back tuck full dismount is also quite good.

A full-twisting back tuck on beam in your exhibition routine. But, she didn’t have an acro series in that routine that would get credit, so until she has one that isn’t so scary, it’s not worth putting that in the lineup. Have we considered like full-twisting back tuck to swingdown or something?

Rotation 4

Henderson leads off beam for Iowa, finishes with double tuck, a little short, hop forward. 9.850

Curtis – FX – nebraska – double pike, good, chest up, control – front full to layout – switch ring to switch 1/2 – double tuck, does well to keep the front foot down on landings. 9.900

I can FEEL the toxic masculinity coming off the Nebraska PA announcer.

Castle – BB – Iowa – bhs loso series and falls – punch front is hit, pause before beat jump – cat hop to switch side, nice – 1.5, stuck. 9.300

Dujakovich – FX – Nebraska – nice high double pike, but a bounce back – split leap full to popa, some flexed feet, clear finish positions – rudi, another bounce back, this one larger – 1.5 to front full was good. 9.875

Killian – BB – Iowa – bhs loso series, tight position but secure – front tuck, solid landing – switch to switch, short back leg there – 2/1 dismount, stuck. 9.875

Higgins – FX – Nebraska – front 2/1, bounce forward OOB – switch side to popa – rudi, larger slide back – back 1.5 to front lay, flat on the layout, has to tuck at the end to land it

Nick – BB – Iowa – bhs loso series, hit – some knee bending – cat leap to aerial and falls, had to grab the beam on her check and couldn’t keep it on. Iowa counting a beam fall now, so this won’t be that big useful score anymore.

Killough-Wilhelm through with a good leadoff beam hit for Washington, finishes with side aerial to 1.5, nearly holds stick, step forward

Bordas – FX – Cal – double tuck, chest up, solid landing – 1.5 to layout, controsl the back foot – switch to ring 1/2 to wolf jump, strong – rudi, again a somewhat large step but keeps it under control. A better set for her today after some other tough ones. 9.900

Kaji – BB – Iowa – lovely bhs loso series – hits side aerial well – split jump to split 3/4, nice, front leg maybe a centimeter short – hs gainer full, holds the stick. 9.925

Ouchers. Martina Comin has injured herself on floor and had to stop after her full in. Landed really deep.

DeSouza – FX – Cal – secure double pike landing, chest a bit forward – switch side to popa – a little popping out of her front full in combo – rudi to double stag, a little travel to the side. 9.875

Kenlin – BB – Iowa – bhs loso series, nice, extended – switch to split jump – aerial to beat jump, comfortable combo – bhs bhs 1.5, small slide back. Kaji and Kenlin saved it a little.

9.975. OK she didn’t stick her dismount though.

Bowles – BB – side aerial to bhs, smooth, slightly soft knees in bhs – beat to wolf jump full, leg-up check –

Press – FX – Nebraska – suddenly a really critical routine to hit for them – DLO and a huge stumble backward, stays on her feet but multiple lunges and on OOB that will have to count – back 1.5 to front lay, pulls it aorund – front lay to front full with a lunge.

Clausi – FX – Cal – double pike, fine, lunge back – 1.5 to layout, slide forward – double tuck quite deep, chest well forward on landing. 9.825

So Iowa counts a fall on beam and still gets 48.925 there for a 196.825 total, which ends up being the high 196 they wanted. Oh and a season high. While counting a fall. Shows what could have happen had they been given crack judging all season long.

The 9.500 from Danielle Press has to count, so Nebraska goes 48.775 on floor. Still gets that 196.100 though.

So the theme of that one was disasters where they still got the scores they needed. Nebraska goes up into 35th now, .025 ahead of 37th West Virginia

Li – FX – Cal – double pike, solid landing – slightly unclear finish position on that dance combo – front full to front lay, solid, some arching over. 9.950. Here we go. The switch has been flipped.

McNamara – BB – Washington – they have four hits so far but a couple 9.7s in there – bhs loso series, hit, some knees – cat leap to switch 1/2 to beat, a bit short in switch 1/2 – side aerial to tuck full, hop up in place.

That means Washington will hit 196 today after all. Continuing the theme from the Nebraska meet.

George – FX – Cal – front 2/1 to front tuck, nice – switch ring to split leap full, super high, clearly compelted – rudi, stuck landing – excellent. That was better than Li’s 9.950 to keep an eye out.

Liz’s face says, “I could kill someone with the sparkles on this mask, so consider that before you give this not a 10.”

9.975 with a 10 from one judge. So she only has to do one murder.

Russon – BB – Washington – aerial, short but works through it to beat jump in combination – bhs loso series, small lean – switch to split full, nearly pulls it around – 1.5, step forward.

Schank – FX – Cal – double tuck, hit, slide back – double pike, controls the step back – switch side to popa to popa, the completion of those elements has long been her white whale on this routine, and while she overturned the switch side, they were basically there – 1.5 to layout, nice.

9.875 for Schank, 49.575 on floor for Cal, which is a new team record on that event, and 197.600 team total is the third-highest in Cal’s history. Also Iowa’s was their 4th-best ever, with a counting fall.

So Washington goes 196.025, which will put them in 39th. It’s still an outside chance, but the dream has been resuscitated.

Cal’s 197.600 gives them an NQS of 197.575 and will have them at 5th in next week’s rankings as Utah drops to 6th, Cal will be #1 in the conference.

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