Regionals Live Blog Day 3 – Regional Finals

Saturday, April 3
Scores Stream
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Georgia Regional Final
[1] Florida
[8] Minnesota
[9] Denver
[26] NC State
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7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – West Virginia Regional Final
[4] Michigan
[5] Cal
[13] UCLA
[27] Ohio State
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8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT –  Alabama Regional Final
[1] Oklahoma
[7] Alabama
[10] Arkansas
[23] Missouri
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9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Utah Regional Final
[3] LSU
[6] Utah
[11] Arizona State
[14] Kentucky
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We’re down to 16 teams, and after today, we’ll have the 8 that advance to nationals.

If you need to keep an eye on it as we go, this is the rotation draw for the national semifinals on April 16th:

Semifinal I
VT – 2nd place Georgia Regional
UB – 1st place Georgia Regional
BB – 1st place West Virginia Regional
FX – 2nd place West Virginia Regional

Semifinal II
VT – 2nd place Alabama Regional
UB – 1st place Alabama Regional
BB – 1st place Utah Regional
FX – 2nd place Utah Regional

But to the issue at hand. Regionals.

Here’s the master rotation order for today’s meets

Out of the Georgia Regional, the chosen three Florida, Minnesota, and Denver all advanced to today’s competition, though the sheer difference between Minnesota and Denver’s performances in that first session gives Minnesota much stronger favorite status than before competition started. A huge question for Denver is now the condition of Emily Glynn, who was injured on her bars dismount yesterday and had to scratch floor and vault, leaving Denver using just five on floor. The vault and bars lineups are very reliant on her scores, and with Mundell already absent, it would be tough for Denver to contend today while managing an additional injury. Yesterday’s 196.775 that both Denver and NC State achieved should not hold up in the regional final.

BYU’s elimination yesterday changes the dynamics to a small extent in West Virginia, but I would have ranked BYU as the #4 favorite here, so the biggest contenders are still alive—Michigan, Cal, and UCLA. Yesterday’s results with Cal at 197.7, Michigan at 197.6 with a low beam score, and UCLA at 197.0 emphasize that UCLA is the underdog here. UCLA is capable of improving that floor score from yesterday by several tenths but is going to need some mistakes by either Cal or Michigan—or to start showing something on beam we haven’t seen this year. Michigan starts on vault, Cal on bars, and UCLA on floor, all of which are their best events and presumed highest scores. The team that’s not in the top 2 at that point is in a hole.

As for the Alabama regional—can Arkansas challenge Alabama after coming a couple tenths short yesterday, and is Missouri for real after last night’s score? Seeing how yesterday was evaluated, this is going to be in Alabama’s hands (and Oklahoma’s hands). If Alabama struggles as much on vault and floor today as they did yesterday, they can let Arkansas in it.

The Utah regional is supposed to be the most straightforward, and still should be, but LSU’s struggles last night in losing to Kentucky have added 20 dashes more intrigue as LSU is going to have to pull its life together today in order to advance.

Alabama’s live scores currently show the results for the 2019 regional final from Michigan that Alabama lost. Which is a choice.

Everything will be happening at the same time and we’ll all miss all of it, which is the theme of a day like this. My default is to just focus on bars and beam because that’s where most of the stuff happens.

Current lineup news: UCLA is planning to put Dennis on beam instead of Sakti, who has fallen her last two times. But Dennis has missed her last three time. A big move if they go through with it. I wouldn’t have gone that direction. UCLA needs to overperform today to advance, so I wouldn’t take a potential 9.9+ score out, even if she has been falling.

Authenticate??? Now??? We don’t have time for that shit.

Peszek looking for a gold medal in not making any comments about this guy’s hair.

Rotation 1

Allegedly we’re going to see everyone’s complete routines, but DeSouza is already done on bars.

Foberg started on VT for florida with a large bounce back on her full

Wojcik – VT – Michigan – strong y1.5 – small shuffle forward. Following a fall from Heiskell though. 9.900

Li – Ub – Cal – pak, pretty, high – good hs on low – van leeuwen, legs together – strong verticals – giant full, a bit late, into double tuck, stuck landing. Nice work.

Wilson – VT – Michigan – pulls around her Y1.5 but a short landing with a step back. Still gets 9.850

Hooten hits her bars for Minnesota, double front with a step forward

Morrison – VT – Michigan – solid Y1/5, small hop forward

Schank with a bounce back on her DLO for Cal today.

Long score wait for UCLA – Sekai Wright had a funky town leap pass.

Denver got a 9.900 leadoff from Brown on beam.

Brooks – VT – Michigan – excellent Y1.5 – identical to yesterday.

Problem for Cal on bars. Bordas catches her jaeger way too close and had to add an extra swing. Will need to drop that score, and she’s following a 9.850 from Schank.

Guggino – VT – Michigan – pretty large lunge forward on her Y1.5, but fine and usable.

Ruiz – BB – Denver – following two 9.900s – hitch kick to switch side is solid – larger break on bhs loso series, bend at the hips –

Andres – FX – UCLA – 2.5 to front tuck, gets it around, a touch short on front tuck but not too bad – she’s following a 9.575 from Wright – double tuck, chest forward, step –

Ooooh a balk run from Nya Reed on vault for Florida. She didn’t touch the table so she’ll be able to go again.

Kuc lands short on her FTDT dismount on bars with a hop forward but records a hit.

Reed resumes and balks again. She’ll salute the judges. But she can have a third run actually I believe? Hasn’t that happened before? Monique De La Torre? No?

Watterson – UB – Cal – finishes with a beautiful toe full to double tuck, stuck landing. Will be able to drop the 9.450 for Bordas.

Michigan got out of vault with a 49.525, which tells us that scores are going soft on vault because it was not as good as their usual.

Frazier – FX – Michigan – double tuck, a bit better on her leap combination – double pike, short landing, step –

Cal 49.425 on bars, a solid score, but not quite as high as they wanted.

Nya Reed did indeed try a third time on vault but just did a back timer.

Mabanta falls on beam for a second day in a row for Denver on beam, but they have four hits before that.

Oh I missed Ramler’s bars! She gets 9.925 for a 49.275 bars for Minnesota.

Campbell – FX – UCLA – pretty solid front 2/1 landing, small shudder – split leap full to popa, very nice work – double tuck, drops right out of it, nicely done – front lay to front full, lunge forward, stays in bounds

Baumann vaults for Florida, a fine full with a pretty large hop back, so they won’t be wild about this vault rotation –

Vasquez – BB – Denver – aerial to bhs loso, pretty – switch to split, precise positions – y spin, nice – sissone, nice – side aerial to full, stuck, excellent –

Tratz – FX – UCLA – double pike, chest up, control, good – switch ring to split full, clear positions – 1.5 to layout, a little dace out – double tuck, comfortable, clean and secure work.

Vasquez goes 9.950 on beam to give Denver 49.325 and the lead. Actually now tied with Minnesota, who has been bumped up from 49.275 to 49.325. Florida is tied with NC State on 49.225 after the first rotation (!)

Tratz 9.875, so UCLA can get a competitive total out of this with one of Dennis’s good ones.

Dennis – FX – UCLA – front loso through to double tuck, a slide-step-around but mostly secure, not like some of her recent ones – front full to front lay is very clean – split leap full to jump full, strong – rudi to split jump, a little travel back but will be a useful score.

NC State is now up to 49.325 on floor, so they all have 49.325 except Florida.

9.925 for Dennis ties Cal on 49.425, with Michigan a tenth ahead.

After 1:
Michigan 49.525
Cal 49.425
UCLA 49.425
Ohio State 48.950

Minnesota 49.325
Denver 49.325
NC State 49.325
Florida 49.225

My focus for that WVU session was who was in 3rd after all the teams had done their best event, and it turns out to be a tie. And Minnesota and Denver are tied. So I’m going to say we don’t know anything yet. And Florida is in last but not going to stay there.

Rotation 2

Montgomery – BB – Minnesota – bhs loso series, small arm adjustment – straddle 1/2 to tuck jump is secure – stuck dismount – following leadoff 9.850 from Koch

Skaggs – Ub – Florida – good first hs – tkatchev, nice counter into pak – 1/2 turn on low bar is ruched through – DLO, secure

Heiskell with a small hop back on her double tuck bars dismount. 9.950 without a stick.

Loper – BB – Minnesota – clean loso series –

bauman – UB – michigan – nice jaeger to overshoot, very clean – hitting hs on high – toe 1/2 to double front, step back. 9.900

Poston hits handspring pike 1/2 bettwe than yesterday, full tenth bounce back

Thomas – UB – Florida – maloney to clear hip to pak, strong work – good hs on low – toe on to van leeuwen, good – all casts hit – DLO, hop back

Desouza solid on loso series on beam for Cal.

Hutchinson – FX – Denver – nice front 2/1 – hitting 180 positions comfortably – 1.5 to layout, controls landing very well – rudi to straddle jump, no travel. Nice routine. They are coutning a 9.750 so far and needed it.

Uncontrolled yfull from Frazier for UCLA.

Li – BB – Cal – bhs loso, secure work – split jump to split ring with a check, didn’t quite attack the split ring today – gainer pike, stuck – the rest was strong.

Brooks – UB – Michigan – hits piked jaeger – good vertical position on bail – hitting casts cleanly – DLO 1/1, only small movememnt back.

Campbell – VT – UCLA – huge yfull, smalllll hop forward but some of the judges give it a perfect 9.950. UCLA 49.350 on vault.

Brown – FX – Denver – DLO, under control, chest up, very good – clean layout to split out of second pass and controls the landing on her final pass. That’s what they needed.

Wojcik – UB – Michigan – toe on to deltchev, excellent – bail, small hip angle? – DLO, stuck. Nice.

Kyana George leaning all around with lots of arm wave check on beam, so they’ll want to get rid of this score.

Michigan goes 49.700 on bars. And well, I’ll leave it at that.

Brown gets a 10.000 on floor for Denver to keep them ahead of Florida.

Ramler on beam – aerial to beat jump is lovely, beat to split ring is nailed – side aerial to full, stuck. OK now.

George gets away with a 9.800 on beam. That’s very high. Join the club.

Bordas – BB – Cal – bhs loso, secure – aerial to split jump, nice 180 shown there – switch to split, also comfortable – nailed routine, good recovery from bars. If George was 9.800, this is 13.950.

Now it’s 49.725 for Michigan on bars as Wojcik’s score goes to 9.975. That’s a program record bars score for Michigan.

Watterson – BB – Cal – wolf double, solid – bhs loso series, solid landing, slightly soft knees in bhs – switch to split leap – cat leap to side aerial to full, stuck landing, a little off to the side. A confident routine for her.

Liz dancing after Emi’s beam routine dot gif.

Watterson goes 9.950 to give Cal 49.450 on beam and a one tenth lead on UCLA. Michigan starting to run away now.

After 2:
Michigan 99.250
Cal 98.875
UCLA 98.775
Ohio State 97.775

Did we never get a beam score for Ramler?

It was 9.950 for Ramler, which means we have Minnesota on 98.825, then Denver on 9.800, then Florida on 98.700, then NC State on 98.550

One would anticipate Florida will move up after Florida beam, but it’s still beam.

Rotation 3

Richards – BB – Florida – bhs loso loso with a check – switch, pauses before straddle jump so will need to add a dance combination – side aerial to full, but she didn’t have a dance series in there correct?

Near fall for Minnesota on floor in the first routine from Koch, pulls around a combo front tuck that was nearly a butt scraper.

Ruiz – VT – Denver – yfull, solid, medium hop back

I see 9.5s for Richards in the leadoff beam spot. Well that amounts to them not being able to afford a fall now.

Hutchson for Denver with a good stick on her yfull but some leg separations.

Skaggs – BB – Florida – wolf single, nice – switch to split, lovely positions – bhs loso, hits – aerial, comfortable – cat leap to switch side, solid horizontal position shown – side aerial to full, smalllll slide

Brown – VT – Denver – not her best Y1.5 – short landing, lunge back

Minnesota and Florida both started with 9.5s in the first spot. Minnesota 9.825 second up from Nylin

Thimpson hits a usable yfull for Denver in the last spot, which they needed.

Bauman – BB – Michigan – good loso series –

Campbell – UB – UCLA – maloney to bail, good – slight angle on a couple handstands – double front, hop forward

Denver 49.275 on vault with no 9.9s. The other teams will expect higher from their rotations.

Bauman (michigan bauman) and Campbell both open with 9.850s

Baumann – BB – Florida – hits loso series, small hesitation – aerial, good work – switch 1/2, secure – 1.5, stuck landing

Gabby Wilson has a near fall on beam, stays on but large leg-up break – 9.750

Bordas – FX – Cal – double tuck, large bounce back, keeps it in bounds –

Kooyman – UB – UCLA – maloney to pak, love on maloney but hit, pak lovely, a bit late on 1/2 turn on low – short cast hs on high – DLO, chest down with a small 5K out of it.

I know Oklahoma etc is starting now. I’m going to prioritize and get there when there’s a bit less on the plate.

Kooyman somehow still gets 9.750 on bars.

Ulias just held a handstand on the low bar for 15 years. Thought she was going over the wrong way but she held it – good stick on double tuck.

Schoenherr – BB – Florida – aerial, nice – bhs loso series, small lean – split jump and split 3/4, hit well – 1.5 with a bound forward, but they got their five scores.

Flatley with a bounce back on her DLO on bars. Brooks with an additional beam hit for Michigan and goes 9.950.

Florida’s 49.450 on beam moves ahead of Denver, but not by a lot. Waiting on the final Minnesota floor score.

Frazier – UB – UCLA – maloney to pak, good – hits hs on low – van leeuwen, legs together, DLO – small slide.

HUGE break from Wojcik on beam. Bends at the hips, and then an additional arm wave. So probably 9.750?

It’s 9.700 for Wojcil. The 9.750 for Wilson will count. heiskell to go now – cat leap to side aerial, strong – switch to straddle 1/4, a little tight but very secure – bhs loso, no trouble – 1.5 dismount with a hop forward and then a step salute. A couple things but will allow for dropping that 9.7.

Arknasas is falling away early. Counting a 9.6 on beam already, and all of Alabama’s score are a 50.

It’s 49.300 for Michigan on beam. Not huge but much better than yesterday, will keep them clearly ahead of UCLA, so they’ll take it.

Cal just got 9.925 from Li on floor, so they’re at 49.375 with George to come.

Alabama 49.625 on bars. Oklahoma 49.450 with a Trautman 10 on vault. So that’s how that one is going.

Looks like Minnesota has fallen a touch behind Denver and Florida at that one, but so close going to the last rotation. Sure wish those live scores hadn’t crashed every 15 seconds.

OK rotation 4 for Florida/Minnesota/Denver

Clapper leads floor for Florida – punch rudi to double stag, some foot form, under control – 1.5 to layout to stag, again low but secure, so no one will care – double pike, comfortable

Denver has started on bars with a 9.675 from Ruiz.

Casali – Ub – Denver – maloney to bail, nice vertical – short final cast hs – DLO, good

Someone’s limping for Florida, and now we’re seeing SJS down and being carried off the floor – from warmups?

Hooten – VT – Minnesota – near stick on her Y1.5 – movement with one foot – nice job – goes 9.950

Denver falling behind Minnesota early in this rotation – needs some big bars now.

Cal has opened up a .225 lead on UCLA going to the last event, and it’s beam for UCLA.

Ramler with a hit Y1/5 for Minnesota, a little short with a shuffle back.

Sundstrom – UB – Denver – clear hip to tkatchev, hit – good hs but then she peels off on her Pak. Yikes. That means Denver will be counting a 9.675 on bars and probably seals it.

Loper – VT – Minnestao – not the stick today, small step back on Y1.5

Quarles – VT – Minnesota – can’t control her y1/5 with a large lunge forward, but they already had a hit rotation.

Lazzari with a solid final double tuck for Florida on floor.

Mundell is on bars for Denver today – hits her set, finishing DLO with a bounce back

But Minnesota is done with 197.425 and Florida is coughing for 9.9s on floor.

UCLA has a leadoff beam fall from Poston, which will not help then catch Cal.

Looks like Payton Richards bounce back OOB on a double tuck on floor –

Brown finishing for Denver on bars – gorgeous perfect routine with a stuck DLO.

Brown gets a 10 on bars, her second 10.000 of the day. But Denver finishes at 197.275, .150 behind Minnesota.

Florida has a 9.650 from Richards, but the rest are 9.9s, so they basically just need one more hit.

Cal is going through cleanly on vault, making it increasingly difficult for UCLA, even withf ive beam hits.

Dennis – BB – UCLA – bhs loso, huge leg-up check but keeps it on the beam –

Nya Reed comes back with a very good hit on floor – secure landings.

That score will put Florida and Minnesota into nationals, eliminating Denver and NC State, with NC State still to finish on beam.

UCLA will have to count the 9.725 from Dennis.

Frazier – BB – UCLA – switch to switch, good – small arm wave on back tuck in combination – gainer front layout, stuck.

Clausi finishes the meet for Cal with a hit 1.5 – medium hop forward.

Cal finishes on 197.750 again, which will be enough to advance to nationals.

Flatley – BB – UCLA – aerial to bhs, gorgeous – switch to sheep, right on – side aerial, strong, well extended – L turn to full turn – bhs lay 1.5, rising up on toes with a step-salute – a sublime routine

Meanwhile, Alabama has a couple 9.800s on beam so far, and now Gaskins is up – bhs loso series is right on – stich to straddle 1/4, comfortable – gainer full, leans to hold the landing. Another hit.

Thomas – UB – Oklahoma – 1/2 to jaeger, lovely – bail, maybe a slight angle? pretty solid – good final cast hs – DLO, hit. Oklahoma has a 9.750 from Levasseur here but everyone else is getting the scores.

Wilson up on floor now for Michigan to seal qualification to nationals – open full in, good control – front lay to front full, solid – switch side to popa, lack of precision in landing positions but good splits – double tuck, small slide back. That will do it.

9.950 for Wilson puts Michigan over 198 to win the session with Wojcik still to go. Cal will be 2nd, UCLA 3rd, and Ohio State 4th.

Oklahoma is done on bars with a 49.575, which will gain ground on Alabama in this rotation, which has been 9.8y so far on beam.

Sarah Shaffer is going for Arkansas on floor today. She was not able to complete her passes yesterday. Double pike, quite clean – 1.5 to layout, small stutter on alnding but pretty in the air – nice leaps, clear split and finish positions – double tuck, nearly got deep in that landing but just a step back. 9.875

Leg-up wobble from Doggette on beam for Alabama –

9.700 for Doggette means Alabama needs a good one from Blanco to get over 49 here.

Hambrick – FX – Arkansas – bounce back on opening double tuck – rudi to back lay to stag jump, kind of tucked her lay this time – switch 1/2 to popa, good clear popa – double pike, deep legs, step back.

Arkansas through floor with a good score but looked tirrred on some of those final passes.

Blanco clean on beam for 9.900 to preserve the advantage for Alabama.

After 2:
Oklahoma 99.025
Alabama 98.775
Missouri 98.400
Arkansas 98.250

FINAL SCORES:
Michigan 198.100
Cal 197.750

UCLA 197.275
Ohio State 195.625

As it was all season, that beam score for UCLA did not allow them to catch the top teams or take advantage of a late-rotation, end-of-meet scoring environment.

Florida 197.700
Minnesota 197.425

Denver 197.275
NC State 196.150

You wonder what might have been if Denver had Glynn in the vault and bars lineups, but those scores were a little low and did not allow Denver to take advantage of some mistakes from Minnesota like having to count a 9.550 on floor. Florida had its own issues early, so basically every team was just white-knuckling it to the end.

You guys, we’re heading dangerously close to the top 8 teams all advancing to nationals.

Rotation 3 in Alabama

Pennese – VT – Arkansas – yfull, sticks it again, nice, just some knees

Olsen – FX – Alabama – piked full in, step back, not large, chest down – switch to split leap 1.5 to split 1/2, the feet, a little out of control – double tuck, cowboys but pulls it around securely. 9.850

Hickey – VT – Arkansas – bounce back on Yfull –

Klopfer – FX – Alabama – double tuck, chest a bit forward, step – back 1.5 to layout, basically/nearly sits it down, very deep squat and tucks it around – double pike, a little short, hop

Davis – BB – Oklahoma – lovely mount flexibility – bhs loso, check – cat leap to aerial, good – 2/1, a bit deep but holds the stick

Patrick finishes bars for Missouri with a stuck DLO.

9.500 for Klopfer.

James – FX – Alabama – front lay to rudi, a little steppy but solid – switch 1/2 to wolf full – double tuck, deep, lunge back – 9.900 somehow. Preposterous.

Shaffer nearly holds the stick on her y1/2 on vault.

Woodard finish beam side aerial to full, stuck.

Schreiber – UB – Missouri – clean maloney to bail, good vertical – nice cast hs – DLO, nearly holds the stick, arm wave with a step back.

Gaskins – FX – Alabama – DLO, chest a bit forward, hit – switch to switch 1/2, bouncy, good split positions – front tuck through to double tuck, secure, chest down

Hambrick – VT – Arkansas – comes up short on y1.5 with a shuffle back

Hufendiek with a lunge back on her bars dismount for Missouri.

9.925 for Gaskins. This is VERY home meet.

Arknasas 49.100 and Missouri 49.125 here. That’s not going to cut it.

Adams – FX – Alabama – a bit short on double pike, chest forward with a step – back 1.5 to layout is solid, good crisp layout shape, pretty – double tuck, short landing again with a lunge forward. Some goo dlanding saves, Gobourne would be proud, but some trouble landings.

YIKES. I was watching Blanco on floor and then saw Karrie Thomas tumbling on beam, looks not great. She’s down and stopping. being helped off off with her right foot up.

Anyway, Blanco hit a clean floor that will bring Alabama’s floor score way up.

Oh, so Thomas missed her foot on her side aerial into dismount and landing right on her ankle dangerously.

9.950 for Blanco gives Alabama 49.425 on floor.

Webb – BB – OU – must go now in the anchor spot, and needs a hit (I mean they’re so far ahead that not really but still) – full turn, good – bhs loso, smoothly done – cat leap to aerial, comfortable, no check today – switch to switch, dances out – side aerial to full, small slide. Any minor drama now gone in this one.

Alabama will have a cushion of nearly 7 tenths going to the last event.

We’re already started in Utah and I’m going to check in on that since this one is looking…not that close.

Scores already flying? Cool.

LeBlanc – UB – Utah – blind to jaeger, catches close with some bent elbows but swins through into a fine overshoot – finishes with a stuck DLO. Gets 9.900 with that close jaeger.

Nixon – VT – Kentucky – lovely stick on her yfull. Excellent.

Arizona State is getting some judge early numbers on beam that we don’t normally see from them.

Maile O’Keefe has a msall hesitation in cast hs on low bar but works through it, good stick on doubel Arabian. Still 9.950. Did they input these scores before the meet?

Patterson – VT – Kentucky – huge handspring pike 1/2, medium bounce back, still a stenth bounce but smaller than yesterday’s.

Isa – UB – Utah – Ray to bail, very slightly crooked but good legs together – giant full to DLO, hop back

Kentucky 49.325 on vault, but the way this one is going, that’s basically bad.

9.900 for Isa and 49.475 for Utah on bars.

Bryant – FX – LSU – double front, high, slide forward – front lay to rudi, very slight leg break in the rudi, not bad – switch 1/2 to popa, around – not her crispest ever execution – front 2/1, and she sits it down again. OK this is a full problem now.

ASU has a fall from Clark in the 5th spot on beam, so they need a 6th up hit to keep this dream start together.

Johnson – FX – LSU – open full in, very strong, controls the landing for actual realsies this time- 1.5 to layout, controlled step – not quite controlled on leap landing – double pike, bounce back. But solid.

Scharf – BB – ASU _ wolf double, nice – bhs loso series, secure performance – side somi, hits with a little arm wave – switch to split, short of split positions – 1.5, shuffle forward, but a critical hit.

Shallon Olsen probably just did her best ever DTY.

Johnson gets her requisite 9.950 to get LSU to 49.475 and tied with Utah. But with another 9.950, Arizona State is at 49.450 on beam, which is GIANT for them because it’s not a good event for them typically. Yeah, so Kentucky’s perfect good 49.325 on vault is suddenly way back.

O’Hara finishes thing sup for Arkansas on bars – jaeger, nice – bail, good vertical position – hitting hs well – DLO, nice and high, secure landing. A good finish for Arkansas and able to drop a fall earlier in the rotation, but will come up well short of Alabama.

Blanco – VT – Alabama – small hop forward on y1.5

Alabama is done with a 197.575 and Arkansas is done with a 196.700. Oklahoma has a bunch of 9.900s already on floor and Missouri is counting a 9.725 on beam.

Rotation 2 starting in Utah

Davis – UB – Kentucky – giant full to 1/2 to jaeger, good toe point – nice hs – bail, gets to vertical, a little soft in the back – short final cast hs – DLO, stuck. Nice. 9.825

Brock – VT – LSU – good yfull again though did not stick today, small hop back. 9.825

Burch with a check on a double stag in her leadoff beam routine, otherwise solid in the leadoff for Utah.

Shchennikova – VT – LSU – Y1.5 solid one, medium hop forward. 9.850

Luksik – UB – kentucky – good amplitude on tkatchev – bail, short of vertical – nice final cast hs – DLO, short landing, hop forward. 9.800

Arenas – VT – LSU – great stick on her Yfull, some legs this time but that’s a real stick.

Bunn – UB – Kentucky – jaeger, hit, loses her form some at the catch – overshoot – DLO, stuck landing.

9.875 for Arenas. These vault scores are…like…actually what I would give. That’s not what we saw in the first rotation at this meet.

Edwards – VT – LSU – hits her y1.5 but is a little under again with a pace back.

Oklahoma finished with 198.175 to Alabama’s 197.575 to both advance.

Nixon finishes bars for Kentucky with FTDT, a bit too deep, hop back.

Isa BB – Utah – candle mount, good – bhs loso loso, securely landed – bhs gainer full, stuck. Clean work.

Johnson – VT – LSU – strong DTY, chest up today but a medium bounce back. 9.900

Angeny – UB – Kentucky – blind to jaeger, good height, some foot flexing – overshoot, solid – shortish final cast hs – DLO 1/1, looked solid on the landing.

Bryant – VT – LSU – well that was perfect. Sticks her handspring pike 1/2.

Bryant gets a 10. Correct score. I liked the scoring of that LSU vault rotation, created separation but still rewarded what needed rewarding.

Worley – UB – Kentucky – good first hs – clear hip to tkatchev, hit – solid casts – legs right together on pak – pretty good finishes position on 1/2 turn on low – hitting handstands – FTDT, good work.

Paulson and Isa both have 9.950s for far on beam for Utah.

Randall – BB – Utah – bhs loso series, comfortable and clean – beat to sheep with a check – rulfova, solid – 1.5 dismount, slide forward step into her salute. 9.850

49.400 on bars for Kentucky.

Scharf – FX – ASU – fron ttuck through to double tuck, good control – front full to front tuck, good, some soft knees – switch 1/2 to wolf full, clear landings – double pike, quick hop to present. Good one.

O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, does well to pull it out because she was a little short but doesn’t check – switch to split, perfect – cat leap to sdie aerial to full, toooo turning salute. Not her best but strong. Still gets 9.950. 49.600 for Utah

CLB – FX – ASU – 1.5 to front full, very good – split full to wolf 1.5, short of some positions there – double pike, chest well down, but holds control

ASU will get a good floor score for them, but it’s not going to hold up the way this meet is going. But if they’re at 98.775 after their weaker pieces…

After 2
Utah 99.075
LSU 98.950
Arizona State 98.775
Kentucky 98.725

This is closer than I thought, which is nice. Utah and LSU still have to hit.

Rotation 3

Johnson – UB – LSU – good first hs – maloney to bail, some loose back but solid – overbalances her cast hs on high and falls – has to hop off. Wow.

Albores with a leadoff hit for Kentucky on beam today. 9.850

White – VT – ASU – medium hop back on yfull, clean position in teh air. 9.850

Brock – UB – LSU – tightish first hs – 1/2 turn, a bit short as well – great tkatchev – bail, solid vertical – better final cast hs – FTDT, good. A couple short handstands early, the rest was strong. 9.850

Magnelli finishes beam for Kentucky with 1.5,medium hop forward

Dunne – Ub – LSU – hits tkatchev, pak is clean – late 1/2 turn on low bar – DLOhop back – a couple “please don’t fall” handstands but fine.

Patterson – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso with a large break bend, pulls it back but a major deduction – aerial, small hesitation into split jump

Bryant – UB – LSU – good first hs – blind to jaeger, a tad close but fine – bail, hit – a bit short on final cast, the rest were great – double front, step forward

Sorry, now Anaya Smith is going. Never mind. I MISCOUNTED THE MEN, LIZ.

patterson still gets 9.825 even after that error

Smith – VT – ASU – hits her Y1.5, a tad short with a small shuffle

Shchennikova – UB – LSU – Ray, hit to pak, some feet flxeing – van leeuwen, hit – short cast hs – DLO, somehow lands that thing – but a lunge forward and the piking down. 9.825 for her. Oh only a 9.800-9.900 range. Small fo rher routines.

9.900 for Smith. ASU goes 49.300 on vault.

Durnate- UB – LSU – small looseness in first hs – jaeger, high, somewhat crooker – pak, some legs – she’s fighting it a little with a couple loose backmoments – but a good final hs – FTDT, small scoot back

49.275 on bars for LSU is not a lot but keeps them ahead of ASU.

Worley – BB – Kentucky – cat leap to switch side, short of split position – aerial to bhs loso, very secure – small hesitation on full turn – 1.5, basically stuck. Good.

Also Utah is cruising – O”keefe on floor now – double pike, good control – front lay to front full, hit, slightly soft legs – switch to split leap 1.5, actually kind of short on her 1.5 rotation this time, which is unusual for her – 1.5 to layout, gorgeous layout shape.

Angeny – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso loso, nailed it – aerial, holds it well, looked like she was going to be a little low – beat to straddle 1/4, solid again – side aerial to tuck full, stuck.

OK now. This is going to be real in the final rotation.

9.950 for O’Keefe. Utah going to get an auto-5 million today.

Soloski – FX – Utah – DLO, shows the control, very arched but nice – switch 1/2 to split full – finsihes 1.5 to layout, comfortable.

Angeny 9.950 and Ketucky is a 1/2 tenth ahead of LSU going to the last rotation.

Soloski 9.950 gives Utah a major lead going to the last rotation, but the rest of this is going to be something.

Utah 148.700
Kentucky 148.250
LSU 148.225
Arizona State 148.075

Kentucky to floor, LSU to beam, Arizona State to bars

LSU definitely has the NQS edge still on the remaining events, but is going to the scariest one.

Rotation 4

Reeves – UB – ASU – blind to piked jaeger, some knee form in piked jaeger but gets through it overshoot is fine – DLO, stuck – nice ending.

Isa with a weirdly poor vault for Utah, very short with a lunge.

Desiderio – BB – LSU – bhs loso, secure – aerial with a check, bends at the waist – cat leap to gainer full, stuck. gets a 9.900 with that check.

Boyer – UB – ASU – maloney, clean to pak, nice leg positions – 1/2 turn on low bar is late – FTDT, pace back

Durante – BB – LSU – bhs loso, very solid – aerial to split jump, secure, a bit short on split jump – chek on straddle 1/4 – small rebound in place on dismount –

White – UB – ASU – van leeuwen, clean – 1/2 turn on high is a bit short, legs break on bail – DLO, hop back

Landing error for DeGuzman on floor for Kentucky in the 2nd spot.

9.950 for Durante. Judges not letting the other teams in with these huge overscores on beam.

Scharf – UB – ASU – maloney with some legs into pak – 1/2 turn on low bar is low – FTDT, good stick. Some leg things and a handstand but nice.

Shchennikova – BB – LSU – secure loso series – Onodi with a check, bend – switch to sissone, good 180 on switch – aerial, small check – weird error on her low-to-beam choreography? – large break on full turn, bend at the waist – gainer full, holds the stick, chest forward.

Clark – UB – ASU – jaeger, some feet, nice – good hs – pak, legs a bit apart – shortish final cast hs – DLO, stuck landing. Great finish.

They gave Shchennikova 9.825 for that routine you guys.

Stuck y1.5 from Rucker for 9.950 for Utah.

Dean – BB – LSU – side aerial to bhs, small adjustment

Leonard-Baker – Ub – ASU – maloney to bail to pike shoot, very strong – FTDT, stuck landing.

Really good day for Arizona State even though it looks like it will come up short.

197.600 for Arizona State. Huge performance.

Haigis – FX – Kentucky – 1.5 to loso – a little off line but pretty loso- double pike clean, just a little chest down.

Johnson – BB – LSU – bhs loso, mostly secure, small arm adjustment – and she falls on her switch 1/2. So now this is interesting.

If it comes down to Shchennikova getting a 9.825 for that wobbleburger the internet might burn down. But LSU is going to need a hit from Campbell.

LSU needs just 9.800 from Campbell to pass ASU.

Kentucky is already counting 9.750 on floor so it’s going to be a trial for them.

Campbell – BB – LSU – bhs loso, very strong – aerial, keeps arms moving into sissone well – switch to switch 1/2, a little tight on her position this time but fine – 2/1, a little short, small hop. Pretty work, will obviously score over 9.800.

9.925 for Campbell puts LSU on 197.750 ahead of Arizona State’s 197.600

Worley will finish, but not mathematically possible for them to pass LSU – full-in, very strong, good control – switch ring to switch side, nice – front 2/1 to layout, stuck landing, just some knees – double tuck, little rebound, nice work.

So, the top 8 teams in the rankings made nationals and there way no point to anything we’ve done this weekend.

Arizona State and Kentucky both finish on 197.600 and miss nationals.

Well that’s that.

280 thoughts on “Regionals Live Blog Day 3 – Regional Finals”

  1. If Florida doesn’t make it to nationals this year and I don’t get to see Trinity’s floor because of that I will throw the most two year old throw yourself on the ground kicking and screaming tantrum you have EVER seen!

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  2. Can we petition to at least stagger the start of the first two meets? It is inexcusable to have 3 of the 4 meets on at the same time. (Not to mention pointless…)

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    1. They could have easily separated each one by two hours. Athens at 2:00/11:00; Morgantown at 4:00/1:00; Tusc at 6:00/3:00; SLC at 8:00/5:00.

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      1. They don’t want to make the girls start early as this is at least their second day in a row.

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      2. 2:00pm isn’t really early. You could even push everything back 1 hour.

        Or do 2 regionals Thursday/Saturday and 2 regionals Fri/Sun.

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  3. I just want Samantha to SHUT it today!! She talks about stupid shit and like she never fell!! Sorry Sam we aren’t all perfect like you… sigh…

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  4. I thought this post could be used to reply some positive things about what we see today from the gymnasts who have all worked so incredibly hard to be here! In this comment section we all default most of the time to criticism about scoring which is also valid but thought it could be nice to encourage some comments focused on great routines or things we enjoy about the meets today. Good luck to everyone’s teams today !! 🙂

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    1. My under appreciated gymnasts this year: Ellie Lazzari, Rachel Baumann, Pauline Tratz, Milan Clausi, Cristal Isa, and Raena Worley. I also don’t think Ona Loper gets as much love as she deserves.

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      1. Is it me or is something wrong with the judges tonight and Florida especially on beam? Alyssa did exact routine yesterday and received 9.975. today 9.90?

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    2. I always feel like I never want to vocalize success too much until it’s over unless I “commentator’s curse” it, but I’ll just say I’m very impressed!

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  5. I don’t know what happened to Rylie Mundell but Denver really needed her to go ahead of Minnesota. With Emily Glynn out there’s no chance unless Minnesota or Florida count two falls…

    Mainly now I’m just sad that Vasquez was a little off yesterday and won’t get to go to nationals as an individual. But I’m really hoping that Brown could win an AA or floor medal at nationals, she’s just unbelievable and deserves some recognition beyond 2021 Big 12 AA champion…

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  6. Can anyone explain to me what’s going on with nya reed? 2 attempts at vault now her 3rd how many are you allowed?

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    1. Who would Florida put in? Richards had issues at SECs and Trinity is likely still unavailable. I’m not sure who else is ready on floor from Florida that would be better than Reed.

      Also, I love her on floor so I selfishly want her to compete.

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  7. Ok, in hindsight the big mistake of the season was UCLA letting Jordyn go instead of giving her a paid position. Vault and beam have been a mess this season, I mean vault is actually decent because Dennis and Campbell have the best fulls in the country, but really when you look at how many teams have been busting out new 10.0 starts this year it’s a little disappointing that they haven’t gotten a Y1.5 out of Campbell.

    As for beam, I mean…the fact they’re choosing between Sakti and Dennis right now says a lot. Neither are on top of their beam game right now. Esparza was also supposed to be a top option but has been struggling too. If Flatley and Nicki Shapiro hadn’t re-emerged at the last minute it would look even more worrying. I hope they change up the beam coaching at a minimum before next year because they are getting some INSANE beam talent. Padurariu, Chiles, Lee, Moors, and Malabuyo could literally fill up a college lineup themselves

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    1. Weiber was not going to take an assistant position when a HC job was there for the taking. In 10-12 years when Waller retires she might come want the HC job.

      I’m not faulting UCLA on this years talent as they had the most girls postpone due to the 20/21 Olympics at the moment they were losing so many 2106 girls.

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      1. I’m not sure at this rate Chris will make it 10-12 years if there’s not significant improvement next season I see his job being at risk

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    1. I thought she landed all her passes really well. last pass a slightly bigger step but the first two were right on.

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      1. I have to agree with intial poster. She lost her feet on the first pass – brought it back but still lost them on the initial landing. The last pass she lifted her foot all by way up

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  8. Spencer I don’t think Michigan was worse than yesterday, Brooks was the same as you said, Wojcik and Morrison were better actually and then Guggino and Wilson were worse

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  9. Ahh if only Vásquez hit beam like that yesterday!!! I think Denver needed a hit from Mabanta to drop Ruiz’s score, they needed a bigger score on beam because they’re going to score lower on vault just like florida

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  10. Don’t complain about Pezsek if you are not having to endure Bridget Sloan who is easily one of the least intelligent commentators I have heard in any sport. She just shared that Denver was doing a great job building scores after a fall from the fifth gymnast when the first tow scores were the highest to that point. Yesterday she commented that UGA had to be trilled with a vault rotation because they had 4 10s (3 of the 4 were botched….)

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    1. Bridget just talked about Denver bridging the gap on FX- they have 5 athletes and one went out of bounds with 2 feet. Thoroughly useless

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    2. If she says one more time that it’s going to come down to “who wants it the most,” I’m going to throw myself out a window. You’re right Bridget, none of these losers want it enough. Honestly, it’s just offensive.

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    3. 3 of 4 were botched? I know one vault was sat down and botched. One was stuck. The other two I thought had large steps, but nothing devastating. If Lukacs were healthy, Georgia would have 5 vaults starting from ten. I suspect they’ll be a very good vault team next year . . . assuming they can get everyone healthy.

      Georgia likely wasn’t happy with their vaults yesterday, but I don’t think it was awful.

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      1. One of the 10.0 starts sat down, one took a giant leap forward, and one had some form and hopped + a step. Only 1 of the big vaults went above 9.8. Well performed Y fulls would have gone higher. With a healthy Luckacs I think they’ll be in better shape overall. I suspect they might be wise to just have Hawthorne train a double since has performed that previously and she’s overpowering the 1.5.

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  11. Is Bridget even watching the Florida routines? Savannah’s was not even close to 10 range and she says it could be a 10???

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    1. Absolutely. And we have so much talent coming in next year, it would be so disappointing to see it squandered.

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      1. What coaching credentials did the beam coach have prior to coming to ucla ? Genuinely curious if she even had any experience? I think that Chris didn’t pick the best support coaches

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      2. Mainly, she is a UCLA alum. But, she was previously a floor and vault coach at University of Illinois and for JO. So you know, a lot of experience in beam. The first line of her bio is literally about “guiding” Grace Glenn to a 10 in the leadoff position. She needs to be replaced. Beam has been awful.

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      3. Comforte competed for UCLA and is fairly close with Val, which is likely how she got the job in the first place.

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    2. We should petition Kyla Ross to be the paid beam coach. We all know that in addition to being a gorgeous beam worker, she was also an incredible leader for UCLA.

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      1. Does she want to coach? Being an excellent gymnast doesn’t always translate into being the best coach.

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    1. Same…they could have done it this session with Minnesota counting that low floor score. I don’t know why Sundstom was in the lineup after missing yesterday and Thompson on the other three events, I mean if Thomspon hit her bars NQS score it would have been enough to tie Minnesota. And next year I don’t see them doing nearly as well without Brow and Glynn

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  12. Soooo the scoring so far in Tuscaloosa….. are we gonna discuss it? Because had it been another team from the SEC, the anonymous post crew would have been UP-SET.

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    1. Lol exactly if it had been lsu the haters would have been all over it. But not when it benefits the teams they like 🤣

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      1. for real yesterday people were so mad about lsu scoring but stayed very silent about the craziness that took place in tuscaloosa

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      2. LSU or Georgia would have been crucified for this scoring.

        Scores have been high everywhere this year. I’m interested to see what happens at nationals. Is it going to be more realistic lower/tighter scoring or is it going to be everyone goes 197.8+.

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    2. When Alabama gets to nationals they’re going to be in for a SHOCK when they’re finally (hopefully) scored fairly.

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    3. I already bitched about Tuscaloosa scoring yesterday. I felt mentioning it again would be redundent, But it was ‘generous’ to say the least. What made it humorous was Ashley Miles actually calling out the deductions/errors and then not seeing them taken.

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  13. UCLA needs to stop fixating on who’s “going viral” and talking to what famous person and work on staying on the beam , without wobbles, legs up, bends at the waist, falls, arms waving…they were not focused where they should have been , and whether that’s coaching or lack of leadership within the team , it showed big time … and that is why they will be watching finals from home this year.

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  14. Is it a deduction to not wear your number in the competition? A couple Alabama girls didn’t have them on floor. Hollie vise would say yea (playful kidding)

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  15. Curious what the reasoning was to move Clark back out of anchor? She didn’t fall there, and fell again in the 5 spot.

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  16. Kinda bummed that Alabama is going to make it to Fort Worth … because Dana probably won’t get fired like she should have months ago….

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      1. You really think Missouri or Arkansas deserved a nationals spot over Alabama tonight? The gymternet is an odd place.

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  17. LSU scoring carries over from last night. Kiya Johnson has slides on 2 passes on FX and gets 3 9.95s and a 10. I can’t. This is so ridiculous.

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    1. Lol complaining about lsu scoring after the scoring in Tuscaloosa 😂. Scoring here has been mild compared to that and Kentucky were way more softly scored on vault today than LSU In the same meet as Spencer said. I get it’s in Vogue to hate lsu but let’s get some objectivity going

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    1. They had some inflated scoring, particularly at home this year. They are a good team but I think people were overly optimistic with their nationals chances. I get why people love Jordyn but the Arkansas team isn’t as great as the gymternet always wants to believe.

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