Sunday Live Blog – January 30, 2022

Full day today, including the ESPN meet between Oklahoma and Denver and the simultaneous what’s-that-going-to-be-like-now UCLA meet against Arizona. It’s like choosing whether you want to eat steak or a car crash. We’ve heard nothing more since Marz Frazier publicly called for Chris Waller’s resignation earlier this week, so I’m sure it’s going to be a totally normal team dynamic. Wave and fake it everyone!

But first, it’s the Michigans. Both Michigans are having a tremendous start to the season, so while Michigan should be the usual amount of favorite here (Michigan has defeated Michigan State 30 consecutive times), Michigan State will aim to put up a nationally competitive score. The highest Michigan State has ever scored against Michigan is 196.575 in 2003, also the teams third-best score ever. With a 196.475 and 196.350 already this season, beating that mark seems doable.

As always, streaming and scores on the links page.

Dudes, we know this basketball isn’t finishing in time. Give us a link to work with.

OK finally, temporary streaming link for Michigans.

Apparently Wojcik isn’t vaulting so byeeeee.

Rotation 1

Michigan VT 1 – Guggino – no stick this time but a solid one, pace forward on her Y1.5

MSU UB 1 – Stephen – toe on to maloney, only a bit of legs – holds cast hs on high – toe on to loss of broadcast for me, anyway finishes with giant full to double tuck, lunge back. 9.750

Michigan VT 2 – Mulligan – resting day with Mulligan’s full coming in – solid yfull, bounce back, some legs, dynamic. 9.825

MSU UB 2 – Loomis – blind to jaeger, can’t get her grips over and falls, looked low in the air – resumes with pak, legs apart – giant full to double tuck, step forward

Michigan VT 3 – Morrison – not her strongest Y1.5 – hop to the side, landing seemed to catch her a little more off guard, more jarring. 9.850

MSU UB 3 – Mitchell – toe on, maloney to bail, large hip angle in the bail – just shy on final cast hs – DLO is high but pikes down at the end, hop forward. 9.800

Michigan VT 4 – Brooks – nailed her Y1.5 – great distance, brings heels together, just a little bit of leg position.

9.975 there. I had that one at 9.950. Huge but I feel like she’s been cleaner.

MSU UB 4 – Jackard – short first hs – blind to jaeger, close catch, works out of it – bail, good toe point, a bit short of full vertical – strong final cast hs – giant full, late, into double tuck, lunge back. 9.825

Bars scoring high so far, which bodes well for Michigan.

Michigan VT 5 – Wilson – hits her Y1.5 – hop to the side. Good.

MSU UB 5 – Schulte – Maloney with legs into bail, a little shy but solid form – finishes DLO, small hip piking, bounce back.

Michigan VT 6 – Brenner – hits her Y1.5 – small step back and off line a little. 9.875

MSU UB 6 – Harkness – excellent gienger – good cast hs on high – bail, hit – best cast hs on the team so far – FTDT, legs apart in the air, hop back. 9.875

Michigan through that understaffed vault lineup with no Wojcik or Heiskell with a 49.425, which they’ll be content with. Not the level of landings from last week but no problems. Brooks was very good, kept that score up.

Michigan State gets through bars over 49, going 49.075.

Rotation 2

Heiskell returns to the lineup on bars. Vore in for Wojcik again.

MSU VT 1 – Hsu – solid direction on yfull, a little pike throughout – bounce back. 9.775

Michigan UB 1 – Heiskell – good first hs – blind to jaeger, a bit close, some elbows – pak, pretty – solid final cast hs – giant full, OK finish position, double tuck. Nice. 9.900

MSU VT 2 – Schulte – good amplitude on yfull, another pretty large bounce back. 9.750

Michigan UB 2 – Brenner – good first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, good amplitude, little bit of form – solid vertical positions – DLO, brings heels together. Solid. 9.900

MSU VT 3 – Smith – similar to the others in that she had a large bounce back on her yfull – best distance though. 9.800

Michigan UB 3 – Morrison – great gienger – solid next hs – clear hip a bit late into bail – DLO, hop back. 9.875

MSU VT 4 – Garcia – better landing control on her yfull, small slide back, chest a tad forward. 9.850. One judge went 9.900, so only took for the slide, which I don’t really see.

Michigan UB 4 – Wilson – shortish first hs – piked jaeger, hit – bail, looked like a bit of angle – DLO, holds stick. 9.925

MSU VT 5 – Hofelich – also finds the landing on her yfull, leans to hold the stick and chest more forward, more pike in this vault, but also better better distance than Garcia. 9.800

Michigan UB 5 – Vore – good first hs – maloney to bail, small leg break in both – borderline final cast hs – DLO, pikes it down to find the landing but does with a stick. 9.850

MSU VT 6 – Stephen – dynamic yfull, good body position, but a bounce back and a little sideward. 9.825

Michigan UB 6 – Brooks – good first hs – blind to piked jager, hit – toe on to bail, good toe point – pretty close on final cast hs – DLO 1/1, very good job to find the landing, holds those toes down, a little pike but only a little and not enough to be taken on a DLO 1/1. That was stronger than Wilson’s 9.925. 9.950 for Brooks.

Michigan State 49.050 on vault, which keeps them over 49 pace. Michigan 49.550 on bars for a solid rotation but not their crispest, but no one had any errors, just debatable cast handstands and things like that. If the MSU routines were in the 9.825s, then the Michigan routines were always going to score 9.9s.

After 2: Michigan 98.975, MSU 98.125

That Mike Rowe photo journey is exactly what I’m looking for.

Rotation 3

Michigan BB 1 – Morrison – candle mount, holds it, a little shy of vertical – bhs loso, shoulder dip working out of it – cat leap to switch 1/2, small pause before beat jump – slight tentativeness in full turn – gainer pike, little rebound

MSU FX 1 – Ewing – I still call her “WOGA Sydney Ewing” even though there’s no need to differentiate anymore – front 2/1, controls landing, some leg crossing – slight hesitation between her dance elements in that passage – 1.5 to front full, secure, knees. 9.850

Judging delay for Morrison. 9.850

Michigan BB 2 – Wilson – hitch kick – bhs loso series, very solid, good height – switch split jumps, a better combination for her this year, our angle looked short on the front leg – double tuck dismount, lunge back. 9.900. So they only took dismount, since that’s an automatic .100.

MSU FX 2 – Mitchell – good double tuck, chest up, secure – 1.5 to layout, layout is low, has to whip it around – switch side to popa, good extension, just a little shy of rotation completion – double pike, control step, chest a bit down. 9.850

Michigan BB 3 – Guggino – good lift on loso series – straddle jump, wobble and pause before straddle 1/2, so a broken dance connection there – cat leap to side somi, hit – bhs 1.5, stuck. Everything else was good, but the judges really do have to take 0.20 for no dance series there.

Sigh. 9.875. That wasn’t a judgment call, she just didn’t have a dance series.

MSU FX 3 – Harkness – very secure landing on FTDT – split leap full to wolf full, a bit shy of position – lay to rudi, leg crossing, secure. 9.900

Michigan BB 4 – Brooks – bhs loso loso, excellent, great height, perhaps a quiver on landing – switch to switch combination, good legs – kickover, solid – bhs to 1.5 dismount, hop forward.

9.850. So it’s the lowest score of the rotation. When you don’t take the deductions for others, there’s no way to reward how good Sierra Brooks is at everything.

MSU FX 4 – Stephen – front 2/1 to front tuck, front tuck gets low, good twisting position in front 2/1 – good height on dance elements – double pike, short, step forward.

Michigan BB 5 – Heiskell – side aerial with a check and then an additional bend at the hips – switch to switch combination, lower back leg today – bhs loso is solid – good 1.5 dismount. 9.800

MSU FX 5 – Schulte – full in, little bounce back – this is how you do a high tempo routine – switch 1/2 to popa, nice elevation there –  front tuck through to double tuck, secure. Good work. 9.900

Michigan BB 6 – Wojcik – aerial to beat, lovely – swtich to split, shows her 180s – bhs bhs loso, right on – good full turn – 1.5, hop forward. 9.900

MSU FX 6 – Hofelich – double pike, keeps front foot down – switch side to popa, fine, gets a little lower in the popa position than the switch side – 1.5 to layout, a bit flat but again works it out – double tuck, good, chest up and control. 9.925

49.425 for Michigan State, 49.375 for Michigan on beam.

Definitely a more secure beam rotation for Michigan but not really changing the “event you’re worried about status.”

Michigan State with a huge floor number, in contention for one of their best scores ever with a hit beam. I’m expecting millions for Michigan on floor now.

After 3: Michigan 148.350, MSU 147.550

Rotation 4

I like the hyping of Auburn as “Suni Lee. Drew Watson, Derrian Gobourne, OLIVIA HOLLINGSWORTH.”

MSU BB 1 – Harkness – smooth full turn – bhs loso series, secure, more closed in the hips – cat leap to side aerial, keeps arms moving into split jump – swtich, small pause before straddle 1/4, could say no combination but not clear and obvious and they definitely will give it- side aerial to tuck full, hop back. 9.775

Michigan FX 1 – Guggino – double pike, hit, chest a bit forward – switch side to popa, good lift in popa – front lay to front full, little bounce, some arch in layout – front lay to rudi, secure. 9.850

MSU BB 2 – Smith – bhs loso series, bend back leg in loso, small adjustment – switch, also a pause before her straddle 1/4, shoulder dip – double tuck, high, bounce back. 9.800

Michigan FX 2 – Mulligan – front tuck through to double tuck, step back, keeps it in bounds – switch side to popa attempts, doesn’t get them all the way rotated – double pike, solid. 9.850

MSU BB 3 – Stephen – kickover to two feet, solid landing – full turn, correction – bhs loso, small adjustment, lost her back leg position in the air – beat to straddle 1/2, a little under 180 – 2/1, small hop. 9.850

Michigan FX 3 – Brenner – full in, bounces quickly to present but landed in a ball shape – 1.5 to layout, hit – switch side to popa, gets her split positions, overturns the switch side but ends up in the right place – double pike, chest down again, secure again. 9.875

MSU BB 4 – Schulte –  swtich to switch 1/2, a tad short of 180, not bad – bhs loso, small lean adjustment – side aerial to full, hop back. 9.875

Michigan FX 4 – Wojcik – double pike, good control, chest up – split leap full to popa, shows clear split positions and finish positions – front 2/1 to front pike, stuck, yes – rudi to straddle jump, pretty solid control on jump. Excellent. A breath of fresh gymnastics.

9.950. Insufficient separation to the 9.900 and 9.925s we’ve seen.

MSU BB 5 – Mitchell – bhs bhs loso – excuse me how did she keep that on the beam securely? She did that loso fully sideways – full turn, lean to the side – aerial, small check – split to split 1/4, some back leg – 1.5, step-salute. 9.750

Michigan FX 5 – Brooks – full in, controlled step – front tuck through to double tuck, excellent – perhaps a little back leg position in split jump full – double pike, greaat landing.

Another 9.950. Cool with it.

MSU BB 6 – Garcia – full turn, smooth – bhs loso, good position, small check – aerial, keeps moving to clean split jump – switch to split, good positions – side aerial to full, finds stick. Lovely. 9.925

Michigan FX 6 – Wilson – open FTDT, excellent – front lay to front full to front tuck, high, just a bit of soft knees – switch side to popa, overturns both by a little – double tuck, solid. Third straight 9.950. No real qualms with those 9.950s.

Michigan State is done with 196.775, which ties for their 2nd-best score ever.

Michigan goes 197.925, which wasn’t even a 198, like a slacker.

Break time until the doubleheader.

Chiles, Campbell, Flatley, Malabuyo in the all-around for UCLA today. No Esparza or Tratz.

Bower and Davis AA for Oklahoma, Brown and Ruiz AA for Denver.

“Everyone wants to know what’s going on with the Bruins.” Oh, you’re talking about, like, the scores.

Highlights of Moors falling last week when talking about her.

The difference between the Denver team photos and the Oklahoma team photos is destroying me.

Valorie in the building. Calling in the Vambulance to deal with this.

Rotation 1

Davis – VT – OU – strong yfull, small hop back, legs apart at the end. 9.850

Ruiz – UB – Denver – rushes frist hs – good giant full into hit tkatchev – bail, clean – shortish final cast hs – DLO, hop in place. 9.800

UCLA has had a lot of “distractions”

Fletcher – VT – OU – solid amplitude on yfull, bounce back, a bit more knee form than Davis. 9.800

Flatley – VT – UCLA -nice amplitude on full, a bit large on the bounce back

Ramsey – VT – OU – pretty yfull in the air, clear bounce back, little leg break at the end, but solid extension in the air. 9.850

Hutchinson – UB – Denver – shap to pak, loses leg position on pak – 1/2 turn on low, a bit late – DLO, floaty, nearly finds the stick, step-salute.

Poston hits vault for UCLA, chest down, lunge back

Stern – VT – OU – medium pace forward on her Y1.5, otherwise strong. 9.850

Linton finishes bars for Arizona with a DLO, little hop forward

Glynn – UB – Denver – hits first hs – clear hip to gienger, just a bit of leg loss at the end – bail, hit – short final cast hs – FTDT, comes in deep, bounce back. Some things. Still goes 9.875

Better landing control for Malabuyo on vault, small slide back.

Levasseur hits her Y1.5 for OU, medium hop forward today.

Malia Hargrove falls on bars for Arizona, though she is back after injuring herself against the bars in a previous meet.

Mundell – UB – Denver – good counter on tkatchev – toe on to bail, perhaps a bit of leg angle – strong cast hs on high – DLO, chest well down, hop forward. Lovely until dismount.

Bowers – VT – OU – y1.5, solid, medium pace forward, looks like a bit of knees.

Moors – VT – UCLA – hs pike 1/2, minimizes the hop with a scoot to the side, chest well down though. 9.800

Brown – UB – Denver – maloney to pak, fingertipped that Maloney today – van leeuwen, little bit of feet – good final cast hs – DLO, smooth, hop forward. A bit tighter than her best bars.

Just 49.325 for Oklahoma on vault. An OK score but they did not have the landings today.

With 9.850 for Brown Denver matches that score after 1, 49.325.

Chiles – VT – UCLA – Tsuk 1/1 – nice, medium hop back, bit of pike but very minor, one of the more laid out Tsuk fulls. 9.875. So one judge took only for the hop.

McCabe – UB – Arizona – short first hs – blind is good into piked jaeger, solid – rushes next cast hs – giant full to bail, some hip angle – better final cast hs – DLO, stuck.

Campbell – VT – UCLA – lovely yfull, good height, small bounce in place. 9.900

Fears – UB – Arizona – tkatchev, hit, good flight, flexed feet – nice toe point in handstand and bail work – actual shoot to high bar – DLO, stuck landing. Pretty. 9.850

UCLA goes 49.250 on vault in a rotation that showed some improvement.

Arizona 48.825 on bars. Avoids counting a miss.

Rotation 2

Ruiz – VT – Denver – hits a yfull, bounce back, will/should get some amplitude deductions for coming off the table flat. 9.775

Sievers – UB – OU – maloney to pak, minor leg separation – pretty solid 1/2 turn vertical on low bar – borderline final cast hs – FTDT, a little low, step forward. 9.900 a bit high for me.

Sundstrom with a bounce back on vault. 9.775

Levasseur – UB – OU – toe on to tkatchev, a little close – bail, very clean, nice – strong final cast hs position – DLO, stuck. Excellent second 1/2 of that routine. 9.925

Hutchinson – VT – DU – smaller bounce back on her yfull, leg separation. 9.850

Fletcher – UB – OU – toe on to tkatchev, great dynamics – rushes next cast hs – pak, legs together – good 1/2 turn position on low – short on a couple of these casts – takes FTDT pretty close to the bar, step forward. 9.825

Glynn – VT – DU – tsuk full, hit well, medium bounce back, pike, leg separation on block. 9.850

Smith – UB – OU – loose back in first cast hs – Ray, hit – next cast hs is good – toe on to pak, lovely – hits 1/2 turn on low – solid final vertical – DLO, whippy and form, hop forward. 9.875

Mundell – VT – DU – only just pulls out her Y1.5, deep with a hop back.9.825 is high for a short landing like that.

Campbell – UB – UCLA – short first hs – maloney to bail, holds vertical forever – hip angle in final cast hs – double front,cowboy but good stick.

Bowers – UB – OU – lovely Ray – toe on to pak, clean position – 1/2 turn on low – handstands look there – FTDT, two small steps. 9.875

Brown – VT – DU – excellent Y1.5 – brings heels together on landing – holds those toes down long enough. 9.975. You could say she rose up on toes instead of a pure stick.

Davis – UB – OU – good first hs – higgins to perfect piked jaeger – strong cast hs – pak, nice – 1/2 turn on low bar, solid – crisp casts hs – higgins to double front 1/2 out, stuck landing. A little bit of legs on dismount, but that’s one of the best bars we’ll see. 9.975 for her as well.

Oklahoma 49.550 on bars, Denver 49.275 on vault.

UCLA gets 9.725 from Padurariu second on bars.

Ulias – UB – UCLA – good first hs – toe 1/2 to jaeger, juge – shorter cast hs – bail, has the toe point, small amount of angle – better final cast hs – DLO, large bound back. A hit. 9.675

Herry – VT – Arizona – lands short on yfull, lunge forward. 9.625

Malabuyo – UB – UCLA – maloney with legs into a pak, much better position on the pak – solid vertical position on 1/2 turn on low, legs get a little hung up – short final cast hs – DLO, bounce back. 9.825

Nosek – VT – Arizona – Yfull, pretty large bounce back and to the side – some pike. 9.775

Chiles – UB – UCLA – good first hs – tkatchev piked to pak, very clean – slight hip angle in cast hs – maloney to gienger, solid – good final cast hs – FTDT, flung a little, small hop. Good. 9.900

Hargrove – VT – Arizona – short Y1.5, sat it down.

Flatley – UB – UCLA – good first hs – higgins to good jaeger – bail, has the toe point, a little short of vertical – DLO, bounce back. 9.800

Good moments on the bars for UCLA today, but they did not have the dismounts. Just over the 49 mark for 49.050 there.

Rotation 3

Dunn – BB – OU – stuck gainer full, chest forward – had a wobble on her full turn. 9.900

Iwai – FX – DU – 1.5 to layout, small wait before stag jump – this routine is going to be a favorite – switch side to popa, nice elevation – double tuck, chest forward ejected back. 9.825

Bowers – BB – OU – small hesitation walking backward – full turn, clean – bhs loso series, off line and falls – split leap to switch 1/2 to beat, great dance element positions – 2/1, step back.

Ruiz – FX – DU – front tuck through to double tuck, a bit lower, slide back – tribute to the Memmel juicer – switch side to popa to popa, some unclear finish positions in there – double pike, hit –  9.850

Levasseur – BB – OU – full turn – bhs loso series, secure – switch to straddle 1/4, hits 180 on straddle – aerial, holds it into beat jump – gainer full, high and stuck. Nice.

Well. 9.975 for her, so here we go. I just want a little smoother rhythm for her from skill to skill in this one.

Padurariu – BB – UCLA – candle mount, hit – side aerial to bhs, good – beat to sheep, secure and good hip extension – side aerial to full, little hop in place

Mabanta – FX – DU – 1.5 to layout, dance out – wolf single only – switch ring 1/2 to split – rudi, chest down, hop to the side. 9.775

Davis – BB – OU – full turn, nice – bhs loso series, great control, extended – split leap to aerial, split leap just a bit low of 180 – beat to split ring jump, strong – 2/1, step back. Good. 9.875

Glynn – FX – DU – front tuck through to double tuck, control, chest forward – switch side to popa to popa, better finish position – double pike, similar landing to double tuck. 9.875

Chiles – BB – UCLA – not shirking her mount responsibilities – bhs loso, check, brings foot forward – aerial to beat, good – swtich to wolf jump, good amplitude on wolf jump – double pike dismount and pretty solid, hop back. 9.750. The woes of going for difficulty. I had it at 9.800 though.

Woodard – BB – OU – side aerial to bhs series, secure – kickover to beat jump, solid – swtich to split jump, good 180 positions – side aerial to full, stuck landing, legs well apart farther than shoulders.

They go 10.000 for Woodard. I was there until the end, but if the legs are farther than shoulder width it should be a .05 even if you stick.

Malabuyo – BB – UCLA – bhs loso is solid – aerial to split jump to split ring, not a lot of ring, but won’t be deducted in NCAA, good rhythm – bhs loso to layout full, stuck. Pretty work. She’s getting there. 9.925. One judge went 10.

Smith – BB – OU – good bhs loso series, secure, some leg positions – aerial, check – straddle 1/2 to korbut is lovely as always – gainer full, stuck, similar separation to Woodard. 9.950

Some really pretty beam work for the final four in that rotation. Score will be massive. Casual 49.700 there.

Brown – BB – DU – DLO, bounce back – 1.5 to layout to sissone, love the position of her layout – good dance element positions –  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, falls on double tuck and it looks Achilles.

Well I hate it.

Meanwhile Sakti has a large break on her switch 1/2 on beam, leg up to horizontal. Another pause on her cat leap, breaks connection into side aerial to full.

So it’s 48.975 for Denver on floor.

Fears – FX – Arizona – double tuck, solid, small bounce back – switch side to popa, nice 180s and clear finishing position – 2.5, crossover step, pretty solid twisting position – 1.5 to front full, comes up a bit short with a step, more form on that one. But nice routine. 9.800

Flatley – BB – UCLA – aerial, pretty, into bhs loso – L turn to split jump, great split, L turn is close enough, small portions of the turn are below horizontal – switch ring, well done – 1.5 dismount, littel movement. 9.900

Herry – FX – Arizona – double tuck, chest up, bounce back – swtich 1/2 to popa, a little under on switch 1/2, good lift on popa – 1.5 to layout, good height on 1.5 double pike, short, lunge forward. Still 9.875

Campbell – BB – UCLA – bhs loso, large wobble, bend at the hips, tries to keep chest up – little check on switch 1/2 – swtich, pause before straddle 1/4 – strong stick on gainer full.

Hargrove – FX – Arizona – FTDT, bounce – 1/2 to front full, a little deep on front full , steps out of it – switch ring somewhat low, into split full, solid – double tuck, slide back

49.250 for UCLA on BB with strong ones from Padurariu, Flatley, and Malabuyo. 49.050 for Arizona on floor.

Rotation 4

Johnson – FX – OU – rudi, hit, a bit of leg crossing – double tuck, chest up, slide back – switch to switch 1/2 to wolf full, a bit bouncy on landing – 9.850

Ruiz – BB – DU – following a 9.850 for Iwai stepping into leadoff – hitch kick to switch side, solid – bhs loso series, secure, some body position – side aerial, small hesitation into split jump – gainer pike, little hop. 9.825

Davis – FX – OU – front 2/1, under control, crossed legs – 1.5 to layout, keeps back foot down – has to wrench around her dance combination, a little short and bouncy – rudi, secure landing. 9.900. The temperature, it’s rising….

Mabanta – BB – DU – wolf turn with an arm wobble – bhs loso, strong, works directly into split – switch 1/2 is very high has to lean and adjust into attempted connection to split jump – bhs 1.5, stuck. 9.800

Woodard – FX – OU – front 2/1, around, knees deep in landing – 1/2 to front full – switch side to split jump full, good split positions – front full to layout is clean. 9.925

Thompson – BB – DU – side aerial to loso, secure, foot flexing – switch to switch, shorter on those leap positions than others doing that series – side aerial to full, stuck. 9.850

Fletcher – FX – OU – whip to double tuck, controls front foot, chest up, nice – 2.5, somewhat out of control on landing with a stagger forward – switch 1/2 to popa, foot flexing on switch – front lay to front full, a little steppy. Getting there. Or, according to the judges, there for 9.925. I don’t see that score.

Ulias – FX – UCLA – punch rudi, a bit low and a bounce to the side – split 1.5 has nice split position but doesn’t show control on landing – 1.5 to layout, again pretty position on the layout in the air but short on landing, slide back

Mundell – BB – DU – bhs loso series, hit – larger break on switch 1/2 – side aerial is good – 1.5 hop forward. 9.725

Bowers – FX – OU – double pike, lack of control, lunge back, not quite OOB – 1.5 to front tuck, solid – switch to switch 1/2 to wolf full, good positions, some lack of control –

Still 9.925. These floor scores are very high.

Flatley – FX – UCLA – 3/1, bounce back, stays in bounds – front 2/1 is solid, small hop to the side – switch ring to switch 1/2, lovely – 1.5 to layout, good.

Sundstrom – BB – DU – check on full turn – way off line on series and has to hop off.

it will be 49.050 for Denver on beam and a 196.625 total, which is still good, but the Brown injury let all the air out of that one.

Smith – FX – OU – double tuck, slide back – 1.5 to layout, excellent floaty pass – switch side to wolf full, great positions – doubel pike

Chiles – FX – UCLA – front tuck through to double tuck, solid control, chest up – DLO is a problem, short landing, chest forward and step – DLO second pass – split leap full and wolf 1.5, around on wolf, short of split slightly on the split leap – double pike, deep, pulls it out.

So Smith goes 9.950 and Oklahoma ends up on 198.200, just short of Florida’s nation leading mark.

Hargrove – BB – Arizona – bhs loso loso and falls, pretty toe point in the air. She’s having a day.

Moors – FX – UCLA – doubel front, wonderful position, steps forward OOB – loso side pass – swtich ring to switch 1/2 to wolf pull, perfect – new final pass and it’s not better, front full to something attempt, 1/2? Falls.

Castles – BB – Arizona – bhs loso and falls, nearly an amazingly weird save there but has to hop off – counting a fall now – aerial to sissone, feet in aerial, pretty sissone position – pulls around wolf double – 1.5, tries to hold landing, lean and then a step.

Moors got 9.450 with an OOB and a fall? What is this? How do you possibly come up with that?

Malabuyo – FX – UCLA – DLO, chest forward, hops out of it – 1.5 to front tuck was a struggle, just did pull it around, loses height and form – swtich ring to switch 1/2, lovely – double pike, deep, lunge back. 9.675

Linton – BB – hits wolf turn – bhs bhs loso, secure – swtich to split, solid – side aerial to full, holds stick with a lean.

Campbell – FX – UCLA – front 2/1, pulls out the landing, somewhat off balance – split leap full and popa, great height – front lay to front full, shorter on that landing, stumble backward with a couple steps – double tuck, finds that landing, stuck but deep

So, after that beam rotation, Arizona is done on 195.125.

UCLA was…not disastrous, but we saw in that floor rotation and in the bars landings just how much work is still to be done. Moments of brilliance on beam, but not a lot else looks ready.

Still a season high for UCLA, 196.400 to 195.125 final.

Saturday Live Blog – January 29, 2022

In the first batch of meets today, we have Stanford’s visit to Utah and Missouri’s visit to Kentucky. In the past week, both Michigan and Florida have reached the 198 mark, so we’re already at the point in the season where that’s going to become the expectation for a good meet for the top teams (i.e., that’s what Utah will now be measured against).

Kentucky and Missouri should be a compelling battle of equals, the rare meet where, you know, the actual win-loss result might be interesting or something. Plus, with Auburn already raking in the 197s this season, we’re seeing both Kentucky and Missouri at risk of being left in the bottom half of the conference if the scores don’t start soaring.

Later, I’ll take a look at Oregon State and Cal, which should also be legitimately up for grabs as Oregon State has returned to the realm of competitiveness with last week’s 197.

All streaming and scores on the links page.

Kentucky and Missouri underway first.

Procasky – VT – Kentucky – very strong stick on her Yfull, just a little pike. 9.875.

Marshall – UB – Missouri – a little short on first hs – rolls through blind change, catches close on jaeger, into overshoot, some leg separation, better cast hs on high – FTDT, very high, jarred landing with a step back.

Wilson – VT – kentucky – handspring pike 1/2, medium slide back, pretty solid chest up, the other hs pike 1/2s in the lineup will be a bit bigger. 9.850

Long wait for first Missouri bars score. I had 9.700 FWIW. And it’s in and went 9.825. Gonna be another great day.

Schreiber – UB – Missouri – arch in first hs, pulls it back – maloney to bail, some legs in maloney, together on bail – good final cast hs – DLO, bounce back, leg separation. 9.800

Magnelli – VT – Kentucky – a bit larger on the bounce back from her on her hs pike 1/2, chest somewhat down. 9.775

Utah and Stanford underway now.

Utah starts with Hoffman on vault, good distance on Yfull, bounce back.

Patrick – UB – Missouri – good first hs – blind to jaeger, rolls through blind, hit jaeger – bail, a little bit of hip angle – shorter on final cast hs – DLO is solid, stuck.

Stanford has stuck DLO from Waguespack to start bars. 9.875. Well now.

Nixon – VT – Kentucky – Yfull gorgeous position, little hop. 9.850

O’Keefe Yfull for Utah, more pike than Hoffman, lunge back

Moore – UB – Missouri – small arch in first hs – giant full, a lit late into tkatchev to overshoot, good amplitude, some form on catch – better final cast – FTDT, small slide back. 9.850

Patterson – VT – kentucky – best hs pike 1/2 of the three today, slide back, good direction, chest pretty well up. 9.900

Second bars stick from Stanford, Brunette hitting her DLO.

Stanhope with two large lunges forward on her Y1.5 for Utah

Sheremeta – Ub – Missouri – blind to jaeger to overshoot, pretty releases there – perahps a bit short on final cast hs and some short verticals in here overall, but great stick on rudi. They’ve been soft on handstands so far today, so I think that will score well. 9.825. Hmm, closer to what I had.

Worley – VT – kentucky – solid Y1.5 – small hop forward as she rises onto her toes, a bit of knees. 9.925

Rucker sits down her Y1.5 for Utah, so they’ll have to count Stanhope, who got away with 9.725 on that.

Alexeeva on bars for Stanford really struggles on handstands but does get through a hit routine this time. Large deductions though.

Celestine – UB – Missouri – toe on to maloney, form to pak, loses her leg position significantly on pak – van leeuwen was pretty in the air but can’t catch.

Burch gets Utah back on track on vault with a solid Y1.5, hop forward.

Bryant – UB – Stanford – toe on to tkatchev, not the highest but solid – pak, smooth, can see a small leg break from this angle – not her best cast hs day – DLO is nice, hop back. 9.825

McCallum – VT – Utah – tries for the stick on her Servente but ended up being a little short, stagger with leg up.

Gutierrez – UB – Stanford – shortish first hs – toe 1/2 to jaeger, pretty feet – bail, hits vertical, leg break in the air – short on several handstands – double front 1/2 out, pulls it around but deep landing with step back.

Utah not a strong vault rotation there and will feel pleased to get out of it with 49.125, having to count a very uncontrolled landing and a couple other errors. No Cammy Hall this week after the faint last week.

That means Utah has only a one tenth lead on Stanford after the first rotation, which Stanford will celebrate. 49.125 to 49.025.

Kentucky 49.400, Missouri 49.150

Kentucky looked pretty comfortable on its 10.0 starts overall and have staked a lead after 1 rotation here. Missouri getting there, good releases in general, handstands not at postseason level.

Rotation 2

Schaffer – VT – Missouri – hits a yfull, only a little hop in place, some pike, chest forward. 9.775

Davis – UB – Kentucky – giant full, a bit late into blind to jaeger, fine,  – bail, has toe point, slightly loose back – rushes final cast – DLO, stuck. 9.875

Marshall – VT – Missouri – lands short on her yfull, hop, chest forward. 9.675

DeGuzman – UB – Kentucky – blind to pretty jaeger to overshoot, just a little pike in overshoot – DLO, legs, nearly shows stick, step-salute. Good work. 9.825

Schrieber with a good yfull for Missouri, small hop back. 9.825

Morgan leads off bars for Utah – pretty solid bhardwaj, good attention to 1/2 turn position on low – giant full, a bit late into double tuck, hop.

Nixon – UB – Kentucky – maloney to bail, a little short of vertical – good cast hs on high – FTDT, sticks with a stagger.

Celestine – VT – Missouri – Y1.5 – excellent, leg form is pretty, step forward

Burch – Ub – Utah – hits jaeger, some feet – bail, large leg separation and huge arch, does well to pull it back – DLO, chest forward, hop. They keep her up at 9.775.

Angeny – Ub – kentucky – jaeger to overshoot, hit, a bit of feet in jaeger – short final cast hs – DLO, nice stick. 9.850

Gutierrez pulls out a tucked Y1.5 for Stanford on vault.

Moore – VT – Missouri – amazing amplitude on Y1.5 – hop forward. Well done. 9.875

Thompson pulls out a cleaner bars routine for Utah.

Bunn – UB – Kentucky – jaehger, not the highest but fine – bail, clean – solid cast hs on high – nearly sticks, step back.

Davis – VT – Missouri – large lunge forward on her y1.5, good form in the air

McCallum – UB – Utah – maloney to pak, solid leg positions – van leeuwen, hit – short on her cast hs positions a couple times in here – FTDT, bounce back.

Worley – UB – Kentucky – clear hip to tkatchev, hit, not the highest but fine – clean pak – 1/2 turn on low, good finish position – hits vertical on final cast, some back arch – FTDT, holds landing. 9.950

Isa – UB – Utah – Ray, hit, some elbows on catch – bail, just a tad crooked on catch, good toe point – giant full, pretty solid finish position to immediate DLO, holds landing. 9.950 is high there for me.

Looks like no sixth vaulter for Stanford, so 48.875 there.

O’Keefe – UB – Utah – maloney to pak, smallest leg separation – small back tension loss on 1/2 turn on low – a bit late on final cast – doubel arabian, huge, step forward. Not her very best but fine. Still goes 9.900.

Utah pulls out 49.400 on bars to sit on 98.525 after two events to Stanford on 97.900.

After 2: Kentucky 98.825, Missouri 98.200

Both on usable scoring pace but Missouri will need to pick it up to get back to the higher 196s, while Kentucky is well on track for a big 197. The pace right now is 197.650 and the team record is 197.600.

Rotation 3

Kentucky meet in that alternate prison venue instead of that arena. Different angle of beam we don’t usually see.

Luksik – BB – Kentucky – Onodi alert! Hit – bhs loso series, solid amplitude, good work – cat leap to switch 1/2, well short of split – gainer pike, stuck. 9.875

Schreiber – FX – Missouri – rudi to back layout two feet to front tuck, like the originality of the pass, the back layout is under to punch into the tuck – front full to front loso – switch 1/2 to split full, good leaps. 9.850

Bunn – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso loso, lean correction with arms, pulls it back  – switch to split with a little check – 2/1, little hop. 9.850

Morgan – BB – Utah – does a bhs loso series on the beam this week – some back leg in dance elements – cat leap to side aerial to full, stuck. 9.900 here we go. Give O’Keefe a 40?

Kratzer – FX – Missouri – round off double tuck, chest up, only a little movement – switch side to popa, good lift 1.5 to layout, out of control on landin g with a lunge – double pike, chest down, hit

Randall – BB – Utah – bhs loso and a wobble, leg up a little, larger arm wave – another small correction on sheep jump, fighting it some today – rulfova is strong – 1.5, stuck. Still 9.850

Sheremeta – FX – Missouri – front 2/1, a bit slidey – switch side to popa, looks like she got those 180s – rudi to loso, solid – 1.5 to front layout stepout running out of it, you really do want to see control shown in the landing to separate the pass from just walking on the floor.

McCallum – BB – Utah – hits candle and wolf – side aerial loso, hit, small shiver correction, feet – switch to stag, good – side aerial to full, holds stick well, but chest a bit forward. I don’t see 9.950 here.

Procasky has a fall for Kentucky on BB

Burns – FX – Missouri – whip double tuck, controls front foot, nice chest position – attempts a wolf jump situation, well short of position, went around about 1.25 – front full to front tuck, assume intended layout and had to tuck to get it around –

Worley – BB – Kentucky – cat leap to switch side, hit – aerial to bhs loso, VERY pretty – 1.5, hop forward.

Paulson – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, one of her better ones – struggles on full turn, wobble – switch to split – beat to side aerial to full, stuck, little pike. 9.950.

So O’Keefe should only need to cough for a 10.

Moore – FX – Missouri – lovely DLO in the air, stuck landing, chest forward – switch 1/2 to popa popa, good rise into those popas – front tuck through to double tuck, stuck. Really good routine.

Isa – BB – Utah – candle mount, solid – bhs loso loso, no trouble – arm correction on choreogprahy – good straddle 1/4 – gainer full, hit. 9.925

Angeny has a large break on her series for kentucky with a fall already in the rotation but keeps it on –

Celestine – FX – Missouri – full in, controls step, chest up – split leap full to split jump full, great lift on first split – 1.5 to layout, hit – double tuck, very nice, legs together, controls landing. Good.

Angeny still gets 9.775 on beam for Kentucky to go 49.275.

O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, hit – switch to split leap – full turn, smooth – cat leap to side aerial to full, stuck.

Well, the 9.950s have been for everytone in this rotation for routines with obvious errors, and that didn’t have any, so I don’t see how that couldn’t be a 10.

It is. 10.000.

49.725 for Utah on beam, .050 shy of the program record. I had 49.450.

Bryant – FX – Stanford – full in, chest up, does well to control the front leg, though the step back was large – front tuck through to double pike, large bounce back and OOB – switch side to popa – double tuck, similar landing to full in.

Kentucky and Missouri both went 49.275 in their third rotations to bring us to Kentucky 148.100, Missouri 147.475 after 3 events. Utah 148.250 to Stanford 147.050.

Rotation 4

Marshall – BB – Missouri – good aerial – kickover to bhs, solid rhythm in connection – split to split 1/4, some foot flexing – gainer full, hop. Good. 9.800

Bunn – FX – Kentucky – double pike, very secure landing – switch 1/2 to wolf 1.5 – back leg on switch – 1.5 to front tuck, a little jarring, controls her step forward – rudi, nice work. 9.825

McCrary – BB – Missouri – kickover, solid – bhs loso, large correction afterward, bend at the hips – beat to stag ring, secure – wobble on split 1/2 from side, lean back – 1.5 tucked dismount, large bound forward. 9.625

LaClair – FX – kentucky – she exists – double pike, good form, little bounce – swtich side to popa to wolf full, good amplitude, slightly overturned the first element – front lay to front full, slide forward, a bit of knees – rudi, bounces the twist around – good option. 9.750

Schaffer – BB – Missouri – hesitant on full turn – bhs bhs loso, good amplitude – aerial, a bit short, leans to the aide, arm wave – swtich to split, hit – 1.5, holds landing, small foot adjustment

Let’s find a way to get Kaitlin DeGuzman rewarded for her twisting position and leaps being superior to everyone else here. If only there were a way…

Utah and Stanford beginning final rotation

Onyshko – BB – Stanford – bhs loso series, hit – switch ring to beat, not a lot of ring closure but fine for NCAA – aerial to split jump, hit – gainer pike, already learned the college salute with a jump salute, but should be a tenth.

Sheremeta – BB – Missouri – beat – bhs loso, lovely extension – split to stag ring – aerial, clean – gainer tuck full, stuck. Really good.

Hoffman – FX – Utah – DLO, front foot rises on landing – 1.5 to layout, crisp pass – 9.900

Magnelli – FX – Kentucky – punch rudi to loso, great amplitude, some leg crossing in twist – major oversplit on straddles – double pike, solid –

Scheiber – BB – Missouri – solid bhs loso loso series – switch 1/2 to split, one of the better switch 1/2s, right to gainer full, stuck. Good. 9.900

Davis – FX – Kentucky – double pike, controls front foot – high switch side to popa, good – 1.5 to layout, opens easily and early on 1.5 – double tuck, excellent. 9.900

Nice leap amplitude from Stephenson on beam for Stanford.

Hu – BB – Missouri – aerial to bhs, smooth – aerial to scale, smoothly connected, seamless – beat to split jump 3/4 – most awkward part of her routine was that back shoulder choreography, hand slipped but covered – gainer full, nearly stuck, small step. 9.900

Rucker with a lunge back OOB on her full in on FX for Utah.

Worley – FX – Kentucky – full in, chest up, keeps front foot down – swtich ring to switch side, nice – sticks front full to layout, a little bit of knees in front full – double tuck, solid.

Worley goes 9.975, which is in keeping with this meet, to hit 39.750 in the AA and take Kentucky to 197.450, their #5 score ever. Missouri goes 196.875, also very usable for them.

McCallum – FX – Utah – full in, good control, leaps look comfortable – front lay to rudi, hit – that’s the best floor she’s done for Utah so far. 9.950

Tan – BB – Stanford – side aerial, hit – bhs lay-pike gets low, leg up wobble, pulls it back – switch, arm wave correction into split jump, another check – switch 1/2 to split, another arm wave – gainer pike, sticks. Fighting it, stayed on.

O’Keefe – FX – Utah – double pike, well short, chest down, bounce forward – switch to split leap 1.5, comes up about .25 short of rotation – wolf double, smooth – 1.5 to front full, a little short, feet start to slip, holds on. Not sure what planet 9.825 comes from for that.

Bryant – BB – Stanford – bhs loso, large break, foot rises up to horizontal, turn to the side – beat to switch split jump, great – front tuck, another leg-up check – double tuck dismount, excellent in the air, lunge back

Soloski – FX – Utah – DLO, chest forward a bit, step forward – switch 1/2 to split leap full, a little short on switch 1/2, good full – front lay to just a lay 1/2 instead of the full, got awkward and had to abort the pass there, hop – 1.5 to layout, hit, small foot movement. 9.875 still.

Not sure how Utah escaped that floor rotation with 49.425, but…

FINAL: Utah 197.675, Stanford 196.000

Both teams will take the score, but Utah won’t take the performance. Not a strong showing on vault or floor. Beam obviously the best of the meet for them, but they even gave some things away there.

Break time until Oregon State and Cal.

Oregon State is going with Carey and Dagen in the all-around today.

Cal has Li, DeSouza, Bordas, and Lauzon all in the AA. Also Watterson is back from bereavement leave and in the beam lineup. Clausi is in the final position on vault, which signals that she could do the 1.5 today if they like the other scores.

How much do we all have to chip in to get Cal some real live scores one of these days?

Beeman back in the bars lineup today for Oregon State instead of Domingo.

Rotation 1

Cal VT 1 – Schank – “Shawschank Pronunciation Redemption,” Evan already bringing it, how long were we working on that – very clean yfull, open shape, slide back. 9.825

Oregon State UB 1 – Yamaoka – good first hs – toe on to maloney, legs together – short hs on high – bail – giant full, short, double tuck, hop forward. Mostly handstand things. 9.725

Cal VT 2 – Bordas – strong landing on her yfull, looks like a small rebound in place, a bit more dynamic than Schank. 9.825

Oregon State UB 2 – Beeman – blind to jaeger, good amplitude – short cast to pak, legs apart – 1/2 turn on low – better final cast hs – stalder, little hesitation into double tuck, bounce back. 9.750

Cal VT 3 – we did not get to see Li’s vault, so that’s fun. Replay – only a small bounce back on yfull. 9.850

That is a large bear head.

Oregon State Ub 3 – Dagen – hits tkatchev – rushes following cast – bail, looked a like angled in hips – high bar toe on to giant full to double tuck, that’s a hit with full difficulty for her. 9.775

Cal VT 4 – DeSouza – solid Y1.5 – not a large hop forward – the usual leg separation on the block. 9.850

Oregon State UB 4 – Bird – bail is solid – stalder, back to high bar – tkatchev, good height, perhaps a little close – FTDT, hop forward. 9.850

Cal VT 5 – Lauzon – struggles on her Y1.5, comes up short, multiple lunges back. 9.525

Oregon State UB 5 – Jakubczyk – blind, small leg break to yezhova, bit of legs – maloney to gienger, hit – hitting cast hs it would seem – 1/2 in front out dismount, stuck. Much better. Some leg form on a lot of elements. 9.875

Cal VT 6- Clausi – they have her do just the full, didn’t want to count Lauzon’s score – very solid landing – holds the landing on her toes but chest down. 9.825

Oregon State UB 6 – Carey – maloney to bhardwaj, clean – van leeuwen, hit – FTDT, only the smallest rebound in place. Can’t really tell on handstands from this angle, Evan says there was a shortness issue on one. 9.950 again.

Cal goes 49.175. The fulls looked pretty good, but they’re going to need the Lauzon vault and the Clausi 1.5 as they go forward.

Oregon State 49.200 for a slight lead on their weakest event.

Rotation 2

I enjoy the graphic that said Oregon State already had a 196 to Cal’s 96.

Evan plugging his twitter which he uses two times per year.

Oregon State VT 1 – Chavez – hit yfull, larger bounce back, some pike. 9.675

Cal – UB 1 – DeSouza – good piked jaeger to overshoot – solid cast hs on high – FTDT, bounce back. 9.875 is a high start.

Oregon State VT 2 – Gonzales – round off full on back pike, small movement . 9.800

Cal UB 2 – Schank – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, clean – good final hs on high bar – DLO, stuck 9.925

Oregon State VT 3 – Letzsch – yfull, medium hop back, slight pike, solid. 9.800

Cal Ub 3 – Li – clean pak – good cast on low bar – toe on to van leeuwens, small ankle separation – arch in final cast hs, pulls it back, not large – giant full to double tuck, stuck. 9.875

Oregon State VT 4 – Yanish – good landing control on Yfull, only small hop back. 9.875

Cal UB 4 – Williams – maloney to pak, keeps feet together – 1/2 turn on low, borderline – strong final cast hs – DLO, stuck landing. Another good one. 9.925

Oregon State VT 5 – Dagen – good work on her Y1.5 today, holds the landing, little control lean, some knees. 9.925

Cal UB 5 – Bordas – good first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, usual height – strong cast hs on high – giant full to double tuck, holds the stick. 9.875

Oregon State VT 6 – Carey – very strong DTY of course, small bounce back. This time she goes 9.950. If the slide back is small enough, they can say it’s .050. Probably some form forgiveness since difficulty.

Cal UB 6 – Lauzon – short first hs – maloney, legs into pak, clean – 1/2 turn on low bar, short of hs – small arch in hs on high bar – FTDT, finds the stick but deep

Cal goes 49.475 on bars to Oregon State on 49.350 on vault to take the lead after two. Much better second rotations from both teams.

Green shows a good hit in the exhibition position, could come in for Lauzon. Although when Watterson is ready, she’ll be in there.

Perea also in exhibition on bars. Really close to lineup as well, but short on her DLO dismount.

After 2: Cal 98.650, Oregon State 98.550

Rotation 3

Cal BB 1 – DeSouza – cat leap to aerial, smoothly done – bhs loso, lean, arm wave correction – beat to sheep, more secure – sissone – 1.5 dismount, step-salute as she rises onto her toes. 9.775

Oregon State FX 1 – Gonzales – front full to layout, clean – switch 1/2 to sissone, swings her leg around the side a little – double pike, chest down, step forward – switch ring to switch 1/2, a little flat footed there. 9.775

Cal BB 2 – Clausi – kickover to beat, solid – bhs loso series, on – switch to switch, works through quickly – side aerial to tuck full, little movement. One of her better beams in a while. 9.900

Oregon State FX 2 – Bird – front lay to rudi to straddle jump, good control on jump, some form on front lay – switch 1/2 to popa, good positions – 2.5, crossed legs, step to the side. 9.775

Cal BB 3 – Li – aerial, keeps arms moving into split jump – bhs loso series, nice extended legs on both elements – slight hesitation on full turn – beat to sheep, secure, some closed hip position – gainer tuck full, stuck. Another solid one. 9.875

Oregon State FX 3 – Letzsch – 1.5 to front full, good control, just a bit of knees – switch ring 1/2 to 1/2 sissone, a bit out of control – double pike, chest up, bit of bounce back. 9.850

Cal BB 4 – Bordas – aerial is a problem, check before split jump, another check – bhs loso series is hit – switch to split, good positions – bhs gainer full, slide back. Those checks at the beginning broke a critical connection though. 9.750, I thought it would be lower.

Oregon State FX 4 – Dagen – front 2/1, looks like she just got it around this time, but a step – nice leap positions – front lay to front full is comfortable – double pike, solid landing. Good one. 9.875

Cal BB 5 – Lauzon – switch to split is good – bhs bhs loso is right on, legs extended well  – aerial, solid – side aerial to full, can’t hold landing, step back into salute. 9.825

Oregon State FX 5 – Yanish – DLO, big, but out of control on landing, slide and extra step back in addition – 1.5 to layout, fine, a little low – switch side popa – double tuck very solid. 9.775

Cal BB 6 – Watterson – wolf double, hit – bhs loso series, very secure – switch to split leap, hit, arm wave on landing split – cat leap to side aerial to full, bounce back. One of her most confident beams actually. 9.925

Oregon State FX 6 – Carey – double double tuck, chest up – 1.5 to layout to sissone in the middle of the floor – switch 1/2 to popa, solid position in popa – double tuck, easy peasy, couldn’t really tell if she bounced based on the camera angle. 9.950

Cal goes 49.300 on beam and Oregon State goes 49.225 on floor.

After 3: Cal 147.950, Oregon State 147.775

Cal on track for a useful 197 here, which Oregon State could also do but they’ll have to be solid on beam.

Williams hit an exhibition beam for Cal for 9.875, but Perea falls in her exhibition.

Rotation 4

I feel like the touch warmup for this rotation has been 91 minutes. Did I fall into a wormhole and miss rotation 4 and the earth? Yessss?

Anyway, apparently my stream started over from the beginning and I didn’t notice, which I’m really happy about. I’m great at things.

Letzsch lands well short on her side aerial to full dismount, was it a fall? Not a fall but a large deduction. 9.525.

Cal FX 2 – Bordas – double tuck, clean, chest a little forward, holds it to present – 1.5 to layout, slide forward – switch to switch ring 1/2, little bouncy – rudi, controlled step. Solid. 9.800

Oregon State BB 3 – Domingo – aerail to back pike combination, and pretty fast for this kind of combo – swtich to split to straddle 3/4, great elements, but slow in connection between all – gainer full, stuck. Really good one. 9.900

Cal FX 3 – Clausi – double pike, solid – “vibey kasbah” – switch side to wolf full, clear finishing positions – 1.5 to layout to double stag, good, not the highest but solid – double tuck, solid, chest just a little forward. 9.925, she’s having a day.

Oregon State BB 4 – Gonzales – aerial to back tuck as her series, secure – switch 1/2, leg-up check – switch to split, a tad short of 180 – bounce back on tuck full dismount 9.650 and will have to count.

Cal FX 4 – Lauzon – front 2/1 to front tuck, good twisting shape – switch side to popa, a bit short of final finishing position, good in-air positions – 1.5 through to 2/1, leg crossing there, solid landing. That’s her floor arriving. 9.900

Oregon State BB 5 – Dagen – and she falls on loso series – switch to switch 1/2 to beat jump is nicely done – side aerial to full, of course the rest was great. 9.300

But not a rotation score Carey can save now.

Cal FX 5 – Li – front 2/1 to front tuck, good – COVID themed routine? – front full to layout, under control on landing, a touch of knees – switch 1/2 to wolf full, clean positions. Pretty work.  9.925

Oregon State BB 6 – Carey – aerial, hit, kept arms moving on bhs loso series – swtich to switch 1/2, small pause before beat, a bit short on switch 1/2 – gainer full, little hop. Jade’s like, “well, I hopped on a gainer full, which is harder than a double double”

Cal FX 6 – Schank – double tuck, good landing – double pike, chest down there, more jarring on landing – switch side 1/2 to popa and popaish?, indistinct finishing positions – 1.5 to layout, controls landing, a bit of knees.

Scores collapsed while waiting for the last one? FUNNNN.

Anyway, Carey’s score should get Oregon State up to the higher-mid 196s.

Carey goes 9.925, taking the team score to 196.575. Lower than last week because of that beam score, but a fine road score.

Cal ends up on 197.350, a solid season high for them. Grace Quinn is exhibition pulls out her final pass a little short but the rest was solid. Looking ready to get back in the lineup.


Friday Live Blog – January 28, 2022

I’ll be following the SEC slate tonight with the live blog, starting with LSU/Georgia, then on to Florida/Arkansas and Alabama/Auburn.

Check out the links post for all your scoring and streaming needs.

6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT[18] Western Michigan, Ball State, Oshkosh @ Eastern Michigan
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT[6] LSU @ Georgia
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PTTowson, Pitt @ [25] North Carolina
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PTRutgers, Cornell @ Kent State
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PTWhitewater, Gustavus Adolphus @ Hamline
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PTWest Virginia @ Iowa State
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PTEau Claire @ La Crosse
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PTAlaska @ Air Force
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT[13] Arkansas @ [4] Florida
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT[9] Alabama @ [8] Auburn
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PTWashington @ [16] Arizona State
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT[23] Utah State @ [21] BYU
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT[19] Southern Utah @ Boise State

Starting with LSU/Georgia, LSU has been off for two straight weeks and hasn’t competed since that 196.9 in the opening weekend, so we’ll see what we see. Depending on how the meet goes, it will be either OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE RUSTY or OBVIOUSLY THE WEEKS OFF HELPED THEM HONE BEAM AND FLOOR and we don’t know which one it will be yet, but either way it will have been so obvious. For Georgia, I mean, um, hitting seems important. Last week’s meet had a big number going…on three events.

Usually after a beam meltdown we’d be talking about whether there will be pressure to change the lineup. In this case, other than getting Finnegan back in there, I’m not sure there are any changes you’d want to make.

For LSU’s lineups, Bryant is in on vault and bars, but not beam and floor. Durante is in on bars and beam. Finnegan is in the lineup on beam, and Dunne is in the lineup on floor. No Johnson or Bryant on floor, so that could be an adventure.

Rotation 1

Georgia VT 1 – Cashman – Yfull – good height, pace back, some pike, not the most distance. 9.775

LSU UB 1 – Johnson – maloney, some legs into bail, a little short of handstand today – toe on – DLO, good stick there. Not her best handstands, but a solid finish.

OK 9.900 for that tells us scores are soaring today. Sometimes I feel like her routine merits 9.900 and then it’s like 9.825 in the leadoff. This was the opposite.

Georgia VT 2 – Magee – pulls around her Y1.5 but still struggling with the finish, short with a lunge back. 9.700 still high.

LSU UB 2 – Rivers – good first hs – toe on to maloney, little form – solid vail hs position – good cast hs on high – tkatchev, shome tight hips but shows the counter rotation – DLO, deep landing, little arm wave. 9.900

Georgia VT 3 – Ward – shows the landing control on her Tsuk full, only a small step back. 9.825

LSU Ub 3 – Dunne – good tkatchev into pak, little leg separation – some hesitation in 1/2 turn on low – a bit short on final cast – DLO, finds the stick well, loose knees in the air. 9.825

Georgia VT 4 – Baumann – Puts out the Y1.5 – and it’s EXCELLENT. Stuck landing. No question about the landing. Just some soft knees in the air and a leg separation on block. 9.950

LSU UB 4 – Bryant – blind to jaeger, high – bail, only a small hip angle – solid final cast – double front 1/2 out, holds the landing. Best so far. Still 9.900 though. Everything is 9.9.

Georgia VT 5 – Lukacs – Also does the Y1.5, much better for her, stuck landing, rises up on toes to try to show the stick, very good, some clear knee form. 9.900

LSU UB 5 – Shchennikova – good ray (feet) to pak, clean – a little shy on 1/2 turn on low – solid final cast hs – normal DLO but doesn’t stick this time, bound forward. So I have that at 9.700, we’ll see what the judges do. 9.775. I’ll live.

Georgia VT 6 – Roberts – Y1.5 – hop forward, not too large but definitely a tenth. More knee form than the last two. 9.875. That was absolute softest possible 9.850 for me because of the landing and the knees.

Important upgrades from Georgia on vault today.

LSU UB 6 – Durante – “Durant” good first hs – blind to jaeger, high, just a tad crooked in teh air – pak is fine this week – 1/2 turn – good final hs as well – FTDT dismount, deep chest, rises up on toes into step salute. 9.825

So. LSU 49.350, Georgia 49.325

Georgia will be thrilled with vaulting. Good upgrades and several very strong landings. If they can get Hawthorne in there as well, this will live up to preseason expectations as Georgia’s strongest event.

LSU kind of used up its best routines in the beginning of that lineup, but Bryant and Rivers had very nice showings. Dismount things spoiled some of the other scores. So a good number but closer than LSU would have wanted.

Rotation 2

LSU VT 1 – Rivers – Yfull – good height and open position, bounce back, some direction. 9.850. Well at least it’s consistent?

Georgia UB 1 – Hattaway – 1/2 turn on high into gienger, only loses legs at the end – short hs – bail, legs break, not quite to vertical – short cast on high – DLO, flung out, step forward. Through it, gave away a lot. 9.725

LSU VT 2 – Johnson – Yfull – another strong one, also a big vault, bounce back, better direction. Clean vault. 9.850

Georgia UB 2 – Ward – shap with leg breaks in both phases – bail, some hip angle on catch and can’t clear hip out of it and has to stop – finishes DLO, step forward. 8.975

LSU VT 3 – Shchennikova – we couldn’t really set it because Garrett was in the way, but what we saw had a lunge to the side off the mat. 9.575

Georgia UB 3 – Finnegan – Huge Ray, excellent – toe on to a fully straddled pak, some muscling out of it – late 1/2 turn on low bar – FTDT, doesn’t quite show the stick into step salute. Great moments, but lost some on the pak-low-bar business. 9.800

LSU VT 4 – Edwards – can’t control her Y1.5 landing, large lunge forward for .2 off, and then another .1 hop. 9.725, which is higher than the landing deductions. That has to count.

Georgia UB 4 – De Jong – toe on to Ray, also solid, just a tad close – good cast – bail, loses her back a little in that hs – shortish final cast – DLO, good landing. 9.875

LSU VT 5 – Johnson – DTY – kind of an odd block for her on that DTY and yet almost still stuck it. Little hop and wayyyy off to the side of the mat, so angled that even a college judge might take it. 9.875

Georgia UB 5 – Schild – toe on to Ray, good open hips – bail, leg break – pretty close on her cast hs – DLO, that piked position, step back and another little step. 9.850

LSU VT 6 – Bryant – thought she was going to stick that handspring pike 1/2 and I think she thought she was too, ends up having to take a hop forward.

Georgia UB 6 – Roberts – toe on to maloney to bail, much better legs than the rest of the lineup – some back arch in hs on high bar – DLO, quick step salute. 9.875

Somehow Georgia gets out of that bars rotation with a 49.125. With having to count the routine from Hattaway, it could have been a sub-49 rotation, which they’d have to worry about in a real world meet.

LSU goes 49.150 on vault, which is not an LSU vault score. They didn’t have the landings from Shchennikova or Edwards, and while Johnson and Bryant did well, neither was their best, so they couldn’t save the lineup as much as they usually do.

After 2: LSU 98.500, Georgia 98.450

Meanwhile, UW Oshkosh is at a quad meet at Eastern Michigan and just set a vault record and came .075 shy of setting a bars records. Amazing what happens to the scores suddenly when DIII teams go to DI meets.

Georgia has a little skit from Perez-Lugones and Ward about embracing your nonspecific differences nonspecifically.

Rotation 3

Moment of beam truth for Georgia.

Georgia BB 1 – Magee – straight jump to straddle 1/2, good hold with one foot slightly off, didn’t check – bhs bhs loso, small arm correction – full turn to fake wobble running? – 1.5 dismount, lunge to the side. That was a bit of a “don’t eff up, don’t eff up” routine, but she hit it. 9.775

LSU FX 1 – Desiderio – good height on DLO but a bounce back, chest forward – 1.5 to layout, dance out – she’s performing floor with strong amplitude and no mummification – split leap full to jump full, solid work – double tuck, bounce back again similar to DLO, does well to not place her foot down because it would have been OOB. 9.700

Georgia BB 2 – Finnegan – bhs loso and falls – HERE WE GO – side aerial, leg up and arm wave – switch side is hit – 1.5 dismount, good stick. 9.075

LSU FX 2 – Arenas – front 2/1, a little short, slide back, some knees – front lay to front full, has the height, controls the step, leg separation – switch 1/2 to wolf full, clearly around – double pike, wayyy short, falls then goes right to her head for a little forward roll. Didn’t actually land on her head though. 9.200

Georgia BB 3 – Hawthorne – bhs loso series and falls. MY GOD. GEORGIA. Good switch split jumps – kickover from knee is solid, but slow into wolf jump – 1.5 hop to the side. 9.250

This rotation has been NOT CUTE so far.

LSU FX 3 – Dunne – first time! – front tuck through to double tuck, chest up, bounce back – swtich to switch ring 1/2, seemed OK, tough from this angle – double pike, has control, chest pretty far down, but that works. 9.800

Georgia BB 4 – De Jong – hit full turn – switch to split, short back leg on switch – aerial to straddle jump – bhs loso series, hit – she almost explodes because it’s not another fall – side aerial to full, little hop. A SECOND HIT. IT’S A SECOND HIT. 9.875

LSU FX 4 – Edwards – front 2/1, bounces forward out of it – front full to front full, shows more control there – switch side to popa to straight jump – double tuck, bounce back. We don’t talk about Edwards enough in the list of funny runs for floor passes. 9.825

Georgia BB 5 – Baumann – long pause before series – side aerial to loso is secure – small hesitation in choreography – beat to switch side, lean forward to hold it – 1.5 stuck. A third hit! 9.925 very high. That was a congratulations on hitting beam score.

LSU FX 5 – KJ Johnson – good secure full in, chest just a bit forward – 1.5 to layout, little shudder on landing – switch side to popa, good amplitude – double tuck, a little forward, step. 9.875

Georgia BB 6 – Cohen – bhs loso series, large break with a bend at the hips, but pulls it back this week – switch to straddle jump – Ashley keeps referring to “what…they did last week” – side aerial to split jump is strong – 2/1, stuck. 9.750

So…it was better?

LSU FX 6 – Shchennikova – front 2/1, mostly controlled, little slide forward – 1.5 to front full – switch 1/2 to switch ring 1/2, a bit low – “another athlete with a plastered smile” LOLOLOLOL – rudi to loso is nice. Better floor for her. 9.900

48.575 for Georgia on beam. Which is like a 50 I guess. BUT Georgia really wanted a gaudy home score here, and if floor goes as expected, it will only be a mid-196.

LSU gets out of that floor rotation with 49.100, which is not great but great wasn’t really expected given the lineup going today.

After 3: LSU 147.600, Georgia 147.025

Anyway, Oshkosh ended up with their #2 score ever, 191.600.

“What stands out to you, Ashley?” “Welllll….”

Rotation 4

Oooookay. We’re talking about it. I thought they would take a pass. Commentator tells us LSU is taking on Alexis Jeffrey and shows Jay’s quote from the press conference, re: everyone being cool with it. Your serve, Pac-12 Network. 

LSU BB 1 – Desiderio – switch to switch 1/2, small correction on landing – bhs loso, secure, flexed feet – aerial, smooth – cat leap to gaine rfull. Good. Only small hesitations. 9.900.

Georgia FX 1 – APL – double pike, just a little shy, quick and small hop to cover – 1.5 to front full got somewhat awkward, knees and crossover step – switch side to popa, didn’t end up landing where she wanted in terms of leap completion  – double tuck, chest down. 9.800

LSU BB 2 – Finnegan – bhs loso loso series, no trouble – switch to split, hit – aerial, holds it well – bhs 1.5, step forward. Again a hesitation, a knee, that step, but not too much to take. 9.875

Georgia FX 2 – Magee – piked full in, just a bit staggered, slide – switch 1/2 to popa, lovely – 1.5 to layout, just gets a little low in the layout – double pike, somewhat short, step forward. 9.800

LSU BB 3 – Durante – aerial, moves through to bhs bhs with a check at the end, a little slow in combination but will get it – swtich to straddle 1/4, two large arm circles to hold that one – side aerial to full, stuck. Will be a lower score but not in the basement. 9.775

Georgia FX 3 – Roberts – piked full in is well controlled, just a little stagger – switch side to popa, overturns the switch side a little but good finish position – front tuck through to double tuck, shows control, chest down. 9/850

LSU BB 4 – Shchennikova – tries candle mount but rolls right through to support – aerial, little shoulder dip to beat jump in combination – bhs loso, holds it, hit – switch to split is good – gainer full, some pike. 9.725

Georgia FX 4 – Lukacs – double pike, only small movement, good amplitude – 1.5 to layout, doesn’t rise in layout but fine – switch side to wolf full – double tuck and injury alert. Major pain. She’s down. This is not good.

LSU BB 5 – Dean – side aerial to bhs, held well onto her toes, knee bend – switch to split jump, hit – aerial to beat jump, hit – side aerial to full, holds landing, good. 9.800

Georgia FX 5 – Baumann – wolf turn 1.5, doesn’t get double around – 1.5 to front full, good height, control, just a bit of knees – switch side to straddle, great height – double pike, nailed landing. Will be short of 10.0 SV because she didn’t get her double wolf around for credit.

Yep. 9.725. Start value.

LSU BB 6 – Johnson – full turn, hit – bhs loso series, nice, pretty – swtich to switch, hit – does a split jump after, not quite as high – kickover, solid – bhs 1.5, step into salute. Good one. 9.900

Georgia FX 6 – Hawthorne – double pike, bounce back – good height on split positions – front lay to rudi to split jump, lack of control with a couple large arm waves. But a countable score. 9.900

LSU 196.850, Georgia 196.100

LSU, I’ll say probably closer to rusty than to rested. 196.850 is fine, but anytime it’s under 197 for LSU, it’s not what they wanted. None of the lineups quite there yet. 

Georgia counted a fall on beam, and 196.100 isn’t really want you want for Big Home Meet, but since the last two were 194s, “just get a 196” would have been the goal here. So that job’s done at least.

We’ve learned that the Georgia gymnasts all either bring cultural diversity or faith to this team. Note that they did not have Alyssa do this one. 

Now we have Florida/Arkansas starting, which gets a little head start on Alabama/Auburn.

Rotation 1

Florida VT 1 – Edwards – shorter landing on yfull, chest forward with step – good height though. 9.750

Arkansas UB 1 – Scalzo – short first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, solid – closer on final cast hs – DLO, pikes it down at the end, buckles some with a step forward. 9.775

Florida VT 2 – Skaggs – yfull, pretty work, small slide back. 9.875

Arkansas UB 2 – Gianfagna – Ray to overshoot, good amplitude but hits her feet on the mat swinging through after overshoot – short cast hs on high – FTDT, a bit short, hop forward. 9.625

Florida VT 3 – Schoenherr – Y1.5 – much better for her – great stick – just some knees in the air – 9.950

Arkansas UB 3 – Smith – maloney to bail, some hip angle but good legs together throughout – strong cast hs on high – DLO, small slide back. 9.800

Florida VT 4 – Reed – Y1.5 – nearly finds the stick on hers, small hop forward, a bit more extended than Schoenherr, more distance of course. 9.900. Reasonable score! Accurate!

Arkansas UB 4 – Hambrick – shortish first hs – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, great releases – missing some cast hs – FTDT, step back into salute. 9.850

Florida VT 5 – Wong – ro 1/2 on pike 1/2 with a bounce back this time – we’ll see how they treat it – better chest up position today. 9.850

Arkansas UB 5 – Shaffer – toe on to maloney to bail, great legs together positions – major arch on high bar but pulls it back – DLO, short, lunge forward. Not her strongest. 9/725

Florida VT 6 – Thomas – doesn’t quite stick the Y1.5 today, but only a small step back.

9.975. Really though? Really. Obvious step back. You were doing OK before that too.

Arkansas UB 6 – O’Hara – Gets caught up in her blind change and has to hop off. resumes and hits her jaeger – bail, lovely – short cast hs on high – DLO, short, step forward.

So Arkansas will be on 48.775 on bars, which is not what they wanted.

Florida goes 49.550, for a very good vault rotation that showed a lot of improvement and was even being scored pretty realistically until a judge gave Thomas a 10 for stepping.

Rotation 2 getting started in Florida.

Arkansas VT 1 – Pennese – hits a yfull, bounce back, more pike throughout. 9.775

Florida UB 1 – Blakely – maloney to pak, legs together – 1/2 turn on low, not bad – hits final cast hs – loses some form in 1/2 turn with a hesitation – double front dismount, step. Good toes in double front. 9.850

Arkansas VT 2 – Smith – medium slide back on her yfull – better height and open position. 9.775. Didn’t get enough reward for better everything.

Florida UB 2 – Skaggs – good first hs – tkatchev to pak, lovely, small legs apart moment – rushes cast 1/2 on low bar – shortish final cast hs – DLO, does well to hold the stick and turn her control movement into presenting, what are you saying about. 9.900, we’re zooming.

Arkansas VT 3 – Shaffer – as lovely as ever on the y1/2 – shuffle forward – nothing should ever be taken for form on that vault. 9.850

Florida UB 3 – McCusker – Maloney to pak is nice – toe on to van leeuwen, legs together – VERY short on final cast hs – higgins to front giant 1/2 to double tuck – probably a better dismount choice for her. Going to get her more scores. But she isn’t collegeing her handstands yet. 

9.925 is not in the realm of reality.

Arknasas VT 4 – Elswick – looked like she had enough juice on that Yfull but lands with her chest well forward, lunge. 9.700

Florida UB 4 – Schoenherr – shortish first hs – 1/2 to jaeger, nice high jaeger – toe on to bail, some hip angle short of vertical – rushes 1/2 turn into double front 1/2 out, stuck. Great releases but should see some handstand deductions in there.

9.975. I can’t anymore.

Arkansas VT 5 – Sedlacek – pulls around her Y1.5, it’s deep with a bounce back. Good distance. 9.775

Florida UB 5 – Thomas – good first hs – maloney to pak, hit – toe on to van leeuwen, small leg break – stronger vertical positions – DLO gets odd in the form in the first salto, loses leg position, small hop. 9.925. YOU MEAN NO 10?????

Arknasas VT 6 – Hambrick – Y1.5 – OK, but she does take a back crossover step, which can get ruined. It wasn’t. 9.850

Florida UB 6 – Wong – good first hs – maloney to pak, only small legs apart – hits cast hs on low – van leeuwen, legs together – solid cast hs on high – DLO, stuck landing, a bit deep but safe deep. That was the best one so far.

And it’s a 10 for Wong. Was it a 10? Not really. Were any of these bars routines any of the scores? No.

49.025 for Arkansas on vault.

Florida goes 49.725 on bars. I literally had this one at 49.350, but go off.

49.725 ties a Florida record.

Auburn and Alabama is starting.

Stevens – VT – Auburn – lands yfull, chest well forward, lunge. 9.775. Oh we’re going REALLY high.

Hudson – UB – Alabama – good first hs – toe on to maloney, legs apart – bail, short of vertical this time with a hip angle – better cast hs on high – giant full, a little late, double tuck, holds the stick with a lean. 9.750

Groth – VT – Auburn – small bounce back on yfull but not a big vault, so should get distance and amplitude deductions. 9.850. Took no distance or amplitude deductions.

Waligora – UB – Alabama – good first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, close to bar on overshoot, struggles to cast out but does – DLO 1/1, a little short, hop. 9.800

Lee – VT – Auburn – she’s vaulting – clean Yfull, better distance, bounce back. 9.875. One judge didn’t even take the required .1 for that landing.

Adams – UB – Alabama – maloney to pak, great leg positions – good hs – van leeuwen, legs together – great cast hs – toe full is late into double tuck, out of control with hop back. Was perfect until final sequence.

Hubbard – VT – Auburn – hits her Y1.5 – medium bounce forward, and then a bit out of control – 9.800

Florida and Arkansas starting third rotation.

Skaggs – BB – Florida – wolf, hit – switch to split, lovely – bhs loso series, arm wave, hodls it back – switch side looked a little tighter than usual – side aerial to full, rises up to toes to try to hold thew stick, can’t step forward.

Machado – UB – Alabama – maloney to pak, legs – good cast hs – van leeuwen, better legs – solid hs – full turn is very late – double tuck, hop forward. 9.850 is high there.

Watson – VT – Auburn – hits her Y1.5 – small hop and then another hop, too much energy there. 9.825

Blanco – UB – Alabama – maloney to pak, lovely – 1/2 turn on low, OK – nice final cast hs – FTDT, stuck landing. This will be a test of the scoring. That was very nice. 9.925

Gobourne – VT – Auburn – didn’t quite get her usual block, pulls her y1.5 around though, shuffle back, but was short. 9.825

Doggette – UB – Alabama – short first hs – tkatchev to pak, great amplitude but hits her foot in the mat swinging through – short final cast hs – DLO, good stick. Not the routine they needed.

It will be 49.175 for Auburn to 49.125 for Alabama after 1.

Not wild about that rotation for either team because the scoring was loose in a lot of places to even get them that high, and it’s still just 49.1s.

Meanwhile in Florida, Shaffer is up 2nd on floor for Arkansas – good double pike – 1.5 to layout, slide forward – split leap full to popa is nice – double tuck gets awkward on landing, legs buckled and a couple steps back. 9.675

Baumann – BB – Florida – up third in the lineup after 2 9.875s – bhs loso series, solid – switch to split, good back leg elevation – aerial to beat jump, smooth – side aerial, nice – 1.5 dismount, holds the stick but a lean to get under control. 9.925. So possible 10 before the dismount control issue.

Hambrick – FX – double tuck, larger step back but also keeps front foot down – rudi to back lay to double stag, slight control – switch 1/2 to popa is nice – double pike, hips a little behind feet, again controls it. 9.850

Wong – BB – Florida – switch to split leap – bhs loso series, clean – full turn, smooth – aerial, check – side aerial, beat jump connection – so they ditched one of her acro elements, which is good – 2/1, nice landing. 9.925.

Alabama/Auburn rotation 2 starting.

Olsen – VT – Alabama – nice stick on her DTY, has she done that in college? Not much? Knees, chest a little forward, but strong. 9.900

Watson – Ub – Auburn – tkatchev is high but very close – bail, short of vertical – better final cast hs – FTDT, shuffle back. 9.750

Waligora – VT – Alabama – hits her Y1.5 but not a super high vault, step back. 9.825

Thomas – BB – Florida – swtich mount, good, doesn’t connect to split leap – full turn – one arm bhs to loso, no trouble at all – aerial to beat jump to korbut, smooth – side aerial to full, holds with a little rebound.

10 for Thomas. Of course it was. I feel like that landing wasn’t 10.

Auburn gets a hit from Stevens on bars. Quinn follows on vault for Alabama with a bound forward on her y1.5

L Smith – FX – Arkansas – piked full in, solid landing, chest just a little forward – fron ttuck throught to double tuck, slight stagger – switch side to popa is kind of short of split – double pike, hit. 9.825

Graber – VT – Alabama – well short, multiple lunges back. 9.725

Brusch – Ub – Auburn – maloney to bail, doesn’t get quite to vertical there – nice final cast hs – DLO, bounce back

Clapper – BB – Florida – bhs loso loso, hit securely, some knees – switch to split, hit – side aerial to full, stuck.

9.975. Everything is the same and there are no deductions.

49.700 beam for Florida. Well well well. I’m dead. That also ties the beam record.

Doggette – VT – Alabama – nearly finds the stick, step back

Gobourne – UB – Auburn – rushes first hs – great tkatchev into pak, loses form just at the end – 1/2 turn on low OK – shortish final cast hs – FTDT, stuck but could get a .05 for forgetting to bring her heels together until later. Probably didn’t. 9.925

Luisa Blanco sits her Y1.5

Lee – UB – Auburn – good first hs – maloney to pak to van leeuwen, lovely – hits final cast hs – FTDT, hop back. Didn’t have anything until the dismount though. 9.925

Jesus Florida is at 148.975 through three events.

Auburn goes 49.350 on bars to Alabama’s 49.025 on vault with two counting 9.7s.

After 2: Auburn 98.525, Alabama 98.150

After 3: Florida 148.975, Arkansas 147.000

Florida needs only 49.475 on floor to set a new all-time Florida record. FLORIDA.

Rotation 4 starting with Florida and Arkansas

Gianfagna – BB – Arkansas – bhs loso, secure – cat leap, pause before kickover to beat jump. I wouldn’t give connection on the cat leap but she did do that beat – beat to straddle 1/2, leg up check – 1.5, little slide forward on salute. 9.800

Alabama/Auburn starting rotation 3

Hollingsworth – BB – Auburn – hits bhs loso series – swtich, good back leg, shorter on switch 1/2, leg-up check – split jump 1/2 from side is good – side aerial to full, holds stick, chest forward. 9.750

Skaggs – FX – Florida – wolf double, hit – rudi first pass is odd, like she wanted to rebound into something and then elected not to and just did a little hop – split leap full to split jump full – 1.5 to layout, clean layout psoition. 9.750. SV.

Machado – FX – Alabama – double pike, foot slide – 1.5 to front pike, step – pulls around wolf turn – switch to switch 1/2, good switch – double tuck, secure landing

Lovett – BB – Arkansas – good full turn – aerial, small hesitation before loso but pretty close to kept it moving – switch to split to beat – side aerial to full, stuck. 9.925

Brusch – BB – Auburn – full turn, some styling it out – aerial into split jump, short back leg and a check – bhs loso, arms quickly snapped back to hold – switch to straddle 1/4, OK – stuck gainer full.

Blakely – FX – Florida – solid landing on double araiban – double tuck bounce back – 1.5 to layout, a little short, soft knees it around. 9.875

OIsen – BB – Alabama – piked full in, goes way off line and steps back OOB on her controlled step – switch through to split leap 1.5 to split jump 1/2. I’d say split 1.5 was short of rotation – front tuck through to double tuck, chest position, lunge back. 9.675

Leah Smith hits a good double tuck to finish beam for Arkansas. 9.900

Stevens – BB – Auburn – bhs loso series, secure – some knee position – split jump to stag ring to beat jump – a truer stag ring than most if that’s what she was going for – kickover to knee, good, right into wolf turn – stuck dismount. 9.875

Baumann – FX – Florida – 1.5 to front full, dances out – pulls around switch 1/2 to 1/2 sissone – double pike, keeps front foot secure. How this is scored will tell us how high this rotation will get. 9.750 OK there. Since when?

Waligora – FX – Alabama – front lay to front 2/1, pretty well controlled, some form in front layout – split leap full to wolf full, a bit short on split leap – has some trouble with layout in combination but Ok, loses form  and tiptoes out of it. 9.825

Sedlacek – BB – Arkansas – bhs lay-pike – split to straddle 1/4, short with a lean forward – some checks in here – 1.5 with hop. 9.750

Groth – BB – Auburn – bhs loso bhs, right on – switch to switch 1/2, a bit short on switch 1/2 but not bad – aerial is quite smooth – side aerial top full, stuck. Lovely routine. 9.825

Wong – FX – Florida – 3/1 lands short, ARTS out of it – 1/2 to front full, hop to the side – 9.850 for ART

Hudson – FX – Auburn – front 2/1 is nice – switch 1/2 to wolf full, good leap positions – 2.5 good stuck landing – double tuck, chest down but another secure landing – nice one. 9.900

Hambrick – BB – Arkansas – hits her series securely – switch to switch 1/2, some feet but pretty good on the 180 position –  beat to straddle 3/4, little lean – gainer full, stuck. 9.925

McLaughlin – BB – Auburn – switch, small hesitiation befroe bhs loso series, which is strong – beat to side aerial, secure – swtich to straddle 1/4, very high straddle 1/4 – gainer pike, hit. 9.925

Clark – FX – Florida – she’s in? – 1.5 to front full, a little ragged but OK, steps out – switch 1/2 to 1/2 sissone, she’s getting the Baumann routine then – double tuck is solid. That will be a usable score. 9.750

Blanco – FX – Alabama – double pike, little bounce – double tuck, lunge back, keeps front foot down – 1.5 to layout is a bit of a struggle, really arches that one around.

Elswick – BB – Arkansas – bhs loso, good height – split jump to split 3/4 – hits the split 3/4, a little short on the split jump – aerial, hit – bhs 1.5, stuck. Nice one. 9.925

Reed – FX – Florida – DLO, slide abck – front lay to rudi, pretty, little movement – switch 1/2 to wolf full, nice and high –   double pike hit –

Lee – BB – Auburn – wolf single, hit – aerial to bhs, her “I want to win” composition – switch to switch 1/2, little arm wave – bhs gainer full, stuck. Good. 9.975. So one judge was like, I no longer recognize balance checks. 

Arkansas came up witha  big beam rotation there to finish on 196.475, which is a solid final score for how this was looking for a while in there.

Nya Reed goes 9.950, though that only gets Florida to 49.175 on floor, so no all-time team record, which saves me from having to rage about that at least. Thank you Florida. It is still 198.150, the highest score in the country this year.

Graber – FX – Alabama – full in, a little forward, step, good cover – switch side to wolf jump 1.5, good attention to detail in that series – front tuck through to double pike, little slide. Nice.

Meanwhile, it’s 49.450 in beam for Auburn, to 49.325 on floor for Alabama thanks to Graber’s 9.925. Auburn extends the lead.

After 3: Auburn 147.975 to Alabama 147.475

Rotation 4

I need Kathy saying “I’m sorry were you talking to me?” replayed for me twice a day.

Burgess – BB – Alabama – full trun, smooth – one-arm bhs to loso, secure – cat leap is low, into switch side, much better height – switch to beat, nice – side aerial to full, hop back. Pretty. 9.900. It begins.

Stevens – FX – Auburn – front lay to rudi, slightly ragged, chest down, secure – split leap full to wolf jump full, not quite all the way around on wolf – double tuck,  nailed landing.9.875. Someone’s getting a 10 in this rotation.

Doggette – BB – Alabama – bhs loso, large break, bend forward, hips to horizontal, leg up – switch 1/2, little check but good presence to save it – 1.5 dismount, lunge forward. 9.700 is quite high too.

Brusch – FX – Auburn – front tcuk through to double tuck, chest up, secure landing – switch 1/2 to popa to wolf full, excellent height – double pike, controlled step. Excellent routine. Should be a huge score even in normal circumstances. 9.875. I mean, this is what I don’t understand, because that was clearly stronger than Stevens.

Graber – BB – Alabama – bhs lay-pike, secure – switch to straddle 3/4 – cat leap to kickover, little lean forward – gainer full, hit. 9.925.

Groth – FX – Auburn – Are we doing “Groth” or “Growth” because if I were her, I would be like…I decide this is not pronounced Growth. front 2/1 with slide forward, but some of the better form on that pass – 1.5 to layout, very nice, clean – rudi, little bounce. Great form, some landings. 9.900

Waligora – BB – Alabama – bhs loso series, secure – side aerial, small check – split jump to tuck jump full, slightly under rotated, scoots feet around – 1.5, stuck. 9.925.

9.925 is the score. You are 9.925. I am 9.925. We are 9.925.

Watson – FX – Auburn – double arabian – holds the stick onto her toesssss, better legs than most double arabians – 1.5 to layout, a bit of soft knees – switch side to popa, a little underrotated – double tuck, little slide. 9.900

Hudson – BB – Alabama – aerial to bhs loso, nailed it – full turn, kind of a large wobble, leans – switch to beat, hit – side aerial – 1.5, stuck. 9.925

Lee – FX – Auburn – DLO, good, little bounce, much better than her first floor – switch ring to split leap full, everyone else should get deducted for those elements – 1.5 to front full, step, did it stay in bounds? A lot better on the passes than her first one. 9.925

39.700 in the AA for Lee.

Blanco – BB – Alabama – aerial, nice – full turn, smooth – bhs loso series, secure – swtich to switch 1/2, very small correction – 2/1 dismount, stuck. Good.


This is already Auburn’s 2nd-best meet ever.

Gobourne – FX – Auburn – open double tuck, controls landing – switch side to wolf full, great height, shows clear finish on wolf – front full to layout, pretty well controlled there – double pike, finds her landing. Very good.


Auburn’s like, never mind now we’re sad.

FINAL: Auburn 197.525, Alabama 197.125


NCAA Week 4 – Schedule and Links


Friday, January 28

6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT

[18] Western Michigan, Ball State, UW-Oshkosh @ Eastern Michigan

7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

[6] LSU @ Georgia

7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Towson, Pitt @ [25] North Carolina

7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Rutgers, Cornell @ Kent State

7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

UW-Whitewater, Gustavus Adolphus @ Hamline

7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT

West Virginia @ Iowa State

7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT

UW-Eau Claire @ UW-La Crosse

8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT

Alaska @ Air Force

8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

[13] Arkansas @ [4] Florida

9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

[9] Alabama @ [8] Auburn

9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

Washington @ [16] Arizona State

9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT
[23] Utah State @ [21] BYU

9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT
[19] Southern Utah @ Boise State

Saturday, January 29

2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

SEMO @ Lindenwood

4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT

[19] Stanford @ [2] Utah

4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT

[10] Missouri @ [12] Kentucky

4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT

New Hampshire, George Washington, William & Mary @ NC State

4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT

Ursinus @ West Chester

5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT

Illinois @ Penn State

6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT

Nebraska @ [17] Iowa

7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

[14] Oregon State @ [11] Cal

Sunday, January 30

1:00pm ET/10:00am PT

Central Michigan, Illinois State @ Ball State

1:00pm ET/10:00am PT

Yale @ Penn

1:00pm ET/10:00am PT

Brockport @ Ithaca

2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

[15] Michigan State @ [1] Michigan

2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

Northern Illinois @ Bowling Green

2:00pm ET/11:00pm PT

UW-Stout, UW-Whitewater @ Winona State

2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

Springfield @ Rhode Island

3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT

UC Davis, Alaska @ Air Force

3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT
Centenary @ TWU

4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT
Temple @ LIU

4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT

Bridgeport, Southern Connecticut @ Brown

5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT
[5] Denver @ [3] Oklahoma

5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT
Arizona @ [24] UCLA

5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT
Rutgers @ [22] Ohio State

5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT
Sacramento State @ San Jose State

Monday, January 31

7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT

Illinois @ Nebraska

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

COVID Withdrawals

  • Minnesota has canceled Sunday’s scheduled meet against Maryland.
  • That’s it so far!

How to Watch

Meets marked ESPN and ESPN2 will be broadcast live on TV and can also be streamed online at the link provided for those who have a login from a TV provider subscription that includes those networks, which is all of them.

Meets marked ESPNU, SEC Network, and BTN will be broadcast live on TV and can also be streamed online at the link provided for those who have a login from a TV provider subscription that includes those networks, which is not all of them.

Meets marked P12 Network will be broadcast live on TV or on Pac-12 Insider and can be streamed online at the link provided for those who have a log-in from a participating TV provider subscription, which is almost none of them. The Pac-12 Network provides a free international feed on YouTube for those outside the US.

Meets marked BTN+ are streamed through a paid subscription to BTN+ ($15/month).

Meets marked SEC+ and ACC+ may be streamed on WatchESPN for those who have a log-in from their TV provider subscription—U-Verse, Spectrum, DirecTV, Dish, Xfinity, Verizon, Sling, Hulu, or YouTube TV.

Meets marked ESPN+ may be streamed through a separate paid subscription to the ESPN+ streaming service ($7/month).

Meets marked ESPN3 may be streamed on WatchESPN for those who have a log-in from a participating internet service provider, which is all of them.

Meets marked BYUTV will be broadcast live on TV on the BYU Network or streamed for free at the link provided. (You have to make a profile and log in—ugh—but after that it’s free.)

Meets marked Free Stream are free at the link provided from either a Pac-12 digital or school-specific stream.

Meets marked YouTube are…on YouTube.