Friday Live Blog – January 21, 2022

It’s an earlier start to the action today with what was supposed to be an SEC Network tripleheader until Arkansas/LSU was canceled. Now it’s just a normal loser doubleheader that starts earlier.

Action begins with Florida and Georgia, which is a much more important meet for Georgia given the trouble-riddled 194 to start the season, followed by the COVID cancellation of both meets scheduled for last weekend. It’s too early for “THIS SCORE MUST COUNT” panic, but this also does need to be something vaguely in the vicinity of competitive. For Florida, look for whether we see progress in terms of lineups coming together and routines looking more refined, but there’s not any actual score pressure at this point. 

We’ll also have Denver/West Virginia and Kentucky/Alabama to keep an eye on in the early slate, then on to Iowa State/Auburn and Arizona State/Utah. I’ll be tapping out by 10:30ET/7:30PT for GymCastic’s College and Cocktails.

You can find the score and streaming links you need on the LINKS page.

6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT[3] Florida @ [29] Georgia
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT[43] Central Michigan @ [48] Bowling Green
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT[6] Denver @ [38] West Virginia
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT[30] Northern Illinois, [53] SEMO, [55] Lindenwood
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT[62] UW-La Crosse @ [UR] UW-Stout
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT[69] Hamline @ [68] Winona State
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT[9] Kentucky @ [10] Alabama
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT[41] Eastern Michigan @ [50] Illinois State
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT[35] Iowa State @ [7] Auburn
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT[13] Arizona State @ [2] Utah
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT[21] BYU @ [18] Southern Utah

In the later meets, Iowa State has had a predictably slow start to the year given just how many team members are already out for the season, a list that now also includes Addy De Jesus. Do you have enough people to hit routines in this lineup? That will be an issue to watch in the meet against Auburn. Auburn’s meet release indicates that they don’t plan on using Lee on floor today, but we shall see. 

In “the thing that’s making me cackle right now” news, Georgia’s meet notes have a “possible lineups” section that includes Marissa Oakley and Sterlyn Austin despite the fact that they graduated last year. Which really sums things up. Also, UC Davis was added to the Oregon State/UCLA meet this week after Davis’s trip to Alaska was canceled, but the Pac-12 Network is like “NOT. SHOWING. THAT.” You know, like in a real sport where you don’t show one of the teams?

What are they going to do if Davis wins? Which…not out of the question right now.

It’s funny watching my weekly 7 minutes of the Rooster Cornfeathers Show that’s on the SEC Network for 100 hours a day before gymnastics because they’re always like “should this coach be fired for losing Big Game?” Meanwhile in gymnastics, it’s like, “Well, they didn’t commit three full felonies, so it wouldn’t really be fair to lose your job…”

Georgia is “literally……..trying to build some momentum.” Alicia, what were you about to say?

Georgia is adding Baumann to the vault lineup today, which is important for them.

Rotation 1

Georgia VT 1 – Cashman – a hit this week, solid, medium pace back, some piked hip position. 9.800

Florida UB 1 – Blakely – good first hs – maloney to pak – 1/2 turn on low, a loose back position – strong cast hs on high – toe 1/2, small leg moment, to front giant to double front, cowboy but finds the landing. Good one. 9.825

Georgia VT 2 – Magee – Y1.5 really nicely done, small step back, but otherwise excellent. Good improvement for both vaulters so far. 9.900

Florida UB 2 – Skaggs – good first hs – tkatchev to pak, lovely rhythm – 1/2 turn on low, some angle – borderline cast hs on high – DLO, some legs, stuck. Good work. 9.900

Georgia VT 3 – Baumann – goes for the yfull, large bounce back and knee position, legs on block. Will want to drop but a hit. 9.725

Florida UB 3 – McCusker – “almost made that Olympic team in Tokyo” – maloney to pak, maloney is a bit floppy, loose back – toe on to van leuwen, hit – higgins to front giant to double front 1/2 out, deeeeep landing with a step back. Will get knocked for that dismount. 9.800. That seems high.

Georgia VT 4 – Ward – nearly finds the landing on her Tsuk full, comes in a bit short with a hop forward, and some pike position. 9.825

Florida UB 4 – Schoenherr – good first hs – toe 1/2 to jaeger, very good – hits next cast hs – toe on to bail, small hip angle – double front 1/2 out – hop back. Solid. 9.800. I saw that as stronger than McCusker’s.

Georgia VT 5 – Lukacs – pulls out that Y1.5 today, lands a bit deep, hop to the side, loses her knees at the end. 9.775

Florida UB 5 – Thomas – shortish first hs today – maloney to pak, clean – toe on to van leeuwen, small leg break – DLO, lovely and stuck. I don’t think these were her best handstands today, but the rest was pretty much ideal. 9.975.

I mean, I feel like those were her weakest handstands, and before she was getting like 9.850. “Don’t care as much about the cast handstands, and you’ll get a 10.”

Georgia VT 6 – Roberts – y1.5 – nearly is able to sell the stick on her vault but steps forward into her salute, knees. 9.925. How though? You can’t call that a stick.

Florida UB 6 – Wong – Maloney to pak, clean – good hs on low – shap 1/2, right on – strong hs on high – DLO, finds the stick. Excellent, some loose back they probably won’t care about. 9.975

Love the not-at-all working live scores!

Georgia goes 49.225 on vault, which is a clear improvement over week one and did feature getting Baumann into the lineup, but also featured…you’re at home right now. That was some “Suzanne Says Marsden Better Not Tweet About This” scoring. Certainly for both teams. 

Florida goes 49.475 after two 9.975s from Thomas and Wong. Wong’s was closer to a 10 for me.

Rotation 2

Florida VT 1 – Clark – this is definitely not Bri Edwards, yo – “got to be stoked to see her on TV” he’s not, it’s not her – hits a yfull, solid dynamics, fairly large bounce back – some pike. 9.725

Georgia UB 1 – Cashman – hits tkatchev, lowish but hit – bail, legs flash apart – some short cast hs in here – DLO, small step. Good. 9.775

Floriva VT 2 – Skaggs – pretty Yfull as always – goes a little off direction this time – slide back. 9.875

Georgia UB 2 – Ward – shaposh fingertips to bail, elbows on catch and some short position – closer to hs on high – DLO, little hop forward – gave away a lot in form but a hit. 9.825 is VERY VERY high for that. I had more than that just on the bail.

Florida VT 3 – Schoenherr – solid work on Y1.5 – hop forward and some knees, but solid control –

Georgia UB 3 – Finnegan – Ray, good amplituce – toe on to pak, archy and leg break – solid cast 1/2 position on low – hit work overall – FTDT, cehst forward and a hop. 9.875

Florida VT 4 – Reed – nearly found the stick on her Y1.5 again, just a little hop in place. 9.950

Georgia UB 4 – De Jong – short first hs – toe on to Ray, catches verrrry close – works out of it to bail, short of hs position – short cast hs on high – DLO, lean and hop forward. That was a real struggle and should be the dropped score. 9.625

Florida VT 5 – Wong – ro 1/2 on pike 1/2 is MUCH better this week – stuck landing, just a little chest position. 9.825

So, looks like they also took for dynamics there, distance and height in addition to chest position, which is justified in the code but also reflective of Yurchenko bias in judging because they aren’t taking that same level of deductions AT ALL on these Yurchenkos. Inconsistent with the very loose lens of the rest of the meet so far.

Georgia UB 5 – Schild – small arch in first hs – toe on Ray, nice hip open – bail, legs apart and short of handstand – DLO, piked position, lunge forward. Through it? 9.775.

Florida VT 6 – Thomas – deeeeep landing on her Y1.5, hop back. Didn’t have it this week.

Georgia UB 6 – Roberts – toe on to maloney, good – bail is clean, good hs – shortish final cast hs – DLO, a little flat but solid. 9.850

So Georgia will like that bars score (when we find out what it is). It’s a definite improvement on last week’s performance and should help the pace toward 196. But also I had three of those routines in the 9.6s.

Florida looked like it was starting well on vault and heading toward a huge score, but got kind of hosed on Wong’s vault, and then Thomas didn’t have a strong one,

49.100 for Georgia on bars, 49.250 for Florida on vault. Still waiting on all the Florida vault scores. It’s fine. I’m fine.

Rotation 3

Georgia BB 1 – Magee – straight jump to straddle 1/2, lovely – bhs bhs loso, wonderful foot positions, lean to the side – small hesitation on full turn – ro 1.5 dismount, a little close to the beam, lunge forward. 9.825

Florida FX 1 – Clapper – punch rudi to double stag, travels farrr back on double stag – 1.5 to layout to stag, doesn’t quite get the back leg up to position on the stag – switch side to popa, fine – double pike, bounce back, keeps it in bounds. 9.800

Georgia BB 2 – Cohen – a new one getting a moment – bhs loso and right off the beam – switch, small pause into straddle jump – full turn is nice – side aerial, another lean, breaks connection into split jump – 2/1 is stuck well. 9.150

John says Lazzari was injured in warmups.

Florida FX 2 – Skaggs – wolf double, cleanly around – rudi to a double stag, that one was well controlled and high – 1.5 to layout, slightly larger slide forward on layout but kept back foot down – 9.875

Georgia BB 3 – Schild – aerial, small hesitation into bhs and bhs attempt – large lean at the hips and can’t save it, grabs the beam and then has to jump off – Georgia counting a fall now. Resumes with a tentative full turn – switch to split, good – cat leap to side aerial to full, hop back. 9.125

Florida FX 3 – Blakely – double arabian with a large lunge forward this week, possible OOB – switch ring to switch 1/2 – double tuck, small rebound – 1.5 to layout is solid. 9.725

Georgia BB 4 – Hawthorne – bhs loso is high but she can’t correct on landing, leg flies up and she falls – third fall of the rotation – “their coaches say they see moments of greatness” is not auspicious – 1.5 dismount, stuck. 9.300

Florida FX 4 – Baumann – 1.5 to front full, bounce forward out of it – switch 1/2 to 1/2 sissone, pretty sissone, some feet on switch 1/2 – double pike, fairly well controlled – 9.875

Georgia BB 5 – De Jong – full turn is solid – switch to split, strong – aerial, keeps arms moving into straddle jump – bhs loso series and she’s off too. Four falls in a row. Got high on her bhs but not on the loso – side aerial to full, hop back.

Florida FX 5 – Reed – DLO, controls landing, hop to present, coming in a little more forward, but that helps not bounce back – front lay to rudi, slide back – switch side to wolf full, nice amplitude – double pike, good height, another little bounce in place. Strong again. 9.950

Georgia BB 6 – Baumann – side aerial to loso and she fully splits the beam, which will be as good as a fall – I say it was a Korbut – full turn, wobble – beat to switch side, check – 1.5 dismount, leans to hold the stick.


Florida FX 6 – Taylor – No Thomas on floor today – verrrry short double tuck and she has injured her ankle/foot there. Wonder if it happened before the landing because she got very little on that pass to begin with. Well that sucks. Looks bad.

Florida goes 49.225 on floor, ending on a sour note there.

Georgia…five straight falls to end the beam rotation. And it was easy 196 pace before that.

Georgia 46.625 on beam. YEOUCH.

Denver is getting started against WVU with Ruiz on bars – giant full a bit late into hit Tkathev – bail, slightly crooked in the air but fine – DLO, maybe holds the stick. Good. She went 9.875

Rotation 4

Florida BB 1 – Skaggs – wolf single, good – switch to split, nice split extension – bhs loso series, clean in the air – aerial with a check, has to keep her leg up to cover, but a leg-up[ wobble definitely – cat leap to switch side, good split and horizontal position shown – side aerial to full, small bounce back. 9.875

Georgia FX 1 – Perez-Lugones – double pike, secure landing, a bit of chest position – back 1/2 to front 1/1, shaky on landing, a couple small steps – switch side to popa, gets to 180 – double tuck, nailed that landing. 9.850

Florida BB 2 – Blakely – aerial to bhs, comfortable – swtich, attacks it but then wobbles before switch 1/2, no combo – full turn – side somi, hit – side aerial to full, stuck landing – BUT she did not have a leap combination backup to throw in there, so will lose .2. 9.675 still.

Georgia FX 2 – Magee – piked full in, controls step, just some stagger on landing – switch 1/2 to popa, nice work – 1.5 to layout, jusssst pulls that layout around, very low but around – double pike, a bit deep in landing but works it out, lunge present to the side. 9.775

Florida BB 3 – Baumann – bhs loso series, hits it, covers any potential check with arms – switch to split, hit – side aerial, holds again – switch 1/2, huge break and falls – counting the 9.675 now. 1.5 dismount, hop. 9.075

Georgia FX 3 – Roberts – front tuck through to double tuck, bounce back – double pike, very solid. 9.850

Lynnzee Brown with a hit bars for Denver, hop forward on DLO. Denver already at 49.450 before her score.

Florida BB 4 – Wong – switch through to split leap, beautiful – bhs loso, very solid, right on – full turn, smooth – aerial, check, can’t really cover, leg up and a little arm wave – side aerial, secure – side somi, good – 2/1, hollddsss the stick? But she ends up dropping her chest well below horizontal to hold it, which is a major deduction.  9.775

Georgia FX 4 – Lukacs – double pike, good closed pike position, small adjustment on landing – 1.5 to layout, solid layou position – switch side to wolf full, not the most connected dance connection you’ll see on floor – double tuck, solid landing again, chest down. Good work. 9.850

Rachael Lukacs says I could have done that on beam.

Florida BB 5 – Thomas – like that we didn’t see the beginning – overturns full turn some – one-arm bhs to loso, pretty – aerial to beat jump to Korbut, great extension – side aerial to full, small hop in place. At least Trinity is here. 9.950 is objectively too high for the full turn and the non-stick.

Georgia FX 5 – Baumann – wolf 2 and a something – 1.5 to front full, good equivalent lift into her front full – switch side to straddle jump, way over 180 – double pike, secure landing, some form in knees and feet –

Wait what. a 10?

Judges like, “We’re soooo sorry about beam, love the judges.”

Florida BB 6 – Clapper – bhs loso loso, arm wave check – switch, large break, bend forward at the hops beyond horitzontal – redoes it to get her leap combination – side aerial to full, stuck. But not her highest score, which will affect Florida’s total.9.750

Georgia FX 6 – Hawthorne – double pike, controls landing – split leap full to delayed split jump full, cool combination because she was fully traveling during it but that can also be a deduction – front lay to rudi to split jump, traveling a little forward, has to arm wave about it to control. 

9.975 sure why not.

Georgia falling five 10s on beam and getting the same score as last week is the chaos I’m looking for.

49.525 for Georgia on floor ok sure. 194/475 total.

Florida ends up below 197, which I did not see coming after the first two events. The story there is not that different from the last couple meets. An all-over-the-place meet with moments of brilliance and moments of problems and unsettled lineups.

What a journey it was.

Small hop forward for Lynnzee Brown on y1.5. She goes 9.925 to get Denver over 49 on vault.

Alabama and Kentucky starting

Alabama VT 1 – Hudson – Yfull, pretty large bounce back but solid direction and position. 9.775

Kentucky UB 1 – Luksik – a little close on Ray but works through ot – bail, insannnnne save, arches fully to horizontal and somehow pulls it back. DLO, small step – 9.600

Alabama VT 2 – Paradise – solid y1.5, only a small hop forward, some knees. Good. 9.875

Kentucky UB 2 – Angeny – short first hs – 1/2 turn to jaeger to overshoot, hit, some flexed feet in jaeger – short cast hs on high bar – DLO, pretty. 9.775

Alabama VT 3 – Olsen – Did the graphic just says she’s from Ohio? Also the graphics identified Angeny as Nixon. DTY – larger bounce back than last week but solid. Not bad on the form. 9.850

Kentucky UB 3 – Nixon – good first hs – maloney to bail, legs right together – love when the bail is out of frame and we can’t see the leggsssss – FTDT, high, bounce back. 9.850

Alabama VT 4 – Quinn – struggles on her y1.5, large lunge forward and an additional step to meet it. 9.750

Kentucky UB 4 – Bunn – shortish first hs – blind to jaeger, hit – better next hs – bail hs is clean, good feet – rushes final cast hs – DLO, nearly shows the stick but has to step salute before showing control. 9.825

Alabama VT 5 – Doggette – nails the landing on her y1.5, just very small movement, some legs apart at the end, should also take for distance because it’s not the farthest. But the 9850 I have for that is also too low compared to what everything else gets. 9.925

Kentucky UB 5 – DeGuzman – solid first hs – pretty jaeger feet into overshoot – DLO, shuffle back, both feet. Good routine. 9.775, seems a bit low.

Alabama VT 6 – Graber – can’t control her y1.5 either, large bounce forward for .2, great form. 9.800

Alabama 49.225 on vault, which they’ll take for several struggle landings on their 10.0 starts. But got five 10.s into the lineup today.

Kentucky UB 6 – Worley – good first hs – clear hip to tkatchev, shows amplitude – clean pak – cast 1/2 on low, OK – shows final cast vertical with a little loose back – FTDT, shuffle to the side. 9.875

Alabama 49.225, Kentucky 49.100. Nice close one to start.

Rotation 2 from Kentucky/Alabama getting started as we wait for Auburn/Iowa St.

Kentucky VT 1 – Procasky – opens up on her yfull pretty well, chest up, bounce back. 9.850. So looks like they only took the bounce

Alabama UB 1 – Hudson – toe on to maloney, some legs into bail, just a little angled coming into handstands – giant full, late into double tuck, stuck. Solid work. 9.875

Kentucky VT 2 – Wilson – handspring pike 1/2, lands with her chest very low and a large lunge back. 9.725

Alabama UB 2 – Waligora – blind to jaeger, some feet, into overshoot – solid cast hs on high bar – DLO 1/1, better, some pike in the hips, small hop in place. 9.875

Kentucky VT 3 – Nixon – gorgeous high yfull, medium bounce back. 9.875

Over at Auburn, Jada Glenn is back in the lineup on vault. With a yfull, short landing, chest forward and a step. 9.725

Alabama UB 3 – Adams – maloney to pak, legs together – good hs – van leeuwen, legs together – solid cast hs – toe full, goes over and can’t save it, fall. 9.350

Iowa State gets a clean bars from Maxwell in the first position. Some handstands. DLO, small slide.

Kentucky VT 4 – Magnelli – handspring pike 1/2, medium bounce back, not the most distance, chest up better. 9.800

Walsh hits a yfull for Auburn, some pike, smaller bounce back.

Alabama UB 4 – Machado – good first hs – maloney to pak, clena – toe on to van leeuwen, gets it around – a bit late on final cast hs – toe full OK finish into double tuck, stuck. better from her. 9.925

Groth sticks her yfull for Auburn, legs and chest position but great landing.

Kentucky VT 5 – Patterson – handspring pike 1/2, best chest position of the trio, but a larger bounce back.

Alabama UB 5 – Blanco – good first hs – maloney to pak, clean – 1/2 turn on low, fine – rushes final cast hs – FTDT, small bounce up in place, absorbs the landing. 9.925

Hubbard for Auburn hits a y1.5, far but flatter.

Kentucky VT 6 – Worley – y1.5 – small hop forward – like Doggette it’s not the farthest. 9.900

Kentucky 49.275 on vault after the 49.100 on bars.

Alabama UB 6 – Doggette – good first hs – tkatchev to pak, clean, good counter – 1/2 turn on low, somewhat late – a bit short on final cast – DLO, like Blanco, just a little bounce up in place. Good. 9.950

Auburn has Watson up 5th on vault, gets her y1.5 around, more knee form than her usual, hop to the side.

Alabama goes 49.550 on bars. A goof rotation, some loose scoring, but strong work. On a big pace through two events.

Iowa State has been pretty solid on bars so far. Basuel catches close-ish on a jaeger and hops on dismount but should be a useful score. 9.775.

Gobourne – VT – Auburn – y1.5 – lunge forward – good direction, a touch of knees.

Gobourne 9.850 to put Auburn at 49.250 on vault.

Orrego – UB – Iowa State – arches her first hs a lot but puls it back – maloney to pak, leg form – pauses in 1/2 turn on low bar but works through it – DLO, pikes it down but gets it around with a step salute. That should be the drop score, but ISU will be at 49.025 on bars, which is a pace way up on the low-194s they’ve been score

Brown went 9.975 on floor for Denver as they go 49.400. On pace for a hearty 197 at this one.

Alabama with a .4 lead at the halfway point.

Alabama BB 1 – Burgess – one-arm bhs to loso, secure – cat leap is low, into switch side, gets her center of gravity off and falls – switch to beat, hit – small rebound on dismount. Alabama has to work not to go full Georgia now. 9.200

Kentucky FX 1 – Bunn – double pike, good height, little bounce – switch 1/2 to wolf 1.5, wolf looked good, switch has a low back leg – 1.5 to front pike, slide – rudi, controls – 9/850

Alabama BB 2 – Doggette – full turn – bhs loso series, secure, some knees on bhs, better on loso – switch 1/2 is hit – split jump to Chen, would like a little clearer tuck position there, got to be one or the other – 1.5 dismount, small shuffle. Hit.

Auburn leads off bars with Watson – finishes with a stuck FTDT with a little stagger.

Albores into the floor lineup for Kentucky.

Loyim 2nd up on vault for Iowa State has a DISASTER and it’s amazing if she’s OK, which she seems to be but we’ll see about her head. Hand must have slipped, her feet hit the vault, she landed awkwardly on her neck.

Meanwhile Graber is on beam for Alabama – hits her bhs lay-pike – a little tight on her switch – cat leap to kickover to scale, works through it pretty well – gainer full, hit.

Bergstrom on vault for Iowa State has to follow that, good amplitude on a full, bounce back

Smith – UB – Auburn – toe on to maloney to pak, good rhythm – 1/2 turn on low bar is quite late – DLO is under, has to tuck a little and hops forward, so not her strongest.

Graber went 9.900 on beam and Hudson is up now – aerial to bhs loso, strong – switch to switch, OK positions – side aerial, hit – 1.5, holds stick with a lean control.

Brusch – UB – Auburn – toe on to maloney to bail, not quite there on a couple verticals, good legs together – short final cast hs on high – DLO, hop back. Still goes 9.875, which is high for me.

Procasky on FX for Kentucky, nearly OOB on her rudi but looks like she stayed in. Deeeeeep on final double tuck, doesn’t fall, but two lunges back OOB.

Emilie Hong for Iowa State finds the stick on a Y1.5, some knees, some distance. Although she was so excited she fist pumped before saluting.

Gobourne UB – Auburn – great amplitude of tkatchev to pak – late 1/2 turn on low – FTDT, sticks it, deep landing but holds the stick. 9.900

Waligora through beam with a hit, hop forward on landing, so Alabama close to escaping beam now.

Maxwell for Iowa State saves a stick on her Y1.5 on vault with a lean and wiggle to hold it, so ISU somehow ends up on 49.150 for vault.

Lee – UB – Auburn – maloney to pak is lovely into van leeuwen, perfect – short cast hs – FTDT, hop back. I had two short casts in there and hop on landing, so we’ll see how it measures up. 9.900

Blanco finishes beam for Alabama, pretty aerial – bhs loso loso series, right on – swtich to beat,good toes, quickly connected – 2/1, small hop. Good.

Auburn 49.375 on bars to go over 197 pace through two events.

Worley anchors Kentucky on floor, has to avoid a low counter with this routine – full in, holds the stick, chest down – 1.5 to front layout, good extended position on layout – she’s kind of in two minds on some of these landings, am I sticking or am I going to show a controlled step, and it can read as a hesitation – double tuck is solid, controlled lunge.

Blanco 9.925 to put Alabama on 49.250 beam.

9.925 for Worley puts Kentucky on 49.325 on floor, so they gain some ground on Alabama but will trail by .325 and go to beam now.

Auburn to beam in rotation 3

Hollingsworth – BB – Auburn – good full turn – bhs loso, secure – switch to switch 1/2, low position, but solid – strong split jump 1/2 from side position, little arm wave afterward – side aerial to full, holds the stick.

Boychuk – FX – Iowa St – double pike, legs apart but solid landing – 1.5 to layout, whips it around a little – double tuck, secure landing. 9/825

Kentucky and Alabama start the final rotation now

Haigis – BB – Kentucky – lovely loso series – switch, small hesitation into shushunova – full turn is nice – cat leap to aerial, short but saves it, check and a little “i meant to” 1/2 turn – 1.5 dismount, stuck. 9.800

Brusch is 2nd up on beam for Auburn, aerial to split jump, not the highest, secure – bhs loso, hit – some hesitation on leap combinations here – gainer full is solid.

Mitchell leads off floor for Alabama with a low landing on double pike, chest forward and a lunge forward. Does well to avoid that cursed elephant behind her and hit her final pass. 9.875, OK well we know how these scores are going to go.

Magnelli 2nd on beam for Kentucky – bhs loso loso series, leg-up check but holds it, progressively more bend knees as she goes – switch to straddle 1/4, excellent extension – stuck gainer pike.

Stevens up on beam for Auburn following two 9.875s. EVERYTHING IS 9.875. bhs loso series – brings it back with a check as she seemed quite off line – kickover to knee to immediate wolf turn, hit – 1.5, holds stick, a little deep. 9.825

Olsen for Alabama with a piked full in today on floor, but she does have a landing problem on her double tuck to finish, bounce and lean. 9.800

Riegert is 3rd on beam for Kentucky – side aerial to bhs series attempt, looked like her foot buckled on side aerial and while she tried to get the bhs, it wasn’t happening – fall –

Machado is back in the floor lineup for Alabama – double pike, shows control – 1.5 to front pike, a little short, some ragged feet – strong double tuck. 9.925. Home meet, don’t you love a home meet.

Groth – BB – Auburn – bhs loso bhs is on, good – switch to switch 1/2, back leg a little short on 1/2, not too bad on the spectrum – aerial, smoothly controlled – stuck dismount.

Andrea Maldonado on floor for Iowa State – front 2/1 to front tuck, lovely front 2/1, front tuck a little short with a slide back – double pike, small slide – rudi, bounce, but one of the least yucky rudis you’ll see in NCAA.

It’s a fall for Bailey Bunn on ebam, misses her loso series, so now Kentucky counting a beam fall.

Auburn’s numbers looking very good on beam with McLaughlin and Lee to finish. McLaughlin – swithc to bhs loso, well connected – does overturn a full turn in there – attacks switch and straddle 1/2 positions – gainer pike is good.

Looks like Waligora just barely stepped OOB on floor for Alabama. We’ll see if anyone cares. NOPE. 9.925

Maddie Diab has excellent twisting positions on floor.

Worley resumes order for Kentucky on beam. Not her strongest, a crooked switch side, a little hop on dismount. But a good hit.

Lee – BB – Auburn – wolf single, little lean, gets everyone – aerial, arm wave correction – side aerial to loso and falls. Do not recognize.

Auburn had five hits before and will go 49.375 on beam. Well over 197 pace with floor to come.

Angeny finishes for Kentucky on beam – bhs loso loso, pulls it out, some knees – aerial, nicely done, clean – beat to straddle 1/4, shows the extension – side aerial to tuck full, little step. Good.

Graber finishes for Alabama on floor – full in, chest a bit forward with a step – popa, nice extension – switch side through to wolf jump 1.5, clear positions – front tuck through to double pike, good.

With the counting fall on beam, Kentucky is done on 196.275, which is not a bad number but it could have been a big counter. Which is a missed opportunity given the scoring today. 

Graber goes 9.950 as expected to put Alabama on a preposterous number on floor and a 197.650 total, one of the highest in the country so far. Bars was really nice today. Beam had its moments, floor scoring was pure parody, but definitely the best we’ve seen from them thus far. 

Over in Utah land, Utah has a 9.900 on vault from Stanhope so far.

Burch up 5th on vault – finds the stick on her Y1.5 – legs on the block and some knees in the air. 9.900

Suni’s 9.425 on beam with a fall and a couple other errors is my fave.

Arizona State now trying to drop a miss on bars.

Clark – UB – ASU – very nice feet on jaeger, straddles her pak salto – some handstands to take here – DLO is pretty, stuck. 9.875

McCallum anchoring vault for Utah – does the Servente – solid, medium sized bounce back, and flexed feet. 9.825.

Scharf – UB – ASU – maloney, legs apart to pak, hit – 1/2 turn position on low bar is solid – a bit short on final cast hs – FTDT, holds stick with arm wave. 9.875

Utah 49.275 on vault, Arizona State 49.225 on bars.

If there were 9.9 judges on those last couple ASU bars, I feel like we’re going to see some big scores falling in Utah’s rotation.

Steinmeyer opens beam for Iowa State with a fall. Bergstrom follows with a check on a full turn, side aerial to kickover to bhs, works through the combination, a lean – switch to switch, pretty back leg position – cat leap to sdie aertial to full, off line but got it, stuck.

Rotation 2 in Utah

I was too distracted by the uneven floor in Auburn to see ASU’s first vault. Jaslow went 9.725


Morgan – UB – Utah – maloney to bhardwaj, pretty solid legs just cross a second at the end – 1/2 turn position on low is good – hits final cast hs – giant full, a little crooked into double tuck, finds the stick. 9.875

Samily – VT – ASU – round of full on back pike, large lunge, solid height.

Hannah Loyim is back out there for beam for Iowa State after that very scary vault fall.

Burch – UB – Utah – she’s getting multiple events today – slight hesitation in hs, hits jaeger – bail, clean, good feet – very strong cast hs on high – DLO, stuck landing. Good. 9.900

Brusch with some very good landing control on floor for Auburn.

White – VT – ASU – yfull, clean position, medium hop back –

Thompson – UB – Utah – peak is pretty – a bit short on cast hs on low – maloney to gienger, a little dead on the hang after but not too bad – DLO, small hop. 9/850

Mangahas – VT – ASU – doesn’t have the control on her yfull landing – bounce back and extra step. 9.900

Palacios just had an insane fall onto the beam for Iowa State.

McCallum – UB – Utah – maloney to pak, good legs together – van leeuwen, very small leg cross at the end – FTDT, little slide. Good. 9.925

Scharf – VT – ASU – very good Yfull, has the height, only small landing movement. 9.875

Isa – UB – Utah – Ray, good counter rotation – shortish next cast – bail – goes over the wrong way and has to correct, doesn’t fall but improveses to get the right direction – giant full, solid vertical position into DLO, hop forward. 9.775

Theodorou – VT – ASU – her Servente – also has a medium hop back, but stronger foot position. 9.875

O’Keefe – UB – Utah – maloney to pak, nice – good 1/2 turn position on low – double arabian, drops into it, opens too early this time though with a lunge back. Add a 1/2 twist?

9.875 for O’Keefe puts Utah on 49.425 and 98.700 after two events, to ASU’s 98.400. Still close.

Meanwhile, Iowa State has Semple finishing things up on beam. Bhs loso series, good amplitude. Full turn, overturns by a tad. Cat leap to switch 1/2 to beat jump. Switch to split, hit. Side aerial to full, stuck. Good finish to the rotation. The counting fall will take away the 196 for Iowa State, but still a major improvement on the first two meets. 

Gobourne finishes floor for Auburn – open double tuck, solid landing – switch side to wolf full, good clear finish position – front full to front lay, just a little stutter on landing – double pike, nailed that landing. Very good.

Iowa State is done on 195.575. Auburn will have a huge total, Gobourne’s score will decide how huge.

9.975 for Gobourne gets Auburn to 197.350, their 2nd-best score ever.

Rotation 3 starting in Utah

Morgan – BB – Utah – round off bhs to loso mount series, arm wave lean – split jump 1/2 to split – side aerial to full, hop back. 9.775

Jaslow – FX – ASU – double pike, controlled landing, chest up, flexed feet – front lay to front full, again controlled, a bit of legs – Ooooooh and she has to fix her knee-made-of-dust brace before her final pass – double tuck, controls alnding. How did she manage to finish on the music if she took time to do that? 9.850, ACL bonus?

McCallum – BB – Utah – good candle mount vertical position – wolf double, comfortable – eeesh, falls on side aerial loso series, right off line – switch to stag – small check on choreo – side aerial to full, stuck. Good finish.

Reeves – FX – ASU – 2.5, controls her landing right in the corner, foot crossing – 1/2 to front full, a bit of loose knees – rudi, controls landing. 9.800

Did she just say she hasn’t seen a whip 1/2 since Kupets?

Randall – BB – Utah – good full turn – bhs loso series, keeps it on the beam but bends to the side and chest lean – sheep, hit – rulfova, hit – 1.5 dismount, step back. Opened the door lots. That chest bend went to horizontal so it’s supposed to be 0.20. 9.650 will have to count.

White – FX – ASU – front 2/1, under, crossover step – front full to front pike is nice, clean position. 9.750

Randall – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, step back and another bend at the hips to horizontal – switch to split is hit – beat to sdie aerial to ful, holds the stick for long enough. But did have that big break. 9.675

Utah having a Light Georgia on beam so far.

Theodorou – FX – ASU – full in, chest a bit crunched down, step slide – maintains solid wolf position through her elements – 1.5 to layout, layout gets lower – 9.825

Isa – BB – Utah – candle mount is well done – bhs loso loso series, secure, well done, maybe a bit of feet – beat to straddle 1/4, good – gainer full, stuck. Very good.

Mangahas – FX – ASU – full in is a struggle, chest well down, lunge forward – double tuck landing is secure. 9.650

It’s 9.975 for Isa. Judges were like, WE WEREN’T PLANNING SO MANY 9.6s!!!!!!!

O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, very strong – switch to split leap, good 180s – full turn, nice – cat leap to side aerial to full, step back. Good. 9.950

Scharf – FX – ASU – front tuck through to double tuck, controls step back – doubel pike, nice position, bounce back. 9.850

Utah saves the beam rotation to 49.025, and we can assume that floor will take this well over 197, but won’t be the huge number that keeps pace with what Alabama did.

ASU 49.075 on floor, so still comfortably over 196 pace going to beam.

OK, I’m checking out before the final rotation for podcasting, but we can assume Utah goes 49.525 on floor or whatever.















9 thoughts on “Friday Live Blog – January 21, 2022”

  1. GA’s Baumann has the best pirouette on FX I’ve ever seen. Hoping she does FX tonight. I first noticed it at the Nastia Liukin Cup in 2016. She should teach every other gymnast how to do them.

    1. They shouldn’t have her doing that vault if her chest is going to be at her knees

  2. What has happened with Florida this season I feel like they are underperforming. Especially with all the new talent

    1. Florida has literally had 3 meets and they are “underperforming”. LOL.
      Florida is also using a wide variety of athletes in their line ups and pacing their stars.
      I think this is smart decision of Rowland. Might as well use your depth and get them experience early on, rather than have the stars peak too early. Georgia is a hot mess and the worst team in the SEC, so Florida does not need to put their strongest line ups out there.
      It was nice to see Clark vault last night as well as Leah Clapper doing FX and unfortunate for the Taylor injury.
      McCusker will soon debut on beam.
      Sure she could use Wong, Thomas, Skaggs, and Blakely in the AA and Reed, Schoenherr, Baumann, and Clapper on the rest, but then no one else gets experience in case someone gets injured down the road.

      Michigan looks dominate early on but they have used 5 AAers at every meet and Heiskell and Guggino. If an injury to one of their five AAers happens, they are completely screwed because no one else has been competing.

      1. I agree. The past few years, Florida has been at or near the top throughout the regular season only to fizzle out come championships. I think it’s wise for Rowland to take advantage of their depth by pacing the team and hopefully preventing burnout, (more) injuries, or even just peaking too early.

  3. Georgia….. I get troubles with COVID, but FIVE FALLS?!?! Courtney needs to get it together.

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