The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Saturday Live Blog – January 22, 2022

I’ll be following a couple meets today, starting with Cal/Washington on the Pac-12 Network, then the Arizona quad meet with Oklahoma, Stanford, and Utah State. In that one, we’ll see how Oklahoma responds to the fall-counting loss at Utah (anger gymnastics please?), as well as whether Stanford is going to continue being a 196 team starting now and establishing itself in the hierarchy ahead of Utah State and Arizona.

First, Cal and Washington, where Cal is also looking to erase a counting beam fall from last week and get toward that 197 mark this time around, while Washington is looking to erase…the entirety of last season as a concept? 

Score and streaming links

In earlier action, Ohio State squeaked by Penn State 196.450 to 196.425 in what was a very useful score for both teams, while Rutgers defeated Maryland 195.550 to 194.925. Maryland led early but had rough beam and floor scores, while Rutgers got 9.925, 9.950 from Joyner and Huang on floor to take the advantage on the final events.

For Cal lineups, Quinn is off floor this week after her fall last week. Williams is slated to enter the beam lineup. Still no Perea, Watterson, Scanlon.

Ohhh, the audio is WAYYY out of sync.

Blum is joining Washington’s vault lineup this week in place of Brooks.

Rotation 1

Washington VT 1 – Blum – hits a yfull, pretty good position in the air, a little pike, bounce up in place, chest a tad forward. 9.750

Cal UB 1 – DeSouza – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, clean leg positions – maybe a little short on final cast hs – oh took her FTDT very close to the bar, got through it, bounce back. 9.725

Washington VT 2 – Davis – also hits a yfull with chest forward, bounce forward, some more pike. 9.750

Cal UB 2 – Schank – good first hs – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, took the jaeger close with an elbow bend but worked through it this week – DLO, good stick, piked it down at the end to find the landing. 9.850. Looks like a 9.900/9.800 split.

Washington VT 3 – SKW – great amplitude on her Yfull, large bounce back but should get rewarded for open position and dynamics. 9.750

Cal UB 3 – Li – good first hs – pak, very high – toe on to van leeuwen, small leg separation at the start – giant full, right on top of the bar, to double tuck, littlest rebound in place. Good one. 9.925

Washington VT 4 – Navarro – Y1.5 is solid, finds the landing with a step to the side, a bit of knees at the end, not the biggest/highest. 9.800

Cal UB 4 – Williams – Maloney to pak, good legs on pak – 1/2 turn on low, small amount loose back – strong final cast hs – DLO, bounce back. 9.875

Washington VT 5 – Thompson – giant yfull, large bounce back but everything entil the landing was ideal. 9.775

Cal UB 5 – Bordas – good first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, amplitude for days, I feel like people talk about the Jaeger, but the fact that her overshoot isn’t dumpy is the best part for me – cast hs, small back tension moment –  giant full to double tuck, holds the landing. Good one. 9.900

Washington VT 6- Cunningham – nearly finds the landing on her yfull, hop back, again very strong in the air. 9.850, 

Cal UB 6 – Lauzon – lineup change to put her in, replacing Green – short first hs – toe on to maloney to pak, some legs in maloney, clean in the pak – 1/2 turn on low is past handstand – good final cast hs – FTDT, stuck landing. Gave away more form stuff on the bars than the others, but good finish.

Washington 48.925 on vault, which is a touch better than last week.

Meanwhile I looked over at the UNC quad meet to see Helen Hu do a beautiful aerial to scale, as per expectations. She landed short on her gainer full dismount with a step forward which will take away the score, but the rest was ideal.

Cal goes 49.375 on bars, which is also a touch better than last week, dropping the DeSouza score and leading with the 9.925 for Li and 9.900 for Bordas.

Missouri still goes 49.225 on beam to lead the UNC quad meet after 1 event.

Rotation 2

Cal VT 1 – Schank – good open position on her Yfull, little hop back. 9.850

Washington UB 1 – Moody – toe on to maloney to pak, some leg separations – 1/2 turn on low, OK – quite short cast hs on on high – FTDT, chest forward, hop. Solid. 9.675

Cal VT 2 – Li – yfull, larger bounce back than Schank, but also nice position in the air, a little more distance on hers, chest also a little more forward. 9.725 seems tight.

Washington UB 2 – Russon – good first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, nice toe point on jaeger – perhaps a bit short on final cast hs – giant full, pauses in the middle but keeps it going, double tuck, hop. 9.725

Cal VT 3 – Clausi – very strong landing on her yfull, clearly stuck – little bit of chest position, little bit of legs on block, but not a lot of stuff to take there. 9.850

Washington UB 3 – Brooks – short first hs – maloney to clear hip to bail, lots of legs on Maloney but gets through the rest of the combination solidly – giant full, also has some hesitation in hers, into double tuck, bounce back. 9.625

Cal VT 4 – Bordas – medium bounce back on her yfull, again solid open position, chest up. 9.850, so they only took for landing there.

Washington UB 4 – SKW – piked jaeger to overshoot, very clean legs through it – rushes cast hs on high a tad – 1/2 to front giant 1/2 to double tuck, stuck. Nice work. 9.900

Cal VT 5 – DeSouza – nearly finds the stick on her Y1.5 but is a little short with a slide back – the usual knees and legs on the block. 9.800.

Washington UB 5 – Thompson – blind to jaeger, hit – short cast hs – bail, small amount of legs on catch – missing a couple handstands here – DLO is well done. 9.875

Cal VT 6 – Lauzon – y1.5 – only barely pulls around the Y1.5, large lunge back. 9.500

Washington UB 6 – Bowles – giant full to an extra giant to deltchev to overshoot, feet in the deltchev but hit – DLO is well short, falls, takes it to her hands and knees.

Cal goes 49.075 on vault. Started well with the fulls but didn’t get the scores they wanted from the y1.5s, so they’ll be slightly down on last week’s scoring pace.

Washington 48.800 on bars, which is also a touch down on last week’s numbers. But nice ones from Killough-Wilhelm and Thompson.

After 2: Cal 98.450, Washington 97.725

Note that the live scores have Williams’ exhibition 9.800 counting, so they’re off for Cal’s vault score.

Missouri 49.325 on floor to be on 98.550 after two events.

Rotation 3

Washington BB 1 – Brooks – kickover to bhs, hit – switch to split, solid 180 positions – aerial, slightly off but continued to beat jump and then had a major break with a bend at the hips – stag jump to gainer full is solid. One large error there. We’ll see how they feel about some of those combinations as well. 9.550

Cal FX 1 – DeSouza – double pike, controls step, chest down – switch side to wolf full, clear finishing positions there – 1.5 to front full, slide forward – rudi to an out of control stag jump covered into some forward roll choreography you know. 9.775

Washington BB 2 – Moody – bhs loso to beat jump, love the immediacy of the beat after the loso – some knee form – switch with a pause before split jump, misses 180 – aerial is solid, into split jump – side aerial to full, bounce back. 9.775.

Cal FX 2 – Bordas – double tuck, chest up – 1.5 to layout, good extension on 1.5, a little large on step out – switch to switch ring 1/2, Alisa isn’t wild about the ring closure, but I’d say it’s fine for credit for NCAA – rudi, some pike. Solid. 9.800

Washington BB 3 – Bowles – side aerial to side aerial, we’ll see about the combination, little pause in between, good extension – split, check into wolf jump 3/4, large lean forward, bend to horizontal – cat leap to gainer front full off the end, shudder forward. I have combination questions on both the acro and dance series, so we could see that score get lowww quickly. 9.550, so they were forgiving on at least one of the series there.

Cal FX 3 – Clausi – high double pike, little bounce back – switch side to wolf full, more like switch side 1/4 to wolf 3/4 – 1.5 to layout to some manner of double stag attempt that didn’t get too high, had to shuffle it into the corner to avoid OOB – double tuck, secure landing, a bit deep. 9.825

Washington BB 4 – Russon – aerial, short, leg-up check – bhs loso is secure – switch to split 3/4, can’t hold on and falls – 1.5 dismount, solid. 8.9

Cal FX 4 – Lauzon – front 2/1 to front tuck is really nice, secure landing and good twisting shape – switch side to popa, shows 180s, a little under rotated – 1.5 through to 2/1, legs at the end on the 2/1, but good control overall here.  9.825

Washington BB 5 – Davis – bhs bhs loso is well done, secure – beat to straddle 3/4, only a little shudder on landing, strong position – aerial, arms moving to beam jump – 1.5, stuck landing. Very good routine. 9.825

A couple tight 9.825s there back to back for both teams.

Cal FX 5 – Li – front 2/1 goes insannne into the stag jump attempt, doesn’t show a stag, just a big lunge out – front full to layout, good height – switch 1/2 to wolf full, a little out of control on landing. 9.900 is the same score as last week, last week’s routine was much better. That’s high for that crazy first pass.

Washington BB 6 – SKW – aerial, basically keeps moving into the bhs loso – kickover to beat, great amplitude on kickover – switch to split, hits her 180s – side aerial 1.5 dismount. Excellent. 9.900

Cal FX 6 – Schank – double pike, secure landing, chest down – double pike is a struggle, chest forward, staggers back on landing – swtich side 1/4 into popas – 1.5 to layout, has to tuck around the layout to find the landing, but does. 9.775

48.600 for Washington on beam there. No counting falls, but a lot of tentative moments and hesitations and SV questions.

Cal goes 49.125 on FX for a rotation that was just a little blah. Fine, but lots of people struggled on their jumps connected out of tumbling passes. Three people had trouble with that today. I thought Bordas and Lauzon looked strong though.

After 3: Cal 147.575, Washington 146.325

Now the live score totals are off for both teams. Yippee hooray.

UNC went 49.350 on beam to close the gap some against Missouri, but Missouri leads after three with a 147.675.

Rotation 4

Cal BB 1 – DeSouza – lineup order change here with DeSouza starting now – cat leap to aerial, held well – bhs loso series, large error, bend at the hips to horizontal – sheep jump, secure landing – 1.5 dismount, stuck. The rest was good, but a big deduction there, automatic 0.20. 9.675

This guy is going with “the Crandalls.” I’d say it’s actually the Howells, but also is it though?

Washington FX 1 – SKW – front 2/1 well done, controls step forward – switch ring 1/2, low front leg – 1.5 to layout, nice amplitude. Good work. She had a great day. 9.850

Cal BB 2 – Clausi – kickover to beat, hit – bhs loso series, hits it this week but with a leg-up check – switch to switch, shows her back leg position – side aerial to tuck full, a little slide back, a little off line. Hit. 9.800

Washington FX 2 – Navarro – double tuck, chest up, solid – switch side to popa, not bad – 1.5 to front layout, a little soft, controls her landings here – double pike, hits the landing, chest down. Solid. 9.875

Cal BB 3 – Li – aerial, good front leg, arms moving into split jump – bhs loso, smooth, small shiver on landing – full turn with a clear wobble – beat to sheep, secure landing – gainer tuck full, can’t sell the stick, chest forward and a step-salute. 9.775

Washington FX 3 – Wickman – punch rudi to 1/2 turn to stag jump – was it intended to be a front 2/1? – switch side to popa, some back leg on switch side – 1.5 to front tuck, some knees – Yeah, I have that as a 9.8 start. 9.600

Cal BB 4 – Bordas – aerial to split, confident – bhs loso, also very securely landed – switch to split – some back foot flexing on a couple of these split jumps – gainer full, little hop back. Best one so far. 9.875

Washington FX 4 – Thompson – whip through to double tuck, takes it verrrry far, at least one foot OOB if not landing OOB, and then a shuffle on landing to get herself back together – front 2/1 final pass but feet slip out from under her with a fall, so that 9.6 will count now. 8.925

Cal BB 5 – Lauzon – awkward moment getting her foot over the beam just hopping on – again tentative check just walking on the beam – switch to split jump, short back leg on split – bhs bhs loso is lovely, good extension – aerial, small lean to hold it – side aerial to full, holds stick, littel lean forward. That was typical gymnast. I cannot put my leg over the beam, or walk on it, but I can do a perfect bhs bhs layout stepout. 9.825

Washington FX 5 – Cunningham – front tuck through to double tuck, secure landing, just some chest position – switch 1/2 to wolf full to wolf full, very clear positions – double pike, solid. Very good. 9.925

Cal BB 6 – Williams – wolf double, little lean forward – bhs loso, secure landing, chest just a little down – switch to split, covers potential hesitation out of switch, so will get the connection – cat leap to side aerial to tuck full, hop back. Good debut. That should be in the lineup. 9.825

Washington FX 6 – Blum – front tuck through to double tuck, good, little hop on landing – switch 1/2 to two popas, short leap positions – double pike, solid. 9.875

Cal will finish on 196.675, which is an improvement on last week’s result and a perfectly fine road score, but not the 197 they would have been going for. They’ll look at those beam and floor scores as areas where they could have picked up tenths.

Washignton ends up on 195.450, which won’t make headlines but is a sign of good improvement. It look them until March last season to start getting 49s on events.

In North Carolina, Missouri took the meet with 196.850 to UNC’s 196.475, right now that’s against GW on 194.825, and Brown on 190.975, still waiting on a couple scores. Both Missouri and UNC will be very happy with those numbers.

Little break until the start of the Arizona quad.


Curious to see how equipped this school-specific stream is for showing all the Oklahoma routines that the gymternet demands.

Audrey Lynn is in the vault lineup today for Oklahoma. Fletcher is in the lineup on bars and floor as well as vault. I always thought that bars was her strongest event in L10, and now at Oklahoma we have an opportunity to praise her bars ability without giving MG Elite any credit.

Arizona starts off with Mueller on vault – pretty sure landing on a yfull, pike throughout

So far we just have the Arizona vault and the Arizona logo. If this feed is Arizona-only I…kind of can’t wait to go on Twitter.

Second vault for Arizona from Fears, more lack of control on landing with a stagger backward.

We’re seeing some of Stanford on bars – a Deltchev anndd goodbye back to Arizona!

Mayberry for Arizona lands very short on her yfull with a lunge forward.

Anyway Oklahoma got 9.875 for Dunn on beam.

Checking on Bowers on beam for Oklahoma – we see a hit switch 1/2 – back to Arizona!

Herry on vault for AZ with a bounce back on her yfull, better chest position.

Liking that our coverage of beam and floor is from a blimp I think.

A double front bars dismount from Stanford, lunge forward. Alexeeva?

Bounce back on Yfull from Nosek – AZ. They finish with a hit y1.5 from Hargrove, but a large lunge forward.

Lunge back on double pike from Jackson on floor for Utah State. Neault finishes bars for Stanford with a little slide back on double tuck. Jackson finished with solid control on a double tuck.

Deltchev! Vault! Double pike! Logo! Vault! Is a really fun live blog experience.

Bryant – UB – Stanford – tkatchev, good – pak, legs right together – great final cast hs – DLO, good, step back.

Davis – BB – Oklahoma – bhs loso, landed securely – split leap to aerial, right on – beat to split ring jump, front leg looked kind of low from this angle but the angles are tough on this stream. Speaking of which, we have now cut to a blimp shot of floor leaps. Can tell a lot from that.

Gutierrez – Ub – Stanford – toe 1/2 is late into jaeger, solid – bail, leg break – short cast hs on high – blind to double front 1/2 out, pulls out that dismount with a bounce back

Love this far shot of Woodard on beam. Now we see her for side aerial to bhs, which is nice. kickover to beat jump, right on – switch to split, hits her 180s – LOVE THE FADE TO BLACK FOR HER DISMOUNT.

OK, this disaster coverage is not worth trying to live blog. My apologies, but if it’s any consolation, I have done nothing wrong, ever, in my life. I’ll keep the feed up and this window open to pop in with any thoughts on things we might happen to see, but I’m not going to try to do whole routines because we haven’t seen any.

Ragan Smith with an excellent hit on beam. Not a check.

OMG there’s commentary? We just learned this.

Smith went 9.975 for her beam to bring Oklahoma to 49.575 for the rotation. So seems like they figured things out from last week. Lotttss of 9.975s again this week.

It’s 49.000 for Stanford. And assuming Utah State went with just 5 on floor because we haven’t seen another, but who knows. 48.900 total there. Oklahoma just has 48 exhibitions on beam I think.

The thing that’s getting me the most is that they HAVE other angles of floor and are choosing to use the blimp shot.

Hargrove went up on bars following a two-fall routine and had a nasty fall of her own, late on a full pirouette on high bar and peeling off right into the low bar. She wasn’t able to finish her routine, which means Arizona is counting a two-fall 8.425 from Kane.

Meanwhile Utah State is done on vault with another 48.900.

Arizona somehow got that bars score to 47.000 with three counting falls and a 1.000. Oklahoma went 49.425 on floor to sit on exactly 198 pace after two events. We saw a cool shot of Kyla Bryant’s lower leg and the floor for a second, so waiting on her score for Stanford’s beam total.

She goes 9.825 for Stanford to go 49.075 on beam. Above 196 pace.

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