Regional Finals Live Blog

Today, 16 become 8. And I become 95.

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We get started with the final from the NC State regional, which was vacated by LSU on Thursday, providing an opening for an unexpected team to advance. Missouri and Iowa eliminated LSU, but it was UCLA that recorded the highest team score of the day, all three teams with at least some argument to go to nationals along with a favored Michigan team that finished second in the semifinal despite a B+ lineup and an average performance.

When that meet is halfway done, we’ll get started with the Auburn regional final, where Florida and the hosts Auburn have been favored to advance over Kentucky and Denver, but Kentucky did outscore Auburn in the semifinal by .25, injecting a heap more doubt into the presumed result there (and giving Kentucky Olympic order in today’s final). Simultaneously, we’ll have the Oklahoma/Minnesota/Cal/Arkansas semifinal, where Oklahoma is favored and everything else is up in the air. Watch vault. Minnesota’s entire margin of victory over Cal in the semifinal came because of vault (Cal outscored Minnesota across bars, beam, floor—and was actually only .2 behind Oklahoma on those events), but if Cal and Arkansas score on vault the way they did on Thursday, they’ll need to hope for help. Will Cal feel the pressure to bring out the Lauzon or Clausi 1.5s or the Solari handspring pike?

After that’s all over, we’ll have the Washington regional final, where Utah and Alabama remain favored against Michigan State and Stanford, though Utah’s close call yesterday could make for a somewhat more questionable experience today.

I put the semifinal scores together for my own quick reference today to see whether teams are beating or falling short of Thursday’s event totals, so if you want that too:

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Rotation 1

Wright – FX – UCLA – 2.5, lunge forward – rudi to double stag, solid control – 1.5 to front lay is very low, just gets it to her feet, step. No Flatley? 9.675

Morrison – BB – Michigan – candle mount, fine, some hip angle – bhs loso series, secure – cat leap to switch 1/2, high back leg, like a sissone position – 1.5, small movement. 9.850

Schaffer started Missouri’s vault with 9.750. McCrary controls her landing but a large pike on yfull. Zuhlke started Iowa with 9.825 on bars. Good gienger from Rojas, leg break on bail, short cast hs into FTDT, bounce back.

Wilson – BB – Michigan – bhs loso, squeezes to hold it – switch split jump combination is good – double tuck, pace back. Good one from her as well. 9.850

Moors – FX – UCLA – front 2/1 to front tuck is lovely – controls the step back on her rudi. Range of 9.850 to 10.000

Davis with a nice yfull for Missouri, open position, step back, good form and direction. 9.775 tight, but I thought McCrary’s score was soft, so we’re in about the right place.

Vore – BB – Michigan – bhs loso, small correction – full turn, holds it – kickover – 1.5 dismount, small hop

Malabuyo – FX – UCLA – double tuck, chest up – 1.5 to layout, good height – switch ring to switch 1/2 – double pike, ever so slightly crunched, controls the step. 9.900

Celestine good Y1.5, bounce forward. Moore follows, a little out of control on her Y1.5 today with a step forward and then a slide salute.

Brooks – BB – Michigan – bhs loso loso, right on – switch to beat, smooth – front, secure – double tuck, step back. Another solid one.

We have a peel off on bars for Steffensmeier, but Iowa has four usable before that.

Tratz – FX – UCLA – double pike, controlled – 1.5 to layout, nice amplitude on that pass, makes it look smooth – double tuck, chest down but controls step. 9.900

Missouri done on 49.125. They wanted more.

Heiskell – BB – Michigan – cat leap to side aerial, minor shoulder drop on landing – switch to switch, good – bhs loso series, leg-up wobble – dismounts out of shot.

Kenlin comes through cleanly on bars to keep Iowa right in it.

Chiles – FX – UCLA – DLO, controls well, chest a little forward – front tuck through to double tuck, chest up, good control – split leap full to wolf 1.5, I’d say a lack of control there, pulling wolf 1.5 around, under rotated today – double pike, bounce back. I don’t see 9.925 there.

Wojcik – BB – Michigan – aerial to beat jump, lovely – switch to split, comfortable, hits 180s – bhs bhs loso, perfect – 1.5 dismount. We didn’t see the actual landing. I’m assuming she was short on that landing because otherwise 9.850 seems low.

Campbell – FX – UCLA – FTDT, good control – split leap full to popa, good – front lay to front full, keeps back foot down – double tuck, bounce back. Good one. They’ll have the lead by a lot after one.

After 1:
UCLA 49.550
Michigan 49.250
Iowa 49.225
Missouri 49.125

Maybe not the headline here, but Iowa going 49.225 on bars, supposedly their weakest event, also is the headline there. UCLA opens up a big lead with a perhaps not too surprising floor score since it’s floor. Michigan was just a little steppy there on those beam dismounts, which took away 9.9s.

Pressure on Missouri right now. They needed to improve the vault and bars scores from yesterday. They didn’t improve vault, so now it’s bars.

More fun with ranges: Zuhlke’s bars had a range of 9.750-9.950

Rotation 2

Flatley – VT – UCLA – small hop back on yfull, little pike, not the open she can do sometimes. 9.800

Brenner – FX – Michigan – FTDT, controls, chest slightly down

Marshall lands short on FTDT bars dismount with a bounce forward. Still got 9.825.

Malabuyo – VT – UCLA – larger bounce back than Flatley, but more open position. 9.775

Chiles – FX – UCLA – solid landing on Tsuk 1/1, slide back, little pike. 9.900

Mulligan – FX – Michigan – so their lineup maneuvering on floor looks like not just a matter of resting in the semifinal if Mulligan is going today – front tuck through to double tuck, bounce back and another small step – double pike, solid –

Poston – VT – UCLA – pretty large bounce back on her handspring pike 1/2 today.

Patrick – UB – Missouri – good first hs – blind to jaeger, comfortable, some feet – bail, looks like she got to vertical – small arch in hs on high – DLO, legs, stuck

Wojcik – FX – Michigan – front 2/1 to front pike, controls it – split leap full to popa, around – double pike, controls as well – rudi, clean to straddle jump, little travel. Better than Thursday. 9.950. The UCLA floor scores have lifted them for others because that’s high for me as well.

Wright with better control on her yfull today for UCLA – knees, little hop.

Campbell sticks her very strong yfull, so if they gave Wright 9.9 with a hop and knees, I don’t see how they won’t go 9.950 here. 9.925. Ok whatever?

Schreiber sticks DLO on bars. But looks like she was resuming after a miss.

Kaji – BB – Iowa – bhs loso, smalllll turn to the side, good extension – cat leap to side aerial, good – large lean forward on split 3/4 – gainer full, little slide

Morrison – FX – Michigan – big FTDT – front lay to front full – switch 1/2 to wolf full, good work – double tuck, comfortable. 9.900

Sheremeta – UB – Missouri – good first hs – jaeger to overshoot, good amplitude on jaeger – blind a little late into rudi dismount, holds stick with some stagger.

Wilson – FX – Michigan – FTDT, controls front foot, open – front lay to front full to front tuck, a little movement forward at the end – double tuck, slide back. 9.900

Hu – UB – good first hs – Church to pak, legs on pak, great amplitude – looks like she gets her 1/2 turn on low – good hs – giant full to double tuck, shuffle back –

UCLA was on 49.325 on vault.

Kenlin – BB – Iowa – bhs loso series, lovely – hitch kick to aerial to beat, right on – switch to split, hits her 180s – side aerial to full, brings heels together. Excellent.

Guggino in on floor for Michigan, a serviceable routine, no major landing issues, just some slides, not the most amplitude.

Kenlin went 9.900 to get Iowa on 49,075 on beam, so they’ll fall back here.

Missouri 49.375 on bars, which is an improvement on Thursday and keeps them in it.

Michigan 49.425 on floor to gain some ground on UCLA but still trail.

After 2:
UCLA 98.875
Michigan 98.675
Missouri 98.500
Iowa 98.300

That’s a better pace for Missouri to put them somewhat within striking distance. Michigan without both Brooks and Heiskell in the floor lineup, and it showed. They can get by with B+ lineups again, but vault is going to have to deliver in the next rotation, especially with Missouri finishing on higher scores. UCLA in control but still has to hit bars and beam. Iowa will have to get a huge number on floor now to get back in this.

Rotation 3

Campbell – UB – UCLA – maloney to bail is clean – double front, hop forward. 9.825

Wojcik – VT – Michigan – casual vault leadoff – Y1.5, one tenth hop. 9.875

Marshall BB with a good aerial, kickover to bhs is quickly connected, split to straddle 1/4, just a bit of feet, hainer full, small slide.

Esparza finishes bars with a DLO, small slide back. 9.875

Heiskell – VT – Michigan – lands a little short on her y1.5 with a shuffle back. 9.850

Greenwald good control on FTDT for Iowa.

Morrison – VT – Michigan – medium hop forward on y1.5. 9.900, so only took for landing.

Padurariu – hits piked jaeger,  not the highest but fine – bail good vertical – a bit short on cast and giant full on high, into double tuck, hop forward

McCrary hop forward on 1.5 on beam.

Brooks – VT – Michigan – nearly sticks her y1.5, just a little quiver of a foot, but mostly just bringing heels together. Will go up from Morrison’s 9.900. 9.975. So looks like two judges said that was a movement, and two judges said it was heels together. Which is fair.

Malabuyo – UB – UCLA – maloney to pak, great height, good toes, small leg separation – good cast hs on high – DLO, clean, shuffle back both feet

Wilson – VT – Michigan – she also nearly sticks her y1.5, little heels together movement as she rises up on toes. And Wilson gets a 10.000. I mean it was the same as Brooks just a different place in the lineup.

Guggino finishes the lineup for Michigan with a huge stumble forward on her Y1.5, so they won’t count it. But Michigan will go 49.600 on vault, which is exactly what they needed.

Chiles – UB – UCLA – piked tkatchev to pak, excellent – good hs on low – maloney to gienger – slightly loose back in final cast but mostly just a great vertical – FTDT, somehow held onto the stick there, thought she was going to have to hop. Great. 9.950

Sheremeta – BB – Missouri – bhs loso, pretty – split to stag ring, clean – aerial, smooth – gainer tuck full, stuck. Nice.

Flatley – UB – UCLA – higgins to jaeger, pretty – toe on, slight rhythm moment – bail, legs together – DLO, small hop. Not her very cleanest handstands but still good. And still gets 9.900

Michigan and UCLA move into a tie after 3 events. Missouri needs to try to close the gap. And we have two other meets starting, but those might have to wait for attention if Missouri keeps this close.

Hu – BB – Missouri – aerial to bhs, lovely – aerial to scale, smoothly done – beat to split jump 3/4 – bhs gainer full, gainer full was a bit weird, lower than her usual, chest forward and a step Missouri can’t afford.

We’re underway at out other two regionals. Sabados – Ub – Auburn was pretty short on her bail hs position, only a small slide back on DLO.

Henderson FX Iowa with a bounce back on her FTDT today.

Angeny started vault for Kentucky with a nearly stuck yfull, didn’t quite hold it long enough.

Schreiber – BB – Missouri – bhs loso loso, strong work – switch 1/2 to split jump is quite nice – beat to gainer full, stuck. This is to keep them somewhere in sight of the leaders to see if they can prey on a mistake.

Missouri goes 49.350 on beam, so will be over 4 tenths back. Even though Missouri is going to floor, that means they need some help from Michigan on bars or UCLA on beam.

Guerin finished floor for Iowa with 9.950, so they go to 147.725.

After 3:
Michigan 148.275
UCLA 148.275
Missouri 147.850
Iowa 147.725

Patterson for Kentucky, hop back on her handspring pike 1/2. Auburn has a 9.750 from Gorth on bars so they need some scores from the next athletes.

brusch – Ub – Auburn – dismount DLO with a slide back.

Worley – VT – Kentucky – holds onto the landing on her Y1.5, just a bit of knees.

Quarles got a 9.975 on vault for Minnesota and Loper follows with a good landing, so that seems to be moving a specific direction early.

Gobourne dismounts bars with a stick on her FTDT, while Denver has a fall on beam from Schlottman in the 4th spot.

Kentucky goes 49.375 on vault, which is just a hair under yesterday’s score.

Auburn on 49.200 for bars before Lee, so Auburn can move ahead with Normal Suni.

Lee – UB – Auburn – ooooh, hit her feet on the low bar on her Maloney, keeps going miraculously but this shouldn’t count for them now. Huge development.

Cal only got a 9.650 on bars from Bordas, so that doesn’t look like it’s happening in that first rotation. Arkansas has to come back from a beam fall in the first spot. Cal just 49.125 on bars.

Rotation 4 from NC State

Heiskell – UB – Michigan – blind to jaeger, a bit of elbows but fine – pak, very clean – giant full on top to double tuck, bounce in place. 9.950

Padurariu with a shuffle to the side on her beam dismount. 9.800

So Kentucky will have .175 on Auburn after one event.

Chiles – BB – UCLA – aerial, arm wave correction into bhs – switch to straddle to wolf jump, very good – side aerial, large break, turn to the side and leg up – double pike, bounce back. Things to take.

Morrison – UB – Michigan – big gienger – toe on to bail, some angle on catch – DLO, bounce back. Michigan cruising thus far.

Zivat with a good stick on her Tsuk full for Iowa.

Esparza – BB – UCLA – full turn, overturns it slightly – bhs loso, holds it, small check – split leap – switch 1/2, little arm wave before beat jump -small hop on dismount.

DLO 1/1, bounce back for Brooks on bars.

Trinity Thomas has another 10.000 on floor to get Florida to 49.650.

Denver got past the fall on beam to get to 49.325 on beam, which stays right with Kentucky’s score.

Wojcik sticks her DLO on bars. Henderson with a real, actual stick on her Yfull on vault to finish the meet for Iowa. But 9.900 for her.

Campbell – BB – UCLA – hits her loso series following two 9.750s – switch 1/2 to beat – split jump to straddle 1/4, comfortable – gainer full, chest down with a step forward into salute. 9.775

McCrary a little under on her 2.5 final pass on floor, step back.

Iowa is done on 197.075. Michigan done on 197.800.

Sakti – BB – UCLA – UCLA giving back tenths and tenths here but at this point still had enough of a lead going in. For now. – switch to bhs loso, lean to the side – cat to switch side to beat is solid – side aerial to full, hop back. 9.825

Moore – FX – Missouri – DLO, stuck landing – switch 1/2 to popa to popa, very good – front tuck through to double tuck, controlled landing, nice. 9.950

Malabuyo – BB – UCLA – bhs loso, lovely, maybe a small movement – aerial to beat, pulls it through – split jump to split ring jump – bhs loso full, stuck landing. Going to be very close now.

Celestine – FX – Missouri – oooooh looks like she stepped OOB on her first pass! – 1.5 to front lay, little slide forward – double tuck is better. But Missouri really needed that score.

And Malabuyo gets 9.975 (?!?!) to get UCLA to 197.400.

Wait wait wait wait wait. Didn’t Celestine go OOB? Our angle wasn’t the best. But it sure looked OOB to me.

Missouri gets exactly the 9.925 they needed for Celestine to move ahead of UCLA on 197.425

Oh this sport.

QUALIFIED: Michigan, Missouri

I’m sure we won’t spend any time talking about this one.

Are there other meets happening? Florida just got 10s for Wong and Thomas on vault (40 watch for Trinity) to get them a 49.700.

Kentucky goes 49.250 on bars, which will allow Auburn and Denver (!) into this one.

Oklahoma went 49.600 on bars so no trouble there. Minnesota looks like they are coming through with hits on bars. Cal and Arkansas will need beam assistance at this point.

McLaughlin with a nice switch to bhs loso on beam for Auburn – controls the side aerial well – switch to straddle 1/4 – gainer pike, small hop.

Ramler – UB – Minnesota – maloney, lovely into pak – van leeuwen, yes – toe on to FTDT, deep landing but held it under control.

McLaughlin went 9.900, which means Auburn will move ahead of Kentucky even before Suni.

Lee – BB – Auburn – wolf single, good – aerial to bhs loso, lovely – switch to switch 1/2 – gainer full, stuck. That will work.

Denver goes 49.375 on floor to say right in this one.

Ramler went 9.875 on bars (a couple things this time) so Minnesota is on 49.275 on bars, which is not exactly what they wanted but they had some margin heading into this one. Cal will eat into that and Arkansas could too depending on the last couple floors because they will need to drop a 9.700 from Hickey.

Suni got a 10. Auburn goes 49.625 on beam to move ahead of Denver now by .125 and ahead of Kentucky but .200. Still close.

After 2:
Florida 99.350
Auburn 98.825
Denver 98.700
Kentucky 98.625

Cal just went 49.525 on beam and Arkansas 49.400 on floor to cut Minnesota’s lead down to under two tenths. Moment of truth for Minnesota on beam now.

After 2:
Oklahoma 99.200
Minnesota 98.825
Arkansas 98.650
Cal 98.650

Minnesota will still like their chances with floor yet to come, but cannot give away a medium-bad beam rotation, let alone a fall-counter.

Rotation 3

Iwai controls her yfull landing on vault, small hop, some dynamics deductions.

Brusch finishes FX with a secure double pike for Auburn. 9.850

Haigis – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso, little lean – she’s following 9.800 for Luksik – cat leap to aerial, well done – 1.5 dismount, somewhat low, step. 9.825

Hutchinson sticks a yfull in the 4th spot for Denver so that should help.

Magnelli with a balance check on her series – strong switch to stradddle 1/4 – aerial a little under, wobble – gainer pike is stuck.

Pretty good Y1.5 for Mundell for Denver, just a bit short, slide back.

Thomas sticks a perfect DLO on bars for Florida in her 40 quest.

Large break for Patterson on beam in the 4th spot for Kentucky, bend at the hips.

Koch led off beam for Minnesota with 9.750, now Gerdes has a step back on her series but keeps it on.

It’s 9.950 for Thomas on bars, so no 40 today.

Groth FX – Auburn – they have 9.850, 9.825, 9.750 so far – front 2/1, slide forward – switch 1/2 to wolf full, very nice – 1.5 to layout, very good layout – rudi, controls step

Worley – BB – Kentucky – aerial through to bhs loso is secure, finishes with a stuck 1.5

We have a fall from Ragan Smith on bars for Oklahoma.

Lee – FX – Auburn – DLO, chest just a bit down at the end, solid – switch ring to split leap full, nice – 1.5 to front full, slide forward

Worley went 9.950 on beam for Kentucky. Now Angeny – bhs loso loso, great height, small check – aerial, pretty – beat to straddle 1/4, good – side aerial to tuck full, goes way off sideways but finds the stick.

Suni goes 9.950 on FX.

Gobourne – FX – Auburn – open double tuck, good landing – switch side to wolf full, great – front full to front layout, controls the step out – double pike, great. It will be in Auburn’s hands in the final rotation.

Minnesota surviving on beam through the first three, but now Loper hit a strong one.

Nylin – BB – Minnesota – 5th up, Loper just went 9.900 – bhs bhs loso, small check – hitch kick to switch side, under on split position, secure landing – 1.5, crossover step.

Nylin went 9.825 to get Minnesota over 49 on beam with Ramler still to come.

Ramler – BB – Minnesota – full turn, good – bhs loso, secure – aerial to beat jump, lovely – beat to split ring, small check – side aerial to full, stuck, good. 9.900

Minnesota 49.250 on beam, which means Cal is going to move into 2nd place after three events, but they’ll finish on vault and Minnesota will be on floor, with was a 6 tenth swing on Thursday.

Quinn – FX – Cal – front lay to rudi, nice chest position and control – switch side to popa to wolf jump, more like switch side 1/2 to straddle 3/4 – double pike, controlled well. Should go up on the Bordas 9.850 to give Cal some margin.

So. Auburn has 4 tenths on kentucky and .45 on Denver heading into the 4th rotation, which is underway now.

Rotation 4

Groth started on vault for Auburn with 9.800, now it’s Hubbard with her y1.5, medium hop forward and some knees. 9.850

Stevens – VT – Auburn – mostly finds the landing on her Y1.5 but it’s a shuffle back. Still gets 9.900, so looks like no room for others in this one.

Gobourne – VT – Auburn – pace forward on Y1.5, better amplitude and leg position than the previous 2 though. 9.850. Don’t know the planet on which that’s lower than Stevens.

Patterson for Kentucky falls on floor.

Watson – VT – Auburn – very good landing control on Y1.5. Probably closes the door.

Meanwhile Florida is on track for one of the highest scores ever.

Watson goes 9.975, so Auburn is at 49.375 pre-Lee, so there’s basically no chance for Denver and Kentucky now. Lee with a smallish slide back on her Lopez, which will only increase Auburn’s score.

Lee goes 9.875, Auburn goes 49.450 on vault, which means the others would need to go 49.850, which already can’t happen.

Auburn finishes 197.775.

Rotation 4 starting at Oklahoma. Cal had a one tenth lead going into this one.

Williams leads off vault for Cal with a bounce back on her yfull.

Koch – FX – Minnesota – front 2/1 to front tuck, good, little slide – split full to wolf full, comfortable – back lay full side pass – rudi, some ragged legs – solid opening. If that is 9.900, this rotation will be a 49.6+

Thomas is on beam after two 10.0s and a 9.950 – bhs loso, nice – aerial, arm wave correction before beat jump to korbut – small hop on dismount. Thomas still went 9.950 with a check and a non-stick, so she got a 39.900 today and Florida is on 198.750 before Clapper.

The record is 198.875, which they can’t reach, but this will be 3rd best ever. Clapper with a small lean coming out of her triple series – switch to split, under control – side aerial to full, stuck.

Clausi finishes the meet for Cal with her yfull, chest down, near stick, step-salute.

Worley finishes the meet for Kentucky with good control on her double tuck.

Clapper went 9.950 on beam (of course), so Florida went 49.750 there and 198.775 for the day. You know that.

9.975 floor for Worley.

QUALIFIED: Florida, Auburn
ELIMINATED: Kentucky, Denver

Cal is done on 197.300, which means Minnesota would need to go 49.250 and they already have 9.900 and 9.850.

Loper finishes floor with a controlled step on her 1.5 to front layout in the 5th spot, which will seal qualification for Oklahoma and Minnesota before the final competitors

Smith – BB – Oklahoma – bhs loso, solid – aerial, just a tad under, holds it well – straddle 1/2 to korbut, nice – high gainer full, stuck.

Hooten – FX – Minnesota – chest up on FTDT, controlled – switch side to popa, good – front full to a high front pike – double tuck, holds it

Smith went 9.975 on beam for Oklahoma to finish on 198.250. Hooten also 9.975 to get Minnesota to 197.725.

QUALIFIED: Oklahoma, Minnesota
ELIMINATED: Cal, Arkansas

In individual qualification land,

from NC State we have, AA) Flatley, VT) Kiya Johnson, UB/FX) Chiles, BB) Kenlin
from Oklahoma we have, AA) Hambrick, VT) Griswold, UB) Shaffer, BB) Linton, FX) Mack
from Auburn we have, AA) Worley, VT) Edwards, UB) Nixon, BB) Thompson, FX) Davis

Final regional coming up shortly, which will be the only one going at that time. So a lot of pressure not to be boring.

OK last regional let’s go.

Paulson is back on floor for Utah but not bars or beam.

Rotation 1

Gaskins – VT – Alabama – yfull, holds the landing well, chest a little forward, rises onto toes, good position. 9.900

Gutierrez with a check on her loso series for Stanford on beam. Still goes 9.850

Quinn – FX – Alabama – really nice landing, near stick, just steps salutes a little quickly. Her best landing control. And it’s a 9.950. Here we go.

Paulson through cleanly on floor.

Navarro – BB – Stanford – falls on her series, grabbed the beam then couldn’t save it and came off.

Olsen with a bounce back on her DTY today.

Gilstrap – FX – Utah – double tuck, chest up, controls step – rudi – switch ring and split leap full are excellent – front lay to front full, good control.

Graber large bound forward on Y1.5

Paradise – VT – Alabama – like Graber, large bound forward.

Jackard – UB – MSU – blind to jaeger, good toe position – bail, legs together well – nice hs on high bar – giant full to double tuck, bounce back

Hudson with a good stick on her Y1.5 for Alabama.

Rucker – FX – Utah – solid control on FTDT – high leaps, landing positions not quite exact

Schulte – UB – MSU – shaposh to bail, some leg breaks, a bit shy on bail vertical position – DLO, bounce back

Alabama went 49.500 on vault with two 9.950s.

Bryant – BB – Stanford – bhs loso with a leg-up check – beat to switch split jump – front tuck with a step – bhs bhs double tuck, lunge back

Harkenss holds stick on FTDT on bars, some leg position in the air.

McCallum – FX – Utah – FTDT, good control – split leap full to popa, around – front lay, some whip into rudi, secure, chest down.

Widner – BB – Stanford – switch to split, good positions – bhs loso, again pretty technique – aerial to split jump, nice – side aerial to full, stuck.

O’Keefe – FX – Utah – double pike, hops to the side – switch to split leap 1.5, just pulls the rotation around, it looked like – wolf double, nice – 1.5 to front full, just a little under on the landing, held it

Lawson with a hit on her arabian on beam, wobble on bhs loso series. Gainer pike is stuck.

Soloski – FX – Utah – DLO, shows control – switch 1/2 to split full, comfortable – front lay to front full, a little low on the full – 1.5 to layout

So Soloski goes 9.950 and Utah is on 49.600.

After 1:
Utah 49.600
Alabama 49.500
Stanford 49.275
Michigan State 49.275

Stanford and MSU did a good job trying to keep this close in the first rotation because I’m deeply concerned it’s going to get boring.

Rotation 2

O’Keefe – VT – Utah – nearly shows the stick on her yfull, steps a little early, pikes down some at the end. Still goes 9.875.

Neault stumbled backward on her first pass on floor. Waligora a little short on her DLO 1/1 today with a hop.

Wiedeman for MSU clatters off the beam on her loso series.

Stanhope – VT – Utah – Y1.5, large bound forward today.

Hudson finishes on bars for Alabama, late on giant full into double tuck, stuck.

Neault got 9.700 on FX for Stanford and MSU had that first-up fall.

Rucker – VT – Utah – good amplitude, medium pace forward

Adams – UB – Alabama – maloney to pak – good hs – van leeuwen, legs together, strong hs – toe full, a little late into double tuck, overcooks it with a lunge back

Burch – VT – Utah – Y1.5 – solid landing, just a little movement in place, lower than Rucker’s.

Machado – UB – Alabama – maloney to pak, hit – toe on to van leeuwen, a bit crooked on catch – toe full, very late on pirouette completion, into double tuck, hop

McCallum small slide back on vault.

Brunette – FX – Stanford – front lay to rudi, good height, a bit of leg separation – double tuck, controls it. 9.850

Good save from Stephen on beam on her two-foot aerial since one foot was all the way off the beam. But does stick her 2/1.

Blanco – Ub – Alabama – maloney to pak, smooth – maybe a bit late on 1/2 turn on low – good cast hs on high – FTDT, shuffle back, two steps.

Hoang – FX – Stanford – DLO, controls well, chest a bit down – split leap full to popa, a little crooked in position – front lay to front full is good – double pike, chest pretty far down. 9.875

Schulte – BB – MSU – switch to switch 1/2, pretty solid – bhs loso, small movement – side aerial to layout full, stuck. 9.925

Lawson – FX – Stanford – 1.5 through to double tuck, secure, chest down – low back leg on her split jump in combination – double pike, holds it. 9.900

Mitchell – BB – MSU – bhs bhs loso, holds it, small quaver – aerial, lean correction – split jump to straddle 1/4, hit a little under – 1.5, holds onto control, a little deep. 9.875

Bryant – FX – Stanford – FTDT, excellent – front tuck through to double pike, she landed at a full 45 degree angle and tries to sell it as well as she could with a dance out but it wasn’t control – double tuck, little bounce

Garcia – BB – MSU – bhs loso, smooth – aerial to split jump, hit – switch to split, good back leg position – side aerial to layout full, good one.

Michigan State 49.425 gains a little ground on Alabama.

Stanford 49.450 gains more.

After 2:
Utah 99.000
Alabama 98.900
Stanford 98.725
Michigan State 98.700

They’re going to make Utah and Alabama have to hit beam.

Rotation 3

Burgess – BB – Alabama – one arm bhs to loso, good – cat leap to switch side, good horizontal position – switch to beat jump – side aerial to full, stuck. And it’s 9.950.

Chrobok and Navarro with pretty large bounces back on vault for Stanford.

McCallum clean on bars today in the second spot for Utah.

Gutierrez holds the landing very well on her Y1.5 on vault. Just a bit of knees, not the highest.

Burch – UB – Utah – very late on the hop grip change, hits jaeger – bail, nice legs together – DLO, semi holds the landing but ends up with a step salute. 9.900

Graber – BB – Alabama – bhs to pikeish, secure – switch to straddle 3/4, wobble, leg up and a step to the side to try to control – kickover to scale – gainer full, stuck.

Bryant vaults a yfull with a quick step back into salute.

O’Keefe with a lunge forward on double Arabian.

Stanford went 49.300 on vault.

Adams – BB – Alabama – aerial and bhs loso series, very solid – hits wolf – switch to split, good back leg positions – bhs 1.5, rises up to hold the landing

Harkness – FX – MSU – FTDT, slide back – switch to split full to wolf full, nice positions – front tuck through to double tuck, chest down, step forward.

Waligora has a large break on her loso series, leg up to horizontal. So probably only a 9.975 at this regional.

Schulte – FX – MSU – FTDT, quick hop to present – switch 1/2 to popa to straddle jump, good split positions, slightly under on popa landing – front tuck the double tuck, solid landing –

Hudson finishes the beam rotation for Alabama with a stick on her 1.5 dismount.

Hofelich – FX – MSU – double pike, step back, maybe kept heel up to avoid OOB – 1.5 to layout, some loose body position in layout – double tuck, chest down, hop forward.

I know it’s a tough contest, but this has been the loosest-scored regional through three days. Just…what is even happening?

Code of points:
Good – 10.000
Same, but I wasn’t expecting to give you a 10 – 9.950
Obvious deductions – 9.950
Major error – 9.900
Died mid-routine – 9.850

After 3:
Alabama 148.525
Utah 148.475
Michigan State 148.250
Stanford 148.025

Stanford starting to fall out of this. Michigan State keeping it close. The problem for them is going to vault, which just won’t have the same scoring potential as Alabama’s floor or Utah’s beam. They’ll need a beam error from Utah, basically.

Rotation 4

Morgan – BB – Utah – bhs bhs loso, secure – switch to split, comfortable, a bit of flexed feet – beat to side aerial to layout full, small movement

Wiedeman with a little hop on yfull on vault for MSU. Garcia follows with a stick. Good. Not a lot of distance though.

Randall – BB – Utah – bhs loso, secure – switch to straddle 1/4, good toes – rulfova is hit – 1.5, step. 9.850

Hsu falls in the third spot for MSU, but they have a 9.900 from Garcia.

Schulte – VT – MSU – solid control on yfull, small movement, a bit of pike

Burch – BB – Utah – bhs loso, secure, feet position – split jump to stag ring, comfortable – aerial, large break and falls. The window is now open. Will the door open?

Michigan State has two 9.90s on vault.

Gaskins solid on floor, so presumably a 50.

Stephen finishes vault for MSU with great amplitude, small hop. Judges gave themselves no room to reward it because they already went 9.900 for a couple 9.800 vaults, but will be a huge vault number for Michigan State. She’s 9.900 as well. 49.400.

They made it exciting!

Machado bounces back on double pike on floor. 1.5 to front pike, a bit low – wolf double is around – switch to switch 1/2 is good – double tuck, small rebound

Isa – BB – Utah – candle mount, good – bhs loso loso is hit – beat to straddle 1/4, good – bhs gainer full, hit –

9.975 for Isa. Because what if Utah didn’t make ittttttttttt?

Neault’s in the only floor of the whole day that went under 9.850 so far.

Maybe not anymore. Hudson goes OOB on her front 2/1 for Alabama.

Eaker – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, smoothly done – switch to korbut, good positions – cat leap to side aerial to tuck full, stuck. Very good.

Hudson 9.700, which is enough for Alabama.

“Here is the one deduction they have to take.” – Kathy. Kathy knows.

And Eaker got a 10. So that means O’Keefe needs 9.475.

O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, right on – switch to split leap, cat leap to side aerial to layout full, stuck. Lovely.

BUT WILL IT GET 9.475?????????

It’s another 10 for O’Keefe. Utah finishes 198200 to Alabama’s 198.175. Michigan State did all they could do.

QUALIFIED: Utah, Alabama
ELIMINATED: Michigan State, Stanford

Individual qualifiers from this one are Carey for AA, Townes for vault, Takekawa for bars, Schulte for beam, and Bryant for floor.

Except for the two OOB routines, every single floor in that meet went between 9.850 and 9.950. This is fine.

So no numerical upsets today. The only top 8 team missing out is LSU, and they were eliminated on Thursday. Missouri was the next best ranked team in that one, and they advanced.

53 thoughts on “Regional Finals Live Blog”

  1. Michigan is going to need to do better on beam at Nationals (should they advance) otherwise they won’t be defending their title.

  2. SIGH was hoping for a Missouri upset of UCLA. However, the judges literally handing the meet to UCLA. Chiles 9.925 is questionable. If she was on Missouri or Iowa it would have gone 9.7

  3. I am going to be very amused when Michigan gets sent home because the judges want UCLA and their social media butterflies to advance for their “Hollywood” vibe.

    1. It is looking more like Missouri is getting the shaft for UCLA, despite Missouri being the better team. Michigan isn’t going anywhere, but it is interesting that their line ups aren’t their A squad. Could be resting/tapering for Nationals?

      1. Actually, no. In fact, I’d wager I’ve been a fan of NCAA gymnastics longer than you’ve been alive.

  4. By what measure are you asserting that Missouri is better than UCLA? Yes, Mizzou was ranked 10th at the conclusion of the season, and UCLA was 12th but with a higher max score. On paper that looks like they were pretty evenly matched.

  5. Shamrockstar81: Are you an official NCAA gymnastics judge? Or just another fan with a loyalty to another team? Please provide your credentials to make such a claim.

    1. Not a judge…half of them don’t get the score correct anyway. LMAO.
      You don’t have to be an official judge to know an over score when you see it.

      I’m actually a huge UCLA fan but am embarrassed at the scores this team is getting.
      Chiles is definitely getting the Olympian Bonus this year.

      1. Here we agree, far too many division one schools are over scored. How often do you see flexed feet not earn a deduction. It’s those inconsistencies that can make the anecdotal assessing one team as being better than another problematic. But with four judges instead of two at each apparatus in these regionals, scores tend to be more realistic. And there will be six judges for each discipline for the finals.

    2. The first thing fanatical fans do is accuse others of being biased. UCLA has been getting the Olympian/Famous Elite bonus since the days of Jamie Dantzscher. It continued through the Sam Peszek years and became unbearable during the Katelyn Ohashi and Kyla Ross years. You do not have to be a fan of another team to see the bias that favors the team from Hollywood. Jordan Chiles scores today highlight the issue.
      Shamrock being a judge is irrelevant. Judges are disciplined all the time for their lack of knowledge. Kristie Philips can tell you all about it. She’s done is multiple times.

      1. Wow, athletes complaining about judges/referees/umpires. Shocking! So let’s do what Major League Baseball is going to do – use technology to call balls and strikes. No more “just outside strikes.” Every call absolutely correct. And gymnastics use of such AI scoring is coming ( Perhaps it will finally put to rest the near constant complaining about scoring bias. After that becomes a reality, perhaps the lords of gymnastics will finally come to their senses and get rid of four performances-at-a-time meets.

      1. Yup. Was just about to post, replay shows no heel down, so no OOB. Good call by the judges.

    1. Yes she absolutely did. This is absurd. There were some inconsistently low scores earlier in the lineup, but not taking the OOB and giving the exact score they needed is horrible. I’m so upset for UCLA.

      1. But the thing is, you can argue all day long about those subjective deductions. There should never be an argument about a neutral deduction, and that’s what determined who moved on in this meet. It’s not right.

      2. I see it on my end as the heel didn’t come down so no OOB.

        But yeah you can say “subjective deductions” but a hop is not a subjective deduction. It is a clear .1 and a few times was not taken tonight.
        I still don’t see how Poston got 9.800 on her vault or Wright 9.900 for her.

        The better team went through, so that is all that matters.

      3. I think it was an OOB, but either way that routine simply wasn’t a 9.925. I love that gymnast, but the first landing alone, even if in bounds, was out of control and .1 minimum. No way that should’ve scored higher than Moors.

      1. Yup. Toes on the line…which is in.
        Her heel did not come down, so no OOB.

        Unless you have an aerial angle that can prove her toes were over the line, this one is too close to call and as a result, it goes to the gymnast.

        Perfect call from the line judge!

      2. Alright, so here’s my unscientific contribution: I posted an Instagram story poll with the shot of the landing. My high school and college friends who follow me on IG aren’t gymternet, so they didn’t know any of the context of the Mizzou/UCLA advancement situation. I’m a total social media nobody, so I only got four votes, but it was three in to one out.

  6. It certainly looked like she did. I’m no fan of UCLA but they kinda got a raw deal on that decision.

  7. Elite / Olympian bonus for Florida. Does Trinity have a team title yet? Looks like NCAA is going to make sure she finishes with one. Leanne’s form on vault should prevent her from ever receiving a 10.

  8. i need to put this on the internet somewhere… in its first year clemson should host a tigers quad meet with mizzou lsu and auburn and play up the sec of it all to get non-gym fans to attend and build that audience

    1. I love this idea! However, I feel compelled as a SC resident to tell you that Clemson fans are plenty fanatical as a general rule. I’m not sure they’ll need much help building an audience. Also, they’re ACC, not SEC.

      1. What an original and thought-provoking idea you propose! Why don’t you provide a list of your top recommendations and I’ll see what I can throw together.

  9. Incidental conversation- does anyone else agree that it would be clearer if on the line was out?

  10. A bobble and a step for Trinity and she still gets a 9.950 and you don’t think their is unbiased scoring in favor of Ex Elite / Olympians ? NCAA promotes this type of cheating in favor of “Hollywood” and until this type of bias is stopped, it will make NCAA gymnastics irrelevant.

  11. MIna, It’s not literal when I say Hollywood. It’s the scoring famous gymnasts receive and UCLA has been getting it for far too long.

    1. Ahhh. Okay, apologies. I live in LA, and most of the natives roll their eyes at constantly being referred to as Hollywood because the city is more than that.

  12. I can’t with the male commentator from the Auburn meet only wanting to talk about Trinity, Suni and Raena. Thank goodness for Ashley Miles

  13. And the lineup score box isn’t showing the vault and bars scores, awesome

  14. Why is the Seattle Regional not showing the scores in the upper right for individuals for Alabama or MSU? It is just going back and forth between Utah and Stanford individual scores. The other broadcasts rotated the four teams cycling through so you could see what each gymnast got during the rotation. So odd. This is not a dual meet, ESPN!

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