National Semifinals – Live Blog

Here in the arena for the first semifinal, where we’ll have Oklahoma, Utah, Alabama, and Minnesota—what is in some respects the main event for today as its the semifinal with the less-clear setup for favored teams. Also critical for this first semifinal will be the score Jade Carey puts up in the all-around with some many AA contenders coming in the second semifinal.

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As for the view from my section, I have a pretty solid view of bars handstands so intend to be a real gargoyle about those today. I have a head-on view of beam so won’t be able to tell you a lot about beam split positions and will have to rely on the other 12 times we’ve seen those same elements. If that’s a problem for you, blame Scott Bregman, who chose our seats because he got here first.

We’re in the second rotation of warmups now. Utah having some landing problems on Y1.5s in the first go, except for Burch who stuck. Jaye Mack’s piked full in looked very good.

Blanco working beam with a wrapped ankle but everything looks good, protecting her ankle on dismount landing. Lexi Graber looked the best at knowing the lyrics to “No Scrubs” during the transition period.

It’s interesting that the full coaching staffs are here for the individuals. I would be like, “Hi, don’t need corrections from four coaches after that touch for just little old me.”

McCallum and Paulson are both working beam for Utah, but so are all the options, so not a lot revealed there.

Can’t wait for these introduction fire spurts to terrify the gymnasts.

Yep. Oklahoma got terrified twice already. Also Oklahoma’s intro video should come with an epilepsy warning.

The PA guy was doing so well and then Tiarre Sales happened. Well, you had a good run.

Intros and anthem done, touch starting. No capelet for Duckworth today. I repeat: no capelet.

Rotation 1

Stern – VT – OU – very solid landing on Y1.5, just a little shorter than some and some legs. 9.9375 is big. A lot went 9.950 for it.

Gaskins holds sticks on DLO on bars, leg separation on pak. 9.800

Koch with a fairly large break on attempted aerial to scale, pulls it back but no scale.

Paulson finishes FX with solid 1.5 to layout.

Levasseur – VT – OU – nearly falls on Y1.5! Stumble back, several steps.

I’m seeing 9.65s and 9.7s for Koch.

Waligora – Ub – Alabama – hits jaeger to overshoot, good amplitude – DLO 1/1, a little pike, hop forward. 9.8125

Bowers – VT – OU – medium hop forward on her Y1.5, I think she was playing it a little safe after that error from Levassuer.

Clean double tuck to start on FX from Gilstrap, a very small control movement – rudi, goof form, slide back – switch ring and split leap full, excellent – somewhat short on final pass.

Sievers solid amplitude on Y1.5, step forward.

Hudson through cleanly on bars, some pike in bail position – a bit late on giant full into dismount, stuck double tuck.

Trautman – VT – OU – pretty good on Y1.5 control, rises up onto toes and then another step salute, so you can definitely take a tenth on landing.

Rucker – FX – Utah – little crossover back step on FTDT –

Check for Sonier on series, arm wave – crossover step on dismount

Machado – shap to pak is clean – hits shap 1/2 – toe full, late into double tuck.

Looks like Oklahoma has pulled Fletcher from vault. She fell on her Y1.5 in the final touch and they don’t want to take that score. Clean full from Davis instead of her. Which means we should see Davis in the AA now. 

Carey – VT – DTY – her usual, big DTY with a small slide back. Should be a useful number for her AA hopes.

Small slide back from Doggette on beam landing.

Near fall from Loper on beam for her piked kickover, saves it.

McCallum with a good landing on her FTDT – rudi, a bit low, fine –

Oklahoma went 49.350 on vault. Not the score they are used to, but looking at the standard so far, that should be fine. We’re seeing a lot of 9.8s for Alabama on bars.

Surprised by Carey’s 9.8875. It’s fair when you take hop and knees and maybe it was a little big for a .05 slide. But she’s been getting 9.950 for that same thing this season.

O’Keefe finishes on FX with a controlled landing on 1.5 to front full, a bit of legs. 9.8875.

Alabama 49.200 on bars. It will put them in a hole but we’ll see how things carry out because bars has looked the tightest event so far today. Shaffer in the individual spot nearly holds the landing on her DLO, little lean and step salute.

Soloski – FX – Utah – DLO, slide back, some knee position – hits split position, foot flexing – front lay to front full, slight crossover step – 1.5 to layout, good lay position. 9.9125

Ramler – BB – clean bhs loso – split ring jump is good – side aerial to full, stick. A good one from Ramler but Minnesota has fallen out with the previous beam scores.

9.9375 for Ramler.

49.475 for Utah.

Linton with a strong routine in the individual spot on beam. Hambrick on floor, a little out of control on her connected double stag – very low landing on final double pike with lunge.

After 1:
Utah 49.475
Oklahoma 49.350
Alabama 49.200
Minnesota 48.975

Alabama with work to do now. Some late handstands, some leg separations, some hops. We’ll see how it compares to the other bars rotations.

Rotation 2

O’Keefe – VT – Utah – good open on her yfull, but a medium bounce back

Sievers – UB – OU – good hs – shap to pak, legs together on pak – solid final cast hs – FTDT, holds stick. Good one. 9.900, outscored the whole Alabama rotation

Burgess holds the stick on side aerial to full dismount on beam. 9.8875

Stanhope bounce forward on Y1.5.

Levassuer – UB – OU – toe on to taktchev, smooth – bvery crisp bail position – good final cast hs – DLO, stuck. Little pike in the first salto. Clean.

Rucker – VT – Utah – very good stick on her Y1.5, much stronger than warmups when she was falling. Looks like two judges went 10.

Large break for Shallon on beam, leg up to horiztontal and a lean. Short on double pike landing, hop forward. With these huge scores coming up for the others…

9.9375 for levassuer on bars.

Burch with a good stick on her Y1.5 as well, not the same amplitude as Rucker so shouldn’t get the same number. But still goes 9.925.

McCallum – VT – Utah – Servente – also better than warmups, small hop to the side, flexed feet

Graber, very controlled on her series

Smith – Ub – OU – Ray is solid into pak, good one – 1/2 turn on low is pretty solid – good hs – pikes around her DLO, hop forward. 9.8625, most of that will be dismount, at least a tenth there.

Hall pulls around her Y1.5 for Utah, larger hope forward and some knees, but they also don’t need the score from her.

Near stick from Hambrick on her Y1.5, little step to the side.

Bowers – Ub – OU – a bit close on her Ray catch, gets it – pak, clean – 1/2 turn, good vertical position – crisp final cast hs – FTDT, smallest movement. Should be Another big one. 9.900. Oklahoma will gain some ground back on Utah in this rotation.

Minnesota has been pulling it back with some better numbers on floor, but is it too late?

Davis UB – OU – higgins to piked jaeger, lovelent – good hs – pak, smooth – 1/2 turn, good vertical, slight back position -higgins to double front 1/2 out, holds the stick with some stagger.

Hudson hits side aerial on bb, very small lean – finishes with a large stumble back on 1.5 dismount, multiple lunges. Alabama just not quite on today. Will have to go huge on floor.

Davis 9.950 gets Oklahoma to 49.575 and the lead.

Carey – UB – OSU – maloney to bhardwaj, hit, small amount of legs at the end – van leeuwen, legs together – FTDT, little rebound. 9.950. Don’t see how that’s the same as Davis. Davis should be higher.

Blanco – BB – Alabama – aerial, clean – full turn, hit – bhs loso loso, small lean, good extension – switch to beat, good – side aerial to layout full, went for the landing in the real one.

Hooten – FX – Minnesota – FTDT, controls alnding – switch side to popa, high, around – 1.5 to front pike, comfortable – double tuck, small rebound, good feet. One went 10, the rest 9.950.

Blanco saves beam with 9.9375 for Alabama to go 49.325. Minnesota 49.500 on FX.

Mack – FX – lands short on piked full in with a lunge forward. She stuck two of those in the warmup.

Schulte hits beam for MSU, a couple checks.

After 2:
Oklahoma – 98.925
Utah – 98.900
Alabama – 98.525
Minnesota – 98.475

Minnesota brings it back to Alabama in the second rotation, but both have allowed a margin to materialize between them and the leaders. Utah much better on vault in the meet than the warmup to stay with Oklahoma. Alabama will need to go over 49.5 in this floor rotation to try to make things back.

Rotation 3

Speaking of warming up vault differently than competing, Minnesota did not have the landings on vault in their touch, so we shall see.

Dunn – BB – Ou – bhs bhs loso – secure on split and split 1/2 – gainer full is super deep, leans way forward to hold the stick. Just 9.7875

Music looked off for Shallon but she’s like whatever I’m starting anyway.

Olsen pulls around front tuck to double back final pass. Secure.

Ramler VT pretty solid leg position today but a bounce forward.

McCallum – Ub – Utah – maloney to pak, comfortable – van leeuwen, small leg break – FTDT, pinged off and deep, lunge forward

Trautman – BB – OU – full turn, good – bhs loso, secure – switch side – stuck landing on 1.5 dismount. 9.9125

Paulson finishes bars with giant full, solid finish position into double tuck, bounce back. They’ll want to drop that 9.725 from McCallum.

Gaskins – FX – Alabama – DLO, bounce back, some loose knees – front tuck through to double tuck, pulls it out –

Loper – VT – nearly holds onto landing on Y1.5 but a step back

Levasseur very smooth on loso series on beam – shows extension on switch and straddle 1/4 – aerial – stuck gainer full. Good.

Thompson sticks DLO on bars for Utah. A handstand in there, but better.

One of Koch’s best tucked Y1.5s on vault, step forward.

Machado – FX – Alabama – double pike, chest up, good – 1.5 to front pike, not the highest but fine – pulls around wolf triple, gets a little funky in the final turn – switch to switch 1/2 – controls double tuck.

O’Keefe getds the stick on her double Arabian dismount on bars. Looked a bit late on her 1/2 turn on low but otherwise solid.

Davis goes through comfortably on beam as well. Oklahoma doing what is necessary on the last three beam routines.

Alabama getting 9.8s but they need 9.9s.

Isa – UB – Utah – Ray – good – bail, small lean, good vertical – gets all over the place on giant full, pulls it around but major lean and deep landing on DLO with a step.

Woodard – BB – OU – side aerial to bhs, on – kickover to beat, comfortable – switch to split, nice – good landing on dismount, little rebound, legs apart.

Hudson finishes FX for Alabama with secure double tuck.

Isa’s 9.700 means Utah will count 9.725 from McCallum. 49.2125 on bars, opened the door for Alabama. But Alabama’s going to need a huge number from Graber now to take advantage. After 9.9125 from Hudson.

Graber – FX – Alabama – chest up on full in, small front foot movement – switch side to wolf 1.5, good – double pike, little hop to the side.

Smith – BB – Ou – good loso series – aerial, comfortable – straddle 1/2 to korbut, right on – gainer full, chest a bit forward, movement.

Oklahoma clearly the class of that rotation.

The difference of judge sides: One side of floor went all 9.950s for Graber. The other side of three judges was 9.900/9.900/9.850.

Bryant – FX – Stanford – very good control on FTDT – front tuck through to double pike, dances out quikcly – chest a bit forward on open double tuck

Carey – BB – OSU – balance check on aerial, arm wave and lean – loso series is secure – switch to switch 1/2, little control hesitation to beat jump – gainer full, secure. But that balance check will be significant.

Bryant was one judge short of tying Hooten.

After 3:
Oklahoma – 148.4375
Utah – 148.1125
Alabama – 147.975
Minnesota – 147.725

Oklahoma pulling away as long as something weird doesn’t happen on floor. Utah let Alabama close the gap but will still favor themselves going to beam. Utah having to deliver on beam in the final rotation. Nothing new there. But their scoring potential on beam will be higher than Alabama’s on vault.

Rotation 4

Olsen controls landing on her DTY, but a lean forward and a little movement.

Johnson – FX – OU – a bit out of control on her rudi landing, crossover back step – double tuck, solid –

Morgan sticks side aerial to layout full to lead off beam for Utah.

Olsen went 9.875 but it looks like a high 9.7 for Quinn following her.

Large lunge forward for Paradise on y1.5 on vault. Not the landing they needed especially with Morgan starting on 9.9 on beam for Utah.

McCallum – BB – OU – wolf double, good – bhs loso, check, feet – kept it on – switch, wobble before stag jump, will put some question into her dance combination – sticks dismount

Hudson struggles on vault landing for Alabama as well, a little stiff and short with a couple steps. Eesh. And coming after two 9.7s. Utah won’t have to be that good on beam now.

Looks like all the judges gave McCallum her dance series.

Very good Y1.5 for Alabama from Blanco. The only one who can land. On that ankle!

Paulson – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, a little off line with a check – beat jump to side aerial to full, stuck.

Graber comes up slightly deep on her Y1.5 with a slide back. Alabama did not really bring it today. Some good moments, but all these vault landings and the beam wobbles and it just wasn’t strong enough for a national semifinal.

Griswold sits her y1/5 on vault.

Solid save from Isa on beam as she looked quite off line on her series, pulled it back with a small check.

Alabama just 49.125 on vault. Minnesota will like its chances to take third now.

Sales hits her khorkina but overarches her next handstand and comes off bars. Means Remlinger’s 9.7875 will count. So maybe not.

Eaker – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso is strong – switch to korbut, nice – cat leap to sdei aerial to tuck full, holds stick with a legs well apart.

That will clinch a spot in the final for Utah.

Bowers great double pike. And that will clinch a spot in the final for Oklahoma.

Eaker moves into a 4-way tie for the beam lead.

Smith FX – OU – secure double tuck – 1.5 to layout, nice layout position as always – switch side to wolf full, lovely – double pike, controls landing, chest a bit forward.

Balance check on her side aerial loso for O’Keefe – side aerial to full, stuck.

Ramler – UB – Minnesota – maloney to pak, clean – good hs on low – van leeuwen – toe on, a bit late into FTDT, stuck.

I see a 10 from one judge for Smith on floor. Carey to go now – double double, not under control with a bounce back – front full to layout looked kind of low – double tuck is comfortable.

Judges still go high for Carey with a 9.9125, which puts her ahead of Ramler in the AA on 39.650. It’s a good score, but we expect someone in the second semifinal to beat that.

Oklahoma – 198.1125
Utah – 197.7125
Minnesota – 197.1125
Alabama – 197.100

Minnesota does end up passing Alabama, which will be significant for final season finish. Ultimately, this one didn’t end up nearly as close as it was supposed to be because Alabama was just slightly off from the start and couldn’t give Utah too much of a fight, and then the vault landings sealed it. Oklahoma will be pleased with the margin over Utah, as they were clearly the class of the first semifinal.

Current individual leaders are Rucker for vault with 9.9625, Davis Carey and Ramler on bars with 9.950, Ramler Blanco Paulson Eaker and O’Keefe on beam with 9.9375, and Bowers on floor with 9.9625.

Yep, definitely equivalent routines. All of them. Is it weird if I think Rucker’s score is the most likely to hold up? But really with the people coming up in the second semifinal, don’t be surprised if all of these scores fall for another year.

So now it’s going to be down to the second semifinal to make things interesting…

Open stretch for the second semifinal is underway. Highlight so far has been Suni and Adeline Kenlin playing volleyball together because there’s a volleyball here for some reason? Now Michigan is playing mime football on floor. Now baseball. I gave it a 9.825 and was out of range.

Individual judges scores for the last session have been released. Ramler was the only gymnast on one of the four teams to get lower than a 9.800 from any single judge. One went 9.750 for her. And another went 9.950. Lots of big ranges for the Minnesota routines. By far the team with the most .2 ranges. One judge had Minnesota at 48.800 on beam and another had 49.250 on beam.

In the first rotation of the warmup, looks like Florida has Richards warming up as the 7th on vault. Well, I say 7th. She’s in the order before Sloane Blakely, who just warmed up a full. Reed and Thomas both stuck their first warmup 1.5s.

Brooks and Heiskell are both warming up floor for Michigan.

Blakely just went for her first Y1.5 and landed it, a bit short with a step, probably a 9.750ish vault if it were the meet. Richards also went for a Y1.5, landed a little short with some help from Burde. I didn’t see Leanne Wong vault at all. She’s just in sweats. 

Wong is warming up bars though.

So far for Michigan’s vault warmup, we’ve seen the normal 1.5s and we’ve seen Guggino, Brenner, and Mulligan working fulls. Now I’ve seen Guggino hit a Y1.5 with a step forward. Brenner just sat a Y1.5 attempt. Guggino almost fell on her second attempt. Brenner sits another, so I’d imagine it’s going to be Guggino for the meet. Brenner did pull out the landing on third attempt.

Chiles just bounced back 80 miles into Dom’s arms on a DLO. Now working DLO 1/1s. We’ve seen a Lopez from Suni. McCusker is warming up beam for Florida, looks like in the alternate spot.

Wong is warming up floor for Florida as well.

Intros and anthems are done.

OK, so Wong is listed on the vault lineup and is vaulting in the touch now. Fake out!

Rotation 1

Brenner – FX – Michigan – full in, small hop to the side, chest -1/5 to front lay – double pike, pulls it around. 9.8625

Skaggs – VT – Florida – sticks yfull, some stagger

Hollingsworth with a bit of a pause between switch and switch 1/2 but otherwise one of her most secure beams, arm wave to try to hold the landing.

A couple judges went perfect for Skaggs on vault, the two judges who are in line with the springboard and are looking back to the landing.

Schoenherr – VT – Florida – large bound forward on Y1.5

Heiskell – FX – Michigan – double arabian, lunge forward, keeps it in – good wolf fulls – 1.5 to front lay is clean

Brusch with a small check on loso series on beam

Wong – VT – Florida – ro 1/2 on pike 1/2, medium bounce back

A couple 9.7s in the first two bars spots for Missouri.

Reed – VT – Florida – also fairly out of control on landing, lunge forward

Wojcik – FX – Michigan – front 2/1 to front pike,s tuck, very nice – split leap full to popa, lovely positions – double pike, bounce, small – rudi to staddle, some travel back

Thomas – VT – Florida – nearly finds the stick on her y1.5, small step back.

Schreiber on bars finishes with a DLO, pike over to hold the landing. 9.825

9.8375 on beam for Stevens. 9.9125 for Wojcik. 9.900 for Thomas.

Blakely pulls out her Y1.5 for Florida, deep landing but keeps it under control. 9.750. Not an awesome vault rotation for Florida.

Groth – BB – Auburn – secure on bhs loso bhs series – switch 1/2 is nice – aerial, holds it – side aerial to full, stuck. Good one.

Morrison with a stumble back on first pass for Michigan

Good landing on rudi dismount for Sheremeta.

Worley does well to save the landing on her Y1.5 after coming in a little short, didn’t give away much in landing deductions.

49.2375 for Florida on vault.

Brooks on floor – FTDT, step back, keeps her back foot in – split leap full to split jump full, good positions – double tuck, controls the landing, chest down.

Hu with a very clean one, her best dismount combo I’ve seen this season.

McLaughlin sticks gainer pike off the end of beam.

Wilson – FX – Michigan – open FTDT, jarred back on landing – solid control on second pass – high switch side to popa – double tuck, under control – second two passes were her normal. 

Chiles falls on her piked tkatchev.

Auburn will be ahead of Florida after 1.

Lee – BB – Auburn – wolf single, good – aerial to bhs loso like a 2012 elite, very good – switch to switch 1/2, comfortable – bhs gainer full, stuck.

Flatley – FX – UCLA – 3/1 is very nice – front 2/1, a bit of legs, good control – 1.5 to lay, lowish, softs it around

9.9625 on beam for Lee, which gives her the event lead.

Lovely aerial from Kenlin on beam, excellent one.

After 1
Michigan – 49.4875
Auburn – 49.475
Florida – 49.2375
Missouri – 49.1125

Florida giving itself work to do with those vault landings after the first rotation. Also so far Auburn is winning the competition for drunkest dads, which is more important than the team title, I think.

Rotation 2

Wojcik – VT – Michigan – nice form on her Y1.5, hop forward

Blakely – UB – Florida – maloney to pak, hit, small leg break in maloney, pretty solid 1/2 turn position on low – gets caught in toe on and comes off! Not the comeback rotation start Florida was looking for.

Heiskell – VT – Michigan – opens well out of her y1.5, also a hop forward, larger than Wojcik’s hop. They go 9.850 for hers.

brusch opens floor with 9.8625 for Auburn.

Morrison – VT – Michigan – lands short on Y1.5, bounce back.

Watson bounce forward and OOB on her double Arabian on floor.

McCusker – UB – shap to pak, van leeuwen, very nice – short cas on high – stalder to double tuck, found the stick. Nice one. So this is the “everybody is off except Riley” meet?

Brooks with the best amplitude of the bunch so far for Michigan on vault, but another bounce forward.

Wilson – VT – Michigan – pace forward on her Y1.5, a bit more control than the others, but definitely a tenth step.

Schoenherr – Ub – Florida – jaeger ccatch just a tad close – toe on, nearly arches over but pulls it back – good final cast hs – blind to double front 1/2 out, step-salute. Near disaster for Florida there but she saved it.

Guggino with a nice one in the anchor position for Michigan, step forward. About a thousand times better than her vaults in warmup.

Stevens secure double tuck to finish on FX for Auburn. Schoenherr 9.8125 on bars.

Skaggs a very nice DLO stick on bars for Florida as they try to claw this back.

Groth – FX – Auburn – front 2/1, controls the step – solid leap positions – 1.5 to layout, smooth – rudi, good.

Looks like Burde is talking with the judges on bars? Something is up on bars. Now the AAi person is over there. They’ve had Thomas go back.

Meanwhile, nice aerial to scale from Hu.

Lee – FX – Auburn – DLO, solid landing, pretty good chest up as well – switch ring to split leap full, lovely – 1.5 to front full, a little low, slide.

We’re still having a lot of VERY IMPORTANT TALKS around bars.

9.950 for Lee on floor.

Schreiber – BB – Missouri – bhs loso loso, right on – switch 1/2 to split jump, good height – beat to gainer full, holds the stick.

Gobourne – FX – Auburn – double tuck, chest up, good control – front full to front lay – double pike, good landing. Some of her best landings.

Thomas still being held on bars. Although they’re not…actually doing anything.

Davis goes through very cleanly on floor, finishes double tuck, little hop to present.

Gobourne will tie Bowers for the lead on floor.

Michigan 49.425 on vault, Auburn 49.575 on floor, so Auburn will go ahead of Michigan after two. As for Florida. we still have no idea what is happening.

Looks like they’re going to resume bars and give Thomas, Wong, and Worley a new touch warmup.

Thomas – UB – Florida – gymnastics is back! – good first hs – maloney to pak, very nice – toe on to van leeuwen – DLO, little rebound, very nice one.

She goes half 9.95s, half 10s, which will take the lead on bars. 9.975

Wong – UB – Florida – maloney to pak, legs together well -, good hs – van leeuwen, pretty – good hs – DLO, chest forward with a step salute

9.9125 for Wong to get Florida to 49.475 on bars, which is not bad but doesn’t get them up into the top 2.

Worley – UB – Kentucky – good first hs – clear hip to tkatchev, solid – pak – 1/2 turn on low – good final cast hs – FTDT, holds the landing, chest somewhat down

After 2:
Auburn 99.050
Michigan 98.9125
Florida 98.7125
Missouri 98.5375

You still favor Florida to come through this given that they have beam and floor to come, but they still have to do it. I think all the teams should be nervous about their positions right now, actually. This will be the decisive rotation for the AA, you feel. With Lee on vault and Thomas on beam.

Rotation 3

Groth – VT – Auburn – bounce back on yfull, some pike

Skaggs – BB – Florida – wolf single, good – switch to split, nice – bhs loso, comfortable – aerial, comfortable – good switch side – side aerial to full, stuck. Very nice.

Heiskell – UB – Michigan – blind to jaeger, good – pak is high – good final cast hs – giant full to double tuck, solid landing. Good.

Schreiber goes 9.8875 to lead off floor.

Stevens – VT – Auburn – just a yfull today with a bounce back. She posted the Y1.5, so that was an in the moment decision.

9.9125 for Heiskell.

Blakely – BB – Florida – aerial to bhs, hit – switch 1/2, some feet – side aerial to layout full, stuck. 9.900

Brenner with a fall in the second spot on bars. It’s going to be interesting now.

9.7875 for Stevens. Gobourne now – solid work on Y1.5, medium shuffle forward

Baumann – BB – Florida – wobble on loso series, leg up and turns to the side – switch to split is good

Watson – VT – Auburn – solid landing on Y1.5, pretty close to the table and some knees

Lee – VT – Auburn – Lopez, solid landing but a hop back, some feet

Wong – BB – Florida – switch to split, clean – bhs loso, lovely toes – full turn, nice – switch ring, covers a check well – aerial is smooth – step salute on landing.

Kiya Johnson nearly shows full stick on her DTY, should be a high one. One judge did go 10 but also some 9.9s.

Morrison 9.8875 for Michigan

Brooks – UB – Michigan – blind to piked jaeger, good – toe – DLO 1/1, strong landing.

Thomas – arm choreo to cover on her mount -switch to split is nice – one arm bhs to loso, solid – aerial to korbut – side aerial to layout full, heels together

Good DLO from Moore on FX for Missouri – high straddle elements – double tuck, chest well down with a lunge forward

Wojcik – UB – deltchev, excellent into overshoot – DLO, a little under, hops forward

Auburn went 49.350 on vault. Thomas now in on 9.9375 on beam.

Clapper – BB – Florida – bhs loso loso, secure, feet –

Celestine – FX – Missouri – FTDT, step back, no hint of out of bounds, we’re all OK – split leap full to split jump full, good positions – 1.5 to layout

Vore – Ub – Michigan – maloney to bail, solid vertical – pulls back a handstand on high bar – DLO, takes it wayyyyy close to the bar and stumbles back and falls! – Michigan counting a fall on bars.



Worley – BB – Kentucky – cat leap to switch side, nice – aerial, arm wave to continue into bhs loso, keeps it moving well – stuck dismount, a little off to the side

Chiles – FX – UCLA – DLO 1/1, very good landing, clearly from that sailed DLO in the warmup she needed to be doing 1/1 – bounce back on second pass landing – split leap full to wolf jump 1.5, under on the 1.5 rotation – double pike, controls landing, chest a bit down.

So it was 49.350 for Auburn on vault, 49.5125 for Florida on beam, Missouri 49.4125 on floor, and Michigan…48.675 on bars.

After 3:
Auburn 148.400
Florida 148.225
Missouri 147.950
Michigan 147.5875

Michigan has been taken out of it now with that bars rotation. Missouri now the closest challenger, but is going to vault where they have more fulls in the lineup. Auburn and Florida well in control now with one left.

Rotation 4

Sabados – UB – Auburn – Ray, solid – short cast – toe on to bail, a little angle in the air but gets the vertical in the end – DLO, shuffle back

Morrison leads off Michigan on beam by going over on the candle and having to muscle to stay on – another large check – and now 1.5 dismount and falls. Eeeeesh.

McCrary vault for Missouri with a step back on yfull, piking.

Groth – UB – Auburn – hits ray, lovely form on Pak – good final cast hs – giant full, small pause in vertical, to double tuck, stuck

Schreiber with a small hop back on her yfull

Baumann 1.5 to front full on floor, a bit of legs – L turn fullturn – switch 1/2 to sissone – doubel pike, small bounce.

Davis with a hop back on her full for Missouri.

Stevens – UB – Auburn – toe on to Ray, good – good cast hs on high – DLO, pikes it down some, nearly finds the landing, hop forward

Celestine holds onto the landing on a strong Y1.5 for Missouri, a little leg stagger and slightly deep

Wong – FX – Florida – 3/1, very good control, some legs – split leap full to split jump full – 1/2 to front full, hit – double pike, comfortable.

Moore VT finishes for Missouri, step to the side and then another small step,

Brusch with a nice DLO on bars.

Wong goes 9.950 on floor.

Missouri 49.250 on vault.

Brooks has fallen on beam on her bhs loso. They went to pieces after the counting fall on bars.

Reed – FX – Florida – DLO, very good – front lay to rudi, excellent landing – switch 1/2 to wolf full, strong positions – double pike, little slide back

Gobourne – UB – Auburn – solid tkatchev to pak, some feet, FTDT, stuck. A couple handstand angles

Lee – UB – Auburn – Maloney to pak to van leeuwen, wvery clean – small loose back position in final cast hs – FTDT, step back salute. That will give the edge to Thomas here in the AA with this floor. 

Thomas – FX – Florida – DLO, good front foot control – split leap full to popa to popa, very nice positions – front full to front lay, smooth on the step forward, and that will clinch the AA title.

Lee with 39.675 was in as the leader before that.

Wojcik to finish things for Michigan – aerial, lovely – switch to split, nice – hits her series – short landing on 1.5 dismount, step back.

And it’s 10.000 for Thomas on floor, only one judge went 9.950, which was dropped.

So now we also know that Michigan will finish 8th and Missouri will finish 5th.

Richards will finish floor for Florida instead of Blakely, DLO, legs apart, controls the landing – switch side to popa to wolf full, control issue – 1.5 to front full, solid, some knees.

Thomas will win the AA with Lee in second, the big surprise being that Skaggs will take 3rd place over Carey while leading off three events.

Pretty hit for Flatley on beam to finish out that rotation.

Worley – FX – Kentucky – FTDT, good control, chest slightly down – swtich ring to switch side, nice – front full to front lay is strong – double tuck, solid, a little crunched.

Florida – 197.975
Auburn – 197.8375
Missouri – 197.200
Michigan – 196.2875

So, Florida and Auburn go through as teams to join Oklahoma and Utah. Oklahoma definitely the best team we saw compete in the semifinals. Florida had a rough meet going until the equipment break on bars, and then they were on and got to first. They’ll figure they have a lot more to give on vault. But so will Oklahoma because they started that semifinal somewhat slowly as well.

It’s going to be AA, bars, and floor titles for Thomas. Beam for Lee, and vault for Rucker. Rucker’s win being the surprise there. That’s what happens when you stick a Y1.5.

Oklahoma 198.1125
Florida 197.975
Auburn 197.8375
Utah 197.7125
Missouri 197.200
Minnesota 197.1125
Alabama 197.100
Michigan – 196.2875



34 thoughts on “National Semifinals – Live Blog”

  1. Who thinks the relatively low scoring will continue tonight? that is, of course, if it even continues across the entire afternoon meet. Other team’s beam scores may all be high…who knows? They just showed the commentators for each apparatus “dancing” in their seats. Look like they’re having fun & makes me laugh!

    1. I am pleasantly surprised by the scoring only b/c the rest of the season has been ridiculously generous. I do hope it continues tonight. Loved seeing the commentators.

  2. Oklahoma and Utah gymnasts scoring the exact same scores and Spencer doesn’t comment

  3. So for the 4th rotation, if we want to see everything, we have to go the streaming app instead of watching on ESPN2. What the hell?

  4. Looking at quick hits here for Utah’s beam, (Thanks, Spencer!) and then looking at scores. SMH…

  5. Jordan Bowers and her pretty floor saves us from that politically charged, racist, overly woke floor routine from Mya Hooten.
    Missing the days when gymnasts just competed and didn’t feel like they had to pander to social media by becoming SJW. With NIL it really looks like we will see more of this garbage style on floor.

    Too bad for Golden Gophers that they are finals worthy on three events but lack a beam squad that can get it done, otherwise they might have found themselves in finals. Just .6 away from Final Four and beating Alabama has to be their success though.

    Bring on the Suni and Trin 10s! One of them needs to save us from Carey getting the AA title with her boring routines.

    1. I’m sorry you’re so ignorant (and probably racist) you don’t understand why Mya Hooten’s routine is fantastic. She’s incredible.

    2. What at ignorant and racist comment – and to think I actually used to enjoy reading your blog posts. You’ve lost a reader in me. Why don’t you f’off and don’t drag Spencer’s blog down – keep your garbage to your own page.

      1. She says it’s not her on her blog, but this is what happens when you see fit to drag public bloggers and commentators while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity. She talked to Spencer about taking the post down, as if “gymtruthteller” is a verifiable person that can be slandered.

      1. Interesting (to me). I remember Maggie Nichols and Anastasia Webb winning AA titles in 2018, 2019, and 2021. Granted, I hadn’t followed NCAA as closely before Maggie and Kyla’s freshman year so I assumed Oklahoma generally had at least one person doing AA for Nationals. Is it a deliberate strategy to make sure they don’t tire key gymnasts out before the final?

      2. Individual judges scores for the last session have been released. Ramler was the only gymnast on one of the four teams to get lower than a 9.800 from any single judge. One went 9.750 for her. And another went 9.950.

        Can anyone explain to me what Spencer is saying here? It sounds like he’s saying one judge gave Ramler a 9.75 on some routine and all the other 671 judge’s scores were 9.8+, but that’s clearly not correct so he must be saying something else?

      3. Oklahoma definitely uses AAers in the post season, they just didn’t happen to have anyone doing the AA this year.

      4. I am sorry.
        I meant KJ said Oklahoma wouldn’t be using all arounders in the post season, specifically this year.
        Both Davis and Bowers did AA earlier this season a few times.

  6. I really thought the scoring was pretty reasonable except for beam. There were big overscores for all 4 teams. Ultimately the right teams made it through but beam was Christmas and birthday rolled into one for about half of the routines.

  7. Where do the judges’ scoring sheets get released? Road to Nationals is often late with their release and sometimes are incomplete

  8. Yea I don’t think the scores from the first semi will hold up. Scoring’s gonna go crazy in the second semi and all the individual champs will come out of there(prediction!). Scoring in the first semi was pretty conservative(you all know I mean by NCAA standards!), none of the teams were at their best overall but some of the routines that would’ve been given 10’s during the regular season were given less than 9.95’s.

  9. The fix is in for Florida. It shouldn’t take this long to fix the bars and keep going. Now everyone else is getting screwed.

  10. Who knew you could just stop when meet when you’re sucking? AKA Florida…

    1. Florida had 4 gymnasts who had already completed their beam routines before they stopped. The problem with the bars was the weights used to anchor the uneven bars — a system of jugs believed to be filled with either water or sand — became unbounded during the Gators rotation.

  11. Zuni over scored again on fx. No height on passes. Really. None of these teams are at OU and Utah level from the earlier session

  12. Pretty embarrassing for Michigan, the 2021 champion, to not get out of Day 1 and score the lowest total on the day. Harder than it looks…..(see Oklahoma, 9th straight appearance in the Final).

    1. You must not remember UGA 2010 that went from five time defending Champs to losing the Missouri regional. I think witb talent spread more evenly and 8 to nationals/4 to finals, the days of penicillin in your final teams with certainty are over. Plus 2021 and 2019 are the only years Michigan really competed well in post season since the 00s.

  13. I’m sorry to see Minnesota, Missouri and Michigan (my three favourite teams) eliminated, but I guess it was to be expected… except for the Michigan meltdown, obviously. What a sad ending to a mostly great year.

    Missouri placing 5th is amazing. I hope they can keep it going next year.

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