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Sunday Live Blog – January 22, 2023

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A couple big ones on the schedule to round out the weekend. We have the Michigan/Michigan State clash, which is the most real it has ever been in gymnastics this year given the rise of Michigan State, and then in a staggered start we have the regular season’s lone meet on Big ESPN between Utah and Oklahoma. Michigan, Oklahoma, and Utah are all in contention for the #1 ranking today with Michigan and Oklahoma currently tied at the top after Florida’s lower score on Friday.

Rotation 1

Garcia – VT – MSU – nearly finds the stick on her Yfull, started out with good layout, pikes down to try to find it and ends up with a step back and chest down. 9.775

Heiskell – UB – Mich – good first hs – blind, slightly crooked when arriving in hs – jaeger nice – pak, high, legs together – good cast hs on high – giant full, solid finish position, double tuck, good. 9.875

Schulte – VT – MSU – nice stick on her yfull, clean in the air, just a bit forward coming in. 9.900. We’re flying early.

Koulos – UB – Mich – short first hs – blind to jaeger, nice – better second hs – bail, pikes a little in the air but comes in to a good vertical – short on final cast hs – DLO, hit, legs apart, small movement. 9.800

Zsarmani – VT – MSU – hits her yfull but has a shuffle back, two distinct small steps. 9.825 is high.

Morrison – UB – Michigan – instead of Bauman in the lineup today – good frist hs – gienger, nice height, loses her legs a bit at the end – clear hip – bail, some hip angle in catch there – finishes DLO, nice form but shorter landing, hop forward. 9.825

Kellerman – VT – MSU – handspring pike 1/2, comes in with a strong stick. Will have some deductions for being really close to the table and somewhat deep. 9.850

Wilson – UB – Michigan – solid first hs – blind to piked jaeger, secure – a bit of angle in hs on high – legs together on bail, some angle in most of her verticals here – DLO, hop forward. 9.775

Nikki Smith – VT – MSU – sticks her y1.5 – very good, just a bit of knees and direction. Nice. 9.950

Brooks – UB – Michigan – nice hs – blind to piked jaeger, solid form – good hs on high – toe on to bail, perfection in toes and vertical position – borderline final cast – DLO 1/1, a little short, small hop forward. 9.825

Stephen – VT – MSU – yfull, nearly finds the stick, arm swing to try to hold onto it and then ends up taking a step salute anyway – great height and open position, challenging Chae Campbell in the air. 9.875

Wojcik – UB – Michigan – toe on to deltchev to overshoot, great – good final cast hs – DLO, short landing, step forward. They’re not sticking these dismounts and getting hit for steps and body position. 9.800

Nyah Smith in exhibition as well as Kaylen Morgan for Michigan – maloney to pak is nicely done, double front dismount, small movement. Yeah, she’s close to being ready for lineup and would have outscored a couple of the routines today.

Big lead for Michigan State after 1: 49.400 to 49.125

Good landing control for Michigan State today on vault to help beef up the score, several sticks, a couple doing pretty much their best vaults, but the judges also going high there early in this one with Michigan’s vaulting rotation still to come. We’ll see if they have judged themselves into a corner. Michgan mostly lost it on the dismount landings there. Almost all of them incurring .150 just on position and steps on dismount. They were semi-conservative on Heiskell’s 9.875 in the leadoff spot, but then no one was better than her.

Rotation 2

Mulligan – VT – Mich – No Guggino today – good amplitude on yfull, pretty solid chest up position, medium step back – a bit of legs on block. 9.825

Schulte – UB – MSU – good first hs – shaposh with leg form to bail, short of vertical there – arches over handstand on high bar and comes off. Resumes with her dismount DLO, pretty. Stuck. 9.325

Wojcik – VT – Mich – Y1.5 – lands deep today but pulls it out – deduction for short landing and the bounce back. 9.850 is very high for that vault.

Stephen – UB – MSU – good first hs on low – toe on to maloney, some position on catch but nice in the air, good height – clear hip to bail, clean body position – quite short cast hs on high – FTDT, nearly holds the stick, step back into salute. 9.800

Heiskell – VT – Mich – beautiful Y1.5, overcooks it with a bounce forward and then an additional step-salute. She had come up under in the final warmup vault. 9.775

Jackard – UB – MSU – good first hs – blind to jaeger, clean – a bit short on hs – bail, legs together – solid cast hs on high – giant full a little past into double tuck, stuck. 9.850

Morrison – VT – Mich – Y1.5, also with a pretty large bounce forward but more control than Heiskell. Good position in the air. 9.875

Zsarmani – UB – MSU – good hs – pak, lovely position – maloney to gienger, smooth – arch back in cast hs on high – DLO, small movement. 9.875

Brooks – VT – Mich – Y1.5 – lands just a tad under, small movement back. Can probably get away with .05 on the movement, but was still short. And gets 9.900. Michigan getting the same benefit as MSU in these vault scores.

Nikki Smith – UB – MSU – toe on is short – maloney to pak, some feet but good leg position – cast 1/2 on  low, good finish position – hits final cast hs – DLO, stuck landing, nice. 9.850

Wilson – VT – Mich – Y1.5 – nearly sticks, their best one so far, but a little hop forward and some direction. 9.925

Harkness – UB _ MSU _ toe on is clean to gienger, nice legs together – bail, hit – some borderline cast hs verticals – FTDT, small slide back and lands a bit staggered. 9.875

Kaylen Morgan is exhibition again for Michigan.

Another rotation in which Michigan underperformed expectations with mostly uncontrolled landings, but here they got away with a reasonable score on 49.375. MSU goes 49.250 on bars primarily thanks to better landing control than Michigan showed for their 49.125, pretty much throughout the lineup.

After 2:
MSU 98.650
Michigan 98.500

Rotation 3

Kalefe – BB – MSU – hits full turn – bhs bhs loso, very clean, right on – switch to stick jump full, around, to beat jump – gainer full, stuck. Nice start. 9.850

Guggino – FX – Mich – double pike, controlled, keeps front foot down – front lay to front full, bit of a bounce out – switch side to popa, hit – front lay to rudi, bounce back. 9.825

Zsarmani – BB – MSU – kickover piked to bhs, very well done – switch to switch side, small adjustment – 1.5 dismount, ends up with a somewhat large lunge back. 9.825

Heiskell – FX – Mich – double arabian, pretty solid, small slide back – switch 1/2 to wold dull, clearly around – back 1.5 to front full, a bit low but secure step. 9.875

Schulte – BB – MSU – switch to switch 1/2 to beat jump, secure combo – bhs loso, also right on, bent knees – switch to gainer full, mostly holds the landing, chest forward, saves it before salute. 9.850

Koulos – FX – Mich – 2.5 to front tuck, good height, ever so slightly steppy on landing – switch 1/2 to wolf full, around – double pike, chest up, controls front foot. Good. 9.925

Alert that Utah/Oklahoma is getting close to starting.

Nikki Smith – BB – MSU – bhs loso, very solid – switch, some low back leg, connected to straddle 1/4 well – full turn – double tuck, hit, chest up, lunge back. 9.825

Morrison – FX – Mich – FTDT, great body position, controls her step – front lay to front full, solid rise, a bit of step – switch 1/2 to wolf full;, solid position on switch 1/2 – double tuck, legs together, chest up. That was stronger than Koulos for me, so brace yourself for the end of this rotation. Ah, she goes 9.925 as well. Bunching.

Stephen – BB – MSU – aerial to two feet, good height, a small amount of knees at the end – full turn, good – bhs loso, secure, some leg position in the air – beat to straddle 1/2, on – 2/1, stuck landing, leg crossing. Another good one. 9.900

Brooks – FX – Mich – FTDT, good chest up, small slide back with front foot – split leap full to split jump full, great positions – front tuck through to double tuck, nailed the landing. Good. 9.950

Oklahoma/Utah starting now. Rotation 1.

Sievers – VT – OU – Y1.5, nailed the landing to start. So this will be a good test of the scoring here. Some knees, we’ll see bigger vaults, great landing. 9.950

Morgan – UB – Utah – good first hs – maloney, som legs into bhardwaj, hit, just a tad of foot position at the very end – 1/2 turh on low – toe on to toe pike 1/2 dismount, finds the landing, but ends up shuffling forward out of it. 9.825

Torrez – VT – OU – nearly finds the landing on her Y1.5 – a little short with a small shuffle back, some direction, more distance than Sievers. 9.775. They actually took for short vault, which is nice to see.

Michigan State got 9.850 from Garcia to finish beam on 49.275. Wilson came up a little short on her final double tuck with a rebound. Still goes 9.875 for a 49.550 floor total for Michigan and the lead.

Brenner – UB – Utah – shortish first hs – blind to jaeger, caught into overshoot – some vertical positions here but OK – DLO, not the highest, small slide back. 9.850

Stern – VT – OU – she also finds the stick on her Y1.5 – more distance than Sievers, I’d say still a little bit of stagger and lean on landing, but it was also better than the Sievers 9.950 so we’ll see what happens.

And she’s on 9.975

Thompson – UB – Utah – hits first hs – pak, very clean – maloney to gienger, some leg break in swing – can’t get up to handstand, way way short, basically horizontal – DLO dismount, swim and a lean to hold onto the landing. 9.675

Bowers – VT – OU – Y1.5 is also excellent, a bigger vault than Sievers and Stern but also a little bit of a step on landing and some direction. 9.950.

Everything is 9.950.

O’Keefe – UB – Utah – good first hs – maloney to pak, legs together well – 1/2 turn on low – short final cast hs on high – double arabian, small amount of legs, drops into a good stick. 9.850

Levasseur – VT – OU – beautiful Y1.5 in the air – I would say the best combination of form and distance so far, but also not a completely secure landing with that little lean onto toes and salute. 9.925

Isa – UB – Utah – Ray, hit – bail, good vertical, toes pointed – giant full is right on top, connected to DLO, holds the stick with some chest position. 9.875

Davis – VT – OU – Y1.5, dropping the level some there – a larger bounce forward and a big leg break on her block. 9.850

McCallum – UB – Utah – maloney to pak, legs together – solid hs on high – van leeuwen, clips her legs on the low bar – FTDT, small rebound. 9.750. Hitting the apparatus is .200 so that’s high for me with the dismount and the form that happened after the leg hit.

It’s a 49.650 on vault for Oklahoma, four really excellent vaults there that also highlighted the problem NCAA judging has when multiple routines are great because they have to be high into the 9.9s since normal with errors is scoring 9.850, but then they all get the same scores for not the same execution, height, and distance.

Like, I want to say Levasseur’s was the best one?

After 1:
Oklahoma 49.650
Utah 49.150

Exceptional rotation from Oklahoma, while Utah was fine on bars but had the big handstand error from Thompson and the bars hit from McCallum, so the McCallum score had to count, exacerbating the disparity between the two thus far.

Michigan took over the lead on MSU after 3 events, but MSU gets to finish on floor, so still right in this. Michigan starts beam with 9.825 from Bauman, MSU starts floor with 9.875 from Nyah Smith.

Rotation 2

Hoffman – VT – Utah – hits a solif yfull, medium bounce back, not as much height as the later Oklahoma vaults. 9.825

Sievers – UB – Oklahoma – small arch in first hs – maloney to pak, lovely, legs together – 1/2 turn on low – FTDT, good stick, doesn’t rise super high, but enough. 9.875

Brenner – VT – Utah – really good landing on her Y1.5 – small hop to the side, some knees and direction. 9.875

Torrez – UB – Oklahoma – good first hs – maloney to psk, some form on maloney, good on pak – 1/2 turn on low is well done – a bit short on final cast hs – DLO, good landing.

Stanhope – VT – Utah – great distance on Y1.5 but comes up under, also step back, actually a second step as well. 9.800

Fletcher – UB – OU – piked jaeger, clean – short cast hs after – pak, hit – some hip angle in verticals – FTDT, some feet, good stick. 9.875

M Smith – VT – Utah – great stick on her Omelianchik today – good distance – direction deduction. 9.950. So not much of a direction deduction…

R Smith – UB – OU – good first hs – Ray, some position – another good cast – toe on to pak, clean – 1/2 turn on low was good but she overkips on the low bar and can’t start to cast and adds an empty swing – finishes DLO with a small hop. 9.700

Rucker – VT – Utah – great stick on her Y1.5 as well – good height, some knees – same stick and knee form as Stern but more height, so we’ll see. And it’s 9.975 for her as well.

Sierra Brooks splits the beam for Michigan, so they’ll need to drop that.

Bowers – UB – OU – good first hs – blind to jaeger, lovely and high in the air, elbows on catch? – hits cast hs – pak, perfect – 1/2 turn on low is solid – hitting all handstands – FTDT, nearly finds the stick, ever so slightly forward and kind of slides into her salute. 9.900

McCallum – VT – Utah – Y1.5 is hit, medium pace forward, some knees, solid. 9.900 a little high for me.

Davis – UB – OU – hggins to piked jaeger, hit, maybe a little close – good hs – pak, legs together well – 1/2 turn on low is solid – good final cast – higgins to double front 1/2 out, some legs in the air and a step back. 9.875

Michigan will now have to count a 9.550 from Heiskell, which is big news for MSU.

Utah goes 49.525 on vault to nearly go where Oklahoma went. Oklahoma loses a little ground with its 49.425 on bars, a good rotation but one that didn’t really live up to where the scores were trending with those final three routines.

After 2:
Oklahoma 99.075
Utah 98.675

Wojcik will finish Michigan’s beam rotation – aerial with a small shoulder drop check – switch to split is nice – bhs bhs loso is secure – holds the 1.5 dismount onto her toes. 9.900

Schulte will close out the win for Michigan State on floor – FTDT, bounce back OOB – switch 1/2 to popa to straddle jump, good positions – front tuck through to double tuck, good stick.

Michigan with 48.925 on beam to end them on 196.975, another team with its flattest performance of the season here in week 3. They’ll lose to Michigan State’s 197.200.

Rotation 3

Dunn – BB – OU – bhs bhs loso, right on – split jump to split jump 1/2, secure, a bit of feet in the air – full turn, hit – gainer full, stuck. Good start. 9.875

Paulson – FX – Utah – front tuck through to 2.5, controls the step, some knees in twist – front lay to front full, under control – switch 1/1 is pretty close to around, sissone – 1.5 to front lay, controls the step again. 9.825

Siegfeldt – BB – OU – bhs loso and falls – cat leap to aerial, arm wave correction – beat to split ring jump, nice – gainer full, stuck. 9.225

M Smith – FX – Utah – front 2/1, controls the step – rudi to loso, controls it well – switch ring to switch 1/2, not the best closure in that ring or height in the combination – 2.5, controlled, some leg crossing. 9.875

Bowers – BB – OU – clean full turn – bhs loso, nearly on, but a trouble wobble working out of it, arm wave, turn to the side – split leap to swithc 1/2, good switch 1/2 position – 2/1, bounce back. 9.725

Again the curse of Sam starting to talk strikes during Bowers’ routine.

Eaker – FX – Utah – oh, she’s in another lineup – front rudi, seems like she wanted to do a front 2/1 because she Nabieva’d out of it and bounced around the 1/2 turn after landing – double y spin, around enough for NCAA – switch ring to switch 1/2, not her highest – back 1.5 to front lay with a slide forward. So she’s on 9.9 start here. 9.675

Davis – BB – OU – bhs loso series, secure, a bit of knee – aerial is very pretty – beat to split ring jump, also secure – 2/1, stuck landing with some leg crossing. Excellent. 9.900

Gilstrap – FX – Utah – front lay to rudi, good, keeps front foot down – switch to switch ring 1/2, showing what the ring position in a ring 1/2 should look like – front lay to front full goes off to the side a bit with a sideward step and some knees. 9.850

Torrez – BB – OU – opens with a great wolf jump – side aerial to loso, right on – full turn, hit – switch to switch 1/2, also nice positions – double tuck dismount, bounce back. Strong. 9.900 and probably a .10 on the dismount too.

Rucker – FX – Utah – FTDT, short, chest forward and a lunge – switch to switch 1/1, close to around, into stag jump – front lay to front full, under on the front lay, does get it around but it’s a little short and low. 9.725 that will count.

R Smith – BB – OU – bhs loso, maybe a small adjustment after landing – aerial, holds it – straddle 1/2 to korbut, lovely – bhs gainer full, holds onto the stick there. Nice. 9.950

McCallum – FX – Utah – FTDT, little slide back with front foot – split leap full to popa, looked a little under on that split position today – front lay to rudi, bounce back. 9.925 is pretty high. Getting ready for whatever’s going to happen with Oklahoma I guess.

Neither team will be super thrilled with that third rotation as they both ended up counting a 9.725, but Oklahoma’s 49.350 will expand the lead on Utah’s 49.200. Strong ending to the rotation for Oklahoma, for Utah, no one really nailed their routines, and they had a couple errors.

After 3:
Oklahoma 148.425
Utah 147.875

Rotation 4

Morgan – BB – Utah – walkover mount, subtle arm wave, basically nothing – bhs bhs loso, secure – split jump to straddle 1/4 with a wobble – front gainer full, great stick. 9.900

Johnson – FX – OU – front lay to rudi, takes it far and steps back OOB – switch 1/2 to wolf full, wolf full is nice – double tuck, chest forward, step forward. 9.675

McCallum – BB – Utah – wolf double, now does the triple, does not count it out on her fingers – bhs loso, secure landing, foot flexing – split jump, wobbles, no dance combo – now does split jump to straddle 1/4 with a lean wobble – gainer tuck full, step back into salute. 9.775

R Smith – FX – OU – double tuck, good feet, slide back – back 1.5 to front lay, good lay, dance out but shows enough control – switch side to popa, more than necessary split – double pike is short, lunge forward. Oklahoma not nailing these last passes so far. 9.875 is way too high for that.

Paulson – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso and falls – so that means McCallum’s score is counting – switch to sissone, nice – beat to side aerial to 1.5, some direction, small movement. 9.075

Sievers – FX – OU – FTDT, chest up, controls step, some legs in the air – front tuck through to double tuck, lunge back but keeps it in bounds – switch side to popa is good – 9.900

Eaker – BB – Utah – switch leap to split leap and she has an arm wave correction while moving that she covers pretty well – side aerial to loso, good landing, drops into it – gainer full dismount, takes it really close to the beam but it’s OK, step back. 9.900.

Fletcher – FX – OU – 3/1, one of the better ones in terms of actually getting it around – front lay to front full., nice height – switch 1/2 to popa, under on switch 1/2 position – 2.5 final pass is under and a shuffle back. 9.850

Isa – BB – Utah – good candle mount – very strange error on a cartwheel, deep lean – bhs loso loso is hit though – beat to straddle 1/4, hit – bhs gainer full, stuck. I’m going to assign that cartwheel to the Peszek curse as well. 9.850

Torrez – FX – OU – DLO, nice to see legs together on a DLO – split leap full to popa, around but a little out of control – front tuck through to double tuck, chest up, also controls the step. Good. 9.950

O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso is right on – switch to split leap, lovely switch position – full turn, hit – good amplitude in beat jump – bhs gainer full, stuck. Strong finish.

And it’s 9.975 for O’Keefe. Lots of 9.975s this week.

Bowers – FX – OU – double pike, perfect position – switch, very good – front 2/1 to front tuck, does very well to pull out the landing on the front tuck because it got low – switch 1/2 to wolf full, very nice –

Utah ends up with a 49.400 on beam and a 197.275 total, equaling their first meet result. Some good moments, some raggedies.

Oklahoma goes 49.500 on floor, their second-best rotation of the day, to score their second-best 197.9 of the young season, by far the strongest score of the weekend.

FINAL:
Oklahoma – 197.925
Utah – 197.275

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