Saturday Live Blog – January 28, 2023

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We have a solid day of rivalry meets in front of us with Ohio State’s visit to Michigan and Stanford’s visit to Cal. Already underway is Utah against Washington, where Utah went 49.425 in the first rotation with the Jillian Hoffman Yurchenko 1.5 making an appearance, followed by 49.450 on bars.

Today, everyone is chasing the 197.900 from Florida on Friday, which is the nation’s leading mark of the weekend, just head of the program records of 197.825 for Kentucky and 197.475 for Arkansas. So sounds like I missed a real doozy. My not-heart-attack thanks you.

We have the third rotation from Utah starting now.

Morgan – BB – Utah – front walkover mount – bhs bhs loso series, leg up wobble – split jump to staddle 1/2, check – front gainer full dmt, stuck. Wobblier than her usual but OK. 9.825

Innes – FX – Washington – front 2/1 with a bouncy slide forward – switch to wolf full wolf full, a little under on the wolf position – 1.5 to layout, solid amplitude – rudi, some leg separation, slide back. 9.800

McCallum – BB – Utah – wolf triple, counts to three, wolf double, and counts to two, and then adds 2 + 3 = 5 – bhs loso, secure, some foot position flexing – small lean forward on straddle 1/4 – gainer tuck full, a little short, hop forward. Still goes 9.900.

Roberts – FX – Washington – double tuck, chest a bit forward – back 1.5 to front full, a bit of leg separation – switch 1/2 to wolf full, a bit under rotated coming in but around enough – double pike, slide back. 9.800

Paulson – BB – Utah – side aerial loso, secure, just a little foot reposition on landing – switch, small lean, kept going into sissone but then has a larger check on it –  beat to side aerial to 1.5 dmt, holds the stick, some knees. 9.900

SKW – FX – Washington – front 2/1, crossover step – swtich to switch ring 1/2, hit, good positions – 1.5 to lay, clean lay position.

Eaker – BB – Utah – switch mount – slightly off balance, tries to keep going to split leap with a wobble, leg up, I’d say breaks the connection into the split leap from the mount – side aerial loso series, holds under control – gainer full, stuck. 9.900, so I guess she had a dance series.

Navarro – FX – Washington – double tuck, chest up, solid control – switch side to popa, keeps her toe point well – back 1.5 to front lay, height deduction – double pike, some soft knees, controls the landing, chest down.

Isa – BB – Utah – good candle mount, hits cartwheel this week – small check on bhs loso loso series, pulls it out – gainer full, quick celebrate. Jim’s like, I don’t think this is getting to 10, and the judges are like watch us. 9.950.

Michigan and Ohio State starting now.

Guggino is back in the vault lineup for Michigan and hits her Y1.5 pretty well, lunge forward. 9.850. Wojcik follows with hers, ends up with a step back, a bit of direction. 9.800

Harris – UB – Ohio St – She follows a 9.825 from Pritchard – a bit shrot in first hs – hits a solid ray – some short cast hs positions – bail, small leg break there – short final hs on high – giant full, a bit late, into a stuck double tuck.

O’Keefe finishes beam for Utah, side aerial to loso hit well – switch to split is lovely – sticks gainer full, lean forward. And she still gets 9.975.

Wilson – VT – Michigan – y1.5 – solid distance, medium hop forward, good.

Edwards – UB – Ohio State – maloney to pak is hit, some feet, good legs together – solid cast hs on high – giant full, double tuck, pulls it in, close to the bar, but gets it.

Morrison – VT – Michigan – Y1.5 – holds onto the stick for her vault. Good one. And we have another 9.975 here.

So that’s 49.625 on beam for Utah.

Vetter – UB – Ohio State – solid first hs – giant full, pretty crooked by connects into tkatchev – bail, also crooked there, some body position deduction – good hs on high – FTDT, step back.

Note that a step cannot be a .05 deduction. Only slides can be .05. Any discernible step has to be .10.

Brooks – VT – Michigan – Y1.5 – and she sticks as well. More distance and crisper leg position than Morrison, tends to go farther out, while Morrison goes up. And she goes 9.950. Wonder if Brooks sometimes gets hit for height going after Morrison. Her height isn’t low, but it isn’t as high as Morrison’s. She also kind of leaned up on her toes to hold that landing it seemed in real time. 

Riccardi – UB – Ohio St – toe on to Ray, some foot flecing, hit – pak is clean – 1/2 turn on low – stalder to double tuck, good chest up position and stick. 9.875

Heiskell – VT – Michigan – Y1.5 – good form and amplitude, hop forward

It’s a 49.575 for Michigan on vault.

Miller – UB – Ohio St – good first hs – toe on to maloney to bail, hip angle in catch and a leg separation – short final cast hs on high – DLO, holds the stick with a small lean.

Miller goes 9.9 to take Ohio State to 49.275 on bars.

Utah’s 49.625 on beam puts them on 198 pace heading to floor. Washington also racking up the scores and with a good shot at a usable 196 road score with a hit beam.

After 1:
Michigan 49.575
Ohio State 49.275

Final rotation starts in Utah with Brooks on beam for Washington, hits a kickover front to bhs, had a lean forward on her aerial but kept it connected into beat jump.

Rotation 2

Vetter – VT – Ohio St – hits a yfull, medium bounce back, not the most distance, solid form. 9.750

Heiskell – UB – Michigan – good first hs – blind, slightly crooked into jaeger, elbows on catch – nice high pak – good final cast hs – giant full, some loose back position, to double tuck, stuck. 9.875 fairly high for more errors than her usual. 

Riccardi – VT – Ohio St – good control on yfull landing, small hop up in place

Morrison – UB – Michigan – good first hs – gienger, legs together well – rushes cast hs on high – bail, slightly crooked hips on catch there – DLO, small step back. 9.825

Malas – VT – Ohio St – good height on yfull, another near stick, small movement, some direction. 9.850

Bauman – UB – Michigan – solid first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, good amplitude – hits cast hs on high – toe 1/2, good finish position – double front, good job not to cowboy to the moon on that one. 9.900

Jennings – VT – Ohio St – another well controlled yfull with just a step salute – 9.900

Brooks – UB – Michigan – good first hs – blind to piked jaeger, not the highest but hit fine – toe on, short but goes over the right way – solid hs – DLO 1/1, nearly stuck, arm wave to control the landing. 9.900

Hlavach – VT – Ohio St – ro full on back pike, gets good amplitude and chest up for that one, step

Wojcik – UB – Michigan – hits deltchev to overshoot well – hits final cast hs – DLO, legs together, good stick. 9.950

Harris – VT – Ohio St – y1.5 is hit, pretty large bound forward, some knees in the air. 9.825

Vore – UB – Michigan – solid first hs – maloney to bail, some elbows on catch, good vertical – short cast hs on high – DLO, small hop back. 9.850

Michigan goes 49.475 on bars to stay above 198 pace, Ohio State 49.225 on vault.

After 2:
Michigan – 99.050
Ohio State – 98.500

Utah has 9.8s for the first three floor routines in that final rotation. Washington is working against a miss from Russon in the 2nd spot. Needs two more hits, starting with Davis in the fifth spot. She hits bhs bhs loso, very small correction, beat to straddle 3/4 is nice, hits 1.5 dismount. 9.875

Rucker up 5th on floor for Utah, lots of teammates in the shot but seems like she hit a FTDT first pass – swtich to switch 1/1 to sissone, pulls the switch full around – front lay to front full, legs apart in front lay, controls the step on front full. 9.925

Killough-Wilhelm finishes out the meet for Washington on beam, aerial to bhs loso, large break, bend at the hips but stays on to save the meet – the rest is solid.

Rotation 3

Bauman – BB – Michigan – bhs loso series, arm wave correction – cat leap to switch 1/2 to beat, somewhat under on switch 1/2 position – piked side somi, wobble – gainer pike, stuck. 9.850 and I don’t know how we got that high.

Gonzalez – FX – Ohio St – double pike, controls, chest down – front lay to front full, not the highest but solid, also controls the step – switch side to straddle, looked tight in that straddle – 1.5 to front lay, some leg separation on layout. 9.825

Killough-Wilhelm got 9.675 on beam to bring the total to 196.350.

McCallum goes 9.950 on floor to give Utah a weekend-leading 197.975.

Wilson – BB – Michigan – remarkable save on bhs loso as her single foot just bounced around there – great high split to switch split jumps – double tuck, stuck. 9.800

Vetter – FX – Ohio St – double tuck, chest up, controls her step – split leap full to popa to popa, under on split leap full position, popas are stronger – lay to rudi, leg position and separation on the lay, some ragged shape on rudi. 9.800

Koulos – BB – Michigan – bhs loso, good secure landing – full turn, kind of gives attitude for a second in that turn – beat to straddle 3/4, leg up wobble – cat leap to aerial, solid – 1.5 dismount, hop forward. 9.775

Harris – FX – Ohio St – double pike, solid control – switch side to popa, solid split positions but imprecise landing rotations – front 2/1 is solid, connects to a lower stag jump – front full to lay, low on the layout, has to tuck it some and lose back position. 9.800

Brooks – BB – Michigan – bhs loso, no second loso today – switch to switch, nice back leg position on that second switch – kickover, secure – bhs 2/1 dismount, ever so slightly short, small hop up in place. The first real hit of the rotation. 9.950

Gagliardi – FX – Ohio St – front lay to rudi to double stag, some lack of control in the jump – switch side to popa to tuck jump – double pike is very deep, has to bounce to the side out of it. 9.825

Heiskell – BB – Michigan – cat leap to side aerial and falls. Michigan will be glad those early scores were pretty elevated because they’re OK counting that – switch switch is nice – bhs loso series, hit, small squeeze adjustment – 1.5 dismount, onto her toes. 9.125

Edwards – FX – Ohio St – nice open double pike position, controls her step – 1.5 to front lay, solid landing there as well – switch side to popa, shows good split positions – double tuck, also high, some chest position. Nice. 9.900

Wojcik – BB – Michigan – aerial to beat, pretty – switch to split, excellent – bhs bhs loso, holds well, no check – 1.5 dismount, holds the stick for long enoughhhh ish? Rises up onto her toes. You can definitely deduct there. 9.975 for her.

Hodges – FX – Ohio St – double pike, secure, chest position – split leap full to popa to popa, she has the most clear rotational positions on her leaps of the lineup – rudi to loso, hits it, pulls out the loso but it’s rather low. 9.800

Great routines from Brooks and Wojcik get Michigan up to 49.350 on beam. Ohio State 49.150 on floor.

After 3
Michigan 148.400
Ohio State 147.650

Cal and Stanford should be getting started shortly. Cal having real live stats for its home meets. I’ll never get used to it.

Rotation 1 – Cal/Stanford, Rotation 4 – Michigan/Ohio St

Li – VT – Cal – good height on yfull, bounce back, probably .05 bounce, chest up, solid. 9.825

Dean – UB – Stanford – good first hs vertical – tkatchev, some flkexed feet but hit – toe on, a bit late – pak, clean body position – showing good verticals on 1/2 turn on low – giant full to double tuck, lunge back. 9.800

Cesario – VT – Cal – good amplitude on her yfull as well – chest a bit forward, small bounce back. 9.825

Brunette – UB – Stanford – 1/2 turn to deltchev to overshoot, loses some leg form in deltchev, solid hs position on high, DLO, stuck, some legs apart in the air. 9.875. Bars scores high so far, so watch out.

DeSouza – VT – Cal – good Y1.5 – small hop forward – legs apart on block. 9.825

Neault – UB – Stanford – maloney to pak is clean, good legs on pak – 1/2 turn on low bar, very nice finish position – toe full, late, into double tuck, stuck landing. Nice. 9.900

Lauzon – VT – Cal – lands short on her Y1.5, lunge back. 9.750

Ohio State has to work against a 9.525 from Oliveros in the first spot on beam. Koulos led off Michigan with 9.875.

Alexeeva – UB – Stanford – good piked jaeger, very clean – pak, smooth – short hs on high – giant full position is good into a stuck double tuck, nice. 9.900

Frazier – VT – Cal – she’s back this week and they needed it, very strong DTY, just some chest down position, small step to the side. 9.950, difficulty forgiveness given there.

Roberts – UB – Stanford – good first hs – pak is clean – solid hs on low – toe on to van leeuwen, small foot apart moment – giant full to double tuck, step back. 9.850

Williams – VT – Cal – she’ll step in for Brown in the last spot, looking for a score – hits a yfull, chest up, medium bounce back. 9.800

Widner – UB – Stanford – good first hs – tkatchev, good toe point – solid hs – giant full, a bit late into bail, hit vertical positoon on bail – nice final cast hs – some elbow bending in giants, DLO, nice position, slide back. 9.875

Cal goes 49.225 on vault, which is not huge but a critical improvement over last week’s total. Stanford indeed has a huge number on bars with a 49.450. What a time to be alive. Lovely rotation, good landings, also pretty loose scoring so we’ll see how that plays out for Cal’s rotation. Stanford’s attention to pirouette finishing position was clear here. Much better than most teams.

Meanwhile, Ohio State has followed that 9.525 with a 9.825, 9.800, and 9.750. Michigan is working toward a gigantic floor total because we’ve already seen 9.950 and 9.925 and Brooks just hit an excellent one. 9.925

Pritchard up 5th for Ohio State, hits a side aerial well, bhs loso, holds it well – switch, small pause before straddle 1/4, tight on split position there – 1.5 dismount, small hop forward, some knees. 9.800

Wilson – FX – Michigan – open FTDT, chest a bit forward this week with a small hop to the side – front lay to front full, dance out – switch side to popa, super high split, a bit crooked on the popa straddle position – double tuck, chest up, slide back. 9.900

Hodges – BB – Ohio St – under on her opening switch split jump attempt, looked hesitant – bhs loso series, huge break, can’t save it, falls, so that 9.525 will count.

Wojcik finishes out the meet – split leap 1.5 – 1.5 to front lay, good lay position – she was deep on her final double pike, chest forward and a lunge. 9.825

Rotation 2

Chrobok – VT – Stanford – chest forward on yfull, larger hop to the side. 9.725

DeSouza – UB – Cal – blind to high piked jaeger to overshoot, very nice – borderline final cast hs – FTDT, some legs in the air, small slide back. 9.900

Neault – VT – Stanford – ro full on back pike, chest down but not too extreme, hop back. 9.800

196.350 for Ohio State, 197.975 for Michigan to match Utah.

Cesario – UB – Cal – short first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, very high, some elbows on jaeger catch – DLO, bounce back. 9.825

Widner – VT – Stanford – yfull, slide back, solid direction and form, some chest position. 9.800

Perea – UB – Cal – good first hs – pak, clean – solid hs on low – toe on to van leeuwen, great leg form – a bit short on final cast hs – DLO, hop back. 9.850

Nguyen – VT – Stanford – chest somewhat forward on yfull, hop. Good height and body position. 9.850

Williams – UB – Cal – good hs – maloney to pak, great form on those – cast 1/2 turn on low, maybe a bit late – nice final cast hs position – DLO, stuck landing. Pretty. 9.950

Brunette – VT – Stanford – hits a yfull but large bounce back, some angle in the hips. 9.750

Li – UB – Cal – good first hs – pak, nice – good hs – van leeuwen, legs together – solid hs – giant full to double tuck, stuck landing. Another nice one. 9.950

Roberts – VT – Stanford – hits her Y1.5, good height, medium bounce forward.

Lauzon – UB – Cal – a bit shorter in first hs – toe on to maloney to pak, – 1/2 turn on low, solid position – arch on cast hs on hgih – pulls it back – FTDT, chest down, hop forward.

Cal goes 49.475 on bars, a solid number, not quite able to take advantage of the bars scoring 1-6, because of the landings really, but a couple strong results to move ahead of Stanford’s 49.100 on vault. Big improvements over last meet on both events for Stanford so far.

After 2:
Cal 98.700
Stanford 98.500

Rotation 3

DeSouza – BB – Cal – cat leap to aerial, holds it – bhs loso, secure landing, some leg position in the air – beat to sheep jump, solid – sissone – 1.5 dismount, small hop. Secure start. 9.900

Dean – FX – Stanford – double pike, holds the front foot – switch full, around, some foot position – back 1.5 to front full, around, somewhat low on front full amplitude – switch 1/2 to popa, nice popa – 9.825

Williams – BB – Cal – wolf double, solid – aerial, clean position into split jump – bhs loso, smooth landing, might even describe it as supple if that word didn’t gross me out – switch to beat jump, leaning a little through that combination – gainer full dismount, holds it. Good one. 9.875

Brunette – FX – Stanford – front lay to rudi, that’s what the rise into the second element is supposed to look like, soft knees – split leap full to wolf jump full, under position on both – double tuck, definite bounce back – 9.725

Li – BB – Cal – aerial to split jump, under control – bhs loso, hit – beat to sheep jump, arm wave correction – gainer tuck full off the end, stuck. Third hit. A couple alllmost hesitations on some early skills and that one clearer check on the sheep. 9.825

Neault – FX – Stanford – MUST FIX EARRING BEFORE ROUTINE – the earring rule is that they have to be studs, I couldn’t see what hers were about. She may also just have wanted them off. – double pike, hit under control, not the highest but enough – rudi, hit, some knee softness – switch to split ring full, not a lot of closure on the ring but solid splits – 1.5 to front lay, lower layout. 9.825

Frazier – BB – Cal – full turn, hit – aerial to loso series, secure and will get credit – switch ring, keeps moving to split jump, avoids showing the lean in between too clearly – 1.5 dismount, holds onto the stick with a little lean. Very good one. 9.875

Nguyen – FX – Stanford – DLO, good control, loses some leg position int he second salto, not extreme – switch side to popa – 2.5 to front pike, ever so slightly steppy, some leg crossing. 9.875

Lauzon – BB – Cal – wolf single – bhs bhs loso, lovely toe point throughout – switch to split, hit, maybe some back leg on the split jump – 2/1 dismount, holds onto the stick. Pretty. 9.950

Roberts – FX – Stanford – front lay to rudi, very well controlled, what an actual controlled step on tumbling looks like – double tuck, chest up well – switch 1/2 to popa, comfortably around. Really nice work. 9.925

Perea – BB – Cal – wolf double, hit – kickover, wobble, breaks connection, will have to redo – redoes the kickover, still some hesitation into the back tuck – switch to split is hit – side somi to tuck 1.5, lunge forward.

Widner – FX – Stanford – DLO, comes up short, chest forward and a little step – front tuck through to to double pike, chest well down with a bounce back – switch to switch 1/2 to popa is wonderful. 9.700

Cal goes 49.425 on beam, a good number. Was in contention for a program record beam if Perea had put up a big one, but they’ll be pleased with another 49.4+ beam. They’ll be looking for at least a 49.425 floor to set a new season high.

Stanford has to count a 9.725 from Brunette so goes 49.175 on floor, still in the hunt for a 197 today if beam is huge.

After 3:
Cal 148.125
Stanford 147.675

Rotation 4

Dean – BB – Stanford – side aerial to bhs, securely done – switch 1/2, keeps moving enough into beat jump – 1.5 dismount, stuck landing. Nice start. 9.900

Perea – FX – Cal – ro double tuck, good height, slide back – ro double pike, small slide back – wolf double, hit – switch 1/2 to wolf full, good positions shown in the air – ro 1.5 to front lay, short on the lay and ended up locking her left leg on landing awkwardly, but she’s fine. 9.625

Onyshko – BB – Stanford – aerial, continues moving enough to bhs bhs, slightly hesitant – switch ring to beat jump, hit – gainer pike, step back. 9.800

DeSouza – FX – Cal – rudi to space flight into Nevada on that attempted connected stag – double tuck, slide back – switch side to wolf full is good – 1.5 to front full is under control. Rough start to floor for Cal. 9.775

Alexeeva – BB – Stanford – beautiful mount – wolf turn double, ends up taking it to her…knee to finish it…you didn’t see anything – bhs loso series, check – switch 1/2 to beat jump, holds it with arm control – gainer front full, stuck. 9.675

Williams – FX – Cal – front lay to rudi is solid – wolf 2.25, hit, I like her lower position on that wolf – switch 1/2 to split jump – double tuck, chest down, bounce back. 9.850

Neault – BB – Stanford – bhs loso, smooth – full turn, same – aerial, good height – switch ring, went after the position, huge break, grabs the beam – beat to split ring jump is very well done – 1.5 dismount, hop forward. 9.325

Li – FX – Cal – front 2/1 to stag jump, low stag but does perform one – good loso to get her back element – front full to front lay, shows controlled step – switch 1/2 to wolf full, good positions, butterfly – hit. 9.925

Roberts – BB – Stanford – needs one since they’re already counting a 9.675 – wolf 1.5 solid – switch 1/2, front leg down, arm wave correction – bhs loso, another adjustment, arms leg up, she seemed right on – side aerial, more secure – 1.5 dismount, lunge forward. 9.700

Lauzon – FX – Cal – front 2/1 to front tuck, controls the step – switch side to popa, shows pretty positions – back 1.5 to front full, a little movement there, nice one. 9.925

Widner – BB – Stanford – switch to split, great back leg on that switch leap – bhs loso and falls, off line, such good toe point – well, it has all fallen apart for Stanford on beam – aerial, keeps going into split jump – gainer full, stuck.

Looks like Stanford is going to finish on 196.075, which is not bad for a road score, but they had a hope for 197 in this one given how it started.

Frazier – FX – Cal – DLO, controls the step, pulls the chest up well – split ring jump – switch to split ring 1/1, out of control on that landing with a hop – front tuck through to double tuck, very secure passes. 9.925

Cal gets the 49.400 on floor, which will bring them to 197.525, matching the score from two weeks ago. Still work to do on vault and the first half of the floor lineup, but Cal will take three usable scores for NQS in January.

Cal 197.525
Stanford 196.075



4 thoughts on “Saturday Live Blog – January 28, 2023”

  1. With this ridiculous scoring, I’m not sure what the point of having judges is. It’s like they aren’t actually watching the routines.

  2. I can’t watch, but am following scores. I hope they put Naomi’s vault on YouTube!

  3. Spencer, I believe her dance series is splitleap to cabriole. Kind of obscure but it counts.

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