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Today, Denver hosts Oklahoma, and then Oregon State competes for the second time this weekend, away against UCLA.
In earlier action on this fine Sunday, Michigan State came in with a 196.950 and Missouri with a 196.800, both fine scores but nothing that’s going to break the bank in terms of the rankings. It is enough to move Missouri back ahead of Ohio State and Iowa, as all of the teams in the 196.6 average zone remain quite bunched. One of those teams is Oregon State, with a chance to break out today.
Lynnzee Brown is listed in the anchor spot on vault again today for Denver, so we’ll see if she makes an appearance this time. Olivia Trautman is scheduled to do exhibition on beam for Oklahoma.
I don’t think those Oklahoma season highs were labeled correctly in that graphic.
Brusch – VT – DU – good distance on yfull, medium bounce back, solid chest up position. 9.800
Sievers – UB – OU – good first hs – maloney to pak, good positions – 1/2 turn on low bar, solid completion position – somewhat short on final cast hs – FTDT, stuck. Nice. 9.900
B Mabanta – VT – DU – similar landing bounce back on her yfull, probably higher than Brusch but not as much distance. 9.850
Torrez – UB – OU – good first hs – maloney to pak, solid amplitude in pak – small hesitation in 1/2 turn on low – hits final cast hs vertical – DLO, small bounce back. 9.875
Casali – VT – DU – Y1.5 with a pretty large bounce forward, maintains a good layout position. 9.800
Levasseur – UB – OU – “competing on beams” – a bit tight on first hs – tkatchev, hit – better second cast hs – bail, maybe past vertical, good toes – solid final cast position – DLO, flung out, did not get her intended amplitude there, gets it around but chest pretty far down, step forward. 9.825
Hutchinson – VT – DU – Y1.5 – almost holds onto the landing but a step back – leg separation on the table, some piked body position. 9.850. Remember when she stuck and got the same score?
Looks like live scores died after one routine. Fun.
Smith – UB – OU – Ray is solid – toe on to pak, smooth, ever so slightly close but doesn’t show up in a deduction – a bit of loose body position in final cast hs – DLO, piking in the first salto, solid landing. 9.925
Mundell – VT – DU – Y1.5, slide forward and then an additional step-salute – good form. 9.875
Bowers – UB – OU – good hs – blind to jaeger, some elbows, not much – clean pak – 1/2 turn on low bar is excellent – maybe some body position in final cast up to handstand – FTDT, small hop back. 9.950
Brown – VT – DU – she is vaulting today – Y1.5 – lunge forward and then additional step to meet her first foot – good height, not her most distance. Basically back. 9.900. So I think the judges are also pretttty happy to see her back.
Davis – UB – OU – good first hs – higgins to piked jaeger, a bit close today – pak, lovely – 1/2 turn on low, solid vertical – good final cast hs position – higgins to double front 1/2 out, holds the stick well, a little stagger on the landing but not too extreme today. Pretty work. 9.975
And Davis gets 9.975. Wasn’t one of her 10s for me with the elbows on the jaeger catch and the slight legs at the end of the dismount. She has improved that dismount, but you can still take.
Fletcher hits in exhibition on bars, could challenge Torrez for a spot here as needed.
So we have Denver on 49.275. Waiting on the final number for Oklahoma.
This year’s vault lineup is a good improvement in difficulty and depth for Denver, so that they can be only OK on landings (most people had pretty large landing errors) and still get a useful score.
And it’s a 49.625 for Oklahoma on bars. Just that. Pretty rotation, good vertical positions on handstands, also some fairly soft evaluation, like on vault, in terms of small elbow and body position .05s that could be taken. But they hit vertical on their casts and pirouettes better than any other team.
Sievers – VT – OU – step forward on her Y1.5 this week – actually looked a little higher than last week’s, but that could also be camera angle. 9.875
Ruiz – UB – Denver – giant full to tkatchev, hit – rushes hs on high – bail, solid vertical position – DLO, pulls it in ever so slightly but landed well, small bounce up in place. Pretty clean. 9.850
Torrez – VT – OU – Y1.5, nearrrrrly was able to hold the stick this week but ended up with a step back, good body position in the air. 9.850
Rorich – UB – Denver – blind to jaeger, hit – borderline hs on high – bail, hits to vertical – small back arch in final cast hs – DLO, good layout position, small rebound. 9.900 and one judge threw out 9.950.
Stern – VT – OU – Y1.5, kind of a large lunge forward this week – best distance so far. 9.850
Casali – UB – Denver – toe on to maloney, solid – bail, good vertical position – gets up to vertical on final cast – DLO, bounce back. Nice position in DLO. A couple hip angle positions in other places, like back swing on maloney and final cast. 9.825
Bowers – VT – OU – Y1.5, beautiful in the air, full tenth bounce forward on landing. 9.900. So that’s what they took.
Brown – UB – Denver – shortish first hs – maloney to pak, good – van leeuwen, hit – she’s short on a couple of these handstands – DLO, stuck landing. Great, lovely finish. 9.875
Levassuer – VT – OU – Y1.5, beautiful stick today. Very nice.
9.975. Based on the scores of the other vaults, I figured that would be a 10. They got a little shy there, but if some of these 9.900s were 9.900s, a 10 would be consistent. It’s not as high as Bowers going right before, which may have hurt her.
Hutchinson – UB – Denver – short hs – maloney to pak, loses feet ever so slightly at the end of the pak – van leeuwen is hit nicely – also short handstands like Brown – DLO, near stick, small slide back. 9.900
Davis – VT – OU – Y1.5, she also sticks her vault, nailed, very good, she has that leg separation on her block though so it can’t be a 10. 9.950 for her.
Mundell – UB – Denver – good toes in first hs – tkatchev – nice hs – toe on, some body position coming out of it – bail is excellent – shorter final cast hs – DLO, chest down, bounce back. 9.875. Surprised it got that high with that dismount.
So Oklahoma goes 49.550 on vault, a score they’ll be very happy with even if the first four will have to do a shift in the quarry this week about those landings. The last two made the rotation work.
Fletcher exhibitions on vault for OU, hand down on Y1.5.
Denver will take a 49.400 any day for a bars rotation with only one stuck landing.
Oklahoma well over 198 pace after two events if they can keep it going.
Brown – BB – DU – kickover to bhs, securely done – full turn – switch to split, a bit of low back leg on the switch – aerial to wolf jump, well connected – gainer full, stuck landing. Great finish and a very solid showing. 9.900
Johnson – FX – OU – front lay to rudi, good form, controls the landing – switch 1/2 to wolf full, around – double tuck, chest up, looks like she controlled her front foot. Comfortable routine. Most difficult part of her routine was walking off the floor afterward I think. 9.875
Iwai – BB – SU – switch to straddle 1/4, shows parallel position – bhs loso, foot slips right off and falls – also a pretty larger break on side aerial – finishes gainer full. 8.850
Smith – FX – OU – double tuck, large bounce back, looks like her foot went out of bounds from this angle – 1.5 to front lay is nice – switch side to wolf full, nice wolf full – double pike, secure landing. 9.675. Split of 9.850/9.700 (before the OOB taken)
Thompson – BB – DU – side aerial to bhs is solid – switch to switch combination – full turn is good – side aerial to lay 1.5, holds the stick but a large lean forward to hold it, chest down to horizontal. 9.850
Sievers – FX – OU – FTDT, secure step, some leg separation in the air – front tuck through to double tuck, also under control – switch side to popa, good split positions, slightly overturns the switch side to get the popa around – 9.900
Mabanta – BB – DU – wolf single, smooth – bhs loso, lovely form, good amplitude – split leap to switch 1/2 and it’s not even visually offensive, a million points – switch to split jump, hit – gainer pike, arm wave to try to save it and then ended up stepping anyway. 9.825
Fletcher – FX – OU – 3/1, around well, just a bit of leg crossing, not too much for a triple – front lay to front full, some slide forward – switch 1/2 to popa – 2.5 twist, similar to the triple, controls her step. 9.875
Mundell – BB – DU – bhs loso, good height, small check – full turn, nice – switch to switch 1/2, low back leg on switch, better on the switch 1/2 actually – 1.5, somewhat under with a slide back. 9.850
Bowers – FX – OU – that cloud of chalk dust moving in front of her face there in her opening pose was actually a smoke machine KJ brought in for the meet – double pike is excellent – switch – front 2/1 to front tuck, solid – switch 1/2 to wolf full, clean execution. Very good. 9.950
Hutchinson – BB – DU – kickover to bhs, connected pretty rapidly – switch to split, good positions – kickover piked – full turn – gainer full, holds onto the landing with her toes. 9.925. Denver avoids counting the fall for a strong beam total, 49.350
Torrez – FX – OU – DLO, slide back from front foot – split leap full to wolf full, around, good positions, wolf full got lower than the split full – leg up hop full – front tuck through to double tuck, another small movement of front foot. 9.925
Oklahoma 49.525 to keep the 198 race going. They actually only need 49.300 on beam now to get to that 198 and 49.450 would set a new top national mark.
Oklahoma – 148.700
Denver – 148.025
Denver also in great shape to set a season high with a normal floor hit.
I feel like it has been 9 months since the third rotation ended.
Dunn – BB – OU – bhs bhs loso, check – split jump to split jump 1/2, another arm wave check – gainer full, stuck. 9.925 with two balance checks, so this rotation could be fun.
Ruiz – FX – DU – front tuck through to double tuck, chest up, small slide – switch side to popa to popa, around, not the most amplitude but solid – double pike, secure landing, chest slightly down. 9.875
Levassuer – BB – OU – full turn, hit – bhs loso series, right on – switch to straddle 1/4, nicely done – aerial to beat is nice – gainer full, stuck. Pretty routine. Should probably be .150 higher than Dunn, who got 9.925, so there’s that. 9.950
Iwai – FX – DU – back 1.5 to front lay to stag jump, under control, we’ve seen some afterthought stags this weekend, but that one was real – switch 1/1, around – double tuck, little hop forward – switch 1/2 to popa. 9.825
Bowers – BB – OU – full turn, hit – bhs loso, good toe point, comfortable landing – split leap to switch 1/2, good lift – 2/1 dismount, holds onto the landing, ever so slight leg cross, little absorbtion. 9.900. Surprised that was lower than Dunn.
Mabanta – FX – DU – back 1.5 to layout, some bounce out – switch ring 1/2 to split, shows good ring position on the 1/2 turn – front lay to rudi to split jump, a little travel to the side – 9.900. We’re soaring.
This commentator is of the homer approach. Knowledgeable deduction identification on the Oklahoma routines, and then the Denver gymnasts can fully die on a skill and she’ll be like, “Great job not dying on this skill.”
Davis – BB – OU – bhs loso, smooth – aerial, arm wave correction – beat to split ring jump, comfortable – 2/1, holds onto the stick with a small lean. 9.850
Mundell – FX – DU – double pike, good toe point, controlled step, nice – switch ring to switch 1/2 to wolf full, short of ring position there – front lay to front full, hit – rudi, presents, chest looked a little forward from this behind angle. 9.925
Trautman – BB – OU – now she has been promoted from exhibition to lineup – full turn, hit – bhs loso, secure – nearly checks on choreo – cat leap to switch side, solid height and parallel position – kickover, well landed – 1.5 dismount, great landing. Right on for her first routine. 9.950
Casali – FX – DU – rudi to loso, some legs on rudi, slide of front foot – switch side to wolf full to wolf full, gets slightly out of control on final wolf – 2.5 to front tuck, step back but pretty well completed. 9.850
Smith – BB – OU – bhs loso series, secure – aerial, no trouble – straddle 1/2 to korbut, excellent – full turn, solid – bhs gainer full, stuck, excellent routine.
10.000 to finish. Beautiful routine, and the way the scoring started, you knew it was going to be.
Oklahoma goes 198.425, which is the 5th best score in team history. Ended up .075 shy of the all-time Oklahoma record.
Hutchinson – front 2/1, good height, small slide – 1.5 to layout, good clean layout position – rudi to straddle jump, shows nice control on that jump. Good finish for easily Denver’s season high.
Obviously a gigantic number for Oklahoma. Definitely a charitable scoring environment for both teams. What we saw from Oklahoma was a much better beam rotation and a more complete competition overall.
Still waiting on the score for Hutchinson’s routine, but Denver is already on 197.350 before hers comes in, so it’s already a definite keeper and a strong result, with none of those 49.0 rotations creeping in today.
Still waiting. I kind of love that the scores just checked out before the last routine like it’s a Florida home meet in 2015.
On to UCLA/Oregon State, which is starting shortly. BUT WILL WE SEE A 198.425????
While Jim just said it is cold and rainy, the clear sunshine I see out my window is disagreeing with him.
Oregon State’s pride leo said, “I want all of it”
Frazier – VT – UCLA – Yfull, medium bounce back, hip angle, not as large as it used to be. 9.825
Frida Esparza’s reaction to that team celebration was me.
Beeman – UB – OSU – first hs good – blind to jaeger, very close catch – hits next hs though – pak, hit, small leg break – solid cast hs – some elbows in stalder, connects to double tuck, bounce back. 9.775
Anyimi – VT – UCLA – maybe her best amplitude on a yfull, also with a pike position and a bounce back. 9.825
Weaver – UB – OSU – giant full, nice position to gienger, good legs together – legs together on bail – shortish final cast hs – giant full to double tuck, stuck. Solid. 9.825
Lee – VT – UCLA – yfull, fine direction and a more laid out position, bounce back again. 9.825
Dagen – UB – OSU – tkatchev, hit – short cast hs after – bail, a bit short of vertical on that catch – toe on, some elbows – giant full to double tuck, very small movement. 9.800
Campbell – VT – UCLA – usual great yfull, a bit of direction, small movement on landing. 9.925. Ok now. You knew they were going to because the early vaults were already 9.825 even though form, but…
Caso – UB – OSU – Commentators have no idea who the Oregon State gymnasts are – good first hs – maloney to pak, very small leg separations – solid hs – van leeuwen, some legs – stalder, elbows but better rhythm, into double tuck, small step forward. 9.850
Harris – VT – UCLA – really good control in her Y1.5 landing – a bit of knees, very solid. 9.925.
McMillan – UB – OSU – short first hs – toe on to maloney to bail, nice vertical position – short final cast hs as well but nice leg position overall – DLO, gets very deep on landing with a large lunge forward. 9.650
So they’ve misidentified 3 of the 6 in this lineup right?
Chiles – VT – UCLA – DTY, chest up well today, shuffle back. 9.900
Carey – UB – OSU – maloney with some legs, connects to goo bhardwaj – van leeuwen with more leg break today – FTDT, small slide back. 9.925
UCLA with a strong back half of the lineup to get to 49.400, which they’ll be pleased with for their weak event. Harris again the real highlight of that rotation.
Carey’s 9.925 takes Oregon State to 49.175 on bars, which they’ll always take for what is also their weakest event.
UCLA – 49.400
Oregon State – 49.175
Garcia – VT – OSU – lands short on a yfull, chest forward, hops ahead and then another hop to control the landing. 9.650
Campbell – UB – UCLA – short first hs – maloney to bail, legs together, some angle in bail – blind to double front, cowboy, hop forward. 9.825
Briones – VT – OSU – no, this is not Ariana Young – better chest up on her yfull, bounce back and to the side. 9.800
Padurariu – UB – UCLA – good first hs – she comes off on toe on but it looked like the bars jarred and one of the cables came loose, so that’s an equipment malfunction. Restarts – good first hs – toe on to maloney to bail, very slightly loose body position – FTDT, chest down, bounce to the side.
Letzsch – VT – OSU – very good stick on her yfull, nice – not the most distance, little bit of pike. But solid. 9.850
So they gave Padurariu a 9.325. Did they not give equipment malfunction?
Steele – UB – UCLA – maluney with legs into pak – 1/2 turn on low is solid – DLO, some piking, shuffle back, steps with both feet. 9.850
Gonzales – VT – OSU – ro full on back pike, solid chest up on landing – bounce up in place. And she goes 9.925.
Harris – UB – UCLA – good first hs – Ray, solid – arch in cast hs position – bail is nice – giant full, great finish position into DLO, stuck. Very good. 9.925
Dagen – VT – OSU – lands short on her Y1.5 – two lunges back. 9.675 that will count.
Chiles – UB – UCLA – good first hs – piked tkatchev to pak is excellent – maloney to gienger, nice – a bit tight on final cast hs – FTDT, stuck. And she gets 9.975
Carey – VT – OSU – DTY, just a small hop of feet together. Similar landing control to Campbell, and one judge went perfect for her. 9.950
Frazier – UB – UCLA – arches a ton on first hs – pulls it back – maloney to pak – 1/2 turn on low, small adjustment stepping up to high – DLO, holds the landing on her toes. Big save for UCLA since Padurariu had that 9.3. 9.825
Janelle is talking to the judges now. I would assume about the whole Padurariu situation.
Another 49.400 for UCLA. Big ones from Harris and Chiles there. Oregon State is saved by Carey and Gonzales on vault for 49.200 because they did have that counting 9.6 with two short vault landings.
Ultimately I would have had Padurariu’s routine below 9.8 anyway (for whatever that’s worth) so it wouldn’t have counted.
Oregon State 98.375
LOL, so much for me saying Padurariu should be below 9.8 (still true) because now she’s on 9.875 and UCLA goes up .05
Lee – BB – UCLA – full turn, small adjustment – bhs loso, nice toe point, secure landing – switch to a high straddle jump – aerial to split jump, also well executed – gainer full, holds onto the stick with a lean. That’s more like it for Lee. 9.900
Miller – FX – OSU – double pike, bounce back – switch 1/2 to popa, around – 1.5 to front lay, a bit of legs in 1.5, lower on the layout – double tuck, good secure landing. 9.800
Alipio – BB – UCLA – aerial to back tuck, hit squarely – switch 1/2 to beat jump – side aerial to split jump, arms to keep the combo moving – gainer tuck full, holds the stick, some leg stagger. 9.800
Peterson – FX – OSU – back 1.5 to front full, controls the step – switch side 1/2, around – switch 1/2 to popa, hit, loses her foot position in some of these leaps – double tuck, larger bounce back. 9.875
Campbell – BB – UCLA – bhs loso, check, minimizes the wobble – side aerial, solid – split leap to switch 1/2 and falls, wobble took her the other direction and came off – gainer full, short, hop forward. 8.825
Gonzales – FX – OSU – front full to layout, better height in that combo – switch 1/1 to sissone, nice sissone position – double pike, pulls chest up but does have a preset step forward – swithc ring to switch 1/2, ring looked a little low. 9.825
Chiles – BB – UCLA – bhs loso, secure – switch to wolf jump, good amplitude on wolf – side aerial to straddle jump, no trouble – double pike dismount, bounce back, chest down. 9.850
So we have the beam cap taped on. Is this equipment malfunction PTSD?
Letzsch – FX – OSU – back 1.5 to front full, under control – pretty switch sissone to sissone, I think it’s supposed to be a ring, which it isn’t, but it’s lovely in more of a Yang Bo split kind of way – double tuck, step under control. 9.900
Harris – BB – UCLA – bhs loso bhs, right on – switch to split leap to full turn, comfortable – side aerial, check – 1.5 dismount, holds landing, big college salute. 9.875
We’re calling a balance check “adversity” now.
Dagen – FX – OSU – front lay to rudi, chest forward with a step – switch 1/2 to popa to straddle, really nice switch 1/2 – double pike, controls step, chest up, good finish. 9.875
Malabuyo – BB – UCLA – wolf single, hit – bhs loso and falls – UCLA counting a beam fall. YOU’RE REAL BRUINS NOW. Also has a wobble on her split ring jump – gainer full dismount is hit. 9.375
Carey – FX – OSU – Jim sure is reading a lot into Jade just standing there with the same facial expression she always has – double double tucked, good control on that landing today – switch 1/2 to popa, hit – front loso through to double pike, also under control. Probably her best floor of the year. You can always find knee position, foot precision if you want to. 9.975
UCLA counts a fall on beam to go 48.800 there. Oregon State goes 49.500 on floor with the Carey 9.975 to move into the lead.
Oregon State 147.875
Peterson – BB – OSU – bhs bhs loso, secure – full turn, hit – switch 1/2 to straddle jump, can get for amplitude on switch 1/2 – gainer pike, small movement. 9.850
Lee – FX – UCLA – into the floor lineup today – double tuck, bounce back – this routine has a little more life to it now than it did at Meet the Bruins – front lay to front full, good control – switch ring to switch 1/2, good positions – double pike, controls that one. 9.850
Domingo – BB – OSU – aerial to back pike is secure, just does keep moving in that combination – switch to straddle jump to split jump 3/4, clear rotation position – gainer full, secure. Nice. 9.850
Malabuyo – FX – UCLA – double tuck, bounce back – back 1.5 to front lay, dance out, some lack of amplitude on that layout – switch ring to switch 1/2, good switch 1/2 split position – double pike, another control issue with a slide back. 9.875 is a lot.
Letzch – BB – OSU – aerial, also moves slowly into back tuck but does keep moving – split jump to split ring jump to beat jump, small lean through the combo – full turn, another almost correction there – front gainer full, small slide. 9.875
Harris – FX – UCLA – FTDT, controls the step but chest pretty far down this week – double tuck, chest up, small slide back – split leap full to popa to shush, nice positions – back 1/5 to 1/2 to double stag, under control again, some lack of amplitude on the lay 1/2. 9.925
Gonzales – BB – OSU – aerial to back tuck, they love those front-back “series,” and they’re moving enough through them just enough – cat leap to side aerial, nice – switch 1/2, well controlled – front gainer full off the end, arm wave to hold the stick. 9.675. Did she have a dance series?
Frazier – FX – UCLA – whip through to double tuck, bounce back – struggles mightily on opening split leap full in that triple dance combination, well short of split, risking no credit for a recognizable element, though I don’t think they will – does well to keep going into the remaining popas – double pike, chest up, small movement. 9.900. Leaps don’t count anymore you guys, which is cool. I don’t know how they got 9.9 there. Huge problem.
Dagen – BB – OSU – bhs loso, hit, small arm wave on landing – switch to switch 1/2, secure – full turn, small check – 1.5, stuck. 9.850
Chiles – FX – UCLA – DLO, stuck landing, chest ever so slightly forward but no one will care because stick – front tuck through to double tuck, chest up nicely there, also under control – split leap full to wolf jump full – double pike, small bounce back. 9.975 anyway. Compared to the Frazier score it should have been 91.900, though, so…
Carey – BB – OSU – checks on the full turn – aerial to bhs loso, secure landing – switch to switch 1/2, some front leg but solid – gainer full, slides feels together. A big road score for Oregon State today.
9.925 for Carey, they got to 197.225.
Campbell – FX – UCLA – FTDT, chest up, controlled step, nice – split leap full to popa, around – front lay to front full, slide forward – double tuck, chest up, controlled landing. Good work.
9.950 for Campbell which brings UCLA to 197.275 and gives them the win. Oregon State will be happy with the road score but should be rightfully pissed about the mis-scored routine from Frazier that made up the difference.
UCLA – 197.275
Oregon State 197.225