Friday Live Blog – February 3, 2023

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It’s one of the deepest and busiest days of the regular season today, with 8 of the top 10 teams in action over the next 4.5 hours. Utah and UCLA will be the main priority once that gets started, and those two besties are usually good for riling things up. Let’s get sloppy. I mean it’s been six years already since Middle Finger Fest. I am so thirsty.

I kind of wish that one weren’t at the same time as Georgia/LSU, since that’s the other meet today with the most potential for juicy nonsense, but we can’t have everything we want. Auburn/Alabama has the looks of a close one (and you feel Alabama needs this one), and we’ll have to see what the scores are like at Florida/Arkansas considering the last Arkansas home meet. 

And that’s not to mention Oklahoma and Michigan, both in action in meets they should dominate but we’ll all need to have at least a half of an eye on 198 Watch for them.

Much to do, much to do. Kentucky/Missouri on the slate first. Missouri will feel like its turn is up next in Ridic Score Roulette, so we’ll see if it happens.

Rotation 1

Schaffer – VT – Missouri – yfull, chest a bit down, bounce back, some hip angle, solid distance. 9.725

Davis – UB – Kentucky – blind, slight angle into a hit jaeger – rushing through hs positions, but the time her feet get to vertical, she’s losing some back position – good toes on bail on low bar – DLO, good shape but comes in shy, lunge forward. 9.800

McCrary – VT – Missouri – holds onto the landing on her yfull well, small amount of lean – some pike, direction and distance to take. 9.850. Or not.

Bunn – UB – Kentucky – blind, goes into jaeger, feet flexed – nice position on bail – some hip angle in giant swings – nice DLO second salto, stuck. 9.875

Schreiber – VT – Missouri – solid landing, small slide back – better chest up position, layout, and distance than the last couple, still some direction. 9.850. They couldn’t really go higher, but now there’s no reward for superior distance and form.

Reigert – UB – Kentucky – blind to jaeger, much bigger than the last couple – toe on, some elbows – bail is nicely vertical – good final cast hs – DLO, piking in both saltos, step back. 9.850

Davis – VT – Missouri – y1.5 is hit, comes in somewhat short with a step back, off direction, shows a leg separation at the end. 9.800, which is the maximum you can give this vault if you didn’t take anything for leg form or direction. 

DeGuzman – UB – Kentucky – hits first hs – blind to jaeger, very pretty, connects into overshoot – short final cast hs position – DLO, step back. Would like to see some reward for her superior amplitude and toes, but you know. She won’t. 9.825. She gave up .150 on the final handstand and the dismount, so not arguing for higher, but it’s a shame comparatively.

Moore – VT  – Missouri – very very good Y1.5 – good amplitude, maintains her position, just a little lean to the side on landing. 9.950

Luksik – UB – Kentucky – a bit tight on first hs – hits tkatchev – not quite up to vertical on hs a couple times here – nice bail – better final handstand – DLO, small hop up in place and leaning forward into the step salute. 9.900

Celestine – VT – Missouri – also a strong Y1.5 – small hop forward, good distance and direction, not quite as high as Moore’s. 9.875

Worley – UB – Kentucky – good first hs – clear hip with some elbows – hit tkatchev – pak, very small leg break – 1/2 turn, hits vertical, slightly crooked – good final cast hs – FTDT, small hop. 9.875

Missouri VT 49.325. Their previous vault high was 49.050, so this is exactly the kind of score they were looking for. Nice 1.5s to end by Moore and Celestine. Elevated scores for those fulls.

Kentucky UB 49.325. So we’ve got a tie after one, which is fun.

Rotation 2

LaClair – VT – Kentucky – pretty good position in the air on her yfull, slide back. 9.825

Schreiber – UB – Missouri – good first hs – maloney to bail, clean – borderline final cast hs – DLO, good open position, chest a little forward, hop to the side. 9.850

Procasky – VT – Kentucky – good stick on her yfull, similar landing position to the Missouri gymnasts, off line somewhat – good control. 9.800. How was that lower than McCrary?

Lawrence – UB – Missouri – maloney, good height into pak, clean – way overturns her cast 1/2 on low bar but when too far and comes off. Finishes with a nice stick on a double front. 9.300

Wilson – VT – Kentucky – handspring pike 1/2 – medium bounce back, a bit more chest down on landing than she has sometimes. 9.825

Celestine – UB – Missouri – hit first hs – toe on to maloney to pak, body position – hesitant on 1/2 turn on low but works through it – good final hs -stalder pike 1/2 dismount, good landing. 9.775

Patterson – VT – Kentucky – handspring pike 1/2 from her as well, similar size bounce back to Wilson, chest a bit higher, somewhat close to table. 9.850

Sheremeta – UB – Missouri – good first hs – blind, a bit late into very high jaeger to overshoot, good combination – solid cast hs on high – blind to rudi dismount, small rebound in place. 9.825

Magnelli – VT – Kentucky – handspring pike 1/2, step back, better height and chest position compared to the last two, so that score should go up even with the .1 on landing. 9.850

Moore – UB – Missouri – good high tkatchev to overshoot, maybe a bit close on tkatchev catch – nice final cast hs – FTDT, holds the stick and brings her heels together. One of her best ones. 9.850

Worley – VT – Kentucky – Great stick on her Y1.5, one of her best ones as well – clean in the air, solid landing. Little bit of knees, maybe a little lean on replay. 9.950

Hu – UB – Missouri – Church to pak, lovely – also a bit hesitant in her 1/2 turn on low – good cast hs on high – giant full to double tuck, step back. 9.900. So they only took for step.

Kentucky VT 49.250 – Didn’t really seem like an equitable score-scape there. Kentucky not the same benefit of the doubt that Missouri received.

Missouri UB 49.200 – They got through without counting a fall, which is a victory, though this is a bit under their recent bars scores. A couple tighter numbers there (thought Moore would be higher) but also some looser ones.

After 2:
Kentucky 98.575
Missouri – 98.525

Kentucky’s vault upped to 49.300, so they’re at 98.625 now. The Procasky and Patterson scores were both raised, which makes a little more sense.

Rotation 3

SEC Net just said 2022 was Missouri’s first nationals appearance on the graphic. Incorrect. They made nationals in 2010 when they eliminated Georgia at regionals.

Lawrence – BB – Missouri – switch to split, good 180s, some knee in back leg on split – full turn, nice – side aerial to bhs is way off line and clatters to the mat in a bambi fashion, which we can laugh about because she’s fine – resumes with a secure aerial – 1.5 dismount, stuck. 9.150

Procasky – FX – Kentucky – front lay to front full, not super high but controls the step – switch ring to split leap full, a bit under on split leap – double tuck, bounce back, keeps it in bounds. 9.800

McCrary – BB – Missouri – waiting on the judges to settle – kickover, secure, a little pause before beat jump but will get it – bhs loso, wobble, small lean and then adds an arm wave – switch, pause before split ring jump, arm wave – I would say broken connection – full turn – gainer pike, chest down, hop forward. We’ll see whether they deny switch to split ring jump credit.

Wilson – FX – Kentucky – wolf jump 1.5, under wolf position – front tuck through to double tuck, nice landing, good control, chest up – switch side to wolf full, also under on that wolf position – back 1.5 to front lay, good rise on layout, just does control that step. 9.800

Not surprised that the judges are chatting about McCrary’s beam, but they really do have to deny dance combination credit for that combination with a clear pause in between.

9.500 in for McCrary, which will count.

Davis – BB – Missouri – full turn, slight hesitation but fine – bhs loso, secure, nice foot position as well, pretty – kickover, small check, does well to keep it on because she landed a bit off line – beat to sheep jump, excellent amplitude on sheep – switch, short back leg, into bhs gainer full, small hop. Good one. 9.825

Patterson – FX – Kentucky – 1.5 to front lay, lower on the lay, good body position – switch ring 1/2 – switch ring to switch side, nice oversplit on straddle position – double pike, chest pretty far down with a lunge forward. 9.825

Sheremeta – BB – Missouri – bhs loso, huge break, keeps in on but a major deduction, turn to the side, bend at the hips, leg up – full turn – aerial is pretty, connects to split jump shushunova – gainer tuck full dismount, hop back. It will have to count. And 9.700 is friendly. You could easily have justified max .300 for the wobble alone. But she didn’t grab the beam, so it’s OK that they took less than that.

Magnelli – FX – Kentucky – rudi to loso, very clean, nice – switch side to popa is excellent – double pike, chest down, step forward. 9.825

Hu – BB – Missouri – beautiful swingdown mount – y spin is smooth – aerial to aerial to scale, hit, small hesitation arm wave in holding the scale – beat to straddle 3/4, check – bhs gainer full, stuck. Not her best but will still be a good number and a much needed score.

Free fact: The Liukin is a kickover front to scale, rather than an aerial to scale.

Lol, or a 9.950 for Hu. That was an “I’m sorry about the other ones” score.

Davis – FX – Kentucky – double pike, bounce back – 1.5 to front…boa? Thanks for the shot of the boa – double tuck, controls step back. 9.900

Schreiber – BB – Missouri – full turn, nice – bhs loso loso series, large break, bend forward at the hips, leg up – switch 1/2 is hit, into split jump – beat to gainer full, holds the stick with a hesitation. 9.700

Worley – FX – Kentucky – FTDT, good position, looks like she controlled the front foot – switch ring to switch side, nice – front full to front lay, good rise into layout, shows control – double tuck, nearly showed the stick, ended up stepping back. 9.950

48.675 for Missouri, which is actually not terrible for a rotation with basically four misses, but it’s going to undermine the chance for that big 197 today.

49.300 on floor for Kentucky thanks to the last couple because they started out a little flat there.

After 3:
Kentucky 147.925
Missouri 147.200

Rotation 4

TV still has that original Kentucky vault score at 49.250, but the “live” “scores” have it at 49.300. So we’ll see I guess.

Luksik – BB – Kentucky – onodi and falls immediately. Kentucky goes “DON’T WORRY MISSOURI.” Hits her loso series – cat leap to switch 1/2, well under on split position – full turn, check – beat – gainer pike, chest forward into step salute. 9.100

Schreiber – FX – Missouri – rudi to layout to split is well done – front full to front lay to stag jump, comfortable, not the highest but fine – switch 1/1 to split 1/2, hit -looks like she pulled that split around. 9.875

Procasky – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso series, pulls it back with an arm swim wobble – cat leap to switch ring, small check, not the most closure in that ring position – aerial into beat jump, pretty positions – full turn, very very small hesitation – gainer pike, slide back. 9.775

Meanwhile Michigan opened bars with a 9.925 for Heiskell.

Kratzer – FX – Missouri – double tuck, slide back – switch side to popa, a bit tight – 1.5 to layout, just a bit of knees in the 1.5 – double pike, chest down, controls step. 9.825

Bunn – BB – Kentucky – full turn, smooth – bhs loso loso, holds it securely – switch to split, a slight bit of back leg – 2/1 dismount, slightly under, which causes a step back. 9.900

Sheremeta – FX – Missouri – front 2/1 controls the step – switch side to popa, shows her split positions – rudi to loso, under control – back 1.5 to front loso, just a bit of legs in the 1.5, good routine. 9.925

Sierra Brooks just stuck her DLO 1/1 on bars, and Carly Bauman just got 9.950 before her.  9.925 for Brooks. Wojcik finishes the rotation of Michigan, very clean, bounce back on dismount.

Patterson – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso series is hit, lean correction – aerial, hit into split jump, short back leg – switch to switch, good position – gainer pike, didn’t get a ton of lift but hit it, slide back. 9.850

Michigan went 49.575 on bars.

Moore – FX – Missouri – DLO, tries to keep her step in bounds and ends up adding a 1/2-twisting OOB to the pass – switch 1/2 to popa to popa, that’s how you rise into the subsequent elements in a dance series – front tuck through to double tuck, solid landing. 9.775. Not really sure how if you have two steps and an OOB on the first pass.

Worley – BB – Kentucky – cat leap to switch side, slightly crooked today – so glad we missed the beginning of her routine for that video package – aerial to bhs loso, right on – full turn, check – 1.5, little movement on landing. 9.925

McCrary – FX – Missouri – front lay to rudi, some body position in layout, controls the rudi landing – switch side to popa, a bit crooked on switch side, good popa amplitude – double pike, chest down, pulls it out. 9.850

Magnelli – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso loso is secure – swtich to straddle 1/4, very nice leap positions – aerial, small lean – full turn, hit – gainer pike, stuck. Good one. 9.950

Celestine – FX – Missouri – FTDT, controls step well, just a little legs – split leap full to split jump full, around – 1.5 to layout, clean – double tuck, chest up well, controls the step. 9.925

49.400 on beam for Kentucky, 49.400 on floor for Missouri.

197.325 road score for Kentucky, which they will love to pieces.

Missouri ends up with 196.600, which is not bad for a missed beam routine, but they’re still missing that big score, and that’s probably not going to help the ranking given the expectations for 197s from among basically all the teams in the top 16.

Next, to check in on Auburn/Alabama.

Shallon Olsen is back on vault for Alabama and started them with 9.875, so they’ll be pleased already.

Doggette is up 3rd on vault for Alabama after a 9.875 and a 9.800 – looks like she missed her…something – bails out and just does a y tuck 1/2 to her back.

Groth – UB – Auburn – good first hs – tkatchev, some elbows close – pak, hit – solid final cast hs – giant full, good finish position, into double tuck, slide back. Following two 9.750s. 9.875 for her.

Blanco – VT – Alabama – very pretty y1.5 – good position in the air – looked like a little rebound onto her toes. 9.950 with a 10/9.900 split.

Stevens – UB – Auburn – good first hs – toe on, some hesitation – tkatchev is good – bail, nice vertical position – short final cast hs – DLO, pikes it a little, finds the stick well. A couple vertical positions, good one. 9.900

Gladieux – VT – Alabama – just the Yfull today, good amplitude but comes in chest forward to find the landing and hops forward. 9.775

Gobourne – UB – Auburn – rushes first hs – tkatchev to pak, pretty pak – cast 1/2 turn on low – a couple short casts here – FTDT, comes in deep, holds the stick, but some position. 9.875

Paradise – VT – Alabama – very large bound forward on her Y1.5. 9.775

Lee – UB – Auburn – good first hs – blind to jaeger, lovely into pak to maloiney to gienger – right on – hits final cast hs – FTDT, stuck landing. LOOK OUT.

10.000. You knew it would be, and I’m not mad at it.

So, it was Auburn that started slowly on bars but goes up to 49.400 thanks to Suni’s 10. Alabama had a good start from Olsen on vault but really only two strong ones with hers and Blanco’s, ending up on 49.175. Kind of a sizeable lead for Auburn.

Didn’t see Gabby Wilson miss on beam for Michigan but her score is 9.150, so looks like beam anxiety is here again. Hits from Koulos and Brooks in the 3 and 4 spots though.

Rotation 2 in Alabama. Hollingsworth leads off Auburn on vault with a good stick on her yfull, one of her best, some direction, but good. 9.875

Hudson – UB – Alabama – good first hs – toe on to maloney, just a bit of legs into bail, clean position – solid cast hs on high – giant full to double tuck, chest forward, little movement. 9.825

Groth – VT – Auburn – she also holds the stick on her yfull, didn’t end up bringing her heels together because she was hold into on the stick, but she did hold on. Good. 9.850

Paradise – UB – Alabama – short first hs – blind to jaeger, solid, some feet – looks like she overbalanced her next handstand and went over. She resumes with a hit bail – short cast hs on high – DLO, small slide back. 9.250

Michigan got a 9.950 from Heiskell and a hit from Wojcik, so they’ll survive with a good score there.

Hubbard – VT – Auburn – medium hop forward on Y1.5, good distance. 9.825

Waligora – UB – Alabama – good first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, hit, very small amount of leg position – shortish final cast hs – DLO 1/1, small hop, chest forward.

Gobourne – VT – Auburn – a larger bound forward on her Y1.5 today – good direction and distance and leg position.

Machado – UB – Alabama – maloney to pak, small leg breaks, very small – toe on to van leeuwen, hit – some hit angle on cast hs – toe full, into double stuck, stuck. 9.925

Florida/Arkansas and Oklahoma/Iowa State underway now. So it’s getting real. Lunge forward from Blakely on douyble front on bars for Florida.

Lee – VT – Auburn – ro 1/2 on tuck 1/2, actually her best dynamics but ends up with a bounce back this time.

Doggette – UB – Alabama – good first hs – tkatchev to pak, pretty work – 1/2 turn on low is hit – borderline hs – DLO, very small movement. Some elbow bend moments. Good one. 9.950

Stevens – VT – Auburn – hop forward on her y1.5 but not as large as some of the others, some knees. 9.850

Blanco – UB – Alabama – pak, hit – toe on to van leeuwen, clean – FTDT, holds onto the landing but leans to do so.

Auburn goes 49.325 on vault with not their best landing control today. Alabama will be able to drop the Paradise miss on bars, so this will be a strong number.

98.725 for Auburn after 2.

DiCello up third for Florida on bars is clean on the van leeuwen and holds the landing on her FTDT, good one. 9.925.

Oklahoma has nothing lower than 9.9 for its first three Y1.5s.

It ended up being 49.450 for Michigan on beam, so they’ll be pretty please.

Bowers holds onto the stick on her Y1.5 for Oklahoma.

Thomas – UB – Florida – maloney to pak, hit – solid hs – toe on to van leeuwebn, legs together – a bit tight on hs on high it seemed, kind of a sluggish one for her today – DLO, holds the landing with an arm swim.

49.325 for Alabama on vault, so they’re on 98.500 after 2, .225 behind Auburn.

Sedlacek for Arkansas was pretty tucked on her Y1.5 and landed short with a hop back, so expect a low number there. Or she’ll get a 9.825. What?

Trinity got 9.975 for like her worst bars routine for the year, so that’s fun. She had an obvious arm circle on landing. Am I taking crazy pills.

Wong – UB – Florid a- maloney to pak is nice – van leeuwen, hit – DLO, stuck.

And Leanne Wong got a 10. Well, if they gave Trinity 9.975 for obvious mistakes, this couldn’t not be.

Riley is in on bars today – she got through it – a hesitation in handstand on the low bar and again on her stalder. Why not give it a 10.

It’s a 49.275 on vault for Arkansas, and a 49.625 for Florida, with some of our most egregious scores.

Oklahoma goes 49.575 on vault with two 9.950s from Stern and Bowers.

Burgess opens up the third rotation in Alabama with a hit beam. 9.925

Brusch – FX – Auburn – front tuck through to double tuck, secure landing – switch 1/2 to popa to wolf full, good, just a little under position on the wolf – double pike with a shot of a camera man. META. 9.825

Rybicki – BB – Alabama – bhs loso, small check – cat leap to switch 1/2, looked under from our angle – beat to straddle 3/4, short of split – 1.5 dismount, slide back. 9.825

Groth – FX – Auburn – front 2/1, just does get it around, step forward – switch 1/2 to wolf jump full – 1.5 to layout, nice lay position, stuck – rudi, a bit ragged, secure landing. 9.900

Waligora – BB – Alabama – bhs loso, secure – side aerial, well controlled – split jump tp tuck jump full, wobble, step back on the tuck jump – 1.5 dismount, holds the stick.

Florida and Arkansas underway in the second rotation.

Richards – VT – Florida – her best landing on a Y1.5 in a long time – comes in kind of locked, but then did kind of a minor step salute to hold it. Honestly never really held control before she jumped for joy a couple times. 9.925. Here we go.

Swaney – UB – Arkansas – toe on to tkatchev – hit – pak, some loose back but OK – DLO, holds the landing but a pretty significant lean forward, which is apparently not a deduction in this meet. 9.850

Gladieux for Alabama hits her 2 foot layout on beam with a check. Deep landing on her double tuck with a lunge back. Still gets 9.875

Wong – VT – Florida – ro 1/2 on pike 1/2, fiarly sizeable bounce back. 9.875

Oklahoma has a fall from Torrez on a maloney in the second spot on bars.

Scalzo – UB – Arkansas – jaeger to overshoot, solid foot position – hits cast hs on high – DLO, nice stick. Good one. 9.900

DiCello – VT- Florida – Y1., hop forward, some knees in the air. 9.875

Drotar – UB – Arkansas – hits her maloney, fingertips it – clean DLO to finish, small hop. 9.850

Levasseur with a pretty hit in the third spot for Oklahoma, coming after that fall.

Thomas – VT-  Florida – Y1.5 pretty large bounce forward today. 9.900

Michigan went 49.525 on floor, so the 198 is very much on today with just vault to come.

Maddie Jones with a nice piked jaeger and pak on bars for Arkansas – just one short cast hs in there, step back on DLO.

Suni is up on floor for Auburn as everyone is getting huge scores – DLO, holds the landing under control, just a bit of deep body position – switch ring to split leap full is pretty – 1.5 to front full is excellent – 9.925

So Lilly Hudson got 9.975 on beam for Alabama.

Pratt has a very short cast handstand on bars for Arkansas but still goes 9.825.

Blanco – BB – Alabama – anchoring the rotation, already bit a big beam score – aerial is pretty – full turn, nice – bhs loso loso, great form, small hesitation – switch to beat, well done – 1.5 dismount, holds it with a small adjustment.

Flatley finishes bars for Arkansas with a small hop back on DLO.

Florida went 49.400 on vault.

And Blanco gets a 10.000, which they were ready for. I kind of thought we didn’t see full control on that series.

49.650 beam for Alabama.

Gobourne – FX – Auburn – control her step on the double tuck – switch side to wolf full, excellent attention to detail there – front full front lay is elegantly crisp – double pike, nailed the landing.

Audrey Davis went 9.975 to get Oklahoma to 49.675 on bars. Well over 198 pace on both events so far.

9.925 for Gobourne. Of all the 10s we’ve seen today, that would have been among the more realistic.

Auburn has .050 on Alabama after 3, 148.200 to 148.150.

Oklahoma is on 99.250 after two events. LOL. I’m OK I swear.

Third rotation is starting with Florida and Arkansas. Final rotation starting with Auburn and Alabama.

Hollingsworth – BB – Auburn – full turn, hit – bhs loso, solid – switch 1/2 wobble – side aerial is hit – switch to straddle, arm correction – gainer full, small step. 9.800

Waligora – FX – Alabama – front lay to front 2/1, a bit under on rotation, crossover step – split leap full to wolf full, hit – 1.5 to front lay, good layout position – 9.925, so this rotation should be fun.

Over with Florida, Brubach started them on floor with 9.775, DiCello is up 2nd – front 2/1, also a bit underroated and a crossover step – finished with 1.5 to front full, low but hit.

Brusch up 2nd on beam for Auburn has a check on her aerial but continued her connection – hits loso series – wobble on choreography – a nervous one but a stay on.

Swaney for Arknansas on beam did well to hang onto her triple series but she was pretty low. holds the landing on her 1.5 dismount well.

WELL, looks like I’ll have to go back and watch Michigan’s vault rotation with back-to-back 10s from Brooks and Heiskell, bringing us up to 5 tens on the day.

Michigan goes 198.300, which is the second highest score in team history.

Anyway, Nguyen stepped out of bounds on floor, so if this day wasn’t cancelled for lack of rules already, it’s canceled for this.

Doggette is up third for Alabama on floor – FTDT with a step back, a bit out of control but kept it in bounds – she’s going after Cassie Stevens got 9.950 on beam for Auburn – 1.5 to layout with a bit of a slide forward for Doggette final pass.

Groth – BB – Auburn – bhs loso bhs, a little slow but fine, reaction is the same – switch to switch 1/2, controlled, a bit under on back leg – side aerial to tuck 1.5 dismount, short with a lunge back. 9.850

Meanwhile, Florida is already counting a 9.725 on floor for DiCello after the 9.625 for Nguyen, so that’s not an awesome number right now. While Arkansas is getting 90s on beam.

Gladieux – FX – Alabama – FTDT, controls – split leap full to popa, good elevation – front lay to rudi to split jump, lots of travel back. 9.925

Leanne Wong 5th on floor for Florida – hits her piked double arabian, short again but covers into a stag jump anyway – switch 1/2 to popa to popa is good – she finished with a very good back 1.5 to front lay, under control. 9.900

McLaughlin on beam for Auburn bends at the hips on a switch split, so she might only get 9.950.


We have a fall for Flatley on beam for Arkansas, but they already have 49.350.

Thomas – FX – Florida – DLO is hit, chest lower than her usual today – split leap full to popa to popa, pulled it around – front full to front lay, controls the step.

Lee – BB – Auburn – wolf double, nice – switch to switch 1/2, hit – side aerial to loso loso is secure – bha gainer full, holds her landing well. So they will comfortably drop McLaughlin’s score.

And it’s another 10 for Suni. She pulls a Peng, 10s on both bars and beam today.

Blanco finishes up for Alabama on floor – good double pike – double tuck, also well controlled – switch ring to switch 1/2 – 1.5 to layout, also good control.

UCLA/Utah starting now

Gilstrap – VT – Utah – Yfull, bounce back, good distance, just a little pike. 9.800

Steele – Ub – UCLA – maloney to pak, hit – some legs in maloney – 1/2 turn on low, good vertical – solid cast hs on high – DLO, chest down, lunge forward. 9.775

Luisa Blanco went 9.975, so Alabama wins 197.850 to 197.700 for Auburn.

Brenner – VT – Utah – hits her Y1.5 – some knees, hop forward. 9.850

Padurariu – UB – UCLA – good hs – toe on to maloney to vail, nice vertical position and toes – hits final cast hs on high – FTDT, landed under control with some chest position. 9.900

Arkansas picked up a tenth on Florida in that third rotation and is back by just .350 heading to the last rotation.

Smith – VT – Utah – hits Omelianchik, great distance, larger bounce forward this week. 9.825

Anyimi – UB – UCLA – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, legs together well, not the most amplitude on overshoot – short cast on high – FTDT, step back. Viable hit. 9.750

Oklahoma went 49.550 on beam, another rotation over 49.5

Rucker – VT – Utah – big Y1.5 but a hop to the side and out of the area this week. 9.825

Harris – UB – UCLA – good first hs – Ray is solid – hits hs – bail, legs right together – small arch in final cast hs – giant full, right on top into DLO, secure landing. It’s just so good.

McCallum – VT – Utah – getting there on her Y1.5, probably her best this year – small hop to the side, some knees. 9.900

Chiles – UB – UCLA – good hs – tkatchev piked to pak, right on – maloney to gienger, nice – good hs on high – FTDT, hop back. 9.950 with a hop.

Hoffman – VT – Utah – nails the landing on her Y1.5, good stick. Great distance, it’s not the highest and there’s a bit of knees, so it wouldn’t be 10 for me, but a very good one. 9.975 for her.

Frazier – UB – UCLA – maloney to pak, some legs on maloney, good pak – a bit short on final cast hs – DLO, hop back.

LSU has a solid vault score going, and now Bryant is up – held the stick on her handspring pike 1/2 today, but chest forward to get it.

Another 9.975 here. LSU 49.475 on vault.

9.850 for Frazier gives UCLA 49.400 on bars, a slight lead over Utah’s 49.375 on vault.

Blakely opened beam with 9.875 for Florida and Jones opened floor with 9.900 for Arkansas.

Oklahoma needs 49.500 on floor here in the last rotation to match Michigan’s total from today. Bell Johnson OOB on first pass.

Bailey Lovett 2nd on floor for Arkansas steps off with a music issue. Give her a 10. Good DLO, chest a bit down – double tuck, bounce back – switch 1/2 to popa, nice positions – controls her front lay front full.

Rotation 2 for UCLA and Utah

Frazier – VT – UCLA – yfull, good distance, some pike but noit as much as sometimes – bounce back. 9.775

Morgan UB – Utah – good first hs – maloney, hit, connects to bhardwaj, some ankle crossing – nice hs on high – toe one, elboes – toe pike 1/2 dismount, hop back. 9.875

Anyimi – VT – UCLA – smaller bounce back this week on her yfull, but also some piked position. Good distance from her as well. 9.775

Smith – UB – Utah – good first hs – toe on to maloney to pak, good form, nice ampltiude – 1/2 turn on low bar is excellent – good hs on high – toe on to double arabian, step back. 9.850

Lee – VT – UCLA – large bounce back on her yfull this week. 9.750.

Brenner – UB – Utah – a bit shy on first hs – blind to jaeger – hits final cast hs better – DLO, slide back. 9.850

DiCello is up 4th on beam for Florida, good wolf position control – switch to split, a bit of knees – bhs loso, secure – check on aerial  – stuck gainer full

Harris – VT – UCLA – excellent amplitude on Y1.5, little hop forward today. 9.875

O’Keefe – UB – Utah – borderline first hs – maloney to pak, lovely – 1/2 turn on low, excellent – hits hs on high – double arabian, stuck landing, some stagger. Nice. 9.950

Oh I didn’t see what happened to LSU on bars. Who is down?

Chiles – VT – UCLA – NAILED her DTY, stuck landing. Really excellent.

9.975 for Chiles. Surprised that one didn’t go 120 since we’ve seen so many weaker DTYs get 10s. There are a bit of legs, a bit of chest position on landing. But…definitely superior to Hoffman’s 9.975.

Isa – UB – Utah – Ray is clean, bail, nice body position – giant full, finishes in good position, DLO, holds the stick. 9.950

Wren – VT – UCLA – handspring pike 1/2, chest well down, large lunge back.

McCallum – UB – Utah – maloney to pak, solid – van leeuwen, legs together – hits cast hs vertically – FTDT, hop back. And she also got 9.950?

And I missed a beam 10 for Leanne Wong. Our 7th of the day. I’m missing everything.

Even with the Chiles 9.975, UCLA on just 49.150 on vault. Utah 49.575 on bars to take a big lead.

After 2:
Utah 98.950
UCLA 98.550

Thomas – BB – Florida – nice switch mount to split jump, smooth full turn – one arm bhs to loso, lovely – pretty korbut – side aerial 1.5, well short on the 1.5 with a step back.

So LSU was able to drop a miss from Arenas and go 49.300 on bars. It was Nicole King of Georgia who was down injured when I looked over. Georgia 49.075 on vault.

Oklahoma has a 9.950 on floor from Fletcher but might also be OOBing themselves out of catching Michigan.

49.600 on beam for Florida, so they’re done on 197.875.

Arkansas finished with 9.925 on floor for Price (horizontal DLO with chest down and step) and a 197.400, slightly under last week’s record.

Rotation 3 – Utah/UCLA

Morgan – BB – Utah – wobble on her walkover mount – bhs bhs loso, secure – split to split 1/2, some soft legs, wobble, step back – front gainer full dismount, hit. 9.875

Faith Torrez finishes the meet for Oklahoma with 9.925 on floor so they’ll be done on 198.225. Only. Try harder.

Lee – FX – UCLA – double tuck, good high open position on landing, under control – front lay to front full is short, stagger on landing – switch ring to switch 1/2 – doubel pike, chest down, controls step back. 9.750

McCallum – BB – Utah – wolf triple and wolf double are hit – no counting today but some other manner of sign language – bhs loso, hit, secure, chest a bit down – split jump to straddle 1/4, under on split position – – gainer tuck full, good stick.

Oh it’s 9.975. Why not. Give everyone else in the lineup a 50 at this point.

Anyimi – FX – UCLA – back 2.5 to a trip that was intended to be a stag jump – double pike, chest down below horizontal and a stagger lunge out of it – nice leap positions – front lay to front full, slide forward, some knees. 9.625

Paulson – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, secure – switch to switch, holds it despite heing a little off line – full turn, hit – beat to side aerial to layout 1.5, turn around and step and salute – college salute full? 9.875

Malabuyo – FX – UCLA – double tuck, little rebound but good chest up – back 1.5 to front lay, keeps her lay position – swtich ring to switch 1/2, lovely positions – double pike, chest just a bit forward. 9.850

Eaker – BB – Utah – switch to split leap is pretty – she moves so much better than everyone else on beam – side aerial to loso, secure – gainer full, holds the stick, chest forward. Nice. I mean it was better than McCallum’s.

And she’s on 9.975 as well.

We might be on a 9.975 record today.

Harris – FX – UCLA – FTDT, controlled step, chest a bit forward but less than the last couple weeks – double tuck, also some chest position. split leap full to popa, great split positions, a bit of soft knee – 1.5 to front 1/2 to double stag, under control. 9.875

Isa – BB – Utah – hits candle mount, almost has a check on her cartwheel again – bhs loso loso, small check, some foot flexing – beat to straddle 1/4, hit – gainer full, stuck. 9.950

Frazier – FX – UCLA – whip through to double tuck, chest up well, maybe a little foot movement – split leap full to popa to popa works this time, but she’s short of split on the final popa – double pike, some feet –

O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, right on – switch to split leap, hit – crisp full turn – beat – bhs gainer full, stuck. I would imagine 10 after the rest of the rotation, which seemed all specifically designed to get O’keefe a 10 – good combination of security, amplitude, and extension.

And she goes get a 10.000. 8th of the day.

And 49.775 on beam ties an all-time Utah record. It’s not every day you see Utah setting record given the entirety of gymnastics history.

Chiles – FX – UCLA – DLO, nice control, chest up, good – front tuck through to double tuck, also controlled with chest up – split leap full to wolf full, good amplitude – double pike, chest lower but OK, strong landings on all three. 9.950

49.300 for UCLA on floor. But you know, 49.775 for Utah.

After 3:
Utah 148.725
UCLA 147.850

Georgia goes 49.375 on floor to LSU’s 49.250 on beam to gain some ground back.

After 3:
LSU 148.025
Georgia 147.675

Rotation 4

Lee – BB – UCLA – bhs loso, slightly off line but squeezed it together without a check – switch, small pause before split jump – aerial, again squeezes into split – bhs gainer full, small step. She finessed a couple combos in there. I mean, I doubt they’ll do anything about it, but….

9.900. So yeah nothing matters.

Brenner – FX – Utah – doublke pike, some foot position, small rebound – 1.5 to layout, keeps pretty straight, controls the step – switch side to popa – double tuck, chest position but secure landing. 9.875

Alipio – BB – UCLA – full turn, hit – aerial to back tuck, kept moving, secure, chest position on back tuck landing – split leap to swtich 1/2, hit – side aeiral to split jump is nice – gainer tuck full, nearly held the stick enough, step-salute too quickly. 9.875

Gilstrap – FX – Utah – front lay to rudi, slightly under on landing but controls the step – switch to switch ring 1/2, excellent – front lay to front full, well controlled. 9.875

“When she’s holding onto the balloon, it’s a story of a little girl with a balloon.” Am I hallucinating? Yes? OK cool.

Padurariu – BB – UCLA – candle mount, hit – wolf turn double, nice – side aerial to bhs, crisply executed, secure – huge break on sheep jump, bends over at the hips past horizontal. Hop forward on dismount. 9.750 is pretty impsossible for that.

Just watched Shchennikova fly to Mars on floor on a split jump and go 9.925, so everything appears to be in order.

O’Keefe – FX – Utah – double pike, secure, some feet – front lay to front 2/1 – split leap 1.5, gets it around and maintains pretty nice split position throughout – back 1.5 to front lay, stuck. Great finish. 9.925

Chiles – BB – UCLA – aerial to bhs loso, right on – switch to wolf, good wolf height, maybe a little under on switch back leg – full turn, slightly overturns – side aerial, solid – double pike, small hop back. 9.900

Smith – FX – Utah – front 2/1, kind of snuck up on her but controls the step – switch ring to switch 1/2 is hit – rudi to loso is clean – 2.5, some soft knees, slide forward. 9.875

Harris – BB – UCLA – bhs loso bhs, very secure, loses leg position slightly in loso portion – switch to split leap to full turn is very nice – kickover, holds it – 1.5 dismount, good stick. Strong routine. 9.950

Rucker – FX – Utah – FTDT, secure landing, nice stick, chest a hair low but not bad – switch to switch 1/1ish to stag, a bit under rotated on the full – front lay to front full, not her highest but controls the step. 9.850

Malabuyo – BB – UCLA – wolf single, good – bhs loso series, nice toes, small quiver of hesitation on landing – aerial to beat jump, wonderful – split to split ring, strong – bhs gainer full, small slide. 9.950

Meanwhile Aleah Finnegan got 10 on floor for LSU. #9 on the day.

McCallum – FX – Utah – FTDT, secure landing to present – split leap full to popa, just a little under on popa landing – front lay to rudi, some leg position, good control.

UCLA goes 49.575 on beam to finish on 197.450, a pretty useful road score.

Georgia is done on 196.725, another good 196 road score.

9.925 for McCallum gives Utah 198.200, which is the third best score of the day (my life…)

Haleigh Bryant finishes for LSU with 9.925 on floor and a 49.675 there. LSU finishes with 197.700




8 thoughts on “Friday Live Blog – February 3, 2023”

  1. I say this every week, but these scores are on crack. Why can’t they find some judges who can actually take deductions for obvious errors? You don’t have to be a brevet judge to see these things.

  2. Would love see you blog lesser covered teams/conferences. Great gymnastics with less resources than SEC or PAC 12, more “realistic” scoring. Maybe one per season?

  3. Alabama with the hilarious win over Auburn. “An “upset”. Be upset with the judges that handed the meet to Alabama. Granted Auburn had a poor beam rotation, but Blanco’s 10.0 was not a 10.0
    Then the ridiculous 49.700 floor for Bama. Waligora’s 10.0/9.850 split will be fun to see in the “10’s of the Week” post Spencer will put up. Her first tumbling line alone had .1/.2 to take.

    Blatant cheating for the home team, I am a fan of Alabama and was hoping for great things with Priess-Johnston returning, but those scores are inexcusable.

  4. I guess I missed something; where is Chae Campbell? Has she been injured?

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