Monday Live Blog – February 6, 2023

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Tonight, let’s check in on Iowa and Nebraska, who missed out on the weekend’s score flurry with this Monday schedule.

Without a meet, Iowa dropped to 17th in today’s ranking update, now behind Arkansas, but can move back ahead of Arkansas with 196.750 today, and can move ahead of Missouri and into 15th place with 196.800. Iowa’s last two scores have been 196.900 and 196.875, so they will consider that doable.

Nebraska currently sits in 34th, just on the good side of the regionals cutoff, with an average of 195.569. Moving up several spots today is within the realm of possibility for Nebraska, and a 195.925 would see them move ahead of Boise State, Ball State, and San Jose State and into 31st. Perhaps more practically, Nebraska will have its eye on last year’s regionals cutoff of 196.215 NQS and would love to notch its first score above that plateau at home today, especially considering team scores trending up by about 2-3 tenths compared to last year right now. 

Rotation 1

McClelland – VT – Nebraska – large bounce back on her yfull, direction, lands inside the lines but bounces over the lines (direction deduction is based on where they first land) 9.600

Zuhlke – UB – Iowa – hits tkatchev, pak with some leg break – solid 1/2 turn position on low – giant full is well past, connects to double tuck with a rebound in place. 9.775

Kuenemann – VT – Nebraska – good direction on her yfull, keeps layout shape pretty well, small movement back, goes more out than up so probably a small height deduction. 9.775

Castellanos – UB – Iowa – pulls back an arch on first hs – Ray, good amplitude, hits bail position – strong hs on high bar – DLO, legs apart, bounce back. 9.800

Hall – VT – Nebraska – yfull lands chest forward and ends up with a step forward – good height and solid layout position, but should be a significant deduction. 9.725

McSweeny – UB – Iowa – short first hs – blind to piked jaeger, a bit of form on catch, connects to overshoot – FTDT, chest down, tries to cover into a step-salute. 9.750

Comin – VT – Nebraska – medium bounce back on her yfull, also some trouble with direction like McClelland had – solid block, small pike. 9.775

Laplante – UB – Iowa – hits first hs – blind  to jaeger, close catch, no connection and has to add an empty swing before her overshoot – very short hs on high bar – DLO, good form, step back into salute. So she’ll be short on SV in addition to the deductions. 9.175

Davis – VT – Nebraska – best landing of the bunch on her yfull, just small movement – one dodgy leg on her block and some piking. 9.850

Kenlin – UB – Iowa – toe on to maloney to pak, small leg breaks, good toe point – borderline hs position – toe full on high, a bit late into double tuck, cowboy but finds the stick. 9.800

Spence – VT – Nebraska – Y1.5, solidly hit – medium hop forward, knees and feet. 9.825

Muñoz – UB – Iowa – hop change to piked jaeger, hit – bail has problems with a straddle on catch and some bent elbows – clear hit to DLO, bounce back. 9.700

Barth does exhibition yfull for Nebraska. Rojas in bars exhibition for Iowa falls on her gienger.

After 1:
Nebraska 48.950
Iowa 48.825

Nebraska has the slight lead after the first rotation. That vault score is a bit down on recent meets but close to what they’ve been doing. Iowa’s 48.825 is their lowest bars score of the season so far, not really having anyone come in with the big hit to raise the numbers.

Heading into the second rotation, Nebraska has not broken 49 on bars yet this year, so that will be a goal if they are to retain the lead over Iowa, which will expect to go over 49 at minimum on vault.

Rotation 2

Chambers – VT – Iowa – yfull lands rather short with a hop forward – good initial straight position. 9.650

McClelland – UB – Nebraska – hits first hs – blind with leg separation into jaeger, a bit close – good hs – bail, some angle in the air – DLO, lots of distance, pikes it down at the end with a hop. 9.600

Zuhlke – VT – Iowa – Zuhlke vault – good chest up position, bounce back, little bit of leg separation in post flight. 9.825

Gibson – UB – Nebraska – toe on to maloney to pak, good legs, a bit low on the pak amplitude – 1/2 turn on low is fairly crooked – short cast hs on high – DLO, flung out, chest forward, big lunge forward. 9.600

Laplante – VT – Iowa – hits yfull with a bounce back – chest up – some direction. 9.750

Simpton – UB – Nebraska – toe on to maloney to pak, smoothly hit, small leg separations – hits 1/2 turn on low – solid cast hs on high – DLO is also another big struggle well short, chest down, multiple lunges forward. 9.550

Muñoz – VT – Iowa – strong amplitude on her yfull, little bounce back – good shape in the air. 9.850

Colombo – UB – Nebraska – a bit shy on frist hs – higgins to piked jaeger, lovely and high – pak was high but traveled over the bar – loses some form in catch – works through it – higgins on high into double front 1/2 out, nice stick. 9.750

Zivat – VT – Iowa – tsuk lay full, lands with the chest a little bit forward this time, small hop to the side. 9.850

Spence – UB – Nebraska – good first hs – maloney to pak to toe on to van leeuwen, nice, legs together – just a bit of elbows here and there – giant full, good finish position, into double tuck, bounce back. Wonderful until the landing. 9.825

Henderson – VT – Iowa – excellent amplitude on yfull as always, medium bounce back, pretty position in the air – not much you can take besides landing control. 9.850

Davis – UB – Nebraska – maloney to clear hip is nice – Hindorff catches quite close but works through it – then misses her hand on the bail and falls. Finishes DLO, small hop.

Iowa goes 49.125 on vault, which is the 49 they were looking for but again not one of their highest vault scores of the season thus far.

It’s 48.325 on bars for Nebraska for a rotation that started with a DLO apocalypse and ended with a fall on their big routine for a season low bars score.

Bacskay is doing exhibition on bars, some legs breaks and handstand positions but would probably have been a top-3 counter had she been in the lineup.

After 2:
Iowa 97.950
Nebraska 97.275

The 196 dream is probably over for today for Nebraska, but they are going to beam, which has been a 49 rotation most of the time this season and is this team’s most impressive event. Iowa will hope to put up a huge floor number to get back on track for a countable score here.

Rotation 3

Hall – BB – Nebraska – full turn, very small adjustment – bhs loso, good layout position but bends over to horizontal on landing for .200 – aerial, pretty extended first leg, another lean correction, arm movement and small bend for probably .1 – split to split ring jump, really good – 1.5 dismount, step-salute. 9.650

Castillo – FX – Iowa – front tuck through to double pike, small hop to present, good pike position in the legs – switch side to straddle, a little under if she was intending switch side 1/2 – double tuck, hits, chest forward

Simpton – BB – Nebraska – bhs bhs loso, securely done – full turn, hit – cartwheel down to knee – split jump to sheep jump, small check – gainer full, stuck. Solid. 9.875

Liv Karas sounded exactly like Evan Heiter when she said “little bit of a……low chest position there.” I will be talking about that forever.

Judges talking, I’m assuming about what they’re giving for leap combination.  Because if you credit C+B for switch side to straddle jump, then there’s no combination bonus there.

They go 9.825 for Castillo, so looks like they decided to give it to her.

Libby – FX – Iowa – front 2/1, good height, some leg position – 1.5 to front lay, nice layout position maintained there in the second element – switch ring to switch 1/2, nice positions shown – rudi, hit, chest down. 9.800

Gard – BB – Nebraska – bhs loso, solid landing – split jump to split 3/4, short of split on the jump, better on the 3/4 – side aerial, controls it with a bit of arm cover – switch directly into gainer pike, lunge back. 9.750

Zivat – FX – Iowa – Every time I think they’re saying “Linda, zip it” – front tuck through to double tuck, small slide back – split leap full to jump full, out of control on landing with a bounce – rudi to loso is under control – 9.800

Colombo – BB – Nebraska – aerial, bittt of a pause into her bhs bhs combination – split jump to stag ring, arm correction – pretty full turn – 1.5 dismount, some knee bending, stuck landing. 9.800

Muñoz – FX – Iowa – front tuck through to double tuck, chest up, step controlled – switch 1/2 to wolf full, good 180s in both elements – double pike, chest forward with a hop – split leap 1.5 is somewhat under rotated. Heir to the floor anchor position. 9.875

Spence – BB – Nebraska – wolf double, smooth – aerial, some knee, connects to bhs bhs quickly – switch, was a little off line, brings it back with an arm wave, connects to beat jump – 1.5 dismount, super super short, don’t think she fully sat it down but lunge back with a super deep squat and additional adjustments to stay on her feet magically. 9.475

Kenlin – FX – Iowa – front 2/1, deep in landing, crossover step a little underrotated – switch to split ring full, well done – 1.5 to front lay, clean. 9.800, thought that would be a touch higher.

McClelland – BB – Nebraska – wolf double, nice – cartwheel – bhs loso is secure – straddle jump, hit – beat to stag ring, under control – bhs tuck 1.5, stuck. Good. 9.925

Henderson – FX – Iowa – FTDT, chest up well, maybe a little rebound in place – switch side to popa to straddle jump, pulls out the combination, shows 180s – front tuck through to double tuck, excellent landing. 9.925

McClelland’s 9.900 means Nebraska does get up to 49.000 on beam.

Iowa goes 49.225 on floor, which is a solid number but again one of their lower floor results of the season, also I’d say their tightest evaluated floor rotation.

After 3:
Iowa – 147.175
Nebraska – 146.275

Not going to be the score either were looking for in this one, though still a chance for Nebraska to increase its season average here with a big floor hit. Iowa is going to be looking for at least a 49.175 here on beam to make sure they stay ahead of Georgia in the rankings.

Rotation 4

Henderson – BB – Iowa – hits full turn – bhs loso, secure – switch to straddle 1/4, landed under control – double tuck dismount, pretty large bounce back. 9.875

Kuenemann – FX – Nebraska – double pike, just does keep that front foot under control it appears – front lay to front full, lower, slide forward – switch 1/2 to wolf full, has to really work to try to pull around the wolf rotation, ends up slightly under – 1.5 to front lay, solid, some knees. 9.725

Zuhlke – BB – Iowa – full turn, hit – bhs bhs loso, very small adjustment on landing – switch to split 3/4, good back leg on switch, 3/4 looked slightly under – gainer full, some foot form, holds the landing with some position. 9.825

Gard – FX -Nebraska – double pike, a bit forward with a step, solid position in the air – switch ring to split leap full, bounce – front lay to front full, some tucking in both elements – double tuck, lands very short, big lunge forward. 9.550

Ebeling – BB – Iowa – bhs loso with a check, lean to the side – hits full turn – split jump to split ring to beat, under control, ring position could be ringier – aerial, held well – gainer pike, small hop forward. 9.750

Rourke – FX – Nebraska – front tuck through to double tuck, slightly forward but holds it to try to show control – double pike, good position, bounce back – switch 1/2 to popa to wolf full, good 2nd and 3rd elements, a bit low on the initial switch. 9.750

Nick – BB – Iowa – switch mount with an arm wave check into split leap, so that will be interesting – bhs loso, secure – aerial, small adjustment – 1.5 dismount, stuck. 9.725

Piringer – FX – Nebraska – double tuck, bounce back, chest up – 1.5 to layout, slide forward, good lay shape – switch side to popa – double pike, chest down, step forward. 9.800

Kenlin – BB – Iowa – bhs loso series, good leg positions, smooth landing – aerial, holds to connect to a good split, split 3/4 is wonderful – full turn, smooth – gainer full, a little low, holds the stick. 9.925

McClelland – FX – Nebraska – front 2/1, slide forward, pretty technique there – back 1.5 to lay, shows control – switch 1/2 to popa – rudi double stag, a bit of control issue. 9.850

Muñoz – BB – Iowa – switch to switch 1/2, looked under split but we’re viewing head on – full turn, smooth – bhs loso, check – gainer full, tries to hold the stick, arm wave. 9.925 is a lot. 

Spence – FX – Nebraska – front tuck through to double tuck, little rebound – good wolf – switch ring to split leap full, nice ring position, shows 180 on the split – double pike, chest down but solid

Iowa finishes with 49.300 on beam, which is enough to stay ahead of Georgia in the rankings.

Just waiting on the Spence score. Nebraska’s floor won’t be enough to improve their season average, but Spence will allow them to drop the 9.550.

Spence goes 9.900 to get Nebraska to 195.300, which is the #4 score of the season over 5 meets. With just two home meets left, they’re going to have to rely on away scores to come through.

Iowa 196.475
Nebraska 195.300

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