Friday Live Blog – February 24, 2023

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This will be one of the deepest days on the entire NCAA schedule, with 9 of the top 10 and 13 of the top 15 teams in action over the next few hours. What I’m saying is I already have the Hall of 10s open to update as needed and we’re starting with Florida’s senior night. Tie everything down. Call the police.

Later, I’ll be watching Utah against Cal, the top-ranked matchup of the day with #6 visiting #4 and Utah just coming off that loss against Arizona State four days ago. We also have the LSU/Alabama battle for a spot in the top 8, with eyes on LSU’s lineups now that KJ Johnson will be out for this meet with a broken foot and Shchennikova is also questionable. They’re honestly starting to run out of gymnasts. 

McCusker is in Florida’s bars lineup today as of pre-warmup.

Rotation 1

Richards – VT – Florida – Y1.5, lands short but saves it with a hop back. So this will be a good test of today’s scoring. 9.750 is relatively realistic, I’ll allow it.

Davis – UB – Kentucky – blind to jaeger, good height, some feet – rushes 2nd hs on high – bits bail vertical – good final cast position – DLO, bounce back

Wong – VT – Florida – ro 1/2 on pike 1/2, definitely her best of the year. Finds the stick with chest down. Some direction. 9.925

Bunn – UB – Kentucky – blind to jaeger, hit – bail, hits vertical, a little elbows on catch – good final hs – DLO, slightly whippy, finds the landing. 9.850

Blakely – VT – Florida – y1.5 with solid control, one of her better ones, small movement forward. 9.900

Riegert – UB – Kentucky – great amplitude on jaeger – toe on to bail, good toes, a little shy of vertical – best toes so far throughout – kind of a lot of piking in the DLO, good control on landing.

DiCello – VT – Florida – Y1.5, lands shorter with a step back today. 9.800

DeGuzman – UB – Kentucky – blind to jaeger, takes it too far and can’t catch. Taking quite a while to remount. Resumes, a little short on hs – and only does a dismount, DLO with a step back. So will have no SV here.

Thomas – VT – Florida – y1.5 with a lunge forward. She’s going to be so mad. 9.850. Which is like a fall for her.

Will be a long wait for DeGuzman’s score because she didn’t do a full routine. And still we get to 8.850, which is…huh?

Luksik – UB – Kentucky – Ray, high, shows some counter at the end – toe on to bail – DLO, good legs together, small shuffle back. 9.900

Clark – VT – Florida – Yfull, solid open position, bounce back. 9.825

Worley – UB – Kentucky – clear hip to tkatchev is hit – good hs on high – pak, legs together well – a bit crooked 1/2 turn on low – good final hs position – FTDT, holds the stick with a large lean forward.

49.300 for Florida on vault, with a medium-level rotation, and not super-crazy scoring. Didn’t really get the landings in the back half of the lineup.

Worley goes 9.825 on bars to take Kentucky to 49.200, another medium-level showing where they didn’t really get the landings they wanted.

Rotation 2

LaClair – VT – Kentucky – solid open on her yfull but still comes in chest forward, bounce back. 9.800

Blakely – UB – Florida – good first hs – maloney to pak, good pak, small break in maloney – 1/2 turn on low is solid – good cast hs on high – toe 1/2 a little late – front giant to double front, stuck with a cowboy. And we start with a 9.925.

Wilson – VT – Kentucky – handspring pike 1/2 is landed quite low this week, chest below horizontal with a step forward. 9.625

Nguyen – UB – Florida – good first hs – maloney to pak, some leg separation, good toes – solid 1/2 turn on low – a borderline final hs – DLO, little legs, chest forward with a slide salute. 9.875

Patterson – VT – Kentucky – handspring pike 1/2 – good height, little rebound back, chest up, little direction. 9.925

DiCello – UB – Florida – Ray is good – solid hs – pak, hit into toe on to van leeuwen, legs together – solid hs on high – FTDT, stuck landing. Maybe a short first hs? Better than that 10 she got.

9.975 for her today.

Magnelli – VT – Kentucky – handspring pike 1/2, she finds the stick very well on this one, chest more forward than Patterson. 9.950.

This is more the scoring we, um, expected of this meet.

Thomas – UB – Florida – good first hs – maloney to pak, legs right together, her pak is lower than DiCello’s, which makes it seem lacking amplitude in comparison, but it’s clean – solid hs on low – toe on to van leeuwen, well done – DLO, maybe a little movement. Still goes 9.975.

Worley – VT – Kentucky – Y1.5, good control on landing, little lean to the side, a bit of knees. 

Wong – Ub – Florida – maloney to pak, nice – good hs on low – van leeuwen, clean – good hs on high – DLO, clear stick. That was superior to Thomas and DiCello for me, so if they were already at 9.975…

Borque – VT – Kentucky – pulls out her Y1.5 landing, crossover step. 9.850

9.975 for Wong as well. LOL. I hope it was the same person who went 9.950 on each one. and 10.000 on each one.

McCusker – UB – Florida – maloney to pak is hit – good hs on low – van leeuwen, legs together – stalder, some hesitation with elbows into double tuck, stuck. MUCH improved for her. Not the same crisp handstand positions as the ones before, but a competitive routine for the lineup.

And it’s 9.950, which is some linnnneeeeup scoring. You can’t give that 9.950 if you were 9.950 or 10.000 on the previous three.

Scores went to the happy place in the 2nd rotation for both teams there, Kentucky getting a bunch of 9.950s got a 49.475 total.

Florida sets a program record 49.800 on bars, which is…hello. That’s .025 shy of the NCAA bars record. And apparently we’re supposed to talk about how the judges were SO MEAN not to give 10s for every single routine.

After 2:
Florida – 99.100
Kentucky 98.675

Rotation 3

Blakely – BB – Florida – aerial to bhs, quickly connected, secure – switch, small pause before switch 1/2 to beat, good height on switch 1/2, some feet – hits full turn – gainer full, holds the rebound. Good. 9.875

Wilson – FX – Kentucky – wolf 1.5 is around but well short of wolf position – front tuck through to double tuck, slide back – switch side to wolf full, again under on the wolf position – back 1.5 to front lay, hit. 9.825

Richards – BB – Florida – full turn, wobble – bhs loso series, hit – switch 1/2, under, works through small lean to connect to beat jump – switch, short back leg, connects to better straddle – bhs 1.5, hop forward. 9.775

Albores – FX – Kentucky – rudi to loso goes insane in terms of direction with the loso – switch side to popa is nice – double pike, under control, chest down. 9.850 is high.

Lazzari – BB – Florida – bhs loso loso series, well saved with a weird landing after the first loso, does not give away a check – switch to split, good positions – aerial, secure – full turn, hit – bhs 1.5, hop to the side. 9.875

Patterson – FX – Kentucky – back 1.5 to lay, clean lay position, controls step – switch ring 1/2, pretty good closure – switch ring, some feet, to straddle 1/4, good – double tuck, controls step. 9.900

DiCello – BB – Florida – candle mount, good handstand – wolf double, hit – switch to split, smoothly hit -bhs loso, secure landing – aerial, small check – bhs gainer full, holds the rebound. 9.925

Magnelli – FX – Kentucky – rudi to loso, some feet, made look excessive by the heel taping though they probably weren’t, good control – switch side to popa, excellent height – double pike, gets the landing despite having not much amplitude there. 9.875

Thomas – BB – Florida – switch mount to split leap, good – full turn, nice – one arm bhs to loso, quick arm swing down to cover – aerial to 2 feet is back in the routine and on – beat to korbut, smooth – side aerial to 1.5, hop forward. 9.900

Davis – FX – Kentucky – double pike, keeps front foot down – switch side to popa, good straddle positions – back 1.5, high, connects to layout – double tuck, chest up, good control. 9.925

Wong – BB – Florida – switch leap to split leap, nice – bhs loso, step back – full turn, good – aerial, connects to beat jump – 2/1, holds the landing, some leg crossing. 9.875

Worley – FX – Kentucky – FTDT, controls teh step, chest up well, some leg separation at the end – switch right to switch side, hit – front full to front lay, excellent height and straight position – double tuck, holds the landing. 9.950

49.450 for Florida to stay slightly over 198 pace, Kentucky gains a little with a 49.500 on floor, that may be some foreshadowing of how high the Florida floor rotation will go.

Don’t these people know that the whole reason we showed up was to see some bonkers 10s that make no sense that we could make fun of later. Even those Florida bars 9.975s were at least within the realm of possibility.

After 3:
Florida – 148.550
Kentucky – 148.175

Rotation 4

Trinity’s mom is like, “Start sticking your landings.” They REALLY wanted her to give a CRY MOMS CRY interview, and she was like, “I would like Trinity to hit better.”

Luksik – BB – Kentucky – onodi, hit, good height – bhs loso, secure landing – cat leap to switch 1/2, well under split – beat – gainer pike, good stick. 9.825

Nguyen – FX – Florida – front 2/1, hit securely, pause before sissone connection, some form in twist – switch ring to switch 1/2, lovely – back 1.5 to layout, hit, layout lower than 1.5. 9.900

Riegert – BB – Kentucky – side aerial to bhs is hit, some loose leg position – beat – arm choreography is all a little low, with head down – switch to back tuck, chest down, check – 1.5 dismount, step forward. 9.750

Baumann – FX – Florida – wolf double, nice – back 1.5 to front full, controls the step – switch side to straddle, very high – double pike, bounce back, stays in bounds. 9.900

Bunn – BB – Kentucky – full turn, hit – bhs loso loso, secure landing – swtich to split, good splits – 2/1, tries to hold onto the landing with a lean. 9.875

Richards – FX – Florida – DLO, quick hop to present, just a bit of chest position, solid control – switch side to popa, crooked split on switch side, good popa – back 1.5 to lay full is hit today, slide forward.

9.925. The scores, they’re floating, into the sky.

Patterson – BB – Kentucky – full turn, a bit of arm to control it but no real check – bhs loso, good rise in loso, secure – aerial to split jump, some low back leg – switch to switch, hit – gainer pike. 9.900

Blakely – FX – Florida – double arabian is taken too far, lands OOB and a step, and then another little step – switch ring to switch 1/2 – switch ring 1/2, around, loses foot position – 1.5 to front layout, good control. 9.725

Worley – BB – Kentucky – cat leap to switch side, a little crooked – aerial to bhs loso, very secure, smooth connection, good – full turn, smooth – 1.5, good stick. Nice one. 9.925

Thomas – FX – Florida – DLO, excellent landing – split leap full to popa to popa, around well, a little arm movement to control – front full to front lay, little shuffle forward –

9.975. One judge tried, but that was not her 10 on floor today.

Magnelli – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso loso, a little crooked but doesn’t give much lean – switch to straddle 1/4, good straddle position – aerial, good – gainer pike, stuck. Nice.  9.875

DiCello – FX – Florida – front 2/1, struggles to control the landing, lunge forward and some knees – switch ring to switch 1/2 is solidly done – wolf double, hit – 1.5 to front lay, under control.

Kentucky finishes with 197.575, one of their best scores ever. So they’ll probably be fine with that?

DiCello gets a 9.900, sure, to take Florida to 198.150. A loose score overall, obviously, though I think we all expected some 10s. All rotations were between medium and pretty good, no problems, no wows. So of course, over 198.

Auburn and Georgia getting underway, Hollingsworth hits Y1.5 with a lunge forward on vault. She goes 9.825 for that. Naya Howard with a hit bars for Georgia, step forward on double tuck. 9.750

Lee – VT – Auburn – ro 1/2 on tuck 1/2, good control, small movement back – tucking on the table. 9.950

Scott – UB – Georgia – good first hs – maloney to pak, excellent attention to legs together position – 1/2 turn on low, a bit late – DLO, pikes a little, hop forward.

Stevens – VT – Auburn – y1.5, solid, medium hop forward, some knees. 9.875

Finnegan – UB – Georgia – a bit tight on first hs – high Ray – toe on to pak, straddle position – good 1/2 turn finish on cast 1/2 on low – FTDT, good stick. 9.825

Gobourne – VT – Auburn – hits her Y1.5 with a shot of a coach’s back (FUN!_) – good form in the air, hop to the side. 9.900

De Jong – UB – Georgia – toe on to maloney to bail, legs together but short of vertical on bail – solid final hs position – DLO, small hop.

Auburn goes 49.450 on vault, Georgia 49.025 on bars. Judging by that vault evaluation, the potential for a 198 is there for Auburn today.

Meanwhile, Trautman is in on three events for Oklahoma today. LSU is in fact using Shchennikova today, at least on bars, and will have both Wilson and Dunne back in.

2nd rotation has started for Georgia and Auburn, De Jong vaults a yfull with a good stick, just comes in a little forward, can take for some distance. She goes 9.900

Sabados leads off bars for Auburn with hit Ray, looked close? bad angle – toe on to bail, legs together – DLO, some piking, slide back

Finnegan – Georgia – hits a yfull, some shoulder angle on the vault, small movement on landing, a bit of pike. 9.825

Groth finishes bars well for Auburn, nice completiion on giant full turn, connected to stuck double tuck. 9.850 is high for a shorter landing.

Angeny tries to sell her stick on the yfull for Georgia in the 3rd spot, chest forward, slides ahead into salute.

Brusch – UB – Auburn – toe on to maloney to bail, a bit short of vertical in her bail position – short cast hs on high bar – DLO, small bounce back.

Cashman – VT – Georgia – bounce back on yfull today. 9.825

Stevens – UB – Auburn – good first hs – toe on to Ray, good distance from bar – bail, some hip angle – good hs on high bar – DLO, some piking, small slide back. 9.775

Howard – VT – Georgia – good control on yfull, small movement, a little direction, good layout position.

9.925 for a non stick is FUN.

Alabama is underway against LSU, Doggette starts with a hit Y1.5, a little short, small slide back.

Jeffrey leads off for LSU on bars, maloney to pak, clean – 1/2 turn on low, a bit of loose back – good hs on high – FTDT, holds the stick, some leg form.

Hudson struggles on her Y1.5 2nd up for Alabama, deep landing in the legs, large lunge forward and sideward.

Gobourne with an excellent stick on bars in the 5th spot.

Dunne – UB – LSU – good first hs – tkathev, nice toes – pak loses some leg position there – solid 1/2 turn on low bar – nice cast hs position on high – DLO, some soft legs, good stick. Yeah, she’s back. 9.825

Hawthorne finishes vault for Georgia, does the Y1.5 with a sideward step. 9.875

Olsen with a good DTY for Alabama, small slide.

Suni Lee finishes bars for Auburn – good first hs – blind to jaeger to pak to maloney to gienger, very nice – solid hs on high – FTDT, tries to sell the stick but it wasn’t, chest forward and slide salute.

She goes 9.950 like Gobourne.

Tatum third on bars for LSU, finishes with a FTDT, small hop forward, some legs in the air.

Utah and Cal starting now.

O’Keefe – VT – Utah – yfull, solid open, good height, some leg separation at the end, hop back. 9.850 tells us today’s scores will be HIGHHHHH.

DeSouza – UB – Cal – good first hs – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, very clean – borderline final hs – FTDT, some direction, small slide back. 9.850

Aleah Finnegan overdoes her double arabian bars dismount and forward rolls out of it.

Brenner – VT – Utah – good control on y1.5, some knees, small slide forward. 9.900

Alabama throwing in some pretty big lunges and hops out of these Y1.5s today – Blanco with a kind of deep landing and hop forward. Paradise with a lunge forward and some direction.

Shchennikova bars LSU – hits Ray, to pak, larger straddle on pak this week and some foot flexing – a bit short on hs – DLO, usual form, finds the landing. 9.750 that will count.

Gilstrap – VT – Utah – nearly holds the landing on her yfull, chest forward and semi-sells into the salute – some direction

Frazier goes 9.925 on bars for Cal.

Bryant hits her jaeger to LSU on bars, good handstand position on bail – solid final cast hs – blind to double front 1/2 out, stuck, some legs. They needed it.

9.825 for Gilstrap. Jim, nothing about any score happening here is tight.

Meanwhile—Oklahoma has a 10 on vault for Levasseur. Not watching Big Fives but Michigan goes sub 49 on vault?????

Smith – VT – Utah – Omelianchik, large bound forward today. 9.825

Williams – UB – Cal – maloney to pak, good legs together position – 1/2 turn on low bar is nice – great final cast hs – DLO, stuck landing. Lovely. 9.950

Gladieux did a full for Alabama that got perfect from one judge.

Hoffman – VT – Utah – y1.5, finds a good stick on hers, knee form, elbows on block, so a couple things to take, nice control. 9.950 for her.

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

Rucker – VT – Utah – y1.5, holds onto the stick well today, ever so slightly short but held it today.

And Rucker gets a 10.000. It begins.

Cesario – Ub – Cal – good hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, nice amplitude – gets up to vertical on final cast hs – DLO, short landing, hop forward.

Alabama has a lead of 49.325 to 49.175 on LSU after one. Neither team nailed that rotation. LSU pretty much saved by Bryant there, but will be happy to get Dunne back because she’s on track to deliver a definite counter.

Cal goes 49.575 on bars to Utah’s 49.525 on vault, both teams over 198 pace after one events, so they’ll probably be pleased.

Arenas sticks a good yfull for LSU to lead off vault in rotation 2. Hudson sticks her double tuck dismount in the first spot for Alabama, some form things before that.

Shchennikova also in vault for LSU today but lands short, sits down her Y1.5 after a couple lunges back. And still goes 9.400, which is very high for a short y1.5 with form and a fall.

German – UB – Alabama – hits first hs – tkatchev – pak, both hit – some form and elbows in some handstands but good verticla – DLO, flatter but hit, hop back. 9.775

Brock – VT – LSU – nice clean y1.5 form, did not quite holds the stick with a slide salute and still goes 9.975. Loving that for me.

Waligora – UB – Alabama – blind to jaeger to overshoot, good amplitude, just some feet – DLO 1/1, holds the landing with a lean to the side. 9.900

Finnegan – VT – LSU – lunge forward on Omelianchik

Machado – UB – Utah – good first hs – maloney to pak, small leg breaks – hits hs on low – toe on to van leeuwen, some loose legs – toe full to double tuck, stuck landing. 9.925

Wilson comes back on vault for LSU and finds a good stick on a yfull, comes in chest forward, some foot flexing, gets 9.875.

Doggette – UB – Alabama – good first hs – tkatchev to pak, good amplitude, small leg break on pak – shorter final cast hs – DLO, nice legs, small movement on landing. And it’s 9.950

Bryant – VT – LSU – anchors with handspring pike 1/2, actually I’d credit layout today, sticks, so how this rotation has scores that’s going to be a 15.


Blanco – UB – Alabama – pak is very close, doesn’t fall but has to add extra swings to keep going – hits van leeuwen – FTDT, step forward.

LSU goes a slight 49.675 on vault, Alabama 49.325 on bars. LSU takes a 2 tenth lead after 2.

Brenner is up third on bars for Utah – blind to jaeger to overshoot, solid – some loose back position in cast – DLO, some legs apart, small rebound. 9.950 oh dear.  I don’t know how you get that high.

DeSouza – VT – Cal – nice stick on her y1.5, legs apart on the block and some direction and knees. 9.850, looks like the judges suddenly became able to see vault deductions

Thompson – UB – Utah – hits first hs – malonmey to pak, good legs together – 1/2 turn on low is nice – DLO, step back. 9.900

Oklahoma has 49.6s on each of the first two rotations, just FYI.

Lauzon – VT – Cal – y1.5, good form, bounce forward. 9.850

O’Keefe – UB – Utah – maloney to pak, smooth – hits 1/2 turn on low – a bit shy on some cast positions – double arabian dismount, finds the stick with some cowboy. 9.950

Frazier – VT – Cal – DTY is hit, bounce back, solid form in the air and chest up pretty well. 9.800 for her which is comparatively low. Like, how was that weaker than Gilstrap’s full and the same as Li’s full?

Isa – UB – Utah – small arch in first hs – hits Ray – bail, a bit shy of vertical, good legs together – better cast hs on high – giant full to DLO, slide back. Goes 9.925.

After 2:
Utah 99.125
Cal 98.725

Third rotations tarts to Alabama and LSU, Burgess starts beam with a pretty hit, stuck gainer full. 9.925

Ballard – FX – LSU – DLO, controls the step, some feet – back 1.5 to front lay, slide forward – switch ring to switch 1/2 – double pike, bounce back. 9.850

Rybicki – BB – Alabama – bhs loso, securely done, some foot flexing – cat leap to switch side 1/4 – full turn, hit – beat to straddle 3/4, under split but hit – nearly holds stick on 1.5 dismount, arm circle. 9.900 is high.

Stuck front gainer full beam dismount for Morgan leading off for Utah.

Alexis Jeffrey is in floor for LSU, deep landing on double tuck with a step – mostly filling on leaps and turns – more secure double pike landing but chest down. 9.750

Waligora – BB – Alabama – full turn, hit – bhs loso, very small check, some knee position in the air – side aerial, solid – split jump to tuck jump full, under rotated, finishes it on the beam with a check – 1.5, good stick. And she goes 9.875

Wobble for Smith on her series in a hit beam 2nd up for Utah. Lean forward on gainer full dismount. 9.875

Brock – FX – LSU – good control on double pike – double tuck, good amplitude, small slide back – switch side to popa is hit – back 1.5 to front full it hit, just a little steppy. Good one.

Jordan Kane is in for Perea on floor this week for Cal.

Gladieux – FX – Alabama – bhs lay to 2 feet, hit, some form in bhs – aerial to beat is smoothly hit – switch to straddle, good – 2/1 dismount, some leg crossing, full tenth bounce back. 9.850

Paulson third on beam for Utah, good control on side aerial to loso – switch to split, a bit shy of back leg position on switch – full turn, check – beat to side aerial to 1.5, some leg position, holds the stick well. 9.975 of course.

Cal still with trouble in the floor lineup beginning, starts with two 9.7s. Kane with an awkward rebound on one pass in there. Williams with a bounce back in the third spot.

Arenas finishes floor for LSU with some tucking in her front lay to front full –

Lilly Hudson just got a 10 on beam for Alabama by the way.

Eaker – BB – Utah – switch to split leap, lovely – full turn, fine – side aerial to loso, smoothly done – carthweel gainer full, stuck. I’d have for amplitude on gainer full, but form wise an upgrade on Paulson’s 9.975.

Also Aleah Finnegan followed with a 10 on floor for LSU. Silly me for being like, the one I should watch is Kara Eaker for 10s. But also no regrets because Eaker’s beam.

9.975 for Eaker.

Blanco is finishing on beam for Alabama – bhs loso loso, small check, lovely form – switch to split is great – 1.5, holds the dismount.

And Blanco gets a 10 for an obvious balance check on her series. This is why I shouldn’t watch them.

49.700 beam for Alabama.

Isa with a good cover on her wobble on her bhs loso loso series on beam. Is there any better wobble style-out artist than Isa? Chest forward gainer full, slide salute.

Wild mis-torso closeup of Bryant’s first pass on floor for LSU, so who could ever see what was happening there. She goes 9.975.

49.575 for LSU on floor. This meet wins the OFF THE RAILS award that was supposed to go to Florida’s senior night.

Also Oklahoma needs 49.600 on floor to tie the program record.

Just looked over to Cal/Utah to see Lauzon hold onto a stick on her final pass with a crazy college salute.

O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, good control – switch to split leap, good positions, some arm movement in the air to keep herself in line – full turn, hit – sticks gainer full.

And it’s a 10.000 for O’Keefe.

Utah goes 49.750 on beam, .025 short of their beam record.

Frazier – FX – Cal – DLO, controls the step, just a bit chest down at the end – lovely split ring jump – switch ring to switch 1/2 to sissone is perfect – front tuck through to double tuck, holds onto the landing. Good one. 9.900. Wish the loose evaluation were at least little more equitable between everyone else and eMjae’s vault and floor in this one.

Cal falls out of it with the floor rotation, but will be hopeful to still get a counting road score with a big beam.

Auburn ended up on 197.550 to Georgia’s 196.075 there. Denver took the win over Iowa State with a 197.275 to 196.300.

Cal’s score bumped up to 49.325 on floor after DeSouza goes to 9.850. Suddenly that’s not too unusable of a floor score.

Arenas leads off the final rotation for LSU on beam – switch to split, short back leg on split jump – bhs loso, secure, some knees – kickover, holds it – 1.5 dismount is low but hit, step forward. 9.850, we’re going to see a 90.999 before this meet ends.

Hudson starts floor for Alabama – front 2/1 is hit, little crossover step out – split leap full to wolf full, around – back 1.5 to front lay, good layout position, a little lower than the 1.5. 9.900

Jeffrey – BB – LSU – wolf single, hits – cat leap to switch side, gets to straddle but an awkward journey – bhs loso, flexed feet, securely landing – standing front tuck is solid – 1.5 dismount, step-salute back. 9.900

Olsen – FX – Alabama – hits piked full in, around, no amplitude but hit, just some chest down – finishes front tuck through to a cowboy double tuck, stuck landing. 9.750.

Rivers – BB – LSU – bhs loso, bend at the waist wobble – full turn, hit – switch 1/2, check, some feet – switch to straddle 1/4, solid – 2/1 dismount, chest down, step forward. 9.700,

Brenner starts floor for Utah with 9.925, so be on 10 watch there. Also literally every event at every meet.

Adams – FX – Alabama – hits double pike – a little under on tuck jump full rotation in combination there – wolf triple is around – back 1.5 to front lay, little hop forward –

How this day is going: I just started blogging half of Gilstrap’s floor in the middle of Shania Adam’s routine. So that was cool. Gilstrap lovely etc.

Also watch out for the high beam scores continuing for Cal, with 9.900 for DeSouza and 9.950 for Williams. Off the hook I guess because I saw neither of them.

Li in the third spot has a wobble on her front aerial but continues the connection into split jump.

Gladieux 4th FX for Alabama – lands chest down on her FTDT with a little hop. So you know, 9.925.

Bryant – BB – LSU – aerial, moves leans through it to bhs – check on choreography – guess she also knew she was in line for a 10 there – switch to straddle, good – full turn, hit – front tuck, wobble, arm wave – sticks punch rudi. 9.900 with a couple wobbles, so you know they wanted to throw 10.

Frazier on beam for Cal hits her aerial to loso series, small check on landing – then wobbles on switch ring – step forward on dismount, through with a hit but won’t get the big number.

Hudson – FX – Alabama – front lay to front 2/1, controls the step, clean leg position – switch 1/2 to wolf full – 2.5, also controls the step – double tuck, flexed feet, little slide back. 9.950

Finnegan – BB – LSU – candle 1/2, hit – bhs loso loso, secure – switch to split, holds it with some arm – aerial, nicely done – gainer full, stuck.

Oklahoma finishes floor with a 10 for Bowers and a program record 198.575.

9.975 for Finnegan’s beam. An upset!

Final of 197.975 for LSU.

Blanco – FX – Alabama – double pike, good feet, slide back – double tuck, hit, also a little foot movement – good leap positions of course – front full to front lay, not the highest, under control. So 9.975 for that as well.

Alabama finishes 197.925 and falls to LSU, this meet receiving the Ridic Award for contributions to ridic.

Lauzon goes 9.950 on beam to ensure this one is a counting road score for Cal.

Perea finishes the meet for Cal on beam – nice wolf double – kickover to back tuck is right on, well connected – switch to split to beat, under control – side somi to back tuck 1.5 with slide back. Should comfortably outdo Frazier’s 9.775 to increase the total.

Utah needs 10 for O’Keefe to tie a program record score.

O’Keefe – FX – Utah – double pike, solid position – front lay to front full, a bit of bounce out – split leap 1.5, pulls it around – back 1.5 to front lay, slide forward. So it won’t get a 10 (or shouldn’t) but it will be the third best score in Utah history.

Just a 9.950 there. Utah goes 198.550. Just a touch behind Oklahoma’s 198.575.

21 thoughts on “Friday Live Blog – February 24, 2023”

  1. Dish network is down, meaning I can not watch ESPN, Pac-12, NBC, or anything…. Does anyone know a work-around?

    1. The colleges sometimes post each routine on Twitter after the rotation. If it helps, you can watch the Nastia Cup on YouTube in half an hour.

    2. Have you tried streaming Dish on your phone? I’m not sure what the problem is, but you might be able to log in on your phone.

      1. Thank you, but their whole network seems to be down…. “We apologize for any disruptions you may be having. We are experiencing an internal system issue and our teams are working hard to restore systems as soon as possible.
        Thank you for your patience.”

    3. Have you tried using the ESPN app or website with your Dish account log-in info? You don’t need to have ESPN+ to watch things airing on SEC Network, just the log-in for your tv provider.

      1. It is some messed up stuff – telling me, “This content is not available for your package or region” when I try the ESPN or Pac-12 apps on my ipad and “A network error occurred when communicating with the provider’s authorization service.” on my laptop.

  2. Kayla’s sister Kyra just did two vaults at the Nastia Cup. I don’t have the sound on, but the cc said that Nastia said it’s different “because in the elite world, athletes only do one vault.”

  3. Judge #2 on bars goes 9.95 for Kayla, Trinity, and Leanne but somehow thinks Riley deserved a 10. Really? Really judge #2? SHAME

    1. Did she also say that you might not think that you’d want to be calm on beam because it’s so narrow?

  4. Big Five meet has started with Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, and Illinois. Gabby Wilson almost sat her vault landing and Naomi Morrison did (missed a hand on the table).

  5. Utah and Cal are NOT being evaluated with the same pen. DeSouza and Hoffman had very similar vaults but Hoffman goes 9.95?
    And how can you justify Brenner scoring the same as Williams on bars??

  6. Kara Eaker used to have such a nice rhythm on beam. It’s a shame that she’s adopted the same jerky rhythm as the rest of Utah there.

    1. Now we have Sheremeta beaming to Total Eclipse of the Heart, beam music tonight is giving me life

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