Sunday Live Blog – March 12, 2023

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First item first, Florida dropped into 4th yesterday behind UCLA and so will need to score at least 197.825 to move back into 3rd place today.

Since we know Oklahoma is set at #1, Arizona State is set at #14, and Cal is set at #7 this week, there’s less riding on the scores of their meets, but both Arizona State and Cal would love to increase their NQSs to set themselves up in a better position for conference championships.

And Washington currently sits in 26th and Arizona  in 27th, which remains dangerous for both for getting bumped into the play-in at the UCLA regional, so they’ll kind of want to clamber over each other with their scores today.

Towson is in with an important 196.575, which will help elevate them to I believe clinching a regionals spot. George Washington’s score at the same meet is 195.450, which is a non-counter and will eliminate them from regionals contention.

I have the TWU quad feed on, at least when it’s working and not dark like a bat cave, so I’ll keep an eye on what Florida is doing while the rest of these meets are ongoing. First, Arizona State and Oklahoma.

Western Michigan gets the win over Ball State 196.950 to 196.900, both scores more than enough to keep those teams safe for regionals. Western Michigan moved up ahead of both Washington and Arizona with that score, making it all the more important for Washington and Arizona to score today to try to get out of the play-ins.

Central Michigan beat Kent State 196.175 to 195.975, but neither score will be enough for those teams either. VERY few teams will still remain in regionals contention heading to the last day this year, which is unusual.

OMG, so during Florida’s bars rotation, the exposure was so low you could barely see it. Now, during Florida’s beam rotation, the gymnast holding the iPad is standing right in front of the camera, so we can’t see that either. Taking all the Florida fan’s money and then they can’t see any of the Florida routines is the dark comedy of this awards season. I hope there’s something wrong with every rotation now.

Anyway, Florida has two 9.925s from the first two beam routines. How were they? Who can say.

OK, getting started with Oklahoma and Arizona State.

Rotation 1

Sievers – VT – OU – small step forward on her y1.5, solid, won’t have the distance of some of the others, a bit of knees

Theodorou – UB – ASU – high jaeger, a bit of elbows on catch – toe on to bail, hits vertical – some elbows in giant swings – DLO, legs apart, hop back. 9.775

Meanwhile Trinity Thomas has a step back on her series on beam, goes 9.900.

Stern – VT – OU – y1.5, small hop forward. 9.875

Samiley – UB – ASU – a bit shy on first hs – stalder to blind to high jaeger to overshoot combination – solid final cast hs vertical – DLO, good position in the air, holds onto the stick.

Levasseur – VT – OU – nice stick on her y1.5 today, shows solid layout position in the air and steps up the distance over the first two, won’t be as big as Trautman’s to come.

And it’s 10.000 for Levasseur. So, they’re very willing to go there today, which we knew they would be.

Mangahas – UB – ASU – piked jager to overshoot is nice – FTDT, some flexed feet, good stick.

Trautman – VT – OU – good height on her y1.5, small hop forward. 9.925

Scharf – UB – ASU – good hs on low – maloney with some legs into pak – 1/2 turn on low bar, solid – a bit shy on final cast hs – FTDT, solid feet, good landing, just little rebound.

Bowers – VT – OU – y1.5, not her best, under today with a step back and more knee form than her usual.

How is that 9.850 with an underrotation, a step back, and knee form?

White UB – ASU – good van leeuwen, giant 1/2 on 1/2, just a bit shy but OK, into bail, good toe point and vertical position – DLO, hop back.

Davis – VT – OU – hits y1.5, lunge forward and a bit sideward, legs apart on block

McCusker goes 9.950 on beam for Florida to lead that rotation in the anchor spot. We saw parts of it? Good control on her anchor series landing today. Wobble on a back handspring from Hurd in the exhibition spot.

49.600 for Florida on beam.

Clark – UB – ASU – good high jaeger and pak, small leg break in the pak – good hs on high – DLO, clean, small lean to hold the stick.

It’s a 49.525 vault for Oklahoma, 49.225 bars for Arizona State, led by 9.875 for Clark.

Solid vaulting from Oklahoma, but just the one stick this time from Levasseur.

These local Oklahoma commercials are BRINGING it on this broadcast. I LOVE to go to the grocery score and buy a plastic container full of decorative feces and a box of pasta.

Rotation 2

Reeves – VT – ASU – yfull, hit, medium bounce back, some pike position. 9.775

Delay to start bars for Oklahoma.

Sievers – UB – OU – good first hs – maloney, legs together into pak, solid – 1/2 turn on low, solid vertical – FTDT, small step back. 9.875

White – VT – ASU – yfull, good layout position throughout, larger bounce back. 9.825

Torrez – UB – OU – good first hs – maloney with some legs into a good high pak – 1/2 turn on low – DLO, small leg separation, holds the stick. 9.875

Mangahas – VT – ASU – yfull, bounce back as well, more pike position than White had. 9.850. I would have had that lower than White.

Smith – UB – OU – good hs on high – Ray, hit – toe on to pak, smooth – 1/2 turn on low, solid – good cat hs on hgih – DLO, piking in first salto, some leg break, holds the landing with a little rebound. 9.900

Theodorou – VT – ASU – ro 1/2 on, tuck 1/2, excellent stick. Good foot position in the air. 9.925

Trautman – UB – OU – good hs -maloney to pak, clean body position, not the highest pak – 1/2 turn on low – hits hs on high – DLO, nice amplitude, small slide back. And 9.950

Smith – VT – ASU – y1.5, a little lower on the block than her usual, comes in slightly short with a slide back. 9.900. Well at least it’s consistent in saying we love short landings.

Bowers – UB – OU – hits first hs – blind to jaeger, some elbows on catch – hits hs on high – pak, legs together – hits hs on high – FTDT, holds the stick with a little lean forward. 9.950, I would have had that one lower.

Scharf – VT – ASU – good stick on her yfull, some foot position in the air, nice flare out.

Davis – UB – OU – good first hs – higgins to piked jaeger, excellent – hits hs on high – pak, legs right together – 1/2 turn on low – solid hs on high – higgins to double front 1/2 out, hop back. 9.875

We’re in the ceiling for the feed of Florida’s floor, but Wong’s piked double arabian looked good.

So it’s a huge 49.400 for ASU’s vault rotation, while Oklahoma goes 49.550 on bars. They would have wanted more from Davis’s score in the last position (because obviously you also had that tied for the weakest bars routine in the rotation…)

Sievers on bars in exhibition for Oklahoma, hasn’t quite Oklahomaed out the handstands yet but a possibility for the future.

After 2:
Oklahoma 99.075
Arizona State 98.625

It was 9.950 for Wong on floor and 9.975 for Thomas.

Another 49.600 for Florida on floor today.

Rotation 3

Dunn – BB – OU – bhs bhs loso, secure – split jump to split jump 1/2, solid as well, just loses a little back foot – full turn, hit – gainer full, stuck. 9.850

Lee – FX – ASU – front 2/1, crossover step, just a little bit of knees but nice – back 1.5 to front lay, secure, lay gets somewhat lower than the 1.5 – switch ring to switch 1/2, under split on those – rudi, solid. 9.800

Trautman – BB – OU – full turn, hit – bhs loso and falls, unexpected – cat leap to switch side, arm wave – piked kickover, strong – 1.5 dismount, heels together. 9.250

Theodorou – FX – ASU – FTDT with a large stumble back, two lunges and OOB – split leap full to wolf full, around – back 1.5 to front lay, some knees, controls the step – cat leap 2/1, just a little under rotated – 9.575

Bowers – BB – OU – full turn, hit – bhs loso, hit, good feet – split leap to switch 1/2, break, correction lean and then another small hesitation but holds it on the beam – 2/1, some leg crossing, holds the stick. Still gets 9.875

Jaslow – FX – ASU – double pike, chest down, controls it – switch side, overturns a little, into popa, a bit crooked – front lay to front full – double tuck, flexed feet, good control

Torrez – BB – OU – wolf jump, great – side aerial to loso, right on, solid – full turn, smooth – switch to straddle jump, strong – 1.5 dismount instead of the double back, holds the stick. This is called Postseason Composition. And it’s definitely her best beam of the year.


White – FX – ASU – front 2/1, pretty, bit of a slide forward – back 1.5 to front lay – switch ring to switch 1/2, good ring closure, front foot gets a little low – front full to lay, lower layout.

Davis – BB – OU – full turn, good – bhs loso, small check – aerial, holds it – beat to split ring jump, secure – 2/1, holds the landing, a bit of leg crossing, not too much. A check and some knee moments, but strong. 9.900

Mangahas – FX – ASU – FTDT, lands very deep, chest well down and a lunge back – front tuck, some feet into double back, also quite short, chest down, lunge forward – switch 1/2 to wolf full to wolf full is hit. 9.600

Blakely went 9.975 on vault for Florida for a 49.500 rotation score and a 198.175 total, enough to get back to 3rd in the rankings.

Smith – BB – OU – bhs loso, secure – aerial, well done – straddle 1/2 to korbut, high and perfect – full turn, very nice – bhs gainer full, stuck landing. Stronger than the Torrez 9.975 so watch out.

9.975 for Smith as well.

Scharf – FX – ASU – front tuck through to double tuck, some feet, controls step back – front full to front tuck, a bit under on the front tuck, covers without too much of a step – switch 1/2 to wolf full – double pike, chest up well

Oklahoma goes 49.575 on beam to stay over 198 pace. 49.000 for Arizona State on floor as they count a 9.6.

After 3:
Oklahoma 148.650
Arizona State 147.625

Rutgers gets a season high 196.875, but it won’t be enough to stay in it for regionals. West Virginia also goes over 196.5 to get to a safe regionals position.

Washington’s 196.625 road will not be enough to pass Western Michigan, so Washington stays in 27th for now.

Warmups underway at Cal. Justin is wearing the pants.

Cal quad meet is starting – Li on vault for Cal, small hop back on yfull. 9.825

Mueller on bars for Arizona, hits tkatchev – toe on to overshoot, some hips in the air – DLO is solid, some feet. 9.800

Williams – VT – Cal – another small hop back, good amplitude. 9.825. Brown follows with the most landing control on her yfull, small rebound in place. 9.900

Rotation 4

Lee – BB – ASU – full turn, hit – bhs bhs loso, little lean adjustment and foot replacement – split jump to sheep, hit, split jump under split – 1.5 dismount, lunge forward. 9.675

Desouza on vault for Cal with a hop forward on her y1.5. Lunge forward for Lauzon on hers.

Johnson – FX – OU – front lay to rudi, controls step back, bit of knees – switch 1/2 to wolf full, around – double tuck, nice chest up, controls the step back. And this starts with 9.950 so watch out.

Cal puts in Cesario on vault instead of Frazier – does a full, holds onto the landing stick. Some angle. So just 49.225 on vault for Cal, which is not going to be on the huge pace necessary to improve NQS today.

Smith – BB – ASU – falls on a gainer side aerial – so the 9.6 from lee with count – second fall on a bhs loso –

Davis – FX – OU – front 2/1, ever so slightly under but shows control in the step forward -back 1.5 to front full, a bit of leg position in the 1.5 – 9.900

Harper – BB – ASU – kickover, just a bit deep but connects smoothly to bhs – full turn, hit – cat leap to switch 1/2, under split position – bha gainer full, a bit low but good stick. 9.775

Smith – FX – OU – double tuck, chest up, solid – back 1.5 to front lay, shows solid layout shape, comfortable landing – switch side, overturns some into popa – double pike, chest a little lower, pulls it out.

Another 9.975 for Smith. The beam was the more realistic 10, definitely. This is going to be…um…quite a number.

Clark – BB – ASU – full turn, hit – bhs loso, secure, some feet – wobble on a double stag – aerial, secure – bhs 1.5, onto her heels but holds it. 9.825

Bowers – FX – OU – front 2/1 to front tuck, hit – now it’s the double pike, lovely form, small rebound – switch, good – switch 1/2 to wolf full, well performed, around – risking a distribution deduction here at some point with all the tumbling at the very beginning and then C elements.

9.950 for Bowers.

White – BB – ASU – pretty form on bhs loso series but falls, so this will be a dropper – finishes with a 1.5 dismount, hop forward. 9.300

Torrez – FX – OU – DLO, good height, chest up, small foot placement – split leap full to wolf full, hit – leg up hop full, good – front tuck through to double tuck, secure step back, chest up again. Strong. Another 9.950. They’re already at 49.725.

Scharf – BB – ASU – wolf double, nicely done – bsh loso, secure, some foot form – side somi, large break, leg up to horizontal, keeps it on the beam – switch to split, hit, some back leg – 1.5 dismount, small step. 9.725

Sievers – FX – OU – FTDT, secure step back, some legs apart in the second salto – front tuck through to double tuck, bounce back – similar distribution to Bowers, they’re not ending with like As, so you rarely see it, but just saying – switch 1/2 to popa, a little under rotated –

Arizona State goes 195.925, which is not a counting score.

Sievers goes 9.925 to take Oklahoma to a 49.750 on floor and a 198.400 final. Their NQS is now 198.300.

Meanwhile, to Cal.

You can tell Evan works in SF because he uses architect as a verb, and I will be making fun of that later.

DeSouza started Cal with 9.850 on bars. Frazier up 2nd – maloney to pak, hit, some back position on pak -DLO looked good but was behind teammates. 9.900

Good side somi from Herry on beam for Arizona – dismounts 1.5 with hop forward.

Perea – UB – Cal – nice pak, legs together – good hs on low – toe on to van leeuwen, good – shortish final hs with adjustment – DLO stuck.

Annnd it’s 9.975. I had something on the final hs.

Li – UB – Cal – good opening back – van leeuwen, legs together – maybe a bit tight on last cast hs from our angle – giant full, good finish, into double tuck, stuck. So watch out.

Another 9.975 for Li.

Linton for Arizona on beam has a wobble on double wolf turn but keeps it together – good triple series – finishes 1.5 with some knees, hop forward.

Trejo with a solid whip double tuck on floor for Davis with a small rebound.

Williams – UB – Cal – good first hs – maloney to pak, nice – 1/2 turn on low, good vertical – best high bar hs of the bunch – DLO, good stick. I mean I’d say that was a step up on the 9.975s there. But they disagree. 9.950 for Williams.

Cesario – UB – Cal – shortish first hs – blind to high jaeger to overshoot, nice amplitude – not quite as crisp on the handstnads – DLO, bounce back.

Abraham – FX – Davis – the DLO, the part of it that we saw, was high and nicely done – front lay to front full, good rise into the second element in that combination – double tuck, nice open, good height and control. 9.900

Hargrove BB Arizona – bhs loso loso, check – split jump to sheep jump, high split, secure – 1.5 dismount, holds stick with a lean.

Cal goes 49.650 on bars to get closer to 198 pace after two events. 98.875.

Ray – FX – Davis – front tuck through to double tuck, controls step -nice completion on three dance element combination – double pike, holds onto it with enough control. Another 9.900 for her as Davis goes 49.350 on floor.

Castles hits a bhs loso on beam in the anchor spot – switch, small hesitation arm into split leap, but keeps the combination going – aerial to beat jump, hit – wolf double, nice – 1.5 dismount, hop forward.

After 2:
Cal – 98.875
Davis – 98.625
Arizona – 98.425
Sac State – 97.450

I have now seen the video of Sloane Blakely’s 9.975 on vault with a shuffle backward and no I don’t want it.

Rotation 3

Fitzgerald vaults for Davis with a step back on yfull and some feet, solid.

DeSouza – BB – Cal – cat leap to aerial, smooth landing – bhs loso, also secure – beat to sheep jump, some feet, not the most closure, but secure – sissone – full turn – 1.5 dismount, stuck. Good.

And we have DeSouza starting with 9.975, so this is going to be…a rotation. A solid routine, I had some things on the sheep.

Morgenthaler dismounts DLO 1/1 on bars for Sac State, holds onto it with a deep landing.

Williams – BB – Cal – double wolf turn, some arm correction – aerial to split, hit – bhs loso, secure, chest a bit down – switch to beat, hit – bhs gainer full, holds stick. 9.925

Really nice 1/2 on tuck 1/2 from Ray on vault for Davis, chest up, good control, small step back. 9.925. Davis goes 49.225 on vault. This is going to be quite the meet score for Davis if they hit bars.

Li – BB – Cal – aerial to loso combination today, hits, some knee position in aerial – full turn, hit – switch to split jump to beat, right on – gainer tuck full dismount, also holds onto the stick. And 9.950 for her.

Cal’s beam program record is 49.600. So um.

Frazier – BB – Cal – full turn, tries to cover a check by holding the leg up but it was one – aerial to loso, solidly connected – switch ring, small hesitation again before split jump – 1.5 dismount, another stick. Good positions, couple hesitations. 9.925 for her.

Herry finishes floor for Arizona with double pike, chest up, slide back.

Lauzon – BB – Cal – wolf single, hit – bhs bhs loso, pretty and solid – switch to split, no trouble there – very high 2/1 dismount, little bounce up in place. Best on the beam so far.

So Lauzon gets a 10?? She was the first one who didn’t stick her dismount. This life.

Perea – BB – Cal – hits the wolf double – kickover, some feet, small hesitation to back tuck, option to deny credit on acro series there – switch to split to beat is lovely – side somi connected to tuck 1.5, stuck today. Great finish. I mean at this point I would be surprised if they deny acro series, but I would.

And Perea gets 9.975 of course.

Cal goes 49.825, which is a score record by like a billion, also only .050 short of the NCAA beam record.

A pretty and very secure rotation, like a reasonable 49.550, and then we went to crazy town.

So um anyway there are other teams in this meet. Hargrove did a double tuck behind her teammates, but it looked solid to finish that floor rotation.

Hargrove goes 9.825 to get Arizona to 49 on floor, still over 196 pace and on track for a counter, but would love a bigger vault number to finish out.

Davis only needs 49.075 on bars to set a program record, and Cal only needs 49.425 on floor to set a program record for the second time this weekend.

Checking back, looks like Cal’s 49.825 is the best for any team that isn’t Arizona State, which went 49.875 in 2003.

Rotation 4

DeSouza – FX – Cal – rudi to loso, hit under control – keeps back foot together on her 1.5 to front full final pass. 9.900

Herry with only a small hop back on her yfull for Arizona, 9.775. Mueller follows with a bit higher yfull than Herry but a larger bounce back. 9.800

Moneymaker – UB – Davis – good first hs on low – toe on to maloney, some leg separation in connected bail, good vertical – shy on hs on high bar – DLO, a bit hollow, small step

Perea – FX – Cal – round off double pike with a large slide back – wolf double, around – switch 1/2 to wolf full wolf full, would say the second wolf full landed under – back 1.5 to front lay with a lunge out, keeps it in bounds. 9.800, first score under 9.9 in like half a meet

Hargrove – VT – AZ – large frog hop forward on y1.5. 9.775

Castles – VT – AZ – yfull, small hop to the side, solid height, good position

Williams – FX – Cal – front lay to rudi with a slide back – wolf double is nice – switch 1/2 to split jump, pretty – back 1.5 to layout, good rise on the layout – 9.925

Arizona goes 49.075 on vault to end on 196.525, will definitely be a counter, erasing a 196.100.

Fitzgerald – UB – Davis – high jaeger with some feet, connects to bail with a big of a leg separation – finishes DLO, some legs, two lunges back.

Li – FX – Cal – front 2/1, just does control that step out – front full to front lay, short on front lay position with a shuffle – switch to switch ring 1/2 is nice. 9.875

Lauzon – FX – Cal – front 2/1 to front tuck, very nice height on 2/1 – switch side to popa, a little late of precision on landing positions – 1.5 to front full, good one, controls the step. 9.950

Koeth with a check on loso series on beam for Sac State – split to split ring jump, holds it with small arm wave – bhs gainer full, nice stick.

48.575 for Davis on bars, but they’ll still get 196.425.

Cal already to 198.150 before Frazier.

Frazier – FX – Cal – DLO, rebound back this time, good height – split ring jump, good – switch ring to switch full to sissone, lovely positions, possibly slightly under rotated on switch – front tuck through to double tuck, chest forward, step forward. Room to take .150 on that last pass but I don’t imagine they will.

Frazier goes 9.925, and Cal gets 49.575 on floor and a 198.275 finish for a second 198 of the weekend.

Cal – 198.275
Arizona – 196.525
Davis – 196.425
Sac State – 194.875

Cal closes in on LSU in 6th place, now on an NQS of 197.765 to LSU’s 197.780. Gives Cal some breathing room compared to the teams 8+ and looks safe to stay top 7 even after conference champs. Arizona will stay in 28th with this one, so still looking for another score at Pac-12s.

Davis doing just enough to stay in contention heading into the last day.

23 thoughts on “Sunday Live Blog – March 12, 2023”

  1. So…Oklahoma is getting a 199 today…right?
    As of today the Oklahoma regional would be Oklahoma, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Arkansas.
    Should this region actually happen, would love for under dog fan favorites Kentucky and Michigan State to knock off the Sooners at regionals.
    Though the regional is in Oklahoma so that isn’t likely to happen, but one can be hopeful!

    1. I’m by no means an Oklahoma fan but you’re living in a fantasy world if you think Kentucky and Michigan State are at all comparable to Oklahoma.

      1. Agreed. Michigan State has been getting fantasy home scores the past 2 weeks.

  2. I understand a team wanting to move up in the rankings to get in the night section of conference championships (ie Kentucky/Bama); however, outside of that reason I see no real benefit of a 2 or 3 ranking over say 4 or 5. It all will come down to what other teams get slotted to your regional. It very well may be an easier draw to be 4/5 than 2/3 when it is all said done. If I’m a coach and the goal is to make nationals as a team, I would be more concerned with hoping for a ranking that doesn’t send me to UCLA or Oklahoma and less concerned about the overall number ranking.

    As a side note, next weekend is my favorite weekend of college sports: gymnastics conference championships, first weekend of March Madness, and college softball and baseball in full swing. I will in no way be productive next weekend!

  3. Oklahoma is being underscored on bars. I looked it up to see if it was an away meet and it wasn’t .

    1. I thought bars scoring in general was tighter than what we’ve been seeing for the most part this year

  4. OU was definitely overscored on floor today. I hope the NCAA changes the requirements for two pass routines to at least an E and a D. Two Ds is weak….but not illegal.

    1. Absolutely need to change the requirements on floor for higher difficulty. I don’t get why they changed the rules for two pass routines in the first place, but man, it’s really gotten exploited these last couple years.

      1. It’s disgusting. Two crummy Level 8 passes should not be getting 9.9s at any NCAA meet. As you say, Mary, dog effing KNOWS why they dumbed it down from three to two passes…

      2. Personally, I think addressing the deficient floor routines was a far bigger issue than connected full dismounts on beam (not that I have a problem with that change)

  5. Has a judge ever been suspended in NCAA gymnastics? A college baseball umpire was just suspended indefinitely for two outrageously bad calls. I know football and basketball refs have also been suspended in the past.

    The coaches/conferences in gymnastics need to start holding judges accountable too.

    1. After all of the ridiculous scoring this year, that would mean there’d by no judges left, haha.

  6. You wan to see crap over scores. Watch either of the Cal quads this weekend. So sick of their 9.975 on bars and beam with hesitations, checks and short handstands. Really a joke. Let’s put Oklahoma, ucla and California in a meet and see who gets the love. Today’s Cal meet is the worst. Had to turn it off. Announcer really annoying as well. It’s all cal. Could comment on other teams as well. It is a quad meet after all

  7. Who did the exhibition for OU on bars? Sievers if the lead off, so it wasn’t her. I didn’t recognise the person, so I was thinking it was someone we never see compete?

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