Regionals Live Blog – Day 2

Thursday, March 30SCORESSTREAM
2:00pm ET/
11:00am PT
Pitt Play-in
Towson vs. Penn State
3:00pm ET/
12:00pm PT
Oklahoma Semifinal 1
[8] Alabama
[9] Kentucky
4:00pm ET/
1:00pm PT
Denver Play-in
Arizona vs. North Carolina
5:00pm ET/
2:00pm PT
UCLA Semifinal 1
[5] Utah
[12] Auburn
Southern Utah
8:00pm ET/
5:00pm PT
Oklahoma Semifinal 2
[1] Oklahoma
[16] Ohio State
NC State
10:00pm ET/
7:00pm PT
UCLA Semifinal 2
[4] UCLA
[14] Missouri

Boise St

We’ll have a little bit of time today with the Pitt play-in between Towson and Penn State before the semifinals get going. I’ll be watching who ends up with the better bars. Towson has a significant ranking edge there, but Penn State has an equally significant recent-score edge there.

As we move into the first semifinal, Alabama and Kentucky are expected to lead from the start on Illinois and Iowa and only expand their leads with every rotation. So any time that doesn’t happen, put on your monocles and look close. Check to see if anyone has a balance beam situation.

Christina on the call to be like, hey I know what I’m talking about and have watched routines before. A concept!

Rotation 1

Weitz – VT – Towson – good control on yfull landing, pikes down at the end to find the landing. 9.750

Johanson – UB – PSU – good first hs – toe on, slight hesitation into tkatchev, hit, a bit low – pak, nice legs together – 1/2 turn on low, late – a bit shy on final cast hs – DLO, some feet and leg separation but solid landing, small rebound.  9.825

Poblete – VT – Towson – still waiting on our first score to come in – ro full on back tuck, step back, will get hit for low chest position on landing. 9.700

Johnston – UB – PSU – has to recast after missing her initial toe on, very short hs – maloney to bail, good leg positions – solid hs position on high – giant full to double tuck, solid landing. 9.675

Hoffman – VT – Towson – yfull, hit, small hop back, leg separation on the block and some pike down. 9.775

Vihrova – UB – PSU – shortish first hs – blind to jaeger, hit – bail, legs together, just a bit of back position – giant full to double tuck, shuffle back. 9.775

Bolen – VT – Towson – yfull, sticks her landing, very good, best distance so far – small leg break in the air, little pike at the end. 9.825

Gallentine – UB – PSU – good fitst hs – toe on to maloney to pak, small leg break – 1/2 turn on low, a bit late – DLO, out of control on landing with a step and additional step into salute. 9.800

Vitoff – VT – Towson – another strong stick on her yfull, good height, not as much distance, can be a fairly significant deduction. 9.800

Piedrahita – UB – PSU – some hip angle in first hs – toe on to maloney to pak, good pak work – 1/2 turn on low – hits better final cast hs – FTDT, some legs in the air, step back, step has to be a tenth. 9.800

Belanovski – VT – Towson – yfull, small rebound back, best distance of the bunch. 9.850

Rushlow – UB – PSU – good feet on first hs – blind, a little crooked into a good jaeger into overshoot – hits final cast hs – FTDT, nice height, little hop forward. 9.900

49.000 for Towson on vault, good rotation, quite secure landings. Penn State will have to match that landing control to get their 49.

Penn State goes 49.100 on bars to take a slight lead after 1. Neither team quite up to the scores they were hoping but no major counting issues. But also just the one stick from PSU there, which kept the scores down.

Rotation 2

That is…not Rachel Inniss you’re showing right now.

Vihrova – VT – PSU – hs front pike, medium bound forward, good position. 9.750

Keener – UB – Towson – jaeger to overshoot, a bit of feet in jaeger – giant full, just a tad late into double tuck, stuck. 9.775

Johnston – VT – PSU – yfull, comes in deep in her landing and has to slide a little – good amplitude. 9.800

Greene – UB – Towson – some angle in first hs – strong front stalder to piked jaeger to overshoot, some leg separation in both – stalder, nice rhythm into double tuck, feet, step forward. 9.775

Rushlow – VT – PSU – yfull, pretty solid control, small hop back, not as high as Johnston’s, some pike. 9.775

Hong – UB – Towson – blind to piked jaeger, legs together, some feet – bail, hits vertical – rushes final cast hs – vlind, rolls through handstand, into double tuck, step back. 9.850

Salcedo – VT – PSU – Omelianchik, got very little distance, honestly barely cleared the vault, ended up with a large lunge forward. 9.675 – range from 9.600 to 9.800.

Vitoff – UB – Towson – short frist hs – clear hip to high gienger, legs apart on catch, into overshoot – quite short on final cast hs – FTDT, just small movement

Johanson – VT – PSU – hits yfull, solid form in the air, small hop back, some direction. 9.775

Vaillancourt – UB – Towson – blind to jaeger to overshoot, good height – a little hesitant in final cast hs – DLO, small hop in place. 9.850

Piedrahita – VT – PSU – Omel, really strong stick, good distance, bit of direction deduction, slight tuck at the end. 9.850, thought that would be higher.

Minervini – UB – Towson – good feet on tkatchev into pak, hit – 1/2 turn on low – nice vertical on high bar – DLO, stuck landing. Good. 9.925

Penn State will go 48.950 on vault to Towson’s 49.000, and Towson will go 49.175 on bars to Penn State’s 49.100 there. So small margins, but margins on each.

After 2:
Towson 98.175
Penn State 98.050

Would have really preferred this one to have an obvious result after two rotations with the first semifinal starting soon. Come on, people, cooperate.

Rotation 3

Bolen – BB – Towson – bhs loso, small check – cat leap to kickover, deep and is off – FALL ALERT – finishes with bhs gainer full, stuck. 9.050

Johnston – FX – Penn St – double pike, secure landing – switch ring to some wild camera work – rudi, hop to present – back 1.5 to lay, some leg separation, lower on the layout – 9.775

Stuart – BB – Towson – full turn, hit – bhs loso, saves it with a wobble, turn to the side – kickover, check, pauses before beat jump, I’d say no connection – beat to straddle 1/4, split looked under, but we’re in the ceiling – cat leap to switch side, check – 1.5 dismount, keeps the landing with a lean to the side. A stay on that they’ll have to count, but a lot to take there. 9.650. Range of 9.500 to 9.700.

Piedrahita – FX – Penn St – double pike, slide back – back 1.5 to layout, good twist form – switch 1/2 to wolf full, nice – double tuck, secure landing, chest down. 9.850

Hong – BB – Towson – side aerial to side aerial connection like she’s ready for the dutch team, some deep position in first landing – split to straddle 3/4, nice positions – beat to split 3/4, also well done – full turn – front lay full dismount, stuck. Nice. 9.850

Johanson – FX – Penn St – double pike, chest down, bounce back – back 1.5 to 1/2 to straight jump, maintains layout position well – switch side to popa, overturns switch side landing – double tuck, covers landing control pretty well, chest down. 9.850

Vaillancourt – BB – Towson – standing fron tuck, works it into beat jump for connection – bhs loso series, way off and falls – counting fall alert for Towson’s beam now – resumes with a good switch switch combination – gainer full, good height, stuck. 9.250

Towson now counting a 9.250 and a 9.650 on beam. Penn State will just have to hit through now to qualify.

Vihrova – FX – Penn St – FTDT, nice control on landing, some leg separation – switch rign to split leap full to wolf full, pulls them around – front lay to front full, a bit low, lunge forward. 9.825

Weitz – BB – Towson – switch to loso to beat jump, great rhythm there – aerial to split jump, secure – bhs loso series, large break, bend over at the hips past horizontal – gainer full, holds stick. And it’s 9.625, also coutning.

Salcedo – FX – Penn St – switch – punch double front, hits it with lunge forward, some cowboy – switch side 1/2 to shushunova – front lay to front full to front pike, good amplitude, well done. 9.850

Keener – BB – Towson – bhs loso series, great amplitude, secure landing – switch, small pause before tuck jump 3/4 – cat to kickover to beat, hit – gainer full, hop back.

Herring – FX – Penn St – hits her double arabian, just a little short, step back –

OK we’re getting started at the first semifinal in Oklahoma now.

Just a 48.175 for Towson on beam, so Penn State with an advantage of nearly a point now.

Rotation 1

And we have an opening vault fall for Iowa. Well welcome to regionals I guess.

Burgess – BB – Alabama – one arm bhs to loso is hit – nice side aerial, comfortable – switch to beat, good switch position – cat leap to switch side, secure – gainer pike, small slide. Good opening. 9.900

Scores delay on all the events to start us out. Wheeeee!

Rybicki – BB – Alabama – secure loso series – switch 1/2 is secure but under split – beat to straddle 3/4 is good. 9.800

Wilson – FX – Kentucky – following Procasky 9.850 leadoff – wolf jump 1.5 is under – front tuck through to double tuck, good control – switch side, little overturned to wolf full – back 1.5 to front lay, hit, a little lower on the lay position – 9.850

Ewald finishes bars for Illinois with a stuck FTDT. 9.900

Zuhlke vaults third for Iowa – hop back on Zuhlke. 9.775

Patterson – FX – Kentucky – back 1.5 to lay, super high 1.5 – hitting her switch ring positions – double tuck, under control, chest up. 9.900

Adams – BB – Alabama – hits wolf triple – aerial, lovely, small check – was crooked on loso series but minimized with a small lean – switch to split – bhs 1.5 dismount, small movement. 9.900 with a few checks, so watch out for beam scores.

Good distance on yfull from Castillo on vault, bounce back.

Gladieux – BB – Alabama – bhs lay pike, check – aerial, good knees, small arm wave working into beat jump – switch to straddle, wobble – finishes secure 2/1. 9.825

Error from Knight on bars for Illinois in the fourth spot, they have three hits before her. Hit a Ray but couldn’t cast out.

Henderson finishes vault for Iowa with a big yfull, great height and distance, small rebound back.

Olivia O’Donnell falls on jaeger for Illinois, coming after the miss from Knight.

Hudson – BB – Alabama – aerial to bhs loso is well hit – switch to beat, comfortable – side aerial, secure – 1.5 dismount, hop forward. 9.750

Iowa got past the opening fall and went 49.075 on vault.

Worley – FX – Kentucky – FTDT, secure – switch ring to switch side are nice – front full to front lay, very good landing – double tuck, nearly showed a stick, then stepped after. Good rotation.

Blanco – BB – Alabama – aerial, hit – full turn, small adjustment – bhs loso and falls. Can drop it, but won’t be a big beam number for beam now. Resumes with switch to switch 1/2, lovely –


Illinois counts a fall on bars for 48.650, which they, you know, couldn’t afford today.

Alabama doesn’t have to count a fall on beam but does score only 49.175, which will put them just a tenth ahead of Iowa’s 49.075 on vault.

Kentucky is still waiting on Worley’s score but will have a not-small lead after the first rotation.And yeah, it’s 9.950 for Worley giving Kentucky a 49.450 and a .275 lead on Alabama

After 1:
Kentucky 49.450
Alabama 49.175
Iowa 49.075
Illinois 48.650

Alabama will breath a slight sigh that Illinois counted a fall on bars because it removes a potential threat. Alabama will know that if they hit normally on the remaining events, it will still be plenty enough to qualify to Saturday.

The fall from Blanco for Alabama may not be a big deal today, but if they don’t end up qualifying as a team, that will mean she won’t qualify as an AAer or a BBer for nationals.

Penn State does have a miss from Gibble on beam in the 4th spot for 8.925, so a critical routine from Rushlow here in the 5th spot. And now she falls on her side aerial. SO this one is interesting again everyone. But if they get a reasonable hit in the 6th spot, it’s still probably advantage Penn State. They still have a couple tenths.

Johnston anchors beam for Penn State, good bhs loso series – split jump to sheep jump, secure – side aerial, secure, some feet – full turn, good – sticks her 1.5. Probably just saved Penn State’s season with that very solid routine.

Minervini falls on the anchor floor for Towson, so Penn State will take this 195.700 to 195.450, but not without keeping it interesting.

Rotation 2 – OU Semifinal #1

Procasky vaults a yfull for Kentucky, good stick, off direction. 9.775

Tough times continue for Illinois with a side aerial fall from Knight in the leadoff spot.

Wilson – VT – Kentucky – handspring pike 1/2, good control, small slide back, pretty solid chest position. 9.875

Iowa has a 9.200 from Zuhlke in the first position on bars. Didn’t see it.

Masella – UB – Iowa – good first hs – blind, some leg separation to piked jaeger – bail, hits – a bit shy on hs – DLO, chest down, hop. 9.800

Patterson – VT – kentucky – great height on handspring pike 1/2, slide back

Mizuki hits her loso series in the 2nd spot for Illinois on beam.

Rojas – UB – Iowa – toe on to gienger, hit, a little low – bail, slightly shy – FTDT, hop back

Adams – FX – Alabama – double pike, secure – switch 1/2 to a tuck jump, ends up somewhat out of control on landing with a hop – just does pull around the third turn in that wolf triple – 1.5 to front lay, no trouble.

Wolrey – VT – Kentucky – small hop to the side on y1.5

Henderson – UB – Iowa – toe on to maloney, leg break into bail, a bit shy of handstand, flexed feet – solid final cast hs – FTDT, hop back

Bourque finishes vault for Kentucky – medium hop forward on y1.5

Gladieux – FX – Alabama – FTDT, deep landing, chest down, pulls it out with a hop forward – split leap full to popa, around – front lay to rudi to split jump, good control – 9.800

Muñoz holds onto the landing on her DLO on bars for Iowa.

Townes with a secure hit in the 4th spot on beam for Illinois, still working toward dropping that opening fall like Iowa.

Kentucky gets 9.825 for Bourque and a 49.200 on vault.

Kenlin – Ub – Iowa – toe on to maloney, leg separation into a nice pak – very short hs on high – toe full to double tuck, deep landing, hop forward

Hudson – FX – Alabama – front lay to front 2/1, good twisting position, slide forward – switch 1/2 to wolf full, around well – 2.5, mostly controls the step – double tuck, bounce back

Very secure hit from Nataraj on beam for Illinois.

Iowa survives an opening fall again, going 49.000 on bars.

Blanco – FX – Alabama – wolf double is nice – double pike, great landing – double tuck, small slide back – front full to front lay, nice control

Takekawa – BB – Illinois – side aerial to bhs, secure – full turn, slightly tentative on landing – switch, a bit of back leg into good straddle 1/4 – gainer full, nice stick. 9.900

Illinois goes 49.150 on beam to try to pull things back. The bars score was also raised to 48.700, so they’re only a couple tenths behind Iowa now. But Alabama and Kentucky running away thus far.

Nice 1.5 dismount on beam from Joyner as an individual for Rutgers.

After 2:
Kentucky 98.650
Alabama 98.575
Iowa 98.075
Illinois 97.850

Nothing stressful yet for Kentucky and Alabama as they open up half point+ leads after two. Kentucky will be happy about this lead right now for what it potentially could indicate for the regional final though.

Why I thought Cheetos would be a good gross live blog snack today is anyone’s guess. Sorry, keyboard.

Rotation 3

Henderson – BB – Iowa – full turn – good amplitude loso series – double tuck dismount, small hop forward. 9.875

Davis – UB – Kentucky – blind to jaeger, solid – bail, clean – DLO, clean position, hop back

Gladieux holds the stick on yfull for Alabama, chest forward. 9.900

Secure double pike for Takekawa on floor.

Paradise – VT – Alabama – Y1.5, solid landing, small hop to the side, some knees. 9.875

Procasky – UB – Kentucky – good positions on maloney to pak – hits vertical on final cast hs – giant full to double tuck, a little deep, step salute. 9.850

Ebeling – BB – Iowa – hits loso series, some knees – full turn – switch 1/2, under split, holds onto the landing – split jump to split 3/4, good – gainer pike stuck. 9.775

Doggette lands very short on y1.5 with two lunges back. 9.525

Bunn – UB – Kentucky – hits jaeger – bail, clean, good feet – nice hs on high – DLO, some pike in the first salto, good stick. And she’s on 9.925

Hudson – VT – Alabama – good y1.5, small slide forward. 9.900

Large break for Zuhlke on loso series on beam, leg-up to horizontal to keep it on. And now she falls on side aerial.

DeGuzman – Ub – Kentucky – lovely jaeger to overshoot, wonderful foot positions – nice hs on high – DLO, hop back. 9.850

Blanco – VT – Alabama – large bound forward on y1.5 but usable. 9.800

Good Ray from Luksik on bars for Kentucky, DLO, stuck. Another 9.925 for her.

Olsen – VT – Alabama – DTY, a little more tucking than her usual, bounce back.

Iowa has a beam hit from Nick in the fourth spot.

Alabama finishes with two 9.800s on vault to go 49.275.

Worley – UB – Kentucky  – hits tkatchev and pak – good final cast hs – FTDT, chest down, small hop

Nice Y1.5 from Leese for Rutgers, just rising up onto toes.

Kentucky will expand its lead after the third rotation.

Rojas – BB – Iowa – bhs loso bhs series is solid – switch to split 3/4, on, some foot position – gainer full, stuck. 9.850

49.475 for Kentucky on bars, 49.275 for Alabama on vault.

LOL at John asking Sam whether she would have liked hunger games lineup competition. Sam is the most hunger games lineup gymnast there has ever been.

Kenlin – BB – Iowa – aerial to bhs loso, great leg positions – switch to split, lovely split – full turn, slightly hesitant – gainer full, good stick, a little low.

In the Denver play-in, Arizona has had some vault landing issues so North Carolina will have a shot to take advantage of bars, got a good one from Dekanoidze in the 5th spot for 9.900 but need a big anchor hit as well.

Kenlin goes 9.925 to get Iowa to 49.175, a solid score but more ground dropped to Alabama.

UNC has a fall from Schulze in the final bars position, so they will have a lead on Arizona after 1, but only a 48.900 on bars, which is not what they were hoping from their best event. 48.900 to 48.800 after 1.

Townes – FX – Illinois – finishes out the rotation for them, needing to drop a score from Nataraj – front 2/1, hit – back 1.5 to front full, good control, some knee – split leap full to popa, around. 9.900

Illinois also 49.175 in rotation 3.

After 3:
Kentucky 148.125
Alabama 147.850
Iowa 147.250
Illinois 147.025

So Kentucky and Alabama will know they just can’t totally mess up their final rotations and they will advance to tomorrow.

Joyner finishes floor with good rise into her front pike in combination. She’s having a nice AA day. Currently 2nd AA behind Worley but just .05 ahead of Henderson, who still gets to do floor.

Schaefer leads off UNC on vault with a hop to the side on a y tucked full, 9.725. Mueller leads off Arizona on bars – good height on tkatchev – toe on to hit bail – DLO, stuck. 9.825

Fink shows good form int he second spot for UNC with a yfull, small pike at the end, but a large bounce back. 9.775

Rotation 4 – OU Semifinal 1

Luksik – BB – Kentucky – onodi, good – bhs loso, smooth – cat leap to switch 1/2, small check, under split – gainer pike, stuck. Nice. 9.825

Hudson with a hit double tuck dismount on bars, small rebound. 9.850

German – UB – Alabama – Ricna is hit – struggles up to handstand after it, short and some hesitaition – again pauses in her cast 1/2 on low, muscles it around – DLO, low, small rebound in place. 9.750 seems high.

Procasky on beam, pauses after her aerial and doesn’t connect anything. Does a stag ring, check. gainer pike, slide back.

Waligora UB – Alabama – good height on jaeger into overshoot – DLO 1/1, hit but chest down, bound forward. 9.850, scores are zooming now.

Bunn – BB – Kentucky – full turn, good – bhs loso loso, secure – switch to split, solid split positions – 2/1 dismount, small movement, good. 9.900

Townes sits down a Y1.5 for Illinois on vault.

Machado – UB – Alabama – hits maloney to pak well – toe on to van leeuwen, hit – toe full into double tuck, feet, stuck double tuck.

nataraj goes for a full on vault, chest forward, small hop.

Patterson – BB – Kentucky – full turn, hit – bhs loso, good height – aerial to split jump, solid – switch to switch, nice positions – gainer pike, stuck. 

Doggette hits a good bars routine to clinch Alabama’s spot in the regional final. And the score is 9.950.

Blanco – UB – Alabama – pak, pretty – good hs on low – toe on to van leeuwen, legs together well – clean hs on high – FTDT, stuck landing. Well, she improved on Doggette’s routine that just went 9.950.

Worley – BB – Kentucky – cat leap to switch side, hit, crooked switch side position – aerial to bs loso, holds it well – 1.5 dismount, stuck. A good routine that will secure Kentucky’s spot in the regional final.

9.975 for Blanco. 49.525 rotation score.

Muñoz stuck DLO on floor. Worley 9.900 on beam. Magnelli falls on her series to finish the rotation, but Kentucky will win the session.

Arizona takes a lead of .025 over North Carolina after 2, with a 48.925 on bars to North Carolina’s 48.800 on vault.

Henderson – FX – Iowa – FTDT, slide back – switch side to popa to straddle jump, nice – front tuck through to double tuck, nice secure landing.

9.925 for Henderson, which is important for her individual aims. A good final score for Iowa on 196.500, just not enough from this semifinal.

QUALIFIED: Kentucky 197.475, Alabama 197.375
ELIMINATED: Iowa 196.500, Illinois 195.675

Henderson is 2nd in the AA and 2nd on floor behind Worley, so if Kentucky ends up going as a team over Alabama, Henderson is in a solid position after the first semifinal. (Individual qualification, we won’t REALLY know anything until after both.) Kenlin in the same spot on beam, 2nd behind Patterson. So on Saturday, Iowa is going to turn into big Kentucky fans when rooting for which teams make it.

Third rotation underway in the very close Arizona and UNC meet. Arizona has a 9.800 from Fears in the first spot on beam, but Herry falls in the 2nd spot on a straddle jump 1/2. UNC also had a miss in the first spot on floor for 8.900 from Wozniak.

Mind shift to the next semifinal: Utah, Auburn, Southern Utah, Washington.

But first, Linton up for Arizona in the third spot on beam. Hits wolf double, bhs bhs loso, good leg position but a pretty big wobble, leg up and lean – nice switch to split combination – 1.5 dismount, solid.

Fink on floor in the third spot for UNC, solid on her double pike, switch to switch ring 1/2, hit, not so much closure – 2.5 dismount, an wakward landing on the edge of the mat with a lunge forward – back 1.5 to front lay, slide.

Arizona will have to count a 9.650 from Linton on beam. Did she have an overtime? I didn’t hear anything but the scores from the judges have 9.750 and then a 0.1 neutral is taken?

Big trouble for UNC on floor, Greenlow falls on her back 1.5 to front tuck in the 4th spot, coming after a fall in the first position for 8.900. Hargorve comes throuhg with a hit in the 5th spot for Arizona.

Bart welcoming us to UCLA by telling us McCallum and Lee are out.

Rotation 1 – LA Semifinal 1

Morgan – BB – Utah – bhs bhs loso, check, came in a little under, saved it, not too large a wobble – another arm wave correction – front gainer full, stuck. Shaky at the start but fine. Still goes 9.850

Schwartze – UB – SUU – hits piked jaeger, solid – bail, a bit of hip angle – giant full, late finish, connects to double tuck, chest well down with lunge. 9.700

Brooks – VT – UW – following leadoff 9.750 – y1/2 – great stick. Excellent.

Paulson – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, held without a check – switch to switch, hit, slighly off but covering well for no checks here – beat to side aerial to lay 1.5, stuck. 9.900

Eaker – BB – Utah – falls immediately on her switch mount – resumes with hit side aerial to loso – gainer full, low, slide back.

Navarro – VT – UW – hits yfull, medium bounce back, bit of leg separation, coming after two sticks for 9.850.

Cunningham – VT – UW – not her best yfull landing with a bounce back, good height as always

Murakami – UB – SUU – lovely jaeger to overshoot – FTDT, legs apart, finds the stuck, chest down. 9.900

Meanwhile, Arizona got to 48.975 on beam, which will work for them because UNC was just 47.900 on floor.

Judging delay on beam as they figure out how to still give Kara a 10.

Very good landing on open FTDT from Hollingsworth on floor for Auburn. Anchor fall for SUU on bars, but they’ll have a 48.950 from the rest of the lineup. Washington goes 49.050 on vault.

Hollingsworth finishes with front tuck through to double tuck, secure landing.

Isa – BB – Utah – bhs loso loso, good hold to keep secure, some feet – beat to straddle 1/4, good – bhs gainer full, stuck. Good.

Stevens – FX – Auburn – front lay to rudi, secure landing, a bit of legs – split leap full to wolf full, around comfortably – double tuck, controls step

O’Keefe – BB – Utah – side aerial to loso, solid – switch to split, great back leg – bhs gainer full, stuck.

O’Keefe gets a 10.000. One judges  on 9.950

Gobourne – FX – Auburn – open double tuck, controls the step back – front full to front lay – double pike, nailed landing, good.

Gilstrap with an arm wave correction on front aerial anchoring for Utah – bhs back pike, secure – excellent split positions – short dismount landing with step back.

Morris – UB – LIU – piked jaeger, good – hits pak, leg separation – short final cast hs – DLO, lunge back

Juk – BB – LIU – bhs mount, lovely – bhs bhs loso, right to the end of the beam, nice – switch to beat, good 180 split position – attitude turn, hit – bhs 1/1, solid – gainer full, tries to sell the stick with a big lean forward, can’t hold it with a step into salute.

No doors opened yet, Utah with 49.500 on beam, Auburn with 49.375 on floor. Utah looked iffy on those first few routines, but Isa and O’Keefe saved the day.

After 1
Utah 49.500
Auburn 49.375
Washington 49.050
Southern Utah 48.950

Judging ranges on bars were wild in that first rotation, so keep an eye on that as the remaining teams go to bars.

Meanwhile, Arizona has three 9.8s in the first three spots on floor, so not allowing UNC to get into this so far.

Rotation 2

Leonard – VT – Auburn – solid control on yfull landing, a bit of pike, can take for distance. But they don’t I think because 9.875.

Brenner finishes up floor with double tuck, chest down landing, hop forward. 9.775

Moody finishes bars for Washington with FTDT, hop back.

Groth – VT – Auburn – tries to sell the stick on yfull but was short, chest down, lunge forward into salute. 9.775

Nice rebound in ro loso series from Smith on beam for SUU – dismounts 1.5, step forward.

Hubbard – VT – Auburn – y1.5 is hit, a little under with a hop back, some knees. 9.850

Cacciola – BB – SUU – bhs loso and falls

Hollingsworth under on her Y1.5 landing with a lunge back. Still gets 9.800, which is very high for underrotation and the step.

Stevens – VT – Auburn – also lands deep and short on y1.5, lunge back. Also gets 9.800

Skylar Killough-Wilhelm is not in the lineups today for Washington. Not ideal!

Gobourne better on vault for Auburn, medium hop forward on her y1.5.

With five hits on floor, Arizona has clinched the final play-in meet over North Carolina.

Russon – UB – UW – jaeger to overshoot, great height – giant full, good finish position into double tuck, small hop back.

Gobourne gets 9.875 to take Auburn to 49.200 on vault. They’ll thank the judges for that one. Could have been a lot lower.

Smith – FX – Utah – hits front 2/1 on floor, some leg crossing – switch ring to switch 1/2, solid – rudi to loso, under control – rudi to double stag attempt, travels a mile back and lands OOB there.

Kennedi McClain – BB – SUU – bhs loso, secure landing – switch to split, just a bit of feet – finishes stuck 1.5. Good beam rotation after the fall.

Bowles – UB – Washington – giant full, good into deltchev to overshoot, hit well – short final hs on high – DLO, step back.

Rucker – FX – Utah – FTDT, controls the landing, chest a bit down – switch leap full, just a little under rotated into stag – front lay to front full, some leg separation in the lay. 9.900

Morris throws out their back tuck full on beam but falls.

Bowles went 9.850 for Washington to take them to 49.225 on bars. Gains a smidge on Auburn’s 49.200 from vault. Southern Utah also 49.225 on beam.

O’Keefe – FX – Utah – double pike, good feet, controls the landing – front lay to front full, good position and rise – switch to split leap 1.5, good split, lands about an eighth under, which can be critical because if you say it’s not a 1.5, she doesn’t get bonus from the combo – 1.5 to front lay, good extended position. Very nice.

Utah counts one of the 9.7s for a 49.375 on floor, still a comfortable lead.

After 2:
Utah 98.875
Auburn 98.575
Washington 98.275
Southern Utah 98.175

Washington and Southern Utah at least keeping Auburn honest through two rotations so far. They’ll want to just stay close enough to make it a pressure beam rotation at the end.

Meanwhile, the play-in final from Denver was Arizona 196.050 to North Carolina 194.600.

Rotation 3

O’Keefe – VT – Utah – yfull, good open, medium bounce back, good direction. 9.825

Hollingsworth – UB – Auburn – looks like she didn’t really get a good catch on her Maloney, tried to readjust her grip during backswing but couldn’t and hopped off

Good aerial to beat jump from Brooks on beam, ends with stag to gainer full, hop back. 9.875

Brenner – VT – Utah – solid y1.5, small hop to the side. And she goes 9.950. One went 10.000 despite no stick.

ANNNNNND McLaughlin just overbalanced her first cast hs on bars, that’s now a couting fall for Auburn.

And now Morgan Bowles just fell on beam. Southern Utah is like HELLO ME. Vultaggio with a secure double back landing to end her routine in the 2nd spot.

Smith – VT – Utah – medium hop forward on Omelianchik, going solid.

WOW, Groth just way overdid her Ray on bars. Third fall in a row. Groth resumes with hit pak, short hs on high – giant full, late into double tuck, small hop back.

9.350 for Bowles.

Navarro – BB – UW – bhs bhs loso, secure landing – beat jump to switch side, a little under but secure – 1.5 dismount, large lunge forward.

Stick from Rucker on y1.5. And now we have a 10.000 for her.

Also Gilstrap’s vault won’t get the attention, but that was maybe her best yfull.

Schwartze – FX – SUU – front 2/1, bit of a slide out – switch to split leap full to wolf full, a little low but around – rudi to loso, same. Doing what they need, hits.

Brusch gets Auburn’s first hit on bars. Moody hits her series on beam, finishes with 1.5 dismount, short, hop back, but through. They need two more hits to stay alive here.

Stevens – UB – Auburn – good first hs – toe on to Ray, solid – hits hs – bail – DLO, stuck. Good. 9.925

McClain – FX – SUU – double pike, solid control – 1,5 to front lay, good rise in the front lay – switch 1/2 to wolf full, overturns switch a little – doubel tuck, another good landing

Davis – BB – UW – bhs bhs loso, secure – hits her split jump 3/4 well – sticks her 1.5 dismount. And it’s 9.950.

Every other regional is like, let’s cool it in the postseason, and the UCLA regional is like SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS.

Good tkatchev to pak from Gobourne in the final bars position – short final cast hs – FTDT, shuffle back

Roberts – BB – UW – bhs bhs loso, hits it, small adjustment – switch to double stag, low, under on switch but secure – cat leap to gainer full, stuck. They’re through with five hits to stay alive.

Gull finishes floor for Southern Utah with a good chest up doubel tuck.

Auburn’s done on bars with a 48.150 there. Yeesh. Washington will be able to move into 2nd with that hit from Roberts, but Southern Utah should be close behind.

Washington 49.325 on beam, Southern utah 49.275 on floor.

After 3:
Utah 148.500
Washington 147.600
Southern Utah 147.450
Auburn 146.725

Washington’s floor NQS this season is 49.255, Southern Utah’s vault NQS is 49.175. So Washington will feel like they have this in their hands.

Macpherson in the individual AA, hits a very nice bhs bhs loso series on beam. Solid on the standing loso. 1.5 dismount, a bit short, step back.

Morris finishes floor coming up short on double tuck, hands down.

Rotation 4

Cacciola – VT – SUU – hits a yfull, little rebound in place, some pike, not the most distance. 9.850 is big.

Innes – FX – UW – front 2/1, slide forward, some leg crossing – switch to wolf full to wolf full, around, lower first wolf – 1.5 to front lay, good straight layout position – rudi, controls step.9.800

Hollingsworth with a check on side aerial, keeps it on – 9.800

McClain – VT – SUU – yfull, larger bounce back, piking and leg separation. 9.750

Hagle – BB – Auburn – cat leap to side aerial, solid – aerial to korbut, good – switch to straddle 1/4, great height – 1.5 dismount, stuck. Her best beam.

Kho – VT – SUU – hits her Y1.5, good height, small hop, some legs. And she goes 9.925.

Roberts – FX – Washington – double tuck, solid – back 1.5 to front lay, keeps it in the corner – switch 1/2 to wolf full, nice – double pike, bit of a rebound but mostly solid control. 9.825

Pardue – VT – SUU – hits her Y1.5, comes up a little short with a hop back, some knees – 9.850

Vultaggio – VT – SUU – hits a yfull but it’s lower than some of these recent vaults, pretty large bounce back, some pike. 9.750

Nguyen – FX – Washington – double tuck, huge bounce back and OOB, critical mistake – double pike with another huge stumble back and OOB, will need to drop that score.

Smith – VT – SUU – ro full on back tuck off, hop back – chest low but not too bad, solid finish. Making Washington earn it.

Smith goes 9.775 on vault, SUU goes 49.150.

Isa will finish up Utah’s 198  with her bars routine, stuck DLO.

Southern Utah in with a 196.600.

Utah in with a 198.125.

Just 9.275 for Nguyen, so Washington will have to hit three floor routines in a row to overtake SUU.

Titarsolej – UB – LIU – good first hs – maloney to pak, legs together perfectly – 1.2 turn on low – giant full to double tuck, shuffle back. Ack that shuffle back could be critical.

Navarro pulls out solid landing control on floor for what should be a useable score. And it is, 9.850

McLaughlin will finish Auburn’s meet with her beam, switch to bhs loso, very nice split position – beat to side aerial, strong – switch to straddle 1/4, nice horizontal position – gainer pike, small hop forward.

Cunningham – FX – UW – front tuck through to double tuck, just a bit deep, mostly controls the slide back – switch 1/2 to wolf full wolf full, around – double pike, secure landing, chest down slightly.

9.875 for Titarsolej is bigotry. Milne for SJSU just lovely extension in acro. Holds landing on 1.5 with arm wave.

Huge 9.900 for Cunningham.

Davis – FX – UW – front 2/1, step forward, hits, think she stayed in – split leap full to popa to attempted popa? – straddle 3/4, under rotated – back 1.5 to front lay, a little under, stutter step. If she didn’t go OOB and if they give her dance, then it will easily be enough. But.

And it’s in with 9.800, that will put Washington through to Saturday’s regional final, eliminating Auburn and Southern Utah. Also a great performance from Southern Utah today, they did what they could have.

QUALIFIED: Utah 198.125, Washington 196.775
ELIMINATED: Southern Utah 196.600, Auburn 195.900

Well, they made sure the first half of the semifinals didn’t end up boring. Auburn with three falls on bars, certainly would have advanced with a hit bars rotation but ended up not being able to afford one counting fall, let alone two.

Who would have thought Washington would go through without SKW competing?

Now we have some time before the next batch of semifinals.

For Gobourne individual qualification watch, she’s tied with Karley McClain on 9.925, as well as Paulson, but would be ahead of McClain on the second tiebreak (head judge’s score). But that 9.925 would also have to withstand the second semifinal.

On to the second semifinals from Oklahoma and UCLA!

In the Oklahoma semifinal, we expect Oklahoma to be in front comfortably the whole way much the way Utah just was, but Ohio State and Arkansas is 50-50.

Arkansas needs a big start on bars, which has been tough for a lot of teams so far in the postseason. Is bars the new beam? Four counting falls on bars so far at regionals compared to two on beam and one on floor. If Arkansas’s bars score is close to Ohio State’s bars score, within a tenth, that’s big for Arkansas. If Ohio State has like 3 tenths after the first rotation, that’s similarly big.

Rotation 1 – OU Semifinal 2

Trautman – BB – OU – full turn, hit – bhs loso series, very secure – cat leap to switch side, good height – kickover piked, good – 1.5, stuck. Nice start. 9.875

Swaney finishes bars for Arkansas in the first spot, DLO, small movement back. 9.875

Vetter concludes her opening floor routine for Ohio State, front lay to rudi, under control. 9.875.

Levasseur – BB – OU – into the lineup, no Dunn so far – nice smooth loso series – switch to straddle 1/4, good extended straddle position – aerial, very short but a great save, major deduction though, short and a wobble – switch to bhs gainer full, small hop

Scalzo – Ub – Arkanbsas – blind to jaeger, good feet, connects to overshoot – solid hs position on high – DLO, little bit of piking and a step salute. 9.875

Bit of a short landing on opening double pike on floor for Ohio State’s Riccardi , hop forward.

Drotar – UB – Arkansas – toe on to maloney to bail, clean – DLO, good stick. 9.925

The scores are FL-L-YING early in this second semifinal.

9.725 for Levassuer after that big aerial error.

Bowers – BB – OU – full turn, good – bhs loso, nice – split leap to switch 1/2, excellent – problem on the dismount, 2/1 deep landing. OU not quite on early. 9.800

Jones – UB – Arkansas – blind, some back position into piked jaeger, hit – overshoots the Pak and misses her hand, falls – finishes with a stuck dismount.

Good double pike from Gagliardi on floor for Ohio State, secure landing, chest up.

Torrez with a good side aerial to loso on beam, secure landing – switch to straddle, nice

Pratt – UB – Arkansas – tight first hs, hits ray, a little close – bail, quickly out of it into toe on – DLO, chest down, tries to save the landing but a hop forward. Kind of a tight, post-fall routine, but a useable hit. 9.800

Flatley – UB – Arkansas – good first hs – higgins to jaeger, good feet – solid hs on high – toe on to bail, small leg separation – DLO, overcooks it some, bounce back.

Davis with a nice hit on beam for Oklahoma, nearly sticks her 2/1 dismount, step back after a second, some crossed legs.

Another 9.875 for Flatley takes Arkansas to 49.350 there.

Edwards – FX – Ohio St – double pike, nice open, controls her landing well – 1.5 to front lay, good rise, small leg separation in 1.5 – switch side to popa – doubel tuck, bounce back

Smith – BB – OU – bhs loso, smooth – aerial, right on – straddle jump 1/2 to korbut, perfect – full turn, highest toe – bhs gainer full, stuck. Exceptional.

And we have our third 10.000 of the day.

Hodges – FX – Ohio St – solid double pike, bit of feet – split leap full to popa to popa, hit – rudi to a high loso, clean

9.925 for Hodges gives Ohio State a 49.525 on floor and the lead after the first rotation. So while Arkansas will be pretty happy with that bars rotation and did what they needed to do, Ohio State has the margin they were looking for after 1.

After 1:
Ohio State 49.525
Oklahoma 49.475
Arkansas 49.350
NC State 48.875

We also just got a wild floor pass fall from Jaye Mack of Illinois State.

So, um, uh, be ready for it to take a higher score than you thought it would to get out of this semifinal.

We’re revisiting KJ’s Covered Wagon because we can’t have enough of it. You know if I were starting this site right now it would be called KJ’s Covered Wagon. 

Rotation 2

Gamiao – BB – Arkansas – standing loso loso, arm wave correction – side somi, bit of a lean forward, pulls it back – switch to split, hit – full turn, nice – 1.5 dismount, hop. 9.775

Robinson with an opening bars fall for NC State.

Vetter starts with 9.800 on vault for Ohio State. Malas up 2nd, good amplitude on yfull, bounce back, some foot flexing. 9.825

Johnson for Oklahoma struggles on her final floor pass, chest down, awkward lunge forward.

Gianfagna – BB – Arkansas – hits bhs loso series, knees on bhs – full turn – kickover to beat, secure – beat to straddle 1/2, also solid – balance check prepping for her dismount, sticks 1.5. 9.875

Riccardi with a larger bounce back on her yfull for Ohio State, some direction. 9.750

Bell Johnson 9.725 leadoff floor for Oklahoma.

Davis – FX – OU – front 2/1, bit of a slide forward – switch 1/2 to wolf full, around well – back 1.5 to front full, looked like a bit of feet, under control

Harris – VT – Ohio St – good y1.5, only a small hop – 9.925

Very awkward fall for Cally Swaney on beam for Arkansas on her bhs loso loso series – maybe half a toe hit the beam.

Fall on bars from Obregon for NC State, so they’re counting a fall now.

Jennings – VT – Ohio St – excellent amplitude on her yfull, bounce back. 9.850

Smith – FX – OU – I hear a phone, that must mean Ragan’s on floor – double tuck, good feet, slide back – back 1.5 to front lay, good control – switch side, overturns a bit into wolf full – double pike, a bit short, covers but still a step forward.

49.275 vault for Ohio State.

Weaver – BB – Arkansas – bhs loso loso, hit with a wobble, leg leaves the beam – switch to straddle jump, good – 1.5 dismount, stuck. Nice. 9.900

Pfister really went for the stick on vault, landed chest down with a slide forward salute.

Bowers front 2/1 to front tuck, keeps it in bounds – double pike, chest down some, step forward – switch is nice, swithc 1/2 to wolf full, around –

Williams comes in on beam for Hambrick, big break on the aerial with a lean over to horizontal – 1.5 dismount, hop. 9.700 that will have to count.

Sievers – FX – OU – FTDT, secure landing, chest up, leg form – front tuck through to double tuck, good landing –

Flatley – BB – Arkansas – aerial to bhs loso, hit, well done to keep moving on aerial despite being slightly off, did enough for credit in this world – L turn to split jump, excellent – bhs 1.5, stuck.

It’s 9,950 for Flatley to get Arkansas to 49.200 on beam and keep them alive. They’ll be .250 down on Ohio State, but Ohio State has to do bars and beam still.

Torreez – FX – OU – DLO, some rebound – split leap full, some back leg, into wolf full, nice wolf position and compleition – leg up full turn, good – front tuck through to double tuck, controls the step

It’s 9.925 for Torrez giving Oklahoma 49.450 on floor. Two-sub 49.5 rotations in row is unusual for Oklahoma at this point, but they’re leading. Won’t be happy with the quality of the rotations though.

After 2:
Oklahoma 98.925
Ohio State 98.800
Arkansas 98.550
NC State 97.275

Arkansas to floor now and will aim to start closing the gap on Ohio State, which will be on bars. Ohio State will want to eclipse that Arkansas 49.350 bars score, our first chance to compare rotations.

Rotation 3

Sievers – VT – OU – Y1.5, good landing, small step to the side, nice height. 9.900

Pritchard – UB – Ohio St – gienger, good legs together into overshoot – hits hs on high – giant full, some loose back position, into double tuck, bounce back. 9.800

Jones finishes floor for Arkansas with rudi, under control.

Stern – VT – OU – Y1.5, medium hop forward. 9.850

Harris – UB – Ohio St – good first hs – Ray, solid – hits hs on high – toe on to bail, small leg break, hits vertical – giant full, just a bit past, into double tuck, holds the stick, little lean.

Levasseur medium step forward on her Y1.5, best form so far. 9.900

Hickey controls double pike landing on floor, following opening 9.900 from Jones. So we’re going there. Hickey with 1.5 to layout, just a bit under on landing.

Bowers crossover step out of the area. 9.800

Edwards – UB – Ohio St – maloney to pak, nice amplitude – hits hs on high – pause in giant full with a leg break, finds the stick. 9.875

Davis – VT – OU – Y1.5, lands a bit short, step back, leg separation on the block.

Hankins – UB – Ohio St – small arch in first hs – jaeger, solid – shorter hs on high – pak, clean – DLO, lower, some pike, finds the landing.

Trautman finishes vault for Oklahoma with a near stick on her Y1.5, pauses for a sec before step salute.

Leah Smith finishes floor with double pike, slide back.

9.950 for Trautman takes Oklahoma to 49.400 on vault. It’s just…fine today. 

Riccardi – UB – Ohio St – good first hs – toe on to Ray, flexed feet, hit – pak, a little bit of pike, legs together – short final cast hs – stalder to double tuck, stuck. 9.900

Flaltey – FX – Arkansas – front 2/1, slide forward – switch side 1/2, lands about an eighth under – back 1.5 to front lay is hit – switch ring to switch 1/2, nice positions –

Miller of Ohio State with a wilddddddddd peel on her toe on on the low bar. That will keep Ohio State on 49.325 on bars.

9.875 on floor for Flatley in the 4th spot.

Williams – FX – Arkansas – FTDT, good landing control, just a bit of leg separation – back 1.5 to front lay, crisp layout position – switch side, overturns a little into popa – double tuck, chest down, little rebound. Solid.

We’ve moved into the “if you didn’t get 9.900 you fell” portion of the meet, and I assume that’s going to 9.9.

And it did, 9.900.

Negrete finishes beam for NC State with a good aerial to bhs, cat leap to switch 1/2 to beat jump, well connected

Price – FX – Arkansas – DLO, rebound back – switch side, overturns on way down, into popa – back 1.5, high, into front pike – doubel pike, secure landing. And it’s 9.950.

Arkansas goes 49.500 on floor (Oklahoma has been the weakest floor rotation so far) to gain .175 on Ohio State in this rotation.

After 3:
Oklahoma 148.325
Ohio State 148.125
Arkansas 148.050
NC State 146.175

Ohio State and Arkansas within a tenth heading down to it, but what’s wild here is that Oklahoma is not clear. You expect them to move away from everyone with this bars rotation, but they’re not safe yet.

BUT, Arkansas is down .075 on Ohio State. Arkansas’s vault NQS is .070 higher than Ohio State’s beam NQS. So there’s that.

Rotation 4

John asking Sam how she’d like to finish on beam. She’d obviously love it.

Pritchard – BB – Ohio St – cat leap side aerial, secure – hits loso series – switch, small hesitation into straddle 1/4, a bit under split – 1.5 dismount, little slide forward. 9.800

Weaver – VT – Arkansas – medium bounce back on yfull. And goes 9.850.

Flatley – VT – Arkansas – yfull, holds onto the stuck landing but chest pretty far forward on the lean to hold it. 9.825

And Sievers opens bars for Oklahoma with 9.950.

Fletcher – UB – OU – piked jaeger, hit – toe on to pak, smooth – FTDT, two bounces back – KJ had three heart attacks in the back of that routine. 9.825

Hankins – BB – Arkansas – leg-up wobble on loso series – kickover, secure – switch to split jump 1/4, hit – 2/1 dismount, hop back. 9.700

Price with good distance on yfull, bounce back

Trautman – UB – OU – hits first hs – maloney to pak, good leg position – 1/2 turn on low is solid – hits hs on high – DLO, hop back and a fun 9.925.

Smith – VT – Arkansas – yfull, hit, chest a little forward with a hop.

Harris – BB – Ohio St – beat, hit – switch to straddle 1/4, nice position – full turn, smooth – aerialto back tuck, secure and connected – strong 2/1 dismount.

Sedlacek vaults 1.5 for Arkansas, lands somewhat short with a hop back, knee bending. 9.800

Williams – VT – Arkansas, ending the rotation with a Y1.5, nearly sticks, small step back. And she gets 9.900.

Arkansas puts up 49.225 on vault. Good not great. Ohio State will feel they can do this.

197.275 for Arkansas.

Oklahoma gets a stick from Bowers that will seal advancing for Oklahoma, but it took until the 2nd-to-last routine to be sure of it.

And Bowers just got a 10 on bars. Davis will finish their rotation – higgins to piked jaeger, excellent, hit hs – pak is clean – 1/2 turn on low – hits hs on high – higgins to front fiant to double front 1/2 out, small rebound.

Vetter BB – Ohio St – bhs loso series, secure work – side aerial, solid – switch to straddle 1/4, nice – 2/1 dismount, stuck landing, some leg crossing.

9.925 for Vetter takes Ohio State just .025 behind Arkansas. That means they just need to get rid of that 9.700.

Davis gets 9.800 on bars for Oklahoma (?) (ok….?)

Hodges – BB – Ohio State – split jump to straddle 3/4, solid – bhs loso, small arm wave – full turn, good – gainer loso and holds onto it, saves the season there, arm wave correction – 1.5 dismount, lunge forward. I have that at 9.800, which would be enough.

And she gets 9.800, which brings Ohio State to 197.350, outpacing Arkansas on 197.275.

A good day for Arkansas. They would have expected that score would be enough to advance. No more than .050 different on any rotation score. Basically feel like it came down to having to count that beam 9.700 for Arkansas.

QUALIFIED: Oklahoma 197.925, Ohio State 197.350
ELIMINATED: Arkansas 197.275, NC State 195.375

Well that was exhausting. Ohio State makes its seeding, eliminating Arkansas by a minimal margin.

In terms of individuals right now, Worley won the AA today, so she knows she’s through even if Kentucky doesn’t make it. If they do make it, then Payton Harris’s 39.600 is next in line.

Norah Flatley’s 9.950 beam ties Arianna Patterson. We don’t have the individual judges scores yet, so not sure how that one would play out.

9.950 for Edwards and Price and Worley on floor. Eliminating Henderson’s 9.925.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Moors in the UCLA vault lineup alert.

That semifinal was so 100% intense that I didn’t even get to talk about the Illinois State coach’s sleeves, which was like the whole point of the meet, really.

Rotation 1 – UCLA SF 2

Dean – UB – Stanford – good first hs – Ray, hit – good hs – pak, legs together nicely – very short final cast hs on high – giant full to double tuck, holds the landing.

Lee with an opening hit for UCLA on beam.

Loyim 2nd on bault for Boise State, way short on y1/2, sits it down.

Alipio – BB – UCLA – following 9.900 for Lee – full turn, smooth – aerial, to back tuck, secure and connected – split leap to switch 1/2 to beat, hits her positions – side aerial, hit, chest down – gainer tuck full, stuck with a little angle.

Kratzer – FX – Missouri – double tuck, slide back, good tuck position – switch side, overturns a bit into popa – 1.5 to layout, slide – double pike, chest down, bounce back

Neault – UB – Stanford – maloney to pak is smooth – excellent 1/2 turn position on low – very short final cast hs – toe full, good vertical, into double tuck, bounce back.

Padurariu – BB – UCLA – hits wolf double – side aerial to bhs, hit – swich, hit – beat to sheep jump, hop forward – 1.5 dismount, hop.

Popp falls on vault for Boise Stat eon handspring pike 1/2, so they’ll count a fall there.

Alexeeva – UB – Stanford – shorter first hs – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, nice style – pak, some leg break – short hs on high – giant full to doubel tuck, slide back

Stanford giving away too much on these bars dismounts early. But the scores are still coming in full force.

McCrary – FX – Missouri – front lay to rudi, nice stick – switch side, overturns a little into popa – double pike, hit

Chiles – BB – UCLA – aerial to bhs loso, secure, just a bit of feet in aerial – switch to wolf jump, excellent – full turn – side aerial, no trouble – fouble pike dismount, hop back, chest down some

Roberts – UB – Stanford – good leg position on pak – toe on to van leeuwen, legs apart – short cast hs on high – giant full, good finish, into double tuck, step back –

Harris – BB – UCLA – bhs loso bhs, right on – following 9.900 for Chiles – switch to split leap to full turn, nice – kickover, secure – stuck 1.5. Nice.

Also Blackson stuck her y1.5 for Boise State for 10.000. So you know that. I had some knee position to deduct.

Widner – UB – Stanford – tkatchev, bice – bail, hits vertical, some leg break in the air – DLO, some piking, tries to hold the stick but chest forward and a little movement.

Boise State counting a fall and getting a 10 in the same rotation, in true UCLA spirit.

9.975 for Harris.

Malabuyo – BB – UCLA – wolf turn, hit – bhs loso, solid – aerial to beat jump, good work into beat jump because she had to lean a little out of that aerial – split jump to split ring, good – bhs gainer full, holds the stick with a lean.

And she also gets 9.975 even with that dismount. UCLA goes 49.675 on beam.

Moore – FX – Missouri – DLO, good landing, chest just a little forward – good height on her popas – front tuck through to double tuck, nailed it – 9.900 for her.

Celestine – FX – Missouri – FTDT, step back, the judge almost put the flag up but then thought better than it, love the reaction from Celestine, looked like on the line to me? Shades of regionals last year against UCLA – back 1.5 to layout – double tuck, good control.

Celestine gets 9.825 so Missouri will be in 2nd on 49.375.

After 1:
UCLA 49.675
Missouri 49.375
Stanford 49.275
Boise State 48.725

UCLA very comfortable through beam there. Missouri will be pleased with a lead on Stanford so far, though it’s not large. Stanford really needed a few more sticks in that bars rotation because it has the potential to be their highest score.

Scores are getting wild here as well and expect them only to get wilder.

Rotation 2

Dean – BB – Stanford – side aerial to bhs, hit with some bent knees – switch 1/2 to beat, good – good stick on 1.5. 9.850

McCrary starts on vault for Missouri, chest down on yfull, step to the side. 9.750

Lee finishes floor with double pike, chest down, step.

Little off on bars leading off for Boise State.

Schreiber – VT – Missouri – yfull, good stick, just a little pike, not the highest.

Onyshko – BB – Stanford – aerial, slowly keeps moving into bhs bhs, will get credit but it wasn’t quick – switch ring to beat jump, hit – gainer pike, stuck. 

Moors – FX – UCLA – and she’s in the floor lineup – front 2/1 to front tuck, nice – loso side pass, good height – switch to switch 1/2 to wolf full, around well, a little slide back on landing – rudi, bounce back. A good hit.

Celestine with a good Y1.5 on vault, hop forward.

Alexeeva – BB – Stanford – bhs loso series, secure – switch 1/2, a little under into beat jump – front full dismount, short with a hop back

My favorite part is when the scores die in the middle of each rotation.

Moore overcooks her Y1.5 some, tries to rise onto toes to sell the landing but ends up with a lunge forward.

Harris – FX – UCLA – FTDT, looked like solid chest position on landing today, legs apart at the end – double tuck, chest up, controls step back – split leap full to popa, good splits – 1.5 to 1/2 to double stag, a little low on 1/2, nice routine. 9.900

Neault secure series on beam, aerial, nice extension – split to split ring jump, lands under control – 1.5, good hold on the landing to show the stick.

49.400 vault for Missouri. Will be tough for Stanford to keep up with that.

Frazier – FX – UCLA – whip through to double tuck, chest up, looks like she controlled the front foot – split leap full to popa to popa, by far her best popa positions, gave a little less on the split full but the popas were much better – double pike, short landing, tries to cover as best she can, but chest down with a lunge forward

Blackson stuck her bars dismount and all I want is another 10 for her. 9.900.

The commentary has just been Kathy going “hmm” for nine minutes as we see how Frazier reacts to that short landing.

Emily Lopez nailed bars today, better than yesterday, just a small rebound on landing.

Campbell – FX – UCLA – FTDT, good landing – split leap full to popa, around – front lay to front full, a bit lower than her usual with a slide – double tuck, works to control that front foot and does. 9.900

Widner – BB – Stanford – switch to ssplit jump, excellent leg positions – bhs loso, right on – aerial to split jump, also pretty – bhs gainer full, stuck landing. very nice.

9.950 for Emily Lopez. 9.925 for Widner as Stanford goes 49.400 on beam to try to keep Missouri in check.

Koeth as an individual on beam, hits solid bhs loso bhs.

Chiles – FX – UCLA – DLO, controls landing – front tuck through to double tuck, rebound back – split leap full to wolf full, around with some arm position to pull the wolf – doubel pike, solid landing. 9.950s all around for her.

UCLA 49.500 on floor.

After 2:
UCLA 99.175
Missouri 98.775
Stanford 98.675
Boise State 98.025

Rotation 3

Frazier – VT – UCLA – yfull, good control, small hop, only a little pike today, one of her best. Oh dear it’s 9.900. Is Chae gonna get an 11 then?

Celestine finishes bars for Missouri with her stalder pike 1/2, stuck. Really just the banana pak to take for.

Dean – FX – Stanford – double pike, controls step, chest a little down – 1.5 to front full, lands short with a step to the side – switch side to popa, pulls around  

Small hop back for Emily Lee on vault. 9.850.

Schreiber dismounts bars with another stick, DLO well done, good form. 9.850

Moors – VT – UCLA – handspring pike 1/2, who is this person who just stuck her vault?

Sheremeta – UB – Missouri – arch in first hs, pulls it back – good height on jaeger, connects to overshoot – rudi dismount, hop back.

Campbell – VT – UCLA – yfull, nearly sticks, smallest movement, also some direction.

And she got a perfect 9.950. Why notttt

Harris – VT – UCLA 0- stikcs her y1.5, comes in a little deep with some knees.

Moore sticks FTDT on bars.

Chiles – VT – UCLA – DTY, small hop back, good chest up position.

Neault – FX – Stanford – double pike, under control, chest down some – rudi, controls step well – back 1.5 to front lay, hits but gets pretty low on the layout. 9.825

Hu’s Church to pak is excellent – hits van leeuwen – giant full to double tuck and collapses on the landing and sits it down. WHAT IS THIS LIFE.

Chiles went 9.925 on her DTY so UCLA vaults 49.575.

Burns – UB – Missouri – now this is kind of a thing – some angle in first hs – jaeger hit into overshoot, solid – a bit of a hesitation in final cast hs – DLO, a ltitle flung out, hop back. But a fine and usable hit.

Especially because Nguyen just bounced OOB on her DLO on floor for Stanford.

So Missouri goes 49.150 on bars, which is not ideal for them but Stanford not really making them pay.

Popp completyes beam for Boise State, huge break on aerial, bend over at the hips past horizontal – bhs bhs layout 2 feet, great height, solid landing – cat leap to switch 1/2, good split, wobble – gainer full, good.

Roberts – FX – Stanford – throws out a FTDT, takes it right to the end but stuck so no OOB trouble -switch 1/2, over, into a very high popa, good extension – front lay to rudi, good twisting position.

9.875 for Roberts, so theoretically Stanford can tie Missouri if Widner goes 9.950.

Widner – FX – Stanford – DLO, good control on landing – front tuck through to double pike, slide back, some lack of control – switch to switch 1/2 to popa, lovely on all three. Should be a good number.

9.850 for Widner.

After 3:
UCLA 148.750
Missouri 147.925
Stanford 147.825
Boise State 147.175

Good double pike form from Pitchell on floor for CMU.

Stanford has done enough to force Missouri to have to hit a beam rotation when it matters, but Missouri’s scoring potential on beam is higher than Stanford’s on vault, so Missouri will have the result in their hands based on how they perform here.

Rotation 4

Lawrence – BB – Missouri – switch to split, good positions – full turn, hit – side aerial to bhs, large break, leg up to horizontal but saved it – aerial, nice – 1.5 dismount, stuck. 9.800

Dean – VT – Stanford – yfulll, solid control, step to the side, some pike. 9.750

Neault – VT – Stanford – nearly shows the stick on her full on back pike, step salute, but a good one.

Campbell step forward on bars dismount for UCLA.

Shaffer – BB – Missouri – aerial, hit – bhs bhs loso, solid – switch to split jump, nice positions – 1.5, stuck. 9.875

Good stick from Widner on yfull. Emily Lee on bars for Steele, chest down on DLO, lunge forward. Widner gets 9.925 for her yfull. Following 9.850 from Neault. Stanford doing what it can.

Nguyen – VT – Stanford – DTY, hits it, medium bounce back. 9.850

Padurariu – UB – UCLA – toe on to maloney to bail, slight hip angle in there, good legs together – FTDT, holds stick, chest down.

Davis – BB – Missouri – bhs loso, solid – kickover, holds it – sheep jump, arm wave – switch to bhs to a high gainer full, stuck.

Roberts – VT – Stanford – nice y1.5, good legs together, hop to the side and a quick salute. And she gets 9.950 for it. Well, if Stanford doesn’t get it, they can’t say vault didn’t deliver for them.

Harris very strong bars for UCLA until dismount, chest down, hop forward.

Brunette just pulled out a Y1.5 for Stanford, short but saved it, squatted to hold it.

But Davis just went 9.900 on beam for Missouri.

Sheremeta – BB – Missouri – beat, good – bhs loso, smooth – full turn – aerial to split to shushunova, good – gainer tuck full, stuck. Good one.

Wel it’s 49.450 (!) for Stanford on vault.

Stanford’s total was 197.150. They’ll rue not being in the other semifinal.

Sheremeta goes 9.950. Missouri just needs a normal hit from Hu now.

Chiles – UB – UCLA – good first hs – piked tkatchev to pakj, right on, good hs on low – maloney to gienger, legs together throughout – FTDT, stuck landing.

9.975 for Chiles. UCLA 198.275.

Hu – BB – Missouri – y spin, wobble, leg up – aerial to aerial combination, right on – beat to split jump 3/4, nice – finishes wuth a stuck gainer full. That should do it.

9.900 for Hu puts Missouri ahead of Stanford before Schreiber competes.

Arkansas and Stanford will both be eliminated with 197.275 today.

Schreiber – BB – Missouri – full turn, good – bhs loso loso, holds it solidly with an arm wave – switch 1/2, arm wave wobble and lean – beat to split jump 3/4, good – beat to gainer full, stuck.

Schreiber went 9.850 to have Missouri finish on 197.400.

Leitch finishes the meet for Boise State on floor, hits a double pike – switch 1/2 to wolf full is around – front lay to front 1/1, kind of an awkward stagger rebound – double tuck, deep but controls it.

QUALIFIED: UCLA 198.275, Missouri 197.400
ELIMINATED: Stanford 197.275, Boise State 196.225

Final routine is a solid hit from Demers on floor for CMU.

If we assume that UCLA and Utah go through from this regional tomorrow, then the individual qualifiers would be Widner for AA, Blackson for vault, Lopez for bars, Sheremeta for beam, and Gobourne for floor.

And we do this all again for two more regionals tomorrow, huh?

29 thoughts on “Regionals Live Blog – Day 2”

  1. I would love to watch these meets, but every single one is behind a paywall. Hard to grow a sport when no one can watch it.

    1. It’s $9.99 to watch all of regionals as well as nationals. That’s much cheaper than a cable subscription which is also a paywall and which you need to watch most of the regular season.

    2. $10 (one month of ESPN+) for access to 16 meets (regionals – unsure if it will include nationals) seems pretty reasonable tbh

    3. Yeah, it’s basketball season and that’s where the colleges make money (and football). Anyone w/ an unlimited data plan on Verizon Wireless can get ESPN+ on the Disney bundle for free, but that doesn’t help anyone on another wireless carrier or outside the US.

    4. You’re not a big fan if you refuse to pay 10 bucks to watch 12 sessions of great NCAA gymnastics. For the entire history of NCAA gym, regionals were not broadcast on TV or live video at all.

    5. Why do you expect a product to be free? People have jobs as producers, commentators, etc. Pay $10.

  2. Correct or corrupt: Emily Leese from Rutgers 9.850 on vault. I have THOUGHTS. Looks like a LEOTARD DEDUCTION!!!!

    1. It’s too bad they didn’t have her compete AA. Couldn’t she have at least moved on?

    1. Non gymnastics health issue…AKA she got sick. Hopefully she is feeling well enough to compete in finals.

  3. Oh my we have the KJ with the lasso video again. And uhh the OU leos are so…..OU

  4. So I guess you have to be from Oklahoma to get a 10. Sorry but Norah’s routine was just as good as Reagan’s beam. Did Norah’s beam not start from a 10?

  5. I absolutely love watching this Ohio State team. Edwards and Harris are stars. I’m so glad that it looks like Edwards and Harris will at least make nationals as individuals.

    Also, the O-H-I-O symbol on the back of the leo is awesome. I love seeing some creativity and uniqueness instead of the same stock designs with more rhinestones over and over again.

  6. UCLA on beam, Mizzou on floor, a questionable possible OOB for the last Mizzou floor routine – what is this, 2022?

  7. So is this like an annual UCLA vs Mizzou at Regionals Celestine steps out of bounds/no she doesn’t? lol

  8. Why is it UCLA can’t get 10’s compared to smiths “Oklahoma” beam? I just don’t get it! I saw at least 2 routines out of a 10 better than smith. They got 9.975

  9. Anyone else see how Frazier went down hiding with a cup when she went to the team area after floor?

    1. @J – The way your comment is phrased implies there was some nefarious connection between whatever was in her cup and her “hiding” it from view.

      Margzetta was holding a cup of water that was handed to her. She ducked under the barrier to she could join her team. She stayed on the floor for a minute because her ankles hurt and wanted a trainer to look at them.

      1. Actually you have it wrong! It looked like she was going to be sick. I thought she was going to throw up or something “hence why it looked like she was “hiding” trying to get out of view of people. Ya someone gave her a cup. Probably with water, but I wasn’t implying something bad was in it 🙄. Oh and how do you know the reason? Are you on the floor with her?

      2. Oh my gosh I thought she was going to pass out or something when she went down as well! I wonder if she is sick? If so I hope she feels better!

  10. How did Emily Lee get a 9.8 with a short hand stand and a massive hop. And Anna P a 9.9 landing completely bent over. Crazy bar scores in n session 2

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