|Friday, March 31||SCORES||STREAM|
|Pitt Semifinal 1|
 Michigan State
|Denver Semifinal 1|
 Oregon State
|Pitt Semifinal 2|
 Arizona State
|Denver Semifinal 2|
Today’s batch of semifinals will aspire to reach the heights of drama that most of yesterday’s semifinals achieved, with Washington eliminating Auburn and then Arkansas and Stanford putting up valiant 197 fights in ultimately unsuccessful upset bids.
Cal and Michigan State start us out today, up against Western Michigan and West Virginia, and for this to get dicey, you imagine one the top two seeds would have to Auburn on an event. Both Cal and Michigan State will aim for something around 49.5 from the opening rotation to establish a serious margin early.
Singh – UB – WMU – hits tkatchev with some foot position – bail, solid vertical – a bit shy on cast hs on high – DLO, rebound in place. Solid.
DeSouza – BB – Cal – cat leap to aerial, solid – bhs loso, secure – beat to sheep jump, some leg form – sissone – 1.5 dismount, lean to try to hold the stick, steps forward into salute
Irwin on vault for West Virginia, y1/2 with good form int he air but a large lunge forward
Nyah Smith with a big bounce back on her final double pike on floor, OOB.
LOVE our lack of live scores so far. Good good.
Lewis – VT – WVU – bounce back on yfull, some pike
DeSouza with a 9.850 on beam, Singh with 9.725 on bars.
Williams stays on beam for Cal, a bit shaky and a bounce back on gainer full.
It’s 9.650 for Nyah Smith with that OOB.
Kalefe – FX – MSU – punch front 2/1, good, around, small slide forward – switch to wolf hop full to shushunova, pretty low amplitude at the end of that combination – punch rudi to loso is solid. 9.875
Li – BB – Cal – aerial to loso, holds it securely – switch to split to beat, nice – gainer tuck full, hop forward.
Pierson vaults a solid yfull for WVU, small hop back and a little pike. Good.
Wehry – VT – West Virginia – handspring pike 1/2 is solid, bounce back, some chest position.
Harkness – FX – MSU – solid FTDT, controls front foot – split leap full to wolf full, around well – front tuck through to double tuck, chest up. Nice. 9.925
Frazier had a wobble on her split ring jump on beam and a hop to the side on dismount for Cal.
Moravansky – UB – Western Michigan – blind to jaeger to overshoot is hit – DLO, good height, bounce back
Stephen – FX – MSU – front tuck through to double pike, a bit out fo control, lunge back – switch 1/2 to wolf full – front 2/1 a little deep, crossover step – fine, not her best landings.
Lauzon has to make a huge save on her triple series on beam for Cal, stays on well but major break – 2/1 dismount, stuck with a stagger. Kind of going to need a hit from Perea now.
Nikki Smith – MSU – FTDT, solid landing – switch 1/2 to popa, around – back 1.5 to layout, clean work – doubel tuck, bounce back, keeps it in bounds
Perea hits her kickover to back tuck – switch to split to beat is nice – side somi to tuck 1.5 is connected, does well to hold onto the stick and not move because she was starting to lean.
Perea goes 9.900 to get Cal to 49.275 on beam.
Schulte – FX – MSU – FTDT, lands a bit short, step forward – switch 1/2, slightly over, into popa straddle jump, great straddle positions – front tuck through to double tuck, some rebound. 9.925, taking MSU up to 49.475 on floor.
Michigan State 49.475
West Virginia 49.075
Western Michigan 48.725
Nice DLO from Keanna Abraham of Davis in the individual spot.
Cal a little shakeatronic in that beam rotation throughout, adding in some nervy wobbles and not sticking a lot of dismounts at the beginning, but they can probably handle a 49.275 rotation score without much angst.
MSU also started iffy but more members of the lineup hit their normals toward the end to get up to 49.475, about on track for them.
West Virginia will be happy with that score over 49 to start, making Cal work for it early.
Nyah Smith – VT – MSU – good position on yfull, small rebound, bit of pike at the end, good –
DeSouza finishes out leadoff floor with good control on her back 1.5 to front full landing. Solid. 9.875
Garcia – VT – MSU – holds onto the landing on her yfull but a large lean forward to try to hold the landing, chest to horizontal, not much distance.
Combs finishing bars for WVU, struggles a bit through a giant full with some angle, but does it into double tuck, little rebound
Solid yfull for Hsu for Michigan State, small step back.
Perea – FX – Cal – ro double tuck, slide back – “Gabby Perez”
Are we sure Nyah Smith got 9.650 for that vault? That seems very low. I think that was her floor score and it’s a scoreboard error.
9.700 for Garcia. Schulte comes in with another good stick on her yfull.
Was that tucked gienger we just saw on bars from Brooke Alban of West Virginia intentional? I mean I think not, but I really hope it was.
Nikki Smith – VT – MSU – sits down her y1.5, looked pretty in the air but seemed like she opened out way early.
Cal getting big numbers so far on floor with 9.900 for Perea, now a good hit from Williams.
Good yfull from Gabi Stephen, nice layout position, slide back.
Holmes-Hackerd fingertips a Jaeger on bars but works through it into overshoot, leg separation – finishes with a double tuck, hop back.
They have MSU’s vault score at 48.800, but that should go up when they fix Smith’s number. Still not the vault they were looking for.
Western Michigan has a fall from Moravansky on beam, means a couple 9.6s will count.
Alex and Bridget having an athlete identification TIME.
Mendez Abolnik from Bowling Green on vault attempts a Y1.5, lands locked legged in a scary way and is down injured.
Now Alex is telling us that Abbey Scanlon competed floor. She did not. This regional is not really showing up logistically right now.
Lauzon – FX – Cal – front 2/1 to front tuck, holds onto the landing with a little stutter – finishes with back 1.5 to front lay, similar landing. Mostly good control.
They fixed Nyah Smith’s vault score, which is now 9.850. Michigan State goes 49.000 on vault. Still not ideal but usable considering what we’re seeing from WVU and WMU.
Good height on jaeger from Copperwheat on bars in the AA spot for Pitt. FTDT, little shuffle.
Murphy of Western Michigan with a good kickover front on beam, loso series is hit with some foot form – beat to split ring jump, little check – gainer full, little slide.
Frazier – FX – Cal – DLO, chest up, looks like she controlled the front foot enough – pretty on the switch ring to switch 1/2 to split 1/2 positions – front tuck through to double tuck, secure landing, controlled step. Good.
9.950 for Frazier with a 10 from one. 49.550 floor for Cal.
Murphy goes 9.900 on beam to get Western to 48.950 there.
Michigan State 98.475
West Virginia 97.850
Western Michigan 97.675
Garvey of Pitt on beam , hits a good loso series, nice feet positions. Sticks gainer pike.
Both Cal and Michigan State have thrown in a meh rotation so far, but still should feel comfortable with their positions in this meet, Cal in qualification position by a point, and Michigan State by 6 tenths.
We didn’t see a vault there from Kellerman, whose handspring pike 1/2 is usually very important for MSU.
I mean not wrong
Schulte – UB – MSU – shaposh into pak, hit, some leg break – hits hs on high – DLO, good height, bounce back
Li – VT – Cal – solid landing control on yfull, stick, a little leg separation, we’ll see more distance. 9.850
Holmes-Hackerd finishes beam with a gainer full, hit, small rebound.
Williams – VT – Cal – yfull, holds onto the landing but with a lean forward and an arm wave
Zsarmani finds the stick on her DLO on bars, leg separation.
Pierson – BB – WVU – full turn, hit – standing front tuck with a check into bhs, we’ll wee what they do with that – standing back tuck to straddle to straddle 1/4, secure, a little under – bhs tuck 1.5 hop forward.
Large bounce back for Brown on vault for Cal, after a 9.750 from Williams. 9.725 for Brown.
DeSouza – VT – Cal – a little short on her y1.5 but hit, slide back, legs on the block. 9.800
Jackard – UB – MSU – good first hs – blind to jaeger, a ltitle close, nice feet – bail, clean, good toe point – solid hs on high – giant full to double tuck, chest down, step back
Lauzon – VT – Cal – y1.5, also lands kind of short with a shuffle back. 9.775
Frazier will not vault today. Cesario will finish.
Nikki Smith – UB – MSU – nice maloney to pak, legs together well – good hs on high – DLO, a little flat, hop back. 9.850
Cesario – VT – Cal – good amplitude on full but comes in deep with a bounce back. 9.750
Roy – FX – Westerm Michigan – hits double pike, chest down –
Harkness – UB – MSU – good gienger – bail, nice vertical position – hits hs on high – FTDT, some feet, good stick.
Good Y1.5 from Abraham on vault, small step forward. Cal’s like, can we have you in the lineup?
9.925 for Harkness takes Michigan State to 147.800, ahead of Cal’s 147.750 after three events.
49.325 bars for MSU. Cal only 48.925 on vault.
Nice stuck DLO from Brianna Brooks of Utah State on bars.
Nelson – BB – WVU – bhs loso series is solid – cat leap to switch side, a little adjustment – cat to side aerial, small lean before split jump – bhs gainer full, stuck. 9.825
Murphy – FX – Western Michigan – front tuck to round off double tuck, controls the step – switch ring to split leap full, gets that split leap around – punch rudi to straddle pike jump – double pike, hit
Wehry of West Virginia has a big break on loso in the anchor spot, keeps it on the beam – gives us a barani with a check.
9.925 for Murphy gives Western Michigan 49.400. West Virginia has to count that 9.550 from Wehry to go 48.650 there.
Copperwheat on beam to end the rotation, hits a secure side somi, bhs loso, some feet, covers the lean well – double turn and falls – 1.5 dismount, hop.
Michigan State 147.800
Western Michigan 147.075
West Virginia 146.500
Dealing with a bit of a case of the blahs for both Cal and Michigan State today, and yet they are both very comfortable in their positions. We knew from the draw that they could afford to not go all out today. Michigan State will still have to not have a beam debacle.
DeSouza – UB – Cal – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, good height – FTDT, step back. 9.850
Kalefe – BB – MSU – full turn, hit – bhs bhs loso, solid landing – switch to tuck jump 3/4, huge break, bends over a the hips and grabs her legs but does not fall or touch the beam, which could prove important – gainer full, hit.
Frazier hits bars for Cal today – DLO, holds onto the landing with a lean forward and an arm wave. 9.850
Faulkner on vault with a solid yfull from Western, only a little rebound, some pike.
Kalefe 9.700 with a 9.6-9.8 range.
Harkness – BB – MSU – full turn, good – bhs loso, smooth – side aerial – switch to switch, no trouble – cat leap to side aerial to tcuk 1.5, hop to the side. Solid. 9.850
Murphy large bounce back on yfull on vault.
Perea gets 9.950 on bars for Cal in spot 3.
Li – UB – Cal – pak, legs together nicely – good hs on low – van leeuwen, legs well done – hits hs – giant full to double tuck, step back and then additional step salute. 9.800
Nikki Smith – BB – MSU – bhs loso, secure – switch, pauses before straddle jump 1/4, I’d say a broken connection there – double tuck dismount and falls. Now Kalefe’s lead-off stay on becomes important.
Williams – Ub – Cal – maloney to pak, legs together throughout – 1/2 turn on low, good verticla position – DLO, nearly holds stick, step back salute.
Western Michigan won vault today with a 49.100 (wouldn’t have seen that coming), and they’re done with 196.175.
Cesario finishes Cal’s day with a stick on her DLO on bars. They’ll advance comfortably but will hope to improve the quality of vault and beam come Sunday.
49.500 bars for Cal with 9.950s for Cesario and Perea. They’re done on 197.250.
Schulte – BB – MSU – now in a pressure spot after Smith’s 8.875 – switch to switch 1/2, keeps working through a slight waver into beat jump – bhs loso, secure, some knee – switch to gainer full, hit.
West Virginia getting good numbers on floor, but that beam took them out.
Stephen – BB – MSU – aerial 2 feet, solid – full turn, hit – bhs loso series, no trouble – beat to straddle 1/2, lands under control – 2/1 dismount, little rebound. 9.950
MSU is on 196.075, so Garcia will have to make sure she breaks a 9.
Garcia – BB – MSU – full turn, hit – bhs loso, nice – aerial, leg-up wobble, breaks connection into split jump – switch to split jump, good – bhs gainer full, holds the stick. She stayed on, which is what they needed, but start value problems here that should take down the score. I have that starting at 9.8.
Garcia goes 9.625 to take Michigan State to 196.825, which is plenty enough but they sure made that more interesting than it needed to be. 49.025 beam rotation.
QUALIFIED: Cal 197.250, Michigan State 196.825
ELIMINATED: Western Michigan 196.175, West Virginia 195.850
Neither Cal nor Michigan State will be framing that one. You give the edge to Cal heading into the final since their blah day was still .425 better than MSU’s blah day.
Let’s see what the Denver regional has to say for itself. Georgia and Nebraska both capable of that 196.8 it would have taken to challenge in the first Pitt semifinal.
Cashman – UB – Georgia – good first hs – tkatchev, hit – short hs on high – toe on to bail, leg break, hits vertical – short hs on high – DLO, solid landing, small movement. 9.775
Arenas with a little arm wave on loso series starting beam to LSU, kickover a little deep – switch 1/2, well under split – 1.5 dismount, stuck.
Solid double tuck to finish floor for Miller for OSU. And we’re starting 9.900
Angeny – UB – Georgia – blind to jaeger, hit, flexed feet – short hs on high – DLO, small slide back.
Young – FX – Oregon St – double pike, under control – double tuck, rebound – switch to split ring full, a little shy of ring – front lay to front full, just a little under.
Howard with a big Church on bars. Nice.
Judges conference on Arenas bars. Comin with a large bounce back on yfull for Nebraska.
Shchennikova – BB – LSU – candle mount, hits good vertical. Arenas ended up on 9.825 – full turn, hit – aerial, moves through to bhs bhs, wobble on the bhs landing, little turn to the side – switch to split, solid – side aerial, another bit of a lean – bhs gainer full, finds the landing. Checky but fine. 9.800
Lovely leaps from Letzsch on floor as always, finishes double tuck with a bounce back.
Spence – VT – Nebraska – Y1.5, hits it, medium hop forward and some knees.
Finnegan – UB – Georgia – good ray – toe on to pak, leg separation – 1/2 turn on low a bit late – solid cast hs on high – FTDT, stuck.
Jeffrey hits loso series for LSU, solid on standing front tuck, a bit deep. 1.5 dismount is stuck.
Missed Kinsey Davis on vault but she had a 9.750 to 9.950 split, which is fun.
De Jong – UB – Georgia – good first hs – toe on to maloney, legs together to bail, legs apart in bail – DLO, small hop back. Pretty good bars rotation for Georgia.
Ballard – BB – LSU – bhs loso, hit, some knee position – full turn, hit – sissone, short of position into switch 1/2, secure, under split – kickover, hit, little arm wave – 1.5 dismount, lunge forward.
She went 9.850 with a 9.900 from the head judge. I had 9.700, so the scoring is there for LSU so far.
Dagen on floor, shows control on front lay to rudi – switch 1/2 to popa to straddle jump, good feet – double pike, we’ve cut in the middle of her landing.
Bryant – BB – LSU – good aerial leg positions, connects to bhs – switch to straddle 1/4, good switch height and 180 – full turn, check – standing front is good – punch rudi, solid landing. Good one. 9.950
Carey – FX – Oregon State – double double tuck, works out the landing, chest looked a little forward – switch 1/2 to popa, good – front osos to double pike, some knee, solid landing.
Finnegan – BB – LSU – bhs loso anddddd off the beam, nothing near hitting the beam on the second loso attempt. Shades of regionals last year but this time LSU already has a 49.325 on beam.
9.975 for Carey takes Oregon State to 49.550 first rotation. LSU will have 49.325 on beam, just ahead of Georgia’s 49.300 on bars.Nebraska 48.950 on vault.
Oregon State did the intended job in the first rotation. They’ll have to keep it up on vault and bars now. LSU will know that they’re going to their best events now with a chance to create a margin on Georgia.
Garcia – VT – Oregon St – yfull, out of control on landing with a bounce back and then another arm wave
Ballard – FX – LSU – DLO, solid landing, chest up – 1.5 to front lay, controls the step, a little lower on the layout – switch ring to switch 1/2, good ring – double pike, chest a bit down, step forward. 9.875
Nice stick on gainer full beam dismount for Howard leading off for Georgia. 9.875
Gibson finishing bars for Nebraska with a DLO, overcooks it with a large lunge back.
Letzch – VT – Oregon State – nice control on yfull, little bounce in place, some leg separation.
Shchennikova – FX – LSU – front 2/1, controls the step forward – 1.5 to layout, good straight layout shape and stick – rudi to split jump to finish, some arm wave to control. Useful.
Lovely piked jaeger on bars for Colombo.
Dagen – VT – Oregon St – y1.5, finds the landing well for a stick, some leg separation in the air, good distance, not the most amplitude but well done.
Brock solid double tuck landing on floor for LSU, finishes with 1.5 to front full, just a little under but works out the landing.
Carey – VT – Oregon St – DTY, lands short with chest down today, hop forward. They left the vault number up for the Y1.5, and I was like….
9.825 for Carey, so they’ll be glad Dagen came through for 49.250, which would have been about what they hoped.
Arenas – FX – LSU – front 2/1, crossover step – front lay to front full, good height and position on first layout, minimizes the step
Simpton – UB – Nebraska – good first hs – toe on to maloney to pak, nice leg positions – a bit shy on final cast hs – DLO, big arch to try to finish it but lands well short, knee down or very close to it, big lunge forward
Deniz – BB – Georgia – full turn, hit – side aerial to bhs, big trouble, bend forward at the waist – aerial, lean wobble, no connection – hits switch to split – gainer tuck full is stuck, but they’ll need to drop that to stay in contention.
Rough day for Finnegan, now sits her double arabian on floor –
It’s just 48.675 on bars for Nebraska.
De Jong – BB – Georgia – full turn, hit – switch to straddle 1/4, solid – aerial to beat jump, good height on beat – bhs loso, secure – bhs 1.5 dismount, hop forward. A solid one that will seal a good rotation total for Georgia.
Long wait for Finnegan’s score on floor.
De Jong gets 9.900 for another 49.300 rotation for Georgia to stay just .2 back of Oregon State.
Nice loso mount for Al-Ashari on beam – bhs loso, secure, some knee position – holds full turn finish position – split jump, a bit of a pause before stag ring – 1.5, holds the stick.
Bryant – FX – LSU – double front, solid landing, only a bit of cowboy – front lay to rudi, chest up, controls step back – split jump – switch ring to switch 1/2, solid. They were already willing to go high, and then this routine happened.
9.950 for Bryant (fine with it, would like more separation between her score and other floors so far) takes LSU to 49.525 on floor as they drop Finnegan’s routine again.
Oregon State 98.800
We’ve learned nothing yet about the potential LSU/Oregon State showdown for a qualification spot tomorrow, but Oregon State also still has to bars. Georgia is definitely making sure the others eat their vegetables with these scores so far. They’re going to really need the floor scores to come through for them in the next rotation to keep it up though as they try to take advantage of something.
Beeman – UB – Oregon St – blind to jaeger, hit, a little close – pak, legs apart – stalder to double tuck, finds the stick. 9.800
Arenas yfull goes 9.850 to start. Solid double tuck landing from Williams on floor. And it goes 9.900.
Shchennikova finds the landing on her y1.5, deepish with a hop forward.
Miller – UB – Oregon St – Maloney into pak, leg, legs apart – short final cast hs – DLO, overdoes it some, bounce back. 9.725
Brock – VT – LSU – lands shorter on her y1.5 but saves it today with a lunge back.
Nearly the wildest save from Simpton for Nebraska on beam but she ends up coming off.
Weaver – UB – Oregon St – a bit short on first hs – giant full to gienger, hit, legs together – bail, small hip angle, good leg form again – giant full, late into double tuck, deep with a lunge back
Finnegan finds a hit with a lunge forward on her Omelianchik.
Bryce – VT – LSU – good distance on her yfull, keeps the stick with an arm wave.
Elsadek lands short on FTDT on floor, lunge forward. Ashley is speaking truths about sting mats.
Bryant – VT – LSU – handspring pike 1/2, more of a bounce back than her usual, still great so should still get 9.900. 9.875 for her. See, there, I just said an LSU routine got underscored. Kind of.
McMillan – Ub – Oregon Stat e- toe on maloney, leg break into bail, a bit shy of vertical – short cast hs on high – DLO, pikes it down to find it, little hop. Still goes 9.850
Carey – UB – Oregon St – good first hs – maloney to bhardwaj, smooth – van leeuwen, hit – borderline final cast hs – FTDT, some feet, rebound in place.
LSU goes 49.250 on vault, which is the same as Oregon State on vault. LSU would have wanted expected to be the better vault team.
“Their scores are not really reflecting them giving themselves an opportunity to be in this thing.” Ashley finding her way around how to describe a bad meet.
Cashman with a bounce back on her final double tuck on floor.
Carey goes 9.900 on bars, so Oregon State is 49.125 there.
De Jong – FX – Georgia – rudi to loso, didn’t get the punch she intended, pulled around to loso position – switch side to wolf full, good – 3/1, a little under, bounces herself around –
Spence in the 5th spot is Nebraska’s first 9.8 beam.
Hawthorne – FX – Georgia – DLO but a huge rebound back and OOB. Georgia really had an opportunity to put themselves in this thing, but they needed a 9.9+ from Hawthorne.
Georgia will still be just .075 behind Oregon State, but Oregon State is going to beam.
McClelland salvages Nebraska’s beam a little bit with a solid 9.875.
Oregon State 147.925
Nock from Northern Illinois finishes the floor rotation in the individual spot – pike full in, hits it, chest down – split leap full, gets a little lower into split jump full – front lay to rudi, stuck.
LSU and Oregon State really should have no problem finishing this, but like the first semifinal today, neither is putting a dominant meet together, but with Georgia hitting so far, it means LSU and Oregon St both do have some pressure on their final rotations to confirm this thing.
Love how we were just dicking around on this broadcast and missed De Jong’s vault. Jeffrey comes up with the stick on bars for LSU, a little deep. Peterson secure on her series on beam, hop back on gainer pike.
Finnegan – VT – Georgia – medium hop back on yfull, some pike in the air.
Dunne – UB – LSU – hits first hs – tkatchev to pak is hit – 1/2 turn on low, a bit late – DLO is low, lands short with a lunge forward.
Domingo BB – Oregon St – aerial to back pike, break, step back and turn to the side – switch to straddle, bit of a pause before split 3/4
Angeny with a better vault for Georgia, higher yfull, slide back
Tatum – UB – LSU – hits Ray into pak – 1/2 turn on low bar, good vertical position – just some loose back on high bar – FTDT, lands really deep with a hop back. What is happening on your dismounts here? 9.750
Cashman – VT – Georgia – yfull, large bounce back and some pike
Finnegan – UB – LSU – hits piked deltchev, some back position on high – toe on to bail, good vertical position – double arabian, step forward. Better.
Howard sticks a yfull on vault, some pike lean to hold it. 9.850
Hawthorne – VT – Georgia – does the yfull, small slide back.
Shchennikova – UB – LSU – Ray, hit with feet into pak – a bit late on 1/2 turn on low bar – DLO, usual, small slide back. When Shchennikova’s dismount landing is the best one of the lineup so far.
Georgia is done on a valiant 197.000. Oregon State hitting beam and doing what was needed.
Bryant – UB – LSU – good first hs – jaeger is hit – rushes hs a little – bail, good position – solid cast hs on high – blind to double front 1/2 out, little slide. They’ll advance but it was more of an adventure than it should have been.
Dagen – BB – Oregon St – bhs loso, secure – switch to switch 1/2, very tentative switch 1/2, well under split position, I’d say no credit, but they’ll give it, though they should take a 0.200 there for insufficient split – 1.5, little hop.
LSU goes 197.375 after 49.275 on bars, gaining ground on Georgia’s 49.150 on vault.
9.800 for Dagen with 9.700 to 9.900 split. I don’t know how you come up with that 9.900.
Carey – BB – Oregon St – full turn, hit – aerial to straddle, secure – bhs loso, holds it without a check, some feet – switch to switch side, solid – gainer full, little rebound.
Now we have Emma Spence to finish Nebraska’s day – front tuck through to double tuck, bounce back – wolf double is well done – switch ring to split leap full, double pike, chest down, step forward.
Carey gets 9.950 on beam to give Oregon State 49.450 on beam and a tie with LSU on 197.375. Look how that worked out.
Chambliss on floor for GW finishes the meet – good chest up position on double pike – 1.5 to front lay, controls step – double tuck to finish.
Of note, Bryant went 39.700 AA to Carey’s 39.650 if that becomes significant.
QUALIFIED: Oregon State 197.375, LSU, 197.375
ELIMINATED: Georgia 197.100, Nebraska 195.525
LSU and Oregon State tied in their prelude to tomorrow’s presumed qualification fight (although Denver will be looking at those performances like….). Didn’t really give us an indication either way as to how those will go, though Oregon State performed closer to its potential to get that 197.375 than LSU did. You’d say LSU has more room to grow.
If you’re that type, and if you’re here I know you are, Oregon State technically won the regional since they win the tiebreak (counting 6th scores).
Break time before our remaining semifinals.
As we prepare for Florida and Arizona State against Maryland and Penn State, Arizona State could do itself a world of good in the first rotation with one of those 49.4 floor rotations. The 49.000 and 49.175 of the last two meets would give Maryland and Penn State hope.
Delayed start for this one due to “technical difficulties during warmup.” Thrilling.
Vihrova sits down her handspring front pike on vault for Penn State.
Blakely – BB – Florida – aerial to bhs, solid – switch to switch 1/2, solid amplitude, a bit under split – beat jump – gainer full, stuck
LeBlanc hits her piked jaeger on bars for Maryland – DLO, some legs and feet, solid landing.
Johnston – VT – Penn St – solid yfull, little bounce back, some pike, a little direction.
Clark – FX – ASU – following a 9.800 – double pike, little rebound – 1.5 to a solid layout position – double tuck, chest forward, rebound back. 9.875
Lazzari secure on bhs loso loso series for Florida – aerial, just a little under, holds it well to avoid a check – gainer full, bounce back.
Salcedo – VT – Penn St – Omelianchik – medium hop forward today, some distance deduction, a bit of legs on block.
Brozowski hits her jaeger on bars, a little close – bail, some legs – hits hs on high – DLO, stuck. 9.850
Theodorou – FX – Arizona St – FTDT, hit, legs apart and chest down -1.5 to front lay, a little low but secure – 9.875
Piedrahita – VT – Penn St – Omelianchik, nice stick today, well done.
Good high jaeger from Kondo on bars for Maryland – finishes DLO, stuck.
Maryland is in full tears after every routine.
DiCello goes 9.950 on beam.
Thomas – BB – Florida – switch mount to split leap, good – full turn – one arm bhs to loso, secure – beat to korbut, good – side aerial to layout 1.5, hop back. 9.900
Piedrahita goes 9.900 on vault to give Penn State 49.000 there.
Wong – BB – Florida – switch to split leap, nice – bhs loso, solid – full turn, good – aerial, holds it into beat jump – 2/1 with a nearly stick, leans to the side as she step salutes. One again the best comedy landing covers in NCAA.
Maryland comes in with 49.275 on bars, they’ll be pleased with that opening.
Scharf “she has been detrimental to this team” says Bridget. LOL.
McCusker – BB – Florida – hits wolf – beat to aerial, lovely aerial – bhs loso, small lean – switch to split leap, perfect – gainer full, good.
McCusker goes 9.950 to get Florida to 49.575 on beam. Scharf was SO DETRIMENTAL to Arizona State for 9.925.
Arizona State goes 49.425 on floor, exactly what they were looking for to establish a lead, even over Maryland’s very good 49.275.
Congratulations to the judges for going out for drinks between the semifinals. Got to self care.
Arizona State 49.425
Penn State 49.000
Jaslow – VT – ASU – yfull, solid dynamics, some pike down, hop back. 9.800
Nguyen – FX – Florida – front 2/1 to sissone is solid – back 1.5 to front lay, controls the step. 9.925
Silberman hits bhs bhs loso on beam for Maryland, some knee deduction, switch to straddle 1/4 is good, 1.5 dismount, hop forward.
Johnston – UB – Penn St – maloney to bail, good vertical – short hs on high – giant full to double tuck, stuck.
Mangahas with a bit more control on her yfull for ASU.
Baumann – FX – Florida – wolf double, some arm waves to finish that were definitely choreography and not a balance issue cough – 1.5 to front full, nice – straddle positions are yes – double pike, shuffle back, looked OOB to me, multiple steps
Smith – VT – ASU – she stops her run and is going to go back and run again – this time she vaults and does it to her feet, but lands short with a lunge back and to the side and off the mat.
Richards – FX – Florida – DLO, hops to present, chest forward – switch side, over by a quarter, to popa – back 1.5 to front full, crossover step
McClure on beam for Maryland, keeps moving out of aerial into bhs, just – switch to straddle 1/4, wobble with an arm wave correction – cat leap to kickover to beat is strong – gainer rudi dismount, slide.
Wong – FX – Florida – piked double arabian is hit into stag today – switch 1/2 to popa, slight overturn landing switch – back 1.5 to front full, nice –
And it’s 9.975 for Wong.
Komoroski – BB – Maryland – one arm bhs to loso, great leg position but a wobble on working out of it – aerial, solid – switch to split, nice feet again – beat to sheep, solid – full turn, slight correction – 1.5 dismount, hop forward.
Thomas – FX – Florida – DLO, good, keeps front foot down – did she just STOP? What is up. She stopped her routine, pass looked fine, she was moving onto choreo and stopped – and now she’s walking off.
Kogler – BB – Maryland – pretty bhs bhs loso on beam from – switch to split, gainer full, little rebound. Nice.
Chemotti on beam from Eastern Michigan – hits full turn – aerial to bhs loso, well connected, just some knee form – switch split jump to split jump is good – bhs 1.5, hop forward.
Kogler goes 9.900 to get Maryland 49.175 on beam, another solid result and a 98.450, two tenths behind Arizona State.
DiCello – FX – Florida – front 2/1, hits, a bit deep with a crossover step – switch ring to switch 1/2 is solid – wolf double, good – 1.5 to layout is hit
DiCello 9.900 for the 49.400 for Florida.
Arizona State 98.650
Penn State 98.325
Maryland and Penn State staying in contention here. Maryland will need floor to be as high as it has been for most teams today in order to keep the pressure on ASU, which does still have to do beam.
Florida certainly has the people to go in for Thomas on vault and bars, but they’ll need to be able to hit as a team after the world ended.
Wong – VT – Florida – ro 1/2 on pike 1/2, fairly sizeable bounce back –
Reeves – UB – ASU – hits jaeger, catches a little close, connects to overshoot – DLO, small hop back
Piedrahita finishes beam for Penn State with a 1.5 good height, hop forward.
Richards – VT – Florida – solid Y1.5, holds onto the landing with a lean forward, some knees in the air, some direction
Trinity Thomas gets injured by going on releve, and Payton Richards throws her body onto every surface and is fine.
Blakely large bounce forward on Y1.5, but hit.
Don’t freak, the 9.975 that is up for Wong’s vault is not the actual score. Davita isn’t judging this one.
Mangahas finishes bars for ASU with FTDT, holds the stick, flexed feet. Good stick for DiCello on y1.5 on vault, just some knees. Scharf follows, holds the landing on her FTDT.
Edwards – VT – Florida – good amplitude on yfull, bounce back
Emily White gets the landing on a pretty DLO on bars.
Clark finishes Florida’s vault lineup, yfull a little short on landing, chest forward, small hop forward
Clark – Ub – ASU – blind to jaeger, good – hits hs on high – pak, clean – late on 1/2 turn on low – hits hs on high – DLO, good stick.
gibbles finishes beam for Penn State with a step forward on 1.5.
49.400 bars for Arizona State will keep them in control.
Osterhout controls the step on the double pike to finish on floor.
Rushlow – BB – Penn State – beat to split jump 3/4, check – bhs loso, large break, leg up to horizontal – cat leap to side aerial, hit – full turn – 1.5 dismount, stuck.
Silberman gets around a front 2/1 final pass on floor for Maryland, crossover step
Johnston – BB – Penn State – bhs loso, secure landing – split jump to sheep, solid – side aerial, secure, flexed feet – full turn – 1.5 dismount, slide back.
McClure a little deep on her first pass on floor with a slide back – front lay to rudi, hit, rebound – split leap full to wolf full, around – front lay to front full, a little low, hit.
Penn State goes 49.150 on beam to sit on 147.475, about 6 tenths down on Arizona State.
McClure goes 9.850 to get Maryland to 49.300 on floor, solid, not quite as high as they were hoping – but they’re .300 down on ASU.
Schugman for Temple finishes the rotation with her floor – switch side 1/2 to popa, pulls it around with some form – 1.5 to front full, good height – double pike, short, step forward.
Arizona State 148.050
Penn State 147.475
As with most regional semifinals thus far, the seeds are in control, but Maryland is doing enough to force Arizona State to have to hit beam.
SHE’S PUT ON SWEATPANTS. REPEAT, SHE’S PUT ON SWEATPANTS. This is some 24 hour news coverage of Trinity while we don’t actually know anything.
Lee – BB – Arizona State – full turn, hit – bhs bhs loso, large break but pulls it back, leg up to horizontal and a lean – hits sheep jump – 1.5 dismount, shuffle forward. 9.750
Kogler bounce up in place on yfull.
Stuck double front on bars for Blakely.
Nguyen – Ub – Florida – maloney to pak, solid, small leg break – hits hs on high – DLO, small slide back.
Reeves – BB – ASU – bhs bhs loso, hit, knees – switch to split jump, secure – 1.5 stuck. Hit.
A couple large bounces for Maryland on vault now, which they could not afford.
Piedrahita secure landing on double tuck to end her floor for Penn State.
DiCello – UB – Florida – hits first hs – Ray, solid – pak to toe on to van leeuwen, legs together – solid hs on high – FTDT, some leg separation, stuck.
And it’s a 10.000 for DiCello.
Silverman hits her full on back pike on vault for Maryland, small movement but completely over the line.
McCusker – UB – Florida – hits hs on low – maloney to pak, nice – good hs on low – van leeuwen, legs together – hits hs on high – stalder, some elbows, into double tuck, hop.
Rubio with a yfull, hop back.
Clark with a hit loso series on beam for ASU, split jump to stag ring, secure – aerial, good – bhs 1.5, some knees, holds the stick.
Florida is in with a 197.875 final score, Maryland goes 196.675.
White – BB – ASU – bhs loso, securely done, good position – full turn, hit – aerial, nice – split jump to stag ring, check – bhs 1.5, stuck for ASU to clinch advancing to tomorrow.
Salcedo – FX – Penn St – switch, nice – double front, good landing, medium step forward – switch side 1/2 to a high shushunova – front lay to front full to front pike, great height.
Herring on foor for Penn State, gets her double arabian, deep with a step back – switch side, overturns into straddle 3/4 – back 1.5 to front lay is solid.
Scharf goes 9.950 to bring Arizona State to 197.525 as the 2nd qualifier.
QUALIFIED: Florida 197.875, Arizona State 197.525
ELIMINATED: Penn State 196.825, Maryland 196.675
WILD difference in evaluation between the first and second semifinals on vault and beam here. All four teams got very home meet scoring, which was more sporadic in the first session. Solid meets for Penn State and Maryland here but not enough to advance.
This one started late, so we’re about to get right into the second semifinal.
It’s been a long couple days of regionals. I would like to request something totally wild (fun category) happens in this semifinal. Please and thank you.
Ruiz – FX – Denver – front tuck through to double tuck, rebound back, stays in bounds – switch side, overtusn a quarter into popa popa – double pike, solid.
And we have an opening fall for Michigan, Bauman is off beam.
Minnesota has an opening bars 9.900.
Iwai – FX – Denver – back 1.5 to front lay to stag, lovely layout position – split leap full, good – double tuck, little bounce. Nice one.
Linton fully vaulted from her elbows it looked like and still hit a solid yfull
Wilson – BB – Michigan – hitch kick – bhs loso, good height, secure – switch to split jump to switch split jump, tentative on her second one, didn’t get up to split – double tuck dismount, step back. gets a forgiving 9.850
Nice stuck Y1.5 from Hargrove for Arizona. 9.950 will be a potential individual qualifier.
Gerdes shows good legs together position on Maloney to pak.
Thompson – FX – Denver – hits her 3/1, around pretty well, just a little leg crossing
Koulos – BB – Michigan – bhs loso, secure – beat o straddle 3/4 – cat leap to aerial, large wobble, bend at the hips, keeps it on, past horizontal, which is supposed to be .250 deduction – 1.5 dismount, stuck. We’ll see if they take a real deduction on that error (this beam panel hasn’t been willing to). Not really for 9.800.
lovely switch ring 1/2 to split from Mabanta on floor for Denver – front lay to rudi, chest down –
Sales catches a little close on Markelov on bars but fine – DLO is pretty, sticks, a little deep.
Brooks – BB – Michigan – bhs loso series is solid – switch to switch, nice – kickover, nice – bhs 2/1, small rebound. Will be huge score. And it’s 9.950.
Arizona a solid 49.125 on vault.
Hutchinson with a nice back 1.5 to front lay on floor, finishes rudi to straddle jump, good feet and control on straddle
Heiskell – BB – Michigan – cat leap to side aerial, solid, until a check working out of it – switch to switch, just a little tentative on her second split, lower than usual but still higher than most that have escaped deduction in this regional – bhs loso series, wobble, leg up to horizontal – 1.5 dismount, hop. 9.875 with a one tenth leg up wobble and a non-stuck dismount.
Denver is going to get a TOTAL on floor by the way.
Brown – FX – Denver – DLO, secure – switch ring to switch 1/2, comfortable positions – 1.5 through to another 1.5 to front tuck, secure landing.
Wojcik – BB – Michigan – aerial with a wobble, turn to the side and arm wave – switch to split, nice – wonderful bhs bhs loso series – full turn, hit – 1.5 dismount, hop.
It was a survive beam rotation for Michigan, which they should be able to afford here, but they will thank the judging for this still being a competitive beam total.
Brown gets another 9.950 for a 49.600 on floor. I mean I think LSU is probably pretty nervous about that floor score for Denver right now.
Wojcik goes 9.900 and Michigan somehow escapes beam with 49.375, ahead of Minnesota by a tenth.
Minnesota goes to beam in the second rotation, which will tell us if there’s anything brewing here if they get a hit.
Mabanta – VT – Denver – chest a bit down on yfull, hop back, solid position overall. 9.825
Mueller with a really strong bars to start for Arizona. Stuck DLO.
Koch – BB – Minnesota – bhs loso, secure hit with some knee – beat to split 3/4, way way under split, no one will care – kickover to scale, held well – 1.5, stuck landing.
Brown – VT – Denver – after 9.775 for Hutchsinon with a lunge – Brown lands short on her y1.5 with a lunge back
Heiskell – FX – Michigan – very nice double arabian –
Lauren Pearl saves bhs loso series with a step back
Fears – UB – Arizona – good hs – hits tkatchev – nice hs position – bail, good feet, a little crooked on catch, nice vertical – DLO, hop back.
Casali sits down her Y1.5, so Denver will also be happy that they still went up to 9.800 for that short landing from Brown.
Ruiz – VT – Denver – hits yfull, small hop back, not the most height or distance. 9.850
Iwai will finish vault for Denver with a stuck yfull, chest down and pike, also a distance deduction, but a survive rotation for Denver.
Wojcik a little short on her final pass.
49.100 for Denver on vault.
Nylin – BB – Minnesota – full turn, holds it – bhs bhs loso, solid, some foot flexing – straddle 1/4, hit – hitch kick to switch side, secure – gainer pike, stuck.
Morrison also has a short landing on her final pass with a lunge. Rest was good.
Hit bars from Linton, so Arizona avoids counting a fall there and goes 49.100. Two solid rotation scores thus far.
Brooks – FX – Michigan – FTDT, holds the landing well – split leap full to jump full, around – front tuck through to double tuck, chest a little forward but solid.
Sales tried to keep her dance combination going on beam and ended up with a huge wobble and turn around, though managed a pretty nice switch side throuhg all of that.
And Brooks goes 10. You felt like it was a matter of time on floor here.
Gerdes – BB – Minnesota – aerial, solid, some knee – bhs loso, secure, chest down – full turn, arm wave – split jump to stag ring, check – gainer full, step back. gave away things on most landings, but a 5th beam hit for Minnesota to keep them in it.
Michigan goes 49.700 on floor without Wilson, which this regional has been rising toward all day, to reassert the world order.
Gerdes goes 9.800 to get Minnesota to 98.425. They’ll be .275 behind Denver after 2.
Denver struggles on the Y1.5s on vault there enough to allow Minnesota to retain some hope of the upset. Now Minnesota would have to keep up the level of floor scoring that has been established in the first two rotations.
No Mundell for Denver, also.
Wojcik – VT – Michigan – Y1.5, pretty solid, lands a little short with a step back, some leg break on the vault. 9.825
Ruiz stuck DLO on bars. Fears stuck 1.5 on beam.
Wilson – VT – Michigan – Y1.5, nice stick, good one. 9.925
Casali – UB – Denver – solid hs – toe on to maloney to bail, legs together, arch in back on bail, pulls it back – short hs on high – DLO, pikes it down, bounce back. 9.750
Morrison – VT – Michigan – Y1.5, also sticks hers, rising up onto toes. 9.950
Linton – BB – Arizona – wolf double, nice – bhs bhs loso, arm wave correction – switch, little pause before split jump – 1.5 dismount, hop forward.
Heiskell – Y1.5, best form so far, but a little movement movement
Johnson on floor for Minnesota, finishes with round off double tuck, slide back. 9.900
Rorich has a big big arch on a handstand on bars but pulls it back. A couple 9.7s before that.
Gerdes – FX – Minnesota – front tuck through to double tuck, chest up well – switch ring to split leap full to jump full, some control bouncy – doubel pike, hops quicjly to present.
Brown – UB _ Denver – maloney, some leg break into pak, lovely pak – nice hs on low – van leeuwen, hit – DLO, stuck, that was better.
Hargrove great elevation on her loso series on beam – struggles on sheep jump, under position and a wobble after that.
Brown 9.950 on bars.
Hutchinson – UB – Denver – maloney to pak, leg separation – 1/2 turn on low,a bit under – good hs on high – DLO, another solid landing. 9.875
Denver will be on 147.950 after the third rotation.
Dekanoidze as an individual on bars, shows a clean maloney to pak, legs together – DLO, small step back.
Castles sticks 1.5 beam dismount for Arizona, will be another rotation total over 49.
Hooten – FX – Minnesota – FTDT, under control – switch side, over turns into landing, into popa, hits split – front full to high front pike, controls landing – double tuck, slide back
Minnesota will move ahead of Denver if this is 9.950.
It’s 9.900 for Hooten (the floor judges were like, we’re giving a real score, just starting right now). Denver will have .025 on Minnesota going to the last rotation.
Denver has the NQS edge on Minnesota here, with a 49.445 on beam to Minnesota’s 49.315 on vault. Minnesota would need to find some y1.5 landings.
Also Dekanoidze’s bars went 9.950, which will be critical individually as she has the tiebreak over Brown’s 9.950.
Brown – BB – Denver – good kickover to bhs, solid – full turn, nice – switch to split, secure – aerial to wolf jump is very nice – gainer full, stuck. Very good.
Jencks kind of low on her yfull with a hop back. 9.700.
Better height there from Moraw on her yfull, also a step back. 9.800
Wilson saves a DLO landing on bars, holds the stick but deeeeep.
Brown goes 9.950 on beam, so that’s moving a specific direction if they can stay on.
Mabanta – BB – Denver – bhs loso, good – split lepa to switch 1/2, nice speed and rise, wobble with an arm wave – switch to split, solid – gainer pike, stuck.
Lynnzee Brown goes 39.650 in the AA, but Jade will have the itebreak on her.
Ruiz – BB – Denver – hitch kick to switch side, hit, crooked position – bhs loso, hit, chest a bit down, secure – side aerial to split jump and falls, weird, missed her feet completely there.
Also Arizona has two 9.900s to start on floor and was kind of close starting this rotation.
Quarles – VT – Minnesota – Y1.5, good stick on her vault, just ever so slightly behind herself but held onto it.
Schlotmann – BB – Denver – bhs loso, holds it, some knees – side aerial, good – bhs gainer full, step back.
Hooten – VT – Minnesota – hits Y1.5, little hop forward. Also goes 9.925.
49.275 for Minnesota on vault.
Thompson – BB – Denver – side aerial to bhs, hit – swtich to switch, works through it, a couple knee things but she’s moving through them – side aerial to 1.5, hop forward.
Wojcik lovely on bars, will erase the over-handstand from Brooks for a big rotation score
Herry – FX – Arizona – double tuck, chest up, controls landing
Hutchinson – BB – Denver – must-hit situation – kickover to bhs, good – switch to split jump, nice – kickover is secure – gainer full, stuck, which will advance Denver.
And it’s 9.975.
Denver finishes on 197.450 to advance.
Hargrove – FX – Arizona – she’s already set as the vault qualifier as long as Michigan goes as a team – FTDT, secure step – back 1/2 to front full, pretty layout position – swithc ring to split leap full, some low front leg on switch ring – double tuck, nice. 9.900
19 of 25 floor routines at 9.900 or higher tonight
QUALIFIED: Michigan 198.025, Denver 197.450
ELIMINATED: Minnesota 197.200, Arizona 196.975
Knower is the final individual to end the meet with her floor. Double pike, bounce back, good position on front full to front lay, split leap full to split jump full, good height, double tuck, chest up, constrols step back.
So after all that, just one upset, with Washington advancing instead of Auburn yesterday. 15 of the top 16 teams go through to the top 16.
9.900 for Knower, so make that 20 of 26 floor routines for 9.900. The rest were 1 9.875 and 5 9.850s.
And now we come back tomorrow to face the real drama. I’m not even daring to try to compare the scores between semifinals today because my god.