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Conference Championships Preview – Part 1

Behold! The part that sort of matters before the part that really matters!

That’s right, the conference championships are upon us once again, our first tentative toe dipped into the waters of the championship season, with trophies on the line and four-judge panels back to try to weed out the most erratic of Carols, but without losers getting eliminated just yet.

With a dozen separate college championships being contested this weekend, I’ve split the preview up into two parts. Let’s begin with Part 1: Some of them! (The theme of part 2 will also be some of them.)


Pac-12 Championship

Afternoon: Washington, Arizona State, Stanford, Arizona
Evening: UCLA, Utah, Oregon State, Cal

The typical dynamic of the Pac-12 Championship is skewed to some degree this year. Rather than the usual “Utah or UCLA? Where she stops nobody knows!” outlook, we have a true favorite for the Pac-12 title this season in UCLA. The Bruins outrank the Utes on three of the four events, defeated Utah (in Utah) at their dual meet this season, and lead by more than a fall in NQS. Now, I don’t think UCLA can actually count a fall and still win this meet in real life, but that’s what the rankings tell us.

UCLA’s biggest asset compared to Utah will come on beam, where UCLA has the potential to put together a lineup that begins in the 9.9s and stays there, while Utah is more likely to remain in the 9.8s for most of the lineup apart from the bookends. Add that to the Flatley-Kocian-Ross trio on bars, and what at this point is just an auto-10 from Ohashi on floor, and UCLA will have several areas in which to build up the scoring advantage against Utah.

The concern for UCLA is if the performance at Vallapalooza was more than just an emotional one-off, because that performance was not good enough to win Pac-12s. In the meet against Utah State, we saw how reliant UCLA has become on Ross hitting vault because once she missed, suddenly some uncontrolled landings on other Y1.5s had to count, and UCLA barely broke 49. That’s not going to cut it compared to a Utah team that has the more reliable landings on its big-difficulty vaults from Skinner and MMG.

What Utah has been able to create this season is four lineups that should start from 9.850 and go from there. When Lee sticks, when Roberts does her usual cleanest routine in the lineup work on floor (fight me), they’re establishing a pretty high baseline. That’s a main reason we haven’t seen Utah fall below 197 this season, because the lineups are almost never fighting against that lead-off 9.775. There’s always something very usable to count. It’s still going to make Utah vulnerable to a team with lineups that start at 9.900 like UCLA can put up on a few events, but it’s also why Utah shouldn’t have much trouble finishing top 2 here with a hit meet. Continue reading Conference Championships Preview – Part 1

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Conference Championships – Schedule and Links

Friday, March 22 Scores Stream
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – MIC Championship
#35 UIC
#37 Lindenwood
#55 TWU
#56 Illinois State
#67 Centenary
#70 SE Missouri
LINK FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – MRGC Championship
#13 Boise State
#15 BYU
#24 Southern Utah
#41 Utah State
LINK FREE
Saturday, March 23 Scores Stream
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Big Ten Championship Session 1
#23 Ohio State
#27 Maryland
#40 Michigan State
#45 Rutgers
BTN
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – ECAC Championship
#47 Temple
#51 Yale
#58 Cornell
#59 Penn
#61 Brown
#62 William & Mary
ESPN+
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – ECAC DII Championship
#46 Bridgeport
#62 West Chester
#65 Southern Connecticut
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Big 12 Championship
#1 Oklahoma
#5 Denver
#22 Iowa State
#27 West Virginia
LINK ESPNU
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – EAGL Championship
#29 NC State
#33 New Hampshire
#36 George Washington
#44 Pittsburgh
#48 North Carolina
#57 Towson
LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Pac-12 Championship Session 1
#18 Washington
#21 Arizona State
#26 Stanford
#30 Arizona
LINK P12N
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – MAC Championship
#31 Central Michigan
#38 Kent State
#41 Northern Illinois
#43 Ball State
#49 Western Michigan
#50 Eastern Michigan
#52 Bowling Green
LINK ESPN3
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – SEC Championship Session 1
#10 Alabama
#12 Auburn
#19 Missouri
#20 Arkansas
LINK SECN
Events
on
SEC+
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Big Ten Championship Session 2
#7 Michigan
#11 Minnesota
#17 Nebraska
#25 Penn State
#32 Illinois
#34 Iowa
BTN
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – DIII Team Final
#68 Brockport
#69 Ithaca
#71 UW-Stout
#73 UW-Oshkosh
#75 UW-Whitewater
#76 Cortland
FLO
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – SEC Championship Session 2
#3 LSU
#4 Florida
#8 Georgia
#9 Kentucky
LINK ESPN2
Events
on
SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Pac-12 Championship Session 2
#2 UCLA
#6 Utah
#14 Oregon State
#16 Cal
LINK P12N
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Mountain Pacific Championship
#39 UC Davis
#53 Air Force
#54 San Jose State
#60 Alaska
#64 Sacramento State
#66 Seattle Pacific
LINK FREE

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

Your Saturday is going to be…a lot. So, here’s the annual half-hour-by-half-hour schedule of conference championships, with the significant elite competitions of the same day added so you can keep everything together.


Meets marked ESPN2 and ESPNU will be broadcast live on TV and can also be streamed online at the link provided for those who have a log-in from a TV provider subscription that carries those networks. Which is like…all of them, right?

Meets marked SECN will be broadcast live on TV on the SEC Network and can also be streamed online at the link provided for those who have a log-in from a TV provider subscription—U-Verse, Spectrum, DirecTV, Dish, Xfinity, Verizon, Sling, Hulu, or YouTube TV.

Meets marked SEC+ may be streamed on WatchESPN for those who have a log-in from a TV provider subscription—U-Verse, Spectrum, DirecTV, Dish, Xfinity, Verizon, Sling, Hulu, or YouTube TV.

Meets marked P12N will be broadcast live on TV on the Pac-12 Network and can also be streamed online at the link provided for those who have a log-in from a participating TV provider subscription. A number of providers have dropped the Pac-12 Networks recently, including U-Verse, so make sure you still have access even if you did in the past. The Pac-12 Network also provides an international subscription option for those outside the US.

Meets marked FLO may be streamed through a paid subscription to FloGymnastics ($30/month).

Meets marked BTN will be broadcast live on TV on the Big Ten Network and can also be streamed online at the link provided for those who have a log-in from a participating TV provider subscription that carries BTN.

Meets marked ESPN3 may be streamed on WatchESPN for those who have a log-in from a participating internet service provider, which is most of them.

Meets marked ESPN+ may be streamed through a paid subscription to the ESPN+ streaming service ($5/month).

Meets marked FREE are free at the link provided.

Final NQS Scenarios


1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 198.115
Previous ranking: 1

Road Score 1: 198.200
Road Score 2: 198.075
Road Score 3: 198.050
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 198.275
Home/Road Score 3: 197.975
NQS: 198.115

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 198.185

Oklahoma recorded its 5th 198 of the season in defeating Alabama over the weekend, clinching the overall #1 ranking for the postseason and leaving only one question—whether the team can use its performance at Big 12s to break the all-time RQS (NQS…) record of 198.120, set by Oklahoma last season. That requires a score of 198.000 to tie, 198.025 to break.


2. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.885
Previous ranking: 2

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.900
Road Score 3: 197.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 198.025
Home/Road Score 3: 197.775
NQS: 197.885

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 198.010

UCLA’s “we’re honoring Miss Val by being all over the place” competition did nothing to change the team’s NQS, but because the NQS was high enough to begin with, UCLA is already set at finishing the season #2 regardless of what happens at the conference championship.


3. LSU Tigers

NQS: 197.680
Previous ranking: 4

Road Score 1: 198.175
Road Score 2: 197.450
Road Score 3: 197.250
Home/Road Score 1: 198.150
Home/Road Score 2: 197.900
Home/Road Score 3: 197.650
NQS: 197.475

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.865
Possible ranking range: 3-4

Our first shakeup in the rankings comes as a result of LSU traveling to the land that COP forgot to score a 198.175 at Arizona, just enough to pass up Florida for #3 in the rankings and therefore get Olympic order in the evening session at the SEC Championship. LSU will be looking to score a 197.950 at SECs, the number required to clinch this ranking position regardless of Florida’s score. Since SECs are in New Orleans this year, LSU will enjoy the benefit of being the de facto home team while also getting to use the number as a road score. 


4. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.675
Previous ranking: 3

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.500
Road Score 3: 197.325
Home/Road Score 1: 198.025
Home/Road Score 2: 197.850
Home/Road Score 3: 197.675
NQS: 197.675

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.815
Possible ranking range: 3-4

With a week off, Florida was not able to improve its NQS and has fallen behind LSU in the rankings. Florida will also not be able to control its own destiny for that #3 ranking position as LSU has the higher maximum possible NQS following SEC Championships. Which means that Florida could win SECs and still find itself ranked below LSU if the meet is super close and both teams are getting season-high-type scores, allowing LSU to take advantage of having that higher maximum. Florida’s goal will be to win SECs by more than a tenth AND have LSU stay below that 197.950 marker. If both teams go 198, LSU is staying ahead regardless of who wins.


5. Denver Pioneers

NQS: 197.540
Previous ranking: 5

Road Score 1: 197.775
Road Score 2: 197.450
Road Score 3: 197.225
Home/Road Score 1: 197.725
Home/Road Score 2: 197.675
Home/Road Score 3: 197.625
NQS: 197.540

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.650

Denver ventured back out on the road over the weekend to score a perfectly acceptable low 197, enough to improve the team’s NQS and stay at #5 but not enough to challenge the higher-ranked teams. Denver is now one of the set teams—able to go no higher and no lower than 5th regardless of the score at Big 12s.


6. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.375
Previous ranking: 6

Road Score 1: 197.450
Road Score 2: 197.375
Road Score 3: 197.250
Home/Road Score 1: 197.975
Home/Road Score 2: 197.625
Home/Road Score 3: 197.175
NQS: 197.375

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.535
Possible ranking range: 6-8

Utah scored a road season high against Georgia, but as the final score was 197.450, it didn’t make a huge dent against the other teams in this portion of the rankings. We can expect a big number at Pac-12s (once again, Utah as the de facto home team for a road meet), and Utah will need a least a moderately solid number because even though the Utes can move no higher than 6th this weekend, there is still a threat from Georgia and Michigan. That threat can be snuffed out by Utah scoring 197.425 at Pac-12s.


Continue reading Final NQS Scenarios

Sunday Live Blog – March 17, 2019

Sunday, March 17 Scores Stream
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bridgeport, Temple @ Brown LINK
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Rutgers @ Cornell ESPN+
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [22] Ohio State, [24] Penn State, NC State @ West Virginia LINK FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – George Washington, Pittsburgh, Maryland, New Hampshire @ Towson LINK FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Ball State, Alaska, UIC @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
FLO
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Illinois, San Jose State, Sacramento State @ [16] Cal LINK FREE

Some serious ranking implications in the meets today.

While all four teams in the WVU quad meet will be safe for regionals, West Virginia was the only one that got a truly usable score with 196.425. The others were stuck in the 195s, and Ohio State was in the 194s after an injury to Jamie Stone on floor forced her to scratch vault and bars. An untenable development for that roster if its super serious. She’s their everything AAer.

Michigan State recorded a victory in its quad meet, a solid accomplishment but no team reached 195 there, a troubling development for both MSU and UIC, which needed scores. UIC had to count a fall on bars to go 194.325. That sub-195 score means Michigan State is essentially eliminated from regionals contention and will be eliminated if GW goes 195.225 in its meet.

Speaking of which, the scores aren’t working at the Towson quint meet because according to Maryland’s twitter “nationwide the scoring system is down” even though the scoring system is working for all the other meets.

Twitter is not a super reliable helper either. Teams are either fully over this shit or just tweeting things like, “I think we got a 9.8…?”


For the Cal meet, a reminder that Cal is looking for a 196.825 to get ahead of Washington for the evening at Pac-12s, but also a 196.900 to get ahead of Nebraska for the top 16 after Nebraska’s massive score yesterday. Illinois is also in need of a score, but they way things have been going for these other bubble teams, that 195.600 from Friday already puts Illinois in pretty solid position. They’re still aiming for another one today, though, to take some of the freak-out score burden off the performance at Big Tens.

Performing an instrumental version of the national anthem is a huge step up. It shouldn’t have lyrics, really.

Introductions underway now.

I’m upset that Lauren Rice graduated because they still have Lauren Schmeiss on the team and I really enjoyed imagining that Lauren Schmeiss was the name on Lauren Rice’s fake ID.

Toni-Ann Williams got introduced twice. Correct.

Senior introductions done. Warmups starting.

Rotation 1

Routines so far: 0
Evan making Michelle Branch references: 1

This is my jam.

Bordas – VT – Cal – medium sized bounce back on her full, pretty solid layout shape, a little piking. 9.775

So Seilnacht – VT – Cal – great amplitude on her full, nice open position, small hop back, has an improvement on Bordas in distance and size of bounce so will get rewarded fro that. 9.900 OK Cal is getting its senior day scoring. That was the question and on one event at least the answer is yes.

Bixler – UB – Ill – hits her Deltchev – finishes DLO and overdoes it a little with a larger lunge back

We’re seeing bits and pieces of the other routines because 4 events simultaneous

Jones – VT – Cal – hop forward and a little to the side on her 1.5. Some knees but an improvement in the layout shape over preseason and earlier in teh year. 9.825

Clean 1.5 to layout from Belkoff on floor for Sac State. Finishes double tuck around, a little low with a hop forward

George – VT – Cal – lovely full in the air, great distance and power, but a larger bounce back on hers, at least a full tenth bounce. Or not. 9.875

Nice side aerial from Ray -SJSU on beam – split to split 3/4, short of split on the 3/4 but very secure – gainer pike, stuck. Nice solid finish.

Clausi – VT – Cal – really strong 1.5 with only a small foot adjustment on her landing – a little deep sit on landing like Kyla sometimes, but only a little to take on landing, and the way the scores are going… 9.950

We just saw Otto’s excellent Shap 1/2 in the background for the bars rotation, sticks FTDT with a little bit of stagger. The second 1/2 of that routine that was caught was exceptional. 9.950

Mastrangelo – VT – Cal – locked-leg landing on the 1.5 with a bound forward, so shouldn’t be a score at the level of the recent vaults, but they already have a huge number and don’t need the score. Still goes 9.800 for that.

Watterson in exhibition – clean full in the air and nice distance but a large bounce back so wouldn’t have improved on the scores that were used in the six.

Cal vaults for 49.350. So more than on pace for the 196.8-196.9 score they are looking for today.

Illinois had some really low early numbers for deal with on bars but were saved by Howell and Otto in the final spots to get to 48.850, which keeps them close to the necessary pace.

Schmeiss – FX – Sac State – really solid double pike, controlled alnding and has the height – switch side to popa, a little indistinct in landing position but has the straddle – front lay to front full, a little low – there are 1800 different songs in this floor music – rudi, secure, a little ragged. Should score well.

After 1: Cal 49.350, Illinois 48.850, Sac State 48.600, SJSU 48.150

The danger here for Illinois is that the vault score is typically pretty low, so they really need to hit 49 on beam and floor in the next two rotations to get on track for that 195.6

Rotation 2

Fall on first floor routine for SJSU

So Seilnacht – FX – Cal – good first hs – lovely big piked jaeger taken to the fingertips – overshoot with a little feet – 1.5 dismount, holds the stick with lean forward at the hips. Good. 9.800

Borden – BB – Illinois – pretty beat jump and hits a secure sheep, not a ton of closure – finishes front layout full, small hop

George – UB – Cal – tkatchev, hit smoothly – small arch on legs together handstand up – bail with a little hip angle on catch – solid position on final cast hs – FTDT, stuck. Good finish. 9.850

Relova – FX – SJSU – switch side 1/2 on floor, and solidly done too – some legs in rudi, but tough to keep those right together with a knee brace on

Jones – UB – Cal – toe shap with legs right together into the pak, no break at all, just a small arch in back – 1/2 turn on low looks good – short final cast hs – FTDT, stuck. Her best bars routine we’ve seen. 9.875

Braida with a lunge back on a tucked Yfull for Sac State.

Watterson – UB – Cal – pretty Pak – good hs on low – toe on to toe shap 1/2, firm legs together – toe full to double tuck, stuck landing. Love how vertically she finishes that full turn into the dismount. Quite nice. 9.950

Ray from SJSU on floor – double tuck, chest forward with a shutter shuffle on landing – finishes 1.5 to layout, comfortable, just a little low

Schank – UB – Cal – small arch in first hs, not a big deal – hits piked jaeger, a touch of elbows – connected well to overshoot – back shape on final cast hs – DLO, pretty in the air, a little uncontrolled on salute, small step and then a little lunge salute. 9.800

Scott on BB for Illinois really good kickover front with Kennedi Edney height. She goes 9.850

Bordas – UB – a little short on first cast hs – in love with her amplitude on jaeger to overshoot – good cast hs – on high – giant full to double tuck, small bounce back. 9.875

Really composed bars hit from Cal.

Shu with a really clean routine in exhibition, strong Ray – misses a final cast hs – DLO, a little low with a hop. Equivalent option overall though. Milan is already crying.

Grace Quinn exists – doing exhibition on bars – toe on, hit – tkatchev, a little flat but very solid – pak, small leg break, pretty height – has to improvise a cast 1/1 on low bar like you do after going over on her 1/2 – FTDT, small shuffle back. With a little more time and cleaning (and staying healthy) that will be a good option for next season.

Roe – BB – Illinois – solid loso series, some feet, secure landing – beat jump to straddle 3/4, niiiccceee – cat leap to side somi to tuck full off the side – side somi with a low chest but will minimize deduction by working directly out of it. 9.825

Taylor Chan’s full-in on floor is excellent – 1.5 to 1/2 to stag got a little crooked – double pike, secure landing, great routine. 9.875

Cal and Illinois both getting the scores they wanted in that second rotation, Cal getting another 49.350 and Illinois breaking that 49 mark with a 49.100

After 2: Cal 98.700, Illinois 97.950, SJSU 97.250, Sac St 97.175

Cal and Illinois both very happy with the pace here now. Cal basically just needing to hit five routines in the next two rotations, Illinois back up above the pace its looking for.

Rotation 3

Jones – BB – Cal – wolf turn, a little hesitation – aerial to bhs loso series, another small hesitation afterward, did not connect the aerial to the series but doesn’t need to – the ring jump back leg is pretty floppy, not a ring just a broken wing – sheep, hit – side aerial to full, stuck. 9.850. So it’s not going to be a tightly scored beam rotation.

Lovely full from Taylor Chan on vault, great power and position, lunge back

Clausi – BB – Cal – switch to switch series, good positions and pretty choreography right out – bhs loso series, secure, extended well – smooth full turn – side aerial to full dismount, small hop back. Very clean routine. Comfortable, world class execution. 9.900.

Watley – UB – Sac St – nice height in dismount, lunge back –

Keelen – BB – Cal – small hesitation on full turn – bhs loso series, solid, well extended – split jump split ring jump with just a little arm wave correction – aerial, smooth – 1.5 pulled it out well, looked like she didn’t fully get those feet down in the round off so it go a little ragged in the air, but she hit it. 9.900.

Sampson sits her double front on bars for Sac State.

So Seilnacht – BB – Cal – bhs loso series, very pretty , solid – switch to double stag with a leg-up wobble, first major break of the rotation – side aerial to full, doesn’t really hold the stick with a lean back into the salute. 9.775.

Sac State finishes bars with a big jaeger, but some crazy form on it.

Shu – BB – Cal – aerial to bhs combination, will get credit, nicely done – hitch kick to side somi, very solid and quickly connected today, that rhythm has improved as the season has progressed – switch to split, hitting her positions – full turn, overturns just a tad – side aerial to tuck full, with a small step back and then a lean salute step back so should be two .05s on dismount. 9.875

Bordas – BB – Cal – pretty full turn – bhs loso series, also super solid. They’ve all been nailing these series and the knee positions are actually extended instead of flopping the mush on those back handsprings, which I appreciate – small check on stag – gainer full and absorbs the stick. We’re going to see something close to the team beam scoring record here.

9.950 and 49.475. Yes, a Cal beam record. Broken for the second time this season. They basically just have to show up on floor now to get the necessary scores.

Kyana George in exhibition on beam, check on her series – huge switch ring. She was leading off earlier in the season and ideally would be in the lineup because of her leap amplitude and execution, but she has having some large-break problems for low scores in her counting routines this season.

Illinois has a miss from Roe in its final position on floor but didn’t need the score and goes over 49 again.

After 3: Cal 148.175, Illinois 147.050, SJSU 145.900, Sac St 144.675

Heads up, a 49.350 on floor for Cal would set a new team scoring record.

Rotation 4

Really nice stick on the DLO first up from Gin – SJSU on bars.

Sy Seilnacht – FX – Cal – double pike, controls that front foot – switch 1/2 to sissone, a little soft back leg in that switch 1/2 – front lay to front full with a crossover set, a little out of control – 1.5 to 1/2, good control on that landing despite not having a ton of height. 9.775

Schmeiss hits loso series on beam, soft leg positions, she’s secure in her landing but will get deducted for some form.

Shu – FX – Cal – great height on double tuck, super secure landing – double pike, also pretty well controlled but chest forward a little so she has to take a small step – split and wolf combination looked pretty clearly around – 1.5 to front pike, a very secure routine.

The number of tears is all of them.

9.950. It’s a senior day score, but also probably her most controlled tumbling ever.

Big vault score as well for Illinois, coming off a 48.4 last week by breaking 49 this week and going over 196. A huge score for their regionals hopes.

So Seilnacht – FX – Cal – front lay to rudi to double stag, good control, great twisting form in rudi – illusion turn – split leap 1.5, clearly around – 1.5 to 1/2 to split – 1.5 to front pike, stuck. Well, that was cleaner than Shu’s routine for me, so I feel like the judges have worked themselves into a real corner here.

But she’s been underscored for that routine most of the season in the first spot for 9.775s even though her routine is crazy clean. 9.900. A good reward.

Really well done for Probst on bars to keep her routine going after hitting her foot on tkatchev.

George – FX – Cal – front tuck through to rudi, very well controlled – her ridic switch ring and split leap full, no question of deductions there – front 2/1, around, controlled step, just a touch of knees – rudi, a little more legs on that one than her previous twisting but also controlled. 9.900 final score for her.  9.850/9.950.

Bordas – FX – Cal – double pike, drops down into it well, just a bit of feet, well controlled – switch 1/2 to wolf full, smooth and comfortably done – rudi, some legs, nicely hit – 1.5 to layout, overdoes that 1.5 and just does get around her layout, flat but hit it

9.850 for Bordas clinches this as Cal’s best score ever with a routine still to come.

Clausi – FX – Cal – love the crap out of this routine – full in comes up short this week, chest well down with a lunge forward – switch side to wolf full – front 2/1, super powerful and pretty, comes in just a bit under rotated with a quick dance out to cover – 1.5 to layout, crisp landing. 9.800

FINAL: Cal 197.575, Illinois 196.175, SJSU 194.450, Sac St 192.100

Cal setting the program record, and while we saw a lot of senior day scoring here, it was probably also Cal’s best performance of the season on each event and definitely a real-life 197. It’s the kind of performance that would be very dangerous in a super regional.

Illinois with the 196.175 that should clinch regionals for a team that has been way too close to the bubble this season.

 

 

 

Saturday Live Blog – March 16, 2019

Saturday, March 16 Scores Stream
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Cornell @ West Chester LINK
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Bridgeport @ Southern Connecticut LINK
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [6] Utah @ [8] Georgia LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Lindenwood, TWU, SEMO @ [20] Arkansas LINK
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Utah State @ [2] UCLA LINK P12N
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [9] Kentucky, [13] Boise State, Illinois State @ [18] Nebraska LINK FREE

We’ve got ourselves a day. It’s Utah/Georgia, and then it’s the Val farewell. And if yesterday’s scoring was just the hors d’oeuvres, then you’re going to need a straitjacket, some valium, and six wedding cakes. Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – March 16, 2019

Friday Live Blog – March 15, 2019

Friday, March 15 Scores Stream
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Kent State @ Eastern Michigan LINK EMU($)
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – Western Michigan @ Bowling Green LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Northern Illinois @ Central Michigan LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Penn @ William & Mary LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [5] Denver @ Iowa State LINK ISU($)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [11] Alabama @ [1] Oklahoma LINK FSOK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [7] Michigan, [9] Minnesota, Centenary @ [19] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Air Force @ [12] Auburn LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [25] Southern Utah @ [14] BYU LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [4] LSU @ Arizona LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Iowa, North Carolina, Seattle Pacific @ [15] Oregon State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [17] Washington, Illinois, Yale @ UC Davis LINK FREE

The showcase meet this Friday is of course Alabama’s visit to Oklahoma—and I’ll keep you posted will full quick hits of that one—but if you’re checking out the scores before that, we have some serious NQS implications in the early meets.

Kent State – KSU is currently ranked 35th, squarely in the danger zone. In this week’s visit to Eastern Michigan, Kent State is looking for a bare minimum score of 195.150, which would keep the team in the top 36 for another week. But the real hope will be a season high of 195.800 or greater, which would put the team in a safer position and take some of the pressure off absolutely needing to get a score at the conference championships. A 195.150 works for now, but it would just defer the need to get a bigger score until the final week.

Central Michigan – CMU is a bit safer at #32 and knows it will be in the top 36 next Monday but will also be eager to clinch a regionals spot this week so that the conference championship performance is just bonus. There’s not an exact number for that as yet—it depends on what teams competing later in the weekend do—but I have to think another high 195 is going to do the job.

Northern Illinois – NIU doesn’t have a great path to regionals at this point but hasn’t been eliminated yet. The team absolutely needs a season high this week to avoid elimination, so look for anything 195.750 or better. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – March 15, 2019