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Friday Live Blog – February 28, 2020

Friday, February 28
Scores Stream
6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT – New Hampshire @ [7] Michigan LINK BTN+
FLO
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [2] Florida @ [10] Georgia LINK SECN
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – George Washington @ North Carolina LINK ACCNX
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Western Michigan @ Central Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Bowling Green, Ursinus, Brockport @ Kent State LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT –UW-Eau Claire, Hamline, Winona State @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [25] Michigan State @ [17] Iowa State LINK ISU($)
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [11] Minnesota, Ohio State, Lindenwood @ [20] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – TWU @ [15] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [19] BYU @ Illinois State LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Northern Illinois v. SEMO @ Lebanon, TN    
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [14] Arkansas @ [5] LSU LINK SEC+
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [12] Kentucky @ [9] Alabama LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Boise State @ [21] Southern Utah LINK FREE
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – UC Davis @ Utah State LINK FREE
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – San Jose State @ Sacramento State LINK  
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT – Seattle Pacific @ Alaska LINK FREE

The first one to get underway today is New Hampshire/Michigan, which is a pretty important meet for UNH, currently hanging around the drop zone and looking for a high 195 today to start to get rid of a bunch of 195.1s that still have to count and aren’t helping the regionals quest. Michigan is of course in a pretty safe position at this point but would like to make sure some residual 196s go away with something like another home 197.3.

Rotation 1 starts with another near-stick from Heiskell on a full, small bounce back, good position. 9.900 with a no-stick. Was last week a trend?

Hampford – UB – UNH – small leg break in blind into jaeger to overshoot, catches a bit close on jaeger – leg sep on giant full into double tuck, shuffle to the side. 9.750

Koulos – VT – Michigan – big full but does not have the landing control with a large bounce back, some leg form. 9.775

Watkins – UB – UNH – hits jaeger, just some slightly soft position – 1/2 to straddle back, nice vertical position there – short cast on high – DLO, shorter with a hop forward. 9.700

Brenner – VT – Michigan – hop forward on her 1.5, medium size. Solid vault. 9.875

Freehling – Ub – UNH – blind to piked jaeger, solid – short cast, some hip angle on bail – better final cast hs – DLO, stuck landing, some piking. 9.800

Brooks – VT – Michigan – huge 1.5 and just a little hop forward at the end, nice job. I would go 9.9 for it, but the judge who went 9.9 for Brenner will need to go 9.950 here because Brooks’ was better. But doesn’t. 9.900. All vaults are the same, even those that aren’t.

Lui – Ub – UNH – lots of straddle on Maloney – toe on to bail, legs well apart there as well – nice half turn on top of high bar – double tuck, cowboy, hop back. 9.725

Wojcik – VT – Michigan – pretty 1.5 as always, a sizeable lunge forward this time that will need to be a tenth. 9.875

Anyone else having a ton of problems with FLO today? (Correct response: Just today?) I’ve lost the stream there.

We’re back – Wilson with a fantastic 1.5 – small movement of one foot – she has improved her form over the last few months and now does a super clean 1.5. 9.925 there. I thought we had 9.875, which would have been weird.

Gorgenyi finishes for UNH – best maloney to bail legs of the bunch – FTDT with a hop back.

It’s 49.475 for Michigan on vault, a big score for a solid rotation, though no sticks there. I had them around 49.300 or 49.350, so scores a bit high but not destroying my life.

48.825 for New Hampshire is fine. A little below the pace they were looking for, but they can make that up on the second half events.

Florida/Georgia will start at some point during this second rotation, but I’ll keep an eye on Michigan’s pace, especially now that high 197s are the new normal starting exactly one week ago.

Heiskell leads off bars for Michigan with a good blind to jaeger, caught close but had nice toes – pretty Pak position – strong hs on high – giant full to double tuck with a fake stick. 9.875 starting from a semi high place.

Miele hits a full for UNH, chest well down, piking, step to the side. 9.625

O’Hara – UB – Michigan – blind to jaeger, a bit late on blind – nice cast and bail positions – pretty close on these handstands – DLO, good straight shape but a bounce back. 9.850

Freehling – VT – UNH – a bounce back on her full, still some piking but a bit better chest up and direction that the last couple

Brenner – UB – Michigan – small arch on first hs – blind to jaeger to overshoot, good positions on those elements – solid cast on high – DLO, a tad short resulting in a hop forward. 9.850

Kelley – VT – UNH – best chest position so far – lunge back on her full – quite off to the side. 9.700

Brooks – UB – Michigan – blind to piked jaeger, very solid – good hs position – toe on to bail, hits vertical, solid toe posision – casts look clean – DLO full, nearly holds the stick with a lean, ends up hopping a bit. 9.925

Winer VT – UNH – much bigger full, more laid out, but also a large bounce back –

Wilson – UB – Michigan – blind to piked jaeger, solid, a bit of feet – small arch in cast on high – another arch cathcing her bail, both easily pulled back but deductions – DLO is pretty, small step back with an arm swim. 9.875 is v high for those two arches. No separation here again.

Big bounce back for Gorgenyi on her full. Winer and Gorgenyi had the chance to build scores but didn’t have the landings.

Wojcik – UB – Michigan – a bit short on first hs – deltchev, awesome – strong second hs – bail, a little floppy on catch but fine, gets to vertical – excellent final cast on high – DLO, gets the landing. Good.

9.950 for Wojcik. Another 49.475 for Michigan for another pretty softly scored rotation. I told you Michigan is totally a cool kid now.

And we got to see that whole rotation before Florida/Georgia starts after all.

UNH is at 97.300 after vault and is REALLY going to have to pick up the pace now…

Florida/Georgia starting

Rotation 1

Magee – VT – UGA – clean full, good straight shape, but she comes in short with some deep knees and a hop. 9.800

Bridget’s like “WHAT IS POINTING TOES”

Richards – UB – Florida – small arch on first hs – large straddle on that maloney into the bail – smooth cast on high – DLO is floaty, hop back. 9.775

Ward – VT – UGA – Tsuk full – bounce back, pretty much her normal – leg break on table, not the highest or most dynamic. 9.875. Sigh. It begins.

Gowey – UB – Florida – Ray, solid – smooth cast – toe on to pak, small leg break – a tad late on 1/2 turn on low – handstand a bit short – DLO, lean to try to hold it but takes a step. 9.800

Baumann – VT – UGA – a bounce back on her full, fine, normal, but a notable hop – just a bit of leg position. 9.800

Hundley – UB – FLorida – maloney to pak, her usual, high and smooth, little leg break – small arch on hs on low – van leeuwen – some muscle on cast out of it – FTDT, stuck with a stagger. Good. 9.825. Bars scoring justified and sensible so far. Which is new.

Vega – VT – UGA – one of her better controlled landings – small hop back – good distance – 9.875

Skaggs – UB – Florida – good first hs – lovely tkatchev to pak, legs together, just a bit of toes on that pak – the counter rotation on that tkatchev is a dream – DLO, hop back. 9.875

Hawthorne – VT – UGA – a huge full and an equally huge bounce back on her vault – good layout shape and overcooks the vault, resulting in the bounce. 9.800 for a full with what had to be a multi-tenth bounce.

Schoenherr – UB – Florida – toe 1/2 to jaeger, huge jaeger – good cast after – toe to bail, solid vertical, a tocuh of loose back there – blind to double front 1/2 out, small step. The step and a couple late positions on her 1/2 turns, but strong.

Lukacs – VT – UGA – does her DTY and it’s very strong – just does keep her toes down on the stick, just a little chest forward. 9.925

Thomas – UB – FLorida – maloney to clear hip to pak, strong – smooth hs on low – van leeuwen – hit – borderline cast hs on high – DLO, huge, stuck landing. Pretty one. 9.975

There were moments of borderline loose back or legs, so I’m fine with a 9.950 there. Not one of her 10s for me.

After 1: Florida 49.325, Georgia 49.275

Florida wasn’t weak on bars, but did gave away some landings and didn’t get the soft scoring we’d expect. Going to be verrrry interesting to see what happens when Georgia goes over there if a routine like Hundley’s was 9.825. Those early Georgia routines can’t also be low 9.8s then. Or will they? Nothing matters, so…

Scoring was much looser on vault, but Georgia did still need to be saved by Lukacs’s very strong DTY to keep things close after 1. Thomas saved Florida’s bars score in similar measure.

Rotation 2

Skaggs – VT – Florida – very floaty full, strong stick on landing, just chest forward to hold the stick. Very nice. 9.875, same score as Vega, just for notes.

Lukacs – UB – Georgia – good first hs – tkatchev, low but hit “very nice” – clear hip to pak, high, leg separation – cast 1/2 on low, a touch late – quite short final cast hs – DLO, shuffle back. Pretty solid for her.

Alexander – VT – Florida – didn’t quite stick this week, nearly the same thing with a slide back. Goes 9.850.

What happens when you put a judge from Michigan and a judge from Georgia on the same bars panel? JUDGING DELAYS.

9.725 for Lukacs.

Hattaway – UB – UGA – shorter first hs – giant full (late) to gienger with legs – legs apart on catching bail as well – short cast hs on high – DLO, a bit flung out with a hop back. A hit. 9.675. These are more realistic scores for this Georgia rotation.

Baumann – VT – Florida – hits her 1.5 but eeeefff of a lock legged landing – a shuffle on landing and some legs on the block. 9.825

Vega – UB – UGA – toe on to toe shoot, hit – short cast hs on high – gienger hit with legs – pak, some legs as well – late on cast 1/2 on low and so many cast deduction traps throughout – FTDT, nice part, small step back. 9.775 still pretty high.

Schoenherr – VT – Florida – strong Y1/5 for her, small hop forward – just a bit of knees. Good. 9.900

Roberts – UB – UGA – missed first hs – maloney to bail is very nice, good positions and legs together – late on cast on high – sticks landing on DLO, some piking. 9.850

Thomas – VT – Florida – one of her best Y1/5 landings ever – nearly sold the stick going up onto her toes and sliding a bit. Good. 9.950

De Jong – UB – UGA – good first hs – toe on to Ray, catches rather close with bent elbows – strong bail position – shortish final cast – DLO is rough, very floaty but lands short, nearly a knee-down and a large lunge forward. 9.725

Richards – VT – Florida – a lower Y1/5 than Thomas had, a shortish landing with a step back. 9.875

Okaley – UB – UGA – short first hs – higgins to gorgeous piked jaeger – pak is hit, small leg break – great attention to hs on 1/2 turn on low – but the casts are not her best today – FTDT, and basically does the same thing as De Long, deep knee bend and a lunge. 9.825

Georgia escapes bars with a 48.900, and honestly it could have been worse since their best, go-to routines had dismount problems. The first few routines were, at least, evaluated a little more realistically.

After 2: Florida 98.775, Georgia 98.175

Pretty successful vault rotation for Florida. Important for Thomas to show that landing control. Still not sold on the Baumann vault. Right now, that’s the one I’d take out if Reed comes back, rather than the full from Skaggs or Alexander.

Michigan goes 49.425 on beam, keeping alive the hopes for a 198 with a huge floor rotation. I mean, it would have to be 49.625 but…

Meanwhile, UNC got through bars and is therefore still in the hunt for another 196. Bigggg scores flying between Western and CMU.

SECN featurette on the Baumannseseses. Bridget’s like, “Doesn’t having kids sound terrible…?” I mean, for rival schools, yes.

Rotation 3

Magee – BB – UGA – straddle to straddle jump 1/2, gorgeous – bhs bhs loso series, smooth, good toe point throughout – full turn – 1.5, step to the side. Georgia really needs to start Grace-Glenn-hyping this routine because it’s so pretty. 9.850

Gowey – FX – Florida – front lay to rudi to double stag with an arm wave to try to control it – switch 1/2 to wolf jump full, strong positions – double tuck, small front foot movement – let’s get rid of the notion that powerful tumbling and artistic presentation are somehow contradictory concepts that must be combined BUT HOW? 9.875

Hawthorne – BB – UGA – bhs loso, small adjustment and some feet in the series – back leg on both switch and switch split jump, “or switch leap jump” per Bridget – check on her kickover – full turn, overturned with a check – fighting it – 1.5, hop forward. Lots of checks there. 9.700

Hundley – FX – Florida – whip to double tuck, slide back – HER PARENTS OWN A DANCE STUDIO is the new DID YOU KNOW HER MOM IS MARY LOU – solid control on her double pike landing – switch side 1/2 to straddle 1/2 shushunova, if that was the intnding turning – back 1/5 to layout, a bit flat on layout. 9.875

De Jong – BB – UGA – full turn had nice style but then she checked on it – switch to split, slightly hesitant – aerial to beat jump, hit – impossible to tell positions with this camera angle – bhs loso, strong, good control – split jump 1/2 from side, chest lean and shortish on split position – side aerial to full, hop back. 9.825

SJS – FX – Florida – double arabian, niceeeee save on that landing with a quick step back to adjust to her short landing, could easily have sat that down – back 1.5 to front layout to immediate it’s-a-pose-not-a-lunge – double tuck, secure landing. 9.775. Still got hit for the short landing on the double arabian.

-Almost get into character
-What was your character?
-BRIDGETTTTTTTT

Oakley – BB – UGA – wolf turn single, solid – gainer bhs bhs loso and falls – Marissssssaaaaaa – side aerial, small lean – awesome high gainer full of course

Reed – FX – Florida – returning to the lineup, important development – DLO, huge, out of control with a lunge and OOB – front lay to rudi, also a bounce back but lovely position in the front layout – double pike, better control but a little forward with a step.

Getting there. Not back yet though, but necessarily for her to get there. 9.650

R Baumann – BB – UGA – John’s trying to make “close meet” happen but it’s not happening – side aerial to loso, good height, secure – beat to switch side, pretty toes – 1.5, small hop. Good. 9.900. One judge went 9.950 with a non-stuck.

Thomas – FX – Florida – DLO, strong strong landing, good control – front full to layout to sissone, lovely – split leap full to popa, good landing positions, clearly defined today – double pike, chest a little forward, a mostly controlled step.

9.950 with a 10 from one judge.

Vega – BB – Georgia – switch to split ring jump, slight lean on landing – aerial to split jump with a check, arm wave correction – bhs loso, also just a slight bit uncertain – she’s minimizing it but fighting it this week as well – side aerial to full, stuck. Good finish. 9.900 is well high for one of her shakier sets.

Natalie Wojcik went 9.950 on floor for Michigan to bring them to 197.900, nearly matching the score from last week. It’s a whole new world. UNH went 195.100, which is not going to help the regionals project.

A Baumann – FX – Florida – double tuck, solid – “normally that is a double layout” never once – back 1.5 to front full, a bit steppy on landing today – switch 1/2 to popa, lovely extension – double pike, chest forward with a small bounce back. 9.900

Florida 49.375 on floor, Georgia 49.175 on beam.

After 3: Florida 148.150, Georgia 147.375

Georgia got through that beam, but the score means that UGA would have to go 49.700 on floor just to make this meet count for NQS, let alone improve it in any real way.

This is not going to be one of Florida’s hugest scores, but it is still comfortably in line to remove that 196 road score they still need to remove.

Rotation 4

Richards – BB – Florida – bhs loso loso, very secure, just a bit of feet – side aerial to full, stuck landing – some form things, solid one. 9.875

Perez – Lugones – FX – UGA – double pike, slight slide – back 1/2 to front layout, a little banana-shaped but fine – switch side to popa to wolf jump full, got those landing positions around – double tuck, solid. Good one. 9.825

Meanwhile it looks like Ramler just did a perfect bars routine on this little postage stamp window. Going out on a limb to say it was perfect. Slide back on landing. 9.875. OK sure. Minnesota sub-49 on bars.

Hundley – BB – Florida – aerial to sissone, a little short on aerial, pulled it out in combo – bhs loso, secure, feet – beat to switch side – 1.5 dismount, stuck. 9.775. Someone got her for amplitude and feet, which are there to be taken.

Roberts – FX – UGA – strong piked full in, just a bit out of control on landing – front lay to front full, a bit low on front full – double pike,s ecure landing, some feet. 9.800

A Baumann – BB – Florida – switch to split, pretty positions – bhs loso, well extended, smooth landing – switch 1/2, just a little angled in split position – side aerial, nice – 1.5 dismount, holds the stick. Very nice.

R Baumann – FX – UGA just does pull around the triple wolf turn – back 1.5 to front full, solid, some loose knees – double pike well short on landing with a large lunge. 9.800 is forgiving.

LOL the graphic said Alyssa went 9.750 on beam and I was like…huhhhhhhh? Turns out it was 9.975.

Gowey – BB – Florida – switch to split, pretty position – bhs loso loso, strong as well – aerial to sissone, strong as well – full turn, gainer full. Nearly stuck but another very strong one. 9.900

Hawthorne – FX – UGA – double pike, huge bounce back – remember that time she did that and got a 10 from one judge? – Bridget pretending she wasn’t a powerful gymnast – great leap positions, height, and finish, well done – front lay to rudi to split jump, a tad out of control – slide back on double tuck. 9.775

Meanwhile, Ohio State just had a 46 nightmare on beam.

Thomas – BB – Florida – switch to split leap, and they’re going to give us the trash angle for Trinity’s beam of course – one-arm bhs to loso, perfect, pretty – aerial to beat jump to Korbut, very smoothly done – side aerial, small bounce.

“If Trinity really loved us” *hops on dismount*
Me: SHE DOESN’T

9.950 for Thomas, so they were ready to go 10.

Lukacs – FX – Georgia – DLO, pretty much keeps the front foot down – back 1.5 to half to shushunova, controlled – switch side to wolf full, not bad – double pike, short landing with a hop forward. 9.825.

Note to SEC Network research – Nichols has gone 39.900 this year.

Clapper – BB – Florida – bhs loso series, hit – full turn, a little hesitant but fine – switch to split, better leg positions this season – side aerial to full, stuck.

9.950 for Clapper gets Florida to its 197.800 mark after all.

Vega – FX – Georgia – does her full in and lands pretty solidly chest was forward but she hopped to present – back 1.5 to layout to sissone, a bit flat – switch ring to split leap full – split leap 1.5, around – double pike, slide back. 9.900

Florida with a very usable 197.800 after that huge beam score. Georgia with 196.500, which will be dropped and not change the team NQS.

Now it’s time to shift to Kentucky/Alabama and Arkansas/LSU.

Meanwhile a very useful 49.225 for Auburn on vault. But miles to go yet.

TEAM HUGS HUDDLE TIMEEEE

Rotation 1

Nibbs – VT – LSU – she’s vaulting instead of Rivers today – chest down landing her full, medium hop back, some legs on block

Burgess – VT – Alabama – hit full with hop/bounce back

Angeny – UB – Kentucky – blind to jaeger to overshoot – lovely, stuck dismount, really nice one for her.

Yamzon – Ub – Arkansas – clear ghip to low tkatchev – some hip angles in her casts – short final hs – DLO 1/1, step back this time.

Desch – VT – Alabama – excellent full – stuck landing – great layout shape – maybe her best ever

Rau – VT – LSU – lunge forward on her Y1/5 with another step to salute – some knees. 9.800 quite high

Worley – UB – kentucky – clear hip to tkatchev, hit, some form on catch – good cast hs – pak, legs apart – nice finish on cast 1/2 on low – hits cast hs on high – FTDT, stuck, chest down.

Mahoney – VT – Alabama – also NAILED her full, great stick and layout position. Two phenomenal vaults.

Gianfagna – UB – Arkansas – falls on her Ray again.

Nixon – UB – Kentucky – maloney to bail nice – a little hip angle on bail – FTDT, very close to the bar but holds the stick with a lean.

Durante – VT – LSU – bounce back on her full, mostly her usual, piking

Blanco – VT – Alabama – she has a small slide back on her full but also quite pretty

Luksik – UB – Kentucky – good first hs – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, strong – a short cast hs on high and the bail is short of vertical – nice cast on high – DLO, holds the landing. Good.

Garner – UB – Ark – a bit late on first cast – lovely gienger – overshoot a bit of angle – giant full to double tuck, step back

Olsen – VT – Alabama – DTY – one of her most solid landings, small slide back. Good. Knees and whatnot.

Warren – Ub – kentucky – short first hs – blind to jaeger, lovely – hit cast – clear hip to bail, nice vertical position on bail – strong cast on high – DLO, short with a small hop.

Harrold – VT – LSU – hits her 1.5 but a wider-than-shoulders lunge forward today.

Graber – VT – Alabama – huge Y1/5 and pretty but a large lunge forward. 9.850

Lovett – UB – Arkansas – large arch on first hs and has to recast and improvise a 1/2 turn – arches again and somehow pulls it back into her Ray – but then arches again after the Ray and couldn’t save her arch a third time. Amazing fight in the middle there but couldn’t fight a third time.

Arkansas counting a fall on bars again.

Johnson – VT – LSU – just does the full, and a large bounce back, still goes 9.825, which is pretty high for that landing – great in the air and easy for her of course.

Alabama and Kentucky have finished their rotation long ago, Alabama 49.300 on vault to Kentucky 49.200 on bars. Reallly impressive fulls in the middle of that Alabama vault lineup, and the judges were normal (i.e. non-cracky) on scoring those fulls.

Minnesota did have a fall from Lu on beam but were able to drop it to go 49.200.

Hambrick – UB – Arkansas – huge break to figure out Lovett – tight first hs – blind to piked jaeger to overshoot, hit, a bit conservative, close to bar, understandable – FTDT, hop back. Good.

Edney – VT – LSU – Y1/5 – collapses on the table just a bit this time – lunge forward on landing and a bit more knees.9.825

Not a full strength LSU vault lineup but they also did not have the landings today for 49.100

Shaffer – UB – Arkansas – good first hs – toe on to maloney, perfect, to bail, slightly loose back but hits vertical – DLO, hop back.

48.425 on bars for Arkansas, a troubling score.

Rotation 2

Warren – VT – Kentucky – pretty full, good height, step back

Dickson – UB – Alabama – good first hs – bail, clean, good toe point – hitting hs – toe on to tkatchev – good counter, great height – solid hs – FTDT, stuck. Maybe the best I’ve seen her on bars. Excellent. 9.850 is a bit low for me.

Worley – VT – UK – bounce back on her full as well, some chest position

Childers – UB – Alabama – good first hs – toe on to maloney to bail, small leg separation – good cast – 1/2 turn to her crazy legs dismount, small slide. 9.825, not enough separation with Dickson there.

Angeny – VT – UK – better height on her full, another medium bounce back – they’re trying to do the Oklahoma legs-apart landing but not controlling them. 9.800

Graber – UB – Alabama – arches first handstand and does an accidental stag position – gienger with those legs – hesitation in toe on into bail – gets there on bail and pulls out her final cast hs well – FTDT, stuck. Second half was awesome, but a major error early. 9.625

Nixon – UB – Kentucky – pretty full, step back, nice float, solid form, best of the bunch so far. 9.850

Seocnd rotation starting now for LSU/Arkansas.

Gianfagna – VT – Arkansas – bounce back on her full, some legs on block, a pike down

Bars equipment problems at Alabama. Cut them off?

Johnson – Ub – LSU – maloney to bail, pretty solid, just some back position – a bit short on hs – DLo, nice stick. Good start. 9.950 is wellll high.

Kentucky’s peer reviews and energy vampires sound TERRIFYING. This is not a good story you’re telling here. V bad.

Better control for Hickey on her full, bounce

Dean – UB – LSU – Ray, lots of piking in the air but she caught it – bail, some hip angle – good handstand on high, pikes down DLO to stick it and she does. 9.900, lord above.

We have broken bars at Alabama and are in an indefinite holding pattern.

Shchennikova – UB – LSU – hits first hs well – maloney to tkatchev to pak, hit, some legs early, pak was nice – hits final cast hs – flings out DLO, hits it but a large bounce back. 9.825

OK ready to go again at Alabama

Givens – UB – Alabama – blind to jaeger, close and can’t catch it – catches one hand but not both and falls

Shaffer – VT – Arkansas – lovely Y1/2 as always, small hop forward

So now Alabama has to count Graber’s stag handstand.

Durnate – Ub – LSU – good jaeger – small arch in cast on high bar – hits her pak – nice cast hs throughout – FTDT, holds the stick with a lean. Best of the bunch so far, but judges left themselves no room. 9.875. Sure. This all makes sense.

Patterson – VT – UK – a large lunge back on handspring pike 1/2

Hambrick – VT – Akrnasas – goes for the 1.5 and does get it to her feet but was really high on the table and came in short, lunge back and a deep landing.

Mahoney – UB – Alabama – toe on to bail, a bit of hip angle there – shortish cast hs on high – pretty tktchev toes – FTDT, small hop.

Edney – UB -= LSU back on this event – hits hindorff, a little piked shape – some handstand issues here, not her smoothest routine getting back in but a perfect stick on her DLO.

Korth – VT – Kentucky – sells the stick on her Y1/5 – great job a bit deep – nearly stuck – step salute

Elswick – VT – Arkansas – hits her Y1.5, step back but good

Doggette – UB – Alabmaa – tkatchev to pak, small leg breaks – good 1/2 turn on low – one shortish hs – DLO, a bitttt short with a ste-salute, tries to sell it.

Harrold – UB – LSU – hits zuchold – toe 1/2 to jaeger – late on grip change, double front, step forward.

So.

Alabama saves the rotation on bars with a 49.200, but Korth gets Kentucky to 49.200 on bars. Kentucky leads 98.400 to 98.300 after 2.

Bars judging was RILLL enthusiastic for LSU on bars for 49.525 for a medium-quality rotation. Arkansas’s 48.850 on vault is OK but doesn’t get out of the hole from bars. It’s LSU 98.625, Arkansas 97.275 after 2.

Helen Hu went 9.975 on beam for Missouri, but Minnesota moves ahead by .025 after 3.

LSU back on pace for a huge score now after bars.

Rotation 3

Dana’s stern lineup change face is one of my favorites.

Desiderio – BB – LSU _ bhs loso series, small check – full turn, smooth – switch to switch 1/2, shoulder drop on switch 1/2 with a bend to the side – aerial to split, OK – cat to gainer full, small absorption hop

Klopfer – BB – Alabama – wolf single, hit – aerial to bhs, a tad slow in combo, lovely elements – split 1/2, good – cat leap to side aerial, secure – 1.5, small slide forward. 9.850

Graber with an iced knee and out of the beam lineup.

Monfredi – FX – Kentucky – front through to double tuck, secure landing, some chest positions – switch side to popa to wolf full, good positions, a little out of control on landing – double pike, super deep with a lunge back OOB –

Dean – BB – LSU – side aerial to bhs, hit, small foot adjustment – switch to split jump 1/4, lack of split on the 1/4 – aerial to split jump is pretty solid – side aerial to full, hit. 9.850

Graber – BB – Alabama – candle mount – hit – side aerial with a pause before her beat jump – full turn, wobble – split jump 1/2 from side, some back leg – bhs loso is more solid – switch, little check before split jump, watch the SV here – gainer full, stuck. 9.825. Got away with it.

Patterson – FX – Kentucky – back 1.5 was really high, too high, got nothing into her front out of it, tucks it and lowand goes OOB –

Durante – BB – LSU – bhs loso series, lean to the side correction – aerial, arms through it into split jump – switch with a pause until straddle 1/4, also some SV watch here now too – side aerial to full, stuck.

Olsen – BB – Alabama – switch to split, hit – bhs loso series, secure, some feet but not bad – full turn, easy – aerial with a check and arm wave – bhs bhs double pike, nearly stuck it. Great finish. 9.875

Shaffer – FX – Arkansas – double pike, a tad deep but controls it – double tuck, small adjustment –

I love how the other commentators die about Shallon’s double pike on beam, while Sam is like, “This is as expected and a little easy tbh”

Shchennikova – BB – LSU – she’s in the lineup – Onodi hit, pretty – bhs loso, small check – switch to split jump 1/4, a bit slow but OK – beat – needs to de-elite her rhythm a little but the elements are there – bhs bhs gainer full, short with a step forward into her fake-stick salute. 9.825. In time, this will be her more impressive college event than bars, though reputation may give her higher scores on bars.

Blanco – BB – Alabama – aerial, pretty – bhs loso, perfect form, small check – switch to sheep, hit, appreciate that this is a real sheep jump even in NCAA – full turn with a little choreo check – 2/1, nearly holds the landing with an arm wave. 9.950 is toooo high, I mean I know she has great form but there were two checks and a landing adjustments

Hambrick was going fantastically on floor but came up a bit short on her final pass with a lunge forward

Edney – BB – LSU – aerial to sissone, some back leg – bhs loso, nearly imperceptible correction – switch to straddle 1/4, secure, usual position – kickover, step forward today – 1.5, hop forward. 9.875 high.

Ella Warren’s rudi to loso on floor continues to be a dream.

Lovett – FX – Arkansas – good DLO, controls the landing –

Burgess – BB – Alabama – crisp one-arm bhs to loso, good – cat leap to switch side, excellent extension – switch, well done – side aerial to full, step back. Nice. Probably her best beam. Strong.

Campbell – BB – LSU – bhs loso, choreos out of it but it’s a small deduction – aerial to sissone, gorgeous sissone – switch to switch 1/2, perfection – 2/1, rebounds a little. But a strong one. DD trying to trick the judges into giving it a 10.

OH GOD it almost worked. 9.975. No.

Carter – FX – Arkansas – double tuck, nice chest up but a little steppy working out of it – back 1.5 to front full, mostly controls the step out – double pike, small movement. 9.950 is rather high. LSU’s floor scores are going to be something.

Desch – BB – Alabama – cat leap to aerial with an arm wave – bhs – I wouldn’t give the combo – switch 1/2, another lean check – side somi, also keeps it on with a lean – switch to beat is hit. 1.5, hop forward.

Korth – FX – Kentucky – her usual full in, super solid landing, chest down – split leap full to popa, gets those elements around – rudi to loso, nice and high – double pike, bounce back, keeps it in bounds

Missouri edges Minnesota, 196.775 to 196.675.

Alabama goes 49.350 on beam so should have no problem going 197 with a normal floor, though that won’t have been the main goal.

Kentucky’s 49.100 on floor means UK falls back behind Alabama by .150 going to the final rotation.

No one have ever said the word jubilations faster than Dana Duckworth did right now.

Also I know she waved at the camera and said “ROLL TIDE” but it did sound like she waved at the camera and yelled “WE’LL DIE.”

Rotation 4

Yamzon – BB – Arkansas – switch 1/2 attempt, like a switch side 1/4, so some position issue there – solid bhs loso series – kickover front, quite deep but works out of it into beat – stuck gainer full. 9.825 a high start.

Harrold – FX – LSU – front 2/1, mostly controls the step, some legs – double pike, secure landing, chest down – switch ring to switch 1/2, good positions as always, kind of awkward on landing – fabbb 1.5 to layout. 9.900 is also still a…high start.

Warren – BB – Kentucky – side aerial to bhs, very clean, solid – switch to straddle 1/4, holds it, small arm wave, mostly nothing – 1.5, small hop. 9.875

Klopfer – FX – Alabama – double tuck, secure landing, chest down – split leap full to popa, good finish – back 1.5 to layout, arches around the layout, a bit soft in position – double pike, hop to the side

Desiderio – FX – LSU – very secure landing on the DLO, nice – 1.5 to layout, not a huge layout but fine – switch ring to split leap full, well l short of position on split leap full – double tuck, just did control that step back and keep it in bounds. 9.900.

Patterson – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso, high, bend to the side correction – aerial to split jump, a little hesitation in between but that hasnt really been a thing today – switch to switch, gorgeous split positions – bhs 1.5, stuck.

Olsen – FX – Alabama – double double, forward with a hop today – switch through to split leap 1.5 to split jump 1/2 – front tuck through to double tuck, chest well up, kind of shuffled a little when she didn’t need to – 9.900. One of her highest floor scores for not one of her best routines –

Goodrich – FX – LSU – oh it’s backup day! I did think in preseason that she had a shot at seeing time on floor – double tuck, chest up, perfectly fine – 1.5 to layout, some form in there, crossed legs and slightly uncertain on landing – double back last pass, just does avoid putting her knee down but a very deep landing. 9.575

Korth – BB – Kentucky – one-arm bhs to loso, very strong – switch to loso, good switch horizontal position – 2/1, stuck. Excellent routine.

Dean – FX – LSU – double pike, holds the front foot down, some knees – back 1.5 to layout, exact same note – split leap full and split jump full had majjjor problems today, both risking no credit and very short of position – double tuck, secure. 9.875 asssassinated me.

Blanco – FX – Alabama – double pike, slide back – double tuck, the same – front full to layout, a bit of knees, form great on the rest, dance out – 9.950. No, two slides back on passes.

Auburn finishes with 196.700, a pretty big result for them.

Poland – BB – Kentucky – bhs bhs loso, very solid, some foot form at the end – gainer tuck full, stuck.

Campbell – FX – LSU – 2.5, controls her step out fairly well – double pike, chest a bit forward but solid – perfect leaps – ooooof, mistimes her back 1.5 to front, sits it down, which means they’ll have to count Goodrich’s score.

Mahoney – FX – Alabama – second pass front full to front layout, secure, just a tad soft – double pike, little slide back –

Worley – BB – Kentucky – a leg-up check on her aerail – bhs loso series is secure, a little soft – kickover front with a check to the side – 1.5 dismount, step –

Edney – FX – LSU – double arabian, pretty solid, small slide back – back 1.5 to layout, dance out but fine – back leg in leap combo – double tuck, solid.

Edney goes 9.925. LSU finishes 197.125, which is not really what they were looking for. Arkansas goes 195.750, and…same. Not the meet these teams were hoping to get –

Desch – FX – Alabama – double pike, slide back – 1.5 to 1/2 to split jump to front tuck is solid – double tuck, well short with hop forward. Gets away with 9.800 in this insanity-scoring floor rotation.

Angeny – BB – Kentucky – three series is hit, small check at the end – aerial, fine, a little short but covered it – switch to beat, lovely – full turn, no trouble – side aerial to tuck full, short witha hop forward.

9.800.

Graber – FX – Alabama – she’s back to do floor – she’s like, I want a piece of this scoring – full in, slide back – switch side through to wolf jump 1.5, does really well to get that wolf around with no question – front tuck through to double pike, large bounce back but keeps it in bounds.

She still goes 9.9 because nothing matters, so Alabama finishes on 197.200, fine but not amazing. Kentucky 196.650 which is about on track for them.

I know Florida did go 197.800, but today has felt really “when is the postseason again?”

See you early tomorrow for Denver/OU.

Things Are Happening – February 28, 2020

A. RUSSIA…could you just not?

In today’s ridiculata, Russia announced that it will not send Nikita Nagornyy and Lilia Akhaimova to the American Cup because of the coronavirus. And we all went, “Wait huh?” Does…does that make sense? Oh, it doesn’t? Cool.

All the other countries are like, “K fun, I’m gonna head to Milwaukee and lick a bus stop and get my Olympic points. Peace.”

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NCAA Week 9 Preview

Full schedule and links

Marquee Meet

[6] Denver @ [1] Oklahoma

Saturday, February 29th, 11:30am CT – ESPNU

Injury talk. That’s pretty much the deal with this Denver/Oklahoma meet given the events of the last couple weeks.

For Oklahoma, the current Maggie Nichols status is “ankle injury” and “‾\_(ツ)_/‾.” If this is a couple-weeks kind of injury and she’s back for the elimination meets, then it’s truly not much of an issue. In the short term, especially at these home meets, that may mean the difference between a 198.200 and a 197.800 or something—and this would be an opportune time to get Olivia Trautman back on floor and Karrie Thomas back on beam to help remove some of those 9.800s—but it’s far from the end of the world. Oklahoma is already set for qualifying score and could put Lou out there on three events and be fine. (His beam is really coming along. His sissone is a peach.)

As for Denver, it would have been exceedingly difficult to defeat Oklahoma at the best of times, but given Denver’s roster depletion and struggles last week, this meet isn’t about a win. An actual victory in this meet for Denver would be a getting-back-on-your-feet score, even if it comes up well short of Oklahoma’s number.

Last weekend’s 195.1 really should be an aberration rather than the new normal. On bars, Lockhart and Morton both got 8s, but Lockhart did hit the week before for 9.8 and Morton has received 9.6s in exhibition routines (also Karr got 9.775 for what was pretty much her normal routine until she college-saluted herself out of a stick and it was weird). A hit from the currently competing group, while certainly not a given, should improve Denver’s score by more than a point.

The floor result last week was pretty solid (despite a fall, since it was dropped) and beam saw uncharacteristic struggles from Ruiz and Lockhart, people who have been hitting this season and were in the lineup even before the injury apocalypse. Vault remains the worry for me, with Fitts debuting in the lineup last weekend and falling on a full, meaning Lockhart had to do a layout that counted.

The ideal will be to get Lockhart in there with a full, but at this point Denver has to allow for the possibility of going sub-49 on vault and having to make it up on the other events. Which is doable. A high 196 should still be treated as very possible, and a 197 here for Denver would be a massive result.

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NCAA Week 9 – Schedule and Links

Friday, February 28
Scores Stream
6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT – New Hampshire @ [7] Michigan LINK BTN+
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7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [2] Florida @ [10] Georgia LINK SECN
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – George Washington @ North Carolina LINK ACCNX
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Western Michigan @ Central Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Bowling Green, Ursinus, Brockport @ Kent State LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT –UW-Eau Claire, Hamline, Winona State @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [25] Michigan State @ [17] Iowa State LINK ISU($)
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [11] Minnesota, Ohio State, Lindenwood @ [20] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – TWU @ [15] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [19] BYU @ Illinois State LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Northern Illinois v. SEMO @ Lebanon, TN    
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [14] Arkansas @ [5] LSU LINK SEC+
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [12] Kentucky @ [9] Alabama LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Boise State @ [21] Southern Utah LINK FREE
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – UC Davis @ Utah State LINK FREE
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – San Jose State @ Sacramento State LINK  
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT – Seattle Pacific @ Alaska LINK FREE
Saturday, February 29
Scores Stream
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT – [6] Denver @ [1] Oklahoma LINK ESPNU
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Brown, Bridgeport, West Chester, Rhode Island @ Southern Connecticut LINK FREE
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – UW-Oshkosh @ Gustavus Adolphus    
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [3] UCLA @ [18] Oregon State LINK P12N
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – NC State, Towson, Cornell @ [23] Penn State LINK BTN+
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5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – UW-La Crosse @ UW-Whitewater LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Eastern Michigan @ Air Force   FREE
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT – Seattle Pacific @ Alaska LINK FREE
Sunday, March 1
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Yale, Penn, Temple, William & Mary @ Maryland LINK
(terps)
BTN+
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1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Ithaca, Springfield @ Cortland LINK FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Pittsburgh, Rutgers @ West Virginia LINK FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Ball State @ Northern Illinois LINK ESPN3
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Central Michigan @ [22] Illinois LINK BTN+
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3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – SEMO @ Centenary    
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [4] Utah @ [13] Washington LINK P12N
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [24] Arizona @ [8] Cal LINK FREE
Monday, March 2
Scores Stream
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – Arizona State @ Stanford   FREE

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

#16 Nebraska is idle this week.

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Keeping Up with the Cool GIFs – Week 8

This week…

Utah beat UCLA

And the judging had us all

Grace Glenn posted the first-ever leadoff 10 because of correctly

Other people also tried and therefore got 9.975

And then the randoms got confused why UCLA is now ranked better

Michigan set a program record

And the judges finally invited them to sit with the Plastics

Maggie Nichols is out with an ankle injury

And Oklahoma had to count a…9.7…on beam

Sierra Alexander stuck a perfect FTY

But then they did 10 HANDS

And you were like…

Rachael Lukacs performed an accidental FTY

And Sabrina Vega was like, “GET IT TOGETHER”

Women’s history has really been sleeping on JENN

Denver tried to come up with lineups

Kyana George was hard to catch

And Lexy Ramler would have gone 10 but had a balance check on hugs

The 10s of Week 8

This week, 23 routines received a 10.000 from at least one judge. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of the Utah/UCLA meet.

The 10s

Olivia Trautman – Vault – Oklahoma


Grace Glenn – Beam – UCLA


Abby Paulson – Beam – Utah


The 9.975s

Lexi Graber – Vault – Alabama


Leah Clapper – Beam – Florida


Alyssa Baumann – Floor – Florida


Mollie Korth – Vault – Kentucky


Drew Watson – Vault – Auburn


Anastasia Webb – Vault – Oklahoma


Ragan Smith – Floor – Oklahoma (passes)


Helen Hu – Beam – Missouri


Emily Muhlenhaupt – Bars – Boise State


Natalie Wojcik – Beam – Michigan
Lexy Ramler – Beam – Minnesota

FLO hasn’t uploaded individual routines from the Big Fives, but in the full beam replay, Wojcik’s routine is at 2:33:42 and Ramler’s routine is at 2:57:06.


Kyla Ross – Beam – UCLA


Adrienne Randall – Beam – Utah


Nia Dennis – Floor – UCLA


Gracie Kramer – Floor – UCLA


Kyla Ross – Floor – UCLA


The 9.950s

Rachel Gowey – Beam – Florida

Maddie Karr – Floor – Denver


Alexia Burch – Beam – Utah


Sydney Soloski – Floor – Utah