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Week 8 Rankings, Notes, RQS Update

WEEK 8 RANKINGS
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 1. Oklahoma 197.990
Road Score 1 198.350
Road Score 2 198.175
Road Score 3 198.075
Home/Road Score 1 198.025
Home/Road Score 2 197.925
Home/Road Score 3 197.750
  • OU’s 4th 198 of the season on Sunday (198.175), following a Friday 197.675, cinches a program-best RQS. A 198.100 this coming weekend in Michigan would give the Sooners the all-time RQS record.
  • Nichols missed her shot at a 40 by sitting for meet 2 of the weekend, Senior Day Pt 2: Texas Edition, as Lehrmann and Wofford both received first-career 10s on UB.
  • Jackson and Capps both scored career-high-tying 9.975s on FX at the same meet.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 2. LSU 197.695
Road Score 1 197.700
Road Score 2 197.700
Road Score 3 197.675
Home/Road Score 1 197.975
Home/Road Score 2 197.825
Home/Road Score 3 197.575
  • LSU remains comfortably in 2nd with an away 197.675 at Auburn. With all the scores fairly tightly bunched in the high 197s, LSU’s RQS is unlikely to change all that much in the coming weeks.
  • 9.950s from Finnegan (BB) and Gnat (VT, FX) led the team. Hambrick returned to hitting ways to lead the AA. Edney did not compete.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 3. Florida 197.495
Road Score 1 197.425
Road Score 2 197.325
Road Score 3 197.125
Home/Road Score 1 197.975
Home/Road Score 2 197.900
Home/Road Score 3 197.700
  • The Gators recorded a second-consecutive home 197.9, featuring Alex McMurtry’s first FX 10 and fifth 10 of her career.
  • Hundley went 9.975 on UB and 39.675 in the AA, while Baker remains limited to only UB.
  • In RQS, while the home scores are stronger than LSU’s, the road scores lag behind, which takes some of the friction out of this weekend’s visit to LSU as Florida cannot pass LSU in the rankings even with a season-high. A strong road score will still be necessary, however, to ensure fending off UCLA and company.
green-up-arrow 4. UCLA 197.305
Road Score 1 197.500
Road Score 2 197.325
Road Score 3 197.150
Home/Road Score 1 198.125
Home/Road Score 2 197.725
Home/Road Score 3 196.825
  • The Bruins were able to erase that 195 from Monday with a 197.725 against Arizona over the weekend, accounting for the two-spot jump in the rankings.
  • Hallie Mossett’s career-high 9.975 on FX led the team, along with Kocian’s 9.950 on FX and season-high-tying 39.625 AA and Ross’s 9.950s on UB and BB.
  • It is possible for UCLA to pass Florida this coming week, but it would take at least a 197.800 along with a weak showing from Florida, so it’s not the most likely outcome. The focus will be on staying ahead of Utah and Alabama. A 197.450 guarantees UCLA remains 4th.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 5. Utah 197.180
Road Score 1 197.600
Road Score 2 197.150
Road Score 3 196.900
Home/Road Score 1 197.875
Home/Road Score 2 197.625
Home/Road Score 3 196.625
  • Utah recorded its own 197.600 at Arizona State, featuring Tom Farden’s literal dreamscape of how UB scoring might go that culminated in a 9.975 for Lee and 9.950s for Lewis and Skinner.
  • Skinner scored three 9.950s for a 39.750 AA total.
  • Utah can’t catch Florida this weekend, and with UCLA having a higher max RQS, the #4 ranking is in the Bruins’ hands. Utah is looking at needing to outscore UCLA by a little under a half point to move ahead.
reddownarrow 6. Alabama 197.085
Road Score 1 197.225
Road Score 2 197.050
Road Score 3 196.700
Home/Road Score 1 197.825
Home/Road Score 2 197.350
Home/Road Score 3 197.100
  • Alabama’s home 196.925 over the weekend was not high enough to break into the RQS picture, allowing for both UCLA and Utah to pass.
  • Limited without Winston, it was all a little too 9.850, though Sims, Desch, and Bailey did provide 9.925s (FX, FX, VT).
  • Alabama heads to Georgia this week, needing at least a 197.200 to have a chance at passing Utah, but probably needing more than that to do it in reality.
green-up-arrow 7. Denver 196.875
Road Score 1 196.900
Road Score 2 196.875
Road Score 3 196.500
Home/Road Score 1 197.150
Home/Road Score 2 197.125
Home/Road Score 3 196.975
  • Denver continued its assault on the name-teams with a 196.975 home score, following a 196.900 away total in a two-meet weekend.
  • Meet 2 was led by 9.950s from Karr on VT and Ross on BB and 9.925 from Chesnok on UB.
  • The lack of any of those big-team scores in the higher 197s inhibits Denver’s chances to move any higher for the moment, but also SEVENTH IN THE RANKINGS.
reddownarrow 8. Georgia 196.820
Road Score 1 196.975
Road Score 2 196.925
Road Score 3 196.800
Home/Road Score 1 197.075
Home/Road Score 2 196.875
Home/Road Score 3 196.525
  • Georgia scored another 196.9 on the road at Oklahoma but fell behind Denver by a hair, almost entirely on account of not having a 197 that counts. With Denver at home this coming weekend and unable to drop its lowest score, however, Georgia has the inside track to regain #7.
  • Snead’s 9.950 on VT and Marino’s equivalent score on FX led the team, as they so often do, in a meet where BB was the highest rotation score. Almost like Georgia is good on beam. Brand new world. It’s really vault and bars that we have to worry about.
green-up-arrow 9. Oregon State
196.635
Road Score 1 197.125
Road Score 2 196.825
Road Score 3 196.200
Home/Road Score 1 196.900
Home/Road Score 2 196.700
Home/Road Score 3 196.550
  • A season-high 197 away at Stanford sees Oregon State gain another spot in the rankings. Unable to drop that away 196.2 until Pac-12s (only remaining road meet), however, it may be difficult for OSU to keep up this spot and fend off the challenging teams with similar bold scores.
  • It was Gardiner taking the AA over McMillan in the great OSU AA battle this weekend, with 9.925 on BB and 9.900 on FX. Colussi-Pelaez also performed career-best routines on BB and FX, both for 9.900.
green-up-arrow 10. Boise State 196.605
Road Score 1 197.075
Road Score 2 196.700
Road Score 3 196.675
Home/Road Score 1 197.025
Home/Road Score 2 196.400
Home/Road Score 3 196.225
  • A 196.675 away at Alabama allows Boise State to drop a 195.300 from the first meet and move up two spots in the rankings. Unlike Oregon State, Boise State will have a chance to drop its 196.2 this weekend.
  • Means limited to one event and McGregor to two inhibited BSU’s scoring potential, though both did still manage team-high-tying 9.875s (BB, VT respectively)
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 11. Kentucky 196.535
Road Score 1 196.950
Road Score 2 196.150
Road Score 3 195.850
Home/Road Score 1 197.475
Home/Road Score 2 197.100
Home/Road Score 3 196.625
  • A bit of a missed opportunity for Kentucky after a 9.7-heavy floor rotation over the weekend still resulted in a usable 196.625 to keep the #11 spot.
  • The winner of the weekly four-woman AA battle was Hyland, using 9.900 on BB and 9.875 on FX to sneak ahead with 39.375.
  • Korth’s 9.925 on VT still led the team across all events.
  • With that 195.850 available to be dropped this weekend, Kentucky does have the most likely path among the 9-12 teams to get back to #9.
reddownarrow 11. Michigan 196.535
Road Score 1 196.475
Road Score 2 196.025
Road Score 3 195.725
Home/Road Score 1 197.825
Home/Road Score 2 197.225
Home/Road Score 3 197.225
  • Michigan exploded for a 197.825 over the weekend, and everyone was like, “Whaaa?” and they were like, “Yeah.” That’s exactly what happened.
  • Everyone ever got a 9.9, including the whole floor rotation, and Karas took the AA with 39.600.
  • Michigan falls in the rankings because that 197.825 can’t be counted, but it does open up a little more room for the Wolverines to move up even with a home meet this weekend, though the real work will be done the following two weeks in getting rid of those low road scores. Though Michigan has fallen to a tie for 11th for now, a late surge toward #7 is still quite realistic.
green-up-arrow 13. Nebraska 196.450
Road Score 1 197.125
Road Score 2 196.550
Road Score 3 196.050
Home/Road Score 1 197.125
Home/Road Score 2 196.825
Home/Road Score 3 195.700
  • Nebraska continues providing a good example of how a small and fairly injured roster can peak at the right time, erasing that tragic start with yet another 197.
  • Taylor Houchin is the real deal, scoring 39.650 in the AA, the #3 total of the week, even while leading off two events.
  • Nebraska is off this coming weekend but has opened up enough of a gap over the trailing teams to stay ranking safe.
green-up-arrow 14. Iowa 196.150
Road Score 1 196.550
Road Score 2 196.400
Road Score 3 196.175
Home/Road Score 1 196.475
Home/Road Score 2 195.975
Home/Road Score 3 195.725
  • Iowa traveled to the land of season-highs over the weekend to get 196.550 at BYU, featuring 9.925s for Snyder and Youd on FX and BB.
  • The Hawkeyes cannot move up even with a season high in the next meet, but you know, 14th. The real trick will be remaining ahead of the rest because teams 14-21 could basically end up in any order next Monday.
reddownarrow 15. Missouri 196.145
Road Score 1 196.750
Road Score 2 196.350
Road Score 3 196.225
Home/Road Score 1 196.225
Home/Road Score 2 196.075
Home/Road Score 3 195.825
  • Missouri went to the true and eternal Land of Season-High Road Scores, Florida, for a 196.750, a score that can’t yet be counted and therefore didn’t prevent a drop in the rankings. Missouri has scored consistently this year, but RQS doesn’t so much care about that. RQS cares about big scores.
  • Surprise, surprise, Britney Ward was the team’s leading scorer, but this time it came from a 9.950 on BB, not on VT, a score achieved mid-McMurtry-hoopla.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 16. George Washington 196.140
Road Score 1 196.725
Road Score 2 196.150
Road Score 3 196.000
Home/Road Score 1 196.400
Home/Road Score 2 196.050
Home/Road Score 3 196.000
  • Similarly, George Washington snatched a massive 196.7 on the road over the weekend but can’t count it and therefore stays relatively steady in the rankings. In gymnastics, it isn’t real unless you do it twice.
  • Winstanley was the big winner of this meet, going 9.925 on UB and 9.900 on BB for a 39.550 AA total.
green-up-arrow 17. Washington 196.130
Road Score 1 196.450
Road Score 2 195.825
Road Score 3 195.325
Home/Road Score 1 197.175
Home/Road Score 2 196.750
Home/Road Score 3 196.300
  • A fine-but-frustrating 196.450 for Washington does the job in erasing a low road score but could have been higher if not for vault errors.
  • A 195.325 still to drop this weekend, however, gives Washington another shot at it and the best opportunity among this bunch of teams to move up the rankings with a solid result. Theoretically, Washington could even go ahead of Nebraska with a season-high.
  • Burleson records another nationally competitive AA score of 39.475, achieving 9.900 on FX and another couple scores among the bushel of 9.875s that Washington received.
reddownarrow 18. Auburn 196.090
Road Score 1 196.450
Road Score 2 196.400
Road Score 3 195.800
Home/Road Score 1 196.100
Home/Road Score 2 196.075
Home/Road Score 3 196.075
  • A fine-not-great 196.100 at home against LSU keeps Auburn stuck in low-196 land and opens up what is becoming a very real possibility that this depleted team may end up unseeded unless the scores start heading into the higher 196s.
  • This weekend’s highlight was an exceptionally well-executed BB routine from Krippner that reached 9.925.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 19. Cal 196.000
Road Score 1 196.400
Road Score 2 195.725
Road Score 3 195.550
Home/Road Score 1 197.075
Home/Road Score 2 196.300
Home/Road Score 3 196.025
  • Keeping up with the Washingtons in their duel to see which team makes the evening at Pac-12s, Cal also recorded a fine-not-great 196.4 on the road to drop a low road total and will be looking to drop another one this weekend. TWINSIES.
  • Lead-off BB routines scoring 9.925 was kind of a thing suddenly, and Sofie Seilnacht joined Houchin and Howard (AZ) on that parade with a team-leading score that took Cal to its best event total.
green-up-arrow 20. Illinois 195.995
Road Score 1 196.625
Road Score 2 196.050
Road Score 3 195.450
Home/Road Score 1 196.550
Home/Road Score 2 196.025
Home/Road Score 3 195.900
  • A mixed-bag of meets for Illinois this weekend, beginning with a season-high road 196.625 and ending with a bars fall of a 195.450 that still has to be counted, keeping Illinois down in the rankings for the time being.
  • The first meet, the good one, featured Leduc going 9.925 on BB and FX, while the second meet…had a lot of 9.7s.
green-up-arrow 21. Southern Utah
195.915
Road Score 1 196.600
Road Score 2 195.800
Road Score 3 194.325
Home/Road Score 1 196.725
Home/Road Score 2 196.700
Home/Road Score 3 196.150
  • Well, look who decided to show up. Southern Utah finally has an RQS after deigning to compete a third time on the road for 196.600. Because of that 194.325, this ranking is misleadingly low and will remain so until SUU’s two-meet road weekend beginning March 10th. Watch out for a late surge from this one.
  • It was a 9.875-parade that took SUU to the 196.600 total, though I was most impressed by Becky Rozsa’s 9.850 on UB.
green-up-arrow 22. Utah State
195.775
Road Score 1 196.200
Road Score 2 195.725
Road Score 3 195.700
Home/Road Score 1 196.300
Home/Road Score 2 195.850
Home/Road Score 3 195.400
  • Apparently, everything is coming up Utah as Utah State continued challenging the big girls with a 196.200 road score in a third-place finish in Nebraska.
  • Madison Ward’s 9.900 led the team, aided by Peel’s 9.875 on BB.
green-up-arrow 23. Arizona 195.680
Road Score 1 196.275
Road Score 2 195.650
Road Score 3 195.425
Home/Road Score 1 196.100
Home/Road Score 2 195.850
Home/Road Score 3 195.375
  • Finally able to get rid of a hideous early-season 193, Arizona moves up closer to a rank the quality of the team merits after a season-high visit to UCLA.
  • Like Seilnacht for Cal, it was Krysten Howard’s lead-off BB score of 9.925 that caught the eye for Arizona, especially because it originally received 9.725, like the judges finally decided to be super critical, but just for her and never again. Schenider also landed her FX passes as well as she ever has for 9.900.
green-up-arrow 24. Eastern Michigan
195.670
Road Score 1 195.925
Road Score 2 195.400
Road Score 3 195.325
Home/Road Score 1 196.000
Home/Road Score 2 195.950
Home/Road Score 3 195.750
  • After a couple rough early-season meets, EMU is starting to peck around that 196 mark and has been rewarded by reentering the top 25.
  • Kendall Valentin’s UB routine has been a staple of the unheralded routines section below, but no more now that EMU is into the 25. She did lead the team once again with a 9.925 this weekend, obviously.
reddownarrow 25. Ohio State 195.595
Road Score 1 196.450
Road Score 2 195.950
Road Score 3 194.375
Home/Road Score 1 196.075
Home/Road Score 2 195.800
Home/Road Score 3 195.775
  • Ohio State drops a number of places after a home 195.225, featuring a three-fall beam catastrophe for 47.850, that couldn’t be counted. This does seem to be a temporary state because of the very low road score that can still be dropped, so expect Ohio State to move back up as early as this weekend’s visit to Denver.

I’m ready for the postseason. That was the overwhelming feeling coming from this most recent batch of meets. We’ve got it. We’re good. We’ve seen your routine like 8 times now, and we’ve got the gist. Let’s get to mattering. We still have two weekends of regular-season action remaining before the conference championships, but those need to be now instead.

A pretty clear top six has established itself. We may still see some repositioning among that group, especially in the 4-6 zone, but I would be quite surprised if the current top-6 doesn’t end up being our set of #1 regional seeds (something UCLA actually hasn’t done since 2013). Continue reading Week 8 Rankings, Notes, RQS Update

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Sunday Live Blog – February 26, 2017

Sunday, February 26
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Southern Utah @ [9] Michigan LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – [24] Iowa State, Maryland @ West Virginia LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Central Michigan LINK ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Air Force @ Bridgeport
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Ursinus, Brockport, Rhode Island @ Ithaca FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ TWU LINK FLOG
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Winona State, Hamline, Gustavus Adolphus @ Minnesota LINK BTN+
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Western Michigan @ Illinois-Chicago LINK
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [22] Illinois, Illinois State @ [8] Denver LINK DU $

Today’s fun little factoid is that if the season ended right this minute, regional #1 would contain Oklahoma, Michigan, and Nebraska, in Nebraska. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR #1. Continue reading Sunday Live Blog – February 26, 2017

Saturday Live Blog – February 25, 2017

Saturday, February 25
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brown, Cornell, Penn @ Yale Ivy $
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [21] Arkansas @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Lindenwood @ Centenary LINK FREE
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Arizona @ [6] UCLA LINK P12
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Pitt @ Penn State LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [5] Utah @ Arizona State LINK P12
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [19] Cal, [24] Utah State, SEMO @ [15] Nebraska LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [16] George Washington, Kent State @ NC State LINK ACC

The Pac-12 moves to the forefront today, and Alabama’s inability to reach 197 yesterday has presented the opportunity for both Utah and UCLA to move  ahead.

In-progress RQS rankings are as follows:
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UCLA needs 196.650 to move ahead of Alabama.
Utah needs 197.150 to move ahead of Alabama.
UCLA needs 197.400 to guarantee passing Utah. Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – February 25, 2017

NCAA Week 8 Results

Friday, February 24
Final Score
Maryland, So. Conn., West Chester v. Temple Maryland 195.225
Temple 193.900
WC 193.600
So Conn 191.275
[13] Missouri @ [3] Florida Florida 197.900
Missouri 196.750
[8] Denver @ [20] Ohio State Denver 196.900
Ohio St 195.225
[18] Washington, [22] Illinois, NIU @ [11] Kentucky Kentucky 196.625
Illinois 196.625
Washington 196.450
NIU 193.800
William & Mary @ North Carolina UNC 195.625
W & M 191.250
Rutgers @ Towson Towson 195.675
Rutgers 194.275
Ball State @ Eastern Michigan EMU 195.950
Ball St 194.225
Air Force @ [23] New Hampshire UNH 196.050
Air Force 193.125
UW-Whitewater @ UW-La Crosse La Crosse 191.675
Whitewater 191.275
UW-Eau Claire @ UW-Oshkosh Eau Claire 185.200
Oshkosh 184.925
UW-Stout @ Gustavus Adolphus Stout 185.350
Gustavus 183.000
[7] Georgia @ [1] Oklahoma Oklahoma 197.675
Georgia 196.925
[2] LSU @ [14] Auburn LSU 197.675
Auburn 196.100
[12] Boise State @ [4] Alabama Alabama 196.925
BSU 196.675
[10] Oregon State @ Stanford Oregon St 197.125
Stanford 196.325
[17] Iowa @ BYU Iowa 196.550
BYU 196.425
Sac State, SJ State, Seattle Pacific @ UC Davis Davis 194.650
SJ State 193.900
Sac St 193.250
SPU 192.550
Saturday, February 25
Final Score
Brown, Cornell, Penn @ Yale Cornell 193.325
Penn 192.925
Yale 192.875
Brown 192.400
[21] Arkansas @ Michigan State MSU 195.550
Arkansas 185.275
Lindenwood @ Centenary Lindenwood 193.850
Centenary 189.600
Arizona @ [6] UCLA UCLA 197.725
Arizona 196.275
Pitt @ Penn State Penn St 195.200
Pitt 193.525
[5] Utah @ Arizona State Utah 197.600
ASU 194.850
[19] Cal, [24] Utah State, SEMO @ [15] Nebraska Nebraska 197.175
Cal 196.400
Utah St 196.200
SEMO 190.325
[16] George Washington, Kent State @ NC State GW 196.725
Kent St 196.125
NC State 195.550
Sunday, February 26
Final Score
Southern Utah @ [9] Michigan Michigan 197.825
So Utah 196.600
[24] Iowa State, Maryland @ West Virginia WVU 195.950
Iowa St 195.725
Maryland 195.450
Bowling Green @ Central Michigan BGSU 195.725
CMU 195.625
Air Force @ Bridgeport Bridgeport 194.275
Air Force 193.975
Ursinus, Brockport, Rhode Island @ Ithaca Ursinus 188.825
Brockport 187.725
Ithaca 186.550
RI177.900
[1] Oklahoma @ TWU Oklahoma 198.175
TWU 192.975
Winona St, Hamline, Gustavus Adolphus @ Minnesota Minnesota 194.700
Winona 188.025
Hamline 185.650
Gustavus 184.550
Western Michigan @ Illinois-Chicago WMU 195.300
UIC 194.225
[22] Illinois, Illinois State @ [8] Denver Denver 196.975
Illinois 195.450
Illinois St 192.175

Week 8 AA leaders:
1. MyKayla Skinner, Utah – 39.750
2. Amelia Hundley, Florida – 39.675
3. Taylor Houchin, Nebraska – 39.650
4. Alicia Boren, Florida – 39.625
4. Madison Kocian, UCLA – 39.625
4. Chayse Capps, Oklahoma – 39.625 (Meet 2)
Continue reading NCAA Week 8 Results

Friday Live Blog – February 24, 2017

Friday, February 24
Scores Watch
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Maryland, Temple, Southern Connecticut, West Chester (@ Philadelphia, PA)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [13] Missouri @ [3] Florida LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [8] Denver @ [20] Ohio State LINK OSU $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [18] Washington, [22] Illinois, Northern Illinois @ [11] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – William & Mary @ North Carolina LINK ACC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Rutgers @ Towson LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ball State @ Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Air Force @ [23] New Hampshire LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Whitewater @ UW-La Crosse FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Eau Claire @ UW-Oshkosh FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [7] Georgia @ [1] Oklahoma LINK OU $
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [2] LSU @ [14] Auburn LINK SEC
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [12] Boise State @ [4] Alabama LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [10] Oregon State @ Stanford LINK P12
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [17] Iowa @ BYU LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State, San Jose State, Seattle Pacific @ UC Davis LINK FB

For today, the top four in the rankings are set and will not move regardless of result. Tomorrow, it will be possible for both Utah and UCLA to challenge Alabama depending on how everyone does. The 4-6 teams could end up in any order in Monday’s rankings, but no lower teams can challenge that group of six for this week. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – February 24, 2017

Things Are Happening – February 23, 2017

A. Weekend schedule

Friday, February 24
Scores Watch
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Maryland, Temple, Southern Connecticut, West Chester (@ Philadelphia, PA)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [13] Missouri @ [3] Florida LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [8] Denver @ [20] Ohio State LINK OSU $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [18] Washington, [22] Illinois, Northern Illinois @ [11] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – William & Mary @ North Carolina LINK ACC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Rutgers @ Towson LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ball State @ Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Air Force @ [23] New Hampshire LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Whitewater @ UW-La Crosse FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Eau Claire @ UW-Oshkosh FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [7] Georgia @ [1] Oklahoma LINK OU $
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [2] LSU @ [14] Auburn LINK SEC
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [12] Boise State @ [4] Alabama LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [10] Oregon State @ Stanford LINK P12
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [17] Iowa @ BYU LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State, San Jose State, Seattle Pacific @ UC Davis LINK FB
Saturday, February 25
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brown, Cornell, Penn @ Yale Ivy $
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [21] Arkansas @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Lindenwood @ Centenary LINK FREE
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Arizona @ [6] UCLA LINK P12
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Pitt @ Penn State LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [5] Utah @ Arizona State LINK P12
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [19] Cal, [24] Utah State, SEMO @ [15] Nebraska LINK FREE?
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [16] George Washington, Kent State @ NC State LINK ACC
Sunday, February 26
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Southern Utah @ [9] Michigan LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – [24] Iowa State, Maryland @ West Virginia LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Central Michigan LINK ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Air Force @ Bridgeport
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Ursinus, Brockport, Rhode Island @ Ithaca FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ TWU LINK FLOG
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Winona State, Hamline, Gustavus Adolphus @ Minnesota LINK BTN+
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Western Michigan @ Illinois-Chicago LINK
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [22] Illinois, Illinois State @ [8] Denver LINK DU $

It looks like no TV for Oklahoma’s meet against Georgia on Friday, but there will be plenty of SEC meets and a rare Friday Pac-12 affair between Oregon State and the concept of unease, all of which will keep us warm instead.

B. Meet Notes

Georgia @ Oklahoma
This is Oklahoma’s senior night (already!), so be on the lookout for the McKenzie Wofford 10 that we’ve been wondering about for, oh, four years now. And the Chayse Capps 10, but obviously. This will also be a excellent opportunity to gauge how competitive Georgia actually is, now 7th in the country and knocking on the door of the Super Six places but still with just one score into the 197s. Georgia isn’t going to win this meet, but is Georgia somewhere in the vicinity of Oklahoma, enough to look like a believable Super Six team? Continue reading Things Are Happening – February 23, 2017

Best Routine of Week 7 Poll

Congratulations to our week 6 champion, Peng Peng Lee’s bars, which won by a billion votes to zero. It was a close-run thing for the remaining spots, however, as Rachel Slocum’s vault took second, just two votes ahead of Ali Jackson’s floor, which was just three votes ahead of Alex McMurtry’s bars, itself only two votes ahead of Maggie Nichols’ floor.

ROUTINE OF THE WEEK 1st 2nd 3rd
Week 1 Skinner, FX Edney, VT Nichols, UB
Week 2 Ward, VT PP Lee, BB Hambrick, FX
Week 3 Artz, FX Childers, BB Skinner, VT
Week 4 Ross, UB McMurtry, VT PP Lee, UB
Week 5 Gardiner, BB Ward, VT Winston, FX
Week 6 PP Lee, UB Slocum, VT Jackson, FX
Week 7

Now, to the vote for week 7, in which the highest score given out to any gymnast was 9.875. No, I’m totally kidding, everyone got a 10 obviously.

(Heads up, no nominees from the GymQuarters meet this weekend because that meet is behind a paywall and not all of you can watch the routines, in case you’re wondering why Maggie Nichols isn’t four of the nominees. I think she’ll survive.) Continue reading Best Routine of Week 7 Poll

Adventures with Elfi in the Rain

Oh hey, would you like to watch some NCAA gymnastics fluff that has the soundtrack, production quality, color scheme, and fucking moccasins of a 1970s sex ed video set in a zoo?

That’s correct.

So, Elfi. We’re going to need you to go for a short jog while jamming a book to your forehead like you’re absorbing a series of Egyptian prophesies. Annnnnnnnd…action!

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Get the girl an umbrella?

Maybe that’s why she never imagined Russia sending someone that untalented to a world championship. The book LIED to her.

So wait, there were just random pictures of Elfi up around town? Was she an escaped criminal or lost dog? Did Elfi do a murder, you guys?

I mean, we could show her doing some gymnastics, but that’s just so obvious, you know. We don’t have that much time, so I feel like we really need to devote most of it to her laboriously opening a closet. That’s what girls do. Hop in, Elf.

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Ugh, easiest skill in the whole routine. Continue reading Adventures with Elfi in the Rain

Week 7 Rankings, Notes, RQS Update

WEEK 7 RANKINGS
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 1. Oklahoma 197.890
Road Score 1  198.350
Road Score 2  198.075
Road Score 3  197.925
Home/Road Score 1  198.025
Home/Road Score 2  197.750
Home/Road Score 3  197.675
  • Oklahoma debuts in RQS with a total of 197.890, already just shy of the program-record RQS of 197.920. It would take a score of 197.850 this weekend against Georgia to set a new program-best mark. The all-time record is 198.055, which is not out of the question if these 198s continue.
  • 198.350.
  • Maggie Nichols’ 39.925.
  • Nichols ranked #1 in the AA and on all four events.
  • Yeah.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 2. LSU 197.655
Road Score 1 197.700
Road Score 2 197.700
Road Score 3 197.575
Home/Road Score 1 197.975
Home/Road Score 2 197.825
Home/Road Score 3 197.475
  • LSU strengths hold on #2 after a two-meet weekend of 197.700/197.975.
  • High road scores provide separation over Florida, while lack of 198s contribute to the deficit to Oklahoma. The #2 ranking looks increasingly like LSU’s regular-season lot.
  • 9.975s on FX from Gnat (meet 1) and Kelley (meet 2) lead the team, but Myia Hambrick continues her enigmatic mid-season roller coaster of falls. Beating OU will be tough under any circumstances, but it absolutely requires peak Hambrick in the AA, even if it means putting her back to the full on vault if that is more comfortable.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 3. Florida 197.435
Road Score 1 197.425
Road Score 2 197.325
Road Score 3 197.125
Home/Road Score 1 197.975
Home/Road Score 2 197.700
Home/Road Score 3 197.600
  • The Gators’ mediocre away 197.125 (that counts as mediocre now) sees them lose ground to LSU in the RQS race. The home scores are excellent, but those current road scores will get them no higher than third. Getting a high road total March 5th at LSU will be critical in Florida’s quest to pull a Captain Jack Harkness and hold off the 4-5-6.
  • Boren’s 39.500 AA, McMurtry’s 9.975 UB lead the way this week. Chant returns on VT, UB, while Baker remains limited to UB, BB.
green-up-arrow 4. Alabama 197.085
Road Score 1 197.225
Road Score 2 197.050
Road Score 3 196.700
Home/Road Score 1 197.825
Home/Road Score 2 197.350
Home/Road Score 3 197.100
  • The introduction of RQS allows Alabama to move up two spots by virtue of having competed in more meets and being able to drop those low 195s scored during the weekend that shall not be named.
  • One score in the upper-197 range, however, won’t be able to sustain this ranking against the push from UCLA and Utah, so Alabama still needs to get out of this lower-197 streak over the next few weeks.
  • Nickie Guerrero’s “you started celebrating too early so you only get a 9.975” and Winston’s 39.500 AA were Alabama’s highs in a comfortable 197.350 win over Auburn.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 5. Utah 196.965
Road Score 1 197.150
Road Score 2 196.900
Road Score 3 196.525
Home/Road Score 1 197.875
Home/Road Score 2 197.625
Home/Road Score 3 196.625
  • Utah stays at #5 despite the completely controversy-free, gentle stroll through the meadow against UCLA that resulted in a 197.875 and had no issues for us to talk about at all. Road scores need to improve to expect to move any higher or fend off UCLA for long.
  • Skinner’s 39.675 AA and 9.9s on three events were the scoring highlights. Plus, everyone got a career-high on floor, even Tom and that PA lady.
reddownarrow 6. UCLA 196.935**
Road Score 1 197.500
Road Score 2 197.325
Road Score 3 197.150
Home/Road Score 1 198.125
Home/Road Score 2 196.825
Home/Road Score 3 195.875
  • **This is different from UCLA’s official weekly total because it includes Monday’s meet against Bridgeport/USU. That score doesn’t change the ranking, however, because it was horrible.
  • Ross brought the biggest highlights for UCLA over the weekend with her second-career 10 on UB on Saturday and her first-career 10 on BB on Monday.
  • UCLA had a 197 going on Monday until the D-team floor lineup fell three times for 48.000. Macy Toronjo, however, did debut with an excellent FX for 9.900. Get her in the real lineup.
  • The Bruins will take heart from being so close to Alabama and Utah while still counting a ratty 195.
green-up-arrow 7. Georgia 196.735
Road Score 1 196.975
Road Score 2 196.800
Road Score 3 196.525
Home/Road Score 1 197.075
Home/Road Score 2 196.875
Home/Road Score 3 196.500
  • Georgia’s ascent up the rankings this week is essentially an advertisement for RQS, which once and for all allows everyone to pretend that first-meet 193 never happened. Suddenly, RQS looks totally fine, if a little lacking in the big numbers needed to challenge for a spot in the top 6.
  • The 196.975 from Friday is Georgia’s away-high this season, led by three scores in the 9.9s from Rachel Dickson.
  • Snead continued her gradual return, competing VT and UB.
green-up-arrow 8. Denver 196.550
Road Score 1 196.875
Road Score 2 196.500
Road Score 3 195.900
Home/Road Score 1 197.150
Home/Road Score 2 197.125
Home/Road Score 3 196.350
  • Denver uses another 197 to leapfrog a bunch of other contending teams, predominantly because Denver doesn’t have the same degree of unfortunate 195s overstaying their welcome. With five meets left, Denver doesn’t yet have to count anything under the 197s.
  • Maddie Karr scored a 10.000 on VT with her Y1.5 to lead the team to a season-high 197.150, supported by 9.925s from Addison (FX) and Ross (BB).
reddownarrow 9. Michigan 196.500
Road Score 1 196.475
Road Score 2 196.025
Road Score 3 195.725
Home/Road Score 1 197.225
Home/Road Score 2 197.225
Home/Road Score 3 197.050
  • A season-high-tying 197.225 doesn’t prevent Michigan from dropping in the rankings because of the increased emphasis RQS places on road performance. Michigan’s home scores are competitive for a spot in the top 6, but the road scores are and will continue to be a hindrance to maintaining a place in the top 10 because the next two meets are at home.
  • McLean was the star of the show over the weekend, upgrading to her 1.5 for 9.975 on VT and leading the FX rotation with 9.900.
green-up-arrow 10. Oregon State 196.370
Road Score 1 196.825
Road Score 2 196.200
Road Score 3 195.575
Home/Road Score 1 196.900
Home/Road Score 2 196.700
Home/Road Score 3 196.550
  • The Beavs’ five-week run of 196s gets them into the top 10 with the potential to move higher because of that 195.5, a score we’d expect to be dropped this coming weekend in a visit to Stanford.
  • Gardiner’s 9.950 on BB led event scores, and Gardiner and McMillan shared the AA title with 39.425.
  • That Cal PA announcer will be figuring out the bars lineup any minute now.
reddownarrow 11. Kentucky 196.360
Road Score 1 196.950
Road Score 2 196.150
Road Score 3 195.850
Home/Road Score 1 197.475
Home/Road Score 2 197.100
Home/Road Score 3 195.750
  • Once again this weekend, Kentucky was send to bed with its chronic case of Sudden 195-itis. This is happening a little too often, and those bouts with 195s account for Kentucky’s drop in the rankings. RQS is Kentucky’s friend this season because it allows all those scores to be dropped in time, as long as Kentucky hits two of the next four meets, particularly those last two road encounters.
  • Dukes led the AA bunch this week with 39.225, which quite is low by Kentucky’s standards as Hyland, Korth, and Stuart all had errors.
reddownarrow 12. Boise State 196.330
Road Score 1 197.075
Road Score 2 196.700
Road Score 3 196.400
Home/Road Score 1 197.025
Home/Road Score 2 196.225
Home/Road Score 3 195.300
  • Boise State has competed in fewer meets than most of the other top schools and therefore has not yet been able to drop that opening-weekend 195.3. Hence the fall to 12th. With that score presumably going away this weekend, Boise State is poised to gain a couple spots and could challenge for the top 10 again even with only a mid-196.
  • No surprise that UB was the highest-scoring event en route to the 196.700 this week, with McGregor’s 9.900 leading the way.
green-up-arrow 13. Missouri 196.020
Road Score 1 196.350
Road Score 2 196.225
Road Score 3 196.075
Home/Road Score 1 196.225
Home/Road Score 2 195.850
Home/Road Score 3 195.725
  • Missouri’s consistency of scoring in the low 196s is both its asset and curse. For now, it accounts for the rise in ranking as we switch to RQS because of the absence of a counting disaster. In time, however, those already-bold 196.2-196.3 scores will be trouble since many of the teams ranked below have better bold scores.
  • Missouri’s 196.350 ranked last in the GymQuarters quad but was still a season-high (because of GymQuarters) and did feature Aspen Tucker’s 9.925 on VT.
green-up-arrow 14. Auburn 196.015
Road Score 1 196.450
Road Score 2 196.400
Road Score 3 195.800
Home/Road Score 1 196.075
Home/Road Score 2 196.075
Home/Road Score 3 195.725
  • Quite like Missouri, Auburn was able to wrench out a season-high over the weekend of 196.450, which creates a relatively even RQS picture and a total over 196. The absence of big totals will become a problem soon.
  • Auburn did not end up challenging Alabama much in the loss on Friday, but 9.900s from Engler (UB) and Krippner (FX) did stand out.
green-up-arrow 15. Nebraska 195.985
Road Score 1 197.125
Road Score 2 196.550
Road Score 3 196.050
Home/Road Score 1 196.825
Home/Road Score 2 195.700
Home/Road Score 3 194.800
  • With a significant increase in quality over the last couple meets, Nebraska has recorded some very competitive totals that rank ahead of what the likes of Missouri and Auburn have been scoring, but actually moving ahead is all dependent on dropping that 194.800 that’s currently keeping them down. Three chances.
  • The season-high 197.125 came on the back of a 9.9-a-thon on FX, led by 9.950 from Houchin.
green-up-arrow 16. George Washington 195.970
Road Score 1 196.150
Road Score 2 196.100
Road Score 3 196.000
Home/Road Score 1 196.400
Home/Road Score 2 196.050
Home/Road Score 3 195.550
  • Two scores, both over 196, resurrected GW from last week’s drop to create quite an appealing and even RQS picture with no rough numbers. Right now, it’s just shy of the level it should take to get a seeded place at regionals, which is a bit farther into the 196s.
  • The 9.925 VT and 39.350 AA score from Winstanley led GW to a middle-child finish in the LSU tri-meet on Sunday, only a couple counting 9.6s away from a truly high total.
green-up-arrow 17. Iowa 195.950
Road Score 1 196.400
Road Score 2 196.175
Road Score 3 195.725
Home/Road Score 1 196.475
Home/Road Score 2 195.975
Home/Road Score 3 195.475
  • Iowa finally breaks out of the 22nd-place box after another 196.4 on Friday. The team is aided by a solid balance of useful home and away scores and being able to drop its weakest performances, scores that still afflict a number of other teams hovering around the high teens.
  • The fall-laden 194.200 on Sunday at LSU was not a particularly auspicious result, but thanks to the magic of RQS, it has been quietly removed and no one is the wiser.
reddownarrow 18. Washington 195.875
Road Score 1 195.825
Road Score 2 195.325
Road Score 3 195.175
Home/Road Score 1 197.175
Home/Road Score 2 196.750
Home/Road Score 3 196.300
  • Welcome to the frustration of trying to explain RQS rankings to people who don’t know anything, as Washington recorded a massive 197.175 over the weekend and promptly fell four places in the rankings and lost ground to teams that scored much worse. Congratulations!
  • The reason: road scores. RQS protects against teams that only score well at home, and right now Washington is in that position. There will be no moving up until those low 195s go away.
  • Burleson’s 39.575 AA score tied for the third-highest in the country over the weekend. The country.
reddownarrow 19. Cal 195.785
Road Score 1 195.725
Road Score 2 195.550
Road Score 3 195.325
Home/Road Score 1 197.075
Home/Road Score 2 196.300
Home/Road Score 3 196.025
  • See: Washington. Cal, too, managed to reach the 197s for the first time this year and fall in the rankings regardless because of low away scores. If Cal wants to ensure a seeded spot at regionals this year, that means three 196s from the three remaining road meets.
  • Alicia Gallarzo’s 9.925 on UB during that “who am I, where am I” bars rotation just edged out a number of other 9.900s for the team’s high score of the weekend.
reddownarrow 20. Ohio State 195.595
Road Score 1 196.450
Road Score 2 195.950
Road Score 3 194.375
Home/Road Score 1 196.075
Home/Road Score 2 195.800
Home/Road Score 3 195.775
  • OSU will finish the season with three consecutive road meets, and pretty much the entire ranking outlook depends on dropping that 194.375 during one of those meets because otherwise hanging around a 196 final total seems plausible.
  • Ohio State just edged out West Virginia at home over the weekend thanks to two 9.9s and a 39.375 AA total from Mattern.
green-up-arrow 21. Arkansas 195.535
Road Score 1 196.375
Road Score 2 195.350
Road Score 3 195.025
Home/Road Score 1 196.275
Home/Road Score 2 195.825
Home/Road Score 3 195.200
  • Arkansas will want to erase last weekend’s 195.200 as soon as possible (along with that still-counting 195.025), but TEAM HOGS nonetheless moves up for the time being. The trouble may come when the teams ranked below drop their 194s, which means Arkansas needs to get back on the 196 train the next couple weeks on the road to fend them off..
  • Yamzon’s 39.300 AA and Nelson’s 9.900 FX led the team over the weekend, but weren’t able to make up for a beam implosion.
reddownarrow 22. Illinois 195.495
Road Score 1 196.050
Road Score 2 195.300
Road Score 3 194.200
Home/Road Score 1 196.550
Home/Road Score 2 196.025
Home/Road Score 3 195.900
  • Illinois’s season-high 196.550 is a score much more befitting of the expectations we have for the Illinois program, but a couple disastrous early-season away scores remain a giant problem. Illinois does benefit from having five meets left instead of four, still with several more chances to drop all the unfortunate totals.
  • 9.925s were big the winners for the Illini over the weekend, from both Hodan on BB and Leduc on FX.
green-up-arrow 23. New Hampshire 195.290
Road Score 1 196.075
Road Score 2 195.075
Road Score 3 194.700
Home/Road Score 1 196.450
Home/Road Score 2 195.425
Home/Road Score 3 195.175
  • New Hampshire is back! The 196.450 home score and season-high on Sunday vaulted UNH into the top 25 by way of finally being able to make the back-to-back 193s to start the season go far, far away.
  • Mulligan recorded yet another 9.900 on UB, as we’ve come to expect, but this time she was joined by Doolin’s 9.900 on FX and a very competitive 39.400 AA score from Pflieger.
green-up-arrow 24. Utah State 195.595**
Road Score 1 195.725
Road Score 2 195.700
Road Score 3 195.300
Home/Road Score 1 196.300
Home/Road Score 2 195.850
Home/Road Score 3 195.400
  • **This score differs from Utah State’s official weekly ranking because it includes Monday’s 195.700 at UCLA, which brings USU up to 195.595 and would mean a ranking of #21 if it were included in the rankings.
  • It was a significant weekend for Utah State as a home 196.300 allowed for dropping a 191 and Monday’s performance allowed for dropping a 194.0. Suddenly, Utah State is a thing.
green-up-arrow 24. Iowa State 195.270
Road Score 1 196.125
Road Score 2 195.350
Road Score 3 194.325
Home/Road Score 1 195.775
Home/Road Score 2 195.625
Home/Road Score 3 195.275
  • ISU will use this 195.625 from its final home meet of the season but would have been hoping for more reinforcements before heading out on a series of away meets since most of the other teams in the top 25 currently have more and higher 196s. Erasing that 194.3 is essential, but so is erasing those lower 195s if this ranking is to be maintained.
  • Haylee Young did manage another 9.900 on BB and a 39.425 in the AA to save a result that could have gone in a very troubling direction without her.

Full rankings at RTN.

Note that Southern Utah is not included here after starting the season two weeks late and not yet having enough road meets to be eligible for RQS.

Also note that Eastern Michigan‘s 196.000 from Monday would see it go into 24th place, ahead of New Hampshire and Iowa State, were those scores included in the week’s rankings.

  • The introduction of RQS this week didn’t change much at the very top of the rankings, but it did produce quite a few shakeups lower down. Benefiting were teams that have competed in more than six meets so far and can drop their weak scores, like Georgia, as well as teams with relatively even home and away totals, like Missouri and Iowa.

Continue reading Week 7 Rankings, Notes, RQS Update

Sunday Live Blog – February 19, 2017

Sunday, February 19
Scores Watch
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – UW-La Crosse @ Illinois State
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Central Michigan @ Kent State LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Temple @ New Hampshire LINK ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Cortland @ Brockport FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Ithaca @ Springfield FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [9] Kentucky, William & Mary, Penn @ Maryland LINK BTN+
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Penn State, Western Michigan, Sacramento State @ TWU LINK FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Brown, Seattle Pacific @ Lindenwood LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Rutgers @ Illinois-Chicago LINK
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – [20] George Washington, [22] Iowa @ [2] LSU LINK SEC+
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [25] Arizona @ [14] Washington LINK P12
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Alaska @ UC Davis LINK FREE

Remember that UCLA/Utah meet last night? I know. Me too. I just started laughing again. #neverforget

Anyway, there are no rules in this house anymore, so I can’t wait to see what happens next. Continue reading Sunday Live Blog – February 19, 2017