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Four on the Flippin’ Four Floor Whatever – Live Blog

Saturday, April 20
Scores Stream
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Team Final
[1] Oklahoma
[2] UCLA
[3] LSU
[5] Denver

Great work with the name. It’s cool how everyone knows what this meet is called, and it’s name isn’t stupid. Super well done, once again, team.

Welcome to the winning part where someone is going to do the winning. Based on yesterday’s performances, you like Oklahoma for the win overall because of that 197.850 with some eh-ish-ness on beam, but no one was that…greatly great? So if someone turns out to be…great…

That’s where we are at this point. The last two seasons, the best team in the semifinal has not won the title.

Your rotation order is LSU on vault, Oklahoma on bars, UCLA on beam, Denver on floor. I’ve been saying recently that starting on bars is the new worst rotation order because of the SVs on vault, but that doesn’t really apply to Oklahoma because Oklahoma does have a full vault lineup of 10.0s.

I don’t think any of the teams hate this rotation order. Denver got the semi-dreaded starting on floor order, but Denver’s best scores can come on bars and beam anyway, so that works. Plus, Denver’s super happy to be here, so whatever order you like… Continue reading Four on the Flippin’ Four Floor Whatever – Live Blog


National Semifinals – Live Blog

Friday, April 19
Scores Stream
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Semifinal #1
[2] UCLA
[3] LSU
[5] Utah
[6] Michigan
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Semifinal #2
[1] Oklahoma
[4] Denver
[7] Georgia
[8] Oregon State

I’m here for warmups, so I’ll update with notes and let you know what’s up if anything.

Before we begin, a few developments of the last day or so.

1) Emma McLean is out of championships with an injury to her arm (that definitely isn’t her ankle or anything—I don’t know why you would say that confidently to Team GymCastic on the way to championships—who would do that?)

2) Maggie Nichols is indeed going to compete the all-around here.

3) Sarah Finnegan won the AAI Award, which came as a surprise to…not many. There were some compelling contenders of course, but she’s the strongest AAer of the seniors this year.

Heads up that I’m going to have a horrendous view of vault, so if I’m like, “great stick!” and you’re like, “that wasn’t a stick you dumb whore”…that’s probably going to happen.

Norah Flatley is performing “Unwritten” right now in a split stretch on the vault runway, and it’s the most talent anyone has had when doing anything.

At the urging of the team, Bev just did a model runway walk down the bars mat. So, this isn’t elite, is what I’m saying.

Marz warming up vault in addition to the six who have been in the lineup.

Sarah Finnegan’s switch leap work shot a beam of light across the whole arena, so the usual.

Gracie Kramer sits a 1.5. Kyla’s looks good. Wright with her normal. Kramer goes again and hits her 1.5, large lunge to the side. Kyla stuck her second attempt at a 1.5. Wright followed her with a stick. Kramer hit her third as well.

Injury alert: Miss Val is limping and showing her foot to people. Possible redshirt year?

Nebraska with the backess leo to end all backless leos for warmup. That’s about what I have to report from the second rotation of warmups. Normal doing normal.

Priessman watch: she’s warming up vault as one of the 7 for LSU.

Also, I’m going to be a real bail-handstand-leg-separation Nazi today because I have THE view of that.

OK start lists out – Priessman in vault and bars. Michigan using Heiskell in place of McLean on vault and floor as expected.

I definitely intended to have more to say about warmups, but you know, people and talking. You guys got passed up for more important people. You may survive.

Overall thoughts have been that everyone looks fine and no one great in warmups, which is what you want. No one looked like they’re mentally falling apart, no one using it up. Continue reading National Semifinals – Live Blog

Regionals Live Blog – Regional Finals

Saturday, April 6
Scores Stream
7:00 ET/4:00 PT
Georgia Regional Final
7:00 ET/4:00 PT
Michigan Regional Final
8:00 ET/5:00 PT
LSU Regional Final
10:00 ET/7:00 PT
Oregon St Regional Final

Enough playing. This is the real one. Life is starting.

If you haven’t, check out the preview of today’s competition considering what we saw yesterday. Because there’s a lot. Continue reading Regionals Live Blog – Regional Finals

Regionals Live Blog – Round 2

Friday, April 5
Scores Stream
2:00 ET/11:00 PT
Georgia Semifinal #1
[8] Georgia
[9] Kentucky
[19] Missouri
[22] Iowa State
2:00 ET/11:00 PT
Michigan Semifinal #1
[7] Michigan
[10] Alabama
[23] Penn State
[26] Ohio State
3:00 ET/12:00 PT
LSU Semifinal #1
[6] Utah
[11] Minnesota
[17] BYU
[20] Arkansas
5:00 ET/2:00 PT
Oregon State Semifinal #1
[5] Denver
[12] Boise State
[18] Washington
[24] Southern Utah
7:00 ET/4:00 PT
Georgia Semifinal #2
[1] Oklahoma
[15] Cal
[28] Maryland
Play-in winner
7:00 ET/4:00 PT
Michigan Semifinal #2
[2] UCLA
[14] Nebraska
[27] West Virginia
Play-in winner
8:00 ET/5:00 PT
LSU Semifinal #2
[3] LSU
[13] Auburn
[21] Arizona State
Play-in winner
10:00 ET/7:00 PT
Oregon State Semifinal #2
[4] Florida
[16] Oregon State
[25] Stanford
Play-in winner

The biggest day of the three. 32 teams over 8 sessions, 16 advance to tomorrow.

The rotation draw has given the #2 teams the delight of starting on beam, which means that those first rotations are critical if theoretical borderline team is going to open the door for a potential upset bid. If those #2 seeds get through beam successfully, they’ll feel much more comfortable about their chances to make it through to tomorrow.

We are introductionating in Ann Arbor. And presumably in Athens though the stream has not begun yet.

Dana Duckworth status: suns out, guns out
Bev Plocki status: broken wrist?

Touch warmup beginning now at Michigan. Michigan’s posted lineup does not have Karas on floor. Wonder if we’ll see a lot of top seeds take a play-it-by-ear approach to floor in the final rotation. We don’t have to push it if we already have a big lead…

It’s starting!

Rotation 1

Heiskell – VT – Mich –  yfulll step back, and then another small step to salute, pretty solid, some knees, not a large step

Klopfer – BB – Alabama – aerial to bhs, quick enough – strong leaps – lone sissone, good – hop on side aerial to full disomount. Good.

Magee sticks a full on vault for Georgia. 9.850

Ella Warren solid on beam for Kenbtucky, finishing 1.5, short with a step back

Maxim – VT – Michigan – near stick on her Tsuk 1/2, just a little short with a small slide. One of her strong ones.

Ward – VT- Georgia – Tsuk 1/1 only a small hop back. Good.

Olsen – BB – Alabama – bhs loso loso series, very solid as we’ve come to expect – switch to wolf, hit – full turn, no trouble – aerial, knees – double pike, a little short this week but only a small step. Good.

Vega – VT – Georgia – hop back on the full, pretty much her usual, good distance of course

Brenner – VT – Mich – small step back on 1.5, good.

Hit beam second up for Angeny for Kentucky.

Childers – BB – Alabama – sheep, small hesitation into beat but fine – loso series, a little dance out to cover – aerial to scale is strong.

Dickson comes up short on her Omelianchik, hits but a large lunge back – 1.5, holds stick with a lean.

Good full from McLean on vault.

Korth has a lean check at the hips on her back tuck on beam,

Lukacs – VT – Georgia – one of her stronger DTYs, Suzanne almost tackles her. Best part.

Also Vega got a 9.9 for a non-stuck yfull. DIDN’T I TELL YOU.

Great 1.5 from Karas on vault. Only a small slide.

Snead with a strong landing on her 1.5, small movement. Georgia did the job on vault and is getting the scores too.

Basically stuck 1.5 from Wojcik on vault, just a slide of heels together, well done.

9.950 for a non-stick for Snead. The scores are coming for Georgia here. Regional over.

A check or two for Stuart on beam for Kentucky. But small. Good hit.

Gaskins – BB – Alabama – strong side aerial – a little tenttive on full turn – split jump 1/2 from side is OK but it was better extended in the warmup – some knees on losos eries but hit – switch to split is lovely – gainer full. Hit.

That’s five good beams up for Alabama, so they’re doing fine.

Those Iowa State bars scores were right with those Kentucky beam scores, so keep an eye on that. Same with Missouri’s floor.

Dukes – BB – Kentucky – smooth loso series – aerial to split, nice height in both elements – just a touch of feet here and there – no checks – perfect stuck 1.5 dismount

Graber had a check on her series on beam, otherwise fine –

Pretty open double tuck on floor for Astarita of Penn State here –

Tucker – FX – Missouri – full in, strong controlled landing, good – 2/1 to loso, smoothly done – double pike, stuck with just a little low chest

Hyland – BB – Kentucky – switch to split, lovely toes – cat to aerial is smooth – no trouble on bhs loso series either – side aerial to full, stuck. Excellent.

We never got a beam score for Korth. There was some judge discussion. And now is she getting to go again at the end of the beam lineup?

She definitely did some of a routine in her normal position?

Anyway, Korth BB – Part 2 – full turn – bhs loso, knees but hit – cat leap to switch to back tuck is stronger than the first time around – 2/1, stuck, a little chest forward.

Good bars from Ohio State to break 49, though Georgia and Alabama starting to pull away.

Kentucky, Iowa State, and Missouri will all be VERY close after the first rotation. But Kentucky had a good beam. Scores there looking tighter than the other pieces so far.

We’re still waiting on the floor score for Garcia to be posted, so Penn State shouldn’t be as out of it as it looks right now.

After 1:
Georgia 49.500, Missouri 49.225, Kentucky 49.175, Iowa State 49.175
Michigan 49.425, Alabama 49.225, Ohio State 49.050, Penn State 48.500

Big news of that first rotation was that Kentucky would have wanted a better beam score, although I thought they did pretty well.

Judge #2 on vault at Georgia is the only one who understands me.

Rotation 2

We’re up on floor for Kentucky with poland – front tuck through to rudi that got kind of crazy – but fine.

Moment of truth for Missouri on vault because this can get kind of iffy –

Lukacs – UB – Georgia – close on tkatchev bit hit, lots of form – pak is pretty – DLO with a bounce back

Good double pike on floor for Desch. Sticks her doubel tuck, some of her most solid tumbling.

Snead – UB – tkatchev and bail are clean – DLO, two steps back and a leg-up balance check, which was kind of bizarre

Mariani just does hold onto her bail second up on bars for Michigan. Good save.

Missouri will definitely be pleased by how cracky the vault scoring is in Georgia. They needed some gifts there and are getting many of them.

Stuck dismount for Al-Hameed on bars for Georgia. Sailing through.

Olsen hits floor, finishes with controlled double pike.

Bounce back on FTDLO from Dickson on bars.

Missouri broke 49 on vault. Staying right in this.

Karas – UB – Michigan – toe on toe shap, good legs – bail, a very small back arch, good legs together there as well – holds onto vertical hs on high bar – DLO, stuck

This is after a miss from Brenner in the thrid spot, so important routine.

Oakley got a little archy in a handstand on the low bar but saved a solid routine.

Hyland – FX – Kentucky – double pike, solidly done –

Wojcik – UB – Michigan – short first hs – toe 1/2 to pilked jaeger, close with some elbows but caught – bail, hit – better final cast hs – DLO, hit with a lunge back – that was the most tentative I’ve seen her on bars so it won’t be quite her usual score, but it’s a necessary and usable hit.

Kentucky starting to get the floor scores that will allow for some distancing.

Farley – UB – Michigan – hit first hs – 1/2 turn to piked jaeger, clipped her feet on the bar and did amazingly well to work through it, still a big deduction – bail is pretty – finishes 1/2 turn into double front, stuck. Super routine, but then the clip of the feet, so let’s see what they do with it. That clip is a .1 flat deduction, so not devastating.

Korth chest down but secure landing on her full-in on floor.

Farley gets through with 9.800 on bars, so Michigan survives the rotation.

We know Kentucky will be in second after this rotation, even before Dukes goes.

Pretty double pike on floor to finish from Graber. They have multiple 9.900s already in this rotation.

Dukes – FX – Kentucky – stuck double pike – front full to layout, solid – double tuck, ooc with a bounce back, but otherwise a clean one

Guerra hit DLO on floor, chest a bit too forward – overturns her switch side into popa, but good positions – 1.5 to layout, clean, love the straight shape in layout – double pike,c ontrolled step. Strong.

Ohio State had a beam disaster and Penn State is falling way out of this with 9.6s, so unless something ridiculous happens, Michigan and Alabama are looking good.

I’m going to keep an eye on Michigan’s beam, because Michigan’s beam, but otherwise that one is going to get the less-focused treatment because it’s starting to become too clear.

After 2:
Georgia 98.750, Kentucky 98.525, Missouri 98.250, Iowa State 98.050

Kentucky will feel this is still too close for comfort. They should be fine, but no room for even like a random 9.6 on bars.

Alabama 98.650, Michigan 98.475, Penn St 97.500, Ohio St 96.700

The first semifinal out of LSU is about to begin, the one with Utah, Minn, BYU, and Arkansas, so that could get interesting…

Rotation 3

Georgia has to beam now. BEAM.

Snead – BB – UGA – bhs loso bhs series, good hold since she was a little off line – the switch you guys, I cannot – front tuck, nailed – 2/1, stuck, nice.

Kwan only a small slide back on full –

Lovely the improvised choreo from Farley on beam to cover a balance check

Dukes – VT – Kentucky – lovely full, good pop, step back, a touch of knees

We’re getting started at the LSU site with a critical beam rotation from Minnesota.

Sonier – BB – bhs loso series, good – split jump 3/4 with a lean correction – standing loso, hit – bhs bhs 1.5, stuck. Really good start.

Dickson gerogia with a check on her series on beam –

Hyland – VT – kentucky – another hop good on her full, good, normal

Magee – Bb – Georgia – straddle to straddle 1/2, pretty extension as always – fall on loso series MAGEE!. Here we go. Switch to switch side, a check –

Loper – BB – Minnesota – check on series and again on full turn

Stuart sits her 1.5 on vault for Kentucky! They’ll be OK as long as they get a good one from Korth.

Michigan comfortable on beam through three

Korth – VT – she hit it – she did land a little short with a slide back, but a hit score. Missouri will not feel like they’ve been taken out of it now though.

Oakley – BB – Georgia – not her most comfortable wolf, a little leany – pretty loso series, well done – split to split ring jump, small lean correction – gainer full, hop. A tentative routine but a hit.

nailed double front on bars for Missouri –

Minnesota trhough beam with three hits to start, but a couple 9.7s.

Baumann – BB – Georgia – side aerial to loso series, hit with a pretty large leg-up wobble – 1.25 turn – switch side, hit well – 2/1, another leg-up balance check but this time on the ground.

It shouldn’t be more than 9.7 but it’s a hit. They survived the two nervy routines. But of course this meet so 9.775. Dear.

Love the full in on floor from Iowa State

Minnesota, BYU, and Arkansas all very close. Actually Utah too.

Skinner – VT – Utah – hop back on DTY, not her best control but good, will score well.

Vega – BB – Georgia – switch to split ring, good – aerial to split, soft knees in split but fine – bhs loso series, smooth – stuck dismount. Georgia will be fine again.

Good power on loso series from Sales of Minnesota.

Flung DLO from Burton on bars for Arkansas but a hit.

Michigan and Alabama remaining fully in control.

Georgia is going to be dine, Kentucky will have 3 tenths on Missouri going to the last rotation.

Heads up Ramler was great on beam. Please be shocked.

The scores at LSU seem to have lost themselves, but a very close first rotation is finishing up with Evans on floor.

Evan – FX – BYU – double pike, solid, keeps from foot down – double tuck, a little short with a hop forward – split leap full to wolf jump full, strong – gorg front lay to front full to finish – disqualified for flossing, though. Shame because it should be have been in the 9.8s but we’ll have to give it a 0.000 for flossing.

It’s a 49.200 for Utah on vault, lower than they would have wanted but fine for right now. 48.900 for Arkansas on bars. (not high but they’re through the trouble event).

After 1:
Utah – 49.200
BYU – 49.075
Minnesota – 49.050
Arkansas 48.900

Eyes emoji or whatnot.

Kentucky has three tenths on Missouri heading to bars while Missouri is on beam, which should be a comfortable set-up for Kentucky, but keep a look out.

Next rotation –

Davis – FX – Georgia – lunge forward on 2.5 landing, too out of control there but not a big deal –

Stuart – Ub – Kentucky – tkatchev, good, hits bail – shortish final cast hs – FTDLO, hop back. Fine.

Solid three series from Yamzon on beam. Deep on kickover with a small lean, but works through it.

Dula – UB – Utah – 1/2 turn in jaeger, lovely as always – tight position in next cast hs – hit bail – stalder to double tuck, stuck, pretty routine, just the handstands to work out

Kwan – UB – kentucky – 1/2 turn to super high jaeger, good, into overshoot – giant full to double tuck, small hop back. They’re doing the job here.

Kim Tessen stuck FTDT on bars.

Arkansas has a fall in the second possition on beam from Hambrick.

OOH! A mistake from Dukes in the 4th position on bars for Kentucky. Caught her foot on a toe shoot and came off the bar.

Two routines to stay alive for Kentucky coming up now.

Iowa State finishing up its day with Sievers on vault – handspring pike 1/2 short with a large lunge forward. Not a strong on there. But a really good showing overall for Iowa State today. Competitive with these teams

The challenging teams in LSU are all getting 9.7ed to death in the second rotation, so they’re all staying pretty close.

Hyland – UB – Kentucky – tkatchev, hit, a little close but fine – bail, good, I’d take for a couple handstands – FTDT, small slide back. Not her cleanest but the hit they needed.

Missouri going through solidly enough on beam to keep the pressure on Kentucky for this final bars routine from Korth. A must hit.

Korth – UB – kentucky – piked jaeger, solid, just a bit of elbows – bail, good – nice final cast hs – FTDLO, with two lunges back but kept to her feet. That was close to being a disaster, but she got through it. Should be enough.

Minnesota is now working against a fall third up on floor.

Kentucky finishes 196.850

Dickson with a crazy landing on her double arabian on floor, large lunge forward an OOB.

Alabama has qualified with a score over 197. Michigan on its way there after finishing up floor.

Really solid three series from Ward on beam for Missouri. Straddle 1/4 was tentative with a little check – – strong side aerial –

But Missouri is going to come up just short.

Hailey Garner came back on beam for Arkansas with a hugely important hit routine to avoid counting a fall. Arkansas still right in this thing.

Minnesota needs some big final floor scores, and if the loveliness of Ramler’s final pass is any indication, they’ll start getting them. 9.775. Admittedly misses her first pass

Somehow Dickson still went 9.800 for that floor routine where she flew OOB, so that’s cool. Georgia will advance, but not with a particularly convincing performance for tomorrow’s purposes.

Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, and Alabama will advance — all according to seed.

Interesting: Alabama will outscore Michigan here. Very important for tomorrow purposes.

Williams – FX – Minnesota – a little bouncy on front 2/1 – switch side to popa are how they should look, excellent – HUGE 1.5 in her second pass, but overdid it a little so the layout connected out was flat, landed it fine, but a position deduction – solid rudi, love her twisting.

The judges were not here for Minnesota’s floor rotation, so this thing is getting intense.

After 2:
Utah 98.525
Arkansas – 97.950
BYU – 97.825
Minnesota 97.825

This one is LIVE.

Wrapping up our final scores from the first 2 –

1. Georgia – 197.300
2. Kentucky 196.850
3. Missouri – 196.625
4. Iowa State – 196.250

Really tough draw for Missouri and Iowa State, and it showed with them not advancing despite really strong performances. 196.625 is all Missouri could have hoped for and will advance out of most semifinals. The worry for the other teams is that Georgia got some seriously elevated scores for that performance, and if it continues tomorrow, may just close the door on them.

1. Alabama – 197.225
2. Michigan – 196.950
3. Penn State -195.750
4. Ohio State – 194.725

The book closed on this semifinal pretty early, but tomorrow is going to be gooooood.

Rotation 3 from LSU

Utah should be pretty comfortable, but we’ll need to keep an eye on beam here.

Minnesota opens vault with a stick from Quaglia, not a lot of height but good landing –

Yamzon with some small slides on double back passes but OK –

Great Gienger from BYU’s first on bars

Sonier – VT – Minnesota – a little deeper in the landing position than Quaglia, but only a small hop back

Sales – VT – Minn – small hop back, better distance than the first two though

Hambrick – FX – Arkansas – double tuck, controlled step, great position – front lay to front full, slide forward, a little soft in layout – double pike, a bit out of control on the step

Williams with a huge full for Minnesota but also a larger hop back

Body collapse on bail third up for BYU on bars, but she works through it

Ramler – VT – MInn – holds the stick on her 1.5! Very nice. Not a perfect vault with a little knees, a little lean to hold the stick, but very good.

Loper – VT – Minn – she sticks her 1.5 as well. Great vault, and a little higher and more secure than Ramler’s.

Minnesota had reason to be worried but has officially shown up today with those final two vaults. 9.950 for Loper.

Utah hitting on beam through the first three, so no issues there.

Good amplitude on piked jaeger from Boden on bars for BYU – finishes FTDT, a little too forward with a hop

McGlone – FX – Arkansas – short on her DLO with a lunge, came close to landing OOB but didn’t which is a major deal in minimizing deductions – double tuck is very solid – 1.5 to layout. Got through with a9.8, they’ll take that.

MMG tentative on her leap combination with a check

Evans – UB – BYU – nice high gienger with legs together – DLO, small hop forward

Shaffer – FX – Arkansas – hit double arabian, just a hair deep witha  step forward – very clean double tuck position – split leap full to popa, strong extension – 1.5 to layout, solid –

Skinner came up short on her double tuck on beam with a step forward, otherwise her usual

Arkansas needs to drop the 9.700 for Yamzon to stay with Minnesota. Carter to anchor.

Carter – FX – Arkansas – double tuck, very clean, chest up, control – 1.5 to front full, uncontrolled step forward – switch 1/2 to split jump 1/1 is why she can score so high on floor, well extended – double tuck, secure landing, a little low.

After 3:
Utah 147.600
Arkansas 147.125
Minnesota 147.050
BYU 146.825

THIS MEET. Minnesota will probably be OK with this getting to end with the Ramler and Lu routines on bars. Arkansas needs the landings on those 1.5s, and Minnesota needs the early bars scores to be there. And BYU is just three tenths out. Going to beam, but beam can score better than vault.

Rotation 4

Yamzon – VT – Arkansas – comes up a bit too short on her full with a hop forward. Ooof 9.600

Quaglia – UB – Minn – shortish first hs – 1/2 turn to piked jager with some crazy feet but hit – better final has – giant full to double tuck, short with a hop/salute forward. 9.725

Pennese hits vault second up, step back on full, a little direction.

Clean first beam from BYU.

Willmarth – UB – Minn – small arch in first hs – hits Ray – bail, legs together well – hop back on dismount, some loose back things but not a ton to take. 9.700. Not the scores Minnesota wanted to start with.

Shaffer – VT – Ark – very clean Y1/2 as always, small foot adjustment, good body position

Hambrick – VT – Ark – solid enough 1.5, good completion, lunge forward, useful

Loper hits bars, finishes up giant full to double tuck, small step

McGlone – VT – Ark – Yfull – really good power, didn’t really hold the landing though, so it’s a step back and then a little hop/salute/celebration to tkae on landing

Sales – UB – Minn – clean bail, good legs together – rushed cast hs on high – khorkina, hit well – better final cast hs, good position – DLO, didn’t quite show the stick, step/salute

Elswick – VT – Ark – ooooh lands short on her 1.5 with two steps back. Won’t be the score they needed there

Bars scores starting to deliver for Minn

Ramler – UB – Minn – shap to pak, perfect – toe shap 1/2, legs right together – toe on to FTDT, stuck, just a little deep. Great routine

49.050 for Arkansas on vault. That is not quite going to do it I don’t think. Minnesota just needs a hit from Lu in the fifth position.

BYU is having to count a 9.6 and 9.7 on beam.

Lu – UB – Minn – toe shap to pak, lovely – 1/2 turn on low, snaps it together quickly – very strong final cast hs – DLO, small hop back.

Can’t imagine that won’t be enough for Minnesota. She just needed a 9.800 to get past Arkansas.

It’s 9.900 for Lu! Minnesota moves ahead of Arkansas by .125.

BYU too far back and can’t get there with these last two beam routines, so it will be Utah and Minnesota after all coming out of this one, but it sure was close.

Utah is in comfortable position, but it sure is more 9.7s than they would want on floor. As in some.

Solid piked full in from MMG.

Really strong kickover front on beam from Evans to finish the day for BYU.

Skinner does Skinner on floor to end this one. Not the stunning day Utah wanted, but enough to win the session and advance to tomorrow comfortably.


1. Utah 196.800
2. Minnesota 196.300
3. Arkansas 196.175
4. BYU 195.550

Arkansas put up a solid performance to keep things exciting, but it was Minnesota’s bars that sealed it in the end. Minnesota was always going to have that final rotation advantage, and it paid off here.

We know nothing about individual qualifiers yet because we have to wait for the evening semifinals and also tomorrow to know who isn’t advancing as part of a team.

The next semifinal will bring us the Denver/Boise State/Washington/Southern Utah clash.

This is a very important rotation for Washington, starting on floor. It needs to be a competitive total since it is their best-scoring event.

Touch warmup wrapping up now.

Rotation 1

Murakami nice jaeger on bars for SUU – clean set

Hop back from Ruiz on Yfull for Denver

Bouza – BB – BSU – good extension in bhs loso series but a clear break, leg-up check – switch to split is nice – cat leap to aerial, a little slow to beat – gainer pike with step. OK. Just 9.650. Not the start BSU wanted.

Nelson – FX – Washington – solid double tuck, control, chest up – front lay front full, just a touch bouncy – double pike, good toe point, not the highest, but solid control.

Schou holds the stick on a Yfull.

Big gienger fron Tervort on bars.

Amado – BB – Boise St – bhs bhs layout to two feet, fall. IT JUST GOT INTERESTING.

Chesnok – VT – Denver – bounce back on full, good power, chest up –

Riley – FX – Washington – oooooooh. Landed super deep on her double pike and falls.

I’m quietly obsessed with the amplitude of these southern Utah same-bar releases.

Sundstrom clean full, small bounce back

Nipp on bars for SUU, solid jaeger, a little tight in position – bail, hits vertical but a clear straddle – DLO, short with a lunge

Karr – VT – Denver – hop forward on her 1.5 this week, the bit of knees, but a solid showing

McGregor – BB – BSU – bhs back pike, hit – side aerial to full, stuck. Bits of knees here and there but an absolutely necessary and composed hit.

Brown – VT – Denver – gigantic 1.5 of course, comes up a bit short this time with a step, not too large.

Cunningham – FX – Washington – just a little bouncy on opening double tuck – 1.5 to front pike, unclear dance out landing, some form – finishes double pike, secure, a little deep

Esmerian – BB – Boise St – small lean on three series but hit – stuck 1.5. They’re finding their feet.

Another big gienger fron Jorgensen on bars – front giant 1/2 to double tuck, a little hop. They’re in this.

Means – BB – Boise St – bhs loso series, solid – switch to straddle 3/4, some back leg on the switch – kickover into beat, a little deep but solid – gainer full, stuck. Nice

Denver goes sub 49 on vault. Wow. Only a tenth up on SUU. And that was a pretty normal vault rotation for them.

Thompson – FX – Washignton – solid double tuck, controlled step – split leap 1.5, around – front lay to front full, hit, just a little low – pretty clean rudi, hit

Masiado – BB – Boise State – L turn, not quite up to horizontal – solid loso series, tight position but hit – switch 1/2 is well short of 180 with a check, a few deductions to take on that one – side aerial to tuck full. No counting falls and the 9.9s came for them in the middle of the rotation to save it.

9.750 for Masiado. Ends up being enough to put Boise State ahead of Denver after 1. The thing to watch on vault – the scores are going to be messy if everyone is given the “normal Yfull with a hop is 9.750” lens.

Floor scores are very slow. We’ve only been through 4 routines for Washington there.

Washington – FX – Washington – nice high double tuck but a bounce back – front lay to front full, dance out, excellent amplitude on that pass as well – switch side to popa, good – double pike, a larger bounce back on that one. 9.850. Floor scores pretty loose.

Hoffa – FX – Washington – pretty good full in – chest down but mostly controlled – front lay to front full, solid twisting position – split leap full to wolf jump full, around – double tuck, a little forward there as well

Meanwhile Hyderally of Alaska got 9.900 on beam to tie for the lead there.

After 1:
1. Washington 49.225
2. Boise State 49.000
3. Denver – 48.950
4. Southern Utah – 48.850

So I guess you could say this one isn’t obvious so far. Important for Washington to have this advantage on Boise State now, it’s what they needed, but the proof will come as Washington moves from its best-scoring event to its lowest-scoring event. If things get to 9.700 here, we could see a shift. All four teams very much in this right now.

Rotation 2

Ladieu – BB – SUU – bhs loso series, secure, pretty good extension – switch to straddle 1/4, tight in the straddle position

Nilson – FX – BSU – double pike, chest up, hit – switch side to popa, a little short on popa – a bit of legs on twisting but OK – rudi just a bit of bounce

Cunningham – VT – UW – big distance on her full, bounce back but only a small one, some chest position. 9.750

Kern – UB – Denver – hits jaeger – good hs after – bail, mostly solid legs – DLO with a bounce back

Riley – VT – UW – pace forward on her Y1/2, one of her stronger ones, not too large on the step, good distance

Small step for Ruiz on DLO on bars

Amado – FX – Boise St – a little bouncy on opening double back – switch ring and switch 1/2, not bad – 1,5 to layout to jump attempt but didn’t really stag out of that – double pike, secure, but chest down

Hoffa with a pace back on her full, but they’re controlling these vaults pretty well to start. Not big scores but staying in it, which is what they need to do.

Chesnok – UB – Denver – great giant full – hit tkatchev – bail, just a bit of hip angle there – FTDT, only small movement. Good.

Copiak – VT – UW – sticks her Yfull (basically), small movement of one foot, some form, good vault.

McGregor – FX – BSU – double pike, chest pretty well up – 1.5 to layout with a dance out –

Nipp with lovely toe point on beam for SUU

Glynn – UB – Denver – lovely bail – good extension – FTDT, crossover step to the side

Thompson with a huge and stuck full for Washington. Washington did what it could do with those five vaults. Job accomplished.

Murakami – BB – SUU – really secure three series, just some knee, but very nice – check on sheep

Brown – UB – Denver – toe shap to pak, nice power – toe shap 1/2, small leg break – good final cast hs – DLO, step back. They’re not getting the landings today so far, Denver

Brooks up with her Omelianchik sixth up for Washington on vault. Not bad, lots of tucking there, which will get deducted but not too much on the step

Means – FX – Boise St – bounce on double pike – whip 1/2 to front full with a lunge forward –

Karr – UB – Denver – short first hs – giant full to gienger to overshoot, perfect – short cast hs on high – DLO, stuck. Very good. Denver is back.

Really good 1.5 from Leydin competing as an individual.

If Denver was 48.950 on vault, then Washington will take 48.900 every day of the week.

Bruden – FX – BSU – double pike, small bounce – switch ring and ring 1/2, no split – 1.5 to layout, a little whippy on that layout – double tuck, solid

Nice leaps from Gonzalez on beam, just a couple checks, saves a front aerial coming in a little short – stuck 1.5

Esmerian – FX – BSU – front 2/1, crossover step and 100% went OOB but that woman did not raise her flag, so well see, perhaps someone in the other corner did – 1.5 to layout, kind of flat in that layout – Boise State giving itself work to do on bars in the last rotation – rudi, also a little bouncy

SUU losing a little more pace with 48.850 on beam. Denver’s 49.325 on bars will regain the lead.

9.800 for Esmerian on floor. No OOB deduction taken for an obvious OOB. YOU GUYS.

After 2:
Denver 98.275
Washington 98.125
Boise State 98.100
Southern Utah 97.700

So I guess you could say it’s close. Boise State got away with one there on floor with the no-OOB call. Washington will be solidly pleased with leading BSU at this point in the meet, but the final rotation favors BSU by several tenths, so Washington will need a big rotation 3 to guard against that.

Denver is still way too close for comfort and closer than expected. They haven’t done floor yet, which has been a loose event today, but certainly any margin to have an issue on beam is gone.

Rotation 3

Nelson catches very close on bars – pak is nice – giant full to double tuck, solid, great second 1/2.

Nilson hop back on full, some knees – 9.700

Brown on BB – a little short of 180 on her dance positions – aerial to wolf jump – gainer full, stuck

Smith – VT – BSU – a little too out of control ont he bounce back out of her full

Washington UB – UW – great gienger and overshoot, very strong – FTDT, hop to the side, a bit staggered in landing

Ruiz – BB – Denve r- lands pretty chest down on her loso series but secure – side aerial is nice – gainer pike, hop

Much better full from Bruden on VT, small hop and nice open shape

Excellent full from Bouza, big height, small step

Roberson – UB – UW – piked jaeger to overshoot – nbice and efficient – DLO, shuffle back, two small steps. Nice to see her back in the lineup, but UW needs to get out of the 9.7s and immediately.

Sundstrom – BB – Denver – small check on loso series – switch to switch 1/2 to beat, pretty solid shape on that switch 1/2 – gainer pike, holds stick with a lean

McGregor – VT – BSU – full, comes up a little short with a hop forward –

Riley – UB – UW – shap to bail, great legs together – DLO, great, stuck landing, a little close to the bar. Strong routine. 9.725 feels very low, but I’ll admit I was watching three routines at once and could have missed things.

Split on Riley’s routine was 9.900 to 9.600, so looks like I’m not the only one confused.

Means hits her 1.5 for Boise State, hop forward and some knees, but a hit

Vasquez – BB – Denver – aerial to bhs loso, strong extension – switch to split, excellent positions – y spin – split jump – side aerial to full, stuck. That’ll work.

Copiak – UB – UW – late grip change – BIG piked jaeger but crashes to the ground. Staying down and the coaches are looking at her.

I think she’s OK, but Washington is in serious trouble right now and SUU is getting back into it.

Thompson – UB – UW – 1/2 turn to jaeger, some elbows on catch – leg break on bail with an arch but holds onto it – FTDT, small slide. A hit, but another one with deductions to take. Washington will not get the advantage it needed because of bars.

All the Washington counting bars scores in the 9.7s, loses ground to Boise State heading to the fourth rotation. Washington really needs to pull something out now.

Loomis – FX – SUU – quite bouncy on her opening leap combination – double pike, some chest, bit of a slide back – also bouncy on her switch side to popa, she has lost at least a tenth here on dance element landings – front lay to 1/2, small bounce – double tuck, lands forward with a step. Shouldn’t be a counting score here.

Denver pulled away in the third rotation with a big beam score, so they’ll be fine heading to floor.

After 3:
1. Denver – 147.750
2. Boise St – 146.950
3. Washington – 146.850
4. Southern Utah – 146.775

So it’s real. But definite advantage Boise State going to bars while Washington is on beam and SUU is on vault. We’ll see if the bars judges are here for Boise State, though.

Also, we’ve hit the Spencer hates everything portion of the day, and we’re not even halfway done, so this is going to get cool.

Rotation 4

Bouza – UB – BSU – good first hs – clear hip to tkatchev, solid toes – bail, a little floppy in the air but ended solidly in hs – good final cast hs – DLO, holds the stick with a little lean. Boise State not playing on bars. 9.875

Brooks – BB – UW – hit kickover front bhs – aerial to beat is good – switch to stag with a check – gainer full, step back. Some things to take there. 9.775

Means – UB – BSU – tkatchev, not the highest but hit – one short hs in there – solid bail position – giant full pretty late into double tuck, stuck

Riley – BB – UW – falls on loso series

Stokes – UB – BSU – clear hip shap to bail, good legs overall – smooth final cast hs – DLO, step back

This is running Boise State’s way very quickly.

McGregor – UB – BSU – great first hs – toe on to toe shap to bail, solid – short final cast hs – FTDT, small hop, another strong routine

Yurchenko full-on alert for SUU on vault

Washington – BB – UW – bhs loso series, good save with one foot off the beam, just a small check – good side aerial to tuck full to finish.

Muhlenhaupt – UB – Perfect hs – 1/2 turn to massive jaeger with toe point to overshoot, nicely done – DLO, hop back.

Yeah, this meet is over.

Nilson with a few more short hs and body position things finishing up for Boise State, but a great sutck dismount

Nelson – BB – Washington – bhs loso series, pretty solid – full turn with a little check – sissone to split jump 3/4, a little too slow in combination, check coming out og the series – hits standing loso – 1.5, step

Denver comfortable on floor with a big lead, but these vault and floor numbers will be concerning moving forward.

I just want Elise Ray to pop up and say GO HAVE FUN at various times throughout the day.

Washington would now need 10s from both Rose and Copiak.

Rose – BB – UW – cat to aerial to bhs series, really smooth – switch to split leap cat leap to side aerial to tuck full, stuck. Nice one. She did what she could do.


Copiak – BB – UW – full turn, nice – bhs loso series, leg-up check – cat leap to switch 1/2, nice extension on switch 1/2 – side aerial, very smooth – stuck 1.5. Good one.

Lynnzee Brown’s excellent DLO was excellent again. End of meet.

Denver and Boise State will advance.

You officially get a 30 second break before the second half of the semifinals.

1. Denver 196.975
2. Boise State 196.225
3. Washington 195.900
4. Southern Utah 195.350

And yes, I will make sure to follow the UCLA routines even though they probably won’t be that relevant for advancing purposes for those of you who do not have Flo.

Also UCLA’s lineups are unique and very much designed with resting for tomorrow in mind. Ohashi and Ross are off floor.

Val is in leather. End of live blog.

Touch is nearly completion in Michigan.

Rotation 1

Hargrove – BB – Nebraska – bhs loso, hit, just a touch low but solid – aerial to beat, smooth – split jump – finishes gainer pike, some knees

Dennis – VT – UCLA – stuck it, fab height as always. 9.900

Wright – VT – UCLA – larger lunge forward on her 1.5

Orel – BB – Nebraska – hit full turn – bhs loso series, hit, a bit of knees – side somi, solid – split to double stag, totally misses the beam and falls. Trouble time now for Nebraska.

Near stick for Tratz on vault for UCLA, small slide

Nice jaeger on bars for Illinois for Biondi, souble tuck, solid landing.

Schweihofer – BB – Nebraska – bhs back pike combination, small shuffle back, keeps it on the beam – switch to switch 1/2 to beat jump, solidly done – stuck 2/1, necessary

We’re now getting starting at Georgia

Lehrmann – VT – OU – stuck 1.5. Well that’s her best vault ever. That works. 9.950 in the first spot.

Ross – VT – UCLA – stuck her 1.5, Great. That’s a vault she has received 10s for before.

Webb – CT – OU – short 1.5 with two lunges back.

Hit beam for Crouse int eh 4th spot.

Solid beam from Jones to start for Cal with 9.800

Small hop forward for DeGouveia on vault. 9.875

Kramer – VT – UCLA – onlya small slide step back on her 1.5, one of her stronger ones, comes in kind of crunched down.

Clausi sticks her beam dismount

Trautman with a hop forward on her 1.5, larger than Degouveia’s hop. 9.900 for Trautman though –

Good loso series from Houchin on beam for Nebraska. Kind of a large arm wave on a split jump though

Maggie is back on vault and sticks a 1.5. Because duh.

Keelen – BB – Cal – bhs loso series, solid, just a little closed angle – falls on kickover front. Nervy time for Cal now.

Dowell – VT – OU – just a bit shor ton her 1.5 with a step back

Hit loos series for Hassel on beam – aerial good – split jump to sheep, excellent position on split jump – 1.5 dismount, small slide

Oklahoma very strong on vault for 49.525. Remember how Georgia went 49.500 for its rotation at this meet?

So Seilnacht – BB – Cal – bhs loso series, pretty, well extended – sticks full out of side aerial. The hit they needed.

Nebraska through beam with 49.100, they’ll take it. Illinois 49,075 on bars and WVU 49.175 on floor though to sit in second place. Eyes on everything there.

UCLA moving clear early with a 49.400 on vault.

Oh and BTW it was a 10 for Ross on vault.

Seilnacht goes 9.850 on beam. Maryland getting a little fallsy on floor.

Shu – BB – Cal – aerial to bhs combination – side somi, held with a little lean forward – switch to split – full turn, strong – side aerial to tuck full, stuck. One routine away from getting through this. 9.875

It will be Bordas in the critical beam position for Cal.

Bordas – BB – smooth full turn – bhs loso series, strong, nice extension – split to double stag, small lean – side aerial, strong – gainer full, sticks it but leans quite a bit forward to hold the stick.

Five hits down for Cal on beam, so this one is moving in a specific direction early.

9.850 for Bordas gives Cal 49.200 on beam.

After 1 – Michigan
1. UCLA 49.400
2. West Virginia 49.175
3. Nebraska 49.100
4. Illinois 49.075

After 1 – Georgia
1. Oklahoma 49.525
2. Cal 49.200
3. NC State 48.850
4. Maryland

We’re waiting on the final score for Maryland, but they are counting a fall on floor.

New scoring link at Georgia

Rotation 2

Borden – BB – Illinois – so flexible on that mount that you’re worried she’s going to brea in half, as usual – aerial to front handspring to sissone –

Frazier – UB – UCLA – short first hs – toe shap with a little legs to pak, smooth – better second hs – Shap 1/2, very strong – DLO, arm wave to hold the stick. Good.

A Glenn – UB – UCLA – perfect first hs – 1/2 turn to jaeger FINGERTIPS but good – pak and peels off on the Pak again like during Vallapalooza – finishes giant full to double tuck, low with a hop

Orel – FX – Nebraska following 9.775 from Johnston – double tuck, very solid – switch side to popa, strong extension there – 1.5 to 1/2 to something? Double stag? Frog plunge?

Delay waiting for Hano on bars. Judges don’t know how to give UCLA less than 9.9, so they have to get out the rulebook to see if it’s allowed.

Hano – UB – Ray to overshoot – good, a little floppy but better – one short hs – finishes gaint full to double tuck, small hop back. Fine.

Scott – BB – Illinois with a kickover to bhs, just a little check on the kickover but kept moving some I’m sure she’ll get credit into the bhs.

Flatley – UB – UCLA – hits jaeger, a little elbows – bail, small leg break – rushing a cast handstand – DLO, a little short wiht a step. Not her strongest but a hit

Howell – BB – Illinois – bhs whip back, very solid – switch to straddle 1/4, nicely done – switch side, a little crooked

Kocian – UB – UCLA – shap to pak, no trouble, pretty solid finishing position on 1/2 turn on low – FTDT, stuck, her best bars routine in a while

Stuck dismount from Webb on bars for OU as that second rotation gets underway

Marks – Ub – Ou – toe shap to bail, a little short of vertical – better final cast hs on high – FTDT, staggered landing, small step

Ross – UB – UCLA – good first hs – shap to pak, her normal – good shoot to high – DLO – stuck. Her normal. I didn’t see anything to take there.

9.8-a-thon on beam keeps Illinois over 196 pace after two events.

Crouse – FX – Nebraska – 1.5 to layout is nice – switch side to popa, a little bouncy but hit – finishes 1.5 to 1/2 to stretch jump, second 1/2 of the routine very nice.

Dowell a step back on her DLO on bars.

9.975 for Ross. We never got a score for Flatley did we? I respect judge #4’s right to be a party pooper and give Ross a 9.900 on bars.

Lehrmann very clean as always on bars – FTDT, and nearly/basically holds onto the stick?

Nebraska uses the Crouse floor score to move 2 tenths clear of Illinois after two events

The comical difference in vault scoring from meet to meet today. Discuss.

Stupid meets! I missed Nichols on bars Anyway, she got 9.975 so we can assume. 10s from judges 1 and 3, just like Ross

Judging conference on floor about Sofie Seilnacht’s routine. Shout out to Liz’s mood right now!

Oklahoma a casual 49.650 on bars to lead by 80 million tenths

Webb will finish up on beam for NC State – bhs loso series, solid, a bit of knees – switch to split, good extension – a little checky in the second half – 2/1, bounce back –

George – FX – Cal – front tuck through to rudi, bounce back – wonderful extension on dance elements – finishes with a rudi, stuck –

9.875 for George gets Cal back on track on floor. NC State 48.900 on beam, so they’re keeping Cal honest.

Oh don’t worry, it’s just that LSU/Auburn/AZ St/GW is about to start as well!

Bordas – FX – Cal – double pike, collapses a little in the knees – switch 1/2 to wolf full, solid – rudi, hit –

Ohashi is leding off beam for UCLA in the third rotation here. Aerial to bhs loso, comfortable – switch to split, no issue – bhs loso full, stuck. Well that works as a leadoff routine.

Hit 1.5 from Dujakovich on vault for Nebraska, hop to the side

Nguyen – BB – UCLA – switch to split to beat, no trouble – aerial to loso, one of her quicker combinations there, secure – stuck dismount

Clausi – FX – Cal – solid full in, just a bit of legs, good control – front full to front pike, bound-dance forward – really clean front layout position out of final pass. That will help get them over 49. Or not. Just 9.800 for that, which seems low.

De Jesus – VT – Nebraska – hop forward, another hit 1.5

Kocian – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series with a lean correction – aerial to split jump, solid – switch to split, also clean – 1.5 dismount, short with a slide back

Very strong 1.5 from Crouse for Nebraska –

LSU is underway, three hit vaults to start. Cannamela is going in the 4th position instead of Priessman. Big full but lands short with a pace forward.

Houchin just did the most gorgeous stuck 1.5 on vault. Let’s check out the score for that. Or, if the live scores were working, which they never are. 9.975. The difference between that vault and Ross’s was Kyla’s wikipedia page

Flatley – BB – UCLA – aerial to loso, did it – side aerial, nicely done – L turn to split jump to beat, very comfortable – punch front full with hop forward

Edwards comes up shor ton her 1.5 on vault for LSU, two lunges back to save it.

Edney – VT – LSU – small step back on 1.5. They’re a little short on these vaults today, but it will be fine

Ross – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, nicely done – aerial to sissone, solid and secure – switch to split, strong – side aerial to full, little hop in place. Another good one.

Cal hasn’t quite separated from NC State yet, only about four tenths in that, but you expect that to change in the second half of the meet

Auburn has four hits to start on beam

Illinois keeping up with the 9.8s on floor

Milliet – BB – Auburn – fornt tuck, good – full turn, just a little check heistation – bhs loso series, solidly done –

Secure beam for Trautman to start for Oklahoma

Dennis – BB – UCLA – hits aerial to loso series comfidently – switch to split, no trouble –

Sy Seilnacht – VT – Cla – small hop back on full, good

Sylvia – BB – Auburn – full turn, cat leap to aerial to bhs, elegantly done – hit routine and hit rotation. 49.250 on beam, HUGE for them to get through that with a solid score.

Dowell – BB – OU – aerial to bjs, hit with some knees in bhs –

Jones with just the full on vault for Cal, bounce back

George – VT – Cal – stuck a full – fab. This meet has had higher vault scores than the others, so let’s see where they go with that.

I feel like the only acceptable response to the Oklahoma leo situation today is “I know, but there was an emergency.”

Leonard-Bkaer – FX – ASU – great double tuck, solid position, control – 1.5 to front full, a little too much step out but marry that twisting form –

One of Clausi’s best 1.5s, only a small adjustment on landing. Cal is showing up now.

We just had an aggressive peel off on bars from Maryland, totally taking out a teammate.

Hit 1.5 from Mastrangelo, just a bit short with a step back

UCLA in the clear after that beam rotation. Nebraska with a solid edge going to bars. Illinois goes to vault.

LSU and Auburn are tied after the first rotation, but with ASU and GW under 48, we’re seeind some major separation between the qualifying spots and the others early on.

Fourth rotation getting started in Michigan.

Frazier – FX – UCLA – full in, some of her best landing control on that pass, just a little legs – whip through to double tuck, larger bounce back, keeps it in bounds – double pike it good.

Webb – BB – OU – check on series – aerial is smooth

Orel opens bars for Nebraska with a hit

Hargrove – UB – Nebraska – Ray, hit – stalder, lovely stalder position, pretty pak, short cast 1/2 on low bar – missing a couple hs here but they just need a hit from her and they got it – step back on double tuck.

Nichols – BB – OU – bhs loso series was tight, a little check to the side and some feet – switch to split leap is good – 1.5, stuck, usual legs apart stick

Toronjo – FX – UCLA – cool? double pike, nice, chest down – 1.5 to layout, solid – split leap full to split jump full – double tuck, secure, chest down. Any other season’s lineup.

Tratz – FX – UCLA – full in, comfortably landed – second pass also secure – swithc ring to split leap full, well hit positions – double tuck, a little deep chest and a small slide. Overall solid.

MVC – UB – Nebraska – hits piked jaeger into overshoot – good hs on high – finishes stuck double tuck. Nice.

Crouse – UB – Nebraska weiler 1/2 to massive gienger to overshoot, excellent – solid hs on hish – FTDT, stuck. Nailed it.

Kramer – FX – UCLA – front double full to front pike, good, just a hair short on the front pike landing this time – 1.5 to layout, very clean – switch side to popa, crooked on popa from this angle – rudi to stretch jump, a little wild. Good hit.

Houchin was going great on the bars, DLO a little short with a hop, but Nebraska showed up on bars.

Dennis – FX- UCLA – piked full in to her knee – Not one of her strong ones – front full to front layout, a little shape but solid – nice power in those leaps – double tuck, controlled step back

Oklahoma running away and Cal with a lead of .875 on NC State going to the last rotation there.

If working live scores were even an option, we would know that UCLA and Nebraska are through, but we don’t. Except we do, and they are.

UCLA would win even counting the Dennis score.

Hano – FX – UCLA – DLO, nice chest up, good control – front full to 1/2 to the realization she didn’t really have enough time to do the little run so she only kind of did it and it was hilarious – split leap full to wolf full – double pike, strong routine. UCLA comfortable the whole day.

I understand why Kyla wasn’t on floor, because of resting and whatnot, but after those first three events she could have just burped as her routine and set some manner of personal record for AA performance.

Moving back to LSU –

Milliet – FX – Auburn – front lay to rudi, nice rudi, front lay a little iffy from this angle -very pretty double pike shape, just a little chest down on landing.

Arizona State did get into the 49s in this rotation on vault, but LSU and Auburn remain comfortable.

One more rotation left in Athens –

Stick on the 1.5 dismount from Seilnacht to open bars for Cal. Webb nails front 2/1 on floor for Oklahoma.

A fall first up on beam for Maryland.

AHHHHHH! That was just the most horrible injury to watch for Cerio on floor for Auburn. I hope you weren’t looking. I actually gasped and put my hand over the screen because I think that helps. The only other times I’ve done that was Ait Said on vault at the Olympics and Mao Yi on vault at American Cup.

Meanwhile, good stick dismount from Georgia on bars for Cal.

Jones – UB – Cal – toe shap to pak, legs together, very smooth – 1/2 turn on low, solid vertical position – short final cast hs – FTDT, stuck. Excellent routine. Cal is very strong on bars through these first three routines.

They’ve stopped the meet as they tend to Cerio on floor.

Watterson lovely of course, toe full to double back, hop back. 9.825, the same as the others, tells me about how much dismount judging we’re seeing.

Cal will finish bars with Bordas, nice bit jaeger, close catch with some elbows, good handstands, finishes giant full to a stuck double tuck.

That will finish out the meet for Cal and clinch qualification along with Oklahoma.

They have finally been able to get Sam Cerio onto the gurney.

Brenna needs to score 7.175 on this floor routine for Oklahoma to advance. Unclear if she can do it. Hits the Dowell well – 1.5 to layout, very solid – split leap full to popa, looks strong – layout and front full are both excellent of course

Ella Douglas for Michigan State now has to go on floor after Cerio, she’s kind of all over the place with a fall as we all would be. Good double tuck to finish though.

9.950 for Dowell. I think that beats a 7.175.

Trautman finishing up with a strong DLO – front lay to front full to sissone is ideal – split leap full to popa – double tuck, a bit of a slide.

That means we can now officially say that Oklahoma and Cal are going through from that semifinal.

No upsets yet.

A casual 198.300 for Oklahoma.

With all that, Auburn still has a comfortable lead on Arizona State, Auburn now going to vault.

LSU has a lead after a 49.325 on bars. No Priessman at all today. She restrained a previous bicep problem in training because, as we’ve established, she is currently made only of dreams.

Rotation 3

Desiderio – BB – aerial to sissone, solid – full turn a little iffy – swithc to switch 1/2, position on switch 1/2, into beat jump – cat leap to gainer full, stuck with a lean

Phillips – VT – Auburn – very strong, small slide back on full, good pop –

Krippner – VT – Auburn – stuck full, very nice

Kaitlyn Szafranski is actually getting to compete in this arena.

Dean – BB – LSU – side aerial to bhs, secure, the usual knees – aerial with a check – side aerial to full, stuck with an arm wave

Day – VT – Auburn – 1.5 – slide back, hit

Good Jaeger from Hart on bars for ASU.

Gobourne – VT – Auburn – small hop forward on 1.5, they’ve brought the solid landings on their vaults today. 9.950. Oh dear.

Durante – BB – LSU – aerial to beat, smooth – bhs loso series, no trouble – switch to split 1/4 –

Watson – VT – Auburn – hop back on 1.5, not too big, just came in a little short

Glenn hits her 1.5 too. A little more ragged with a step to the side, but they had five good ones already.

Small lean in series for Edney on beam, otherwise fine – stuck 1.5

Leonard-Baker – UB – ASU – toe shap to bail to piked toe shoot to high, excellent – FTDT, small slide. Great job.

Campbell – BB – LSU – bhs loso series, strong, nice toe extension – aerial to sissone – switch to switch 1/2, small check but solid – 2/1, holds the stick with a little lean

9.925 for Leonard-Baker helps, but ASU is still going to be back 8 tenths going to the final event.

Finnegan – BB – LSU – nice wolf single – bhs loso, solid – switch to switch 1/2, small lean correction – side somi, smoothly done – side aerial to full, slide back. Good. 9.925.

Interesting that LSU just has a .175 edge on Auburn going to the last rotation. Important for Auburn to show that it is closer to LSU than to Arizona State.

Things are once again moving in a specific direction here, so if you need to take a break before the final session from Oregon State begins, you have my permission.

And by that I mean I will be making only the broadest notes for this final rotation from LSU. It’s my version of a break.

It’s Becker into the bars lineup for Auburn in place of Cerio – goes 9.825. That works.

Pretty strong floor routine from Campbell. Some of her best landing control.

9.900 for Krippner on bars keeps pressure on LSU.

Pretty routine from Milliet does the same. LSU is going to need to get the scores from its last three on floor.

It;s another 49.350 for Auburn on bars and a total of 197.075. Auburn’s score in the second semifinal was higher than Utah’s score in the first semifinal.

LSU is exactly as over it as I am and will stop with five on floor, having put up five hits and a 197.200 to win the session. But only just. If this keeps up with LSU, Auburn, and Utah, this could be a solid one tomorrow.

So, no upsets yet. One session to go.

Florida, Oregon State, Stanford, and Iowa.

Iowa was the most impressive performer yesterday, but will need to step it up today to put together a contending score. Stanford will need to hit. Very important first rotation for Stanford to get into the 49.2 zone.

Gymnasts have already moved to their events, so they’re ready for us.

Oregon State and Iowa are BOTH in their athletic tape bondage leos. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT.

One simply MUST have Jeremy Miranda stand there and confidently opera clap their warmup vault. Essential.

Rotation 1

Skaggs – VT – UF – bounce back on full, fine

Singley – BB – OSU – split to double stag, hit – loso series, smoothly controlled – kickover front, good – stuck dismount. the start they wanted.

Cole – FX – Stanford – 2.5 to front tuck, solid

Alexander – VT – UF – big full, looked like a pretty controlled landing. Can’t tell because Owen’s butt is in the way but weirdly no one is tweet complaining about that one.

It’s been a long day, I’m basically just going to live blog Owen’s butt from this point out.

Lowery – BB – OSU – bhs loso, small check correction – switch to straddle 1/4 is nice, side aerial, a little feet but solid – stuck 1.5

Hartzler had to go over the other way on a handstand on bars. And then fell lately.

Reed – VT – UF – out of control Y1.5 landing, large bound forward out of shot.

Hoffman – FX – Stanford – front through to rudi, keeps front foot mostly down – strong split position in split full – rudi to slightly crazy double stag. Good routine.

Thomas – VT – UF – lands well short on her 1.5 with a bounce back

Fall third up on beam for Oregon State.

Schoenherr – VT – UF – well someone brought her 1.5 today, only a small stutter on landing. Good one.

Sullivan falls on tkatchev. Iowa counting a bars fall now.

Boren big 1.5 but once again out of control on landing with a hop and then another shuffle.

M Dagen – BB – Oregon St – bhs loso series, solid – switch to switch 1/2, secure, a little short on swithc 1/2 – side aerial to full, stuck.

Love how any hit beam is 9.900. Falls are 9.200. These are the two scores.

Flam – FX – Stanford – good double arabian today – front full to a high front pike, she definitely rose into the second skill, but the full was a little flat – double pike, slide back

Lazaro – BB – OSU – bhs loso, just a little front foot raise on landing but nice extension – switch to split to straddle 3/4, good – side aerial to full, stuck

Lawson with a 1.5 through to double tuck, short with a lunge. Will get hit for split jump full not reaching position. Step back on double pike, looks like she just did keep it in.

Gill – BB – Oregon St – split jump to double stag, small check – aerial, kind of slow in combination into bhs – switch 1/2 to beat jump – gainer full, small hop

Hoang – FX – Stanford – DLO, controlled step back, kept front foot down – split leap 1.5, close enough to around – nice float on front lay to front full – double pike, hit. Stanford on track to be ahead of Florida after this rotation.

Oregon State just went 49.500 on beam you guys.

bryant – FX – Stanford – full in with a bounce back, keeps it in bounds – front tuck through to double pike, stronger control there – ridic power obviously – switch side to popa, switch side a little crooked – open double tuck, very good.

After 1
1. Oregon State 49.500
2. Stanford 49.225
3. Florida 49.075
4. Iowa 48.025

You know, like you predicted.

Florida is fine, the next three rotation are the good ones, but it sure makes it look more exciting this way. If the OSU scores keep going like this on floor, that’s the meet.

Rotation 2

Boren – UB – Florida – hit tkatchev – bail, solid position – takes DLO a little too close to the bar, but fine, step back

Cole good full, only small hop back. Fitzgerald with a larger bounce back.

Davis is leading off floor for Oregon State. Landed her final pass a little too short with a step

Gowey – UB – Florid a- a little too close on her Ray catch but fine – nice pak – DLO, stuck. Pretty finish.

Bryant – VT – Stanford – big full, hop back but pretty controlled on the hop back this week by Bryant’s standards. It wasn’t a bound.

Hundley – UB – Florida – her usual on the shap to pak and shap 1/2, just a little legs, solid – FTDT, stuck with a stagger

Bounce forward for Flam on her Omelianchik

These team prisons really put a damper on the Oregon State team’s jigability during Jacobsen’s floor.

Schoenherr also catches a little too close on her jaeger – otherwise solid – a short handstand before the dismount, stuck but a little too deep in position

Force – FX – Oregon State – double pike, bounce back – finishes double tuck, more control there

Skaggs – UB – Florida – good first hs – tkatchev, nice counter into pak – closer on final cast hs – DLO, floaty, small step back. Fine. Lots of 9.8 work to my eye from Florida here, but it works for today’s purposes.

Thomas – UB – Florid a- shap clear hit to pak – toe on to toe shap 1/2 on low – smooth cast hs on high – DLO with a little bounce in place. Best of the rotation, easily

Singley – FX – OSU – front tuck through to double tuck, nice chest up position – double tuck, bounce back – switch ring to switch 1/2, a little low – punch rudi, a touch underrotated with a hop to the side

49.425 for Florida on bars restores the natural order of things. A .375 advantage on Stanford now.

Lowery – FX – Oregon State – punch front 2/1 and it’s tremendous – 1.5 to layout, very secure landing, some knees – popa is good, not quite there on the split full beforehand – rudi, controlled step. Nicely done.

Fall from Ward-Session on beam

Yanish – FX – OSU – DLO, great, looks like she kept front foot down – front full to front layout, a little low to the floor but secure again – switch side to popa is fine – double tuck, great toes, just a little stutter on landing

After 2:
1. Oregon State 98.750
2. Florida 98.500
3. Stanford 98.125
4 Iowa 97.025

top-2 order restored. Stanford is going to have to bars like it has never barsed before and hope someone else counts a fall.

I don’t know if it is hte same person or different people, but I have just watched three consecutive falls in the same corner of Iowa warming up on floor. SOMEONE CALL BART.

Rotation 3

Oof Madi Dagen just landed a Yufull in a ball shape, but she’s fine. Just deducted presumably. 9.325 tells me her knees touched.

Hundley – BB – UF – aerial to sissone, solid – bhs loso, same – strong switch side – 1.5, stuck

Looks like she’s scoring a MEALS.AHHHHH for that one.

Lawson’s legs were all over the place on bars but she hit

Singley sticks a Yfull. Knees and distance, but great.

Yanish a little chest down with a bounce on vault.

Skaggs hits her wolf – switch to split, loverly – bhs loso series, pretty solid extension, secure landing – cat leap side aerial to full, stuck.

Greene – VT – OSU – handpsring pike 1/2, step back, chest down, fine

Yu a little out of control landing her double tuck

Boren – BB – UF – gainer kickover, hit – bhs loso series, no trouble – switch to straddle – gainer loso – a couple arm waves corrections in here  but no real checks –

Jacobsen with basically a stick on her Tsuk 1/1, hop in place

L dagen – VT – OSU – lunge back on her full, another leg slide back into salute –

Bryant – UB – Stanford – tkatchev to pak, perfect pak – DLO, stuck, excellent routine. Huge.

Gowey solid on bhs loso loso series – aerial and squeezes well to work into sissone – gainer full, bounce back

Rogers anchoring bars for Stanford instead of Flam – gets caught on a giant full and falls.

Thomas – BB – Florida – switch 1/2 to beat jump – bhs loso, excellent extension – aerial is textbook – full turn – 2/1, bounce back. Trinity and these bounces. Will still be a big number.

Baumann – BB – Florida – bhs loso, very small lean adjustment – switch to switch 1/2, wonderfully extended – side aerial, very smooth – stuck 1.5 Perfect second half of that routine.

Kaji finishes floor with slide back on double back

48.950 on bars for Stanford isn’t going to keep up.

Iowa has been out of it since bars. One more floor routine in that rotation, from my new GIF BFF Erin Castle

Castle – FX – Iowa – double pike, secure landing, chest down – wolf jump full to switch side, good extension on switch side, a little short on rotation on wolf – slide back on rudi – 1.5 to layout, solid

Ward-Session FX – open full in awesome, keeps front foot down – 1.5 to front layout, the highest you’ve ever seen – switch side to pike jump shushunova – double pike, only a little bouncy. Good.

Amy is going to fuck you up if you don’t give this a 10.

9.925 for Madison Ward. If Florida and Denver end up being the team qualifiers, she’ll go through to nationals for floor.

After 3
1. FLorida 148.000
2. Oregon State 147.825
3. Stanford 147.075
4. Iowa 146.175

I can’t imagine this changing at this point, but you never know. One rotation left. In our lives.

Rotation 4

Yamaoka – UB – OSU – toe on to toe shap, low in backswing there – bail, legs together, a little angle – short cast hs on high – giant full double tuck, stuck, chest down

Fall on vault first up for Chow of Iowa.

Fitzgerald – BB – Stanford – aerial to back tuck, dine – switch to split, a bit of a pause – switch was quite nice, split a little low – hitch kick to two-foot aerial, hit – 1.5, stuck. Nice work

Jacobsen holds the stick on her double front on bars afor Oregon State

Hit floor from Hundley

Lowery – UB – OSU – shap to pak. nice height on the pak – DLO, flung out a little but holds the stick

Lawson nailes her Arabian on beam

MCP – UB – OSU – high jaeger, some elobws on catch – pretty solid bail, hitting that vertical position – finishes DLO, stuck. very strong ending.

Fall from Stephenson on beam for Stanford in the third spot.

Nice full from Guerin on vault, small hop

Briscoe – Ub – OSU – hit jaeger, cleanly – DLO, small step. Oregon State removing any drama with this bars performance

No lava today fron Castle on vault, comes in short on y1/2 with a step back

9.875 from Briscoe officially eliminates Stanford and Iowa.

Gill finishes on bars for Oregon State  – another lovely hit – DLO, stuck landing.

Boren – FX – Florida – strong DLO, just a little foot adjustment on landing – 1.5 to layout, nice and high as always – switch 1/2 to wolf jump full, a little short on switch 1/2 – double tuck, deepish with a hop to the side.

So once Thomas finishes this next floor routine, we will officially know that the top 16 teams have all advanced to tomorrow. Snorzers.

Hit beam from Tai and Navarro for Stanford.

Thomas – FX – Florida – massive DLO, little bounce out – front full to layout, controls the landing – switch ring to split leap 1.5 – double pike, excellent

Bryant – BB – Stanford – high loso series, secure landing – big leaps as always – punch front, up on her toes but not much of a check – bhs bsh double tuck, lunge back. They didn’t count a fall on beam this time.

Looks like Florida will pull an LSU and scratch Baumann on floor to save for tomorrow.

Stanford does break 196.

Taylor Chan’s beam routine is the final set of the day – beat jump – switch 1/2, large break, leg-up wobble and a bend at the hips – hits side somi with a little lean – bhs loso, step back – switch to split, good 180 – side aerial to full, slide back.

So that will do it.

1. Florida 197.500
2. Oregon State 197.125
3. Stanford 196.075
4. Iowa 194.775

All sixteen seeded teams advance to tomorrow, when we’ll find out the 8 making nationals. Should get good.

I’ll post something before tomorrow night’s meets along the lines of “this is what we know now…”


Regionals Live Blog – Round 1

Thursday, April 4
Scores Stream
3:00 ET/12:00 PT
Georgia Play-in
[31] NC State
[34] New Hampshire
3:00 ET/12:00 PT
Michigan Play-in
[29] Illinois
[30] Central Michigan
4:00 ET/1:00 PT
LSU Play-in
[35] George Washington
[36] Lindenwood
6:00 ET/3:00 PT
Oregon St Play-in
[32] Iowa
[33] Arizona

Let the eliminations BEGIN! Two compete, one advances, starting with NC State/New Hampshire and Illinois/Central Michigan.

What to watch: As vault is the low-scoring event in NCAA, the bars teams will hope for a lead after one piece.

Illinois begins on vault and does not typically expect a huge score there (the other three events are more useful pieces), so getting through vault and staying with Central Michigan in that first rotation is a victory there. Continue reading Regionals Live Blog – Round 1

Conference Championships Live Blog – March 23, 2019

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
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – ECAC Championship
#47 Temple
#51 Yale
#58 Cornell
#59 Penn
#61 Brown
#62 William & Mary
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
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – EAGL Championship
#29 NC State
#33 New Hampshire
#36 George Washington
#44 Pittsburgh
#48 North Carolina
#57 Towson
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Pac-12 Championship Session 1
#18 Washington
#21 Arizona State
#26 Stanford
#30 Arizona
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
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – SEC Championship Session 1
#10 Alabama
#12 Auburn
#19 Missouri
#20 Arkansas
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Big Ten Championship Session 2
#7 Michigan
#11 Minnesota
#17 Nebraska
#25 Penn State
#32 Illinois
#34 Iowa
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – DIII Team Final
#68 Brockport
#69 Ithaca
#71 UW-Stout
#73 UW-Oshkosh
#75 UW-Whitewater
#76 Cortland
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – SEC Championship Session 2
#3 LSU
#4 Florida
#8 Georgia
#9 Kentucky
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Pac-12 Championship Session 2
#6 Utah
#14 Oregon State
#16 Cal
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

It’s a big day. Get ready for this behemoth.

The opening salvo will be the first session of Big Tens plus the start of the Book Club Championship.

Did this ECAC meet just accidentally start early? Cool?

Swirbalus for Penn has a pretty presence on floor – solid double pike – 1.5 to layout, a big of legs – switch side to split with a bit of deduction.

Castrence for Temple with a Y1.5! Hit with a bound forward.

We have a fall on a gienger from Cornell here in the first rotation from Luniewicz.

Temple 48.625 on vault.

Programming note: Big Ten Session 1 begins

Big Ten 1 – Rotation 1

LeBlanc – UB – Maryland – high jaeger, just a bit of legs, connected into overshoot, elbows on catch – close on final cast hs – gorgeous DLO dismount and stuck. Nice.

Hall – Rutgers – BB – kickover front to swingdown as her series, will get combo crtedit for it – beat to split 3/4, short of split position – split jump, short – 1.5 dismount, small hop. A hit.

Shirley – VT – MSU – sticks a full, chest pretty forward but holds the stick with a little lean. And that’s why you don’t use a reverse camera angle, butt closeup, networks! 9.700

Beatty – VT – MSU – comes up short on her full with a hop forward, chest down

Betancourt – BB – Rutgers – bhs to lay pike series, very secure, some knees in bhs – beat to tuck jump, simple but it’s a dance element series – split to split 3/4, fall – second fall on a side aerial. Gainer full, step.

Maryland started with 9.750 from LeBlanc on bars and haven’t moved above that yet. Nice stuck DLO from Agaran.

Ewing – VT – MSU – Y1/2 with a lunge forward – pretty solid body position and direction. 9.725

Peterman – UB – Maryland – short first hs – 1/2 turn into high jaeger, solid – smooth hs on high – bail, loses her legs and has a little back sway – a couple hs to take – DLO, stuck, these dismounts are perfection for Maryland on bars.

80-hour judging delay for Betancourt’s beam.

Douglas – VT – MSU – high and clean on the Y 1/2 but a medium-sized lunge to the side won’t help the score.

Wright – UB – Maryland – Maloney, hit – super high Ray into overshoot, nice – good final cast hs – stalder to a high double tuck with a small slide back. Solid work.

Hofelich – VT – MSU – small hop back on her full, chest down

Another gorgeous DLO from Barber finished Maryland’s bars rotation, a couple hip angle issues in positions, but not too much else.

Mitchell for MSU with the best control on her full landing, small hop

Rutgers has basically barely done a beam routine because the judges cannot with these routines.

Ohio State has two 9.9s on floor already.

Perez – FX – OSU – double pike, clean in the air, a little chest and hop back – front lay to front full, another small step, some knee position in front lay – double tuck, hit it, short with a stagger forward. Will count because they had a fall earlier, but will be usable enough.

McLelland – FX – OSU – from earlier, double pike, solid power, small adjustment on landing – front full to front lay with a dance out – switch side to popa, a little overturning on the switch side but solid straddle shapes – double tuck, slide back. 9.9 is pretty high.

Huang – BB – Rutgers – already counting a fall in this rotation – side aerial and can’t connect out of it with a check – does an aerial to bhs backup plan well – switch to split 3/4 with a check – 2/1 is pretty, small hop back

Doherty-Herwitz – BB – Rutgers – side aerial with a check – aerial to bhs, gets her series – split to split 3/4, they like a split 3/4 on this team, short back leg but hit – beat – gainer full, stuck – some position deductions and a check, but countable.

Super pretty turning wolf jump on beam from someone from Cornell at ECACs. It seems Yale is already counting a fall on bars.

After 1:
Ohio State – 49.100
Maryland – 48.950
Michigan State – 48.725
Rutgers – 47.775

Sakti – FX – William and Mary – just destroyed a full-in, excellent pass – combo pass, some form, hit – split leap full and popa – switch 1/2 to sissone, good extension – double pike with a large bounce back, but overall why did no one tell me about this routine? It’s excellent.

There should probably also be bonus points for still being mentally able to compete gymnastics following your time at AOGC.

Big Ten 1 – Rotation 2

O’Malley – UB – MSU – good first hs – 1/2 turn a little legs into jaeger, not the highest but hit – some hs – pak, solid with some feet – a few .05s on vertical positions – double tuck, hop. 9.625

Williams – FX – Rutgers – double tuck with a little hop – front lay to rudi and she did bounce OOB but the flag person wasn’t even holding the flag because you don’t have only one job or anything, and we didn’t see it raised so who even knows

McClelland with a lunge forward on her Y1/2 on vault.

Brown – UB – MSU – short first hs – clean bail position -clear hip to tkatchev, hit – giant full with a really nice finishing position into double tuck with a hop. Some handstands to take there, but the blind full was excellent

Abanto – VT – MSU – stuck a lovely Y1/2. Exceptional vault.

Ewing – UB – MSU – quite a bit of piking in the bail hs – some hs – hit tkatchev – front giant 1/2 to double tuck, hop back

Peterman – BB – Maryland – hits her wolfing – bhs loso series and has to save it, leg up wobble and a little hoppy – cat leap to side somi with an arm wave, actual pretty side somi in the air – hitch kick to switch side, lean forward at the hips – 1.5, knees, small hop. 9.550

Lowe – VT – OSU – basically stuck her full as well, just a small hop of  heels together

Shirley hits her tkatchev to overshoot – that back uprise to handstand is a deduction trap – double tuck with a step

Barber – BB – Maryland – bhs loso series, pretty in the air, check – kickover front the split jump, nailed it – switch to split, some better leap positions here – 2/1, small slide. Nice.

9.775. I was making fun of the beam judging earlier because they were taking so long, but I really like the standard. They’re not throwing out the scores.

Aepli – VT – OSU – sticks a Yfull, great direction, only lacking in some distance and dynamics things. 9.850. Ohio State vaulting exceptionally well.

Great amplitude on Ray for Lea Mitchell from MSU, just a handstand or two, stuck double tuck.

Wright – BB – Maryland – nice jump amplitude here – aerial with a small hesitation into bhs in her combination – kickover front and falls. So Maryland will have to count the Peterman score.

Ling – UB – MSU – perfection gienger, so pretty – stuck her FTDT too.

Jennings with a larger bounce back on her full for 9.675. Also the vault judges giving themselves some solid room for separation.

OSU had three great vaults in there but only sent up five and ended up having to count two 9.6s for 48.800.

Huang – FX – Rutgers – front 2/1, controlled landing, just a little underrotated – rudi to loso was quite pretty – switch side to wolf full, hit – rudi with a slide back. 9.875

Floor is the only event where they’ve been throwing out the numbers so far.

LeBlanc – BB – Maryland – aerial with a check – bhs loso series and falls. Maryland will count a fall now.

Over at ECAC, Temple is struggling on bars, and we’ve just had a pak to missed hand to accidental 17 hip circles.

Big Ten 1, After 2:
Ohio State – 97.900
MSU – 97.625
Rutgers – 96.975
Maryland 96.725

So no one on 196 pace so far. Maryland surprisingly trailing but still gets to go to floor now to look for a huge number.

Big Ten 1, Rotation 3

Hinterberger – UB – OSU – solid jaeger, good toes – hits hs – bail, legs together – short final cast hs – giant full kind of late into double tuck, stuck. Solid

Killer stuck full from Williams on VT for Rutgers

Abanto – UB – OSU – toe on toe shap, legs together, pretty – solid hs on high – snall leg break on bail, good vertical – short final cast hs – giant full to double tuck with a lunge back.

I CANNOT with this dude’s attempted pronunciation of Danica.

Belle Huang basically stuck as well, step back into salute but a great controlled landing on her full. Excellent.

Shirley – BB – MSU – check on loso series – split to beat to double stag is more secure – beat to kickover front with a large break and several arm waves – gainer full with step. 9.400

Huang – UB – OSU – hits her jaeger to bail, a couple tight handstands – FTDT, nice shape in the air, deep landing with a lunge forward

Amoresano is a little short on her full landing with a small hop forward, more distance than the first two

Doulgas – BB – MSU – side aerial to loso series, nice height, check – double turn was excellent – switch 1/2 to sissone, pretty solid positions there – side aerial to full, stuck. That could be our first beam 9.8 of the day. Yep. 9.825

Aepli – UB – OSU – toe on to Maloney with some legs – directly to bail, good legs together on that one – solid final cast hs – FTDT, took it really close to the bar but stuck, legs well apart

Barber – FX – Maryland – really strong full in, good control – 1.5 to front pike, stuck – switch side to popa, a little indistinct in switch side – double tuck, solid. Some knees and things here and there, but controlled landings and the way floor scores have been going…

Swartzentruber – UB – OSU – shap to pak, excellent legs together – shap 1/2 legs together there as well – small arch in hs on high, pulls it back – DLO with a hop back. The first half was exceptional.

Mitchell – BB – MSU – bhs bhs loso, good height and control – a bit tentative in full turn – aerial is short with a leg-up check – split to straddle 1/4, well extended – 1.5, stuck.

Ali – VT – Rutgers – huge full but with a huge bounce back as well

Gagliardi – UB – OSU – short first hs – Yezhova is perfect as always – some position issue on 1/2 turn on low – a little dead on shoot to high but nice hs out of it – DLO, step back

Hoyer – BB – MSU – comes off on her loso series, which means they will count a 9.400 here. Shame because they were in contention for this session with a hit beam, the strongest beam routines we’ve seen so far from Douglas and Mitchell

Robinson – FX – Maryland – double tuck, chest down with a lunge forward – really struggled on an outward turn into a leap, will get a large deduction for no 180 position – triple spin, falls out a little – 1.5 to layout, solid

Hall hits a tucked Y1.5 on vault for Rutgers. 9.700.

After 3:
Ohio State – 146.850
MSU – 146.125
Maryland – 145.950
Rutgers – 145.550

Ohio State should have this, but it’s beam still to come, while MSU gets to go to the high scoring event of the day. Every team has been over 49 on floor, no team has been over 49 on the other events.

Pretty Pak on bars from Frommer from Penn over at ECACs.

Big Ten 1, Rotation 4

Lowe – BB – OSU – check on loso series – switch to straddle 1/4, good extension on straddle – cat leap to side aerial, secure – 1.5 dismount with a hop. Solid set. 9.800, scores trending up

Hall has a massive deltchev on bars for Rutgers, some major vertical position deductions, but the release was great.

Johnson – VT – Maryland – small hop back on full, some feet, good

Swartzentruber – BB – OSU – solid loso series – cat leap to kickover front with a small lean that she covers pretty well into beat – sissone to split jump – gainer full, stuck.

Huang – UB – Rutgers – short first hs – bail, leg break in the air, good vertical position – has some hs deductions as well, great height on tkatchev – giant full to double tuck, short with a large lunge forward

Magro hop back on a clean Yfull for 9.675. A score we don’t typically see for normal Yfulls but we have been seeing today and should.

Really nice hit on beam for Gilson, clean loso series and a real-life switch 1/2 – the sheep jump was a little ragged but very secure – gainer full – great routine

Shirley short on a double tuck with a hop on floor for MSU – crazy leap combination as she started bouncing to the side, which was fun

Abanto – BB – OSU – bhs loso series, very solid, just a bit of knees – high leap amplitude – aerial with a large break, bend at the hips and lean over, avoids grabbing the beam but a large break – gainer pike, step back

Maryland is done with a 194.800. Beam gonna getcha

Solid full from Barber on vault, good chest up and power, step back

Aepli – BB – OSU – bhs loso series and falls. That means counting the 9.625 from Abanto – second fall on a kickover front –

Douglas – FX – MSU – double pike, solid position in the air, controlled step – front lay to front full, lovely clean layout position on those elements – split leap 1.5 to split 1/2, great split positions – double tuck, bounce back but still an excellent routine

Perez – BB – OSU – must-hit routine for OSU to get the session – switch to sissone, nice front leg, a little back leg – bhs loso series, hit with a little check – switch ring with a small hesitation into beat jump – front full dismount, small hop. The routine they needed.

Mitchell – FX – MSU – nice double back – 1.5 to layout, the 1.5 is extremely high, which led to the layout being kind of flat and archy – no question about her straddle positions – double pike, some bounce back

Ohio State – 195.775
Michigan State – 195.425
Maryland – 194.800
Rutgers – 194.175

It’s a shame Michigan State isn’t going to regionals. That performance we saw today was much better than will be put up by a number of the teams that qualify.

These scores won’t hold up for the evening session and won’t alter the NQS in any meaningful way for Ohio State and Maryland. Michigan State gives itself a chance to move up a little, but of course not enough for the top 36.

Programming note: Big 12 and EAGL Champs begin

There’s a whole lot of wrestling going on on ESPNU right now, so we might be starting BIG 12s online. Fun. I’ll be making a lot of GIFs and making fun of Jessica for the next few minutes then.

We have an unofficial final of 193.300 for Cornell.

Your reminder for EAGLs, GW is looking for 195.600 to make regionals,, though they start on a bye.

Oklahoma starting on vault at Big 12s. Iowa State’s “foreign talent.”

Big 12 Rotation 1

Kern – UB – DU – good first hs – hop change to a jaeger, a loittle elbows but fine – small leg break on bail, hit – DLO, stuck landing, a bit of legs. Nice. 9.825.

Lehrmann a little short on vault on her 1.5 this time but a solid landing and held onto the stick…ish. Step back salute 9.900

Stern – VT – OU – bound forward on 1.5 – pretty solid body position. 9.800

Kaufman – BB – WVU – solid kickover front to beat, very secure – bhs loso series, quite a bit of knees on bhs – switch to straddle, low position on straddle – switch to gainer full, weird back leg on switch

Webb – VT – OU – Y1.5 – basically stuck, just leans up onto her toes, nicely done

Chesnok – UB – Denver – short first hs – giant full to tkatchev, good finish position on full – bail, pings off a little but gets to vertical well – a little rushed in some of her hs – FTDT, small movement. Good.

Trautman – VT – OU – doesn’t have the control on her 1.5 this week, bound forward like Stern. 9.825. They’ve had some good ones but also some bounds.

Dowell – VT – OU – 1.5 small hop forward, so should score better than those lower 9.8s, but just really the two nailed vaults.

Still 49.350 on vault for OU, which is fine but not the 49.500 they look for.

Koshinski on BB for WVu, huge break on her loso series, leg-up wobble, keeps it on – beat to split to straddle 3/4 with a lean – side aerial to full, stuck

Brown – Ub – SU – Maloney to pak, just small legs apart on both – goof hs on low – VL, same with that little bit of legs – massive DLO and stuck……to salute. Some leg form is all you can take in this one. 9.925

Karr – UB – DU – giant full to gienger to overshoot, literally perfect – smooth hs, pretty much gets there – Linas just started a religion about it – DLO, stuck. Nice routine.

9.950 for Karr gives Denver 49.425 and the lead over Oklahoma after 1.

Galpin – BB – WVU – bhs loso series, solid, some knees – finishes with a stuck side aerail to full.

Great leap power from Russ on FX for Iowa State. Front full to pike a little low but hit. Double tuck short with a lunge.

Tun with a pretty loso series on beam, lovely extension – attempts a beat jump to split jump full, though the position is so low, major deduction

Sievers – FX – ISU – front 2/1 to front tuck, super bouncy and goes OOB with both feet –

After 1:
Denver – 49.425
Oklahoma – 49.350
Iowa State – 48.875
West Virginia – 48.700

So this is happening. Oklahoma didn’t have enough landings on that vault rotation to separate.

EAGL scores are pulling themselves together now. It’s a 48.800 for New Hampshire.

EAGLs moving to rotation 2 where GW will start on floor.

Big 12 Rotation 2

Webb – UB – OU – good first hs – pretty pak, super high – excellent hs on low bar – Shap 1/2, a bit of feet – double front 1/2 out with a bounce back. 9.900 pretty high for that dismount, which should have been a full tenth itself.

Orrego – VT – ISU – good control on full, near stick, just chest forward

Boychuk – VT – ISU – nice distance on her full, large bounce back –

Marks – UB – OU – good first hs – toe on to toe shap, small legs – into bail, smooth – shortish final cast hs – FTDT taken a little close, small step to the side. 9.900 as well.

Brown started BB for Denver with 9.800

Martin – VT – ISU – almost hold the stick on her full, small step and some legs-apart deduction throughout the vault

Ruiz 9.650 on beam for Denver.

Thomas went 9.925 on bars, which we did not see. Everyone with a career high.

Dowell – UB – OU – good first hs – Ray is strong – toe on to bail, a little hips in the air but ends up solidly in position – short final cast hs – DLO, small hop back. Good as always. 9.900

Steinmeyer – VT – ISU – nearly holds the stick on her Y1.5 with a step-salute, some knees in the air and a little deep coming in for landing.

Vasquez – BB – DU – aerial to bhs loso like an elite – small slide back on loso, lovely form – switch to split, perfect elements – Y spin, hit – sissone, good – side aerial to full, stuck, excellent routine.

Lehrmann – UB – OU – 1/2 turn to jaeger, lovely toes – one borderline cast hs but will get it – a little lose back on her bail catch – FTDT, small step back. A great routine of course but not her most precise work. 9.875

Karr – BB – DU – side aerial to bhs series with a check lean – hitch kick to side aerial to side position with another check, an arm wave – beat to split full, fakes it around a little but close enough for credit – 1.5 with a slide back. A more tentative routine but a countable hit

The scores are there for GW so far on floor. It’s what they need.

Tun finishes FX with a solid rudi, well controlled

Nichols – Ub – OU – massive Ray to Pak, excellent – hs on low with some borderline angle – very strong van leeuwen – DLO, stuck. Great routine. 9.950

49.575 bars for Oklahoma. What they wanted from Nichols. Got a couple gifts early in the lineup.

Koshinski – FX – WVU – DLO, huge, holds the stick with a little chest forward – split full to popa, popa a little underturned by perhaps no one will notice into shushunova – 1.5 to layout, solid – double pike, squatty landing but also stuck.

49.250 for Denver on beam gives Oklahoma back the lead.

After 2:
Oklahoma – 98.925
Denver – 98.675
Iowa State – 97.875
WVU – 97.675

It ends up as a 49.000 for George Washington on floor, which is a solid score and above pace, but also floor and should be above the scoring pace. GW is going to need to keep vault at least 48.8 in this next rotation to stay on track.

Programming note: Pac-12 session 1 begins

We also have MAC starting now, and we’re on Kent State score watch there, needing that 195.125.

Rotation 3

Sundstrom – FX – Denver – clean double tuck, a small slide back – front lay to front full, control, not super high – switch 1/2 and wolf positions are nicely executed – switch 1/1 and actually clearly and cleanly around –

Langkamp – UB – ISU – piked jaeger, well caught – bail, clean – short cast hs on hgih with a little hestiation – DLO, a bit deep with a bound forward

Oklahoma got a 9.850 for Trautman to start on beam

Dowell – BB – OU – flank mount – aerial with a check to break the series, will need to redo – aerial to bhs, gets it on the second attempt – switch to switch combination – full turn with a check – front full, hop forward. OK, usable, but about four mistakes in there. 9.725

Burns – ISU – UB – Ray, caught – arches cast hs but pulls it back, pretty large arch – bail with some hip angle – DLO is pretty

Koshinski – VT – WVU – Y1.5 – small hop on her 1.5 this week – great distance and direction, pretty solid form, just loses the knees toward the end. 9.900

OU gets 9.900 on beam for Lehrmann

Woodard – BB – OU – side aerial to bhs series, solid as always with that built-in knee deduction – lean correction on kickover front – switch to split, nicely done – side aerial to full, stuck. 9.900

Pac-12s has started, step back for Cunningham on full for Washington

Good piked jaeger from Palacios on bars – DLO whipped out with a flung shape and lunge forward

Webb – BB – OU – smooth full turn – bhs loso, secure – cat leap to aerial, small lean – switch to split leap, some back leg on the leap but it’s getting better – side aerial to full, stuck, legs apart. 9.875.

Arizona starting with a beam fall –

Ros Vaquer with a shap to pak, lovely legs together shape – very short cast hs on high – DLO, stuck with a little bit of deep knees

It’s 48.775 for GW on vault, dropping off the necessary pace by just a tad.

Brown – FX – DU – DLO is massive an awesome, bounce back – 1.5 to layout to sissone, overflipped the 1.5 and couldn’t get much into the layout, hit it but flat – double pike, very strong

Nichols – BB – OU – that’s correct split screen – aerial to split, quite smooth – bhs loso series solid – switch to split leap excellent – 1.5, stuck, chest up and legs pretty close together

Another 9.950 for Nichols 9.875 for Brown.

Arizona has a fall in the second position on beam as well.

49.275 on bars for UNH gives them a 3-tenth lead after two events.

After 3:
Oklahoma – 148.400
Denver – 147.900
ISU – 147.075
WVU – 146.725

Nice double Arabian from Flam on floor, pace forward but mostly under control –

Big 12 Rotation 4

Ruiz – VT – DU – full, small hop up, a bit of piking through

Webb – FX – OU – front 2/1, good as always, keeps the back leg down – 1.5 to front full comes up a little short with a pace back – split leap full to jump full – rudi has a litttle stagger hop backward so a couple landing things this week but good. 9.850

Crap, Arizona has a third fall in four beam routines now

Hit vault for Chesnok for Denver – bounce back on her full – a bit less control than for Ruiz

Draper – FX – OU – 1/2 to rudi with a small slide back, not much – front full to front lay, control, a little low on both her passes with a bit of knees – switch – switch 1/1 with a hop out – 9.850

Sundstrom – VT – DU – hop in place on her full – a bit better in maintaining her layout position – solid height

Karr – VT – DU – GORGEOUS Y1.5 from Karr, stuck it with just a little bit of direction – 9.950

LaPinta out of control on her 3/1 this week with a bounce back – and then falls on her combo pass, no punch and sits it down

[singing] where are you Magggggieeeeee? [/singing]

Brown – VT – DU – her Y1.5 is also tremendous – she has the amplitude and distance edge on Karr but has a little hop forward, so probably also 9.950. Yes, 9.950

197.250, solid enough final score for Denver. Wanted a little more on beam and floor.

Degouveia – FX – OU – opens with an accidental rudi, got lost in the air, bounce back and OOB, hmmmmmmmm – front lay to front full is solid – switch 1/2 to popa, no trouble – 1.5 to layout, hit, but that will be a lower score for her. 9.675 that will count.

Fantastic stuck FTDT from Leonard-Baker on bars for ASU. Big opening rotation for them.

Woolfolk has a cat leap to side aerial with a major break on beam, lovely on the simpler leaps in this one. 1.5 with a hop

Now the judges are having a conference about Degouveia’s score. She shoudl still have a 10.0 start though I believe, even without the front 2/1. Did they not take OOB? Because she was OOB.

Degouveia score down to 9.575 now. Oklahoma still pretty much in control, but it’s closer than it could have been now. FLOOR.

Dowell – FX – OU – nailed front double pike, step forward but controlled step – 1.5 to layout, nailed it – split leap full to popa, popa was fab – front lay to front full to stag, strong. That will work.

9.925 for Dowell.

Trautman – FX – OU – DLO, excellent, chest up, control – front lay to front full to split, great lift and position in that split – split leap 1/1 to popa, great lift – double tuck, maybe just a little out of control on that landing but almost nothing to take here.

9.975 final for Trautman.

1: Oklahoma – 197.575
2. Denver – 197.250
3. Iowa State – 195.950
4. WVU – 195.600

And it’s just 48.350 for Kent State on vault at MICs. Good news for the teams that competed yesterday right there.

On to the second rotation at Pac-12s for a while, SECs first session soon to start as well.

Wilson – BB – ASU – bhs loso series, secure, tight position in the air – cat leap to switch 1/2, well short of position and a leg-up wobble – kickover front more solid into beat jump, still a little clench to hold there – gainer full, stuck. 9.700

Hendrickson – FX – AZ – bounce back on double back – front full to front pike with a slide – split leap 1.5 is around – 1.5 to layout, solid, a bit of legs

Fitzgerald – VT – Stanford – hop back on full, some direction, legs together, mostly nice layout position, little pike down at the end

Washignton – UB – UW – good first hs – clear hip to gienger to overshoot, great legs together on that gienger – strong final cast hs position as well – FTDT, comes up short with a bound forward. Was almost amazing.

Gutierrez – BB – ASU – full turn, smooth – bhs loso series and falls – huge break and looked for a while that she was going to lean and hold and save it but then flopped off and it looked like it kind of hurt – rulfova, and it’s a pretty real one – nice – fhs – switch side, hit – 1.5 step back

Freidin – FX – AZ – split leap 1.5, nice position in the air – double tuck, small front leg adjustment – split leap full and popa – front lay to front full, legs and a little stagger on landing.

Bryant – VT – Stanford – sticks her full! Massive vault. That’s the best I’ve seen her land it – I feel like she’s a little excited. 9.875

Brooks is in on bars for Washington now – some straddle positions in her releases but she gets through, hit double tuck

Udowitch – BB – ASU – aerial to beat, pretty smooth – bhs loso series with a large break, bends at the hips, keeps it on – switch to split, struggles with those positions a little more than usual – cat leap to kickover front, nailed – side aerial to full with some legs, stuck

Swanson a little out of control on her 2.5 on floor, slidey and hoppy but does stay in –

Flam – VT – Stanford – hop forward on her Omel but not too big. Solidly done

Programming note: SEC session 1 begins

Riley pretty on bars for UW – nailed DLO.

Szafranski – BB – ASU – aerial with a check, will have to redo to have a serie s- aerial into swingdown, hit on second attempt – side aerial, switch to split, nice – full turn – rulfova, hit – gainer full, a little forward with a shuffle

GW gets a HUGE 49.050 on bars to get back in contention for this. In the next rotation on beam, GW needs 48.775 to advance to regionals and knock out UIC. It should be a doable score.

Touch warmup now at SECs. I’ve got the four-event screen open to hopefully I can keep up with an many routines as possible.

Yu – VT – Stanford – large bounce back on full, great distance

Copiak – UB – UW – tentative first hs but gets there – nice piked jaeger to overshoot, good legs together – a little loose back on cast hs – holds stick on FTDT with a lean

SEC 1 Rotation 1

Desch – VT – Bama – fine full witha  hop back.

Becker sticks DLO on bars for Auburn with a lean to hold it. 9.800

Controlled landings for Yamzon on floor.

Armbrecht – VT – Bama – great stick on her full, lovely open, chest up, just a bit of knees in the air – 9.850

Watson – UB – Auburn – catches close on her Ray but does catch – a little bit of legs on bail, good vertical – finishes FTDT with a step back

Mahoney – VT – Bama – a little stagger on her landing, leg flying up as she tries to control the hop – lovely in the air as always

Two beam hits to start for Missouri

Krippner – UB – Auburn – Shap to bail, small leg shutters on both – short cast hs on high – FTDT, holds the stick, chest a little forward

Gaskins with a strong stick on vault, good control on landing. 9.850

Olsen – VT – Bama – only a small hop back on her DTY, and just the usual knees, good one.

Gobourne finishes bars with a stuck FTDT

Graber – VT – Bama – 1.5 – hop forward on her 1.5, but the usual solid distance and direction. Won’t be a huge number but will be solid. Interesting no Guerra on vault now.

Cerio – UB – Auburn – Clear hip to piked jaeger – perfect – bail is nice – finishes double tuck with a hop. A good rotation for Auburn but not enough sticks.

Stanford moves into the lead at Pac-12s after 2 with a 98.300

Day – UB – Auburn – massive jaeger to a bail, a bit of legs on the bail – OOOOOOF, falls on her double arabian dismount and turns it into a forward roll. They have five hits before that.

49.225 for Alabama on vault. They;ll take it.

McGlone – FX – Ark – nails her double lay, very secure landing – double tuck with a larger bounce back, just does stay in bounds – split leap full to popa, nice height – front full to layout, should score well. Arkansas should be ahead of Alabama and Auburn after 1 if this keeps up.

First two beam scores for GW are BIG. 9.850 and 9.875.

Ward – BB – Missouri – HUGE break on her three series, keeps it on but enough to make this the drop score.

Shaffer with a very strong double Arabian on floor – just a little shuffle on landing –

Third beam score for GW is 9.750, that still works for them.

Also, Stanford has to bars now at Pac-12s.

Raymond – BB – GW – she’s 5th up – switch 1/2 with a break, a couple arm waves – bhs loso series, small check – they just need a normal hit out of this routine to reach the mark – side aerial, solid – split jump to split 1/4, tight position, hit – side aerial to full, stuck

So that routine goes 9.675, which is enough to get GW at least 195.725, which means GW is through regardless of the final beam score.

UIC has been eliminated. (From contention and from gymnastics. Saddest).

Bray hits in the 6th position for George Washington.

The race for the win is also getting tight between GW and UNH, but it looks like UNH will take it with that final floor score of 9.900. Yes, UNH wins by a little more than a tenth.

So it’s Lindenwood vs. Kent State for the final regionals spot.

Meanwhile Arkansas is winning after 1 rotation at SECs

After 1:
Arkansas 49.275
Alabaam 49.225
Missouri 49.125
Auburn 49.050

Up now with rotation 2 at SECs and we’re still in the midst of rotation 3 at Pac12s because this meet is endless.

Dickson – UB – Bama – small arch on first hs but solid – bail – snapped up to hs on hgih – toe on to tkatchev, nice toes as always – handstands look a little crisper this week – FTDT, stuck with a stagger. Good. 9.850

Washington working against a fall on beam in the second position.

Watson starts Auburn on beam with 9.800

Graber – UB – Bama – giant full with a leg break – catches gienger but the usual legs on catch, small leg break on bail but great vertical and toe point – final cast hs was better – FTDT, hit

Shaffer doesn’t control the landing on her Y1/2 this week, bound forward and a little to the side

Gobourne on beam has a balance check in the middle of a leap combination – finishes with a side aerial to stuck full

Kent State went 48.575 on bars on its second event to fall off the necessary pace.

Gorgeous 1.5 on vault from Hambrick of Arkansas. 9.800 is tight for that, but we’re far away.

Stanford is getting some numbers on bars through the first three.

Brunette – UB – Stanford fingertips on her deltchev but hits it into overshoot – has a really short hs at the beginning but otherwise solid, only a small step on landing.

Big full from McGlone with bounce back

Guerra – UB – Bama – falls on her jaeger – unexpected

Nelson – BB – Washignton – bhs loso with a lean check, saves it

Elswick hits 1.5 for Arkansas with a step forward. 9.900

A couple checks on beam for Riddle but a hit. That was a 9.650 for Gobourne, so they need these hits.

Mahoney – UB – Bama – toe on to bail – no trouble, nice – shortish cast hs on high, a little sluggish catching tkatchev (possible clip of the bar? Not sure) but does – FTDT, stuck landing.

Bryant just hit a fantastic bars for Stanford, small hop on DLO, so they’re not going to count a bars score under 9.800 (GASP)

Good fill in from Tucker on floor for Missouti but kind of steppy on landing.

Gaskins – UV – Bama – toe shap to pak with some legs, a small struggle on pak but works through t fine – DLO – deep but pulls it out with a bounce forward, so this will be a fine rotation score for Alabama.

Milliet – BB – Auburn – front tuck mount, perfect – full turn, smooth – bhs loso series, pretty extension, no check – split jump to sheep jump with a lean correction – gainer full, stuck

Porter – FX – Missouri – double pike, nailed landing – 1.5 to layout, a little flat in the layout, solid landing – switch 1/2 to popa, fine – double tuck, short with a stagger hop

Flam falls on her bars dismount but Stanford didn’t need the score.

Sylvia – BB – Auburn – a hit routine, so they’ll be able to drop Gobourne’s score.

Copiak – BB – UW – they’ve almost escaped the rotation without counting a fall – bhs loso series, lean to the left as she tries to hold it – cat leap to switch 1/2, pretty completion there – side aerial, also a small lean as she tries to hold it, this is a tight routine from her with some leans and larger pases – 1.5, lean to the side again to try to hold the stick

CLB – FX – ASU – double tuck, easy peasy, chest up and great control – 1.5 to front full, love the height on both elements – split leap full to straddle 1 million because she’s in the air for so long – double pike, controlled step. Good.

SEC after 2
Alabama – 98.425
Missouri – 98.375
Arkansas – 98.225
Auburn – 98.000

Regionals alert: Kent State has 1 fall on beam and must work against that in the final three routines to stay alive with a shot.

P12 after 3
Stanford – 147.500
Arizona State – 147.275
Washington – 147.175
Arizona – 145.150

Well hello Stanford.

Programming note: Big Ten session 2 begins

More more more always more. We haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet.

Rotation 3 starting at SECs

Yamzon – UB – Ark – arches first hs, pulls it back – hits tkatchev – small leg shutter apart on bail – smooth final cast hs and NAILS DLO 1/1 dismount.

Klopfer – BB – Bama – aeral to bhs, connected well – finishes side aerial to full, small hop back. 9.850

Kent State gets through beam without another fall, but it’s just a 48.675, which doesn’t really help after the previous events –

Kent State would now need 49.525 on floor to make regionals, which is, you know, tough.

Fitzgerald – BB – Stanford – hits full turn – aerial with a little hesitation into back tuck, which would have mattered back when people cared – front aerial to two feet is solid this week – 1.5, stuck

Solid three series on beam from Shallon Olsen – some rhuythm but the switch to wolf looks quit enice – double pike, stuck. Damn girl.

We have an OOB for Washington on floor in the first routine.

Arkansas working against a miss on bars in the second spot.

We have a fall on floor for Auburn, Watson on her double arabian, sat it down.

Bidwill – VT – Missouri – lunge forward on her 1.5 but hit it, some crazy legs in the air –

Garner – UB – Arkansas – shoert first hs – giant full to excellent gienger to overshoot combination as always – finishes double tuck with a lunge back. A hit.

Hit from Childers on beam. Shuffle forward on 1.5

Shaffer – UB – Ark – toe on to toe shap, perfect legs – into bail, a little back position but nice toes –

Farley hits for Michigan to start the beam rotation.

Armbrecht hits bhs loso on beam for Alabama, small lean – switch to straddle 1/4, another small check but solid positions – beat to sheep, same, small check – 2/1, bounce back

Arkansas gets a hit DLO from Burton in the last spot on bars to avoid counting a fall.

Gaskins – BB – Bama – side aerial, solidly done – split jump 1/2 from side, you can see the short split from this angle – bhs loso series, secure, some knees – switch to split, much stronger leaps, a little hesitation in btween but fine –

Karas finishes beam punch rudi to bounce back for Michigan –

MVC hits her 1.5 for Nebraska with a hop forward. They’re counting two 9.7s on vault so far.

Washington counting a 9.6 on floor now.

Graber – BB – Bama – bhs to lay-pike, solid – secure landings on leap combination – kickover front to scale, quite strong, and stuck gainer full. Nicely done.

Milliet a little bouncy for Auburn on floor, but a hit they can use.

Mariani very solid for Michigan on beam.

No counting mistakes for Nebraska on vault but it’s still just a 48.900.

Cerio helps Auburn avoid counting a fall on floor.

Cole with a miss in the third position for Stanford on beam.

Funk – BB – Michigan – bhs loso, solid series – switch side 1/2, excellent as always – beat to popa is just a tad under with a little lean – side aerial to full with a hop back. Good.

Otto – UB – Illinois – beautiful Maloney to pak combination, lovely form – cast hs nice – VL, perfect, legs together – hitting her hs – FTDT, stuck landing, almost a perfect routine.

9.975 for Otto. Honestly fair.

Wojcik – BB – Michigan – aerial to beat jump, lovely – switch to split, good – bhs loso series, legs extended, secure landing – cat leap to side aerial, solid – 1.5, hop forward. Great.

SECs after 3
Alabama 147.875
Arkansas 147.325
Auburn 147.250
Missouri – 147.050

We’re moving to the last couple routines in the first session of Pac-12s now, Washington already counting a lower one on floor, Stanford trying to work against a fall on beam, and ASU chugging right along on vault.

49.300 Michigan on beam, 49.250 Illinois on bars

Wilson – ASU – VT – solid full, bounce back, a little piking

Berg – UB – AZ – excellent piked jaeger to overshoot, legs right together – shortish final cast hs – FTDT, hop forward.

Tai – BB – Stanford – moment of truth – bhs bhs loso series, large break with a bend at the wait but she keeps it on – switch to straddle 3/4, no trouble – 1.5 with a shuffle. She stayed on.

Drsch – FX – Alabama – double pike, drops into the landing solidly – split leap full to splti jump full – double tuck, just a little forward, not much movement on landing.

Washington – FX – Washington – double tuck, nice chest up, just a little slide – amazing height on her leaps – double pike final pass, smallish bounce back

ANd she got a 9.950 with two uncontrolled passes. UCLA just got a 50.000.

Krippner pretty out of control on vault landing for AUburn –

Day hits her 1.5 for Auburn, short with a hop back –

Arizona State will finish with 196.400

Olsen – FX – Alabama – double double tuck, a little steppy on landing but solidly completed – front tuck through to double tuck, didn’t have quite enough room this time and came up short, hop forward – hits double pike but not her strongest floor. 9.825 is kind of high.

Gobourne – VT – Aub – stuck her 1.5! Excellent vault, arm wabe to hold the stick on landing –

Annnnnd Flam just fell on her layout on beam, so Stanford will count a fall. Stanford gonna Stanford….

Washington would need another 9.950 from Hoffa to get up to Arizona State, and how this rotation has been going…

Arkansas has  a fall from Carter on beam in the fourth spot, but three big scores before her.

Hoffa – FX – Washington – ooooooh uncontrolled stumble back on her first pass and steps OOB, that will give the first session to Arizona State – nice height on leaps – fdouble tuck, super solid

Armbrecht – FX – Bama – double pike, bounce – 1.5 to layout, a little dance out – rudi to stag, solid set

Derrick – BB – Arkansas – bhs loso series with a check to the side – full turn, a little style – kickover front, check – split to split 3/4, not quite there on the second split. She’s walking very gingerly after this routine.

Alos Minnesota is on bars now

Sales – UB – Minn – solid bail, good legs together – hits hs on high – khorkina, nice catch – I’ve seen a vertical position or two, otherwise very clean, stuck DLO

Burton – BB – Ark – aerial, hit – nice series – split to sheep with a balance check, hits gainer full. That works.

Graber – FX – Alabama – full in, very solid landing – switch side, lovely extension – front lay front full, no trouble – double pike, secure landing. The routine they wanted.

That gives Arkansas 196.475. Ahead of Auburn

Ramler – UB – Minnesota – Shap to pak, legs right together – excellent – toe shap 1/2, same – hits hs -on high – toe on to FTDT, the sliiiiightest little shuffle back on landing but that’s all I had

Alabama has the win of the session and will have a season high after Guerra goes

Guerra – Alabama – FX – DLO, solidly hit, chest down – switch side to popa, good straddle positions, overturns switch side – 1.5 to layout ,secure – double pike, nailed landing. Very good.

Lu – UB – Minnesota – toe shap to pak, both actually perfect – rushes 1/2 turn on low a bit – nice hs on high – DLO, same landing as Ramler with that little slide back, so a couple things in there but exactly 2.

And she’s the one who goes 9.950, higher than Ramler. I do not understand.

Anyway, we have some final scores from some big ones

Pac 12 session 1
Arizona State – 196.400
Washington – 196.175
Stanford – 195.925
Arizona – 193.900

SEC Session 1
Alabama 197.350
Arkansas 196.475
Auburn 196.375
Missouri – 195.900

196.175 takes Washington out of the running for a seeding, so now it’s just about whether Oregon State, Cal, Nebraska, or BYU is the odd team out.

Minnesota 49.475 on bars. Illinois is on 197 pace after bars and beam. So strap something onto yourself because this is going to get weird.

Just like that sentence.

We actually have a little bit of a lighter schedule for the next couple hours until the rush of the evening sessions from SECs and Pac-12s, which will be insanity.

Big rotation 3 at Big Tens – Nebraska on bars, Minnesota beam, Michigan floor

Heiskell – FX – Michigan – double pike, control, a little low with chest down – front lay to rudi, nice ability to get that around – pretty solid leap positions – 1.5 to layout with an uncontrolled step forward

Chow VT Iowa with just a small step back on her full, a little chest position and pike, really secure vault though

Orel – UB – Nebraska – tkatchev, hit but flat – short cast hs – toe on to bail, hit pretty well – giant full i quite late to double tuck, stuck. It works.

Osman – FX – Michigan – stagger bounce back out of her full in – great lift on leaps – front tuck through to double pike, short and hands down.

Minnesota a fall first up from Sonier.

Loper – BB – Minnesota – nice loso series – kickover front to beat jump, worked through well – switch to straddle 1/4, too tight in that straddle position – 1.5 with a little hop

Hargrove – Ub – Nebrasska – lovely stalder psoitions and height on her pak – rather short on some vertical positions, last cast is better – stalder with a hesitation into double tuck, bound forward.

Kind of surprised both the first two Nebraska routines went as high as 9.800

Lu – BB – Minnesota – bhs loso series, lovely legs, takes up nearly the whole beam there – cat leap to switch 1/2 with a bend that becomes a bigger bend with the leg up – side somi, can’t hold on and falls.

Minnesota counting a fall on beam.

McLean – FX – Michigan – round off double tuck, big pop, only the smallest adjustment – front lay to front full, a bit of a stutter on landing but fine – split leap full to popa, great height – “heading to medeeeecal school” or medical school, as people say – double pike, good

Crouse with a massive gienger on bars, great hit – FTDT with small hop.

Kent State finishes with 194.775, which is not enough! Lindenwood advances to regionals.

I was crunching the Kent State numbers during Wojcik’s floor routine, but it was excellent obviously. Finished with a perfect rudi to straddle jump with no travel (that’s what it’s actually supposed to look like)

Houchgin – UB – Nebraska – tkatchev, good counter, hit – bail, super clean, nailed vertical positions – solid final vertical – DLO, stuck landing. Very nice. This will end up as a big bars score for Nebraska and keep them in the regionals seeding hunt.

Karas follows 9.950 from Wojcik, so all the scores – double arabian, super height and very well controlled – switch 1/2 to wolf full, love that the wolf full gets higher but the switch 1/2 can be a 180 deduction – 1.5 to 1/2, smooth – double pike, bit of a slide back

Ramler – Bb – Minnesota – good full turn – bhs loso series, hit well – aerial, hit – beat to split ring jump, great – side aerial to full with a small slide back. Possibility that Alina doesn’t know what a stick is, which is weird because she did it a lot.

Big Ten 2 after 3 rotations
1. Michigan – 98.750
2. Illinois – 98.500
3. Nebraska – 98.225
4. Penn State – 98.050
5. Minnesota – 98.025
5. Iowa – 98.025

The big news of that rotation was Minnesota counting a fall on beam to drop well off the pace.

NIU is your upset winner at MACs, getting big rotations on beam and floor to outtouch the favored CMU team.

THe big news at DIIIs is favorite Brockport counting a fall on that amazing beam rotation, opening the door for Stout and Oshkosh.

Rotation 4

Nice full for Heiskell on vault, hop back

Hargrove – Bb – Nebraska – loso series, small adjustment, slide – aerial to beat, works through it well despite being a little off line – split to an excellent sheep jump, but a leg-up break – gaienr pike, bounce forward

McCraken – Ub – PSU – hit tkatchev, some toes – good hs on high – toe on to stalder to double tuck, a little short with a college stick out of it

Maxim – VT – Michigan – Tsuk 1/2 with a lunge forward this week

Otto – FX – Illinois – 1/2 to front full, a little short on her full but holds the landing with control – 1.5 to front tuck, also under control – switch ring to full twisting shushunova like it’s 1999 – rudi, a little ragged with a hop to the side

Chinnery on bars holds the longest handstand in the world as she tries to pull it together into her Hindorff, which she does.

Brenner – VT – Michigan – one of her best 1.5s, small hop forward, the usual bit of knees

McLean – VT – Michigan – gorgeous Yfull and stuck, great power, can’t do it much better –

Schweihofer – BB – Nebraska – bhs lay to 2 feet, step back to hold it – switch to switch 1/2 to beat jump, OK positions, a little bit of feet – 2/1, stuck landing. Should be their best score so far. 9.825

Birdgens – Ub – PSU – toe shap to bail, pretty, legs together – toe shoot – giant full to double tuck, stuck landing. Great job. 9.925

Karas with a nearly great 1.5 but a step back

Crouse – BB – Nebraska – aerial with a lean correction into bhs, she kept moving so she’ll get it as a series, but there was balance check in between – switch to straddle 1/4, well extended – kickover front, nailed – gainer full piked off the end and excellent, stuck. Wow. 9.900

Wojcik hop forward on her 1.5, perfect in the air obviously

Garcia – UB – PSU – piked jaeger, lovely – toe on to bail, legs together, solid vertical – final hs pretty good – DLO, small hop back. Good one.

Houchin – BB – Nebraska – bhs loso with a small lean, nice legs in the air – aerial is wayyyy short and falls – they’re counting a 9.675 and 9.750 now. huge leg-up break on a leap right afterward – she’s V over it – side aerial, another check – 2/1, hop back

Hassel – BB – Nebraska – bhs loso series, crisp – aerial, also pretty solid – split jump to sheep, super solid and nice position on that split – 1.5, hop forward. Necessary hit but won’t be a huge rotation score

Random shot of a judge holding up a UTL. But on which event? I assume floor because it shouldn’t be Hassel’s.

Roe – FX – Illinois – hit rudi, an attempt at a double L turn that may be trouble because I would say it was neither double, nor L – 1.5 to layout with a shuffle forward, just does stay in bounds

Teams that have completed 3 events
Michigan 148.025
Illinois – 147.700
Penn State – 147.375
Nebraska – 147.250

Michigan and Nebraska go to the bye rotation now. Illinois and Penn State will finish up their meets here.

Kaji – UB – Iowa – hits jaeger, a bit of legs – pak, pretty straddled – a short cast hs on high – DLO, floaty, small hop

Dwyer – VT – Illinois – great stick on her full, a little flexed feet, not the most distance, but a very strong vault.

Verdeflor – BB – PSU – wolf turn, hit – ahhh, the old Nittany Lion on the butt check – aerail to swingdown, individual skills pretty but fairly slow in connection – side aerial, leg-up check – split to double stag, another check – side somi to tuck full off the side, stuck. 9.725

Hartzler – UB – Iowa – 1/2 turn into piked jaeger, quite clean – short cast hs – 1/2 turn to straddle back, loose back but pulls it together – giant full to double tuck, takes it pretty close to the bar but sticks

Otto – VT – Illinois – hop back on full, but pretty clean in the air and solid distance –

Politz – BB – PSU – aerial, a little arm wave into bhs, I’d also question the speed of that connection but no one cares anymore – cat leap switch side, crooked leg on switch side, love the height on her cat leap – cat leap to aerial, check connection into beat jump – a lot for the judges to decide about this aroune – split to straddle 1/4, she’s tight on her leap elements today – gainer full, stuck with chest down

Sullivan – Ub – Iowa – hit Ray, some knees – not quite there on bail vertical – solid final cast – hiant full to double tuck, stuck landing

Hosek – BB – PSU – tripped on the mat as she was about to start beam, so you know she’ll hit her actual beam routine – full turn – bhs loso, very secure, extended legs – switch to gainer loso, hit, a little slow in combo there and split to straddle 1/4, small arm adjustment – aerial, smooth – cat leap to gainer full, stuck.

Kampschroefer – UB – Iowa – Ray, good height, cleaner body position – toe on to a straddled pak – small loose back on final cast hs – DLO, small slide back

Illinois is done with a 196.650 for the lead.

Loper – FX – Minn – front lay to front rudi, secure, a bit ragged – switch ring is nice, split full could be a little closer – 2.5 was perfect, nailed landing and pretty solid twisting form – rudi, super solid as well. Excellent 2nd and 3rd passes

FAB full from Meeks with a stick.

Chow – UB – Iowa – Another Ray, huge as well, pak, this pak is better, legs together – shortish final cast hs – giant full to double tuck, bounce back

Ramler – FX – Minn – hit double pike, solid control – switch ring and switch 1/2 are exceptional, as always – rudi, secure – 1.5 through to 2/1 with a bounce back. Nice.

Bridgens – BB – PSU – hitch kick to kickover front, small slide forward – switch to tuck jump 3/4 – bhs loso series, smallest little lean – 1.5, little hop forward

196.100 final for PSU

Williams – FX – Minn – front 2/1, a little bit too much on the lunge forward and takes her back foot with her, good height and twisting shape – high switch side to popa – 1.5 to layout, super straight on that layout – a rudi, a bit out of control with a bounce back

One rotation left at Big Tens

Illinois 196.650
Penn State 196.100
Ohio State 195.775
Michigan State 195.425
Maryland 194.800
Rutgers 194.175

Michigan 148.025
Minnesota 147.325
Nebraska 147.250
Iowa – 147.150

Heiskell – UB – Mich – hit tkatchev  – toe on to pak, pretty pak int he air – good final cast hs, one was borderline in the middle there – front giant 1/2 to double tuck, step back. Clean

Quaglia – VT – Minn – stuck full, really strong landing – we’ve seen a lot of stuck fulls at this meet today – some chest position –

Carlson – BB – Iowa – loso series, solid – switch to straddle 1/4, hit, a little tight – standing loso, secure as well – bhs 1.5, hop, solidly done

Mariani – UB – Mich – good height on tkatchev – bail, a little legs but solid position – FTDT with a step back

Sonier – VT – Minn – full, nearly stuck, small step, also a little chest position and distance

Gilchrist – BB – Iowa – bhs layout to two feet, pretty piked though – switch to split, pretty solid 180 positions – side aerial in combination, a little adjustment – full turn, check – cat leap to side somi, lean forward but holds it – gainer pike, stuck

Brenner – Ub – Mich – hits jaeger, a little tight – some small moments of form – bail is quite nice, crisp, shor ton final cast hs – pings off on DLO and still sticks it

Williams – VT – Minn – massive-normous fulll – larger bounce back though –

Karas – UB – Mich – small arch in first cast, pulls it back – shap to bail, excellent , legs right together – solid final cast hs – DLO, hop back

Killian – BB – Iowa – bhs loso series, hit – punch front to bail, absolutely nailed – switch to switch combination, low back leg on both elements – 2/1, hop back

Ramler – VT – Minn – only a small hop on her 1.5, great distance, she has had an excellent day

Wojcik – UB – Mich – perfect hs – hs – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, just a little late on the toe 1/2 – crisp bail, excellent – hitting her casts – DLO, short with a hop forward

Pretty 1.5 for Loper as well but a bit larger bounce forward than Ramler had.

So it looks like we have Wojcik, Ramler, and Karas all tied at 39.600 in the AA at Big Tens.

Big struggle on a 1.5 to front tuck for Hassel on floor – barely got it around, and did as a tuck, with a multi-lunge stumble back to keep it to her feet. 9.650 is pretty high

Maxim has an arch on her first hs, pulls it back – hits tkatchev and bail – final cast hs is better – DLO, small hop

Crouse – FX – Nebraska – front 2/1 to front layout, has to arch her front layout around with a hop, so a few deductions there – switch side to popa – 1.5 to 1/2 to stretch jump is better – pretty rudi to loso to finish, but we’ll see how much the first pass costs. 9.850

FINAL Big Tens
1. Michigan – 197.400
2. Illinois (!) – 196.650
3. Nebraska – 196.550
4. Minnesota – 196.425
5. Penn State – 196.100
6. Iowa – 196.075
6. Ohio State – 195.775
8. Michigan State – 195.425
9. Maryland – 194.800
10. Rutgers – 194.175

Very impressed that Illinois got up there for second. And to think they were like two meets away from not making regionals.

And we even get a half-hour break until the big stuff!

So, your latest NQS news in the break. We know the regionals qualifiers now, with George Washington and Lindenwood taking the final two spots and eliminating UIC and Kent State.

We won’t know how the play-ins are distributed (or how teams are distributed into the two semifinal sessions at each site) until the draw on Monday. I’ll probably do a mock draw tomorrow out of antsiness.

In the race for the seeded spots, Nebraska is in as a result of its score just now, and Oregon State is in as a result of Washington’s low score earlier.

What’s left to be decided is the last spot between BYU and Cal. Cal is looking for a 196.325 at Pac-12s to get the last spot, otherwise it’s BYU.

Higher up, Auburn will not pass Boise State and will be a #4 seed at regionals.

Georgia can still pass Michigan for #7 with a 197.050 today, which has many implications for hosting duties.

Alabama will stay at 10th, which means Alabama and UCLA look to be paired together.

The Pac-12 Network is reshowing Super Six from last year as preparation for the competition. It is sort of working.

They’re trying to prepare us for the score-scape we’re about to be treated to, I’m sure.

So, Pac-12s goes one at a time, which makes it take forever, but with that and the four-cam view of SECs, we shouldn’t miss too much

That is, if everything starts when it’s supposed to…basketball.

SEC stream, I’m going to need you to start because antsy.

UCLA has Marz Frazier in its reported vault lineup [eyes emoji]

Programming note: Pac-12 and SEC sessions 2 begin

Everyone is starting!

Snead – BB – UGA – check on her three series – sticks 2/1, some moments of tentativeness, but fine. 9.800

Finnegan with a stick on her full, small little shutter in landing, the usual greatness.

It’s a hit from Boren on bars, stuck DLO. 9.850

Frazier – VT – UCLA – does a full, hop back, normal but solid. 9.800

Lee – UB – IUtah – nice high piked jaeger connected to overshoot – short hs on high – front giant 1/2 to double tuck, stucks, a little deep knees

Harrold – VT – LSU – 1.5, hop to the side, somme knees, I mean it was better than her 9.950 from last week, but… 9.900. So vault scores are going high.

Hundley – UB – Florid a- floaty shap to pak, a bit of legs – leg break in shap 1/2, a little more than usual this week – FTDT, stuck, nailed landing. 9.900

Kelley – VT – LSU – basically sticks her handspring pike 1/2 with a little shuffle lean up – LSU starting well.

Schoenherr – UB – Florida – good first hs – toe 1/2 with slight hesitation to huge jaeger – a couple loose back moments, nails double front 1/2 out.

We have a fall from kentucky in the second position on floor –

Priessman – VT – LSU – she vaults a 1.5 and hits it, not as strong as some of the others we’ll see, hop back and some knees

Tratz – VT – UCLA – excellent full this weak, only a fake step with a step back into salute – great distance and pretty well controlled

Skaggs – UB – Florida – tkatchev to pak, clean – 1/2 turn on low, pretty high – DLO, stuck with a straddle in the air. 9.925

Dula hits bars for Utah – finishes stalder to double tuck, holds the stick with a lean

OOF. Another fall from Kentucky on floor. Well that’s that.

Edney – VT – LSU – 1.5, a little more knees this week, and a pace forward, so a few things to take there –

Thomas – UB – Florida – maloney to clear hip to pak, perfect – VL, very strong – nailed hs on high – DLO with a possible little slide together, but otherwise exceptional.

Don’t really get 9.850 there, but I’m watching in a small window, so…

Mastrangelo – FX – Cal – full in, comes up short with a hop forward – 2.5 with a crossover step, keeps it in bounds – 1.5 to layout, secure but pretty arched in the layout

A hit from Oakley on beam but pretty checky.

Gowey – Ub – Florida – nice Ray – pak, clean – 1/2 turn on low, pretty solid vertical – shortish final cast hs – DLO, bounce back.

Hano – VT – UCLA – her best vault ever – stuck that 1.5, a little bit of knees but not even that much this week, no question on the stick. I’d go 9.950, which she has before for weaker vaults. 9.950

Georgia will count a beam 9.725 from Oakley –

Tessen – UB – Utah – jaeger, hit, some elbows on catch – hits bail but a little loose back – short final cast hs – sticks FTDT very well. 9.925 is INSANELY too high

baumann – BB – Georgia – arm-wave check on her series – wolf hop to switch side was good – 2/1 with a hop back. OK. Gets away with a 9.775 a bit, but that will also count.

Fall from Lacy Dagen on beam for Oregon State, their second fall in the first three routines. Yikers.

Cal stuck in the 9.7s for first two floor routines.

So Seilnacht – FX – Cal – front lay to rudi to double stag, really clean, controlled the leap out – split leap 1.5, gets those feet around – 1.5 to 1/2 to split, was on an angle but also stayed it – solid final pass into front pike, a little dance out. 9.900

Even Vega has a lean correction in a combo

Ross – VT – UCLA – 1.5 – small hop forward this time, hit, but not one of her sticks, will still be a great score. 9.900

Georgia gets out of beam with 49.050.

MMG – UB – Utah – deltchev, good – hits bail hs  pretty cleanly – FTDT, chest forward with a hop. 9.900

M Dagen – BB – Oregon State – bhs loso series, very secure, chest not the highest – switch to switch 1/2 to beat jump, strong – side aerial to full, stuck, big routine.

George – FX – Cal – front tuck through to rudi, secure landing, a bit of legs – switch ring and split leap 1/1, great height on that ring – front 2/1, also solidly landed – rudi, stuck, great landing control today.

Florida leads LSU by half a tenth after one. They’re about to start rotation 2. Pac-12s has barely started rotation 1

Dennis – VT – UCLA – her usual gigantic full – just a little bit of feet and that slide back. But good.

Reinstadtler – UB – Utah – short first hs – 1/2 turn to jaeger, lovely jaeger, a little crooked on the 1/2 – clean and pretty on bail – finsihes FTDT, a little legs in the air, holds the stick with a lean

Lazaro – BB – OSU – bhs loso series, smoothlyu done, small lean correction – switch to split to straddle 3/4, good straddle, a litlte short on split – small hesitation on full turn – side aerial to full, stuck. Some moments but fine.

Bordas – FX – Cal – double pike, overcooks it with a bounce back and OOB, which means they’ll be counting two 9.7s in this rotation and need a score from Clausi. 1.5 to layout was fine, a little arch on layout.

Rotation 2 from SECs

Durante – UB – LSU – 1/2 turn to very high jaeger, nice – good cast hs out – pak, small leg break, hit – stuck landing. Great.

Kramer – VT – UCLA – Y1.5, one of her better ones, small hop to the side, knees in the air, but usable.

Skinner – UB – Utah – hits Ray – rushes next cast hs – bail, a little short of vertical from this angle – she’s working tight today on a couple handstands – sticks FTDT.

9.950 is quite high there but consistent with the overscoring of the meet.

Ferrer – Ub – LSU – 1/2 turn to jaeger, a little legs on catch – bail, a little leg break there – DLO, secure landing – 9.825. Some form things but solid.

Skaggs on BB  – solid loso series – cat leap to side aerial to full, stuck

Harrold – UB – LSU – zhuchold, good, a little arch – toe 1/2, small legs – into jaeger, well done – double front, pace forward. Solid.

Clausi extremely strong on first pass on floor but is a little mushy on her front 2/1 with a crossover step – 1.5 to layout is solid with a dance out.

Edney – UB – LSU – Hindorff, solid – bail, perhaps a little short of vert, tough from this angle – DLO, holds the stick with a lean

After 1 at Pac-12s, Utah has a .150 lead on UCLA, and I’m sure we’ll be talking abou that bars scoring a lot. Especially because if it stays consistent UCLA is going to get twenty-two 10s.

Cal goes 49.175, which works for the scoring goal, and Oregon State had to count that fall.

Priessman finishes on UB with a  DLO, usual legs, near stick. Nice.

Gowey – BB – Florida – switch to split, quite nice, perfect positions – bhs loso loso, pretty solid as well, a touch of feet – aerial to sissone, correct sissone position – gainer full, stuck. Pretty routine. 9.950. Well now. Here we go.

Finnegan – UB – LSU – – good first hs – Ray, excellent – small correction cast hs – bail looks good – toe shoot, great swing – tight final cast hs – DLO lovely stick there. A thing or two but a clean one.

9.950 for Finnegan. LSU 49.475 on bars

Thomas – UB – Florida – switch 1/2 to beat jump, smooth – one-arm bhs to a loso with a balance check – she tries to cover with choreo but actually kind of makes it look like extra arm waves – aerial to wolf is nice – 2/1, hop back. 9.825

Dickson hits her double arabian well this week –

Rotation 2  begins at Pac-12s

Bordas – VT – Cal – pretty full, only a small hop, well done

Baumann – BB – Florida – bhs loso series, right on – finishes with a stuck 1.5. Gorgeous routine. 9.950

49.625 (!) for Florida on beam.

Frazier – UCLA – UB – Maloney to pak, perfect legs – toe shap 1/2, fingertips but nice in the air – short final cast handstand – DLO, stuck. 9.950. Yep, well it’s consistent with Utah’s rotation. That’s the corner the judges put themselves in.

Lee – BB – Utah – bhs loso with a check, leg-up break – good side aerial to full, stuck, to finish, but we’ll see how much that little leg check on her loso hurts her in the first spot. Still gets 9.850.

Georgia getting bigger scores on floor, though Vega does come up short on her double pike with a little step forward,.

M Dagen a little bouncy on a doube tuck, keeps it in but should be a tenth there.

Georgia still goes 49.300 on floor to get back toward that 197 pace.

Florida leads LSU by 2 tenths after 2 events.

Sy Seilnacht – VT – Cal – clean full, bounce back, chest up, nice distance. 9.800

Dennis – UB – UCLA – toe shap to bail, pretty solid ending up in vertical, just a slight flop in the air – short final cast hs – DLO with a small slide back. Still only a couple things there. 9.900

Burch – BB – Utah – smooth full turn – bhs loso series with a break, a leg-up check, a larger break than Lee had – double stag – cat leap to aerial, smooth – split to straddle 1/4, only a small hesitation – gainer full, stuck. Better second 1/2, shouldn’t score as well as Lee because the break was larger and she has a few more built in things.

Jacobsen – FX – OSU – double pike, slide back – 1.5 to layout, secure, not the highest, a bit of knees – pretty solid split positions – punch rudi, keeps that front foot down

Jones – VT – Cal – uncontrolled landing on her 1.5 today, large lunge forward

Hano – UB – UCLA – Ray to overshoot, hit – a leg separation in the overshoot – giant full with a bit of legs to double tuck, stuck it. We’ll see how this scores because they’ve been totally landing-scoring on bars today. 9.875. Sure OK guys.

Rotation 3 from SECs starting

Desiderio – BB – LSU – bhs loso series, solid – switch to switch 1/2 to beat, a position deduction on the switch 1/2 – stuck gainer full

Soloski with a little check on her series – finishes front 1/1 with a step back

Skaggs a little short on a double pike landing with a hop – and she nearlys sits down her layout out of her final pass. That will have to be dropped.

Nice double pike from Force on floor.

Vega with a bounce back on her full.

Dean – BB – LSU – hits side aerial to bhs series – switch to split 1/4, abbreviated foot position on split 1/4 – aerial comes in a little short but holds well – hop back on dismount

Georvge – VT – Cal – big a pretty full, hop back

Hudley – FX – Florida – whip through to double tuck, a little slide – a couple landings here –

Dickson – VT – Georgia – wayyyyyyy out od control on her Omel landing

Flatley – UB – UCLA – jaeger is lovely – bail, small legs in the air, nice vertical position – a couple borderline cast hs – DLO, small hop back and then a little college salute after the hop as she tries to control it.

Just a small hop on DTY from Lukacs.

Randall – BB – Utah – bhs loso series, nicely done – sheep, secure, not enough closure – switch to split, solid – rulfova, well done – good 2/1, that should get Utah on track on beam

Snead – VT – Georgia – 1.5 – small hop, really strong

Reed – FX – Florida – huge DLO, too huge with a bounce back and OOB, LSU has officially been given its opening – double pike was great, well controlled.

Jim, those 10s were the start value.

Edney – BB – LSU – aerial with a check, tentative – bhs loso solid – switch to straddle 1/4, good 180 position, a little pike shape – kickover front with a check – 1.5, stuck –

Korth – UB – Kentucky – 1/2 turn into piked jaeger, nice – DLO 1/1, stuck. Kentucky better on this bars rotation.

Clausi – VT – Cal – nice 1.5, just a small hop

The fact that Flatley scored lower than Hano tells you how much landing judging is happening on bars.

Kocian – UB – shap and pak great – 1/2 turn on low – a little short on final cast and a FTDT with a little slide, but pretty much her normal.

MMG – BB – Utah – switch to split with a check, messy back leg there, so a couple possible deductions – bhs loso series, small lean again, she’s tight here – 1.5, holds the stick, a little deep.

Campbell on BB for LSU with a lovely sissone – and switch  to switch 1/2, nicely done. 2/1 with a hop.

Somehow Reed still got 9.750 for that floor routine.

Florida back on with a 9.925 from Boren on floor.

Lowery – FX – Oregon State – front 2/1, nailed it, controlled step – 1.5 to layout, solid, a little knees –

Thomas – FX – Florida – massive DLO and perfect with a controlled step – 1.5 to a floaty layout – switch ring to split 1.5, hit – double pike, bounce back, she always has that bounce back to take away the big score.

Still 9.950. That’s a lot for that last pass.

Finnegan – BB – LSU – wolf single nice – bhs loso series, hit well – side somi, solid

Mastrangelo 1.5 on vault with a stumble back, keeps it to her feet.

Ross – UB – UCLA – Maloney to bail, perfect and smooth – high shoot to high – medium final cast hs – DLO, stuck landing. Well, it was the best of the rotation, so let’s see.

10.000 for Ross. Inevitable after the other scores. UCLA 49.650 on bars.

Skinner – BB – Utah – bhs loso series, still the crazy legs on teh bhs – side aerial, pause before sissone – secure on leaps – long pause before dismount, will have to watch that – double tuck, hop back. 9.850

Baumann – FX – Florida – double tuck, nailed

Yanish – FX – Oregon State – DLO, a little forward this week with a step – switch side to popa, around, not super high but around – WHOA very surprising final pass to her knees, that’s not the mistake you expect from Yanish.

Still 49.425 for Oregon State on floor.

Baumann goes 9.950 as well – so Florida goes 49.425 while counting that Reed 9.750 for that first pass that I don’t really understand –

SECs after 3:
Florida – 148.475
LSU – 148.300
Georgia – 147.525
Kentucky – 146.950

Pac-12s after 2:
UCLA – 99.075
Utah – 98.875
Cal – 98.200
Oregon State – 98.025

The way those floor scores went, you have to think LSU has the advantage moving there in the last rotation

Final rotation from SECs

Skaggs – VT – Florida – small hop on her full, a little bit of legs in the air

harrold – FX – LSU – front 2/1, crossover step but not too uncontrolled – double pike, solid, good chest up, secure landing – 1.5 to layout

Stuck landing for Roberts on UB for Georgia.

Alexander – VT – Florida – some of her better control, one pace back –

Seilnacht – UB – Cal – a little short on first hs – 1/2 turn into piked jaeger to overshoot, nicely done – solid final cast hs – 1/2 turn into 1.5 twist, hop.

Lukacs did Lukacs on bars, but it’s a hit – secure DLO

G Glenn – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, secure landing and it well to squeeze and make it secure – aerial to split jump, pretty – switch to split, no trouble – bhs gainer full, stuck. Her usual. 9.950

Nya Reed small hop on 1.5, some knees –

That was Thomas’s best landing control of the season on her 1.5, should be a big score. 9.950

Desiderio chest down still on DLO but controlled hit –

Snead – UB – Georgia – hit tkatchev – bail, nice toe point – a little tight on final hs – DLO, basically stuck, pretty set.

Schoenherr a little short on her 1.5 but saves it with a hop back. 9.750

Roberts for Utah a little bouncy on her final pass but otherwise her pretty usual tumbling. 9.950 LOL my god.

Boren – VT – FLorida – we can’t see the landing because Adrian is a larger person than Alicia. Come on.

Just 49.275 on vautl for Florida with some landing bounces, so that’s going to be very beatable by LSU.

Priessman – FX – LSU – finises with split leap 1.5 to popa – double tuck, a little chest forward but fine – 1.5 to layout, a bit bouncy. 9.900 is crazy high. A very “we’re glad to see you on floor” score.

Nguyen – BB – UCLA – swich to split, solid – aerial to loso, both the skills are very strong, but that really is too slow for a combination – split jump 1/2 from side position, secure – punch front 1/1, stuck. 9.900

Lee – FX – Utah – 2.5, pretty well controlled, some legs – front lay to front full, a little low but controlled – 2/1 to loso, pretty. 9.925.

Edney – LSU – FX – nailed double arabian this week – 1.5 to layout, solid –

Oakley sticks FTDT on bars, just a little deep.

Dukes – BB – Kentucky – bhs loso series, nicely done, squeezes to avoid lean. Pretty 1.5 and stuck.

Georgia finishes with 197.000.

Kocian – BB – UCLA – bhs loso series, very solid this week – aerial to split – full turn, solid – switch to split with a check – 1.5 basically holds the stick. Improvement for her over most this season. 9.850

Finnegan – FX – LSU – leaps are perfect obvi – nails her double pike –

Randall – FX – Utah – back in the lineup – full in, hit but chest forward with a step – switch side to popa, great extension – 1.5 to layout, fine – double pike, large bounce back with a couple steps.

Finnegan gets her 10 on floor. Well now. Why did I miss her first pass? I don’t even think I was watching anything in particular, just dead?

That will win the meet for LSU.

Great full from yanish or OSU, small movement

39.800 AA score for Finnegan.

Watterson – UB – Cal – lovely pak and toe shap 1/2, legs right together – perfect final cast hs – giant full to double tuck, stuck. That is the best finishing position on a giant full on bars I’ve seen all day. 9.950. Lovely routine.

LSU finishes with a 197.900 to Florida’s 197.750.

For me, it was that floor rotation for FLorida. They had a basically a fall from Skaggs and then the big stumble OOB from Reed. They weren’t able to take full advtange of those crack scores.

Flatley – BB – UCLA – aerial to loso, that one was a bit quicker than Nguyen’s, pretty skills – side aerial is literally perfect – L turn to split jump to beat jump – punch front 1/1 dismount, short with a step back. 9.850

9.850 for Randall on floor. You guys. She had mor ethan that just on the double pike

Soloski – FX – Utah – DLO is a little slidey this week – 2/1, awkward landing, pops up out of it and then has a weird lean trying to control it – 1.5 to layout, better control there. 9.875. You guys UCLA’s whole lineup is going to get 75.000

Greene – VT – Oregon State – handpsring pike 1/2 one of her best of the season, just a normal-sized step back

Schank – UB – Cal – a little tight on first hs – nice piked jaeger to overshoot, legs right together – better final hs – flings DLO a little, short with a hop forward. 9.850

Ohashi – BB – UCLA – aerial to bhs loso, perfect, very secure and the better composition option – switch to split, very nice positions as well – bhs loso full, small slide back. Excellent. Really just the dismount. 9.950

MMG – FX – Utah – pike full in, controls the step back well – 1.5 to layout to front pike, the middle layout has those looseness we see sometimes, but controlled – rudi to straddle, didn’t get a lot of height on that rudi and some travel back on the straddle

Jacobsen – VT – Oregon State – Tsuk full, just a little short this week but the hop forward was not large. Solid.

Kuc – UB – Cal – SHE LIVES! – toe shap to pak, only a very small leg break – a little late on 1/2 turn on low bar – pretty solid final cast hs – FTDT, forward with a little hop forward. Good.

Ross – BB – UCLA – almost has a check on her mount, Kyla, with a PBars style hand placement adjustment – loso series, nicely done – aerial to sissone, smoothly done, pretty – switch to split, excellent height and position – side aerial to full, stuck. Excellent. 9.900

Skinner – FX – Utah – double double tuck, secure landing – split 1.5, around – 1.5 through to 2/1, a little hop up in place – full-in, solid. It’s the same routine she’s always done, pretty much.

This is the one that’s a 10, apparently. I mean, that second pass, but not surpring the way the scores are going. I mean if you gavce MMG a 9.950 for that one. How many 10s for UCLA? All?

After 3:
UCLA – 197.625
Utah – 197.575
Cal – 147.575
Oregon State – 147.250

Rotation 4

Lee – VT – nailed her full, great landing, chest up, strong direction, quite nice. 9.900

yamaoka – UB – OSU – toe shap, a little bit of legs – bail, small leg break, a little short of vert on final cast hs – giant full to double tuck, small hop

Jones – BB – Cal – aerial to bhs loso, broke the connection after the aerial but doesn’t need it, secure elements, bent-leg-lady jump – sheep jump, nice and high – side aerial to full, small slide back. Hit. 9.750

Frazier – FX – UCLA – full-in keep sthat front full down – nice extra lift into that popa, higher than the split jumps – whip through to double tuck, a little bounce – double pike, short with a lunge forward. 9.825

Roberts – VT – Utah – bounce back on her full this week, probably a tenth bounce – good power as always – clean form. 9.850. All they took

Jacobsen – UB – OSU – tkatchev to bail, a little pike position in bail – 1/2 turn to double front, stuck. Nice.

Clausi – BB – Cal – switch to switch combination and does it for real with hit split positions – bhs loso series, very solid – basically almost fell while adjusting out of her low-to-beam choreography as she got caught on her own hand – side aerial to full, hit. We’ll see what they do with that little choreo confusion. 9.825

Kramer – FX – UCLA – front 2/1 to front pike, keeps that back foot down pretty well, was a little poppy out of that landing – 1.5 to layout, very high on the 1.5, nice control as well – switch side to popa, nice and high (I’ve heard people talk about her leaps, but I’m like…they’re hit?) rudi to stretch jump, nice. 9.950

Burch – VT – Utah – only a small hop back on her full – good power, some of her better control on landing – just a little chest position. 9.875

Lowery – UB – Oregon State – UB – Shap to pak, nice height on the pak, a little more legs in that combination than some others – strong final cast hs – DLO, not the highest DLO but a stuck landing. 9.900 for a stick

George – BB – Cal – Back in the lineup – wolf turn, a small arm wave hold – cat leap to aerial, small lean moving into bhs, so that will be interesting to watch but no one has cared so far – beat to split jump, very solid – hitch kick to switch ring, squeezes to avoid a real check – gainer full, stuck

Tratz – FX – UCLA – very strong full in this week, small adjustment of front foot, good chest up – 1.5 to front full, nicely done, keeps that back foot down but a little bouncy – leaps very well completed – double tuck, secure landing, a little chest.

9.950. Well. So Um. It’s consistent within the meet?…..Stab me?

MMG – VT – Utah – 1.5 – fake sticks it, lunge forward into salute – a bit of knees in the air as well – 9.875

MCP – UB – OSU – nice high jaeger, a little legs switning through – bail, good vertical and toes – short final cast hs – DLO, stuck, one of her best of the season

So Seilnacht – BB – Cal – bhs loso series, nice and high, great extension – switch with a check, split to double stag, a little tentative there this week – side aerial to full, stuck. Very pretty except for that hesitation in the leaps.

Ross – FX – UCLA – whip double tuck, pretty solid landing – 1.5 to layout, big high 1.5, a little over this week so she had to get a little loose on the layout – split leap full to popa, huge and excellent – double pike, very strong landing, chest up.

10.000. Not as strong as her 10 from last week. Not one for me, but this meet.

Skinner – VT – Utah – nearrrrrrly held the stick on her DTY, was almost super solid with a perfect landing, but she saluted herself out of a 10 there. 9.950

Briscoe – UB – OSU – catches  alittle close on her jaeger but works through, short cast hs out of it – finishes with DLO, jarring landing but only a little hop

39.800 for Kyla as well as Finnegan.

Shu – BB – Cal – aerial to loso, nice elements, soilid enough in combination, but if we’ve learned anything from today so far, it’s that the speed you have to show in combination is none – side somi, large lean forward, bend at the waist – switch to split – side aerial to tuck full, only a little movement on landing

Hano – FX – UCLA – DLO, a litlte too bouncy this week, kept in bounds – front full to 1/2 to run because UCLA things – split leap full to wolf jump full, well completed – double pike, solid landing, a little deep in the knees. 9.875

Tessen – VT – Utah – 1.5 – short on her 1.5, which happens on most occasions, with a lunge back.

Gill – UB – OSU – toe on to toe shap to pak, legs on the pak but otherwise nice – a ltitle shor ton final cast hs – DLO, pikes it down with a bounce back

Bordas – BB – Cal – beat jump – full turn – bhs loso, very secure landing – split to double stag with a huge break and an arm wave, still a little tentative on beam because she’s so talented there and it looked like she was on, and then suddenly 780 arm waves – gainer full, stuck.

Cal did the job getting the score needed for a seeding.

Ohashi – FX – UCLA – split-leg DLO this week – a small front foot adjustment – 1.5 to 1/2 to split to front tuck, nailed it – three illusion turns in a row because you can – switch ring to switch 1/2, nicely done – front full to 1/2 to drop split. Good. I would go 9.950. i would be surprised if it’s not a 10.

10.000 for Ohashi. You knew.

UCLA goes 198.400, which is tied for the third best score in UCLA history. Because I know you watched that meet and were like, “That’s the third-best meet UCLA has ever had.”

But there shouldn’t be much controversy there because it was equally cracky for UCLA and Utah. But who am I kidding of course there will be controversy. The real controversy is how Cal ended up behind Oregon State even though Oregon State counted a fall on beam. I think it’s because Cal was kind of meh on floor and floor was where the biggest crack was being thrown, so they didn’t get to take advantage.

UCLA – 198.400
Utah – 198.025
Oregon State – 196.600
Cal – 196.575

That means Oregon State and Cal will end up tied in NQS, which doesn’t matter too much because they’re both seeded adn Oregon State is going to have to be shuffled a little bit to avoid hosting conflicts.

So regionals seeding placement is going to get pretty weird because of the Oregon State hosting conflict.

I tweet-threaded the issue of where we currently sit with regionals pairing and host conflicts, so check that out:

Technically you’re not supposed to be able to swap Oregon State and Auburn to avoid the host conflict because it’s a move of three spots, though I’m sure no one would mind that much. But if they don’t do that, then you have to move Michigan two spots or move LSU one spot. So I’m just holding off on that for now.

It might end up simply, but it also might not, is what I’m saying. We wait until Monday.



Friday Live Blog – March 22, 2019

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
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – MRGC Championship
#13 Boise State
#15 BYU
#24 Southern Utah
#41 Utah State

Today’s slate may be small, but it is significant. Mostly because of the regionals qualification implications in play at the MIC Champs. A refresher of what’s at stake:

UIC’s goal score here is simple. 195.975. That would ensure qualification regardless of what anyone else does.

Lindenwood’s goal here is a little more complicated because it doesn’t exclusively depend on Lindenwood’s performance. Lindenwood needs to score at least a 195.825 AND beat UIC while UIC does not reach the scoring goal noted above. That scenario would ensure Lindenwood gets through to regionals. (There is also an odd case in which Lindenwood could actually lose to UIC by about a quarter tenth and still advance as long as they both score in the 195.8-195.9 area, but don’t worry about that.) Continue reading Friday Live Blog – March 22, 2019