Today—what would have been conference championships if the NCAA season were still going on—I’ll be blogging a couple of old conference championships as if they were happening live. Here’s the schedule.
I’m pressing play on the YouTube videos at the exact moment listed. Do the same if you want to be part of this cool kids sleepover.
Up first, the 2008 SEC Championship.
Georgia has won the last three national championships and Suzanne’s cheekbones are more confident than ever. Georgia comes into the conference championship as the #1 team in the country and de facto host of the event but is critically without Courtney Kupets, who tore her Achilles (again) four meets prior. That development has given #3 Florida, #5 LSU, and #6 Alabama hopes of snatching an upset win.
A whole ELEVEN 10.0s have been awarded so far this season including TWO (!!!!) at Georgia’s senior night last week, team scores have been trending into the higher part of the 197s, and we’re all worried about what this means for rising scores again.
Before we get to Cal and UCLA, there have been some significant developments on the regionals cut-off front so far today. George Washington got near a season high to keep its hopes alive, especially in the face of Central Michigan and New Hampshire not getting the scores they were looking for (both teams will be out of the top 36 in next Monday’s rankings).
North Carolina’s score was not totally ideal since it was in the 195s, but enough to drop another 194 and stay right in contention. Western Michigan got a good score in the 196s, but it’s a major uphill battle at this point, and WMU will be well down in Monday’s rankings, especially because Northern Illinois came through to get itself up into the hunt this week. Pitt competes now, and that score will be quite significant (as will Ohio State’s as Ohio State is suddenly teetering on the edge of being in danger and needs to remove that danger with a good score today).
Because you need some more gymnastics today, right? Right.
In NCAA news, we’ve already had a bit of a 10-a-thon, with Trinity Thomas getting one on floor, Rachel Gowey getting one on beam, and Ona Loper getting one on vault. To go with Maggie Nichols’ vault from yesterday. It’s that time of year…
DIII west regionals are also underway, with the favorites Whitewater, La Crosse, and Oshkosh in control of the three qualification spots after 2 events.
Among the first group of meets, Illinois/Kentucky is the ranked matchup, but keep an eye on what Northern Illinois gets up to as well. Currently, NIU is well back in 42nd, but another 196 this week would be enough to gain some ground and get into the regionals conversation. George Washington, as well, will be looking for a season-high 196 in the early action, though GW’s peak score is not as high as NIU’s. Both are currently well on the outside of regionals spots and need a huge result.
Gymnix is really leaning into this whole TWO SEPARATE opening ceremony performances thing. The Mag 7 during the Atlanta gala vibes are strong.
Score goals at Utah/Washington: Utah is looking for 197.450 to move back ahead of Michigan and LSU and retain the #4 ranking for another week. Washington is looking for 196.875 to move ahead of Kentucky for 12th place.
Score goals at Arizona/Cal: Arizona is currently sitting in 26th and could move up as high as 23rd with a season high (currently 196.150). Cal’s home scores are already solid so the team will be at 9th on Monday regardless of what happens here, but a huge number would help lift the possible NQS ceiling for next weekend’s visit to UCLA.