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All Kinds of Friday Action – Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, UCLA, Alabama

Friday – 3/1/13
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [14] Minnesota @ [2] Florida Scores
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ball State @ [19] Kent State
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Nastia’s Pink Leotard Jamboree Scores
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ Texas Woman’s Scores Video
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [7] Georgia @ [5] LSU Scores
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [23] Maryland @ [11] Auburn Scores Video(all access)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Missouri, Centenary, Lindenwood @ [25] Arkansas Scores
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [6] UCLA @ [4] Alabama Scores Video(free)
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [8] Utah, NC State @ BYU Scores
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [9] Oregon State, Cal @ [12] Stanford


Today’s action features eight of the top ten teams and ten of the top twelve, so basically today is all you’ve ever needed.

No Noel Couch in the lineup for Georgia against LSU. Persinger in on vault, Breazeal in on beam, and Earls back in on floor.

Still waiting for Florida’s meet to get going, but at the Nastiastravaganza, Oregon State verbal Katyianna McMillan already has a 9.900 on vault. Can they fly her to Stanford in the next few hours?

It’s senior night for Florida already. How does this happen so quickly. There will be plenty of time later and going into next season to discuss how much Florida will miss the likes of King, Dickerson, and Stageberg, but it will be a lot. The team will be less sturdy and more reliant on often-injured gymnasts next year.

Florida starts vault with a Shisler 9.800 and a Stageberg 9.775. Rhonda mentioned stopping with the lineup experimentation in the above video, but this is not the top, ideal vault lineup. Even without Johnson, I would have Wang and Macko in over those two if possible. Although, I don’t at all begrudge resting Macko on vault as much as possible. Sloan follows with a 9.900, then King with a 9.850. Dickerson and Hunter can still bring the rotation into “great” territory, but this is a little average by Florida’s home standards so far.

Dickerson 9.925. Is it time for Hunter’s 10, this being the last regular season home meet of the season? 9.975. When will it happen? I can’t remember someone getting so many 9.975s on the same event. I see a fairly good chance of a 10 at Utah for her because she’ll be going on vault after Wilson. If Wilson sticks for a 10, Hunter would have to get a 10 as well for a stick.

So Florida manages a perfectly strong 49.450 on vault. We know how high those last few can go and how vault scoring has been going around the country, so a score under 49.500 becomes fine instead of excellent. Those first two scores didn’t add anything, which stunted the potential massiveness.

At the Nastia Cup, future LSU gymnast Ashleigh Gnat matched McMillan’s 9.900 on vault. Just what LSU needs, another vaulter. Future Alabama gymnast Mack Brannan got a 9.500 on floor.

Florida had Dali Lemezan vault exhibition for senior night. Confession: I forgot she was still on the team. I thought she had graduated. It’s a shame for these perfectly fine 9.825ers Florida has because we will never see them.

The scores are finally working for Florida. Minnesota went 48.975 on bars. Lineups are out for UCLA/Alabama. No Gutierrez as we already knew. Clark has moved all the way to 5th up on vault. UCLA has Courtney and Wong in on floor and no Bynum. Upgrade. Still Pritchett on vault, but what is the other option?

Florida starts on bars with a 9.775 from Dickerson, which is unusually contained for Florida’s home scoring. Next two are 9.900s for BDG and King. Nice to see King getting going on bars. 9.950 for Hunter. These are more the scores I was expecting for Florida tonight in the last regular-season home meet. They should be back on secure 198 pace after this event.

Florida finishes with measly little 9.950 for Sloan and 9.975 for Macko. These are the kinds of scores everyone expected for Florida on bars, but we also expected Johnson to be a big part of that. 49.675. Bah! I called a home 49.700 this year in the season previews and we haven’t seen it yet. So close!

Minnesota is going very well on vault, their best event by far, which should help them toward that necessary 196. Mable and Covers with 9.925s. 49.425 on vault, just a quater tenth back of Florida on that event.

The time of the seven million meets is upon us. Georgia/LSU and Oklahoma/TWU (along with Auburn and Arkansas) are getting underway now, and then UCLA/Alabama will follow in 30 minutes (meaning 47 minutes).

No Sarie Morrison on vault tonight for LSU. Florida starts beam with a Stageberg 9.875. That smells improvement-y to me. Is anyone listening to the Georgia/LSU meet with news about Couch? Two 9.9s to start for LSU on vault. This is where we are.

Oklahoma getting underway against TWU right now.
Clark on bars – handstands looked strong, shuffle on the landing of the double back. It’s a safely composed routine, but she did well. 9.825.
Scaman – good jaeger, maybe a little short on one handstand, hop back on tuck full. 9.825
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Sloan 9.975 on beam. Nothing under 9.900 so far for her.
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Kmieciak – nice tkatchev – maybe a little close – hard to tell – muscles up after shoot to high bar but it’s fine, large-ish hop forward on tuck full. Fine, but they’re not quite on with these dismounts. 9.850.
Brewer – good high tkatchev, strong DLO as well with perhaps a small step – strongest routine for Oklahoma – efficient and clean. 9.875.
Olson – a little short on first handstand, good deltchev and straddle back, step back on DLO full. Only notable deductions came at the very beginning and very end.  9.900.
Spears – good jaeger, excellent, clean in the handstands, larger step forward on the double arabian. A strong rotation for Oklahoma, not quite as strong as last week, certainly won’t score as well, and they missed it a bit on the landings. 9.875.
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Georgia drops a 9.425 from Jay on bars, but counts a couple 9.825s. 9.900s from Rogers and Davis. Fine scores but they can both be better 49.250. Georgia needed a better score on this event. LSU gets a 9.9 parade for 49.500 on vault. Pretty big lead since both teams were competing on their strength. Georgia should make it up on the next event, though.
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Florida goes massive on the beam this week, nothing under a 9.850, 49.600. Slim outside shot at reaching Oklahoma’s number from last week, but a 198 is doable if not extremely likely. Oklahoma, you have your assignment, and you are currently well under that pace.
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49.100 for Auburn on vault. They can be better than that.
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Oklahoma goes 49.325 on bars. Vault soon to start for the Sooners.
Brewer on vault – Yfull that needed a bit more oomph, but the big deduction was the massive bounce back. Not her best by a long way. 9.725.
Mooring – Very nice yhalf – perhaps a small hop in place but minor, a little off to the side, excellent vault overall. 9.850.
Kmieciak – Similarly low landing to last week but with a hop forward this time. OK but deductions to be taken. 9.825.
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Georgia not getting the scores on vault other than Davis’s 9.900. LSU trying to recover froma Jordan leadoff fall.
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Kanewa – A yfull that looked good in the air and finished early but had another massive bounce back like Brewer. They’re not hitting these vaults. 9.850 – I don’t see that what with the massive bounce back.

Lost the feed from TWU, but I was about to switch over to the Alabama feed anyway, so it’s fine. Apparently I missed a lot because Brie Olson just got a 9.975 on vault. I saw her stick the warmup. Scaman follows with 9.900. 49.400 on vault – mid-197 pace after two. 
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Newsflash: Up is down. LSU just got a 49.300 on bars and Georgia got a 49.200 on vault. This is absolutely not what Georgia needed from the good events. Let’s have an honest discussion about Jay’s facial expression now that LSU has outscored Georgia on bars again. 
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Florida will want to drop the 9.600 from Shisler leading off floor. Stageberg goes 9.900. That will do it. 9.925 from Sloan. The Oklahoma score is still within reach if this continues.
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Zamarripa will be anchoring every event for UCLA. Didn’t Val have a problem with that early in the season?

Rotation 1:

Williams – AL – VT – good high yfull with one step back. Nice.  
Courtney leading off bars now – small step on tuck full dismount.
Beers – AL – VT – slightly low with a hop in place. Good.
Larson – UCLA – UB -good first hs, hits bail, misses handstand majorly, low tkatchev, hop in place on DLO. It was a strong routine in places but she will get knocked for that handstand.
Jacob – AL – VT – Went for the 1.5 – crazy legs, fine landing but maybe she should stick to the full? They don’t need her doing a 1.5 with not the best form. 9.775.
Francis – UCLA – UB – Why is she third? Good shaposh, hits bail, late blind full and a step on dismount. They’re not hitting that well so far.
Sims – AL – VT -Good height on yfull, nice chest up on landing, major step back. Just OK overall. 9.800.
Wong – UCLA – UB – good handstands, lovely jaeger, a bit floppy in the bail hs, DLO to her knees. You could see that coming in her giants. I don’t know why, you just could. Bad so far for UCLA.
Clark – AL – VT – That’s an awful lot of screaming, I thought there was a hop in that yfull but they’re acting like it was a stick.
DeJesus – UCLA – UB – must hit this routine, sticks tuck full. 9.850.
Milliner – AL – VT – Usual 1.5, this time with a step back. Strong but she needs to be sticking for 9.950s come the postseason.
Zam – UCLA – UB – Everything she has ever done is heaven. I didn’t think the handstands were quite as crisp this time, but it’s a high standard. Maybe a little tight going after a fall. Sticks DLO with a coy little slide into the salute. 9.900 

Alabama goes 49.275 on vault, which is fine, but they need to be doing better. This rotiation missed Gutierrez. They likely would have been into the 49.4s with her in the lineup. The landings still need some work. UCLA was off on bars and is pretty lucky to escape with a score over 49 and a deficit of just over two tenths. Even Zam didn’t score as well as she needs to be. I wonder what the reasoning was with putting Francis third.

After 1: Alabama 49.275, UCLA 49.050
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So, Florida gets the 49.700. It was just on floor. Can I still say I called it? Didn’t see the meet, but it’s pretty clear that this score was going to be just a touch higher than Oklahoma’s last week if the performance at all justified it. Low 198 is the new 197. Become accustomed to this. I’m not sure if I am. Also, Minnesota broke 197. This is what is happening and should tell us a lot about this meet.
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LSU is getting through beam, but they’re fighting it all the way. This is the opening Georgia needed, but they will also have to get through Brittany Rogers’s floor score. They really do have only six competitors on this event (when Couch is in), so injuries are not an option.
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Oklahoma will be attempting to overcome a mistake from Spears on floor, but that looks likely. Mid-high 9.8s from everyone else so far.
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In a bit of a strange situation this season, we’re now going into the worst events for both UCLA and Alabama. The Bruins have no depth on this event, and Alabama has a little handstand trench in the middle of this lineup. They really hit Larson for that bad handstand in her routine, so let’s see what happens to the Tide. 

McDonald – UCLA – VT – Why do you buffer during the vault but never afterward?
Sledge – AL – UB – wonderful gienger as always, the final handstand was slightly muscled but that’s all I see in this routine. Stuck DLO.
Pritchett – UCLA – VT – Exactly the same 9.700 action as always.
Alexin – AL – UB – Sticks double back dismount, and the team goes wild. Fine routine. 
[Scene missing. Sorry about this. Saw Kim Jacob do one average handstand.]
Baer – UCLA – VT – pretty high yfull, her usual overall but with a controlled hop back. The landing can be better. 9.900. So, it’s nice to be on the road, I guess?
Clark – AL – UB – a little floppy legs in her shaposh, but the handstands looked a little nicer. Not sure what happened here, 9.725.
Courtney – UCLA – VT – They need something big to capitalize on what’s happening with Alabama. She fought for the stick on that yfull like no other. She’ll lose some for the bend and fight, but it was a good vault and should be a helpful score.
DeMeo – AL – UB -Overbalances her very first handstand and has to come off. They’ll be counting the 9.725 from Clark now. Another fall. Rough days. She’s usually the top non-Sledge, Priess worker. Now it’s up to Pries to make this a positive rotation.
Zam – UCLA – VT – 9.950. Missed, but I think we can assume.
Priess – AL – UB – the tkatchev into the pak has wonderful rhtyhm and power as always, everything looked strong until the dismount, which she still hasn’t worked out. Low with a big lunge forward. The lead will be all but gone after this.

Scores are a little wonky right now because they think Demeo got a 9.865 instead of an 8.650. Alabama goes just 49.000 on bars while UCLA goes 49.350 on vault. From what I saw of that rotation, which was admittedly little, Alabama still isn’t getting those crisp handstands and is missing the score from Sledge in the first position. I thought the routine could have been 9.900, but that’s what happens as a leadoff. It’s a good score for UCLA on vault, but it masks the problems in the early positions. Having Courtney hitting that landing is major though, and Baer has improved this season even if I think that 9.900 was too high.

After 2: UCLA 49.400, Alabama 49.275 
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Georgia got through floor, where the highest score was Tanella’s 9.875 again and trimmed most of LSU’s lead away after the Tigers had to count three scores under 9.800 on the beam. I would be anyone’s game going into the final rotation, but LSU is going to floor and Georgia is going to beam.

Oklahoma remains on mid 197 pace after dropping the fall from Spears on floor. Surprisingly, the Sooners have started with two scores under 9.8 on beam.
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Milliner – AL – BB – secure so far in the early going, a little wobble on the loso series, hop back on double full. Good start.
(This “You’re a winner” graphic makes me laugh. I only use that expression sarcastically. I didn’t know it was a serious thing sometimes. I’m not the audience for these meets, a lesson I learned long ago.)
McDonald – UCLA – FX – slightly low on the double pike mount, but it was her usual solid work, loso out of middle pass goes right up to the edge but stays in, potential deduction in that switch ring but it was hard to tell, a little bit of ragged legs on some of her twisting, but a strong routine.
Clark – AL – BB – swtich split is good, switch ring is just okay in the ring shape and there’s a minor wobble, another very slight correction out of the loso series, does well to avoid shwoing a wobble on the front – waves her arms and pretends it was choreo, step forward on 1.5. A little iffy but overall they’ll take it.
Bynum – UCLA – FX – She’s back in on floor. I thought Wong was going. What is this? Low double pike but secure, major stumble back on front layout front full, very low again on the double back but she hit this week, so that’s something.
Williams – AL – BB – solid punch front, big break on the loso series that it seemed like she didn’t have to take, should have stuck her 1.5 – it was so high – and basically did but corrected a little.
DeJesus – UCLA – FX – extremely low double pike mount with a large step forward – what is happening? – exactly the same on the double back. Won’t be a big score.
DeMeo – AL – BB – strong mount and walkover, hits loso series, there’s not a ton of amplitude in the skills on the beam, but she’s hitting them well, low on the double pike with a larger step forward.
Prtichett – UCLA – FX – The Bruins basically need three straight 9.9s to salvage anything from this event. A little bounce back on the tuck full, which is uncharacteristic, but it was quite small, gets the double pike around – similar slight lack of control – but by far the best routien for UCLA.
Jacob – AL – BB -very strong in the two layouts, excellent barani, hop forward on 1.5. Very strong routine.
Courtney – UCLA – FX – sticks double arabian very well – I was worried about that with her coming back into the lineup, good choice of middle pass with her ending in loso, strong double pike to finish – ever so slightly low, but very secure on every landing and should score quite well.
Priess – AL – BB – good walkover to swingdown, very precise, good leap series, controlled in the L turn, sticks gainer full, very strong routine. Very strong.
Zam – UCLA – FX – They decided to have her show the DLO, and she takes a fall. I kind of can’t believe Val would have her do that when the team has three lower scores they need to drop. That’s what you do when you’re fine counting the other five scores. They basically threw away a good score there. To be clear, I like the upgrade in theory, but this wasn’t the time.

After 3: Alabama 147.625, UCLA 147.225
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In other worlds, Georgia got through beam, including having to put Breazeal in for Couch, for 49.225. LSU still won because of a stronger floor rotation – 49.375. Final score: LSU 197.050, Georgia 196.825. Georgia will take this, but they had no standout events in this meet. Everything was just fine, which when added together can still make a high 196. LSU will still need to work out this beam issue because it is a major concern. I was wrong about the team that won beam winning the meet. Sigh.

Oklahoma had a fall from Olson on beam so had to count two 9.7s for the lowest rotation score of the day. That’s the second time that has happened for Oklahoma in the last several weeks. The Sooners finish with a 197.275, which is good but feels like a 194 after last week.
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Let’s see what UCLA can muster coming off that bad floor rotation. Courtney was very strong and Pritchett was usual, but nothing else was worth keeping in the memory banks about that rotation. It begs the question, where were Francis and Wong? I’m not saying they would be magical, but where were they. The decision to have Zam do the DLO will be talked about. It clearly shows that the result and the score are less important than prepping the team for the postseason routine composition, which is probably as it should be, but UCLA has just one road meet left and will still have a blah road score that still needs to go away.

Baer – BB – UCLA – comes off on her side somi. This meet is a total leap backward to two weeks ago. I wasn’t sure it would be amazing, but I thought it would be better than this.
Priess – FX – AL -good double back and completely clean through the whole routine. A little low on the double back dismount, but that’s all. That’s the kind of routine you want leading off.
Wong – UCLA  – BB -minor correction on her walkover into bhs, secure dance elements, hop to the side on the 1.5,. Good routine and good recovery from the leadoff.
Frost – FX – AL – DLO is very low with a step forward, otherwise hits realtively cleanly. It’s not as strong as Priess’s routine, so she’s probably the one who should come out if Gutierrez can come back.
DeJesus – UCLA – BB – excellent walkover to bhs loso combination with a very slight correction on the loso, front toss is excellent, odd little wobble after full turn, step on tuck 1.5.
DeMeo – FX – AL – strong double arabian and a minor slide out of the 2.5 dismount. Good difficulty in this routine, she’s way more excited about it than I was, but that usually happens.
Larson – UCLA – BB – lovely mount, notable wobble on her ring jump, the walkovers to bhs was absolutely lovely. Love that combination but probably won’t if it becomes an elite trend this quad, minor hop on gainer pike. A few little things but a good routine.
Jacob – FX – AL – secure pike full but she Noel Couches her legs a little bit. perfect landing on the double pike, similar strong in her dismount, expect that to score exceptionally well because it was right on. She’s such an efficient little gymnast.
Francis – UCLA – BB – wonderful flexibility and excellent walkover to bhs, sticks her layout full series, great routine for Danusia. They’ve picked up the quality in this rotation after the beginning.
Beers – FX – AL – Good DLO to start, much stronger than Frost’s, secure layout to layout full, now I see why she’s going fifth over Jacob. I was wondering about that. Honestly, I still think Jacob should be anchoring. Never mind what I said about getting it. Fall on the double back dismount. I jinxed that one.
Zam – UCLA – BB – must hit to salvage the meet, you wouldn’t want anyone else on the team in this position, wobble on onodi – why has that become a thing she does? – good bhs loso series, didn’t quite go for her switch split, had to do it again to get her dance series, weird. Steps on double full. Probably her worst beam routine of the year, but she hit it so they won’t have to count a fall.
Milliner – FX – AL – really strong double arabian, just a tad underrotated and had to adjust with her foot, otherwise she hit well. Not as strong as Jacob’s routine, but it will be a big score and will bring Alabama somewhere near 197, which didn’t look likely after bars. 9.950, which I don’t really see.

Final Score: Alabama 197.075, UCLA 196.375
Step back for UCLA at this meet – a lot of tight gymnastics and no improvement in the lineups. Every time it seemed like some momentum was being made, it would stall. On the last two events, this happened because of Zamarripa’s routines, which is very surprising. This lower 196 doesn’t do anything at this point in the season and will be disappointing. The performance wasn’t quite as bad as the one at Oregon State, but UCLA is one of the top teams that is farthest away from the form it will need to show in just a few weeks’ time.

Alabama is getting there. There’s not really much to be concerned about on the three leg events. They could use Gutierrez on vault, but it wouldn’t be a catastrophe without her. Bars is a problem now, and I wonder what the solution is. I don’t see those middle routines going much higher than the lowish 9.8s, so the main thing Alabama needs is for Priess to work out that dismount so that she can be the saving routine and keep the score up.

Here’s the rundown of the day:
Florida 198.425, Minnesota 197.175
Kent State 196.250, Ball State 192.100
Nastia Cup: Alex McMurtry 38.450
Oklahoma 197.275, TWU 195.300
LSU 197.050, Georgia 196.825
Auburn 196.825, Maryland 195.300
Arkansas 196.500, Missouri 194.300
Alabama 197.075, UCLA 196.375

Utah is currently in progress, trying to finish out a low 197 on the bars.
Scores are flying like crazy in the first rotation of Stanford and Oregon State.

Utah finishes with a 197.125.

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[10] Stanford @ [7] Utah Live Blog

The meet will get underway at 10:00 ET/7:00 PT on the Pac-12 Network. Enjoy!

Don’t expect any changes to the Utah lineups, with Wilson and Dabritz remaining as the AAers. Utah could really use hit bars and beam rotations tonight. All of the top teams have showed high 196s this weekend (at least), so Utah and Stanford will both hope to keep pace with that.

If I know anything about basketball (it’s the one with icing right?), the fact that there are still 5 minutes left in this game currently airing on the Pac-12 Network does not bode well for its finishing in 9 minutes. We may be in a holding pattern. Stanford’s basketball team is not playing super awesome (nice air ball). Kristina Vaculik needs to give them a talking to, I think.

1:45 left in this boring basketball game. Patience? Never. Timeouts shouldn’t be allowed. That’s like cheating. What if you could take a timeout in the middle of your beam routine and reassess? Psssh. Some of these players really need to spend more time working on their posture and elegance. It’s like they’ve never even heard of performance quality. Phew, it’s finally over.

Lofgren vaults a very piked yfull with a low landing and a major step forward. Not her best at all. She went after a couple of big scores for Utah, though. 9.825? What?

Hong – UB – ST – wonderful handstands, tkatchev is her tkatchev, bail is wonderful, a little under on the DLO and has to take two hops forward into salute. That’s a shame. 9.725.

Damianova – VT – UT – pikes down on yfull and hops back. Just OK. 9.900 – what?

Vaculik – UB – ST – awesome high gienger, good bail hs, a little short on final hs, whips her DLO a little bit with a hop back and some separated legs in the second salto.

Dabritz – VT – UT – piked a little bit but less than Damianova, hop back. 9.900

Shapiro – UB – ST – very nice handstands, great high jaeger, looked so floaty in her pak but missed and hand and came off. She was looking great before that. Ruh-roh. Pikes a little on DLO with a hop forward.

Wilson – VT – UT – They’ve been setting her up for a 13 based on these scores so far. She sticks her yfull but pikes a little in the air and bends to hang on. It shouldn’t be a 10 because of that. 9.950.

Archer – UB – ST – clean gienger, good line and handstands, also has to pike her DLO a little and takes a step back. She has been better. 

After rotation 1: Utah 49.500, Stanford 49.050
Utah didn’t look particularly strong in the vaults that we saw. Several of them had trouble maintaining the straight shape, and everyone but Wilson should have incurred a tenth on the landing. They need Delaney to come in at some point and be the third star with Dabritz and Wilson because the other vaulters will probably be very 9.825 in a postseason context.

Stanford can be better than that on bars as well. Shapiro’s fall was an odd one I don’t expect to be a thing, but they gave away too much on the dismounts, piking their DLOs and taking at step, giving away what otherwise would have been 9.9s because of clean skills on the bars.

Rotation 2: 
A number of gymnastics commentators enjoy the word bugaboo, Jim Watson and Kevin Copp most of all.

AMorgan – VT – ST – Yhalf, looked a little underrotated but held onto the landing well. Needs a bit more amplitude and distance. 9.875.

Wilson – UB – UT – very late on her giant full, floppy legs on gienger and bail, the tuck full is nice and high but she takes a step back on it. Lots to take, but she got through it. 9.775.

Rice – VT – ST – A bit flat on her yfull with a major hop back, piked a bit. 9.800.

Hughes – UB – UT – a little flat and close on her tkatchev but got through it, tuck full is almost to her knees and she may have brushed a knee on the mat. Three tenths? Probably. She got through the tkatchev earlier, but it looked like she released late. 9.525.

Vaculik – VT – ST – Omelianchik – love to see it – low landing and had to squat for it, so it won’t be a big score. 9.775

Hansen – UB – UT – misses first hs, hits jaeger, good pak, she looked a little tight at the beginning but got through it, sticks tuck full, one of her better routines this year. 9.850.

Hong – VT – ST – yfull, not quite as clean as usual with her and a major hop back. Pretty good overall, though. 9.825. I see no difference between her vault and Damianova’s, though.

Lopez – UB – UT – good height on tkatchev, clean through the bail hs, hop back on DLO. I haven’t been too impressed by the landings from either team on either event so far. Very little sticking. 9.850.

Dayton – VT -ST – sticks her yhalf cold. Best vault landing of the day so far, but I don’t love her legs on her block. 9.950.

Damianova – UB – UT – a little leg break on her shaposh, these handstands are judgment calls, might be close enough to forgive, but a tough judging panel would take for a couple of them (similar to what we’ve seen from Jacob for Alabama this year) sticks double tuck. Fine routine. 9.850.

Hanset – VT – ST – handspring pike half, low chest as always with a controlled hop back. Solid. 9.875.

Dabritz – UB – UT – great comaneci, jaeger is hit, clean bail hs, best routine of the group by far, sticks tuck full. They will desperately need this routine when we get into the business part of the season.  9.925

Rotation 2 scores: Utah 98.750, Stanford 98.375
On vault, Dayton was excellent for Stanford, but the landings can be improved for almost everyone else. Many of them gave away tenths from big hops or squatty landings. Utah’s bars rotation remains a concern because of how 9.8 the rotation is besides Dabritz. The 49.250 works for today, but it’s hard to see the team going much higher than that number in a road context. Landings, landings, landings. It’s important for Dabritz to hit as well as she did, though, so that’s a plus. Great routine from her. 

Rotation 3:
Tutka – BB – UT -hits her dance series, significant wobble on her series but she pulls it back, minor check on side aerial, sticks gainer full. Hit. 9.775.

Dayton – FX – ST – bounces out of a high double pike, front layouts as her middle pass, hitting her dance well, a little low on the double tuck and has to shift a little. 9.825.

Hughes – BB – UT – lands pretty short on her loso series but does well to be secure, looked like she didn’t get any lift out of her bhs, otherwise very strong, 2/1 dismount with a hop to the side. She’s been better but another hit.  9.825.

Rice – FX – ST – Also bounces out of her high double pike, front layout front tuck full second pass with a large lunge forward, hits double tuck dismount well. Just OK. 9.850.

Wilson – BB – UT – good loso loso opening with the slightest of corrections, and another slight correction on straddle, hop forward on 1.5. A few corrections, but otherwise solid and fine. She’s turning into an efficient early lineup beamer. 9.850.

SMorgan – FX – ST – Pretty strong double tuck with a slight slide, a leg separation in her 1.5 + layout middle pass, hits double pike. Better than I’ve seen from her so far this year. 9.900.

Lopez – BB – UT – hits opening dance combo, minor balance check on loso series, again on the punch front. Major bend in her straddle 3/4 and has to touch the beam. Front tuck 1/1 dismount with a major hop forward. They’ll need to drop this. 9.350.

Hanset – FX – ST – whip 2.5 + punch front, looked like a fall for sure but she held onto her punch somehow and even kept it in bounds, a definite deduction, though. Hits double pike to finish. 9.750.

Dabritz – BB – UT – Pressure routine for her to drop that score from Lopez, lovely full turn, huge huge wobble on her loso series but she stayed on the beam, so so tentative, again on her side aerial, she had it and then readjusted for a major wobble, wonderful 2/1 dismount. Nervy routine that will have to count. 9.675.

AMorgan – FX – ST – doubel arabian opening with a major lunge out of it, layouts middle pass, double tuck is fine to finish. Not her best because of the uncontrolled mount. 9.850.

Lofgren – BB – UT – a must-hit, significant adjustment on her side somi, hits loso but these last three workers have been tight, Lofgren working it out after the first wobble and sticks her gainer full. Well done to get back on track after a big wobble early. 9.900.

Vaculik – FX – ST – punch front to double tuck, very short with a lunge forward, finishes with a low double pike with a major step back. She can be better.

After 3 rotations: Utah 147.775, Stanford 147.600
I suppose Utah can take this beam rotation as a victory because it means they have officially endured both bars and beam without counting a fall, but Lopez and Dabritz both struggled. They need Dabritz on this event, so they can’t afford her to be so tentative, but the fact that they need her so much probably makes her more tentative. Jury is still out on if this rotation can be nationally competitive.

Stanford closed during that rotation witha 49.225 on floor, but they can be much better than what we saw in terms of keeping those landings in control. They weren’t going out of bounds, but they were not showing the dainty, controlled steps they need to. Those were lunges and will need to be cut out over the next month.

Rotation 4:
SMorgan – BB – ST – Getting a pep talk from Wing. Is she definitely out for the whole season? Good aerial to start, only the very smallest correction on her loso series, very confident work, wobble on side aerial, side somi, lots of acro difficulty in this routine, hop on double full. Solid start. 9.875.

Lofgren – FX – UT – pretty low on double pike mount with a step forward, whip + double full looks fine, rudi + loso looks good to finish. 9.825.

AMorgan – BB – ST – large wobble on her loso series to open, very strong punch front, just a step on the doubel back dismount. Good routine after the first pass. 9.850.

Del Priore – FX – UT – Solid tuck full mount, hits 1.5 layout middle pass, this is much stronger than I’ve seen from her in the past, rather long pause in the corner, a little low on the double tuck but hit. 10.000? What? What? Yeah, I can’t believe it either, Lia. I’m not a huge fan of the relationship between music and movement in this routine. The choreography doesn’t exactly live up to the dramatic music selection. That’s the kind of thing that becomes a topic when a routine gets a 10.

Hong – BB – ST – wobble on the loso out of her aerial-bhs-loso, sticks gainer pike dismount. Very strong other than the wobble on the early series. Still, she can be so great, and she’s not there yet. 9.900.

Wilson – FX – UT – DLO is strong, a little low, hits front layout to front full, a little slide out of the double tuck dismount. It’s another perfectly acceptable hit routine, so I don’t know what to think about the score. 9.850.

Spinner – BB – ST – excellent loso series to start, good gainer loso, 2/1 dismount is strong. Very good routine for her, very little to take there. 9.950.

Dabritz – FX – UT – minor adjustment out of the pike full – shuffle to the side, hits whip double full, off to the side a little on her 3/1 with an adjustment. Not her best but fine. 9.850.

Vaculik – BB – ST – great switch split to back tuck, rulfova is excellent, secure loso series, this is very nice so far, hop on 2/1, but otherwise this was near pristine. Another great routine from Stanford. 9.900.

Damianova – FX – UT – a little short on her double tuck mount with a tiny hop, slides significantly out of her double pike. A strong routine but not quite as contained in the tumbling landing as some of her teammates. 9.925. Does anyone else get the feeling that 9.925 is the new 9.850?

Rice – BB – ST – anchoring over Hanset, adjustment on her punch front, another significant wobble on her loso series, sticks gainer full, a fine routine but not as impressive as what we saw from the rest of the rotation. It was a beautiful beam rotation overall from Stanford, though. 9.825.

Tutka – FX – UT – good tuck full, stumbles a little on her front 1.5 in the middle pass-comes in low and pops to the side, good double tuck dismount. 9.900

Final Score: Utah 197.300, Stanford 197.075 
Season high for Utah.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

All the Gymnastics Ever – Friday Live Blog

Friday – 2/22/13
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [23] Kentucky @ [1] Florida Scores
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Iowa State @ [9] Nebraska Scores Video(free)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Pittsburgh, Bridgeport, George Washington @ [17] Maryland Scores
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [8] Georgia @ Missouri Scores  Video(free)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [5] UCLA @ [2] Oklahoma Scores
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [4] Alabama @ [19] Arkansas Scores
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [6] LSU @ [14] Auburn Score Video(paid)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [12] Minnesota @ Iowa
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [22] Washington @ Arizona State Scores Video(free)
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [15] Arizona, Seattle Pacific @ [11] Oregon State Scores Video(free)

We’re about to get underway with a very busy Friday of meets, featuring seven of the top ten teams and eleven of the top fifteen.

Apparently the Oklahoma/UCLA meet is supposed to be broadcast on TV, but it’s on channels that no one has ever received or heard of and may be fictional. Fox College Sports – Central? You made that up. It might as well be on Unicorn Fancyman Network – South Hogwarts.

The first meets will feature Florida and Nebraska, Nebraska hoping to recover from a 195 last week and Florida hoping to provide no reason for the dominance narrative to shift. There is big room for ranking improvement for the Huskers this week with a 195.750 home score they are looking to drop. For the Gators, it would take a score over 197.300 to improve on their RQS at all, which provides a sliver of an opening for Oklahoma.

Nebraska is underway, and Giblin leads off with a strong, high stuck Yfull with some bent knees in the air. Nice opening. Stephens follows without quite the height and with a hop back, but it’s a perfectly fine vault, especially for early lineup.

I like this camera angle on bars, on the floor but offset slightly in front of the high bar – take note other places. Leg breaks and late pirouettes early for Iowa State.
Wong vaults third for Nebraska with another nice block, good height, twists a little late and has to pike a bit to finish, hop in place – I wouldn’t score it quite as high as I would have gone for Giblin. Skinner has floppy legs on her block, is off to the side a little bit, and has to bend to hold on to the landing. Not terrible, but not the 9.9s she has been getting.

A fall on a double front dismount for Iowa State, it looked good in the air but landed underrotated.
Blanske’s vault is similar to Stephens’ in height and form, but the landing was a bit better. DeZiel shows her usual strong height and power, best distance on the team, but has to take a sizable hop. Giblin’s leadoff was the strongest vault in the rotation and would have gone 9.900 minimum later on in the order, I expect. 49.175 for Nebraska on vault. The landings were the biggest contributor to that score being lower than it could be.  
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Over in the land of Florida, Stageberg is back in the vault lineup instead of Dickerson. The vaulting seems characteristically strong, featuring a 9.925 for Macko and a 9.950 for Sloan so far. 9.975 for Hunter as anchor. It will happen one of these days. It has to. 49.550 on vault for the Gators. Last week, this team did not have the landings on vault, so scores in the mid-high 9.9s seems to indicate they have it more together today so far.

Kentucky overcomes a fall on bars for 48.950, and high 48 events is their usual this year when they’re hitting.
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Lauer is opening on bars for Nebraska now, the handstands need a bit more refinement, finishes with a pikey DLO and a step. A fine routine, but she’s better on beam, certainly. We never see anything from the other Lauer, do we? Iowa State had something tucked as the first vault, and the second vault was a serviceable yfull with a step. Blanske was going well on bars before a majorly missed handstand going into her dismount (near horizontal), which was stuck. They have improved these landings.

Skinner third on bars,we missed the beginning of her routine, but she showed better power and swing than the first two. Not quite solid in her DLO landing, hung onto it but incurred all her deductions there. Neither of her landings have been right on today. Iowa State improving as vault foes, but they don’t have the power or form of Nebraska, certainly. Wong looks very nice on bars, great line and handstands, looks a little close to the bar on her tuck full, but it’s fine and she sticks. Excellent.

I’ll be switching over to Georgia at the end of this rotation, but that meet is already underway. We see a stuck tuck full dismount from DeZiel. What we saw was very nice. Wong getting a 9.925 on bars. These final three routines are all class from Nebraska. Pretty good handspring tuck half for Iowa State on vault. Giblin finishes for Nebraska with a giant gienger and a stuck tuck full. She missed a handstand in there rather noticeably, but it was quite strong otherwise. She’s very precise in her pirouetting.  
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Vault is a rough one for Missouri this season, so I’m not surprised by these low scores to begin. Cheek opened bars with  an excellent 9.875 for Georgia. It appears Tanella had a fall in the second position. Brandie Jay shows her Khorkina/Markelov and sticks her tuck full. Missed a handstand and had a leg separation as usual on the shaposh, but it was fine.

Shayla in the fourth position for Georgia, handstands look good, hits tkatchev, it’s all about the dismount: usual, piked with a large step forward. Her routine is 9.9s without that. This is better from Missouri on vault. Strong yfull from Updike, stuck, following on OK yhalf from Howard – good landing but no height.

Brittany Rogers looked strong as well, good form as always, stuck dismount, maybe not quite as precise in the handstands as always, but this is a difficult angle for those high bar handstands. Missouri finishes with a handspring front pike, very low landing with a step. Davis finishes on bars for Georgia, her usual wonderful performance, best amplitude on the team and most consistent dismount – stuck. Very strong finish.

Overall, a good bars rotation from Georgia, but we’ve come to expect better than good and they’ve come to need it because of beam and floor. Rogers and Davis were quite strong (and Rogers’s handstands were apparently fine as well, so it must just have been the angle), which made up for Worley’s dismount and Tanella’s fall. 49.400.
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It’s a 49.325 for Nebraksa on bars. They can do better, but it seemed that everyone missed a handstand rather majorly. This dismounts are really coming along. Florida goes 49.475 on bars, led by a 9.975 from Sloan, the second 9.975 of the meet. They’re itching for those 10s. Bridget was so excellent last week on bars that this is no surprise. Kytra gets a career high 9.950 on bars, so there’s that. B. Caquatto had her first competition routine and fell, which seriously hurts her chances of being in the lineup when Johnson comes back. She came in instead of Macko, so they’re really not going for it with these lineups (no Dickerson on vault, no Macko on bars) by saving people and exploring depth. Good. 
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Oklahoma has the lineups up – question: Alyssa Pritchett on bars? Are we . . . Does . . . Is that a thing that happens even in training? This is a typo. That should be Mattie, and Mattie is actually not vaulting (sigh) and Pritchett will be. This can be the only explanation.
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Davis opens Georgia vault with her usual strong stuck yfull, great start. Some leg separations and a missed handstand for Ostad on bars.

Hires is now in the second position for Georgia since she hasn’t been getting the lift or the landing she has in the past. Same here. A little low in the landing with a step back, but better distance than Davis.

Note: Florida will have to count a 9.650 from Hunter on beam after a fall from Sloan.

Noel Couch is extremely low on her landing on the yfull, very near to a fall, very unexpected from her, especially because she looked like her old self last week. They will desperately need to drop that.

Is this the first time Georgia has been to Missouri since the 2010 unpleasantness? Rogers does her 1.5 but has to take a step back with some bent knees. Not as strong as last week, when she stuck. Eubank has a stronger routine for Missouri, really just a missed hs and a dismount step.

Cheek is also fine, but not as fine as usual. Lower landing and a step forward to salute. These vaults are just OK by Georgia’s standards and are putting more pressure on beam and floor.

Missouri could be 9.8-ing these bars routines with a bit more control on the landings. Lots of steps to the side. Jay saves the vault rotation a little bit, but her y1.5 was also not as strong as last week. A bit more bent in the knees and a pretend stick with a step-salute-twirl thing. 
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In dramatic news, Florida will be counting a fall on beam after Macko goes 9.200. We haven’t seen Florida with a rough event in over a month, since counting a fall at LSU. Now they will be counting a 9.350 and a 9.650, which removes all hope of a high 197, and puts even a mid 197 in doubt. Oklahoma, consider your door open. 9.900 for Mooring on vault.

Nebraska gets 9.900s from Lauer and Wong to go 49.175 on beam. They have an outside shot at 197 with a hit floor, but high 196s looks quite likely. 
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Georgia goes just 49.150 on vault, which is quite low for them. They are still on 197 pace, which they always are after the first two events. The landings were not good on vault, but hopefully that doesn’t translate to the floor rotation.
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Dickerson finishes beam with a 9.875, so that leads the rotation along with Stageberg’s identical score. Florida goes 48.525 on beam but can probably still salvage a 197 with a big finish on floor.
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The scores still say Alyssa Pritchett went on bars for UCLA. I don’t think that’s a thing. The score for that routine was 9.150, but unfortunately that would be believable for both Pritchett and Larson.

Oklahoma goes 49.525 on vault, which is colossal. A 9.925 from Kanewa, debuting in this meet. She was KJ’s secret-that-was-never-a-secret weapon. UCLA gets a 9.950 from Zamarripa to finish bars with 49.250, which is fine for them but still not up to capability.

Auburn vaulted 49.275, led by a 9.925 from Guy. 
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Georgia begsin on floor with Persinger, still no Earls leading off here. A little low in her tumbling. Is that Shayla shouting in what appears to be a snow suit? Rudi dismount looks strong. Some competent 9.7 gymnastics from Missouri in the first two routines.

Tanella now on floor, good high double pike to start, came on a little crooked on her layout .5 out of the 1.5, but punched out of it fine to stag. Also finishes with a fine rudi. Not quite as clean as some of her 9.875s, so I don’t necessarily expect that, but the judges go essentially the same. 9.850.

Fall in the third position for Missouri after Henderson splits the beam on her series.

Brittany Rogers went for her double arabian, was way way underrotated and could never keep it to her feet. The first two routines looked good, so they shouldn’t have any problem if the final three hit. I doubt she stays in the lineup with six more consistent options to use.

Much cleaner and more precise from Missouri in this fourth routine from Updike, but there’s a step on the gainer full which shouldn’t have happened.
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Florida getting the 9.875s from Stageberg and Wang on floor to help save the meet. Also showing a few of the backup routines here. This won’t be close to the postseason lineup.
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Jay 4th for Georgia on floor, lands very low in her tuck full, front double to punch front looks nice, keeps it in bounds, also a little low and stumbly on her double back dismount. Just OK. Georgia is not quite on today, and beam is yet to come. 9.800 for Jay.

Shayla time on floor, fine double pike, but she just went OOB, they really didn’t need that, dances out of her middle pass well to cover up a bit of lack of control, rudi is very slightly crunched but OK. Once again, not her best but not a disaster – the name of the game with Georgia today. It would have been strong if not for the OOB.

Missouri’s beam anchor comes off on her series, so they will be counting a fall.

Big routine needed from Couch here as Georgia is just on 49 pace without her routine, bounces a little out of her middle pass – she usually shows more control than that. Sticks double pike dismount, which was very usual for her. It will likely be the strongest score of the rotation. 9.925 to save a 49.125. 
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Final in Florida: Florida 196.975, Kentucky 196.075
Before we get to Florida, that is a really important score for Kentucky. Home scoring at Kentucky has been a little tight this season, so they probably enjoy going someplace like Florida. This will help their RQS significantly. Florida would have been in line for something in the high 197s if not for the beam rotation. What’s interesting about beam is that even though this meet saw some lineup experimentation elsewhere, it was the definite competitors (Sloan, Hunter, M Caquatto) who had the issues on beam. Bridgey Caquatto had a rough debut on her two events, which is a shame. neither of her scores counted.

Alabama got a 49.175 on bars at Arkansas, led by the 9.900 from Demeo. Sledge led off with a 9.825, so we knew the score would be a bit low since she has been the strongest worker so far. Arkansas scored a massive 49.425 on vault with three scores 9.9+. Grable led with a 9.925. Alabama righted things a little bit on vault by going 49.425 themselves.

Auburn got a 9.950 from Yokay on bars for another 49.275 rotation. Do we need to be on 197 watch?

Final in Nebraska: Nebraska 197.050, Iowa State 194.850  
This is a major result for Nebraska to go 197 again. Emily Wong had the big meet, which seems to always be the case. This team can get better, but they are staying well entrenched in that top ten conversation.

Oklahoma is sure enjoying being at home, with all counting bars scores over 9.9 for a 49.575. We’re now on 198 watch for this team. UCLA gots 9.9s from Courtney and Zamarripa on vault (9.900 is an underperformance for Zam on vault) for a 49.300, which is fine. UCLA is currently well back of Oklahoma but still on 197 pace. The Bruins need a 197 this week.
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Moment of truth coming for Georgia on the beam. Talk this week has been all about the beam, so no matter how much they worked on it (and I’m sure they worked on it a lot), the pressure of that combined with the pressure of two lackluster rotations leading into it is a challenge to deal with. It’s a challenge they must meet.

Cheek starts with a good loso series, hits switch side, hips were totally off line on her side aerial and she comes off, uh oh, this is turning into a huge moment in Georgia’s season, these next five beam routines. If they hit them all, they can suddenly claim this meet as a big mental victory, but if they don’t, the pressure and lack of confidence on beam will only escalate to the point where their whole world becomes about the beam.

I was too busy being dramatic about Georgia to see Missouri’s floor opening, but it looked fine.

Persinger 2nd, she has been wobbly on occasion for 9.7s but usually stays on. Good L turn as always, hits from aerial, legs on her loso series but it’s right on the beam, saves a wobble on the front toss, Sticks/near sticks 1.5. Well done after a fall.

Aliceaacosta slides out of ber double pike opening and will get docked for her split positions, otherwise it was OK.

Couch third for Georgia, series is good this week, minor minor wobble on switch side, everything looks good. She looks very tense in this routine, but needing to hit will do that to you. Just a step on the double full dismount. Good recovery from last week as well as from the vault this week.

Lack of control on mounts has been the theme for Missouri so far on floor. Other than the fall on beam, however, this has been a very 9.775/mid 195s performance.

Rogers now on beam,minor wobbles on dance series, loses balance on her bhs 3/4 to double stag but does extremely well to lose her balance back onto the beam on her feet, major wobble though but no fall, after that everything was excellent with a stuck dismount. 

Big break from Eubank on floor for Missouri but she stays on her feet, this will be quite a low score though after another issue on the middle pass.
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In other news, scores are going exceptionally high in Oklahoma, with a 198 looking very likely for the Sooners today. Bynum has fallen on floor again for UCLA and Courtney is still out of the floor lineup for the moment. If Oklahoma hits floor, they will be in line for the highest team score in ages.
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Rogers got a 9.825, so no damage done after the odd bhs 3/4, Shayla up now. Good sheep jump, hits loso series well, bhs 1/1 is strong, sticks her piked gainer full. Hugely important hit for Shayla. Well done. 9.950.

Earls to finish for Georgia, hits series and added back her second layout this week, way off on her side aerial and does exceptionally well to stay on, but wobbles quite significantly and it will be the lowest score fo the rotation, step on double back dismount. Not the best, but they’ll take it. For Georgia to come back and hit those five routines after the fall is a big deal, and we’re looking at high 196s now.

Missouri has a fall on every pass in the final position and will be counting a 9.550 on floor for a 194.550 team score. Georgia records a 196.825, featuring the 49.400 on bars. This was an off meet for Georgia, but the final score is a good one and they will be able to largely move past the fact that they had a mistake in every rotation. They dropped the mistakes.
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49.550 for Oklahoma on beam, 49.350 for UCLA on floor. The story of this meet will be the humongous scores, but I’m also interested to see if the narrative changes re: Oklahoma and Florida. Florida is still the team to beat this season and I don’t see these meets today changing anything in the long run, but Oklahoma is a floor rotation away from the #1 ranking and a preposterously high score.

LSU went crazy on vault for 49.550, got through bars well enough, and hit floor for 49.350. Just the beam standing between the Tigers and a very high score. It also looks like another strong 196 for Auburn going into the final rotation.
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Thanks for the report about the Gutierrez injury on floor. Alabama had hit routines from the rest of the lineup, so still records a 49.200 on the event, featuring Jacob’s 9.900. With beam still to come, this is looking low 197, which is always respectable on the road. Surprisingly, Alabama leads Arkansas by just .050 going into the final rotation.
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Ranzy on beam for LSU is way off on her series and comes off the beam, following a 9.675 from Garcia in the first position. The beam strikes again. I don’t understand the 9.800 on the scoreboard because she definitely came off. That’s a mistake. Ah yes, it was an 8.800, much more realistic.

Dickson in the third positon on beam is a hit for LSU to keep things afloat. Yokay does well in her floor routine and  Garcia follows with much of the same. A little lack of control in some of the tumbling, especially a bounce of the double pike dismount. 9.900 is too high for that routine. Hall on beam now with several wobbles and some lack of hitting split positions, but she got through it.

Webster goes foruth for Auburn on floor, opens with an impressive pike full, but she lacks control and slides back. Stays in bounds but it’s a clear deduction.

Courville’s arabian is excellent but she has a major wobble on the loso series, split elements are perfect, hop on her gainer pike. Strong routine but she can be much better. She starts from a higher level than the rest of the team because there are no built-in dance element deductions.

Atkinson hits floor for Auburn, and LSU will finish beam with Jordan, who is a little wobbly on some of these elements and has to make some minor corrections, stuck dismount.

Guy will finish for Auburn on floor, looking for a huge score for this program. DLO is excellent, big hit for a big night. The scores went high in this last rotation to be sure, but this is a major accomplishment for Auburn’s program.

LSU will still have to count a 9.675 and a 9.750 on beam to finish just below 197, so Auburn will manage to win the meet by breaking 197.

Final: Auburn 197.175, LSU 196.975 

It looks like a 197.100 for Alabama, which is perfectly strong. An uncharacteristic 9.650 from Williams on beam will be dropped. Arkansas needs something in the low 9.8s from Grable on floor to take the meet. Regardless of what she scores, this is a major accomplishment for a team that has been struggling this year. She goes 9.575, so it looks like we will end in a tie. I’ll wait for confirmation.

Oklahoma gets a 49.675 on floor for an unspeakably large 198.375. UCLA loses by over a point but will absolutely take that 197.200 road score any day. It’s impossible to make a sound judgment about scoring at an event you haven’t seen, but when everyone on the home team gets a 9.875 at minimum, then an adjustment needs to be made. There is a difference in quality between these routines and there should be realistic separation. I’m sure there will be outrage about this score, and I’m really excited for it. My advice: It’s the regular season, so don’t get worked up. These things have a way of evening out once the postseason begins.

If Oklahoma really was this good tonight, then I’m excited for the battle between the Sooners and the Gators this year. My instinct is that Florida is still the better team in the amplitude department in particular, which often doesn’t get evaluated appropriately until all the top teams are in one place but can make champions. What we know now is that Oklahoma will make Florida work for it, which is very good for entertainment levels. I was worried this season might end up a little boring. I could see the rest of this season becoming a fight between these two teams where we have difficulty/amplitude in one corner (Florida) and precision/landings in another corner (Oklahoma), which could be a very fun and discussion-provoking dichotomy. 

I’m a little gymnasticsed-out (it took me three tries to spell gymnastics right just then), so I’m taking a pass on the Pac-12 meets. Enjoy if you have the stamina!

[4] UCLA @ [13] Oregon State Live Blog

UCLA has recorded two consecutive high 196s, and with all of the Bruins’ closest rivals consistently going into the 197s now, it is becoming more imperative that UCLA follow suit. I’m not sure it’s going to happen today, but it’s always a possibility. UCLA will need a 197.225 today to retain the #4 position in the rankings, and that score would be a victory, especially on the road. DeJesus will be missing the meet again this week after her concussion, so look for some lineup adjustment, especially if they hold the likes of Zamarripa off certain events to rest her for the coming weeks.
The Beavers started this season as poorly as is possible but have settled into a nice little low-mid 196 niche. Stambaugh is by far the scoring leader, but I have concerns about how many routines exist that can consistently score anywhere higher than 9.850. I’ll be counting that during this meet. If the Beavers are to be a top 12 Regionals seed, that number has to start increasing. There’s a pretty bit gap right now between the top 10 and the Beavers, but they’re also falling behind the likes of Auburn. 

The meet begins at 10:00 ET/7:00 PT on the Pac-12 Network.


Soon to get underway in Corvallis. No lineups for either team yet, but that’s usual when not dealing with Georgia, LSU, or Arkansas. Of note in other action, Nebraska recorded just a 195.625 against Arizona — no counting falls, just a lot of 9.7s, most surprisingly on vault.

Broadcast getting underway now, Zamarripa and Stambaugh featured. It is surprising that Zam is ranked #1 on floor, her weakest event. Stambaugh has to have a great meet every time out for OSU because there is no Mak or Vivian assistance anymore.

Warmups underway now.

Rotation 1:
Oregon State vault
1. Tang – yfull, hop back, bad angle on the vault, from behind, pikes noticeably. (9.775)
2. Jones – needs more distance on her yfull, but a strong landing with just a minor hop in place. (9.825)
3. Harris – Didn’t look like she got anything off the block but hit the vault, didn’t maintain straight position and had little height, not her best and very piked. (9.725)
4. Gaspar – comes in low on her yfull landing, big step and very low body position. (9.725)
5. Stambaugh – much better height and landing on her yfull, by far their best vault, pikes a little and a minor step. (9.875)
6. Blalock – good height and a stuck landing as well. They have two vaulters who showed up today, but they both showed up to save the event. (9.900)
UCLA bars
1. Francis – good shaposh, hits bail hs, nice flight on shoot, minor hop on double pike, her best bars routine of the season.Well done. They’ve needed her to work this routine out. (9.775)
2. MDLT -good first hs, hit bail, floppy legs on her hop full, but a difficult combo into the DLO, hop in place on DLO. Very sparse routine because all her difficulty is at the very end. (9.800)
3. Larson – slightly over on first hs but fine, and then has to straddle to hold onto her bail hs – good save but a big deduction, misses hs before dismount, step on DLO. Weak routine for her. UCLA starts slowly on bars in every road meet. (9.625)
4. Courtney – hits bail hs, not quite there on her cast handstands, but sticks her tuck full this time, which they needed from her. (9.825)
5. Wong -They need a hit from her this week, good first hs, absolutely lovely jaeger and bail hs, great so far, just the dismount, stuck/near-stuck DLO that was slightly Shayla-ed. Very nice. That’s what she is capable of. (9.900)
6. Zam -She needs to hit like her 9.9 self to take the lead over OSU, her handstands might be a religion, I still don’t love her leg separation on the bail hs, still not quite getting that DLO – hunching and a hop. Fine, but they need her to dismount better. (9.900)
Rotation 1 score: UCLA 49.200, Oregon State 49.100
Just an average first rotation from both teams. Oregon State lacked dynamics in the first four vaults, but the last two were strong and saved the score. UCLA started tight again on bars, but Danusia is improving and Wong hit very well, which are two crucial developments. Larson’s routine was a disappointment, and Courtney has shown better handstands in past seasons.

Bars isn’t the strength that it used to be for Oregon State, but they still have Stambaugh. It’s a similar story for UCLA on vault, but they still have Zam. UCLA needs these landings to get a highly positive score. UCLA can’t step for 9.875 through a rotation the way they have some years in the past. The likes of Baer, MDLT, and McDonald must stick to go into the high 9.8s. 

Stambaugh fingertips her piked jaeger in the warmup, but it’s high and brilliant.Wong warming up on vault today, but she may be alternate/exhibition. Is Chris Waller having a psychotic episode? Oh, nevermind, he’s being that thing people call “excited.” I get those confused. Mattie is massaging our vaulters. Oh, remember when Mattie’s job during the vault rotation was competitor instead of massage expert?

Rotation 2:
Oregon State bars
1. Blalock – piked jaeger could use a bit more lift, slightly short on her bail hs, sticks tuck full, good start but the handstands can improve. (9.800)
2. McGregor – good shaposh and bail hs to start, solid straight DLO with a stuck landing. OSU is starting well on bars. Clean, regular. (9.875)
3. Tang – late full turn early in the rotation, rushing a bit in her handstands, hop in place on the tuck full landing. Solid routine. (9.800)
4. Aufiero -good tkatchev, step on double back, a few very minor handstand issues, but a hit routine. (9.800)
5. Harris -good first hs and bail hs, clean, piked a little in her DLO saltos and a step forward. Strong routine overall. (9.850)
6. Stambaugh -fingertips her piked jaeger again but gets it, sticks her tuck full, very nice ending, and they should be easily in the lead after this event. (9.900)
UCLA vault
1. McDonald – near-sticks her yfull but steps twice into the salute. Fine overall, but they needed a stick from her so they could drop Pritchett’s vault. (9.750)
2. Pritchett – still in the lineup – just the one step on landing this time, legs and lack of amplitude, piked landing. MDLT must have been struggling to come out of the lineup and has ice on her shoulder now. Oh boy. (9.725)
3. Wong – fine yfull, not the disaster it is every once in a while, needs more distance, pikes, takes a step. Just OK, but three lacking vaults to start. (9.825)
4. Baer – must get a bigger score to get this rotation into the acceptable range. Sticks her landing. Much better than the others in landing and much better than her vaults last year. Legs apart on landing and on block, pikes a little. (9.825)
5. Courtney – Good power on her yfull it appeared based on the height, but she comes in very unexpectedly short and takes a step forward. A weak vault from her. This is a very flat rotation, not just because of landings but because of flight as well. (9.650)
6. Zam – She has to do something to save this mess of a rotation, hop back worth .100 on her yfull. Wonderful as always, but they needed a stick from her. Nothing to take except for the landing, obviously. (9.900)
Rotation 2 score: Oregon State 98.325, UCLA 98.225 (Rotation 2: Oregon State 49.225, UCLA 49.025)
Chris Waller is giving UCLA a speech. They need it. That was a very weak vault rotation from UCLA except for Zamarripa. Something has to be done about the lineup, even though the vaults probably don’t exist, because this is not a nationally competitive rotation on account of the first few spots. Specific to this week, though, they gave away too much on landing, lacked dynamics, and had the mistake from Courtney. Oregon State really excelled in those landings on bars, which helped make up for a lot of the low amplitude and missed handstands in some of the early routines.

It’s a big test coming up for Oregon State on beam, and UCLA needs some of those Courtney and Zamarripa 9.9s on floor that they have been getting at home. Val is shaking her head. Me too.

Uh oh, Courtney is off floor. Something likely happened on that rough vault landing. 

Rotation 3:
Oregon State beam
1. Blalock – bhs + loso + bhs, she was offline a bit but because she ended with a bhs it was fine. If that last bhs had been a loso it would have been a fall. Not a ton in this routine but she hits the gainer full. Low risk routine. (9.775)
2. Stambaugh – This has always been a struggle for Stambaugh, but this year has been better. Clean aerial, very deliberate work. Slight correction on full turn, again on the switch side, double full is good with a tiny hop. Some deductions but a hit. (9.825)
3. Ohlrich -hits loso series with some legs, wobble on her tuck jump full, getting it done but not quite solid, hits gainer full well. (9.800)
4. Harris -hits her front toss to bhs with a notable pause between the elements but whatever. Loso into gainer full with a step. Strong routine in places but will score close to what we’ve seen so far. (9.800)
5. Tang -Slight wobble on bhs at the end of her acro series, wolf turn, hitting securely now, sticks gainer full. This rotation is just OK with little difficulty.
6. Jones – Solid punch front with some cowboy action. So, everyone in the country has elected to be “this girl is on fire” for their beam routines. I don’t know who’s the most on fire. We need some kind of a fire chart. Hits layout full dismount. Strongest difficulty and by far the best routine. Competent rotation all considered. (9.900)
UCLA floor
1. McDonald -good high double pike, flies far back on her loso out of the second pass but stays in, solid first two passes, that switch ring wasn’t there, a little ragged legs on the rudi but a fine hit for the first routine. (9.750)
2. Wong – bounces pretty far out of the mount, just saves the front layout after the front full but deductions aplenty. I’m glad she’s in this lineup, though. Hits her dance well, does some layout stepouts as choreography, good dismount at least. (9.725)
3. Bynum  – hits the double pike, also slightly short on her front full front layout but better than Wong’s mistake, her dance elements are deduction-worthy, nowhere close on double back dismount again and takes a fall. That’s the third time that has happened, I think. Zam’s face is not in a good place right now. This is a poor meet for UCLA, and beam hasn’t even happened yet. (9.175)
4. Francis -She looks very nervous, coming into the lineup in the fourth position. At least the choreography is brilliant, so we can enjoy that part, low on double pike but very secure landing, Third routine in a low that has an underrotated front layout in the middle pass, somewhere in between Wong and Bynum in severity. Goes OOB on double back. This is the meet we’re going to decide to forget. Uh oh, Val is putting on her fake smile. We know it’s a problem when that comes out. I’m more scared of that than her angry face. (9.525)
5. Pritchett – Her usual 9.850 is going to seem like magic for this team today, hits her tuck full and has no problems with the front layout middle pass – the first one to hit that, low on double pike but it’s a hit that will score in the 9.8s. EHH is coaching her on the sideline. Can we get her a series of masks or something so that she can come in for at least four of these floor workers? (9.850)
6. Zam – bounces a little out of her double pike mount, she’s done that much better. Still, this should be a saving routine. Maybe it won’t quite be like UCLA is counting a fall if she hits the rest of this routine. Stuck rudi dismount. (9.875)
Rotation 3 score: Oregon State 147.500, UCLA 146.950 (Rotation 3: Oregon State 49.175, UCLA 48.700)
There’s not a whole lot to say about UCLA on floor, or at least that I want to say about UCLA on floor. It was a lack of proficient tumbling 1-4, and then adequate performances from Pritchett and Zamarripa that seemed world-changing by comparison. They need DeJesus and Courtney back on this event, for sure. Oregon State hit beam in a rotation that was very 9.800. Each routine had a few wobbles and a gainer full dismount and was just sort of there. For a team that has struggled on beam for years, though, that must be the strategy, and it worked for a 49.175.

Oregon State is in line for a strong score and just needs to hold on during floor. UCLA is in the pressure-filled situation of needing an amazing beam rotation to save even an adequate score like 196.

Rotation 4:
Oregon State floor
1. Witherby – opens with a tuck full, a little low but strong, slight lack of control on her front layout out of the second pass but nothing near the struggles of UCLA, low double pike to finish. (9.750)
2. Tang – front 1.5 to start, and it’s strong, slightly crunched in her double pike, 1.5 + layout to finish. Solid, fine, professional. (9.825)
3. Harris -back 2.5 mount, solid landing, double pike middle pass, she always looks like she’s coming into her tumbling too low, but she pulls it around. (9.800)
4. Blalock – crazy bounce out of her front 1.5 mount, flew about 150 feet in the air and fell on her back. That was bizarre. What was she trying to do out of that skill besides fly into space? Pretty strong after that. (9.350)
5. Jones -Great 2.5 + front 1/2 to open, and another floaty layout stepout later. She gained major cred in floor finals last year, and she’s building on it. She may have even earned the right to strut and call it choreo, which only the best floor workers are allowed to do. Great routine. (9.900)
6. Stambaugh -wonderful high 2.5, good landing, very nice work in these last two spots for Oregon State, strong rudi finish. (9.950)
UCLA beam
1. Baer – (they showed a replay of her botched dismount in warmup – ouchie but she’s fine), good straddle and split positions, which are her strength, just barely hangs onto her side somi with a major check, hits her dismount with a stuck, low landing. (9.775)
2. Wong -good aerial, little correction on the bhs connected out of it, strong switch side, another little correction on the full turn, sticks 1.5. Good job. (9.850)
3. Larson -good switch split, but comes off on a back handspring out of her aerial. This poor girl. It’s like every fall devastates her just a little bit more and she looks just that much more drained and over it. Piked gainer dismount. (9.200)
4. Zamarripa -they need her usual clean hit. Wobble on the onodi, hits aerial and loso series perfectly, just the dismount left, almost sticks her double full but had to hop and step to salute. (9.850)
5. Francis – big check on her split jump (fall on a bhs from Larson, wobble on a split jump from Francis in this rotation so far), hits aerial well. Sticks her layout full dismount. Saved it well after the wobble early, so it should be a fine score. (9.850)
6. McDonald – So many people are out for UCLA that they’re just looking for a hit from someone who can do a routine in this final spot. Hits loso series, nice side somi. She’s looking secure, nice attitude turn, step forward on 1.5. Great job for a non-beamer coming on in an unexpected position. Good for her. (9.800)
Final scores:  Oregon State 196.725 UCLA 196.075
The words of the day for UCLA are depleted and defeated. Looking at this team, if they were fully healthy (including Peszek and Lee), they would be a force. However, they are having to put in too many people who aren’t ready to be in lineups or shouldn’t be in lineups at all. Hopefully it’s nothing serious that took Courtney out of floor because otherwise that might be the final blow for UCLA. There was no doubt today that this team is just Zamarripa trying to carry all the weight. They can’t let her do that. She’s so frail. Note that we saw a grand total of ONE score over 9.850 from someone not named Zamarripa (Wong’s excellent bars routine). It’s disappointing to see because this team should be so much better than this.

Oregon State looked perfectly fine and had some good Stambaugh and Jones routines to bring each rotation into positive territory. Being clean enough and hitting was enough to win by a landslide today. We saw five 9.9s, which is important progress for them. Still, most of these other routines are just 9.800-y, which will not cut it down the road. If they can build on this, though, they can be a top 12 team. 

[1] Florida @ [9] Georgia Live Blog

Florida set the standard with the 198.100 last weekend. Now, a merely good score like a 197.300 would seem like a letdown, and with the talent of this team and the way they are performing, it probably would be a letdown. In the rankings, Florida needs just a mid-196 to stay ahead of Oklahoma, so that should not be a concern. Rhonda is correct in the above interview about how peaking early has not really been an issue this season because the Gators are not putting out all of their best gymnasts in the all-around every week. Either because of injury or conscious resting, they are keeping people off events fairly regularly.

Georgia is coming off a rough one against Kentucky, where the beam rotation was filled with so much tentative acrobatics (and all the falling). While Earls has done an excellent job in the anchor position, especially these last few weeks, there is enough uncertainty in those first four positions (where we’ll often see at least one lower score) that the rotation really rises and falls with Shayla in the fifth spot. Last week, beam was lost before we even got to Earls. If Shayla hits this week, I don’t foresee a problem.

In the rankings, Georgia has an opportunity to move up and needs just a 196.300 to move ahead of Utah after the Utes’ low score last night. Nebraska is yet to compete, so we don’t know what score Georgia will need to move ahead of the Huskers, but the Gymdogs could also move ahead of LSU with a 197.300.

The meet begins at 4:00 ET/1:00 PT.
Video
Scores

The only change of note in the lineups is Couch coming in on vault for the first time this season. Her stick is needed in this lineup, and while in the past I’ve argued that she should be vaulting first, I like her in this third position right now because if the judges go high for her after a strong landing, they’ll have to go even higher for the back three for their better form and amplitude/distance.

We need to have a frank discussion about the script of this Georgia intro video. “But will not rest on the accolades of our history.” That phrasing implies that the history itself has received the accolades rather than the team receiving the accolades at a point in the past.

Are the teams having more pink meets this year than before? It’s just every week, now, right? Beautiful vault warmup from Rogers.Who do we think goes out of bars for Florida when Johnson comes back? That will be a difficult decision.

Rotation 1:
Georgia vault
1. Davis -Yfull, minor slide back on landing, otherwise good form. Strong overall. (9.875)
2. Hires – a little low on yfull, step back, still not the quality she has shown in past seasons but better. (9.825)
3. Couch – Her usual, stuck landing. Needs more height as always, but it’s a Couch vault and it will score big. (9.925) It’s nice to be at home.
4. Rogers -Y1.5, a little leg separation on the block and a shuffle to the side on landing. (9.875)
5. Cheek – Got a little high on her block it appeared, but fine and takes a hop. No problem but not her best. (9.900)
6. Jay – Sticks Y1.5, excellent vault with perhaps some leg issue. (9.975) Here’s the problem with giving Couch a 9.925 (especially the one judge who went 9.950 – I’m mostly fine with Marian Dykes going 9.900 and then 9.950) because it doesn’t leave enough room to reward Jay’s superior vault while still recognizing that it wasn’t completely perfect.

Florida bars
1. Dickerson -muscles first hs a little, hits tkatchev, usual toe issues, sticks DLO to slide salute. (9.800)
2. Dancose-Giambattisto -gooes toe point, nice shaposh, hits bail hs, floaty stuck DLO. (9.875)
3. King -slight leg separation on bail hs, overbalances hs and does amazingly to save it, fine markelov, misses next hs, hop on DLO. Not good for her. (9.675)
4. Hunter – good clear hip tkachev, just a bit over rotated on her tuck full with a hop back. Overall good, though. (9.825)
5. Sloan -perfect hist hs, lovely tkatchev, hits bail hs, great amplitude on shoot, stuck DLO. Very, very little to take there. Leg separation on bail hs, perhaps? Excellent, excellent, routine. (9.950)
6. M. Caquatto -wonderful pak, hitting her hs, good bail, sticks her tuck full easily as always. Not as strong as Sloan’s routine in the hs department, though. (9.925)

Rotation 1 score: Georgia 49.550, Florida 49.375
Some excellent gymnastics in that rotation, particularly from Sloan and Jay. Bridget’s bars routine was absolutely amazing. Probably the best vault rotation I’ve seen from Georgia especially because of Couch coming in and Davis hitting well. That takes the rotation up a level and sets the table for some higher scores. Interesting that one judge gave Dickerson a 9.750 (clearly took for toes), and the other gave a 9.850. The only weak routine in this rotation was King’s bars, which is a real shame, but she should get bonus points for saving that handstand, when by sanity she should have gone over.

OK, you can’t cut to Lindsay Cheek doing a bars routine in this featurette because it makes me think I missed the start of the rotation.

Rotation 2:
Georgia bars
1. Cheek -good first hs, legs on full, high tkatchev but maybe close to the bar, they really focused on her handstands, step back on DLO. (9.800)
2. Tanella -As usual her deductions are on turning elements, plus has one short handstand, sticks double full. (9.875)
3. Jay -fine shaposh to start, hits bail hs, just off slightly on some of these hs, khorkelov is good, a little hunched on her dismount with a hop forward. (9.800)
4. Worley -Everything looks clean, good tkatchev, misses one hs, and one of her better DLO dismounts she’s done. Just hangs onto the stuck landing. It’s not a great DLO still in the grand scheme of DLOs, but it’s a major improvement. (9.900)
5. Rogers -misses first hs, lovely stalders, Ricna, and toe point. Kevin is more pleased with these handstands than I am. Sticks a slightly staggered tuck full. Fine but she has been more precise in the past. (9.925)
6. Davis -Love her handstands. She’s the best on the team in that department. Wonderful stuck tuck full. There’s nothing you can take on that dismount. (9.950)
Exo – Unick – good amplitude on her shoots, hits jaeger, she has a bit of Tanella-itis on her turning skills, good pak, step on double front. Good job.

Florida vault
1. Wang – Kevin pronounced Wang technically correctly, but I don’t know if that’s how she pronounces it. Missing distance on her yfull with a hop back. Weaker than the Georgia vaults. (9.825)
2. M. Caquatto – Fine Yfull but another major step back. She can get a better block and land better. (9.825) Florida looks just a little flat so far comparatively.
3. Sloan – Better power on the yfull and then a minor hop back. She can stick this and often does. (9.925)
4. King -Tsuk 1.5, hops forward a bit. Oh, I wanted the stick. Still a strong job though that has few deductions and rarely gets the score it deserves. (9.900 – good, I thought they would go lower)
5. Dickerson – Super powerful yfull obviously, but hops back. They’re not getting these landings. (9.875)
6. Hunter – stuck wonderful Y1.5, she has better form than Jay does, so let’s see what the judges do. She is tighter in the body. Kevin says she hopped back, did she? Then the score is appropriate. (9.950)

Rotation 2 score: Georgia 99.000, Florida 98.850 (Rotation 2: Florida 49.475, Georgia 49.450)
Florida vaulted perfectly acceptably, and Hunter was very nice, but the score is going to be misleading because they were really uncontrolled in the landings and has looked a little flat overall through the first two events (flat and getting a 98.850). The Gators can be much better than that, and it seems like the judges were ready to give them 10s had they stuck. Georgia was very strong on bars, but they have been all season. I thought the judges were a little light on the handstand evaluation, but they are still making slight improvements each week. That said, vault and bars haven’t been the concerns all season. Let’s see where we go from here.

Rotation 3:
Georgia beam
1. Cheek – good flow to her full turn, hits loso series, very clean aerial cartwheel, this is one of her better beam routines, sticks a staggered gainer full. Well done. (9.900)
2. Persinger -good hold on L turn, walkover is fine, rather significant wobble on loso series, hop forward on front toss, flexibility class, breaks her leap series a little but should get it, wobble afterward, 1.5 with hop forward. OK, but weaker than Cheek’s. (9.725)
3. Couch – good loso series, completely off line on her front toss and comes off. These last two meets she has looked rather un-Couch-like on beam with the lack of stability. Good double full. (9.250)
4. Rogers -Good bhs 3/4 to start, L turn lacks a little bit of horizontalness, hits bhs full this time and sticks her layout full dismount a lttle hunched. (9.900)
5. Worley – good sheep, weird fall on her loso series because it looked like she was right on. As goes Shayla, as goes the beam rotation. Bhs full is good, one of her better gainer fulls. (9.350)
6. Earls -Foot injury but hits her loso without the second loso this time. Comes off on side aerial. This is even worse than last week at Kentucky when Earls saved it a little bit with a good routine. Two counting falls. Low double back. Must resolve this beam issue. (9.250)
Exo – Kirby – holds onto her loso series, but they are way off today. Hits, but probably isn’t working her way into the lineup anytime soon. Big lunge out of 1.5 dismount.

Florida floor
1. Wang – Strong DLO, hunched a bit, just front layouts second pass (pet peeve alert!), good double pike. She has improved on this event over the year. (9.800)
2. Stageberg -good pike full with a slide, I’m such a sucker for this kind of routine, this tumbling is OK but deductions can be taken, bounces out of her double pike as well. (9.825)
3. Sloan -You know what I said about being a sucker for Stageberg’s routine? I’m even more of a sucker for Sloan’s routine. Give me some emotional reaching for things on the ground any day. A little stumbly on her front 2/1, has to control her double pike a little but covers well, good dismount. Fine. (9.850)
4. Dickerson – Good DLO, minor bounce back out of double tuck in the middle pass, sticks a very good double pike dismount. (9.875)
5. King -Her DLO looked so beautiful is the air, had to take a hop back and went OOB and the slope of the floor made her stumble and put her hands down, bounce forward out of her front full. Rough day for Marissa. I hope she gets it back on beam. Good double pike. That’s a shame. (9.150)
6. Hunter – Another one who bounces back out of her huge DLO. Not quite getting the landings has been a theme today for Florida. Her second pass is crazy good. I love it to death, and it reminds me of a different era. Bounce back out of the double tuck as well. She can do better with the control. (9.875)
I’m surprised Florida isn’t putting anyone in exhibition today. They certainly have the routines to show.

Rotation 3 score: Florida 148.000, Georgia 147.125 (Rotation 3: Florida 49.150, Georgia 48.125)
This was a disappointing rotation from both teams. Georgia had two good routines from Cheek and Rogers, but another week of counting falls, this time counting two falls. The high scores from the first rotation should still put them in the mid-196 range if they hit floor, but it’s a disappointing performance. Florida is still looking at mid-197s, but I don’t they’ll be pleased with much of anything they’ve done today. It looked like they had trouble adjusting to the floor because even Dickerson wasn’t quite as on in the landing department as she can be. Lots of bouncing out of passes.

Does any team besides Georgia have 13 meets this season (before Regionals)?

Rotation 4:
Georgia floor
1. Persinger – combo double tuck mount, L turns are my favorite skill from her, travels too far on her double pike and steps back OOB, rudi dismount right into the corner. OK apart from the OOB. (9.675)
2. Tanella – Just a bit low on a fine double pike, otherwise this has been one of her stronger routines, even though it includes a cat leap and that’s difficult to forgive. (9.875)
3. Hires – Back in the lineup today for Earls. I still can’t place this music, and it’s driving me crazy. A little lack of control on the double pike, legs on rudi but it’s fine. Too much pausing in the corner before dismount. Very low double tuck with a lunge forward. (9.725)
4. Jay – A little low on the tuck full, comes close to OOB on the middle pass but keeps it in, rough double tuck with a major bounce out. That will take the score down significantly. (9.700)
5. Worley – Good double pike to start, lunge out of her middle pass that she prudently tries to turn into dance, fine rudi. An OK routine in a mostly sloppy rotation so far. “We just don’t see Shayla fall” says Cassidy. (9.850)
6. Couch – Couch should save a 196 with this routine. Low pike full in but her usual, strong middle pass, sticks double pike. Good ending to a rough final two rotations. (9.900)

Florida beam
1. Stageberg – hits her aerial + bhs series, good dismount series. Not a ton to take there. I’m interested to see if Rhonda keeps her in the lineup when Johnson comes back. I probably wouldn’t, but it’s a good routine. (9.825)
2. Sloan -good loso, love the flourish out of her full turn, good aerial + bhs combo, slight fight on her dance combo, side aerial is strong, sticks double full. Wonderful routine. (9.875)
3. Hunter -good amplitude as always on her acro series, she has improved elements like the switch side significantly in college. Step back on double back dismount. (9.875)
4. M. Caquatto -perfect loso series, good aerial and swingdown, nothing to take so far. Hits her leaps with good position. Step back on double full. (9.875)
5. Dickerson – good control on loso and probably saves a wobble, minor step on the double back but her usual strong, controlled routine. (9.850)
6. King -wobble on opening acro, and another major break on her layout, so they won’t count this score. Not Marissa’s best day, but I think this has been one of the stronger rotations for Florida. Sticks double full.
Exo – Spicer – Now we get an exo for Florida, wobble on loso series, hits gainer loso, slight correction while turning around, sticks gainer full.
 
Final scores: Florida 197.300, Georgia 196.175 (Rotation 4: Florida 49.300, Georgia 49.050)
I’m totally a psychic genius for mentioning a 197.300 for Florida in the intro. I said it would feel like a letdown, and it does. This was just OK, and the landings were not up to expected level. It’s February, so that’s fine, but this team looked rather beatable today. Work to do. Interestingly, I thought the strongest, most precise event for the Gators was beam, but that was the third-highest scoring rotation. Those 9.875s were really good 9.875s.

I’m ready to declare that Georgia has developed a full-on balance beam situation. They’ve hit this event to capability once this season, and it carried over into floor where several of the routines had flat, blah tumbling landings. They are developing the reputation of being a two-event team and haven’t yet proven that they don’t deserve that reputation. This team still has the potential to be a Super Six team (and no team will want to see Georgia as, say, a #4 seed in their National Semifinal because we know what they can do), but there are many things that have to come together on both beam and floor.

Join me again tonight for a live blog of UCLA/Oregon State, especially for those who don’t receive the Pac-12 Network because there is no other way to watch the meet.

Elsewhere, Michigan has managed a humongous floor score of 49.625 (including a 9.975 for Sampson) to overcome an OK beam rotation and score 197.375. Well now. Alabama, Oklahoma, and Michigan all outscored Florida this week so far. Also, I completely jinxed Natalie Beilstein and take full responsibility for her 8.750 on bars this week. That’s on me. Penn State got a 196.700 in that meet, which is a huge boost for a struggling team.

Friday Scores – Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU

Friday Schedule:
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Missouri @ [17] Kentucky Scores Video(All-access)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [24] Central Michigan @ [22] Kent State Video
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Perfect 10 Challenge ([2] Oklahoma, [16] Boise State, BYU, Texas Women’s) Scores
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [20] Arkansas @ [7] LSU Scores
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [15] Auburn @ [5] Alabama Scores Video
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [6] Utah @ [23] Washington Scores
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [25] Arizona State @ [10] Stanford

Things will begin a little bit slower than usual today, but there is action from Kentucky, and a free stream from Kent State if you’re interested. Otherwise, the big name action begins at 8:00 ET/5:00 PT.

Kentucky is coming off a season-high 195.825 against Georgia but has been dropping in the rankings every weekend compared to teams that have shown 196 abilities. Kentucky and Missouri are the only SEC teams yet to hit 196 this season. In fact, Missouri is yet to hit 195.

Kentucky has several gymnasts in this vault lineup who are capable of 9.850s, but they must get their landings. They are not among those who can miss a landing for 9.8s. The main thing I’m noticing from Missouri on bars is leg separations, especially on blind fulls and high to low transitions. There’s a solid skill set, though. 

A nice stuck double front from Missouri’s fourth on bars. That was the cleanest routine for them in the legs and handstands as well. Better landing from Cunningham on vault for Kentucky, near stick but step/salute. Missouri’s fifth, who I recognize as Updike (yay me!), showed a strong tkatchev but also deductions with a few handstands and a step, followed by a stuck DLO from the anchor. A lot of these form breaks from Missouri seem resolvable. This is a three-routine rotation right now, but those were three solid routines at the end.

Still waiting on a score for Kentucky’s vault maybe (Fixed now, just a rotation behind. No big deal), but for right now Missouri leads 49.075-48.900. That rotation was much better than Missouri’s ranking suggests (a season-high by nearly three tenths) and was about on par for Kentucky. 

The beginning of the second rotation has been a rough one. Mistakes, big breaks, and non-10 vaults. I’m understanding more about Missouri’s scoring history this season now based on this vault rotation. Kentucky is getting much cleaner on bars as the rotation goes, as would be expected. Some high 9.7 gymnastics going on now. Nice stuck DLO from Harrison. The bars landings overall look strong, but the bails are an area for improvement. Updike vaults well for Missouri, but they have no depth on this event.

After 2: Kentucky 98.050, Missouri ?. Still waiting on Updike’s vault score to save Missouri from a 47.725 on the event.

On vault, Kentucky exceeded its season average by about a half tenth, and on bars they recorded a season high by over a tenth. I could see another high 195 coming from this meet. Still waiting on that last score for Missouri on vault. Floor looks like it will be a bit better than vault for Missouri.

Falls from Kentucky in the first and third positions on beam, two falls from Beucler in that third position, falling on the dismount as well after missing a foot on the round off. Both of those scores will be under 9.000, so this will be a disastrous score. Beam falls are the worst to have to count because they often result in a non-10 SV in addition to the fall, and when there are two falls, it gets really ugly.

Harrison is very nice on bars and beam for Kentucky and tries to save this rotation with a good routine. Missouri’s floor 9.7s could very well be good enough for the lead after three if they keep up. Aliceaacosta went very clearly out of bounds but did not get knocked for it. Now they fixed the score. Good because it wasn’t close. Gross for Kentucky had to touch the beam after a major wobble on her series.

Wow, another fall from Kentucky – that makes three routines with falls as well as another with a hand down. This is almost (almost) as bad as Cal’s beam rotation last week and will result in something around a 47, meaning that a 194 in this meet will be the hope. Ouchie. Missouri’s sixth takes a fall on a double back and another on a punch front, but they won’t have to count it. 48.525 on floor.
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Now it’s time for some of the higher profile action to begin, with Oklahoma and LSU soon to get underway. Oklahoma’s scoring page appears to be taking a gap year in the middle of the second rotation, so let’s hope that gets worked out.

Of lineup note, Grable is leading off beam for Arkansas, which is a common move to give a team more stability, but for Arkansas it also results in throwing away their biggest potential score.

For LSU, Jessie Jordan has struggled on bars and is out this week in favor of Hall. I’m interested to see Hall’s floor score because my assumption is that the judges opened the flood gates last week and that they will be very willing to give her 10 again at home this week.

Oklahoma is already underway at the quad meet with a 49.325 on vault. Nothing wrong with that score, but it’s not quite the 49.450 recorded last week. This week, the Sooners received the one 9.900 from Scaman as well as 9.875s from Olson and Kmieciak. Good 197.3 pace so far.

Remember that time I said the judges would be eager to give Hall another 10 on floor? Well, they warmed up for it by giving Morrison a 10 on vault. The rotation had looked lackluster until Courville’s 9.950 and Morrison’s 10, which brought it up to 49.400. Sarie Morrison’s 10 on vault is not one of those things I expected to write.

Salsberg took a fall on bars, but Arkansas dropped it for 48.875 in the first rotation. Salsberg has not been the same after her injury last season, and they’ve missed her AA 9.825s almost as much as they have missed Pisani.

BYU records a nice number on bars with 49.050, but it will be far from nice for Boise State and TWU in the first rotation. Boise State’s extreme 48ishness on beam has been holding them back from the mid-teens in ranking this season. They’ll hope to make it up on bars.

Also note that the judges have been really pleased with LSU’s bars performance so far, so take that as you would like. This rotation is looking to go quite positively as well, potentially even into the 49.3s. 

49.325 for LSU on bars, and the Tigers lead Arkansas by over a point at the halfway point and are looking quite mid-197 as things are going right now. Unless there’s a beam issue, I expect that pace to be realistic since floor will be quite high.

We have a final in Kentucky, and Missouri was so worried about Kentucky feeling bad after their beam rotation that they decided to do almost as poorly and lose. Final Score: Kentucky 194.250, Missouri 194.200. Let’s pretend it never happened. 
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Alabama time now. Beers is in on vault. Milliner will be leading off beam this week with Williams in the third position.

P.S. Oklahoma went 49.525 on bars. The lowest score was a 9.850.

Kluz – UB – Aub – Handstands not quite there, step on DLO.
Sledge – VT – Ala – Good power as always, better control on the landing, just a step back, minorly low chest on landing.
Guy – UB – Aub – looks well contained, the pirouetting is a little late, tkatchev is nice, stuck dismount.
Williams – VT – Ala – wonderful height on yfull, slight stumble on landing with a bend and step. back to the yfull from the y1.5
Habicht – UB – Aub – Good jaeger, pikey DLO with a hop forward.
Beers – VT – Ala – Similar to Williams, good height on yfull, but slightly short leading to a bend and step forward.
Walker – UB – Aub – good line, leg sep on the full but better finishing position, floaty stuck DLO that was better than its height would suggest it would be.
Gutierrez – VT – Ala – There we go. I’d call that a hop in place, but otherwise it was a stellar yfull. Hers looks flatter than Williams or Beers, but she hits it with the distance.
Atkinson – UB – Aub – Floaty pak salto, short on hs before tkatchev, hugely high stuck tuck full. There’s nothing to take on the big skills in this routine, it’s the little ones.
Milliner – VT – Ala – Similar hop in place to Gutierrez on her Y1.5. They are almost there on the landings this week.
Yokay – UB – Aub – Late pirouetting but enough difficulty that I decide to forgive it a little bit, hop full into double back, step back.
Domier exo on vault with a nice stick on a hs pike 1/2. She’d make most lineups, but won’t here because of lack of distance, mostly.

Alabama goes 49.475 on vault. The final four all gave away .050 on steps, so factor that in when attempting to evaluate what an ideal vault score for this team would be. I expect to see a 49.600 at hom ebefore the season is out. Auburn goes 49.000 on bars.
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In that foreign land called Louisiana, Savona took a fall on beam, so Hall, Courville, and Jordan will be competing against that to keep the team on track.
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Webster – VT – Aub – Fine yfull, not the power/distance of alabama, hop back.
Sledge – UB – Ala – has to muscle up her hs after the gienger a bit, but sticks the DLO and it’s an excellent routine.
Yokay – VT – Aub – Mistake in trying to hold onto her stick, she wanted it so badly she swam multiple times and bent before having to take a step. Those are deductions. She could have just taken the one step early and scored higher.
Alexin – UB – Ala – has her usual late 1/2 turn on the low bar, but otherwise it was a stronger routine for her.
 Garcia – VT – Aub – legs on the block, hop of the side. Fine but just fine.
Jacob – UB – Ala – good Ray, the hs are slightly better but a harsh judge could still take for all three. Hunched on dismount with a step forward.
Guy – VT – Aub – That’s better. Good stick and nice power obviously. That was a better vault than Garcia’s 9.850 for sure.
Clark – UB – Ala – Misses her hs after the shaposh and again on the bail hs, they still need to work on these handstands, the DLO 1/1 was one of the nicer ones she has done, small step.
Atkinson VT – Aub – Coach in the way, but step to the side on a y1.5 with some bent legs.
Demeo – UB – Ala – slightly short n her 1/2 turn, cleaner than Jacob and Clark overall though, small step on DLO. Fine.
Kluz – VT – Aub – Takes a fall, she was protected in this spot, and they don’t need her score.
Priess – UB – Ala – her tkatchev pak makes the routine, piked second salto on the DLO with a hop forward. The dismount keeps her from 9.9s. Sledge is the top routine in this rotation right now.
Sims exo on bars, strong routine overall, a little sloppy in the legs here and there, and I’m not thrilled with the composition in several of these routines with these 1/2 turns that break flow.

Alabama gets a 49.250 on bars to Auburn’s 49.200 on vault. After 2, Alabama 98.725, Auburn 98.200.
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Elsewhere, LSU had to count two 9.6s on beam for a 48.675, which puts them closer to 197 pace than mid-197 pace. Is beam the new bars for LSU? Arkansas got a 49 on floor to keep the vague 196 hopes alive.

Oklahoma got a 9.950 from Brewer and 9.900s from Olson and Mooring to go 49.300 on beam, which almost seems low for them because of a fall from Alexander (that was dropped) and a 9.750 from Spears. The Sooners still look goof for mid-197s, though.

That’s it from me for today. A feeble effort, I know, but I’ll be back for two live blogs tomorrow – Florida/Georgia and UCLA/Oregon State. Enjoy the rest of the meets and all the score following you can handle.


Friday Live Blog – Florida, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma

Today, Florida and Alabama fight for SEC supremacy, Michigan attempts to hang onto #3 in the face of a wave of increasing 197s, Georgia tries to prove that it is worthy of competing at the top, and Oklahoma says, “Another 197.3, please!”


Friday – 2/8/2013
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [5] Alabama @ [1] Florida Scores
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [3] Michigan @ [20] Ohio State Scores Video(All-access)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [6] Georgia @ [18] Kentucky Scores Video(All-access)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – NC State, New Hampshire, Towson @ [17] Maryland Scores Video(All-access)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Northern Illinois @ [21] Central Michigan
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Rutgers @ [24] Kent State
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [8] LSU @ Missouri Scores Video(All-access)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [2] Oklahoma @ Iowa State Scores
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [19] Arkansas @ [15] Auburn Scores Video

8:30 ET/5:30 PT – IGI Chicago Style ([13] Arizona, Pittsburgh, Illinois State, Texas Women’s)
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [11] Denver @ Southern Utah
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [12] Oregon State @ Arizona State Scores Video(free)

Lots of all-access options today, but there’s nothing doing for non-subscribers until OSU @ ASU in the later slot.

I’m particularly interested in Georgia’s floor rotation today with Rogers coming in, so I’m starting with Michigan/Ohio State and then switching to Georgia/Kentucky. Also note that Georgia currently has Demetria Hunte slated to compete vault in place of Persinger. I’m not used to Georgia doing west coast-style depth exploration, but I like it in an “I will obviously make fun of it if it goes poorly” kind of way.

Michigan has Miele leading off on bars now instead of Zurales – not quite there in a couple handstands, but flies well on the DLO with a step back. Solid start.

I need to know my Buckeyes better, but we started with a fine, low Yfull and then a whippy yhalf. Zurales now second on bars is lovely on the deltchev, clean on the bail hs, and sticks her DLO. Legs here and there, but this should score well.  (9.850, appropriate but the routine was more than .025 better than Miele’s 9.825)

Schaffer on vault, yfull with lowish landing and a leg break in the air. Perfectly acceptable. Gies goes third for Michigan, so clean to start, a little lacking flight in the tkatchev and then a short hs after that, but sticks the double back easily. 

Marohn a little low on her yfull as well (it’s a trend) with a sizable bounce back. They’re playing “this is the story of a girl” on the PA for what seems like a century. Good thing we’re keeping the music current. Saw the second half of Sugiyama’s bars which seemed solid other than a fairly big hop forward on the tuck full. Dunn vaults, and just like her teammates she does a perfectly fine vault than can be knocked for being low and for the bounce back.

Sampson – beautiful tkatchev that scared me a little by being far away. Looked slightly more tight in some of her hs and took a step on the dismount, so not her absolute best but clean and should still score well. Miller finishes vault with an uncharacteristic large step forward on her front pike.

Beilstein finishes on bars (no Martinez today) and her gienger is ridiculous in its height as always and she sticks her dismount cold. The best bars work I’ve seen from her.

Williams is in on exhibition now and is short on her bail hs and takes a big step on the DLO. I don’t see her coming back to the lineup, but it’s not a problematic backup. 

Michigan should be pleased because it was a good rotation, but they missed a couple dismount and can clean up in places and still scored 49.375. Great job. Ohio State goes 49.000 on vault, led by the 9.850 from Miller. They gave away a lot on the landings in that rotation.
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Georgia gets a strong 49.300 on bars, led by 9.900s from Rogers and Davis. We know Davis can do better and Cheek can also be better than 9.775. This is a strong score but can be better. Kentucky went 48.925 on vault. As usual, it appears that Kentucky struggled through the first two vaulters but did enough well with the last four.

Macko is in on vault for Florida, which may not always be necessary (though ideally the lineup would be Macko, Johnson, Sloan, Dickerson, King, Hunter), but currently is necessary without the team at full strength. The Gators got by with Shisler, Stageberg, and Wang all going last week, but they can do better.
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 Casanova leads off vault for Michigan with an OK yfull, low with a bounce back just like much of OSU’s work. DeLuca had a fine routine going (a few hs) until the double front dismount which was totally flung out and resulted in many steps.

Zurales vaults #2, gets much better flight than Casanova and sticks. I would take for low chest on landing certainly, but I could see 9.900 easily. Aepli has some back form in her bail hs and is OK overall in her hs, just a step on the DLO full.

Beilstein does the 1.5 and has to bend a little to hang on and takes a step (or minor stumble) back. Fine. The scores currently show a 9.925 for Casanova, but I have to imagine that was for Zurales. Yes, 9.750 from Casanova and 9.925 for Zurales. That’s much more realistic. OSU gets another routine in the likely 9.7 territory from Herr. Hs and dismounts mostly.

Sampson does a lovely yfull with great easy power, near stick, tries to hang on but hops forward slightly. Abrams goes on bars, feet and height on the jaeger, leg separation on the blind full, and a step on the double back. Sugiyama vaults the 1.5 – similar to Beilstein in having to bend a little but her step is forward instead of backward.

Marohn on bars for OSU, best line so far, similar hs problems though, opens out of her double front way early and sticks it cold. I thought she was going to overdo that dismount a bit, but she got it. Sheppard finished vault for Michigan with nice flight on a yfull but a larger bounce back. Schaffer finishes for Ohio State, good speed and power, finished her tuck full dismount early enough to stick it but had to take a step.

Michigan goes 49.250 on vault and did give away a bit on landing, especially on the 1.5s from Beilstein and Sugiyama. They weren’t problematic, but they weren’t free of deductions either. Zurales was the class of that rotation.
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Georgia got just a 9.300 from Hunte in the vault anchor position, but had a 49.275 anyway so it didn’t matter. Persinger will be back unless Couch is ready. A mistake from Hires for 9.725 had to be counted. She has struggled a bit more than I would expect for the last month or so. Otherwise, we saw 9.925s from Jay and Rogers and a 9.900 from Cheek. Georgia on 197 pace at halfway and Kentucky hanging on close to 196 pace.

Florida went 49.475 on vault, where Hunter crucially returned for 9.900. If they can get Johnson in for Wang by March, they will be in constant 49.500 contention. Alabama returned Sledge to the leadoff position after a leadoff fall last week (UGH) and got a 49.175, led by a 9.875 from DeMeo. They need Priess and Sledge going much higher than 9.825 and 9.850 respectively for this rotation to be competitive.
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Perhaps time for a little halfway switch to check in on Georgia and Kentucky with Georgia soon to begin on floor.

Earls begins for Georgia, strong mount where she has to slide minorly out of it, clean and stuck front 1.5 in the middle, good double back to finish. Only minimal issues, good start. The 9.725 seems harsh. Not sure what I missed that the judge who went 9.650 saw. Mitchell hits another clean beam routine for Kentucky – very deliberate, no wobbles.

I’d also like to commend Ohio State and Kentucky for their efficient meet conduction. We’re just 50 minutes past the scheduled start time and already well into the third rotation. Tanella on floor does a little improvised half stumble dance to keep herself in bounds on the second pass. As she was going, it looked for sure like she would go out, but she kept it in. Otherwise a strong routine.

Hires now on floor. She looks much more competent in this routine than she did at the beginning of the season. Hits the double tuck dismount. Harrison on beam for Kentucky takes a wobble on her full turn but her layout is excellent and she sticks the 1.5. 
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In Florida, Hunter takes a fdall on bars, but the rotation is saved by 9.950s from Sloan and Macko for 49.575. No one else scored under 9.875.
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Rogers on floor now, just got her double arabian around with a step back. There are fire alarm sound effects in this music. Disqualified. 1.5 + layout is strong. She’s at her best when she’s displaying flexibility in this routine. Will this stay? I’m not there. 9.675.

Jay is low on her tuck full and takes a step forward. This is not the floor performance we saw last weekend, that’s for sure. Fine double tuck but not her strongest routine.
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Alabama went 49.325 on vault, which is fine but is not keeping pace with Florida. Encouraginingly, Gutierrez went 9.950. They’ve needed her to get the landing together, but the 9.775 from Sledge and the 9.825 from Milliner are uncharacteristically low. They can do much better and will need to. Alabama still on 197 pace, though.
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Couch finishes on floor for Georgia. I am a Jedi! I am a Jedi! It’s all I can think of. They desperately need a hit to erase that 9.675 from Rogers. They’re already counting a 9.725. Most complete routine of the group, just missing the landing position on the dismount and having the usual legs on the mount. They really took for those things, apparently. 9.725. I wish I were listenting to the audio broadcast to hear what Kevin and Cassidy think of that. Cunningham does beam exo for Kentucky, and if she’s consistent this should be in the lineup.

Georgia with just a 48.950 on floor, which takes a 197 essentially out of the picture. High 196s is still realistic, though, which all these teams will be fine with for a road score.
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Michigan went 49.250 on floor, led by a 9.925 from Sampson and a 9.875 from Beilstein. If they hit beam, this should easily be a 197+ road score.

Florida begins well on beam with a 9.825 from Spicer and a 9.875 from Stageberg. That’s before the big guns. Still on 198 pace but only just. It will be tough to get there but I’m not doubting it.

LSU didn’t have to count a fall from Jordan and got a 49.100 on bars. They’ll take that, no question. 9.850s from Morrison, Courville, and Dickson. Ranzy in over Hall is a good choice.
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Cheek leads off beam for Georgia. They need a hit from her this week after the fall last week. Pretty big bend in the loso but hangs on, another big wobble on the side aerial, she still looks very tentative but she hit it. Phipps on floor for Kentucky, performs a double back, front full + layout, front 1.5. Solid start but things to take, especially if the likes of Couch and Earls were low for fine-ish routines, this meet is still looking very high-195 for Kentucky.

Persinger is strong through the loso,big wobble on her front toss, she gets good lift into her dance elements which can be rare. Larger hop on 1.5 dismount. Gross bounces well OOB on her double pike second pass.

Couch third on beam, bigger wobble on loso series, all three have had a hips wobble so far in their routines, legs on her dismount combo but good landing on the double full. I’m interested to see how they score some of the legs on these skills after the 9.725 on floor. Hedges has more power than the other Kentucky tumblers so far, but these landings could use more control.

Rogers on beam now, after the first three routines have been in the 9.7s – bhs 3/4 is great, L turn could have been more steady, huge wobble on bhs 1/1 and comes off the beam. Bad start for Georgia on the final event. Great dismoutn series but she was nowhere on that bhs 1/1. Ooh, Val would be destroying her for her poopy face after that routine.

We’ve learned the last few weeks that Kentucky beam scoring is not willing to forgive issues that other places are, particularly those entended legs on both dance elements and back handsprings. I would LOVE for beam at Nationals to be judged with exactly these standards.

Shayla beam in a must-hit, good sheep jump, falls on her loso series. Oh dear, Georgia and Shayla. They are all off on these series landings, but they don’t appear off in the air, at least from this angle. Devastating to give away the score they could have had from this meet.
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Kytra is having a rough day. 9.400 on beam, but Florida is able to drop it again for 49.400 after a 9.925 from Macko and 9.900 from Sloan. Sloan and Macko are owning the AA today. I would love to see a major fight in the AA at Nationals between Kytra, Sloan, and Zam. Hopefully they’re all in the same rotation. Alabama was very strong on floor with 9.900s from Guti and Jacob, but they still lost more ground to Florida. Although, 197 finally looks a strong possibility.
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Earls hits the best series of the Georgia beam rotation, good side aerial to side, step on the double back. I take back any criticism I made about her anchoring beam. She proved she’s the right choice, but Georgia will not accept this score after the otherwise disastrous beam rotation. Can Kentucky muster the win. Hartley is being a pirate, a pirate, oh yes a pirate she on the floor. Very good hit from the last two routines, but it may not be enough to pass Georgia. They do have a 9.600 they can drop, though. Kentucky needs 9.850 for the win, 9.825 for the tie. She could actually do it. If the last one got 9.900. 9.800 for Hartley, and Kentucky just misses the win. That’s a shame.

Final Score: Georgia 195.825, Kentucky 195.775
I thought floor was a bit harsh, but Georgia was messy messy on that beam rotation, bends and flops and falls. This was a step back after a step forward last weekend. 

Michigan had a surprising fall from Sampson on beam after she has been so strong this season, but they have 9.750s from Miele and Zurales to fall back on for a 49.050. Casanova had the highest beam score, and it’s important that she’s in the rotation. She can stay. Big routines from Sampson and Zurales would have put Michigan over 197, but a 196.925 is fine. Ohio State finishes with a characteristically large home floor score of 49.200 for a final total of 196.250, which will help the ranking.
Final Score: Michigan 196.925, Ohio State 196.250

Oklahoma gets a 49.400 on bars, led by 9.925 from Brewer and 9.900s from Clark and Kmieciak. We know the freshmen would help on vault and floor, but this could really be something if they’re leading on bars as well. Neither stood out there in JO, so give the Oklahoma staff credit for creating a bars rotation from a group of largely unheralded bars workers.

The LSU/Missouri scores are stuck in a time hole, apparently, but they have indeed moved to the third rotation.

Maryland had a reee-ough time on the beam, so don’t expect them to keep up this high ranking after this week. 

Oklahoma is not satisfied letting Florida be the big scoring team so far this year. The Sooners count no score under 9.875 on vault for a 49.450 – just under 198 pace, but expect this score to go over the usual 197.3 at this point. Kmieiciak wins vault with a 9.925. Oklahoma will have an RQS after this meet, and it will be monstrous.

Speaking of RQS, Georgia has no completed its meet and becomes the first team to receive an RQS, which currently stands at 196.370, counting that score from today as the third road score.
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P.S. Ashanee gets a 9.975 on floor. Florida is in need of some 9.9s from the last two floor workers (of course possible) and that 198 is in reach. Alabama is still not quite there on beam yet with three 9.7s to start the rotation. Work to do for the final two for them if 197 is to happen. Scores on the line in the final two routines for both teams, but Florida has the win well in hand.

Sloan snatches the AA title at this meet with a 39.675 over Dickerson’s 39.650.

King hits for 9.950, Jacob hits for 9.875. Florida needs a 9.850 to reach the goal, Alabama comes up just short again with a 196.850. Fine score but not something they will be satisfied with. It’s now starting to stop being OK for the very best teams to put up hit rotations under 49.200. If you’re going 49.000, you need to be counting a mistake, but there are a lot of rotations from big teams that are not yet living up to this level.

Hunter goes 9.950, Florida goes 49.650 on floor and 198.100 for the meet. UCLA had a 198 last year, but before that it had been quite a while. This is a combination of the scoring going higher this year, the scoring always being high at Florida, and Florida having an offensively talented team.

Final Score: Florida 198.100, Alabama 196.850

Over in Auburn, the Tigers started well on vault but lost the advantage after bars. Arkansas is keeping this solid, low 49s pace consistent. I’ve barely seen anything of Arkansas this year, so I’ll check in on at least a rotation of that meet. Arkansas had Zumwalde start witha 9.725 on floor followed by a competent routine from Elswick.

I believe this is Dillard up third for Arkansas, but I have no sound. Stumbles a little out of a front 1.5 mount. Otherwise it’s a workable routine – not a ton of height in the tumbling from these first few.

Thanks for the heads-up from the commenter who noted that Georgia and Kentucky are now officially tied at 195.825. And to the person who noted that Hall got a 10 on floor – one of those matter-of-time scores, but it seems like it has been a LONG time since we’ve had a 10 on floor. I’m a bit surprised it happened away, but not at the same time since her floor routine is usually better away from LSU.

Guy takes a fall for Auburn on beam, but Lewis opens on floor with a very nice double arabian and by far the strongest floor routine for Arkansas. Walker hits beam for Auburn. One more to go to not have to count a fall.

Borsellino on floor for Arkansas, another strong double arabian. They have three strong routines to end this rotation, but those early 9.7s hurt the potential for big scores. In another year, Lewis and Boresellino would be early-mid lineup instead of some of the majorly relied-upon routines.

Atkinson takes a minor wobble on her loso series but saves it, near stick on the double pike with a step back. She is a big factor, if not the biggest factor, in Auburn’s contention for a Nationals place this year.

Grable finishes on floor for Arkansas (I was about to write “Pisani” . . . oh, how we all wish), cowboys her double arabian and bounces way out of bounds. That’s a shame. They could have gone over 49 again, second pass is brilliant, hands down on the double pike dismount. What happened there? Auburn makes up a little ground, and we’re tied after three rotations at 147.225.
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Oklahoma got big scores at the end of the floor rotation from Olson and Scaman to save it and avoid counting a 9.650 from Brewer. Oklahoma is still on mid-197 pace if we assume the usual big beam rotation. This should be the highest score of the year for them, but they will lose pace to Florida anyway.
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Fall from Arkansas in the first position on beam. They were on track through the first two rotations, but now this is getting rough. Opportunity for Auburn to snatch an occasionally rare conferene win if Arkansas can’t recover.

Auburn’s first on floor completely missed her punch for the punch front middle pass and did amazingly well to stay on her feet somehow, but it will be a major blow in the score.

Freier is second on beam for Arkansas, great line, strong side aerial, a little floppy in the legs on her series, she is nowhere close and comes off, just like the wheels for Arkansas. Oh, it’s just not their year.

Speaking of teams having a much better year, Oklahoma gets a 9.925 from Alexander on beam in the second position. These rankings are the way they are for a reason, and the top 5 teams are separating from the pack. LSU can make a gain after this week, though, with Georgia’s beamtastrophe.

197.250 is a huge score for LSU, superseding Georgia as the other team of the moment after Georgia got that 197.500 last week.

Auburn is looking very much like a 196 that will easily defeat Arkansas. Grable finishing for Arkansas on beam with a hit, a good showing after a floor disaster for her.

Taylor Spears gets a 9.975 on beam for Oklahoma (their second beam 9.975 this season), and Oklahoma goes 197.625 for by far their best score of the season. Only Florida has managed to score higher. When was the last time Oklahoma scored that high?

Guy finishes up the win for Auburn on floor, Arkansas finishes with 195.650 and Auburn will surpass 196 yet again.Watch out for that ranking because it continues to skyrocket.