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All the Friday Meets – Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU

Friday – 1/10/14
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [15] Penn State, West Virginia, Ball State @ [21] Kentucky (Scores) (Video-all access)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [16] Illinois @ Michigan State (Scores)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [24] Maryland @ Central Michigan (Scores)
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [7] Michigan, Illinois State @ Iowa State (Scores)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [8] Georgia @ [3] Oklahoma (Scores)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Centenary @ [5] LSU (Scores)
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Western Michigan, Bridgeport @ [11] Arkansas
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Texas Woman’s @ [13] Auburn (Scores) (Video-all access)
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – Missouri @ [2] Alabama (Video-free now)

Acting!

I’m all live blog giddy. Five of the top 10 teams are in action today. Meets begin from 7:00 ET/4:00 PT, including the Kentucky meet which is available on all-access, so check back starting then for all the commentary you can handle.


As we wait, who do you have pegged for the high score of the weekend? Alabama, Oklahoma, and LSU are at home, but we can also expect scores to fly at UCLA tomorrow, so Florida should be in there as a strong nominee.

In happy news already, it looks like some of the teams that used to have ramshackle old self-created live scores have gotten with the program this year. Oklahoma’s scores have taken a step up, and LSU appears like they may have finally gotten rid of that geocities page from 1996 where the live scores used to be. I admit, I’m a little sad about that. It was updated quickly, I’ll give it that.

Intros underway in Kentucky. All 3 Penn State gymnasts gave a nice wave. It’s tough to cover a quad meet with just the regular stadium setup, so I’m not expecting to see all that many of the routines from the other teams, but we’ll watch to see if Penn State can get more than one 9.8 today.

Kentucky had a couple fairly strong vaults at the back of the rotation last year, but I remember the problem being the first two spots. They were always counting at least one less than desirable score, which brought the rotation down. 

Georgia and Oklahoma lineups are out. Broussard and Johnson in on vault for Georgia. EEEnteresting. Capps on three events for Oklahoma, Wofford on one, no Charity Jones. Correction: Cheek is doing beam, not floor, which makes total sense.

Kentucky gets bonus points for opening with a front handspring front vault, fine front pike, a little short with a step back. Second vaults has nice distance on a yfull but piked, very very low landing, step, so it won’t be a big score at all. Similar story for the third vaulter, so they’ll be counting at least one quite low score. Back half of the Kentucky lineup is getting much stronger, should be in the 9.7s, so a step up much like how last year looked.That’s Cunningham last up, right? Very nice near stick, small step back and a little pike in the air, but she should be in the 9.8s if the one previous was a 9.775.

Kentucky opens with a 48.600, while Penn State is getting 9.6s and 9.7s on bars again. Elsewhere, Michigan State will have the lead on Illinois after one rotation with a 48.800 on vault. Illinois will be counting a 9.400 on bars. It’s going to be a long season without Weinstein.

So, we’ll only be getting video of Kentucky routines, unsurprisingly. Penn State gets two 9.800s on bars for a 48.750. Progress! The world is changing!

A bit of a lull in the action right now. See, this is why Alabama needs to begin meets an hour earlier. Then we could pay attention to that instead of the pulsating Kentucky logo. Then there was a bird chirping for no reason, and I don’t know what’s happening. We’ve entered the gymnastics insanity vortex again. God, how long has Taylor Swift been 22? You’re like 40 now. How long is this rotation break? I’m almost done with you, Kentucky. This is a warning.

Looks like the Michigan/Iowa State meet is getting underway. Reports from anyone with a subscription to Iowa State are welcome. Nope, false start on the scores there.

Michigan gets a 9.875 on bars from Gies early (yay for my fantasy team!) and will look to drop the 9.675 from Miele (boo for my fantasy team!) and will be counting a 9.750 from Sheppard (boo for my fantasy team!) (I have a LOT of Michigan gymnasts!)

It started so well for Michigan, but Sampson now gets a 9.750 (Joanna Sampson! What is this nonsense?) We’re getting more of the teams on the Kentucky stream now, and it appears Penn State just stuck a beam dismount, but apparently that was the one jewel amongst a problem rotation so far.  

I’m just going to say it: people need to stop using gun sound effects in their floor routines. No one is impressed, West Virginia.

Natalie Beilstein’s anchor 9.9 saves the bars rotation (how much money would you have bet against that sentence ever happening when she was a freshman?) for a 49.050 for Michigan. It’s OK for the first meet, and we can certainly expect that Sampson’s 9.700 was an anomaly. The score should be several tenths higher in future meets without a leap of logic.

Dear Lady Playing With Her Earring In Horrified Anxiety During Penn State’s Beam Rotation,

I agree.

Love, The Balance Beam Situation.

Also a quick note that Beilstein’s 9.900 on bars was the first 9.9 score of the season. Milestone!

Kentucky is getting through the bars rotation with a couple 9.8s, which may be enough to win this meet at this point, and will be leading after two rotations with a 97.375. Penn State’s final score on beam was a 47.825. Ouchie.

We’re getting close to the starts for LSU and Oklahoma/Georgia, so remember to get those scores open. Courville and Jordan will be in the AA for LSU, as expected.

Georgia already has a 9.900 from Lindsay Cheek on bars, while Oklahoma has a 9.950 from Scaman on vault and a 9.900 from Kmieciak. Hello, scores! Really hope we get to see these routines later. Remember 30 seconds ago when we were impressed that we saw our first 9.9? Yeah, now there are like a million. And Jessie Jordan has one on vault for LSU. 

When I was doing some of the season previews, I was concerned that perhaps I was overstating things on the 49.500 front and how many teams were realistically going to get regular 49.5s this year. Well, I wasn’t. Oklahoma goes 49.475 on vault, including three scores over 9.9. This is 2014.

Chelsea Davis and Lindsay Cheek both get 9.900s for Georgia, so we still have a meet after the Gymdogs go 49.250 on bars, but Oklahoma has already opened up a lead.

In other meets, Michigan is hovering around 9.8 on beam (how very 2013 of them) and LSU is knocking it out on vault, as expected. Though perhaps the live scores have stalled there.

I was going to check in on Auburn’s vault because that stream is available, but I of course forgot. There’s just too much going on! But I did get there in time to see Bri Guy nail a vault with a hop in place. 9.900.

LSU gets a 49.425 on vault to give Oklahoma a fair run early on. Morrison goes 9.925, Jordan 9.900, Courville 9.875, Ranzy 9.875.

Would tell you about Caitlin Atkinson’s vault but she was eclipsed by a coach. Coaches! Don’t you know we’re supposed to be able to see! A little legs on her block and a step to the side, but otherwise strong on her 1.5. 

Hello, Oklahoma. Kmieciak opens on bars with another 9.900, while Georgia starts vault with two 9.750s, including a career opener for Broussard. Remember what I said about Oklahoma being better than Georgia on vault being key? So that seems like it’s happening.

Michigan goes 48.900 on beam, led by a couple 9.825s. This is kind of what we thought would happen on this event. Auburn gets a 49.100 on vault after Atkinson gets a 9.875.

Things are getting better on vault for Georgia with a 9.850 for Hires and a 9.900 for Jay. They should manage to still be in it, within fall range, after two events, but it’s looking like Oklahoma should take the victory if everything continues as it is. Oh, just a 9.800 for Taylor Spears on bars for Oklahoma, which is low for her.

Georgia gets a 49.250 on vault, so just because they’ll be a couple tenths behind OU, let’s not ignore that these are very good scores for this team right now. On 197.000 pace, but of course floor will be the make or break event for the Gymdogs.

It’s getting near time to shift the major attention to Alabama, but Alabama meets always start late, so no rush. There’s still a lady in a tiara singing the national anthem, which I believe is the state bird of Alabama.

Erica Brewer wins bars with a 9.925, so Oklahoma adds another tenth to the lead. 98.825-98.500 at halfway.

Alabama vs. Missouri
The bar has been set high on vault already with two teams breaking 49.400, so let’s compare where the Alabama landings are. But first, more dance cams!

Rotation 1 – Alabama – Vault,  Missouri – Bars

Jacob – VT – big leg break on her block, step back. Fair distance.
Ellmore – UB – sorry, I was too distracted by these cough and kiss sounds. What is this? A struggle on the dismount.
DeMeo – VT – announced as Katie Bailey. No. Nice body form, pretty large step back, and a slight pike in the air on replay, but legs so firmly together.
Conckle – UB – falls on a gienger, was going to get dinged for handstands before that anyway. Pretty nice DLO in the air, step forward.
Bailey – VT – Clean Yhalf, and good distance on it, large step forward

Missed the comment that said Kayla Williams had been injured until now. Let’s hope it’s of the minor variety, but that would be a major blow to the team. Shame.

Trevino – UB – much stronger than the first two. Pretty clean overall.
Clark – VT – In general her usual Yfull, a little more piked at the end than she usually shows later in the season and a step back, so the score won’t be big, but good height as usual.
Eubank – UB – good piked jaeger, misses last handstand but holds onto the stick on the double front.
Beers – VT – Tries to hold onto her landing on the Yfull but has a little shifty stumble that ended up being about three steps, so the judges have a justification to be harsher on that vault than they might be otherwise. Powerful and clean otherwise, though.

OK, I have no idea what the hell these kiss and cough sounds are, but they’re the worst things I have ever heard. Alabama? Pull it together. They appear to have stopped now. Beyonce scared them away.

Missouri still has bits and pieces of uncleanliness on these later bars routines, of course, but this looks much better than last year. New bars coach in John Carney, and his influence is already evident.

Milliner – VT – Great 1.5 overall, tries to hang onto the stick and does a little bend and swim action, but still excellent. Sims follows with an exhibition that could come into the lineup. Looked a bit cleaner than last season, step back but great flight.

Ashley Sledge is with some fans in the crowd. Can she be with some bars in the lineup, instead?

Alabama goes 49.300 on vault, which is a big score, a touch high in places (but like .025 high), but otherwise fairly realistic, and they can vault much, much better than this. Missouri at 48.850 on bars, which is solid for them.

Let’s check in at the other meets around the country. Georgia regresses a bit on floor for 49.025, which was expected. Counting a couple 9.7s, led by a 9.850 from Hires. Oklahoma has now established a pretty large lead after a 49.375 on beam, including three 9.925s. No holding back with the scores in the first meet in Norman. They drop a 9.750 from Capps.

LSU got a 49.125 on bars, led by another 9.925 from Morrison and a 9.875 from Ranzy. Shae Zamardi did get in after all after not appearing at the exhibition, but she scored a 9.225. No Randii Wyrick. Do we know what the deal is with her?

Michigan scored 49.375 on floor, which is no surprise given how they looked in preseason. Artz has a 9.900 and Sampson a 9.925. No routine from Sheppard. Why did I put her in my floor 8 for fantasy gym this week? You’ll have to ask my addled brain. 

Rotation 2 – Alabama on bars, Missouri on vault

Moment of truth for Alabama.

Demeo – UB – Jaeger was good, looked short on her bail handstand, as well as her final handstand, clean DLO with a very small hop forward.
Missouri VT – nice distance, less height than Alabama’s vaulters, large step back.
Bailey – UB -nice high jaeger, clean lines, sticks her double back, very important addition to this lineup. She’s like the new Alexin, sticking a double back in the second position.
Kappler – VT – yfull, low on landing with a step, but OK.
Sims – UB – good first handstand, a tad late on her full turn, good last handstand, similar to Bailey but a couple small steps on her double front.
Kerr – VT – yhalf with a hop forward
Jacob – UB – big ray to open, hits bail cleanly, some of the same handstand issues we saw last year, but the girl can stick a DLO.  Score is 9.925, which is too high.
Updike – VT – now that’s a vault. Best distance on the team with her yfull, does land with a bit of a low chest and a hop, so the score won’t be huge, but it’s a strong vault.
Jetter – UB – good first handstand, hits tkatchev, solid bail, misses last handstand, but sticks double front, good routine. That will help this lineup. She can get cleaner, but they needed her to be a major contributor here and it looks like she will be.  
Missouri finishes with Ellmore who has just a layout Y, so they’ll focus on the first five vaulters.
Clark – UB – interesting that she is anchoring this year. Clean shaposh and hit bail, not doing a same-bar release but sticks her DLO.

The scores are going too high for the quality of this Alabama bars rotation, but I think we’re seeing the potential people who will fill in to those big holes. The routines from Bailey and Sims are not big, but they can be clean set-up scores. It’s a bars lineup with a very different identity, though, without Sledge and Priess.

It’s a 49.375 for Alabama, but just a 48.225 for Missouri on vault.

LSU received a 49.250 on beam because of 9.925s for Courville and Jordan. They do help a lot. They’re the kind of gymnasts who can cover up a rotation’s quality. With a big floor, as is always possible, LSU can go 197 at this meet.

Michigan is looking like they’ll go mid-196s, and Oklahoma is trying to work against a fall from Albright on floor, and a 9.900 from Capps helps. Georgia is still staying in mid-196 territory on beam. Broussard’s 9.850 is a major addition.

Rotation 3 – Alabama on beam, Missouri on floor 

Milliner – BB – looking clean to open, strong loso series and confident full turn, front toss is right on and double full is hit with perhaps a slight foot adjustment. Good start.

Heimsath – FX – low amp on a double big with a stumble back, 1.5 to layout, and a double back.

Demeo – BB -walkover, does well to avoid a small wobble there, stays solid, and on her layout two feet does well to stay on the beam, made an adjustment but she had 3/4 of a foot off the beam there. Switch split is glorious, crunched knees on her double pike dismount but just the one step forward.

Kappler – FX – crazy legs on the front layout on her opening pass (wider than shoulder width is crazy legs, less than shoulder width is wonky legs. These are the technical terms), You know that thing where your floor music is like a DVD player burning in a trash can during a rave? Yeah.

Aja Sims – BB – interested to see her debut on her best event, looking good so far, but loses a million points for being another gymnast using “this girl is on fire.” Just a gainer dismount but nice splits and a clean routine.

OK, so Oklahoma has started the season with a 197.700. We’ll be revisiting the conversation about aggressively rising scores in NCAA when this weekend is over. I can’t wait to see these routines to evaluate how well they match up reality.

Bailey – BB – lovely L turn, this team is not giving away very many wobbles at all except for DeMeo, near stick or stick on the double full.

Ellmore – FX – lands low on her rudi in her dismount, as a couple of the Missouri gymnasts have done. A lot of staggered landings in this lineup with chests down.

Clark – BB – strong switch split to open, hits loso series, front toss is hit, wolf 3/4, one step back on a high 1.5 dismount. Just small issues in these routines, but they look good as a group.

Jacob – BB – As expected, she is anchoring this season, great straddle, just a small foot raise on a two layouts series but otherwise strong. Her barani is her barani. Same every time, so solid. small hop in place on the 1.5. Very nice.

Trevino – FX – lands very short on her double back with a lunge forward, straddle elements look fine, Casey Jo sighting on the corner of the floor, same rudi problems as the rest of the team, hunched over with a stumble.

JetJet doing an exhibition on beam – “That popa is out!” She looks like another possibility, which is a nice option for the team because I considered her more on bars and floor. Not quite as crisp as the people in the lineup, so she may not break in, but there would be no problem using it.

It’s funny that the scores were so much lower on beam than on bars because I was happier with the beam rotation for Alabama than the bars rotation. Yes, there were areas to improve, but they looked on for the most part. Sticking the dismounts will help bump the scores up. Maybe I was just in a more charitable mood during this rotation. 49.075 for Alabama on beam.

Some final scores to do now:
Oklahoma 197.700, Georgia 196.500
Michigan 196.525, Iowa State 194.600, Illinois State 187.400
LSU 197.200, Centenary 181.575

Courville wins the AA with a 39.600, getting a 9.950 on floor. Hall with just a 9.825 on floor. Hmm. Did she get a score that low all of last year? Nice debut for Gnat with a 9.875 there as well.

In Oklahoma, the Sooners went 49.500 on floor to finish with 9.9s from Scaman, Spears, and Capps. In all, Oklahoma recorded 11 9.9s in the meet to Georgia’s 4. Brittany Rogers recorded the highest Georgia score on beam with a 9.875.

Rotation 4
Are you telling me I missed the start of DeMeo’s floor routine? Boo. Goes OOB on her 2.5 dismount. 9.675

Kappler – BB – wobble on her two layouts but doesn’t give away much, big break on switch side (?) and nearly comes off the beam, gainer full dismount.

Beers – FX – very high double back to mount, and follows it up with a layout to layout full, familiar movie score music but I can’t place it, she gets great height on her passes, perhaps a little low in the chest on double pike dismount, though.

Sander – BB – has to take a major wobble on her side aerial and a step forward on the 1.5 dismount. Small adjustments on most skills will bring her score down.

Sims – FX – front tuck to double back is very clean and finishes well in front of the corner of the floor, hangs on to the front tuck on her second pass but is very low and almost sat it down, doofus behind the floor needs to stop dancing, pretty clean double pike mount to finish. Potential here but the middle pass will destroy her score.

McGill – BB – does a press handstand into her layouts series, which is a nice look, but her chest is basically under the beam on those layouts, big break on her double stag, gainer full dismount.

Bailey – FX – double arabian was short with a large step back, she usually does it better than that, front layout to front layout full as a middle pass, switch split and split half look fine, rudi dismount is landed well. Fine potential here.

Conkle – BB – good height on her switch split – she got up there, cleanest legs on the team so far as well on her layout stepout series, she should take them out of the 9.5s finally, rudi dismount with a hop. Or not. 9.550 for this one as well.

Jacob – FX – solid on the pike full in, compact double pike, hits her straddles, comes very close to OOB on her 1.5 to front full dismount but stays in, best routine of the rotation by far. 9.925.

Updike – BB – a little uncertain on that walkover but doesn’t wobble, hits layout series, wobble on a split jump, and a big break trying to do her dance combination over again, L turn is good, small shuffle on gainer full.

Milliner – FX – Don’t you think she should be wearing a hat during her floor routine (WORD HUMOR!), double arabian is pretty strong but she’s done better, a little short like Bailey’s, also does a layout + layout full as her middle pass, double pike dismount. Music choice. 9.950.

Jetter is also coming in to exo on floor. Mounts with a double back, opening split full looked a little short of split, 1.5 + front full middle, 1.5 to layout as a dismount. Like beam, it’s definitely a possibility should they need it, but doesn’t necessarily scream lineup.

FINAL: Alabama 197.150, Missouri 193.425 
It’s a strong first meet for Alabama. I actually expected them to look a little more ragged than they did. Of course, the story will be Kayla Williams and whatever happened in warmups, but the lineups didn’t look like they were necessarily lacking anything without her. When was the last time Alabama got a 197 in the first meet? It has been centuries. Vault and floor still look like they need time, in spite of the scores, but it’s a perfectly acceptable start to the year. That makes three teams breaking 197 on the first day.

That’s all for me. Come back tomorrow at 10:00 ET/7:00 PT for UCLA and Florida. 

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Super Six Live Blog

It’s a little wistful, isn’t it? The end of another season. But of course, we still have the little business of the team title to take care of before it’s all over. The meet will begin at 7 ET, 4 PT.

Officially banned today are any discussions of “wanting it more,” “heart,” or “guts.” You won because you wanted it more? Good thing that none of the other teams wanted to win, then. They didn’t care, but you, you wanted it. Give me a break.

In terms of scoring, my hope is that the judges recover from their overvaluing of landings during the second half of the second semifinal yesterday. If you had a complaint about the scoring from that part of the meet, it was because sticks (and lack thereof) dictated the entire score. Note that the judges will switch events and will not judge the same events they did yesterday. Vault and floor switch and bars and beam switch. 

Oklahoma’s twitter again provides us with the lineups for today. Shisler is in for Wang on floor, so that could become a big rotation. Oklahoma has shifted the beam lineup.  

Florida enters as the favorite. We haven’t had a true, clear favorite of this level since probably UCLA in 2010. I do believe this is in Florida’s hands, but nothing has been decided yet. If Alabama and Oklahoma pull things up from their lackluster semifinals performances, they can challenge a slightly missing Florida.

The rotation order is as follows:
Oklahoma (vault)
LSU (bye before bars)
UCLA (bars)
Florida (beam)
Alabama (bye before floor)
Georgia (floor)

Live scores
Today’s score sheet.

Oklahoma wins the draw by having Olympic order, but I never like when teams start on an event where they really need a scoring boost. One of the crucial factors in Oklahoma’s contention for the title will be scoring at least close to Florida and Alabama on vault. A tight start on the first event could give away three or four important tenths.

This is similar to the concern I have for LSU. This rotation order has been largely celebrated by Tigers fans because they end on their two best events, but that’s the problem. Yes, I expect them to perform very well on vault and floor and record big scores, but that was probably going to happen anyway regardless of rotation order. LSU excelled on bars yesterday finishing on the event, performing their cleanest, most relaxed bars rotation of the season. They cannot afford the telltale signs of tightness like short handstands and early release on dismounts this time, which are always more likely to occur in the first rotation of a big meet. LSU has to put together positive (49.250+) bars and beam rotations to be in this.

I don’t have a problem with Florida opening on beam or Alabama opening on floor. Starting on floor is never a great rotation, but this Alabama team should be able to deal with that comfortably. It’s better for them than starting bars or beam. Florida’s rotation order does give a few flashbacks to the 2011 semifinals disaster when starting on beam, but once again, it shouldn’t be an issue this year as long as they get through Spicer. I anticipate her performing much more calmly today. 
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In the first rotation, we’ll know if UCLA is in it. The Bruins cannot afford another bars rotation like yesterday with all those issues. They were lucky to get a 9.825 out of MDLT’s extra swing routine. Georgia also can’t afford to give anything away on floor. Worley and Jay need 9.9s today, otherwise Florida and Alabama will blow by. 

The video is now available on espn3.com, telling us to stand by. Oh, we’re standing. Don’t worry.

I just hope this meet is close. In yesterday’s first rotation, we still had the AA and EF standings to keep the final rotations interesting, but today the only focus is the team competition. If Florida any team runs away with it, we’ll all be dragging to the finish. 

Don’t be alarmed if the feed doesn’t begin right on time. In my experience with espn3, it never begins on time. Ooooh, right on time today. Good start, everyone. You’re exceeding expectations. Make the gymnasts follow your lead.

Not a bad crowd today. Good job, UCLA. Where is Suzanne?
Jay just had a rough double pike landing in warmup in the background.

Kathy says UCLA’s biggest asset is their spirit. Ouch. Kiss of death. The biggest asset is spirit only when there aren’t any other assets. But yes, it will be very difficult for UCLA to contend today. Still, they could stay close if they mimic yesterday and get Zamarripa hitting.

Rotation 1:
Mooring on vault to open – good yhalf, comes in a little short and steps back. Probably needed a stick from her, but they do have a big 9.850 from Spears in the first position.

Wong on bars, very short first hs, nice jaeger, two big missed handstands will kill the score. Slightly better landing than yesterday but still short with a hop.

Sloan on beam, love the way she moves, perfect loso, clean full turn, good aerial to bhs, not budging at all on these skills, small correction on side aerial, brilliant 2/1 dismount stuck. Awesome routine. 9.950. Deserved. But the judge who went 10 clearly missed that one balance check.  

No one has recorded any low scores so far, expect things to go high today based on what we have seen. A 9.800 from Earls was a little low on floor for what they needed. Persinger now, nice double back,very secure double pike, good rudi. Clean routine but I wonder if it will be the score they need. 

Oklahoma has two 9.850s bit need something big from Scaman, big step on her 1.5. Not the start Oklahoma needed. They have given tenths away.

Hunter on beam, WOW, way short on her loso series and comes off. Shocked by that.They had a fall from Ashanee and now one from Hunter. This is wide open, people. Everything has just changed.Has Florida given it away again? The power of the expectation.

Courtney looking clean so far on bars, sticks her tuck full. Much better routine than yesterday. One of her best of the year if not the best from her.

Macko looking devastated waiting on the beam. They cannot assume they are out of this yet, but . . .  
Good loso for her, aerial to swingdown is strong, good leaps, hit routine. Nice focus to stay in it for her.

Couch on floor, every team has some hope now. Shayla fell on floor already, so this is huge. She doesn’t quite have it on the pike full yet (lack of training) but the landing was still secure. Good hit. Pressure on Jay now.

UCLA gets a 49.375 on bars, huge improvement over yesterday. Zamarripa was nearly perfect. Surprised that didn’t go up to 9.950 from everyone. We see Olson’s uncontrolled 9.750 on vault.

King on beam. Beautiful layout to two feet, small correction on the full turn. They can still salvage a high 48, stick or near-stick on the double full.

Jay on floor, a little low on her full out landing, the double back is key after her locked landing in warmups, she had a nice middle pass going into she went OOB. Can’t afford that because the score will count. Went to the double tuck or the dismount, good.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Everything’s going to change now isn’t it? Alabama has become the favorite now.

UCLA is the only team that showed up in that first rotation, huge improvement on bars. They must do the same thing on beam now, though. Which will be harder.

After 1: UCLA 49.375, Oklahoma 49.125, Georgia, 49.050, Florida 48.875.
Obviously it is imperative that Florida go 49.500 on every remaining event to have a shot. Those are underperformances from Oklahoma and Georgia but given what we’ve seen so far, may not be the end of the world. Let’s wait. The Bruins are the only team that improved from yesterday.

Alabama and LSU will be obsessed with the opportunity given to them right now. If Alabama can repeat yesterday’s floor performance, they will be the position of control.
Sarah Patterson already broke the rule by saying, “Sometimes it’s about heart.” Can we make that a deduction?

Rotation 2:
Ranyz on bars, better handstands than early in the year. Her dismount is too open to be a pike-open-pike and too closed to be a DLO. Hop forward on landing.

Baer on beam, shifts the arms to hold the side somi without a wobble, secure straddle 3/4, basically sticks the landing but steps to slaute. Better than yesterday. Don’t see the 9.750 that got from two judges. I would have gone 9.800-9.850.

Davis on vault, best distance of the season for her, some piking, great stick. Couch had a poor landing to follow. That will need to be dropped.

Frost on floor, good DLO, sturdy hit for her. Hires on vault now, lands a little farther over than her usual but it worked to get the stick this time. 

Courville on bars now, good firs thandstand, hits jaeger, leg break on the bail hs, a little tight in that final hs, hangs onto the stick.

Cheek on vault, brilliant yfull in the air, has to raise a foot to hold onto the stick, that’s worse than a step because of all the balancing.

Wyrick on bars, getting her handstands again like yesterday, hop-stick-salutes her dismount, but that was closer to yesterday than what we saw most of the season.

DeMeo on floor, it would be a lot easier to like this routine if she didn’t use the world’s worst song at the beginning. Huge lack of control on her double arabian, big lunge forward. They will probably be fine with dropping this, though. Otherwise strong.

Zam on beam, beauty of a full turn as always, huge wobble on the onodi. She had it yesterday but not today again. She’s following a fall from Courtney, so again it is vital that she and Francis keep UCLA alive. It won’t be big because of the onodi. Good 2/1 dismount.

Morrison on bars for LSU, I’d like more amplitude on her jaeger, misses her last handstand, step back on dismount. Not as strong as yesterday and probably won’t go into the 9.9s.

Now we’re seeing the mistake from Courtney. Hands to the beam on the acro series. She is not a beamer and has been forced into this because of injury.

DeMeo apparently got a 9.875 on floor, which I hope is a misprint because it is a ridiculous overscore if it’s real. She flew out of her double arabian. 

Milliner crazy sticks her double arabian, Alabama doesn’t even need this routine to be in control of the meet, but she’s hitting extremely well, bounces out of the double pike dismount but otherwise nice.

Francis on beam, wobbles just moving at the beginning, wobble again on splits, very nervous start, which is a little unexpected, everything else was flawless. Still manages a 9.850, which the team desperately needed. 

After 2: UCLA 98.550, Georgia 98.250, Alabama 49.500, LSU 49.200, Oklahoma 49.125, Florida 48.875

UCLA improved on beam from yesterday, but probably needed to be two tenths better. They really missed Mattie today. Imagine that lineup with Larson, Peszek, and Lee in it. Mmmmm.
Sarah Patterson is literally rubbing her hands together in glee. I didn’t know people did that in real life.

Alabama gets a big 49.500 on floor. It was a great rotation but will be marred by the ridiculous overscore to DeMeo. They are in control and can solidify that with stuck vaults for 49.500 again. LSU was fine on bars for 49.200, but the score is much lower than yesterday as a combination of weaker landings/handstands and the scores coming back a little more to reality after yesterday.

Georgia needed to be better than 49.200 on vault. They didn’t get the landings again. It will be difficult to challenge with those scores. Like Florida, they need 49.500s here on out.

Rotation 3:
Garcia on beam, small correction on the back pike, again on the aerial, but just minor things, secure side aerial, hop forward on gainer pike. Fine but definite deductions.

Williams on vault, steps back again. Small step, everything else was great, but still didn’t get the stick. 9.825. That’s low and a result of leading off. Poor lineup construction. Sledge came back in on vault (which was necessary) and got a 9.900. 

Scaman on bars, hit jaeger, has to push through the final handstand a little. Wonderful stick on tuck full.

Sloan to floor. How did Shisler do? Fall. Oh dear dear dear. Perfect landing on front double full, that double pike was a little low for my taste and expectations. Excellent final pass. Thanks for showing up today, Bridget. 9.950 is still a touch high though.

Brewer on bars for Oklahoma. The Sooners are owning it the way the need to. Great handstands, clean bail, stuck DLO. Expect a big number again for her.

Perfect stuck double arabian from Ashanee, again doesn’t budge on her combo to double back,  somewhat low on her double pike with a step forward, but the tumbling was overall strong. She will get hit for dance though.

LSU getting the scores on beam and staying close. Correction from Hall on her opening skill, another wobble on the loso series, huge wobble on straddle quarter, this will be a lower score, and they alreay have a 9.750 from Dickson, big step back on double back.  9.825 is way too high. I would have gone 9.700.

Priess on vault is a little low with a hop back. Alabama just a 49.250 on vault. They needed a better score and have just opened things up a little bit.

Oklahoma is making up for vault with a 9.900 parade on bars. 49.375 to equal UCLA’s score.

The judges are keeping Florida in it on floor, we’re seeing King now, which one judge gave a 10. Good DLO, too little control on her middle pass to warrant that 10, fine double pike.

Brie Olson’s in bar deltchev is magnificent, sticks her DLO 1/1. Wonderful, wonderful routine. Perhaps the best I’ve seen from her this season.

Courville on beam, arabian is excellent, clean loso series, split positions are crazy good, aerial is nice, just a hop forward on the dismount. That her routine scored only .025 better than Hall’s is everything that is wrong. Wonderful routine except for the step on dismount.

Bridgey on floor, crazy legs on mount. This routine gets a 9.950 for the rotation score of 49.725. Remember when we talked about how this is Florida’s year. The judges clearly agree. You’re a 9.950, and you’re a 9.950, and you’re a 9.950! Great rotation, better than Alabama’s floor performance, but there were deductions to be taken. Everything seemed about .025-.050 high. Overjudging landing security there and underjudging dance elements and landing body position. 

After 3: Alabama 98.750, Florida 98.600, UCLA 98.550, Oklahoma 98.500, LSU 98.325, Georgia 98.250
Has Florida just become the favorite again? They can take the lead after this rotation and probably will be expected to.

Rotation 4:
Macko hops back on her yfull, let’s see how these scores compare to Alabama’s. Good power. Scores the same as Williams?

Cheek on bars for Georgia, beautiful tkatchev, clean bail hs, two small steps on dismounts, would have been great except for that.

Johnson on vault, just a hop in place on that yfull. Nice job overall. Sloan’s is even better. Wonderful stick. Florida is going to win, everybody. Prepare yourselves for a champion counting a fall.

Alexander on beam for Oklahoma, so clean and great form, a little pause-correction but otherwise this is great, small correction on split, sticks gainer back pike.

Bynum on floor, good double pike, a little squaty on her layout on the middle pass but secure landing, judges can take for the switch split, bounces out of her double back, not as strong as yesterday. 

We didn’t see King’s vault, but two judges go 9.850 and one goes 10. Well did she stick or not people?

Jay on bars, missed handstands throughout, step on dismount. Everything else was fine.

Clark on beam now for Oklahoma, nice front aerial to swingdown, full turn, sheep jump is securely on the beam, good side somi, this is very nice, low 1.5 and squatty but stuck.

King hopped on her tsuk 1.5, so that 10 isn’t justified, but it was brilliant.

Zam bounces back out of her double pike again. UCLA looked to be keeping pace after the first event, but now the cracks are showing on these last two events. Everything else was perfect and won’t be deducted, so the score can still be strong. 9.900.

Florida got the 49.500 they needed on vault. Good chance to be ahead of Alabama after the next event.

Mooring on beam, excellent two layout series, small correction on the aerial, tentative switch split, wobble on full turn, 1.5 dismount with essentially a stick. 9.925 is big for those wobbles.

Rogers on bars now, good handstands and toe point, step back on tuck full, Georgia not getting the scores and not hitting these routines.

Spears finishing beam for Oklahoma, big break on acro early but everything else looks very nice, stuck gainer full. Much better beam landings than yesterday.

Kytra with such a small correction on her landing, I’m surprised that went 9.900. That’s the one that could have been higher.

Sawa on floor, dance stumbles a little out of her double tuck mount but it’s not really a deduction, good double pike second pass, none of the landings were particularly secure, but that was a fine routine.

Davis on bars, excellent tkatchev but completely misses that handstand after it. Kathy sounds like she’s about to cry. Everything else was perfect, but that’s a huge deduction.

Everything is still very close going into these last two rotations, but Florida is on their best event in the final and will have it in their hands, which is crazy after counting a fall.

After 4: Florida 148.100, UCLA 148.000, Oklahoma 147.975, Georgia 147.450, Alabama 98.750, LSU 98.325
Expect LSU to make up at least some ground on this secondary pack after floor now. UCLA will be setting the finished standard after vault here, and it’s been a good day for them considering. Alabama must be the best they have been this year on bars. None of those missed handstands now. Georgia looks out of it.

Sledge on bars, must be better than yesterday, great first handstand, nice gienger, short of handstand on the bail hs but sticks the DLO today. That will be better than the 9.800.

Persinger on beam, wonderful L turn, correction on the front aerial, hits loso series, beautiful other than that early correction and a hop forward on the front toss, nice 1.5

Lots of steps for Sawa on her yfull. Not nearly yesterday. Alexin on bars, short on the first handstand, full is a little late, holds onto stick on the double back I suppose but swims for it.

Prtichett on vault now, lower than yesterday on the yfull, hops to the side. Not what UCLA needed.

Mathis on floor, lack of control on the DLO with a slide back, also bounces out of the double back, a little low on the double pike. Just OK.

Alabama is getting those big scores on bars suddenly. Keeping this close. 

Couch on beam, notable wobble on front toss, sticks double full dismount. Wong is very nice on vault, a near stick.

Priess on bars, Alabama getting only 9.9s. Her combo release is strong, I’m not happy with any of these handstands, hop back and a pike on the DLO. Definitely deductions there. 

Zam vaults to her hands. She almost didn’t even block, did she? UCLA was already out of it, so it doesn’t affect the final result, but it will hurt their standing. Still break 197, though.

DeMeo has a late half turn, and I wasn’t happy with the last handstand, good DLO.

Worley to the beam. It looks like Georgia and UCLA will be our bottom scorers today. Good sheep jump, secure loso series, wobble on her bhs 1/1, pikes gainer full with a step. Just OK for her. 9.900 was a bit of a friendly Shayla score.  

Courville on floor, good height on her somewhat cowboy double arabian, nice double back, a little low on the dismount. Fine, strong. 

Earls to finish for Georgia on the beam, excellent on the two layout series. this is a secure beam routine that still won’t keep Georgia out of 6th, everything looked good until the lunge back on the double tuck dismount.

Hall on floor has more control on that middle pass than she did yesterday, so expect a bigger score. Better tumbling overall than the first day. LSU is still in this because of the strength of vault but probably will need help from Alabama/Florida to move up.

After 5: UCLA 197.100, Georgia 196.675, Alabama 148.125, Florida 148.100, Oklahoma 147.975, LSU 147.875
Well, this is quite wonderful. Unfortunately for UCLA and Georgia, they will be passed by everyone during this rotation. Florida is in the driver’s seat given their strength on the bars, but Alabama did exactly the same thing on beam last year to take the title. Oklahoma has a bit more ground to make up and has finished with the better events, so that will be a tougher ask. LSU must stick every single vault and hope for some missed landings from Florida and wobbles from Alabama.

Milliner on beam now, good aerial, clean from toss, clean loso series, very strong opening for Alabama, hop on the 2/1 dismount. Good start.

BDG on bars, she has great toe point, still the leg separation ont he DLO, only a slight slight movement on the landing. Fairly good routine. Advantage Alabama after one routine.

Clark on beam sheep jump is secure, they are not wobbling here, slightly hesitant on the front toss, this is a very slow routine but she is sure not to wobble. Sticks 1.5 dismount.

Lack of control for Dickson on yfull, hop back. Hunter on bars now, wonderful hindorff, misses her last hs, maybe a tad piked on her bail hs, low landing on tuck full but stuck.

Still advantage Alabama by a touch after these early routines. Big routine from Williams, hits her switch side, very low on the punch front and a big, big wobble. That’s what she did recently and in PT, clean loso. They’ll need to drop this score. Another big wobble on the popa. hop forward on 1.5.  

Mathis hops in place on the yhalf. Sloan on bars, brilliant everything, leg separation on the bail is the only thing to take, hop forward on DLO. They didn’t need that, that’s for sure. Still a 9.900.

Pressure for DeMeo’s beam routine. Wobble on front aerial, off on loso series. Alabama is counting the 9.625 from Williams and they are out now. You’re welcome Florida.

Interesting that LSU didn’t get the scores on vault and finishes below UCLA. Vault scoring was fascinating today.

Oklahoma is still in this to challenge Florida, but they will need those 9.9s in the coming routines. It’s possible. Show them to us! It’s all but impossible, but they could do it with a Florida score.

Mooring floor, a little bouncy on her double pike dismount, but this is strong. I just wonder whether the judges will be willing to pour out the 9.9s.

Macko on bars, so very clean in the legs, perhaps a step in that tuck full dismount. She better add a same-bar release for EF, but a good routine.

Courville on vault, good yfull, a little hop on landing and the legs on the block.

Florida has clinched it officially now. I have some thoughts about this.

Jacob’s layout series is excellent, wonderful barani, stuck 1.5. Great routine, too little too late.

Johnson finishes for Florida on bars, good body on the bail hs, stuck DLO. Well done.

Still waiting on the final routines, Priess on beam, looked like she would be a little short on the aerial but holds onto it into the swingdown, good leaps series, sticks gainer full. Nearly did it but not enough.

Still waiting on the Scaman score on floor, 9.875, which is enough for Oklahoma to move ahead of Alabama for second.

I kind of can’t believe Florida won.

Final scores:
1. Florida 197.575
2. Oklahoma 197.375
3. Alabama 197.350
4. UCLA 197.100
5. LSU 197.050
6. Georgia 196.675

Oh boy. Here we go.
1. It is great that Florida won the title. I’m thrilled by that, and it has been a lot of heartbreak in coming. We needed another team to win the championship. It is good for the sport.
2. I hate that a team won with a counting fall. This isn’t elite, and it shouldn’t happen.

I feel both these things at the same time. So, it just is. Alabama could very well have won with hit beam routines. They also counted a low beam score, so it’s not like it would be much different had they won, really. The sting is really for Oklahoma. I think they probably have reason to feel a little cheated about this result given that they hit the most consistent meet of all the teams, but the vault landings really hurt the possibilities for Oklahoma to take it. Everything else that we saw was quite strong (and let’s talk about how Brie Olson got only a 9.900 for that bars routine). On the bright side for the Sooners, next year they are going to be so phenomenal with that class coming in. Florida was obviously the best team on three events today, and I just wish they had hit beam so that there would be no question at all as to the champion.

Vault scoring was weird, weird, weird. They clearly had a little chat after so many people made vault finals with 9.9s yesterday and decided to be much stricter today. And yet there were odd breaks in the strictness for reason from time to time.

It was a weird season with some crazy meets and lots of impressionistic judging (judgepressionism) throughout the year. I suppose it fits that a team won with a counting fall.

Marissa King: “OH MY GOD GATORS WE DID IT!”
OK, that makes me feel a little bit better about the result. Oh, Marissa King. We will miss you. 

National Semifinals Live Blog: Nothing If Not a Show

This season has seen some of the more preposterously scored meets in recent years, and through each of those 10s given out for non-sticks, the watchword has been that everything evens out at nationals. Everyone will be evaluated by the same judges on the same day. Noisy arguments about bias no longer stand.

Here is the scoring link for the first semifinal. And, of course, the live stream. It will go quickly. Make sure you have your best paying-attention eyes on. This slate won’t be blank for long. (Also, have we already eliminated Illinois from contention? Hilarious.)

Our helpful Gymdogs have posted the complete lineups for the first semifinal.

It’s very important for Georgia to have Couch back on both vault and floor. As long as she has had enough training time, she increases their consistency potential. It’s much less likely they’ll have a 9.7 that must be dropped on vault and floor now.

LSU has also switched Jordan and Ranzy on bars and put Mathis in for Lau on vault.

I still maintain that this first session should be straightforward, but I certainly wouldn’t complain if it isn’t.

The meet will begin at 3:00 ET/12:00 PT.

We’ll know a lot after the first rotation. Minnesota is going to be strong on vault and probably floor, but that won’t matter if they can’t stay relatively close on bars. Three or four of the members in that lineup are rather 9.750 prone. They’ll look to get five 9.800+ scores.

If LSU can get through beam, they will feel very good about their chances. Bars is still a large concern, but if the other three events are strong, it may not matter. Those first three LSU beamers will tell us everything about how this session is going.

The stream has begun. I sincerely hope that this shot is of an un-sold section of the stands because there are literally six people there. 

It’s time to meet the teams, except we don’t get to see them. Great start. And now I have nothing visually. Oh, NCAA. You have very little time left to work this out before I start getting frustrated. Thank you for your haste.

In this first rotation, for Florida anything 49.400+ should be a fine, home free kind of sailing. I’d like to think LSU will be OK with anything 49.200y, but certainly a 49.300 would be a gem. Hovering around 49 begins to become a problem.

Touch is beginning. Still no feed. At least we don’t have to look at the MC, but if you’re listening, you still have to hear him. Fake enthusiasm is one of the things I mistrust the most in the world.

Kevin and Cassidy are really trying to play up that this semifinal is close as well because, apparently, of Illinois’s and Minnesota’s enthusiasm. I’m less than thrilled with this lack of video to the point where it’s difficult to make words.

Rotation 1:
We’re starting, no video. Apparently a scary fall from Wang on floor for Florida. OK, now this is something. Video is up. Wang finishes. Still don’t expect Florida to count a fall on floor, but it puts a lot of pressure on that Bridgey Caquatto routine since she has little experience.

Pike down and step from Kantecki on vault. There’s an awful lot of Illinois on vault happening right now. I still don’t really trust this video, so I have Kevin Copp and Cassidy up as well. They hate their angle.

9.400 for Garcia for LSU on beam. Discrepancy in start value, large difference in judges scores. 9.300-9.800. So they don’t have that together.

Bridget Sloan starting on floor, Dickson hit second up for LSU, but a few more important ones to get through for them. Good front double, finishes with strong double pike and 1.5 layout. Hit routine.    

Illinois not scoring particularly well on vault, Minnesota starting with two 9.7s on bars. That’s what they didn’t need.

LSU is counting a 9.775 from Dickson on beam, but that’s OK for right now if they hit four more. Video is gone again.

Sloan gets a 9.900 on floor. They needed it. See goes 9.825 on vault, Illinois’s best score yet. Ashanee bounces out of her double back, so this will be a helpful evaluation of the scoring level today to see what the judges do with that.

Taylor for LSU goes 9.750. Range was 9.650-9.800. They’ll need some 9.9s from Courville and Jordan now regardless of Hall’s score. Illinois gets a 9.875 from Weinstein. Hit from Hall on beam.

King sticks DLO on floor. They’ll be counting a 9.825 from Dickerson, which is a bit below expectation. King and Hunter can bring in the 9.950s, though.

Illinois finishes on vault with a 48.850. About expected. Nothing that will contend. Courville on beam now – hits arabian as always. One check, otherwise hit. One more to get through. These video problems will be the death of me. 9.850. They’re still hovering around 49, so Jordan needs a good score.   

King goes 9.900. Kytra does a Kytra routine except for some lowness on the dismount. Apparently Jordan has to save slightly on the front aerial, but she hits. Cassidy isn’t sure if she saluted. Apparently it’s no problem. 9.825 for Jordan, so LSU wil go 49.000 exactly on beam. Not the end of the world, but room for concern.

B Caquatto happening now, crucial routine after the fall, can still make this a big rotation score with a hit. They will now be able to drop the mount, and can still probably go around high 49.3s, which is still fine.

Minnesota gets 48.825 on bars. Not what they needed. Lots of pressure on those vault and floor rotations now. Wong gets a 9.875 on beam, good good.

Biggest news from this rotation is that Kytra is unlikely to make floor finals, already sitting in third with LSU still to go. See, this is why I didn’t preview the events.

After 1: Florida, 49.325, LSU 49.000, Illinois 48.850, Minnesota 48.825.
Nothing groundbreaking in that first rotation, but the seeds look OK so far. Video, can you pull yourself together yet?

I’ve refreshed this video feed so many times, I’ll be saying “The age of the oversized luxury car” in my sleep tonight.

Rotation 2:
Georgia and Stanford come in, Illinois and LSU go out. Now that Georgia is going, that’s probably all we’ll hear about on the audio. It’s a very important rotation coming up for Stanford since Minnesota and Illinois haven’t seen large scores. A good floor can set them up as the challenging team.

Cheek hits DLO and whole bars routine. 9.800 opening. OK, but they’ll need more. Macko gets a 9.825 on vault to start. Still slow opening from Florida, but a 9.900 from Johnson is more what we expected. Tanella hits bars and sticks her double back, which she hasn’t done a few times recently.

Important 9.775 for Dayton on floor. She’s been 9.700 the last two times.

9.900 for Tanella her best of the year. Hit for Jay. Georgia is getting on it early. 9.875 for Sloan, so we won’t see her in vault finals. Same score for King, and same result. It’s so unlikely that a 9.875 will get back. UGH! What’s the point of anything then?

Rice goes 9.875 for Stanford on floor. Watch out for this team. They seem to have arrived so far. Georgia having a big start on bars. Shayla sticks her DLO, lots of 9.9s.

Florida gets 9.900s for Dickerson, Hunter, and Johnson on vault to lead the rotation. Score is a 49.450, which will be fine for them. Given that no one for Florida scored over 9.900, 9.900 could get back from this session, but 9.875 won’t.

Cassidy declares that Georgia is going to Super Six because they want it. As opposed to the other teams, which obviously don’t want it.

Davis goes 9.950, and Georgia gets 49.500, the highest rotation score of the day so far. Big start.

The video is back! The video is back! Stuck DLO for Sharaya Musser. Good for her.

Stanford will want to drop the 9.750 for Shona.
Minnesota has a 9.850 and a 9.900 on beam in the last two routines. Important. I think whoever is doing the video commentary with Allison just said that Shona was Joe Morgan’s daughter. Nope. Sorry.

Stumble on her layout from Shapiro. They’ve gone downhill after a good start, now with a 9.700 from Hong. Strong double pike. Overall pretty clean after the stumbly opening. They’ll need something like a 9.950 from AMorgan to keep this competitive.

This is a good beam rotation for Minnesota, Golich finishing. Hitting. Sticks series dismount to layout full. Recovered after bars. 

Good double arabian from Morgan, a little low on her combo double pike middle pass, drops and steps forward, lack of control on the double back with a lunge back. I don’t see that making finals either.

DeZiel on beam, good loso series, small wobble/pause on her dance combo, clean routine overall but enough breaks and a hop on her 2.5 dismount that will probably keep the score down. 

So after two, Florida has underperformed slightly but looks in a very comfortable scoring position going into bars. Georgia had a great bars rotation that should help them ride through any rough patches to come.

Stanford got through floor over 49, but it’s not a great score and leaves work to be done if they want to challenge. Stanford, LSU, and Minnesota are all right around that 196 pace currently, which puts LSU in control since they still have floor and vault.

After 2: Florida, 98.775, Minnesota 97.975, Georgia 49.500, Stanford 49.025, LSU 49.000, Illinois 48.850.

Individual qualification on vault looks interesting. We still certainly have the potential for four people to go over 9.9 and knock all the Floridians out. Chelsea Davis looks secure for bars. Sloan and King are certainly in it for floor, but the LSU rotation will tell us a lot about the scoring. 

Rotation 3:
Florida and Minnesota go away. Big beam rotation for Georgia to expel the demons for good and keep it going. LSU should certainly hit floor, but because beam was just a 49, they’ll want something 49.4ish to keep comfortable.

They need better briefing to the producers about how these meets work. Vault always takes longer to warm up, and we’re missing the other events. Ashley Morgan couldn’t keep it going from regionals and had another flying landing. Should be a low score.

Jordan on floor, really nice double pike, she’s following Dickson’s 9.850 opening, clean through everything so far, split 1/2 was OK, and 1.5 to front 1/1 was very nice. Good routine. 

Chaung comes in on vault. I thought she was out. Lowish landing, crazy legs on block, step to the side. Rough vault opening.

Georgia had a rough beam from Persinger (see, this is what happens when I praise people!) Cheek going now. Nice series. Georgia already counting a 9.775 from Couch. This is very clean from Cheek, stuck gainer full. That’s better.

NO! Ivana Hong hyperextends her knee on her yfull. That’s more than devastating for Stanford. She looks very hurt.

Savona up on floor, nice combo double tuck pass, dances out of her strong 1/2 in 1/2 out to avoid a landing issue.

Missed some action, sorry, but we’re back up with Illinois on bars, trying to drop a 9.525 already. Weinstein steps on her double front. LSU scoring well but yet to reach 9.900. Courville and Hall will look to change that. Waiting on Shayla on beam now,

Stanford has to count Hong’s vault score, ends with 48.950. Won’t help them challenge. Hall on floor now, Huge DLO. She seems a little subdued today, bounces out of her front layout on the middle pass, so it shouldn’t be an amazing score. Double tuck is good. She was doing a really good job at keeping her mouth closed until the end. Floor routines are like chewing: I don’t want to see the inside of your mouth.

Georgia is already counting a 9.700 from Rogers now, Shayla has a small correction on her series, she looks just slightly more tentative than usual but it’s fine, pikes her gainer full and takes and unnecessary step. Earls to finish now, lo lo series is good, minor corrections for her today as well on things like full turns, step back on double back. This rotation won’t be memorable but shouldn’t be a problem.

Hall gets a 9.875, so she and Kytra are both sitting in that 4th position with Georgia still to come on floor. One 9.900 would push both out of finals. Hall bounced out of her middle pass, so the score is justified.  Emily Wong gets a 9.900 on floor as an individual, so Hall and Hunter are out.

Sharaya looks very nice on beam, great series, cuts off her splits a little, great great front aerial, stuck 1.5. Great routine.

Halfway! After three we are, well, exactly where we expected to be at this point. Georgia and LSU are failing to pull away from the pack, but both are through beam and look to sail to the end. As long as LSU doesn’t count a fall on bars, I still like their chances even after a slightly underperformed floor rotation. If this were the second session, I would be much more concerned about Georgia and LSU, but they should be fine for now.

After 3: Florida, 98.775, Georgia, 98.475, LSU, 98.350, Minnesota 98.000, Stanford 97.975, Illinois 97.525.  
Georgia and Stanford get the breaks now. Minnesota goes to floor needing a big score, and Florida will have an opportunity to distance themselves on the bars.

Rotation 4:
Not super happy about this front angle on bars, BDG going, has total EHH legs on her DLO but sticks it.
Dickson, on vault great height, opens on her yfull, small hop in place. Good.
King on bars, a little bit of legs on her bail hs, khorkina looks good, much stronger form on the DLO with a step.

Taylor has a big bounce out of her yfull for LSU, now to Hunter on bars, she needs a big number ofr her AA hopes (tied with Sloan right now going to Sloan’s advantage event), wonderful power on her hindorff, has to muscle up after her shoot, low landing on her tuck full with a step back. 

Mathis has leg break on her block but sticks her yhalf cold. Sloan on bars now.Toe-on tkatchev is excellent, a bit of a leg break in that bail hs, sticks DLO or at least mostly holds onto the stick. Strongest Florida routine so far but she can be stronger. 9.925. She’s to frontrunner in this AA battle now. Watch for Courville’s vault.

Morrison on vault, absolutely wonderful yfull with a stick. It’s equivalent to the 10 she got, but it won’t get that in this context.Mack looking excellent, sticks tuck full, not much to take, but it’s hard for me to get too excited about routines without same-bar releases. Courville sticks her yfull, so she’ll be right there for the AA. 9.950.

LSU goes 49.500 on vault. They’ll be safe with that as long as bars is hit. Johnson on bars, perfection on her tkatchev, perhaps short on that final hs, another spray-legged DLO but stuck.

Golich on floor for Minnesota, following a couple 9.850s. They need the higher scores to fly now. Golich bounces out of her mount,clean otherwise, very strong double pike dismount.

Mable time on floor now, a little low on landing her mount, some squatty knees, straddle positions look good, also has to bounce out of her otherwise strong 1.5 to layout dismount. Probably won’t be the score they need. The top three seeds are growing more comfortable by the moment.

Schermann finished floor for Minnesota – looked good in her opening whip double tuck, had an odd little steppy landing on her leap series, overall they have not been drilling the landings on these passes, which they needed to do to remain competitive. It will still be a very good rotation score, but they probably needed something in the 49.4s to put any pressure on Georgia or LSU.

DeZiel on floor now, really controlled landing on the pike full mount, great landings, clean. Also, I’m not forgetting about Wong and DeZiel in the AA. DeZiel looks to be a touch behind, but Wong is hanging right with Sloan and Courville and Hunter. The winner of this session in the AA will come right down to the end.    

After 4: Florida 148.300, LSU 147.850, Minnesota 147.200, Illinois 146.500, Georgia 98.475, Stanford 97.975

Individually we have:
Sloan 29.700
Courville 29.700
Wong 29.675
King 29.625
Hunter 29.600
DeZiel 29.575

Who gets the edge right now? Don’t count any of these out so far, even though DeZiel is back, she can go 9.950 on vault.
The teams look set unless a fall happens, so the AA should be a major focus of the last two events.

Rotation 5:
Florida and Minnesota will be finishing in this rotation, LSU and Illinois are on break.

Spicer on beam, very small wobble on layout series and again on her full turn, bigger wobble on her gainer loso, again just walking along, this is an extremely nervy routine, another wobble on leaps, I’ve counted five so far, hop-salute on her gainer full. They’ll want to drop, but NBD.

Shona’s piked jaeger looked beautiful in the air, but she was nowhere close to catching. Stanford could have challenged with a good day, but this has been a rough, rough day so far.

Sloan on beam now, going second could hurt her AA chances. Look at her expression. Ha. Great loso series, good aerial to bhs even though that barely counts as a series. A BHS is a conjuction, not punctuation, covers a small wobble on her side aerial by turning her hands into choreo, rasies a foot on her double full but doesn’t really move.

Ashley Morgan also misses her jaeger, so Stanford is out. Bad meet for them. And now Wing has to come in for Hong on bars after not ebing here all season.

9.900 is strong for Sloan. Can Courville match on bars? Strong double back for Persinger, followed by a clean double pike, this is a nice recovery after beam, her switch ring is nice, as is her illusion. Great potential for scoring on this event because her deductions come from landings. Very nice.

Kytra on beam now, she’s out of the fight to defend her AA title, but clean so far, loso, nice straddles. The best thing that happened to her gymnastics was being able to get rid of her split skills coming to NCAA. Very nice double back, hop together and salute. 

Shayla on floor, double pike is great and high as always but not quite the control in the landing as usual, huge stumble and lunge out of her front 2/1, she always dances out of it, but this was a clear, deductible lunge. Won’t be her best score.

Shapiro on bars now, can she make finals again? Great hs positions but a large hop on a short DLO landing. That will be rough for her.

Minnesota doesn’t perform up to expectations on vault, 49.175. They finish with a 196.375.

Couch back on floor, a little lower in the pike full landing than her usual, whip double full is very strong, really good double pike dismount – stuck. It was quite clean after the mount in terms of the tumbling landings at least. I would give it a 9.850, so we’ll see.

King onto the beam, good front toss, right on for the two-footed layout series, great so far. Why was she out of the lineup until the Stageberg injury? This is excellent, stuck double full. Wonderful.

Was Jay intending to do a back tuck 1/2 in her middle pass? That seems unfamiliar. Squatty on her double tuck dismount, but Georgia is in control going to vault. They’ll be fine.

Florida finishes with 197.775. Archer has a nice gienger to finish for Stanford on bars, stuck or near-stuck DLO, but it doesn’t erase a 48.200, which takes Stanford out.

After 5: Florida, 197.775, Minnesota 196.375, LSU 147.850, Georgia 147.700, Illinois 146.500, Stanford 146.175

Georgia and LSU just have to hit 5/6 on their final events to make this the no-brainer we all thought it would be.

Sloan is our clubhouse AA leader with 39.600. Courville needs a 9.900 on bars to match and a 9.925 to move ahead. Wong needs a 9.925 on bars to match and a 9.950 to move ahead. A fairly comfortable but definitely not out of the woods position for Sloan now.

For the events, Georgia is the only thing standing between a colossal contingent of vault qualifiers at 9.900. Now I’m glad they’ve changed the rules. Bars looks to be Caquatto, Davis, Sloan, and Johnson with a few chances to break it up in the final rotation. Macko is safe on beam and Shealy, Sloan, King, and Nordquist should also advance. Some unexpecteds there. Good. On floor, the safe ones are Wong, Sloan, King, Courville, and Mable.

Rotation 6:
We start with Shona on the bars, small wobble early but nice bhs layout series. I do hope she makes finals here, but that’s very difficult first up. Clean acro and great difficulty, bounce on her double full.

Couch lands a little low on her yfull with a hop forward. Not quite her usual.

Jordan on bars, gets her jaeger, a bit of a crazy shoot to the high bars but sticks her DLO. Nice after Ranzy got a 9.850. Hires looks strong on vault, good body position. Step back.

Dickson hits her jaeger, bail hs was just OK, hop on tuck full dismount. Fine.

Cheek to vault, brilliant height on her yfull, best on the team so far, step back with her right foot.

Courville’s bars now, clean first hs, high jaeger, shoot is improved but still has to muscle out of it. Stuck tuck full. Now this is interesting. Watch the score. They’ve been going pretty high, and this was better than the 9.850s we’ve seen so far.  9.875, she misses Sloan by .025.

Jay performs just the full instead of the 1.5, and it was stuck, but it’s a shame she had to downgrade. 

Better handstands from Wyrcik than at regionals, stuck DLO.

Oh sweet length of event finals! 13 vaulters from this session. THIRTEEN. Thank you, one vault only rule.

Good final routine from Morrison, but it’s all academic now as Florida, LSU, and Georgia cruise.

Vaculik comes off on her loso series. Ruh roh. I was so hoping for a clean day for her.

That was an important bars rotation for LSU. It’s very difficult to judge handstands from this angle, but those landings were much improved. A few of the scores seemed like the judges were getting enthusiastic in the final rotation, and there’s room for improvement on some transitions, but much better than regionals.

Wong’s 9.850 on bars won’t do it, so Sloan will be our leader going into the second session. I do think that 39.600 is very attainable for several gymnasts in that session, though.

Weinstein still in this for floor finals with a good hit, very nice opening, controlled tumbling throughout, hit double tuck dismount. Let’s watch that one. 9.900. She’ll be back.

There’s Kristin Maloney coaching Shealy and rocking the white pants with a black tuxedo stripe.

If Allison calls the second session “The Hunger Games” one more time, I will scream.

Did Stanford not send up a sixth beamer after Hong went out? They had a fall but were already out anyway.

Here’s the final setup:
Semifinal #1:
1. Florida 197.775
2. LSU 197.325
3. Georgia 197.150
4. Minnesota 196.375
5. Illinois 195.700
6. Stanford 194.700

AA:
1. Sloan 39.600
2. Courville 39.575
3. Wong 39.525
3. King 39.525
5. Hunter 39.475

Vault qualifiers: Courville, LSU; Martin, Denver; Jay, Georgia; Wong, Nebraska; Johnson, Florida: Dickerson, Florida; Hunter, Florida; Davis, Georgia; Cheek, Georgia; Mathis, LSU; Morrison, LSU; Mable, Minnesota; Dayton, Stanford
Bars qualifiers: Caquatto, Florida; Davis, Georgia; Morrison, LSU; Sloan, Florida; Johnson, Florida; Wyrick, LSU
Beam qualifiers: Caquatto, Florida; Shealy, Iowa State; Sloan, Florida; King, Florida; Nordquist, Minnesota
Floor qualifiers: Wong, Nebraska; Sloan, Florida; King, Florida; Weinstein, Illinois; Courville, LSU; Mable, Minnesota

The only real surprises for me this session were Hunter’s lowish placement in the AA and Hunter and Hall missing out on floor finals. Come back at 9 ET, 6 PT for the second session.
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If they even needed to, the Florida Gators established themselves as a clear frontrunner out of the first semifinal, not because they had some amazing performance but because they had an average performance and still cruised to victory. Don’t expect Kytra to be off again tomorrow.

Georgia and LSU should both be pleased with their performances. Like every other team in the session, they did not land floor particularly well. Even though LSU scored higher today, that was closer to the ideal performance for the Tigers (are they going to be that good again on bars landings?), while Georgia has more room for improvement after a rough beam performance. I don’t see either challenging Florida, but they will pester.

And now, on to the main event, the second semifinal.
Scores
Video

This is what we’re here for. Let’s assume the video will be stronger.
Floor will be interesting to watch. Every team struggled with landings in the first session, some landing short, some lacking control. If it’s a struggle again, that hurts the teams relying on floor for a big score.

For this session, Oklahoma gets the award for most helpful team by posting the lineups. You may also clean the erasers and stack the chairs at the end of the day.

-No Gutierrez for Alabama and still Sledge on just one event. That does hurt scoring potential.
-Sawa in for MDLT on vault for UCLA. Pritchett still in.
-Michigan trying to get some score building by opening vault with Zurales and finishing with Colbert. Still no Zurales on bars.

Feed has begun. Intros now. No sound. Watch the sticking early. Ragged landings early, tight performances, can mean work to do later. There will be little room to do work in this semifinal.

Intros down, anthem done. Warmup time. So, they don’t even know that the sound isn’t working because they’re trying to talk to us. I guess working video was too much to hope for.

Replays from the first session. Are we OK with Courville getting a 9.950 given how much she tucks those legs on her block?

Deep back on UCLA’s brand new leos. Oh, Olivia Courtney, don’t look so nervous. That makes me nervous.

Rotation 1:
UCLA with a colossally important beam rotation to open, Michigan needing to record an edge on bars because they can beat their closest competitors there. Oklahoma should be fine as long as they get through floor with 9.875s.

We’ll open with Baer on the beam. She got a big 9.875 at regionals but fell(ish) at Pac-12s. Good position on her switch side, slight correction on the side somi, wobble on full turn, split 3/4 is excellent, very low layout full in the dismount with a large step forward. Just OK. Tension in the face. 

We’re Arkansasing on the vault (Zumwalde?), some bent knees on the yfull with a hop back.

Wong on beam now, waiting for the Baer score (9.750), good splits and straddle leap series, very clean aerial into bhs fake series, quite secure so far, nice full turn, big hop stumble out of her 1.5. Was very nice until the dismount.

Big 9.875 for Gies to start bars. An awful lot of Arkansas on vault. Elswick also has some bent knees but sticks her vault.

Grable on vault, hops back out of her 1/2 on pike 1/2. I’m worried she won’t make it back with that hop.

Spears now on floor. Oklahoma has a 9.800 from Albright so far. I thought those early splits were a little rough at the beginning. Probably some tension. Really nice tumbling overall though. They opened with 9.800s, so they’ll need to pick it up starting here.

Zurales is in on bars, the lineup lied. Michigan killing it on bars. Freier tucks her yfull and hops to the side, but Arkansas will still use 9.850s from Grable and Elswick to stay healthy.

9.825 from DeJesus on beam, they probably needed more. There will be work to do for Zam and Fracnis. Brittany Harris has an odd hand slip on vault.

Michigan will love this bars performance. Pressure on UCLA now after Courtney’s 9.425, which we didn’t see, but we did see coming given that facial expression earlier. Tremendous pressure on Zam and Francis.

Excellent full turn, gets her onodi cleanly this time, big correction on the aerial, another wobble on her loso series, not her usual routine but she has to get through to keep UCLA alive, bounces out of her double full. It’s a hit but not a great one. That hurts the team and her AA hopes.

Big 49.400 for Michigan on bars. Brie Olson on floor now, front 1.5 looks pretty good, and again as a dismount. Not a lot of difficulty but proficient routine.

UCLA doesn’t just need a hit from Danusia, they need some perfection here. Aerial bhs series is right on and solid, good full turn, just the dismount left, stuck. She did that routine as well as she could do. They will drop Courtney’s mistakes but stay at least somewhat alive.

Scaman on floor, hit DLO, 1.5 to loso is nice. Oklahoma started slowly with the scoring, but they are making this a healthy rotation. This shouldn’t be a problem, small lack on control on double tuck.

Danusia gets an important 9.900. Frankly, I would have gone 9.950. UCLA will take some solace that they outperformed Georgia and LSU on beam, but I don’t think that will cut it for this semifinal. I just hope that makes it back to finals for Francis, but I have my doubts. 

Bri Guy on floor, very nice DLO. Gets her front 2/1 to front tuck around but it is very low. Hit routine.

After 1: Michigan 49.400, Oklahoma 49.275, UCLA 49.075, Arkansas 48.975  
Good for Michigan, fine for Oklahoma, and not encouraging for UCLA and Arkansas. We’ll say goodbye to UCLA and Arkansas now and welcome Utah and Alabama.

I’d like to thank the feed for showing us zero of Michigan’s bars routines, but a really important rotation for Michigan. I have to think that if they outscore UCLA by a couple tenths here, they will be home comfortably.

None of our AA favorites did very well in that first rotation. Good news, Bridget.

Rotation 2:
Sledge will open on bars for Alabama (grumble), great first hs, gienger is great, hops forward on the DLO, so gave away a little there on what they needed to be a big score. Just a 9.800.

Spears on vault, hops back on yfull. This is her “just OK” event.

Martinez on beam now, good loso series, huge wobble on leaps but saves it and stays on the beam, another wobble on the side aerial, big hop on 1.5. It won’t be a big score but it’s a hit.

Jacob on bars, the ray looks good, but these handstands still aren’t there, fights to hold onto the stick on the DLO.

9.900 for Mooring on vault, big deal for Oklahoma’s vault. Clark on bars now, but first it’s just a 9.550 for Martinez, so some UCLA problems on beam for Michigan. Clark was going well, a little short on her bail hs position, good DLO but not a huge routine.

Scaman vaulting, 1.5 but a big step out of it again, which will bring down the score.

Sampson on beam, correction on loso series, looked tight going into that series, wobble on sheep jump. Michigan already counting a 9.600 fom Miele, so they can’t afford any of these wobbles. Fine routine from Sampson but not ideal. 

Priess to bars, nice tkatchev as always, khorkina was strong too, hop in place on DLO and one missed handstand, but it was fine. Alabama won’t see a big score here, but I think they’ll be content. 9.900 is high.

Utah trying to drop a 9.625 from Del Priore (has she hit very well since the 10? Curse.) Damianova now, drops into her double back well, overall clean gymnastics. I think the judges will be happy with this.

Michigan gets a very important 9.875 from Zurales, but a huge routine from Casanova still to come, and she has struggled this year.

Better tuck full from Tutka than at regionals, legs in her front going into the second pass. Strong double back. This will be a big floor score for Utah. They need a big lead after the first two events.

Oklahoma and Alabama both went 49.275 on that rotation. But fine scores, nothing to worry about, but not separating them from the pack. Utah gets a 49.300 on floor, outscoring Oklahoma there by .025. Now this will be interesting to see how UCLA does on the floor. Michigan gave away any advantage with that beam rotation, so this is still open open open. Oklahoma and Alabama aren’t clear yet either.

After 2: Oklahoma 98.550, Michigan 98.175, Utah 49.300, Alabama 49.275, UCLA 49.075, Arkansas 48.975
The goal for UCLA should be to outscore Utah on the floor. The key will be how the judges feel about Pritchett’s routine. Alabama needs a big beam rotation to try to escape the. Kayla Williams will be the vital performance to watch after her recent struggles and difficult podium training.

Rotation 3:
Utah will need their two-event score to be higher than Oklahoma’s to feel comfortable right now.

DeJesus to start for UCLA on floor. I like the decision to move her to leadoff because if the judges respond to her dance, she could bump up the score for the rest of the team. Slightly low on double pike but fine, solid landing on the double back (We see a beam hit for Milliner in the background), switch ring wasn’t all the way there, 1.5 to layout is good. hit routine.

Grable on bars, nice jaeger, perhaps short on her bail hs, nice final hs and a stuck double front. Very nice. Lofgren on vault has leg form on the block and pikes down. Stuck, though.

Still a little shocked that Bynum is competing in the postseason. Double back was low but hit, switch split was . . . not one. Hits double tuck dismount. They got through this routine, which was big.  

Now the Williams routine, gets the punch front this time, just a bit low, very clean loso, this is the routine they hoped for from her, bends to hold onto the 1.5 stick.

Wilson on vault, not quite the stick we expect from her. With that and the piking, I’d go 9.900.

Salmon gets through her bars routine. Arkansas trying to get back a fall from Borsellino. They’re scoring well but a few breaks in the Salmon routine. 

Zam hits floor for UCLA. Pritchett now. 1/2 in 1/2 out was very secure. Low chest on the double pike dismount as per usual but that front foot wasn’t moving.

Alabama got through the danger zone on beam, now they can just work. Hits her lo lo series, slightly short of rotation on that popa but fine. Has she ever wobbled on that barani? Like ever? Hope forward on 1.5.

Courtney now, controlling the mount is always key for her. She controlled it this time. Nice. Courtney appears on so far. The judges gave Pritchett a 9.900, which is fair and not overenthusiastic. Strong double pike. UCLA should feel pretty good about this floor rotation.

Priess hits her aerial + swingdown well, that switch split did not hit the position, L turn is excellent, sticks gainer full. She gets a 9.825. They took for those splits. Beam judges a little tight overall so far though. 

Sawa’s floor routine is just gravy now, excellent double tuck mount, double pike is secure with a low chest, opportunity to improve on that 9.800 from Bynum here, pulls her front layout around. Also anchoring after Courtney should help bump up that score. 9.825, which is fair but didn’t get the bump.

Wonderful 2.5 from Stambaugh, this is better than the routine that received a 9.950 at regionals until a few low rudi dismount that will keep her from finals.

After 3: Alabama 98.550, Oklahoma 98.550, UCLA 98.525, Utah 98.500, Michigan 98.175, Arkansas 97.875
Nothing between those top teams now. Alabama and Oklahoma will feel comfortable that they have their good events still to come after some 49.2 rotations about. UCLA got back in this with the highest floor score of the day so far. Utah is in a tough position because their weaker events are still to come. They needed more than that 49.200 on vault.

Big work to do for Michigan on floor, but I think even a 49.300 keeps them in fairly good position with those vaults still to come. Control, control, control. UCLA didn’t have the best landing positions, but they landed more securely than any team so far today, which is why they got the highest score.

I expect big work from Oklahoma on bars. They need those sticks and need a 49.400 to start to feel comfortable in this.

Rotation 4:
We’ll start with Grable on beam, good full turn, small correction after her aerial but hit loso series, other than one wobble, everything is excellent, eee double pike is low with a step forward, that will keep this routine out of EF.

Syd Sawa on vault, sticks a yfull. Where did that come from, lady? Great vault to open. 9.825 is lowish by a tad for a stick but it was the leadoff. Pritchett sticks as well, but didn’t have the leg form. Perhaps her best of the year so far, though.  

Clark for Oklahoma on bars, handstands look good, sticks double back, easy routine for her.

Michigan gets a good 9.850 start from Beilstein, now needs a good number from Zurales. Nice high double pike, this is clean and they need these big scores.

Well, it appears the judges only went a touch low on the first vault because they have given a 9.950 to Kaelie Baer, her career high, looked stuck I suppose with the minorest of corrections in the foot. Courtney breaks the sticking streak, but her vault is good enough that it should still score well.

Zam needs a stick to keep her AA hopes alive and keep the team in good shape. Hops back. If that doesn’t make finals, though  . . .Her vault is so much better than anyone else that it should still score exceptionally well.  A 9.900, but that’s still in EF contention, but Michigan and Alabama still to go. I’m concerned. Some overjudging of landings in this vault rotation, accounting for Baer’s score being higher than Zam’s.

Nice jaeger for Spears from Oklahoma, hop forward on double arabian.

Michigan going very well on floor so far, and they will look to drop Colbert’s 9.775. They need to match UCLA on this event given UCLA’s 49.500 on vault.

Sugiyama hits floor to keep Michigan going, excellent double pike dismount.

Freier on beam now, Arkansas going on a 9.800 streak on beam, which will not be good enough. Wobble on her side aerial, hits loso series. Good dance elements, hop back on gainer full.

Michigan needs a big score from Sampson to equal UCLA’s score, but it’s possible. Just a tremendous DLO, this will score extremely well. That regionals performance is a distant memory. UCLA still with a big lead on Michigan. Michigan can still gain because they are stronger on vault than UCLA is on bars. All those vaults need to be stuck though.

Big rotations for UCLA and Oklahoma with 49.500s. A bit of breathing room for both for the moment, but Oklahoma still has to do beam and UCLA still has to work through those bar routines, which were only average at regionals. They must be much crisper with more stuck landings today.

After 4: Oklahoma 148.050, UCLA 148.025, Michigan 147.575, Arkansas 146.875, Alabama 98.550, Utah 98.500
Teams are beginning to get a feel for the floor now, and I expect Alabama to keep the pace with Oklahoma and UCLA’s totals here and then jump forward finishing on vault. Oklahoma goes to beam, needs something better than that 49.175 from regionals. I’m not completely counting out Utah yet, but it will be a challenge on these remaining events. Stuck dismounts are imperative. 

Michigan and Oklahoma are finishing here and will set the pace. The score to beat for Michigan on vault is 49.500. Very possible.   

In the AA, lots of people pecking around the necessary number, but surprisingly Sloan’s score looks pretty safe. I’m kind of shocked by that. Zamarripa struggled on beam and couldn’t control her vault.

I’m very interested to see how this Colbert-last strategy works for Michigan on vault.

Rotation 5:
Priess to open on floor. Good double back, switch ring was just OK, very squatty on her double pike dismount with a large step back. That will take her score out of the great range. 

Hughes is hitting her handstands on bars until the end, hop forward on tuck full. Fine but they need great.

Sampson on vault, very strong form in the air, hops in place, but otherwise that was excellent.
Oklahoma gets a 9.825 for Mooring. Sugiyama is under on her y1.5 and steps back, they did not need that after Beilstein’s low score.

Kmieciak on beam now, correction on her loso series, very small break on her leaps series. A little low on her double tuck dismount with a step forward.
Utah is getting big scores on bars. The number just shifted into high gear in the second half of this rotation.

What a time to lose the wifi, huh? Anyway, Michigan gets just a 49.275 on vault. They needed much more than that, but Utah gets some insane scores on bars to stay right in this thing. To the people who saw the routines, how do you feel about those Utah scores? Landings, landings, landings I suppose.

Eeek. Apparently Atkinson hurt herself on bars. Nice to see her walking away.
Oklahoma has been good not great on beam so far, but they need a good hit from Spears. Very clean routine until she hopped forward on her gainer full. They can’t afford those hops.

Big double arabain from Milliner, a little bouncy on her middle pass, otherwise a strong routine. 9.950.

Oklahoma scores a 197.200 as a final score. Remember that is not safe so far. Alabama, UCLA and Utah all can pass that. Michigan looks to be done.

Alabama is in very healthy position with a 49.450 on floor.

Here’s how we stand. UCLA needs a 49.200 on bars to go ahead of Oklahoma. Alabama needs a 49.225 on vault to do the same, and Utah needs a 49.250 on beam to do the same. In order of likelihood, Alabama is the most likely and Utah is the least likely.

I didn’t see enough of Oklahoma’s beam to get a good sense, but did it feel harsh to anyone else? Then again, the beam judging has been tight all session, which may be trouble for Utah.

Rotation 6:
This is what it all means. This is by no means decided going into the final rotation. Alabama should feel the best right now. No one else can breathe.This really may come down to Dabritz on beam. Also watch UCLA. None of those regionals 9.7s.

Important Tutka routine for Utah now, huge break in the hips on the series. Pressure already on everyone else, another one on the front, they’ll have to drop this score. Pikes her gainer full as well. 

Williams on vault, ooh steps. I almost assumed the stick. Still a great score, but it will be another test as to the overjudging of landings. Nothing else was wrong. Jacob follows with a pretty large hop out of it. She wouldn’t be vaulting if Sledge or Gutierrez were able.

Wong on bars, nice jaeger, just piked on her bail hs, short on DLO with a hop. They’ll want to drop this but it wasn’t horrible.

Good yfull from Priess but piked and hops to the side. Not great so far, but they don’t need to be great. Great yfull from Clark. More controlled on landing than Williams.

DeJesus had one questionable handstand but otherwise owned it. Good height for Beers on vault but again another non-stick. Unexpected and will become an issue tomorrow.

De La Torre goes over on a handstand. They did not need that big mistake there. They are not safe.

Also a step from Milliner on her 1.5 Alabama needs sticking help.

Alabama finishes with 197.375. They are safe.

Oklahoma thanks the great Sooner as Utah will be counting a 9.4 on beam.
On bars, Courtney had some form breaks and a step on dismount, but the pressure is so much lower now that Utah has fallen.

UCLA doesn’t need an amazing score from Zam, but they still need a good one to pass Oklahoma.She overindulges that first handstand a little, but is low again on her DLO and steps forward. It may just be that UCLA doesn’t pass Oklahoma and is saved by Utah’s multiple mistakes on beam.

Lofgren hits beam for Utah, but a bad beam rotation takes them out of it. This has been building all season and is no surprise.

UCLA finishes with a 197.200, same as Oklahoma and would have lost the tiebreak had it mattered.

Finishing up with the Arkansas floor routines, but we already know that Alabama, Oklahoma, and UCLA will advance to Super Six.

Dabritz hit beam (not that we saw it)! I suppose that’s a very small consolation.

Bridget Sloan will be our national AA champion.

Grable finishes the competition for us with an exceptionally good routine, great double arabian, very slightly low on her double pike but nice. I hope she makes finals. She will. Great routine.

Oh BARF! I just noticed we have another 11 vault qualifiers from this session. At least Zam makes it, but it means we have 24 vaulters in finals on Sunday. Bring your survival kit. Stay hydrated.

OK here is where we stand overall:
TEAM:
1. Florida 197.775
2. Alabama 197.350
3. LSU 197.325
4. Oklahoma 197.200
4. UCLA 197.200
6. Georgia 197.150
7. Michigan 196.850
8. Minnesota 196.375
9. Utah 196.200
10. Arkansas 196.150
11. Illinois 195.700
12. Stanford 194.700

AA:
1. Sloan 39.600
2. Courville 39.575
3. Wong 39.525
3. King 39.525
3. Sampson 39.525
3. Zurales 39.525
5. Hunter 39.475
5. Grable 39.475
5. Dabritz 39.475
Disappointing day for Zamarripa, but she didn’t hit any of those landings. 

Vault qualifiers: Courville, LSU; Martin, Denver; Jay, Georgia; Wong, Nebraska; Johnson, Florida: Dickerson, Florida; Hunter, Florida; Davis, Georgia; Cheek, Georgia; Mathis, LSU; Morrison, LSU; Mable, Minnesota; Dayton, Stanford; Sampson, Michigan, Baer, UCLA, Atkinson*, Auburn; Beers, Alabama; Milliner, Alabama; Clark, Alabama; Mooring, Oklahoma; Wong, UCLA; Courtney, UCLA; Zamarripa, UCLA; Wilson, Utah
Bars qualifiers: Caquatto, Florida; Davis, Georgia; Morrison, LSU; Sloan, Florida; Johnson, Florida; Wyrick, LSU; Brewer, Oklahoma; Dabritz, Utah; Clark, Oklahoma; Damianova, Utah
Beam qualifiers: Caquatto, Florida; Shealy, Iowa State; Sloan, Florida; King, Florida; Nordquist, Minnesota; Williams, Alabama; Francis, UCLA; Zurales, Michigan; Brewer, Oklahoma
Floor qualifiers: Wong, Nebraska; Sloan, Florida; King, Florida; Weinstein, Illinois; Courville, LSU; Mable, Minnesota; Milliner, Alabama; Grable, Arkansas; Courtney, UCLA; Jacob, Alabama; Sampson, Michigan; Damianova, Utah

See you tomorrow, 7:00 ET, 4:00 PT for Super Six

Regionals Live Blog: The Day That Matters


Watch the bubble teams like Stanford today. They need a little more of this and a little less “Why are we getting a 9.675?”

After a whole regular season of “We just have to focus on ourselves” and “Results don’t matter” and “We might as well be competing in a uni-meet, and let’s pretend that’s not insane,” it’s very refreshing to arrive at the day when hitting is finally a thing that people need to do. Today, they are consequences. Today, individual narratives about personal improvement and stepping up to help the team fall away in favor of actual competition between programs where it doesn’t matter if you’ve improved by a tenth over last season if you can’t turn it into a victory.

Do any of the seeds have a strong chance of going down? Absolutely, but I feel less confident about that than I did in February. Early in the season, it appeared certain that there was enough depth throughout the country to ensure that a clear twelve would not emerge. Now, with the exception of the 12/13 fight, it will take a mistake for the top seeds to go away, but mistakes are what today is all about. They make everything more interesting, and things often get crazy at regionals. We can only hope.

All the links you could ever need are available in the previous post


Last year, seven teams advanced with scores under 197, and the top score overall was a 197.325. That will not be the case today.

Action gets at 5:00 ET/2:00 PT with the Norman, Oklahoma regional. Things can get a little confusing with everything happening at the same time, so here is a very rough breakdown of the different times major things should be happening (assuming 30 minutes per rotation including touch and all the standing around, which is hopefully a very generous time allotment).

5:00/2:00 – Oklahoma VT
5:30/2:30 – Stanford UB, Penn St. FX
6:00/3:00 – Oklahoma UB, Stanford BB, Penn St. VT, UCLA VT, Florida VT, Michigan VT, Ohio St. FX
6:30/3:30 – Oklahoma BB, LSU UB, Minnesota UB, Nebraska UB, Auburn FX, Ohio St. VT
7:00/4:00 – Stanford FX, Penn St. UB, UCLA UB, LSU BB, Florida UB, Minnesota BB, Auburn VT, Michigan UB, Nebraska BB, Alabama VT, Georgia VT
7:30/4:30 – Oklahoma FX, Stanford VT, Penn St. BB, UCLA BB, Ohio St. UB, Florida BB, Michigan BB, Utah UB, Oregon St. UB, Arkansas FX
8:00/5:00 – LSU FX, Ohio St BB, Minnesota FX, Auburn UB, Nebraska FX, Alabama UB, Utah BB, Georgia UB, Oregon St. BB, Arkansas VT
8:30/5:30 – UCLA FX, LSU VT, Florida FX, Minnesota VT, Auburn BB, Michigan FX, Nebraska VT, Alabama BB, Georgia BB
9:00/6:00 – Utah FX, Oregon St. FX, Arkansas UB
9:30/6:30 – Alabama FX, Utah VT, Georgia FX, Oregon St. VT, Arkansas BB

Why am I nervous? It’s not like I’m competing. This is why I would never be able to compete with calm confidence. I tend to favor maniacal doubt.
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We’re nearly there now. The competing AAers are listed at the bottom of the Oklahoma scoring page. I see Taylor Spears but no Brie Olson. Perhaps she’s off beam after the recent struggles. They have options there if Kmieciak is back in the leadoff position because Clark and Mooring have been competing well lately. Regardless of the recent falls, it would be very un-Oklahoma-like to put up beam routines under 9.850 today. 

Oklahoma stream has started. Quad-screen, windows for each event. Someone just warmed up a nice sheep jump and L turn on beam.

Rotation 1:
Ack! Are we already starting? Spears on VT for Oklahoma, pretty strong Yfull, a little piked over and a hop in place. Mostly her usual. Looks like a fall on a release leading off for Iowa on bars. 

Very clean Yfull from Mooring with a small step forward. Good distance and position. I do wish we had some stadium announcement or commentary to tell us what’s happening and provide gymnast identification. Good yfull third up for Oklahoma, Kmieciak in her return, minor shuffle on landing, which has been the usual for the first three.

Iowa’s having a bit of a disaster on bars. Mooring’s yhalf went 9.925, so we’re going high for non-sticks. Olson goes third, essentially the same, clean yfull in the air with a minor hop back on salute.

Kanewa fifth on vault for Oklahoma, best height so far, not quite the distance, also a hop back on the salute. This rotation will score very well, but these landings will need to become more secure at nationals. Scaman finishes with a 1.5, fairly large step forward. The most difficulty on the team but the least controlled landing. This won’t be the best vault rotation for Oklahoma this year, but no problems, as expected.

Oklahoma VT – 49.375 – no sticks, so no better could be expected. Since there are no other regionals going on, it’s time to turn attention to some other teams. No one has broken out of the 9.7s yet elsewhere. A Washington gymnast just had a punch front to her hands on floor. That’s a shame because they looked solid at Pac-12s. That was Northey, who did not compete floor at Pac-12s. Iowa is having a spectacular catastrophe on bars. I thought that was supposed to happen on beam.

Save for Southern Utah on beam on a very short walkover, did well to stay on the beam. Fifth routine for Washington (Bixler? Fetcher is out with injury) opens with a clean double tuck followed by a very high 1.5 layout. Better, but they will be counting a 9.650 already.

Southern Utah gets through beam with 9.7s. It’ll be under RQS, but not a ton.

Now we’re checking in on Bart and the actual feed with commentary. Rogers finishing for Washington on floor. The split half wasn’t quite 180, but the tumbling looked very secure. Pretty clean double back dismount.

Still waiting on the final scores for all the teams who aren’t Oklahoma. No one will be anything very close to 49, so it should be, as expected, a Stanford/Penn State affair for the second spot unless they drop down. 

I mentioned the nice beam warmup I saw earlier, it was Rachel Updike of Missouri, and she ended up receiving a 9.825 in the actual routine.

Iowa limits it to one fall, but it’s a 48.175 with beam still to come. Washington drops the Northey fall and goes 48.800 on floor. They’ll be competing without Fetcher today, so beam becomes even more interesting. Southern Utah foes 48.525 on beam.

Rotation 2:
Hopefully there will be time to watch the whole second rotation before any of the other meets go started/interesting. Where to look once that happens, I have no idea. Stanford to bars and Penn State to floor.

Penn State opens on floor with a clean leadoff routine, controlled tumbling until a minor bounce out of the dismount, fine start. Shona looks good on bars, one handstand concern but a stuck double front. Good start. 9.725 for PSU, 9.800 for Stanford. A little conservative in the scoring for those leadoffs unless Stauder went OOB.  

Washington shows a pretty piked yfull with a large step back. The stream is having a bit more trouble than it did in the first rotation, which was very nicely done. Hong on bars now, the double layout looked like it was going to be high and excellent, but she had to pike down at the end, landed low with a big hop forward. Not her best.

Penn State tumbling looks clean, awesome gienger for Stanford on bars for Vaculik, whippy DLO with legs a-crazy, but she stuck it somehow. Good routine overall. We’ve lost the live scoring. Oh, Oklahoma, you were doing so well.

Shapiro has wonderful handstands and form throughout her bars routine, just shuffles a little on the DLO trying to stick. It could have been great if not for the dismount. Really nice tumbling from Carroll on floor. Very secure landings.

Alex Archer trying to help drop Hong’s 9.750, but this is the nail-biter routine in the lineup. Not a ton of amplitude on her gienger but good catch, missed hs before dismount, two small steps on DLO. OK, a hit.

Penn State will be counting a 9.725 on floor, but these last two routines have looked very 9.850-9.875, so it shouldn’t become a problem.

Stanford UB – 48.975. They’ll have hoped for better but it wasn’t a bad rotation by any means. They lost a bigger score with small shuffles on their DLOs. Musser for PSU now on floor, small bounce on the double pike onto a mat but good height, same impressive power on the middle pass, clean routine. Could have used a little touch more control in the tumbling, but the best of the rotation for sure. Musser goes 9.850 as well. It could have been a bit higher, but I’ll always take strict judging over loose judging.

Penn St. FX – 49.075. PSU up by a tenth after the first showdown. These scores are keeping Washington in it as well. The Huskies went 48.950 on vault after a 48.800 on floor. Iowa counted a fall and a 9.6 on beam, so that’s it for them.
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Now, the chaos officially begins, so it’s time to switch to another meet. I think Florida is going to cruise, so I may not be interested in watching them later. To see a touch of them, I’ll start with thier vaults. I am interested in those landings anyway.

We haven’t started yet elsewhere, so a few notes on this Norman Regional moving forward. Stanford goes to beam and absolutely must beat Penn State there in order to take the spot. Stanford can be one of the top teams there, so this rotation is vital. Washington looks to hover around 49/196, so Stanford/Penn State must start getting those consistent 9.850/9.875 scores to pull away.

Florida just doing intros now. Ohio State is slightly ahead. I’ll try to keep an eye on both as long as I can.

Ah, Oklahoma’s third rotation beat out the first rotation anywhere else. Lots of low 9.8s so far, which is good news early in the vault rotation for Penn State. Oklahoma gets a 9.900 for Clark, so their pace looks secure. Penn State has multiple gymnasts overperforming their RQSs. Important 9.875 for Morgan in the first position for Stanford. Her routine is worth it but doesn’t always get it as a leadoff. ———————————————-
Touch still going on in Florida, Ohio State underway. Penn State goes 49.175 on vault. The pressure is still on there. Oklahoma’s bars scores are going big but not huge.

Pritchett leads off for UCLA on vault. Still in the lineup, but one of Sawa/MDLT should be here as well. A little low on the yfull from Pritchett, usual form, minor stumble on place. More control than she had earlier in the year. MDLT in for Sawa.

Hong for Stanford gets a 9.900 on beam, so the Cardinal is on pace to pass PSU if they can keep the hitting up for the last few routines.

MDLT – She never gets a ton of lift on that vault but she trundles through it. Minor step in place. Pritchett got a 9.800, so that should go higher. Ohio State starts with a 9.600 on floor, Wong for UCLA has a ridiculous bounce out of her yfull as she tries to salute. That should be the dropper. 9.775 for MDLT. Yes, she had no height, but hers was stronger than Pritchett’s. 

Oklahoma goes 49.400 on bars, so smooth sailing there. Baer bounces out of her vault for UCLA. Her weakest landing in probably a month, but not terrible.

Alaina on vault for Florida, absolutely lovely yfull. She’s back. That’s what she was doing before she went out. Courtney on vault for UCLA – the first stick and the first one who performed up to her level. Well done. They needed that score after just a 9.825 for Baer.

Stanford has a fall from Taylor Rice on beam, so a huge anchor routine coming up for Vaculik. This is Stanford’s season.

Zam on vault – hops back. They’re struggling with the landings today a little. Will still be a massive score, but they needed a 10 from her to feel comfortable about the rotation, and this won’t be that.

Marissa King has a rather significant bounce to the side on her Tsuk 1.5, fine but they will take for the landing.

Stanford gets the hit from Vaculik for 9.825. Our first bullet of the day dodged, and Stanford comes in .050 behind Penn State at the halfway point. Still anyone’s meet, but edge to Stanford given the events will still have remaining.

Zam goes 9.900 on vault so we have UCLA VT – 49.225. Just OK and not a comfortable position so far. OSU is counting two scores in the 9.7s, so they will need big numbers from Shaffer and Miller now, which is possible.

We’re not seeing nearly enough of Florida in this Florida feed. The minorest of shuffles for Kytra on her 1.5 and she’s all mad about it. It won’t be a 10 but it will be big.

Is anyone getting any scores for West Virginia? I have nothing.

Apparently Marissa King got a 9.888 on vault. Um, that’s not a thing. Otherwise, the 9.9s are flying for Florida. They should be in excellent shape.

Apparently we didn’t have any scores from WV because it is just starting. Um, pick up the pace, dears. Goot yfull from Colbert on vault, pikes over a little to save it but a clean opening.

Ohio State went 49.000 on floor. They probably needed more than that on their best event.

According to the scores, Florida goes 49.613 on vault, so there’s that. 9.950s for Dickerson and Hunter, and we’re on clear 198 watch.

Zurales vault, beautiful yfull in the air, just a hop back on salute. She can stick that, but it should score well nonetheless.

To answer the question, we didn’t see too many of the Florida vaults, but they were excellent. Scoring probably higher than we’d see away from home but not unbelievable. More control on landings than at Secs.

Sampson on vault, excellent yfull, lands just a little bit squatted to hang onto the stick, but it was extremely strong. This is more the start Michigan needed. They should be in position to drop a 9.800 from Colbert/Beilstein. 9.850 seems low for Sampson. That was a 9.9 for me.  

Sugiyama lands just slightly short on her 1.5, takes a larger step back. Oklahoma has a 9.850 from Mooring to leadoff on beam. She remains in the leadoff position even though Kmieciak was able to return on vault today.  Washington keeping pace with 9.8s so far on bars. They won’t go away in case they get some help from Stanford/PSU.

Austin Sheppard has tremendous height on her yfull, just the one small step back. They could have vaulted better (and have this season), but they should have no problems after this event as long as the others are strong. 49.200.

Time to check in on LSU’s bars. I’m very curious about that rotation. Ranzy on bars, she has a leg break on her bail, one muscled handstand, a low landing on the DLO with a hop forward. Deductions to take but not a problem routine. 9.800 seems a touch high for that.

Dickson now for LSU, leg break on the bail, otherwise composed, quick step to salute on the tuck full, which will be a judgment call.

Oklahoma has a 9.700 (Clark) and a 9.725 (Kmieciak) on beam, so they’re still not in tremendous shape there, but no problems so far.

Ack! Courville flings way off on her jaeger and misses the bar. They needed her score, not just a hit but a 9.9 to hope to keep up with UCLA. Now they will be counting a 9.725 from Jordan and a 9.750 from Dickson. Absolutely huge routine coming up for Wyrick now.

Washington goes 49.200 on bars. Don’t ignore the Huskies. This thing could get very good as it goes down to the wire. Remind me to check in when that is in its last rotation.

Wyrick, very late giant full, hit tkatchev, nice bail hs, small hop on DLO. She got through it, but I don’t see the score being tremendous.

No scoring updates on how Auburn and Minnesota are faring in their first events yet?

Morrison finishes bars for LSU, nice tkatchev, clean bail hs, sticks tuck full – saves the rotation and by far their best routine. The score will still struggle to go over 49, though, so a bit of a deficit to UCLA at the moment. Arizona is fighting against a fall on floor and will be counting a 9.700.

I’m just as curious about the LSU beam/UCLA bars, so I will probably come back to this meet shortly. I’ll also want to watch the Penn St bars, Stanford floor. That will be crucial.

LSU gets the 9.900 for Morrison to go 48.975. They’re right there with Ohio St (49.000 floor, 48.900 vault), but that will change once LSU gets to vault and floor, as long as they can get through beam.

We’re completely spoiled by these four-event options. I’m very displeased with the Florida feed with just one routine at a time. Minnesota on bars – not sure who this us – leg separations especially on transition but a nice stuck dismount. The Gophers started with a 9.800 on bars, and if they can go up from there, it will be a big get.

Atkinson on floor for Auburn, great pike full with straddle leg landing,we cut away to go to bars and beam, but things looked good early.

Meanwhile, Arizona ended up recovering on floor for a 49.100 to go ahead of LSU after the first rotation. 9.900 for Cristello.
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Back to Norman. Dayton gets a 9.700 on floor, now to Taylor Rice, clean double back. Penn State has a low DLO dismount on bars with a step forward from Welsh. They’re both giving away bits and pieces early. Shona on floor, could use a bit more security in her early landings, but they were fine.

Nebraska has had a mistake on bars, opening things up a little bit there and making things much smoother for Michigan.

LSU got a 9.825 from Garcia in the leadoff position on beam, which is huge for them. Two hits for LSU in the first two routines. They’re nearly home free. I didn’t see any problems in Wong’s bars routine except for the lower dismount with a hop, but it gets a 9.750. It was certainly stronger than Ranzy’s 9.800.

Stanford has an error from Hong on floor, so they’ll be counting Dayton’s 9.700. This is the opening Penn State needed, as long as Penn State can drop Merriam’s fall with a hit from Musto.

Minnesota goes 49.225 on bars, which is huge on what has at often times been their weak event. Auburn has a hole now after a 49.100 on floor.

Small wobbles from Hall on beam for LSU, but this is the most secure they have looked in a while. Good hit, and a strong bars hit from MDLT in the background with a small hop on landing. Score says 9.300. Did I really miss a fall. Did she fall at the beginning and I didn’t see it? Thanks for letting me know that she Shayla-ed. Ugh. This team. If they’re not careful on beam, they will give this thing away.    

Courville on baeam and Zam on bars at the same time, both exceptionally lovely work, Zam doesn’t have her best routine, but it should still be an adequate and helpful score, hop forward on DLO, small wobbles for Courville but excellent.

Arizona goes 49.150 on vault to keep that low 196 pressure on. Bars and beam will be a bigger struggle for them, though.

Stanford gets through floor after a big hit from Shapiro and moves to .125 ahead of Penn State. Both teams should be able to stay ahead of Washington with hits. Edge to Stanford since they are on vault while Penn State is on beam.

UCLA just a 49.050 on bars, just .025 ahead of Arizona. This thing is getting quite fascinating. UCLA has a must-hit beam rotation coming up. LSU has endured beam with the most confident work of the season.  49.350. It should be home free now with those final two rotations.

Nebraska gets a 48.875 on bars, and the team finds itself behind both Illinois and Kentucky. Work to do on the beam.
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Everything to play for in the final rotation in Norman. Oklahoma is cruising into the final rotation. Stanford with a .125 lead on Penn State. I don’t think I can take UCLA’s beam rotation in the cardiac department, so I’m glad this is going on at the same time.

Penn State opens on beam, small wobble on the loso, slightly short switch split, clean aerial and back pike. Ashley Morgan near-sticks her yfull, which is new and a big routine to start for Stanford.

 Fine yfull from Rice with a hop back. Auburn is having a huge vault rotation, which will significantly put the pressure back on Minnesota.

Pikey and ragged yfull from Archer in the third position for Stanford, but she got it. No scores coming for this rotation yet, though. Some tentative work for PSU that they can’t afford. Ivana Hong’s vault looks very similar to the video at the top. Good stick with a pike forward to save it. Hit from Dayton. I wish we had the scores, but it’s going to be very tough for Penn State to beat this on the beam, even if Vaculik doesn’t get a great hit. A bit better from Vaculik on vault on the Omelianchik but she does bounce forward pretty far.

Good 1.5 off beam for Penn State. Over in Florida, Sloan gets a 9.975 on bars. Good for her. That routine can be stellar.

Scores update. Stanford goes 49.400 on vault, which is way high. 9.900 is crazy for Rice’s vault that she totally bounced out of. It also means it will be all but impossible to Penn State to catch. Looks like our first regional will go by seed with Oklahoma and Stanford advancing, as long as Oklahoma hits one more floor routine, which just happened with Brie Olson.

Fall for Ohio State on bars in the second position.
Nebraska is having a disaster on beam after a weak bars set. This is getting interesting. Michigan pulling well away, but Kentucky, Illinois, and Nebraska are all in it for the second spot right now.

Everyone is missing for Nebraska on beam. Wong is trying to save it, but even she is having a wobbly one. Nightmare start for Nebraska, but they are not out of this thing yet. They can get it back on floor and vault if they perform to Big 10s level.

Auburn is ahead of Minnesota by a point and a half right now, but Minnesota has its two best events still to come. This will remain interesting.

Danusia just hit beam to save UCLA’s world. Zamarripa had a fall (what is wrong with her today?), and Danusia was in a crazy pressure situation. Great hit with one wobble and a step on dismount. We could look back on that one.

Nebraska trails Kentucky by .400 and Illinois by .525. Both of those teams still have beam remaining.

Final in Norman: Oklahoma 197.375, Stanford 196.800, Washington 195.925, Penn State 195.875, So Utah 194.850, Iowa 194.475.

UCLA goes 49.250 on beam. They’ll take it. De Jesus leads the group with 9.900. Still not out of the woods yet, but they have a comfortable lead over Ohio State with each having one event left. Arizona’s bars routine will be telling to see how much they are still in this. A 49.275 would tie UCLA.

A brief check in down Tuscaloosa way, Utah getting 9.8s on bars. Alabama went 49.350 on vault. Fine but by no means their capability. Florida is cruising, so I’m not paying that much attention to them, but it will be interesting to see how they fare without Stageberg. I think they’re too deep for it to make a significant difference, but if Bridgey is in on floor, that might be a worry.

Georgia went 49.250 on vault. OK, but they needed those landings from Rogers and Jay. No one hit 9.900.  Boise State keeping everyone honest going over 49 on vault. Oregon State not getting the bars numbers they got at Pac-12s. I didn’t know how that would play out since they are still at home, but they’re in minor trouble after a fall from McGregor.

Utah gets a 9.900 for Dabritz for a 49.175 rotation. It’s not big, but no one is matching so far, so it should be safe if beam is endured. 

Kentucky starting slowly on bars in WV, letting Nebraska back into this.
Michigan has a fall from Gies and a lower score from Martinez on beam. This was the concern. If they can hit through, they will be able to get away with it, though depending on how the scores we haven’t yet received went. Correction from Sampson on her series but she stays in control. Good side aerial to sissone. Stuck gainer full. 

Fall from Aufiero on bars. This is the polar opposite of the Pac-12s bars rotation. Oregon State is in trouble early and Arkansas is hitting beam and Boise State hit vault after an iffy floor.

Kentucky just a 48.800 on bars. Not great, but it doesn’t take them out of it yet. A huge opportunity coming up for Illinois on the bars, which Nebraska must get it together on the floor. They are within range but probably need a 49.300 coming up.

As they have done all season, Michigan gets through beam with a 49.050. Should be clear waters now.

Arizona is not getting the scores on bars to challenge UCLA, so it looks better for the Bruins as long as Zamarripa is able to go on the floor. LSU pulling away on floor now as expected.

Fall from Stambaugh for Oregon State – nightmare rotation of all nightmare rotations. You’re welcome Arkansas. Arkansas gets a 9.950 from Grable on floor and suddenly looks like the clear #2 team at this event. Devastating for the Beavers. Obviously beam is a must hit now.

Ohio State is getting through beam, trying to stay in this, while Arizona falls over a half point behind UCLA after bars. The Bruins will be fine if they hit floor to capability.

Florida goes 49.550 on beam, so the 198 looks assured. A bit of a lull in things right now, but it will pick up momentarily. Huge rotations coming up for Nebraksa on floor, Oregon State on beam (if it even matters now, but you never know), Utah on beam, and UCLA on floor.

Ohio State finishes the meet with a beam 9.950 from Miller. They go 196.050. It won’t be enough without help.

Sledge goes 9.875 on bars, interested to see what happens to Utah in this beam rotation. Hughes up now after a 9.675 from Tutka. Good series, her dance elements are nice, buckled a little on her side aerial but managed to hang on with minimal wobbling, good double full with a hop.

Auburn opens with a 9.875 from Kluz on bars. That’s huge, and will really help stay ahead of Minn.

Clark on bars, two missed handstands and a leg break, nice stuck DLO. Jacob went 9.900 before her, apparently. So there’s that. Wilson on beam now, that 9.650 for Hughes seems unwarranted. She struggled but it was more like a 9.750 struggle to me. Hop back for Wilson on her 1.5 dismount.

Fall from Demeo on bars. It won’t matter if Priess hits because they scores have been high. Alabama’s bars scores are going too high and Utah’s beam scores are going about .050 to .075 too low compared to expected standards.  

Lopez to beam now, good loso series, minorly low on punch front but good, hop back on dismount.

Arkansas got through their depleted vault rotation with a 49.150. They are home free if they hit because Oregon State isn’t going to get that far back and Boise State probably can’t keep pace.

Lofgren clean on her series and walkover, sticks gainer full, solid routine. 

Nebraska is not starting well on floor with 9.675s. They cannot afford those scores.

Auburn on bars now relying on Yokay to get rid of a very low score. They must have her score at least in the 9.8s to stay on top.
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Checking in on UCLA’s final rotation, floor, where they lead off with De Jesus which is new. 9.850. Bynum is in the lineup, so this is how depleted the team is. They must just get through the meet then reassess the health situation afterward. Arizona is getting big numbers on beam, so UCLA must hit.

Zam is in on floor now for UCLA, so I don’t know who’s out. Hit routine for Zam. A little ragged on the final rudi but otherwise strong. She follows Bynum’s 9.850, which I believe is her season high. LSU is 9.9ing all over the vault rotation.

Pritchett now on floor, good tuck full, her usual, a bit flopsy in the form and flexibility in places, but this routine is improved over last year.

Utah goes 48.650 on beam, ending with a fall from Dabritz that unfortunately surprises no one. Scoring was tight compared to what we’ve seen this season. Denver moves ahead of Utah by a couple tenths, but still must go to beam.

Nebraska has a fall from Skinner on floor, which means all those 9.6s are counting and Illinois will be sitting pretty with one event left (the beam).

Courtney hits floor, and UCLA can finally breath. They will not be caught. LSU finishes with a 197.275 and is free as well.

Kentucky gets through beam and sets the mark at 195.575, but Illinois should be able to top that with a hit beam rotation.

UCLA will score no longer than 196.925 and will finish with Sawa on floor. Opens with a clean double back, then a slightly low double pike but fine, one pass to go, hit.

Nebraska goes 48.800 on floor and trails Illinois by .650 going into the final event. Nebraska will be on vault and Illinois will be on floor. Nebraska needs a Big 10s vault score here, in which case it would still be conceivable for them to pass Illinois.

It’s getting too exciting! With one rotation to go in Florida, Auburn leads Minnesota by .050. That’s advantage Minnesota because it is the Gophers’s best event coming up, vault. Auburn probably needed a couple more tenths from that floor rotation, and they will not feel secure in this lead.

Oregon State hit beam, which was the big concern, for 49.275, but it will be too little at this point, Georgia getting 49.2s on both events so far. Fine, but all they need to be is fine today.

Final in Columbus: LSU 197.275, UCLA 196.950, Arizona 196.100, Ohio St, 196.050, NC St. 195.275, Central Michigan 194.925.

Back to Gainesville for the final rotation. We’re seeing Sloan on floor, clean 1.5 to front layout. Large hop back for Minnesota on an otherwise clean yfull. We’re also seeing a rather tentative beam set for Auburn which is following a fall from Yokay.

Small lack of control for Dickerson on her double back, beautiful stuck yfull for Minnesota. They are taking this thing. Strong double pike to finish for Dickerson.

Guy on beam for Auburn, nice loso series, steps on the double back but a good routine. King is rocking her floor routine, and one more stuck yfull for Minnesota. 

Over to Nebraska’s attempt to salvage now. Good start for Giblin with 9.875 and Stephens with 9.850. This is exactly what they need, and now it needs to be 9.925s+. Blanske gets the 9.925, and Skinner gets the 9.950. Still alive. Big yfull from Wong with a small adjustment in place.

Illinois will want to drop that early 9.750. Big vault for DeZiel here, they’re going to need another one in the 9.9s, great high yfull with a step-salute. We’ll test the scoring for how the judges treat that landing because it was a college stick.

Clean two layouts series for Illinois. Stiff in the switch split and not hitting 180. Step forward on an OK 1.5. That can keep things afloat.

Nebraska gets a 49.650 on vault. Wowie. Illinois now needs a 49.025 to advance. They have two 9.800s counting so far. This is going to be so very close. Nebraska finishes with 195.875. Kato gets a 9.875 on beam. That’s what they need.

Weinstein trying to hit to get to nationals. Scores late in coming. Clean loso series, good straddle 1/4, clean aerial, small correction on a dance element, stuck 1.5. That may very well do it! Let’s wait on confirmation.

It’s a 9.900 for Weinstein and that’s all they needed. Illinois moves ahead of Nebraska for our first upset of the day! Michigan not strong on floor so far, but it won’t remotely matter.

A whole bunch of finals coming in now.

Final in Gainesville: Florida 198.400, Minnesota 197.100, Auburn 196.700, Maryland 195.575, Pittsburgh 194.775, Bridgeport 194.225

Final in Morgantown: Michigan 196.725, Illinois 196.025, Nebraska 195.875, Kentucky 195.575, West Virginia 194.475, North Carolina 194.350.

Vault was fantastic for Nebraska, but there was no coming back from three weak rotations to precede it.
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Just two meets to focus on now, and I’ve been a bit neglectful of them in the midst of an upset. Alabama gets a 49.200 on beam. They’re doing well, and certainly well enough for this meet, but the scores aren’t flying. Georgia is in control of the Corvallis Regional after a big beam rotation. Arkansas can pull away for that second slot with a good bars rotation now.

Utah to floor, Denver to bars. Utah can erase that beam situation with a 49.3+ on floor now. A little close on the jaeger for Denver, step forward on double back. Deductions there.

Stumble forward for Lofgren on her final loso. Not the start they wanted. 9.675. The end of Del Priore’s routine now, but we didn’t get to see any tumbling, just the final pose. Neither Utah nor Denver scoring particularly well so far in this rotation. We didn’t see what happened to cause Del Priore’s 9.575, but this is becoming a problem now. Wilson’s DLO is clean, secure double back. Her tumbling was proficient as usual.

Disaster for Arkansas’s Glover to start on bars – 8.400. They’re not clear enough to afford to count a fall.

Dabritz to floor, very low on her pike full in, knees buckle but she does well to stay on her feet. They are all over the place in this rotation. They got a 9.875 for Wilson, which will be vital in trying to catch up. Denver is now trying to drop an error as well. Utah will have the clear advantage in the final rotation, vault versus Denver on beam. Dabritz still manages a 9.850 with a buckle, so maybe the judges are trying to make up for beam.

Good gienger from McGee on bars for Denver, stuck DLO. They needed that. Not a lot of content in that routine, but it worked for her. Important routine for Damianova and she’s going clean. Good hit and it will probably score well.

Arkansas is one routine from Salsberg away from getting through bars. Tutka for Utah lands low on her tuck full with a step forward, has to do a little Raisman swimming to control the large bounce out of her middle pass into her sissone. Very good double back. 

Checkin in on Oregon State, Jones is on floor looking excellent. The team has been strong after that bars disaster. Arkansas gets a 49.150 on bars, which is all they needed. They’re closing in now with Boise State recording some low scores.

I was quite harsh on Arizona State in the preview, so I’m pleased to see how well they’ve done on vault and floor. Vault in particular looked very weak at Pac-12s, so that’s a good improvement. If not for the poor bars rotation, they would have been in this.

Stambaugh is brilliant on floor, her 2.5 is excellent in the air, but she does hop to the side with both feet.

Over in Alabama, Denver and Utah will go into the final rotation tied at 147.000. Big edge to Utah because of the events remaining.

Arkansas with such an edge going into the final event that they would need a complete beam meltdown for this to become a meet. And if that happened, Arizona State, believe it or not, would be the team waiting in the wings. I like Arizona State to finish third regardless, which is a major accomplishment. Seeing the ASU vaults now, the landings are a world better than at Pac-12s, but the early routines did get quite overscored.

Both meets in rotation breaks now, but Alabama and Georgia are well in control, and Arkansas and Utah have it in their hands.

Priess starts on floor, clean double back mount, this is just routine for Alabama now, but it will be interesting to compare them to Florida’s routines, the bits that we saw.

Lofgren vaults, pikes a yfull slightly and takes a very large step-salute out of it that a harsher judge coult count as a landing deduction. Big break for Denver on beam, leg up to save it.

Utah averaging 9.850 for each of the first three vaults, while we see another huge wobble for Denver on an aerial to open the routine, and now a fall. Some sort of horrible error or mid-vault injury for the gymnast rotation with Utah. Utah’s 49.400 on vault will almost surely do it with Denver already counting a 9.700.  

Over in Corvallis, Earls hits to open for Georgia. Arkansas could probably even count a relatively reasonable fall and still advance. Grable begins, clean aerial to bhs loso, well completed leaps, good front toss to straddle, small hop back on double pike, brilliant routine. She’s having quite a day.

Tanella on floor, good height on the double pike. Grable got a 9.900 for her beam routine. Four to go. Persinger on floor, good double back, beautiful L turn, just barely stays in on her double pike, slight lack of control. Salmon for Arkansas hits beam for 9.800.

Glover on beam now, this is the big nerve-wracking one, her form on the bhs 1/1 is absolutely insane, big wobble. A bit of a coverage blip and now it’s Rogers on floor, stuck double pike, every so slightly squatty. 

Wonderful Bhardwaj from Asturias on bars, near-stuck double back dismount. Well done. Oregon State finishes with a 195.375, it will be just ahead of Boise State and Cal.

Great double pike from The Shayla. Dance-stumble out of her front 2/1, very nice rudi. She’s showing the best floor work of her career by far this year.

Arkansas doesn’t even need a hit in these last two beam routines to advance.

Final in Tuscalooosa: Alabama 197.400, Utah 196.400, Iowa State 195.400, Denver 195.275, BYU 194.450, Kent St. 193.500

Final routines now in Corvallis, but Georgia and Arkansas have already confirmed advancing. The scoring has been a little strange at this meet. For three routines it will seem perfectly fine and accurate, and then it will just explode inexplicably.

Erin Freier has great lines on beam and can be a great anchor if she works on her fluidity a bit in the coming years. Great meet for Arkansas, overcoming such a rough start to the year.

Final in Corvallis: Georgia 197.425, Arkansas 196.950, Arizona State 195.700, Oregon State 195.375, Boise State 195.350, Cal 195.125

Advancing teams:
Oklahoma
Stanford
LSU
UCLA
Florida
Minnesota
Michigan
Illinois
Alabama
Utah
Georgia
Arkansas

Nebraska and Oregon State bit by the bug tonight. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen two upsets in the same regional day.

Conference Championships Live Blog – The Storm before the Better Storm

As championship season begins, the title picture remains relatively unchanged from its position at the beginning of year. Oklahoma has proven itself a serious contender instead of a peripheral one, and UCLA has dropped down because of injuries, but by and large this is where we expected to be.

We might have hoped that the Super Six outlook, which seemed rather fuzzy in December and January, would work itself out during the season, but it remains as uncertain as ever. The top eleven teams in the country can all claim a Super Six status of at least possible. For the teams currently at the back of that group (Nebraska, Oregon State, and Stanford), today will be crucial in determining their postseason fates. There will be no more playing around with lineups or strategies about peaking at the right time. This begins the peaking time, and those teams will decide whether we whittle down that group of eleven today.

Since 1989, no team has won the National Championship without placing in the top two at a conference championship. Also remember that we will have four judges beginning today instead of two. Throwing out scores tends to even out the scoring a little bit and mitigate the influence of slaphappy judges. Gymnasts who have been getting a bunch of forgiving 9.875s and 9.925s will see those go down to 9.850s and 9.900s today.


Championships Schedule
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Big Ten Championship – Session 1Scores
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – MAC Championship – Scores Video(free)
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – EAGL Championship – Scores Video(free)
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – SEC Championship – Session 1 Scores
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Big 12 Championship Scores
4:30 ET/1:30 PT – Pac-12 Championship – Session 1 Scores
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Big Ten Championship – Session 2 Scores 
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – SEC Championship – Session 2  Scores?
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – WAC Championship 
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Pac-12 Championship – Session 2 Scores

Our opening major action will be the first session of the Big Ten Championship, which is already underway. I expect the teams in the second session to outpace the first, certainly Michigan and Nebraska, but Illinois and Ohio State could jump into a top-four placement with a good meet/mistake from Minnesota or Penn State.

In this first session, I’m mostly keeping an eye on Ohio State. This team is going to be dangerous as a regional host, and I think any of the teams in line to go there (Georgia/Michigan, LSU, Utah, UCLA) will hope that OSU makes it up to the top 18 to be a #3 seed. It’s hard enough to deal with a host that can go high 196s at home without also having to deal with a feisty #3 seed. However, no manner of home advantage can make falls not happen, so if Ohio State is to make Nationals again this year, proving hit capability today is a must.

After the first rotation, Illinois leads with a 49.025 on bars, host Michigan State is second with a 48.825 on floor, and Ohio State is third with 48.750 on vault. That number is well below Ohio State’s expected score, so a slow start there. Ohio State is yet to break 196 on the road this year. If the team is to make it to the top 18, a low-mid 196 is the minimum requirement, so work to be done there.

Iowa had a shambolic beam for 46.550, so that’s it for them.

As it stands after two rotations, it appears that Illinois is going to 9.800 everyone to death for a session victory. Illinois stands at 98.125, followed by Michigan State and Ohio State at 97.775 and 97.675. Revision from Iowa on floor, much improved event, still trailing significantly, though. 

The MAC and EAGL Championships are soon to begin. EAGL is providing live video (link above). These are seven- and eight-team, so there will be plenty of time to check in on them over the coming decade if you are interested.

This is a very important potential result for Michigan State. The Spartans currently sit at #42 but with a 193.450 still to drop, they have great potential to move up. A lot will depend on Iowa State’s and Pittsburgh’s results later, but a high 195 would put great pressure on those teams.

Michigan State managed another high 48, this time on bars, so they are still on that high 195 pace but only just. A major beam rotation is necessary.

I have the EAGL stream on right now. Maryland is just getting through beam so far. They already have a 9.450 and just eked out a tentative but hit routine with wobbles. Both Maryland and NC State have been 196 at their best, and it may very well take a 196 to win today, so Maryland already looks to be competing from behind a bit. Nope, now there is an 8.525, so that 9.450 is counting. Maryland is no longer getting through beam.

Ohio State saved beam after an early fall from Aepli, so they continue to exert some pressure on Illinois, but the Illini just finished with a 9.9 parade from O’Connor, See, and Weinstein for a big floor score. With just vault left, Illinois should be able to hang on for a strong mid 196 in this session.

These last few floor routines for Pittsburgh are solid and very acceptably 9.7s. They should have the lead after the first rotation, which puts a little more pressure on Michigan State in that top 36 battle.

Kent State leads the MACs after the first rotation with a 49 on floor, dropping a 9.575 and receiving a 9.900 from Case. 

We’re rounding to the end of the first session at Big Tens, with Illinois just putting things away on vault. Ohio State is recovering from a sloppy beginning for what looks like a respectable, 196 contending score.

Oh, NC State really needed a better vault score than 48.950. That needed to be in the 49s. Disappointing 9.750 from Ouelette after she stuck well last weekend. They’ll still lead, but that should have been a better margin.

Illinois didn’t do spectacularly on vault (counting a 9.650), but it will be enough for 196.475 and the session win. That could potentially place higher than fifth. I wouldn’t necessarily guarantee that Minnesota and Penn State will go 196.500 on the road.

Michigan State has a fall in the last position on beam, but it doesn’t count. It does mean that a few lower scores do count and that the final number is 195.450, which I think is going to be too low to make top 36. It does, for the moment, put them in front of current #36 Iowa State, but Iowa State, George Washington, New Hampshire, and Rutgers still have time to pass.

Big Ten Session 1 Final Scores:
1. Illinois – 196.475
2. Ohio State – 195.950
3. Michigan State – 195.450
4. Iowa – 193.400

Ohio State still didn’t pass 196 on the road and will not move into the top 18.

Ack! It’s already almost time for Big 12s and SEC 1. This day is moving so quickly! Oklahoma will be the first high-scoring team of the day to compete and will set the scoring tone for the second sessions happening later. It’s going to be difficult to adjust after all the 9.7s that have peppered the early sessions.

EAGL after 1 event:
1. NC State – 48.950
2. New Hampshire – 48.900
3. Pitt – 48.775
4. George Washington – 48.675
5. Maryland – 48.550
6. North Carolina – 48.475
7. Rutgers – 48.400
8. Towson – 47.600

That floor score is big for New Hampshire in their top-36 race.

At the MACs, Central Michigan had a rough opening on bars and was probably the only team that could challenge Kent State. It should be a calm run to the title for Kent State if they stay clean.

Pitt gets a 48.900 on vault. They have a bit of a cushion over New Hampshire and George Washington in the rankings, but they must keep up that kind of scoring.

On the scores for Big 12s, I see only two judges listed per event. That’s a mistake, right? Four judges per event is the requirement for a conference meet.

Maryland is giving more away on floor. No one breaks 9.800. I’m pretty sure I saw a Maryland gymnast land with 1.5 feet out of bounds, and yet that is not showing up in the score. Creative. I saw a pretty strong DLO from Rutgers on bars, and they keep in the conversation with a 48.875 on that event.
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SECs is underway. A light delay has pushed Big 12s back slightly. Kluz starts Auburn on vault with a 9.775. The top three teams in this session are all capable of and should be expecting low 49s on vault. Auburn probably has the biggest scoring ceiling, but Arkansas gets a nice boost from Grable.

North Carolina has a mess from the final two beam workers, taking them essentially out of the running.

Big 12s has now started as well. Ward leading off bars instead of Clark, and she gets a 9.850. SECs is a 9.775 parade in the early going.

Kentucky starts beam with a 9.775 and a 9.825. It’s nice to see Mitchell go into the 9.8s because she is very secure and was getting 9.750s for routines that would have received easy 9.8s from a name team. The judges range from a 9.700 to a 9.900 for Yokay’s vault. She goes 9.825. Welcome to the four-judge system, where everything begins to balance out.

Big action for Oklahoma to begin on bars. Two 9.850s and a 9.900 from Clark now in the third position. This is easily shaping up to be the biggest rotation of the day so far. Iowa State gets a 49.050 on vault, somewhat beginning to crush the hopes of all those EAGL teams hoping to move ahead. Iowa State’s previous season best on vault was a 48.700, so there’s that.

Auburn scores a 49.100 on vault. It’s fine, but they’ve been better. Others can pass that. Atkinson and Guy go 9.850. The other rotations are a bit slow to update, but Missouri is putting in a solid floor.

Kentucky is now counting a fall on beam, which is entirely my fault after talking up their beam quality. Sorry. 48.500.

Oklahoma finishes bars with 9.950s from Olson and Spears. 49.550, dropping that measly opening 9.850. I wish we were getting the individual judges’ scores. 

Arkansas finishes with a 48.850 on bars. They were able to drop a fall from Borsellino, but that’s certainly not the score they were looking for after a strong showing last week at UCLA on the event. That puts more pressure on a somewhat terrifying beam lineup coming up next. Missouri hit a stronger floor rotation to stay in, but vault has been a nightmare for them this year.

SEC Part 1 – After 1:
1. Auburn 49.100
2. Missouri 48.975
3. Arkansas 48.850
4. Kentucky 48.500
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At EAGLs, NC State avoids counting a fall on bars, but a 48.800 puts them less than a tenth ahead of New Hampshire and Pitt at the halfway point.  

At Big 12s, Oklahoma had 49.550, Iowa State has 49.050, and West Virginia has 48.725. Still no Kmieciak for Oklahoma. It seems like it’s always something with that team, and yet they still have 9.850s to spare with Ward coming in on bars and Mooring coming in on beam already for 9.850s today. 

Second rotation has begun at SECs. Lots of 9.775-9.800 scores. While this is the first rotation, these are talented, 9.9-capable teams, but that hasn’t been reflected in the scores/performances yet. 

Auburn is now fighting against a fall from Walker in the final couple routines. Big routines needed from Atkinson and Yokay now. They get 9.800s from both to get through the event with 48.875. Still not what they were looking for. Just on 196 pace now and a chance for Arkansas to gain some ground. That 9.550 on beam from Glover won’t help, though.

Kentucky has steadied their world on floor with the highest rotation score of the day so far at 49.125. They’re not out of it given the way things are going.

Oklahoma was picking up on beam right where bars left off until a fall by Brie Olson. That’s becoming a thing, a fall from either Alexander or Olson. They haven’t had to count one yet, so let’s see if that continues.

Arkansas drops the score from Glover and endures beam for 49.100. That’s a major obstacle out of the way.

SEC Part 1 – After 2:
1. Auburn 97.975
2. Arkansas 97.950
3. Kentucky 97.625
4. Missouri 97.425

That’s still anyone’s game. I like Arkansas on floor over Auburn on beam, so expect the Razorbacks to have the lead going into the final rotation.
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With all the falls Oklahoma had been giving away on beam these last few weeks, it had to happen sometime. With Brewer’s fall, Oklahoma will be counting a fall on beam. For them, it’s just better to get it out of the way now and fix the problem for regionals. Who would have expected this turn of events? Still a 48.825 even with a counting fall. That’s better than the scores we’re seeing for hit rotations anywhere else.

Big 12s After 2:
1. Oklahoma 98.375
2. Iowa State 98.075
3. West Virginia 97.825
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At EAGLs, Pittsburgh gets another 48.800 on bars, but Maryland gets a 49.175 on vault to jump right back into the conversation. NC State and New Hampshire are on a bye. Rutgers counted a fall on beam to fall completely out of contention both here and in the RQS race. 

Oklahoma must regroup after beam. Low-mid 197s is still attainable, and the title shouldn’t really be in question.
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Arkansas has a fall on floor from Elswich in the second position, while Auburn has had two nice beam scores to begin. It appears I have jinxed again. I must stop doing that, but won’t because it’s not a real thing.

I would like to announce that once the first session of Pac-12s begins (a few minutes away), I will have three monitors going at the same time. Never underestimate my level of gymnastics dorkiness. 

Oklahoma getting things back together on floor, two 9.900s already with two routines to go.

Has anyone else lost scoring updates for SECs, or is it just me? I think that’s a cue to turn focus to Pac-12s for a moment.

West Virginia has a disaster on bars to fall out of the running, while Iowa State gets through beam remaining above 196 pace.

Oh SECs, you had been doing so well after discovering (in 2012) that live scoring was something you could do. This is now a problem.
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 Uh oh. Pac-12s is trying to do one routine at a time in a quad meet. This is going to take forever.

Vaccher starts on bars for Washington, not quite all the way on a handstand or two and a large bounce forward on the tuck full. I’m not going to do every routine, but I’ll provide overall updates.

Oklahoma gets a huge 49.500 on floor, so that mid 197 is still alive.

Clean, wobble-free beam start for Arizona State. Flores goes OOB for Arizona on floor to start.

EAGLs has been shaken up by NC State counting a fall on beam. Now New Hampshire, Pittsburgh, and Maryland are all within a tenth going into the final event. Well, well, well.

Very piked yfull for Cal but a pretty controlled landing. Vault must be unbreable in this format when you have to wait through a bars, beam, and floor routine before your team can do another three-second routine. ASU is getting through beam well through the first couple routine.

Another OOB for Arizona on the mount. This is supposed to be Arizona’s event, and they can’t afford to give this much away.

SEC update is that Auburn and Arkansas are tied going into the last event. This would be really exciting if we had scores.

Cal isn’t getting much of a block on these yfulls, but they are controlling the dismounts for minimal deductions. Third bars routine from Washington starts strong, but a missed handstand at the end and a very piked DLO will bring the score down a bit. Stuck landing, though.

Steigerwalt falls on a double stag for Arizona State. Three routines left to fight against that.

Oklahoma has a couple lowish scores by their standards on vault, but nothing problematic. The final few vault closer to standards, 9.9 from Olson and 9.925 from Kanewa.  

Arizona is cleaner on the third floor routine, but they’re already counting something under 9.600.

We are now halfway through the first rotation at Pac-12s. For. Ev. Er. Northey got no amplitude on her piked jaeger, way early release, falls.

Oklahoma finishes with a 197.200. Fine, but that fall on beam is a concern since it has been a while in coming.

Arkansas scores a 49.150 on vault at SECs, and it looks like Auburn will be able to beat that on floor and take the first session title by getting one more hit for 9.800. It will be close.

Arizona has another major stumble out of a mount from Sisler. She stays in, but it will be a deduction they can’t afford. Rotates her double full way under but she punches into a front so it’s fine.

Is Cal going to win this rotation? Better distance from Leong, a little piking and a largish step back. Big bars routines from Metclaf and Rogers now, must hits. Very low double front from Metcalf, but she holds onto it with a large step back.

Still a little lack of control from Arizona in the fifth position on floor. They could have accumulated something much better on this event. Not hitting those landings, lots of sliding back.

Rogers hits to save the bars rotation for Washington. Arizona State counting in the 9.5s, Sundby has a break and falls, so a fall will be counting as well. Rough start after a nice opening routine.

Maryland and Pitt both gave it away on their last rotations at EAGLs. Huge opening for New Hampshite and NC State. NC State could still win this with a fall.

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Auburn takes the first session at SECs 196.550 to 196.400 from Arkansas. Expect all the second-session teams to break 197 unless they have to count falls. Perhaps the exception might be LSU if they’re stuck on lower scores for bars and beam. 

Big 12s Final Scores:
1. Oklahoma 197.200
2. Iowa State 196.175
3. West Virginia 194.675

That’s a disappointing result for Oklahoma because of the fall on beam. Expect much higher scores at the second sessions of SECs and Pac-12s. 

Cal leads Pac-12s, but the highest score so far comes from Cristello on floor who saved Arizona from a poor rotation.
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About to start the second rotation at Pac-12s.

New Hampshire is in nice position to take EAGLs with a clean beam, but it does require a clean beam. NC State needs to go over 49 on floor to guarantee passing Maryland.

Cal begins with a nice high jaeger that was completely far away fromthe bar, no chance, fall.

New Hampshire is counting a fall on beam, so the competition has opened back up. NC State is fighting against a fall on floor but can drop it with three more hits.

To sum up what we’ve seen so far at Pac-12s in the second rotation, 9.700. Wobbles, bounces, leg breaks. Not a lot of clean or precise gymnastics. Big bounce and an OOB for Arizona State on floor.

NC State does just enough on floor to take the EAGL title over Maryland, winning while counting a fall on beam.

EAGL Finals:
1. NC State – 195.175
2. Maryland – 195.100
3. Pitt – 194.875
4. George Washington – 194.750
5. UNC – 194.225
6. New Hampshite – 194.175
7. Rutgers – 193.925
8. Towson – 192.675

Kent State looked to be crusing to a title, but ended up having a disaster on beam to finish sitting third. Host team Western Michigan ties Central Michigan for the MAC title with 194.800, both teams counting a fall.

It’s a long day of gymnastics. Time for a little break for me. Remember that Big Tens gets underway at 6:00 ET/3:00 PT. At that point maybe Pac-12s will have moved into the third rotation. I’ll be sure to catch the final rotation to see how things are shaking out heading into the night session.

Nice stuck 1.5 for Rogers on beam. Fall for Perez on floor.

In the second roation of Pac-12s, I was most impressed with Washington on beam. That was the best rotation at this competition so far today for me. Arizona State followed Arizona by also having poor landings on the floor. Still, I think the scores overall have been mildly charitable.

Pac-12 Group 1 After 2:
1. Cal 98.025
1. Washington 98.025
3. Arizona 98.000
4. Arizona State 96.475

Starting rotation three, Arizona has a handstand and extra swing problem before a fall on the dismount. O’Brien begins for Cal on beam. Last time I saw Cal on beam it was a catastrophe. She has a couple wobbles and a hop on the 1.5.

This meet is like a Val nightmare. One routine at a time, temp tattoo numbers, messy hairstyles.

Miceli for ASU is very short on a yfull with a bounce forward. Just got it complete. Arizona’s second has trouble grasping her gienger, second fall in a row. Washington (after a fairly strong first floor routine from Graber) looks in prime position to take this session. These aren’t the strongest beam routines, but Cal is getting through the event. Washington shows a nice high double pike from Tham, a small stumble on the first pass and a low landing at the end, but okay.

Steigerwalt looked to collapse on her block on the yfull but gets it around with a major pike. Edwards hits her UB routine for Arizona, but breaks in the legs and a severely missed handstand at the end. The 9.850s from two judges are certainly too high. The scores overall have been charitable so far, leaving little room for the second session. Either the judges will have to start the second session lower so that the scores aren’t congruent between the two, or they will have to go well into the 9.9s for most of the second group.

Cal’s third misses her foot on her combo dismount and dismounts to her back. Fall from ASU on vault. Cristello is much cleaner for Arizona on bars, large hop forward on the DLO. Fall from Asturias on beam for Cal. It just got that much easier for Washington, and they have been the class of the day by a large margin so far – the only team that is showing consistent 9.825-9.850 gymnastics.
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Let the actual games begin.

Now we’re moving into the real action as the second session of Big Tens gets started.

If the teams hit, they should have no trouble outpacing the mid-196 from Illinois earlier. Michigan has been the strongest team so far this year, but it may come down to beam, where both Michigan and Nebraska have struggled.

Nebraska opens on bars and can be excellent here, especially Wong, DeZiel, and Giblin.

We’ve already started with a problem for Michigan. Casanova comes in on floor and gets an 8.450. Four big routines coming up now. This can be a 49.500 rotation for Michigan still, but it’s no mistakes time. 

Nebraska moves Nathe to the final position, and the strategy seems to work as she gets a 9.700. Earlier in the year, she was getting a tenth or so lower than that in the early rotation. Nebraska goes 49.375 on bars, led by a 9.925 from Wong.

Penn State got some solid scores from the M’s at the back of the rotation on vault, but a 48.925 will see them fall behind the pace after the first event. At this rate, this meet could catch up with the first session of Pac 12s, which is still in the middle of the third rotation.

Michigan is now counting a 9.750 from Zurales. This is already a far cry from those complete 9.9 sweeps we’ve seen.

A number of messy routines litter the third rotation at Pac-12s, especially from Arizona State on bars. Washington will have a lead of over a half point heading into the last event. Even something in the 195s should win the session now, but Washington is capable of going over 196 still. 

Sugiyama hits for Michigan, and one of Sampson’s 9.950s would do nicely right about now. Michigan will still be trailing Nebraska after the first event, but they can still get through this event in contention. Minnesota, meanwhile, is recording some positively home-like numbers on beam and will be right in this as well after the first.

That 9.950 is exactly what Sampson gets (from all four judges), so Michigan will not be trailing by much at all after the first rotation.

Big Ten Part 2 After 1:
1. Nebraska 49.375
2. Michigan 49.250
3. Minnesota 49.200
4. Penn State 48.925

Nebraska moves to beam. If the Huskers get through this one still at least in sight of the lead, then we have ourselves a real meet. It’s unlikely that Nebraska will be able to hold the lead after this one given Michigan’s scoring capabilities on vault.

Already a 9.900 from Beilstein and a 9.950 from Zurales on vault. The Wolverines are back. Three judges went 9.950 for Zurales. They only one who didn’t wen’t 9.950 for Beilstein.

Nebraska will be counting a 9.725 from Skinner after a fall from Nathe on beam. How quickly things turn. 

I haven’t been updateing much from Pac-12s because we’re seeing a lot of really rough-hewn gymnastics. This is better from Arizona in the third position on beam. And an absolutely excellent layout stepout from Asturias on floor for Cal. That’s the best single element I’ve seen all day.

Do we think the SEC will get the scores together for the second session? They’ve still never updated the first part. We will have Kevin Copp’s audio to help us through it. 

Penn State gets a 9.900 from Musser on bars to help them to a 49.175 and stay on the edges of being in it.

Scary moment for Whitney from Washington on vault, slides her hand on the block and does a tuck. Something’s wrong (ankle) but they’re Strugging her off.I think I may have overestimated Washington’s ability to keep a .600 lead on vault.

Michigan makes up for floor and then some with a 49.575 on vault featuring five 9.9+ scores. Minnesota is getting 9.8s on floor and Nebraska is just an Emily Wong routine away from being able to drop a fall and score well on beam. Wong gets a 9.900 (which was listed in the 9.6s originally), so Nebraska will train Michigan by just over two tenths at the halfway point.

All the teams are still fairly tightly packed at the halfway point of Big Tens.

Big Ten Part 2 After 2:
1. Michigan 98.825
2. Nebraska 98.600
3. Minnesota 98.425
4. Penn State 98.100

Nebraska and Minnesota are, crucially, already through beam.

Pac-12s is getting a bit close, but Washington probably needs only an adequate final score on vault to take the first session.

Georgia’s SEC audio is starting. Get ready. What would we do without them?

Michigan now to bars. This can be a strong event, but there have been a few issues lately. The 9.875 hit for Gies is a big routine to get through.

Washington gets the vault they needed from Rogers to take the first session.

Pac-12s Part 1 Final Scores:
1. Washington 195.875
2. Arizona 195.525
3. California 195.075
4. Arizona State 193.425
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Kevin Copp is telling us that Sledge is in on bars. What’s going on? Apparently he had an old lineup. Looks like no scores. Boo. No, more than boo. Unacceptable.

Sugiyama has a fall for Michigan on bars. Pressure there now. 

Persinger hits beam to start for Georgia. They needed that. Beam is crucial for the Gymdogs to hit for something like 49.3s to keep pace. 9.850 for Persinger.

Couch has a small break after her layout series and a step on landing. Two hits so far.9.825.

Sloan gets 9.925 on vault for Florida. 9.775 Spicer, 9.825 Macko. King does her step plus step-salute on the Tsuk 1.5.

Michigan drops the Sugiyama mistakes and goes 49.400 on bars. Minnesota on track for another big score on vault, their best event.

Scores are back. Phew. Kim Jacob has come in for Sledge on bars and goes 9.825, which is huge for her with her handstand troubles. Big routine. Kytra hops on 1.5. Still no 10.

Apparently Cheek hit a near-perfect routine. 9.925. The beam scores certainly don’t seem as conservative as they were last year.

Alabama has 9.875s from Alexin and Beers so far on bars. They needed those scores without Sledge in. Florida is getting fine scores on vault, but it seems like no one except Sloan and Hunter showed up on the landings. This is getting interesting.

Another hit for Georgia on beam for Rogers. This will be a very important rotation if Alabama and Georgia can get through these events competitive if not ahead of Florida. It’s officially a 9.9 parade, ladies and gentlemen. 9.950 for Rogers. Wow. Especially wow after her start to the year.

Ashley Priess goes 9.925 on bars, and Alabama’s bars rotation has officially outscored Florida’s vault. Now that is something I wouldn’t have called, especially without Sledge. I can’t wait to see these routines when the meet is shown.

Shayla hits. Georgia and LSU could be leading, and Florida looks to be in last after the first event. It’s still early. 9.950 for Shayla. Everyone is a 9.950. This is happening.

Over at Big Tens, Nebraska has a big floor rotation to stay within a tenth and a half of Michigan. 9.975 for Wong. Nebraska has the event that’s easier to score higher on coming up (vault over beam), so this is not over.

Just in case you were worried that you wouldn’t see enough 9.9s today. False start, no 10 for Hall. 9.950.

Big Ten After 3:
1. Michigan 148.225
2. Nebraska 194.075
3. Minnesota 147.775
4. Penn State 146.700

SEC After 1:
1. LSU 49.625
2. Georgia 49.500
3. Alabama 49.400
4. Florida 49.375

Well. Can I complain again about how we’re not seeing this? Twelve scores in the 9.9s during the first rotation. Shayla Worley, Rheagan Courville, and Lloimincia Hall all received 10s from one judge in the first rotation. I’m out of breath after that one.

LSU needed that score on floor because it will be hard for them to live up to these other scores on bars and beam. Another pressure rotation for Georgia on floor. If they can get through this event staying in this position . . .

Earls bounces out of her double pike but hits the double back dismount. 9.825.

Giblin gets a 9.950 on vault for Nebraska in the leadoff position at Big Tens, as does Blanske including one 10. Are these competitions trying to match each other? And what will the Pac-12s do as a response? Martinez opens beam for Michigan with a 9.600. Nebraska is moving ahead.

Milliner opens with 9.800 on beam. Dickerson and Dickson go 9.850 in their leadoff positions.

LSU is shuffling a bit on these landings but still getting huge scores in the 9.9s.

Tanella gets a 9.850 on floor. That can be the effect of the four judges. A routine that always goes 9.875 comes down to 9.850.

Marissa King goes 9.925. Florida absolutely needs those huge late bars scores, which they can certainly get, but those early 9.850s aren’t cutting it with the scoring tonight. Sounds like Sloan nailed her routine, so this could get huge.

Courville gets a 10 on vault for a stick. The scores are flying to such a degree it’s impossible, and Kevin’s screaming about stuck double Arabians, Nebraska got a 49.725 on vault, and I feel like I can’t process this.

It’s a 197.800 for Nebraska, and Michigan won’t be able to match it. I guess Nebraska stays in the conversation.

Persinger got 9.900 for Georgia, and it sounds like Rogers will go better, but she doesn’t. 9.875. Cassidy just made a technical comment about switch ring form. Yay, Cassidy!

Shayla goes OOB on her second pass. Georgia isn’t scoring poorly but isn’t keeping pace on floor. LSU should be the big leader after two events, but the rest will have opportunities to catch in the next two rotations. 9.800 for Shayla.

Williams and Jacob both have 9.925s for Alabama on beam.

LSU goes 49.525 on vault, Florida 49.500 on bars. Live scores are having an issue again, and we would expect nothing less. 9.875 for Priess on beam. 

After 2:
1. LSU 99.150
2. Florida 98.875
3. Georgia 98.850
4. Alabama 98.800

Everyone still in. This will go anywhere and everywhere in the final two rotations.

Big Ten Final Scores:
1. Nebraska 197.800
2. Michigan 197.225
3. Minnesota 196.775
4. Illinois 196.475
5. Ohio State 195.950
6. Penn State 195.825
7. Michigan State 195.450
8. Iowa 193.400

Wong wins the AA with a 39.725. Second straight Big Ten title for her, yes?
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Just one meet to focus on now until Pac-12s gets going. Heading into the second half of SECs, the lowest rotation score is a 49.350. Remember when everyone was up in arms last year about LSU’s 49.375 on vault? The world has changed.

Protest on Shayla’s floor score about the OOB. Couch back on vault for Georgia.

Davis hits her yfull to open, step-salute. She’s 9.9 capable on vault, and that would be a big start for Georgia. Cassidy is upset by a .150 separation. Girl, you should have seen the first session. 9.850 for Davis.

Priess goes 9.900 on floor to open for Alabama, and Couch steps back on her yfull. They need a stick from her looking toward regionals. 9.800. Hires has a step back on her yfull. Better than the step forward we were seeing at some points this year. 9.850.

Rogers is short on her 1.5 and steps back. This is a relatively rough rotation for Georgia and could push them back. Florida and Alabama are getting 9.9s and 9.875s, and things could start to even out closer to what we expected to happen. 

Cheek sticks her yfull to keep Georgia in this rotation. 9.900. They needed that. Sloan gets 9.925 on bars, and she looks like our AA leader so far, but it’s going to be very close among a number of them. Tied with Courville perhaps so far. Step for Jay on vault. 9.825.

Georgia goes 49.225, lowest of the day so far while still waiting on LSU’s bars. 9.900 for Dickerson on beam.

Alabama has a 9.750 on floor they’re looking to drop, but with Jacob and Milliner still to come, it looks like that will happen. Milliner (floor) and Macko (beam) left to finish out the rotation. 9.875 for Hunter and 9.925 for Jacob. This is going to be very close. Lack of control for Milliner on the dismount, but it should be a good score. Still a 9.950. Alabama goes 49.550 on floor, and Florida goes 49.500 on beam. They will be within a quarter tenth going into the last rotation.

LSU comes back with a 49.175 on bars, now the lowest rotation of the day. Florida takes the lead just barely now, but LSU will likely fall back on beam. It should be a Florida/Alabama game on the last event.

After 3:
1. Florida 148.375
2. Alabama 148.350
3. LSU 148.325
4. Georgia 148.075

Hmm, Alabama on vault versus Florida on floor. Who do you like? It will be completely dependent on Alabama’s landings on vault. LSU proved that the judges are willing to go massively for both vault and floor.

Final rotation starting now. Cheek apparently hit a heel on her bars routine and took a step on the dismount. Crazy stuck yfull, I’m assuming Williams? Yes.

LSU starts beam with a 9.925. Taylor in as the leadoff on beam. Wow. Not writing off LSU yet? Florida and Alabama start with 9.9s on floor/vault. 9.975 from Williams. Almost impossible to get a 10 in the first position, but she came close.

Tanella didn’t stick her double back, which she must do every time, so Georgia is going to fall back a little again here. Jacob goes 9.800 on vault. Dickson gets a 9.875 on beam for LSU, so this is happening. Tanella still gets a 9.850 on bars.

LSU has a fall in the third position, so what seemed like a potential upset rotation is going to be fighting against that for the final three.

Florida is getting 9.9s on floor to start, which can be enough if Alabama isn’t sticking the subsequent vaults. Only Williams has stuck so far. 9.900 for Jay on bars.

Shayla sticks her DLO. Are there miracles in the world? 9.925. Well now.

Milliner vaults a 9.925, going before Gutierrez, who is back anchoring. Rogers hits bars, so it looks like the Georgia back half is keeping up with the rest of the teams.

Dickerson goes 9.900 on floor, Rogers goes 9.950 on bars even with a missed handstand. Sounds like Davis could match it. 9.925 for her. Georgia finishes with a 197.625, which looks like it might finish last depending on LSU’s beam, but LSU gets a 9.950, so that could get close. 

Have Sloan and Courville tied in the AA?

Florida is closing in on a 198. Alabama finishes with 197.900, and Florida will pass that with Marissa King’s 9.925, so Hunter’s floor routine just looks like bonus.

Florida will win regardless of Hunter’s score, just waiting on the final standings. LSU goes 49.375 on beam, which is massive for them. Just a 9.950 bonus.

Final Scores:
Florida 198.000
Alabama 197.900
LSU 197.700
Georgia 197.625

So, that was an exhaustingly exciting and massive-scoring competition. I’ll wait until I see the meet on Thursday to do all my complaining about the scores and separation. It would feel strange to do it without seeing the routines (but I still could, believe me).

Everyone take a break. Come back at 10 ET/7 PT for the Pac-12s. Will those judges feel jealous?

As we wait, let’s look at the current RQS picture. Our top three are set and all hosting their own regionals.

Michigan moves to 197.235, but with this score Georgia moves to 197.325 to jump into what looks like it will be the Oregon State Regional. LSU moves just behind Michigan to 197.180. Nebraska has moved up to 197.145, which can challenge UCLA and Utah and is currently ahead of both.

Utah can still move up but would need high 197s to do it. UCLA cannot move any higher than 7th.
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Now it’s time for the Pac-12 to have a say. Four of the five highest scores in the nation so far today came from the recently concluded SECs. The Pac-12 has shown an ability over the years to go toe-to-toe with the SEC in the scoring department, and that may be the biggest rivalry we see on display tonight. Pac-12 judges, 198.000 is the number you’re trying to beat.

We saw a very close competition for the SEC title, and we could see another one beginning in a few minutes. My feeling is that this meet could go any way but normal.

Broadcast beginning. Stanford’s strength is depth? You learn something every day. Jim just alleged that this competition will be taking two hours. Not if they go one routine at a time like the last session. 

Rotation 1:
Francis on bars to begin -good shaposh, small break on bail hs, late handstand, hop in place on double pike. OK routine. This will be a good early test of the scoring. 9.850 – high. We’re getting high tongiht ladies and gents.

Blalock – BB – OSU – nice loso to bhs series, safe ending with the bhs, oddly tentative handspring down to the beam, minor wobble on dance, stuck gainer full, very sparse routine but hit. 

Lofgren – FX – Utah – not great for Utah to start on floor, where they could get their best scores, a bit lower than usual on her double pike but secure landing, whip double full is fine, bent back leg on loso on dismount. Odd. Fine, not her best.

AMorgan – VT – Stanford – huge bound out of her yhalf, multiple steps, should be very low. 9.650 is even a little high for that.

DeJesus – UB – UCLA – good first hs, very much improved on the gienger, a little awkward on her shoot, stuck tuck full, perhaps her best of the year, easily a tenth better than Francis, so let’s see what they do. 9.900.

Stambaugh – BB – OSU – wobble out of aerial, has to repeat for series, falls this time. Extremely tentative, switch side is fine, good double full with a hop. Tension for OSU now.

Del Priore – FX – Utah – low on tuck full with a step forward, just maybe a littel tight early in the tumbling for Utah, nice middle pass, secure double back. Worked it out after the mount.

Rice – VT – Stanford – her run, ha. Yfull with a large hop back, better than Morgan, but not great. Too much of a hop.

Wong – UB – UCLA – nice jaeger, some of these handstands are borderline or short, sticks DLO, though. They can take for the hs but little else. Nice job. 9.850.

Ohlrich – BB – OSU – This is the big test now that Stambaugh had the fall, secure on a slightly floppy loso series, tentative work but she’s hitting it, fine aerial, sticks gainer full, everything was a bit cut off, but they’re not going for difficulty in these routines, so it works.

Wilson – FX – Utah – strong DLO, the tumbling is sscure, which they always need from her. They’ll want to drop Lofgen, so they’ll take a 9.850 for this, minor lack of control and slide on the double back. Fine.

9.850 is the theme for the night for every team. And Wilson gets one.

Vaculik – VT – Stanford – comes in very short on her Omelianchik, large step back. Rough start for Stanford. That’s a shame. I really want to adore her. 9.725.

Courtney – UB – UCLA – fine shaposh, really late hs before the bail, she’s struggling a little bit through this, needs a stick, step forward, they’ll want to drop that. Tight routine, not great. 9.825.

Harris – BB – OSU – hangs onto her kickover with no wobble, not right to those split positions, pretty low on her gainer full combo dismount with a hop forward.

Dabritz – FX – Utah – pike full in is solid, sticks the whip double full, I don’t love that she has to throw in an orphan front tuck to get her font tumbling, but this has been clean so far, nearly around on 3/1. This was better than her routine against Florida, so this will be a good test of scoring. 9.900.

Hong – VT – Stanford – clean and stuck yfull, lacking a little in distance and dynamics, so it shouldn’t go too high, but it was quite strong.

MDLT – UB – UCLA – clean bail hs, hop full and holds onto the stick on her DLO. Bends to save it and seemed to barely leave the bar on her hop full, but clean. 9.900. One judge has given UCLA almost exclusively 9.950s.

Tang – BB – OSU – good kickover, clean gainer loso, did a wolf turn as well as you can do such an umpleasant skill, gainer full combo dismount is hit. 9.900.

Damianova – FX – Utah – minor hop back on double back mount, secure tumbling overall with minor corrections. Clean. 

Dayton – VT – Stanford – small hop forward on yhalf, and they probably needed the stick given the current scores.

Zam – UB – UCLA -no mistakes, even the bal hs had no breaks this time, stuck DLO, competitive with the best routine she’s done this year. 9.950 – but got a 10 from on judge.

Jones – BB – OSU – nice punch front, not quite there on the splits but OK, very nice full turn, hits layout full series. Good routine.

Tutka – FX – Utah – good tuck full mount, just like the first meet of the year, her tumbling has been the strongest, maybe slightly back in the hips in her double back dismount, but good. They won’t have a problem with this rotation.

Archer – VT – Stanford – just a yurchenko layout, large step back. Rough opening for Stanford.

After 1:
1. UCLA 49.450
2. Utah 49.400
3. Oregon State 49.275
4. Stanford 49.050

Stanford had three poor vaults out of six and is lucky to escape that rotation over 49. Oregon State does the smart, but not necessarily interesting thing on their weak event, really cutting down on the content and sticking to those gainer full dismounts. It worked for a strong score on their bad event. UCLA stuck quite well on bars for most of the dismounts. Most people performed up to capability except for Courtney. I thought Utah started slow with the landings on floor but were able to overcome it with stronger landings in the later routines.

In all, I think scores are going minorly high but nothing completely untoward. Certain judges are going way high on certain events, but they are being balanced out by the rest and their scores are dropped. We’re learning that you have to make a major mistake to go under 9.8.

Rotation 2:
SMorgan – UB – Stanford – close on her shoot to high bars, nice jaeger, last handstand was borderline, large lunge out of double front. 9.825.

Baer – BB – UCLA – wobbles early on her wolf hop, clean side somi, minorly correcting on several skills including the straddle 3/4, missed her foot on her combo dismount and puts her hand down. They’ll have to drop it. 9.525. They treated the hand down as a brush.

Witherby – FX – OSU – compact double back, minor bounce out of the middle pass, low on the double pike but secure landing. Fine start, regular.

Allex – VT – Utah – very large bounce out of yfull, won’t be her best score. 9.850 is too high.

AMorgan – UB – Stanford – good piked jaeger, it depends on how the judges want to treat her handstands, stuck DLO.

Wong – BB – UCLA – good dance elements, corrects and hides a check well on her aerial, has to steady herself a little on the switch side, sticks 1.5. OK, got through it, bits of balance in many places.

Tang – FX – OSU – secure routine, you can take for her switch ring, but the tumbling is hit until she came in slightly low on her final layout with a small stumble.

Del Priore – VT – Utah – collapses slightly on her block, low landing on yfull but stuck. Deductions to take, so we’ll see how much the judges are valuing landings. It must go higher than Allex’s vault, which was already a 9.850, so where do they go?

Hong – UB – Stanford -her usual tkatchev, which I wish they would just get rid of, it is below on her talent level. Everything else is perfect including a stuck DLO. Just remove the tkatchev and it could contend for a 10.

Courtney – BB – UCLA – Clutch everything you have because this is going to be a nailbiter with a low score already happening, full turn is good, hits loso series, minor wobble on a split, very tight work, front toss is strong, two small steps on double back but she hit. She hit.

Harris – FX – OSU – looked like she wouldn’t get the high on her 2.5 but she did, that’s common with taller gymnasts, long pause before double pike – somewhat low, not hitting her dance positions, in particular the wolf. Hit, got through it, fine.

Lofgren – VT – Utah – similar low landing to Del Priore, buckled slightly, didn’t get much of a block at all. They’re sticking to squeeze as much as possible out of these early vaults that don’t have the power.

Archer – UB – Stanford – a bit of leg separation in an otherwise strong gienger, majorly missed hs, step forward on the dismount. Two pretty large areas of deduction there.

DeJesus – BB – UCLA – completely short on her aerial and takes a fall. They’re kind of a mess in this rotation right now, counting Baer’s 9.525. They’ll probably need some help from Utah now. Short on front full with a step.

Blalock – FX – OSU – strong double back, clean 1.5 to loso as well, a little stumble in her 2.5 landing is the only problem. Pretty good routine, with two potential great ones to come.

Damianova – VT – Utah – comes in a little high on the table, pikes with a hop in place, better distance than Del Priore or Lofgren.

Vaculik – UB – Stanford – appeared to catch her gienger but didn’t have her grip and peeled off on her swing. They’ll be counting Archer’s score now. Another rough day for Vaculik, hop forward on DLO. 9.300 is high, but it shouldn’t matter since it should be dropped.

Zam – BB – UCLA – Well now these last two routines are must hits if there ever were, how do Zam and Francis respond? A bit cleaner in the onodi than the last few weeks, minor correction on aerial, perfect loso series, just the dismount left, stuck extremely high 2/1. One of her best in a while. That should be a big score. One judge gave it a 9.600, which is not correct. 9.875 overall.

Jones – FX – OSU – 2.5 to tuck half is excellent, as is front 1.5 to loso. I’m not as into this choreo as last year’s routine, but she sells it. Extremely clean routine overall. Nice job.

Dabritz – VT – Utah – Nice stuck yfull, pikes and lacks distance, so there’s justification for a 9.900, but it should go high, and a 9.900 would be incongruous with previous vault scores.

Shapiro – UB – Stanford – straddle jaeger is good, her toe point is excellent, clean routine to save the rotation, hop on DLO dismount.

Francis – BB – UCLA – Now this is huge pressure for her, but she’s been in this position many times with Team GB. Great dance elements, nice aerial to bhs series, saves it from being a wobble, wobble on full turn, ust the dismount, stuck the layout full. Saved this rotation.

Stambaugh – FX – OSU – slightly short on her whip 2.5 with a hop back (or as Amanda would call it, “No problems there”), not quite her cleanest in some of the tumbling landings, but it will still be a strong score.

Wilson – VT – Utah – near stick on her yfull, you could call it a small shuffle, plus slight piking. Both are borderline deductions but could be taken if a judge wanted to go 9.900. They give it a 9.950. 

After 2:
Utah – 98.875
Oregon State – 98.725
UCLA – 98.425
Stanford – 98.300

UCLA got away with a 48.925 on beam, which is as much as could be expected after the fall and the Baer routine, where the hand was charitably called a bursh. Utah was average on vault with the first three missing power but went 49.475 to take the lead, and Oregon State once again rode those two excellent floor routines to a big score. Stanford go through counting a 9.675 on bars to stay close. I’m not really sure how they are still close, but they are.

Oregon State is in strong shape after two events, and I don’t see them faltering on the remaining two events. They’ve overperformed at this meet and this season. A bit of it is home scoring, but another bit of it is smart routine construction to minimize deductions, especially on beam.

Zamarripa’s beam has been corrected to 9.925, which is appropriate. 

Rotation 3:
Wilson – UB – Utah – first hs is short, leg breaks in full, gienger, and bail, missed last handstand, minor step-salute on tuck full. She is secure, but like last week, there are deductions on every skill. Once again, a 9.850 is way too high. It’s like it doesn’t even matter if you have breaks on every skill.

SMorgan – BB – Stanford – minor correction on her aerial, hits loso well, very nice side aerial and side somi, great difficulty. Compare the content here to Oregon State.

Wong – FX – UCLA – Leading off instead of McDonald. I think it’s a good move, nice double full, turns a potential stumble out of a loso into dance, still short on her front layout but secure, front full to front tuck is strong. Good opening routine.

McGregor – VT – OSU – Yhalf, not a ton of height and a large leap forward. 9.800 is too high for such an uncontrolled landing.

Hughes – UB – Utah – close on her tkatchev, hop in place on tuck full, pretty solid, but if Wilson is a 9.850, then where do you go?

AMorgan – BB – Stanford – wobble on her loso series, getting rather wobbly on everything, steps out of punch front, wobble on double stag, she’s fighting a little bit, big step back on double back.

Sawa – FX – UCLA – clean double back to start, maybe slightly low, low on the double pike and then completely loses endurance at the end and sits her front tuck out of the dismount. Rough meet for UCLA.

Jones – VT – OSU – comes in a little short on her yfull and hops forward with a pike. OK but not great. 

Hansen – UB – Utah – not enough amplitude on her jaeger but she catches, everything else is usual until the larger hop back on the tuck full. They probably needed a stick there.

Hong – BB – Stanford – wonderful mount as always, very strong aerial bhs layout stepout, just ahngs onto her gainer pike but a harsh judge could take for a step-salute.

DeJesus – FX – UCLA – Since we don’t have Mattie or Danusia on floor, at least we have Sophina. Low on double pike landing, also on the double back, this is like the Alabama meet again, lots to take from the tumbling on this routine. Flashes of greatness for UCLA but too many weak routines to win today. 9.875 is too high for the body position on those landings. She got some choreo points I think.

Tang – VT – OSU – very short on her yfull and lands on her knees. Rough vault. It would be rougher if they had scored the first two with a harsher eye.

Lopez – UB – Utah – misses hirst hs, good height on tkatchev, but she’s not getting these handstands, very short on the last one, hangs onto the stick on the DLO.

Spinner – BB – Stanford – really hits her dance elements, which so few do, smallest correction on her gainer loso, stuck double full. A tiny bit ragged in places, but that was very nice.

Zam – FX – UCLA – bounces back out of her double pike again, they haven’t found the balance between her not hitting her DLO and having way too much power for the double pike, pulls around her rudi loso well to avoid giving away a deduction, last rudi is fine. They need to work this out for regionals because there’s no excuse for her not getting a 9.900 on floor.

Gaspar – VT – OSU – just a small hop back on her yfull, not a lot of distance, but good form and pretty controlled.

Damianova – UB – Utah – big leg separation on her shaposh, very close on tkatchev, some borderline handstands, stuck double back, things to take there but not terrible, not her best.

Rice – BB – Stanford – small wobble on sheep, low on kickover landing but she hangs on, completely missed her foot on loso series and came off. They’ll be counting the 9.700 from Morgan now, low gainer full dismount with a hop.

Pritchett – FX – UCLA – tuck full is clean, otherwise it’s the same routine as we have seen get 9.950s the last few weeks at UCLA, so it will be interesting to see what it gets here. That double pike is still too low for my taste, but her landings were more secure than the 9.875s we’ve just seen.

Stambaugh – VT – OSU – very nice yfull, similar to Gaspar in that she had minor piking and then a  hop in place. Two clear deductions, so the 9.950 is a touch high.

Dabritz – UB – Utah – hits jaeger, clean bail hs, hop forward on tuck full. Not quite as strong as last week in the handstands as well as the hop on dismount.

Vaculik – BB – Stanford – very nice rulfova, she needs to get it together for this event, clean loso, hits her dance series, very minor wobble on full turn, huge bounce back on double full. Oh, she was going so well. Still, it’s a hit.

Courtney – FX – UCLA -small landing correction on double arabian, but it was solid, she’s maybe just slightly doubting these landings but pulling them around, perfect double pike dismount, should still be a strong score.

Blalock – VT – OSU – good, strong yfull, best so far, so what do they do with it? Clear piking and perhaps a small hop in place, but otherwise solid. Note that one judge gave her a 10. Even if you call a hop in place a stick, which it isn’t, she piked noticeably.

After 3:
Utah 148.250
Oregon State 148.175
UCLA 147.875
Stanford 147.450

If the scores started high, they are going extremely high now, but I will say I think they are consistently high across all teams. It could be either Oregon State or Utah at this point. A slight edge goes to the Beavers because they are on a stronger event than Utah is. UCLA probably gave away a bit too much on beam to be in the conversation at this point. They would need a fall to move up. Oregon State has continued the trend of overperforming my expectations. I think they are easy to overlook because the gymnastics is secure but not striking. They will struggle to contend with the SEC teams.

Rotation 4:
Here we go. Who takes it?

Casey – UB – OSU – very late on a giant full, nice gienger, handstands are borderline, low DLO and swimming but a stick.

Tutka – BB – Utah – short in her leaps, very small correction on loso series, huge break in the hips on the punch front, barely stayed on the beam, another small wobble on double stag (we have seen more problems on double stags today). Advantage OSU. 

Dayton – FX – Stanford – large-ish bounce out of double pike mount, layouts middle pass, extremely low double back dismount, should be a very low score to start.

Wong – VT – UCLA – huge bounce out of her yfull, now they will be relying on Pritchett. Looks like no McDonald today.

McGregor – UB – OSU – clean shaposh, nice bail, a little ragged in all her skills but not clear deductions, possibly short final handstand, sticks DLO with a small fight.  A 9.950 is a bit crazy for that, but she did hit about as well as she can.

Hughes – BB – Utah – secure if lacking amplitude on her acro series, very low on her side aerial and a break at the hips, just as a big cheer went up, stuck double full,

Rice – FX – Stanford – big bounce out of double pike, just not hitting much of anything today Stanford, the rest of her routine is fine, including a nice double tuck dismount.

Prtichett – VT – UCLA – they need a repeat of last week but don’t get it, hop back, leg form, and no amplitude.

Tang – UB – OSU – a little late on giant full and very close on her shoot to high bar, small step back on tuck full.

Wilson – BB – Utah – her two layout series is secure, doesn’t hit her switch split, fairly large wobble on the straddle 3/4, good 1.5 dismount.

SMorgan – FX – Stanford – clean double back, crazy long front layout out of her middle pass but just held onto the landing, very nice double pike dismount, better than some of the times I’ve seen her this season, especially in her double backs.

So, Sawa is anchoring vault for UCLA, so something must have happened to McDonald for her to come out. Just what UCLA needs, another injury.

Baer – VT – UCLA – Stick or near stick on her yfull, minor deductions to take for distance and block, but today those haven’t been taken, so we’ll see. 9.925, so yeah, distance and block don’t matter as much today. She’s been better than that this year. I thought this was a touch weaker than he last two 9.9s.

Aufiero – UB – OSU – rushing a little bit at the beginning through a handstand but a nice tkatchev gets her on track, good form after the opening, step back on double back dismount.

Lopez – BB – Utah – small correction back out of loso series, hit punch front, big step back on double full. Another OK routine for Utah, but it won’t be enough.

Shapiro – FX – Stanford – came in very low on a layout out of her mount that will be the majority of her deductions, nice double back, does the same thing as Sawa and sits her punch out of her dismount.This has been a rough performance. Stanford may be the team of the eleven that I’m writing off.

Courtney – VT – UCLA – tremendous yfull, stuck, had better distance and block than Baer, so what do they do? Very nice vault, one of her better of the season.

Harris – UB – OSU – good shaposh and clean bail in combo, struggles a little in her shoot and final hs, leg separation in her DLO but stuck. OK, but it will be enough for OSU to win.

Lofgren – BB – Utah – wobble on side somi, clean loso series, wobble again on aerial, hangs onto the stick on her gainer full.

Hong – FX – Stanford – a little squatted in her double back but stuck, double pike was slightly better, everything else was clean and she moves so elegantly.

Zam – VT – UCLA – They can save a nice score if she sticks for a 10. And she does, a minor quiver like she saw last week at home, but that was superb. 10.000

Stambaugh – UB – OSU – very clean jaeger, hits her tuck full dismount as well. So where does that go, 13? 9.975. 

Dabritz – BB – Utah – huge break in the hips on her loso series and falls. Ugh. She’s so clearly the best gymnast on this team, and it kills me that she can’t get beam together. Utah will end up third, below UCLA.

AMorgan – FX – Stanford – lunges a bit out of her double arabian, but otherwise it is strong. They can throw a score her way since Stanford has had such a rough meet. They’ve thrown enough scores around tonight.

Sawa – VT – UCLA – Throwing her in at the end, I wonder how far along she is in her training, just doing a layout, but she sticks it.

Final Scores:
1. Oregon State 197.850
2. UCLA 197.375
3. Utah 197.075
4. Stanford 196.625

I said two things needed to happen for Oregon State to win, home scoring and help from the other teams. Both of those things happened tonight. Granted, everyone got the benefit of charitable scoring. Couple that with the fact that every other team threw the meet away, and I don’t think anyone can claim righteous indignation about this one. Oregon State was the team who hit and the only one that showed up for 24 routines with the most consistent landings. They will still run into trouble against some of our more powerful SEC teams, but when the meet is about the team that hits, Oregon State is in very good shape once they get through beam.

Tomorrow will be about crunching the numbers and finding out where everyone is going in two weeks, but for now it has been a long day.

Hope you enjoyed all the action. 

A Fine Little Sunday – Georgia, UCLA, Arkansas

Have you recovered from the scoring choices around the nation yesterday? I haven’t. I’m still a little woozy. In case you missed it, the perfect 10 had a bachelorette party with the theme “80’s Night.” Let’s see if it was a one-night thing or if it’s a weekend-long affair. The motto for Danna and Val today should be “I’ll have what Greg’s having.”

The day begins with Georgia visiting NC State, which will start shortly after 1:00 ET/10:00 PT and can be seen on ESPN3. UCLA will follow by hosting Arkansas at 5:00 ET/2:00 PT.

For Georgia, Noel Couch will be returning to the lineup on beam, and Mary Beth Box will be in for Shayla on floor. Georgia is yet to record a road 197 this season and will need a minor bump in RQS to stay ahead of Utah in the rankings, which a 197 would certainly accomplish.

Warmups just about to begin. NC State broke 196 just two days ago, and the team will be looking for a major boost in RQS after the two home meets this season to jump into a safer ranking position. They were too close to the cusp going into the weekend.

When was the last time you heard someone actually call them the “uneven parallel bars”? We should invent the uneven perpendicular bars.

Rotation 1:
Johnson – VT – NC State – piked down on yfull with a larger hop back.
Cheek – UB – Georgia – good giant full, nice tkatchev, had to work to balance one handstand, stuck DLO. Handstands were the only notable issue there. Good routine.
Fallanca – VT – Good distance on her yfull but she also piked and took a large step back. 
Tanella – UB – hit her handstands but overall not quite her usual level, a small leg break on the bail and a step on the double back.
Ouellette – VT – Much better than the first two, nice stick on the yfull with pretty good form.
Jay – UB – good shaposh, had to muscle slightly on a handstand before the khorkina, lands low and a little stiff legged on the dismount with a step forward. The dismount will be most of the deductions.
Woodford – VT – extremely low on her yfull, very large step forward, did well not to put her hands down, but her score will be quite low.
Worley – UB – Tkatchev looked nice, good handstands, pulled around her DLO this time with the usual form, smaller hop. Pretty strong for her.
Watkins – VT – yfull, pretty good distance but she did pike, tried to hang onto the stick but stepped.
Rogers – UB – wonderful stlader and tkatchev, clean bail, excellent toe point, one late handstand and a step back on the tuck full. Two clear deductions but not much else.
Ham – VT – hop on yfull, not a ton of distance but not a large hop either. 
Davis – UB – extremely clean routine, one of her stronger performances of the year, I have one maybe on a handstand, but otherwise strong into the dismount – stuck.Very nice.

After 1: Georgia 49.350, NC State 49.000
NC State didn’t land nearly as well on vault as on Friday. Ouellette was by far the standout performance there. Georgia performed perfectly well. I wasn’t happy with some of the dismounts in the middle of the rotation. Because Tanella does a double back that’s easy for her, she has to stick every time. Davis looked strong as usual. This could have gone close to 49.450-49.500 with better landings and a few more sticks.

Rotation 2: 
Davis – VT – Her usual strong yfull but with a small step back this time. Judges could take for a second step into salute if they want, but that might be a little harsh. 9.775.
Woodford – UB – pretty high gienger, she’ll get knocked for pretty much every handstand, stuck tuck full. She could be a great worker for them if they figure out those handstands,
Persinger – VT – Pikes down a little on her yfull with a step back. OK.
Ham – UB – her jaeger scared me a little but she caught it. Sticks 1.5 twist dismount, some leg separations throughout the routine.
Hires – VT – very nice stick on the yfull, some slight piking down, but this is much better than she has been doing.
Watkins – UB – also has a very nice gienger but has a pretty large form break on her pak to get it around, some larger leg separations and a step on dismount.
Rogers – VT – pretty strong y1.5 but she came in a little under and stiff in the legs, stepped back to save it. The direction looked better from this angle, though.
Harabedian – UB – Deltchev, the shoot back to high bar was a little struggle, hop forward on the DLO, handstands here and there but not bad overall.
Cheek – VT – Nice height and power, clean, one step back. Close to a stick but she had to take the step before saluting.
Ouellette – UB – hits a pretty clean routine, sticks a DLO, strongest so far. A few of those handstands were borderline, so we’ll see how it gets evaluated.
Jay – VT – Got her 1.5 around better than Jay, takes a step forward but otherwise it was strong. They’re not too far away from sticks, but they’re just missing.
Fincham – UB – good bail hs, has to push up a little after her shoot, nice tkatchev, stuck a staggered dismount. Pretty strong.

Rotation 2 scores: Georgia 98.750, NC State 98.100
Georgia went 49.400 on vault, which is a good score for a rotation that could have been better. Hires was the highlight and performed her best vault of the season, but the rest of them could have improved the landings. These weren’t major breaks, but like on bars, most of the performers gave away .05 in steps that will become significant when going up against Florida and Alabama at SECs. Almost no one is landing to the level we have seen in most of the home meets, but the Gymdogs are certainly on pace to get that road 197 as long as they can hit beam.

Rotation 3:
Ouellette – BB – major break on her loso series and another wobble on dance, a bit of a struggle so far, small correction on punch front, sticks gainer full.
Earls – FX – good double pike mount, hits her 1.5, we don’t need to see Danna during the dance elements we need to see the routine, strong double back. The tumbling looked solid, contained there. Good start.
Ham – BB – solidly landed switch half, pulls around her loso, correction on side somi. She has to pull some of these skills in to make sure she completes them, sticks a low 1.5.
Tanella – FX – does her double pike onto a mat, I don’t think she struggled on the landing but she had to correct her feet slightly on that mat, I still can’t take this miming a phone call, nice rudi. Pretty much her usual for the season.
Woodford – BB – she looked totally off from the beginning of her bhs+loso series and had to wobble and bend several times to save it. It wasn’t a fall, but it will be as good as because of all the deductions, another major wobble on gainer loso, very nice 2.5 dismount.
Box the Younger – FX – nice double pike to start, she gets pretty good pop on her tumbling, fine double back, 1.5 to layout, has to hop out of the layout a little bit. Good debut. I could see her filling a similar role to her sister in future years.
Fincham – BB – major wobble coming out of her loso series as well, again on her hop full turn, good punch front but this is a struggle, good dismount.
Persinger – FX -somewhat low chest position on her double back but it was fine, overdoes her double pike just a little and steps OOB, first significant mistake for Georgia on the day. They’ll want to drop.
NC State has another major wobble on beam but hangs on. Brittany Rogers has a large lunge out of her opening double arabian, which will hurt her score.
Fallanca – BB – nice series to start, strongest performance for the team by far, crossed legs on 1.5 with a hop forward. Still will probably be the highest score.
Jay – FX -big full in with a somewhat low landing, punch front out of her front double is very nice but goes very close to the edge, hits the double tuck. That should score well. I wouldn’t have said 9.975 mostly because of the body position on the tumbling landings.

After 3: Georgia 148.175, NC State 146.875
NC State had quite a struggle on beam and was lucky to escape with a 48.775 given how many major wobbles they had to endure. Georgia looked mostly strong on floor and should be very pleased with the debut of Box, who overperformed expectations. They got away with some errors in the middle of the lineup from Persinger and Rogers that won’t show up in the scores but should be a red flag. Well, not a red flag. Maybe a yellow flag. The score is the highest of the three events, so that’s a thing. Jay did look stronger in the double back dismount than she did at some earlier points in the season. Earls and Tanella performed exactly the same as they have all season.

Rotation 4:
Persinger – BB – good L turn, clean aerial, loso series is right on, she is working more precisely than she has most of the season when she was getting those 9.7s, front toss is hit, hop forward on 1.5. She moves rather tightly, but that’s one of her better routines if not the best.
Harabedian – FX – good high double pike, looked a little crooked on her double turn but bounced into a straddle and covered it, minor correction on a double back dismount. Good start.
Couch – BB – she’s back and they need her, minor correction on loso series, otherwise the acro is hit, this is her best beam routine since that debut 9.875, very small step on dismount.
Jarred – FX – nice 2.5 with slightly better control than on Friday, good illusion turn, the switch ring wasn’t quite there, but she hit her tumbling with only some minor stepping.
Cheek – BB – good turn, solid loso series, switch side is nice. I don’t mean to jinx it, but this is the most secure Georgia has looked on beam this season. Stuck gainer full. They’re not giving away the tenths on wobbles they have been.
Woodford – FX – secure landing on her pike full in, low chest, good difficult with the 2.5 punch front as well, hits rudi. Solid today.
Rogers – BB – good switch split, hits bhs 3/4 to double stag with a minor press in the arms but it was fine. Good bhs 1/1, almost sticks that layout full, tries hard but has to correct.
Ham – FX – strong double pike, pulls around her front full as well, NC State looking more secure in these tumbling passes than on Friday, which could still help make this another 196.
Worley – BB – strong sheep, clean loso series, bhs 1/1 is pulled back well without a wobble – she could have given one away there – stucks gainer full. Nice.
Watkins – FX – tuck full in with a lower chest and a very small shuffle to correct the landing, clean 1.5 to punch front, only real problem was the low double pike dismount with a large lunge forward.
Earls – BB – strong two losos series, side aerial to side position, sticks double back, very strong as well from Earls. Great beam rotation for Georgia.
Ouellette – FX – Nice height on her full in as well but doesn’t have the same control and slides back, clean 1.5 to layout stepout, nice whip double. She has the tightest, cleanest legs in the tumbling of the team, so I expect a nice score. They can take for dance elements, though.

Final Score: Georgia 197.800, NC State 196.000
Well, Georgia didn’t want to be left out of that big score parade. While I think the scores of some of the early beam routines went too high and pushed up the overall score to a stratospheric level, this was clearly Georgia’s best beam rotation of the season, and it’s not a close competition. Even the wobblies weren’t so wobbly, so that’s a major improvement. Georgia will not disappear easily when it comes to Championship season. Landings, landings, landings, but I don’t see too many systemic problems that would be cause for significant concern at this point. I’m not done being nervous about those beam and floor routines, but it was a good meet.

Everyone take a break and come back in a few hours for UCLA and Arkansas.
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According to the UCLA gymnastics twitter, we’re looking at a half-hour delay for the start of this meet. There was some sort of issue with the bars. Oh dear.

We saw some deep breathing to hold off tears from the UCLA seniors in those introductions. Arkansas was finally able to drop that road 193 and is now ranked a bit more accurately at #15.

Same vault lineup as always for UCLA except Pritchett and Wong switch places. It’s interesting that MDLT’s labrum issue has kept her off vault more often than bars. Usually, bars seem to be the biggest problem for those with labrum injuries. Sam Peszek competed everything but bars at 2009 Nationals because of a torn labrum.

Rotation 1:
McDonald – VT – pikes down on her yfull with some leg form and a bigger hop back. Just OK, not great. 9.800
Glover – UB -hits her routine cleanly, a late pirouette and a few smaller form breaks everywhere, toes and knees.
Pritchett – VT – The best vault she’s done this season by far. Stuck landing. Still the other errors, no height and piking down, but much much better knees and landing. 9.850.
Grable – UB – Stuck double front to finish that routine. Interesting that she is second. I know it’s not her best event, but she’s such a gem.
Wong – VT – good height but not a good landing, but bounce back. She can land much better than that, and they probably needed that score. Now they’ll be looking for 3 9.9s from the final three.
Freier – UB – great line, a little struggle up to handstand on the free hip, sticks the DLO. Form breaks in these routines, but they’re pulling it together with these sticks.
Baer – VT – Nice height and a stuck landing. Much improved this season, leg separation in the air, slightly bent coming in. This will be a good test of the scoring. 9.900. I say that’s appropriate.
Borsellino – UB – very high tkatchev as always, leg separation in the pak salto, DLO looks fine, step back. Solid, probably low-mid 9.8s routine.
Courtney – VT – Near-stick or actual stick for her, I’d like a little tighter form for her, but itwas very strong. I think they considered that a stick, which is fine. 9.950.
Salmon – hitting early handstands, good piked jaeger, maybe one short handstand, very strong stuck DLO. That was nice. She has improved this year.
Zam – VT – They’ve set her up for the 10 obviously if she sticks. She did, so count on it. She had a similar landing to Courtney, and it seems like they considered that a stick, so it probably will be for Zam as well. 10.000. Of course she did.
Salsberg – UB – hits her jaeger well, pretty clean, looked like she released oddly on her dismount and a large step back on her double back.

After 1: UCLA 49.500, Arkansas 49.100
 Was there any doubt that Zam would get a 10? There was only the very smallest of quivers on that landing, and I’m OK with calling it a stick. It was certainly much more of a stick than some of the 10s that were given in the first rotation last night. UCLA’s final three vaulters did what they needed to to bring that score up with excellent landings, and Pritchett finally looked at least borderline lineup-worthy. McDonald and Wong need to improve because this rotation still won’t quite be competitive with the top teams unless they are sticking. They don’t have the big routines in the early positions. Arkansas looked clean enough, rather 9.825 on bars. Some leg separations and late pirouettes were the largest things I noticed.

Rotation 2:
UCLA’s bars lineup remains the same as last week as well in terms of the gymnasts competing, but Wong goes into the second spot and Courtney goes to the 5th.

What is Rene wearing? What is Rene wearing? What is Rene wearing?

Borsellino hits a vault similar to McDonald’s leadoff, large hop back, some lowness, fine start.
Francis – UB -good shaposh, a little leg break on the bail hs, one step back on double pike, not quite her best but fine. 9.775. They’ll want to drop it.
Wong – UB – a little close on her jaeger, a little ragged in some of these handstands but fine, hop forward on DLO that was a little piked. OK. 9.775. They’ll be counting one of them. Not ideal.
Lewis – VT – So, are we not seeing the Arkansas vaults anymore? Thanks for that. 
De Jesus – UB – legs are much better on the gienger, separation on the bail, missed handstand, step back on tuck full. These landings are weaker than last week, which will impair the score.  9.800.
I’m going to say that I’m not OK with UCLA starting not to show the opponent routines. What is this?
MDLT – UB – good opening handstand, clean bail, crazy legs on her hop full – a form break there, step back on direct DLO. A little more ragged than when she’s at her best. 9.775.
Grable – VT – Sticks her roundoff half front pike half, very nice, perhaps a step into salute and a low chest. Arkansas should be getting through vault at this meet, which is important.
Courtney – UB – clean on shaposh and bail, forcing it a bit on these handstands, step back on tuck full. No one has looked very good on bars. 9.825.
Arkansas scratches Freier because they had five hits to score 49.225.
Zam – UB – UCLA doing poorly on bars so far, so they need Zam to save it with something big. Good first handstand and shaposh, clean handstands of course, nice counter rotation on her tkatchev, slightly overbalanced on one handstand and a stuck DLO. It will be a big score, that’s certain. 9.950. Just the one handstand that they took for.

After 2: UCLA 98.625, Arkansas 98.325
UCLA started well on vault but gave much of that strong pace back on bars. Sloppy handstands and steps back on dismounts ruined the score. The bars landings were the best thing about last week’s meet, but that was not true today. Zamarripa was the only one who hit cleanly. We go to see very little of Arkansas on vault, but they got through efficiently. 

Rotation 3:
A little more pressure on UCLA’s beam rotation not just to hit but to hit for something like 49.3s or 49.4s if they want to be competitive.

Baer – BB – huge wobble on switch side, that will be a major deduction, hits side somi, full turn looks good, right on for the straddle 3/4, sticks layout full dismount. Recovered after the opening break. 9.800. 
I lost my feed during Zumwalde’s floor, sorry about that. Wong finishes her beam routine with a nice full turn, followed by a 1.5 with a hop forward. 9.800.
Elswick – FX – good high double pike with a little lack of control, good double tuck is nice, some knees in her middle pass, small issues, but it looked strong overall.
DeJesus – BB – very clean on aerial and bhs layout stepout, clean on dance elements, small small correction on her front toss, dismount to go, has to correct on her full turn, stuck front full. Good routine.
Dillard – FX – front 1.5 to start, a little bit of leg form, better legs on the front middle pass, and the 1.5 layout dismount. Bare minimum in terms of difficult there, but a clean enough routine. Similar in quality to what we’ve seen.
Courtney – BB – good full turn, big wobble on her loso series, it’s always been a struggle with her on beam. Wobble on front toss, a little low on double back with a step. They’ll want to drop this one.
Lewis – FX – nice big double arabian to open, whip through to double back is tight and solid, good job, slightly low landing on double pike, but the nicest routine so far for Arkansas.
Zam – BB – clean full turn, I don’t like it when I see the judges smiling, wobble on the onodi again. That’s the third week in a row for her on that skill. Layouts series is clean. Oddly low on her double full with a step forward. OK but mistakes in that routine.
Borsellino – FX – very nice landing on the double arabian, not squatty like most. The difficulty and the form in the tumbling takes a big leap up in the final three routines for this team. Clean double back to finish. 
Francis – BB – very nice splits as always, clean aerial to bhs, she has saved beam a few times lately for the Bruins, just like she did at every competition for the UK, sticks layout full dismount. Extremely strong routine, best on the team. 9.950.
Grable – FX – bounces out of her double arabian a little, not as strong as the last two, but she has the most polish on the team and the best dance elements, efficient and clean combo for the second pass, good double pike. Nice routine except for the mount.
McDonald doing exhibition on beam.

Rotation 3: UCLA 147.875, 147.600 
Francis was quite excellent on beam, which brought the score at least close to what it needed to be. Still, for this to be the score that UCLA’s needs, floor is going to have to be stratospheric. I’m not ruling it out. Aside from Francis and DeJesus, UCLA had a wobbly time on beam. Several people had major breaks or minor breaks of uncharacteristic frequency (Zam). I keep saying these Zam beam routines are uncharactertic, but this is several weeks in a row now. It’s becoming characteristic, and she needs to get back to those 9.9s. I was pleased with the quality of the tumbling from the last three from Arkansas, but the first three are just rather 9.8 and keep the rotation from being a big scorer. The meet is still quite close going into the final rotation.

Rotation 4:
Syd Sawa is performing on floor. Where did that come from? I had mostly written her off.Let’s see how this goes. She was a 9.9 at home when she was last healthy back in the late 40s.
Val is banging the Pritchett drum by moving her ahead of Zam in the lineup. We’re seeing Rene’s choices again.

Grable – BB – She has been moved to leadoff to give the team some stability, but she is their best beamer. Very nice aerial bhs loso series, does well to correct her front toss and connect it without giving away a wobble, hop back on double pike. Nice routine. 9.850.
McDonald – FX – low landing on double pike but secure, misses her foot on her layout stepout on the middle pass and lands on her face. So that happened. Crossed legs on rudi with a bounce.
Salmon – BB – a little low in amplitude and flexibility in her leaps, even Allison is pointing it out, pauses in connecting her aerial to back tuck, low on back tuck with a step forward to save, correction on side aerial, front tuck full with a hop. Lots to take there. 9.750.
Sawa – FX – What a time to come back on floor. Must hit situation. Judging pause as they try to evaluate what a back 1.5 + face is. Opens with a double tuck, just keeps it in with a little bounce up. A little low on double pike but got through it. The endurance to get through to the dismount could be an issue, she’s spending almost all her time on the ground. Hits 1.5 to layout. They needed that hit. Deductions but she survived. 9.850. 
Glover – BB – some crazy form on her bhs 1/1. Was that intended? Saves side aerial + bhs but this is a major struggle so far. Her leaps look good, sticks gainer full. She has some strengths, but the early acro is not one.
DeJesus – FX – Sophina salutes us to begin, bounces back out of her double pike, we can’t hear the music at all on the feed, which I actually care about during this routine, sticks double tuck middle pass, clean 1.5 to layout. It was fairly solid after the first pass. 9.900.
Borsellino – BB – good front toss (does anyone but Allison call it a chicken flip?), splits are missed, solid on all the acro, though. Falls on a tuck jump full. Didn’t complete the full and landed with feet crooked.
Zamarripa – FX – Double pike bounces way out of it, she finishes it way too early, but they have removed the DLO after the mistake at Alabama. Bounces slightly in place on her final rudi, but everything else was of the level we would expect.  9.900.
Dillard – BB – We don’t get to see this routine because we have to watch Asi Peko walk around? Why is this happening? Sounds like she hit with a wobbly mistake.
Pritchett – FX – They’ll be looking for the 9.950 she got last week once again. Her usual half/half mount, clean 1.5 to layout, hits the double pike with perhaps a little stepping. It’s basically always the same. She’s a standard candle for evaluating the scores. 9.950. They got what they wanted.
Freier – BB – Must hit routine for Arkansas, steps quickly out of her layout stepout to save a wobble, does wobble a bit on a split jump, sticks gainer full. She did what she needed.  
Courtney – FX – Still needing a big hit and a big score from her, the mount will be telling, only very slightly under on landing and takes a step back but good control, looked very nice in the middle pass and kept it just in bounds, now she’ll lay on the ground for a little bit, sticks double pike to save the rotation. 9.950.

Final score: UCLA 197.425, Arkansas 196.600
That’s a very important score for Arkansas and their RQS. There were nice routines in places for Arkansas, most of them from Grable, but also some very 9.800 gymnastics. When they don’t have to count mistakes, like today, they are capable of mid 196s, which can be dangerous at Regionals.

UCLA ends up tying a season high, which it didn’t look like we would see early on. The judges went into a happy land on floor, but the scoring potential is strong. This lineup isn’t solidified yet, and I could see some more experimentation. Bynum has fallen on her exhibition, so I don’t expect that kind of experimentation. The red flags for UCLA will be bars, both the form and the landings, and the wobble factories on beam. The Bruins are staying in the conversation at least.

The Bruins will increase their RQS to a 197.000. Utah sits at 197.010. LSU is at 197.065. Georgia is at 197.160. Michigan is at 197.175. Lots of movement can still take place in these final positions.

[2] Florida @ [7] Utah Live Blog

The Florida Gators arrive at the arena this evening still reveling in that home 198.425 two weeks ago and needing just a 197.250 to regain the #1 ranking. That ranking would be a nice prestige trophy, but hitting a big score on the road heading into championship season is a much more important accomplishment. So far this weekend, the top teams have performed raggedly. Oklahoma and LSU struggled with landings at their away meets, and Michigan had to absorb several mistakes en route to a score under 197. Alabama is the only team to pass 197 at this point, and Alabama also holds the top road score in the country this season, 197.725. Make no mistake, Florida is competing against Alabama tonight as well. 

With Alaina Johnson still in recovery, some questions still linger in the early vault and floor lineups. When Johnson went down, the general notion was that the Gators possessed enough depth that we wouldn’t notice. That’s a little true, but the Gators need Kiersten Wang back on both events to avoid giving up a few tenths. That is probably the only area of weakness Florida showed last week, so the main focus tonight will be proving that sixteen 9.9s isn’t just a ridiculous home thing.

Because this is college gymnastics, the result of this meet is irrelevant. Utah would need significant mistakes from Florida to contend in a normal world. For the Utes, something in the 197s would be nice, as would showing nationally competitive bars and beam rotations. Currently, I count about six routines that would be believable postseason 9.9s. That can be enough to make Super Six, but it’s not a comfortable position. Utah needs to show potential for more tonight.

For those of you who don’t have access to the Pac-12 Network, I’ll be providing as much reality-based commentary as possible. I know how frustrating it can be to follow meets using only team twitter updates like “Beautiful routine from McKynzi! 9.600!” What was so beautiful about it if it got a 9.600?

The meet will begin at 8:00 ET/5:00 PT.

The lineups are out. Utah’s competitors remain the same. Florida will be competing Spicer and M Caquatto on vault instead of Stageberg and Shisler from last week. That’s a good upgrade. If they are confident in Macko’s legs, she should be in the lineup. Wang is also back for floor.

It appears as though this meet will not be broadcast in HD. What is this? I’ll be sure to send my complaints to 1987.

Just saw Bridget Sloan fall on a tkatchev in the background on warmup. Doesn’t mean anything, but pointing it out. Jim and Amanda are beating the Tory Wilson 10 drum. 

Rotation 1:
Utah vault
1. Allex – a little lacking distance on yfull, larger step back, rather minor pike.
2. Del Priore -better distance, very slightly bent knees, large hop back.
3. Lofgren – very piked, I’d call it a stick but she bent to hold onto it and colleged the salute a little.
4. Damianova -solid, pretty low on the landing, wider than shoulder step back. I’d like to see more height.
5. Dabritz – Good form, small hop on landing. Cleanest so far with the best height.
6. Wilson -Landed out of frame, so it’s hard to tell . . . yes she did step back. A little piking still, but I think a bit less than the last couple times. I’ll assume 9.950 for that. She gets a 9.975, so one judge gave her a 10, which is again wrong because she didn’t stick.

Florida bars
1. Dickerson -muscles first handstand and is very close on her tkatchev catch, handstands are short, one step on DLO. Not a good routine.
2. Dancose-Giambattisto – Jim just mangled her last name, but we’ll give him a pass, very clean, good handstand, major leg split on DLO with a hop. The dismount will be most of the deductions.
3. King – she struggled early this season but has this routine together now, very clean throughout, quite secure on bail, good khorkina, minor shuffle on the DLO.
4. Hunter -wonderful hindorff, clean bail, strong shoot, hits her handstands, small step on tuck full. She has improved here significantly over last year.
5. Sloan – Hits her tkatchev this time, a little crossed legs on her bail, minor step on the DLO, excellent routine but perhaps cut off her early handstands very slightly.She gets a 9.975, which is wrong because she didn’t stick. What did the judges see?
6. M Caquatto – Tremendously clean throughout. They have stripped this routine down to the barest necessities to get her a 10. Step on dismount is probably the only thing to take. 

Rotation 1 scores: Florida 49.550, Utah 49.450
Well, we can talk about the scoring already because we saw 10s given by individual judges on both events for non-stuck landings. That’s kind of terrible. Sometimes you can argue it, but not there. Those weren’t sticks. Florida looked very strong on bars, not quite as strong as the score, but the mistakes were all very minor. Nearly everyone took a little shuffle on the dismount, though, so they will be working sticks to squeeze out a few more tenths. Utah looked fine on vault, pretty good positions. I’d still like to see more power, and they had no stuck landings.

Expect the numbers to remain high for the whole night, so we should see some massiveness for Florida on vault. It could also serve to bump up Utah’s bars.

Rotation 2:
Utah bars
1. Wilson – hits gienger, leg separations in nearly everything, very short handstand before the dismount, stuck tuck full. They can take a lot for form here. A 9.900 is just not acceptable scoring for the form in that routine.
2. Hughes – she pops striaght up on that tkatchev with little counter rotation but it doesn’t seem to negatively affect her, clean overall, one of the handstands was short and some very minor body shape issues, stuck landing (or near-stuck).
3. Hansen – nice catch on jaeger, hits pak, this is a bit cleaner than we have seen from her, even the wonky-legged half turn seemed a little more on top of the bar, hop back on dismount.
4. Lopez – slightly ragged in her giant full, small leg sepration in her bail handstand, hop back on DLO that was also piked. Only minor faults until the dismount.
5. Damianova – I wasn’t happy with one of the handstands, but otherwise it was her usual routine until a fall on the tkatchev, finishes with a double back dismount. 
6. Dabritz – hits her jaeger with flexed feet, otherwise quite clean in the handstands, stuck landing with a leg separation. Strongest routine on this event for Utah. She gets a 10, which there wasn’t really justification for, but I’m no longer paying attention to the scoring at this meet.

Florida vault
1. Spicer – pikes down a little on her yfull, but it was a near-stick, minor hop in place, could use some more distance, but it’s a strong start.
2. M Caquatto – Good height, hop back, similar to what we saw from Utah. They don’t compete her here a lot because of her leg history, but she’s certainly top six on the event. 
3. Sloan – looked like she tucked a little bit at the beginning of that vault, not sure what happened there, larger hop back. Not her best at all.
4. King – hop forward on her tsuk 1.5, she took another step into her salute, but deducting for both may be a little harsh. Given what we’ve seen they won’t take it.
5. Dickerson – some leg separation on her block, and another hop back. They aren’t landing these vaults particularly well. Everyone is hopping back.
6. Hunter – only the slightest of hops in place on her y1.5. Very nice. The landing wasn’t perfect, so I wouldn’t go 10 this time (but the judge who went 10 for Wilson I suppose has to go 10 for this for consistency, right?). That judge did give it a 10 again, so that’s something. Apparently you don’t have to stick anymore.

Rotation 2 scores: Utah 99.050, Florida 99.000
Don’t pay attention to the scoring because it will provide you will literally no information as to the routine quality. If I hadn’t been looking at the scores, I would have thought Utah hit a perfectly acceptable 9.850 of a bars rotation. They stuck landings, which Florida was not able to do. Still work to be done in these routines, though. Florida did not land well on vault. They still managed to equal Utah’s 49.450 on that event, but they can and should be much better. You can’t always expect a 49.450 for no sticks in a lineup.

Rotation 3:
Utah beam
1. Tutka – a bit short in her splits, good loso series, small, small correction on her punch front, again on her stag, sticks gainer full. One of her better routines. OK overall. So, 12.975?
2. Hughes – wobble on her loso series, she has good potential on this event for Utah, but I want to see a little more fluidity in both skills and choreo, small movement on the double full. Not bad.
3. Wilson – wobble on the two losos series, gets the straddle 3/4 around, hits 1.5 dismount. She stays solid on beam. It’s clearly not her event, but they need her ability not to give away wobbles.
4. Lopez – loso series is very strong with good amplitude, takes a step on her punch front, nice double full. Aside from the wobble on her punch front, that was one of her stronger routines. Good improvement.
5. Lofgren – hits side somi, good loso series, huge break at the waist on her aerial but she stays on, sticks gainer full.
6. Dabritz – huge wobble on her loso series (she has to start hitting this at some point), another wobble on side aerial, hop back on double full. She stayed on, but it wasn’t great.

Florida floor
1. Wang – nice DLO to start, good splits, a little piked down to get the landing on her layout half, very minor lack of control on double pike.
2. Stageberg – Good pike full in, lands with a low chest but doesn’t everybody? Bounces out of her whip double – the slight lack of control in landing is continuing. Fine double pike.
3. Sloan – Love this routine, and I’m so glad she elected to do NCAA gymnastics, front double is pretty good, drilled the double pike, excellent 1.5 to layout dismount. Has Florida finally arrived at the arena?
4. Dickerson – just slightly squatty on her double arabian landing but she landed well and kept it in, double back is good, you can take for some of the dance elements, but the last two acro passes were strong.
5. King – tremendous DLO, good layout to front full, finishes by bouncing out of her double pike, but until then it was a near copy of the video posted at the top. 
6. Hunter – crazy good on the DLO as usual, basically everything about this routine was right on, her open double tuck was a little lower in the chest than usual, but that’s the only thing. It’s smart they have her do straddle dance elements so that she can contend for a 10 every week. Not a 10 becuase of the dismount, but still strong.

Rotation 3 scores: Utah 148.475, Florida 148.350
Utah had two major breaks in the final two routines, which they will not be able to afford after this week. Under normal circumstances, that would have brought down the score noticeably. Until those mistakes, there was a lot to be pleased about for Utah because a few of the early gymnasts performed at season-best quality. Florida was strong overall on floor. The tumbling is excellent, especially both the difficulty and quality of the mounts. A few passes had some low landings, which they can work on, but in general I was pleased with the control of the tumbling. Each person had one pass that wasn’t quite up to expected quality, but everything else was strong.

Rotation 4:
Utah floor
1. Lofgren – good high double pike that goes very close to the line but she stays in, some twisted legs in the whip double full but otherwise strong, sissone that wasn’t there before her dismount, comes in a little stiff in her loso out of the 1.5.
2. Del Priore – a little low on her full in and takes a slight stumble, good layout out of her middle pass, pretty strong double tuck. She recovered after that wonky mount, but that will hurt her score (well, who knows?).
3. Wilson -Good DLO (minorly low chest), front full on the middle pass was borderline lack of control, but I’m fine with it, bounces out of her double back. Not bad. 
4. Damianova – is very tight on her double tuck form but bounces back significantly, good full to layout, a little crunched in the knees on her double pike landing but it was stuck. Deductions to take.  
5. Tutka – good tuck full, she has the best chest position on the landings on the team, which has been true since that very first meet when he was the only one who looked adequate, sticks double back. To be honest, this routine and Wilson’s vault and Dabritz’s bars are the only routines so far today I would definitely put into the 9.9s for Utah. Some other borderlines, but those were the three strong ones. 
6. Dabritz – sticks pike full, one of her better performances on that skill, slightly low in her whip double full landing, good triple full landing with the usual crossed legs. Strong routine. 

Florida beam
1. Stageberg – only a very slight pause after her aerial before the bhs, a small wobble on her full turn, she didn’t really commit to that skill. Sticks layout full dismount with some bent knees in the preceding handsprings.
2. Spicer – good loso series, hits gainer loso as well, she’s competent, solid but not flashy on this event, small hop on gainer full. Good routine.
3. Sloan – lovely amplitude and security on her loso series, wonderful aerial + bhs, very slight fight to keep her dance combo going but it was basically nothing, good side aerial, step back on double full (crossed feet). That was exceptional except for the step on dismount. I could see 9.950. 
4. Dickerson – hits her loso, very secure through her dance elements, a little tentative on her full turn, nice stick on the double tuck. She doesn’t have particularly fluid work on beam, but she didn’t give away much on wobbles.
5. Hunter – strong front tuck mount, she’s just slightly tight it appears, cutting off her full turn early, very very minor wobble on series, hop back on double back. Not her best but still solid.
6. M Caquatto – good loso series, excellent aerial, going perfectly so far, wobble on full turn, step back on the double full. She gave away a couple small deductions, but it should be a strong score.

Final scores: Utah 198.125, Florida 197.875.
So, this happened. Now, this was certainly Utah’s best performance of the year. The scores throughout the meet existed in some sort of fantasy world made of flowers and unicorns and hallucinogenic drugs covered in chocolate and sunshine, but we can still evaluate the performances of the two teams heading into the postseason.

I was pleased to see Florida pull it together on floor and beam with the landings because the first two rotations were missing that polish and finish. Bars looked strong on the event itself for most of the team, but they could have done even better by not giving away those .05s on landings (even when the judges didn’t take it). Vault was probably the weak event, where the landings left much to be desired. Too many hops back. That’s something I saw in the meet against Georgia as well, and it could leave the Gators work to do against Alabama at SECs.

There’s still work to do for Utah, especially with the vault landings and keeping the beam rotation safe. Those last two beam routines had big breaks that could have been falls. They stuck their bars dismounts, which certainly influenced the judges, but that is something they must do to be competitive on that event. Floor was probably the strongest event for Utah (as we knew it would be all year), but a couple of the landings were still slightly off. That’s the kind of thing that tends to be exacerbated at road meets, so not giving way those minor breaks should be a focus going into Pac-12s.

There will be a lot to say about the judging at this meet, but keep in mind that everything tends to balance out at Championships. We can pretend this never happened. The biggest problem with this type of scoring is not that the better team loses or that great gymnastics doesn’t get rewarded. It’s that it makes me feel like I’m an insane person who is in the midst of a severe breakdown and is seeing visions of deductions that are apparently invisible to other people. Seriously judges, I don’t need any help going crazy. I can do it all on my own.