Since actually watching all the regionals and getting a sense of how they played out is aggressively impossible, here is a summary of the salient details regarding qualification and not-qualification for each of the six competitions on Hellscape Saturday in case you missed anything.
What looked like it should have been a straightforward regional began way too interestingly for anyone’s blood pressure when Florida, ever the charitable cherubs, took pity on us and decided to get weird by opening bars with Alicia Boren going over on a handstand for 9.425 and Rachel Gowey falling on a Ray for 9.200. Ultimately, this didn’t matter in the slightest as Florida recovered for normal scores on floor and vault to win the regional and qualify to nationals by over a point.
Georgia used a near-season-high 49.325 vault score in the first rotation (featuring a 9.950 for Snead) to open a lead over Missouri that was never smaller than three-tenths throughout the entirety of the meet, undermining the potential SEC clash we had before us. Once Georgia was able to drop Lauren Johnson’s bars fall and get through a beam rotation featuring only one wobble-burger (wow!), Missouri had little hope of catching up. The absence of Rachel Dickson anywhere but bars remains a concern for Georgia heading toward nationals, however, as Beth Roberts replaced her on vault and floor with respectable-but-not-Super-Six 9.800s.
Missouri ultimately finished .675 behind Georgia and never came all that close to challenging, doing well to avoid counting any falls after misses from Tucker on bars and beam but never getting the necessary big scores in the 9.9 zone. The main trouble for Missouri was the unwelcome discovery that routines that had been scoring 9.850 at home during the regular season were suddenly scoring 9.775 and 9.800 here, making it difficult to squeak very far over the 49.0 plateau on any event. Continue reading Regionals Round-Up