Friday Live Blog – February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21
Scores Stream
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – [8] Alabama @ [2] Florida LINK SECN
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Central Michigan @ Bowling Green LINK  
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Illinois State, West Chester, Southern Connecticut, Ursinus @ Temple LINK  
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Big Five Day 1
[16] Nebraska, [23] Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa, Rutgers
LINK FLO
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [11] Georgia @ [12] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – West Virginia @ Pittsburgh LINK ACCNX
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – William & Mary, Centenary @ NC State LINK ACCNX
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [20] Auburn @ [14] Arkansas LINK SECN
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – UW-Oshkosh @ UW-Eau Claire    
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-La Crosse   FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [1] Oklahoma v. [25] Stanford @ Oklahoma City, OK LINK OU($)
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [6] LSU @ [18] Missouri LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [17] Iowa State @ [19] Southern Utah LINK FREE
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Utah State, UC Davis, Sacramento State @ Boise State LINK FREE
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – San Jose State @ Seattle Pacific LINK FREE

It’s one of those three-SEC-Network-meet days, but we also have Georgia/Kentucky only on streaming, which may end up being the most interesting of all the SEC meets.

Plus, there’s the first of the two Big Five meets to keep track of. This is the less deep of the two Big Fives, but still a critical competition for Nebraska to get the win with a high 196.

And there’s Oklahoma 10 Watch. So lots to keep track of. Then when it’s all done, you get a couple-hour break, and then it’s the first day of finals from Melbourne. And people always have looks when I say watching gymnastics is a full-time job…

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Melbourne Pre-Finals Update

Here’s a rundown on who qualified to each final in Melbourne and a quick note on how things are shaping up on each event. Finals begin at 6:00pm Saturday local time, which is 2:00am ET/11:00pm PT in US time, and are indeed streaming at the Olympic Channel.

Men’s Floor

  1. Kirill Prokopev – 15.000
  2. Ryu Sunghyun – 14.500
  3. Milad Karimi – 14.433
  4. Rayderley Zapata – 14.066
  5. Ethan Dick – 13.966
  6. Jorge Vega Lopez – 13.933
  7. Yahor Sharamkou – 13.900
  8. Bram Verhofstad – 13.633

Rayderley Zapata achieved his first goal, which was making the final. Qualifying in 4th may be a bit of a concern for him, though he is currently in a position of control and can therefore afford not to win this event and still be the frontrunner to get the Olympic spot. For now. The door remains open for someone like Prokopev, and if Prokopev were to win the title here, he’s in this race. Still, he has left it quite late and would need to be very good at everything remaining.

(Prokopev’s quest to challenge Zapata would also be helped if the FIG does not end up redistributing points from those who qualified to the Olympics as individuals. The original rules discuss redistributing points from those who qualified as part of teams, but makes no mention of individuals. Which is insane, but also…FIG. Part of Zapata’s frontrunner status is based on his gaining points redistributed from Yulo, Dolgopyat, and Shatilov.)

Tomas Gonzalez did not advance to the final, and I don’t want to talk about it.

Women’s Vault

  1. Jade Carey – 15.049
  2. Shoko Miyata – 14.166
  3. Coline Devillard – 14.050
  4. Ahtziri Sandoval – 13.916
  5. Maria Paseka – 13.883
  6. Angelina Radivilova – 13.883
  7. Teja Belak – 13.849
  8. Tkasa Kysselef – 13.733

Carey did what she had to do in qualification, scoring nearly a point better than anyone else and moving ever closer to the almost-basically-assured-but-not-quite-mathematically-guaranteed Olympic spot status she can reach with a victory here. Maria Paseka did not go for anything near full difficulty in qualification, but I’m sure we can count on her to chuck some insanity in the final. It also looks like Devillard fell on her DTY, but she would be the other closest challenger to Carey if she hits in the final.

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NCAA Week 8 Preview

Full schedule and links

Marquee Meet

[3] Utah @ [3] UCLA

Sunday, February 23rd, 3:00pm PT – ESPN2

Well, look how that worked out. Utah and UCLA find themselves tied in the rankings heading into their annual wackadoo dual that is truly going to be a sight this year. What do we think…three 10s? Five?

UCLA has been the stronger team over the last couple seasons and is hosting the meet this year, so the advantage will default to the Bruins. At the same time, we’ve seen UCLA putting up some non-ideal lineups lately, and last weekend the Bruins scored basically the same thing for a (semi) hit meet as Utah did for counting a fall on floor. That’s why Utah will feel, with a hit meet, this thing is very winnable, even on the road.

While it’s all been “Utah’s beam, Utah’s beam, Utah’s beam” (and we’ll get there), at least equally critical in this performance will be vault. Utah’s vaulting last week was excellent in the Y1.5 landings department from Hall-Burch-Tessen, a serious step—or seven—better than what we had seen earlier in the season. If repeated, and if UCLA is still hopping around on those 1.5s, vault provides Utah with a chance for a legitimate multi-tenth advantage. Because UCLA is theoretically the stronger team on bars and floor, Utah will be particularly keen to muffle that advantage with its vaulting performance so that winning doesn’t have to be all about beam.

As for beam, that’s obviously going to be THE TEST of this meet because it has been easily Utah’s best event this year while it has been the rebellious problem child for UCLA. But when you look at the gymnasts in these lineups, Utah shouldn’t actually be any better than UCLA on beam given that the Bruins can put up people like Ross and Glenn and Flatley. The difference between the two beam teams has been consistency, health, and confidence. So most important for UCLA will be not just hitting beam but hitting to the lineup’s actual potential. Last week’s 49.275, for instance, was an improvement on some of the weeks before, but still not enough to cut it or to minimize the beam difference that rankings tell us exists between these two.

Much depends on the actual fullness of UCLA’s lineups. I mentioned that the Bruins should be the better team on bars, but that’s fairly contingent on Frazier being in the lineup for a 9.9+ routine to complete that unassailable Flatley-Kocian-Frazier-Ross punch. Meanwhile, floor has certainly done the job—being ranked #1 and all—but Flatley-Lashbrooke-Andres is not the final, ideal, postseason leadoff group with the highest scoring potential. Now, I mean, it’s UCLA at home in a big regular season meet. They could put up Nicki Shapiro doing a yoga workshop in the third spot and get 9.875 for it (the dream), but if there are tenths that need to be made up in the final rotation, you want gymnasts like Frazier and Tratz in there for the most likely 9.9+ scores.

This is going to be a fun one.

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NCAA Week 8 – Schedule and Links

Wednesday, February 19
Scores Stream
6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT – Cortland @ Ithaca   FREE
Friday, February 21
Scores Stream
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – [8] Alabama @ [2] Florida LINK SECN
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Central Michigan @ Bowling Green LINK  
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Illinois State, West Chester, Southern Connecticut, Ursinus @ Temple LINK  
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Big Five Day 1
[16] Nebraska, [23] Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa, Rutgers
LINK FLO
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [11] Georgia @ [12] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – West Virginia @ Pittsburgh LINK ACCNX
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – William & Mary, Centenary @ NC State LINK ACCNX
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [20] Auburn @ [14] Arkansas LINK SECN
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – UW-Oshkosh @ UW-Eau Claire    
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-La Crosse   FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [1] Oklahoma v. [25] Stanford @ Oklahoma City, OK LINK OU($)
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [6] LSU @ [18] Missouri LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [17] Iowa State @ [19] Southern Utah LINK FREE
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Utah State, UC Davis, Sacramento State @ Boise State LINK FREE
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – San Jose State @ Seattle Pacific LINK FREE
Saturday, February 22
Scores Stream
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – UW-Whitewater, Hamline @ Winona State   FREE
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [21] Oregon State @ [10] Cal LINK P12N
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Big Five Day 2
[7] Minnesota, [9] Michigan, [24]  Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State
LINK FLO
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [15] BYU @ [5] Denver LINK  
Sunday, February 23
Scores Stream
11:00am ET/8:00am PT – Yale, Brown, Penn @ Cornell   ESPN+
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – North Carolina @ New Hampshire LINK ESPN+
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Towson @ West Virginia LINK FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – NC State, Northern Illinois, Temple @ George Washington LINK FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Kent State @ Ball State LINK ESPN3
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – West Chester @ William & Mary LINK FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Rhode Island @ Springfield    
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [25] Stanford @ [22] Arizona LINK P12N
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – UW-Stout @ Lindenwood LINK FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Brockport, Ursinus @ Ithaca    
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Air Force @ TWU LINK FREE
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [13] Washington @ Arizona State LINK P12N
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – [3] Utah @ [3] UCLA LINK ESPN2
Monday, February 24
Scores Stream
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Pittsburgh @ [19] Southern Utah LINK FREE

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

This weekend is also Melbourne and Winter Cup:

Thursday, February 20
2:00am ET/11:00pm (Wednesday) PT – Melbourne Q Day 1
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Winter Cup Juniors Day 1
9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT – Winter Cup Seniors Day 1

Friday, February 21
2:00am ET/11:00pm (Thursday) PT – Melbourne Q Day 2

Saturday, February 22
2:00am ET/11:00pm (Friday) PT – Melbourne Finals Day 1
10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT – Winter Cup Finals
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT – Melbourne Finals Day 2

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Melbourne Olympic Qualifier: Your Questions Answered

Wait…what’s happening?

The Melbourne apparatus world cup, the 6th of 8 events in the series used to determine which 10 individuals (4 women, 6 men, one for each event) gain Olympic berths.

When is it?

Qualification Day 1
Thursday, February 20, 6:00pm local/2:00am ET/11:00pm PT

Qualification Day 2
Friday, February 21, 6:00pm local/2:00am ET/11:00pm PT

Finals Day 1
Saturday, February 22, 6:00pm local/2:00am ET/11:00pm PT

Finals Day 2
Sunday, February 23, 3:00pm local/11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT

How do I watch?

We think the finals will be live streamed on the Olympic Channel, but they haven’t posted the specific information yet. They streamed it last year and have broadcast rights because they’re showing it tape delayed on TV later.

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