NCAA Week 10 Results

Tuesday, March 7
Final Score
Brown, So Connecticut, Rhode Island @ Bridgeport Bridgeport 194.450
Brown 193.425
So Conn 190.350
RI 182.950
Ball State, Illinois-Chicago @ Western Michigan Ball St 195.450
UIC 195.175
WMU 194.300
Thursday, March 9
Final Score
UW-Oshkosh @ UW-Stout Stout 189.350
Oshkosh 186.825
Friday, March 10
Final Score
West Virginia @ Florida Florida 197.600
WVU 196.100
Towson @ NC State NC State 196.150
Towson 194.025
Ball State @ Kent State Kent St 196.425
Ball St 195.000
Temple @ William & Mary W & M 193.100
Temple 192.450
Winona State @ UW-Eau Claire Winona 185.200
Eau Claire 184.875
UW-La Crosse @ Gustavus Adolphus La Crosse 188.900
Gustavus 184.725
Kentucky @ Missouri Missouri 197.125
Kentucky 196.925
Pitt @ Auburn Auburn 196.300
Pitt 194.200
San Jose State, Centenary @ Arkansas Arkansas 196.150
SJ State 193.875
Centenary 188.250
Lindenwood @ Illinois State Illinois St 193.025
Lindenwood 191.650
New Hampshire @ LSU LSU 197.875
UNH 195.300
Iowa State @ Alabama Alabama 197.100
Iowa St 196.600
Denver @ Boise State Boise St 197.675
Denver 197.150
Southern Utah @ Utah State SUU 195.675
Utah St 194.600
Arizona @ BYU BYU 196.350
Arizona 195.525
Sacramento State, Bridgeport @ Arizona State Sac St 195.275
Bridgeport 195.050
Arizona St 194.925
Air Force @ UC Davis Davis 195.775
Air Force 193.350
Saturday, March 11
Final Score
Brown, Cortland, Rhode Island @ Springfield Brown 193.425
Springfield 189.050
Cortland 188.425
RI 182.575
Ursinus @ West Chester WC 193.675
Ursinus 191.500
Northern Illinois @ Central Michigan CMU 196.575
NIU 196.150
Nebraska, OSU, MSU, Maryland @ Illinois Nebraska 196.650
Illinois 196.450
OSU 195.350
MSU 194.650
Marland 193.375
Michigan, Minnesota, PSU, Rutgers @ Iowa Michigan 197.150
Iowa 196.400
Penn St 195.450
Minnesota 194.825
Rutgers 192.650
Utah @ Georgia Georgia 197.250
Utah 196.650
SEMO @ Western Michigan WMU 195.475
SEMO 193.100
Illinois-Chicago @ Oregon State Oregon St 197.475
UIC 193.550
Hamline @ UW-Whitewater Whitewater 192.125
Hamline 188.850
Bowling Green @ Eastern Michigan EMU 195.225
BGSU 194.675
Seattle Pacific @ Washington Washington 196.925
SPU 194.100
Sunday, March 12
Final Score
Penn, Southern Connecticut, Ithaca @ Temple Temple 194.975
Penn 193.950
So Conn 190.500
Ithaca 189.650
Stanford, NC State, Yale @  George Washington GW 196.500
NC State 194.825
Yale 194.575
Stanford 193.275
Cornell, Brockport @ Towson Towson 194.625
Cornell 193.500
Brockport 192.425
North Carolina @ UCLA UCLA 197.800
UNC 195.400
Oklahoma @ Cal Oklahoma 197.800
Cal 196.775
Monday, March 13
Final Score
Southern Utah @ BYU BYU 195.650
SUU 195.625

Week 10 AA leaders:
1. Ashleigh Gnat, LSU – 39.700
2. Kaytianna McMillan, Oregon State – 39.650
3. Myia Hambrick, LSU – 39.625
3. Maddie Karr, Denver – 39.625
3. Chayse Capps, Oklahoma – 39.625
Continue reading NCAA Week 10 Results

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Friday Live Blog – March 10, 2017

Friday, March 10
Scores Watch
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [22] West Virginia @ [3] Florida LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Towson @ NC State LINK ACC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ball State @ Kent State LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Temple @ William & Mary LINK FB
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Winona State @ UW-Eau Claire LINK
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-La Crosse @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [12] Kentucky @ [15] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Pitt @ [20] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – San Jose State, Centenary @ Arkansas LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Lindenwood @ Illinois State FREE
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – New Hampshire @ [2] LSU LINK SEC+
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – Iowa State @ [6] Alabama LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [8] Denver @ [10] Boise State LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [21] Southern Utah @ [23] Utah State LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Arizona @ BYU LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Sacramento State, Bridgeport @ Arizona State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Air Force @ UC Davis LINK FB

Today is made for bopping around from meet to meet as they become interesting (or the opposite of that). West Virginia/Florida is the primary meet starting off the slate, but keep an eye on the scores coming from Ball State and Towson as well. Both teams are teetering on the edge of falling out of regionals contention but could save themselves with mid-195s today and remain in  contention on the final weekend.

Here is our key group:

With those mid-195s, Towson and Ball State would move up to the 194.9 territory. It’s still out, but it’s at least within striking distance. Arizona State is in action later on and in a similar position, but what’s really hurting their chances is a low road score, which can’t be dropped until Pac-12s. To give themselves a chance at Pac-12s, though, they’ll need another good beating-Arizona-level 195 today. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – March 10, 2017

Things Are Happening – March 9, 2017

A. Weekend schedule

Friday, March 10
Scores Watch
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [22] West Virginia @ [3] Florida LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Towson @ NC State LINK ACC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ball State @ Kent State LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Temple @ William & Mary LINK FB
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Winona State @ UW-Eau Claire LINK
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-La Crosse @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [12] Kentucky @ [15] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Pitt @ [20] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – San Jose State, Centenary @ Arkansas LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Lindenwood @ Illinois State FREE
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – New Hampshire @ [2] LSU LINK SEC+
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – Iowa State @ [6] Alabama LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [8] Denver @ [10] Boise State LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [21] Southern Utah @ [23] Utah State LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Arizona @ BYU LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Sacramento State, Bridgeport @ Arizona State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Air Force @ UC Davis LINK FB
Saturday, March 11
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brown, Cortland, Rhode Island @ Springfield FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Ursinus @ West Chester
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Northern Illinois @ Central Michigan LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Big Ten Qualifier: [13] Nebraska, [24] Ohio State, Michigan State, Maryland @ [19] Illinois LINK BTN
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Big Ten Qualifier: [11] Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers @ [16] Iowa LINK BTN
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [5] Utah @ [7] Georgia LINK SEC+
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – SEMO @ Western Michigan LINK
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Illinois-Chicago @ [9] Oregon State LINK FREE
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Hamline @ UW-Whitewater LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Bowling Green @ [25] Eastern Michigan LINK EMU
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Seattle Pacific @ [14] Washington FREE
Sunday, March 12
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Penn, Southern Connecticut, Ithaca @ Temple FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Stanford, NC State, Yale @ [18] George Washington LINK GW $
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Cornell, Brockport @ Towson
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – North Carolina @ [4] UCLA LINK P12
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ [17] Cal LINK P12
Monday, March 13
Scores Watch
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [21] Southern Utah @ BYU LINK FREE

The final weekend before championship season is upon us. It’s an odd one because the “conference schedule” is over, so that means we get a lot of haphazard matchups between random teams. Not a bad thing—we get to see teams we don’t usually—but it doesn’t make for a ton of exciting meets. The highest-profile contests will come on Saturday and Sunday with Utah/Georgia and Oklahoma/Cal, though it’s Friday’s Denver/Boise State meet that may prove the most worthwhile of all. These are two fairly even teams, both often hovering around the 197.0 marks and both looking to play the same spoiler role in the postseason. Continue reading Things Are Happening – March 9, 2017

Best Routine of Week 9 Poll

Congratulations to our week 8 champion, Alex McMurtry’s floor, which used a boost from Team Florida to run away with the title ahead of Hallie Mossett’s floor in second. In an upset, Nicole Lehrmann’s bars 10 outpaced McKenzie Wofford’s bars 10 for the third position by a mere 9 votes.

ROUTINE of the WEEK 1st 2nd 3rd
Week 1 Skinner, FX Edney, VT Nichols, UB
Week 2 Ward, VT PP Lee, BB Hambrick, FX
Week 3 Artz, FX Childers, BB Skinner, VT
Week 4 Ross, UB McMurtry, VT PP Lee, UB
Week 5 Gardiner, BB Ward, VT Winston, FX
Week 6 PP Lee, UB Slocum, VT Jackson, FX
Week 7 Ross, BB Price, UB Guerrero, BB
Week 8 McMurtry, FX Mossett, FX Lehrmann, UB
Week 9

On to week 9! A week marked by at least one 10 on every event, twelve scores of 9.975 or higher, and thirty-seven scores of 9.950 or higher. Thirty-seven.


1. Ashleigh Gnat, LSU – Vault (10.000)


2. Alex McMurtry, Florida – Vault (10.000)


3. Erika Aufiero, Oregon State – Bars (9.975)


4. Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma – Bars (10.000)

LINK – 26:05


5. Kendall Valentin, Eastern Michigan – Bars (9.950)


6. Erin Macadaeg, LSU – Beam (9.950)


7. Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA – Beam (10.000)


8. Chayse Capps, Oklahoma – Beam (10.000)


9. MyKayla Skinner, Utah – Floor (10.000)


10. Nicola Deans, Michigan State – Floor (9.950)


Week 9 Rankings, Notes, RQS Update

WEEK 9 RANKINGS
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 1. Oklahoma 197.990
Road Score 1 198.350
Road Score 2 198.175
Road Score 3 198.075
Home/Road Score 1 198.025
Home/Road Score 2 197.925
Home/Road Score 3 197.750
  • This weekend brought a low-for-Oklahoma 197.575 in what was almost not a victory (!) at Michigan. The Sooners remain very safe at #1 but would still need 198.100 in the next meet to set a new RQS record.
  • Nichols competed only UB, got a 10.000 (because Nichols) to complete the gym slam in under two months.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 2. LSU 197.775
Road Score 1 197.700
Road Score 2 197.700
Road Score 3 197.675
Home/Road Score 1 198.150
Home/Road Score 2 197.975
Home/Road Score 3 197.825
  • LSU broke into the 198s for the first time this season in victory over Florida, increasing its lead over #3. The gap behind Oklahoma is still too great to make up this coming weekend.
  • Gnat scored her second 10.000 of the season on VT.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 3. Florida 197.495
Road Score 1 197.425
Road Score 2 197.325
Road Score 3 197.125
Home/Road Score 1 197.975
Home/Road Score 2 197.900
Home/Road Score 3 197.700
  • An overall poor meet marked by UB mistakes keeps Florida in 3rd, becoming much more vulnerable to being passed because of those relatively low road scores as UCLA, Utah, and Alabama all close the gap. At home this week, Florida’s maximum RQS for next Monday is 197.550, which means the Gators may not hold their own ranking destiny.
  • McMurtry scored her first VT 10.000 of the season and third overall.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 4. UCLA 197.445
Road Score 1 197.500
Road Score 2 197.325
Road Score 3 197.150
Home/Road Score 1 198.125
Home/Road Score 2 197.725
Home/Road Score 3 197.525
  • UCLA used a 197.525 victory over Cal to erase a 196 in the RQS picture and move rather close to Florida in 3rd.
  • With a slightly higher maximum RQS after this coming weekend, UCLA could pass Florida this weekend. It would take at least a 197.800, which is no easy task, but UCLA would move ahead if both teams score season highs.
  • In a parade of 9.975s, Katelyn Ohashi emerged with her first career 10 on BB.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 5. Utah 197.355
Road Score 1 197.600
Road Score 2 197.150
Road Score 3 196.900
Home/Road Score 1 197.875
Home/Road Score 2 197.625
Home/Road Score 3 197.500
  • Utah used a 197.500 of its own to stay on track at #5, but because they Utes go on the road this weekend and have that lowish 196.900 to stop, they have a chance to catch both Florida and UCLA and hang right with them in the rankings. Like Florida, Utah’s max RQS after this weekend if 197.550, so if they both manage season highs, they would end up ties. Utah would need a minimum of 197.375 to have a chance to pass UCLA, depending on UCLA’s performance.
  • Skinner also joined the 10 club with her first on FX.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 6. Alabama 197.285
Road Score 1 197.700
Road Score 2 197.225
Road Score 3 197.050
Home/Road Score 1 197.825
Home/Road Score 2 197.350
Home/Road Score 3 197.100
  • Alabama did the job with a road high score, narrowing the margin a little bit behind Utah and UCLA, though not enough to move anywhere. It would be possible for Alabama to pass Utah this weekend but would take at least 197.475 and likely also a Utah miss.
  • Winston’s 9.950 on FX and 39.650 AA score led the team as usual.
green-up-arrow 7. Georgia 196.930
Road Score 1 196.975
Road Score 2 196.925
Road Score 3 196.800
Home/Road Score 1 197.325
Home/Road Score 2 197.075
Home/Road Score 3 196.875
  • A season high 197.325 in the loss to Alabama bumps Georgia up ahead of Denver for the moment in our only ranking movement among the top 10.
  • That score, coupled with Kentucky’s non-counting score clinched Georgia’s spot in the evening session at SECs along with LSU, Florida, and Alabama.
  • 9.950s were key (Snead VT, Marino FX) and critically Snead also returned to the floor lineup for 9.875.
reddownarrow 8. Denver 196.910
Road Score 1 196.900
Road Score 2 196.875
Road Score 3 196.500
Home/Road Score 1 197.150
Home/Road Score 2 197.150
Home/Road Score 3 197.125
  • With an already-healthy crop of home scores, Denver was handicapped in its ability to increase, even by scoring another 197 over the weekend, as Georgia passed by a hair.
  • But, with that 196.500 road score left to drop, the fate of the #7 ranking switches to Denver’s hands this coming weekend with a max RQS of 197.040 compared to Georgia’s 197.020.
  • Nikole Addison scored her sixth 9.9+ of the season on FX with a 9.925.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 9. Oregon State
196.750
Road Score 1 197.125
Road Score 2 196.825
Road Score 3 196.200
Home/Road Score 1 197.325
Home/Road Score 2 196.900
Home/Road Score 3 196.700
  • A season high on senior day sees Oregon State retain the #9 spot and reach the team’s highest RQS total since 2013, still with two meets left to increase it further. OSU does have a chance to challenge Georgia and Denver depending on the performance of all three this weekend, but with Michigan and Kentucky poised to move up even with just OK performances, the bigger task will be keeping this spot.
  • Erika Aufiero went a career-high 9.975 on UB in her senior day routine.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 10. Boise State 196.700
Road Score 1 197.075
Road Score 2 196.700
Road Score 3 196.675
Home/Road Score 1 197.025
Home/Road Score 2 196.700
Home/Road Score 3 196.400
  • Boise State used another solid 196 on Thursday to fend off the challengers for the moment, but with a max RQS of 196.835 after this coming weekend, it will be Michigan and Kentucky’s performances that will decide where BSU is ranked next Monday, more than BSU’s own performance.
  • 9.925s on FX from Stockwell and Collantes sent Boise State to a FX score that was higher than the UB score (what?)
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 11. Michigan 196.595
Road Score 1 196.475
Road Score 2 196.025
Road Score 3 195.725
Home/Road Score 1 197.825
Home/Road Score 2 197.525
Home/Road Score 3 197.225
  • Michigan’s continued ability to pump up its home scores was enough to retain 11th place in the rankings, but this upcoming weekend finally brings an opportunity to drop that 195 road score and move way up. With a season high, Michigan could reach an RQS in the 197s, which would currently place 7th. But, even a meet score of 196.950 would guarantee moving ahead of Boise State, and 197.050 would guarantee staying ahead of Kentucky.
  • It was a senior-day 9.975 on FX from Artz that paced the team, along with a 9.925 from also-a-senior Talia Chiarelli.
reddownarrow 12. Kentucky 196.535
Road Score 1 196.950
Road Score 2 196.150
Road Score 3 195.850
Home/Road Score 1 197.475
Home/Road Score 2 197.100
Home/Road Score 3 196.625
  • Kentucky remains tantalizingly close to a big RQS but keeps missing opportunities to drop lower scores. Still, dropping that road 195.850 is such a juicy proposition and means that Kentucky is in a similar position to Michigan in the opportunity to move way up the RQS ladder with a good result. Kentucky’s max RQS is 196.860 after this week, which would challenge as high as Oregon State in 9th depending on the results of the other teams.
  • This week’s culprit was uncontrolled VT landings and weird wobblies on BB, but Hyland did take the AA crown with 39.325.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 13. Nebraska 196.450
Road Score 1 197.125
Road Score 2 196.550
Road Score 3 196.050
Home/Road Score 1 197.125
Home/Road Score 2 196.825
Home/Road Score 3 195.700
  • Nebraska emerged from a bye week unscathed and still at 13th. Having that 195.700 to drop at this weekend’s Big Five meet does give Nebraska the opportunity to increase RQS somewhat dramatically, but since Michigan and Kentucky have better opportunities and higher peaks, Nebraska’s ranking position depends on what those two do. Really, Nebraska would be pretty content staying at 13th and hosting a regional where the task would simply be to beat an equivalently ranked team.
green-up-arrow 14. Washington 196.355
Road Score 1 196.450
Road Score 2 196.450
Road Score 3 195.825
Home/Road Score 1 197.175
Home/Road Score 2 196.750
Home/Road Score 3 196.300
  • It wasn’t a completely ideal road performance for Washington in a second-consecutive 196.450, but it got the job done, dropped the bad score, and saw Washington move up to 14th. The gap between the Huskies and the second-seeded teams is large enough that it isn’t really a goal for Washington. The remaining meets are more about keeping a #3 seed ahead of a number of teams still capable of passing.
  • BB continues to be the team’s best event, featuring 9.925 from Burleson and 9.900 from Goings.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 15. Missouri 196.325
Road Score 1 196.750
Road Score 2 196.350
Road Score 3 196.225
Home/Road Score 1 197.200
Home/Road Score 2 196.225
Home/Road Score 3 196.075
  • Missouri posted a season high but was unable to move up because Washington had a lower score to drop and moved up even more. This coming week, Missouri has a slightly higher max RQS than Washington, but they’re close enough that it could go either way. These recent higher scores put Missouri in a pretty comfortable position ahead of the challengers.
  • This weekend’s season high was all about the 9.9s, with seven in total and at least one on each event.
reddownarrow 16. Iowa 196.315
Road Score 1 196.550
Road Score 2 196.400
Road Score 3 196.175
Home/Road Score 1 196.725
Home/Road Score 2 196.475
Home/Road Score 3 195.975
  • Iowa keeps putting up very competitive 196s but falls two spots in the rankings because not having a 197 is soooo three seasons ago. In terms of seeded spots, Iowa is safer than some others but not safe, needing another 196.175 this weekend to ensure staying top 18. Very doable.
  • The 196.725 win over Iowa State was all about the FX scores with a 49.525 and 9.950 from Lanie Snyder.
green-up-arrow 17. Cal 196.250
Road Score 1 196.800
Road Score 2 196.400
Road Score 3 195.725
Home/Road Score 1 197.075
Home/Road Score 2 196.300
Home/Road Score 3 196.025
  • Cal recorded a necessary season road high at UCLA of 196.800 to move back among the seeded teams and, for the moment, avoid that Washington regional. With a home meet this weekend, Cal won’t be able to drop that 195 quite yet but can still assure a spot in the top 18 in next Monday’s rankings by scoring 196.550 or more.
  • Draghi and Palomares both hit the BB/FX double-9.875 spot on the wheel to lead the team on Sunday.
reddownarrow 18. George Washington
196.215
Road Score 1 196.725
Road Score 2 196.375
Road Score 3 196.150
Home/Road Score 1 196.400
Home/Road Score 2 196.100
Home/Road Score 3 196.050
  • Another strong 196 nonetheless sees George Washington fall a couple spots in the rankings because staying in the lower 196s just isn’t very regional-seed these days. For reference, in 2011, GW’s current RQS would already have clinched at #2 seed at a regional, but not this year. They’re going to need some higher 196s in the next two weeks to get a seed because of SUU’s likely challenge.
  • Winstanley took the team RQS crown over the weekend 49.325, beating out Droiun-Allaire by a tenth.
green-up-arrow 19. Illinois 196.135
Road Score 1 196.625
Road Score 2 196.150
Road Score 3 196.050
Home/Road Score 1 196.550
Home/Road Score 2 196.025
Home/Road Score 3 195.900
  • Illinois has recorded five 196s over the last six meets to move tantalizingly close to the regionals seeds, though a lower max RQS than any team in the top 18 means getting a seed is still not really up to Illinois for the moment. They’ll need at least a 196.325 this weekend to have a chance to pass GW, but really they’ll need some other teams to make mistakes to get into seeded territory.
reddownarrow 20. Auburn 196.090
Road Score 1 196.450
Road Score 2 196.400
Road Score 3 195.800
Home/Road Score 1 196.100
Home/Road Score 2 196.075
Home/Road Score 3 196.075
  • It’s just not happening for Auburn this season after counting a fall on bars for another unusable 195. At this point, it will be difficult for Auburn to get a seeded spot, so unless Auburn pulls out two scores at least in the high 196s in the next two meets (so that one of them can count), they’re looking at a geographical regional placement (Florida? Arkansas?) Still no fun for any teams that gets Auburn.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 21. Southern Utah
196.030
Road Score 1 196.600
Road Score 2 195.800
Road Score 3 194.325
Home/Road Score 1 197.025
Home/Road Score 2 196.725
Home/Road Score 3 196.700
  • Watch out for SUU this week, the main complication for teams like Illinois and George Washington getting seeds. Southern Utah set another school record (all of those counting home scores were school records at the time) of 197.025. But right now, it’s all about the road scores, both for ranking and for proving status as a realistic upset threat. By dropping that 194.325, SUU could even move into the lower teens by Monday, but will need only 195.950 to guarantee moving into the seeded set and bumping down GW and Illinois.
green-up-arrow 22. West Virginia
195.840
Road Score 1 195.950
Road Score 2 195.800
Road Score 3 195.700
Home/Road Score 1 196.300
Home/Road Score 2 195.950
Home/Road Score 3 195.800
  • A flurry of high 195s has finally pushed West Virginia back into the top 25. RQS is less important for the teams in this sector because a seeded spot is probably out of reach but making regionals is already a definite. WVU is setting itself up as a spoiler-alert host team.
  • WVU’s two weekend meets ended up with similar results, though with polar opposite FX scoring environments. The first meet was crazy tight for 9.7s, while the second featured a flood of 9.9s including 9.950 for Koshinki and 9.925 for Cluchey.
reddownarrow 23. Utah State
195.830
Road Score 1 196.200
Road Score 2 195.725
Road Score 3 195.700
Home/Road Score 1 196.300
Home/Road Score 2 195.850
Home/Road Score 3 195.675
  • The weekend’s second meet ended in an unusable 194.0, which saw Utah State unable to move up any more in RQS and fall behind the surging West Virginia. Still, USU is very safe for an impressive finish this season.
green-up-arrow 24. Ohio State
195.815
Road Score 1 196.450
Road Score 2 195.950
Road Score 3 195.475
Home/Road Score 1 196.075
Home/Road Score 2 195.800
Home/Road Score 3 195.775
  • Ohio State had recently fallen several spots but was able to drop a nasty little 194.3 over the weekend and in doing so solidify its position in a top 25 that is starting to create some serious separation ahead of the challenging teams, which will need to start getting some serious scores to make a real push.
reddownarrow 25. Eastern Michigan
195.805
Road Score 1 196.225
Road Score 2 195.925
Road Score 3 195.400
Home/Road Score 1 196.000
Home/Road Score 2 195.950
Home/Road Score 3 195.750
  • EMU recorded another season high and a very useful 196.225 but fell because Ohio State was able to drop such a low score. But, remaining a solid tenth ahead of New Hampshire in 26th is a useful setup.
  • Kendall Valentin’s weekly 9.9+ on UB is no longer eligible for the unheralded scores section but will never be forgotten. 9.950.

Full rankings at RTN.

And here is the latest update of the RQS Excel doc.

With just two weeks left to alter RQS (the final meet of the regular season and then the conference championship), prospects are starting to solidify. Over the weekend, the top-six group only further established itself as the presumptive Super Six by expanding its margin over the challenging teams. Continue reading Week 9 Rankings, Notes, RQS Update

Sunday Live Blog – March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brown, Yale @ New Hampshire LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Rutgers @ Central Michigan LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Penn State, Bridgeport, West Chester @ Penn LINK Ivy $
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Western Michigan @ Ball State LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brockport @ Ursinus
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Southern Connecticut @ Springfield
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [6] Alabama @ [8] Georgia LINK SEC
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [16] George Washington, [24] Eastern Michigan, Pitt @ West Virginia LINK FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – TWU @ Lindenwood LINK FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Air Force @ SEMO LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [17] Washington @ [9] Oregon State LINK P12
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Arizona State @ [23] Arizona P12
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [20] Illinois, Northern Illinois, Illinois-Chicago @ Illinois State FREE
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – [3] Florida @ [2] LSU LINK SEC
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [19] Cal @ [4] UCLA LINK P12
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [22] Utah State @ San Jose State LINK FREE
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Centenary @ Alaska LINK FREE

Alabama/Georgia. The old favorite. Kind of weird that it’s the opening act now. Suzanne in a random cocktail dress for old times sake?

Thanks for the info about the time for UCLA/Cal. That’s very annoying. They had it scheduled perfectly and then changed it after the original schedule release just to make things worse for all of us.

I enjoy that they’re still calling this Friday Night Heights. The Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League meets on Thursdays.

Rotation 1:
Broussard – VT – full – great dynamics and shape, lands a little deep and a hop back. 9.800.

Sims – UB – toe on to Ray, strong catch – legs on bail and throughout – one iffy handstand – whips out DLO, deep landing and a bound forward. 9.850.

Beth Roberts strep throat. Out.

Reynolds – VT – Good choice, nice stick on the full – pretty much, bounce in place – flat off the table.

Mahoney – UB – toe shap, good legs but doesn’t get up to horizontal on the back swing – very clean bail, excellent vertical – also deep and squatty in her tuck full landing with a large step to the side. 9.875.

Scores going high early, particularly bars. We would expect nothing less.

Johnson – VT – excellent dynamics and layout position, small hop.

Jetter – UB – Ray, high but close, the usual  – strong bail positions – double front, third deep landing in a row, with a hop back.

Marino – VT – she brings back the 1.5! Necessary for the postseason – hop forward, some legs at the end. 9.800.

Keely McNeer was in a car accident on Thursday! Broken pinkie.

Childers – UB – shap to bail – some legs – late on a 1/2 turn into the dismount but she does pull out the stick, which no one else had done.

Dickson – VT – excellent full, sticks – leans back to salute, not showing control on the stick – a little off to the side but not too much to take.

We missed Winston on bars. “THEY’RE USUALLY SUPPOSED TO WAIT FOR OUR CUE.”

Snead – VT – NEARLY sticks her 1.5, just a small shuffle forward – excellent form and direction. Strong vault.

Winston got 9.925 for the routine we missed.

Bailey – UB – fantastic Jaeger – holds a perfectly vertical bail on bars – hitting casts – full out, hop back. Good one.

After 1: Alabama 49.400, Georgia 49.275
Actually thought the scores were appropriate for Georgia on vault. It looked like they were going high early, but that was fine. I didn’t really think Alabama was appropriately docked for the first three gymnasts having quite weak dismounts, but Bailey did very well. Of course we missed Winston, the best score in the lineup.

DANA AND DANNA ARE SUCH GOOD FRIENDS. Alright, Kyla and McKayla.

“We’ve had quite a…interesting time already.” Holly gets us.

Apparently the winner of Florida and LSU will win the SEC “regular season championship.” Translation: literally nothing.

Ha! I didn’t even notice that they said metatarsal. I would have enjoyed making fun of that!

It wasn’t an all-time program low for Georgia. Just lowest in a long time.

Rotation 2:
Childers – VT – “thrown into the fire” that must hurt – good stick on her full coming into the lineup – not the most distance and clear piking throughout, so it won’t get the huge score, but didn’t give anything away on landing.

Reynolds – UB – catches Jaeger – good pak as well – hitting her handstands, last one questionable – holds the sticks on the DLO, a little squat. Good one. She has some moments of feet in there, but near her peak.

Armbrecht – VT – also good control on her landing, small shuffle forward. Also lacks some of the distance and extension of the others, but good landing.

Sanders – UB – hecht mount – arches up first handstand with loose great – strong distance on piked jaeger – some legs, not quite vertical on bail – stalder to double tuck, “sticks” but has to lean enough to hold the stick that it’s no different than a step –

Winston – VT – fab height and shape, but she doesn’t have the stick with a hop back.

Johnson – UB – hecht mount for her as well – shortish early handstands – high gienger as usual but some legs – bail – short final cast – hop forward on the DLO, not a big hop but that’s the highlight of the routine so they want a stick there from her.

“Up to a five-tenth deduction” LOLOOLOLOLOL.

Guerrero – VT – one of her stronger 1.5s. Very good landing, basically a stick. Mushy knees throughout.

Snead – UB – Tkatchev, smooth, not the biggest – holds the handstand on the bail but does arch it, good save – not her most precise set – sticks the DLO well, small pike down at the end but a great landing.

Bailey – VT – a hop forward on the Y1/2 this time, so not the stick from last week – small hop and excellent shape in the air.

Dickson – UB – good height on tkatchev, close catch though – solid overshoot – ooo very short final cast hs – squatty landing on DLO, tries to sell the stick but it wasn’t, with a step back to salute.

Desch – VT – sticks a 1.5! Her best vault of the season – serious leg form throughout the vault, but that’s a fab landing.

Schick – UB – nice piked jaeger – fractured thumb and is like…I’m still doing bars what – clean on bail – forward on the DLO landing with a hop –

After 2: Georgia 98.700, Alabama 98.675
Scoring-wise, I thought the standard maintained of realistic scoring on vault and highly unrealistic scoring on bars. Close one, which is fun, but some real gifts handed out on bars there. Georgia’s bars landings were stronger than Alabama’s, but Alabama was cleaner on the bars in the handstand department this time, which Georgia missing some in several routines.

Kupets all bragging about Baby and Hot Husband. Baby is on Suzanne’s lap. Uh oh. Is she going to put her in the fat group? Suzanne is def giving that baby extra morning workouts.

Dana Duckworth’s wisdom of the week: “Absorb. Sell.”

Rotation 3:
I’m sure Maddie Desch is enjoying that closeup right now.

Vega – BB – smallest lean working out of loso series but nothing – aerial to beat jump – side somi with a couple significant swims to save it – strong leaps – side aerial to full, stuck.

Trend: commentators not knowing what anchoring the lineup is.

Guerra – FX – solid double tuck – 1.5 to layout to stag, the stag covers up the lack of control ont he landing, but it was there – strong height on leaps – a little chest on double pike but controlled.

Sanders – BB – hits loso series, a little tight – switch side, crooked – overturns her full turn and makes it a 1.25 turn – hits that standing front tuck to beat, very very deep on landing but hit – punch front full, small hop.

Childers – FX – nails full in, good control, chest but well controlled – facial expression city – front tuck to 2/1 – split jump 1.5 to split 1/2, good 180s – rudi to double stag, flatish but fine.

Dickson – BB – switch to split 1/4, tight on that split position and then a wobble landing it – secure on loso series – aerial to beat – bhs 1.5 with a hop forward.

Desch – FX – solid double arabian, she has worked that pass out, it still looks like she’s going to butt-a-arabian it every time, but no trouble on the landing – 1.5 to half to split to front tuck – switch ring and split full, pulls that around – double tuck, chest.

Broussard – BB – one-armed bhs to loso – switch to split 1/4, tight back leg, which often happens on the 1/4 – I agree with Kupets about the SEC regular season champion, that’s nothing – falls on side aerial. Oh, Broussard.

Bailey – FX – solid landing on the double arabian, small squattiness – front lay to front full, good height – switch ring to split full, short on split full it appeared from this angle – rudi a little slide.

Babalis – BB – aerial to loso series, hit – switch to split, hits 180s – check on full turn – kickover front to beat, another check – punch layout full, some knees and a hop/slide on landing, tiny.

Winston – FX – DLO, high, laid out, controlled well – front lay to front full – switch ring and switch 1/2, awesome – nails double tuck. Strongest routine of the lineup so far.

Schick – BB – check on loso series but keeps it minor – aerial to split 1/4, not the quickest combination but individual execution is good – switch with a check – adds split to wolf – side aerial, another small check – gainer full.

Sims – FX – large lunge back out of the double pike this time – switch and split, excellent – 1.5 to front lay, whips around that front lay, barely, doesn’t get the punch – she’s off on her tumbling today – double tuck was better. Still 9.825. Somehow.

Yay! Love that Danna is explaining the problem with Schick’s score to the viewing audience. Don’t be afraid to get technical. Also she’s like, “we’ll see what the judges do…” Yeah, they need to start her from 9.8. That’s what they’ll do.

Although I will say gymnasts need to be aware of their requirements, so if she broke that switch series, she needs to know that she has to go back and repeat that skill.

9.725 for Schick right now, which is too high. One judge is still 9.8 even though she should have started from 9.8.

After 3: Alabama 148.175, Georgia 147.850

Alabama moves ahead after Georgia was meh on beam with the fall and the checks and the SV. Scores are going way high on floor, so get ready for that when Georgia gets there. It’s going to be silly if it continues at this rate. But so is beam. It’s getting real. And by real aI mean entirely fictional.

Rotation 4:
Armbrecht – BB – aerial to beat jump, not pleased with the speed of that connection with a lean – check on turn – lean on loso series landing – split to sheep, solid on the sheep shape but another lean to the left, basically every skill – sticks great high 1.5. Endured but not comfortable. 9.875. Oh brother, here we go. She had literally three obvious balance checks in there, minimum.

Reynolds – FX – front 2/1, hot high but solid – 1.5 to layout, great 1.5 but too whippy on the layout, needed more height – switch side to popa, solid positions – secure rudi.

Sims – BB – leaps, fab, obviously, the end – extended and comfortable in the loso series – switch – split to straddle 1/4 – it’s smart of them to make this as much about leaps as possible. Minimum acro. Double tuck dismount, good, step back.

Babalis – FX – ooooh, Georgia team is doing the team chalk drop now. Oklahoma copyright infringement – great double tuck, chest up – front lay to front full, lunges forward out of that, uncontrolled – split 1.5 to split 1.25? Ish? – good extension but very indistinct landing position – huge bound back on her double pike. So like…9.975 then?

Childers – BB – solid loso series – that full turn – split to sheep, not the best closure on the sheep – kickover front to scale, not the most comfortable scale but she did it – 1.5 dismount, didn’t get the best set – some legs and a hop to the side.

Vega – FX – whip to double tuck, a little bouncy but it’s a better choice than the full in – 1.5 to layout, good extension and height but a little lungey – solid double pike as well, slide – just a little lack of control in each pass.

OSU and Washington has started.

OSU: McMillian – VT – larger bound forward out of 1.5 this week, and some legs –

Wash: Copiak – UB – Church is strong – not quite hitting her verticals – final cast handstand was closer – sticks staggered tuck full.

Desch – BB – aerial to bhs series – overturns her full turn and corrects into 1.25 – side aerial – two bhs to a stuck 1.5. Strong.

OSU” Dessaints – VT – squatty landing on 1.5 with a hop forward, so not her strongest but a fine one.

Wash: Duranczyk – UB – jaeger to overshoot, good jaeger, some legs in overshoot – giant lunge backward on DLO dismount, shame. Elise is like, “crap.”

OSU 49.250, Washington 49.100

Snead – FX – Back to floor! – bounces back out of double tuck and a slide back out of double pike, but she’s getting there – switch and splits, nice positions – rudi, fine, but not all the way back yet.

Winston – BB – split and split 1/2, check – aerial to bhs, also tight and slow in combination – full turn – great double tuck, high, excellent shape, small step back. 9.925. OK SURE. HAVE FUN.

Dickson – FX – secure double pike, somewhat staggered in landing – 1.5 to layout, a little flat on layout – switch side and popa, hit – slide back double tuck.

Guerrero – BB – two loso series, no trouble – switch to straddle, strong shapes – full turn – 1.5 dismount, stuck.

Marino – FX – DLO, good, extended – 1.5 to layout, excellent straight position and set – short on double pike with a lunge forward. Great until the end. 9.950. With that last pass. NOTHING MATTERS FRIENDS.

FINAL: Alabama 197.700, Georgia 197.325

FUN WITH SEC SCORING. But progress for both in performance. They’ll take both the scores and the results.

I also can’t believe they didn’t fix the Schick beam score. There was no question there. It’s just wrong.

OSU: Jacobsen – UB – tight first hs – nice height and toes on tkatchev – struggling with her cast handstands – and then sits her double front – off from the start –

Wash: Riley – VT – lands pretty lock-legged on her y1/2 again – some piking in the air – step forward.

BUT WHO WILL BE THE REGULAR SEASON SEC CHAMPION?

LSU and Florida beginning. DD is even golder than usual.

Rotation 1:

Finnegan – VT – lovely full, smallest step back and will probably get hit for distance, but pretty.

Boren – UB – solid hs and tkatchev – clear hip to bail, legs – borderline final hs – better DLO landing, just a hop in place.

Hambrick – VT – 1.5, one of her better ones – still comes in a little short with a step back – but not a fall. I love when I type things as Kathy says the exact same thing. We get each other.

Chant – UB – tkatchev, not much counter – a little arch in a cast handstand – YIKES – flung her dismount out like crazy and landed face-first. She’s fine. Worst part was that coach Owen also stepped on her as he was jumping to her rescue.

Ewing – VT – excellent 1.5, small step back, but she comes in so easily, ready for the landing – laid out.

Gowey – UB – much better counter on her Ray, lovely – pretty bail – one handstand to take – DLO, sticks with chest down.

Harrold – VT – sticks 1.5! Good one – knee form throughout, but a great landing.

Priessman out of vault because she hurt her knee in warmup. Of course she did.

Baker – UB – strong through the Ray and bail – double front and a hop in place. Erika Aufiero got 9.975 for her senior day bars, and I missed it. Great.

Edney – VT – I agree with Kathy, didn’t get her usual block but worked it out anyway – some knees and a step forward.

Bart is trying to tell us about basketball.

Hundley – UB – shap to pak, pretty – to shap 1/2, does well to keep the legs – one handstand – tuck full, small hop back. Good one.

Gnat – VT – sticks her DTY this time. Let’s see what this scores, although we don’t really need to. She digs in to lean to hold the stick. And the legs, so there’s that. 10.000.

McMurtry – UB – Just went over on a handstand! Then catches her Ray close but stays on through it even though she took an extra swing and a correction that will be a major deduction – hop back on tuck full.

After 1: LSU 49.625, Florida 48.925

Great vault rotation from LSU. The score is high but actually not totally ridiculous. (Edney is the one that stands out to me as being too high but mostly they’re within reason, that was an amazing rotation. There are deductions in Gnat’s vault in the air, but we know from precedent she’s going to get a 10 when she sticks.)

Florida is the big story there. Quite unexpected with those two mistakes, counting a 9.450. When was the last time Florida went sub 49 on bars?

Rotation 2:
When are we getting Kennedy Baker back? We can’t take this.

Gowey – VT – full – some piking – hop to the side. Fine.

Zamardi – UB – shap to pak, legs – solid – double arabian landing sneaks up on her a little this time with a shoulder-width lunge back. Otherwise clean. I miss the Khorkina but it’s a smart composition choice for this year.

Chant – VT – Struggles with her Tsuk full – piked in the air and then a very large bounce back.

“At least a three tenth of a point deduction.” LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

Hambrick – UB – Damn girl, over balances a handstand as does an extra swing – keeps it going – bail – a short handstand – small hop back on tuck full.

Hundley – VT – solid on the full – near stick, small slide – she does that – comes off a little flat on the table – but she does well to pull things around even without a ton of amplitude.

Harrold – UB – shap 1/2, to Zucchold – grat legs this time, she has worked on that – 1/2 turn to giant jaeger – double front with a step forward – she is progressively improving the in-between-awesomeness form each week so that the skills can shine. Getting there.

Boren – VT – horrible camera work, good vault? No idea about landing?

It was a small hop and just some bent knees for Boren.

Edney – UB – Kindorff a little close but fine – clear hip to bail – legs together, handstandishness in a couple places – lovely straight shape in DLO, small step and then another step back to salute though.

Slocum – VT – Florida is off today, chest way down and a hop forward. Won’t be a horrific score but it is her worst vault of the season by a mile.

Finnegan – gorgeous Ray obviously – hits bail very well, legs together and clearly vertical – sticks DLO, whippy but stuck –

McMurtry – VT – DTY and stuck! Well, if Gnat was a 10. Excellent. Nailed. Wonderful.

And she gets a 10.000. If it hadn’t been after Gnat, that would have been injustice.

Priessman – UB – I love how we cut away from this routine to see McMurtry celebrate – AH HA HA HA – some usual legs on the pak and the DLO but not much else. Hop back on DLO.

After 2: LSU 99.050, Florida 98.300

LSU was able to drop its mistake on bars and use a couple 9.925s to get 49.425. I’m really not sure how Priessman keeps getting the same or better scores than Finnegan on bars, but…

Florida really needed that McMurtry 10 to save some of these scores because it had been a poor day until then, even Boren on her vault 9.900, which is a good score and the other high-level vault of the rotation, did not do her best.

And of course, because of SECN positivity, we have to ask Jenny about McMurtry’s vault and reference not at all how weak this meet has been so far. It wouldn’t be interesting to get her thoughts or explanation of her team’s performance at all….

UCLA and Cal getting start. MULTITASKING ALERT.

UCLA: Meraz VT – holds the stick basically – lunges forward in her salute, which the judges should account for – but solid as she often is.

CAL: So Seilnacht – UB -good first hs – small leg break in 1/2 turn, solid piked jaeger, also has that same small leg shift in bail – a handstand in there – 1.5 twist dismount, love, step back.

UCLA: Kocian – VT – hop back on full, smallish hop but not her best landing.

CAL: Takara – UB – borderline first handstand – huge piked gienger and keeps her legs throughout – overshoot – small hop back on tuck full and then a couple handstands but should be a useful score

UCLA: Cipra – VT – small hop back on her full, one of her better controlled landings.

LSU: Macadaeg – BB – switch and switch 1/2, awesome – aerial to straddle, clean and crisp – loso series, comfortable – sticks gainer full. Fantastic. Did you even see anything to take? 9.950 and deserved.

FL: McLaughlin – FX – front lay front full, fine – a little bouncy on the Rudi – 1.5 and overflips it, nothing into her front after that, just pulls it to her feet but a large stumble backward.

UCLA: Ross – VT – nearly sticks the full, step back.

UCLA: Preston – VT – almost sticks her full, tries to hold it but is short with a step forward into her salute.

LSU: Hambrick – BB – side aerial, small correction – switch and straddle 1/4, excellent – smooth on loso series – small step on 2/1

CAL: Richardson – UB – big tkatchev to overshoot – hop back on DLO, one-tenth hop back and some moments of feet but solid –

UCLA: Kramer – VT – goes for the 1.5 but doesn’t have it, has to tuck her knees and a stumble backward. Not a good vault rotation for UCLA.

Gowey falls on her double back on floor, but on the plus side does try to Yao Jinnan it to handstand. Points. Florida is having a ROUGH day.

Gallarzo for Cal falls on a jaeger –

LSU: Ewing – BB – second half – standing loso to straddle 1/4, well executed – hop forward on 1.5. The camera work at this meet has been terrible. We’ve missed so many landings.

After 1: UCLA 49.100, Cal 49.100

FL: Slocum – FX – whip to double pike with a lunge back – front full to pike, small slide – rudi, fine, not the highest. It’s a solid routine for her but not her best.

Heads up that Oregon State is about to score a 48 billion.

LSU: Li – BB – remember that time she got essentially kicked off the Penn State team and then her “punishment” was to  transfer to a team that was contending for a championship? I HOPE YOU’VE LEARNED YOUR LESSON – a couple small leans, aerial and then loso series, aghain on the full turn, pretty just a couple tight corrections – gainer full, stuck, chest down.

FL: Hundley – FX – whip to double tuck, solid – front lay to front full – high leaps, hits her straddles – secure on double pike – comes through with classic Hundley straightforward solid solid, which Florida needed right now.

LSU: Finnegan – BB – well she actually tried to add back the triple wolf – spins herself right off the beam like a top –

FL: McMurtry – FX –  always eats a Snickers bar before floor, apparently. Martha would be like “OFF THE TEAM FOREVER – solid on the 3/1, nailed – front layout to front full, bouncy – nails double tuck – good overall, trouble on second pass.

UCLA: Meraz – UB – Ray, flattish but improved – a little angled o that bail – small hop on DLO.

I know McMurtry’s 3/1 is amazing, but we all just pretend she doesn’t have crossed legs, do we?

LSU: GNat – BB – check on aerial – full turn – switch to straddle 1/4, solid – switch side, excellent position – secure loso, some knees – nails 2/1.

FL: Boren – FX – tuck ful, good, a little stumble step on the landing but not too much – 1.5 to layout, good height and stragith position in the layout – bounces on the double tuck but fine.

Savvidou just did one of her better bars routines.

Cal: Robinson – VT – lunges forward this time –

If performance and scoring continue to go this way, LSU is looking at a 198.

UCLA: Kocian – UB – Chow to pak, some legs but better – shap 1/2, catches – stalder to tuck full – short landing with another large lunge forward – she does not have that dismount. I wonder why they don’t give her some giants. She doesn’t need the stalder for her SV.

Cal; Richardson – VT – Tsuk full – better layout than the last couple times I saw it – hop back – but recently it has been more piked than that with a step forward, so this is improvement.

UCLA: Ross – UB – toe shap to bail, clean – some legs in the shap but small – hitting handstands well – sticks DLO, chest forward but in a safe-landing way not a chest-down way. One of her good ones. 9.975.

Cal: Palomares – VT – flat coming off the table on her full but she holds the stick quite well with a lean forward –

UCLA: Peng – UB – excellent Ray – smooth through that Bhardwah – catches Shap 1/2 – nearly sticks DLO this time with a small shuffle – Another good one. Looks like they’ll end up dropping Kocian’s routine, lol. 9.975 is too high for that because, you know, she didn’t sitck. This world. This life.

After 2: UCLA 98.650, Cal 98.175

After 3: LSU 148.525, Florida 147.425

FL: Hundley – BB – aerial, solid – long pause – secure bhs loso series – full turn, solid – side aerial to full, small slide, good.

LSU: Ewing – FX – front 2/1, a little slide forward this time – front full to layout, excellent straight shape, controlled – switch side to popa, great height – sticks double pike.

FL: Cheney – BB – loso three series – huge break and grabs the beam to hold herself and stay on – switch, short back leg, to appendix-slam – side aerial to full. Stayed on but will need to drop this score. Actually it doesn’t really matter at this point because this will be a dropped score for RQS. Still gets 9.625 even though it should be a flat three tenth just for grabbing the beam.

LSU: Zamardi – FX – double arabian, gold – I meant to write good, but it was also gold – just looking a DD things – she does come in short on her double tuck, bounce up and forward – switch side is good, popa is short of 180 – 1.5 to layout.

McLaughlin – BB – landed her aerial slightly off the beam with a little lean, continues working into bhs – I wouldn’t give connection but probably will get it – beat jump to double stag – side aerial – hop back gainer full.

LSU: Hambrick – FX – love her height and landing on the DLO, though she does pike the second salto a little which is a shame because it is otherwise so great – 2.5 to front tuck, sticks front tuck – split to wolf, hits positions – slide back on double pike.

FL: Gowey – BB – switch to split, lovely leaps – series to two loso, check working out of it – largeer hop back on gainer full. Some errors.

Yep, ASU just beat Arizona you guys. Whole new world.

UCLA: Mossett – BB – split to split ring – looked tight on the original split, which is surprising for her – smooth on loso series – side aerial to layout full, sticks –

LSU: Finnegan – FX – 1.5 to 2.5, lovely twisting shape – solid double tuck – switch ring to switch 1/2, awesome – double pike, good, just a touch forward and then a small lunge.

FL: Boren – BB – kickover front secure – bhs to loso with a lean to the side check – switch and straddle, nice positions – standing loso, good – hop on gainer full, but good.

UCLA: Kocian – BB – aerial to sheep, smooth – smallest lean correction on loso series – switch to split, yes – stumbles backward on 2/1 with multiple steps, she doesn’t have her landings today. Val’s hug was full of reluctance.

LSU: Kelley – FX – Mary Lou count: 2 already – DLO, strong, chest down but controlled – open full in, nailed – front tuck to double tuck, just the chest situation really.

FL: McMurtry – BB – secure kickover front and series, comfortable – switch to hip circle – high 2/1, best of the rotation.

LSU will get the 198 today.

LSU: Gnat – FX – strong DLO, chest up, controlled – 2.5 to front tuck – hits her 180s in leaps well – bounces way back on the double pike which is uncharacteristic for her. Inevitable 9.950 even though that should have been a full tenth for final pass.

UCLA: Ross – BB – smooth loso series, easy – switch ring to a fake combo into beat jump but she did it – full turn, solid – aerial with a check – side aerial to full, stuck.

FINAL: LSU 198.150, FLorida 196.600

FINAL: Oregon State 197.325, Washington 196.450

Cal: Robinson – FX – open double arabian, controls – split leap full, just loses feet sometimes in tumbling and dance elements – 1.5 to layout – short on double tuck with a stagger forward.

UCLA: Peng – BB – lovely on the flares – a little awkward on switch to split, the easy part of the routine, but works through it – nails the layout and the double tuck to beat was pretty strong this time as well – punch front, a bit of a lean – front layout full, stuck. 9.975. Oh lord above. I know. It’s Peng. But come on. Two checks. Two checks.

Cal: Draghi – FX – double tuck, lunge back – split leap full to straddle jump, good positions, a little bouncy – front lay to front full, awkward stumble correction – better on the rudi. 9.875 is high.

UCLA: Ohashi – BB – bhs bhs to layout, not the full, I approve – small lean – switch to split, fine – full turn – aerial, smooth and clean – bhs loso to stuck full. Good one, one of her better this season. 10.000. Oh, you guys, you don’t have to pretend you didn’t see checks when she doesn’t do the layout full. Great routine, but she did have a lean correction on the layout so it shouldn’t be a 10.

Cal; Palomares – FX – solid double pike, just a touch forward with a little hop – switch ring to split full – double tuck, secure, a little staggered – layout to full, solid, some built-in issues but a good hit.

After 3: UCLA 148.200, Cal 147.475

Oh, scores. Good beam rotation for UCLA, though, aside from Kocian’s weird-ass dismount. Her last two landings have been so un-her, it’s clear that her aggressive injuries are actually becoming a problem. Scores were about a half tenth too high for Peng and Ohashi, but a good rotation. They’re getting the numbers they need to move back up the rankings.

Rotation 4:
So Seilnacht – BB – CLAPS HER HANDS AND A PLUME OF CHALK – BETTER DEDUCT TWO TENTHS – gorgeous loso series, beat jump to split jump full, small lean, good 180 – two switch combo, a tough one to make look good but she hits both – side aerial to full, stuck.

Meraz – FX – fine double tuck, a little short with a hop – front lay front full to front pike, small hop forward again, also not totally straight in the layout – great height on her straddles – way forward on double pike with a hop.

Shu – BB – aerial to bhs, a little slow in combo and len dances out of bhs to not give away a step – switch and beat, nicely done – a little tight in full turn – side aerial to full, stuck.

Toronjo – FX – double pike, small slide back – double tuck, secure and chest up – 1.5 to layout, doesn’t get her punch, has to tuck her layout quite significantly, just does get it around.

Palomares – BB – solid loso series, small lean? – attitude turn, comfortable – pike jump to sheep, solid – aerial to split jump, pristine – sticks gainer full. Good one.

Ohashi – FX – solid double back first pass, some chest – comfortable on the middle pass – switch ring to switch 1/2, hits those positions very well – double pike, step back but under control – it’s the chest position on landing that will get her, but other than that she held those landings and hit her dance elements.

Draghi – BB – aerial with a check – lovely loso series, extended and hit – switch to sheep, a step back on the sheep but bonus points for actually hitting the sheep position – crisp full turn – sticks gainer full. Another good one.

Cipra – FX – bounces back too far on double tuck – a little bouncy on the middle pass as well, will need to get the control on those ladnings in the next couple weeks because they need this score – chest way down on double pike.

BUT WILL UCLA WIN THE PAC-12 REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPPPPPPP?

Richardson – BB – strong loso series, up to her toes but doesn’t really check – switch and straddle positions, no trouble – full turn – ANOTHER CLAP OF CHALK – double tuck dismount with a full-tenth hop back.

Kocian – FX – front 2/1, a little hop out of it but mostly controlled – 1.5 to front 1.5, doesn’t get her punch on the rudi and has to tuck it pretty significantly – switch ring, pretty pretty – good double pike but not her day really.

Gallarzo – BB – a little tight on full turn – loso series, fine – aerial to bhs, basically connected – switch to split, back leg a little low – short on 1.5 dismount with a hop back. Six hit beam routines and a big total for Cal, though. That will help get into the seeded territory.

Mossett – FX – whip to double tuck, short this time with a lunge forward – excellent amplitude and positions in her leaps, pretty – same problem on the double pike, a little short with a lunge forward.

FINAL: UCLA 197.525, Cal 196.800

Good score for UCLA, certainly, and some standout individual routines, though they weren’t at peak level on any event and, as we’ve been saying pretty much all season, will need to step up the level of the landings on vault and floor to truly challenge in the postseason. I will say on floor, though, that like Oklahoma, UCLA really isn’t cheating those leaps, which means the scores often depend only on the tumbling passes. That will help keep the scores somewhat high, even in more neutral scoring circumstances. Very rarely will the judges deduct anything for leaps on those UCLA floor routines.

Impressive from Cal on beam there. They definitely some UCLA-scoring afterglow in a few of these rotations, but that beam group is an impressive set that also hits its dance elements for the most part and only gave away a few check deductions. That’s a very competitive lineup come regionals and will be an asset on an event that hasn’t always been one. There are #2 seeds that will not score as well as Cal on beam. Like UCLA, it’s the vault and floor landings that are the biggest concern right now when it comes to postseason prospects.

LSU looked pretty much ready for the postseason against Florida and got that 198. Those scores definitely got creative toward the end of the lineups, but a number of those 9.9s were also realistic. We saw a team today that can beat Oklahoma on vault, and when Macadaeg and Hambrick are on for beam to this degree, can challenge anyone there as well. The biggest difference between LSU and Oklahoma, however, is Oklahoma’s strength on bars, so keep an eye on that for LSU.

Florida, just a big old mess today. Pretend it didn’t happen?

 

Saturday Live Blog – March 4, 2017

Saturday, March 4
Scores Watch
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Ithaca @ Cortland FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – UW-Oshkosh @ Hamline
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – North Carolina @ William & Mary LINK FB
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – Temple @ Cornell Ivy $
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ [11] Michigan LINK FREE
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Iowa State @ [14] Iowa LINK BTN
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – BYU @ Minnesota LINK BTN+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [25] Ohio State @ [7] Denver LINK DU $
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – UC Davis, Seattle Pacific @ Sacramento State LINK FREE

American Cup is not a role model. I repeat, not a role model. Neither in terms of performance nor crazy scoring. (Are we just not going to talk about how McCusker finished fifth even though she fell a billion times and didn’t even have a beam dismount?)

So yeah, that was super bleak on the women’s side. Just a big old mess. Let NCAA keep us warm.

Nichols on only bars today for Oklahoma. DeGouveia vaulting, Jackson on beam, Turner on floor.

Artz and Chiarelli are already seniors, you guys. That’s a lot of scores. Good thing the Michigans did so well at the NLC last night, but there’s a year in between Artz and Chiarelli leaving and when they arrive. This year’s freshman class has shown some solid contributions but will be called upon for a lot more routines next year.

The stream is up. Be sure to refresh if you opened it before the broadcast started. Touch starting now.

Rotation 1:
Funk – VT – lunge back on the full, good distance, normal, lunge a little large, though. 9.750.

Capps – UB – good giant full finish – tkatchev OK – hits cast – tiny tiny bit of legs in the bail – pretty precise – flings out tuck full somewhat this time with a step back. 9.850.

Zaziski – VT – nearly gets the stick on her full but ends up with a hop forward, so won’t be a big total. A little piked as well. 9.775.

Catour – UB – strong Ray – toe on to bail, clean legs together, arches the bail but holds it – sticks DLO. Good one, arch on the bail wasn’t too bad but a clear deduction. 9.850.

Artz – VT – lunge back on the full, similar to Funk, but a bit farther and straighter. 9.825.

Dowell – UB – Excellent counter on her Ray – toe on to bail, pikes that a little in the air – sticks DLO cold. Good cast handstands as well, expect a step up in scores from the first two. 9.900

Chiarelli – VT – still with the full – too piked in the air and a small hop – I like her 1.5 better. 9.825.

Lehrmann – UB – hecht mount – 1/2 turn to jaeger, excellent toes and height – hitting her casts – a little angled coming into that bail it appeared from this angle – sticks the tuck full. They’re on with these dismounts today. 9.900.

Karas – VT – exceptional height on that 1.5, just ideal dynamics – a larger lunge forward to control this time, and they can also take for crossed legs in the twist. 9.875

Wofford – UB – great full turn to half turn to jaeger – vertical and pointed toes throughout – clean through the bail – shortish final handstand and then a small step on the tuck full, though, so she won’t make the 10 a trend. Just lost her perfection juice at the very end. 9.875

McLean – VT – good 1.5, smaller lunge forward than Karas had, just a normal step, so expect a higher score. Some mushy knees in hers as well.

Nichols – UB – strong Ray, caught a little bent it appeared from her but no trouble – great leg form through the bail and shap 1/2 – sticks DLO. I say one questionable handstand in there but not much else. And it’s a 10.000. One routine up, business done. It wasn’t her 10iest bars this year. She has been more precise.

So now Nichols has a 10 on every event. Usually, you know, the pinnacle of a career.

After 1: Oklahoma 49.525, Michigan 49.200
Oklahoma got those handstands and those dismounts today for a huge score. I would have had Nichols at 9.950, but otherwise I thought the scores were pretty appropriate in that rotation. Michigan will need to get some more control on the majority of those landings to get a competitive total in the postseason, but 49.200 is perfectly fine.  Oklahoma is pretty much ready. Just an arch here and there and a couple handstands. Catour and Wofford can go cleaner, and they still broke 49.5.

Rotation 2:
Jones – VT – good full, small hop back – stays pretty well extended throughout. 9.875.

Funk – UB – that giant tkatchev where you think she gets lost in Narnia halfway through but catches – short on her bail, which will hurt – sticks DLO – other than the bail, quite a strong set, but that will take the score down. 9.800.

Marks – VT – just a little short on her FTY this time with a step forward. 9.800

Karas – UB – toe on to shap, leg break but not too extreme – very strong vertical on bail – a little whippy on her DLO but a great stick. Expect a high score on that. 9.925

Capps – VT – small slide back on her DLO – this angle emphasizes the leg separation at the end, but it rarely shows up to the side, maybe bigger this time. 9.800

Marinez – UB – arches in several handstands, once somewhat significantly, flings out her DLO with a larger bound forward. Good toes in her tkatchev but I sometimes worry she’s not going to clear the bar. 9.775.

DeGouveia – VT – she has brought in the 1.5 the last couple weeks – good clean legs for the most part in the air, just loses them at the very end, and then a fairly sizable hop forward. That’s a nice development for the lineup, though. 9.825.

Shchennikova – UB – shap to pak is pretty, maintains her legs better than most – giant full to a basically stuck double tuck – one of her good ones. 9.900.

Dowell – VT – nearly looked like she was going to hold the stick on her 1.5 but a hop forward this time. 9.900.

Artz – UB – 1/2 turn to piked jaeger, solid – a short cast handstand after that, which is rare for her and you could tell she was off – things went crazy on the bail and she doesn’t catch. Shame. Sticks DLO obviously. 9.225.

Jackson – VT – small small hop to the side on her 1.5 but among her more controlled landings. Great in the air. 9.900.

Zaziski – UB – giant full to giant Tkatchev, great height – good extended body throughout the bail – I saw a short cast at the end and rushed on that first giant full, step back on DLO. 9.925 seems high in there.

Lehrmann stucks her exhibition full it appeared. Still challenging for lineup.

Brianna Brown is a person again! Doing exhibition on bars – she looks pretty much there with the routine we expect from her, near stick on the DLO. Should come into the lineup for the postseason.

After 2: Oklahoma 98.825, Michigan 98.525
I’m actually legitimately pleased with the scoring in this meet. So weird. I don’t understand this emotion. Things got a little high at the end of bars for Zaziski, but otherwise not too too crazy. Karas was the highlight of bars for Michigan for me. Her bail is so crisp and vertical. Polina also had a good one.

Oklahoma didn’t have the best landings this week on vault with Dowell and Jackson having hops to give away the big, big numbers, and then Nichols wasn’t there so the score wasn’t as high as it could have been. DeGouveia’s 1.5 is a significant development as a 4th 10.0 start. It won’t score the same as the other three 1.5s but it looks comfortable enough for her and good enough to be in the lineup because of the SV. It makes for a legit question about what they do with this lineup when Nichols is in it. Who comes out? Probably Marks?

Rotation 3:
Karas – BB – great chest up when she lands her punch front – works into the beat jump quickly to cover any lack of control on landing – high leaps – bhs loso with a balance check – punch rudi, stuck – excellent first routine. 9.850.

Jones – FX – 2.5 to front tuck, securely landing and finishes easily – 1.5 to layout, maybe a little bouncy – loses her feet in her split leap – solid double pike, borderline chest down but not a thing. 9.825.

Zaziski – BB – cat leap to switch side, a tad crooked – lean correction on loso series – switch to straddle 1/4, excellent 180s shown there – check on full turn, girl what is this January – strong kickover front – OMG SHE’S DOING THE MOONWALK LET’S DEFINITELY MAKE THAT A THING THAT WE TALK ABOUT A LOT – gainer full. A couple checks but overall positive execution. 9.875.

Brown – FX – rudi to start this time instead of the front 2/1 – front lay to another rudi – loso side pass, as pretty as ever – hits her split and straddle shapes very well – another rudi – Just a big ol’ rudi fest? Why?

Funk – BB – secure on her opening loso series – switch and split, strong – hitting comfortable leaps – this is what her preseason showcase routine looked like when she was basically the best one in the rotation – step on dismount. 9.900.

We don’t have a score for Brown yet. I think the judges were like, “Wait, did she just do three rudis?” too.

Dowell – FX – short on double front this time with two pretty large steps back to save it – 1.5 to layout, well extended, high, controlled – no trouble on the landings of her final two passes, just that first one coming in short. 9.775.

Artz – BB – pike jump to straddle 3/4, no trouble – aerial to bhs, smooth and comfortable – full turn – nails kickover front to beat – hop to the side on punch rudi dismount. Really the only issue, though, expect a high score.

Tuner – FX – good height on double pike, step back, I’m fine with it because she kept her front leg down but a little far for a controlled step – slight stumble landing the layout on her middle pass – slide on double tuck. Fine, but this won’t be a normal Oklahoma floor rotation total.

Marinez – BB – check on aerial – strong bhs loso to split jump, extended and secure – side aerial – beat jump to double stag – quite strong after the initial break on the aerial – pretends she stuck her 2/1 and that bouncy around was just extreme excitement, but she didn’t really stick that.

Capps – FX – slide back on double pike – front full to layout, comfortable – excellent height and extension on straddles – final pass magic spell tutting (thanks, Melanie!) – chest down a bit on rudi but fine –

Chiarelli – BB – Speaking of magic tricks, somehow she stayed on the beam for her series but a massive break that will mean this is the dropped score regardless – sticks double tuck. Of course she would this time.

Jackson – FX – open fill in, excellent – also tremendous height and extension on her straddles – maybe a little slide forward on the middle pass – strong double pike, controlled landing – excellent set. 9.950.

Brianna Brown doing exo on beam as well. Has a big wobble but her execution is as it was. Will be an option for the lineup but not a given based on that.

After 3: Oklahoma 148.125, Michigan 147.900

Closer than a lot of us expected through three. Oklahoma won’t be happy with that floor rotation. A couple good routines but Dowell had a pass error and then Brown with the SV issue. Scores started to go a little high there on the beam rotation for my taste, but only minor checks until Chiarelli. She could have come close to catching Oklahoma with a hit.

Rotation 4:
Jones – BB – loso series, solid – kickover front to beat jump – switch to split – hitting comfortably, no balance checks – small step on 1.5. Good one.

Funk – FX – powerful double pike – gets amplitude on her switch side and popa – very deep landing on double tuck with a lunge back, kept it to her feet but it was touch and go there – solid otherwise.

Lehrmann – BB – aerial, smooth – cat leap to switch side – large check on loso series, leg flies up – sticks 1.5 cold.

Marinez – FX – front layout to rudi – whips the front layout somewhat, twists very quickly – switch to split jump full to wolf full, some indistinct landing positions – double pike, secure chest down –

Catour – BB – smallest wiggle correction on her series but basically nothing – cat leap to switch side – aerial, comfortable – hop forward on gainer pike, she took that really high, maybe surprised herself.

McLean – FX – slide-ish on landing on double pike – otherwise strong, hitting her 180s, Paise Zaziski’s background facial expressions are artistry – excellent double back, high and controlled, that was the highlight.

Brown – BB – aerial to two bhs series – beat jump to straddle 3/4, a touch under and then scoots the last 1/8th around – full turn  and lovely leaps – sticks gainer full.

Karas – FX – controlled double arabian landing, some cowboy, not extreme, as usual – super height on that wolf jump, now that’s a wolf jump – front lay front full – high double pike, slide back.

After we ban the switch side + popa combo on floor, I would like to see fewer front lay front full middle passes.

Jackson – BB – bhs loso with a fairly significant wobble, correction and then a second correction – good position on switch side, squats to avoid a real wobbles – straddle jump to loso – sticks 1.5.

Chiarelli – FX – nails double tuck, controlled, chest up – 1.5 to layout to front tuck, I like the idea of the pass, too arched around on that layout though – hits leaps – strong control on double pike as well, chest down.

Capps – BB – strong control on loso series – easy and fluid on the full turn – aerial and does it to scale this time, keeps moving pretty well through it as well – switch to straddle 1/4 – gainer full. One of her good ones. Will make it tough on Artz to get the necessary score. 10.000. Well now. Such a pretty routine. Beam scores were also on the high side today.

Artz – FX – strong piked full in, good control – hits her leaps very well – perhaps arching over a layout on the middle pass – and maybe a little slide on the double pike, but pretty much her usual floor – she didn’t open the door too much in case the judges want to give her a senior day 10. One did. 9.975.

FINAL: Oklahoma 197.575, Michigan 197.525
Came down right to it there. I love that Oklahoma got a 197.575 with two 10.0s and we’re like, “WHY DID YOU SUCK SO MUCH?” In some respects it was an off meet for OU, mostly due to a couple floor errors and not having the landings on vault. And not having Nichols on three events. Still nothing to worry about, though. When we talked to KJ on Gymcastic, she mentioned peaking and dropping multiple times throughout the season, and this looks like one of those little drops. Nothing to worry about but not a postseason showing.

Also, Kara Lovan just hit a “shades of 2015” beam routine in exhibition.

Good showing from Michigan. They’ll be happy with this. Scoring started normally, went a little high toward the end of the meet with some beam scores and then a home floor 9.9 fest that was very strong and well controlled but wouldn’t get as many 9.9s in a neutral context. Still, nearly beat Oklahoma and certainly proved competitiveness and danger when it comes to the postseason.

YIKES. Zaziski was doing exhibition on floor, totally tripped mid-pass or botched a punch or something and then basically did an improvised side somi/wild frog leap. She’s fine, though.

Big day of meets tomorrow! Rest up.

 

NCAA Week 9 Results

Wednesday, March 1
Final Score
UNH, Temple, West Chester, W & M @ Maryland Maryland 195.800
UNH 195.275
Temple 194.900
WC 193.225
W&M 191.050
Thursday, March 2
Final Score
UW-La Crosse @ Winona State La Crosse 187.950
Winona 186.075
[22] Utah State @ [10] Boise State Boise State 196.700
Utah State 195.675
Friday, March 3
Final Score
Kent State @ Bowling Green Kent State 195.725
BGSU 194.450
West Virginia, Michigan State, Towson @ Pitt WVU 195.700
Pitt 195.375
MSU 194.600
Towson 194.400
 Arkansas @ [11] Kentucky Kentucky 196.525
Arkansas 195.275
Rutgers, TWU @ SEMO SEMO 193.425
TWU 193.225
Rutgers 192.550
UW-Stout, Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire 186.300
Stout 185.175
Gustavus 184.750
[18] Auburn @ [15] Missouri Missouri 197.200
Auburn 195.350
Stanford @ [5] Utah Utah 197.500
Stanford 196.275
NC State @ [21] Southern Utah SUU 197.025
NC State 191.625
Centenary @ Alaska Alaska 190.675
Centenary 188.975
Saturday, March 4
Final Score
Ithaca @ Cortland Cortland 188.750
Ithaca 185.975
UW-Oshkosh @ Hamline Oshkosh 187.125
Hamline 184.625
North Carolina @ William & Mary UNC 194.075
W & M 192.875
Temple @ Cornell Temple 193.400
Cornell 191.375
[1] Oklahoma @ [11] Michigan Oklahoma 197.575
Michigan 197.525
Iowa State @ [14] Iowa Iowa 196.725
Iowa St 195.300
BYU @ Minnesota Minnesota 196.050
BYU 195.000
[25] Ohio State @ [7] Denver Denver 197.150
OSU 195.475
UC Davis, Seattle Pacific @ Sacramento State Davis 194.950
Sac St 193.475
SPU 191.725
Sunday, March 5
Final Score
Brown, Yale @ New Hampshire UNH 196.025
Brown 193.175
Yale 193.175
Rutgers @ Central Michigan CMU 196.375
Rutgers 194.975
Penn State, Bridgeport, West Chester @ Penn  Penn St 196.200
Bridgeport 193.875
WC 192.900
Penn 191.475
Western Michigan @ Ball State WMU 195.200
Ball St 194.750
Brockport @ Ursinus Brockport 193.325
Ursinus 190.975
Southern Connecticut @ Springfield So Conn 190.550
Springfield 189.075
[6] Alabama @ [8] Georgia Alabama 197.700
Georgia 197.325
[16] GW [24] EMU, Pitt @ West Virginia GW 196.375
EMU 196.225
WVU 195.800
Pitt 194.200
Bowling Green @ Michigan State MSU 195.600
BGSU 193.600
TWU, UW-Whitewater @ Lindenwood Lindenwood 195.275
TWU 194.350
Whitewater 192.600
Air Force @ SEMO SEMO 193.800
Air Force 193.775
[17] Washington @ [9] Oregon State OSU 197.325
Washington 196.450
Arizona State @ [23] Arizona ASU 195.700
Arizona 195.375
[20] Illinois, N. Illinois, UIC @ Illinois State Illinois 196.150
Illinois St 193.550
NIU 193.550
UIC 193.525
[3] Florida @ [2] LSU LSU 198.150
Florida 196.600
[19] Cal @ [4] UCLA UCLA 197.525
Cal 196.800
[22] Utah State @ San Jose State SJSU 195.125
Utah St 194.025
 Centenary @ Alaska Alaska 192.600
Centenary 190.475

Week 9 AA leaders
1. Kiana Winston, Alabama – 39.650
1. Baely Rowe, Utah – 39.650
1. MyKayla Skinner, Utah – 39.650
4. Kaytianna McMillan, Oregon State – 39.625
5. Olivia Karas, Michigan – 39.600

Week 9 VT leaders
1. Alex McMurtry, Florida – 10.000
1. Ashleigh Gnat, LSU – 10.000
3. Kirah Koshinski, West Virginia – 9.950
3. Mykayla Skinner, Utah – 9.950
3. Sydney Snead, Georgia – 9.950

Week 9 UB leaders
1. Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma – 10.000
2. Erika Aufiero, Oregon State – 9.975
2. Kyla Ross, UCLA – 9.975
2. Peng Peng Lee, UCLA – 9.975
5. Elizabeth Price, Stanford – 9.950
5. MyKayla Skinner, Utah – 9.950
5. Kendall Valentin, Eastern Michigan – 9.950

Week 9 BB leaders
1. Chayse Capps, Oklahoma – 10.000
1. Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA – 10.000
3. Peng Peng Lee, UCLA – 9.975
4. Britney Ward, Missouri – 9.950
4. Nickie Guerrero, Alabama – 9.950
4. Dani Dessaints, Oregon State – 9.950
4. Maddie Gardiner, Oregon State – 9.950
4. Erin Macadaeg, LSU – 9.950

Week 9 FX leaders
1. MyKayla Skinner, Utah – 10.000
2. Baely Rowe, Utah – 9.975
2. Nicole Artz, Michigan – 9.975
4. Elizabeth Price, Stanford – 9.950
4. Rachel Stypinski, Kent State – 9.950
4. Kennedi Harris, Missouri – 9.950
4. Olivia Karas, Michigan – 9.950
4. AJ Jackson, Oklahoma – 9.950
4. Lanie Snyder, Iowa – 9.950
4. Bailey Abernathy, Minnesota – 9.950
4. Macey Hilliker, Central Michigan – 9.950
4. Gigi Marino, Georgia – 9.950
4. Kiana Winston, Alabama – 9.950
4. Kirah Koshinski, West Virginia – 9.950
4. Nicola Deans, Michigan State – 9.950
4. Ashleigh Gnat, LSU – 9.950
4. Briannah Tsang, Penn St – 9.950

Friday Live Blog – March 3, 2017

Friday, March 3
Scores Watch
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Kent State @ Bowling Green LINK FB
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – West Virginia, Michigan State, Towson @ Pitt LINK ACC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Arkansas @ [11] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Beatification of St. Nastia LINK NBC
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Rutgers, TWU @ SEMO LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout, Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-Eau Claire
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [18] Auburn @ [15] Missouri LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Stanford @ [5] Utah LINK P12
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – NC State @ [21] Southern Utah LINK FREE
11:00 ET/8:00 PT – Centenary @ Alaska LINK FREE

Opening the SEC slate today is Arkansas’s visit to Kentucky, where Mark Cook has stated that the goal for Arkansas is to get five people up on each event, which is also the most depressing thing I’ve ever heard.

Something I hadn’t realized until now, because wins and losses don’t matter in the slightest, is that Auburn remains winless this season. Still might be nice to get one of those win thingies? It’s doable against Missouri, even on the road. Scores also remains a concern for Auburn. Theoretically, Auburn could move as high as #14 this week, but Auburn also has the lowest max RQS of any team in the top 20, meaning their ranking is at the mercy of the other teams. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – March 3, 2017

Things Are Happening – March 2, 2017

A. Weekend schedule

Thursday, March 2
Scores Watch
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-La Crosse @ Winona State
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [22] Utah State @ [10] Boise State LINK FREE
Friday, March 3
Scores Watch
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Kent State @ Bowling Green LINK FB
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – West Virginia, Michigan State, Towson @ Pitt LINK ACC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Arkansas @ [11] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Beatification of St. Nastia LINK NBC
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Rutgers, TWU @ SEMO LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout, Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-Eau Claire
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [18] Auburn @ [15] Missouri LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Stanford @ [5] Utah LINK P12
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – NC State @ [21] Southern Utah LINK FREE
11:00 ET/8:00 PT – Centenary @ Alaska LINK FREE
Saturday, March 4
Scores Watch
11:30 ET/8:30 PT – American Cuppity Cup Cup Cup LINK NBC
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Ithaca @ Cortland FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – UW-Oshkosh @ Hamline
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – North Carolina @ William & Mary LINK  FB
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – Temple @ Cornell Ivy $
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ [11] Michigan LINK FREE
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Iowa State @ [14] Iowa LINK BTN
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – BYU @ Minnesota LINK BTN+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [25] Ohio State @ [7] Denver LINK DU $
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – UC Davis, Seattle Pacific @ Sacramento State LINK FREE
Sunday, March 5
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brown, Yale @ New Hampshire
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Rutgers @ Central Michigan LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Penn State, Bridgeport, West Chester @ Penn LINK Ivy $
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Western Michigan @ Ball State FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brockport @ Ursinus
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Southern Connecticut @ Springfield
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [6] Alabama @ [8] Georgia LINK SEC
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [16] George Washington, [24] Eastern Michigan, Pitt @ West Virginia LINK FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – TWU @ Lindenwood LINK FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Air Force @ SEMO LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [17] Washington @ [9] Oregon State LINK P12
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Arizona State @ [23] Arizona P12
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [20] Illinois, Northern Illinois, Illinois-Chicago @ Illinois State FREE
3:30 ET/12:30 PT – [3] Florida @ [2] LSU LINK SEC
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [19] Cal @ [4] UCLA LINK P12
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [22] Utah State @ San Jose State LINK FREE
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Centenary @ Alaska LINK FREE

It’s the weirdest of weekends. We begin with a couple random Thursday meets (which, why don’t you just put all the forks in the spoon slot while you’re at it), then on Friday, the SEC women’s basketball tournament has bumped the major gymnastics TV meets—even though SEC women’s basketball has worse attendance than SEC women’s gymnastics—so we really won’t know what to do with ourselves.

Stanford and Utah will charitably fill in for us on Friday to provide some semblance of normalcy, though we’ll also have the competition that definitely isn’t all about Nastia to sate us. My primary live blogging attention will be on the actual NCAA meets, but La Nastia is something to pay attention to as well, either now or eight months from now when you’re scouring YouTube for videos of the new freshmen. It’s usually a good preview of how NCAA will look 2-3 years later.

Early Saturday will be all about the American Cup (twitter party!), which takes 764 hours and therefore will lead right into the Oklahoma/Michigan showdown. But really, Sunday has turned into the big day suddenly. The major SEC meets have been pushed to Sunday so they can be televised, where they’ll join a flood of Pac-12 action. If you want, you can go straight from Alabama/Georgia to Florida/LSU to UCLA/Cal. But who would do that? Continue reading Things Are Happening – March 2, 2017

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