Saturday and Sunday Meets

For Saturday and Sunday, I probably won’t be doing much of the normal routine-by-routine live blogging (save that for Monday, when I’ll be all over it), but I’ll be popping in and out watching bits of things over the two days and will keep this post here for some basic reactions and impressions as needed. Feel free to use the comments to communicate all your feelings/profanities/side-eyes/insane commentator quotes/crack-smoking-judge reports from whatever you’re watching. I’d love to know what I’m missing. We’re all in this together. We can get through NCAA gym as a family.

Saturday, January 16
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Illinois @ Rutgers
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Brown, Springfield, Ithaca @ Southern Connecticut
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Ursinus @ Brockport
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Cortland, Rhode Island @ West Chester
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Hamline, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse @ UW-Oshkosh
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Ohio State @ Michigan
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Nebraska @ Penn State
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Maryland @ Minnesota
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Illinois-Chicago @ Northern Illinois
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Ozone Classic (Iowa State, Pittsburgh, SEMO, Air Force)

 

Sunday, January 17
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green @ Western Michigan
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Towson @ Ball State
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – North Carolina, Penn, Cornell, Temple @ George Washington
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Arizona @ Texas Woman’s
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Oklahoma @ Arkansas
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Alabama vs. Auburn (Birmingham, AL)
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – New Hampshire @ West Virginia

The Rutgers/Illinois feed was going Rutgers-only for the first half of the meet (it’s also fun when they cut away from a floor routine to show a judge just doing some judging), but I’m still slightly appalled that a team with Horth, Kato, and O’Connor all going on bars can keep scoring a 2. Those are three would-be 9.9s. I picked Illinois to have a big year before the season started, and I’m sticking to it. The pace at halfway is still an improvement on last week, though. Ish. This will not be a usable score for Rutgers after a bars rotation in which every single person fell on a gienger. Did I spy with my little eye a Mustafina dismount, though? You go, Rutgers.

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Friday Live Blog: [5] UCLA @ [3] Florida; Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas

Friday, January 15
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – UCLA @ Florida – SCORESSECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Missouri @ Alabama – SCORESSECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Oregon State, Bridgeport, Illinois State, Wisconsin-Eau Claire @ Lindenwood – SCORESFLO PRO
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – BYU @ Central Michigan – SCORESESPN3
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Iowa @ Michigan State – SCORESStream($)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Temple @ William & Mary
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Whitewater, UW-Stout, Gustavus Adolphus @ Winona State – SCORESStream
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Cal, Texas Woman’s @ Oklahoma – SCORES
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Kentucky @ Auburn – SCORESSECN
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – Georgia @ Arkansas – SCORESSECN
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Utah @ Southern Utah – SCORESFLO PRO
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Kent State @ Utah State – SCORES
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State @ San Jose State – SCORES Stream
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Boise State, Seattle Pacific @ UC Davis – SCORESWeek 1 ranking

Here we go, yet again. Some big meets will get underway right at 7:00/4:00, so remember to be a Punctual Percy otherwise you’re going to miss things. Important things like Bridget Sloan’s vault or covering your eyes while UCLA is on bars.

We’ve already had some action this weekend, and it went terribly. LSU scored a 195.800 in the Vegas meet after committing five falls in two rotations. So that fell apart quickly, as did LSU’s ranking. No Priessman in that meet, and Hambrick had to be pulled off floor after her beam fall. Cannamela (who is settling in to that #7-on-every-event role) had to come in on three events and had a rough one, but she’s going to be critical until the squad is back up to full strength.
Continue reading Friday Live Blog: [5] UCLA @ [3] Florida; Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas

The Weekend Plans – January 15-18

Keep in mind that this is a super-extendo-weekend, beginning tonight and going through Monday, on which we fulfill the national tradition of celebrating the memory of Martin Luther King by bitching about vault landings. As he would have wanted. It’s a busy one, with many many teams forcing themselves into two meets in three days for some horrible reason.

Top 25 schedule + other notables

Thursday, January 14
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Yale @ [18] New Hampshire
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [1] LSU vs. [23] NC State (Las Vegas, NV)
Friday, January 15
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [5] UCLA @ [3] Florida
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [14] Missouri @ [6] Alabama
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [12] Oregon State, Bridgeport, Illinois State, Wisconsin-Eau Claire @ Lindenwood
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [11] Cal, Texas Woman’s @ [4] Oklahoma
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [21] Kentucky @ [7] Auburn
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [15] Georgia @ [16] Arkansas
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [7] Utah @ Southern Utah
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [16] Kent State @ Utah State
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Boise State, Seattle Pacific @ UC Davis
Saturday, January 16
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – [19] Illinois @ Rutgers
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Ohio State @ [1] Michigan
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Nebraska @ Penn State
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [25] Maryland @ [23] Minnesota
Sunday, January 17
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – [20] Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green @ Western Michigan
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – North Carolina, Penn, Cornell, Temple @ [7] George Washington
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [10] Arizona @ Texas Woman’s
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [4] Oklahoma @ [16] Arkansas
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [6] Alabama vs. [7] Auburn (Birmingham, AL)
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [18] New Hampshire @ West Virginia

Monday, January 18
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [22] Stanford @ [15] Georgia
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [13] Denver @ Iowa
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Washington @ Arizona State

As always, the full schedule can be found at the link at the top.

Live blogging
I will definitely be here live blogging on Friday for UCLA/Florida and Georgia/Arkansas and on Monday for Stanford/Georgia. Other than that, it’s a maybe. So stay tuned, but don’t weep into your handkerchiefs if it doesn’t happen. Or do.

Friday
-The day starts with the big matchup, Florida and UCLA. UCLA will take relief from the win over Alabama, but beating Florida in Florida would be quite the little upset. For some reason, I don’t think Bridget Sloan is going to get stuck in the 9.8s again this weekend. Watching how Florida Scoring (TM) plays out in the post-Rhonda era should be one of the more interesting parts of the meet. Remember that time Florida got a 49.8 on floor? Ah, the memories.

The Gators were just OK in the opening meet, but even though it’s early, I think we all expect to see a real step forward this weekend, particularly on vault. As in, Alicia Boren is probably not going to fall again. I’m also eager to see how the vault and floor lineups develop in the coming weeks as they looked a little…unsettled in the opener, featuring a couple backup routines. That floor lineup needs the Bridgey anchor score this year much more than ever before since they may be throwing in two routines in the lower 9.8s. 

Really, if Florida was able to go 196.825 last weekend when hitting just one of four events at an expected level, a serious 197 must be the task on Friday.

-This weekend, UCLA should be happy with replicating the beam and floor performances from the first week. Floor won’t score the same on the road, but if the Bruins compete those two events at a similar level, that should be enough to earn an early road 196 to rest on. Beam remains the team’s best event, the only potential weakness being an attack from the inconsistency monster, so finishing on beam in front of a bigger road crowd cheering some (presumably) giant floor scores this week will be a valuable and necessary challenge. While Florida also scored well on beam in the first meet, this is the one event where the Bruins are the stronger side, so they’ll have to take advantage.

But if UCLA is to have a real chance at winning this meet, and at not being a depressing ghoulish phantasm this season, bars cannot be as bleak as it was in the opener. The primary concern for UCLA’s bars is that many of the deductions we saw on Sunday were built-in, but that’s definitely not true of all of them. Real hits from Ohashi and Metcalf would go a long way to making the lineup look a bit more healthy.

This is also UCLA. Miss Val is not afraid of some good, old-fashioned lineup experimentation. Those 48s on vault and bars from last week are not going to cut it against Florida, so let’s see what else is out there. Bring on exploring depth. It can’t hurt. Unless it does. 

-Alabama, Oklahoma, and Utah should all go through comfortably on Friday, though the trends in vault scoring will be worth watching in all three of those meets. Alabama needs to step up the performance more than anything else, but Oklahoma and Utah both played it relatively safe with vault choices in the first week and did not score nearly as well as we would normally expect from those teams. I’ll be checking for whether that 9.825ish trend continues and whether they choose to make an adjustment and throw more difficulty to get the scores.  

-Keep an eye on Auburn’s freshmen. They contributed plenty of routines in the first meet but not many significant scores. They’re more talented than that and will have to be more than just early-lineup/depthy options this year for Auburn to keep up, so let’s see if anyone jumps up into the 9.850s for meet two. 

-Georgia goes to Arkansas with a serious point to prove that this year is not going to be like last year when it comes to beam. The first meet was not remotely encouraging on that score, and the beam-bads cannot start to be a thing again. Two meets makes it a thing. While event is never a must-hit in January, it would be huge for Georgia’s mental game to come back with six not-bad beam routines right away. And it’s going to be necessary. Arkansas is famous for low-196ing a tentative opponent into submission for the upset, and that’s exactly what Arkansas team would have scored in Cancun for a hit meet. The capability is there.

Saturday
-In spite of the rankings, the most important meet on Saturday is Nebraska/Penn State since both teams died of consistency in their openers and dropped all the way out of the top 25. It’s way, way, way early, but being unranked is sort of unacceptable for a Nebraska team. Some of the problems were just weirdness, like Hollie Blanske having her worst meet ever, but some of them were also incomplete/non-competitive lineups featuring backups that put too much pressure on the main scorers to deliver.

-Michigan hasn’t shown a glaring issue in either of the meets so far, so there’s no reason to doubt that this will be another “our consistency is coming for you” season. Although it is two 196.9s in a row now, so let’s see a little bit of cleaning and refinement to get that 197. No need to stagnate here.

Sunday
-Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn, and Arkansas will all compete in their second meets of the weekend on Sunday. Auburn and Alabama are conducting their (what is now) annual Birmingham “no one’s broadcasting this” meet, which is just great. Fun for the whole no one. At least Oklahoma/Arkansas will be on SECN+. It’s hard to know what to watch for in these meets at this point since we haven’t seen the Friday meets yet. We’ll see how the first one goes. Oklahoma is a pretty heavy favorite and should be able to waltz through with a hit, though Auburn and Alabama looks like an excellent showdown. Alabama is the better team on paper, and an ideal performance would see them winning every event, but the problems against UCLA betray a team that isn’t necessarily just a week away from dominance. The opportunity is be there for Auburn to snatch it. 

Monday
-Perhaps my most anticipated meet of the weekend is Stanford/Georgia because…who the hell knows with this one. It’s going to be beautiful. It may be a disaster. Stay tuned. Given Georgia’s depth compared to Stanford’s not-that-even-a-little, Georgia should be able to pull this one out comfortably. Although, based on what we saw in the first meet from both teams, Stanford looks quite capable of winning bars and beam even though it’s January before they’ve really started trying. The problem for Stanford comes from being too depleted on vault and floor to expect to keep the meet close enough to be able pounce on bars and beam, even with the undeniable power of Ebee. If Stanford is still throwing up a Ylayout and some 9.6s on floor, the deficit will just be too great, even with 9.9s on bars and beam. 

Week 1 Ranking and Notes

Well, well well. Look at yourselves. No 197s. No accidental 10s given for Yurchenko fulls. You disgust me. If it hadn’t been for the crazy home-team floor scoring at literally every meet, I would hardly even recognize you.

For the moment, Michigan and LSU are riding the “not really doing anything wrong” train to the top spot, but very, very few of the scores recorded this weekend will be expected to stick around once RQS rolls into town. No one burst out of the gate with a shocking or overwhelming performance, except for Nina McGee, who tallied the first 10 of the season with her usual McGeeificiation of the floor exercise. She wins the award for best control and body position on a DLO this week. Now, let’s get to the standings and some general thoughts about the scoring changes based on week 1.

Week 1 Ranking (RTN)

1. Michigan – 196.950
Week 1 leaders: AA – Artz 39.450; VT – Karas 9.900; UB – Artz 9.900; BB – Artz, Chiarelli 9.875; FX – Artz, Karas 9.950

1. LSU – 196.950
Week 1 leaders: AA – Hambrick 39.450; VT – Gnat, Wyrick 9.900; UB – Finnegan, Zamardi 9.850; BB – Finnegan 9.925; FX – Gnat 9.950

3. Florida – 196.825
Week 1 leaders: AA – Sloan 39.500; VT – McMurtry 9.925; UB – Sloan 9.875; BB – Boren, Fassbender 9.900 9.875; FX – Baker, Sloan 9.900

4. Oklahoma – 196.725
Week 1 leaders: AA – Kmieciak 39.250; VT – Kmieciak 9.875; UB – Wofford 9.950; BB – Lehrmann, Brown 9.875; FX – Scaman 9.925

5. UCLA – 196.550
Week 1 leaders: AA – Ohashi 38.650; VT – Cipra 9.850; UB – Francis 9.825; BB – Lee, Francis 9.950; FX – Mossett, Bynum 9.950

6. Alabama – 196.300
Week 1 leaders: AA – Brannan 39.350; VT – Brannan 9.900; UB – Bailey, Winston 9.900; BB – Beers, McNeer 9.850; FX – Bailey, Sims 9.900

7. George Washington – 196.175
Week 1 leaders: AA – Winstanley 39.350; VT – Winstanley 9.925; UB – Winstanley 9.900; BB – DeMoura, Mermelstein 9.875; FX – Drouin-Allaire 9.825

7. Utah – 196.175
Week 1 leaders: AA – Lee 38.400; VT – Delaney 9.850; UB – Rowe 9.925; BB – Stover 9.825; FX – Schwab 9.900

7. Auburn – 196.175
Week 1 leaders: AA – Atkinson 38.300; VT – Atkinson 9.925; UB – Milliet 9.875; BB – Milliet 9.875; FX – Demers 9.875

10. Arizona – 195.700
Week 1 leaders: AA – None; VT – Cindric, Mattson 9.825; UB – Laub 9.850; BB – Sheppard 9.825; FX – Schneider 9.825

11. Cal – 195.575
Week 1 leaders: AA – None; VT – Williams 9.850; UB – Williams 9.800; BB – Howe 9.800; FX – Howe 9.875

12. Oregon State – 195.425
Week 1 leaders: AA – Gardiner 39.225; VT – Dessaints 9.900; UB – Dessaints 9.850; BB – Gardiner 9.850; FX – Radermacher 9.875

13. Denver – 195.375
Week 1 leaders: AA – McGee 39.250; VT – Fielitz 9.850; UB – McGee 9.900; BB -Hammen 9.825; FX – McGee 10.000

14. Missouri – 195.275
Week 1 A leaders: AA – Porter 38.900; VT – Miller 9.850; UB – Kelly, Porter 9.875; BB – Ward 9.850; FX – Harris 9.900

Week 1 B leaders: AA – Porter 39.250; VT – Porter, Ward 9.825; UB – Porter 9.800; BB – Kelly 9.850; FX – Harris 9.875

15. Georgia – 195.200
Week 1 leaders: AA – Rogers 39.100; VT – Snead 9.875; UB – Snead 9.900; BB – Box, Rogers 9.800; FX – Marino 9.875

16. Arkansas – 195.150
Week 1 leaders: No meet

16. Kent State – 195.150
Week 1 leaders: AA – None; VT – Williams 9.850; UB – Stypinski 9.900; BB – Lippowitsch 9.750; FX – Stypinski 9.900

18. New Hampshire – 195.100
Week 1 leaders: AA – Lauter 39.200; VT – Mahoney 9.825; UB – Mulligan 9.900; BB – Aucoin, Lauter 9.875; FX – Lauter 9.850

19. Illinois – 195.075
Week 1 leaders: AA – O’Connor 39.275; VT – O’Connor, Foley 9.700; UB – Horth 9.900; BB – O’Connor 9.850; FX – O’Connor 9.900

20. Eastern Michigan – 194.875
Week 1 leaders: AA – Conrad 39.050; VT – Valentin 9.875; UB – Valentin 9.850; BB – Valentin 9.850; FX – Slocum 9.750

21. Kentucky – 194.825
Week 1 leaders: AA – Dukes 39.125; VT – Dukes, Stuart 9.850; UB – Dukes 9.825; BB – Hyland 9.875; FX – Puryear 9.875

22. Stanford – 194.800
Week 1 leaders: AA – Price 39.500; VT – Price 9.850; UB – Price 9.900; BB – Price 9.850; FX – Price 9.900

23. Minnesota – 194.700
Week 1 leaders: AA – Mable 38.900; VT – Mable 9.900; UB – Hanley 9.850; BB – Mable 9.850; FX – Mable 9.800

23. NC State – 194.700
Week 1 leaders: AA – Knight 39.000; VT – Knight 9.825; UB – Turner 9.825; BB – Wild 9.900; FX – Woodford 9.800

25. Maryland – 194.400
Week 1 leaders: AA – Kathy Tang 39.025; VT – Kathy Tang 9.850; UB – Epperson 9.875; BB – Kathy Tang, Nee 9.875; FX – Brauckmuller 9.675

The scoring
-The significant story heading into the season was how the downgrading of the yfull would affect overall vault scoring. It’s too soon to draw any grand conclusions because the approach was not consistent from meet to meet. In several meets, we saw the judges being noticeably stricter on yurchenko fulls, not just accounting for the 0.05 downgrade but taking probably another 0.05 after that, at least compared to the last three or so seasons. For instance, Haley Scaman got a 9.825 for her yurchenko full with a hop back that would have received a 9.900 last season, as all her vaults did at the very least. Plenty of 9.750s popped up for yfulls, especially early in the lineup, that would have gone 9.825-9.850 last season. So in some cases, the judges were adding an additional level of scrutiny to the fulls, which is a positive development and should help create more separation in the vault scores, a desperately needed change.

-In these same meets, however, an identical level of scrutiny was not applied to the vaults that still started from a 10.0, with the judges much more willing to go into the 9.9s for y1.5s, even if the performance may not have merited it. Olivia Karas of Michigan comes to mind, with a pretty sizable step off to the side on her 1.5 that still received a 9.900. Perhaps we’re seeing a bit of overcompensation right now and the creation of an artificially significant separation between fulls and 1.5s of the same quality, though I would still say this is preferable to the previous situation of a glut of 9.925s being handed out to so many different vaults of widely varying quality. We’ll see how things level out in the coming months.

-Although, this approach was not consistent across all the meets. UCLA/Alabama, for instance, had more charitable scores given to a couple yurchenko fulls (Angi Cipra’s 9.850) and stricter scores given to 10.0 SV vaults, like Brannan’s. To me, that vault did look like a 9.900, which is exactly what it received (miracle of miracles!), but it was a stronger vault than some of the other 10.0 SVs that received 9.900s over the weekend.

-We’re going to have to work through this yurchenko arabian business together as a family. It’s going to create a lot of frustration this year. (Wyrick and Gnat got the same vault score this weekend, which is the exact opposite of what the scoring change was intended to achieve.) The bigger issue to me, though, is that NCAA gymnastics has always prided itself on being explicable and accessible to all fans, even those who never did gymnastics or who have never picked up a CoP before. For the most part (and I emphasize for the most part), the deductions are basic enough that someone with only a passing understanding can tell what constitutes a good routine or a not-so-much routine. Steps, handstands, wobbles, etc. The obvious things, what are often referred to as “visible deductions,” though I hate that expression because they’re all visible deductions. An invisible deduction is nothing. Differentiating between the y1/2 and yArabian (which the elite code does not) and giving them different start values, however, begins to get a little inside-baseball for the target audience of NCAA gymnastics. Why are those vaults different? Why is one scoring better than the other? Those are legitimate questions casual fans and gymfans alike will be, and have been, asking. In NCAA, scoring rewards should always strive to be as visually explicit as possible.

-In other scoring news, “strict” and “floor” are two words not even in the same continent so far. Oh, floor.

The teams
-Many of the top teams that scored in the mid-high 196s had a couple brilliant moments apiece but not much else to put in the scrapbook. It was a ragged weekend for most teams, especially in terms of adjusting to vault expectations. We’re going to see a lot of difficulty experimentation in the coming weeks as teams try to feel out which vaults they’ll get more rewarded for, which adds a little more unpredictability and removes some of the stagnation from NCAA vault, so I’m all for it. But for teams like Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Alabama, etc., nothing happened this weekend to warrant a change in our preseason expectations for their accomplishments.

-George Washington. Yep, 196.175. And it seems pretty legit. Check out this channel for meet videos. The vaults from Winstanley and Drouin-Allaire in particular are competitive with pretty much all the rest of the teams. Everyone rush to fantasy gym to make the necessary trades.

-Is it bad that Stanford got a 194.800 and I don’t think it’s that much of a problem? Now, filling out the lineups is going to be a huge issue all season, especially on floor, but take away the unexpected mistakes (Rice’s floor fall and Hong’s beam fall, the things that shouldn’t be repeated), and this is a high 195, meaning Stanford would be in the top 10. Not a mighty accomplishment, but about where the team should be. Of course, they cannot afford even one more injury otherwise they’ll be back to not having enough competitors, but aside from the very real concerns over having enough competitive floor workers, doesn’t this count as on-track for Stanford?

-Georgia didn’t have a good opener, which was mostly disappointing because the beam problems put us all right back where we were last season. This should be a beam team in 2016, more so than in the last couple years, so let’s hope this 48.000 doesn’t develop into another edition of the Georgia beam epidemic of the last five years. Nebraska’s issues were more pronounced and more troubling (not even in the top 25 right now) because the team appears to lack both depth and 9.9 star power. Laeng had a good meet—and of the freshmen, Schweihofer looks like the usable 9.800 find—but the falls notwithstanding, they’re going to need to get more people into competition shape to have a true shot at nationals this year.

Sunday Live Blog: [3] Alabama @ [6] UCLA

Sunday, January 10 
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – William & Mary @ North Carolina
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Temple @ Kent State
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – Maryland, Eastern Michigan, Towson @ Pittsburgh
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – UW-Whitewater @ Hamline
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Missouri @ Lindenwood – SCORESFLO PRO($)
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Alabama @ UCLA – SCORESTV: Pac-12 Net
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Nor Cal Classic (Stanford, Cal, UC Davis. Sacramento State @ San Jose State) – SCORESFLO PRO($)
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Auburn @ Oregon State – SCORESTV: Pac-12 Net (Oregon)
Third live blog of the weekend! I know.
After I abandoned you in the cold yesterday, two things happened. One was George Washington breaking 196. The….Fightin’ Wooden Teeth (?) are currently tied for 5th in the country. So that’s a thing.

Also, Nina McGee.

She happened.

Continue reading Sunday Live Blog: [3] Alabama @ [6] UCLA

Saturday Live Blog – Oklahoma @ LSU, Georgia @ Michigan

Eeeeeee! Competitive meets! (We hope.)

Michigan’s 196.975 still stands as the top score in the country after yesterday’s very first-meet showing from pretty much every team. We’ve got two big meets happening somewhat simultaneously today, but I’ll try to keep on top of it. Here’s the whole schedule:

Saturday, January 9
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – UW-Oshkosh @ Gustavus Adolphus
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Georgia @ Michigan – SCORESStream (free)
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – NC State @ Penn State – SCORESStream (free)
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Illinois-Chicago @ Western Michigan – SCORESESPN3
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Rhode Island @ Springfield – Stream
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Oklahoma @ LSU – SCORESSECN Stream
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Northern Illinois @ Iowa – Stream ($)
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – New Hampshire, George Washington, Rutgers (Boston, MA) – SCORES
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Iowa State @ Minnesota – SCORES
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Southern Utah, West Virginia @ Denver – SCORES
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Illinois State, Seattle Pacific @ Air Force
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Ohio State @ Washington – SCORESPac-12 Net Stream

Of note in this LSU intrasquad video from yesterday, we see a lot of Lexie Lee and no McKenna Lou. (Right?) Though there are a number of gymnasts we don’t see, so…

A team of the people this season, Michigan’s stream will be free for everyone. LSU’s, as always, requires a login.
Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – Oklahoma @ LSU, Georgia @ Michigan

First Friday Live Blog – It’s All Downhill From Here

Friday, January 8
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ball State @ [21] Kentucky – SCORESSECN Stream
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [25] Central Michigan, UW-Whitewater, Winona State @ UW-Eau Claire
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – UW-La Crosse @ UW-Stout – SCORESStream
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Lindenwood @ SEMO – SCORES
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [2] Florida @ Texas Woman’s – SCORESFlogymnastics Pro stream
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – BYU @ [4] Utah – SCORESTV: Pac-12 Network
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Michigan State @ [18] Arizona – SCORESTV: Pac-12 Network Arizona
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [15] Illinois @ [23] Missouri – SCORESSECN Stream
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Centenary @ Utah State
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [11] Nebraska, Bowling Green @ Arizona State – SCORESPac-12 Stream
Preseason rankings

This is how everything stands before anything stands. So let’s change it up.

I’ll be here starting at 7 ET/4 PT to have all kinds of feelings. At least three of them. Are there more than three feelings?

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama