RQS Outlook 2017

RQS season approaches. Gird your loins. In preparation for this most hallowed of unnecessarily complicated seasons beginning next Monday, this is a breakdown of where all the teams currently stand in the RQS picture.

For a refresher (or just a fresher) on how RQS works, please see the RQS Explained page.

Note: A handful of significant teams still don’t have enough meets for RQS as of today, so the current RQS rankings found at the bottom of each team’s table will overstate the actual position of many for the time being. Scores in bold are guaranteed to be included among the six and can no longer be bumped out.

I’ve included my RQS Calculator (Excel file) here for download if you’d like to play around with it yourself to input scores as they come in or check potential scores to see how they would change the rankings. (HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY.) Reader Kaitlyn also has some excellent color-coded Google spreadsheets on team averages and home/away event scores and RQS calculation if you’d like to check those out.

1. OKLAHOMA
Road Score 1  198.075
Road Score 2  197.925
Road Score 3  197.425
Home/Road Score 1  198.025
Home/Road Score 2  197.750
Home/Road Score 3  197.675
RQS  197.760
Current RQS rank  1
2. LSU
Road Score 1 197.700
Road Score 2 197.575
Road Score 3 197.475
Home/Road Score 1 197.825
Home/Road Score 2 197.475
Home/Road Score 3 197.425
RQS 197.530
Current RQS rank 2
3. FLORIDA
Road Score 1 197.425
Road Score 2 197.325
Road Score 3 197.100
Home/Road Score 1 197.975
Home/Road Score 2 197.700
Home/Road Score 3 197.600
RQS 197.430
Current RQS rank 3

The top three teams are in perfectly fine shape and could basically coast for the rest of the regular season and still be comfortable getting a #1 seed at a regional, at least if that were their ultimate goal. The major difference among the three at this point is the road scores, accounting for Oklahoma’s superiority and which Florida will have to pick up to challenge the other two.

For next Monday’s rankings, Oklahoma is already guaranteed to retain the #1 ranking, but Florida could move up on LSU. Continue reading RQS Outlook 2017

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Week 6 Rankings and Notes

WEEK 6 RANKINGS
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 1. Oklahoma 197.813
  • 198.075 is OU’s second time breaking 198 this season
  • Sooners expand lead heading into RQS season
  • Nichols wins AA (BUT WHAT???), records first 10.000 on FX
  • Jackson’s FX 9.975, Dowell’s VT 9.950, Capps’ BB 9.950 also lead
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 2. LSU 197.579
  • 197.700 is LSU’s highest total since season-opener
  • Edney wins AA again with 39.500
  • 9.950s from Hambrick (BB), Gnat (FX)
  • Harrold debuts in the VT lineup with 1.5
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 3. Florida 197.521
  • Season-high 197.975 at home to beat Georgia
  • McMurtry scores third career 10.000 on UB
  • 9.975s from Hundley (UB) and Slocum (VT) are career-highs
  • Boren wins AA with 39.725
green-up-arrow 4. UCLA 197.025
  • 198.125 is the top score in the country so far this year
  • Team’s highest total since March 2004
  • Crack ain’t just for red states…
  • First career 10.000s for Kocian, Lee (UB)
  • 9.975s for Ohashi (BB) and Ross (UB)
reddownarrow 5. Utah 196.879
  • Utes fall behind the Bruins with 196.525 loss to Oregon State
  • 9.900s from Skinner on VT, FX lead team
  • Fall behind after counting two 9.775s on UB
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 6. Alabama 196.725
  • Returns to earth a bit with 197.050 loss to Kentucky
  • Winston leads team AA with 39.500
  • Guerrero 9.950 on BB is team’s high score
  • Mahoney returns to UB lineup with 9.900
green-up-arrow 7. Boise State 196.405
  • Second-straight 197 bumps Boise State up to 7th
  • Remme leads with 39.475 AA, 9.925 on BB
  • Mejia leads UB with 9.925
reddownarrow 8. Michigan 196.338
  • Another week, another counting fall on UB
  • Michigan scrapes 196.025 but falls one spot
  • Artz wins AA with 39.575, FX with 9.925
  • Karas returns to AA (PHEW) with 9.875 on UB
green-up-arrow 9. Kentucky 196.257
  • Another week, another program record: 197.475
  • Korth, Hyland, Dukes go 1,2,3 in AA
  • 9.950s from Dukes, Hyland on BB are team’s high scores
reddownarrow 10. Georgia 196.229
  • Hovers around 49.1s for a hit meet and a 196.525
  • 9.900 from Babalis on beam (BEAM) is team’s top score
  • Snead returns on UB, and there was much rejoicing
green-up-arrow 11. Denver 196.161
  • Leapfrogs OSU with 197.125 win over Boise State
  • Karr wins AA with season-high 39.675
  • 9.950s for Karr and Addison on FX
  • 9.925 from Ogden takes UB to 49.400
reddownarrow 12. Oregon State 196.075
  • Drop one place despite 196.550 in win over Utah
  • McMillan ties for AA win w/ Skinner, leads team with 9.925 FX
  • McMillan ties for team lead on VT, UB, BB as well
  • McMillan, McMillan, McMillan
green-up-arrow 13. Southern Utah 195.940
  • A week of 196.7s puts SUU right back in the mix
  • 15 different gymnasts compete routines
  • Jorgensen takes FX with 9.950, Madison McBride UB with 9.925
green-up-arrow 14. Washington 195.875
  • 196.750 is the team’s highest total since March 2004 (a theme?)
  • Burleson wins AA with 39.425
  • Duranczyk scores career-high 9.950 on UB
reddownarrow 15. Missouri 195.861
  • Tigers drop after 195.725 quad meet win
  • Mistakes on UB drop total out of 196 contention
  • Ward’s 9.925 on VT leads team, obviously
green-up-arrow 16. Nebraska 195.729
  • Nebraska rights itself with second-straight score over 196.5
  • Laeng takes AA title with 39.325
  • 9.900 on BB from Schweihofer leads team
reddownarrow 17. Auburn 195.718
  • Counting UB mistake sends Auburn to 195.725
  • Otherwise team was on mid-196 pace
  • 9.900 on BB from Krippner was team’s high number
reddownarrow 18. Cal 195.708
  • Cal drops three spots after 195.325 loss to Arizona
  • Counting UB fall strikes again
  • Big VT scores of 9.900 after sticks from Peterson, Robinson
reddownarrow 19. Ohio State 195.646
  • Sneak win over Penn State with 195.950
  • Counting 9.6s on BB takes away a 196
  • 9.925s from Mattern (FX), Hofland (UB) lead team
reddownarrow 20. George Washington 195.613
  • Fall six ranking spots after 194.350
  • 0.000 on VT, followed by 9.5s, then 9.6s on UB destroy score
  • 9.825s on BB from Winstanley, Pfeiler are team highs
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 21. Illinois 195.517
  • Second week into the 196s with 196.050 loss to Iowa
  • Leduc’s 9.875 on FX is team high, followed by raft of 9.850s on VT BB
  • Leduc wins AA with 39.350
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 22. Iowa 195.489
  • For a sixth-straight week, since coaches poll, Iowa is stuck at #22
  • Season-high 196.475 in tri-meet win
  • Metcalf’s 9.925 on BB leads the team
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 23. Arkansas 195.467
  • Despite having 1.75 total working legs, Arkansas hits 196 zone again
  • Garner records career-high 9.900 on UB
  • McGlone crashes into VT table in warmups, makes me 100% pee pants
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 24. West Virginia 195.108
  • WVU clings to #24 despite poor 194.575
  • Three BB mistakes lead to 47.675, with no chance of survival
  • 9.875s from Goldberg, Wright on UB
green-up-arrow 25. Arizona 195.038
  • Jumps back into top 25 after 196.100 in win over Cal
  • Score includes counting a BB fall
  • 9.925 from Schneider on FX leads

Full rankings at RTN.

Theme of the week: gargantuan scores. Three teams scored over 197.9, four 10s were awarded along with a further five 9.975s, and in all eighteen 10s were given out by individual judges. We’re currently on pace to challenge the twenty-seven 10s awarded during 2014. It’s still nowhere near 2003-2004 levels, but there’s still time! (He says, pulling his own skin off.) Continue reading Week 6 Rankings and Notes

Saturday Live Blog – February 11, 2017

Saturday, February 11
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bridgeport, Ithaca, Brockport @ Cornell Ivy $
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Springfield @ West Chester
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [7] Michigan @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
2:30 ET/11:30 PT – New Hampshire @ Bowling Green LINK FB
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [19] Nebraska @ Minnesota LINK BTN
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [18] Ohio State @ Penn State LINK FREE
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Stanford @ [5] UCLA LINK P12
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [4] Utah @ [11] Oregon State LINK P12
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [21] Illinois, UIC @ [22] Iowa LINK? BTN+
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Arizona State @ [17] Washington LINK P12
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Maryland, Yale, Penn @ Rutgers LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – BYU, Centenary @ TWU LINK FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [8] Boise State @ [12] Denver LINK DU $
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – UC Davis, Seattle Pacific @ Air Force FREE

It’s Pac-12 day! The other top teams did not keep their 9.9s to themselves like proper children last night (but we’re so sickkkkk, we have pollliioooo), so there’s a lot of crazy 197 work to do for the others to keep pace today. When you’re giving out 18 scores of 9.950-10.000 in a single day, the standard of evaluation just isn’t strict enough. Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – February 11, 2017

NCAA Week 6 Results

Friday, February 10
Final Score
[9] Georgia @ [3] Florida Florida 197.975
Georgia 196.525
[6] Alabama @ [10] Kentucky Kentucky 197.475
Alabama 197.050
Kent State @ Eastern Michigan EMU 195.750
Kent State 195.550
North Carolina, Pitt, William & Mary @ NC State UNC 195.675
NC State 195.025
Pitt 194.075
W & M 193.025
UW-Stout @ UW-La Crosse La Crosse 190.200
Stout 187.500
[14] GW, [25] ISU, Lindenwood @ [13] Missouri Missouri 195.725
ISU 195.350
GW 194.350
Lindenwood 194.100
 SEMO, Whitewater, Eau Claire v. Winona State Whitewater 188.900
SEMO 187.575
Winona 186.850
Eau Claire 185.075
Hamline @ Gustavus Adolphus Gustavus 184.600
Hamline 184.350
[1] Oklahoma v. [16] Auburn Oklahoma 198.075
Auburn 195.275
[2] LSU @ [23] Arkansas LSU 197.700
Arkansas 196.325
[15] Cal @ Arizona Arizona 196.100
Cal 195.325
Utah State @ [20] Southern Utah SUU 196.725
Utah State 195.725
Sacramento State @ San Jose State SJSU 195.200
Sac State 193.900
Saturday, February 11
Final Score
Bridgeport, Ithaca, Brockport @ Cornell Cornell 194.450
Bridgeport 193.225
Brockport 189.550
Ithaca 189.150
Springfield @ West Chester WC 194.400
Springfield 189.300
[7] Michigan @ Michigan State Michigan 196.025
MSU 195.625
New Hampshire @ Bowling Green UNH 194.700
BG 193.850
[19] Nebraska @ Minnesota Nebraska 196.550
Minnesota 194.900
[18] Ohio State @ Penn State OSU 195.950
PSU 195.850
Stanford @ [5] UCLA UCLA 198.125
Stanford 194.175
[4] Utah @ [11] Oregon State OSU 196.550
Utah 196.525
[21] Illinois, UIC @ [22] Iowa Iowa 196.475
Illinois 196.050
UIC 192.625
Arizona State @ [17] Washington Washington 196.750
ASU 195.100
Maryland, Yale, Penn @ Rutgers Maryland 195.050
Rutgers 194.150
Yale 193.050
Penn 190.825
BYU, Centenary @ TWU TWU 195.625
BYU 195.450
Centenary 191.300
[8] Boise State @ [12] Denver Denver 197.125
Boise State 197.075
UC Davis, Seattle Pacific @ Air Force Davis 194.625
AF 194.500
SPU 190.425
Sunday, February 12
Final Score
Central Michigan @ Ball State Ball State 195.425
CMU 194.050
Northern Illinois @ Western Michigan NIU 195.350
WMU 193.800
Cortland @ Ursinus Ursinus 189.675
Cortland 185.975
Southern Connecticut, Rhode Island @ Brown Brown 192.650
SCSU 190.850
RI 177.650
[24] West Virginia, Temple, North Carolina @ Towson UNC 195.525
Towson 195.025
WVU 194.575
Temple 193.575
SEMO @ Illinois State ISU 193.475
SEMO 191.875

Week 6 AA leaders:
1. Alicia Boren, Florida – 39.725
2. Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma – 39.675
2. Maddie Karr, Denver – 39.675
4. Mollie Korth, Kentucky – 39.625
5. Nicole Artz, Michigan – 39.575
5. Madison Kocian, UCLA – 39.575 Continue reading NCAA Week 6 Results

Friday Live Blog – February 10, 2017

Friday, February 10
Scores Watch
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [9] Georgia @ [3] Florida LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [6] Alabama @ [10] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Kent State @ Eastern Michigan LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – North Carolina, Pitt, William & Mary @ NC State LINK ACC+
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout @ UW-La Crosse FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [14] George Washington, [25] Iowa State, Lindenwood @ [13] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – SEMO, UW-Whitewater, UW-Eau Claire, Winona State (@ Milwaukee) LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Hamline @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma v. [16] Auburn (@ Oklahoma City) LINK FSN
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [2] LSU @ [23] Arkansas LINK SEC
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [15] Cal @ Arizona P12
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Utah State @ [20] Southern Utah FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State @ San Jose State LINK FREE

Lots to do, lots to do, so little time. Actually, 13 of the top 25 teams competing on Friday is par for the course, but the rises of Kentucky and Missouri this season mean that there isn’t an easy “pay less attention to that one” choice when the SEC teams all clump together in the corner for warmth. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – February 10, 2017

Things Are Happening – February 9, 2017

A. Weekend schedule

Friday, February 10
Scores Watch
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [9] Georgia @ [3] Florida LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [6] Alabama @ [10] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Kent State @ Eastern Michigan LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – North Carolina, Pitt, William & Mary @ NC State LINK ACC+
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout @ UW-La Crosse FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [14] George Washington, [25] Iowa State, Lindenwood @ [13] Missouri LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – SEMO, UW-Whitewater, UW-Eau Claire, Winona State (@ Milwaukee) LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Hamline @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [1] Oklahoma v. [16] Auburn (@ Oklahoma City) LINK FSN
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [2] LSU @ [23] Arkansas LINK SEC
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [15] Cal @ Arizona P12
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Utah State @ [20] Southern Utah FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State @ San Jose State LINK FREE
Saturday, February 11
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Bridgeport, Ithaca, Brockport @ Cornell Ivy $
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Springfield @ West Chester
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [7] Michigan @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
2:30 ET/11:30 PT – New Hampshire @ Bowling Green LINK FB
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [19] Nebraska @ Minnesota LINK BTN
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [18] Ohio State @ Penn State LINK FREE
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Stanford @ [5] UCLA LINK P12
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [4] Utah @ [11] Oregon State LINK P12
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [21] Illinois, UIC @ [22] Iowa LINK? BTN+
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Arizona State @ [17] Washington P12
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Maryland, Yale, Penn @ Rutgers LINK
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – BYU, Centenary @ TWU LINK FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [8] Boise State @ [12] Denver LINK DU $
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – UC Davis, Seattle Pacific @ Air Force FREE
Sunday, February 12
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Central Michigan @ Ball State LINK ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Northern Illinois @ Western Michigan LINK ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Cortland @ Ursinus FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Southern Connecticut, Rhode Island @ Brown
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [24] West Virginia, Temple, North Carolina @ Towson LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – SEMO @ Illinois State FREE

Note: We have a time change from the originally released schedules. Nebraska @ Minnesota will at 4:00 ET/1:00 PT, not 5:00 ET/2:00 PT, and will be televised on BTN. Also, North Carolina has been added to the Towson meet on Sunday to make up for the lost meet last weekend.

Saturday afternoon is the new Friday evening with a ton of ranked teams bunched together. Meanwhile, Sunday is the new…November? Pull yourself together, Sunday. Continue reading Things Are Happening – February 9, 2017

Best Routine of Week 5 Poll

Congratulations to the week 4 champion, Kyla Ross’s 10.000 on bars, which strolled to victory ahead of Alex McMurtry’s DTY in second and Peng-Peng Lee’s bars in third. I hope you’re pleased with yourselves because Ross falling on bars this week is 100% your fault. Lee joins Skinner as the only two gymnasts to have finished in the top three twice this year, both on two separate events.

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

It’s time to decide who is a high queen in her blood for week 5! Continue reading Best Routine of Week 5 Poll