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Friday Live Blog – February 24, 2017

Friday, February 24
Scores Watch
6:00 ET/3:00 PT – Maryland, Temple, Southern Connecticut, West Chester (@ Philadelphia, PA)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [13] Missouri @ [3] Florida LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [8] Denver @ [20] Ohio State LINK OSU $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [18] Washington, [22] Illinois, Northern Illinois @ [11] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – William & Mary @ North Carolina LINK ACC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Rutgers @ Towson LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Ball State @ Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Air Force @ [23] New Hampshire LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Whitewater @ UW-La Crosse FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Eau Claire @ UW-Oshkosh FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Stout @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [7] Georgia @ [1] Oklahoma LINK OU $
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [2] LSU @ [14] Auburn LINK SEC
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [12] Boise State @ [4] Alabama LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [10] Oregon State @ Stanford LINK P12
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [17] Iowa @ BYU LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Sacramento State, San Jose State, Seattle Pacific @ UC Davis LINK FB

For today, the top four in the rankings are set and will not move regardless of result. Tomorrow, it will be possible for both Utah and UCLA to challenge Alabama depending on how everyone does. The 4-6 teams could end up in any order in Monday’s rankings, but no lower teams can challenge that group of six for this week. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – February 24, 2017

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Friday Live Blog – February 17, 2017

Friday, February 17
Scores Watch
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [16] Nebraska, Brown, Seattle Pacific, Lindenwood (@ St. Charles, MO) LINK FLOG
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Yale, Springfield, Rhode Island @ Southern Connecticut SC $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [3] Florida @ [23] Arkansas LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – NC State @ [8] Michigan LINK FREE
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [22] Iowa, Maryland, William & Mary, Pitt @ [20] George Washington LINK A10 $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – New Hampshire @ North Carolina LINK ACC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Eastern Michigan @ Northern Illinois LINK NIU $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Hamline @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [1] Oklahoma, [2] LSU, [10] Georgia, [15] Missouri (@ St. Charles, MO) LINK FLOG
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Centenary @ SEMO LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Illinois State, Gustavus Adolphus @ Iowa State LINK ISU $
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Eau Claire @ Winona State FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Michigan State @ [21] Illinois LINK FREE
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [17] Auburn @ [6] Alabama LINK SEC
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [7] Boise State @ Utah State LINK FLOG
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – BYU @ [13] Southern Utah LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Alaska @ UC Davis LINK FREE

Opening proceedings today was the first session of the annual GymQuarters Yellow Font Mardi Gras Something Or Other. It’s obviously not a spelling test because I found this little winner on the event site.

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Nebraska managed a season-high out of this one with 197.125, which drops a 194.475 and makes the RQS picture look much more presentable. They still have a 194.800 hanging around (and a 195.700) but three meets left to get rid of them. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – February 17, 2017

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

Friday Live Blog – February 3, 2017

Friday, February 3
Scores Watch
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [10] Kentucky @ [9] Georgia LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Towson, William & Mary, UW-Whitewater @ North Carolina CANCELED
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Bowling Green @ Northern Illinois LINK NIU $
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Winona State, Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Centernary, SEMO @ Iowa State LINK ISU $
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Oshkosh @ UW-La Crosse FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Eau Claire @ Hamline
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [8] Denver, [20] Nebraska, TWU @ [1] Oklahoma LINK FSN
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [24] Arkansas @ [17] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [3] Florida @ [6] Alabama LINK SEC
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [11] Missouri @ [2] LSU LINK SEC+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [11] Southern Utah @ [11] Boise State LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – BYU @ Utah State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Alaska @ Sacramento State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – UC Davis @ San Jose State LINK FREE

We’re currently at five 10.0s on the season, which is one behind last year’s pace, although by last year at this time we had already seen the 10-flying Florida/Alabama meet at which three Florida gymnasts got 10.0s. I mention that right now for some reason. I can’t think of why.  Continue reading Friday Live Blog – February 3, 2017

Friday Live Blog – January 27, 2017

Friday, January 27
Scores Watch
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – North Carolina @ Pitt LINK ACCN
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – Bridgeport @ Brown
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [16] Auburn @ [3] Florida LINK SEC
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [2] LSU @ [6] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [11] Missouri @ [12] Georgia LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [9] Southern Utah @ [24] NC State LINK ACCN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – UW-Oshkosh @ Centenary LINK CTVT
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [1] Oklahoma @ Iowa State LINK ISU
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [5] Alabama @ [23] Arkansas LINK SEC
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [14] Boise State v. BYU
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Hamline @ Seattle Pacific FREE

Ah, sweet nectar of live blogging returneth. Be ready for a triple-screen day. Quadruple? You wild things.

Since we’re still in January, the rankings are quite mercurial and largely irrelevant, but I’m starting to keep an eye on RQS-usable totals. (See: RQS Explained if……you want RQS explained.) If teams leave this weekend still without any strong scores to use for their RQS six, that puts pressure on nearly all of the remaining meets not just to be hits but good hits. A number of teams will have seven meets left after this weekend, and getting six high scores in seven meets is a lot to ask. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – January 27, 2017

Friday Live Blog – January 13, 2017

Friday, January 13
Scores Watch
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – [21] West Virginia @ Pitt LINK ACCN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [15] Kentucky @ [3] Florida LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Georgia @ [14] Auburn LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – UW-Whitewater @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Oshkosh, Towson @ Iowa State LINK ISU TV
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Hamline @ UW-La Crosse FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Gustavus Adolphus @ Winona State FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [6] Missouri @ [12] Arkansas LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Michigan State @ [24] Iowa LINK UI TV
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [1] LSU @ [4] Alabama LINK SECN
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [5] Utah @ [23] BYU LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [16] NC State, Bowling Green @ Utah State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Stanford, Boise State, Yale @ UC Davis LINK
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [9] Oregon State @ Seattle Pacific LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – San Jose State @ [20] Sacramento State LINK

A big day! Well, you know, a relatively hearty day. A husky day. It’s LSU and Alabama. I mean, come on. The live-blogging plan is to begin with Georgia/Auburn and Kentucky/Florida, then on to LSU/Alabama and maybe a dash Missouri/Arkansas. Today, we also have some watch-worthy later teams including Utah and Oregon State, so the slate is packed. For you non-subscription viewers, your treat today is the free streams for both Utah and Oregon State.

Of course, Stanford and Boise State would be a watch-worthy later meet as well, if we could watch it. Still, that’s one of those meets where refreshing the live scores should be a sporting event unto itself. Lots of calories burned there. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – January 13, 2017

Friday Live Blog – January 6, 2017

Friday, January 6 Scores Watch
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [9] Georgia @ [2] LSU LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [21] Kentucky @ Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Illinois-Chicago @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Arizona State @ Iowa State LINK ISU TV
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [3] Alabama @ [1] Oklahoma LINK FSN
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [13] Oregon State @ [8] Auburn LINK SECN+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [24] Illinois, Ball State @ [19] Missouri LINK SECN+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Utah State, TWU @ [18] Arizona LINK P12

And so it begins. The live blogging plan is to start with Georgia/LSU for the first hour, then switch major focus to Alabama/Oklahoma while also continuing Georgia/LSU and keeping a quarter of an eye on interesting routines from Oregon State/Auburn. Illinois/Missouri actually should be worthwhile too, but priorities priorities. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – January 6, 2017

Alabama 2017

ALABAMA ROSTER 2017
Seniors
Katie Bailey
  • Weekly UB, frequent VT, BB, FX throughout career
  • 2016 RQS: UB – 9.890, FX – 9.875, VT – 9.860
  • 2016 average: BB – 9.714
Amanda Jetter
  • Constant in UB lineup, FX contributor as physically able in first three years
  • 2016 RQS: UB – 9.875
  • 2016 average: FX – 9.888
Keely McNeer
  • Leadoff VT, UB, BB in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: BB – 9.885, VT – 9.840, UB – 9.835
Mary Lillian Sanders
  • Suddenly made final BB lineup in 2016
  • 2016 average: BB – 9.800
Aja Sims
  • Queen of BB lineup, semi-regular FX in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: BB – 9.915, FX – 9.845
McKenzie Valentin
  • Transfer from Arizona for 2015 season
  • Competes a few FX routines per season
  • 2016 average: FX – 9.831
Juniors
Mackenzie Brannan
  • Near-weekly AA contributor in 2016, made all four final lineups
  • 2016 RQS: UB – 9.900, VT – 9.890, FX – 9.870, BB – 9.820
Nickie Guerrero
  • Staple of BB, VT lineups in 2016
  • Occasional backup FX
  • 2016 RQS: BB – 9.895, VT – 9.865
  • 2016 average: FX – 9.850
Jennie Loeb
  • Has not competed in first two seasons
Kiana Winston
  • Weekly UB, frequent BB, FX, occasional VT in 2016
  • 2016 RQSL UB – 9.920, FX – 9.905, BB – 9.845
  • 2016 average: VT – 9.850
Sophomores
Abby
Armbrecht
  • Competed 3 VTs in 2016 for 9.642 average (one fall)
Jenna Bresette
  • Weekly VT in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: VT – 9.835
Peyton Ernst
  • Transfer from Florida
  • Weekly BB in 2016 for 9.860 RQS
Angelina
Giancroce
  • Occasional early season UB, FX in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: FX – 9.635
  • 2016 average: UB – 9.792
Ari Guerra
  • Occasional mid-season UB, FX in 2016
  • 2016 average: UB – 9.855, FX – 9.820
Freshmen
Wynter Childers
  • Spearfish SD
  • 2015 JO National AA champion
  • 2016 JO National BB, FX champion
Caitlin Cole
  • Haydens
  • 2016 Region 8 BB 3rd
Maddie Desch
  • GAGE
  • 2014 World Championship alternate
  • 2014 Nationals 7th AA
Shea Mahoney
  • Legacy Elite
  • 2015 JO Nationals 7th AA, 2nd VT, 3rd FX

Recent History
2016 – 3rd
2015 – 4th
2014 – 4th
2013 – 3rd
2012 – 1st
2011 – 1st
2010 – 3rd

Alabama owns the country’s longest active Super Six streak, sitting at nine years. Considering the relatively non-devastating roster losses from last season and the sheer depth of this team, that streak should reach ten years this season.

That, of course, isn’t the goal. The goal is winning. Alabama remains among the more likely schools to win the title this year, though not the most likely. To get over that hurdle once again and improve on last year’s finish, Alabama will have to find a way to translate its bevy of nearly interchangeable 9.875s into a core of a few 9.9s. A team with five 9.9s will do better than a team with ten 9.850s, which is Alabama’s challenge right now. In Super Six last year, Alabama recorded six 9.9s compared to Oklahoma’s twelve, and that’s your margin of victory right there.

Based on last season, it would be foolish nonsense to even attempt to profile Alabama’s lineups since seven million people will compete on each apparatus and the lineup will reinvent itself every week, so let’s do it. Continue reading Alabama 2017

2017 Freshman Preview: Alabama

Returning Routines – Alabama
VAULT
Brannan – 9.890
Guerrero – 9.865
Bailey – 9.860
Winston – 9.850
McNeer – 9.840
Bresette – 9.835
Armbrecht – 9.642
BARS
Winston – 9.920
Brannan – 9.900
Bailey – 9.890
Jetter – 9.875
Guerra – 9.855
Giancroce – 9.792
BEAM
Sims – 9.915
Guerrero – 9.895
McNeer – 9.885
Winston – 9.845
Brannan – 9.820
Sanders – 9.800
Bailey – 9.735
FLOOR
Winston – 9.905
Jetter – 9.888
Bailey – 9.875
Brannan – 9.870
Guerrero – 9.850
Sims – 9.845
Valentin – 9.831
Guerra – 9.820
Giancroce – 9.635

Alabama will surely feel the sting of losing Lauren Beers and Carley Sims in 2017, but the sheer number of routines this team trotted out last season provides us a fairly clear and comfortable projection of how these lineups stay hearty in the new season, bolstered by this freshman class.

Let’s start with fastidious bun’s Maddie Desch. The mystery of what exactly Maddie Desch’s college career will look like has confounded scholars for near months. Such is often the case when a former elite directly connects her college career out of an extended injury layoff.

Desch obviously has the skills and ability across all four events, four routines that were largely equal during her elite career. That’s exactly what got her the alternate spot in 2014. She’s more or less the prototypical Martha alternate, someone who could step in and give a perfectly normal prelims 14.000 routine on any event as needed.

Desch’s elite skill set included a DTY on vault, a whip-double Arabian on floor, and a stalder-thon of a bars routine. Beam was always a nail-biter (I’d put Desch closer to the Brenna Dowell school of GAGE beam than the Courtney McCool school) but essentially right there with the other events. Of note on bars, Desch is among the select few who can do a shaposh 1/2 with her legs together the whole time, making it a very appealing option for NCAA construction. All things being kittens, you’d throw her into three/four events without much of a thought. Continue reading 2017 Freshman Preview: Alabama

Returning Routine Rankings 2017

Yes, that is a picture of D-D Breaux in a pink hardhat. Because there doesn’t need to be a reason.

Now that the NCAA schedules are finally coming together-ish, it’s probably important for us to start remembering who the people are and what the things do. It’s a really tough job. We need three months.

Before beginning to evaluate this year’s incoming freshmen, I decided to check out where the teams stand without them, how they rank using only scores from 2016’s returning gymnasts. It’s a totally scientific and unimpeachable way of quantifying just how much work the freshmen and new transfers will need to do for teams to return to (or improve on) last year’s level.

When available, I used RQS for each gymnast, but when not, I used full season average.

Most teams do return at least five people who competed on each apparatus last year, but when they don’t, I filled out the remaining scores with punishment 9.700s (I told you, totally scientific). It’s a way of making sure each team has a comparable total, operating under the belief that for these top 15 teams, the backup gymnast who wasn’t good enough to compete probably would have scored a replacement-level 9.700. That is, unless the returning scores were already lower than that (*cough* Utah’s beam *cough*).

1. LSU – 197.726
VAULT
Gnat – 9.965
Ewing – 9.905
Hambrick – 9.880
Finnegan – 9.835
Cannamela – 9.835
Macadaeg – 9.790
Priessman – 9.750
49.420
BARS
Finnegan 9.915
Hambrick – 9.905
Zamardi – 9.875
Priessman – 9.869
Gnat – 9.727
Cannamela – 9.663
49.291
BEAM
Finnegan – 9.915
Gnat – 9.895
Macadaeg – 9.890
Hambrick – 9.885
Ewing – 9.870
Priessman – 9.725
Cannamela – 9.603
49.455
FLOOR
Gnat – 9.980
Macadaeg – 9.950
Kelley – 9.885
Hambrick – 9.880
Ewing – 9.865
Finnegan – 9.692
Zamardi – 9.517
Cannamela – 9.050
49.560

Losing only Savona and a not-100% Wyrick from last year’s Super Six team, LSU is sailing smoothly on most events. Continue reading Returning Routine Rankings 2017