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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.



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

Monday Live Blog – January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16 Scores Watch
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [16] NC State @ Georgia LINK SEC+

This national holiday Monday recommences our annual tradition of remembering, appreciating, and learning from the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr by heading down to Georgia and watching some women get sparkly wedgies while irrationally rolling our eyes about whether they deserve 9.825s. Because citizenship.


Rotation 1:
Broussard – VT – good full, pretty much identical to her usual vault – hop back this time. 9.775.

Brooker – UB – toe, toe shap , bail – floppy legs on the bail will get her – short final cast handstand – step back on DLO, pretty good hollow shape on that DLO (not too hollow but straight enough). 9.750.

Reynolds – VT – her best vault in a WHILE – good open on her yfull and a stick, a little piked and not the biggest, but very strong. 9.900.

“A lot of times the first routine starts off the lineup.”

P Phillips – UB – starts with a step up to high – very late on slear hip – some major legs on gienger – sticks tuck full dismount with knee-chest. 9.750.

Dickson – VT – bigger hop back on her full – little bit of piking, good distance and direction.

Tamburro – UB – half turn to jaeger with Raisman knees – an arched handstand in here, but the bail was fine – DLO 1/1 dismount – pikes the second salto with a hop back. 9.750.

Johnson – VT – best dynamics of the rotation so far, but a large bounce back. 9.775.

Sobhan – UB – very late half turn to to a piked jaeger, high but raggedy – overcasts a handstand similar to Tamburro but can’t save it – doesn’t come off but as good as – knee down on DLO dismount.

Marino – VT – still with the full, also a bounce back but smaller than Johnson’s bounce. 9.800.

A Fillard – UB – short first hs – good finish and clean giant 1/1 – excellent legs on Gienger – short handstands are the real villain here – whippy DLO with a small hoppy hop.

Snead – VT – gorgeous 1.5 with a hop forward – good legs, just comes in a touch short and has to slide back. Still gets 9.950.

Knight – UB – giant 1/2 to bail, legs togther throughout – godo amplitude on tkatchev – step back on DLO – early handstands were short but later handstands actually improved – tape on ankles emphasizes foot form, but the best routine of the rotation. 9.875.

Lol at cutting away right as Beth Roberts is about to exhibition vault.

After 1: Georgia 49.225, NC State 48.875
Snead got Georgia a solid vault number there with her 1.5 because the rest of the lineup (save Reynolds) was too bouncy to get a huge score.

NC State has some scoring potential in this lineup. Fillard’s Gienger is a highlight. Knight scored the best because she had the best handstands of the group and didn’t suffer those moments of floppy legs that the earlier ones did. Really, it was the handstands that took the scores down to 9.750 most of the time. Hit one more handstand apiece and that’s a lineup of 9.8s.

Rotation 2:
Tamburro – VT – good full, medium step back – more piking and not the distance of the Georgia vaulters, but solid.

Sanders – UB – toe – blind to piked jaeger – bail – most of these handstands are borderline – stalder to doulbe tuck with a hop back – fine, improving, but things to take. 9.775.

C Fillard – VT – better height on her full than Tamburro, slightly larger “back and to the left” step from Fillard – same lack of distance. 9.675.

Reynodls – UB – hop grip change to jaeger is hit – very good shape on her pak – 1/2 turn to step up to high – DAMN – totally peeled off on giants before her dismount – flew sideways in the fetal position but landed knees-first on the mat and seems fine.

A Fillard – VT – they’re improving on dynamics as the lineup goes but also bigger hops backward, that was a bounce but she is rewarded for distance and amplitude with a  9.750.

Johnson – UB – clear hip – to Gienger, some more ragged shape on that one – small leg floppy on bail but probably not evident from judges angle – the DLO is the highlight of the routine – but this time landing deep with a lunge forward.

A Phillips – VT – very similar to the rest of the lineup – more piking than the second Fillard but just lunges back with one foot. 9.775.

Dickson – UB – good first hs – toe on – Ray with great amplitude – a short handstand in there – and nother toward the end – DLO – solid – 9.850.

P Phillips – VT – great dynamics and best laid out position, shoulder-sized hop back

Schick – UB – good hs – great amplitude and shape on piked jaeger floats out DLO with a hop back – very clean routine, as she can often do. 9.925.

Knight – VT – best legs of the team so far on vault – also hops back, though – they’re all giving away a tenth on these landings, but a little smaller bounces than we saw last time they vaulted in the Florida meet.

Snead – UB – good first hs as well – tkatchev isn’t the biggest but not a deduction – OOOh arches her bail on the low but saves it – very short hs back up to high – opens DLO but lands short with a lunge forward. She got rattled by that arched bail and got uncharacteristically sloppy after that. 9.775 still. How?

After 2: Georgia 98.350, NC State 97.625

Georgia avoids counting the mistake from Reynolds and is able to take a few 9.775s to stay over the 49 mark on bars.

Rotation 3:
Vega – BB – pause before loso series but smooth and solid – walkover is controlled as well – arm swing to save side somi, not major – switch to split jump, 180 – full turn – side aerial to full with some mush. 9.850.

Tamburro – FX – double tuck, open and controlled – double turn, which we don’t see a lot on floor in NCAA because it’s such a deduction trap – 1.5 to front 1/2 to straddle, not high but landed well – good control on double pike dismount as well, solid. 9.750.

Sanders – BB – so this is new. No Dickson. bhs loso series, smooth – cat leap to switch side, short of 180 there – tentative on full turn but no check – secure back tuck to straddle jump – standing front tuck, deep landing but not as deep as we saw in training videos – front layout full with a hop. 9.775.

Well. A new Georgia beamer came into the lineup and…hit?

A Phillips – FX – double Arabian, short with a two-step stumble backward but stays on her feet – short of position on split full – 1.5 to layout – rudi with some raggedy and a step back.

Snead – BB – bhs loso bhs series is good – a little checky on a back – front tuck with a bigger check – 2/1, some legs but sticks. 9.775.

C Fillard – FX – full in, good controlled step back on landing, legs apart but well landed – 1.5 to front pike – double tuck, a bit of an awkward step on that one but a small one.

Broussard – BB – bhs loso series, knees but secure – switch to straddle 1/4 is nice – side aerial to split, strong position on split – sticks gainer full with a lean to hold the stick. 9.900.

Grantham – FX – similar full in to the others, leg form with controlling the landing well, hers a little more bouncy – solid positions on split elements – 1.5 to layout is stuck – short on double pike and falls.

Babalis – BB – wobble on aerial and doesn’t redo – switch and split – full turn – kickover front and another break – improvises a back tuck to layout stepout series to get her acro connection, slow in connection but she got something in there – another large wobble – double tuck dismount with a hop in place. 9.575.

Knight – FX – attitude turn – such an open position on her double pike, does bounce back – high 1.5 to layout, a billion tiny hops to keep herself in bounds, like on the other pieces, she has the most amplitude on the team but is struggling to control it – very good double turn to wolf jump combo, precise – leg-crossed rudi to finish.

Schick – BB – loso series with a small check – lovely aerial to sissone – front walkover – breaks connection and just sort of walks around for a second awkwardly – instead does switch to split to wolf – good extension on side aerial – round-off gainer full, stuck. Still gets 9.925 in spite of a balance check and a weird-broken connection check-wander.

P Phillips – FX – double arabian, good control on the landing, very solid – hitting 180 – 1.5 to layout, some legs in the 1.5 – slides back on rudi – but good routine. 9.875.

After 3: Georgia 147.575, NC State 146.500

“This crowd has been large, it has been…” You know you wanted Kevin to add “in charge.”

Rotation 4:
C Fillard – BB – switch to tuck jump 3/4, tight in those dance elements – bhs loso series is secure – deep kickover front into beat jump – gainer full, a bit short with a hop forward. 9.725.

Reynolds – FX – front 2/1, good direction – one to layout, walk/dance/slides out of it but fine – some of her choreography is crawling across the floor like a dog – solid rudi to finish, pretty good leg form, especially compared to some of those NC State crossed-leg passes we just saw.

P Phillips – BB – quite a big wobble on loso series – leg up – kickover front is much more secure – JESUS CHRIST WITH THIS GIRL’S FOOT SWEATING – Cat got the note too – switch leap straddle 1/4 with another larger break – gainer gull with slide. Paris “foot sweat problems” Phillips apparently.

Roberts – FX – double pike is better, secure, still chest but solid landing – front lay to front full with a bounce/dance – splits are fine – solid double tuck, probably her best competition set. 9.825.

Tamburro – BB – lovely aerial carthwheel to two feet – very secure and well executed – and then the bhs loso series is nowhere close – fall – barely got one foot onto the beam – standing loso is good – round-off 1.5. In enjoyed her full twist in the air after falling on her loso and her salute afterward.

Babalis – FX – double tuck with a bounce to start – front layout to front full and dances out of it – “this is more of a hip hop” – round off double pike, large lunge backward and a slide.

A Fillard – BB – very short switch split, wonder if there’s a back leg issue given that tape – extended three series to loso, small check – kickover front with an arm wave to save a wobble – sticks a legs-apart gainer layout.

Vega – FX – chest down on full in but the best control she has shown on that landing so far – 1.5 to layout – hitting splits well – excellent double pike to finish, chest up and controlled – her best floor for Georgia.

Grantham – BB – kickover front with a check – bhs loso series with a major wobble, bend at the hips, barely stays on but does – switch leap with another check – side aerial is good – switch side – ro 1.5 with a large stumble back – stayed on but will be as good as a fall.

Snead – FX – full in, brought back, chest down like Vega, does have a hop on it – rudi to bhs loso – SHE TUMBLES ON THE FLOOR LIKE SHE’S ON THE BEAM – Double pike.

Knight – BB – walkover, solid – bhs loso series with a check – switch to straddle 1/4, bend at the hips – attitude turn – good stag leap – working tight and not showing off her full quality this time though – side aerial gainer full dismount, stick but a bend over.

Marino – FX – DLO, stumble on landing but controls it – her straddles have not been as strong so far this year as they were last year, when they were excellent – 1.5 to layout, great body shape – secure double tuck, great final two passes after the stumble on the DLO. Yeah, her floor music is Tequila.

Final: Georgia 196.875, NC State 194.800




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

Georgia 2017

Georgia conducted a public intrasquad sneak peek showcase gala preview last Friday, for which a number of videos are available here (with pertinent routines also linked through the post).

I’d characterize these scores, based on the videos I’ve seen, as normal-to-strict, which is what you want at a preseason intrasquad, for the judges to point out potential problem areas through their scores so that it’s not a surprise when your acro series doesn’t get credit in a real meet. The same routines would likely score a little better during the season, so the situation is not as dire and 195 as it might seem from these numbers, though they do highlight a few problem areas.

Ashlyn Broussard
  • Leadoff VT, weekly relatively non-terrifying BB in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: BB – 9.875, VT – 9.830
Lauren Johnson
  • Returned from injury to compete VT and a few UB routines in 2016
  • 2016 average: VT – 9.810, UB – 9.625
Morgan Reynolds
  • Returned from that weird E. coli thing compete FX in 2016
  • Competed BB in 2014-2015 and VT in 2014
  • 2016 average: FX – 9.819
  • 2015 average: FX – 9.850, BB – 9.746
Beth Roberts
  • Competed VT 8 times in 2015 for a 9.781 average
Rachel Schick
  • Weekly UB and occasional BB in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: UB – 9.855
  • 2016 average: BB – 9.604
Jasmine Arnold
  • Has not competed a routine in first two years
Vivi Babalis
  • Staple of BB and FX lineups for first two seasons
  • 2016 RQS: FX – 9.850, BB – 9.805
Gigi Marino
  • Top returning score on VT, FX from 2016
  • 2016 RQS: FX – 9.905, VT – 9.880
Hayley Sanders
  • Competed one UB routine in 2015 for 9.700
Natalie Vaculik
  • Regular UB contributor, option on VT, heart attack on BB in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: UB – 9.850, BB – 9.810, VT – 9.755
Caroline Bradford
  • Did not compete in first year
Gracie Cherrey
  • Frequent UB contributor, early-season BB in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: UB – 9.795
  • 2016 average: BB – 9.269
Sydney Snead
  • Critical VT, UB, FX in 2016
  • 2016 RQS: VT – 9.880, UB – 9.870, FX – 9.850
Rachel Dickson
  • Michigan Elite
  • 2016 JO Nationals 3rd AA, UB champion
Jordyn Pedersen
  • Manjak’s
  • 2014 World Championship alternate
  • 2015 Canadian Nationals, 8th AA
Sabrina Vega
  • GAGE/Dynamic
  • 2011 World Championship team
  • 2011 Nationals, 5th AA

Recent History
2016 – 6th
2015 – 9th
2014 – 5th
2013 – 6th
2012 – 11th
2011 – 9th
2010 – 13th

While it’s still not likely to satisfy Georgia fans who have developed some expectations over the years, Danna Durante has stabilized the team’s results—Super Six three of the last four seasons—and restored a level of quality gymnastics (if not always a level of hitting routines, and we’ll get to beam in a minute).

Making Super Six in the final year of Brandie Jay, Mary Beth Box, and Brittany Rogers was a critical benchmark because it’s going to be quite a bit harder without them. On a couple events, the Gymdogs simply won’t be as good this year. That’s not to say we should throw the whole thing out and just quit. Georgia has plenty of serious routines, may actually end up becoming a top-4 SEC team again this year, and will remain among the compelling contenders to make Super Six, though it does not appear the most likely outcome. Continue reading Georgia 2017

Under the Lights: Suzanne Yoculan and Guests

Back in 2007, our beloved Suzanne Yoculan—or Suzie Yocks, as no one calls her but me—woke up one morning and said, “I can’t believe you think I like attention!” and invited cameras into the gym to profile her team’s preparation for the 2008 season in AFI’s #1 all-time best film ever, Under the Lights: Georgia Gymnastics. Directed by Suzanne’s hair, produced by Suzanne’s heels, it costars Suzanne Yoculan and Suzanne Yoculan.

Let’s begin.

The team opens proceedings by gathering around a giant G so that Katie Heenan can ominously threaten us that we’re about to go Under. The. Lights.

Is this like a waterboarding?

“Hey Katie, could you do another take, but this time make it 64% less Guantanamoy?”

Next, we meet Suzanne and some other nameless rabble who are here to tell us how awesome they are. They’re pretty awesome.

Suzanne’s like, “Pretty awesome???”

She gives us her best recruiting spiel about Georgia’s pedigree of champion awesomeness while surrounded by all her most comforting and supportive trophies, including what appears to be a glass foot because of the reasons.


For…Best Performance by Heels on a Competition Floor?

Meanwhile, Jay Clark goes, “We’re the best team, we’re always going to win the national championship, and I can’t imagine anything possibly changing that ever.” Me neither. Continue reading Under the Lights: Suzanne Yoculan and Guests

2017 Freshman Preview: Georgia

As we move ever closer to the NCAA season, I’ll be spending the next month-ish looking into the 2017 freshmen on both major and minor teams and proceeding to make wild and unfounded claims about what we should expect to see from them.

We’ll begin with Georgia’s trio of newbies, Rachel Dickson, Sabrina Vega, and Jordyn Pedersen.

Here are the routines and RQS/averages Georgia returns from the 2016 season.

Marino – 9.880
Snead – 9.880
Broussard – 9.830
Johnson – 9.810
Vaculik – 9.755
Snead – 9.870
Schick – 9.855
Vaculik – 9.850
Cherrey – 9.795
Johnson – 9.625
Broussard – 9.875
Vaculik – 9.810
Babalis – 9.805
Schick – 9.604
Cherrey – 9.269
Marino – 9.905
Snead – 9.850
Babalis – 9.850
Reynolds – 9.819

This year, Georgia finds itself with at least three legitimate openings on each event and must unearth at least one or two big new scores on each one. The freshmen have jobs to do. They won’t have the luxury of “oh well, it’s her first year, getting acclimated, blah blah blah.”

Rachel Dickson has the least name recognition of the three freshmen but may end up being the most important to the team….is a thing I love to say. I do it all the time. At the very least, she doesn’t suffer from the extreme level of Question Mark Syndrome that a name-brand like Sabrina Vega does. Continue reading 2017 Freshman Preview: Georgia