It’s a big week for exciting SEC matchups this weekend with a couple of absolutely can’t-miss meets Friday night. But the SEC isn’t hogging all the TV time as the Pac-12 truly opens conference competition with its most exciting meets slated for Monday.
As always, you’ll find everything you need to follow along with all the meets happening this weekend, including previews of the top matchups, Fantasy Gymnastics resources and every scoring and video link you could ever need.
No. 3 Florida at No. 5 LSU
When You Need to Tell Your Friends You’re Busy: Friday, Jan. 18 at 8:40 p.m. ET on SECN
Why You Should Cancel Plans For It: The reigning SEC champions will go up against a team that many a fan has said will take that title and more this year. In what could be a preview for that matchup in March, the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers will engage in what’s sure to be the most legitimate tossup of the weekend in Baton Rouge, even more so after the questions that linger from LSU’s setbacks in the past two weeks. If Florida comes out on top, it will be LSU’s first home loss since 2014. Need we say more? This a must-watch meet.
Routines to Avoid Going to the Bathroom During: Alicia Boren (Florida, FX), Kennedi Edney (LSU, VT), Rachel Gowey (Florida, BB) Ruby Harrold (LSU, UB), Sarah Finnegan (LSU, BB, FX), Trinity Thomas (Florida, UB)
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: It’s unknown how much action we will see from Florida sophomore Alyssa Baumann, who didn’t compete last week after a bars fall in practice. Similarly, LSU redshirt junior McKenna Kelley had another setback last week after only just returning from injury; she had a minor ankle injury and her participation is also to be determined.
No. 17 Alabama at No. 10 Georgia
When You Need to Tell Your Friends You’re Busy: Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET on SECN
Why You Should Cancel Plans For It: This decades-old SEC rivalry takes on a whole new meaning tonight. Alabama’s season hasn’t had the most ideal start, so the Crimson Tide will need to bring its best effort to combat a surging Georgia squad in away territory. This meet has the potential to rank up there with LSU/Florida in terms of competitiveness.
Routines to Avoid Going to the Bathroom During: Emily Gaskins (Alabama, FX), Ari Guerra (Alabama, FX) Rachael Lukacs (Georgia, VT), Shallon Olsen (Alabama, VT), Sydney Snead (Georgia, FX), Sabrina Vega (Georgia, BB)
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: The rivalry between these teams has been more understated in years past, but to fully appreciate the legacy behind it, here’s one of our screencap recaps from their meeting back in 2009 (when Courtney Kupets was one of the gymnasts competing). It’s a big deal! On a more practical note relating to injuries, Alabama sophomore Bailie Key is out for the season after surgery shortly before the season began. Georgia freshman Megan Roberts will not compete all her events for at least another week but is tentatively in the bars lineup. Her teammate Sterlyn Austin is also likely out for the season.
No. 7 Boise State at No. 41 Southern Utah
When You Need to Tell Your Friends You’re Busy: Friday, Jan. 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Why You Should Cancel Plans For It: It’s our first MRGC matchup of 2019! The rankings may seem a little bit lopsided right now, but the Thunderbirds had a rough first meet. Southern Utah has the talent to go up against the reigning conference champion. Its strong freshman class will lead the way while Boise State features exciting gymnasts like Courtney McGregor and Shani Remme. If both teams hit to their full capability, this will be one exciting meet to watch and will surely give us an early preview of what’s in store later in the season.
Routines to Avoid Going to the Bathroom During: Shani Remme (BSU, UB, BB), Emily Muhlenhaupt (BSU, UB), Courtney McGregor (BSU, VT, UB), Hannah Nipp (SUU, BB), Karley McClain (SUU, VT, BB), Karen Gonzalez (SUU, FX)
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: It’s both teams’ second meet of the season. The Broncos relied mostly on veteran presence in the lineups, so it’ll be interesting to see if that becomes a trend throughout the season or if more freshmen are introduced into the lineups throughout the year. The strategy clearly paid off in the first meet. Southern Utah’s power freshman class looks to continue its development throughout the season.
Meets You Didn’t Know You Should Be Interested In
No. 59 Pennsylvania at No. 39 Yale
When the Meet’s Happening: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Why You Should See the Error of Your Ways: This will be the first Ivy League matchup of the season for both teams. Yale just recorded the highest opening score in its program’s history this past weekend and is looking to build on that performance. Penn got off to a bit of a rough start, but has a lot of potential on both bars and beam.
No. 22 Western Michigan and No. 50 Eastern Michigan at No. 42 Northern Illinois
When the Meet’s Happening: Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Why You Should See the Error of Your Ways: This is a great matchup of nearly half of the MAC conference. Western Michigan shot out to a superb start, but Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan are not to be counted out. This meet could have conference standing implications that last weeks.
Routines to Look Up on YouTube Before the Meet That Prove Our Point: Anna Martucci (NIU, FX), Mia Lord (NIU, BB), Rachael Underwood (WMU, FX), Amelia Mohler (WMU, UB), Emili Dobronics (EMU, FX), Megan Hultgren (EMU, BB)
Meets You Should at Least Record and Watch Later
No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 46 Ball State at No. 34 North Carolina
When to Find It on the TV Guide: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Why You Should Clear Space on Your DVR: Oklahoma. It’s a gymnastics powerhouse. That’s the main reason you’ll want to catch this meet. Beyond that, North Carolina has some amazing gymnasts and has seen improvements in its program over the past few seasons. Ball State doesn’t have the name recognition, but you’ll want to catch it on bars and floor.
Routines to Check Out If You Can’t Rewatch Everything: Maggie Nichols (OU, AA), Brenna Dowell (OU, VT, FX), Olivia Trautman (OU, FX), Anastasia Webb (OU, UB, BB), Khazia Hislop (UNC, VT, FX), Madison Hargrave (UNC, FX), Lily Dean (UNC, FX), Sandra Elsadek (BSU, FX), Kaitlyn Menzione (BSU, BB, FX), Sydney Finke (BSU, FX)
No. 24 Stanford at No. 12 California
When to Find It on the TV Guide: Monday, Jan. 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Why You Should Clear Space on Your DVR: It’s a NorCal Pac-12 showdown you don’t want to miss! California is a team on the rise and could very well contend for a spot at nationals this season. Stanford is, well, Stanford. You never quite know what you’re getting into when you choose to watch a Stanford meet, which makes it all the more exciting.
Links and Things
These aren’t the only meets happening this weekend. To see all the matchups all in one place, take a look at our master schedule. You can also find live scoring and video links for all this weekend’s competitions below.
|Date||Time (ET)||Teams||Scoring Link||Video Link|
|Fri, Jan. 18||6 p.m.||Ark at UK||Scores||SECN|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7 p.m.||Bridge, Pitt & Temple at UNH||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7 p.m.||Cornell, NCSU & W&M at Towson||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7 p.m.||EMU & WMU at NIU||Scores||ESPN3|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7 p.m.||MSU at UM||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7 p.m.||UWW at UWS||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7 p.m.||Winona at LU||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7:30 p.m.||Ala at UGA||Scores||SECN|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7:30 p.m.||Hamline at UWLC||Scores|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7:30 p.m.||Ill St at Iowa St||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||7:30 p.m.||SJSU at SEMO||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||9 p.m.||Boise at SUU||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||9 p.m.||BYU at USU||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||9 p.m.||UF at LSU||Scores||SECN|
|Fri, Jan. 18||9 p.m.||UW at Ariz||Scores||Free Stream|
|Fri, Jan. 18||10 p.m.||UCD at SPU||Scores||Free Stream|
|Sat, Jan. 19||CANCELLED||Brockport & Springfield at Ithaca|
|Sat, Jan. 19||1 p.m.||Neb at RU||Scores||Free Stream|
|Sat, Jan. 19||1 p.m.||Penn at Yale||Scores||ESPN+|
|Sat, Jan. 19||2 p.m.||Aub at Miz||Scores||SECN+|
|Sat, Jan. 19||2 p.m.||Ball St & OU at UNC||Scores||ACCN Extra|
|Sat, Jan. 19||3 p.m.||Gustavus at UWO||Scores|
|Sat, Jan. 19||3 p.m.||UMD at Ill||Scores||FloPro/BTN+|
|Sat, Jan. 19||3:30 p.m.||tOSU at PSU||Scores||BTN|
|Sat, Jan. 19||1 p.m. (TIME CHANGE)||UIC at BGSU||Scores|
|Sat, Jan. 19||5 p.m.||Minn at Iowa||Scores||FloPro|
|Sat, Jan. 19||5 p.m.||Utah at OSU||Scores||Free Stream|
|Sat, Jan. 19||7 p.m.||UWEC at Centenary||Scores||Free Stream|
|Sat, Jan. 19||8 p.m.||CMU, Sac St & TWU at DU||Scores|
|Sat, Jan. 19||8 p.m.||Cortland & WVU at USAFA||Scores|
|Sun, Jan. 20||POSTPONED||GW at KSU|
|Sun, Jan. 20||1 p.m.||Ursinus at WCU||Scores|
|Mon, Jan. 21||2 p.m.||Iowa St at UGA||Scores||SECN+|
|Mon, Jan. 21||5 p.m.||ASU at UCLA||Scores||P12N|
|Mon, Jan. 21||7 p.m. (TIME CHANGE)||SCSU at Brown||Scores|
|Mon, Jan. 21||9 p.m.||Stan at Cal||Scores||P12N|
|Tue, Jan. 22||7:30 p.m.||Gustavus at Winona||Scores|
Fantasy Gymnastics Resources
Don’t worry! We haven’t forgotten about Fantasy Gymnastics players. We have a number of resources to aid in your weekly success. Check out our updated injury report to see if any of your gymnasts have been out of action. We also have a list of teams on byes—as well as those with multiple competitions—this week.
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