Last Friday, we saw UW-Oshkosh hit an incredible meet and take down UW-Whitewater for the first time in years! The question is, can the Titans do it again? The Warhawks will certainly be out for revenge and a have an advantage in that they are competing at home. However, it’s possible we could see the return of reigning national bar champion Baylee Tkaczuk, which would give the Titans a leg up on an event that both teams have been struggling to hit this season.
March-ins have begun! Looks like the stream is mostly going to focus on UW-Whitewater, so I’ll also be trying to follow along with UW-Oshkosh’s Instagram live video… bear with me!
Rotation 1: UW-Whitewater Vault, UW-Oshkosh Bars
Gilot (UWO) – Leg separation on Gienger, huge pak but peels, finishes with a clean blind full double tuck with a small step forward
Rondeau (UWW) – Clean Yurchenko pike with a step back
Briscoe (UWW) – BIG Yurchenko lay with just a tiny step to the side
Lewellen (UWW) – Another huge Yurchenko lay with a big hop back
Jarvis (UWO) – Massive tkatchev, beautiful free-hip to bail, some leg separation on the blind full into the double tuck… small step forward
Missiaen (UWW) – Hand front with a step back
North (UWW) – Yurchenko lay with a great landing! Chest was nice and tall just took a small step to the side
Marshall (UWW) – Fantastic Yurchenko full with a great landing! No pike down, just a step back
Tkaczuk (UWO) – She’s back! Great tkatchev to pak combo, a little too powerful on the cast into the pirouette but works out of it, pikes down the double lay a bit and has to take a step forward
Hammond (UWO) – Catches the jaeger a bit close but works out of it, tiny leg separation on the bail, not quite enough rise in the double lay and has to pike down and puts her hands down.
After 1: UW-Whitewater 47.275, UW-Oshkosh 46.350
The Warhawks had a fantastic start to their afternoon and hit 6/6 vaults. Lauren Marshall led the group, scoring a big 9.675. The Titans didn’t fare quite as well over on the bars, but we did, in fact, get to witness the return of the national champion Baylee Tkaczuk, so that was exciting!
Rotation 2: UW-Oshkosh Vault, UW-Whitewater Bars
Bernardo (UWO) – Y lay with a bit of a pike down
Helmke (UWW) – Beautiful blind full into an aggressive tkatchev… unfortunately she has too much power and is off. Good blind to straddle back and pulls around the double lay dismount
Hammond (UWO) – Nearly stuck Y lay! Just a teeny hop forward
Minor (UWO) – Y tuck half lands a bit wonky but stays on her feet
Jarvis (UWO) – Y full! some leg separation and chest is bit low on the landing but overall pretty good
Fitzpatrick (UWW) – HUGE tkatchev, clean bail to HS, blind full double tuck with just a small step! Nice comeback after the fall from Helmke
Gilot (UWO) – Y lay half almost stuck, just a small hop back
Rondeau (UWW) – Good tkatchev, loose on the bail to hand, double lay is GREAT!
Turek (UWW) – Feet issues throughout but makes the blind to Jaeger which she’s struggled with the last few meets. Some more leg problems on the bail and blind full to double, but she works through it and gives the Warhawks another hit set
Wilson (UWW) – Great pirouette to tkatchev, leg separation on the bail, STUCK double lay!
Fossum (UWW) – Shaposh to bail is FANTASTIC! Very clean blind full to STUCK double tuck!!!
After 2: UW-Whitewater 94.425, UW-Oshkosh 93.750
Whitewater looks like a completely different team from what we saw last week! So much more confident and clean. After a disastrous bar rotation last weekend, the Warhawks pulled things around and didn’t have to count any falls today. The Titans also had a good rotation, highlighted by three twisting vaults!
Rotation 3: UW-Whitewater Beam, UW-Oshkosh Floor
Ali (UWO) – Great double pike, very clean front lay-front lay half, double tuck to finish…really nice lead off!
North (UWW) – Off on BHS LOSO, super solid cat leap-side aerial, nice leaps, finishes with a stuck RO 1.5
Gilot (UWO) – Rudi split jump punch front is nice, good jumps, closes with a big double tuck
Fossum (UWW) – Wobble on side aerial but hangs on, BHS LOSO is dead on, good cat leap to gainer full
Olinger (UWW) – Tiniest of wobbles on the BHS LOSO, solid leaps, not quite full split on her jumps, manages to pull around the back full after a crooked side aerial
Briscoe (UWW) – Nice opening dance sequence, solid BHS LOSO, great and unique one armed front handspring to split jump, STUCK front full! That was really, really nice!
Bernardo (UWO) – Big double pike to open, RO 1 1/2 to front lay with a little slide back
Hutton (UWW) – Love her lines and confidence, beautiful front aerial, BHS LOSO is flawless, nice jump combo, switch leap to straddle 1/4 is nice, stuck front full to finish… another great set for the Warhawks
Helmke (UWW) – Good front toss, holds on to the BHS LOSO, good jumps, barely pulls around the RO 1 1/2 and lands super squatty but stays on her feet
Jarvis (UWO) – Great front through to double tuck, huge double pike to finish! That was a fantastic ending to a great rotation for the Titans!
After 3: UW-Whitewater 141.850, UW-Oshkosh 141.675
That was a really great rotation for both teams, but the Titans really shined on floor and didn’t have to count any scores lower than a 9.550. This is super close and exciting heading into this final rotation… especially when you remember that UWO scored over a 48.000 on beam last week.
Rotation 4: UW-Oshkosh Beam, UW-Whitewater Floor
Olinger (UWW) – Good front full to front lay, RO lay middle pass, a bit low on the rudi but overall a solid routine to open with
Nore (UWO) – Solid series, big bobble on switch leap back tuck but holds on, finishes strong with a stuck gainer pike
Evans (UWW) – FANTASTIC double pike with a great landing, somehow holds onto the RO 1 1/2 punch lay
Gilot (UWO) – Slight balance check on BHS LOSO, LOVE LOVE LOVE her wolf jump punch front, switch leap switch leap is great! a little too much power on the RO 1 1/2 dismount but stays on her feet
Tkaczuk (UWO) – Beautiful BHS LOSO, nice leap connection, cat leap to side aerial is super solid, stuck gainer full! So, so nice!
Hammond (UWO) – Cat leap to gainer layout step out is good, nice BHS LOSO, BHS gainer full STUCK! The Titans are on a roll
Keller (UWO) – Switch leap to LOSO with a big wobble, good leaps, balance check on BHS LOSO
Fossum (UWW) – Chest super low on double pike and might have grazed her hand on the floor, oob on front full front lay, very nice Rudi to finish
North (UWW) – Double tuck is made but low and crunchy landing, down on front lay front full… looks like she’s in a bit of pain but pushes through the set. Slow to get off the floor and immediately sits down. Hopefully she’s okay.
Final: UW-Oshkosh 189.475 UW-Whitewater 189.150
The UWW stream froze for about two routines, so I missed Briscoe’s and Hutton’s sets. UWO had a nice beam rotation. Not quite as stellar as last weekend but as far as I saw, everyone stayed on the beam at least.
UW-Whitewater looked way more confident overall and showed some great improvements this weekend as it put up a fierce fight against the Titans. However, UW-Oshkosh still pulled off a close win and should feel really good about its outlook heading into the post-season.
Individual Event Champions:
Vault – Lauren Marshall (UWW) and Emily Gilot (UWO) 9.675
Bars – Acacia Fossum (UWW) 9.600
Beam – Kaira Hammond (UWO) 9.725
Floor – Erica Briscoe (UWW) 9.675
AA – Jessica Bernardo (UWO) 37.250
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Article by Rachel Riesterer
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