LIVE BLOG: No. 36 Rutgers at No. 51 Penn

Well go on, Rutgers…a regionals qualifier if the regular season ended today! It’s obviously early, and 36th is a three place drop from last week, but the Scarlet Knights are looking more and more confident under Umme Salim-Beasley’s tutelage. Freshman Hannah Joyner is everything we expected her to be, and teammate Belle Huang is having another banner season in the all-around.

Also exceeding expectations, Penn is ranked first out of the ECAC’s DI teams, and while they counted errors last week. While they still improved on their season-opening total by over a point. Sydney Kraez continues to be a bright spot in the all-around, coming in just under a 39.000 last week. It should be an interesting battle for the four event crown.

Notably, this is Rutgers’ second meet of the weekend after an away meet at Michigan on Friday. Travel fatigue for the away team could be on Penn’s side today.

Rotation 1: Penn VT / Rutgers UB

Graber (Penn): Yurchenko layout, chest slightly down and a step back. 9.500.

Drauss (Rutgers): Big air on the Jaeger but just isn’t close to the bar at all and falls. Pak is much better, beautiful position. Love her lines. Full turn into double back with a hop. 8.825.

Having some issues with the live scores and I can’t see the score from vault and bars…bear with me! Oh whoop, they’re back. Bet.

Joost (Penn): Handspring double front, stuck with some knees. 9.500.

Hall (Rutgers): Big Deltchev, crazy legs…DLO crunches it but stuck. 9.650.

Nelson (Penn): Another Yurchenko layout, good landing. 9.475.

Huang (Rutgers): Beautiful first handstand. Little short on the next one into the Tkatchev, but good. Some form issues on the last handstand, looks like she had to save it. Double back small step. 9.300. Handstand got hammered then.

Lashley (Penn): Yfull, chest way down on the landing. 9.500.

Joyner (Rutgers): Catches the Jaeger after a fall in warmups. Nice last handstand, Full-in with a small hop. Really good. 9.675.

Kraez (Penn): Big yfull, best landing thus far. 9.750.

Karolewski (Rutgers): Toe-on Tkatchev, nice. Little short on last handstand, DLO with a tiny hop back. 9.725.

Hoffman (Penn): Yfull, some legs in the air and has to hop to the side. 9.125. Wait, what?

Farrell (Rutgers): Missed the first part and I hate myself for it. Handstands looked good, I thiiiiink she held the stick on the double back. 9.750.

After 1: Rutgers 48.100 / Penn 47.725

Rutgers didn’t have to count a fall, but they did have an uncharacteristic Huang error that’s basically the equivalent. But the Scarlet Knights take the lead. 

Rotation 2: Penn UB / Rutgers VT

I need to channel the energy of Rutgers’s focus board for the rest of this meet.

Betancourt (Rutgers): Yfull, good landing just a little bit to the side. 9.625.

Mannino (Penn): First handstand SUPER arched, tries to hold it for 10+ seconds, I’m impressed…but she ends up hopping off. Good choice. Tkatchev to bail very redemptive. Stuck double front to end. Waiting awhile for this score. 9.100.

Duffield (Rutgers): So much distance on her yfull, hops back. 9.775.

Kothe (Penn): Catches Gienger, great position on bail. Off on the last handstand, pirouette into double back and a stick. 9.325. Must’ve missed something.

Williams (Rutgers): Another big full, doesn’t get the height of Duffield but a good landing. 9.725.

Hoffman (Penn): Tkatchev good, short on last handstand, double back chest way down, tiny hop. 9.575.

Joyner (Rutgers): Yfull, best landing of all, just a small shuffle. 9.800 first of the day!

Kraez (Penn): Good form on the Jaeger, some crazy legs on the bail, nice last handstand, double back stuck. She’s having that kind of day. 9.750.

Huang (Rutgers): Y1.5! Wasn’t sure if she’d go for it after sitting in warmups but it was pretty good, very legit distance. 9.775.

Flavin (Penn): Jaeger very close but caught. Bail looks like she might have to hop off but she doesn’t. Good save. Dismount nice.  8.950.

Hall (Rutgers): Y1.5 tucked, small hop. 9.700.

Curtis (Penn): Good handstand. Best form on the Gienger I’ve seen thus far. Short on the last handstand, big double back, good distance and a hop forward. 9.175. Uh again I missed something…?

Mills (Penn): EXHIBITION. Nice first handstand. Piked Jaeger has to bend her legs a bit. Missed dismount but a stick I believe. Work in progress but that could be legit. 

After 2: Rutgers 96.800 / Penn 94.650

Penn had to count some undesirable bars misses, but you have to admire their tenacity and ability to save. Rutgers popped off with their landings; I’m especially excited for the progression of Huang’s 1.5.

After 3: Penn BB / Rutgers FX

Joost (Penn): BHS LOSO series is off from the start with some bent legs, comes off. Punch front to beat, some hesitation but good save. Doesn’t quite hit leaps. Punch front full, tiny step. 8.925.

Betancourt (Rutgers): So hype for this rotation tbh. Whip to double pike, landing way off and she’s on her chest. Music stops. She’s carried off. Hoping for the best.

Lashley (Penn): Missed the first half, back 1.5 tiny hop. Leaps looked good, sells the choreo, Rudi almost stumbles out of it but saves it. 9.525.

Williams (Rutgers): Double tuck, chest just a little down. 9.350.

Kraez (Penn): Tuck half no hesitation at all. BHS LOSO leg goes up but saves it. Back full nice. 9.700.

Atienza (Rutgers): Double tuck, very nice landing. Front full to front full. Love her music. Front Rudi, good chest position. The power. Nice. 9.400.

Matsuda (Penn): Switch to back tuck, tiny check. BHS LOSO perfect landing with some legs. Switch half to split jump, some slight hesitation. Side aerial to back full, small step. 9.700.

These Rutgers floor scores coming in at a snail’s pace. Apologies.

Duffield (Rutgers): Whip to double pike has to step back a few times, off the mat. Double tuck high but a little jerky on the landing. Good last pass. Hit. 9.350.

Nelson (Penn): BHS LOSO small hesitation. Front toss to beat, nice. Side aerial. Dismount is squatty but okay landing. 9.500.

Joyner (Rutgers): Double pike hop back. She’s iconic. Big switch leap. Back 1.5 to front lay. Some hand clap chalkography, okayyyyy. Back 1.5 to front pike. THINKING it’ll be a big score but not sure at the rate this judging is going. 9.675.

Yang (Penn): BHS LOSO, almost imperceptible check. Front aerial to beat jump. She’s always so on. Side aerial to back full, stuck. Yesssss queen. 9.875.

Huang (Rutgers): Her same music from last year, yesssss! Front double full controlled lunge. Rudi to BHS, Straddle to wolf jump, this is really one of my fave routines in NCAA, let’s have that conversation!! FHS to rudi, lovely. 9.825.

After 3: Rutgers 144.400 / Penn 142.950

Rutgers recovered decently well after a scary routine, and the scores don’t quite reflect how well they performed under pressure. Penn had a pretty good rotation on beam, didn’t have to count that first fall and ended with a Yang exclamation point, as per usual.

Rotation 4: Penn FX / Rutgers BB

Ferguson (Rutgers): BHS LOSO perfect. BHS to back 1.5, small step. Good leadoff! 9.775.

Flavin (Penn): Double tuck mega-cowboyed but lands on feet. Back half to front full. Leap series doesn’t quite get to where it needs to be. Hollaback girl for the last part of the routine, we’re stanning. Front 1.5. 9.400.

Drauss (Rutgers): Rare to see her in this lineup. BHS LOSO, hesitates but stays on. Side leap chest forward, saves it again. Switch half much better.  Back 1.5 small step back. 9.775.

Karpousis (Penn): Front tuck through to double back. Beautiful double pike to end. 9.550.

Huang (Rutgers): Series hesitates, stays on. Front aerial, hesitates again. Front aerial to BHS, not her usual routine with these checks…Beat to side leap. Dismount small hop. 9.725.

Mannino (Penn): Front double full to front tuck, very dynamic. 1.5 I think to end…9.650.

Doherty-Herwitz (Rutgers): Front aerial to side aerial, good. No one should be subjected to doing beam while “Dance Monkey” is on, and for that, I’m sorry for her. Missed dismount but a small step back. 9.575.

Matsuda (Penn): Double pike, a little low but good landing. Front lay to front half. Good straddle position on leaps. I love this music. Double tuck, looks good but she bounces forward and puts her hands down. That was flukey. 9.700.

Joyner (Rutgers): BHS LOSO some legs but stays on. Textbook leap position on switch to switch half. Small movement on 1.5 dismount. Totally worth the hype. 9.900 whoooop.

Lashley (Penn): Double pike stuck. Back 1.5 to front lay. Pretty choreo. Front lay to front 1.5, controlled lunge, really good routine! 

McLachlan (Rutgers): BHS LOSO, small wobble. Missed the middle but dismounts with a tucked double full, stuck!

That’s a 9.950 for the Rutgers beam program record!

Nelson (Penn): Double pike. Strong. Dramatic choreo. Double back.

Hoffman (Penn): Double pike, hands go down.

FINAL: Rutgers 193.575 / Penn 190.875

Rutgers performed admirably on a double meet weekend, and Penn recovered nicely from some misses earlier in the meet. Bet you didn’t expect an away team to set a program event record though, did you?

Live blog by Katherine Weaver

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