LSU comes into this quad meet limping but somehow surviving its numerous injuries. Senior all arounder Kennedi Edney has only competed two events the last two meets, and Sarah Edwards’ ankle injury has left the team shorthanded on vault and to a lesser extent floor. Without either of them, the vault scores in particular have suffered, with sub-49 totals the last two weekends. Edwards is unlikely to be back tonight, but I’ll be watching to see if Edney returns to her usual all around role.
Iowa State is on the fifth of six straight road meets and is coming off a season high performance at Florida. The bars lineup has been spectacular—watch out for January enrollee Jade Vella-Wright who has scored three 9.900s in a row, leading the Cyclones to a national ranking of 10th on the event. Beam has been the weakest event so far following the season-ending injury to Molly Russ, so I’ll be watching that lineup in particular.
Nobody has been talking about Missouri—it’s easy to be overlooked in the high-scoring SEC—but the Tigers have mid-197 potential if they can put together a clean meet. Highlights so far have of course included freshmen Helen Hu and Sienna Schreiber, but Hannah McCrary, Gabrielle Gottula and Morgan Porter have also shined during Aspen Tucker’s mysterious absence (surely she doesn’t still have the flu?). This is a dangerous team that can cause some upsets during the postseason, and possibly tonight.
By this point in the 2019 season Lindenwood already had three scores in the 194s and one above 195, but this year is a different story, and the Lions haven’t reached 194 yet. Last year’s star all arounder Courtney Mitchell was injured during the offseason and has so far been limited to bars and beam, but she added vault last week so I’ll be watching to see her presence in the lineups tonight. Freshman Gayla Griswold has had two stellar meets in a row with no sub-9.8 scores on her three events, so she’s another one to watch for.
As for the meet as a whole, I think either Iowa State or Missouri could pull the upset over LSU with a hit meet and a couple of errors from LSU. These neutral quad meets are often chaotic and unpredictable so I’m excited to see how it pans out!
30 minutes from the start and no lineups yet…don’t they know live bloggers need lineups? Oh well, I’m curling up with a Pub Sub and a glass of wine and mentally preparing myself for Flo-induced madness.
LSU wins the race to release lineups first! Alas, it’s only the first rotation, but I’ll take it. Edney is back in the lineup, which is fantastic news!
March-ins happening now. Laura Cooke (ISU) is in a boot, and Makayla Maxwell is wearing grips after not yet competing bars this year, so that’s interesting. Aspen Tucker is present and looks fine, so we’ll see if she competes.
McKenna Kelley and Olivia Karas on the call. Should be fun. Still no lineups from anybody except LSU, so I’ll do my best to keep up, but the quad screens are pretty tiny so I’ll mostly be depending on the announcers…
Rotation One: LSU Vault, Iowa State Bars, Missouri Beam, Lindenwood Floor
Rivers VT: Huge Y-full, very well laid out in the air. Small hop. 9.875
Langkamp UB: Nice piked Jaeger to overshoot. Almost goes over on last handstand. Stuck DLO. 9.825
Schreiber BB: Only saw the end, very nice Rudi dismount!
Baars FX: Back 1.5 to front 1.5, beautiful. Rudi second pass, very short and has to take a large step forward. Back 1.5 to front layout but lands short and has to put her hand down.
Rau VT: Y-1.5 with a large step forward. 9.8
Durante VT: HUGE Y-full, tons of distance but overpowers it and has to take a large hop back.
Missed somebody on bars for ISU who had a nice DLO.
Porter BB: Press mount is gorgeous. Split leap to split jump, solid, good positions. Front aerial to back tuck, some hesitation and soft knees on the aerial. Front toss with a check. RO 1.5 dismount, stuck.
Johnson VT: Stuck Y-double. Karas thinks it should get a 10. And she gets it.
Burns UB: Ray, overshoot, goes over on a handstand on the high bar. Doesn’t fall but still a huge mistake. 9.375
Edney VT: Great 1.5, perhaps a small hop on the landing but couldn’t really tell because the camera started zooming in elsewhere.
Griswold FX: Opens with a full-in, some leg issues in the air but a good landing. Missed second pass. Closes with a double tuck but sits it. Too bad.
Vella-Wright UB: Beautiful Pak and Shaposh 1/2. Short on last handstand but stuck dismount. 9.925
Sheremeta BB: Nice BHS LOSO. Big check on front aerial. Front toss to beat jump, good. Another small check after her full turn. Gainer pike dismount, stuck.
Baze FX: Double pike is overrotated but she saves it with a large step back. Good double tuck. Nice extension on her leaps but has a bit of a balance check after landing the last one. Good combo pass to finish. Great routine! 9.725
Gottula BB: I didn’t see the triple series but she later fell on a switch half. Gainer full dismount, stuck.
Henry FX: Nice double pike, the lunge back was a bit uncontrolled. Double tuck, underrotated with a step forward. Back 1.5 to front layout, good.
Hu BB: Gorgeous mount as always. BHS LOSO, very nice. Split leap to split jump, stunning. Big check after her Y turn. Front aerial to beat jump, solid. Beautiful Liukin. Her usual amazing dismount. It’s a shame about the check on the Y turn because that routine was 10-worthy otherwise. 9.85
Lopez FX: I think the first pass was a double tuck? It looked good regardless. Front full to front pike with a large step forward. Back 1.5 to front layout, good.
After 1: LSU 49.525, ISU 49.100, Mizzou 48.800, LU 47.850
My live scores link isn’t working so I’m having to rely on the commentators and Twitter for scores, but now Twitter has stopped working for me too, so that’s fun. LSU tweeted out its rotation scores but so far crickets from the other teams…
Oh hey, scores on the stream! It’s safe to say LSU is glad to have Edney back.
Rotation Two: Lindenwood Vault, LSU Bars, Iowa State Beam, Missouri Floor
Steinmeyer BB: Nice front toss to beat jump. BHS LOSO beautiful. Not quite fully horizontal on her leaps. RO 1.5 dismount with a lean forward but a college stick. 9.8
Johnson UB: Toe-on Shaposh to bail handstand. She has nice handstands. Great DLO dismount, stuck. For some reason the cameramen keep zooming in on the dismounts. 9.875
Sheremeta FX: Didn’t see her first pass, and she had an awkward straddle jump out of her second pass. Back 1.5 to front LOSO with some steps forward that she tries to play off as dance.
Lopez VT: Piked down Y-full with a big step back. 9.8
Dean UB: Nice Ray, good bail to handstand. Great final handstand. Good DLO, some soft knees but stuck. 9.825
Turner BB: BHS BHS LOSO, solid. I missed a lot of the rest of the routine but she had a step on her dismount. 9.825
Rivers UB: Short on first handstand. Good Shaposh to bail handstand. Almost goes over on handstand before Tkatchev but somehow saves it. DLO, stuck. 9.85
Griswold VT: Huge Y-full with a small hop back. 9.75
Gottula FX: Double pike, a bit uncontrolled on the lunge back. Front half layout to double full, nice. Not quite fully extended on lips. Then they cut away from the rest of the routine to show Durante’s dismount.
Durante UB: Only saw the dismount, a nice FTDT, stuck. 9.95
Burns BB: Cat leap to side aerial, solid. Big check after her leap series. BHS LOSO with small check. RO 1.5, stuck. 9.775
Boogerd VT: Low on the block but turns it into a solid Y-full with a hop back. 9.65
Shchennikova UB: Apparently it was a good routine but it wasn’t shown. 9.95
Semple BB: BHS LOSO with a medium check. Sticks her dismount. 9.8
Harrold UB: Almost goes over after her Zuchold but somehow saves it. Good straddled Jaeger. Sticks her double front.
McCrary FX: Front layout to Rudi, good. Double pike with a bouncy low landing. Back 2.5 (?) to close, very nice.
Palacios BB: Side aerial BHS, solid. A little low on her leaps. Cat leap to side aerial to back full dismount, a little piked but stuck. 9.875
Porter FX: Double pike, huge and well controlled. Back 1.5 to front layout (?), good. Double tuck with possibly a small slide back from her front foot during the lunge back but of course there are no replays so I could’ve imagined that.
Converse BB: BHS LOSO, good. Split jump, a little short with flexed feet. Front toss to beat jump. Small check after her full turn. Stuck dismount. 9.85
Hu FX: Front double full, doesn’t quite get it all the way around. Back 1.5 to front layout, good. A little short of horizontal on her leaps. Wow, a ring leap in college, that was a surprise. FHS Rudi to close, beautiful.
After 2: LSU 99.000, ISU 98.250, Mizzou 98.075, LU 96.525
In peak college gymnastics things, Mizzou has tweeted out a revised live scores link that’s literally a Google Sheets link. Also, raise your hand if you guessed LSU would be on track for a 198 after two rotations. Now, put your hand down, you liar.
Rotation Three: Missouri Vault, Lindenwood Bars, LSU Beam, Iowa State Floor
Schreiber VT: Y-full, beautiful. 9.75
Desiderio BB: BHS LOSO with large check. Good leaps. Good gainer full dismount. 9.825
Boogerd UB: Nice Deltchev. Beautiful DLO dismount, stuck. 9.7
Hu VT: Great full in the air, large hop back. 9.8
Lopez UB: Nice Gienger but caught it too close. Great Pak! Short on last handstand and late on full turn going into the double tuck. Step back on the landing. 9.6
Dean BB: Side aerial BHS with bent legs. Short on second leap. Front aerial, again with soft knees but well controlled. Side aerial to back full, again with soft knees but stuck. 9.85
Bailey UB: Goes a little over on first handstand but controls it well. Straddled Jaeger to shootover is nice. Blind full to double tuck, stuck. 9.8
They’ve shown bits and pieces of ISU floor but not much.
Brandt VT: Front pike half with a couple steps back. 9.75
Durante BB: BHS LOSO, maybe a slight check but hides it well. Front aerial to split jump, not quite fully horizontal. Side aerial to back full, stuck. 9.875
Porter VT: Apparently it was a beautiful Y-1.5 but we didn’t see it. 9.875
Diab FX: Front layout to front full to stag jump, great. Rudi LOSO, nice. 9.925
McCrary VT: Y-1.5 with a low squatty landing and a step forward. 9.8
Edney BB: Front aerial. Good series. Leaps are good. Front toss, beautiful. RO 1.5 with a small hop. 9.8
Mitchell UB: Short on first handstand. Huge Jaeger with some knees. Bounced out of dismount a bit. 9.825
Burns FX: Double tuck overrotated a bit but saves it with a step back. Back 1.5 to front layout to stag jump, good. Good extension on her leaps. Double pike, low landing and has to hop forward a couple times to save it. 9.6
Johnson BB: BHS LOSO is solid. A little short of horizontal on her switch half. Front aerial is good. RO double twist, stuck. 9.925
Converse FX: Double Arabian, wow! 1.5 through to double twist (?), some legs in the twisting but otherwise good. Good leaps. Chest low on last pass. 9.85
Campbell: Has to take a step forward out of her full turn but doesn’t show a visible check. Good leap series. RO double twist, stuck. 9.9
Maldonado FX: Randi to start, her usual amazingness. Front double twist, well controlled. Huge double pike, really great. Fantastic routine! 9.925
After 3: LSU 148.375, ISU 147.600, Mizzou 147.050, LU 145.100
LSU is absolutely cruising so an upset looks unlikely at this point. Iowa State had an amazing FX rotation and will gladly take that 49.350.
Rotation Four: Iowa State Vault, Missouri Bars, Lindenwood Beam, LSU Floor
Bailey BB: BHS LOSO, solid. I heard the commentators say “nice save there” but didn’t see what it was on. RO 1.5 with a large bounce forward. 9.5
Harrold FX: Some form issues on first pass. Back 1.5 to front layout, stuck. 9.85
Schreiber UB: Really only saw the dismount, a stuck DLO. 9.95
Converse VT: Stuck Y-full. 9.825
Sheremeta UB: Blind change to Jaeger, very nice. Good handstands throughout. 1.5 twist dismount, has to lean forward but holds the stick. 9.825
Turner VT: Great Y-full with a small hop back. 9.75
Desiderio FX: Stuck DLO but some form issues in the air. I missed her second pass. High double tuck to close, well controlled landing. 9.875
We saw a Y-1.5 on vault that was great from ISU but the announcers didn’t say who it was. It must’ve been Boychuk, who got a 9.775.
Steinmeyer VT: Y-1.5 with a small hop back. 9.825
Griswold UB: They only showed the end of the routine but it was good. 9.75
Dean FX: They didn’t show the first pass. Back 1.5 to front layout, very soft knees. Double tuck, some cowboying but good landing. 9.875
Maxwell VT: Huge 1.5 but has to take a giant leap forward out of it. 9.675
Griswold BB: Only saw the dismount, a RO 1.5, short with a step back. 9.75
Maldonado VT: Y-1.5 a bit short and has to take a step back. 9.85
Porter UB: Blind change to Jaeger, very nice. A bit short on the handstand after the bail. Double tuck dismount, stuck. 9.825
Campbell FX: Back 2.5 (?) to start. Beautiful leaps. If there was a second pass they didn’t show it. Back 1.5 to front full, really good. 9.875
Lopez BB: They didn’t show the beginning. A little short on the leaps. Gainer LOSO with flexed feet. BHS gainer full dismount, good. 9.675
Hu UB: Huge Church to Pak. Great Van Leeuwen. A little late on her full turn but sticks the double tuck. Great routine. 9.95
Johnson FX: Karas says the full in was good but we didn’t see it. Amazing back 1.5 to front layout, perfectly stuck. Double pike, stuck. 9.95
Mitchell BB: They didn’t show the beginning. Leaps looked a little short. Side aerial with a check. Cartwheel gainer full, stuck. 9.75
Edney FX: Huge double Arabian but has to take a hop back on the landing. Back 1.5 to front layout, beautiful and well controlled. Second leap looked a little short. Good double tuck to close. 9.925
Henry BB: I missed this routine because the announcers said it was an exhibition so I was looking up scores. But she got a 9.775 so it must’ve been pretty good!
Final: LSU 197.875, ISU 196.625, Mizzou 196.450, LU 193.550
Holy wow, a 49.4 on bars for Mizzou and they put up another mid-196 score. I know you’re capable of more, Tigers! I believe in you! Great meet for Iowa State as well with a 196.625 and a lot of real highlights for the team. And of course LSU will be smiling all the way back to Baton Rouge after that score, its highest of the season so far.
Also, huge shoutout to whoever at Missouri put together those live scores last minute. The gymternet appreciates you!
Live blog by Jenna King
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