The Mount: Week 13 MAG

The postseason begins for some of the men this week as half of the nation’s programs will battle it out at the USAG Collegiate National Championships, while a quartet of other teams finish up their regular seasons before the conference championships begin next weekend.

As always, you’ll find everything you need to follow along with all the meets happening this weekend, including previews of the top matchups and every scoring and video link you could ever need.

Can’t-Miss Matchups

USAG Collegiate National Championships with No. 12 Army, No. 13 Air Force, No. 14 William & Mary, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 16 Springfield, No. 17 Washington, No. 19 Temple, No. 20 NorCal United, No. 21 SC United at No. 10 Navy

When You Need to Tell Your Friends You’re Busy: Friday, March 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET (Team Finals) and Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET (Event Finals)

Why You Should Cancel Plans For It: The first postseason meet is here, and it’s the always competitive USAG Collegiate National Championships. This championship features the service academies, NCAA programs with two or fewer scholarships and the club programs of GymACT battling it out for national titles. Arizona State comes in as the favorite for the collegiate division title, with star gymnast Kiwan Watts likely to lead the way as the Sun Devils aim for the program’s 13th-straight USAG team title. Navy leads the varsity division field as the highest-ranked team and will have a home-gym advantage, but Air Force, backed by its nine consecutive titles, will not relinquish the top spot so easily. Will all 10 teams likely putting up their best lineups on each event, this will be a thrilling meet to watch.

Routines to Avoid Going to the Bathroom During: Matt Davis (Army) on floor, Nicolino Dibattista (Temple) on floor, Stephen Lewis (Springfield) on vault, Ryan Orce (Navy) on pommel horse, William Pearce (SC United) on pommel horse, Will Ryan (NorCal United) on vault, Lukas Texeira (Air Force) on high bar, Nathan Tsuji (Washington) on parallel bars, David Watkins (William & Mary) on rings, Kiwan Watts (Arizona State) on parallel bars

What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: The meet is split into two divisions: varsity and collegiate. Air Force, Army, Navy, Springfield and William & Mary will compete in the varsity division. Arizona State, NorCal United, SC United, Temple and Washington will compete in the collegiate division.

Meets You Should at Least Record and Watch Later

No. 11 California at No. 2 Stanford

When to Find It on the TV Guide: Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Why You Should Clear Space on Your DVR: In the seventh and final meeting between these two teams this season, Stanford will be looking to finish a perfect 7-0 against its Bay area rival. California leaders Aaron Mah and Darren Wong will hope to end their senior and freshman seasons, respectively, strong with a potential upset over a Cardinal squad who may be rusty after not competing the past two weekends. Stanford will counter with potential all arounders Brody Malone and Grant Breckenridge and a cast of event specialists who will surely be seeking the perfect record against the Golden Bears and a possible fourth sweep of all six event titles as well.

Routines to Check Out If You Can’t Rewatch Everything: Grant Breckenridge (Stanford) on parallel bars, Josiah Eng (Stanford) on rings, Asad Jooma (California) on vault, Aaron Mah (California) on high bar, Bryan Perla (Stanford) on floor, Darren Wong (California) on pommel horse

No. 18 UIC at No. 3 Michigan

When to Find It on the TV Guide: Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Why You Should Clear Space on Your DVR: Michigan, the Big Ten regular season co-champion, will close out its season against 18th-ranked UIC while celebrating senior day. UIC posted its highest score of the season last week while Michigan was upset by lower-ranked Nebraska, so both teams are coming in to this meet having had very different results. This will be both teams’ final tune-ups before their conference championships, so expect some of the Wolverines’ stars to be rested and the Flames to be putting forth their best lineups. With UIC’s athletic department cutting the men’s gymnastics team after this season, this will also be UIC’s final regular season meet as an NCAA program, so be sure to check out the Flames while you still can.

Routines to Check Out If You Can’t Rewatch Everything: Cameron Bock (Michigan) on parallel bars, Kaleb Booth (UIC) on vault, Ryan Dunning (Michigan) on rings, Justin Hopgood (Michigan) on high bar, Sam Montague (UIC) on floor, Colin Schwartz (UIC) on pommel horse

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, March 29 3 p.m. USAG Nationals Team Finals Scores
Sat, March 30 1 p.m. UIC at Michigan Scores
Sat, March 30 2 p.m. USAG Nationals Event Finals Scores
Sat, March 30 7 p.m. California at Stanford Scores Stream

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Article by Brandis Heffner

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