Week two saw more teams start their seasons. Fans were treated to some top matchups, plenty of record opening scores and…varying levels of preparedness for the season. To catch up, we have you covered with recaps, links to results and video replays, superlatives and more.
Stick of the Week
Maggie O’Hara, bars, 9.950
The transfer from Michigan is making the most of her time at Arkansas, posting a huge 9.950 on bars after a previous fall. She topped off her night with a 9.925 on beam to go with it.
Best College Salute
Addy De Jesus, beam, 9.750
We’ve seen some back-breaking sticks over the years, but this one may take the cake.
Best Use of Mesh
We have a lot of varying feelings about mesh around here, but one thing we can all get behind is that mesh should always match each individual’s skin tone.
Beam Music Moment of the Week
Sami Durante, beam, 9.850
Barnhill Arena made things awkward by playing Tom Petty’s Free Falin’ during Sami Durante’s beam routine. Bart even pointed it out on the broadcast. It didn’t seem to phase Durante, who put up a 9.850.
Best Broadcast Mixup
JerQuavia Henderson (Iowa)
Something was going on with the scores the broadcasters were announcing on BTN at the Iowa at Minnesota meet that kicked off Big Ten competition. The announcers stated JerQuavia Henderson scored a 10.0 on bars, when the live scores showed a 9.775. We suspect someone got the start value score and the final score mixed up; regardless of how it happened, hilarity ensued. Even the broadcast graphic read 10.0 for a while.
COVID Safety Warriors of the Week
Iowa Spirit Fingers
In lieu of a line of high-fives after a good routine, Iowa changed it out for spirit fingers. That’s a COVID change we can get behind.
Like Iowa, a teammate handed the gymnast who just performed her (orange sparkly!) mask before she celebrated her performance, but the Beavers got creative when it came to celebrating, doing foot fives and air high-fives instead.
Greatest Stick Object
Maryland’s Hand Sanitizer on a Chain
We’re still in the middle of a pandemic, which makes the Terps’ hand sanitizer on a chain the greatest stick object we’re seen yet. Topical. Sanitary. Creative.
Katie Chamberlain and Katrina Coca (Pittsburgh)
We love a good comeback story. Both Chamberlain and Coca missed the entire 2020 season with major injuries, so it was great to see both have such strong comebacks. In the first rotation of the meet, they both scored back-to-back 9.875s to tie for the title. Chamberlain was so emotional after her routine that the camera failed to cut over to N.C. State’s next vault. Coca also made her career beam debut (as a sixth-year) with a 9.825.
Looking to watch replays of some of the meets? We’re curating them all into this YouTube playlist!
Click and expand the events below to see results, recaps of top meets or particularly exciting matchups and even links to watch archived broadcasts.
Denver at Iowa State
Iowa at Minnesota
Illinois at Nebraska
Pittsburgh at N.C. State
Boise State at Oregon State
Georgia at Florida
Auburn at Kentucky
Alabama at Missouri
LSU at Arkansas
Ohio State at Michigan
BYU at Arizona State
Eastern Michigan and Towson at Temple
Lindenwood and SEMO at Texas Woman’s
Air Force at Southern Utah
Bowling Green at Kent State
Utah at Oklahoma
Maryland at Penn State
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