LIVE BLOG: No. 12 Kentucky at No. 20 Missouri

Some may say this SEC matchup is underwhelming, but the youth of these two teams will be under the bright lights in one arena tonight. Who knows, we may just be able to figure out the stars of tomorrow. 

 Missouri lost key contributors to its lineups but was able to add junior Alisa Sheremeta back on bars, beam and floor after she was absent from the meet in week one due to COVID protocol. Kentucky is a silent underdog in the SEC this season. The team lost performers like Mollie Korth and Hailey Poland, but it put together two solid meets thus far. Raena Worley is much improved on bars, which gives her an increased chance at taking home some all around titles this season. Additionally, Josie Angeny has added floor to her resume to give the Wildcats another all around competitor. 

Angeny’s dad made his TV appearance last week with his shirt of his daughter’s face to show support. 

Kentucky is the favorite to win, but Missouri did come close to upsetting Alabama last week. It should be a good one to kick off Friday Night Heights.

Note: According to the Kentucky SID, Ella Warren is not currently training due to medical/personal reasons.

Looks like many of the NCAA gym teams are honoring diversity tonight. Let’s hope this continues and helps push the sport in a positive direction.

Rotation 1: Missouri VT,  Kentucky UB

Kentucky has had difficulty finding a consistent leadoff on bars so far. Will have to see who gets the call in this competition to make their case for a permanent spot in the lineup. McCrary and Gottula have not debuted their 10.0 SV vaults yet for Missouri. Also of note, Kambrie Brandt has been missing from lineups, so will be watching to see if she appears here and can add her 10.0 SV.

Schreiber (Miz): FTY, soft knees in the air and a small hop. 9.75

I really like this black, silver and yellow color combination on Missouri’s leotard tonight.

Bunn (UK): Her event debut, blind change to straddle jaeger, bail handstand, short, nice final handstand, DLO, stuck. 9.675

Gottula (Miz): FTY, squats super low on the landing and takes a step back. 9.7

Alright, judging is very slow again here. Seems to be a universal NCAA gym issue this season

Davis (UK): Blind full to blind half to straddle jaeger, bail handstand, short,  dlo, legs glued together, but does let go slightly early causing a step forward. 9.775

Marshall (Miz): FTY, small leg separation and a small hop forward on the landing. 9.75

Nixon (UK): mounts low bar, Maloney, bail handstand, FTDB, step on landing. Really nice routine for Kentucky.  9.775 

Swanson (Miz): Y1.5, sits it down, does not get her usual block off the table. 9.15

On another note, much respect for her majoring in nursing and competing college gym.

Wow bar judging is exceptionally slow tonight.

Worley (UK): Tkatchev, doesn’t get great height, pak salto, toe point issues, cast handstand, huge arch but doesn’t fall off the bar, FTDB, Stuck. 9.825

McCrary (Miz): Debuts her Y1.5 for the first time this year, squats low and a large step to the side. 9.675

Luksik (UK): Cast handstand, Ray, huge air, bail handstand, ends with a dlo and takes a small step. Kentucky has really nice form in their DLO dismounts. 9.725, hmm that seems low but maybe I missed something. 

Schaffer (Miz): Career debut, was a last minute sub for Hufendiek. FTY, pikes down and another low landing but it’ll allow them to drop Swanson’s score. 9.625

Angeny (UK): beautiful first handstand, straddled jaeger to bail ,good, really nice handstands in this routine, FTDLO, hop forward. 9.75

It seems like bar scores are tight tonight, but Kentucky also had missed opportunities with their landings. Missouri’s vault rotation was not what they wanted. It was nice to see McCrary debut her Y1.5 this season and hopefully they can improve upon those landings in upcoming weeks.

AFTER ONE: Kentucky 48.850, Missouri 48.5

Well, it’s never good to start the meet with a score in the 48 range.

Rotation 2: Kentucky VT, Missouri UB

Kentucky may not have many 10.0 SV on vault, but they do have great execution scores on the FTY’s that are in the lineup. Missouri has a unique bar routine from Sheremeta that is certainly one to watch this season. 

Kentucky is ranked No.3 on the vault.

Bunn (UK): FTY, great distance and form, legs slightly apart on landing. Takes a small hop back. 9.7 

Hufendiek (MIZ): Blind Change to Straddle Jaeger, lacks height short on handstands, bail handstand, good, Giant Full to Double Tuck, stuck. May be her best one of the season so far.  9.75

Worley (UK): FTY, lands with a bend at the hips and a small hop. She’s training a Y1.5. 9.775

Christensen (Miz): Short on handstand, Tkatchev, these releases are all very low, bail handstand, gain full to double tuck, takes a step and lands with a low chest. 9.675

Magnelli (UK): Front Pike Half, takes a step on the landing. 9.775

Patrick (Miz): Blind Change to Straddle Jaeger, falls, Bail Handstand, form, nice final handstand, DLO, small shuffle of the feet. 8.95

Patterson (UK): FHS Pike, she completely missed her hand on the table and just misses hitting her head on the table. very short of rotation and sits it, but she looks to be okay. 8.05

Marshall (Miz): Blind Change to Straddle Jaeger, nice release, bail, FTDB, major form issues, low chest and a step on the landing. 9.725

Nixon (UK): FTYNice height and form, just a step back on the landing. 9.85

Schreiber (Miz) Maloney to bail handstand, form issues, ends with a dbl, small hop. 9.825

Angeny (UK): FTY, nice full, hop back. 9.8

Sheremeta (Miz): Blind Change to Straddle Jaeger, nice, bail handstand, short, nice final handstand, Blind Change to Rudi dismount, stuck. I love the uniqueness of her dismount. 9.8

Very happy to see Patterson walk away from that vault for Kentucky. That may be the win of the rotation. Not what either team was looking for again, but both teams were able to rally back after a fall and tally up scores in the 9.8’s.

We have yet to see a score over a 9.9 in the first two rotations and neither team was able to stick a vault landing.

AFTER TWO: Kentucky 97.8, Missouri 97.725

Rotation 3: Missouri BB, Kentucky FX

Both these teams are going to want a clean rotation from their athletes on these next events.

Hopefully we can see some more controlled and safe landings.

Angeny and Worley are tied right now for the lead in the all-around competition.

McCrary (Miz): Kick over front tuck, won’t get connection credit, Bhs loso, very nice, Split jump to double stag ring, balance check, Gainer pike, hop forward. 9.675

Bunn (UK): Double pike, stuck, switch half to wolf 1.5, Front full to front pike, nicely done, HS Rudi, slightly under rotated but manages to stick it. Will get a deduction for low chest and large knee bend though. That was her 3rd event lead of the day.  9.85 

Schaffer (Miz): Full turn, Bhs bhs loso, balance checkSwitch leap to split leap, nice position, Ro 1.5, sticks it. 9.775

Hagis (UK): This is a fun and very engaging routine, Rudi to back loso, switch side straddle full, nicely done, double pike, hop back. Happy to see her out here on the floor for Kentucky. 9.9 

Sheremeta (Miz): Beat jump, Bhs loso, good, beautiful jumps, Front aerial, Front toss, very crooked on landing but saves it, gainer pike, stuck. 9.8

Clarke (UK): Front double full, nicely done, Front lay to front full,  Its’s either my sound or it sounds like her music went out, but she is doing a great jump of continuing. 9.825

Okay John Roethlisberger  is now saying the audio issues are from the arena.

Gottula (Miz): bhs bhs loso, large check, full turn, nice, Straddle jump to straddle half, Cartwheel gainer full, a subjective college stick. 9.7

Angeny (UK): Double Pike, Switch side straddle full, nice, RO 1.5. to front lay, very under rotated and squats down low, Double tuck, good.  9.65

Christensen (Miz): Back into the lineup after being taken out last week, side aerial bhs, off the beam, side aerial full dismount.8.825

Davis (UK): Double pike, good, beautiful position in her side straddle full, RO 1.5 front lay, double tuck, takes a large step backwards. 9.75

Schreiber (Miz): full turn, nice, Bhs loso, split 3/4, Very short of full split, Switch half, split jump to beat jump, very nice, gainer full, stuck. 9.875

Worley (UK)Full-in, great leap pass, front full to front lay, good, double tuck, great height. Good ending to the rotation.  9.925

These two teams are displaying their inexperience, but are also showing a great deal of potential for the future.

AFTER THREE: Kentucky 147.05, Missouri 146.1 

Kentucky has a large lead here, but there is still one rotation left to go!

Rotation 4: Kentucky BB, Missouri FX 

Kentucky had to count a fall on beam last week after both Magnelli and Patterson fell on a front aerial. The team is also ranked last in the SEC on this event, which is a unique situation for the Wildcats. Missouri ended their floor rotation with a career high from McCrary, but will need to have more controlled landings to improve the event total.

Bailey Bunn was just added to the lineup, so she will be making her debut in the AA.

Hagis (UK)Bhs loso, solid, Switch leap to Shushunova, nicely done, full turn, balance check, Cat leap to front aerial, small wobble, RO 1.5, step forward. 9.6

Gotulla (Miz): Rough routine last week. Double tuck, large step back, short on her leaps in rotation and split, double pike, short, but worlds better than last week and she looks happy. 9.8

Magnelli (UK): bhs loso loso, very close to the edge of the beam, cat leap switch side, nice, full turn, RO 1.5. crosses legs in her landing step. 9.65

I think they took out the front aerial, where she fell last week unless I missed it. 

Schreiber (Miz): Double pike, large step back, she has great eye contact with the audience/camera. Rudi to back tuck, that was supposed to be a loso. Gets the tuck around nicely though.  9.8

Bunn (UK): Beam and AA debut tonight, full turn, nice, Bhs loso loso, some soft knees, beautiful jumps, RO double full, stuck. That was great. She has a great NCAA career ahead of her! 9.825

Sheremeta (Miz): Front double full, short on her leaps, rudi to back loso, nicely done. John and Alicia are very excited about the “ninja turtle spin.” Back lay 1.5 to front loso, well done. 9.875

The loso out of the tumbling passes are very aesthetically pleasing.

Patterson (UK): Fell last week and she falls again tonight. Last week she fell on the front aerial. Tonight it was the Bhs loso. Starts with a good full turn, but does fall on that Bhs loso. Has a Balance check on front aerial, switch leap switch leap split jump, nicely done, bhs 1.5, good landing. 9.025

Marshall (Miz)Front tuck to double pike, chest slightly down, Switch ring to switch half, short on her split, RO 1.5 to front pike to stag, Double tuck, good. 9.85

Missouri’s landings are much better tonight on floor than the past two meets.

Worley (UK): Cat leap to switch side, Front aerial,bhs, loso. Somehow manages to connect those despite being slightly off on her front aerial, RO 1.5, Stuck. 9.85

I’m very impressed with how much Worley has improved from her freshman year to her sophomore year.

Swanson (Miz): Double pike, takes a large step back, under 180 degrees on her switch half, wolf full, Front double full, nice, Front lay to front 1.5, good. 9.825

Angeny (UK): Bhs loso loso, beautiful, Front aerial, nicely done, full turn, good, side aerial full, stuck. 9.8

McCrary (Miz): Front lay to rudi, form issues and slightly under rotated, double pike, Switch side popa. Nice finish to her meet tonight. 9.9

Final: Kentucky 195.775, Missouri 195.350

AA Winner: Raena Worley 39.375

VT Winner: Cally Nixon 9.85

UB Winner: Raena Worley 9.825

BB Winner:  Sienna Schreiber 9.875

FX Winner: Raena Worley 9.925

This Missouri team fights all the way to the end, but was unable to overcome their issues early on in the meet to beat out Kentucky. Neither team will be satisfied with a 195 score, but it seems like many teams are having a rough competition. No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Minnesota both scored 195’s early on today.

Live blog by Katie Walsh

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