Hilton Coliseum plays host to teams from three different conferences tonight. Host team Iowa State had some bright spots at its first meet of the season, such as four 9.800-plus beam scores. But the Cyclones also counted two falls on bars, which held it back to a 194.8750. The Cyclones are capable of much better and will look to rebound at home tonight; look to see how their mega-roster (24 gymnasts!) cycles through depth throughout the season.
Eastern Michigan also opened the season below its standards with a 192.1500, over two points below last season’s opening mark. One of the Eagles’ opponents last week will be in the arena tonight, as well: the UC Davis Aggies. The Aggies posted seven scores of 9.800 or better in their second outing of the season, though they also counted two falls on beam. Overall, these three teams have been having typical seasons for January.
Andrea Maldonado, former Iowa State standout, is commentating tonight!
ROTATION 1: Iowa State VT, EMU UB, UC Davis BB
Ana Irene Palacios VT: Yfull piked down, small bounce back. 9775
Parris: Deltchev into bail, nice last handstand, big hop back on DLO with pike in the second flip. 9.625
Loyim VT: not as much air as Palacios, hop back. 9.650
Macy UB: Piked Jaeger nice handstands, bail, good last handstand, pikey DLO with some feet, small step back. 9.675
Bergstrom VT: Huge hop back, crossed legs and piked down on the landing on the yfull. 9.750
Lowe UB: Piked Jaeger close to the bar, love the big releases, beautiful Pak legs together, arches over a little on the last handstand, double front lunge forward. Looks like it will be counted as a fall. 9.275
Seeing that UC Davis is on a bye, so we won’t see the Aggies on beam for a minute.
Boychuk VT: really big yfull, small step I think, actually pulls in her heels and it’s a stick. Piked down at the end though. 9.825
McCullough UB: Jaeger to bail, another double front and stumbles back and sits it. 9.050
Parker VT: opens up the yfull, tiny step but beautiful vault. 9.825
Crossen UB: Tkatchev between the bars right at the end of her routine, short last handstand, stuck DLO. 9.775
Hong VT: goes for yfull, step back a little piked in the air. She had trouble with the 1.5 in warmups. 9.850
No sign of or reference to UC Davis yet. Hmmm.
Boris UB: some feet on the Jaeger, nice last handstand, full-in chest down but fights and holds the stick. Big air on that too. Nice routine to end the lineup. 9.725
ROTATION 2: Iowa State UB, UCD VT
Pires VT: half on tucked vault, chest down two steps back. 9.650
Langkamp UB: piked jaeger, nice last handstand, DLO step back and has to take a couple more. 9.675
Trejo: tucked full not a lot of amplitude, small step back. 9.625
Loyim UB: nice air on the piked jaeger but can’t catch and falls. Doesn’t go to re-chalk, gets back on, Pak slightly labored looking at this point, DLO good form in the air, step back. 8.875
Moneymaker VT: has a fun celebration at the end, steps back pretty piked at the end. 9.500
Thomas UB: big straddled Jaeger, first not-piked one we’ve seen all night, Pak right on top of the bar, super pikey DLO tiny hop. 9.725
Otsu VT: 9.750
Ana Irene Palacios UB: bail awkward with legs bent, blind full to double back step forward. 9.400
Ray VT: tucked off the board step back. 9.725
Cooke UB: beautiful Pak, handstands all slightly short, piked chest way down tiny hop but gets right back into place. 9.775
Abraham VT: first 1.5 of the night flies forward, big step forward.
Basuel UB: nice first handstand, big Jaeger, short last handstand, chest down some arm circles tries so hard to hold that stick but little step. Pretty routine. 9.675 feels a little low.
After 2: Iowa State 97.275, UC Davis 48.425, EMU 48.075
ROTATION 3: EMU VT, UC Davis UB
Chemotti VT: full looks tucked at the beginning but laid out toward the end, interesting. 9.675
Scafani UB: Deltchev, sticks double back to end. 9.650
Lewis VT: piked down full, step back. 9.575
Laird UB: nice handstands, blind full into double back small steps back. 9.600
Parris VT: flares out yfull at the end, small step. 9.650
Lyle UB: beautiful lines, piked Jaeger, pauses before going back to high bar, pretty DLO at first legs come apart at the end but sticks the landing. 9.700
Fisher VT: not a ton of height, hop back. 9.700
Senthil UB: Maloney nice air, back into the bail, slightly short last handstand, DLO steps forward and knee nearly touches the ground as she steps forward.
Boris VT: half on tucked, hop back and has to adjust again. 9.700
Taking a long time to score Senthil. She gets 9.600.
Michovsky UB: Jaeger flips far from from bar and misses, lands on chest. Double tuck step back. Will miss connection from Jaeger to bail bc of the fall.
McCullough VT: double tuck very open, step back.
Fitz-Gerald UB: nice handstand into Jaeger, arches over a little on last handstand, DLO legs slightly apart.
After 3: ISU 97.275, UC Davis 96.700, EMU 96.375
Rotation 4: UC Davis FX, Iowa State BB
Thomas BB: front toss to BHS, small break. Swich to straddle half, beauiful leaps, back 1.5 small step. 9.775
Holtan FX: front lay to front full step out, controlled double pike, leap combo not quite 180, “oops I did it again” to open routine. Solid. 9.725
Boychuk BB: first leap definitely not 180 with flexed feet, BHS LOSO slight wobble, gainer full small step. 9.650
Senthil FX: back 1.5 to front lay, double tuck step forward, leaps are short 9.525
Maldonado BB: Andrea commentating her sister’s routine. BHS LOSO confident great positions, side aerial misses and falls, dismount small step. 9.000
Moneymaker FX: I recognize this music but not sure from where. That’s going to bother me. Rudi chest down step back. Double tuck better to end. 9.675
OH it’s a song from the movie Birds of Prey- recommend that soundtrack.
Bergrstrom BB: chest down on first leaps, falls off on series. Counting a fall now. Front tucked full small step. 8.800
Abraham FX: oop HUGE DLO, jazzy routine, layout front full controlled, big double tuck to finish. 9.725
Horowitz BB: front toss to BHS, elegant leaps, switch half to beat some feet flexed on the leap, stuck landing 9.725
Ray FX: front tuck to double tuck. Three leap series no trouble, double pike steps forward. Love this music and entire lineup. 9.700
Loyim BB: let’s see if she can bounce back from the bars fall. Switch to straddle half wobbles, BHS LOSO same, gainer full slight shuffle. 9.700
Trejo FX: whip to double tuck chest down, loving the all drums music, fun straddle jump to front tuck side pass, double pike controlled chest up. Amazing leap position. 9.450
After 4: ISU 145.150, UC Davis 145.050, EMU 96.375
ROTATION 5: UC Davis BB, EMU FX
Scafani BB: triple series to open the rotation impressive, small step, switch leap series some flexed feets, sticks full off the side. 9.750
Parris FX: Rudi and leap combo nice, double pike controlled lunge. 9.650
Holtan BB: another triple series no hesitation, leaps, forward roll she has to grab the beam, gainer pike stick. 9.375
Macy FX: Rudi to back lOSO, leaps some flexed feet, love her dance, back 1.5 to front lay oop the layout was a little scary but she got it around. 9.400
Abraham BB: BHS to two foot layout, back 1.5 step forward 9.550
Stuckey FX: triple leap series each one well extended, back 1.5 to front lay, double pike chest pretty low. 9.600
Ray BB: BHS LLOSO perfect, switch half to split jump slightest hesitation, tucked gainer full step forward. 9.725
Apparently music is out in the arena. Let’s see if floor is impacted.
Nope, we hear McCullough FX: double front steps out to the side, front layout to rudi to stag. 9.550
Lyle BB: side aerial to BHS great control, slight bob on full turn, leap series slight wobble back, cartwheel to full off the side stuck. 9.725
Crossen FX: crowd clapping along, double tuck controlled step. Excellent 180 position on straddle leaps. 9.775
Schuelke BB: front toss BHS, straddle to full, BHS very confident routine, cartwheel to full of the side that’s a stick.
Boris FX: EMU’s anchor! Double pike controlled step, funky music, back 1.5 to front lay, double tuck good to end.
After 5: Iowa State 145.100, EMU 144.350, UC Davis FINAL of 193.150
ROTATION 6: EMU BB, Iowa State FX
Stuckey BB: 9.600
Boychuk FX: BHS LOSO out of bounds front leg goes up, back 1.5 to front lay crowd clapping. 9.525
Bergin BB: BHS LOSO lovely, sheep jump position could be better, front full from kick swing stuck. 9.650
Cooke FX: double front to stag, controlled, back 1.5 to front full, straddle to stag great positions, fun choreo at the end. 9.775
Parris BB: BHS LOSO slight check, side aerial chest pretty low and checks, back 1.5 college stick. 9.625
Parker FX: front tuck to back double tuck, Myia Hambrick’s senior floor music to start, and it’s the whole cut, back double pike nice height and control. 9.850
Boris BB: 9.800
Maldonado FX: Back 1.5 to front full, big double pike. 9.900! First 9.9+ score of the night.
Crossen BB: airy BHS LOSO, front toss to beat could have been more defined but connected, switch to sheep to beat again, stuck landing. 9.825
Ana Irene Palacios FX: front tuck to double tuck steps OOB, triple leap series well extended, double pike to knees. 8.775
Chemotti BB: front aerial to BHS LOSO, nice 180 position on leaps, back 1.5 stuck. 9.925
Diab FX: front double full to front pike, different from usual front layout, FHS front lay, Rudi bhs loso. 9.875
FINAL: Iowa State 194.075, UC Davis 193.675, EMU 193.575
Live blog by Katherine Weaver
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