LIVE BLOG: Los Angeles Regional Round Two, Session Two

I’m back at Pauley Pavilion! The top two finishers from this evening’s session will face Utah and self-proclaimed underdogs Washington in Saturday’s final. 

We’ve already seen one upset this round, with Auburn getting knocked out after having to count two falls on bars in session one; it’s called March Madness for a reason, folks! 

Speaking of upsets, UCLA and Missouri are meeting again for the first time since last year’s Raleigh regional final where the upstart Tigers snagged a surprise berth to nationals, leaving the Bruins in 12th place for the second year in a row.

Expect this year to look a little bit different: In addition to having home-court advantage, the Bruins are thriving under first-year head coach Janelle McDonald. They’re ranked fourth heading into this meet and should have no problem advancing to the regional final. 

Missouri has poured it on the last few weeks and is expected to move on to the final, but could face substantial pressure from Stanford. The Cardinal dropped in the national rankings after an iffy performance at Pac-12 championships, but are capable of mid-197s when they hit. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the individual competitors: 

  • Central Michigan’s Hannah Demers (AA) will be rotating with the Round One winner while her teammate Taylor Pitchell (FX) will be with Stanford along with Sacramento State’s Amber Koeth (BB), BYU’s Sydney Benson (VT), and Anyssa Alvarado (UB) 
  • BYU’s Kylie Eaquinto (VT) and Elease Rollins (BB) will be rotating with Missouri

The individual qualifier standings (with tie-breakers completed) after session one are listed below in the order with gymnasts from teams that have already been eliminated in bold. : 


1. Maile O’KeefeUtah39.550
2. Karley McClainSUU39.400
3. Cassie StevensAuburn39.325


1. Jaedyn RuckerUtah10.000
2. Abby BrennerUtah9.950
3. Caitlin KhoSUU9.925


Cristal IsaUtah9.950
Sage ThompsonUtah9.950
Cassie StevensAuburn9.925
Makenna SmithUtah9.925


1. Maile O’KeefeUtah10.000
2. Kennedi DavisWashington9.950
3. Cristal IsaUtah9.925
4. Hannah HagleAuburn9.900


1. Abby PaulsonUtah9.925
2. Derrian GobourneAuburn9.925
3. Karley McClainSUU9.925

You can follow the session here.

Full disclosure, I have a fabulous view of bars and the others are OK as long as no one’s standing in front of me!

Rotation One: Round One Winner vault, Stanford bars, UCLA beam, Missouri floor

Kho (BSU): Big Y full with just a touch of pike-down. 9.750

Loyim (BSU): Didn’t get enough pop on her block and sat the Y half. 9.150

Vulaj (BSU): Strong Y full on pike off. 9.850

Popp (BSU): Missed hers, unfortunately. 9.225

Lopez (BSU): Textbook Y full, stuck. 9.900

Blackson (BSU): STUCK Y 1.5! Well deserved 10.000

DeMers (CMU): Couldn’t see a thing after Blackson’s celebration unfortunately! 9.825

Dean (Stanford): High Tkatchev. Floaty pike to switch kip. Tabitha Yim screaming (in a good way) at her score. 9.875

Brunette (Stanford): Orphan half to Deltchev, pretty close on the regrasp. DLO stuck! 9.850

Neault (Stanford): Clean first handstand to Maloney to Pak, excellent. Crisp half pirouette. High FTDT with a tiny hop back. 9.825

Alexeeva (Stanford): Nice toe on to piked Tkatchev (?). Clean Pak. Tidy full pirouette to double tuck with a hop back. 9.875

Roberts (Stanford): Floaty Pak. Slightly shy on her handstand. VL lost the form. Nice full pirouette to double tuck with a tiny hop back. 9.825

Widner (Stanford): Full pirouette to bail, lovely. DLO with chest forward and a small hop. 9.850

Alvarado (BYU): Ugh, immediately pings off on her Maloney. She’s smiling though. Beautiful VL and DLO with a tiny step. 9.325

Lee (UCLA): Little adjustment on her full turn. Side gainer full, stuck. 9.900

Alipio (UCLA): Front aerial to back tuck, very smooth. Split leap to switch half looked a little shy from my angle. Side aerial, steady. Tucked gainer full, stuck. 9.925

Padurariu (UCLA): Side aerial to bhs with a small adjustment. Split leap, gorgeous. Beat to sheep jump with an extra hop. RO back 1.5 with a small hop forward. 9.800

Chiles (UCLA): Bhs loso with some foot form and a tiny adjustment. Wolf jump, good. Pretty ull turn. Side aerial, agian with some foot form. 9.900

Harris (UCLA): Bhs loso bhs with a touch of foot form. Split jump to full turn, lovely. Couldn’t see her dismount, but the crowd erupted, so I’m assuming it was a stick! 9.975

Malabuyo (UCLA): Excellenmp, bhs loso. Front aerial to beat, no problems. Ring jump looked a touch shy to me, but again, my angle isn’t the best. Bhs side gainer full, stuck. 9.975

Schreiber (Mizzou): Rudi to back layout to split jump, big grin in the air. Fhs front full to front lay, great. 9.875

Kratzer (Mizzou): Lovely double tuck to open, one of the cleanest she’s done this season. Good amplitude and position on her Popa series. Strong fhs front full to front lay. Foot slide on her double pike, but good chest position. 9.775

McCrary (Mizzou): Floaty fhs to Rudi. Switch side to Popa, beautiful extension. Solid double pike to finish. 9.900

Sheremeta (Mizzou): Fhs front double full, gorgeous. Perfect straddle positions. Rudi to loso, so clean and floaty. 9.875

Moore (Mizzou): HUGE DLO, perfectly c? ontrolled and upright. Switch half to Popa series. Front through to double tuck, again perfectly controlled. That was phenomenal (and no, she’s not injured). 9.900

Celestine (Mizzou): Big FTDT right to the edge with a little lean back. Switch full series, maybe a hair underrotated? Fhs front full to front lay, beautifully done. Love the dive forward roll! Sky high double tuck with a minor foot adjustment to finish, quite appropriately to the intro from California Love.

AFTER ONE ROTATION: UCLA 49.675, Missouri 49.375, Stanford 49.275, Boise State 48.725

UCLA has got to be breathing a sigh of relief to not only have beam over and done, but to have banked that score.

Mizzou and Stanford both looked strong. The Tigers are heading to one of their weakest events while the Cardinal are going to one of their strongest events, so this could get interesting next round.

Boise State already counting a fall, but what a way to close out that rotation with the program’s first vault 10!

Rotation Two: Missouri vault, Round One Winner bars, Stanford beam, UCLA floor

McCrary (Mizzou): Y full with a bit of pike down and side-step. 9.750

Schreiber (Mizzou): FABULOUS Y full. Not a ton of amplitude, but completely straight throughout and stuck. 9.900

Davis (Mizzou): Nice height on her Y full, small hop. 9.850

Celestine (Mizzou): HUGE Y 1.5 with just a small hop forward. 9.900

Moore (Mizzou): WOW. Nearly scraped the ceiling on her Y 1.5. College stick, so no 10, but biggest vault of the day by far. 9.900

Burns (Mizzou): Y full a little messy, but a ton of height and distance, small hop. 9.850

Eaquinto (BYU): Beautiful Y full, stuck. 9.800

Little (BSU): Maloney to Pak with some foot form. Final handstand a bit shy. Got hung up on her full pirouette and comes off. Repeats and same mistake. Third time’s the charm. Deep landing, but she lands it. 8.625

Nakayma (BSU): Gorgeous FTDT with a tiny hop. 9.750

Morden (BSU): Blind change to piked Jaeger, beautiful. Bail to handstand, very tight. Missed her dismount in the air, but it was a solid stick. 9.850

McGovern (BSU): Clear hip to Gienger, much better form than yesterday. Gorgeous FTDT, stuck. There is so much fight in these Broncos! 9.850

Blackson (BSU): Bail right to handstand and holds it. Blind change to Khorkina, fantastic. Flawless DLO, drilled the landing. Another 10? I’ve got nothing. 9.900

Lopez (BSU): Blind change to perfect piked Jaeger. Toe on, lovely. Bail to handstand, very tight. Nice final handstand. DLO and another stick. Wow. 9.950

DeMers (CMU): HUGE Tkatchev, awesome turnover. Bail, great. High FTDT, more or less stuck. 9.900

Dean (Stanford): Stuck her RO back 1.5, I think… 9.850

Onyshko (Stanford): Fhs to bhs bhs with some arm bend. Switch ring to beat, solid. Fully turn, good. Stuck piked gainer. 9.875

Alexeeva (Stanford): Bhs loso with a couple of adjustments. Switch half pretty shy, beat jump no problem. Front full dismount a bit under and takes some steps back. 9.775

Neault (Stanford): Bhs loso with a touch of form. Beautiful front aerial. RO back 1.5 with a little shuffle. 9.900

Roberts (Stanford): Crisp side aerial to split jump. RO 1.5, stuck(ish). 9.850

Widner (Stanford): Nice position on her leaps. Bhs loso, super steady. Front aerial to split jump, very nice. Couldn’t see her dismount. 9.925

Koeth (Sac St): I’m excited about this routine! Round-off mount. Bhs loso bhs with so much control and extension. Tick tock, great. Split jump to double ring, rock solid. Cartwheel side gainer full, stuck. Fabulous routine. 9.875

Lee (UCLA): Double pike with chest down, but a strong landing. 9.800

Moors (UCLA): Oh! It said Malabuyo on the lineup sheet. Fhs front double full to front tuck, very nice. Loso, super pretty. Switch half to wolf full, lovely. Fhs Rudi with a small bounce. 9.925

Harris (UCLA): Fantastic FTDT, chest down but a definitive stick. Fabulous double tuck with toes pointed throughout. Popas were great. Back 1.5 to whip half to double stag, just awesome. 9.900

Frazier (UCLA): Front tuck through to bhs bhs double tuck, excellent control. Switch full to Popas, nice position. Just under on her double pike and has to step forward. 9.825

Campbell (UCLA): Fantastic opening FTDT. Switch full to Popa, hung in the air. Fhs front full to front lay, great. Clean double tuck, maybe a little quick on the lunge? Fantastic routine. 9.900

Chiles (UCLA) : Big DLO. Nice control and position on her leaps. Front through to double tuck, chest position looked great today. Clean, high double pike to finish. Awesome!9.950

AFTER TWO ROTATIONS: UCLA 99.175, Missouri 98.775, Stanford 98.675, Boise State 98.025

Awesome rotations from all four teams. Props to Boise State for salvaging a 49.300 after a lead-off fall! Missouri did itself a huge favor on vault: That’s just a hair off their season and program high (and what a time to do it!). They managed to outpace the Cardinal on beam, which is no small feat. Bars is the next big hurdle.

UCLA floor, I mean… What can you say? It’s an absolute party. The Bruins are in the zone, and seem intent on enjoying every second of this.

Rotation Three: UCLA vault, Missouri bars, Round One Winner beam, Stanford floor

Frazier (UCLA): Lovely Y full, more or less stuck. 9.900

Lee (UCLA): Y full solid in the air. with a small bounce back. 9.850

Moors (UCLA): Super strong fhs pike half, touch of knee bend and a minor adjustment. 9.900

Campbell (UCLA): Basically perfect Y full as usual. Yep, 9.950

Harris (UCLA): Y 1.5 landed super deep. 9.900, hmm…

Chiles (UCLA): Minor adjustment on her Y double full but pretty clean in the air. 9.925

Celestine (Mizzou): Some knee bend on the Maloney and Pak. VL looked good. Celestine dismount, fabulous and stuck. 9.825

Schreiber (Mizzou): Super clean Maloney to Pak. NAILED her DLO. Woo, Mizzou is ON! 9.850

Sheremeta (Mizzou): Overarched the first handstand, but reined it it. Excellent blind change to straddled Jaeger to bail. Flyaway Rudi with a small hop. 9.800

Moore (Mizzou): Huge Tkatchev, slightly close on the regrasp. Excellent FTDT, stuck. 9.850

Hu (Mizzou): Gorgeous Church to Pak. Pristine VL. Full pirouette right on top of the bar and sits the double tuck. Helen Hu revenge beam? 9.400

Burns (Mizzou): She’s a former JO bars champ, but is relatively new to this lineup. Good first handstand. Blind change to straddled Jaeger, a little loose. Great bail. Gorgeous final handstand. DLO with some leg sep and a tiny hop back. Clutch! 9.825

Vulaj (BSU): Steady front toss. Back 1.5 that may have been stuck. 9.850

Little (BSU): Front aerial to beat. 9.825

Elkabchi (BSU): Standing loso, good. 9.750

Lopez (BSU): Lovely position on her splits. Front toss, very steady. Side gainer full, stuck. 9.875

Loyim (BSU): Little waver on her full turn. Pretty split leap. Very nice side gainer full with a tiny adjustment on the landing. 9.850

Popp (BSU): Front aerial with a big hip check. Bhs bhs to two-footed layout with a bit of form. Switch half with a leg-up check. 9.750

DeMers (CMU): Split leap to switch side, slight readjustment. Bhs loso and pops off, bummer. Cat leap to front aerial with a hitch. Quick full turn kicked out. Bhs back 1.5. 9.125

Dean (Stanford): Double pike a little loose on the landing. Back 1.5 to front full also a bit loose. Good straddle position. 9.750

Brunette (Stanford): Massive double tuck, kicked out. 9.850

Neault (Stanford): Very pretty fhs Rudi. Back 1.5 didn’t get a ton of pop and had to bend her knees to get the front lay around. 9.825

Nguyen (Stanford): Overcooks her DLO and lands OOB. Back 2.5 to front lay also a touch bouncy and crooked. 9.650

Roberts (Stanford): FTDT, with a little adjustment on the landing. Switch half to switch full, I think? Two people are literally standing right in front of me… Front lay to Rudi, nicely done. 9.875

Widner (Stanford): Fantastic DLO, stuck cold. Front tuck through to double pike, a little bounce back right on the line but didn’t see a flag go up. Switch leap to switch half to Popa, great job. 9.850

Pitchell (CMU): Big double pike with a slide back. Popa series, really great height and extension. Front lay to a crisp front full. And a strong double tuck to close. Nice one. 9.900

AFTER THREE ROTATIONS: UCLA 148.750, Missouri 147.925, Stanford 147. 825, Boise State 147.175

Boise State holding its own after counting that early fall. As we saw last session, you never know what can happen, so…

UCLA with a comfortable buffer, so this is shaping up to be a nail biter between the Tigers and the Cardinal. Missouri has the advantage in theory, but beam is beam. You just never know!

Rotation Four: Stanford vault, UCLA bars, Missouri beam, Round One Winner floor

Dean (Stanford): Very low Y full, pike down and a small step to the side. 9.750

Neault (Stanford): RO full on pike off, nearly stuck. 9.850

Widner (Stanford): Clean Y full. 9.925

Nguyen (Stanford): Tight Y double full with some leg crossing and a large bounce back. 9.850

Roberts (Stanford): Y 1.5 with some form and a little side step. 9.950

Brunette (Stanford): Y 1.5 a bit messy in the air and landed deep, but a stick! 9.875

Benson (BYU): Strong Y full to close out vault. 9.900

Campbell (UCLA): Strong bail. Blind change to front double tuck, little cowboyed and a step forward. 9.850

Lee (UCLA): Some form on her Pak and VL. DLO tight in the air but a big hop forward. 9.800

Padurariu (UCLA): Beautiful first handstand and toe on. Maloney to bail to handstand, great. Perfect final handstand. FTDT, stuck. 9.900

Harris (UCLA): Gorgeous first handstand. Tkatchev, great. Bail right to handstand. Perfect final handstand. Crisp full pirouette to a DLO with a hop forward. 9.875

Frazier (UCLA): Maloney with some arm bend. Pak, good. DLO with a tiny hop back. Nice one. 9.925

Chiles (UCLA): Nice first handstand. Piked Tkatchev to Pak, no problems. In the bars Gienger, great. Nailed her FTDT. 9.975

Lawrence (Mizzou): Full turn with a tiny core adjustment. Side aerial with some foot form and a leg-up check. Lovely front aerial. RO back 1.5 with soft legs but a stick. 9.800

Schaffer (Mizzou): Floaty front aerial, very steady. Bhs loso bhs with a touch of form and lightest adjustment. Switch split to split jump, great. RO back 1.5, stuck. 9.875

Davis (Mizzou): Kicked out full turn, nice. Bhs loso, totally secure and fully extended. Front toss landed upright. Beat to sheep jump with a small hip check. Split jump to bhs side gainer full, stuck. Not a higher gainer in the NCAA. 9.900

Sheremeta (Mizzou): Beat jump, great. Bhs loso, couldn’t be prettier. Full turn with free leg extended, gorgeous. Front aerial to beat to Shushunova, excellent. Front tucked gainer full, stuck. One of her best routines. 9.950

Hu (Mizzou): Lovely Korbut mount. Y full turn with a check. Front aerial to one foot, front aerial; very smooth. Beat to split 3/5, great. Scale in Arabesque, lovely. Bhs side gainer full, stuck. Beautiful routine except for the check. 9.900

Schreiber (Mizzou): Shoulder cartwheel mount, great. Full turn kicked out. Bhs loso loso with a tiny hip check. Switch half with a moderate check. Beat to split 3/4. beat to a stuck side gainer full. That should do it for Mizzou. 9.850

Rollins (BYU): Switch leap to straddle 1/4, beautiful. Front aerial with a little waver to bhs loso with feet and a hip check. Full turn with free leg extended. Bhs side gainer full landed with a lean but a stick. 9.800

Vulaj (BSU): Switch full good position. Clean double tuck to finish. 9.825

Lucas (BSU): Back 1.5 to front lay, nice and clean. 9.750

Loyim (BSU): Double pike with a small front foot slide.

McGovern (BSU): Punch Rudi to loso, super floaty. Switch half to tuck 1.5, very nicely done. Emma Andres is boppin’ along to her music, lol.

Blackson (BSU): fhs front double full to front tuck, really good pop on all three. Big, floaty back 2.5. What a day for her!

Leitch (BSU): Front lay to a bouncy front full. Double tuck slightly underrotated, but a strong routine to finish the Broncos’ season.

DeMers (CMU): Fhs to double twist, a touch crunched on the landing. Fabulous double pike. If you’ve never watched this routine, please do. It’s so. Much. Fun. Fantastic switch full series. Front lay to Rudi, excellent. Shushunova, Thor floor pound, and she bursts into tears. Ugh, what a brilliant finish for her.

FINAL: UCLA 198.275, Missouri 197.400, Stanford 197.275, Boise State 196.225

I haven’t been able to look at the final score sheets to do tie breakers, but as far as I can tell, here are the current individual standings. Individuals whose teams did not advance are in bold:


  1. Jordan Chiles UCLA 39.750
  2. Selena Harris UCLA 49.650
  3. Chloe Widner Stanford 39.550


  1. Blackson Boise State 10.000
  2. Jordan Rucker Utah 10.000
  3. Anna Roberts Stanford 9.950
  4. Abby Brenner Utah 9.950
  5. Chae Campbell Utah 9.950


  1. Jordan Chiles UCLA 9.975
  2. Emily Lopez Boise State 9.950
  3. Cristal Isa Boise State 9.950
  4. Sage Thompson Utah 9.950


  1. Maile O’Keefe Utah 10.000
  2. Selena Harris UCLA 9.975
  3. Emma Malabuyo UCLA 9.975
  4. Alisa Sheremeta Missouri 9.950
  5. Kennedi Davis Washington 9.950


  1. Jordan Chiles UCLA 9.950
  2. Brooklyn Moors UCLA 9.925
  3. Abby Paulson Utah 9.925
  4. Derrian Gobourne Auburn 9.925
  5. Karley McClain SUU 9.925

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