Oklahoma, Stanford and Utah State at Arizona
Update 1/19: Utah State was added to this meet after Boise State withdrew from its dual with the Aggies due to COVID protocols.
|Full Results||Oklahoma: 197.900||Utah State: 196.350||Stanford: 195.725||Arizona: 193.775|
|VT: Bowers 9.975||UB: Bowers, Davis, Fletcher 9.900||BB: Smith 9.975||FX: Bowers, Clark, Smith 9.925||AA: Bowers 39.600|
The Big Storyline: The Sooners posted the nation’s highest road score to-date on their way to a massive victory in an all top-25 quad meet. Jordan Bowers continued her freshman season on a good note, nearly sweeping the event titles and taking the all-around crown, with Ragan Smith also having a strong night with an almost-perfect beam set and title-sharing floor routine. The lone non-Oklahoma winner of the day was Utah State’s Brie Clark, who tied for the floor title with Bowers and Smith and helped the Aggies to a pair of Pac-12 upsets.
Implications: Oklahoma’s massive total should slide it back ahead of Denver to claim the top spot in the Big 12 while Stanford’s win over Arizona gives it its first Pac-12 regular season victory since 2019.
Records: Danae Fletcher’s 9.900 on bars helped her earn her first collegiate event title.
Current Rankings: No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 13 Stanford and No. 22 Utah State at No. 20 Arizona
Why You Should Clear Space on Your DVR: A trio of top 20 teams will battle it out at Arizona as the Sooners look to erase a loss to Utah and the Cardinal and Wildcats fight for a spot in the top half of the Pac-12. Stanford, who finished seventh in the Pac-12 a season ago, starts week three in the top half of the conference and should be pushed by Arizona, who opened with a loss at Southern Utah. The Aggies’ strong start to the season has them currently sitting in the top 25 and looking ready to challenge for the MRGC title.
You Can Fast Forward, but not Through This: Stanford’s Kyla Bryant is already making the most of her bonus year, leading the country in all-around average after a few near-perfect routines to begin her 2022. Jordan Bowers bounced back for Oklahoma last week after a fall on her first collegiate routine and will make for a great veteran vs. newbie all-around battle. Malia Hargrove competed all four for the Wildcats in their opener and will look to play spoiler over Bowers and Bryant. Utah State’s Brie Clark has had a great start to her freshman season, notching two scores of 9.925-plus in her first two appearances on floor and should be a contender for the event title.
- Video Type: Live Stream (free)
- Video: http://pac-12.com/live/university-arizona
- Scores: https://arizonawildcats.com/sports/womens-gymnastics/schedule/2021-22
- Live Blog: http://collegegymnews.com/2022/01/21/live-blog-no-4-oklahoma-no-13-stanford-no-22-utah-state-at-no-20-arizona/
- Live Blog Editor: Rebecca