SEMO at Lindenwood
|Full Results||SEMO: 194.425||Lindenwood: 193.000|
|VT: Aleah Leman and Aleah Turon, 9.825||UB: Courtney Mitchell, 9.800||BB: Courtney Mitchell and Anna Kaziska, 9.825||FX: Anna Kaziska, 9.875||AA: Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso, 38.350|
The Big Storyline: It was a tough senior night showing for Lindenwood, which had a respectable lead through three rotations only to miss all of its final three floor routines. SEMO on the other hand notched a season-best team total that would have beaten even some of Lindenwood’s better meets. The return of Jordan Jones for the first time in 2021 was key to a season high on floor, while Lydia Test also returned to contribute on two events after a two-week absence.
Implications: This lower score brings Lindenwood’s average score down one again, leaving the Lions narrowly hanging onto first place. It won’t matter next week, though, since NQS is about to kick in
Controversies: While Aleah Leman missed the punch into her front double full on floor quite badly and barely survived the encounter, she did both rotate the skill and stand it up (barely) at the end. The judges didn’t seem to know quite how to score it, leading to a lengthy conference and an eventual 8.500/9.000 judging split. There was also some fan consternation over Lindenwood beam scores, but a few slow series cost the Lions critical SV on that event.
Current Rankings: No. 49 SEMO at No. 40 Lindenwood
Why You Should Make Time to Tune in: With the USAG postseason looming, it’s key to know how these two MIC powerhouses match up. SEMO has been struggling for a few weeks while Lindenwood has been in cruise control with the exception of a minor beam catastrophe on Friday. The personnel links between these two teams also make the matchup compelling: One SEMO coach is a former Lindenwood assistant coach while the other is a former Lindenwood gymnast.
Need More Proof? Lindenwood is nationally ranked on vault, with Courtney Mitchell’s Yurchenko Arabian providing a highlight.