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NCAA Gymnastics

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Erin, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Erin

    Erin Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing with the absolute terrible timing of the NCAA gymnastics season starting the same week as U.S. Nationals, most people have their attention focused elsewhere, but I need a distraction for when my skating favorites inevitably crash and burn and don't make the Olympic team (or in a month and a half, don't make the Olympic podium).

    The season kicks off with Michigan vs. Alabama at 5:30 Eastern on Friday, which is being shown on ESPNU, followed by LSU vs Arkansas at 7 Eastern on the SEC network. We'll see how much watching I can do in between skating.

    The consensus this season seems to be that it's a Florida vs. Oklahoma showdown for the title so that will be one of the most interesting stories to watch. Oklahoma looked incredible in their preseason exhibition but Florida has such a strong incoming class and hasn't lost any of last year's routines. Georgia with Courtney (but really Suzanne) at the helm should also be interesting especially since they have a million injuries at the moment.
     
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  2. Lara

    Lara It's JJ style!

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    There is way way too much sports to watch in January!!!
     
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  3. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

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    With you on that. I'm trying to follow Olympic qualifications in a lot of sports for a lot of countries, and finding it nearly impossible. The gymnasts and golfers are just going to have to wait until February 26th.
     
  4. Fridge_Break

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    I am going to guess that Florida has the upperhand as far as the #1 rank goes this season. They didn't graduate a single routine from last year, and bring in a super talented freshman class on top of that. Oklahoma had a few heavy hitters graduate last year, so they'll need to find places to make up those tenths.

    I just got my BTN2Go subscription set for this month. I am going to be plowing people over to be out the door at work tomorrow night ASAP so I can get home and watch gymnastics (and skating). Unfortunately we moved a few months ago and our new cable provider doesn't have SEC Network in the package we have, so that's a ton of meets I'm not going to be able to watch :wuzrobbed I wish Big Ten Network cared a bit more about the non-football/basketball sports.

    It's been entirely too long of an off season, I am so ready for gym to begin again. One thing I LOVE about the season being January-April is that it makes the winter completely fly by, and I've had enough of this polar sub-zero temperature shit that's been happening here lately. Here's to an entertaining season of gymnastics! :cheer2:
     
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  5. Lucy25

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    And Alabama continues their trend of the worst hair in the NCAA . That said, I am so excited about the new season! I have been counting the days to the new season. LSU will continue to be my favorite, but being from Michigan, I’ll be following them, too.
     
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  6. ilovepaydays

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    Watching LSU vs. Arkansas during U.S. Ladies LP commercial breaks. I really like Arkansas' new leotards. Having the Razorback on one shoulder and "Arkansas" down the other sleeve looks really nice. I grew up in Arkansas and I like seeing them try to build their program. :)
     
  7. Lucy25

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    Going to watch LSU now. Lots of early season bobbles in the Michigan meet, but thrilled to see the Wolverines beat Alabama! Floor is their (UM) weakness right now.
     
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  8. Erin

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    Well LSU looks raring to go on bars (of all events) but a little underprepared everywhere else. I was a little surprised the final score came out over 197.

    Scoring was much tighter at the Alabama/Michigan meet although both teams definitely have more work to do, especially on floor. Only Karas and McLean looked like they are in shape to do floor right now. Poor Bailie Key did not have the debut she wanted. Will be interesting to see if she stays in the lineup, especially since I was surprised not to see Peyton Ernst on beam.

    Florida...ouch...did not get off to the start they wanted. I have not been as convinced as others that this is their year, although they were obviously hampered here by the last minute injury to Kennedy Baker. I was multitasking with watching skating and LSU-Arkansas, so I didn't get a great sense of how much the new freshmen are bringing in terms of scores. I was impressed that Foberg is already in the all around. Had been hoping to see Baumann on bars as she looked beautiful in preseason. Disappointed Skaggs only did a full on vault.

    Didn't get to see Utah but a 197 for them is very impressive especially since lots are predicting they won't even make super six this year.
     
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  9. Lucy25

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    Kennedy Baker has an injury?? Rats. Love her. Looking forward to LSU-Florida next week. I see the potential in Baily Key and think she will be just fine. I seem to remember Maddie Desch had a pretty rocky start last year, too. That transition from elite to college must be brutal at first.
     
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  10. Erin

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    Yeah, it was the weirdest thing, she did a toe-on on bars, missed it twice, then quit her bar routine and got a 2.0 on bars. Then the trainer was apparently working on her leg and she was out of the rest of the lineups when it appeared she was supposed to be in at least the vault and floor lineups (Sierra Alexander pinched in on vault and Rachel Gowey suddenly anchored floor). I was sad too, after she was out for so much of last season, I was hoping this was going to be a big year for her. Not clear if it will be lasting or not though.
     
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  11. Lucy25

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    Thanks for the info. Hope it won't turn out to be something serious.
     
  12. Fridge_Break

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    Kennedy will be just fine. :cheer2:

    We are supposed to get iced in this weekend, just as long as the power doesn't go out, I will pass the time watching any and all NCAA meets that I can. 'Tis the best time of the year!
     
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  13. ilovepaydays

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  14. Erin

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    Agreed. I believe Nichols' competition on Monday will mark the first time any gymnast will have competed who has gone public about Nassar so it would be great to see some appreciation for her.

    I watched the two competitions on the SEC network with half an eye in the background while I was watching Canadians. LSU looked a little improved from last week on every event but bars. Having Edney back helped, even though she clearly wasn't at her best. I'm surprised not to see Desiderio in the floor lineup and wonder if there is an injury? Florida looked way better than last week and good to see it was just a cramp for Baker, but I'm still a little meh on them. Can't wait to see how Oklahoma compares.

    Very sad to see two athletes go down to injury in the Georgia-Alabama meet. Georgia's will particularly devastating to their lineups. Outside of that, Alabama is just not looking like the team they were last year and don't have the depth we are used to seeing. And Georgia...well, people have pointed out that the bright side is that it was a point higher than last year's debut. But I was kind of amused that Suzanne made a claim that people wouldn't have to hold their breath for Georgia beam anymore and they open up with counting two falls.
     
  15. Rob

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    I think Sarah Finnegan looks really good. I haven't watched a lot yet, but she stood out.
     
  16. Erin

    Erin Well-Known Member

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    @Rob, I agree that Finnegan looks amazing this season. She's a good example of someone that had a bit of an up and down freshman year, coming in after having not competed at all in three seasons, but improved so much last year, and has really come into her own this year.

    Given all that has gone on in the gymnastics community this week, it felt a bit weird to just jump into college gymnastics, but I still do love the sport and I don't want to not support the gymnasts (although I won't be attending any USAG meets until I get a lot more evidence of change).

    Anyway...Oklahoma still looks like the team to beat, but they don't look as impressive as I thought they might from their intrasquad. A few more hiccups than I thought there would be. That said, there is lots of fresh talent from Webb, Showers, Woodard. KJ Kindler continues to do great work with the team. UCLA is also looking pretty good - a lot further along than they usually are in January, so that's a good sign. And Kocian competed beam in Arizona, and it wasn't a hands-free routine, which suggests her recovery must be pretty far along. I did not expect to see her back this early at all.

    Florida continues to look a bit rough - there was tough judging on bars at their meet on Kentucky but they also counted a fall on beam and even without those issues, they just don't look as good as Oklahoma or LSU. Alabama is also massively underperforming compared to expectations, although in retrospect I think that losing Katie Bailey and Aja Sims were holes that were too big for them to fill.

    I went to the Minnesota meets the past two weekends - big improvement this weekend compared to last. They have two freshmen, Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper, who are both really talented and were exciting to watch. I really liked the floor choreography for a lot of the Minnesota team too (and luckily one of the routines that I saw that I wasn't a fan of wasn't in the competition).