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WGYM Liveblog: No. 4 Denver and No. 18 Iowa State at No. 2 Florida

Your lady Gators take on another top five matchup this week in their first (and only) tri-meet of the season, as they face the Denver Pioneers and the Iowa State Cyclones. Tri-meets are action-packed, as all three events run at the same time. I’ll do my best to get everyone’s routines, but I will prioritize Florida and then Denver, since they’re the top-ranked two of the three.

Florida is expected to win this meet, but don’t expect Denver to make it easy on them. Maddie Karr and Lynnzee Brown are the one-two all-around punch on this team and finish almost every lineup with consecutive 9.9+ routines. The Pios also owned the first perfect 10.0 of the season, with sophomore Alexis Vasquez earning it on the very first week of competition on beam.

Iowa State is no slouch either. The Cyclones have a slew of international recruits with incredible pedigrees, including Peru’s first-ever Olympic gymnast Ariana Orrego and Puerto Rican Worlds team member Andrea Maldonado, the latter of whom recently got the front triple full named for herself at a recent World Cup. They’re led by seniors Sydney Converse and Casandra Diaz, and the team is already off to one of its best starts in recent years.

The Gators will have several things to pay attention to tonight to gauge their progress as the season marches into February. Vault and floor landings are a huge key to increasing their scores on those events, so if the gymnasts can keep those secure and tight, that will indicate good progress from where they were in January. The bars squad will want to watch their landings as well as their handstands – floppy, imprecise handstands, especially on the low bar, will not cut it come postseason. Beam has been very strong for the Gators in the last few weeks, so if they can keep that up tonight and dial in the aspects of other events, they’ll count tonight as a win, whether that’s the actual outcome or not.

Warmups are over now, so I should be getting lineups soon. Some notes I already have:

Finally! Lineups for you.

Wonder if Alexander is sick or if Skaggs and Foberg are just edging her out on landings. Also, regarding Denver –

6:57pm: Touch warmup is underway! I’m so out of practice with tri-meets, so we’ll see how this goes, ha!

7:01pm: Foberg, VT: FTY, looked like a good landing from here.

Ruiz, UB: Good opening handstands, good height on Tkachev but not a lot of distance. Bail was okay from what I saw, stuck her DLO! Nice!

Steinmeyer, BB: Split positions were good from what I saw. Missed most of this. Roundoff 1.5 stuck!

7:02pm: Skaggs, VT: FTY, small slide I think. Replay confirms that.

Subject, UB: Transitions good. Short on last handstand. Stuck DLO!

7:04pm: Baumann, VT: Y1.5, stutter step back.

Brown, UB: Pak is great, van Leeuwen, good, slight leg sep. DLO with a hop.

Turner, BB: series good, lean on the last loso but controls it. Full turn, good. Dismount looked stuck from here!

7:06pm: Schoenherr, VT: Y1.5, decent sized hop forward.

Glynn, UB: Short first handstands. Gienger is good, good next handstand. Bail is okay. Good last handstand, stuck full in!

Burns, BB: Side aerial lovely. Bobble on her dance series, though good positions in the air. Bobble on what I assume was her series. Small adjustment on dismount.

7:08pm: Thomas, VT: Y1.5, another hop forward. Almost a carbon copy of Schoenherr.

7:09pm: Richards, VT: Y1.5, small hop to the side.

Karr, UB: Good first handstands, pirouette right on top, falls on her release. Rechalks, gets back up. She’s doing the whole thing again, wow. Pirouette into Gienger to overshoot, all good this time. DLO stuck! A shame she missed the Gienger the first time.

Semple, BB: Switch half very short of 180. Stuck dismount – sorry, that’s all I got.

7:10pm: Johnson-Scharpf, VT exhibition: FTY, small slide. Good for her!

Morton, UB: Good first handstand. Tkachev, not much amplitude but gets it. Bail is fine. Short last handstand. DLO is super close, her knees buckle but she doesn’t let it take her down.

Palacios, BB: several bobbles and some low split positions.

7:13pm: Converse, BB: pretty mount sequence. Bhs loso series, small bobble but covers well. Split to straddle half, maybe a little shy of 180. Front toss is pretty, to beat jump. Full turn good. Roundoff 1.5, hops into salute.

AFTER ONE: UF 49.225, ISU 49.2, DU 49.1

Iowa State is ahead of Denver after the first rotation – some of those beam scores felt a BIT generous to me, considering all the bobbles and short splits. Honestly, same with the bars scores and short handstands, but I’m not the judge.

Rotation two time!

7:22pm: Richards, UB: Maloney to bail is good, if a little floppy in the handstand. DLO with a lil slide.

L Brown, BB: Front toss is great. Switch to split is good, front leg maybe a little low but she’s facing away from me. Wolf jump is good. Gainer full stuck!

Langkamp, FX: First tumbling pass hit. Front to half to split is super out of control but she stays in. Double tuck is a little low but not crunchy in the ankles.

7:23pm: Gowey, UB: Ray is huge! Good handstand. Pak is lovely. DLO, slide back.

E Brown, BB: Front aerial to back tuck, bobble. Sheep jump is pretty! Side aerial, nice. Sticks dismount!

Diaz, FX: Love this salsa music! Hits combo pass, and I believe first pass was fine too. Double pike to close, nice and high.

7:26pm: Hundley, UB: Maloney to pak is gorgeous. Missed her van Leeuwen but team screams like it’s good. College sticks her full in dismount.

7:28pm: Skaggs, UB: Tkachev to pak, HUGE! And pak was glued together. DLO stuck, couldn’t have moved if she wanted to! That’ll be a great one.

Ruiz, BB: Pretty mount sequence, lots of great toe point. Dance series is good. Floaty bhs loso. Side aerial to beat is good. Gainer pike off the end, a little off balance, stumbles at least once back.

Diab, FX: Front double full to punch front, wow! Dance series is good. Second pass clean. Rudi to loso SO FLOATY! Good for her.

7:30pm: Thomas, UB: Maloney to uprise is gorgeous. Pak is way better than warmup, not nearly as whippy. van Leeuwen is good. DLO slide back. Crowd explodes! It’s not a 10 though, and they know that.

Lockhart, BB: Triple series, ooh bobbles but stays on. Stuck dismount it sounded like.

7:32pm: Schoenherr, UB: Jaeger good. Bail is dead on. Last handstand is patient, maybe a little shy? I need the protractor graphic! Stuck her double front half out though!

Cooke, FX: Front double full, almost goes out! But stayed in, I didn’t see a hand. 1.5 to front full, nice!

7:33pm: Karr, BB: Lovely series, straight on. Hitchkick to side somi is great. Split full is definitely short of 180. Roundoff 1.5 stuck!

Clapper, UB exhibition: Short first handstand. Release good, short on next handstand. Bail is good. Full in, slings it out but sticks!

Converse, FX: Double arabian, a little bouncy out of it. Front through to double full looks a little wild in the air, but lands it okay. Positions are good in her dance series. Rudi to close, much cleaner. A good finish for her.

7:35pm: Vasquez, BB: Front aerial to bhs loso, snaps those arms down but can’t avoid a bobble. Splits are gorgeous in her dance series. Y turn, gorgeous and perfectly steady. Side aerial to back full, looks like she almost missed the end of the beam on her punch but figured it out, and stuck!

Andrea Maldonado, FX: This is amazing! Front 2.5 (aka a Randi), that’s awesome. Front double full to punch front, even this crowd is recognizing how good she is. Double pike, perfect control to finish. She is so entertaining to watch.

7:38pm: Schlottman, BB exhibition: Side aerial is good. Bhs gainer full, single step. Sorry, missed the rest watching floor – Maldonado is just that good!

Alondra Maldonado, FX exhibition: Double back, nice and high. Rudi to straddle, very low finishing her twist but the jump hides it a little bit. First split is a little low in the front leg, but the straddle position following is good. Clearly a stamina thing keeping her out of the lineup, I think. Front lay to front full to finish, sister gives her a big hug after she’s done. Very nice.

AFTER TWO: UF 98.675, DU 98.525, ISU 98.425

Honestly, I see a lot more separation between these teams than the scores are indicating, I feel like the beam judges are being very generous tonight.

Ready for rotation 3? This is going to be difficult, I’ll do my best to get beam and floor covered but I can’t promise vault.

7:48pm: Hundley, BB: Front aerial to sissone, great. Bhs loso, soft in the knees and can’t save it, falls off to the side. Gets back up, beat to switch side, good. Roundoff 1.5 stuck! That’s not the start they would have wanted.

Glynn, FX: This opening choreo is great! Double back to open, good. Split positions way better than in warmup. Double pike, great. Headstand, whaaaat? That’s cool.

Converse, VT: FTY, big bounce back.

Turner, VT: Didn’t see what she vaulted but it was clearly great, their vault coach is roaring with excitement at the end of the runway!

7:51pm: Johnson-Scharpf, BB: Punch front, dead on, good for her. Bobble on her series but keeps it small. Full turn is fine. Beat to switch half, not 180. Handstand to bhs back full, looked stuck to me! Replay confirms the stick.

Subject, FX: So much power in this routine. Double pike to open, solid. Front lay to front full, pretty in the air. Double tuck to finish, crunchy on the landing, couldn’t see if she put a knee down or not.

Think I missed Boychuk on vault, cuz I think this is Steinmeyer.

Steinmeyer, VT: Y1.5, small hop, gorgeous in the air! Good for her.

7:54pm: Richards, BB: Full turn to open, lovely. Bhs loso loso, straight on, great. Switch to straddle, switch might’ve been a lil short of 180. Side aerial back full, hop in place.

Maxwell, VT: Y1.5, small slide forward? HUGE scream from the team and the ISU contingent here in the crowd. Must be a big deal for her to hit that, good for her.

7:56pm: Andrea Maldonado, VT: Y1.5, hop to the side.

Baumann, BB: Switch to split, good. Bhs loso, small check. Dance series is gorgeous. Full turn great. Side aerial is so steady. Roundoff 1.5 stuck!

Ruiz, FX: Hiiigh double back to open. Straddle positions are good. Combo pass, layout a little low. Double pike landed chest down, but overall a needed hit.

7:59pm: Lockhart, FX: An MJ medley, this is fun, but I have to wonder about sensitivity after Ohashi’s very public thing about changing her music last year. First pass is good. There’s some awkward fades in this music I’m not a super fan of, but she works it in the choreo sections. Rudi, wild legs, very separated. Double pike to finish, nice and high.

Gowey, BB: Dance elements lovely as always. Bhs loso loso, DEAD on. Front aerial to sissone, great. Gainer full stuck!

8:02pm: Karr, FX: Bringing Bridget Sloan’s senior music in here, woof. 2.5 twist is great. Performing the heck out of this routine, good for her. Last pass is clearly a hit.

Thomas, BB: Bhs loso super steady. Split, beat to korbut is great. 1.5 stuck! AND IT’S A TEN HOLY COW! That makes her second ten, in two consecutive outings here in the O-Dome.

8:05pm: Apparently Clapper is exhibitioning here too? Jenny told me Skaggs was going. She looks great so far though, series solid. Dance elements lovely and extended.

Brown, FX: DLO to open, gorgeous. 1.5 to front lay, so floaty, and into a split jump. Great control. Great musicality through this final choreo section. Double back to close, great. Team is shouting 10 but she ends up with a 9.95.

AFTER THREE: UF 148.275, DU 147.925, ISU 147.425

This is a great point. If Florida’s beam team can continue to show this kind of fight, it looks like it could bounce back from just about anything.

8:15pm: Richards, FX: DLO, beautiful! Dance elemnts good. Front through to double back is a little low, but pops it up quick.

Subject, VT: FTY, big lunge back. That didn’t look like her? But lineup says it is.

Sounds like Iowa State bars was a hit, but I didn’t see any of it.

Ruiz, VT: FTY, much better landing.

Another hit for ISU, this time from Diaz.

8:17pm: Gowey, FX: I love that she’s become a lineup mainstay here this year, I’m so proud of her. Front to Rudi to stag, great control. Dance elements great as always. Double back to finish, gorgeous.

Glynn, VT: Tsuk full (I think) with a lunge.

8:19pm: Burns, UB: Tkachev is good, great handstand after. Bail is okay, good last handstand. DLO a little close to the bar, hop in place.

Couldn’t see Brown’s vault at all, Adrian was standing in my way, but it was clearly a good one.

8:20pm: Johnson-Scharpf, FX: Double arabian to open, way better than in warmups, a little knee bendy but fine. 1.5 to front lay, good control into her dance out. Double back, chest a little low but better than it has been. She’s definitely hitting her stride this season.

Karr, VT: Y1.5, little slide forward I think but again, coaches standing in front of me. Apparently, not, she scores a 10.0!!!

Cooke hits bars too. Sorry I’m not catching more of the Cyclones for y’all.

8:22pm: Vella-Wright, UB: Maloney to pak is gorgeous. Van Leeuwen glued to together. Full in, slings it out a little but sticks!

Hundley, FX: Whip double back is good to open. Crowd is not as fired up for her this week. Double pike, chest up, good. Oh now the crowd is getting into it, ha. Combo pass to finish is great. As great as she was in the anchor spot against LSU, I like this order better. I think she’s a good energizer right before Thomas and Baumann finish things out.

Ros Vaquer, UB: Maloney to pak is good here as well, half pirouette right on top of the low bar. Great last handstand, wow. DLO, stuck! A huge rotation for Iowa State.

8:26pm: Thomas, FX: DLO, just slow mo lays it into the lunge. 1.5 to front lay, floaty into her stag jump out. Super secure on her dance elements, great positions in the air. Hitting all her notes in the choreo here. I think my favorite choreo moment in this year’s routine is the knuckle crack. Double pike to finish, nice and high. Came reeeeally close to the line but I didn’t see a hand. It’s another 9.975 for Thomas, but her time will come.

Maxwell, UB exhibition: Huge Jaeger, wow. Great handstand. Missed her transition, but she had a big hop back on her DLO.

8:29pm: Baumann, FX: The meet may already be won, but she gets to take the victory lap. Double back still, no DLO, but it’s a great double back – super high, great control in the landing. 1.5 to front full is great, dances right out. Double pike to close, another huge one and great landing. Gowey TACKLES her in a hug after she’s done. Another 9.975, but wow was it an electric performance.

8:32pm: Schoenherr, FX exhibition: Fur Elise remix, here we go. Just a super high double back to open, she’s ditched the front double full she showed at Orange and Blue. Dance positions are good. 1.5 to front lay, single controlled step out. Double pike, that’s another great lineup option for the Gators, wow.

FINAL: UF 197.875, DU 197.25, ISU 196.8

I think each team will go home with an event title if I remember correctly.

Vault will go to Karr with her perfect 10.0, bars is a tie between Schoenherr and Ros Vaquer with 9.95s, beam will be Thomas with her 10.0, and floor will be a tie between Thomas and Baumann with 9.975s. Thomas will almost certainly win the AA – yes, with a 39.775. That’s huge.

These should be useful away scores for both Denver and Iowa, though if Denver wants to stay top 5, they’ll want this to be one of their lower counting away scores.

Thanks for hanging out tonight guys! Check out my Twitter @mycluttereddesk for post-meet updates, and I’ll have a recap for y’all this weekend.

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