It sure was a cap-popping blizzard of a weekend.
The champion of the week was Ashleigh Gnat, who recorded the first vault 10 of the new vault era by sticking her DTY. Because that's what happens when you stick DTYs. You get 10s. Do I hear an Amanar? Sorry. I'll stop. OMG YOU GUYS, my aunt's cousin's best enemy's roommate totally saw Ashleigh Gnat training an Amanar. I SWEAR.
"Oh snap, she stuck it!" Oh Sac, never leave us ever. What if KJC said "Oh snap" when someone landed a vault? I'll let you go enjoy your made life.
Week 3 rankings
1. Florida – 197.192
Week 3: 197.075
Week 3 leaders: AA - Sloan 39.575; VT - McMurtry 9.900; UB - Sloan 9.925; BB - McMurtry 9.900; FX - Baker 9.950
2. Oklahoma – 197.094
Week 3: 197.475
Week 3 leaders: AA - Capps, Kmieciak 39.500; VT - Scaman, Jackson, Capps 9.875; UB - Wofford, Kmieciak 9.925; BB - Brown 9.925; FX - Scaman 9.925
3. Michigan – 196.938
Week 3: 196.900
Week 3 leaders: AA - Karas 39.550; VT - Karas 9.950; UB - Artz 9.900; BB - Artz, Marinez 9.900; FX - Karas 9.900
4. UCLA – 196.758
Week 3: 196.800
Week 3 leaders: AA - Ohashi 39.375; VT - Hall 9.900; UB - Ohashi 9.925; BB - Francis, Meraz 9.850; FX - Bynum 9.925
5. Alabama – 196.688
Week 3: 196.400
Week 3 leaders: AA - Beers 38.950; VT - Guerrero 9.900; UB - Winston 9.900; BB - A Sims 9.950; FX - Jetter 9.925
6. LSU – 196.450
Week 3: 196.575
Week 3 leaders: AA - Hambrick 39.325; VT - Gnat 10.000; UB - Priessman 9.925; BB - Finnegan 9.900; FX - Gnat 9.950
7. Utah – 196.342
Week 3: 196.125
Week 3 leaders: AA - Lee 39.100; VT - Hughes 9.900; UB - Rowe 9.950; BB - Stover 9.925; FX - Schwab 9.925
8. Arkansas – 196.113
Week 3: 196.700
Week 3 leaders: AA - Wellick 38.950; VT - Wellick 9.900; UB - Zaziski, Freier, Glover 9.775; BB - Wellick 9.900; FX - Canizaro, McGlone, Nelson 9.900
9. Auburn – 196.106
Week 3: 195.900
Week 3 leaders: AA - Atkinson 39.275; VT - Atkinson 9.825; UB - Atkinson 9.875; BB - Krippner, Hlawek 9.775; FX - Demers 9.925
10. Boise State – 196.063
Week 3: 196.425
Week 3 leaders: AA - Remme 39.250; VT - Stockwell 9.925; UB - Stockwell 9.875; BB - Means, Remme 9.800; FX - Collantes 9.925
11. George Washington – 195.800
Week 3: Cancelled
12. Stanford – 195.783
Week 3: 196.675
Week 3 leaders: AA - Price 39.500; VT - Price 9.925; UB - Price 9.925; BB - Hong 9.925; FX - Price 9.875
13. Georgia – 195.769
Week 3: 195.350
Week 3 leaders: AA - Jay 39.475; VT - Jay, Rogers, Snead 9.875; UB - Vaculik 9.875; BB - Box 9.875; FX - Jay, Box 9.900
14. Denver – 195.642
Week 3: 195.650
Week 3 leaders: AA - McGee 39.500; VT - McGee 9.900; UB - McGee 9.875; BB - Ross 9.800; FX - McGee 9.975
15. Oregon State – 195.633
Week 3: 195.125
Week 3 leaders: AA - Gardiner 39.150; VT - Gardiner 9.850; UB - Singley 9.875; BB - McMillan 9.850; FX - Gardiner 9.875
16. Missouri – 195.600
Week 3: 195.800
Week 3 leaders: AA - None; VT - Ward 9.875; UB - Kelly 9.850; BB - Ward 9.900; FX - Harris 9.925
17. Nebraska – 195.342
Week 3: 195.825
Week 3 leaders: AA - Blanske 39.500; VT - Schweihofer 9.900; UB - Williams 9.875; BB - Williams 9.900; FX - Blanske 9.950
18. Minnesota – 195.267
Week 3: 195.675
Week 3 leaders: AA - Gardner 39.100; VT - Haines 9.825; UB - Holst 9.850; BB - Nordquist 9.950; FX - Mable 9.900
19. Illinois – 195.242
Week 3: 195.150
Week 3 leaders: AA - Horth 39.275; VT - O'Connor 9.850; UB - Horth 9.900; BB - Kato 9.875; FX - O'Connor 9.925
20. Arizona – 195.217
Week 3: 196.475
Week 3 leaders: AA - None; VT - Cindric 9.825; UB - Laub 9.875; BB - Cindric 9.875; FX - Sisler Scheider 9.900
21. Cal – 195.150
Week 3: 195.650
Week 3 leaders: AA - Williams 38.800; VT - Williams 9.875; UB - Williams 9.850; BB - Owens 9.850; FX - Williams 9.925
22. West Virginia – 195.083
Week 3: 195.800
Week 3 leaders: AA - Muhammad 39.325; VT - Koshinski 9.900; UB - Goldberg 9.875; BB - Galpin 9.875; FX - Muhammad 9.950
23. Kentucky – 195.033
Week 3: 195.100
Week 3 leaders: AA - Dukes 39.200; VT - Dukes, Stuart 9.800; UB - Stuart 9.800; BB - Dukes 9.900; FX - Stuart, Roemmele 9.775
24. Eastern Michigan – 194.992
Week 3: 195.050
Week 3 leaders: AA - Valentin 39.025; VT - Slocum 9.900; UB - Conrad 9.800; BB - Rubin 9.875; FX - Slocum 9.850
24. Southern Utah – 194.992
Week 3: 195.275
Week 3 leaders: AA - Ramirez 38.725; VT - Webb 9.850; UB - Shettles 9.850; BB - Trejo, Webb 9.875; FX - Webb 9.825
-Florida retains the #1 ranking after a fine-not-great showing at Auburn, a score brought down by some discomfort/Bridget Sloan improvisation on beam that had not been a factor in earlier performances, along with the continued half-a-floor-lineup situation. Oklahoma gained ground in the rankings after putting up a much more Oklahoma-January type performance, still having to endure one beam fall but without the total number of mistakes that kept the first couple meets in more pedestrian territory.
-The emergence of Natalie Von Lovelyton has been a pleasant develop in the reconstruction of Oklahoma's lineups this season, with her pretty, twisty routines characteristic of the early-KJ Oklahoma era. Brown has a front 2/1 on floor, an E pass but not a double salto E pass, though I've noticed that overall the Sooners are going much simpler than their capability on floor, aside from Scaman. Jackson, Jones, and Capps sometimes are all more than capable of big double-salto E passes, but they haven't been bringing the big. At least not yet. That's even more true for UCLA's lineup, which is a march of the double pikes until Bynum in the anchor spot. It will be interesting to watch when or if the in-your-face difficulty is reintroduced to some of these routines, or if these coaches just decide to say, "Hey, this is what we can do cleanly, and we don't need to do more. Over the last two or three years, clean, amplitudinous double pike routines have received 9.950s and even 10.000s in anchor spots, so.....deal with it."
-When I said in December that this would be the season of beam, I meant it in a good way. I really did. There's so much pretty happening on beam this year, just right now it tends to be happening in a windstorm and on the ground.
-Georgia. Good improvement? Coming off of last weekend's four falls, Georgia recorded three falls and a missed connection this time, so it's way better and everything's fine. We're number 43! We're number 43! Brandie Jay is their rock, so that's where Georgia's beam is. It's officially a balance beam situation. At this point, the gymnasts are already displaying a level of terror that can only be described as "our coach just decided that we're going to try to take a bus across Pennsylvania in the middle of a blizzard," so it's only going to get worse after this latest showing.
-It's the first sign of the inevitable and oncoming beam revolt during which the beams will rise up and battle the humans for the future of the planet in a laser war. As part of this opening salvo, one beam also stole Avery Rickett's foot and forced Alabama to count two falls, taking away what looked like an easy 197, and another comrade tried to pop a cap at Katelyn Ohashi as she double piked to her neck following a misguided round off. UCLA did not have to endure the same level of beam catastrophe (because the world is upside down) as Ohashi got to go again due to equipment malfunction. Which it did. That's what happens when you're relying on the structural integrity of only the cap to keep you on the beam. Somehow, she was able to be not in a thousand pieces after that landing and did go again, hitting the double pike this time and recording a 9.825.
-Through three weeks, the current top four teams have not had to count a fall, in some cases more surprising than others. I joke about UCLA, but having a solid and clear six beamers this year without the need to mix and match and rearrange seems to be doing the trick so far. That's already a postseason lineup, just needing to straighten up a couple ragged edges and Sophina dismounts here and there. Michigan is a 196.9 machine, just sneaking up to that plateau for the 4th consecutive week after petitioning some beam scores at the last minute. Four straight 196.9s is kind of insane but also emblematic of the even-steven nature of this team in 2015 and now 2016. Michigan is the least susceptible to wild variations in performance from meet to meet. What you expect is what you get, which is much less heart-attacky than what we got used to during those couple seasons right after the Botterman era. Wolverine fans have earned this.
-While everyone else is having a balance beam situation, Utah is having a floor exercise situation. Someone should start that blog. Utah's high on floor is a 49.025 right now. And yes, that whole lineup graduated after last season, but the remaining floor workers are much more talented than the performances they have been throwing out there, especially Lee and Lewis who should be hitting us over the head with 9.875-9.900s every time. What's even going on around here?
-Nina McGee has a 10 and a 9.975 on floor so far this season. Amazing what happens when people suddenly start paying attention to the huge routines you've been doing for three years.
-Stanford got a 196.675 over the weekend. Didn't someone tell them that it's still only January? Ladies, you're not supposed to get good scores until March. At the earliest. What is this?