As always, Friday nights belong to the SEC, and tonight’s no different, though none of the match-ups are really top draws.
The closest will be the meet between #11 Missouri and #12 Georgia in Athens, but that’s a bit misleading because Georgia is counting an uncharacteristically low score in its average and if both teams hit, the Gym Dogs are capable of scoring nearly a point higher than the Tigers, especially at home. Missouri is also dealing with an injury to Morgan Porter, so if she’s still out, they’ll have to make up for her routines, going back to lineups they used in their first meet.
I’m most excited for #2 LSU at #6 Kentucky, because while LSU will come in as the clear favorite for the win, the Kentucky girls have been killing it this season, their scores rising with each meet to help them to their best scores and ranking in program history. Having a powerhouse team like LSU visit will be a huge motivation to keep the Wildcats in upward momentum.
Also tonight are #3 Florida hosting #16 Auburn and #5 Alabama at #23 Arkansas, both of which will be easy wins for the higher-ranked teams. I’m still waiting for Auburn to have its breakout meet of the season — they’ve been good enough, but not quite where they were a season ago — but my heart breaks for Arkansas, which is struggling without Amanda Wellick, though they do have lots of young talent who can use this season as a transition year.
#1 Oklahoma also competes tonight, at #34 Iowa State. Though kind of hammered on bars for not sticking dismounts last week, the rest of Oklahoma’s meet in Morgantown was phenomenal, getting them nearly to 198 while freshman superstar Maggie Nichols hit a 39.875 in her third straight all-around win of the season. This one’s a no-brainer, and the Sooners have a huge enough lead in the national rankings that I could see them swapping in a few alternates tonight to give their top girls a break.
MRGC standouts #9 Southern Utah and #14 Boise State will also compete tonight, with SUU traveling to #24 NC State while Boise will play host to conference rival #26 BYU at the Gem State Invitational.
On Saturday, #10 Michigan hosts Big Ten rival #12 Nebraska. The Wolverines always perform well — and score well — at home, so I’m giving it to them, though Nebraska has looked surprisingly strong so far this season, especially considering their team has no huge stars. It’s just a solid and consistent group who can hold their own against most of the bigger-name teams.
On the west coast, #4 Utah travels to #19 Washington, #8 UCLA travels to #17 Oregon State, and #15 Cal hosts #50 Arizona State. None of these are super evenly-matched, though if there’s gonna be an upset, I’d give it to Oregon State, which had a breakout meet last weekend and actually has reached a slightly bigger season high than UCLA has. Given UCLA’s consistency issues, I could see this one going either way, though the other two will be pretty clear-cut.
Sunday’s a super busy day, but my attention will be all over #39 Stanford hosting #28 Arizona. On paper, Stanford’s the stronger program, but they haven’t been able to make it through a meet unscathed once yet this year, so I’m hoping we see them pull it off now that they’re returning home.
Big 12 teams #7 Denver and #25 West Virginia will face off at WVU in a quad meet that also features #42 Towson and #54 Temple, the latter of which has been on fire this year, putting up some of its best program scores in history this season.
Also interesting will be the SEC rivals #5 Alabama and #16 Auburn coming back for an in-state rivalry meet on neutral turf in Birmingham. #6 Kentucky has a second meet on Sunday as well, at #31 Ball State, another program having a standout season thus far.
The full schedule is below. All times listed are ET, the first team listed is the host team, and we’ll update any links as they are updated on each program’s schedule. Once the meet is finished, we’ll replace the links with results. Enjoy!
|FRIDAY JANUARY 27|
|6:30 pm||Brown vs Bridgeport||Results (Bridgeport 194.050, Brown 190.275)|
|Pittsburgh vs North Carolina||Results (North Carolina 194.925, Pittsburgh 194.450)|
|7:00 pm||Centenary vs Oshkosh||Results (Centenary 191.450, Oshkosh 191.250)|
|Florida vs Auburn||Results (Florida 197.700, Auburn 196.400)|
|Georgia vs Missouri||Results (Georgia 197.075, Missouri 196.075)|
|Kentucky vs LSU||Results (LSU 197.475, Kentucky 195.750)|
|NC State vs Southern Utah||Results (Southern Utah 195.800, NC State 194.650)|
|7:30 pm||Iowa State vs Oklahoma||Results (Oklahoma 197.425, Iowa State 195.275)|
|8:30 pm||Arkansas vs Alabama||Results (Arkansas 195.825, Alabama 195.325)|
|9:30 pm||Boise State vs BYU||Results (Boise State 196.400, BYU 193.525)|
|10:00 pm||Seattle Pacific vs Hamline||Results (Seattle Pacific 191.500, Hamline 186.750)|
|SATURDAY JANUARY 28|
|1:00 pm||Brockport vs Springfield||Results (Brockport 190.975, Springfield 184.200)|
|West Chester vs Penn||Results (West Chester 193.400, Penn 189.350)|
|4:00 pm||Michigan vs Nebraska||Results (Michigan 197.225, Nebraska 194.800)|
|Yale vs Bridgeport, Rhode Island, SCSU||Results (Bridgeport 193.175, Yale 191.275, SCSU 184.950, Rhode Island 172.800)|
|4:30 pm||Oregon State vs UCLA||Results (UCLA 197.325, Oregon State 196.700)|
|Washington vs Utah||Results (UCLA 197.150, Washington 196.300)|
|5:00 pm||Lindenwood vs La Crosse, Winona State||Results (Lindenwood 194.025, La Crosse 192.975, Winona State 191.175)|
|Minnesota vs Ohio State||Results (Minnesota 196.800, Ohio State 196.450)|
|Whitewater vs Eau Claire||Results (Whitewater 189.300, Eau Claire 186.475)|
|7:00 pm||Rutgers vs Cornell, Michigan State, Ursinus||Results (Rutgers 194.875, Michigan State 194.050, Cornell 193.525, Ursinus 191.350)|
|8:00 pm||Metroplex Challenge (Bowling Green, Central Michigan, George Washington, San Jose State)||Results (George Washington 196.150, Central Michigan 194.125, San Jose State 193.650, Bowling Green 193.550)|
|9:00 pm||Cal vs Arizona State||Results (Cal 196.025, Arizona State 193.575)|
|SUNDAY JANUARY 29|
|1:00 pm||Ball State vs Kentucky||Results (Kentucky 195.300, Ball State 194.025)|
|New Hampshire vs Utah State||Results (New Hampshire 195.175, Utah State 194.075)|
|Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan||Results (Eastern Michigan 195.400, Western Michigan 194.900)|
|2:00 pm||Centenary vs Air Force||Results (Centenary 191.450, Oshkosh 191.250)|
|Northern Illinois vs Kent State, SEMO||Results (Northern Illinois 194.425, Kent State 194.375, SEMO 190.500)|
|Texas Woman’s vs Iowa State||Results (Iowa State 196.125, Texas Woman’s 194.750)|
|West Virginia vs Denver, Temple, Towson||Results (West Virginia 196.300, Denver 195.900, Towson 194.775, Temple 193.625)|
|3:00 pm||Illinois vs Penn State||Results (Illinois 195.625, Penn State 193.250)|
|Iowa vs Maryland||Results (Iowa 195.975, Maryland 193.800)|
|4:00 pm||Stanford vs Arizona||Results (Stanford 195.900, Arizona 195.650)|
|UC Davis vs Sacramento State||Results (UC Davis 194.925, Sacramento State 193.050)|
|5:00 pm||Elevate Meet (Alabama, Auburn)||Results (Alabama 195.850, Auburn 194.675)|
|7:00 pm||Illinois State vs UIC||Results (UIC 192.425, Illinois State 192.000)|