Welcome to the ninth week in college gymnastics! We actually missed last night’s meets, which included a win for Boise State at home against MRGC rival Utah State, and another win for D3 La Crosse against WIAC rival Winona State.
Tonight is pretty laid back with only a handful of meets, while Sunday is a bizarrely big day for the sport instead. There are still a couple of SEC events, though, with #11 Kentucky hosting #28 Arkansas and #15 Missouri hosting #18 Auburn, which should be a FABULOUS meet, as these teams have kind of been on the same page all season.
I’m also hoping we get good news from Arkansas, which only posted a 185.275 last weekend after not putting up five routines on floor due to injury. Thankfully the score won’t factor into the team’s RQS, but it’s still a bummer to see a program take a fall that bad after doing such an incredible job to come back from early season drama.
Friday will also see #5 Utah host #33 Stanford. This is Utah’s senior night so depending on your fan status, get ready to get excited or outraged by scores because they’re gonna be big, especially for lone senior Baely Rowe. I’m okay with it. If every top ten team is gonna go over the top with scoring, Utah can too, no matter how biased you are against them (#SkinnerForOlympicBarsChamp).
#1 Oklahoma makes its appearance on Saturday in a meet at #11 Michigan, and we’ll also see #7 Denver hosting #25 Ohio State, but that’s pretty much it for the big teams, though we will get a cool in-state rivalry meet between #14 Iowa and #27 Iowa State. It’s always a good time when those two get together.
The best meet of the week comes Sunday with #2 LSU hosting #3 Florida. The teams are two tenths apart in the RQS, a tenth apart when you rank by averages, and they share the same season high of 197.975, so this is just about the most evenly-matched top ten meet of the season, but I don’t think the Tigers will have a problem wiping out the Gators. The Tigers look hungrier than ever for a national title that has eluded them for the past few years, and while Florida has some top talent and solid routines, if both teams hit LSU right now is clearly the stronger program. Their vault at home two weeks ago was one of the best vault rotations I’ve seen in collegiate history, and while the pieces don’t always come together exactly for this team, I’m waiting for the day they do because it’ll be SO GOOD.
Also on Sunday are a few conference meets with #4 UCLA hosting #19 California, #6 Alabama at #8 Georgia, and #9 Oregon State hosting #17 Washington, with these three meets and the one above the central focus meets on a super busy day that’ll keep us going from morning til night.
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!
|THURSDAY MARCH 2|
|7:30 pm||Winona State vs La Crosse||Results (La Crosse 187.950, Winona State 186.075)|
|9:00 pm||Boise State vs Utah State||Results (Boise State 196.700, Utah State 195.675)|
|FRIDAY MARCH 3|
|6:00 pm||Bowling Green vs Kent State||Results (Kent State 195.725, Bowling Green 194.450)|
|6:30 pm||Pittsburgh vs Michigan State, Towson, West Virginia||Results (West Virginia 195.700, Pittsburgh 195.375, Michigan State 194.600, Towson 194.400)|
|7:00 pm||Kentucky vs Arkansas||Results (Kentucky 196.525, Arkansas 195.275)|
|7:30 pm||Eau Claire vs Gustavus, Stout||Results (Eau Claire 186.300, Stout 185.175, Gustavus 184.750)|
|S.E. Missouri vs Rutgers, Texas Woman’s||Results (S.E. Missouri 193.425, Texas Woman’s 193.225, Rutgers 192.550)|
|8:00 pm||Missouri vs Auburn||Results (Missouri 197.200, Auburn 195.350)|
|9:00 pm||Southern Utah vs NC State||Results (Southern Utah 197.025, NC State 191.625)|
|Utah vs Stanford||Results (Utah 197.500, Stanford 196.275)|
|11:00 pm||Alaska vs Centenary||Stats | Stream|
|SATURDAY MARCH 4|
|12:00 pm||Cortland vs Ithaca||Results (Cortland 188.750, Ithaca 185.975)|
|Hamline vs Oshkosh||Results (Oshkosh 187.125, Hamline 184.625)|
|Iowa vs Iowa State||Results (Iowa 196.725, Iowa State 195.300)|
|3:00 pm||William & Mary vs North Carolina||Results (North Carolina 194.075, William & Mary 192.875)|
|3:30 pm||Cornell vs Temple||Results (Temple 193.400, Cornell 191.375)|
|4:00 pm||Michigan vs Oklahoma||Results (Oklahoma 197.575, Michigan 197.525)|
|5:00 pm||Minnesota vs BYU||Results (Minnesota 196.050, BYU 195.000)|
|8:00 pm||Denver vs Ohio State||Results (Denver 197.150, Ohio State 195.475)|
|10:00 pm||Sacramento State vs Seattle Pacific, UC Davis||Results (UC Davis 194.950, Sacramento State 193.475, Seattle Pacific 191.725)|
|SUNDAY MARCH 5|
|1:00 pm||Ball State vs Western Michigan||Results (Western Michigan 195.200, Ball State 194.750)|
|Central Michigan vs Rutgers||Results (Central Michigan 196.375, Rutgers 194.975)|
|New Hampshire vs Brown, Yale||Results (New Hampshire 196.025, Brown 193.175, Yale 193.175)|
|Springfield vs SCSU||Results (Southern Conn. 190.550, Springfield 189.075)|
|Ursinus vs Brockport||Results (Ursinus 190.975, Brockport 193.325)|
|2:00 pm||Georgia vs Alabama||Results (Alabama 197.700, Georgia 197.325)|
|Lindenwood vs Texas Woman’s, Whitewater||Results (Lindenwood 195.275, Texas Woman’s 194.350, Whitewater 192.600)|
|Michigan State vs Bowling Green||Results (Michigan State 195.600, Bowling Green 193.600)|
|S.E. Missouri vs Air Force||Results (S.E. Missouri 193.800, Air Force 193.775)|
|West Virginia vs Eastern Michigan, George Washington, Pittsburgh||Results (George Washington 196.375, Eastern Michigan 196.225, West Virginia 195.800, Pittsburgh 194.200)|
|3:00 pm||Arizona vs Arizona State||Results (Arizona State 195.700, Arizona 195.375)|
|Illinois State vs Illinois, Northern Illinois, UIC||Results (Illinois 196.150, Illinois State 193.550, Northern Illinois 193.550, UIC 193.525)|
|Oregon State vs Washington||Results (Oregon State 197.325, Washington 196.450)|
|3:30 pm||LSU vs Florida||Results (LSU 198.150, Florida 196.600)|
|4:00 pm||UCLA vs California||Results (UCLA 197.525, California 196.800)|
|4:30 pm||Penn vs Bridgeport, Penn State, West Chester||Results (Penn State 196.200, Bridgeport 193.875, West Chester 192.950, Penn 191.475)|
|5:00 pm||San Jose State vs Utah State||Results (San Jose State 195.150, Utah State 194.025)|
|6:00 pm||Alaska vs Centenary||Results (Alaska 192.600, Centenary 190.475)|
|TUESDAY MARCH 7|
|6:00 pm||Bridgeport vs Brown, Rhode Island, Southern Conn.|
|7:00 pm||Western Michigan vs Ball State, UIC|
Article by Lauren Hopkins