It’s officially the last regular season meet weekend, which I refuse to accept. It seems like only yesterday we were excited for everything to begin, and now we are elderly and grumpy after so many imperfect 10s and injuries and other letdowns, even though overall this was an awesome season with tons of outsider programs really stepping it up to set record after record after record.
Most of the big programs will take things out of conference this weekend, with the exception of the Big Ten teams, which will see all ten programs split into two Big Five meets, which work like seeding meets for next week’s Big Ten Championships (the best teams will get to compete in the evening session at Big Tens).
#19 Illinois will host the Big Five meet featuring #13 Nebraska, #24 Ohio State, #32 Maryland, and #39 Michigan State while #16 Iowa will host #11 Michigan, #34 Minnesota, #36 Penn State, and #46 Rutgers. Both of these should be pretty clear cut, with Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, and Iowa the clear top programs in the Big Ten conference, so I don’t expect any of these teams will struggle to get into the evening session at Big Tens, but it’ll be a nice fight for the remaining programs to get that final spot.
The one SEC meet will see #12 Kentucky at #15 Missouri, which should be an excellent fight. These programs have been super tight in the rankings all season, and both are dying to stand out at SEC Championships next weekend and be in a strong seeding position going into regionals, so expect to see some next-level quality to their performances tonight.
But my meet of the night goes to #8 Denver at #10 Boise State. Both teams are performing at their strongest standard EVER, pretty much, and from a fan perspective it’s been incredible watching them rise to the top after putting in years and years of foundational work to get there. When they last met a month ago, Denver beat Boise State by half a tenth, so this is bound to be a nail-biter down to the very end.
I wanna give a special shoutout to #41 Arizona State for climbing out of its 2016 drama to get an incredible upset at #27 Arizona last week. The Sun Devils fought for every single tenth, including coming back from an early beam fall to take advantage of Arizona counting a couple of falls, coming out on top for their first conference win since they placed 7th ahead of Washington at PAC 12 Championships in 2014. That was coach John Spini’s final season with the Sun Devils, and it’s been all downhill since then, but Jay Santos has truly breathed fresh air into the program and since his arrival, things are already turning around. It’s been incredible to watch, and I’m hoping they can notch a couple more wins this season on senior night as they go up against #52 Sacramento State and #53 Bridgeport.
Other top programs competing tonight include #2 LSU hosting #26 New Hampshire, #3 Florida hosting #22 West Virginia, #6 Alabama hosting #30 Iowa State, #20 Auburn hosting #49 Pittsburgh, and #21 Southern Utah traveling to #23 Utah State, which should be a really close meet between the two MRGC standouts.
On Saturday, aside from the Big Five meets, our big meet will be #5 Utah at #7 Georgia. The teams sound close on paper, but Utah has actually been a much stronger program this season, and could add another big road score to its RQS, which could help the team bump back up ahead of UCLA. But Georgia has been looking tight and consistent over the past month, so never count out the Gym Dogs.
Later that evening, we’ll see #9 Oregon State host #55 UIC, and #14 Washington host #65 Seattle Pacific, both easy meets for the PAC 12 teams that will celebrate some superb seniors while hoping to each add one more big score to end the season on a high note.
#1 Oklahoma will travel to sunny Berkeley on Sunday for a meet against #17 California, and we’ll also see #4 UCLA host #33 North Carolina and #18 George Washington host a quad meet that will feature #28 Stanford, #44 NC State, and #61 Yale. Stanford jumped five spots in the rankings this week, and one more excellent road score could get them down into the low 20s, so watch for them to come out on a mission against GWU in what could be a must-watch meet of the weekend.
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 MARCH 10|
|7:00 pm||Eau Claire vs Winona State||Results (Winona State 185.200, Eau Claire 184.875)|
|Florida vs West Virginia||Results (Florida 197.600, West Virginia 196.100)|
|Kent State vs Ball State||Results (Kent State 196.425, Ball State 195.000)|
|NC State vs Towson||Results (NC State 196.150, Towson 194.025)|
|William & Mary vs Temple||Results (William & Mary 193.100, Temple 192.450)|
|7:30 pm||Gustavus vs La Crosse||Results (La Crosse 188.900, Gustavus 184.725)|
|8:00 pm||Arkansas vs Centenary, San Jose State||Results (Arkansas 196.150, San Jose State 193.875, Centenary 188.250)|
|Auburn vs Pittsburgh||Results (Auburn 196.300, Pittsburgh 194.200)|
|Illinois State vs Lindenwood||Results (Illinois State 193.025, Lindenwood 191.650)|
|Missouri vs Kentucky||Results (Missouri 197.150, Kentucky 196.925)|
|8:30 pm||Alabama vs Iowa State||Results (Alabama 197.100, Iowa State 196.600)|
|LSU vs New Hampshire||Results (LSU 197.875, New Hampshire 195.300)|
|9:00 pm||Arizona State vs Bridgeport, Sacramento State||Results (Sacramento State 195.275, Bridgeport 194.650, Arizona State 194.125)|
|Boise State vs Denver||Results (Boise State 197.675, Denver 197.150)|
|BYU vs Arizona||Results (BYU 196.350, Arizona 195.475)|
|Utah State vs Southern Utah||Results (Southern Utah 195.675, Utah State 194.600)|
|10:00 pm||UC Davis vs Air Force||Results (UC Davis 195.775, Air Force 193.350)|
|SATURDAY MARCH 11|
|1:00 pm||Springfield vs Brown, Cortland, Rhode Island||Results (Brown 193.425, Springfield 189.050, Cortland 188.425, Rhode Island 182.575)|
|West Chester vs Ursinus||Results (West Chester 193.675, Ursinus 191.500)|
|2:00 pm||Central Michigan vs Northern Illinois||Results (Central Michigan 196.575, Northern Illinois 196.150)|
|3:00 pm||Big Five (Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State)||Results (Nebraska 196.650, Illinois 196.450, Ohio State 195.350, Michigan State 194.650, Maryland 193.375)|
|4:00 pm||Big Five (Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers)||Results (Michigan 197.150, Iowa 196.400, Penn State 195.450, Minnesota 194.825, Rutgers 192.650)|
|Georgia vs Utah||Results (Georgia 197.250, Utah 196.650)|
|Western Michigan vs S.E. Missouri||Results (Western Michigan 195.475, S.E. Missouri 193.100)|
|5:00 pm||Oregon State vs UIC||Results (Oregon State 197.475, UIC 193.550)|
|Whitewater vs Hamline||Results (Whitewater 192.125, Hamline 188.850)|
|7:00 pm||Washington vs Seattle Pacific||Results (Washington 196.925, Seattle Pacific 194.100)|
|SUNDAY MARCH 12|
|1:00 pm||George Washington vs NC State, Stanford, Yale||Results (George Washington 196.500, NC State 194.825, Yale 194.575, Stanford 193.275)|
|Temple vs Ithaca, Penn, Southern Conn.||Results (Temple 194.975, Penn 193.950, Southern Conn. 190.500, Ithaca 189.650)|
|2:00 pm||Towson vs Brockport, Cornell||Results (Towson 194.625, Cornell 193.500, Brockport 192.425)|
|3:00 pm||UCLA vs North Carolina||Results (UCLA 197.800, North Carolina 195.400)|
|5:00 pm||California vs Oklahoma||Results (Oklahoma 197.800, California 196.775)|
|MONDAY MARCH 13|
|6:30 pm||BYU vs Southern Utah||Stats | Stream|
|7:00 pm||Eastern Michigan vs Bowling Green||Stats | Stream|
Article by Lauren Hopkins