After an interesting first week with surprises both fantastic (Natalie Wojcik’s vault, anyone?!) and odd (Alabama’s beam meltdown still has me shook), we’re now getting a pretty full schedule here in week two. Some programs that already debuted will hope to improve on the first (unless you’re Oklahoma, in which case, congrats, here’s your national title) but several other teams will have their first performances of 2019 beginning tonight.
Florida is the only team in last year’s top five not yet to compete, and they kick off the season on a sad note, losing Alyssa Baumann from the lineup as she deals with a thankfully minor injury sustained after a scary fall in practice yesterday. Still, she should only be out for the week, and they have enough depth – including one of the top freshman classes in the nation – to fight through, and they have a relatively easy first match, facing SEC rival Missouri, which finished 20th at the end of the 2018 postseason.
After a blowout win last weekend, the Sooners will compete at home tonight against Georgia, which also had an incredible start to the year to currently sit in fifth place, and will hope to keep the magic going on the road. There’s very little Oklahoma needs to improve on, as they already look like a postseason team, but while the GymDogs were fantastic in week one, it’s never too early to start tackling the little things like landings and attention to detail to start consistently hitting in the 197s.
UCLA, ranked second after week one, competes at a quad meet tomorrow night against Cal, Michigan State, and UC Davis; third-ranked Utah travels to BYU tonight; and fourth-ranked LSU will travel to Auburn, with all three squads hoping for big road scores to start building up that RQS.
Beyond the top five, I’m excited to see how things end up looking at the Alabama quad tonight, which features sixth-ranked Michigan as well as the season debuts from Denver and Bowling Green.
Michigan had an okay time in Cancun last weekend with a few weak spots in their lineups, though freshman Natalie Wojcik looks just as good as any of the Olympic and world medalists she’s sitting next to in the individual rankings. Things looked rough for Alabama, however, which scored below a 195 to currently rank 18th. The Crimson Tide always starts off slow and builds throughout the season, and though it was the weakest program opener since 2006, the team has so much potential to move up from here, within a few weeks I think this performance will be all but forgotten.
One of my favorite dark horses for NCAAs this year is Denver, and I’m giddy with anticipation over what’s looking like a stellar freshman class. In fact, not only are they my dark horse of the season, but if Michigan and Bama have struggles like they did last week, they’re also my dark horse for the win tonight. I also always love what Bowling Green brings to the table, so this is my must-watch meet of the weekend.
The full schedule for week two 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 add the results. Enjoy!
|MONDAY JANUARY 7|
|9:00 pm||Southern Utah 193.700, New Hampshire 193.525||Results|
|FRIDAY JANUARY 11|
|4:00 pm||Brockport 186.575, Cortland 182.950||Results|
|FRIDAY JANUARY 11|
|7:00 pm||Florida 197.300, Missouri 196.450||Results|
|Central Michigan 195.275, Illinois State 190.050||Results|
|7:30 pm||Iowa 194.700, S.E. Missouri 180.925||Results|
|La Crosse 184.125, Eau Claire 181.100||Results|
|8:00 pm||Oklahoma 197.825, Georgia 195.300||Results|
|8:30 pm||Denver 196.275, Alabama 196.175, Michigan 196.025, Bowling Green 189.675||Results|
|Auburn 196.700, LSU 196.275||Results|
|9:00 pm||Utah 197.250, BYU 196.475||Results|
|10:00 pm||Stanford 194.650, Sacramento State 190.000, Seattle Pacific 189.825||Results|
|11:00 pm||Alaska 192.400, Brown 186.800||Results|
|SATURDAY JANUARY 12|
|12:00 pm||Brockport 186.300, Springfield 183.300, Ursinus 180.125, Rhode Island College 177.200||Results|
|2:00 pm||West Virginia 195.500, Pittsburgh 194.750, Utah State 194.600, Eastern Michigan 192.700||Results|
|5:00 pm||Arkansas 195.800, Arizona 194.725||Results|
|Yale 193.775, Bridgeport 193.750, Rutgers 193.175, Southern Conn. 190.275||Results|
|Minnesota 195.600, Hamline 183.500, Winona State 182.325, Gustavus 182.175||Results|
|6:00 pm||Ohio State 196.025, NC State 194.925||Results|
|7:00 pm||Arizona State 195.675, Texas Woman’s 193.550||Results|
|7:30 pm||Penn State 195.150, Temple 194.700, Towson 190.125||Results|
|8:00 pm||Nebraska 195.550, Washington 195.250||Results|
|9:00 pm||UCLA 197.700, California 196.075, Michigan State 194.900, UC Davis 194.125||Results|
|SUNDAY JANUARY 13|
|12:00 pm||Maryland 193.850, West Chester 190.650, Pennsylvania 190.550, Cortland 183.450||Results|
|1:00 pm||North Carolina 194.175, George Washington 193.525, Ball State 193.200, Cornell 190.750||Results|
|New Hampshire 193.950, Iowa 193.500||Results|
|Western Michigan 195.075, Northern Illinois 193.950||Results|
|3:00 pm||Oregon State 195.225, Illinois 195.175, Kentucky 195.100, Lindenwood 192.525||Results|
|4:00 pm||Boise State 196.400, San Jose State 193.050, Air Force 191.875||Results|
|UIC 194.200, Kent State 191.250, Oshkosh 185.750, Centenary 181.800||Results|
|6:00 pm||Alaska 191.025, Brown 188.900||Results|