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NCAA regionals happened
THE QUALIFIERS. Oklahoma, UCLA, Georgia, LSU, Denver, Michigan, Utah, and Oregon State are going to nationals (scoring in that order in Saturday’s regional finals) along with these individual competitors.
THE UPSETS. Florida shockingly didn’t advance after counting a fall in the first rotation on Saturday, letting Oregon State sneak into nationals. But four Florida gymnasts will go as individuals, including Alyssa Baumann, who will rotate with her sister Rachel, and Alicia Boren, who will compete in the all-around. Meanwhile, Michigan snuck in over Alabama by a glitter-coated hair.
THE DRAMA. Maggie Nichols got a 10 on Saturday, and Oklahoma walked away with a casual 198.475. For UCLA, Kyla Ross got a 10 on Friday in another horrible leo, plus another two 10s on Saturday in what I’ll call the redemption leo.
Marissa Oakley’s 10 on bars helped Georgia advance. LSU made it through despite Sarah Finnegan’s flu, said Betty Lou Who. MyKayla Skinner of Utah had her first ever NCAA career fall, ending a 161-routine streak. Denver won their first ever regional championship.
OTHER THINGS. Nebraska’s Taylor Houchin’s 9.975 vault brought up the 10 debate, and senior Sam Cerio of Auburn had a horrifying fall on Friday, dislocating [note: links are NOT videos] both knees and tearing several ligaments on a double front. Sam, a senior, bade farewell to gymnastics in an Instagram post, and we wish her a quick recovery.
THE SHITSHOW. FloGymnastics was “excited” to announce that the Ann Arbor regionals would be behind a paywall this year, sparking outrage due to a) fans having to pay $30/month to watch such an important meet, and b) the quality of coverage (or lack thereof).
Even Katelyn Ohashi and Madison Kocian have an opinion, y’all. I like to hide in the bathroom when everyone’s fighting. Where’s your spot?
PSST. Here are your rotations for semifinals.
Tokyo World Cup
Go team. First of all, I wouldn’t really call two medals a “sweep” for Team USA, but here we are. ‘Merica.
Morgan Hurd, who apparently had surgery on her elbow recently, hit her DTY despite a scary block, hit bars, was shaky on beam (with a new loso loso combo), and hit her new floor routine to take the win with a 55.099 over Ellie Black.
For the men,
Sammuel Samuel Mikulak hit to take the win, followed by Wataru Tanigawa and Kenzo Shirai, who appears to be still on the mend from his ankle issues.
Psst. Tickets are on sale for the GK U.S. Classic, to be held in Louisville this year.
Nassar appeals denied. Larry Nassar filed appeals to his Eaton and Ingham County, Michigan sentences, but the Michigan Supreme Court isn’t hearing it. Two more appeals are still pending.
Code update. The FIG announced that “no major changes” are expected for the 2021-2024 Code of Points, but that more focus will be placed on “elegance in movement,” whatever the hell that means.
Brazil coach banned. Fernando de Carvalho Lopes, Diego Hypolito’s former coach, has been banned from the sport after more than 40 athletes came forward with abuse and harassment allegations. Lopes denies the allegations.
Li Li Leung logs on. USA Gymnastics’ new CEO created a Twitter account “as part of my effort to create more open dialogue,” because we’re all so dialogue-friendly on Twitter.
- UCLA’s 18 perfect scores brings “wow” factor to gymnastics–and some scrutiny (Los Angeles Times)
- Four-time champ Nichols is more than Athlete A in Nassar case (The Associated Press)
- Gymnast Jade Carey reflects on her recent world cup success that could be her Olympic ticket (Team USA)
Euros lineups. After much confusion Nina Derwael has confirmed that she won’t be at Euros, opting to stay home to focus on upgrades. Apparently Axelle Klinckaert is injured and also won’t be there. For the dudes, Pablo Braegger of Switzerland is sadly out with an injury.
In Aliya Mustafina news, she confirmed that she does what she wants, and right now that is skipping Euros to focus on the European Games in June. Honestly, I never relate to these people as much as I do when they leave us hanging before announcing that they’re just going to stay home.
Recoveries. Kelly Simm is already back in the gym after fracturing her foot at British Champs.
Shawn is prego. Shawn Johnson East and hubby Andrew announced on Thursday that they’re expecting a babay that apparently already has an Instagram account. The Easts have been open about suffering a miscarriage in 2017. Congrats, you crazy kids.
Ice cream time.
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