I decided to opt for feelings over scores this week, because scores do not always reflect the beauties we see in the NCAA. In other words, get your maths together, judges!
1. Scoring was wild, and at times even defying maths, at the Florida at Oklahoma meet, but the judges got it right with one gorgeous routine: it was a perfect 10.0 on bars for Oklahoma senior Nicole Lehrmann!
1a. It was a big breakthrough meet on the other side of the barricade for Florida freshman Savannah Schoenherr, who stuck her Yurchenko 1.5 on vault (9.900) and hit her floor routine in an exhibition. She may replace Sydney Johnson-Scharpf in the floor lineup, if Sydney cannot find her first landing soon.
2. Temple freshman Taylor Newland competed an insane beam dismount: a side somi to full-twisting tuck dismount (9.525). Fantastic!
3. Boise State sophomore Emily Mulhenhaupt scored a 9.975 for a flawless bars routine – to me, this is the no. 1 bars routine of the week.
4. LSU junior Kennedi Edney stuck cold her Yurchenko 1.5 for the second week in a row for a 9.950. Amazing!
5. Can we talk about Alaska junior Sophia Hyderally‘s beam routine (9.900)? Her acro series, her dance and her overall difficulty and poise are magical!
6. Arkansas sophomore Sarah Shaffer stuck cold her Yurchenko half, somehow for only a 9.825. Regardless of the score, however, this was a beauty!
6a. And this time she officially did it: say what you want but Georgia junior Sabrina Vega competed her beam routine to the beat of the music (9.925). Watch her moonwalk and her subsequent dance moves performed to the rhythm of Billie Jean and tell me I am wrong!
7. We also need to talk about Southern Utah freshman Shylen Murakami‘s beam routine (9.900). She is flawless!
8. Oregon State senior Mary Jacobsen scored a 9.950 for a very difficult and equally rare Kasamatsu full vault. Diversity in the jumps really adds something to the quality of a team. Freshman star Lacy Dagen, in the meantime, nailed her beam routine for a 9.925 and her teammates’ reaction was one for the ages…
8a. UCLA junior Felicia Hano stuck her Yurchenko 1.5 on vault for the first time this season (9.950) and junior Kyla Ross scored yet another perfect 10.0 on bars! Watch also freshman Sekai Wright debuting her Bruno Mars-themed floor routine in an exhibition, it is Bruin fun!
9. Denver junior Maddie Karr stuck her Yurchenko 1.5 for an nearly-perfect 9.975. Freshman beam queen Alexis Vasquez kept impressing on her pet event with a 9.925. I thought that for once scores were fair here.
9a. West Virginia senior Kirah Koshinski stuck everything with poise and sass in her floor routine (9.925) – what a way to end the competition!
Also, we need to talk about the actual mountaineer who showed up at the WV meet.
10. California freshman Talitha Jones stuck a gorgeous FTY on vault (9.800) and I am so impressed! Plus, I am always touched by across-team friendships. This time, it was LSU’s Kennedi Edney’s turn to congratulate her ‘best friend’ at Cal!
The back of Florida and Oregon State’s leotards looked awesome and so did LSU’s new pink-and-black leotard!
Highest scores of the week
Team: Oklahoma – 198.325
All around: Olivia Trautman (Oklahoma) – 39.725
Vault: Maddie Karr (Denver) – 9.975
Nicole Lehrmann (Oklahoma) – uneven bars
Kyla Ross (UCLA) – uneven bars
Routine of the week
Rhode Island senior Allie DiBiase scored only a 9.275 for this beautiful floor routine. It is rampant unfairness and our routine of the week.