Friday, February 25, 2011
This and That
The Latest Gym Dog Show
Shannon Miller will undergo nine weeks of chemo therapy after having an ovary removed following the discovery of a tumor during her annual checkup.
Walter Toigo, an ISU judge from Italy, was suspended for two years following alleged misconduct.
Maxim Devyatovsky won the AA at Russian Nationals.
Jeff Buttle loves being a choreographer.
Alabama defeated Georgia tonight (197.675- 197.225.) The Gym Dogs looked like a mid-196 team. The truth is, Alabama is a much better team this season (and last.) Hoffman, Stack-Eaton, Sledge and Gutierrez are a strong quarter. The freshmen are getting it together somewhat and the team's potential will only increase when Priess is back on a few events. Alabama may have entered the meet ranked behind the Gym Dogs, but rankings are deceiving and not always accurate. Hoffman won the AA with a 39.675 and Stack-Eaton was second with a 39.650.
Kat Ding is back to her normal self: 9.925 VT, 9.950 UB and 8.550 on beam---get her off the beam. McComb earned a 9.9 on VT and a 9.95 on FX. Worley tallied a 9.9 on BB. I will not commend Noel Couch's 9.9 on FX as there is no way she ever deserves to score that high on any apparatus given her built-in deductions.
In other news, Jordan Moore (who rehabbed most of the pre-season) tore her ACL and is out for the year.
Florida lost at Arkansas tonight. If there is one place where good teams flub, it is always a meet at Arkansas. It is the only place one ever saw Kupets fall twice in one routine as a collegiate gymnast. The UF coaches had said that they were going to rest the AAers who were going every week for two weeks, but it appears they only meant two meets (both last weekend.) The top gymnasts still competed on a few events at each competition, so it is possible that they haven't been all that rested. Most of the top gymnasts were in the lineup tonight and the big four actually made a majority of the errors.
This could be a blessing is disguise, as the Gators were performing like Gator Teams past who dominated the regular season and last momentum after SECs. Following next week's meet at Utah, the Gators will have a week off before the SECs on March 19th. This could be the kind of kick in the ass the team needs to keep from coasting. An undefeated season is nice for bragging rights, but it doesn't win a National Title. Many teams need that final ass kicking. We've seen moments where several of the Gators have been wobbly on beam. Alaina Johnson and Ashanee Dickerson both fell tonight. Macko's 9.675 and King's 9.7 on floor were also costly. Even Alaina's 9.825 on floor is one of her lowest scores this season. The team finished with a 196.1.
A few standout routines from Bev's Big Girls in training. Scores in Ann Arbor are always much lower than usual, but Kylee Botterman remains the nation's top all-arounders.
Catching up with Bev: