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P&G Championships Live Blog - Seniors Day 2

The last day of the women's P&G Gymnastics Championships are upon us. Tonight, the national champion will be crowned and the national team will be named.

Most importantly, we will know who will advance to Trials in two weeks in San Jose.

Here are some notes from night one -

Simone Biles is currently the leader (I know HUGE surprise- and I mean that very sarcastically), leading with a ginormous 62.9. She's basically got a healthy two point plus lead over current second place holders, Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez who are both holding steady with a solid 60.450.

Laurie has been cool has a cucumber this whole competition. Her coach, Maggie Haney I assume is a follower of the KJ Kindler/Oklahoma philosophy of competition (Basically, don't worry about anything else besides what you can control). It's working so far, Laurie is making a stellar senior debut and she's definitely making a name for herself for a spot on that Rio team. Plus, you gotta love the faces she makes during her floor routines.

Aly is looking as solid as ever and now that she's a little older, she's got more polish to her gymnastics. She's much cleaner on her form than she was in 2012. She's improved her splits in her leaps and her jumps and OMG, that Patterson dismount on beam. That's as close to stuck as I've ever seen anyone do.

Gabby Douglas, the reigning all-around Olympic champ had some issues on night one, mostly with beam. But she still came away from the first night in fourth place and she managed to finish strong on floor.  Gabby's not going to be one to count out in this Hunger Games - I mean, Olympic Selection process. She's a competitor in every sense of the word and she's going to fight tooth and nail to get on that Olympic team (and possibly drop a swarm of tracker jackers on to the heads of the career - oh wait, that was something different).

MyKayla Skinner - sitting in 7th place currently. She's improved her form tenfold on floor. The double double layout actually looks like a double double layout. That's been three years in the making. She's still vaulting her Cheng with only one arm - which apparently, Tim Daggett has no problems with. Her spot on an Olympic team really depends on if Aly Raisman makes it. With Simone Biles basically being a lock - there's really room for one more vault/floor specialist. Besides, she's weak on beam and bars, which could also count against her. But, we shall have to see.

Alyssa Baumann - pretty as ever on beam, but she was really struggling with consistency all night.

Madison Kocian - definitely strong on bars. She could likely make the team just for that reason.

Well - without further adieu, let's follow the competition! Refresh the page every so often to follow along!
Rotation One -

Gabby Douglas UB - working the high bun - jump KCHS  in bar 1/1 + chucrh + pak in bar +  endo + looses form ,maloney 1/2 + DLO. 14.5 (6.1 SV)

Maggie Nichols - wolf 2/1 + fro aerial + spl + sissone, side somi, wolf jump + front tuck,  round off + double pike. 14.350

Aly Raisman parents fluff from 2012 - yes. We got it.

Aly Raisman FX -  1 1/2 stepout + double arabian + front lay,  tour jete 1/1,   double L turn, little crazy there,  dos santos + stag jump, DLO, huge air, spl + tour jete 1/2 + popa,  double pike, solid. 15.7

Of course, Blogger didn't save my entry on Madison Kocian. Grr. She got a  15.7 - she added three tenths to her night one score.

Laurie Hernandez VT - DTY - small step back. pikes down a bit in the air. 14.8

Alyssa Baumann- UB maloney + pak toe 1/1 + maloney, toe shoot to HB giant 1/1 + jaeger, DLO, much improved over night one. 15.7

Simone Biles- FX -  FTDLO,  popa + stag 1/2,  biles + stag jump, front aerial, 2/1 wolf turn,  tour jete, very nice amplitude, double double, full in. She could go on to do like, six more passes. That was easy for her. 16.050

On to rotation 2

MyKayla Skinner VT - 1st VT - Cheng, big power and height, still doesn't use both hands, she picks up her right hand before her left one leaves the table.
Vt 2 - Amanar, small hop to the side 15.25 vt 1 - 15.45 vt 2

Ragan Smith UB - in bar + in bar 1/2 + jaeger, stalder + ricna, falls in bar 1/1 + pak, 1/2 + stalder shoot to HB , stalder 1/1 + full in. 13.55 (6.2 sv)

Simone Biles VT - VT 1 - Amanar, huge power, basically stuck 16.2 (6.3 SV) VT 2 Cheng - lots of power, hop back.

Alyssa Baumann BB - side straddle mt - arabian , fro aerial + spl jump, BHS + BHS + LOSO,  sw + sw 1/2, 1/1 turn,  sw ring, balance check,  onodi + wolf jump,  side aerial + spl jump, round off + double pike, step back,

Laurie Hernandez  stalder 1/1 +  chow + tkatchev + downie + ricna endo 1/2, stalder shoot to HB,  full in dismount.

Aly Raisman VT - Amanar step FWD, bent knees on 2nd twist 15.5

Gabby Douglas BB - sq thru mount, front pike + sissone, solid,  BHS + LOSO, nice extension,  tucked 1/1,  sw + sw 1/2, small balance check,  front tuck,  L turn 1/1 , sw ring,  fro aerial + spl + wolf jump, BHS + BHS + double pike, boom sticks it!

Tim: "take that everyone. the doubters on Twitter."

Oh god, I don't think I can emotionally handle John Orozco crying. Ugh, I know it's tears of joy, but it's too much! I'm going to start blubbering here myself!

Standings after 2 rotations (cumulative scores after 2 days of competition)
1. Simone Biles 95.150
2. Aly Raisman 91.650
3. Laurie Hernandez 90.400
4. Gabby Douglas 88.450
5. Madison Kocian 88.1

Ashton Locklear- in bar 1/1 + komova + pak + van leuwen + bail, in bar 1/2 + jaeger, 1/2, full in 15.7

Laurie Hernandez BB -  side straddle mt,  front pike, small steps + fro aerial + spl + sissone,  BHS + LOSO + LOSO, 1/1 turn,  sheep jump, small wobble,  front tuck,  side aerial,  sw + sw 1/2, small foot shuffle,  sw,  BHS + BHS + double pike, low chest on the landing small hop. Solid. 15.3

Simone Biles UB - glide KCHS, weiler, form break weiler 1/2 + maloney,  toe on 1/1 + tkatchev, church + pak, toe shoot  toe on + full in dismount. 14.75

Gabby Douglas FX - she's smiling, that's always a good sign.  split ring jump,  double arabian + stag jump,  full in + back tuck OOB, memmel turn, sw ring, tour jete, 1/1 turn,  2/1 L turn,  double pike, internet crashed. Ugh, lame. 14.450

Aly Raisman UB - double front dismount 14.150

Ragan Smith BB -  side split mount,   wolf turn 2/1,  sw + straddle,  BHS + 2ft layout,  tucked 1/1, small balance check,  front tuck + sissone,  fro aerial + fro pike,  sheep jump, BHS + BHS + patterson dismount. Small step fwd.

Okay, on to the 4th and final rotation

Here are the cumulative standings:
1. Simone Biles 109.900
2. Aly Raisman 105.800
3. Laurie Hernandez 105.700
4. Gabby Douglas 102.900
5. Madison Kocian 102.700
6. MyKayla Skinner - 101.450
7. Amelia Hundley 100.800
8. Rachel Gowey 100.300
9. Ragan Smith 100.100
10. Alyssa Baumann 99.950

Errmm, did Al Trautwig refer to Nastia as an "annoying woman" in that fluff? Seriously, insulting your co-worker on live TV, fire him already.

Laurie Hernandez FX - YAAASSS! WERK IT!!! DLO, I love watching her dance,  whip + double arabian + stag jump, tour jete,  fro lay + fro 1/1 + fro tuck, switch ring + swi side,  1/1 turn,  double back,  tour jete 1/2 + split jump. OH YES! THE CROWD LOVES IT! 14.8

Gabby VT - DTY, big hop back, lots of power. 14.9

Simone BB - sq through mt,   2 1/1 wolf turn, spl + wolf + barani, small foot step,  BHS + LOSO+ LOSO, small balance check, front tuck + wolf jump,  sw + sw 1/2 + back pike, small balance check = fro aerial + wolf jump,  BHS + BHS + full in, step fwd.  Well Tim, if that wasn't up to Simone's standards, she has very, very, high standards.15.100 (6.7 sv)

Maggie Nichols UB -  glide KCHS,  toe 1/1 + maloney + pak   misses a skill, toe on + van leuwen,  toe 1/2 + jaeger, DLO, stuck. she looked like she was doubting herself after that mistake. 13.6 (5.8 SV)

Aly BB - front pike, BHS + 2 ft lay, spl + back tuck,  sissone + pike jump,  side aerial,  sw 1/2, under rotated,  front tuck + split jump,  1/1 L turn + 1/1 turn,  round off + patterson, small hop. Damn she is powerful. 15.3 (6.4 SV)

MyKayla Skinner BB - front tuck mt, falls,  BHS + tucked, 1/1 majorly crotched the beam there, Sissone, sw  + sw 1/2 + back tuck, small wobbles,  l turn 1/1 + 1/1 turn,  spl + wolf jump,  round off + full in, chest is totally down and she puts her hands down.  She looks so disappointed. Honestly, she's wishing the camera would get out of her face. 12.050 (6.1 SV)

Tim "That hurts folks!" Really Sherlock? *Eyes rolling*

Ashton BB -  wolf turn 2/1,  BHS + LOSO, solid,  front tuck,  l turn 1/1 + 1/1 turn, side somi, major balance check (it's contagious now), round off + double back, small step.

Well, here are the final results (cumulative scores after 2 days of competition)
1. Simone Biles 125.100 *
2. Aly Raisman 121.100 *
3. Laurie Hernandez 120.500 *
4. Gabby Douglas 117.800 *
5.  Madison Kocian 116.450 *
6. Amelia Hundley 115.550 *
7. Alyssa Baumann 114.950 *
8. Ragan Smith 114.800 *
9. Rachel Gowey 113.500
10. MyKayla Skinner 113.500
11. Brenna Dowell 112.350
12. Christina Desiderio 111.400

* Denotes automatic trials qualifiers

That's all she wrote, folks. Join me in two weeks for the Women's Olympic Trials!



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