Can we talk about PAC-12 scoring this season?
I think the scoring in the PAC-12 home meets, and especially the PAC-12 Championship meet, has gotten to the point where it really doesn't benefit the teams heading into Nationals. In contrast, scoring from SEC Championships actually held up well at Nationals. We saw LSU even outdo their SEC Championship score in semifinals, as did Alabama. Florida was right up there too.
At PAC-12's, Utah went 197.9, Oregon State went 197.4, and Washington went 197.1. Yes, all three of those teams were more "on" at the conference championships than at Nationals, but even watching the conference meet, we were all commenting on how elevated the scores were compared to the actual performances. It started from the very first rotation when Washington was good on beam, but certainly not 49.4+ good. Significant wobbles were under-deducted, etc. I commented in the thread that the judges really seemed to want the winner to go over 198. Utah on floor was another example. Yes, they're good on floor, but there's no reason all five counting scores were 9.9 or higher. Vault scoring was also elevated the entire evening. Using OSU as an example: Dessaints with a hop score a 9.95, Jacobsen 9.9 with significant piking and lack of amplitude.
It wasn't just the championship meet-- for all three of those teams, the whole season has had this weird back-and-forth feel. Like was Utah a high-197's team this season or were they more a low-197's team with a hit meet? Oregon State: Were they a legit low-to-mid-197's team this season or more a high-196's team with a hit meet? And Washington: high-196's to 197.0 team or a mid-196's team with a hit meet?
At both regionals and at Nationals semifinals, Utah, Oregon State, and Washington all got through without counting a single low score. But their totals suggested the lower scoring range was more appropriate for all three teams (and even lower for OSU). At Nationals semifinals, in particular, the three teams did "hit." They were just stuck in 9.75-9.85 land for significant portions of their lineups. Let's use Utah's bars rotation in the semifinals as an example: Skinner, Merrell, Lewis, and Rowe were all very happy with their performances. At other PAC-12 meets during the season, this would have been a pretty high bars total-- 49.35ish-- with possibly two of those four scoring 9.9 and the other two in the high 9.8's. At Nationals, that bars set totaled 49.0875.
I went and watched Oregon State's bars set in the semifinals-- same thing. The first three scores probably surprised the team with how low they were. As I said, this was a weird season where you couldn't get a good handle on just how "good" these three teams were. In different meets, similarly executed rotations would score quite differently. UCLA of course was a whole other issue with them bombing meets left and right, but their higher scores in the lineup actually held through Nationals.
I think part of the issue was indeed the judging at some of the home meets and at the conference championships. It perhaps pumped the teams up to be better positioned at Nationals than they really were. That deprives the teams from the feedback necessary to push their scores higher on each event. We didn't see this same drop-off in scores for more or less hit routines with the SEC teams that made Nationals (Georgia's problem was from botched elements, not tighter scoring).
People may claim that reason for this is that the SEC teams are scored more loosely than the PAC-12 teams at Nationals. But I've mentioned the impending drop-off of scores for Utah, for example, at Nationals all season long. I don't think Utah ever really was the 4th best team in the country this season (their RQS ranking), nor do I think Oregon State was really in the top 10.
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