Judges were throwing out season-high scores (32 between the two teams -- not including team totals) like they were going out of style in Minnesota's (426.95) win over Nebraska (425.55).
Let's get a couple things straight right off the bat: were both teams impressive on Saturday? No doubt about it. Was the judging as strict as it should be? Not at all. Both teams scored 15+ points above their season average.
It's never been more clear that NCAA judges need to be held more accountable for their performance. There's no way of comparing teams' scores from varying regions of the country when some panels of judges apply the rules completely different than others.
What rules were not applied in Lincoln that resulted in scores that skewed so far from Minnesota and Nebraska's averages? Is there a better system of checks and balances that can be applied so the central evaluation system in our sport isn't so flawed?
With all of that said, nothing should be taken away from the Gophers or Huskers. They put on show for a national audience on the B1G Network and should feel great heading into postseason.
Nobody was happier than Minnesota head coach Mike Burns who pointed out that a meet like this could be a defining moment for his team.
"I think this was a paradigm shifting event in the realization of their own self belief. That was the step we needed to take." - Mike Burns
It's nothing new to point out how good the Gophers are on VT in 2017, but the talent and ability was on full display Saturday. "It was by far the best vaulting we'd ever done as a team," described Burns. "We had five 5.2 vaults, which was good."
They're competing four 2.5 twisting vaults and one double-front (probably the best in the country). It looks like Justin Karstadt (NCAA/B1G Gymnast of the Week) is joining in on that fun as he competed a yurchenko 2.5 that helped contribute to his 87.05 in the AA.
Nebraska didn't make things easy, however, as they took Minnesota down to the wire.
"It was a battle right to the very end," Burns added. "I think TV got a good show out of it."
For the Huskers, Chris Stephenson led the way with an 83.9 AA score. As a whole, Nebraska looked like a confident group. The biggest takeaway should be the five hit PH routines. Capping off that rotation was Antonio Castro's big 14.9.
Hitting PH will obviously be a must, but for the Huskers to make more noise SR will need to be an event they really nail. They lack the big start values so it's imperative that they stay clean and stick dismounts.
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