The NCAA gymnastics season is ALMOST HERE! And with technology allowing fans to be more connected than ever before, we decided to help out those of you still a bit behind on the times. If you call yourself a gym fan, you’ll want to follow these social media accounts in 2016.
In case you were living in a hole during the fall and missed all the great things happening on social media, we’ve got you covered with our inaugural social media awards! You can’t go into the 2016 season without first seeing these posts.
Instagram Caption of the Year
Writing Instagram captions has become an art. Yes, we know you are excited for the season that starts in a carefully calculated number of days and you just can't wait to put on that [insert team name] leotard again. But there's more creativity out there than that. Here are a couple of our favorites.
At first glimpse Talia Chiarelli's classic Instagram post after team picture day appears to be like the thousands of others from college gymnasts nationwide. But then there's the caption. Not one component takes it to the next level, but the sum of the parts — from the first words to the final hashtag — are sure to spark at least a smile. Like Chiarelli, Brittany Rogers frequently sets herself apart in the world of Instagram captions. Not only did she post a nice standing Arabian accompanied by some interesting dance moves, but she also tied it all nicely to the news of Morgan Reynolds' recovery from an illness making it both timely and heartfelt.
Hashtag of the Year
Now we're breaking down captions into smaller parts. Hashtags. They're often overlooked, but can turn an ordinary post into an extraordinary one. Rogers' #amanoway is innovative and matches her famous post-landing expressions. Bridget Sloan opted to go for a more I'm-going-to-make-fun-of-what-I'm-doing approach with her #somethingontheceiling. April Baker rounds out our top three with a witty, but logical, response to a corny quote.
The I Post about My Dog A Lot Award
Most people have pets. And most people love their pets. But when it comes to posting on social media about pets, a couple gymnasts score high on the imaginary pet post frequency scale. We don't mind, though.
The I’m Just Trying to Acclimate to College Gymnastics Award
We all know that the salutes in college gymnastics are a bit different than what club gymnasts are accustomed to. Florida freshmen Peyton Ernst and Alicia Boren decided to experiment with this unfamiliar salute and over-dramatize how extreme flexibility could change college salutes as we know them today.
The Maybe We Should Stick to Our Sport Award
What better to do in the fall than try a new sport? However, it appears that these athletes might be a bit more successful when they're flipping on a beam.
Days until the 2017 National Championships