A handful of gymnasts verbally committed to their future universities in February. Some for this coming school year who will most likely sign in April or walk-on to their selected programs and the others for 2019. Take a look at all the verbals for our featured teams and some of their career highlights so far.
In the second week of Regional Qualifying Score, Oklahoma increased its lead over Florida in the top spot. RQS is used to determine which teams and individuals qualify to compete at regional meets in April. To calculate RQS, take the top six scores — at least three of which must be away — drop the top score and average the remaining five.
There are a lot of great matchups this weekend. LSU travels to Florida, and fans may get their first chance to see Alex McMurtry make her college debut on floor. The big Alabama-Georgia rivalry also shapes up Friday night and Michigan will try to bounce back from being upset at Southern Utah in a top 4 matchup with Oklahoma. There’s a lot of good gymnastics this weekend, and you don’t want to miss one bit.
As always, we’ll tell you who we think will win these top meets, give previews of other notable matchups and provide scoring and video links for every competition happening between Friday and Monday. And once again, we’re welcoming Casey to the pick em panel! But we don’t want to be the only ones with opinions. We want to hear your opinions too! So play along by answering who you think will win each matchup by participating in the polls. And if you feel strongly about your choices, feel free to let us know in the comments below. The records from last week’s college pick em are as follows: Casey (2-2), Elizabeth (3-1), fan vote (3-1).
No. 7 LSU at No. 2 Florida: Friday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET
LSU Preview | Florida Preview
Florida has been good but not perfect this season. LSU has had issues here and there but really turned it up and showed its a team to watch out for last weekend against Auburn. LSU has the edge on vault, simply because of difficulty. However, if Bridget Sloan finally throws the Yurchenko one and a half (what are you waiting for?!), the Gators could bring it closer to even. Likewise, Florida has the advantage on bars, with stronger routines with higher scoring potential. LSU has been less consistent with almost everyone in the usual lineup falling at least once this season. Beam could go either way. When the Tigers hit, they are great (and not to mention beautiful!), but Jenny Rowland is a beam coach extraordinaire, so you can bet Florida will hit when it counts. In a neutral-site meet, floor would certainly go to LSU. Florida doesn’t have the depth and the first couple of routines aren’t as strong as LSU’s. However, with Florida at home, literally anything could happen. We honestly wouldn’t be surprised with six perfect 10s… And now with the rumor that Alex McMurtry might make her collegiate debut on the event, things get even more interesting.
Kids (and adults, to be honest) love to get their favorite team’s poster and put it up on their wall at home. Every year, we anticipate what each school with come up with next. This year, we collected as many team posters as we could find and judged our favorites. Which team had the most creative design in 2016? Read on to find out and let us know your favorite poster in the comments or on Twitter!
Our criteria is quite similar to that of our leotard rankings. The posters are judges on creativity, execution of the idea (for example, how well did Georgia edit and design its water concept), school spirit and representation of the team (were just the seniors or star gymnasts featured or the entire team).
This week truly defined the good, the bad and the ugly. There were some gorgeous leotards but also some on the very opposite end of the spectrum. But don’t worry, we break it all down for you. The criteria remains the same though: up to three points for design; two points for fabric, sparkle, etc.; and two points for school spirit; three points for overall appearance. We want to know what you thought too (or if we forgot one of your favorites from this weekend)! Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.
Days until the 2017 National Championships