By Rebecca Scally
While the NCAA and J.O. seasons are over, the elite season is just beginning, meaning those top-level gymnasts transitioning from the international world to college can have one last hoorah before hanging up their country's leotard. Many present and future NCAA gymnasts have competed outside of the US in the last two weeks. However, the highest-profile NCAA showing was from a graduate. Georgia alumna Brittany Rogers competed at the Canadian Championships, showing three events and winning the uneven bars. In finals, she showed a somewhat downgraded routine that included a missed connection on the low bar and only a D dismount (a change that was made after she didn’t land her full-twisting double layout in qualifying). She also had a big break on a pirouette, resulting in a low-for-her score of 13.634. However, her difficulty score was 5.9 with a few more tenths still to add back in, making her a good option to make Canada’s World Championships team when the time comes.
By Emily Minehart
The annual offseason coaching shuffle has been extreme this year, with nine vacancies or recent changes to date. The Big Ten has been the hardest hit conference, boasting four of those nine changes: Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State and Illinois are all in the mix. With so many changes, it can be tough to keep track of who’s going where and which teams still have holes to fill. Let us break it down for you.
By Elizabeth Grimsley and Christina Marmet
NCAA gymnastics is a sport filled with rules we love to hate. But rather than complaining about them all the time on social media, we decided to type them out and complain about them here instead! While these are just a few of the things we’d like to be changed in the coming years, there are plenty of others we don’t mention. Which did we leave out? What do you want to see happen in the future for collegiate gymnastics? Let us know in the comments or on social media.
By Caroline Medley
Last year, we looked at how the Super Six would look if it were scored under the elite code, and discovered that the results would have differed pretty significantly when we threw difficulty into the mix. The results were so surprising, in fact, that we’ve decided to do it again this year!
By Elizabeth Grimsley, Caroline Medley and Christina Marmet
We’ve seen it happen many times in the past. Gymnasts fly under the radar during the start of their NCAA careers only to have a breakout season and change everything. Who pegged Mary Beth Box as one of Georgia’s most valuable gymnasts when she was a freshman? We took a look at some of the gymnasts poised to make breakthroughs in 2018 and detail who might be capable of the feat.
Days until the 2017 National Championships