By NCAA Gym News
The U.S. Classic is only a week away, giving us a reprieve from the dull NCAA offseason. With a chance to see some of college's future stars, we also decided to take a look at some skills we wish more former elites brought with them to college. TV, mini fridge, Comaneci salto, right?
By Emily Minehart
There were superstars on each team that qualified to nationals this year—MyKayla Skinner, Maggie Nichols, Alex McMurtry, Ashleigh Gnat. No doubt they are incredible gymnasts and contribute largely to their team’s success. But each team also has two- and three-event specialists who consistently put up the solid scores without which no team can be successful. We take a look at some of the gymnasts who don’t always get the glory but who were indispensable to their nationals-bound teams in 2017.
By Alicia Bettano and Caroline Medley
Forget rivalries between teams at nationals when there’s one brewing between gym nerds: event finals or no event finals? While nationals does award individual titles to individuals placing between first and eighth place on an apparatus, as of late, this recognition has been based on one’s performance at semifinals and awarded once the second session is over. Today we weigh the pros and cons of bringing back event finals or keeping the system as it is. For clarity, note that Caroline’s comments are in italics while Alicia’s are in regular script.
By Emily Howell-Forbes
While there are a multitude of routines that we all love to watch, it is the rare set that brings us to tears. These are a few of our favorites that had us feeling a little damp around the eyes in 2017.
By Christina Marmet, Caroline Medley and Elizabeth Grimsley
Continuing with the throwback leotard theme, this week we’re taking a look back at the fashion at the 2005 NCAAs Super Six. There was lots of shiny fabric, bold designs and… confusing choices. Thanks to David for suggesting the meet!
The criteria is the same as during the season. But to refresh your memory: up to three points for design; two points for fabric, sparkle, etc.; and two points for school spirit; three points for overall appearance. But we want to know your thoughts too! Make sure to vote in our poll at the bottom of the page.
Days until the 2017 National Championships