By Christina Marmet, Elizabeth Grimsley and Caroline Medley
Continuing with the throwback leotard theme, this week we’re taking a look back at the fashion at the 1999 national championships. There was lots of VELVET ALL THE VELVET. Thanks to @1InsanePerson on Twitter 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.
By Emily Howell-Forbes
We’re back today with the top 10 bar routines from the incoming freshmen. Putting up six consistent high scoring routines can be a struggle for many teams. These freshmen routines have scored consistently well and several are headed to schools that struggled on bars in 2017. Because the requirements for J.O. are different than those in NCAA, there are a few routines that will need to be upgraded or reconstructed to be considered “up to level” in NCAA.
By Emily Howell-Forbes
With the sheer number of incoming freshmen it can be difficult to sort out who may consistently deliver a high score on an event week after week. In an attempt to narrow it down, we broke down the top 10 on each event based on their average score in J.O. this season (plus a few honorable mentions that either did not make nationals or haven’t been mentioned previously).
For the sake of an accurate picture of a gymnast’s abilities, a single low score on each event was left out of the average if it was more than a point lower than the next lowest score. This prevents bad days and injuries from majorly skewing a gymnasts’ average. Also, for fairness, gymnasts with less than three scores on an event were not included to prevent skewing in the other direction.
Over the next four days, take a look at the top gymnasts across the four events that will be joining your favorite team in 2018. Today we’ll look at vault, followed by bars on Tuesday, beam on Wednesday and rounding things out with floor on Thursday.
By Elizabeth Grimsley, Christina Marmet and Caroline Medley
It's almost a given at this point that the majority of teams will hold a pink meet supporting breast cancer. While some teams succeed in their mission of bringing their leotard into this venture, others... Not so much.
The criteria is the same as normal meets except school spirit is replaced by pink meet spirit. And to refresh your memory on the other criteria: up to three points for design; two points for fabric, sparkle, etc.; and two points for spirit; three points for overall appearance. After assigning points to each category, we’ll tally up the scores and average them with the previous week’s. So by the end of the season, we’ll know for sure which team has the best leotards (according to us) and which teams not so much. 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. And make sure to vote in our poll at the bottom of the page to make your opinion heard in the fan vote, new this season.
By Christina Marmet
At first glance, this regional looks like it could be a walk in the park for the top two seeds Utah and Denver. However, Cal and Auburn are silent threats that will jump on the opportunity to advance if the first two falter or have an average meet. All six teams are ranked in the top 28, which makes this regional likely one of the toughest ones out there this season. Additionally, host team Arkansas is the No. 5 seed and it will be more than comfortable competing at home so it could definitely surprise as well. Remember when Arkansas beat Alabama? If the Razorbacks bring their A-game, we are likely in for a tense and exciting evening in Fayetteville.
Don’t forget to enter your postseason predictions in the 2017 NCAA Gym Bracket Challenge! The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. ET.
Days until the 2017 National Championships