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 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
While the standard response is "it's all about the team," individual event titles will be given out at the NCAA National Championships in St. Louis, this weekend. Champions on vault, bars, beam, floor and all around will be crowned as well as the top eight from each semifinal combined earning first-team All-America honors and those placing ninth to 16th will be named second-team All-Americans. While each of the 12 teams will put up individuals capable of winning the titles, a number of individuals without teams also qualified to compete in Missouri. It'll be a tight race, and really, whoever is on top of their form on that given day will walk away national champion.
By Caroline Medley
It’s a Pac-12 rematch in Champaign next weekend as top seeds UCLA and Oregon State will fight to keep the status quo and qualify to nationals as the presumptive winners. However, the path to qualification will not be easy, as the Bruins and the Beavs have some tough competition. Only 21 places separate the top-ranked team from the bottom one. Iowa and Illinois will be clawing their way to the top, and things will get especially interesting there since the Illini are at home. Ohio State, too, will join its conference-mates in an attempt to qualify while Eastern Michigan has been steadily on the rise throughout the season. UCLA and Oregon State have both seen upsets this season, and all of the remaining teams have had excellent seasons—should make for an exciting night!
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