By Emily Howell-Forbes
For our final installment we’ll be breaking down the top 10 floor routines. Heralded by many as the event where gymnasts get to “showcase their personality,” the floor exercise is often the highlight of a meet. The crowd gets involved in its favorite gymnast’s routines and clapping or cheering along to the music. Which routines are likely to be among the favorites next year?
By Emily Howell-Forbes
Today’s post is all about those rare gymnasts who have managed to perform consistently on beam. It is fairly common in both J.O. and NCAA competition for competitors to have several falls over the course of a season, which results in their overall average being pulled down. Gymnasts who have completed their level 10 season with an average of 9.4 or above have generally had fewer than two falls over the course of the season.
By Elizabeth Grimsley
Not only is it postseason in J.O. gymnastics with the level 10 national championships right around the corner but the regular signing period begun about two weeks ago as well. Which gymnasts are heading to your favorite school?
By Christina Marmet, Elizabeth Grimsley and Caroline Medley
We had some *fire emoji* leotards this weekend with teams bringing their A game in what was a majority of the team’s last meets of the season. While some were amazing, pretty, sparkly and everything we could have dreamed for, others were… not so much. The criteria is the same as always. 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. 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
Every year, this regional promises a showdown between the second and third seeds. However, this season is likely to be even more exciting but also heartbreaking. While Oklahoma is the favorite to advance, the race for the second spot is going to make gym nerds cry. Kentucky has had a fairytale season, shattering expectations and looking like a strong contender to make it to the NCAAs for the first time ever as a team. However, it won’t be an easy path for the Wildcats as host team Washington is right on their heels and may just as well make it to nationals for the first time since 1998. Add to that Stanford as the fifth seed and that can definitely spoil the party. We are in for a tense evening in Seattle.
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