The 2017 SEC gymnastics championships are set for Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.
LSU comes in as the No. 1 seed with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 197.785. The Tigers are trying to claim the league title after coming agonizingly close each of the past two years. They went undefeated in the conference this season and are the favorites to win Saturday.
“Obviously, we were so close so it was a little difficult, but it just made us more hungry,” LSU senior Shae Zamardi told SEC Country’s Nick Suss. “And I love that about this sport. You’re always that close. I think this year it just made us hungrier and we’re just ready to get out there.”
The Florida Gators are the defending conference tournament champion and enter as the No. 2 seed with an RQS of 197.495. The Gators went 5-2 in the SEC this season. Alabama (197.285 RQS) and Georgia (197.005 RQS) round out the top four.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the SEC championships:
2017 SEC gymnastics championships: Times, TV info, how to watch online
The conference championships will take place in two sessions. Session I will include the bottom four seeds and will be televised on ESPNU. Session II will include the top four seeds and will be televised on SEC Network.
Team-specific online streams will also be available through SEC Network+.
Session I: 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU (Watch online here.)
- Kentucky (Watch live online)
- Missouri (Watch live online)
- Auburn (Watch live online)
- Arkansas (Watch live online)
Session II: 6 p.m. ET, SEC Network (Watch online here.)
- LSU (Watch live online)
- Florida (Watch live online)
- Alabama (Watch live online)
- Georgia (Watch live online)
Session I rotation schedule
Session II rotation schedule
Seeding, RQS and records
Who to watch
Kiana Winston, Alabama
A two-time SEC Gymnast of the Week this season, Winston has put together a great junior season. She won SEC Specialist of the Week last week after career-high scores on the balance beam (9.975) and the vault (9.9) against Iowa State. The Fort Worth, Texas, native is first in the SEC in the all-around and No. 4 nationally.
Ashleigh Gnat, LSU
Gnat is coming off SEC Gymnast of the Week honors after recording two career-highs last week, along with the second-best all-around score in her career. The senior is one of the conference’s best on floor, with 20 career titles and nine this year, one shy of LSU’s single-season record. Expect her to dazzle in the final SEC meet of her career.
Alex McMurtry, Florida
The Gators junior has scored a perfect 10.0 in three different events in her collegiate career: vault, bars and most recently floor. The floor routine that netted that score was just her seventh performance in that event for her career, and it helped her grab SEC Gymnast of the Week in Week 8.