The 2017 SEC gymnastics championships are going on today in Jacksonville, Fla.
Eight teams are competing for the chance to be crowned SEC champs, as well as for prime seeding position heading into regionals in two weeks and nationals in mid April.
The No. 2 LSU gymnastics team comes into the event as the top seed and will headline the second session, set to begin around 6 p.m. EST. The late session also includes No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Alabama and No. 8 Georgia, all teams expected to compete for spots in the final 12 teams heading to nationals. Those four teams are four of the eight schools in the nation that have a regional qualifying score of 197.000 or better. No other conference has more than two such schools.
The early session will be led by No. 12 Kentucky and No. 14 Missouri, two teams on the fringe of qualifying for nationals that could use massive boosts with top four performances this weekend. Also in the late session will be No. 21 Auburn and No. 26 Arkansas, the underdogs in today’s meet.
LSU won the SEC regular season title with an 8-0 conference record including wins over Florida, Alabama and Georgia twice. Florida enters the meet as the defending conference champion and the SEC runners up with its sole conference loss coming in its worst meet of the season versus LSU. Alabama last won the SEC two years ago in 2015 and has the conference’s top all-around competitor in Kiana Winston. LSU hasn’t won a postseason SEC championship since 1981.
SEC Country’s LSU reporter Nick Suss will be live blogging today’s competition in the blog section down below. Please follow along with the blog for updates from both of today’s sessions and be sure to check back to SEC Country for updates on impressive routines and standout performances as the day goes on.
Enjoy the gymnastics!