NCAA Gymnastics Championships: Game on

Ashley PostellOne of the biggest questions about the 2008 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which begins today in Athens, Ga., is whether Ashley Postell will finally get the NCAA all-around crown many think she richly deserves.

Postell has been Utah’s beacon — and one of the big names in collegiate gymnastics — for the past four years. But she’s always been eclipsed (twice by friend and former teammate Courtney Kupets) for the NCAA all-around title.

This year may well be different. Kupets is out with a torn Achilles. Despite the fact that everyone’s in Georgia country, Kupets’ absence changes the competition outlook significantly. Also absent is Alabama senior Terin Humphrey, who retired several weeks ago when nagging injuries simply got to be too much.

Grace TaylorExpect several Gym Dogs to step up and claim medals that Kupets and Humphrey might have taken. This is an especially golden opportunity for Georgia junior Tiffany Tolnay, whose lines and skills are similar to Kupets’, but who has always been in Kupets’ shadow at Georgia. Sophomore Courtney McCool should be impressive on balance beam and floor exercise (maybe even bars!). Grace Taylor can give huge performances as well.

It’s also huge for Louisiana State’s Ashleigh Clare-Kearney, who came seemingly out of nowhere to post the highest all-around mark in the country this season (39.825) two weeks ago at the NCAA Central Regional. It would be a big accomplishment for LSU to make the Super Six, and bigger if Clare-Kearney walked off with the all-around. Florida’s Melanie Sinclair, Corey Hartung and Amanda Castillo should also be in the thick of things.

And the team competition? Please. This is Georgia. They’re no. 1 and they’re at home. It’s theirs to lose.

Then again, that’s what we thought last week when the men competed at no. 1 Stanford. And see how well that turned out for the Cardinal….

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One Response to “NCAA Gymnastics Championships: Game on”

  1. Amy Says:

    go OU! go OU! 🙂

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