New Championship Format, Surround Coverage Highlights ESPN’s Presentation of 2019 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship

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New Championship Format, Surround Coverage Highlights ESPN’s Presentation of 2019 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship

  • Seven commentators, including six U.S. Olympians, on ESPN’s coverage
  • Enhanced complementary experience with an analyst on every apparatus-specific stream
  • “Tech Tools” and enhanced scoring graphics return to telecast

With a new championship format and a power-packed cast of commentators, ESPN’s coverage of the Women’s National Collegiate Gymnastics Championship will air live for the fourth consecutive year as eight teams tumble toward the NCAA title in Fort Worth this weekend at Fort Worth Convention Center.

Coverage begins on Friday, April 19 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2 (Semifinal I) and continues that evening at 7 p.m. on ESPNU (Semifinal II) before the second semi flips to ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. following the conclusion of collegiate softball. Semifinal II will air concurrently on ESPN2 and ESPNU Friday. The Team Final with the top two teams from each semifinal is slated for Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

Olympic medalists and ESPN gymnastics analysts Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke will team up to call the action on ESPN2 and ESPNU throughout the weekend, with veteran reporter Holly Rowe handling reporting duties on the telecasts.

Returning this year, ESPN will feature commentary on each live apparatus stream on ESPN3 and the ESPN App for a unique complementary offering surrounding the championship. 2008 Olympic teammates Alicia Sacramone Quinn (vault) and Bridget Sloan (bars) and three-time Olympian John Roethlisberger (floor) return to ESPN’s streaming coverage to provide analysis for their respective events, in addition to the comeback of ESPN3’s all-around stream. Joining the trio in Fort Worth is Sacramone Quinn and Sloan’s 2008 Olympic teammate Samantha Peszek (beam), who is a newcomer to ESPN’s gymnastics coverage.

In 2018, ESPN introduced new scoring graphics with enhanced scoring breakdowns, and continued to utilize quad-boxes and replay machines to show as many routines as possible. The scoring graphics, which will be used for NCAA Championship coverage again this weekend, cycle overall team totals, individual averages and team differentials to inform viewers and provide even greater insight into both the team race and technical aspects of each routine.

In addition, the network continues to employ its “Tech Tools” to bring the impressive technique and skill of the gymnasts into perspective for the viewer. The “Tech Tools” featured in ESPN2 and ESPNU’s coverage from Fort Worth will include height and distance markers on vault, protractors for body angle on bars, the bars height grid and the split-o-meter on beam.

For more information on the 2019 Women’s National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships this weekend, please visit ncaa.com.

Date Time (ET) Meet Network
Fri, Apr 19 1 p.m. Semifinal I
UCLA, LSU, Utah, Michigan
ESPN2
7 p.m. Semifinal II
Oklahoma, Denver, Georgia, Oregon State
ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Semifinal II
Oklahoma, Denver, Georgia, Oregon State
ESPN2
Sat, Apr 20 7 p.m. Team Final ESPNU

 

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Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Communications Manager for college football and SEC Network, and oversees publicity for college gymnastics and track & field across all ESPN networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan.
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