SEC championship? Didn't LSU already win it?

LSU won the inaugural SEC regular-season championship. This is the SEC championship meet. A separate championship is being contested. It’s like the regular-season title chase in basketball or baseball, followed by the conference tournament.

Unlike those sports, where the tournament winner gets an automatic NCAA bid, there are no such fringe benefits here. The top 36 teams in scoring average after this weekend will be assigned Monday to one of six regionals.

Five gymnasts to watch

Ashleigh Gnat, Sr., LSU

She's No. 1 nationally on vault and third on floor. She has two 10s this year on vault and 18 individual event wins.

Alex McMurtry, Jr., Florida

She has three perfect 10s this season, including one on vault at LSU. She's tied for second on vault nationally behind Gnat and fifth on uneven bars.

Kiana Winston, Jr., Alabama

She's fourth nationally in all-around, fifth on floor, seventh on beam. She has 19 individual event wins, including a 10 on floor.

Mollie Korth, Fr., Kentucky

She's ranked 12th nationally in all-around and on vault. She's vying with LSU’s Kennedi Edney for SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

Rachel Dickson, Fr., Georgia

She ranks 13th nationally in all-around with a top score of 39.550 in the Mardi Gras Invitational. She was the SEC Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 21.


Session One (2 p.m. Saturday)

5. Kentucky (vault, bars, beam, floor)

6. Missouri (bars, beam, floor, vault)

7. Auburn (beam, floor vault, bars)

8. Arkansas (floor, vault, bars, beam)

Session Two (5 p.m. Saturday)

1. LSU (vault, bars, beam, floor)

2. Florida (bars, beam, floor, vault)

3. Alabama (beam, floor vault, bars)

4. Georgia (floor, vault, bars, beam)

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