By: Eric SanInocencio
SEC Digital Network
Duluth, Ga. -- SEC Championship season continues, as the calendar turns its attention today to some of the best gymnasts in the world. As I sit here in the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., we are moments away from witnessing some of the best athletes that college gymnastics has to offer.
As SEC events go, so does the Digital Network. In this "photoblog" edition, we give you a behind the scenes look at what happens at the SEC Gymnastics Championship.
The Gym Dogs Getting Warmed Up
Before the start of the actual event, all the teams come out on the floor and get loose for the day's activities. In this picture, Georgia gets some work in on the floor.
All Schools On Display
Here's a look at the top of the arena, as flags from every school in the SEC are flying.
The Gwinnett Center
The Gwinnett Center, located about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, is the host for this SEC event. In the coming years, this arena will also serve as host for the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.
SEC "Swag" For Sale
Upon entering the arena, there is a merchandise store selling all types of gear for the event. Here you can take home a piece of history from the SEC Gymnastics Championship.
The Scoring System
As you may know, gymnastics is scored by judges, who hand out total based on each athlete's performance. These scores are shared on video boards like the one pictured below.
The Official Draw
Each SEC team here in Duluth will compete in four events, with the combined score determining who will be crowned SEC Champion. The order of events the teams participate in, known as the "draw", is chosen on the Friday before the start of the championship. Below is the board that shows the rotation of each squad during the event.
Bring 'Em Out
Each SEC team is announced and brought out to start the proceedings. Each squad enters in behind an usher, who carries the schools "flag" as they walk out. Below are all the teams markers.