ESPN Brings Back ‘Tech Tools’, Quad-Boxes, and More for NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships

ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships returns this week at Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth, TX, with plenty of production power behind the scenes.

ESPN continues to utilize scoring graphics with enhanced breakdowns, as well as quad-boxes and replay machines to show as many routines as possible. The scoring graphics 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 employs its “Tech Tools” to bring the impressive technique and skill of the gymnasts into perspective for the viewer, including height and distance markers on vault, protractors for body angle on bars, the bars height grid and the split-o-meter on beam.

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“We have some fantastic coverage planned,” says Maria Soares, ESPN vice production, production. “Tech tools are back, we’ll utilize 18 cameras [around the arena] and highlight some great feature pieces, as well as planning a terrific style shoot with all the teams to give our coverage a very special look. With every broadcast window featuring six complementary feeds on the ESPN App, viewers can totally customize how they want to watch our coverage. This will be a mega experience for our gymnastics fans.”

Olympic medalists and ESPN’s lead gymnastics commentators Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke will team up with 2008 Olympian and sideline reporter Samantha Peszek to call the action on ESPN2 and ABC on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. In total, 18 live streams on the ESPN App will surround the televised action on Thursday and Saturday, including individual apparatus streams, a quad-box option and a Spanish-language viewing option. For direct links to every stream, please click here.

ESPN will once again feature commentary on each live apparatus stream on the ESPN App for a unique complementary offering surrounding the championship. 2008 Olympian 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 the quad box all-around stream. Joining the duo in Fort Worth are former collegiate stars Ashley Miles Greig (Alabama) on vault and Olivia Karas (Michigan) on beam.

After opening with Gymnastics Countdown Presented by Ozone last night, the Semifinal I is set for today at 1 p.m. ET and Semifinal II airs live at 6 p.m. – both on ESPN2. The Championship Final will be broadcast on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. on ABC, and will also be available internationally.

Date
Time (ET)
Programming
Network
Wed, Apr 13
6:30 p.m.
Gymnastics Countdown Presented by Ozone
ESPNU
Thu, Apr 14
1 p.m.
NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships – Semifinal I
Oklahoma, Utah, Alabama, Minnesota
ESPN2
 
6 p.m.
NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships – Semifinal II
Florida, Michigan, Auburn, Missouri
ESPN2
Sat, Apr 16
1 p.m.
NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships – Final
ABC
3 p.m.
NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships – Trophy Ceremony
ESPN App

 

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