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A look at the SEC's rich gymnastics history

226 days ago
SEC Network
Photo: Florida Athletics

April 18 was to be the day when the national champion was crowned in collegiate gymnastics -- and as usually is the case, there were sure to be a handful of Southeastern Conference schools in contention.

Instead, the coronavirus pandemic canceled big postseason plans for schools such as Florida, which had just secured the 2020 SEC championship and boasted three first-team All-Americans in Trinity Thomas, Alyssa Baumann and Rachel Gowey. Thomas, in fact, earned All-America honors in the maximum five events, including first team in bars, beam, floor and all-around.

And while Florida ended the season ranked No. 2 in the nation, hoping to add to its treasure trove of three previous national titles, there were other SEC teams that might have given the Gators and all others a run for the glory. LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Missouri all ended the season ranked in the top 15 in the nation as well.

That kind of excellence in gymnastics is no stranger to the SEC. Nor is a gymnastics national championship foreign to the conference.

There are three Southeastern Conference schools that have combined to win a total of 19 NCAA national championships in the sport, beginning with Georgia's first title in 1987 and leading up to and including the latest of three consecutive crowns claimed by Florida in 2015. In between, Alabama scored its share of national glory as well.

Click on the logos below for a look back at the history of the SEC schools that have vaulted to the top in gymnastics through the years.