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Olympic Medal Gymnast Bridget Sloan Joins SEC Network “Friday Night Heights” Studio

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Network Expands 2017 Coverage to Include Dynamic Pre-meet Ceremonies & New Graphics

SEC Network is debuting new commentators, new roles, new graphics and streaming the razzle-dazzle of Southeastern Conference pre-meet introductions for the 2017 gymnastics season.

“The depth of extension for the sport of gymnastics on television seems limitless,” said Meg Aronowitz, ESPN coordinating producer. “Since we began nationally televising live regular-season SEC meets in 2015 we’ve introduced live scoring interfaces, WIRED coaching segments, quad-box views, live apparatus feeds and expanded our schedule each year. This year’s incredible roster of commentators and the addition of Before the Heights brings an additional layer of authenticity to the electricity of the meets for the viewer at home.”

Chalk Talk
The network vaulted into its 18 meet television schedule – the most live regular-season meets ever slated for television – on Friday, Jan. 6 with Olympians Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke joined by ESPN reporter Holly Rowe. A fixture in women’s sports reporting, Rowe made her gymnastics debut on Friday. She joins Courtney Kupets Carter beginning Friday, Jan. 13 in her season-long play-by-play role on one of ESPN’s “Friday Night Heights” doubleheader packages.

Also new to the roster, but certainly not the sport, Olympic Medalist (2008), World Champion (2009) and nine-time NCAA National Champion Bridget Sloan joins SEC Network this season as an SEC Now studio-analyst. The recent Florida graduate is the only woman to ever win U.S., World and NCAA Championships in the All-Around competition. Sloan will share her expert opinion every Friday on SEC Now beginning January 20.

“Before college my goal was to make the 2008 Olympics, during college my goal was for my team and I to win a National Championship, after college my goal was to work for SEC Network. To say I’m excited about working for SEC Network is an understatement, I am beyond excited and can’t wait to get started!” – Bridget Sloan

Sloan is also slated as the booth-analyst for the Friday, March 3 matchup of Auburn at Missouri. She will be joined by Laura Rutledge for play-by-play. 2017 marks Rutledge’s third season covering gymnastics as a reporter with Conner and Clarke, and her first season providing play-by-play.

(Full Schedule & Talent Assignments below)

Before the Heights

In addition to eight consecutive week of high-flying competition Fridays on SEC Network, ESPN is bringing even more of the SEC experience home with the debut of “Before the Heights: SEC Gymnastics” on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Dramatic introductions intensified with well-placed pyrotechnics for SEC home meet pre-shows will stream live beginning Friday, January 13 on SEC Network +. Shimmer and sparkle have never looked so intimidating.

Gymnastics pre-meet

Picture Perfect

ESPN successfully executed a new graphics execution at the SEC and NCAA Championship meets last year (2016) and debuted the new bells & whistles in the regular-season package on SEC Network on January 6. Educational illuminations such as a high bars protractor graphic received immediate praise from the gymnastics community as did a new “corner board” scoring graphic.

gymnastics protractor

SEC Gymnastics TV Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Meet Network
Fri, Jan 6 7 p.m. Georgia at LSU
Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke & Holly Rowe
SEC Network
Fri, Jan 13 7 p.m. Georgia at Auburn
Holly Rowe, Courtney Kupets Carter & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. LSU at Alabama
Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
Fri, Jan 20 7 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia
Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  7 p.m. Auburn  at Kentucky
John Roethlisberger, Alicia Sacramone Quinn
SEC Network +
  8:30 p.m. Alabama at Missouri
Holly Rowe, Courtney Kupets Carter & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
Sun, Jan 22 7 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia** ESPN2
Mon, Jan 23 10 p.m. Auburn at Kentucky* SEC Network
Fri, Jan 27 7 p.m. Auburn at Florida

Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke & Laura Rutledge

SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas
Holly Rowe, Courtney Kupets Carter & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
Fri, Feb 3 7 p.m. Kentucky at Georgia
Holly Rowe, Courtney Kupets Carter & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
  8 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn
John Roethlisberger, Alicia Sacramone Quinn
SEC Network+
  8:30 p.m. Florida at Alabama
Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
Sun, Feb 5 6 p.m. Florida at Alabama** ESPN2
Tue, Feb 7 5:30 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn* ESPNU
Fri, Feb 10 7 p.m. Georgia at Florida
Laura Rutledge, Kathy Johnson Clarke, Taylor Davis
SEC Network
  7 p.m. Alabama at Kentucky
John Roethlisberger, Alicia Sacramone Quinn
SEC Network+
  8:30 p.m. LSU at Arkansas
Holly Rowe, Courtney Kupets Carter & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
Sun, Feb 12 6 p.m. Georgia at Florida** ESPN2
Tue, Feb 14 5:30 p.m. Alabama at Kentucky* ESPNU
Fri, Feb 17 7 p.m. Florida at Arkansas
John Roethlisberger, Alicia Sacramone Quinn, Taylor Davis
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Auburn at Alabama
Holly Rowe, Courtney Kupets Carter & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
Fri, Feb 24 7 p.m. Missouri at Florida
Holly Rowe, Courtney Kupets Carter & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. LSU at Auburn
Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
Fri, Mar 3 8 p.m. Auburn at Missouri
Laura Rutledge, Bridget Sloan
SEC Network +
Sun, Mar 5 12:30 p.m. Auburn at Missouri* SEC Network
  2 p.m. Alabama at Georgia
Holly Rowe, Courtney Kupets Carter & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
  330 p.m. Florida at LSU
Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
Sat, Mar 18 2 p.m. SEC Championship ESPNU
  6 p.m. SEC Championship SEC Network
Sun, Mar 26 2 p.m. SEC Championship** ESPN2

 

An additional 16 meets – including a tri (Feb. 10) and a quad meet (Feb. 24) – produced by SEC schools will be available to stream on SEC Network + via WatchESPN and the ESPN app:

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Fri, Jan. 13 6:45 p.m. Kentucky at Florida
  8 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas
Mon, Jan. 16 2 p.m. NC State at Georgia
Fri, Jan. 20 8:30 p.m. Texas Woman’s University at LSU
Fri, Jan. 27 7 p.m. LSU at Kentucky
  Missouri at Georgia
Fri, Feb. 3 8:30 p.m. Missouri at LSU
Fri, Feb. 10 8 p.m. Lindenwood, George Washington, Missouri
Sun, Feb. 19 3:30 p.m. George Washington at LSU
Fri, Feb. 24 7 p.m. Illinois, NIU, Washington, Kentucky
Fri, March 3 7 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky
Fri, March 10 6:45 p.m. West Virginia at Florida
8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Auburn
  Kentucky at Missouri
8:30 p.m. New Hampshire at LSU
Sat, March 11 4 p.m. Utah at Georgia

 

 

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