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Texas to Host Thrilling 2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships on ESPN

Fort Worth gears up for the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships this April 18 and 20, showcasing top collegiate athletes and celebrated Olympians on ESPN’s extensive broadcast network. The event, unfolding at the prestigious Dickies Arena, promises unparalleled live coverage across ABC and ESPN platforms, featuring an array of innovative broadcast technology and expert commentary.

This year’s NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championship is set to captivate audiences with star-studded commentary teams and a dynamic competition format. The semifinals kick off on Thursday, April 18, with a first round at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by a second at 9 p.m., all live on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Competing teams include frontrunners like LSU, California, Arkansas, and Stanford in Semifinal I, with top seed Oklahoma, Florida, Utah, and Alabama taking center stage in Semifinal II.

ABC will broadcast the championship finals for the fourth consecutive year, beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 20, with global access also available on ESPN+. Preceding the finals, a special live pre-show at 3:30 p.m. on ABC will set the stage for the championship showdown, marking ESPN’s 12th presentation of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships.

The commentary team features industry giants: three-time Olympian John Roethlisberger, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, and debutant sideline reporter Taylor Davis. They will provide insights during both the semifinals and championship finals. In addition, ESPN+ will enrich the viewing experience with 15 live streams, including apparatus-specific feeds and options for Spanish-language commentary.

Enhancements in broadcast technology will be on full display, with the innovative scoring tower introduced during the conference championships continuing to provide clear and instant updates on team standings and individual performances. Additional tech tools will give viewers a deeper understanding of the gymnastic techniques on display, such as motion replay cameras capturing up to 1,000 frames per second for detailed analysis.

The championship also debuts a quad meet format in Fort Worth, allowing simultaneous competition on multiple apparatuses, improving both the in-venue and broadcast viewing experience. This format, tested during recent collegiate meets, aims to streamline the event flow and maintain audience engagement throughout the championships.

For more information on the 2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships and to follow live updates, visit ncaa.com.

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