Welcome back, Gym Dog fans! The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) announced their All-America honors today, and three Georgia gymnasts, Rachel Dickson, Gigi Marino, and Sydney Snead, were awarded with inclusion in the second team lineup.
If you’re unfamiliar with the gymnastics awards landscape (or just need a reminder), there are two sets of All-American awards. The NACGC/W names an All-America team based on regular season rankings, and the NCAA All-America team is based on individual performances at the national semifinal meet. So the NCAA awards are based on one meet, while the NACGC/W awards are based on consistency over the course of the entire regular season, which makes them an especially meaningful honor.
Like most things in the college gymnastics world, the All-America team is selected mathematically. The gymnasts ranked 1-8 in the country on each apparatus (and in all-around) are awarded first-team status, and the gymnasts ranked 9-16 are awarded second-team status.
For the Gym Dogs, Rachel Dickson was named second team in the all-around, where she ranks 13th in the country. Gigi Marino was named second team on floor, where she ranks 10th in the country. And Sydney Snead was named second team on vault, where she ranks 9th in the country.
If you’re keeping track at home, that’s a freshman (Dickson), a sophomore (Snead), and a junior (Marino) that just earned All-America status, each for the first time in her collegiate career.
This season might turn out to be a little less than we hoped, but the future sure looks bright for this team.