During the offseason, it can be difficult to keep up with all the news and training updates happening across the teams. So each week, we will provide a curation of the most exciting upgrades, as well as other important news happening in the college gym world. Note the majority of the training updates highlighted will feature new skills and not someone training their same routine from the past season, for example.
Finally, note we are only able to share links to updates posted on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and not Instagram Stories or Snapchat. However, we will try to note any clips of note that we see on those disappearing platforms.
Rachel Ley Makes Progress on Gebeshian
We mentioned previously that Rutgers junior Rachel Ley was working a Gebeshian mount; she has made a lot of progress. Here’s hoping we see it in season!
Collea Burgess and Kirsten Peterman Train Full-Twisting Double Layouts
Maryland sophomore Collea Burgess (posted to her Instagram Story) and junior Kirsten Peterman are both training full-twisting double layout bar dismounts. Both dismounts were viable and to hard landings, so it’s possible these are upgrades we will see in competition!
Taylor Lawson Puts in Work Over Summer
Stanford sophomore Taylor Lawson has been working hard in the gym this summer, this time showing a solid and steady front toss on beam.
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Alaina Raybon Trains New Beam Dismount
Incoming MSU freshman Alaina Raybon posted a side aerial + full twist to her Instagram Story. The dismount would be a change from the front full she competed in J.O.
Olivia Karas on the Comeback Trail
Michigan’s Olivia Karas posted giants on a pit bar to her Instagram Story. The senior is coming back from an Achilles tear suffered halfway through the 2018 season.
Tiara Wright Training Bars
Maryland senior transfer Tiara Wright, who missed 2018 at West Virginia with injury, is training bars again. She posted a Ray to immediate pak on her Instagram Story. Bars is Wright’s strongest event, and she will be an asset to the Terps’ lineup.
Syd Townsend Trains Pak
Michigan sophomore Syd Townsend posted a pak to her Instagram Story. She competed a bail handstand last season, though she did compete a pak as an elite. Townsend was a staple on the event for the Wolverines in 2018, competing the event every week and never dropping below a 9.800.
Lexy Ramler Training Yurchenko 1.5
Minnesota’s Lexy Ramler posted a Yurchenko 1.5 to her Instagram Story, complete with a stuck landing. The sophomore all arounder competed just a full in 2018, but had a 1.5 in J.O.
Maddie Karr Catches Bar Combination
By now you know Denver junior Maddie Karr has been working a Tkatchev + pak salto on bars this offseason. Exciting progress was made this week as she posted herself catching the complete combination on her Instagram Story.
Elle Golison Trains New Tumbling Pass
Utah State junior Elle Golison is working a new front tumbling pass. The Aggie posted a front handspring + front full + front layout + front pike on competition surface to her Instagram Story. A four-skill connection is certainly unique by NCAA standards and we hope to see her compete it in 2019.
Nia Dennis Upgrades Vault
UCLA sophomore Nia Dennis is working a Yurchenko 1.5, a 10.0 start, onto a mat in the pit on her Instagram Story. While the clip shows her severely over rotating into the pit, we know Nia has the power and control to land this upgraded vault onto a competition surface. Here’s to hoping we see it from the former elite in 2019.
Article by the editors of College Gym News