Recruit Files: Lainey Hunt, Texas Woman’s

Name: Lainey Hunt
Club: World Champions Centre
High School Graduation Year: 2021

NCAA Team: Texas Woman’s
Commitment Announcement: Instagram
Social Handles: Twitter | Instagram

Personal Bests

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
9.450 9.850 9.425 9.650


Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
2020 WOGA Classic 2020 Biles International Invitational 2020 Everest Classic 2020 Metroplex Challenge

About Lainey

A 2018 J.O. nationals qualifier, Hunt trains alongside Simone Biles at the World Champions Centre. She has all around potential, but her best apparatus, perhaps unsurprisingly given that her coach is Laurent Landi, is bars. Her career high on bars is a 9.850, which puts her up there with the best bar workers in the country.

What She Brings to Texas Woman’s


  • Skill: Yurchenko full on, pike off
  • Results: second place at the 2020 Alamo Classic
  • Margin of Improvement: She has some foot and knee issues and some landing problems. This is a difficult and rare vault, though, which will be appreciated in college. She has time to master it.
  • Impact on the Team: With her 10.0 start value on vault, Hunt could make a big difference to the TWU lineup, which currently does not have any 10.0s.

Uneven Bars

  • Skills: Jaeger, Pak salto, full-in dismount
  • Results: third place at the 2019 Texas state meet
  • Margin of Improvement: She has some small leg separations here and there, more evidently on her Pak salto, but her lines are good.
  • Impact on the Team: With Bria Northrop, its best bar worker, graduating, TWU is looking for new bars swingers in the upcoming years. Hunt is expected to be one of them and to contribute to the lineup from the start.

Balance Beam

  • Skills: front aerial + BHS + LOSO, side aerial, full twist dismount off the side of the beam
  • Results: fourth place at the 2020 Everest Classic
  • Margin of Improvement: Her knees are slightly bent on her acrobatic elements and she is still building her confidence, but the potential is there.
  • Impact on the Team: TWU is looking strong on beam, with three of its five top scorers being underclassmen. Hunt was not recruited for beam but she has potential to make the lineup at some point.

Floor Exercise

  • Skills: Rudi, 1.5 twist to front pike to stag jump, double turn, 2.5 twist
  • Results: tied third place at the 2020 Metroplex Challenge
  • Margin of Improvement: Her form is very good on floor, and her toe point is impressive. She may want to increase the difficulty of one of her tumbling passes, though. She is training a triple twist.
  • Impact on the Team: Similarly to beam, four out of TWU’s five best floor workers are underclassmen and will still be competing once Hunt gets to Denton. She is a polished floor worker, though, and will challenge for one of those lineup spots.

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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