Recruit Files: Alisson Lapp, LIU

Name: Alisson Lapp
Club: Meaux Gymnastique/INSEP
High School Graduation Year: 2020

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Personal Bests | Elite

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
13.000 13.167 14.300 13.800

Videos | Elite

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
March 2019 (Training) 2019 French Championships 2019 Top 12 Finals 2019 French Championships

About Alisson

Lapp is a French senior international elite who represented France at Junior Euros in 2016, qualifying to the floor final. Since turning senior in 2018, she has been a regular presence at French domestic meets like the Top 12 Series (a domestic league comparable to the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga meets) and Elite Gym Massilia.

What She Brings to LIU


  • Skill: Yurchenko full
  • Results: Has rarely competed vault as a senior elite, with scores typically under 13.0
  • Margin of Improvement: The vault as shown in training is acceptable, with mediocre amplitude.
  • Impact on the Team: With such a spotty competition history, there’s a good chance we won’t see Lapp vault in college, but if she is in competition shape on this event, we could expect to see her score around 9.800 on good days.

Uneven Bars

  • Skills: Pike Jaeger, Pak salto, Maloney to Gienger, variety of pirouettes, double layout dismount
  • Results: Typically scored between 12.750 and 13.200 for hit routines as a senior elite
  • Margin of Improvement: Lapp habitually competed a simpler routine with no Jaeger and only a layout dismount at minor meets, so finding a construction that allows her to compete weekly and have enough energy left for a dismount will be key. Her double layout can have some pike in the first salto. Perhaps we’ll see one of her many pirouetting skills, like a blind full or a stalder, connected to a double tuck dismount instead of the double layout.
  • Impact on the Team: Lapp has great form on bars, and the Sharks will definitely want her in the lineup here.

Balance Beam

  • Skills: front walkover mount + switch leap + switch 1/2 leap, side aerial, BHS + LOSO, front aerial, double wolf turn, double twist dismount.
  • Results: Typically scoring in the mid-13.000 range when she hits, Lapp has two Top 12 wins on beam.
  • Margin of Improvement: This is a lovely routine from beginning to end. The side aerial and wolf turn are the weakest links, and with a full elite skill set it shouldn’t be difficult to work around them.
  • Impact on the Team: Expect beam to be a competitive lineup for LIU, but it’s Lapp’s key event and we’d be surprised not to see her late in the lineup. You’ll see a lot of photos of her front walkover mount before she graduates.

Floor Exercise

  • Skills: double pike, switch half,  2.5 twist + front tuck, switch ring, tour jete 1/2, double L turn, double twist, double wolf turn. 
  • Results: Competed irregularly as a senior elite, with two Top 12 wins.
  • Margin of Improvement: Lapp has plenty of dance difficulty to round out a decent tumbling set. With elites, learning to control landings by lunging can take a little time. She can struggle to complete her double turns, but with a strong leap repertoire she could skip them in an NCAA routine.
  • Impact on the Team: This isn’t a routine with major wow factor, but Lapp is a strong dancer and a solid tumbler. It’s easy to imagine her filling a mid-lineup spot.

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