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Last Week in College Gym: October 5

There’s a lot that happens on the gymternet each week. So much so that it can be hard to keep track of it all. From training updates and COVID news to recruiting rumors and coaching announcements, we don’t blame you for missing some important points here and there.

But that’s where we come in. Last Week in College Gym is your one-stop shop for all the important headlines from the previous week in college gymnastics. No matter if you’re taking a social media break, went on vacation or just don’t have the capacity to follow every single gymnast, team and fan, we have you covered.

Breaking News

We are proud to announce the launch of our Recruit Ratings! Read the full press release to learn more. The database with all recruits will be up on Thursday as well as a form for 2023s to fill so we don’t miss you.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Andavea Alexander, the former Volunteer Assistant Coach for the SEMO Redhawks, was promoted to full-time Assistant Coach. 
  • Former NCAA champion and Stanford gymnast Elizabeth Price did a Q&A about her experiences competing as a Cardinal and as an elite gymnast.
  • The LSU Board of Supervisors amended the contract for head coach Jay Clark; he received a 33% pay raise and is making $275,000 a year. Clark’s contract was also extended by a year to 2025.

Training Updates

  • Nebraska’s Makayla Curtis is training a double layout (E) floor pass.
  • Husker transfer Kaitlyn Higgins has added a gainer pike off the end of the beam (C) to her repertoire. 
  • Minnesota has been showing off some potentially exciting training updates on their Instagram story this week, such as: junior Abbie Nylin with a triple series on beam and freshman Erin Fortman with a front aerial side aerial combo (D + D) on beam.  Sophomore Maya Albertin was also shown training bars after sitting out the 2020 season due to injury.
  • Oklahoma sophomore Vanessa Deniz is training a new beam dismount: a tucked front gainer full.
  • Utah State’s Morgan Gill is training a new floor pass: a round off one-and-a-half to front full.
  • Boise State’s Hope Masiado is training a double layout bar dismount.
  • Ball State redshirt senior Bri Slonim was shown training a straddle jaeger on bars on the team Instagram story, which would be a new event for her. Sophomore Megan Teter was also shown training a new front tuck beam mount, and freshman Victoria Henry was showing off some serious skills over on floor, including a punch front through to a double back.
  • Florida freshman Ellie Lazzari is training a double layout on floor. 
  • Western Michigan posted a video of junior Emily Carless doing vault timers. Carless has only competed on beam and floor so far during her career with the Broncos.

READ THIS NEXT: Recruiting Roundup: September 2020

Article by the editors of College Gym News

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