Recruit Files: Mila Brusch, Denver

Name: Mila Brusch
Club: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School Graduation Year: 2022

NCAA Team: Denver
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About Mila

Brusch is a two-time level 10 nationals qualifier (2018 and 2019). She tied for third place on vault and for fourth place on floor in 2019 (Junior D). Earlier that year she was crowned Ohio state champion in the all around, vault and floor, and won silver in the all around at the Region 5 regionals. She scored career highs on vault, bars and floor in 2020. Her sister Aria is a sophomore at Auburn.

What She Brings to Denver


  • Skill: Yurchenko full
  • Results: tied third place at the 2019 L10 nationals (Junior D)
  • Margin of Improvement: Brusch achieves impressive height and distance on her vault. The only main deduction is a slight pike down on the landing. She is training a Yurchenko 1.5.
  • Impact on the Team: As a team on the rise, Denver is attempting to include as many 10.0 start-value vaults in its lineup as possible. Brusch’s Yurchenko full, though, has the potential to score high and would be an excellent lead-off vault. If her Yurchenko 1.5 were to become consistent, she would no doubt help the Pioneers a lot.

Uneven Bars

  • Skills: Maloney to Pak salto, double layout dismount
  • Results: third place at the 2019 Region 5 regionals
  • Margin of Improvement: Brusch struggles a bit to keep her feet together on her release elements, though she is working hard on it.  
  • Impact on the Team: Brusch has potential here, and with a little more polish, she could challenge for a spot.

Balance Beam

  • Skills: BHS + LOSO, straddle jump half on the side of the beam, front aerial, switch leap to split jump, side aerial to full twist dismount
  • Results: first place at the 2020 California Grand Invitational
  • Margin of Improvement: Some of Brusch’s leaps are shy of 180 degrees, and her acrobatic series has some knee issues. She has potential, though. She is training a front toss to beat jump and a back handspring to 1.5 twist dismount.
  • Impact on the Team: Denver is a strong beam team and will hope to remain so in the years to come. Brusch will need to polish her form a bit to make the lineup.

Floor Exercise

  • Skills: full-twisting double pike, front tuck to double tuck, double pike
  • Results: 2019 Ohio state champion
  • Margin of Improvement: Brusch achieves impressive height on her tumbling passes.
  • Impact on the Team: Together with vault, this is Brusch’s best apparatus. Denver will expect her to contribute to the lineup from the start.

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