Sabrina Vega Verbally Commits to Georgia

Sabrina Vega, a member of the 2011 World Championships gold-medal-winning team and competitor at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, has verbally committed to the University of Georgia. It is assumed that she will sign a letter of intent in November and join the team for the 2016-2017 school year.Vega is now 20 years old. According to NCAA guidelines, a prospective student-athlete’s eligibility clock begins after a grace period of one year after the individual’s graduation year with the expectation that the individual takes only four years to complete high school. After the one-year grace period, the individual has five years of eligibility. However, there are exceptions to this rule for athletes training for the Olympics. You can view the full delayed enrollment guidelines on page 24 of the NCAA eligibility guidelines.

Vega, originally from New York, moved to Missouri to train and compete for well-known elite gym GAGE after the 2012 Olympics. She has been injured off-and-on since then and most recently competed at the 2015 Secret U.S. Classic, scoring 12.5 and 13.2 on beam and floor, respectively.

​Known for her beautiful dance on beam and floor, Vega joins a Georgia recruiting class that includes Canadian elite  Jordyn Pedersen and J.O competitor Rachel Dickson. Pedersen signed a letter of intent in November 2014 but decided to defer a year to pursue a chance at qualifying to the Rio Olympics. Dickson is a level 10 from Michigan Elite Gymnastics Academy. She is strong on vault and floor, finishing tied for second and third, respectively at the 2015 J.O. National Championships. She was also a member of the J.O. national team in 2014 after she finished third in the all around at nationals.While she is expected to join the team alongside Pedersen and Dickson in the fall, there is a possibility of Vega joining the team as early as  January. There are currently no open scholarships but one could potentially open up.

If senior Brittany Rogers and the rest of the Canadian world team do not qualify a full squad to the Olympics and are forced to compete at the test event in April, Rogers might choose to defer another semester to help her country. The test event falls on the same weekend as the 2016 NCAA national championships and Rogers already has plans to compete at Elite Canada Feb. 4-7, the same weekend that the Gym Dogs face Florida in Athens.

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