Teams Close out Fall Training with Fan Previews

In the third and final installment of our preseason previews recap, we take a look at Alabama, California, Denver, Georgia and Penn State’s fan showcases. With less than two weeks to go until the first competition of the 2016 season, it’s crunch time.

The Crimson Tide held an open practice for fans before leaving for the holidays. While the team ran through a mock meet, it also took things easy as to not get hurt before the regular season begins in less than two weeks. Lauren Beers, coming off double ankle surgery over the off season, looked almost back to 100% while Kiana Winston looked like this will be her breakout year. Aja Sims, a bars and beam contributor for the Tide, had shoulder surgery over the summer and will most likely just do beam as well as floor in 2016. The freshmen also got a chance to train in a more-pressured environment than a typical day of practice with Armbrecht, Guerra, Huang and Giancroce with the most lineup potential. Finally, Katie Bailey, in and out most of the 2015 season due to back spasms, was looking healthy and ready for a comeback season.
The Golden Bears held an intrasquad for fans and reported the team nailed all but one routine during the showcase. We will update this post with more information once it becomes available.
Even though the Pioneers already had their Gymboree Intrasquad, they held one final in-practice intrasquad before leaving for the holidays. Denver had a couple unique vaults with a stuck Yurchenko half-on front pike off from Maggie Laughlin and Nina McGee’s Tsuk layout full. The team showed lots of stuck double layout dismounts on bars and multiple no-wobble series on beam. For all videos posted on Denver’s social media accounts, check out our Storify.
The Gym Dogs held their annual Sneak Peek Friday night. The team showed potential lineups and routines for fans in preparation for the 2016 season less than a month away.  Overall it was a solid day for the team, with only three falls in the 34 routines performed (and only one from someone projected to be in the lineup). Sitting around a mid-196 total, Georgia is right where it needs to be to start the season. Take a look at a more detailed account of the preview in our Storify, or watch the routines for yourself below. You can also view Georgia’s press release and highlight video here and a photo gallery here.
Penn State
Not much has been reported about the Nittany Lions’ intrasquad, but we do know they hit all but one routine with the one miss coming on floor. View a photo gallery from the event here. Check back in case more information becomes available.

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