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Last Week in College Gym: October 14

During the offseason, it can be difficult to keep up with all the news and training updates happening across the country. So each week, we will provide a curation of the most exciting upgrades, as well as other important news happening in the college gym world. Note the majority of the training updates highlighted will feature new skills and not, for example, someone training their same routine from the past season.

Of course, even with eight editors scouring social media for clips, we’ll still miss updates from time to time. Let us know in the comments or on social media if we didn’t include a new skill, injury comeback or more from someone on your favorite team!

Training Updates

  • UCLA posted a few more video tidbits of its preseason training. Senior Kyla Ross is working on a Maloney + pak + toe-on + Maloney + bail combination on bars, sophomore Norah Flatley is training a full-twisting double layout dismount on bars, and Chloe Lashbrooke was showing off her double layout on floor on the Bruins’ Instagram Story.
  • Utah posted a video to Instagram showcasing several potential vault upgrades for the 2020 season.
  • Illinois State posted a video of freshman Angelica Labat showcasing a beautiful Yurchenko one and a half. 
  • Alabama junior Alonza Klopfer showed a Jaeger on bars on Alabama’s Instagram story. She has yet to compete bars in college.
  • SEMO freshman Jolie Miller is training a unique bar set: pike Tkatchev + Ezhova + switch kip.
  • Emily Schild showed a toe-on Tkatchev on bars, her first release move since having knee surgery in March.
  • Towson freshman Logan Smith is training some big upgrades: a Yurchenko one and a half on vault and a back handspring + Arabian series on beam.
  • California sophomore Maya Bordas was spotted on an Instagram Story training a new tucked full-in on floor.
  • Iowa State redshirt senior Sydney Converse is training a double-twisting Yurchenko to a soft landing over the pit. 
  • Oklahoma junior Jordan Draper showed a Pak salto on bars on the team’s Instagram Story. 
  • Oklahoma junior Carly Woodard was seen doing floor choreography. She previously only competed beam. 

Elite News

  • Future Stanford gymnast Sze En Tan, current Iowa State gymnast Ariana Orrego and former Denver gymnast Simona Castro all qualified to the Tokyo Olympics via their all-around placements at Stuttgart Worlds.
  • Auburn commit Sunisa Lee won three medals (team gold, floor silver and bars bronze) in Stuttgart. 
  • Jade Carey, committed to Oregon State, added a vault silver to her team gold at the World Championships.
  • Alabama’s Shallon Olsen took fourth in the Stuttgart vault final.

What Else

  • Former UCLA standout Katelyn Ohashi took part in a video op-ed for the New York Times, in which she voiced her support for the Fair Pay to Play Act. 

Article by the editors of College Gym News

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