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Last Week in College Gym: July 6

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.

Top Storylines

Padurariu to Join UCLA for 2021 Season

In an article she wrote for Team Canada, world championships silver medalist Ana Padurariu revealed her plans for 2021, which include both training for the Olympics and competing for UCLA. With the Olympics postponement, many had been speculating whether the Canadian elite would join the Bruins as planned or defer until after the Games.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Tia Kiaku further discussed her experiences with racism at Alabama on the All Thing Gymnastics podcast.
  • Utah tweeted that former gymnast Missy Reinstadtler will be a student coach for the team next year as she completes her fifth year of school.
  • Deanne Soza, incoming freshman at Utah, posted a picture on Instagram celebrating her first day of practice as a Ute, indicating that at least some of the incoming freshman class are now on campus for training.
  • UCLA rising sophomore Kalyany Steele was featured in a video reading aloud a heartfelt letter to herself in which she discusses her challenges of being bisexual in the gymnastics world.
  • Incoming LIU freshman Cael Bixler was featured in a local news article about her college recruiting experience. 
  • Iowa State rising senior Andrea Maldonado got a tattoo of the judging shorthand for her eponymous skill, a front triple twist on floor.

Training Updates

  • BYU rising junior Rebekah Bean is training a new vault into the pit: an Omelianchik. 
  • Iowa State redshirt sophomore Makayla Maxwell, who only competed vault in 2020, was shown on an Instagram Story highlighting a straddled Jaeger and double layout dismount on bars. 
  • Kynsee Roby, who hasn’t competed bars for Nebraska since her freshman season due to injury, is training a double layout dismount.
  • Emma Hartzler, who left the Hawkeyes after her freshman season in 2018, is training a full-in bars dismount into the pit. She captioned her Instagram Story “2021?” with a winking face.

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