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Last Week in College Gym: September 28

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

Raschilla named the new assistant coach at Oregon State

Oregon State released in a statement that Bryan Raschilla would be their new assistant coach. Raschilla was the volunteer coach at Auburn for the past two seasons and prior to that, a member of the coaching staff at University of Alabama for 22 years.  

Training Updates

  • Towson senior Tess Zientek is training a side aerial to back handspring series on beam. Her teammate, sophomore Camille Vitoff, is training a yurchenko one and a half on vault.
  • Iowa’s Alex Greenwald is working a realistic Yurchenko one and a half onto a mat in the pit, per her Instagram Story.
  • Ashley Albrecht, who transferred to SEMO after UIC’s program shuttered and missed her first season with the Redhawks due to an elbow injury, is back on at least vault, bars and beam.
  • The Oklahoma gymnasts are back in the gym per the team’s Instagram Story. Of note, there were clips of two freshmen training bars: a Maloney + bail to handstand from Katherine LeVasseur and a Church + Pak Salto from Audrey Davis. Fellow freshman Audrey Lynn showed an upgraded front handspring pike half on vault and sophomore Ragan Smith is working to bring back her double layout on floor. 
  • Utah State, LIU and Denver gymnasts all started their official practices this week. 
  • Florida began official practices and showed E passes from two gymnasts: a triple twist from junior Savannah Schoenherr and a piked full-in from freshman Ellie Lazzari. The Gators also showed some beam pieces; Schoenherr is working a side somersault, and senior Megan Skaggs is working a front aerial to sissone. 
  • Arkansas gymnasts Sarah Shaffer and Amanda Elswick showed double arabians on floor, while freshman Emma Kelley is training a double layout. 
  • Illinois State incoming freshman Madison Kipp showed off an impressive triple series on the team Instagram story this week. 
  • Ball State junior Sari Thaler was back on the beam this week after sitting out the 2020 season due to injury. 

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