Underrated Recruits in the Class of 2022 That Excel on Beam

Because our rating system was based on scores and video review for all four events, gymnasts with one standout event were often rated lower overall. Of course, teams that are weaker on one event, or are looking to fill a hole, will look to event specialists to solidify those lineups. Recruits who excel on a single event may not have ratings that reflect how valuable they can be to their teams, so we wanted to highlight some standouts.

Lillian Lewis

College: Alabama
CGN Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Beam high scores: 9.725 (2020); elite 11.750 (2019)

We watched a lot of routines to put our ratings together. We very rarely, even with the best-of-the-best, gave out full video review marks for dance skills and presentation—but we did with Lewis. Her splits, poise and amplitude are a step above. She’ll be a star for the Crimson Tide.

Alexia Xiromeritis

College: Uncommitted
CGN Rating: NR
Beam high scores: 9.500 (2020); 9.350 (2019)

Finishing skills is a key part of a college beam routine. That crisp period at the end of the sentence tells judges the gymnast is in control. Xiromeritis is skilled at it. She has a strong side aerial to back handspring to boot!

Sarah Moraw

College: Uncommitted
CGN Rating: NR
Beam high scores: 9.600 (2020); 9.650 (2019)

We don’t see a lot of level 10 routines with two flight series! That shows some real guts, and is also a smart insurance policy in case one goes awry. A split full is another show of confidence. Moraw is not afraid to put up uniquely tricky skills, and having such a variety in her back pocket will make for exciting composition in college.

Hannah Hagle

College: Uncommitted
Beam high scores: 9.650 (2020); DNC (2019)
CGN Rating: NR

Right off the top of this routine, Hagle moves like a college beamer. The height in that back tuck! Never mind that she’s working a full. Her amplitude is stellar, her splits are strong and she’s so steady. She’s absolutely ready to shine on a college beam. She’s also training for elite, which she competed in 2018.

Bonus: Mary McGinty (uncommitted) has one of the most unique and gorgeous turns we’ve ever seen. We’re keeping our eyes peeled for recent, public competition videos.

Bonus Part 2: Porsche Trinidad (uncommitted) has the kind of elegance and uniqueness on beam that can thrive in college.

Article by Emily Minehart and Talitha Ilacqua

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