Gymnasts in the Class of 2022 to Keep an Eye out for

Ratings don’t always tell the whole story. Maybe a gymnast is slightly weaker on one event. Maybe she just needs to add an up-to-the-level dismount on bars to start from a 10.0 in college. Maybe she just needs to get her landings under control to shine. No matter the reason, there are some gymnasts who are one step away from being a top recruit, ready to take the college world by storm.

We wanted to highlight a number of gymnasts in the class of 2022 who might not be 5-stars now, but that are poised for a major breakthrough by the time we re-rate them next May. They’re gymnasts we fell in love with during our rating process, and ones we think, with a few more months of training, will jump up in rating next time around.

Jacquie Moran

College: uncommitted
Current CGN Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Why We Expect Her to Jump: Moran is such an elegant and polished gymnast to watch. Her form is exceptional, and she could anchor the bar lineup of any top school, including Oklahoma. She had some minor consistency problems on beam and floor in 2019 and her full-twisting Yurchenko did not always score super high. Yet she is incredibly talented and could easily become a 5-star recruit next year.

Lillian Lewis

College: Alabama
Current CGN Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Why We Expect Her to Jump: Lewis’ basics are exceptional, and her lines on beam are spectacular. These are all qualities that we believe will take her far. If she can just polish her landings a bit more, she will receive higher scores and will easily be in contention to become at least a 4-star recruit next year.

AnnMarie Gonzalez

College: UC Davis
Current CGN Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Why We Expect Her to Jump: Gonzalez is another elegant and polished gymnast with tons of potential. She is a 3-star recruit because her difficulty is not quite up there with the more college-ready gymnasts just yet, especially on vault, but her form is as good as any athlete’s. With some upgrades we expect her to climb up the ratings.

Anna Roberts

College: uncommitted
Current CGN Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Why We Expect Her to Jump: Roberts has good form and college-ready routines on all four apparatuses. She opens her floor routine with a full-in, which will be attractive to many NCAA coaches. Consistency on beam has been a problem though, which, together with some minor form issues especially on bars, has kept her from being rated higher. She has plenty of potential to surprise us, though!

Kimberly Smith

College: uncommitted
Current CGN Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Why We Expect Her to Jump: As we’ve often repeated, our ratings are revealing of a gymnast’s collegiate readiness at a particular point in time, rather than of her potential as a whole. Smith is an on-point case. She has great potential, but her polish was not quite there yet to push her toward four stars. She can easily fix some minor issues, though. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in 2021! 

Taylor Rech

College: Maryland
Current CGN Rating: NR

Why We Expect Her to Jump: Some level 10s already have that collegiate finish and style; Rech does. That presence and panache can make a big difference, with a touch of polish on skills here and there.

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua and Emily Minehart

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