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Last Week in College Gym News: November 2

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

Jessa Hansen Parker Returns to Iowa City

Hawkeye alumna Jessa Hansen Parker has returned to Iowa as an assistant coach. She was previously at UC Davis.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Iowa’s Alexandra Greenwald is a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas alumna; she shared her story as a survivor of the Parkland shooting in 2018. Greenwald isn’t the only collegiate gymnast from MSD; Arkansas’ Abby Johnston has also spoken about the tragedy.

Training Updates

  • Illinois State sophomore Angelica Labat is training a pretty legit double double bar dismount into the pit, which would be an exciting upgrade. Senior Cameron Topp was also training following a nine month hiatus from an achilles tear.
  • New Hampshire freshman Maya MacDonald is training a double layout on floor
  • Denver junior Alexandria Ruiz showed off a new full-twisting double pike while senior Mia Sundstrom unveiled a Pak at the Pioneers’ recent live-streamed practice. Sundstrom missed most of last season due to an elbow injury. 
  • Emily Drauss, senior and newly minted captain at Rutgers, unveiled an exciting new bars combo: Front stalder to straddle Jaeger.
  • Iowa’s JerQuavia Henderson posted a Yurchenko timer to her Instagram Story, noting it was her first vault since Achilles surgery just before her freshman season.
  • Mallory Desch vaulted a Yurchenko half on tuck in SEMO’s intrasquad; vault would be a new event for her sophomore campaign. Teammate Ashley Albrecht, who missed last year with injury, appeared in the all around.

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