Recruit Files: Abigail Scanlon, California

Name: Abigail Scanlon
Club: Legacy Elite
High School Graduation Year: 2021

NCAA Team: California
Commitment Announcement: Instagram
Social Handles: Twitter | Instagram (main) | Instagram (gymnastics)

Personal Bests 

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2019 Buckeye Classic2019 Buckeye Classic2018 GK U.S. Classic2018 GK U.S. Classic

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About Abigail

Scanlon has competed as both a level 10 and an elite. As a level 10, she is the 2019 Virginia state and Region 7 champion in the all around and on floor, as well as the regional champion on beam. She tied for fifth on floor at 2019 level 10 nationals. As an elite, she competed at the junior U.S. championships in 2018 and at the U.S. Classic in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She was previously committed to Arizona State.

What She Brings to California


  • Skill: Yurchenko full
  • Results: second place at the 2019 Virginia state meet
  • Margin of Improvement: Scanlon’s body position in the air is very good. She could get a little more height and amplitude but overall this is a vault that will score well.
  • Impact on the Team: Scanlon’s vault will not work toward building a complete 10.0 start value lineup. Her Yurchenko full is solid, though, and could be in contention for the leadoff spot.

Uneven Bars

  • Skills: Tkatchev, bail to handstand, blind full to double tuck dismount
  • Results: second place at the 2019 Virginia state meet
  • Margin of Improvement: Scanlon could polish her form a bit. Her full pirouette, in particular, incurs an evident leg separation.
  • Impact on the Team: California is going to be very talented on bars in the next few years, and it will be difficult for Scanlon to find an opening. She has potential, though, so hopefully she will continue to work on her execution.

Balance Beam

  • Skills: BHS + LOSO, switch leap to straddle jump, switch leap half, front aerial, full turn, side somi, double twist dismount
  • Results: 2019 Region 7 champion
  • Margin of Improvement: Scanlon is a talented beam worker. Her acrobatic form is excellent, but her leaps never quite reach that perfect 180-degree split position. If she can fix them, she could be a strong contributor.
  • Impact on the Team: California will not lack talent here either, but beam being beam, depth is never a bad thing. Scanlon needs to work on her leaps, but everything else is great.

Floor Exercise 

  • Skills: double layout, double tuck, double pike, front full twist
  • Results: 2019 Region 7 champion
  • Margin of Improvement: Leaps could be extended a bit more here too, but Scanlon’s powerful tumbling is impressive.
  • Impact on the Team: This is probably the apparatus on which Scanlon could contribute the most. California struggled at times on floor in 2020, and despite some new excellent floor workers, it is likely to remain the Golden Bears’ weaker apparatus. Scanlon’s double layout will make a difference.

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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