College Gym News photographer Emily Howell-Forbes, EIC Elizabeth Grimsley and editor Tara Graeve have already shot a couple dozen meets between the three of them. This season, we take a walk down memory lane and share some of their favorite photographs from the last few years.
This week, we picked out our favorite hugs, back when social distancing wasn’t a thing and hugging your teammate or coach after a hit routine felt safe and comforting.
California’s Maya Bordas embraces Kyana George after a hit beam routine. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
The Oregon State team’s celebrations are some of Emily’s favorites to photograph for their profusion of joy, laughter and jumps in the air. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
The Beavers all gathered together around Isis Lowery for a group hug. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Louisa Marie Knapp with Alaska. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Utah’s Missy Reinstadtler hugs Sydney Soloski after her floor routine. One rotation later, in one of the most memorable meets of the 2020 season, the Utes narrowly defeated UCLA in Pauley Pavilion. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
The Bruins were also having a fantastic time at that same competition against the Utes. Here, Norah Flatley and Felicia Hano celebrate. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Emotions run high when you know you’ve given your all and are about to win a national championship. Oklahoma’s Nicole Lehrmann (left), Bre Shower and Jade Degouveia took it all in at the 2019 NCAA National Championships. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Emily Glynn and Emma Brown Denver. (Photo/Tara Graeve)
Andavea Alexander and Lindenwood’s head coach Jen Llewellyn during the USAG national event finals in 2019. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
LSU’s Ruby Harrold and Christina Desiderio at the 2019 NCAA championship team final. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Olivia Karas and Michigan’s head coach Bev Plocki during the first semifinal of the 2019 NCAA national championships. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Nebraska’s former head coach Dan Kendig. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Mackenzie Kunzman from Texas Woman’s University. (Photo/Elizabeth Grimsley)
Huskies Evanni Roberson and Hannah Vandenkolk react to Roberson’s first 10.0 on balance beam. It was the first on the apparatus in Washington program history. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
Oregon State’s Isis Lowery comforts Cal’s Toni-Ann Williams after she ruptured her Achilles tendon on her last pass on floor during the 2019 regular season. (Photo/Emily Howell-Forbes)
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Photos by Emily Howell-Forbes, Tara Graeve and Elizabeth Grimsley; captions by Christina Marmet
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