Fantasy Central: Regionals

Fantasy gym—like everything since March—is a little different this season. The official game isn’t running because of all of the uncertainty. We know a number of you are playing in private leagues, so Fantasy Central lives on!

We’re keeping the College Fantasy Gymnastics weekly cadence as our guide: As far as we’re concerned, the fantasy “week” begins with any Wednesday meets, and ends with Tuesday meets; that’s why you’ll find us here every Tuesday talking about “next week”.

Reminder: Alaska, Bridgeport, Brockport, Brown, Cornell, Cortland, Gustavus, Ithaca, Penn, Sac State, Southern Connecticut, UC Davis, Ursinus, West Chester and Yale are not competing this season.

COVID Schedule Changes

As of now, no teams or individuals have indicated that they will need to miss their regional assignment. We’ll update this post if that changes.

Week 12 Byes and Doubles

Byes: Ball State, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Rutgers, North Carolina, Washington, Illinois State, Lindenwood, Northern Illinois, George Washington, SEMO, Texas Woman’s, Pittsburgh, Bowling Green, San Jose State, Stanford, Air Force, LIU, Centenary, William & Mary

Check here to see if individuals from the teams above are competing at regionals.

Deep Cuts for Deep Leagues in Week 12

Tips for those of you in leagues with 10-plus players, where you need to be a little more creative to fill out lineups; especially in SEC bye weeks. 

Vault: A number of Lindenwood vaulters are heading to Morgantown. Any of Courtney MitchellKyndall Baze or Aleah Leman could fill out your lineup if they’re available. Angelica Labat will be competing in the all around in Tuscaloosa, but she shines especially on vault, where she has three 9.900s on the year.

Bars: Alex Folcher is heading to Salt Lake City and has a fair chance of getting you a 9.900. Natalie Hamp will also be in Utah to show off her bar set; she hasn’t scored lower than 9.825 all season. Grace Evans had a miss at MACs but has otherwise been excellent all season. She’ll be in Tuscaloosa. 

Beam: Zoie Schroeder can be hit or miss, but if you need a beamer and can take the risk, she’ll be in Salt Lake City. Jada Rondeau is more consistent and topped out at a 9.950. She’ll be competing beam and floor in Tuscaloosa. Payton Murphy has also notched a 9.950 this season. She’ll be in the all around in Athens.

Floor: Texas Woman’s Isabelle Goyco has an individual floor berth to Athens. She’s been putting up high 9.8s for weeks. Illinois State’s Cameron Topp will be debuting her double layout in Tuscaloosa.

Starts, Sits and Pickups for Week 12

Are you playing in a smaller league and still looking for advice about big names? Are you in a deep league but not sure what to do with that OU beam specialist? These tips are for you!

Vault: Georgia’s most recent vault lineup, at Kentucky, featured both Mikayla Magee and Soroya Hawthorn. Given their highs, both seem likely for this lineup. That said, if Rachael Lukacs is hitting her Yurchenko double in practice, she might take one of those spots.

Bars: Audrey Davis was back on bars for Oklahoma at Big 12s and notched a 9.950. Rose Casali also returned to bars for Denver for a 9.900. She should stay in this lineup for regionals. Alexia Burch added bars back at Pac-12s and it went fine. Since she has higher score potential and more experience here than the other folks Utah tried out in this lineup, she’s likely to get the spot at regionals.

Beam: We don’t yet know how healthy Trinity Thomas is. Florida has illustrated that it can build successful lineups without her, so it’s reasonable to assume Jenny Rowland will continue to be cautious with her health with nationals in mind. If she adds a second event, beam seems most likely. Of course, if she does compete, you don’t want to miss her scores. It would be reasonable to put her up in the all around if you can risk the zeroes. Olivia Trautman added beam at Big 12s. We can assume that she’ll be on the event for at least one day of regionals. It seems likely that KJ Kindler is targeting her to come back in the all around at nationals. Alexis Vasquez was missing for Denver at Big 12s. If she’s available, it’s very likely the Pioneers will have her back in this lineup.

Floor: Karrie Thomas’ place in this lineup seems shaky after a 9.100 at Big 12s. Perhaps Bell Johnson will be back? Georgia’s floor lineup remains a wildcard, especially since we didn’t see the Gymdogs at SECs. Will we see Haley De JongSterlyn AustinAlyssa Perez-Lugones? Your guess is as good as ours! Alabama has had a lot of movement in this lineup as well. Sania Mitchell and Shallon Olsen weren’t in it at SECs in favor of Griffin James and Alonza Klopfer. It seems likely that Kiya Johnson is back in the all around for LSU for the remainder of the season.

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Article by Emily Minehart 

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