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Last Week in College Gym: Oct. 18

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 year announcements to recruiting rumors and coaching news, we don’t blame you for missing some important points here and there.

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.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Read about Michigan freshman Jacey Vore’s story in this Michigan Athletics feature.
  • Alabama has released its 2022 season schedule. The Crimson Tide will start the season at Oklahoma on January 9th. Oklahoma and Alabama placed first and second, respectively, at the 2021 Tuscaloosa regional.

NIL Brand Deals

  • UCLA’s Norah Flatley’s partnership with Athena Club has landed her on posters in the NYC subway system.
  • Minnesota’s Kate Grotenhuis has partnered with BUBBL’R, a sparkling water company, per her Instagram story.
  • Auburn’s Gabby McLaughlin has partnered with OWYN, which is a vegan, allergy-friendly protein shake brand. 
  • Olivia Dunne is working with Nate App. Nate App is an online shopping site that provides discounts to products.

Training Updates

  • Ella Sirjord, a sophomore at Minnesota who missed her first season with injury, is back training bars, the event where we most expected her to contribute. Classmate Mallory LeNeave is also working full bar sets for the first time after having surgery.
  • Tiarre Sales is training a new roundoff one and a half + punch front layout for her junior season with the Gophers.
  • Illinois State’s Jaye Mack added a Hindorff to her bar set. Don’t miss the freshman’s piked full-in, either. Her classmate, Kaitlyn Donovan, is training a double layout on bars.
  • Winona State freshman Sydney Parsons is training a double Arabian bar dismount. Sophomore Quinnlan Burger is training a switch ring to beat jump beam combination. 
  • Illinois held its first intrasquad. Unfortunately, freshmen Makayla Green and Olivia Bowsman appear to be injured. Mia Townes’ Yurchenko one and a half looks strong, and freshman Katharine Klugman showed her excellent full-in.
  • Washington’s Brenna Brooks was spotted training a Hindorff that she could potentially upgrade to in her bar routine.
  • North Carolina held its first intrasquad this week. Of note, we did not see any routines from 5-star recruit Lali Dekanoidze, and redshirt sophomore Hallie Thompson showed a floor routine after having not competed floor at all in 2021.
  • N.C. State sophomore Madison Benson is working on getting her Omelianchik—a 10.0 start value—competition ready. She did this vault before college but competed the tucked version of the it during the 2021 season.
  • Michigan has nine Yurchenko 1.5s on deck for 2022, including Carly Bauman for whom it is an upgrade. Jacey Vore, who is vaulting into the pit here, is coming back from an Achilles injury.
  • Towson showed five vaults with 10.0 start values on its Instagram story. Clara Hong is training a handspring front pike half while Jenna Weitz, Lauren Bolen, Elise Tisler and Camille Vitoff are training Yurchenko one and a halfs.
  • Boise State sophomore Emily Lopez is training a Yurchenko one and a half into the pit. 
  • Southern Utah sophomore Aly Coutu added a Ray to her bar routine per the team’s Instagram story. She previously competed a straddled Tkatchev.
  • Florida has shared a variety of training videos in the past week. Sophomores Gabrielle Gallentine and Chloi Clark, alongside freshman Brie Edwards and Sloane Blakely, are training Yurchenko fulls while sophomore Ellie Lazzari and junior Payton Richards are working one and a halfs. Both Lazzari and Richards trained one and a halfs in 2021 but neither made an appearance in the lineup. 
  • Georgia junior Loulie Hattaway is training a front toss to beat jump on beam. Hattaway did not compete in her sophomore season and only competed bars in 2020. 
  • Missouri freshman Grace Anne Davis showed a Yurchenko one and a half on vault along with a back handspring + layout step-out and front toss on beam. 
  • Missouri sophomore Amaya Marshall has been working a sky-high Jaeger to bail on bars.

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