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Last Week in College Gym: Nov. 8

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.

NIL Brand Deals

  • Auburn Freshman Sunisa Lee partnered with Amazon Fashion for the holiday season.
  • LSU freshman Aleah Finnegan has a brand partnership deal with Six Star Pro Nutrition. 
  • Denver senior Mia Sundstrom announced she’s designing a custom leotard with Layout Leos.
  • Oklahoma sophomore Audrey Davis started a Cameo account for customized pep talks and greetings.

Training Updates

  • Penn junior Najah Curtis is training a front handspring + Rudi + back tuck pass on floor. Sophomore teammate Campbell Marr debuted her Yurchenko full-on tuck.
  • Centenary posted a couple upgrades on its Instagram this week. Junior Rose Deshler is training a front aerial BHS BHS beam series while senior Kendall Knaps is training a FTDT bar dismount. 
  • UW-Stout had vault highlight day on its Instagram story this week, featuring several competition ready vaults as well as upgrades. Sixth year athlete Mikala Bugge showed a strong front handspring front tuck half vault. Her fifth season was cut short after a season ending achilles injury. Upgraded twisting vaults were also seen from Jensen De Jong, Isabela Krulich, Emma Brittingham, Kiara Brown, Gillian Cummins and Abigail Rose. 
  • LSU freshman Aleah Finnegan shared a full twisting double tuck bar dismount onto a soft mat landing.
  • Springfield senior Kayla Deecher is training a front double full on floor. 
  • BYU senior Sadie Miner-Van Tassell was shown on bars during the team’s Friday intrasquad. Notably, she dismounted with a nice full-twisting double tuck. 
  • Denver assistant coach Dave Kuzara shared a few videos of the team’s tumbling to his Instagram. The first clip is highlighted by a piked full-in from sophomore Rosie Casali and a one and a half to front full to stag jump from freshman Momo Iwai. The second clip features a triple twist from sophomore Abbie Thompson and a double back from senior Mia Sundstrom, who has not competed floor since the 2019 season.
  • Iowa State freshman Hannah Loyim is tumbling a double layout onto mats.
  • Oklahoma posted this competition-ready bars routine from freshman Jordan Bowers on its Instagram. Plus, sophomore Sheridan Ramsey posted some training highlights in a recent TikTok. The clip features a Yurchenko full, a front toss to back tuck connection on beam and a full-twisting double back on floor. Ramsey hopes to crack the OU lineups this season after two Achilles tears.
  • Boise State conducted routine verifications this week and posted the current top six on each event to its Instagram story. Vault featured Hope Masiado, Samantha Smith, Emma Loyim, Alyssa Vulaj, Tessa Otuafi and Emily Lopez; bars included Emily Muhlenhaupt, Emily Lopez, Talia Little, Maddi Nilson, Elaina McGovern and Hope Masiado; beam showed Hope Masiado, Emily Muhlenhaupt, Adriana Popp, Erin Elkabchi, Alexis Stokes and Emma Loyim; and the floor top seven were Samantha Smith, Alyssa Vulaj, Talia Little, Blake Pascal, Erin Elkabchi and Tessa Otuafi. 
  • Kentucky shared some clips from an intrasquad on Nov. 5. Hailey Davis completed a blind half to Jaeger and Kaitlyn Deguzman competed a double layout dismount on bars. Cally Nixon looks to have the same routine composition as last season with her maloney to bail to handstand combination. Bailey Bunn, Isabella Magnelli, Anna Haigis and Raena Worley had competition ready landings on floor. Bunn stuck a double pike and Worley competed a new double layout. Haigis and Magnelli shared combination passes. On beam, freshman Jillian Procasky did a ring leap and junior Shealyn Luksik competed an onodi. 
  • Texas Woman’s showed its 2022 potential via snippets of its Intrasquad this week on Instagram stories. Freshman Emily Six and Daisy Woodring showed off strong Yurchenko fulls. Earlier in the week Sierra Muns’ one and half made an appearance as well. Do not forget about the gravity of adding that upgrade to the Pioneers’ lineup. Bars featured sets from Mara Johnson, Kyla Podges, Lexi Leake and Steelie King. Beam highlights from freshmen Delaney Bruns and Sierra Muns looked solid. Floor really showed the depth that the Pioneers will have this season. Lexi Leake, Sierra Muns, Daisy Woodring, Alixandria Pierce, Mara Johnson and Isabel Goyco. The first half of the lineup was not regularly featured on this event during the 2021 season. Even without sophomore Madeline Gose, the floor lineup looks capable of putting up big numbers. Her return to floor will only make TWU that much better. 

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