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Last Week in College Gym: Dec. 6

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

  • Tia Gin has announced her retirement for San Jose State due to medical reasons.
  • Denver junior AK Subject announced her retirement on Instagram. Junior Amoree Lockhart has also been removed from Denver’s roster.

NIL Brand Deals

  • Minnesota senior Lexy Ramler, Oklahoma senior Olivia Trautman, Denver senior Lynnzee Brown and LSU sophomores Haleigh Bryant and Elena Arenas have inked a deal with Ozone. 
  • LSU freshman Aleah Finnegan has a partnership with Pranam bars, a plant-based protein bar. 

Training Updates

  • LSU held its annual Gymnastics 101 on Dec. 3. The Tigers did not livestream the event but shared footage on social media. Junior Kai Rivers made an impressive return after being sidelined for nearly two years with injuries, sticking a Yurchenko full to kick off the evening. Freshman Aleah Finnegan made the most of her appearances on bars, beam and floor while classmate KJ Johnson made contributions on vault and floor. Junior Kamryn Ryan capped her first ever bar routine in the PMAC with a double layout dismount. According to the pre-event preview in The Advocate, several athletes—including sophomore Olivia Dunne, freshman Tori Tatum and fifth years Christina Desiderio and Reagan Campbell—were limited to only one event or sidelined altogether due to injury or illness. 
  • Auburn’s intrasquad was headlined by Olympic all around gold medalist Sunisa Lee, who competed on bars and beam. Junior Piper Smith debuted a notably improved back handspring + layout series on beam and freshman Sophia Groth performed as a potential all around threat (it’s also worth noting that all of the Tigers’ freshmen competed at least two events). Sara Hubbard, Drew Watson and Derrian Gobourne all competed a Yurchenko one and a half on vault, and senior Allie Riddle made her return to competition with a strong beam routine. Thanks to Twitter user @sarahgym667 for sharing the highlights!
  • Missouri impressed during its live streamed intrasquad. The freshman class was especially noteworthy: Jocelyn Moore, Amari Celestine and Grace Ann Davis debuted a strong Yurchenko one and a half on vault. Moore and Celestine, along with former elite Alonna Kratzer, competed in the all around. The Tigers’ top all arounders from 2021—Sienna Schrieber and Amaya Marshall—posted a pair of 9.9s on bars and beam, respectively. The event also marked the long-awaited return of Helen Hu on beam. 
  • Boise State junior Adriana Popp showed a front handspring pike half vault on the team’s Instagram story. 

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