Tracking 2023 COVID Years

In late 2020, the NCAA announced all winter sport athletes would be granted an extra year of eligibility no matter how much of the 2020-21 season they were able to complete. Now that another season is coming to a close and seniors are announcing their intention to return or retire, we decided to put all the announcements in one place. 

Returning for a fifth year in 2022 did not count against the institutions’ scholarship count. However, 2023 brings different rules and higher stakes. Any athlete on scholarship who decides to take a Covid year will potentially count against their school’s scholarship count. Will this affect the amount of gymnasts willing to take another year of eligibility? We’ll keep everyone updated as it unfolds. 

The following information has been curated from gymnasts, teams and other journalists and will continue to be updated as more announcements are made.

Alabama

Alaska 

  • Rachel Decious: definitely* (listed on 2022 roster as junior)

Arizona

Arizona State

Arkansas 

Auburn

Ball State

Boise State

Bowling Green

  • Paige Bachner: definitely not
  • Katelyn Goldstrom: definitely

Bridgeport

Brockport

BYU

  • Abby Beeston: definitely not
  • Sadie Miner-Van Tassel: probably not (moved cross-country)

California

Centenary

  • Xian Baumgartner: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Kendall Knaps: definitely not
  • Kendall Sanders: definitely not

Denver

Eastern Michigan

Florida

  • Leah Clapper: definitely
  • Sydney Johnson-Scharpf: definitely not
  • Nya Reed: considering (via Out of Bounds Live interview)
  • Trinity Thomas: considering (via Out of Bounds Live interview)

George Washington

Georgia

Hamline 

  • Emily Anderson: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Nikki Johnsen: definitely not
  • Katie Kalland: definitely not
  • Madison Latzke: definitely not
  • Carolina Schlawiedt: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Savannah Tafolla: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Katie Viles: definitely not (via personal Instagram)

Illinois

Illinois State

  • Sofia Iribarren: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Mia Quigg: definitely not

Iowa

  • Alex Greenwold: definitely not (starting graduate school)
  • Lauren Guerin: definitely not (starting chiropractic school)
  • Mackenzie Vance: definitely not (via personal Instagram)

Iowa State

Kent State

Kentucky

Lindenwood

LSU

Maryland

Michigan

  • Abby Brenner: definitely (transferring to Utah)
  • Natalie Wojcik: definitely (starting grad school for social work)

Michigan State

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

  • Makayla Curtis: definitely not (named assistant at Greenville University)
  • Kaitlyn Higgins: definitely not
  • Kynsee Roby: definitely not (no sixth year)

North Carolina

North Carolina St.

Northern Illinois 

Ohio State

Oklahoma 

Oregon State

  • Madi Dagen: definitely 
  • Kristina Peterson: probably*

Penn State

Pittsburgh

Rutgers

  • Mia Betancourt: definitely not (via personal Instagram)

Sacramento State

SEMO

Southern Connecticut State

Southern Utah

Springfield

  • Winter Osborne: definitely

Stanford 

Temple

  • Ariana Castrence: probably not
  • Julianna Rowland: definitely

Texas Woman’s

  • Mackenzie Balderas: definitely not
  • Domi Bonzagni: probably not
  • Isabel Goyco: definitely not (per USAG nationals broadcast and personal Instagram)

Towson

UC Davis

UCLA

Ursinus 

Utah

Utah State

UW-Eau Claire

  • Karley Albers: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Bailey Davidson: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Danielle Malecha: definitely not
  • Tayla Thome: definitely not 

UW-La Crosse

  • Emma Grant: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Megan Hawkins: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Olivia Opheim: definitely not

UW-Oshkosh

Washington

West Chester

West Virginia

  • Esperanza Abarca: probably not (via personal Instagram)
  • Rachel Hornung: definitely not

Winona State

  • Hailey Bryant: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Katie Curtis: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Hannah Matuszak: definitely not (via personal Instagram)
  • Kaitlyn West: definitely not

*Were not honored during senior night activities


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4 comments

  1. When does the super senior offer come off the board for Covid changes? Will 2023 be the last year we see super seniors?

    1. It applies to everyone who was on a roster during the 2021 season, so 2021 freshmen (and sophomores, etc.) have that option, meaning they’ll potentially be taking their COVID year in the 2025 or even 2026 season if they also redshirt due to injury.

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