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Last Week in College Gym: June 20

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.

Top Storylines

Carver-Milne Joins Auburn Coaching Staff

In a surprise move, Sara Carver-Milne—veteran head coach at Brown—was announced as associate head coach at Auburn. In her 20 years at the helm in Providence, Carver-Milne led the Bears to numerous program records and conference championships. 

Heiskell Returns for 2023 Season

Abby Heiskell announced that she will return for her fifth year of eligibility at Michigan. She will join classmate Natalie Wojcik as the Wolverines push for a second national title after missing the team final in 2022.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Hadley Roberts, Lindenwood graduate, will use her fifth year of eligibility to compete for Washington. Roberts competed under Washington head coach Jen Llewellyn her first three seasons for the Lions. This marks the first Lindenwood gymnast to make the leap to Seattle. 
  • Gabby Gallentine, who has spent the past two seasons at Florida, announced her transfer to Penn State. Gallentine earned a career high 9.950 on bars in her freshman season. 
  • Pittsburgh commit Julie Røttum competed at the Osijek Challenge Cup where she placed fourth on beam. Røttum posted a highlight reel of her beam routine to her Instagram. She then went on to win the Norwegian championships all-around title.
  • California filled its assistant coaching void by hiring John Carney, who was previously at Missouri and also spent time coaching at Oregon State and in the club world.
  • Michigan’s Gabby Wilson is in a sling after an apparent shoulder surgery. 
  • The Brown gymnastics program is struggling to practice safely within it’s own facilities while the athletic department cites it’s not yet reached its turn in line for necessary updates. 
  • Erstwhile Oklahoma gymnast Vanessa Deniz announced that she will be transferring to Georgia for her senior season. Deniz is the latest in a series of surprise additions to the Gymdogs’ roster for 2023.

NIL Brand Deals

  • Auburn fifth-year Derrian Gobourne was recently announced as one of WWE’s “Next in Line” class members. The program is an NIL deal that also gives student-athletes the opportunity to potentially sign with the league and pursue a pro wrestling career.
  • Reigning Olympic all-around and NCAA beam champion Sunisa Lee is partnering with Gatorade
  • Incoming LSU freshman Annie Beard released a leotard with GK. You can purchase it here.

Training Updates

  • Incoming Rutgers freshman Valentina Lorente Garcia posted a video of some tumbling passes off the tumble track into the pit, including a double Arabian and a double double. 
  • Incoming Penn State freshman Amani Herring posted a video of a blind full to Geinger to shoot-over connection on bars to her Instagram story. 
  • Rising Penn State sophomore Elina Vihrova posted a training video to her Instagram. The video includes a full in and a double layout, both into the pit. 
  • Recent Georgia transfer Sandra Elsadek is training a van Leeuwen on bars. 
  • Rising Kentucky junior Bailey Bunn, who missed the bulk of last season due to a knee injury, is officially on the comeback trail nine weeks after surgery. She posted footage of some light bars work (spotted by the Wildcats’ head coach Tim Garrison). 
  • Illinois State rising sophomore Jaye Mack posted a training video of double layouts on floor. 
  • Incoming Iowa State freshman Madelyn Manternach is back to swinging bars after an Achilles injury three months ago.
  • In a Q and A session on Instagram, rising Oklahoma junior Sheridan Ramsey shared footage of a standalone piked double front. Ramsey only competed vault for the Sooners in 2022.
  • Rising junior Naimah Muhammad is training a front handspring front tuck into the pit, per her Instagram.
  • Incoming Southern Connecticut freshman Maria Damiano is working bar upgrades featuring her newly caught Jaeger
  • Ava Miranov, incoming Cortland freshman, is working her Tkatchev to shoot over connection. 
  • Soon to be Ithaca freshman Mary Collier is back to throwing Rays on bars per her Instagram
  • William & Mary’s Hannah Burke shared videos of her training a double pike on floor, a switch half on beam, and a Yurchenko full onta a mat in the pit. 

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