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Last Week in College Gym: July 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.

Top Storylines

Ross Promoted to Arkansas Assistant 

Eleven-time All-American Kyla Ross will replace former UCLA teammate Felicia Hano as the Razorbacks’ assistant coach. Ross, who won a team gold medal at the 2012 Olympics alongside Arkansas head coach Jordyn Wieber, has served as volunteer assistant coach since August 2021. 

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Former UCLA standout Hallie Mossett is returning to the Pac-12 after being named assistant coach at Stanford. Mossett was previously in the same position at LIU and was also an undergraduate assistant coach at her alma mater.
  • Arizona State hired Lacey Rubin to fill its open assistant coaching position. Rubin comes to Arizona State after spending the past season at Penn State as volunteer assistant coach and previously coaching at Eastern Michigan, her alma mater.
  • Lindenwood hired former UW-La Crosse assistant Sam Scherwinski to join the Lions’ coaching staff alongside Sienna Crouse and head coach Catelyn Orel. 
  • Oregon State’s Grace Johnson announced her medical retirement.
  • Iowa State rising sophomore Ana Irene Palacios represented Guatemala at the Pan American Games in Brazil this week. She competed all-around on the first day, scoring a 44.534. 
  • California commit Annalise Newman-Achee represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Pan American Games and qualified to World Championships in the all-around. Newman-Achee is a five-star recruit in the class of 2023.
  • Kourtney Chinnery was named Fisk University’s graduate assistant coach. 

NIL Brand Deals

  • UCLA rising sophomore Jordan Chiles will be making an appearance on this season of MTV’s long-running show “Wild ‘N Out”.
  • Oklahoma rising junior Audrey Davis has released her second signature leo with Salute Leos. You can purchase it here.
  • Oklahoma rising senior Ragan Smith has joined the Fans Meet Idols family, following several of her Oklahoma teammates. She has merchandise posted on her storefront that you can purchase here.
  • Rising Michigan senior Sierra Brooks released a signature leotard with Salute Leos. It can be purchased here

Training Updates

  • Rising Oklahoma sophomore Danielle Sievers posted a training clip of a Ray to Pak salto transition and a Van Leeuwen transition to her Instagram story.
  • Rising Oklahoma sophomore Amy Weir posted a bars training clip of a full pirouette to Tkatchev. Weir did an exhibition on beam but did not compete for the Sooners in 2022.
  • This week’s Illinois State upgrade update featured piked Jaegers from Berta Pujadas Rusiñol and Sara Wabi, a toe-on front pike half bar dismount from Mya Robinson, a Rudi punch front on floor from Carly Hawksworth and a tucked full-in on floor from Kaitlyn Donovan. 
  • Gabrielle Gallentine, junior Penn State transfer, was seen training a full-twisting double layout bar dismount. 
  • Denver posted a compilation of training clips to its Instagram story. Featured in this update was a triple series on beam for freshman Cecilia Cooley, Rudi to layout step-out and one-and-a-half twist passes for junior Rosie Casali, a split jump half on beam for freshman Mila Brusch, and front layout to front full passes for senior Victoria Fitts and junior Bella Mabanta.
  • Fan favorite Morgan Hurd is back in action after sitting out her freshman season at Florida due to an ACL tear. 
  • Incoming Penn State freshman Amani Herring is training a Yurchenko one and a half onto a mat in the pit.
  • Rising Minnesota sophomore Marissa Jencks is training a Yurchenko one and a half onto the resi.
  • Rising Penn State senior Bella Romagnano is training a cat leap to aerial combination on beam. 

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