Florida's Leanne Wong does a pose on floor during her floor routine

Last Week in College Gym: August 1

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

Wong Wins U.S. Classic

Leanne Wong, who just finished her freshman year at Florida, competed this weekend at the U.S. Classic in Salt Lake City, claiming wins in the all-around, as well as on vault and beam. Shilese Jones and Katelyn Rosen finished second and third, respectively. Wong’s collegiate peers Jordan Chiles (UCLA) and Jade Carey (Oregon State) have stated their intentions to return to elite competition at the U.S. Championships next month in Tampa, Florida.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Kristina Peterson announced she will be returning for a fifth year of gymnastics at Oregon State.
  • The U.S. claimed 17 medals at the 2022 Maccabiah Games, highlighted by second-place finishes in the team final from both the men and women. Four individual medals were earned by senior women for Maccabi USA between Hana Strause (Yale ‘26) and Lauren Brendlinger (Maryland ‘27). 
  • Savannah Schoenherr announced she will be returning to Florida for the 2023 season. She joins fellow fifth-years Trinity Thomas, Nya Reed, Leah Clapper and Halley Taylor. Rachel Baumann also will be taking her fifth year of eligibility at Florida, transferring from Georgia. 
  • LIU head coach Randy Lane was featured in an article published by The Washington Post about the overturning of Roe v. Wade in relation to women’s collegiate sports.

NIL Brand Deals

  • Denver sixth-year Lynnzee Brown released a leotard through Ozone Leos. You can purchase it here.
  • Arizona State rising senior Izzy Redmond is a part of Adidas’ inaugural NIL signing group featuring a mentorship program from basketball legend Candace Parker.

Training Updates

  • Lindenwood rising sophomore Hannah Appleget is training a double layout on floor. 
  • TWU rising sophomore Sierra Muns posted upgrades on both bars and beam. She’s working on a double layout bars dismount and a side aerial to LOSO beam series. 
  • Oklahoma fifth-year Allie Stern posted a training clip of a back handspring + layout step-out + swing down on the beam to her Instagram story. Stern has not competed on beam in her four years with the Sooners.
  • Oklahoma rising sophomore Danae Fletcher is training a triple twist on floor and a front tuck mount onto the beam.
  • Rising Iowa State sophomore Sydney Saturnino is working a back handspring + layout combination on the beam after not competing for the Cyclones in 2022.
  • Illinois rising senior Mia Takekawa was seen training a full-twisting double layout bar dismount on Instagram stories. 
  • This week’s Illinois State training update video featured Reagan Hesterman’s double layout on floor, Angelica Labat’s full-twisting double layout off bars, front double fulls from Mya Robinson and Mackenzie Flutman and Nirel Bart-Williams’ Rudi to back full floor connection. 

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