Kayla DiCello competes on the floor exercise at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Most Anticipated Elite Freshmen in the All-Around

The most anticipated series is back! We looked at the data and videos for each incoming elite freshman on each event to see which gymnasts are at the top of their class across the apparatuses and in the all around. This week we’re looking at the top elite all-arounders for 2023. Without as much data to work with as the level 10 rankings, and since many of the difficult routines will be downgraded once the gymnast gets to college, we focused on the factors that are typically the source of most deductions in NCAA: acrobatic form, flexibility, height, distance and rhythm. We also took into account the potential impact the gymnast could make to their school’s lineups.

Kayla DiCello, Florida

In terms of all-around credentials, it doesn’t get much better than a world bronze medal. Yes, Florida is beyond deep this year, and yes, DiCello isn’t even the only world all-around medalist on the team. Still, she’s a top contender for all four Florida lineups this year, and we expect her to pick up at least a few SEC Freshman of the Week awards.

Ciena Alipio, UCLA

Alipio is a huge asset to Janelle McDonald’s inaugural Bruin squad for one key reason: She is, at this second, routine-fit and ready to go. Pacing her after she competed a full elite summer will be a challenge, but when so many elite recruits have question marks regarding their readiness, Alipio is an attractive prospect.

Kaylen Morgan, Michigan

Morgan is exactly the kind of solid, common-sense veteran gymnast that tends to succeed at Michigan, and it’s easy to imagine her fitting into the all-around picture alongside Sierra Brooks and Natalie Wojcik.

Ava Sorrento, Stanford

The last addition to Stanford’s freshman class is one of its most intriguing. It’s hard to know exactly which lineups Sorrento will make, but she has the talent to fit into all four if her routines are structured right.

eMjae Frazier, California

The younger Frazier sister might be best known for her leg events, but much like her older sister, she’s no slouch on bars and also has a realistic chance to make Cal’s deep beam lineup.

Luciana Alvarado, Central Michigan

Costa Rica’s first NCAA gymnast is also an Olympian whose elite difficulty and competition experience sets her up as a future Central Michigan all-around star in the tradition of Denelle Pedrick.

Rachael Riley, Rutgers

A big international recruit is exactly what the doctor ordered for an ascendent Rutgers team looking to take the next step. Riley is the core of a great freshman class that could take the Scarlet Knights back to regionals for the first time in nearly a decade.

Olivia Greaves, Auburn

We haven’t been sure whether Auburn’s newest elite star would be physically ready to compete the leg events in college, but recent tumbling footage gives us hope. She’s certainly talented enough to be a valuable addition to all four lineups on the Plains.

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Article by Rebecca Scally

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