Nicoletta Koulos and Natalie Wojcik dance during warmups

Last Week in College Gym: December 12

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

Oklahoma Shows Its Readiness at Yearly Intrasquad

The reigning national champions Sooners showed they are ready to go back to back at their December intrasquad. Three gymnasts competed in the all-around: Audrey Davis, Kat Levasseur, and Faith Torrez. The Sooners competed seven 10.0 start value vaults, meaning they likely will debut a lineup of all 10.0 starts at some point this season. Junior Danielle Sievers competed her new bars combination, a Ray to immediate Pak salto and stuck her dismount along with Levasseur, Jordan Bowers and Davis. Torrez and fellow freshman Ava Siegfeldt both made the beam lineup along with stalwart seniors Jenna Dunn and Ragan Smith. The highlight of the floor rotation was sophomore Bowers debuting an upgraded open full-in first pass and scoring a 10.0. Notably missing from the intrasquad were fifth-years Olivia Trautman, who the Sooners are likely still pacing for season, and Allie Stern—although Stern did warm up beam.

Michigan Strong, Central Michigan Shines at Annual Preseason Quad

The Wolverines hosted Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan in their annual preseason in-state scrimmage on Saturday. Michigan showed some nerves but was especially strong on floor. Notably, Natalie Wojick only competed bars and beam; she was presumed resting. The only freshmen routines shown were exhibitions, a nice Yurchenko full from Kaylen Morgan and a solid bars set from Lily Clapper. Sophomore Ashley Lane also put up her first routine, a floor exhibition. Otherwise, it was the usual suspects. We didn’t see many routines from the MAC squads, but the Chippewas led the meet until the last event and finished with a 195.850, a respectable score for midseason, let alone December. Luciana Alvarado Reid especially stood out on floor.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Michigan State’s Lauren Hsu and Tori Loomis earned one-year scholarships.
  • UCLA announced its lineup of celebrity judges for Meet the Bruins on Thursday, Dec. 15. The panel is comprised of four notable alumni: Nia Dennis, Felicia Hano, Gracie Kramer and Vanessa Zamarripa.

Training Updates

  • Ohio State super-senior Claire Gagliardi is training a Yurchenko half-on back tuck on vault.
  • Rutgers freshman Nailah Adams is training a blind-full to Tkatchev to shootover combination on bars.
  • Maryland junior Emma Silberman competed a 10.0 start value vault at the Terps’ intrasquad on Wednesday: a Yurchenko full-on pike. 

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