First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room: Twitter is even more of a hot mess than usual at the moment, and we don’t know in what form or even if it will exist in the future. Gym Twitter may be a dysfunctional hellscape at times, but it’s our dysfunctional hellscape and we plan on enjoying it as long as we can!
While CGN is your best one-stop-shop for all things college gymnastics, that doesn’t mean we’re the only media resource worth following. With the winter holidays in full swing, now’s the perfect time to curate your gym Twitter feed to keep you entertained and in the know for the 2023 season!
Data and Info
Road to Nationals: A must-follow for fans of the website that provides scores and statistics for both men’s and women’s college gym fans.
Rudi the Roster Robot: No context, no nonsense. Rudi the Roster Robot lets the gym world know who’s where and, equally importantly, when anybody’s roster status changes. Rudi’s mom—CGN senior data editor Jenna King—is also worth a follow.
Gymlytics: Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a fresh face to fantasy gymnastics, this is the platform you’ll likely be using to play (and if you’re not, you should give it a try! You have until Dec. 31 to submit a draft.).
Drew Porche: Data is beautiful, and Drew Porche masterfully supplies college gym fans with fascinating records and notable statistics. He doesn’t miss a beat.
NCAAGymStats: This account is great if you want to get your hands dirty with all the nitty gritty details of college gymnastics, but it’s especially wonderful for those who may not be able to spend a ton of time looking for information. We recommend bookmarking the NCAA Gym Stats site, too.
Kathy Johnson Clarke and Bart Conner: The longtime Friday Night Heights duo have continually set and reset the bar for gymnastics live coverage, and they bring the same level of passion and approachability to Twitter.
John Roethlisberger and Alicia Sacramone Quinn: Their irreverent combination of color commentary and technical knowledge—not to mention personal insights as former collegiate and elite gymnasts—make this duo the heirs apparent to Bart and Kathy both on TV and online.
Olivia Karas: The former Michigan standout has made a name for herself both as a commentator for BTN and as a full-on gym nerd on Twitter.
Christina Chauvenet: A breath of unbiased fresh air, Chauvenet offers knowledge and insight for those just dipping their toes into gymnastics without alienating those who are longtime fans.
Random but Necessary
British NCAA Gymnasts: Britain is home to some of the NCAA’s most known gymnasts, like Lucy Stanhope and Amelie Morgan of Utah, but this account will introduce you to some under-the-radar talent that comes from across the pond.
CanadiaNCAA Gymnasts: If you’re drawing your team allegiance(s) based on how many Canadians are rostered, look no further. This account streamlines content year round of current, former and prospective Canadians in collegiate gymnastics. As a bonus for fantasy players, this account typically posts a “Team Canada” highest possible score each week, on top of assigning weekly and end-of-season awards.
Region 5 Insider: An account dedicated to one of the top regions of USAG gymnastics’ developmental program, you can always count on highlights from Region 5’s athletes and recruits.
Carol: A parody account for the SEC’s wackiest, 10-happy judge.
D.F. Pendrys: Those of us who survived the ’90s and early 2000s remember the struggle of tracking down gymnastics footage. Unfortunately, that’s still often the case for NCGA-East and GEC fans. Thankfully, D.F. Pendrys (the face behind Glaive Sports) brings us those much-wanted DIII routines we’d otherwise miss.
Emily Giambalvo: The Washington Post sports writer is best known for her coverage of Maryland athletics, but—as a former gymnast and Georgia alumna—she has a lot of college gymnastics knowledge to offer as well.
Greg Marsden: The former Utah head coach spent 40 years cultivating the Red Rocks’ impressive legacy and has spent his retirement developing a cult following on Twitter thanks to his unassailable combination of insider information and snark.
Teams, Conferences and Associations
CGN’s Team Rosters Page: It would take an obscene amount of time and bandwidth to list every single program’s comprehensive social media presence for this article… We know, because our team spent the entire offseason doing just that! Our comprehensive team database has all of the available social media links for every current team, coach and gymnast. Go to the drop down menu and start searching!
Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association: The WCGA is the NCAA coaches’ association that advocates for collegiate women’s gymnastics across all divisions. It’s not super active on social media, but what it does post is definitely worth knowing.
National Collegiate Gymnastics Association: The NCGA is the governing body of DIII women’s gymnastics. It keeps the spotlight shining on WIAC, home to Oshkosh, Whitewater, La Crosse, Stout, Eau Claire, Winona State, Gustavus Adolphus and Hamline, as well as the NCGA-East, home to Brockport, Cortland, Ithaca, Rhode Island, Springfield, Ursinus and soon-to-be Utica.
Note: Despite gymnastics now being a bonafide mainstream college sport, few of the major conferences have a dedicated gymnastics account (yet). However, most do post a fair bit of gym content on their main accounts, so they’re still worth following.
- Alyssa Van Auker
- Mary Emma Brambila: CGN’s erstwhile EAGL editor is now the SID for the entire EAGL.
MIC: The only conference to currently sponsor DI, DII and DIII programs, the MIC is either really behind or really ahead of the social media curve: It doesn’t have a Twitter account (gymnastics or otherwise) but is on Instagram.
- Brandis Heffner
- Pac-12 Network
- Sam Settleman & Genevieve Trimbell: This duo covers gymnastics for the Daily Bruin and each has lots of good information for fans of both UCLA and the Pac-12.
- Trent Wood: Wood writes for Deseret News and always has the inside scoop for Utah fans.
- Claire Billman
- SEC Network
- Justin Lee: Similar to our friends at UCLA and Utah, Lee is a great source for Auburn gymnastics fans. Come for the gymnastics coverage, follow for the self-effacing humor.
Some accounts stretch beyond gymnastics and twitter, but they’re worth a look while you fill your life with college gymnastics during the all-too-quick season.
Starke Photo: While Mathiu Starke primarily photographs Brockport athletics teams, he doesn’t shy away from filling album after album with any team the Golden Eagles gymnastics team faces.
Matt’s Photography: Similar to Starke, Matt Smith primarily photographs the Oklahoma women, taking beautiful pictures of the reigning national champions. But at every meet he attends, he somehow finds time to shoot other teams, too, creating diverse array of shots that are worth following.
D3 Gymnastics Fan: Head over to YouTube to find full D3 routines from both the east and the west.
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Very strange that you wouldn’t mention the heavy hitters who really put college gym on the map, The Balance Beam Situation, Gymcastic and The Gymternet! Although I do understand that The Gymternet has shifted to just Elite coverage the back catalogue of NCAA gym history on there is worth a look. So many of the inside jokes and memes that you utilize here were created by Spencer (aka The BBS) and it seems that there is no acknowledgement for just how much he has influenced college gym culture. (carol would not be a thing without him!)