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Last Week in College Gym: June 26

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

Thomas Snags a Pair of ESPY Award Nominations 

The accolades keep on coming for Trinity Thomas! ESPN has nominated the recent Florida graduate for Best Athlete (Women’s Sports) and Best Play for her vault at the 2023 NCAA championships that secured her historic 28th career perfect 10. The ESPY Awards will take place July 12 in Los Angeles. 

Other Newsworthy Items

  • No. 1 overall recruit Avery Neff, a Utah commit, was highlighted in a Deseret News article about receiving the highest recruit rating ever.
  • Previous North Carolina signee Ashley Knight changed her commitment to N.C. State and will join the team this fall. 
  • UCLA’s Jordan Chiles recently signed with Nike.
  • Returning fifth-year Daisy Woodring of Texas Woman’s was named At-Large Division II Academic All-American by College Sports Communicators.
  • Stanford alumna Kyla Bryant has been named an assistant coach at Arkansas.
  • Georgia has promoted two members of staff—Sam Welbourn and Mollie Korth—to assistant coaches. Welbourn previously served as an interim assistant coach and Korth as volunteer assistant coach. 

Training Updates

  • Incoming George Washington freshman Maya Peters is training a toe full to double tuck dismount on bars. 
  • Incoming Clemson freshman Grace LaCrosse is training a full-out bar dismount into the pit, along with a side aerial side aerial combination on beam. 
  • Rising Clemson junior Lauren Rutherford is training a triple twist onto the resi. 
  • Georgia sophomore Naya Howard is looking to upgrade her Yurchenko full to a one and a half. 
  • Incoming Utica freshman Angelina Merulla is ready to put the Moose on the map, she’s working a Yurchenko layout upgrade on vault and a round-off one and a half to punch front on floor
  • Ithaca’s Jillian Freyman, a rising junior coming off of an arm injury, is back training a front handspring front tuck on vault and a front tuck to back tuck connection on beam. 
  • Incoming Big Red freshman, Macy Armstrong, is training a Geinger on bars
  • Incoming Temple freshman Nyla Aquino is training a front toss to back handspring series on beam.
  • Incoming Temple freshman Maya Keller is training a two and a half to front tuck on floor. 

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