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Last Week in College Gym: May 27

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

Cecile Canqueteau-Landi Looks Forward to New Chapter in Her American Dream  

In an interview with top French sports paper, L’Equipe, soon-to-be Georgia co-head coach Canqueteau-Landi spoke frankly about her upcoming transition from elite to NCAA gymnastics. Though not her first opportunity to coach at the college level, the timing and advantages of Georgia’s offer were too good to pass up: the athletic department agreed to all of her terms, including pushing her official start date until after the Paris Olympics. According to Landi, “I wanted to finish the story, close the chapter with Simone [Biles], Melanie [De Jesus Dos Santos], and the others.” Though she and co-head coach Ryan Roberts know there’s no “magic wand” to restore the program to its former glory, they look forward to tackling this new challenge. 

NCAA Gymnasts Compete in Asian Championships

Multiple NCAA gymnasts competed at Asian Championships over the weekend where an individual Olympic spot was up for grabs. Recent Clemson graduate Kaitlin DeGuzman, UCLA senior Emma Malabuyo, incoming Stanford freshmen Levi Jung-Ruivivar, and Southern Connecticut commit Charlie Manzano competed for the Philippines. Malabuyo, an alternate for the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, placed third in the all around and earned the open spot to the upcoming Paris Olympics. She’ll represent the Philippines alongside fellow individual qualifiers Jung-Ruiviar, LSU standout Aleah Finnegan, and former world champion Carlos Yulo. 

Selena Harris Signs with Florida

After an end-of-year dismissal from UCLA and an 11th hour entry into the transfer portal, Harris, the #1 recruit in her class, announced she will join the Florida Gators for the 2025 season. A stand-out athlete with consistently-high scores across all four events, Harris is a huge win, even for a deep Florida team. Expect her to make an immediate impact on a team hoping to win their first championship title under Head Coach Jenny Rowland.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Owen Field was named Associate Head Coach of the Florida Gators
  • Fifth-year Lauren Macpherson announced her transfer to Missouri from San Jose State, making her the third transfer nabbed by the Tigers during this offseason.
  • Former Lindenwood athletes are continuing to find a new home for their college careers. Rising sophomore Kayla Reingold is headed to Southern Connecticut, while rising junior Jaly Jones is joining Illinois State. 
  • Pittsburgh has picked up two athletes in the transfer portal as rising junior Jaime Pratt and fifth year Elizabeth Cesarone announced they will be joining the Panthers for 2025. Pratt previously competed for the Arkansas Razorbacks while Cesarone spent her first four years at Central Michigan.
  • Former Denver standout and current Penn State assistant coach Lynnzee Brown represented Haiti in the Pan American Championships. 
  • Emmalise Nock announced her transfer to Illinois for her senior year. She spent the previous three years at Northern Illinois where she competed on vault, bars, and floor. 
  • AAI Award finalist Audrey Davis has announced she will return for a fifth year with the Sooners.
  • Rising Nebraska senior Emma Spence represented Canada at the Pan American Championships where she qualified to the all around as well as vault, bars, and beam finals. 
  • Current Canadian elite and University of Iowa commit Sydney Turner also competed at the Pan American Championships where she came in 7th in the all around.
  • Also competing at Pan American Championships were Michelle Pineda, ‘26, who won the all-around competition, Tegan Shaver (uncommitted athlete in the class of 2024), and Stanford commit Alana Walker.
  • The Return of ACC Gymnastics Documentary will be premiering on Monday, May 27. 
  • Rising fifth year for LSU, Chase Brock, has announced she will be returning for her final season as a Tiger. 
  • Rising Boise State junior Anna Ferguson represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Pan American Championships.

Training Updates

  • Incoming Towson freshman Reese Toland is training a Ray for the first time since 2021. 
  • Rising North Carolina junior Paige Prejean is training a Tkatchev to Pak combination. 
  • Incoming New Hampshire freshman Cléante Théorêt is training a double turn on beam. 
  • Incoming Minnesota freshman Jayda Lewter is working on a handful of upgrades on vault and floor, including a double layout, a front tuck through to double tuck, and a Yurchenko one and a half. 
  • Fifth year senior Audrey Davis of Oklahoma showed a huge laid-out Jaeger over the pit. 
  • Rising West Chester senior Jordan Coleman is working a laid out Yurchenko on vault.
  • Incoming Penn freshman Skylar Goodstadt is working a Maloney on bars as well as an upgraded front-aerial to backhandspring backhandspring series on beam. Luci Toczydlowski is working several upgrades, including a piked Jaeger on bars and a front double full on floor.
  • Jordan Villani, an incoming freshman for Southern Connecticut, is working a double pike upgrade on floor, a front through to double tuck, a Yurchenko one and a half into the pit on vault, and a piked toe front half dismount on bars. 
  • Incoming Michigan freshman Peyton Davis is training a back handspring layout layout on beam. 
  • Rising Michigan State senior Katie Sawyer is training a double Arabian on the tumble track. 
  • Incoming Penn State freshman Bella Misiura is training a Yurchenko one and a half into the pit. 

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Article by the editors of College Gym News

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