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Last Week in College Gym: June 3

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

Catelyn Branson Joins Arkansas as Assistant Coach

Former Lindenwood Head Coach Catelyn Branson (née Orel) is returning to Fayetteville as an assistant coach at Arkansas. Branson spent the last three seasons with the Lions, until the discontinuation of the program at the end of the 2024 season.

The Return of ACC Gymnastics is Now Available

On May 27th, the ACC Network premiered “The Return of ACC Gymnastics,” a series documenting gymnastic’s return to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The documentary highlights a meet from each team in the conference – Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Pittsburgh – over the course of the season, and includes behind the scenes footage and interviews. You can watch The Return of ACC Gymnastics on demand on ESPN Player.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Coming off a successful coaching stint at Illinois, Ross Thompson has joined the staff at Alabama alongside his former head coach at Illinois, Justin Spring.
  • Recent Arkansas graduate Sirena Linton is the latest NCAA gym alum to join the WWE. Other current and former collegiate gymnasts who have signed with the WWE Next In Line program include Michigan State’s Skyla Schulte and Auburn alum Derrian Gobourne.
  • Ohio State announced the addition of Quest Hayden as assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Prior to joining the Ohio State coaching staff, Hayden spent three seasons at Iowa where he helped the Hawkeyes to a no.15 national ranking and one season at North Carolina.
  • Cal alum Toni-Ann Williams was appointed Technical Director of the Jamaica Gymnastics Organization. Williams competed for Jamaica at the 2016 Olympics.
  • Former Denver stand out and current Penn State Assistant Coach Lynnzee Brown will represent Haiti at the Paris Olympics after winning the WAG Universality spot. 
  • Rising junior Tessa Sutton announced her transfer from New Hampshire to Cortland.
  • Rising junior Camille Lindley is transferring from UW-Stout to Utica.
  • Claire Stippich will transfer from Kentucky to North Carolina for her junior season. 
  • Rising senior Sarah Zois announced her transfer from George Washington to Auburn. 
  • Ana Kenefick is taking her fifth year at Towson after spending four seasons at Pennsylvania. 
  • Rising junior Reese Baechle announced that she will be transferring to Nebraska from Lindenwood. During her sophomore year with the Lions she competed on vault, bars, and floor. 
  • Rising junior Samantha Krenzel announced her transfer from Lindenwood to Bridgeport. Krenzel did not compete for the Lions during her first two seasons.
  • Rising senior Isabella DeCroo announced she will transfer to Towson from Illinois State. DeCroo has two years of eligibility remaining.
  • Cassi Barbanente announced she will transfer to Penn State for her fifth year. The former Arizona State gymnast was a staple on bars in the 2024 season.

Training Updates

  • Incoming UCLA freshman Bronwyn Hoffman is training a Jaeger to bail combination with a mat stack on bars.
  • Rising Minnesota junior Seria Johnson is training a Maloney to shootover connection on bars. 
  • Incoming Ohio State freshman Kerrington Baham is training a full-twisting double layout into the pit and a full-in bar dismount. 
  • Rising Utah freshman Poppy Stickler has returned to training after suffering a back and hip injury in January. 
  • Incoming Minnesota freshman Lilly Timmerman is training a front aerial to back handspring layout stepout on beam. 
  • Isabella Canda, incoming Brockport freshman, is training a Ray on bars.
  • Coming off of a strong freshman season, Georgia’s Ady Wahl posted an upgraded double layout dismount on bars.

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