Zoey Molomo

Recruits to Watch in the Class of 2026

The class of 2026 is a formidable group of recruits, with many college stars in the making. While we have our set of 11 phenomenal five-stars for this ratings cycle, there were many more not far behind. The following gymnasts have something special, and with a bit more time and polishing, we can see them making the jump not only to five-stars, but to dominating in college.

Sofia Estrada

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Following in the footsteps of 2025 five-stars Jasmine Cawley and Jocelyn Sasson, Estrada is another impressive level 10 recruit from Brandy Johnson’s and was right on the cusp of reaching five stars herself. Her highlights include a Yurchenko 1.5 on vault that could be in lineups across the country tomorrow, as well as an easy full-in on floor. With just a few more points on beam or very slight improvement on all four events, she could continue her club’s five-star streak.

Zoey Molomo

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Fresh off being named to the senior national team and qualifying to the Olympic Trials, Molomo is an undoubtedly fierce competitor. As impressive as her accomplishments have been thus far, she could be truly unstoppable in college with some cleaning up of her technique, particularly on bars and beam. Downgrading her difficulty will undoubtedly accomplish that, but we have a feeling Molomo will improve sooner than that becoming necessary.

Raeya Linton

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Linton came so close to five stars, coming in just two points shy with 76. This is due almost entirely to bars, where she had just 11 event points while vault, beam, and floor were all 20 points or higher, with beam reaching a near-perfect 23 out of 25. If she can improve bars even just the slightest bit over the next two seasons, she’ll be primed not just for five stars but for a successful college career.

Addie Sarisky

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Sarisky came up shy of five stars only by five points with a 73. She’s this year’s national bars champion and rightfully so! Her form and consistency on the event gave her 24 points, and this routine will undoubtedly be a staple in whatever team’s lineup she ends up in. Beam and floor are both solid events, too, but the biggest improvement for Sarisky can be made on vault. Currently competing a Yurchenko full, the form on the landing and overall amplitude (and maybe an upgrade in the coming years) will be what can boost her to five stars in the next few seasons. 

Morgan Reihl

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Coming off an extremely impressive season winning third all-around at the Nastia Liukin Cup and becoming a national champion on beam, Reihl is certainly one to watch. The confidence she shows competing beam is what makes her such a standout on this event in addition to her form, sharp movements, and unique skills. The biggest area of improvement for Reihl will be vault, where she earned the least amount of points but can make the biggest jump in the next couple of seasons. Reihl competed her Yurchenko full for the first time at nationals, so being able to have more experience with this vault in the next few years will be greatly beneficial before moving on to college. 

Kendall Torrens

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Torrens is undoubtedly one to watch moving forward, having already scored a perfect 10 on floor. She brings a strong, ready-for-NCAA routine to the table, opening with a strong combination E pass with great leaps and performance quality. Bars is another strong event for Torrens, as is beam, but vault is the one in need of the most improvement. Her Yurchenko full is strong but lacks in the distance NCAA judges are looking. With another season to get stronger and possibly upgrade to a 10.0 start value, Torrens will have no problem being a strong competitor at any program.

Maddie Stewart

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Stewart brings a near-perfect vault to the table, consistently competing a huge, extremely clean Yurchenko one and a half. This vault could be put into lineup and have an immediate impact with her height, form, and great landing. Stewart’s other three events are strong but could all use a little bit of improvement in order to get her to five stars in the future. Beam is Stewart’s next most solid event with 15 points, but bars and floor are both under this mark. Cleaning up some skills on bars, and tightening up landings and some dance elements will push her to this higher mark.

Sydney Schultz

Rating: NR

Why she’s one to watch: Schultz is an absolute standout on floor, and having her routine in the lineup would be great for whatever team she ends up on. The entirety of 2024, Schultz scored remarkably high on floor and has been consistent throughout the season. Opening with a big combination E pass, her difficulty and consistency on floor shows true potential, and her other three events just need a bit more polish to help her slide into the ratings in the future.

Emerson Gaa

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Gaa is coming off a successful 2024 season that included her first appearance at the Nastia Liukin Cup where she won the floor title in the junior division. Gaa’s form on that event stands out in particular, as well as her opening E pass and closing two and a half twist. The routine already looks ready to make any college lineup, and with time and the capability to upgrade, we wouldn’t be surprised if she notched a perfect event total by the time she graduates. In terms of areas for improvement, Gaa competes a solid routine on bars that would hold up in NCAA, but she needs to gain confidence in her skills and a little more sharpness in her movements to truly stand out.  

Tori Hess

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Hess is a great gymnast overall, but she especially excels on floor, with a clean routine featuring a front double twist. Vault is her weaker event, comparatively, but her Yurchenko full-on tuck is clean and provides a solid foundation for improvement or upgrade.

Audrey Snyder

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: Snyder has great presence and good execution on beam. She also has the workings of great bars and floor and should thrive on those events in college. While she doesn’t have the most difficulty in elite, she should excel with college routines, where she can downgrade some of the excess difficulty to be able to perfect her form. Her vault is one area for improvement, as she only competes a good-but-not-yet-great Yurchenko full.

Isabelle David

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: A member of the Jamaican national team and an accomplished level 10 in the U.S., David came so close to a five-star rating with 72 points. She is an extremely well-rounded athlete, earning 18-plus points on vault, beam, and floor, and her clean Yurchenko half and huge double layout on floor in particular would be a great addition to any college lineup. The one major area of improvement would come for her on bars; although her routine has all the makingsof a great NCAA bar routine, improving the form on her major releases would undoubtedly benefit her moving forward. 

Sutton Strasser

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why she’s one to watch: The 2024 floor national champion and Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier certainly makes her case as to why she would be a great college gymnast. Strasser’s two strongest events, beam and floor, both totalled above 20 points in our ratings. With a solid triple series on beam, and a strong floor routine opening with a really clean E pass, both of these routines would be great on any team. Vault was the lowest point total for Strasser, where she currently performs a Yurchenko full. With so much power behind the vault, a possible upgrade might benefit Strasser going into the next season.

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Article by Katherine Weaver, Elizabeth Grimsley, Tara Graeve, and Julianna Roland

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