Elle Mueller

Biggest Improvements in the the Class of 2024 Recruit Ratings

Due to a number of factors like bandwidth and the timing of national signing day, in the past, we did not re-evaluate graduating seniors. However, because of this, a recruit’s “final” rating before entering college didn’t take into account the success they had during their senior season.

Well, that all changed this year! Graduating seniors were re-evaluated for the first time, with a number of gymnasts preparing to enter college receiving a much-deserved boost, many of who are highlighted below.

Elle Mueller

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: Oklahoma

Improvement: 75 to 95

Reason for improvement: Mueller had one of the most outstanding senior seasons and one of the most remarkable glow-ups from an already high rating. Being named the allaround winner of the Nastia Liukin Cup in the senior division was just the beginning of her great year. Mueller has close to perfect point totals across all four events, most notably making the biggest jump on beam and floor. 

Where she’ll excel in college: Mueller could realistically become an immediate all-arounder for Oklahoma. She competes a huge Yurchenko one and a half and a solid bar routine with a huge double layout dismount. Improving her confidence on beam and tightening up on floor will throw her into the mix to be the next great Sooner four-eventer

Olivia Kelly 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: Missouri

Improvement: 73 to 89

Reason for improvement: Kelly made massive strides since her last rating, making the her biggest jumps on both bars and floor. Having competed elite for Barbados, Kelly has greatly benefitted from international experience. That experience coupled with a really clean bars set and difficult floor routine that includes a beautiful double Arabian and two and a half twist is what helped her make the jump to five stars

Where she’ll excel in college: Even without the great incoming freshman class, Missouri is going to be a team to watch in 2025 with all of the talented transfers it managed to snag in the portal. Add in routines like Kelly’s, this could truly be a breakout year for the Tigers. While Kelly could realistically fit into any lineup, bars, beam, and floor are the most likely.

Jahzara Ranger

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

College commitment: Michigan

Improvement: 76 to 87

Reason for improvement: Ranger jumped from four to five stars over the past year thanks to improvements across all events. She improved five points on bars, competing a much cleaner Ray and staying consistent on this event throughout the season. Ranger still vaulted a Yurchenko one and a half in 2024, but her form drastically improved, giving her an even better point total than she already had.

Where she’ll excel in college: Michigan will be looking to fill a handful of important lineup spots this season following the graduation of impactful seniors, and Ranger could realistically slot in as an all-arounder for the Wolverines due to her 10.0 start value on vault and confidence and difficulty on beam. 

Kylee Kvamme 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

College commitment: Alabama 

Improvement: 75 to 86 

Reason for improvement: Kvamme has improved on every event, but her bars and vault has had the most significant jump. Her bar routine is packed with difficulty, including a really well-executed Church and double layout dismount. She’s also competed a Yurchenko one and a half internationally, experience that will only help when she arrives at Alabama.

Where she’ll excel in college: Alabama is losing some big scores from its nationals lineups. Kvamme could potentially fill four of them, adding her 10.0 start value vault, as well as beam and floor routines that could become staples. Her form on bars wasn’t always a strength, but it’s improved over the years, and with more refining and experience, she could make her way into the top six on that event, too. 

Rylee Guevara 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

College commitment: Ohio State 

Improvement: 76 to 83

Reason for improvement: Guevara was near perfect on floor at level 10 nationals, earning herself the national title on the event. Guevara has a high rating there, too, but her biggest improvements from her last rating came on both vault and beam. On vault she boasts a high of a 9.95, and her beam has made strides in both her confidence and precision over the past year. 

Where she’ll excel in college: Guevara’s vault, beam, and floor will all be great routines for Ohio State to have in its lineups. Her floor in particular has the potential to be even more excellent in college. 

Jaime Dugan 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

College commitment: Stanford 

Improvement: 68 to 81

Reason for improvement: Coming off a fantastic senior season, Dugan’s biggest jump came on floor where she competes a really clean routine with two big double salto passes. On this event alone, she jumped six points, but across all events, Dugan made huge strides in consistency and cleanliness over the past year. 

Where she’ll excel in college: Dugan could slip into an allaround spot at Stanford, but her contributions will most likely be made primarily on vault and bars; she competes a more unique Yurchenko fullon tuck and an NCAA-ready double layout dismount.  

Anna Flynn Cashion

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

College commitment: Kentucky

Improvement: 57 to 78

Reason for improvement: Across all events, Cashion had one of the most significant improvements in her class. Jumping seven points on vault and winning the 2024 national title on the event speaks for itself. Beam and floor also saw huge improvements to contribute to her jump to five stars.

Where she’ll excel in college: Cashion brings a huge front handspring pike half to Kentucky, a vault that has become a staple in the WIldcats’ lineup over the years. It’s not unlikely fans will see Cashion’s attempt alongside Isabella Magnelli’s and Mackenzie Wilson’s in 2025. Bars has been a relatively consistent event for Cashion over the years, so if she is able to continue that in college, it’ll be a routine Kentucky will want in its top six to help replace those routines lost from Bailey Bunn and Raena Worley.


Madison Gustitus 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

College commitment: San Jose State 

Improvement: 62 to 78

Reason for improvement: Gustitus jumped 10 points on vault alone, competing a big Yurchenko full. On the other events, she has been consistent with more minor improvements.

Where she’ll excel in college: As the 2024 national beam champion, Gustitus is most likely to contribute there at San Jose State. Realistically, she could be in allaround, though, with her clean vault, big fullin on floor, and double layout dismount on bars, she is bound to become a standout athlete for the program.  

Donna Uhlenberg

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: Rutgers 

Improvement: 51 to 73 

Reason for improvement: Uhlenberg is another athlete that jumped over 20 points, with her biggest improvements coming on both beam and floor. With a sevenpoint move on beam and a ninepoint increase on floor, the glow-up has been undeniable. 

Where she’ll excel in college: Rutgers has been on the regionals bubble for a number of years now and is looking to take the next step. Uhlenberg could be an athlete that helps it get there. She has the talent to compete in the all-around, but her most likely contributions will come on vault, bars, and floor. She competes a Yurchenko full that has only increased in cleanliness over the years, and her straddle Jaeger on bars has been consistently good. Having another routine to count on can never hurt on a team that has historically dealt with a number of longterm injuries per season. Likewise, floor is another place where it’s not just her tumbling that shines but her dance elements, too.

Alyssa Bigler 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: Air Force

Improvement: 55 to 72

Reason for improvement: Alyssa Bigler has shown really impressive growth in her senior season, specially on vault and floor. With a Yurchenko full that has the potential of scoring a perfect 9.95 if stuck, it’s the event on which Bigler is most improved. She also gained six points on floor, where she won the 2024 state title.

Where she’ll excel in college: Air Force is always in contentin at USAG nationals, and that streak will continue when Bigler is on campus. Both Clara Wallace and Maggie Slife made a statement as allarounders in 2024, but Bigler could be another. However, there is a large freshman class heading to Colorado Springs, so while she has potential on all four events, Bigler’s biggest impact will most likely come on vault, bars, where she competes a clean Gienger, and beam, where she has shown multiple seasons-worth of consistency.  

Sadie Jane Berry

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: Georgia 

Improvement: 56 to 70

Reason for improvement: Berry earned a fourstar rating thanks to the big improvements she made specifically on vault and beam. The latter event has quickly become one of her strongest, placing in the top 10 at level 10 nationals.

Where she’ll excel in college: Georgia already boasts a strong roster of gymnasts, and Berry will only add to that under the new-look Georgia leadership team. With the loss of several experienced seniors, one of the biggest things Georgia will want to improve upon comes in the form of consistency, something Berry excels at. With a clean two and a half on floor and beautiful extension in her dance, Berry will be a great contributor. Additionally, her stalder work and extension on bars is beautiful, and her beam has the confidence Georgia has sometimes lacked

Deborah Silva

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: BYU

Improvement: NR to 69

Reason for improvement: Silva went from not being rated to a fourstar, an incredible feat. That being said, across the board she made major improvements, with her highest event totals coming on bars and floor. 

Where she’ll excel in college: Silva has the best chance of contributing on her two best events, bars and floor. Her bar routine exudes power, and with her straddled Jaeger and full-in dismount, she will be a great addition to the BYU lineup.

Audrey Sanger 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: Michigan

Improvement: 49 to 79

Reason for improvement: Sanger jumped from a three-star rating to five and has improved immensely on every event. On vault and beam specifically, Sanger performs a clean Yurchenko full that could be a good 9.95 start value for Michigan to have on hand as a depth option this season. Sanger also has some unique skills on beam that will surely turn heads if she keeps them in her college routine.

Where she’ll excel in college: Michigan is looking to get back into the nationals conversation in 2025, and with Sanger’s bars, beam, and floor, she could be a big reason why it gets there. Bars is the biggest asset Sanger has, with a nice piked Jaeger. She also adds solid beam and floor options to the mix. 

Kristina Shchennikova 

Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: Boise State

Improvement: 53 to 71

Reason for improvement: The youngest Shchennikova sister nearly doubled her score points from 18 to 32 out of 50 across the four events. Her largest improvement came on floor, where she improved her consistency and tied her personal best; she only scored below a 9.550 once this season. Shchennikova upgraded her vault from a Yurchenko layout to a Yurchenko full at the end of 2023; while it’s not the most dynamic vault, the 9.95 start value certainly helps. Her bars and beam were already great, but she improved her totals on both as well. 

Where she’ll excel in college: Shchennikova’s bars and beam should be in contention for lineup spots immediately. She could factor in on floor as well, and her vault will be a nice depth Yurchenko full for Boise State to have in its pocket. 

Rayna Engelmayer 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

College commitment: Maryland

Improvement: 48 to 67

Reason for improvement: Engelmayer improved her scores on nearly every event. She debuted a Yurchenko one and a half this season, and while she didn’t compete it in every meet, the ability to display a viable 10.0 start value helped. On floor, Engelmayer added difficulty to her routine with a front double twist

Where she’ll excel in college: Beam is the only event on which Engelmayer didn’t increase her total, but she did already had a great mark at 19 out of 25 on the event and should contend for a lineup spot. Vault and floor are also strong possibilities.

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One comment

  1. Sadly a lot of the talent won’t be seen. The networks only show the top 5 in talent. The top 10 would be a huge improvement and it would give new life to the sport. The more we see, the more it brings attention to it. Simple word of mouth coming from parent to parent telling people that their child will be on television will generate more people watching.

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