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Last Week in College Gym: June 17

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

Charlotte Booth Selected as GB Olympic Alternate

British Gymnastics announced that Charlotte Booth will be an alternate for Great Britain at the Paris Olympics. Following the Olympics, Booth plans to start her college career at Auburn for the 2024-2025 season.

Skylar Killough-Wilhelm Enters Transfer Portal

Following the announcement of Jen Llewellyn’s move to Iowa, fifth-year Skylar Killough-Wilhelm announced she will enter the transfer portal. She had previously announced she would remain at Washington for her fifth year.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • There is expected to be a significant NCAA gymnastics presence at the upcoming Paris Olympics, both on the competition floor and in the booth. ESPN veteran Samantha Peszek will make her Olympic commentary debut alongside Tim Daggett, Terry Gannon, John Roethlisberger, and Zora Stephenson for NBC’s primetime coverage during both the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Games. After earning team silver at the 2008 Games in Beijing, Peszek earned numerous accolades—including the 2015 NCAA all-around title—during her college career at UCLA. 
  • Alabama assistant coach Justin Spring will join Peacock as a daytime commentator for men’s gymnastics at the Paris Olympics.
  • Minnesota has started construction on its new gymnastics facility.
  • Former Michigan State gymnast Lea Mitchell, competing under the ring name Kelani Jordan, became the inaugural WWE NXT Women’s North American Champion. While at Michigan State, Mitchell earned career highs of at least a 9.900 on all events as well as a 39.375 high in the all-around.

Transfer News

  • Madison Benson announced she will transfer to Fisk for her 5th year. Benson spent the last four seasons at N.C. State.
  • Rising sophomore Maddy Murphy announced her transfer from Alaska to Texas Woman’s.
  • Rising sophomore Jaidan Kossuth is headed to SEMO after spending her freshman season at Lindenwood.

Training Updates

  • Incoming Illinois freshman Kennedy Brown is training a one-and-a-half twist through to a double tuck on floor. 
  • Washington’s Kira Bolden is working on a Maloney on bars. The rising sophomore did not compete her freshman season. 
  • Incoming UCLA freshman Bronwyn Hoffman is training a double layout on the tumble track into the pit. 
  • Rising Rutgers sophomore Elliot Goldsmith is teasing a new side aerial to back handspring series on beam. 
  • Incoming UW-La Crosse freshman Ava Sitek shows off a blind change to straddled Jeager between the bars. 
  • Ithaca College rising sophomore Hali Seligman is working on a Geinger on bars. 
  • Rhode Island’s incoming freshman Dominique Harris is working a triple series on beam in addition to a bail to handstand on bars. 
  • Springfield’s CeCe Athie is working towards a Ray on bars. 
  • Incoming Utah freshman Clara Raposo is working new skills on bars, including a Seitz and an Endo.
  • Rising Utah junior Ashley Glynn is training a front aerial to back-handspring layout step out on beam.
  • Incoming Arizona freshman Teagan White is working a Deltchev on bars.
  • Rising BYU redshirt-sophomore Kauri Hunsaker is training a Jaeger to overshoot on bars.
  • Incoming West Virginia freshman Kaelyn Skeel is working a side-gainer full dismount off the beam.

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