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Have you ever gotten tired of going to six different sites just to get all the information you want about college gymnastics? College Gym News is your one-stop-shop for everything college gym. From the latest news to rosters to live video links, we have it all. However, please note, curating all this information takes time, and we’re working our hardest to get you all the information you desire.

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Leadership Team

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Elizabeth Grimsley | Editor-in-Chief
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Elizabeth is a former gymnast turned gym nerd who lives in Texas but calls Georgia home. She is a lover of the Colorado Avalanche, Shark Week and (well-performed) sheep jumps. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in journalism, an emphasis in magazines, a certificate in sports media and a minor in sociology. She is a Fink Scholar and earned the Cox Poynter Leadership certificate. She founded College Gym News in the fall of 2015.

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Brandis Heffner | Co-Managing Editor
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Brandis is a gym nerd and avid sports fan who was raised in Central Illinois and now resides in Chicago. Despite a very short gymnastics career as a kid, he maintained his love for the sport. Brandis is a former diver, having dove for Iowa where he also earned degrees in journalism and sports studies. When not watching gymnastics, he can be found watching literally any other sport he can find on TV or afford to go to in person. As managing editor, Brandis helps with the day-to-day operations of the site, as well as manages CGN’s partnerships.

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Emily Minehart | Co-Managing Editor
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Emily is a former gymnast and judge turned runner and gym nerd living in Chicago. She’s a sucker for a good toe point, and in her non-gymnastics life, she has a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois and is working as an archivist. As managing editor, Emily oversees CGN’s interns, onboarding and training, and special projects.

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Coverage Team

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Claire Billman | Senior Editor, SEC
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Claire first fell in love with gymnastics as a small child watching Shannon Miller compete at the ’92 Olympics. Though she gave up competitive gymnastics at age 14 to focus on studying the cello, she has remained a devoted gym nerd. In her professional life, Claire is an occupational therapy assistant specializing in geriatric rehab. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband (a high-level ultimate frisbee player), dog and cat. She makes all of them watch gymnastics meets with her in their spare time.

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Illustrated headshot of Talitha IlacquaTalitha Ilacqua | Senior Editor, Recruiting
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Talitha is an Italian-born, UK-based historian, working on 19th-century France and nationalism. She holds a PhD from King’s College London. Her love of gymnastics began in 2008 when she was mesmerized by Nastia Liukin’s Olympic performance, but she became passionate about the NCAA  in 2017 when she decided to “follow” Kyla Ross to college. It was love at first sight!

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Rebecca Scally Illustrated HeadshotRebecca Scally | Senior Editor, GEC
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Rebecca is a UK-born, Maryland-based gym fan. She’s a University of Washington alumna who has tried gymnastics both as a child and as an adult, only to lose enthusiasm as soon as she remembered that backward rolls are scary. (She had better luck with ballet, which she did for 14 years.) In her real life, she’s in grad school studying to be a nurse and loves cooking, reading, watching tennis and spending time with her dog, Archie.

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Savanna Whitten illustrated headshotSavanna Wellman | Editor, Big 12 & MRGC
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Savanna is Louisiana born and bred with absolutely zero gymnastics background from her childhood. She discovered gymnastics from the first time in 2008 watching Shawn and Nastia duke it out in Beijing, then grew to love it after London 2012. Her discovery of NCAA gymnastics came after watching the Super Six in 2016, and it has been an obsession ever since. In the real world, she has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Liberal Arts from Northwestern State University, as well as an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi College. She can usually be found in the classroom educating young minds, traveling and relaxing as often as possible or trying to convert her family, friends and fiancé into gymnastics fans (it’s still a work in progress).

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Illustrated headshot of Allison FreemanAllison Freeman | Editor, NCGA-East
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Allison is a gym nerd that fell in love with gymnastics when she was 6 and never again knew a life without it. After graduating with her English degree from Ithaca College in New York, she moved to Boston then landed in New Hampshire and is actively competing for Jurassic Gymnastics, an all-adult gymnastics team based out of Boston. She works as a full-time editor, and when she isn’t rolling in chalk or watching meets, she spends her time consuming anything in the horror genre, wandering a bookstore or hoping the Buffalo Bills might get it together this time.

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Illustrated headshot of Peri GoodmanPeri Goodman | Editor, MAC
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Peri has been involved in gymnastics for her whole life between artistic, power tumbling, collegiate cheer and coaching. She has a B.A. in Studio Art from Brock University and holds two world championship titles with Brock Cheer. When she’s not drawing or in the gym, you can find her watching Montreal Canadiens games from home in Toronto.

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Emily Lockard illustrated headshotEmily Lockard | Editor, ACC & EAGL
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Emily is a journalism and psychology student at CU Boulder. She became a fan of gymnastics in middle school when she started going to her sister’s meets. She currently coaches Xcel and recreational gymnastics, and she watches as many NCAA meets as she can in her free time. Emily is also a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and she hopes to be involved with the team in some way in the future.

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Julianna Roland | Editor
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Julianna is a recently retired fifth-year graduate gymnast from Temple University but has been doing gymnastics since the age of two. Outside of being a gymnast, Julianna has a Master’s of Science in Secondary Education, a Bachelor of Arts in History, and is a (newly) certified teacher. As a New Jersey native, she has a love for all things surrounding the shore (and WaWa). Having gone through the collegiate gymnastics experience herself, Julianna is excited to take on a new role while still keeping these roots close to heart.

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Illustrated headshot of Tavia SmithTavia Smith | Editor, MIC & WIAC
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Tavia is a former college gymnast for Centenary College of Louisiana. She graduated with a B.S. in biology and is currently a physical therapy student at Texas Woman’s University-Dallas. She is a Texan born and raised, but she believes that “home” is wherever she’s with her best friends and family. In between classes and watching the latest gymnastics competition, Tavia can be found catching up on the latest TV dramas and cuddling with her dog, Parker. She loves traveling, both cross country and internationally, and her favorite destination so far is Naxos, Greece.

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Illustrated headshot of Alyssa Van AukerAlyssa Van Auker | Editor, ACC & EAGL
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Alyssa is a former dancer from Upstate New York who has always loved watching gymnastics. While getting her business and digital marketing degree at Nazareth College, she discovered gym Twitter and has been a devoted gym nerd since. Alyssa is currently working as a financial planning recruiter, and when she is not working or browsing the gymternet, you can find her reading, traveling or taking walks with her dog.

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Rebecca Williams illustrated headshotRebecca Williams | Editor, MPSF
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Rebecca is a former gymnast originally from Nashville who currently attends Columbia College in New York City. She is majoring in economics and psychology. She loves college gymnastics and prefers Friday Night Heights to a Friday night out. When not studying or watching gymnastics, she loves iced lavender lattes, walks through parks, and Grey’s Anatomy.

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Katie is a former gymnast who was raised in Northern Ireland and now lives in England. She is a fan of all things British gymnastics. She graduated from Queens University Belfast with a BA in English and Drama and completed her postgraduate studies in Education. Katie currently teaches in high school, and when she isn’t staying up until way past her bedtime to watch NCAA meets live, she is reading, walking her whippet, or traveling.

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Data Team

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Jenna King illustrated headshotJenna King | Senior Editor
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Jenna became hooked on gymnastics after watching the 1996 Olympics. She is a graduate of Florida State with a B.S. in meteorology and currently works in web development. She spends her free time doing coding projects and making lots and lots of spreadsheets.

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Izzi Baskin illustrated headshotIzzi Baskin | Editor
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Izzi is a proud Chicagoan recently transplanted to Austin, Texas. She is obsessed with her cats, reality TV and most importantly gymnastics. She especially enjoys watching live meets, no matter the level. With encouragement from a friend, Izzi recently became a J.O. judge and absolutely loves it. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in computer science and sociology and is currently working as a software engineer.

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Mariah Dawson illustrated headshotMariah Dawson | Editor

Mariah briefly dabbled in recreational gymnastics growing up. After struggling to do pullovers on bars, she found that she was much better suited for the life of a gym nerd. She has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in molecular pathology, both from Texas Tech University, and currently works as a medical lab scientist in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. When she’s not obsessing over gymnastics, Mariah can be found rooting for the Dallas Cowboys or the Texas Tech Red Raiders and listening to country music.

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Emma Hammerstrom illustrated headshotEmma Hammerstrom | Editor
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Emma is a junior at the University of Minnesota, studying statistics with a minor in genetics. She fell in love with gymnastics watching Laurie Hernandez’s floor at the 2016 Olympic trials and is hooked for life. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, playing the flute, being let down by Minnesota sports, and weightlifting.

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Claire Harmon | Editor

Claire is a data scientist by day and a dancer and gym nerd by night. She received an M.S. in Chemistry from Northwestern University before realizing life in a lab wasn’t for her. Now she works as a data science manager for Spotify (no, she doesn’t create your Wrapped) and loves to analyze data related to her passions. Catch her dancing with DanceworksNYC and watching all the gymnastics meets in her free time.

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Bailey Sutton | Editor

Bailey is a statistician living in Washington, D.C. with her Chiweenie. She first fell in love with gymnastics watching the McKayla Maroney vault at the 2012 Olympics and hasn’t looked back since. When not forcing her friends to watch Friday Night Heights or hear about her latest data project, Bailey loves binging teen dramas, going to pop-punk concerts, and cheering on the Northwestern football team.

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Dara Tan illustrated headshotDara Tan | Editor

Dara became a gym nerd after watching the Rio Olympics and fell in love with college gymnastics the following year. She graduated from UCLA, where she pursued a major in statistics and a minor in digital humanities. A data enthusiast, she enjoys building datasets and telling stories through visualizations.

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Jill Walsh | Editor

Jill is a city planner and data analyst currently based in Ankara, Turkey. She has a B.A. in international political economy from Fordham University and a master’s in city and regional planning from Rutgers University. When the run-up to Tokyo paused in 2020, she filled with void with old college meets on Youtube and has been hooked ever since.

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Copy Editors

Rebekah Frank | Editor
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Rebekah has been passionate about gymnastics since she started doing it (poorly) as a young child. She fell in love with elite gymnastics thanks in large part to Vanessa Atler’s stunning performances. She began watching NCAA gymnastics in the 2013 season when Bridget Sloan started competing for the Gators. Rebekah has a B.A. from Trinity College and an M.A. from The New School, both in International Affairs. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her two cats, one dog, and 35 plants.

Tori Meador | Editor
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Tori started following gymnastics after the Rio Olympics and never looked back. She has a B.A. in English from Missouri and an M.A. in English from the University of New Orleans and works in the marketing and communications field in Nashville. When she’s not arguing about the Oxford comma, she enjoys reading, language learning, and a good fantasy gymnastics spreadsheet.

Photography & Design Team

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Hope is a former gymnast who lives in New York City. She received a B.A. in Digital Media Studies from University of Rochester, where she studied design, computer science and business. She now works as an experience designer at EY Design Studio where she specializes in building products with a human centric mindset. When she isn’t bullying friends into participating in her fantasy gymnastics league, she is likely listening to Taylor Swift.

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara Graeve | Photographer
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Tara is a former gymnast turned cheerleader and gym nerd hailing from Colorado. She loves all things gymnastics, and you can often find her doing handstands and leaps around the house. She is a graduate of the University of Denver with a BSBA in business information & analytics and marketing, and is now working as a technology consultant.

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David Hague | Photographer
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David graduated California University of Pennsylvania where he grew his passion for sports photography. He first got interested in gymnastics after watching the Magnificent Seven when Kerri Strug stuck her vault on an injured ankle to win gold for Team USA. He has covered a wide variety of sports, and his dream would be to cover the Olympics, specifically gymnastics. When he is not covering a sporting event, he likes to have fun with his kids.

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Emily is a gym nerd from Washington. She graduated from Central Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology, as well as from the University of Puget Sound with a M.S. in Occupational Therapy. She now works for a local school district as an occupational therapist. She was also a gymnast as a child. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, painting and spending time with her far too many dogs.

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Feature Writers

Lela Moore
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Lela growth-spurted out of recreational gymnastics as a kid, topped out at 5’10”, but never lost her love for watching and discussing the sport. Now she runs half marathons and swims laps, but she can still do both a front tuck and a back tuck off a diving board. She graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in American studies and from NYU with an M.A. in journalism and is currently pursuing a Master of Information degree from Rutgers, where she loves going to watch the Scarlet Knights gymnastics team perform. She’s also a freelance journalist with bylines about everything from college gym to Paralympic track and field to local school board politics. She lives in New Jersey with her partner, son, and elderly cat.

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Tia Reid
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Tia is a gymnastics fan from Houston who is currently a student at Arizona State. Her love of the sport was built through her childhood participation and her discovery of Gabby
Douglas. Tia is currently pursuing a degree in Sports Journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School while also getting the chance to cover multiple ASU athletic teams, including women’s basketball, football, softball, and, of course, gymnastics.

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Katherine became interested in gymnastics after the 2016 Olympics and has been hooked ever since. Though not a gymnast herself, she loves working out and running, and she’s also an avid reader and writer.

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Interns

Jessica Brock | Intern, ACC & EAGL
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Jessica is a former level 8 gymnast turned Division I diver. Her inspiration came from watching Carly Patterson in 2004. She has a B.S in psychology, with minors in journalism and chemistry, and is working on her M.S in kinesiology with a specialization in health promotion and sports psychology. She loves all things sports, especially gymnastics. When she’s not working out or watching sports, she likes to cook and read romance novels. On the weekends, you can find her watching Friday Night Heights, elite competitions, and whatever other sporting event is on TV. And if there’s a meet nearby, you’re likely to find her there in the stands.

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Mary Collier | Intern, SEC
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Mary is a current Division III college gymnast at Ithaca and is also a gym fan and code knower. She is originally from Camarillo, California, and trained at Matrix Gymnastics. She is currently a bars specialist, so she loves a good bar release, especially Tkatchev variations. She loves watching and talking about gymnastics with her mom and has been a fan of gymnasts ever since she started, but she really got into the elite and NCAA scene during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Aaron Doyle | Intern, Big 12 & MRGC
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Aaron is currently a second-year Psychobiology major at UCLA. He competes for the UCLA club gymnastics team as a level 9 MAG/WAG gymnast, where he also serves as the vice president of the club. His favorite skills include double twists on floor and double turns on beam. Outside of gymnastics, he enjoys going to the beach and watching sunsets.

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Daniel Rothwell | Intern, Pac-12
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Daniel’s gymnastics journey took off when he was 8 years old when he attended recreational classes at a local gym. It wasn’t until the 2012 Olympics that his love and passion for the sport took him to another level. Daniel’s gymnastics career peaked when he competed as a level 10 gymnast for a year before leaving for college and joining the club gymnastics team at the University of Virginia. In his spare time, Daniel is a connoisseur of bubble tea, a self-proclaimed breakdancing extraordinaire, and the founder of his very own gymnastics blog, 15.366. Daniel is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia studying Chinese and Commerce.

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Naomi Stephenson | Intern, Big Ten
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Naomi is a student at Brandeis University. She is not a gymnast (as a child, she stayed far away from any activity that involved a high risk of falling on her head), but a childhood friend turned her into a college gymnastics fan. She writes for one of her university’s newspapers and dances in the Brandeis ballet company.

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Other Contributors

Jackie Craig | Administrative Assistant
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Jackie is a gym nerd who fell in love with gymnastics watching the ’92 Olympics. She began following college gymnastics in 2016 and quickly became obsessed. She has a B.A. in Labor Studies and History and a Master’s in Labor & Employment Relations, both from Rutgers University. She currently works in human resources. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. Outside of gymnastics, she loves coffee, walking her dogs, and getting lost in a good book.

Mary Emma Brambila illustrated headshotMary Emma Brambila | Assistant Project Manager
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Mary Emma first became interested in gymnastics after watching the 2004 Olympics, but it wasn’t until 2016 that she started following NCAA gymnastics and never looked back. She lives in the greater Pittsburgh area and was formerly the SID for the EAGL.

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4 comments

  1. Hello,
    I really like your website. I wanted to point out a small oversight on the “olympians” page. Anne Khum participated for France in the Olympic Games in 2012 (holder) and in 2016 (alternate).
    Have a good day.

  2. Hello,

    Have you started Tracking the Covid years for the 2024 season yet? I know a few have already been announced.

    Thank you!

  3. Love the site. I have a question. Some teams take bye weeks. Others don’t. Some start the season earlier than others. Some do 2 meets a weekend. Curious what advantage timing and scheduling makes. Do the better teams start earlier, compete more etc. thanks!
    Patti B

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