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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.

For general comments, questions or inquiries, email us at [email protected]. To contact a specific editor, click ’email’ under their name below.

Meet the Team

Editor-in-Chief

Elizabeth Grimsley
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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 cats, Harry Potter 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.

Managing Editor

Emily Minehart
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Emily is a former gymnast and J.O. 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. Aside from managing editor, Emily is also in charge of the Big Ten beat.

Editors

Brandis Heffner Senior Editor, Pac-12
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Brandis is a gym nerd and avid sports fan who has called Central Illinois home all his life. 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.

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 has a B.A. in history and English and an AAS in occupational therapy. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband (a high-level ultimate frisbee player), dog and two cats. She makes all four of them watch gymnastics meets with her in their spare time.

Talitha 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!

Kalley Leer Senior Editor, MAC
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Kalley is a long-time gym nerd who fell in love with the sport after watching the Magnificent Seven win gold in 1996. Her favorite gymnast is Shannon Miller, and she has the old scrunchie photos to prove it. She lives in Minneapolis, has a B.A. in communication studies from Gustavus Adolphus and now works in finance. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and trying to convince her husband to rescue more dogs.

Katherine Weaver Senior Editor
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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.

Mary Emma Burton Senior Editor, EAGL
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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 works at the front desk at a hotel in addition to serving as the SID for the EAGL.

Rebecca Scally Senior Editor, USAG
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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.

Allison Freeman Editor, ECAC & 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.

Tara Graeve Editor, MRGC
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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.

Kathleen McPartland Editor, MAC
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Kathleen is a former dancer who has always appreciated gymnastics, but took a deep dive into the sport during the 2016 Olympic cycle. She started coaching gymnastics in 2018 and worked as a student manager for the Minnesota women’s gymnastics team during the 2018-19 school year. She then transferred to Bradley University where she is studying sports communication. Her favorite event to watch and coach is beam (despite the immense stress it brings her), and when she’s not talking about or watching gymnastics, she loves watching and playing soccer, reading, hanging out with her dogs and listening to as much music as possible.

Tavia 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 is 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. Her favorite destination so far has been Naxos, Greece.

Katie Walsh Editor, MPSF & SEC
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Katie is a senior public relations, digital journalism and sports media student at Pace University. She is a former dancer that has a huge passion for gymnastics. Moreover, Katie is a Level 2 certified USA Hockey coach and aspires to work for the Walt Disney Parks after graduation in a public relations, event planning, communications and/or social media role.

Ryan Wichtendahl Editor, Big 12
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Ryan is a lifelong gym fan and designer living in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received a B.S. in architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an M.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He loves stories, both visual and verbal, and hopes to one day design for a human rights or environmental charity. In his free time he can be found daydreaming, taking a nap, eating ice cream or liking dog posts on social media.

Website & Data

Jenna King Data 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.

Izzi Baskin Webmaster
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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 became a J.O. judge last year 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.

Visual Editors

Emily Howell-Forbes Photographer
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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.

Auxiliary Staff

Christina Marmet Administrative Assistant
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Christina is a gym nerd from France. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S in Marine Science and B.A in Journalism, as well as from the University of Miami with a M.S in Marine Affairs and Policy. Christina was a synchronized swimmer for 12 years. She loves to be in the water, travel, learn languages and attend adult gymnastics classes whenever possible.

Allie DiBiase Correspondent
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Allie is a former Rhode Island College gymnast with a degree in marketing. She currently lives in Cranston, Rhode Island, and is the Cranston High School West head gymnastics coach. She is almost as big of a New England Patriots fan as she is of gymnastics, and loves to bake and binge watching everything on Netflix.

Rachel Riesterer Correspondent
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Rachel is a former UW-La Crosse gymnast and graduated with a degree in marketing. She currently lives in the Milwaukee area while going back to school for nursing. When Rachel’s not busy studying or coaching future Olympic champions, she enjoys reading thrillers, eating nachos and perusing Twitter and Instagram for the latest gym updates. In fact, it’s not a normal day if someone doesn’t say to her, “You’re watching gymnastics videos again?!”

Carolyn Lien Intern, Big Ten Assistant
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Carolyn is a former gymnast and high school senior who hopes to either study journalism or speech-language pathology in college. She is the biggest gym nerd in her hometown and makes sure everyone knows it. Although gymnastics is Carolyn’s first love, she also loves playing percussion (mostly vibraphone), reading young adult contemporary romance books, watching the TV shows Younger and Love Island USA, going to baseball games, floating around to her many separate friend groups and driving her first car, her pride and joy: a retired cop car.

Katie Simons Intern, Pac-12 Assistant
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Katie is a gym nerd who grew up going to her friends’ gymnastics meets and her own tumbling classes for dance. However, she really fell in love with the sport after she went to the 2016 Secret Classic. She’s currently a senior in high school, serving as the editor in chief for her school paper, Inklings, with the hope of pursuing journalism in college. In her spare time, she loves reading, playing lacrosse, traveling and rewatching UCLA meets.

2 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.

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