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2021 NCAA Roster Notes

Working under the assumption that the maybe-season will actually exist, here are the 2021 roster notes for any lineup prognostication needs you may or may not have.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
Seniors
Jordan Draper
UB
FX
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.880)
  • Competed 1 UB for 9.850
Evy Schoepfer
VT
BB
FX
  • #3 returning score on VT (9.880)
  • Competed 2 BBs, avg 9.838
  • Competed FX in 2018 and 2019 seasons
Karrie Thomas
UB
BB
  • #4 returning score on UB (9.855)
  • Competed 4 BBs, avg 9.863
Anastasia Webb
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Ranked #5 nationally in AA in 2020
  • #1 returning score on VT (9.935), BB (9.925), FX (9.925)
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.895)
Carly Woodard
BB
  • Competed BB in every meet in 2020
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.905)
Juniors
Emma LaPinta
FX
  • Competed FX in 10 of 11 meets in 2020
  • #4 returning score on FX (9.875)
Allie Stern
VT
FX
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.895)
  • Competed 1 FX for 9.725
Olivia Trautman
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, BB in final 5 meets of 2020
  • Did not compete floor due to injury
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.880)
  • Scored two 10.000s on VT
  • FX NQS of 9.965 in 2019
Sophomores
Vanessa Deniz
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed 5 UB, FX and 1 BB (9.650) in 2020
  • Avg 9.880 FX, 9.860 UB
Jenna Dunn
BB
  • Competed BB every meet in 2020
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.850)
Erin Hutchison
 
  • Did not compete in first season
Ragan Smith
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed UB, BB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on UB (9.930), BB (9.925)
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.885)
  • Competed 4 VTs, avg 9.750
Brooke Weins
VT
  • Competed VT in 6 of 11 meets in 2020
  • NQS 9.735
Freshmen
Audrey Davis
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • WOGA
  • Former elite, 6th AA 2018 US Classic
Julianne Fehring
VT
UB
FX
  • LaFleur’s
  • 3rd AA, 1st VT, 2019 JO Nationals
Danae Fletcher
VT
UB
FX
  • MG Elite
  • 4th AA, 1st FX, 2019 JO Nationals
Bell Johnson VT
UB
FX
  • Bart Conner’s
  • 15th AA, 2019 JO Nationals
Katherine LeVasseur VT
UB
BB

FX
  • Mavericks
  • 3rd VT, 2019 JO Nationals
  • 3rd FX, 2020 Nastia Cup
Audrey Lynn VT
  • Bart Conner’s
  • 9th VT, 2020 WOGA Classic
Sheridan Ramsey VT
  • Aim High
  • 6th VT, 2019 Region 3 Champs
Quinn Smith VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Arizona Sunrays
  • 1st VT, 2nd FX, 9th AA 2018 JO Nationals
Meilin Sullivan  
  • Out for 2021 season with myocarditis/pericarditis
  • Fuzion
  • 5th UB, 2019 JO Nationals
FLORIDA GATORS
Seniors
Alyssa Baumann
VT
BB
FX
  • Competed BB, FX all 9 meets in 2020
  • #2 returning score on both (9.935 FX, 9.930 BB)
  • Showed 6 VTs, avg 9.704
Jazmyn Foberg VT
UB
  • Returned from missing 2019 to show 3 VTs in 2020, avg 9.825
  • Made final 2018 lineups on VT (9.850), UB (9.840)
Megan Skaggs
VT
UB
BB
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.870)
  • #4 returning score on VT (9.850)
  • Competed BB each week in 2019
Juniors
Leah Clapper
BB
FX
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.810)
  • Competed exhibition FX in 2019
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf
BB
FX
  • Competed 7 FX, 5 BB in 2020
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.845)
  • BB avg 9.750
Nya Reed
VT
FX
  • Competed 5 FX, 4 VT in 2020 (missed 1 month with injury)
  • Avg 9.860 FX, 9.762 VT
  • 2019 NQS of 9.920 FX, 9.862 FX
Savannah Schoenherr
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.910)
  • #3 returning score on VT 9.865
  • Showed 1 FX for 9.925
Halley Taylor
FX
  • Competed 1 FX in 2020 for 9.750
Trinity Thomas
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Ranked #2 nationally in AA in 2020
  • #1 returning score on all four events
  • NQS of 9.965 FX, 9.965 BB, 9.945 UB, 9.900 VT
Sophomore
Payton Richards
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 5 of 9 meets in 2020
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.885)
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.895)
  • NQS of 9.835 UB, avg 9.830 FX
Freshmen
Chloi Clark
VT
FX
  • Gymtegrity
  • 4th VT, 2019 JO Nationals
Gabrielle Gallentine
VT
UB
FX
  • Everest
  • Junior elite, 2017-18
  • 29th AA, 2018 US Jr Classic
Ellie Lazzari
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Legacy Elite
  • 1st AA, 2019 JO Nationals
Alex Magee
UB
  • Orlando Metro
  • 9th UB, 2019 region 8s
UCLA BRUINS
Seniors
Nia Dennis
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, FX each meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on both (9.915 FX, 9.875 VT)
  • Competed 2 BBs (hit 1 of 2)
  • Competed UB in 2019, avg 9.814
Savannah Kooyman
UB
  • Competed UB each week in 2020
  • NQS of 9.805
Kendal Poston
VT
BB
  • Competed 9 VTs, 5 BBs in 2020
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.820)
  • Avg of 9.675 on BB
Nicki Shapiro
UB
BB
  • Returned to roster to compete 5 BB, 1 UB
  • Hit 4 of 5 on BB (avg 9.690)
  • Scored 9.775 in single UB routine
Pauline Tratz
VT
FX
  • Competed 4 VT, 4 FX in 2020
  • Avg 9.800 VT, 9.638 FX
  • 2019 NQS of 9.900 FX, 9.850 VT
Lilia Waller
 
  • Returns to roster for 2021
  • Last on roster in 2018, did not compete
Juniors
Norah Flatley
VT
UB

BB
FX
  • Competed UB, BB in 9 of 10 meets in 2020
  • #1 returning score on BB (9.885)
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.845)
  • Competed 6 FX, hitting 5 of 6
Margzetta Frazier
VT
UB

BB
FX
  • Competed AA first 3 meets of 2020
  • Then limited to UB due to injury
  • #1 returning score on UB (9.915)
  • Avg 9.925 FX, 9.817 VT, 9.800 BB
Samantha Sakti
BB
  • Competed BB in 8 meets in 2020
  • #2 returning score on BB (9.830)
Sara Taubman
 
  • Did not compete in first 2 seasons
Sekai Wright
VT
  • Missed most of 2020 season
  • Competed 2 VT, avg 9.750
  • NQS of 9.855 in 2019
Sophomores
Emma Andres

VT
FX

  • Competed 3 FX, 1 VT (9.750) in 2020
  • Avg 9.817 FX
Paige Hogan
 
  • Did not compete in 2020
Chloe Lashbrooke
VT
FX
  • Competed 6 FX, 2 VT in 2020
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.860)
  • Avg 9.775 VT
Kalyany Steele VT
UB
FX
  • Competed 6 UB in 2020
  • Hit 5 of 6, NQS of 9.660
Freshmen
Chae Campbell
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Metroplex
  • 3rd AA, 2019 JO Nationals
  • 9th AA, 2020 Nastia Cup
Frida Esparza
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Head Over Heels
  • 2018 Mexican AA champion
  • 32nd AA, 2018 World Championships
Sara Ulias
UB
  • Paramount
  • 3rd UB, 2019 Region 1

UTAH RED ROCKS
Seniors
Alexia Burch
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, BB every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on VT (9.890)
  • #5 returning score on BB (9.880)
  • Showed 1 FX for 9.725
Emilie LeBlanc
UB
BB
  • Competed UB, BB every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.855)
  • #6 returning score on BB (9.850)
Sydney Soloski
VT
BB
FX
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.925)
  • #3 returning score on VT (9.805)
  • Made final 2019 BB lineup
Juniors
Cammy Hall
VT
  • Competed VT every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning VT score (9.865)
Cristal Isa
VT
UB
BB

FX
  • Competed UB, BB every meet in 2020
  • Appeared in AA 3 times
  • #1 returning score on UB (9.900), BB (9.930)
  • NQS of 9.840 FX, avg 9.825 VT
Adrienne Randall
BB
FX
  • Competed BB every meet, FX in 8 of 9 in 2020
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.880)
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.915)
Sophomores
Jillian Hoffman
VT
UB
FX
  • Preseason shoulder surgery
  • Competed 4 FX in 2020, hitting 2 of 4
Maile O’Keefe
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed UB, BB every week in 2020
  • Appeared in the AA four times
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.925), FX (9.870), UB (9.810)
  • Avg of 9.775 over 5 VTs
Abby Paulson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed BB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on BB (9.930)
  • #4 returning score on FX (9.855)
  • Showed 4 UBs, avg 9.838
Jaedyn Rucker
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Missed entire 2020 season with injury
  • 1st VT, 2nd AA, 2018 JO Nationals
Freshmen
Jaylene Gilstrap
VT
BB
FX
  • Metroplex
  • Senior elite, 2018-2019
Alani Sabado
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • SCEGA
  • 3rd AA, 2019 JO Nationals
Lucy Stanhope
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • City of Liverpool
  • Member of GB 2018 European Championship team

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Seniors
Anna Dayton
 
  • Joined team as sophomore
  • Did not compete in 2019 or 2020
Lauren Farley
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed BB every meet in 20202
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.825)
  • Showed 1 UB, 1 FX, both for 9.775
Anne Maxim
VT
UB
  • Did not compete in 2020 due to injury
  • 2019 NQS of 9.815 UB, 9.810 VT
Juniors
Abby Brenner
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, FX every meet in 2020, UB in 7 of 9
  • #1 returning score on VT (9.910)
  • #4 returning score on FX (9.870), UB (9.850)
Abby Heiskell
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed 8 UB, 5 FX and BB, 1 FX in 2020
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.855)
  • Avg 9.850 VT, 9.645 BB. Score of 9.550 FX
Maddie Mariani
VT
UB
BB
  • Competed 7 UB, 6 BB, 5 VT in 2020
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.800)
  • #6 returning score on UB (9.835)
  • Avg 9.815 VT
Natalie Wojcik
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on BB (9.915), UB (9.895)
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.895)
  • #4 returning score on VT (9.870)
Sophomores
Sierra Brooks
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.895), FX (9.895), BB (9.890), and UB (9.880)
Abbie Gaies
 
  • Did not compete in 2020
Nicoletta Koulos
VT
FX
  • Competed 8 VT, FX in 2020
  • NQS of 9.790 on both
Gabby Wilson
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.905)
  • #3 returning score on VT (9.880)
  • #4 returning score on UB (9.850)
Freshmen
Carly Bauman
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Chow’s
  • 2nd BB, 4th UB, 2019 JO Nationals
  • 1st AA, 2018 JO Nationals
Reyna Guggino
VT
FX
  • Tampa Bay Turners
  • 4th VT, 2019 Region 8s
Naomi Morrison
VT
UB
FX
  • Arizona Dynamics
  • 5th AA, 2019 JO Nationals
Jenna Mulligan
VT
FX
  • Gymnastics Unlimited
  • 5th FX, 8th BB, 2018 JO Nationals

LSU TIGERS
Seniors
Reagan Campbell
BB
FX
  • Competed BB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on BB (9.930)
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.875)
Bridget Dean
UB
BB
  • Competed BB every meet in 2020
  • Competed UB in 9 of 11, FX in 7 of 11
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.815)
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.840)
Christina Desiderio
BB
FX
  • Competed 8 BBs, 5 FXs in 2020
  • #5 returning score on BB (9.830)
  • Avg 9.785 on FX
Sami Durante
VT
UB
BB
  • Competed UB, BB every meet in 2020
  • Competed VT in final 6 meets
  • #1 returning score on UB (9.890)
  • #3 returning score on BB (9.860)
  • #4 returning score on VT (9.755)
Sarah Edwards
VT
FX
  • Competed VT, FX in first 4 meets of 2020 before injury
  • Avg of 9.888 on VT
  • Avg of 9.783 for hit FX (also received a 2.000 for injury routine)
Olivia Gunter
FX
  • Competed first routines for LSU in 2020
  • Showed 6 FX for NQS of 9.705
Juniors
Rebecca D’Antonio
VT
  • Competed first routines for LSU in 2020
  • Showed 2 VTs, avg of 9.713
Sophomores
Courtney Goodrich
FX
  • Competed 2 FX for LSU in 2020, avg 9.738
Kiya Johnson
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 9 of 11 meets in 2020
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.960), VT (9.925)
  • #2 returning score on BB (9.895), UB (9.875)
  • Finished season ranked #6 AA, #2 FX
Lexie
Nibbs
VT
  • Competed 4 VTs for LSU in 2020, avg 9.744
Maddie Rau
VT
FX
  • Competed 10 VTs in 2020 after joining in Jan.
  • #3 returning score on VT (9.785)
  • Showed 1 FX in final meet for 9.775
Kai Rivers
VT
UB

BB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB in 10 of 11 meets in 2020
  • Competed 3 BBs, avg 9.883
  • #2 returning score on VT (9.850), UB (9.840)
Kamryn Ryan
 
  • Did not compete in first season
Alyona Shchennikova
VT
UB

BB
FX
  • Competed 8 UB, 2 BB in 2020
  • #5 returning score on UB (9.835)
  • Hit 1 for 2 on BB
Caitlin Smith
 
  • Did not compete in first season
Seniors
Elena Arenas
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Georgia Elite
  • 8th AA, 2019 JO Nationals
  • 9th AA, 2017 P&G Championships
Sierra Ballard
VT
FX
  • North Shore
  • 8th VT, 2019 JO Nationals
Chase Brock
VT
UB
FX
  • Gymnastix
  • 6th UB, 8th VT, 2018 JO Nationals
Haleigh Bryant
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Everest
  • 1st AA, 2020 Nastia Cup
  • 2nd AA, 2019 JO Nationals
Olivia Dunne
VT
UB

BB
FX
  • ENA Paramus
  • 9th AA, 2017 junior P&G Championships
  • 11th AA, 2020 Nastia Cup

DENVER PIONEERS
Seniors
Lynnzee Brown
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in first 7 meets before injury
  • #1 returning score on FX (9.920), UB (9.895), VT (9.870)
  • #2 returning score on BB (9.895)
  • Finished ranked #7 AA for second straight year
Emily Glynn
VT
UB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on UB (9.890), VT (9.810)
  • #4 returning score on FX (9.825)
Mia Sundstrom
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed in first 5 meets of 2020 before injury
  • Avg of 9.830 VT, 9.825 UB, 9.575 BB
Juniors
Natalie Morton
UB
  • Competed 4 UBs in 2020, avg 9.444
Alexandra Ruiz
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed AA in 8 of 10 meets in 2020
  • #3 returning score on FX (9.835), VT (9.800)
  • #4 returning score on UB (9.860), BB (9.820)
Alexis Vasquez
VT
BB

  • Competed BB in every meet in 2020
  • #1 returning score on BB (9.960)
  • Competed 1 VT for 9.725
Sophomores
Victoria Fitts
VT
  • Competed 2 VTs in 2020, hit 1 of 2 for 9.825
Amoree Lockhart
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed BB, FX every meet in 2020
  • #2 returning score on FX (9.845)
  • #4 returning score on BB (9.820)
  • Showed 4 UBs (avg 9.306), 1 VT (9.525)
Callie Schlottman
BB
  • Competed 3 BB in 2020, hitting 2 of 3
AK Subject VT
UB
BB
FX
  • Competed VT, UB every meet in 2020
  • #3 returning score on UB (9.870)
  • #4 returning score on VT (9.760)
  • Competed FX in 8 of 10 meets, NQS 9.685
Freshmen
Rose Casali
VT
UB
FX
  • Southeastern
  • 6th AA, 5th UB, 2019 JO Nationals
Jessica Hutchinson
VT
UB
FX
  • Silvia’s
  • 10th FX, 2019 JO Nationals
Isabel Mabanta
VT
BB
FX
  • Denton
  • Former senior elite
  • 19th AA, 2018 US Classic
Rylie Mundell
VT
UB
BB
FX
  • CGI
  • 4th AA, 2019 JO Nationals
  • 7th AA, 2020 Nastia Cup
Abbie Thompson
VT
BB
FX
  • Orlando Metro
  • 6th AA, 4th FX, 2019 JO Nationals

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Freshman Preview: Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA

Who Is She?

Whew boy. Deep breaths. Oklahoma has opted to deal with the departure of Maggie Nichols by recruiting every person KJ has ever met as part of a freshman class of nine (it actually was 10, but Cassidy Knight no longer appears). So let’s get into it.

The name-brand in the group is former WOGA elite Audrey Davis, who placed 6th all-around at junior nationals in 2017, four tenths behind Leanne Wong, then 14th all-around at senior nationals in 2018. Davis returned to JO for a moment in 2020 to compete bars and beam, winning beam at every meet she entered.

After Davis, we get to the cavalcade of ninja L10s. Two weeks ago, Oklahoma announced that Danae Fletcher, an MG Elite refugee, would be granted asylum to join the team a year early. Because there just weren’t enough people in this class already. Most recently, Fletcher placed 4th AA in her junior division at JO Nationals in 2019, winning the floor title. Speaking of floor, Katherine LeVasseur enjoyed her best result at March’s Nastia Cup on that event, placing third, but typically her strongest scores come on vault, where she scored a 10.000 at 2019 Region 3s.

Winning vault is a bit of a theme in this year’s class. Julianne Fehring won the event in her division at 2019 JO Nationals with a Yurchenko 1.5, following in the footsteps of Quinn Smith, who did the exact same at 2018 JO Nationals with her own Yurchenko 1.5.

Lest it seem to be all vault, I’d rate bars as Bell Johnson‘s best event, having earned her highest placement there at each of the last three JO Nationals.

Augmenting the class further are two walk-ons who were not part of the signing class—Sheridan Ramsey and Audrey Lynn. Ramsey scored a 9.750 on vault at 2019 Region 3s for her best score ever, while Lynn is a newer L10, just starting that level in the 2019 season, who recorded her top career score of 9.650 on vault in 2020 just before the shutdown.

Oklahoma’s freshman class also includes Meilin Sullivan—who placed 5th on bars at 2019 JO Nationals and profiles as a very believable bars, beam, and floor contender—but per her mom on the socials, she’ll be out for the season with COVID-induced myocarditis/pericarditis.

Still, um, it’s a lot of people with a lot of gymnastics.

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Freshman Preview: UCLA

UCLA

Who Is She?

Let’s be honest, this pandemic has been a real fart chunk for UCLA. The prospectively epic 2021 incoming class that was supposed to feature Jordan Chiles, Brooklyn Moors, Ana Padurariu, and Emma Malabuyo now includes…none of them until next year. (Brooklyn Moors appears on the roster because she is taking classes remotely while training for the Olympics but will not be with the team in 2021.)

So who is there? Frida Esparza still brings the elite experience to the 2021 newcomers, a US and Mexico international who competed at Classic and championships in the US in 2016 and 2017 before registering to compete for Mexico. Esparza represented Mexico at worlds in 2018 and 2019, scoring 51.399 in qualification at in 2018 to lead the country and place as an alternate to the all-around final.

Chae Campbell has been atop the L10 field for what seems like centuries, ever since she popped into Junior A at 2015 JO Nationals to win vault and floor. Campbell spent a little time toying with elite as well during that period, attending junior Classic in 2015 and finishing 3rd on vault but missing the national AA qualifying score by a smidgen. After a couple other elite qualifying attempts in the following years, Campbell opted to stick with L10, most recently placing 3rd AA at JO Nationals in 2019 and 9th AA (2nd FX) at the 2020 Nastia Cup.

Walk-on Sara Ulias rounds out the class, an athlete who got a 9.525 on bars at Region 1s last year and has the raw ability on that event to be a project.

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Freshman Preview: Cal

CAL

Who Is She?

For as long as the sun has risen in the sky, this year has been circled on the calendar as the season Cal makes the leap into the realm of the big-name teams. Why? Andrea Li and Gabby Perea. Two of the very top recruits in this year’s national class, the kind of athletes who usually go to a school that’s already won a national championship or four. For these two to go to Cal together is a major coup.

Li has been among the best L10s in the country for the last six years, truly bursting onto the scene when she won the junior Nastia Cup in 2016, and most recently winning JO Nationals in 2018, placing 2nd in 2019, and finishing 3rd at the senior Nastia Cup in 2020 while winning floor. She’s been cleaning up for a long time.

Perea was, of course, part of the 2016-2017 army of junior elite stars who were the future right up until they weren’t anymore. Perea finished 3rd at junior nationals in 2016 behind only Maile O’Keefe and Riley McCusker but struggled to stay healthy and competitive after that. Perea made a return to elite competition in 2019, qualifying to nationals, then elected to drop back to L10 for the 2020 season, competing at the Nastia Cup and finishing 6th overall, three spots behind Li. That reasonably solid, NCAA-level all-around performance at the Nastia Cup this year was important for Perea as one would have been forgiven for thinking that she might simply crumble into a pile dust instead, given her injury history and career trajectory and the suspect track record of recent excellent juniors.

Four additional athletes will join the big two in Cal’s incoming class, and following in Perea’s footsteps there’s an emerging theme of successful juniors that we currently have some questions about as they transition to a college career. Kennedy Quay probably profiles as the most significant of the non-big-name contributors in this class, placing 5th all-around at JO Nationals in 2017 and 6th in 2018—with a 2nd-place result on vault on both occasions—though she has seen only limited competition time since and has not competed floor in the last two years. Cosette Carranza shined bright as a junior in 2016, placing 2nd all-around at JO Nationals, but has been quite limited since and has barely competed in the last four years, making it difficult to know what’s going to happen there. It’s a situation fairly reminiscent of another Texas-Dreams-to-Cal gymnast—Grace Quinn. Or just fairly reminiscent of Texas Dreams.

Elise Byun and Blake Gozashti were two of the later joiners in this class, Byun advancing to JO Nationals in both her years as a L10 in 2018 and 2019 while boasting a Tsuk entry on vault, and Gozashti being one of those classic athletes who has minimal L10 accomplishments to name but with form that presents a potential ball of clay to be molded.

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Freshman Preview: Alabama

ALABAMA

Who Is She?

Despite Alabama’s…shall we say tumultuous…summer (too euphemistic? The Crimson Tide Summer of What’s Racism?), the team plunges ahead into another season with a trio of freshmen joining the squad.

Most significant among the group will be former elite Shania Adams, who has been competing at US nationals since the early Truman administration and most recently placed 12th at senior nationals in 2018, the highest-ranking elite from that year who’s entering college this season. The last time we saw Adams was American Classic in 2019, following her switch from Buckeye to Future, where she placed 3rd all-around.

Cameron Machado does not have quite the elite experience as Adams, but she did compete as a baby junior in the previous quad—hitting the elite circuit in 2016—before opting for the L10 route the past couple years. Most recently, Machado placed 17th all-around in her junior session at JO Nationals in 2019, marked by a 10th-place result on bars.

On the opposite end of the experience spectrum is the third member of the class, Sarah Duhe, who had just qualified to Level 9 when Adams and Machado were competing together at elite nationals in 2016. Duhe participated in her first L10 competitions in 2019 and is walking on to the Alabama team in the hope of providing a vault, certainly her best event.

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Freshman Preview: Florida

FLORIDA

Who Is She?

Florida’s incoming quartet for 2021 is, to some extent, a makeshift class. In a different bubble of the multiverse, we are arriving at the post-Olympic college season with a bevy of elites sashaying into college gym to get their 10s. Instead, we all got the dud timeline and Florida will have to wait for the 2022 season for that elite explosion.

Nonetheless, Florida has gone to work to swap the 2021 class with the 2022 class, getting a couple essential junior-elite-to-L10s to start a year early to protect against a down season in 2021. So while it may be a makeshift class, it’s Florida, and Florida can make a pretty good shift.

Headlining this year’s class is Ellie Lazzari, a former junior elite who probably could have made quite the impact as a senior elite had she gone that direction. Rather, she joined the many (many) college newcomers this year in saying “that’s enough for me and this” to elite after 2017, returning to L10 gymnastics in 2019 to clean up all the awards. Lazzari won the all-around title at 2019 JO Nationals while placing no worse than 4th on any event.

Partnering with Lazzari in Florida’s class exchange program is another former junior elite, Gabbie Gallentine‘s Day. Gallentine’s Day ventured into junior elite for a couple years in the early part of this quad, making her mark on the Everest special: bars, which pretty much always garnered her best placement. Gallentine returned to L10 in 2020 to make a few appearances in preparation for college.

Joining the class this year to add some routines will be L10s Chloi Clark and Alex Magee. Clark had her best result in 2019 when she advanced to JO Nationals and finished 4th on vault. In 2019, Magee finished 3rd at Florida states on bars, which is nearly always her strongest event.

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