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NCAA Roster Reveals

We still have quite some time before we become fully ensnared by anticipation for the NCAA season, but we need this right now. So in case you hadn’t heard, late August is already upon us. The actual meets may still be more than four months away, but mandatory-bonding-exercises season is ALIVE AND WELL. And isn’t that what we’re really here for? (It isn’t.)

Late August also means that we’re right in the midst of roster-reveal season. This will happen in stages and incompletely—some schools won’t actually know their rosters until the season is almost over (barely kidding), some freshmen won’t arrive until January and will be badly kept secrets until then, some walk-ons will disappear in about 2.5 months—but we do already have some complete rosters to inspect. I’ll note all newcomers, as well as any early or unexpected departures and any applicable coaching changes.

Oklahoma

Added signed freshmen Olivia Trautman and Allie Stern and walk-on Emma LaPinta.

Added sophomore transfer Karrie Thomas from Maryland. Last season, Thomas had a floor RQS of 9.850 and a bars RQS of 9.820.

Florida

Added signed freshmen Trinity Thomas, Sydney Johnson-Scarpf, Leah Clapper, Savannah Schoenherr, and Nya Reed, and walk-on Halley Taylor.

Francesca Lawal is no longer on the roster.

LSU

Added freshman walk-on Rebecca D’Antonio. (Bailey Ferrer is slated to be a January addition.)

Gracen Standley is no longer on the roster. Standley did not compete in 2018.

Utah

Added signed freshmen Hunter Dula, Cammy Hall, Cristal Isa, and Adrienne Randall.

Erika Muhaw is no longer on the roster, having graduated in three years—so she was technically a senior last season even though it was only her third year at Utah. Continue reading NCAA Roster Reveals

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2018 NCAA Roster Changes

An account of all the comings and goings and various soap operas that have happened to NCAA rosters since last season.

All roster changes from the 2017 squads (including graduations, transfers, medical retirements, and mysterious disappearances) are noted in each team’s section.

*When I say “graduated,” I’m using it as a catch-all to mean the four years of competition eligibility have expired, even if they’re currently still in school for a fifth year.

OKLAHOMA
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
 Chayse Capps
Reagan Hemry
Charity Jones
Kara Lovan
Nicole Turner
McKenzie Wofford
NO LONGER ON ROSTER
Megan Thompson  Junior
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Jordan Draper
Abigail Matthews
Evy Schoepfer
Anastasia Webb
Carly Woodard
TRANSFERS
Ashley Hiller Junior, from Florida
LSU
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Sydney Ewing
Ashleigh Gnat
Shae Zamardi
NO LONGER ON ROSTER
Kaitlyn Szafranski Junior, transfer to Arizona State
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Reagan Campbell
Bridget Dean
Christina Desiderio
Sami Durante
Sarah Edwards
Olivia Gunter
Gracen Standley
FLORIDA
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Claire Boyce
NO LONGER ON ROSTER
Lacy Dagen Junior, transfer to Oregon State
Ashley Hiller Junior, transfer to Oklahoma
Ericha Fassbender Ineligible
Peyton Ernst Sophomore, transfer to Alabama
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Alyssa Baumann
Vanasia Bradley
Jazmyn Foberg
Abigail Hair
Megan Skaggs
Nicole Webb
UCLA
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Angi Cipra
Mikaela Gerber
Hallie Mossett
NO LONGER ON ROSTER
Maria Caire  Sophomore
Madison Preston  Junior, medical retirement
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Nia Dennis
Sofia Gonzalez
Rebecca Karlous
Savannah Kooyman
Kendal Poston
Pauline Tratz
Lilia Waller
UTAH
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Baely Rowe
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Alexia Burch
Sydney Soloski
ALABAMA
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Katie Bailey
Amanda Jetter
Keely McNeer
Mary Lillian Sanders
Aja Sims
Mackenzie Valentin
NO LONGER ON ROSTER
Jenna Bresette Junior
Caitlin Cole Sophomore
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Kylie Dickson
Lexie Graber
Bailie Key
Alonza Klopfer
TRANSFERS
Peyton Ernst Sophomore, from Florida
NEBRASKA
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Jennie Laeng
Ashley Lambert
NO LONGER ON ROSTER
Alexa Clark Junior
Megan Kuo Junior
Laura Oh Sophomore
Kami Shows Junior
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Makayla Curtis
Anika Dujakovich
Karley Hutchinson
Torri Hutchinson
Kynsee Roby
Megan Verceles Carr
WASHINGTON
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Kaitlyn Duranczyk
Janae Janik
Alex Yacalis
NO LONGER ON ROSTER
Emily Liddle Senior
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Jennifer Oh
Geneva Thompson
Hannah Willmarth
DENVER
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Rachel Fielitz
Julia Ross
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Lynnzee Brown
Emily Glynn
Mia Sundstrom
MICHIGAN
DEPARTURES
GRADUATED SENIORS
Nicole Artz
Talia Chiarelli
NEWCOMERS
FRESHMEN
Lauren Farley
Sam Javanbakht
Syd Townsend

Continue reading 2018 NCAA Roster Changes

2017-2018 NCAA Freshman Playlist

I’ve added a new feature to the site, a compilation of links to the latest routine videos of next year’s NCAA freshmen so that they’re all in one place for when you inevitably need to evaluate what next season’s classes will look like and how tragic they’re going to be. This way, you don’t have to go painstakingly scouring YouTube for them and end up running into this old problem.

No. I certainly did not.

2017-2018 FRESHMAN PLAYLIST

These are the latest extant videos, so for some they’re from a couple of weeks ago, and for some they’re from 2014 because no one has seen you do a beam routine since then. Wherever possible, I tried to use YT videos from USAG, R5 Insider, or the gymnast’s parents so that everyone can watch, but when necessary I went to Flo Pro because…that’s where the videos are.

Once we get rosters for the 2018 season, we’ll know more about the other walk-ons to be added (i.e., who they are, if they actually showed up, and what their names happen to be).

Coming and Going, 2017-2018 Edition

Alright, what have you done for me lately, NCAA gym?

With JO Nationals coming up this weekend, focus is already shifting to the future—which gymnasts are leaving and which gymnasts are entering next season to make their teams inevitable garbage beautiful swans of success that will definitely win all the championships.

So, here’s a quick breakdown of the routines that are going away due to senioring and other reasons, along with the freshmen who will enter in 2018 and be expected to replace them.

I’ve noted which newbies are competing in which divisions of JO Nationals this weekend, so if you team is looking a little “What’s a bars routine?” you know which results to look out for.


OKLAHOMA

OUT:
Chayse Capps
Reagan Hemry
Charity Jones
Kara Lovan
Nicole Turner
McKenzie Wofford

Vault Bars Beam Floor
Marks Capps Jones Jones
Capps Catour Lehrmann Brown
DeGouveia Dowell Catour Dowell
Dowell Lehrmann Brown Capps
Jackson Wofford Nichols Nichols
Nichols Nichols Capps Jackson

IN:
Jordan Draper – qualified senior F
Abigail Matthews – qualified senior D
Evy Schoepfer – qualified senior E
Anastasia Webb – qualified senior E


LSU

OUT:
Sydney Ewing
Ashleigh Gnat
Shae Zamardi

Vault Bars Beam Floor
Finnegan Zamardi Macadaeg Ewing
Hambrick Hambrick Hambrick Zamardi
Ewing Harrold Ewing Hambrick
Harrold Edney Edney Finnegan
Edney Finnegan Finnegan Kelley
Gnat Priessman Gnat Gnat

IN:
Reagan Campbell
Gracen Standley


FLORIDA

OUT:
Claire Boyce
Lacy Dagen
Ashley Hiller

Vault Bars Beam Floor
Hundley Boren Baker McLaughlin
Alexander Chant McLaughlin Slocum
Baker Gowey Hundley Hundley
Boren Baker Gowey McMurtry
Slocum Hundley Boren Boren
McMurtry McMurtry McMurtry Baker

IN:
Alyssa Baumann
Vanasia Bradley
Jazmyn Foberg
Megan Skaggs
Nicole Webb


UCLA

OUT:
Angi Cipra
Mikaela Gerber
Peng-Peng Lee (?)
Hallie Mossett

Vault Bars Beam Floor
Cipra Meraz Gerber Ohashi
Kocian Honest Mossett Toronjo
Hall Savvidou Kocian Ross
Hano Kocian Ross Cipra
Ross Ross Lee Kocian
Preston Lee Ohashi Mossett

IN:
Nia Dennis – qualified senior F
Pauline Tratz
Kendal Poston – qualified senior E Continue reading Coming and Going, 2017-2018 Edition

NLI Week 2017-2018

On the bright side, at least we’ll all be dead soon.

Anyway, Wednesday marks the beginning of NLI week, the annual period during which schools finally reveal to us which gymnasts have signed on to join their programs for the 2018 competition season. The large majority will not be a surprise since most of these gymnasts have been verbally committed since the late 1860s, but there are always a few little pieces of interest (usually regarding who doesn’t sign rather than who does).

To review:
-NLI = National Letter of Intent
-When a gymnast signs an NLI, it signals the end of the recruiting process and confirms a gymnast’s intent to attend the school in question. At this point, all other schools must cease recruiting.
-The NLI is accompanied by the athletic aid (scholarship) agreement. Gymnasts can’t sign NLIs if they are not receiving athletic aid, though they can receive athletic aid without signing an NLI.

So, let’s see what we see.

The cool thing these days is to announce the signees one-by-one on twitter, so if this information is urgent to you, keep checking there. I’ll add teams here once they issue the formal release about the entire class.

FLORIDARelease
Megan Skaggs and Vanasia Bradley

Two former elites for Florida. (Former elite??? Florida??? Well I never!) Skaggs competed elite through 2015 and into the senior division, while Bradley was a junior elite until her 2013 injury.

In addition to this pair, Alyssa Baumann is also slated to join the entering 2017-2018 class, but she signed her NLI last season with her original class. Continue reading NLI Week 2017-2018

Comings and Goings

Oklahoma won the national title six whole days ago, which is like a thousand years ago. Sorry, Oklahoma. We’re moving on. What have you done for us lately? Basically nothing? That’s what I thought.

The 2017 season is just around the corner, as long as that corner is really, really far away. We don’t know anything real about 2017 yet, but we do know which valuable gems and enthusiastic leaders in the training gym we won’t see next year, along with which bright new lights full of possibilities and undiagnosed shin problems will be joining the teams in their place.

Detailed looks at each team and roster will come much later, when the season approaches and I actually vaguely know who these JO gymnasts are, but let’s call this a preliminary glance at who’s coming and who’s going on each team now that the 2016 season is closed and locked away forever and the traditional eight-month moratorium has been placed on the terms “parity,” “yurchenko arabian,” “confident leadoff,” and “life lessons.” I’ve placed the top teams into various categories based on the current outlook and added the RQSs for the routines they will lose after 2016.

This is, of course, assuming that people do what they’re supposed to and don’t suddenly turn pro or run off to join a traveling circus or whatever.

Smooth sailing

LSU
Out: Jessica Savona, Randii Wyrick, Michelle Gauthier
In: Ruby Harrold, Kennedi Edney, Ashlyn Kirby

Savona – VT – 9.820 avg; UB – 9.840; FX – 9.902 avg
Wyrick – UB – 9.810; FX – 9.905

The Tigers certainly lose a few critical routines, the most important being Savona’s floor, though they already gained some experience with life after Savona’s vault and floor when she was out early this season (and life after Wyrick’s bars when she didn’t compete in the postseason). They survived, for the most part. Several of these openings should be filled by people already on the roster, and while I don’t think we can have any expectations for Priessman at this point because any week she’s healthy enough to compete is just a bonus, Kelley should do more next year. Add to that this freshman class, and I think there’s every reason to expect LSU 2017 to be stronger than LSU 2016.

ALABAMA
Out: Lauren Beers, Carley Sims
In: Maddie Desch, Wynter Childers, Shea Mahoney

Beers – VT – 9.905; UB – 9.690; FX – 9.915
Sims – FX – 9.868

Alabama is in a similar position to LSU in terms of not losing that many routines, though Alabama’s losses carry a bit more significance, especially on floor with the team’s two strongest floories departing. They’ll need some of the upperclassmen like Brannan to step up and be a little more Beersy on those events and a little less middle-of-the-lineupy, but with increased contribution from a potential star like Ari Guerra who didn’t figure at all by the end of the season and the introduction of Maddie Desch and Wynter Childers, Alabama’s first-ever recruit who’s also a citizen of District 1, I’m not too worried about the look of Alabama’s future roster.
Continue reading Comings and Goings