Ball State is at Illinois State on Saturday, January 4th at 4 pm CDT.  There is live video (Fee):  link

Friday, 03 January 2014 19:56

UW La Crosse 181.775 at UW Oshkosh 179.95

The season kicked off with UW La Crosse's win over host UW Oshkosh on Friday night.  Kari Willett won the vault and beam to lead the Eagles, while teammate Ali Berry won the floor exercise.  Oshkosh's Stefanni Meusburger won the UB. 

Link:  UW LC Release

For the 2014 edition of our ranking of the Top Recruiting Classes, we've had to wait until the last minute to make our decision.  "Recruiting" now has an entirely new definition.  Some of the athletes in our rankings originally selected their colleges over three years ago.  But more than few made their decisions within the last six to nine months.  In this age of early recruiting, a lot can change in the three final years of high school and during the first year of competition.  Thus, we're also seeing the emergence of a lively late recruiting period and early entries into college as scholarships become available late in the cycle.  This factor has even impacted our choice of the top team in our rankings.  Read on to find the answer...

In preparation for the season, the complete list of Women's and Men's newcomers and links to the current rosters have been updated.  Check them out!

Women        and             Men

Sunday, 15 December 2013 19:24

2014 Top 25 Capsule Previews

 The Capsule Previews Top 25 Women's Teams as determined by the Preseason Coaches' Poll are now available.  In each case, we summarized the rosters and list of newcomers, and we've quickly summarized their propsects and challenges.  Defending Champion Florida seeks to retain their title.  But who will challenge?  And which 12 teams are in the best position to make Nationals this April?

Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:29

NCAA Selects Championship Sites

The NCAA has announced Regional and National sites through 2018.  Here's the video:  Link

Saturday, 07 December 2013 19:53

2014 Capsule Previews: Teams #13 to #25


13.  Auburn Tigers


14.  Minnesota Gophers

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach: Jeff Graba
Assistants: Kurt Hettinger, Jenny Rowland
Starting Routines Returning: 16/24
Returning Starters (6):  Caitlin Atkinson (So), Brianna Guy (Jr), Caryn Kadous (Jr), Kait Kluz (So), Megan Walker (Jr), Brittany Webster (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (5):  Nicole Galluzo (Sr), Lexus Demers (So), Kelsey Kopec (So), Kara Koster (So), Kelsey Thomasson (So)
Graduated (2):  Toi Garcia, Petrina Yokay
Other Losses (2):  Arielle Bulls, Abbey Habicht
Newcomers (5):  Kullen Hlawek, Meggie Lim, MJ Rott, Lucia Scaglione, Miranda Telmanik
Quick Assessment:  Auburn was held out of a Nationals spot by a strong Minnesota squad last season, after a solid regular season from the Tigers.  Gone from that squad are eight routines, including high scoring sets from Garcia and Yokay.  The good news is that the Tigers return a strong core, led by AAers Atkinson and Guy, plus UB/BB ace Walker.  Challenging to fill the rest of the lineups is a talented set of returnees and newcomers.  Of those, Rott is the leading candidates to lead the frosh, while the Kadous, Kluz, Webster and Demers will be front runners amongst the returnees. AU stood out last season for a high level of difficulty, especially on FX.  This will continue to be true again in 2014, with big tumbling and powerful vaults.  The main questions for the squad will be on UB and BB, where the losses from last season will be most telling. 

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach: Meg Stephenson
Associate Head Coach:  Jenny (Alf) Hansen
Assistant: Louie Johnson
Starting Routines Returning: 19/24
Returning Starters (8):  Jenny Covers (Jr), Madie Hanley (So), Lindsay Mable (So), Hanna Nordquist (So), Dusti Russell (Sr), Kylie Schermann (Jr), Kayla Slechta (Sr), Cierra Tomson (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (1):  Justine Cherwink (Sr)
Graduated (2):  Janell Campbell, Shannon Golich
Other Losses (1):  Sarah Lokos (?)
Newcomers (5):  Bailey Abernathy, Athena Geisness, Rachel Haines, Bailie Holst, Kaitlin Rahon
Quick Assessment:   Minnesota had a dream season last year, surprising some observers by not only making Nationals but by placing eigth.  Sophomore Mable stepped in and made an immediate impact to help elevate the squad, and she'll lead them once again as their top AAer.   Senior Russell has been a strong contributor since her rookie campaign, and is being singled out to help lead this squad.  Nordquist had a stellar frosh year, while Covers, Scherrmann and Tomson made huge strides last season.  Those six form a strong core for the squad.  The big question mark for the Gophers may be senior Slechta, a standout as an underclassman.  The Gophers look to absorb the loss of Golich and Campbell, in particular on UB and FX.  Five frosh have joined the squad, but top recruit Haines did not compete in the recent intrasquad.  The Gophers were a slow starting team in the past, so they have time to work through these preseason issues.  




15.  Penn State Nittany Lions


16.  Illinois Fighting Illini

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach: Jeff Thompson
Associate Head Coach:  Rachelle Thompson
Assistant:  Randy Monahan
Starting Routines Returning: 17/24
Returning Starters (7):  Taylor Alotta (So), Lexi Carroll (Jr), Lindsay Musgrove (Sr), Samantha Musto (So), Sidney Sanabria-Robles (Sr), Kassidy Stauder (Sr), Krystal Welsh (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (4
):  Alix Faden (So), Hannah Kobman (So), Savannah Soares (So), Alex Witt (Jr)
Graduated (2):  Madison Merriam, Sharaya Musser
Other Losses (2):  Shealyn Farley, Kelsey Kreider

Newcomers (5):  Jenny Lash, Randi Lau (So/TR LSU), Nicole Medvitz, Tina Postiglione (I), Emma Sibson
Quick Assessment:   Penn State faces the season without two of their stars from the last four years, Merriam and Musser.  The pair represented big "end-of-the-lineup" scoring that makes the loss of the seven routines larger than normal.  Sammie Musto and Krystal Welsh look to lead the way for PSU, as they look to improve upon last season's fourth place Regional finish and make their way back to Nationals.  Alotta, Carroll and Sanabria-Robles look especially strong and have the potential to step up their contributions after solid off-season training.  Five newcomers will also be counted upon to help bolster the PSU lineups and provide some end-of-the-lineup scores.  LSU transfer Lau is not only being counted on to vault, she is being cited as a potential AA candidate.  Medvitz was a three-time L10 National Champ on BB, and will also contribute on UB.  Sibson was a standout FX/VT worker, and forms a poiwerful complement to the graceful Medvitz. 


Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach: Kim Landrus
Associate Head Coach:  Jay Santos
Assistant:  Chad Wiest
Starting Routines Returning: 19/24
Returning Starters (8):  Sarah Fiedler (Sr), Heather Foley (So), Tori Fujinami (So), Sunny Kato (Jr), Elizabeth McNabb (Sr), Jordan Naleway (Jr), Giana O'Connor (So), Amber See (Sr)
Other/Injured Returners (2):  Kelsi Eberly (Jr), Gabriella Nguyen (So)
Graduated (4):  Elise Gill, Jaclyn Kantecki, Alina Weinstein, Macy Hyatt
Other Losses (1):  Nikki McGarel (Jr/R/Student Coach),
Newcomers (5):  Erin Buchanan, Mary Jane Horth, Suren Kanchanavaleerat, Emily Lennon, Sarah Lyons
Quick Assessment:  The Illini joined the Big 10 party at Nationals last season, capitalizing on NU's poor Regional performance and outpacing the field with a consistent performance for a spot at Nationals.  Led by Weinstein, who had a stellar Senior season, they stayed consistent for an 11th place finish.  The Illini will be led by AAer O'Connor and Seniors McNabb and See this season.  They will also look to a strong and talented frosh class to help strengthen the lineups overall.  Buchanan had a great final L10 season and excels on the leg events (Arabian double front on floor).  Horth's long lines do not detract from her power, despite her height.  With a solid and consistent core set of returning athletes and a strong class of newcomers, the Illini seem poised to put themselves once again in a position for a possible Nationals berth.




17.  Arizona Wildcats


18.  Denver Pioneers

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 18/24
Head Coach: Bill Ryden
Associate Heach Coach:  John Court
Assistants: Randi (Liljenquist) Acosta
Returning Starters (9):  Danielle Buchanan (Jr/I), Shelby Edwards (So), Allison Flores (Jr), Kristin Klarenbach (Jr), Lexi Mills (So), Shana Sangston (Sr), Jessie Sisler (So), Jordan Williams (Sr), Amber Wobma (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (3):   Barbara Donaldson (Sr), Ali Stakem (Sr), Krishna Yemany (So/I)
Graduated (3):  Aubree Cristello, Mykle Douglas, Molly Quirk
Other Losses (1):  Chelsea Perna (?)
Newcomers (4):  Selynna Felix-Terrazas, Shay Fox (Jr), Krysten Howard, Gabby Laub, Mackenzie Valentin
Quick Assessment:  Arizona will look to qualify for Nationals, led by a strong cast of returnees.  They'll certainly miss AAer Cristello and unfortunately also lost Buchanan to injury in the preseason.  Williams will lead the way for the Wildcats, and Wobma and Flores look to step up this season.  The health of Edwards is a key variable -- she's a potential top AAer but was slowed by injuries last season.  Classmate Mills excels on UB and BB, while Sisler excels on VT/FX.  Unfortunately, Canadian elites Klarenbach and Yemany have been battling injuries but look to contribute more this season.  Of the newcomers, Valentin is coming off a strong JO L10 season and will lend power to VT and FX.  Local product Felix-Terrazas lends depth on VT/UB/FX while Laub has been slowed by a minor surgery. 


Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach: Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart
Assistants: Jay Hogue, Carl Leland
Starting Routines Returning: 18/24
Returning Starters (9):  Emily Barrett (So), Jorie Hall (Sr), Moriah Martin (Sr), Nina McGee (Jr), Katie Menhinick (So), Kaitlin Moorhead (Sr), Melodie Pulgarin Linero (Sr), Ellese Sakai-Hart (Jr), Emily Warfield (Sr)
Other/Injured Returners (6) Alix Angelopulo (Jr), Rachel Feeken (So), Maggie Laughlin (So), Emily Novotny (So), Paige Tollefson (Sr), Morgan Tolman (So)
Graduated (2): 
Simona Castro, Brianna Springer
Other Losses (1):  Madison Kilchrist (?)
Newcomers (3):  Rachel Fielitz, Leah Lomonte, Julia Ross
Quick Assessment:  Denver was challenging for a spot at Nationals until a rough beam rotation set them back.  A strong regular season was fueled by strong AA leadership from NCAA qualifier and vault All-American Martin.  McGee also stepped up her contributions in a big way, as a big scorer on three events.  AAer Pulgarin Linero was limited by injury at Regionals and will provide a big booster.  Beam ace Hall lead a large cast of specialists and AA candidates.  While they will miss the contributions and experience of Castro and Springer, they welcome three frosh as well.  Lomonte is coming off a strong JO L10 season that saw her finish 11th AA at Nationals.  She adds power and nice Arabian Double on FX.  The tall Fielitz excels on vault and will add depth on the other three events.  




19.  Ohio State Buckeyes


20.  Washington Huskies

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
Assistants: William Lorenz, Meredith Yonushonis
Starting Routines Returning: 21/24
Returning Starters (9):  Rachel Abrams (So), Victoria Aepli (Sr), Alex DeLuca (Sr), Maggie Dunn (So), Sarah Grady (Jr), Maddie Herr (So), Sarah Miller (Sr), Melanie Shaffer (Sr), Audrey Tolbert (So)
Other/Injured Returners (2):  Samantha Kent (So), Andrea Vazquez (RS Fr/I)
Graduated (2):  Colleen Dean, Alyssa Marohn
Other Losses (2): Micaela Cologie, Taylor Fasel
Newcomers (5):  Michelle Burns, Tenille Funches, Anna Hill, Erin Malone, Jaine Van Putten

Quick Assessment:  Ohio State loses two two big stars in Dean and Marohn, although Dean was out with injury last season.  Thus, the Buckeyes return 21 of 24 routines from their Regional lineup that came in fourth, with a strong 196.05 mark.  The strong senior class will look to lead the squad back to Nationals, led by Sarah Miller and Melanie Schaffer.  These two standouts have provided a spark to the squad since their rookie seasons.  The rest of the returnees create a large pool of experienced athletes, with Aepli leading the way.  Five frosh plus the return of the injured Vazquez should provide a boost, in particular on vault.  Funches was a past standout at the JO L10 level, and she is coming off a fifth place finish at the National meet.  They will look for her in an AA role, where she could provide a major boost.  Van Putten also had a strong year, and she excels on VT and FX.  She tied for 5th on VT at JO Nationals.  Beam will continue to be a strength, and any squad that excels at beam usually is in contention in the post-season. 


Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach: Joanne Bowers
Assistants: David McCreary, Elise Ray
Starting Routines Returning: 12/24
Returning Starters (4):  Jackie McCartin (Jr), Sheridan Metcalf (So), Allison Northey (So), Aliza Vaccher (Sr)
Other/Injured Returners (2):  McKenzie Fechter (Jr/I), Madison Podlucky (Jr/I)
Graduated (5):  Paige Bixler, Lauren Rogers, Kylie Sharp, Phoebe Tham, Meg Whitney
Other Losses (1):  Kiersten Graber (R)
Newcomers (6):  Kaitlin Duranczyk, Janae Janik, Faith Morrison, Jessica Nesis, Stephanie Stowe (I), Alexandra Yacalis
Quick Assessment:  The Huskies face some large losses this season, losing six athletes and having 12 lineups holes to fill.  AA Rogers was a standout last season, qualifying to the NCAA National meet.  The Huskies also suffered a number of injuries last season.  In fact, an injury in warm-ups at Regionals to potential AAer Fechter left the Huskies with just five on vault.  Despite those challenges, the Huskies placed third at Regionals, based on a solid core of athletes, but hampered by a lack of depth.  Senior Vaccher returns to lead the Huskies, while Northey and an improved McCartin look poised to challenge as AAers.  With Fechter working her way back from injury, frosh Janik and Yacalis could contribute on all four events.  Janik has trained elite in the past while Yacalis has big skills on VT and FX.  Unfortunately for the Huskies, top AA recruit Stowe tore her ACL during preseason training and Morrison (17th at JOs) has been limited by elbow issues.  Metcalf is also another variable, and has returned this season in top condition but has struggled with injuries in the past.




21.  Kentucky WIldcats


22.  California Golden Bears

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach:  Tim Garrison
Assistants: Chuck Dickerson, Mary McDaniel
Starting Routines Returning: 24/24
Returning Starters (11):  Marissa Beucler (So), Jill Chappel (So), Holly Cunningham (Sr), Alexis Gross (Jr), Audrey Harrison (Sr), Kayla Hartley (RS Jr),Shelby Hilton (Jr), Shannon Mitchell (Jr), Tiara Phipps (So), Sara Shipley (Jr), Kayla Sienkowski (Sr)
Other/Injured Returners (4):  Kenzie Hedges (Jr),  Amy Roemmele (So), Shannon Reynolds (Jr), Montana Whittle (So)
Graduated (1):  Caitlin Ciokajlo (I)
Other Losses (0):  N/A
Newcomers (3):  Alyssa Bertoni, Kirsten Canini, Taylor Puryear
Quick Assessment:  Kentucky had one of their strongest seasons in some time last year, and looks to continue their momentum up the ranks this season.  They posted their highest score in school history at Regionals and missed Nationals by 0.45.  With the entire active roster returning, the Wildcats are well poised to exceed expectations again.  Gross and Harrison return to lead the way as AAers.  FX standout Hartley leads a large cast of specialists competing for lineup spots, with Cunningham another key contributor.  Of the other returnees, Roemmele could provide a boost as she missed the 2nd half of the season with illness.  The Wildcats welcome three frosh, but it is the returnees that will look to continue their improvement and help close the gap on the top squads.     


Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach:  Justin Howell
Assistants:  Elizabeth Crandall, Jessa Hansen
Starting Routines Returning: 18/24
Returning Starters (7):  Alicia Asturias (Sr), Dallas Crawford (Sr), Kristina Heymann (So), Maddie Kratzke (Jr), Serena Leong (So), Crystal Paz (Jr), Jordan Widener (So)
Other/Injured Returners (0):  N/A
Graduated (6):  Carol Chang, Madisyn O'Brien, Stina Olivere, Mariesah Pierce, Arla Rosenzweig, Chelsea Spomer
Other Losses (0):  N/A
Newcomers (8):  Leilani Alferos (Sr/TR from Oregon State), Isabelle Castillo, Zoe Draghi, Dana Ho, Jessica Howe, Charlie Owens, Desiree Palmores, Amber Takara
Quick Assessment:  The strong improvement of the Bears last season created a buzz in Berkeley, but it is really the strong frosh class that is creating excitement for this season and beyond.  Even the Coaches' Poll caught the fever, placing the Bears in the Top 25.  The Bears will miss the leadership, experience and scores from a large graduated class, however.  Instead they will look to AAers Asturias and Pac 12 Newcomer of the Year Leong to lead the way, along with senior bars ace Crawford.  The large frosh contingent is led by Howe, a former sr. international elite with beautiful lines who is looking strong in preseason training.  Owens, Ho and Palmores could also contribute on four events, while Takara is a standout on VT and FX.  Despite the excitement and talent, the whole process of frosh adaptation to collegiate competition can be tricky and unpredictable.   




23.  Boise State Broncos


24.  Maryland Terrapins

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach:  Neil Resnick and Tina Bird
Assistants: Patty Resnick
Starting Routines Returning: 16/24
Returning Starters (7):  Kelsey Black (Sr), Alessandra Cinfio (Sr), Krystine Jacobsen (So), Maddie Krentz (So), Kelsey Morris (Jr), Amanda Otuafi (Sr), Ciera Perkins (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (2):  Molly McFarland (So), Marissa Wossner (So)
Graduated (3):  Cristy Dahlquist, Brittany Potvin-Green, Erin Wipperman
Other Losses (3):  Caitlin Fovenyessy, McKenna Hutcheson, Caitlin Mann (JR/?)

Newcomers (6):  McKenna Bird, Mackenzie Bennion, Mary Frances Bir, Brooke Graham, Diana Mejia, Paige Urquhart
Quick Assessment: 
The Broncos suffered a bit last season due to a number of unexpected losses.  And this season, they will miss the contributions of top AAer Potvin-Green plus 2013 WAC Gymnast of the Year Mann.  But a solid core of athletes returns, led by upperclassmen Black, Morris, Otuafi and Perkins.  Each can contribute three or four routines to the lineup and form a solid core for the squad.  Others will have to step up to fill out the lineups.  Sophomore Krentz was the WAC Frosh of the Year while Jacobsen will look to expand her contributions.  Six newcomers join the squad, and they will look to complete the lineups and fill out the depth chart.  Bars ace Mejia is a multiple time National Champion on UB at the JO L10 level, and is also strong on BB.  Bennion is also strong on UB and has big tumbling skills on FX (Arabian Double Front).  Both Graham and Urquhart are coming off of solid L10 seasons, with Urquhart excelling on VT and Graham showing solid progress back from injury. 


Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach:  Brett Nelligan
Assistants:  Erinn Dooley, J.J. Ferreira
Starting Routines Returning: 17/24
Returning Starters (9):  Jessie Black (Sr), Katie Dodds (Sr), Stephanie Giameo (Jr), Dani Kram (Jr), Elizabethe Manzi (Sr), Karen Tang (Sr), Kathy Tang (So), Ebony Walters (Sr), Alex Zimmerman (So)
Other/Injured Returners (4):  Emily Heller (Jr), Haley Jones (So), Bailey Philbin (So), Shannon Skochko (Jr)
Graduated (2):  Ally Krikorian, Kelsey Cofsky
Other Losses (0):  N/A
Newcomers (5):  Emily Brauckmuller, Nikki Chung, Nicole Dragon, Sarah Faller, Leah Slobodin
Quick Assessment:  Maryland is coming off a strong year, where they surpassed the expectations of many (but not likely themselves) and made an impact nationally.  They will look to do that by blending a strong core of returnees with some strong newcomers.  They will miss the contributions of Krikorian and Cofsky, who contributed 7 routines and some big end of the lineup scores.  The Terrapins will look upon Dodds and Giameo to lead the way, with a large class of supporting specialists.  The Tang sisters remain a large upside variable, especially sophomore Kathy, who was limited by injury last season but was a standout at the recent intrasquad.  The five frosh include a number of potential standouts, but a lot depends on their abiity to adjust and contribute.  Brauckmuller placed 6th at the 2012 JO Nationals while Slobodin missed the postseason after placing 15th in 2012.  Faller placed 16th at the 2012 JO Nationals while former Australian elite Chung is coming back from an ACL tear in 2012.




25.  ASU Sun Devils






Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Head Coach: John Spini
Co-Head Coach:  Maggie Ethier
Assistants:  Hollie Vise, Tom Ward
Starting Routines Returning: 20/24
Returning Starters (9):  Brianna Gades (Jr), Erin Hamister (So), Carissa Kraus (So), Stephanie Miceli (So), Risa Perez (So), Allie Salas (So), Samantha Seaman (Sr), Morgan Steigerwalt (Jr), Natasha Sundby (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (2):  Alex Cope (So), Kristine Levin (So)
Graduated (2):  Kahoku Palafox, Amelia Rew
Other Losses (1):  Natalie Gentile (JR/?)
Newcomers (5):  Savannah Borman, Beka Conrad, Gilly Hogue, Victoria Marquez, Kellie Wanamaker
Quick Assessment:   ASU seeks to return back to the realm of National qualifiers contenders by using a core of solid gymnasts and some promising newcomers.  They lose just four routines from 2013, which bodes well for their plans to move up the rankings.  Sophomore Miceli is the top returning AAer, while Gades lends key scores late in the lineups.  Perez, Steigerwalt and Sundy are also key members of the core lineups.  Seaman is a big variable; an AAer in the past she can provide a boost on all four events.  Late signee Conrad and classmate Hogue are coming off solid L10 seasons.  Hogue was 16th(T) at the 2013 JO Nationals while Conrad was 18th in 2012.  Former elite Wanamaker placed 12th AA at the 2012 JO Nationals, but missed the post season last year.  With improved depth and consistency, ASU seeks to make an impact this season.

Table:  Teams #1 to #12

Table:  Teams #13 to #25

Key to the Tables:


Ranking: By 2014 Preseason Coaches' Poll

Coaches: Only regular, paid coaches are listed.

Starting Routines: Defined by starting lineup in last meet of the post season.
Returning Starters:
Defined by starting lineup in last competition
Year in School:
(Is listed as reported on the school's roster)

Fr = Freshman
So = Sophomore
Jr = Junior
Sr = Senior

Status Codes for Returners:

I = major season ending injury in 2013 or preseason injury in 2014
R = retirement/not competing (for any other reason than transfer or injury)

S = Under suspension
TR = Transfer
RS = Redshirt (note:  not all eligible gymnasts will employ or are awarded a redshirt year)
?=unconfirmed/unknown information



*Updated*  Every fall, a new set of Women's code modifications are published by the NCAA.  These code modifications outline variances in the NCAA code from the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics Level 10 code.  This is the means by which all routines are evaluated during the upcoming season.  The latest update contains a few changes from last season, primarily adding special considerations for those athletes that do certain elements of difficulty in their routines, while not raising the minimum standards needed to get a 10.  Although the NCAA has different Special Requirements than the NCAA, it shares the same execution deductions as the Level 10 code.  With the new quadrennium, certain changes were also made to the JO Level 10 program.

Editor's Note:  The article has been revised to correct a misinterpretation of a compositional deduction on beam.

Saturday, 30 November 2013 17:17

2014 Capsule Previews: Teams #1 to #12


 1.  Florida Gators

2.  Alabama Crimson Tide

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 17/24
Head Coach: Rhonda Faehn
Assistants: Adrian Burde, Robert Ladanyi
Returning Starters (8):  Bridgette Caquatto (So), Mackenzie Caquatto (Sr), Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto (So), Kytra Hunter (Jr), Alaina Johnson (Sr), Jamie Shisler (Jr), Bridget Sloan (So), Rachel Spicer (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (3):  Morgan Frazier (So), Lauren Rose (Sr), Kiersten Wang (Jr)
Graduated (4):  Ashanee Dickerson, Marissa King, Dali Lemezan, Randy Stageberg
Other Losses (0):  N/A
Newcomers (2): 
Claire Boyce, Sophia Colussi-Pelaez
Quick Assessment:  The defending Champions are looking to begin a Gator Dynasty by successfully defending their title in April.  They'll be led by NCAA Champion Sloan, who is looking better than ever in Fall training.   Her biggest rival may be across the gym:  2012 AA champ Hunter.  Add in 2013 NCAA UB champion Johnson and you have at as potent and experienced 1-2-3 punch as any in the country.   What's more, five time All American Mackenzie Caquatto is looking stronger than ever on all four events in pre-season training.  The loss of Dickerson and King is huge, especially in the leg events.  Aside from Hunter, this 2014 Florida squad is typified by style and quality of execution, rather than big tumbling skills and "beyond 10.0" vaults.  The two frosh extend this trend, with elite polish and long lines.  This squad may not throw as many FIG "E" level skills as others, but what they do compete, they compete with exceptional grace and execution.  

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 17/24
Head Coach: Sarah & David Patterson
Assistants: Dana Duckworth, Brian Raschilla
Returning Starters (7):
  Lauren Beers (So), Kaitlyn Clark (Jr), Sarah DeMeo (Sr), Lora Leigh Frost (Jr), Kim Jacob (Sr), Diandra Milliner (Sr),  Kayla Williams (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (4):  Hunter Dennis (Jr), Ria Domier (Sr), Lindsey Fowler (Sr), Carley Sims (so)
Graduated (4):  Becca Alexin, Marissa Gutierrez, Ashley Priess, Ashley Sledge
Other Losses (2):  Olivia Carisella (Sr), Brooke Parker (TR, Michigan)
Newcomers (6): 
Katie Bailey, Amanda Jetter, Keely McNeer, Dominique Pegg, Mary Lillian Sanders, Aja Sims
Quick Assessment: 
Bama will surely miss a strong senior class, led by Priess and Sledge.  The talent, experience and leadership of a such a strong class of athletes is difficult to instantly replace.  However, Bama's stellar incoming class could quickly make this squad deeper and stronger than last year.  The Tide will be led this season by DeMeo, Jacob and Milliner.  All three seniors are looking strong in preseason training, and look to be set for strong final campaigns.  Returnees Clark, Williams and Beers also look stronger than last season, making the core of the squad solid.  The big question that remains is how quickly will the frosh adjust to collegiate life and competition, and who among the returnees and newcomers will step up to deliver the 9.9+ scores of the departing class.  Will it be Aja Sims or Jetter, or will Williams have a breakout season?  With a large and talented squad, it could be any number of athletes.  One thing you can be certain of, however, is that Bama will deliver.

3.  OU Sooners

4.  UCLA Bruins

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 21/24
Head Coach: KJ Kindler
Assistants: Lou Ball, Tom Haley
Returning Starters (10):  Lara Albright (Sr), Lauren Alexander (Sr), Erica Brewer (Jr), Rebecca Clark (Jr), Maile'ana Kanewa (So), Keeley Kmieciak (So), Madison Mooring (Sr), Haley Scaman (So), Taylor Spears (Sr), Hayden Ward (Sr)
Other/Injured Returners (2):  Hunter Price (So), Haley Sorensen (Jr)
Graduated (3):  Brie Olson, Kayla Nowak, Lauren Smith
Other Losses (0):  N/A
Newcomers (5):  Chayse Capps, Reagan Hemry, Charity Jones, Kara Lovan, McKenzie Wofford
Quick Assessment:
The OU Sooners were the leaders of the pack chasing the Gators last season.  This season, they won't be chasing anyone anymore, they'll be right up with the leaders.  The exceptionally well-trained and well conditioned squad has a strong core of experienced gymnasts, led by Spears, Brewer and Scaman.  Rather than a series of dominant AAers, the large and deep squad has a number of outstanding individuals fighting for lineup spots in each event.  In the past, the Sooner teams have been known for their exceptional execution and style, and their skills on UB and BB, rather than pure difficulty and power on VT and FX.  With the last two recruiting classes, OU has added power and high level difficulty to the mix.  This year's class is one of the country's strongest, and bring a mix of high level skills and stylish execution to round out the talents of a very strong core.     


Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 12/24
Head Coach: Valerie Kondos Field
Associate Head Coach:  Chris Waller
Assistant: Randy Lane
Returning Starters (5):  Sadiqua Bynum (Jr), Olivia Courtney (Sr), Sophina DeJesus (So), Danusia Francis (So), Sydney Sawa (Sr/I)
Other/Injured Returners (5): Ellette Craddock (RS So), Mattie Larson (Jr), Christine "Peng Peng" Lee (I/RS Fr), Dana McDonald (Jr), Samantha Peszek (RS Jr/I)
Graduated (5):  Kaelie Baer, Monique de la Torre, Alyssa Pritchett, Lichelle Wong, Vanessa Zamarripa
Other Losses (1):  Asi Peko
Newcomers (6):  Angi Cipra, Mikaela Gerber, Jessy MacArthur, Hallie Mossett, Jennifer Pinches, Alex Waller
Quick Assessment:  UCLA has the largest lost routines from departed gymnasts of any team in the Top 25.  Half of their routines are missing, and they won't have the benefit of hosting Nationals this season. Plus, it's hard to replace the leadership and scoring potential of a Zamarripa.  Fortunately, the Bruins will look to the return of Peszek to help propel the team back to Nationals.  Oliva Courtney and Danusia Francis will need to be right there with Peszek, to help stabilize the bottom half of the Bruin lineups.  Coach Kondos will also need bigger and more consistent contributions from a heathier squad of returnees, like Sawa and DeJesus, to give the frosh some time to adapt.  The frosh could deliver that impact, in particular Gerber, Mossett and Cipra.  With Lee out with an injury and Pinches working her way back into form, the Bruins will be looking for a number of step-up performances this season.    

5.  LSU Tigers

6.  Utah Utes

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Starting Routines Returning: 21/24
Head Coach: D-D Breaux
Assistants: Jay Clark, Bob Moore
Returning Starters (9):  Rheagan Courville (Jr), Kaleigh Dickson (Sr), Lloimincia Hall (Jr), Jessie Jordan (Jr), Maliah Mathis (Sr), Sarie Morrison (Sr), Britney Ranzy (Jr), Jessica Savona (So), Randii Wyrick (So)
Other/Injured Returners (4): Casey Duvall (Sr), Lainie Fleming (Sr), Mckenzie Fox (Sr), Michelle Gauthier (So)
Graduated (2):  Ericka Garcia, Britney Taylor
Other Losses (1):   Randi Lau
Newcomers (4):  Sydney Ewing, Ashleigh Gnat, Shonacee Oliva, Shae Zamardi
Quick Assessment:  LSU returned to the Super Six in powerful fashion last season, and will look to continue their rise to National Title contenders this season.  They will be led once again by Courville and Hall, with strong contributions from a strong supporting cast, especially Jordan, Morrison, Wyrick and Savona.  What's scary for the rest of the NCAA is that the young Tiger squad loses just three routines from 2013.  They could easily find those missing routines among the returnees, but they add a strong quartet of incoming athletes, led by Gnat.  Gnat competed some very high level skills as a Level 10, including a nice double twisting layout Yurchenko.  With the confidence and consistency building forward from last season, LSU may be ready to challenge the leaders for that National Title.  With experience, standout stars, high levels of difficulty and depth, the Tigers will be a force to be reckoned with this season. 

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 24/24
Head Coaches: Greg and Megan Marsden
Assistant: Tom Farden
Returning Starters (9):  Georgia Dabritz (Jr), Nansy Damianova (Sr), Lia Del Priore (Sr), Hailey Hansen (Sr), Breanna Hughes (So), Mary Beth Lofgren (Sr), Kassandra Lopez (Jr), Becky Tutka (Jr), Tori Wilson (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (3):  Kailah Delaney (Jr), Haley Lange (So), Corrie Lothrop (RS Sr/I)
Graduated (0): 
Other Losses (1):  Taylor Allexx (So)
Newcomers (1): 
Baely Rowe
Quick Assessment: The Utes found themselves in unfamiliar territory at the end of the season last year, sitting outside of the Super Six.  Ending in 9th was a reflection of the youth and inexperience of the squad.  The upside of that learning experience is that the Utes are now the only squad in the Top 25 to return their entire starting lineup.  What's more, they welcome back Lothrop, a top AA force in the past.  Lothrop will especially help lend stability to the BB lineup, where the Utes struggled at times.  The mew Utes have emerged as a bit of a power team, showing big E skills on Floor and strong vaulting.  However, it will come down to consistency on BB and eliminating small mistakes on the UB, as the Utes look to challenge for a spot in the Super Six once again.  To this end, Dabritz and Wilson lead the way, with capable support from Lofgren and Damianova.  The latter looks especially strong in training.

7.  Michigan Wolverines

8.  Georgia Gym Dogs

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 16/24
Head Coach: Bev Plocki
Assistants: Dave Kuzara, Scott Sherman
Returning Starters (8):  Natalie Beilstein (RS Sr), Briley Casanova (So), Shelby Gies (Sr), Annette Miele (Jr), Joanna Sampson (Sr), Austin Sheppard (So), Sachi Sugiyama (Jr), Reema Zhakharia (Sr),
Other/Injured Returners (2): , Teresa Arthur (Sr), Lindsay Williams (So)
Graduated (2):  Britnee Martinez, Katie Zurales
Other Losses (2): Stephanie Colbert (R/assistant), Morgan Smith (?)
Newcomers (3):  Nicole Artz, Talia Chiarelli, Brooke Parker (JR/TR Bama)
Quick Assessment:   Michigan loses some key leadership and scoring potential in Martinez and especially Zurales, a key AAer.  Last year's squad missed the Super Six, but with
a strong returning core and some talented newcomers, the Wolverines will be looking to make that next step up.  Leading the way is Joanna Sampson, who emerged as one of the NCAA's top AA contenders.  Beilstein and Sugiyama are also right in there, while a much improved Sheppard looks ready to make a big impact this season.  Leading the way for the newcomers, at least in training. is Artz.  With a high level of fitness and a corresponding a high skill level, she looks ready to contribute in any number of events.  With some of the best vaulting and hardest tumbling in the NCAA, Michigan's fortunes may rest on how well they handle the pressures of the beam this season.  This is where the loss of Zurales and Martinez hurts the most and where the newcomers and returnees alike will need to step up.   

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 16/24
Head Coach: Danna Durante
Assistants: Jay Hogue, Philip Ogletree
Returning Starters (7):
  Lindsay Cheek (Sr), Chelsea Davis (Jr), Kaylan Earls (Sr), Cat Hires (Sr), Brandie Jay (So), Sarah Persinger (Jr), Brittany Rogers (So)
Other/Injured Returners (4):  Mary Beth Box (So), Demetria Hunte (Jr), Whitney Kirby (Jr), Anysia Unick (So)
Graduated (4):  Katie Breazeal, Noel Couch, Christa Tanella, Shayla Worley
Other Losses (2):  Bekah Bennetts, Camille Pfister
Newcomers (6):  Ashlyn Broussard, Kiera Brown, Lauren Johnson, Morgan Reynolds, Beth Roberts, Rachel Schick
Quick Assessment:  The new UGA coaching staff got their squad back into the Super Six last season.  The next step in their progression is to make the GymDogs a contender once again for the National title, but just making the Super Six will be tough as it is.  Gone from last year's squad are some key athletes like Couch and Worley.  Replacing Senior leadership is never easy.  But with six newcomers, the staff has many options to work with.  But the veterans form the heart of any team, and the GymDogs will be counting on Cheek, Earls and Hires to provide senior leadership while getting big contributions from Jay and Rogers.  With a full off-season of training and the distractions of the Olympics behind her, Rogers is poised for a big year.  Leading the newcomers in preseason training appears to be Broussard, a talented athlete with big skills.  Brownis also showing well, while some question marks remain around Schick. 

9.  Stanford Cardinal

10.  Nebraska Cornhuskers

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 18/24
Head Coach: Kristen Smyth
Associate Head Coach:  Chris Swircek
Assistant:  Tabitha Yim
Returning Starters (9)Alex Archer (Jr), Melissa Chuang (So), Ivana Hong (Jr), Shona Morgan (Sr), Taylor Rice (So), Samantha Shapiro (Jr), Amanda Spinner (Sr), Kristina Vaculik (RS Jr), Rebecca Wing (Jr)
Other/Injured Returners (3):  Jenna Frowein (So), Pauline Hanset (Jr), Lucy Meyer (Sr)
Graduated (2)Nicole Dayton, Ashley Morgan
Other Losses (1): Maggie Teets (So)
Newcomers (6):  Rachel Daum, Carinne Gale, Sophia Lee, Danielle McNair, Nicolette McNair, Haley Spector
Quick Assessment:   Stanford fought through a tough Regional meet and produced their best meet of the season in qualifying for the National meet.  Their struggles and subsequent 12th place finish at Nationals do not reflect on the full potential of the squad.  However, gone from that squad are six routines, including AAer Morgan.  The Cardinal will look to healthy, full seasons from the likes of AAers Hong and Vaculik, while Spinner, Shapiro and Wing will lend high scores in their specialties.  Of the returnees, Rice looks to be especially improved in early training.  While the core of veterans is in place, what is really exciting at the Farm is the addition of the strongest incoming classes in the NCAA.  Nicolette McNair will look to step in immediately as an AAer, while we'll see how quickly Lee can regain her elite form.  Daum and Danielle McNair are also coming off strong L10 seasons.  The talent is there, and we'll see how far they can take it this season.   

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning:  15/24
Head Coach: Dan Kendig
Assistants:  Heather Brink, Dan Miller
Returning Starters (5):  Hollie Blanske (So), Jessie DeZiel (Jr), Jennifer Lauer (Jr), Desire Stephens (Jr), Emily Wong (Sr)
Other/Injured Returners (5):  Jordyn Beck (I/RS Fr), Amanda Lauer (So), Ariel Martin (I/RS Fr), Madison McConkey (So), Jamie Schleppenbach (Sr/I)
Graduated (3):  Janelle Giblin, Brittany Skinner, Kassandra Nathe
Other Losses (1):  Kailyn Hawkins (Jr)
Newcomers (2):  Jennie Laeng, Ashley Lambert
Quick Assessment: 
  Nebraska's season ended abruptly at Regionals with a subpar effort that began on their opening event.  At the start of last season, Coach Kendig voiced concerns with depth, and that proved to be prophetic, as three individuals advanced for the Huskers.  The Huskers also suffered a number of injuries during the year, further reducing their ranks.  This season, depth is once again a concern with just two newcomers.  However, both are expected to contribute strongly this season and work their way into the lineups immediately.  In addition to the two frosh, NU also welcomes back some injured athletes from last season, including potential standout Martin and veteran Schleppenbach, a potential AAer.  While depth remains an issue, the bottom half of the lineup is strong with AAers DeZiel and Wong leading the way.  Also ready for an expanded role is Blanske, who has had an additional year to come back from an injury she suffered prior to the start of the last school year.     

11.  Arkansas GymBacks

12.  Oregon State Beavers

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 17/24
Head Coach: Mark and Rene Cook
Assistant: Samantha Cortez
Returning Starters (7):  Sydnie Dillard (So), Heather Elswick (So), Erin Freier (So), Keara Glover (So), Katherine Grable (Sr), Shelby Salmon (Sr), Bailee Zumwalde (Sr)
Other/Injured Returners (2):  Stephani Canizaro (Jr), Scarlett Williams (Sr)
Graduated (3):  Amy Borsellino, Kelci Lewis, Jordan Salsberg
Other Losses (1):  Lily Hardin
Newcomers (5):  Emily Bates, Caillee Ellsworth (JR/TR TWU), Samantha Nelson, Paris Ryder, Amanda Wellick
Quick Assessment:  Arkansas will look for a return trip to Nationals, led by star AAer Grable.  Grable is a potential National threat in the AA, with high levels of difficulty and great lines.  Gone from the squad are three key members of Arkansas squads of the past several years.  In particular, Borsellino had really stepped up her game for her final season.  The GymBacks need the rest of the squad to close the gap between Grable and the rest of the team, and take up the slack created by the graduated Seniors.  Having Canizaro and Williams back in the lineups will help, but it is the frosh will be expected to step in and fill out major roles this season.  Wellick has been a longtime L10 standout, and Ryder and Nelson are coming off solid JO L10 seasons.  How quickly the frosh adapt will tell how strong the Arkansas squad will be come Nationals time. 

Official Web Site: Link Schedule Roster
Starting Routines Returning: 15/24
Head Coach: Tanya Chaplin
Associate Head Coach:  Mike Chaplin
Assistant:  Brian Amato
Returning Starters (7):  Erika Aufiero (So), Kelsey Blalock (RS Sr), Hannah Casey (Sr), Brittany Harris (Sr), Katelyn Ohlrich (Jr), Chelsea Tang (Jr), Cerise Witherby (Jr),
Other/Injured Returners (4):  Taylor Keeker (Jr), Kailie Ponto (Jr), Nicole Turner (So), Jaime Wright (So)
Graduated (4):  Hailey Gaspar, Mel Jones, Stephanie McGregor, Makayla Stambaugh
Other Losses (2):  Sarah Cerami, Sarah Marquez (I)
Newcomers (5):  Maddie Gardiner, Megan Jimenez, Kana Kobayashi, Kaytianna McMillan, Taylor Ricci
Quick Assessment:   The Beavers picked the wrong meet for an uncharacteristic meltdown, suffering numerous falls on UB to fall out of contention for a Nationals berth last season.  The Pac 12 Champions will also be missing standout AAer Stambaugh and fellow All-American Jones.  The loss of such scoring potential and experience will be some large shoes to fill.  Fortunately for the Beavers, they welcome one of their strongest recruiting class in years, led by JO National Champ McMillan and Canadian elite Gardiner.  The core is strong as well, with AAers Harris and Tang and fifth year senior Blalock.  Top sophomore Aufiero also looks strong in preseason training, and other returnees and newcomers will have the opportunity to battle for lineup spots on the large squad.

  Table:  Teams #1 to #12

Table:  Teams #13 to #25

Key to the Tables:


Ranking: By 2014 Preseason Coaches' Poll

Coaches: Only regular, paid coaches are listed.

Starting Routines: Defined by starting lineup in last meet of the post season.
Returning Starters:
Defined by starting lineup in last competition
Year in School:
(Is listed as reported on the school's roster)

Fr = Freshman
So = Sophomore
Jr = Junior
Sr = Senior

Status Codes for Returners:

I = major season ending injury in 2014 or preseason 2013-2014
R = retirement/not competing (for any other reason than transfer or injury)
TR = Transfer
RS = Redshirt (note:  not all eligible gymnasts will employ or are awarded a redshirt year)
?=unconfirmed/unknown information


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