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Wednesday, 23 September 2009 01:07

2010-2011: Cunningham to Kentucky

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Holly Cunningham, a L10 at the Colorado Aerials, has committed to Kentucky.  The former jr. international elite placed 54th AA at the 2009 L10 Nationals.  She was also 38th AA at the 2008 L10 Nationals.

Video Interview at Gymnastike.org

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:59

NCAA Makes Ruling on Proposed Changes

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The NCAA Division I Sports Management Cabinet has released an update that includes several key rulings related to Gymnastics:

a.  The change to a four team Championship Final for women's gymnastics was approved, starting in 2011.

b.  The proposal to count all six scores in the women's Regionals/Nationals was referred back to the Women's Gymnastics Committee.

c.  The Championships for women will be moved to a Friday/Saturday/Sunday starting in 2011.

d.  The men's post season squad size has been boosted to 15, up from 12.

e.  Women's non-seeded Regional assignments will be made by geographic proximity, not by Region or next closest Region, starting in 2010.  This change only impacts spots 19 to 36.  The top 18 will continue to be seeded as before.

f.  Women's judges for Regionals will be selected differently.  Six will be assigned to the various Regions.  The rest will be assigned based on geographic proximity.

 

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:51

2010-2011: McDonald to Iowa State

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Megan McDonald, a L10 at Apollo, has committed to Iowa State, according to a site submission.  McDonald finished 11th AA at the 2009 Region VII L10 Regionals, competing in the Senior B division.  She also placed 2nd on UB at the NIT.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:39

2010-2011: Jarvis to Eastern Michigan

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Miranda Jarvis has committed to EMU, according to a site submission.  The L10 trains at Hill's in Maryland. At the 2009 Region VII L10 Regionals, she placed 9th AA in the Junior D division, and went on to win the BB at the NIT.  Competing as a Jr. C at the 2008 L10 Nationals, she placed 39th AA.

Links:  YouTube.com Channel

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 00:32

Swircek Named Associate Head Coach at Stanford

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Chris Swircek has been promoted to Associate Head Coach at Stanford, according to a school release.  Link.
Monday, 21 September 2009 03:04

Welcome to the New CollegeGymFans.com

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Welcome to the all new CollegeGymFans.com!

After eight seasons of coverage, we are relaunching the website with an all new set of capabilities.  We've supplemented the News pages with a wide range of interactive capabilities.  More interactive, more frequently updated and more graphical, the new site has a ton of new features to explore!  As the preseason progresses, you will see new content and features appear.  Also, be sure to head over to our forums to report bugs, issues, or new things you would like enabled.

Saturday, 19 September 2009 14:15

Getting the Most Out of the New Site

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Here's a few tips for getting the most of the new site:

Register: Registering for the site is simple, easy and free.  If you are just browsing news, you are missing a wide range of additional interactive features.  Registering a profile unlucks a wide range of interactive features in the Community Section.   Also, Registered Users can maintain their own Recruit profile in the Recruitables database.   If you have a Facebook account, the registration process couldn't be simpler.  The Facebook Connect feature will pull key information from your account.

Community:  The Community section not only includes profiles, but Walls, Groups, Group Discussions, Twitter Integration, Instant Messaging, Chat, Chat Rooms, Event Calendar and much more.  If you are a member of a Booster club, team or team parent group, a special group can be reserved for you.  Volunteers are needed to moderate each group.

Four Types of News: There are four types of news -- they appear on the front page in summary form but also have a dedicated section in the News section:

  • Featured News for in depth, original content.
  • Today's News for quick reports on recruiting, meets, and other general news.  These are now enhanced with multiple links and embedded photos and video.
  • News for the Web for select stories published regarding the sport of college gymnastics
  • Latest Releases from NCAA Teams are update hourly, automatically.  Unfortunately, not all schools provide feeds and some feeds are giving our new site a few problems.  We'll have them all sorted out in a few days.

Search:  You can now search on any of the News, except for external news linked from the web.

Customizing:  You can customize the layout of the pages.  Each square section of the site has handles in the upper right hand corner that allow you to drag and drop the modules in a number of different ways.  Thus, you can prioritize the content that you want to see at the top part of the page.   Use the link link "Restore to Default" to put the modules back in their original position.

Recruitables:  The Recruit Database is now fully searchable, and offers expanded options for each athlete, including a summary of key meet results and skills competed.  Plus, video can be directly embedded in each profile or simply linked.

Help:  Help with the site features is available in the FAQ section (with more articles on the way).  Also, you can head to the Site Forum for information on planned upgrades, bugs/fixes, and how to use certain features.

Site Forum:  The Site Forums are primarily for support of the site.  Please use the existing message boards for general conversation.  However, there are classifieds and notices available in a new section.  And, if you wish to create a moderated forum for specific purposes, just ask.

It's important at this early stage to report feedback on what you would like to see different and what problems you might be having.  Through the fall, the site content will be updated, and the automation of certain features will enable for expanded, more in-depth coverage.

Saturday, 19 September 2009 01:51

2010-2011: Green to Iowa State

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Charter Oak Glider L10 Henrietta "Henri" Green has committed to Iowa State, according to a site submission.  Green placed 3rd on UB, 8th on FX and 40th AA at the 2009 L10 Nationals, Senior A division.  She also tied for 20th AA at the 2008 L10 Nationals, Junior C.

Video Channel on YouTube.com

Recruiting Video:

Thursday, 17 September 2009 13:06

Clare-Kearney Named Finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year

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Former LSU star Ashleigh Clare-Kearney has been named one of nine finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year.  She is the only gymnast among the nine finalists, and one of three Division I finalists.  The 2009 NCAA champ on the vault and floor exercise, she also served as president of the LSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2008-2009.  Link:  LSU Release.
Thursday, 17 September 2009 00:47

Iowa State Hires Mann as Assistant

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Iowa State has announced the hiring of Shari Mann as an assistant coach.  The former US National team member and All American (ASU) is an international rated judge and club coach.  School Release

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Monday, 14 September 2009 06:00

Men's World Championship Squad Includes Several Collegians

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The US squad for the upcoming World Championships includes several present and past NCAA stars.  Previously named to the team were former Cal star Tim McNeill and OU grad Jonathan Horton, as well as current Sooner Steven Legendre.  The OU pair will be joined by incoming frosh Jake Dalton and former Illinois star Wes Haagensen.  Current Illini Daniel Ribeiro is the alternate.

USA Gymnastics Release
Illinois Release
OU Release

Sunday, 13 September 2009 11:10

Kent State Announces Incoming Class of Seven

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Kent State has announced their incoming class of seven athletes. The four signees are Rachel Guida, Sarah Moore, Lindsay Runyun, and Stephanie Smart. The Golden Flashes also add three walkons: Felicia Charles, Kaitlyn Darter and Lauren Wozniak. The commits of all seven were carried in previous news items at the site. Link: Kent State Release
Saturday, 12 September 2009 17:20

2010-2011: Volopich to Southern Utah

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Doniele Volopich has committed to Southern Utah, according to a site submission. The L10 at Phoenix Gymnastics Academy placed 10th AA and 5th on UB at the 2009 Region I L10 Regionals, Senior B. Link: YouTube.com UB Video

Saturday, 12 September 2009 14:07

Karkowski Named Assistant at Pittsburgh

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Terry Karkowski has been named the assistant at Pittsburgh. Karkowski has been the Head Coach at Western Michigan for the past 13 seasons. Her husband is an assistant soccer coach at Pitt. Link: Pitt Release
Saturday, 12 September 2009 14:03

2010-2011: Montoya to Sac State

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Madeleine "Maddie" Montoya has committed to Sacramento State, according to a site submission.  The L10 trains at South Coast.  In 2008, she finished 3rd on VT and 13th(t) AA at the Region 1 L10 Regionals.
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