With the retirement of Megan Marsden, Utah quickly moved to hire Carly Dockendorf as Assistant Coach. Dockendorf, a former gymnast with UW, coached gymnastics and track and field at SPU. She joined Utah's staff two years ago as Volunteer Coach. This season she has been the director of recruiting and development for Utah's gymnastics team.
Utah co-Head Coach Megan Marsden has announced her retirement after 35 years in coaching. The former Ute standout and National Champion had been co-Head Coach since 2010. Her husband Greg Marsden retired in 2015. Current co-Head Coach Tom Farden will take over as the sole Head Coach for the Utes.
Battling through the last event trailing the heavaily favored OU, Stanford rocked their Rings sets to pull out the win, 415.222 to 414.556. OU was the four time defending champions but suffered too many more serious mistakes. Nebraska was third at 407.489 and Michigan 4th at 406.354. Host Illinois was close behind with a 405.358 for fifth, while PSU rounded out the field with a 399.725.
Oklahoma won Session 2 of the Men's NCAA Preliminaries, posting a 419.191. Host Illinois was 2nd at 410.324 and PSU was third at 404.287. Those three will advance to the finals. Iowa (404.39), Ohio State (399.754) and Army (383.855) completed the field. Iowa's Bennet Huang was the session's Top AAer at 80.365. The Finals are Saturday with OU, Illinois, Michigan, Stanford, Nebraska and PSU.
Link: Illinois Release
Michigan won the first of two qualifying sessions at the Men's NCAAs, posted a 408.389 to beat Stanford (407.588) and Nebraska (405.823). All three advance to the finals. Minnesota (396.059), Navy (393.123) and Cal (390.859) rounded out the field.
UCLA edged LSU 197.675 to 197.5125 to win the first semi-final at the NCAA Championships. Both teams advance to Saturday's "Four on the Floor" final. Michigan was not far behind in 3rd at 1972 while Utah completed the field at 196.725.
OU's Yul Moldauer has been named the recipient of the Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the top senior male gymnast in the NCAA. He is the 8th recipient from OU. The two-time NCAA AA champ, he has won 7 individual national titles and 15 All-American awards.
Ashley Blum from Cascade Elite West has committed to Washington for 2021-2022. She qualified to the JOs last season and finished 24th AA and 4(t) on BB. At regionals last weekend she finished 1st on bars and 2nd AA.
Gabi Wickman, from Cascade Elite, committed to Washington for 2020-2021. She also qualified to 2018 JOs, placing 21st AA and 3rd(t) on UB. Last weekend she placed 1st on beam and floor and 3rd AA at her regional meet.