Rachel Smith of Gymstars in Tennessee has committed to Southern Utah. This season she placed 1st on vault and 2nd AA at her state meet. She also placed 1st on vault and 2nd AA at Regionals.
Senior Elite Leah Clapper has informed us that she has accepted a scholarship offer from Florida. We previously announced her early commitment to PSU.
Twelve teams have made it to St. Louis, and will battle it out over the weekend for the National Championships. It all starts Friday, and we'll have live links up as usual and links to all the coverage as it happens. On Friday, we start with the Preliminaries, with six teams looking to be one of three teams that advance from each session to the Super Six finals.
LIndenwood posted a 195.1 to win Session II of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals. TWU was 2nd at 194.25, holding off host SPU in the final round (193.775). Yale was fourth at 192.975 and Brown fifth at 192.225.
WCU's Majesta Valentine's 39.2 AA in Session I held up as the top mark on the day, earning her a National Title.
Link: Session 2 Release
Ohio State posted a 418.6 to defend their Big 10 Men's Gymnastics Team Championship. It is the 14th title in the school's history. Illinois was 2nd at 416.3 and Minnesota third at 413.3. PSU was 4th at 411.2, just ahead of NU at 410.0. Iowa was sixth at 402.15 and Michigan finished 7th at 401.25.
Sean Melton of Ohio State won the AA with an 85.05. Teammate Jake Martin was 2nd at 83.3 while NU's Anton Stephenson was 3rd at 82.35.
Link: Ohio St Release
A few places to follow the action:
My USA Gym Stream (Stream may relate to Region 7)
We will follow up with a list of senior JO qualifers and their commitment status (if known) later. Generally, the top 7 AAers qualifiy so long as they meet the minimum score of 35.00.
Tia Kiaku will head to Ball State in the fall. She is a Level 10 from Highpoint Gymnastics in North Carolina. Her meets this season included a win (1st AA, vault and floor) at the Excalibur Cup.
NC State Head Coach Mark Stephenson has announced his retirement after 37 years at the helm. He's the only Head Coach in the program's history. He's a five-time EAGL Coach of the Year and five-time Regional Coach of the Year.