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Monday, 13 December 2010 21:32

2012-2013: Atkinson to Auburn

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Caitlin Atkinson has reportedly committed to Auburn, according to a site submission.  The Cypress athlete qualified to the senior international elite division at the 2010 US Classic, where she placed 20th.  As a jr. international, she placed 26th AA at the 2008 VISA Championships.

Link:  Additional Video at and

Rutgers Head Coach Chrystal Nollet-Norton will retire at the end of the season, according to a school release.  This season will mark her 25th.  A national search will be conducted for her successor.

Link:  Rutgers Release

Sunday, 12 December 2010 23:13

Did You Know? Benefits of Membership/Logging In

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Did you know there are some special benefits of joining the site?  Users who sign in get special benefits not enjoyed by guests to the site.  These include:

  • New:  Ability to post and read comments on any news item and some feature articles
  • Chat and private messaging between users
  • Collaborating as part of the community:  user profile, load photos, link new videos, comment on walls, etc
  • Claiming ownership of a recruitable profile (subject to eligibility conditions)
  • Plus more! 

Some of these features won't appear until you actually login using your login credentials.

Sunday, 12 December 2010 13:57

Elite Canada: Lee Wins AA

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New UCLA signee Peng Peng Lee won the AA on the first day at Elite Canada.  Iowa commit Emily Bigras was 19th. 

Link:  Results and Interview with Lee

Friday, 10 December 2010 17:40

Live Link: Utah Preview Event Video 12/10 7 pm MST

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Utah's "Red Rocks Preview" event is being streamed live over the internet.  Check out the 2011 Utes at this link starting at 7:00 pm MST.  An update to Adobe flash may be required. 
Thursday, 09 December 2010 15:45

2012-13 Soto to Pitt

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Lisavette (Lisa) Soto has committed to Pitt for the 2012-13 season.  Soto started her 2009-10 season with 2nd place AA finishes at the Twin City Invite (1st v and ub) and the Tampa Bay Turners Invite (1st fx).  She picked up bars titles at both her state and regionals meets on her way to 2nd place AA finishes in each of those meets.  She qualified to nationals where she placed 7th on bars.  Soto is a level 10 and competes for Southeastern Gymnastics in North Carolina.


Thursday, 09 December 2010 10:42

NLI: UIC (W) Signs Two

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UIC signed two gymnasts to letters of intent:  Chelsea Bailey and Alexandria "Lexi" Brown.

Bailey is a L10 who trains at IGI.  She placed 10th AA at the 2010 Region V L10 Regionals and qualified to the JO NIT meet.  In 2009, she placed 13th AA at the Regional meet.  Link: Video

Brown is a teammate of Bailey at IGI.  The L10 placed 20th AA at the 2010 Region V L10 Regionals.  As a L9 in 2009, she placed 1st on FX, 3rd on UB and 5th AA at the 2009 L9 Eastern Nationals.  Link: Channel

Link:  UIC Release

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 22:05

NLI: Alaska Signs Three

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The University of Alaska-Anchorage announced the signing of three athletes to letters of intent:  Chelsey Baker, Morgan Cook, and Paige Pirie.  The commits of Baker and Cook were covered in prior news items.

Pirie is a L10 who trains at Newnan in Georgia.  She qualified to Regionals in 2010, competing in two events.  In 2009, she placed 13th AA at the Region VIII L10 Regionals.  Link: Channel

Link:  UAA Release

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 12:51

NLI: Ohio State (M) Signs Three

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Ohio State has announced the signing of three men to letters of intent for 2011-2012:  Robert DiRugeris, Drew Moling and Alex Nork.  The commits of DiRugeris and Moling were covered in prior news items.  Nork trains with DiRugeris at Will-Moor in New Jersey.  He finished 58th AA at the 2010 JO Nationals.    Link:  Nork's Personal Website

Link:  Ohio State Release

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Saturday, 04 December 2010 16:08

2012-13 Turner to Oregon State

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Nicole Turner, L10 at Metroplex in Texas, has committed to Oregon State for the 2012-13 season. Her 2010 results include a 3rd place AA finish at the Texas Prime meet (1st V/FX), a 1st place AA finish at the Nadia Comaneci meet and a 1st place win (1st FX) at her state meet.


Saturday, 04 December 2010 12:46

2012-13 Jay to UGA

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Brandie Jay, an elite from GK Gymnastics in Colorado, has committed to UGA.  Her 2010 results include a 2nd AA finish at the Winterest, a 3rd AA finish at the Sand Dollar meet and a 2nd AA at the Sand Dollar Elite Qualifier.  She went on to win the All Olympia meet (1st V/UB/FX), her state meet (1st V/UB), regionals (1st V) and JO Nationals (1st V).  During the elite season she competed at the Covergirl Classic, finishing 13th AA, and the Visa Championships, finishing 17th AA (3rd V).


Friday, 03 December 2010 19:50

Kentucky Defeats Ball State in Exhibition

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Kentucky defeated Ball State in an exhibition match Friday evening.  Scores were kept, but full team scores are unavailable.

Link:  Ball State Release

Thursday, 02 December 2010 13:20

2012-13 Hanley to Minnesota

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Madeline Hanley, an elite at Parkettes in Pennsylvania, has committed to Minnesota according to her Facebook postings. In 2010, she competed at the Gymnix International Cup in Canada, placing 5th AA; 6th BB; 7th FX and 8th UB.  She competed in the elite session of the Buckey Classic, finishing 14th AA and she placed 4th AA (1st UB and FX) at the 2010 PKI.  In 2009 she competed at the Covergirl Classic and VISA Championships, finishing 27th AA and 25th AA respectively.

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Thursday, 02 December 2010 11:14

NLI: Boise State Signs Three

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Boise State, as expected, announced the signing of Kelsey Morris, Erica Oswalt and Ciera Perkins.  The commits of all three were covered in prior news items.  "We are excited to be adding three extremely talented gymnasts," said Co-Head Coach TinaBird.  SHe added, "With two national team members and two national title winners, this class is poised to make Boise State's quest to become a nationally competitive powerhouse a reality."

Link:  Boise State Release

Thursday, 02 December 2010 09:09

NLI: Nebraska (M) Signs Three

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NU (M) has announced the signing of three athletes to letters of intent:   Josh Ungar, Grant Perdue and Gabriel Jolly. 

Ungar trains at the Tim Daggett Gold Medal Gymnastics.  He placed 13th AA at the 2010 VISA Championships, Junior Men's 16-18 division.  Link: Channel

Perdue trains at the Houston Gymnastics Academy.  At the 2010 National Qualifier, he placed 14th AA, including a 3rd place finish on FX.  He also finished 23rd AA at the 2010 JO Nationals, Jr Men 14-15. 

Jolley trains at All American in Utah.  He tied for 52nd AA in the prelims of the 2009 JO Nationals, Jr Men 14-15.  Link: Video

Link:  NU Release

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