Former Missouri standout Sarah Shire returns to the program in a staff position. Shire is pursuing a Masters in Sports Psychology.
San Jose State has announced the addition of Liz Major as an assistant. After graduation from San Jose State, she received her masters from DU and coached at Aurora.
Link: SJSU Release
MSU has announced its new assistant coaches: Mo Mitchell, former head coach at Kentucky, and Nicole Curler, a former MSU gymnast.
Ashley Lambert has committed to LSU according to Gym-Style.com, which maintains her personal web page. Lambert, an L10 at World Class Gymnastics in Virginia, finished 1st AA (1st BB/FX) at her 2011 state meet and 3rd AA (1st FX) at regionals. An injury prevented her from competing at nationals.
USA Gymnastics announced the men's squads for the World Championships and Pan Am Games. Several past and present NCAAers are on the rosters:
2011 Men's World Championships Team
Jake Dalton, OU
Jonathan Horton, Team Hilton HHonors (former OU)
Steven Legendre, Team Hilton Honors (former OU)
Danell Leyva, Team Hilton HHonors
Alexander Naddour, OU
John Orozco, U.S. Olympic Training Center
Alternate: Chris Brooks, Team Hilton HHonors (former OU))
Head coach: Kevin Mazeika, Houston
2011 Men's Pan American Games Team
Donothan Bailey, California - Berkeley
Glen Ishino, California – Berkeley
C.J. Maestas, University of Illinois
Sho Nakamori, former Stanford
Paul Ruggeri, University of Illinois
Brandon Wynn, Team Hilton HHonors (former Ohio State)
Alternate: Tyler Mizoguchi, University of Illinois
Jordyn Wieber won the AA title at the 2011 VISA (US) Championships, posting a big second day tally of 61.45 to widen the gap over 2nd place McKayla Maroney. Florida commit Alexandra Raisman was third, and current Gator Mackenzie Caquatto was fourth. Wieber won the national titles on UB and FX, while Maroney was the VT champion. Former Brown star Alicia Sacramone won the BB. The Senior Women's National Team was also named:
Rebecca Bross, WOGA
Bridgette Caquatto, Legacy Elite (Florida commit)
Mackenzie Caquatto, Legacy Elite (Florida)
Gabrielle Douglas, Chow's
Shawn Johnson, Chow’s Gymnastics
McKayla Maroney, All-Olympia
Chellsie Memmel, M&M Gymnastics
Alexandra Raisman, Brestyan’s American Gymnastics (Florida commit)
Alicia Sacramone, Brestyan’s American Gymnastics (ex Brown)
Sabrina Vega, Dynamic
Jordyn Wieber, Gedderts’ Twistars USA
Bross (dislocated kneecap) and Memmel (dislocated shoulder) were both injured during the competition.
Katelyn Ohashi of WOGA won the Junior title easily, capturing the UB, BB and FX in the process. She is not age-eligible for the 2012 Olympics, but her total of 120.95 would have placed her 2nd in the Senior competition. Junior runnerup Kyla Ross of Gym Max, who is age eligible for the 2012 Olympics, also outpointed the Senior runnerup. Lexie Priessman of CGA won the VT.
Leviticus Knighten, who previously committed to walk on at Centenary, has decided to join the new gymnastics program at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. according to a news article. Knighten competed for Coastal Elite Gymnastics in Florida.
Jamie Shisler, L10 at Coast Elite in Florida, has accepted an academic scholarship to Florida and she will join the team as a walkon according to a news article. She finished 6th AA at her 2011 state meet, 9th AA at regionals and 29th AA at JOs.
Danell Leyva won his first AA title at the VISA (US) Championships on Friday night. Former Sooner Jonathan Horton was 2nd. Jake Dalton of OU was the top current NCAAer. He finished fifth.
In the Junior Men's 16-18 category, incoming Michigan frosh Adrian de los Angeles was 1st, edging first round leader Jonathan Deaton by 0.1.
Cal has announced that Maddie Kratzke, Crystal Paz, and Leilani Alferos will join the team this fall. Alferos is a transfer from the Oregon State and will sit out the 2012 season due to intraconference transfer regulations. Kratzke, who originally intended to walk-on this season at Washington, competed at Level 10 for Seattle Gymnastics Academy. Paz competed at Level 10 for the California Gymnastics Academy.
Jordyn Wieber of Geddart's Twistars powered to a first day lead at the VISA (US) Championships. In 2nd was Alexandra Raisman, with Chellsie Memmel in third. UCLA grad Anna Li holds the top spot on UB, while Florida's Mackenzie Caquatto is the top rated NCAA athlete, placing 6th.
The VISA Champioinships run through this weekend, with current, past and future NCAA stars in action. Universal Sports will be webcasting the first day of Women's competition, and NBC plans a live broadcast of the AA finals. Here's where to follow the action online:
Danell Leyva leads the first day of competition in the Senior Men's division at the VISA (US) Championships. Former OU great Jonathan Horton is in 2nd, while another former Sooner, Steve Legendre is 3rd. Current or former OU athletes were in five of the top seven places. Current, former and past NCAA stars dominated the standings, showing the importance of college gymnastics to the National program.
In the Junior Men's Preliminaries, Jonathan Deaton of Daggestt's leads the field. Orlando Metro's Jake Martin was 2nd.