Illinois has announced that Jay Santos has been named Associate Head Coach of the women's team. Santos joined the staff last season.
Air Force welcomed five cadets to the start of basic training: Elaina Cammarata, Lindsay Ebel, Kim McRobbie, Alexandra Stych and Jessica Wallander. The commits of Cammarata, McRobbie and Stych were covered in prior news items.
Ebel is a L10 from the Colorado Aerials. At the 2010 Region III L10 Regionals, she placed 10th AA. She also tied for 44th AA at the 2009 L10 JO Nationals. Link: YouTube.com Channel
Wallander is a L10 from Metroplex. In 2009, while at Texas Dreams, she tied for 10th on UB and 23rd AA at the L10 JO Nationals. After missing 2010, she competed on two events at Regionals in 2011. Link: VT in 2011
Link: Air Force Release
Giana O'Connor, L10 from Gymnasti in Illinois, has committed to Illinois according to an announcement on her club's website. She placed 4th AA (1st UB) at her 2011 state meet and 11th AA at Regionals.
Taylor Rice, L10 from Gymcats in Nevada, has accepted a scholarship to Stanford according to her clubs Facebook page. Rice placed 2nd AA (1st V/FX) at her 2011 state meet, 9th AA at regionals and 5th AA (1st UB/BB) at the NIT.Video
Dan Miller has been named Assistant Coach at Nebraska, replacing Tim Garrison and rounding out the NU coaching staff. Miller comes to NU after a long and successful career coaching L10 and elite gyms at the club level.
Brooklyn Schumacher, L10 from Bart Conner Gymnastics in Oklahoma, has committed to Ball State. Schumacher placed 3rd AA (1st V) at her state meet this season, and then went on to finish 8th AA finish at regionals and 11th AA at the NIT.
Lindonwood University has announced the addition of Women's Gymnastics, starting with the 2012-2013 season. In 2013-2014, they will be competing as a Division II program. Head Coach Gretchen Goerlitz comes to LU after two years at Centenary. The former USU and DU competitor got her master's at TWU. In a release, Goerlitz said, “I’m honored to be the first head women’s gymnastics coach at Lindenwood University, to be joining the ranks of such an ambitious athletics department, and to be a part of the history of building a new and strong gymnastics program,” said Goerlitz. “I cannot think of a better university to be adding the sport of gymnastics. It is truly a great time to be a part of Lindenwood and specifically the athletic department as it paves new paths down the road of excellence.”
Ball State announced that Caroline Fiscus of Gym Dandy's in Pennsylvania, and Alexis Moore of Gedderts in Michican will join Samantha Santos this fall at Ball State. Santo's commitment was previously reported.
Mary Jane Rott, L10 at Rising Stars in Minnesota, has committed to Auburn. She had a strong 2011 season, placing 1st AA at the Winterfest (1st UB/BB), Winter Challenge (1st V/UB/FX), and Magical Challenge (1st V/UB/BB/FX). She placed 8th AA at her state meet, 1st AA (1st FX) at regionals, and 12th AA at JO Nationals.
29 Men qualified for the VISA Championships out of this past weekend's qualifier. Among collegians, Mel Anton Santander led the way in 3rd place while former teammate Chris Cameron as 2nd. Edward Mesa won the meet. Seung Tai Lee of Ohio State was 4th, while Kyle Bunthuwong of Cal was 5th.
Sheridan Metcalf, L10 at Desert Devils in Arizona, has committed to Washington. This past season, she swept her session at her state meet, winning the all around title and all events. She placed 6th AA at regionals and 10th AA at JO Nationals.
UCLA has announced several changes to their coaching staff:
Randy Lane returns to UCLA after stints at MSU and UF.
Amy Smith joins the staff as a volunteer assistant. She was an assistant last at Missouri
Chris Waller has been promoted to Associate Head Coach from Assistant Head Coach.
Link: UCLA Release