WOGA's Rebecca Bross took the lead after Day 1 of the VISA (US) Championships Senior Women's division. UCLA signee Mattie Larsen was 2nd, while Alexandra Raisman was 3rd. UGA commit Chelsea Davis is fourth, while UF signee Kytra Hunter was tied for fifth with future teammate Mackenzie Caquatto. UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa was 7th, while posting the 2nd highest senior score of the day (15.6) with a stick on her "Cheng" vault (roundoff 1/2 on to front layout with 1 1/2 twists off). The highest senior score of the day (15.65) was posted by ex-Brown athlete Alicia Sacramone.
Link: Full Results
UIC has announced that Charley Nelson will step in as head coach of its men's program, replacing recently retired CJ Johnson. Nelson competed for UIC during college, and then he was named Assistant Coach soon after he graduated.
The VISA (US) Championships are this week, and you can follow the action online in a number of places. On Friday night, the men's take the floor to battle out for the title.
Link: Results Page
|Friday, Aug. 13||7:00 p.m.||Sr. Men Competition - Day 2|
|Saturday, Aug. 14||1:00 p.m.||Jr. Women Competition - Day 2|
|7:30 p.m.||Sr. Women Competition - Day 2|
Julia Greer, L10 at Mission Valley YMCA, will compete for SJSU according to a recent news article. Greer is coming off of a strong competive season, including an AA win at the GP Last Chance Meet (1st V/BB/FX) and a win on beam at the California Classic. She placed 3rd at states, 6th at regionals and 32nd at JOs.
Former OU star Jonathan Horton leads the field in the senior division at the VISA (US) Championships. Danell Leyva is in 2nd while Ohio State star Brandon Wynn is third while topping the field on Rings. Cal's Bryan del Castillo is in fourth, while OU's Jake Dalton is fifth. Current and former collegians posted the top scores on the individual events: Stanford's Josh Dixon on FX; Illinois' Daniel Ribiero on PH; OU's Steve Legendre on VT with a meet-high 17.05; former OU star Chris Brooks on PB and HB. Current and former NCAAers also dominate the senior standings.
In the Junior Men's division, Michigan bound Sam Mikulak took the AA title and won three individual events (PH, HB and share of PB title). Jacoby Rubin was 2nd while Wyatt Aycock (NU signee) was third.
Elite gymnast Georgia Dabritz has committed to Utah, according to her recent interview with Gymnastike. Dabritz picked up a number of event wins in her meets last season and recently placed 21st AA at the Covergirl Classic. She competes for Ace Gymnastics in Massachusetts.
Additional information on her club's web site here.
Rutgers announced the addition of four athletes to its incoming class for 2010-2011. The four are:
Danielle D'Elia: A transfer from CMU, where she scored a season high of 9.8 on the FX at the NCAA Regionals last season. She graduated from high school in New Jersey in 2008 but will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Alexis Gunzelman: A L10 from Envision Gymnastics who tied for 9th AA at the 2010 Region VII L10 Regionals, Senior D. She was also 18th AA and 3rd on BB at the 2009 L10 Regionals.
Alexandria Ivol: A L10 who trains at Atlantic Coast, Ivol placed 4th on UB and 17th AA at the 2010 Region VII L10 Regionals, Sr. C. She was also 1st on UB, 3rd on VT and 2nd AA at the 2009 Level 9 Eastern Nationals.
Holly Murray: A L9 National qualifier from the Artistic Sports Academy Plus in PA. At the 2010 Level 9 Eastern Nationals, she won the FX title. She also finished 4th on FX and 11th AA in 2009.
Link: Rutgers Release
Kayla Carlsen, a L10 at Douglasville Gymnastics in Georgia, has committed to Denver for 2011-2012. At the 2010 L10 Nationals, she tied for 25th AA after winning her state L10 AA title. In 2009, she placed 9th AA at the Region VIII L10 Regionals.
Link: Video Channel
Rachel York, L10 at Dynamo in Oklahoma, has committed to CMU for the 2011-12 season. York competed three events at her state meet last season, finishing 1st on vault. She competed two events at regionals, finishing 2nd on vault and 4th on floor.
Jeff Graba has been named Head Coach at Auburn. Graba makes the move from Utah, where he has been the Assistant Coach for the past five seasons. At Utah he coached Kristina Baskett to a National Title on bars and he coached many of his bars workers to All America status. He came to the collegiate ranks after years as co-owner and head coach at Midwest Gymnastics in Minnesota. Graba tweets that he'll start his new job next week.
Tina Necas has committed to Sacramento State, according to her club's web page. Necas competes as an L10 for Brown's in Nevada. She finished 10th AA at her regional meet last season and 10th AA (1st V) at the NIT.
UIC Men's Head Coach CJ Johnson has retired, according to a school release. His coaching career spanned 36 years, and yielded back-to-back Division II National Titles in 1978 and 1979.
Link: UIC Release
Brittney Harris, a L10 at the Parkettes, is slated to join Pitt in the fall, according to a school release. Harris reported previously committed to PSU. She missed much of the last season with an Achilles' injury. As a Sr. D in 2009, she placed 10th(t) on VT and 31st AA at the L10 Nationals.
Link: Pitt Release