Recruits and recruitables were in action this weekend for the Men's JO Nationals. Results and video will be posted as they become available. From the preliminaries, the top 36 men advance to the AA final.
In the team competition, Region I won the team title in both age divisions. SCATS won the club team title.
Here are the preliminary AA standings for the 16-18 year old Men (Future College in Parenthesis):
1 Jesse Glenn SCATS Gymnastics 87.95
2 Jake Martin Orlando Metro 87.55
3 Adrian De Los Angeles SCATS Gymnastics 87.35 (Michigan)
4 Stacey Ervin Mills USA 86.55 (Michigan)
5 Jacoby Rubin Buffalo Grove 86.45 (OU)
6 Trevor Howard Hocking Valley 85.85
7 Michael Strathern Bartlett 85.55 (Michigan)
8 Joseph Peters Parkettes 85.30
9 Kanji Oyama SCATS Gymnastics 85.20
10 Brian Knott Chelsea Piers 85.05 (Stanford)
Illinois has appointed Kim Landrus Head Coach. Landrus served as Interim Head Coach this season. She replaced Bob Starkell, who resigned last summer. Landrus has been with the team's coaching staff for nine years.
Cal has named NU Associate Head Coach Danna Durante as the new Head Coach for the reinstated Berkeley program. She was National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007, and West Region Assistant of the Year in 1999 and 2002. Prior to nine years at NU, she was at Washington. As Danna Lister, she was a star athlete at ASU and as an elite National Team member and Olympic Trials participant from the state of Oklahoma.
Link: Cal Release
Beth Deal, L10 at Gymniks in West Virginia, will join the WVU team next fall according to a news article. Deal placed 4th AA at this season's Excalibur meet and Battle of the Champions. She won the beam title at the Girl Power Invitational and picked up vault titles at Battle of the Champions and Luau in Leos. She placed 9th at Regionals.
Alexandra Ellie Gosselin, L10 at Euro Stars in Michigan, will join the MSU team this fall according to a news article. Gosselin placed 2nd AA (1st V) at the Jingle Bell Rock meet, 3rd AA (1st BB) at the CGA, and 3rd AA at the Presidential Classic this season. She placed 6th AA at her state meet and 14th AA at regionals.
Kylie Fagan will compete for CMU, according to a news article. Fagan, who competes as a level 10 for Euro Stars in Michigan, finished in the top ten at all of her regular season meets this season, including a 1st AA finish (1st UB/FX) at the Jingle Rock meet early in the season. She finished 7th AA at her state meet and 13th AA at regionals.
Cal has announced that the Men's Gymnastics team will be preserved as an intercollegiate sport, with some restrictions. Over $2.5M has been raised so far, in support of the program. This is however short of the $4M the University says is necessary to support the program at full funding for at least 7 to 10 years. As a result, the program will be unable to award new scholarships until the funding is in place. This coming season will be the 100th at Cal! The other four programs that were proposed to be cut, including Women's Gymnastics, have all been previously restored.
For information on how to make a pledge, please see Cal Gymnastics Forever.
Link: Cal Statement
Megan Yee, L10 at Naperville, will walkon to Illinois State for 2011-2012, according to her YouTube.com channel. At the 2011 Region 5 L10 Regionals, she placed 20th AA in the Senior D division. She was 25th at Regionals in 2011.
Link: YouTube.com Channel
Lydia Thompson, L10 from Harford Gymnastics in Maryland, has committed to Towson for the 2012-13 season. This season she finished 5th AA (1st UB) at the First State Meet; 2nd AA (1st UB) at Christmas on the Chesapeake; and 4th AA at Motown Madness. She also qualified to regionals where she finished 13th AA. Last season she competed at the 2010 NIT, finishing 17th AA.
Michelle Lynn, Taylor Rakus, Cheyenne Stickel, Stephanie Verry and Alexis Arena have signed to compete for Temple next season. They join Alexandra Forcucci, Natali Ruzich and Lauren Capone, who signed last fall.
Michelle Lynn, L10 at Spirit Gymnastics in Pennsylvania, placed 1st AA (1st UB/BB) at the Judges Invitational this season and turned in 2nd place finishes at the Liberty Cup and Red Rose Invitational. She finished 12th AA at her state meet and qualified to regionals.
Taylor Rakus, L10 at AJS Pancott in Pennsylvania, placed 9th AA at the OC Team Challenge this season. She qualified to regionals in 2010.
Cheyenne Stickel, L10 at Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, swept the Yurchenko Invite this season, placed 3rd AA at the Maryland Classic and 2nd AA at the PKI. In the post season, she placed 9th AA at her state meet and 15th AA at regionals.
Stephanie Verry, L10 at Sterling Gymnastics in Massachusetts, placed 6th AA at the Bay State Classic, 9th AA at the Maryland Classic, and 13th AA at the Starlight Invitational. She qualified to JO Nationals in 2010.
Alexis Arena, L10 at Gymnastika in New Jersey, placed 2nd AA (1st BB) at Christmas on the Chesapeake. She placed 4th AA at the Rutger Classic and 5th AA at the Star Struck Invite. In the post season, she placed 4th AA at her state meet and 13th AA at Regionals.
Alex Archer, L10 at Precision Gymnastics in California, will join the Stanford team next fall. Archer has turned in strong results over the 2011 season, including a 2nd place AA finish (1st BB) at the Snowflake Invite and 3rd place finishes at the Classic Rock (1st V/UB) and the Malibu Coast Challenge. She recently finished 5th AA at regionals and qualified to JOs.
Elizabeth Stranahan, junior next season, and Shea Anderson, a senior next season, both earned scholarships for the coming school year at Iowa State. Both are former walkons, according to the Cylcone release.
Link: Iowa State Release