Illinois takes over the top spot in this week's Troester GymInfo national men's rankings. OU's Jake Dalton takes over the top AA slot from Illini Paul Ruggeri. He also leads on the VT. Teammate Steven Legendre FX, while PSU's Alex Naddour leads Pommels. Ohio State's Brandon Wynn is the top Ring man and Cal's Kyle Bunthuwong leads on PB. Finally, Michigan's Thomas Kelly is the leader on HB.
➽ The results speak for themselves. Brianna GUY is one of the hottest college bound L10s out there so far this season. She squeezes as many competitions as she reasonably can into her schedule and she wins, wins, wins. Always a strong competitor (1st AA ‘08 JO, Jr. B; 4th AA ‘09 JO, Jr. C), she’s on a tear this season. After finishing 2nd at the COTC (1st V/UB/BB) in December, she went on to win the World Class meet, the Brestyan’s meet and the Metroplex Challange. The high school junior has a lot of competitions ahead of her before she sets foot on the Auburn campus, but the Auburn coaches must doing a few flips of their own over this 2011-12 commit. Take a look at her Metroplex Challenge floor routine.
Guy isn’t the only one sizzling this season. Her Docksiders teammate, Krystal WELSH (PSU 2011-12 commit), has competed in all the same meets with about the same results. Sometimes they’ve compete in different sessions, each earning the win. Sometimes they’ve competed head to head, exchanging 1st and 2nd place finishes. Welsh recently placed first in her session of the Metroplex Challenge. Earlier this season she won the COTC (1st FX)and the World Class (1st UB/FX). She placed 2nd at the Brestyan’s meet.
The only scoring drop off, if you can call it that, for these two so far this season came last weekend in the Classic Rock meet. Guy finished 3rd (1st V/UB) and Welsh finished 4th.
➽ Collegegymfans is about college gymnastics, and the L10/elite meet results give a glimpse at the talent that is in the pipeline. At this point in the season, it’s fun to cull through the accumulating results to find groups of athletes that, when considered together, look to form strong foundations for their future college teams. Here's a quick glance at a few of the most active recruiting classes. Watch for highlights on other recruiting classes as the season progresses.
Sarah DE MEO
Chows : 1st AA (1st UB/BB/FX)
Metroplex Challenge: 3rd AA
Chicago Style (1st FX)
Sand Dollar: 1st AA
Williams Center Invite: 1st AA (1st V/FX)
New Yr. Invite: 1st AA (1st V/BB/FX) 10.0 vault!
Cereal City: 1st AA (1st V/UB/BB)
WOGA: 2nd AA (1st V/UB)
Sand Dollar (E) 2nd AA
Peppermint Twist 1st AA
Gopher Classic 2nd AA
Winter Challenge 3rd AA
Chicago Style: 8th AA
Winter Luau 2nd AA (1st V/FX)
Sand Dollar 4th AA (1st BB)
Blizzard Invite 1st AA (1st V)
Shelby SALMON competed 3 events at the Fiesta Bowl.
FlipFest 1st AA (1st UB/FX) qualified to Liukin Cup
United Gym Classic: 10th AA
Twistars 5th AA
Sand Dollar 1st (1st UB/BB/FX)
New Years Inv -competed two events, 1st BB
Cereal City 3rd AA
Fiesta Bowl 3rd AA (1st FX)
TBT Inv: 1st AA (1st UB/BB/FX)
Sand Dollar: 12th AA
Daytona Beach: 2nd AA (1st UB)
Chicago Style: 5th AA
Battle of Champions: 7th AA
Rock and Roll Classic: 2nd AA (1st FX)
Integrity Inv: 1st AA; (1st UB/BB/FX)
COTC: 2nd AA (1st V/UB/BB)
World Class: 1st AA (1st V/BB/FX)
Brestyans: 1st AA (1st UB/BB/FX)
Metroplex: 1st AA
Classic Rock Inv: 3rd AA (1st V/UB)
Graffiti Inv: 2nd AA
Sand Dollar (L10) 2nd AA
Sand Dollar (E Qualifier) 6th place; score 46.050
I Love NY Cup: 2nd AA
Md Classic: 1st AA (1st V/UB/BB/FX) 9.975 V
PKI: 1st AA (1st V/UB/BB)
All Olympia Inv: 1st AA (1st V/UB)
Tampa Bay Turners Inv: 3rd AA (1st FX)
Sand Dollar: 2nd AA (1st V/FX)
Daytona Beach: 1st AA (1st FX)
Chicago Style: 6th AA (1st V)
Chicago Style: 1st AA
Chow’s: 1st AA (1st V/UB)
Denver Winterfest: 1st AA (1st V/UB/FX)
Metroplex Challenge: 1st AA
All Olympia Inv: 2nd AA (1st BB)
United Gym Classic - competed 2 events
Twistars: 1st AA (1st V/BB/FX)
Sand Dollar: 1st AA (1st V/UB/BB/FX)
Tampa Bay Classic: 1st AA (1st V/UB)
Daytona Beach: 1st AA (1st BB/FX)
Sand Dollar: 3rd AA (1st UB)
Chicago Style: 2nd AA (1st UB)
Metroplex Challenge - competed two events, 1st UB
Sarah PERSINGER won the.
Twin City Invitational: 1st AA (1st UB/BB)
Peppermint Twist - competed 1 event (1st BB)
Tampa Bay Turners Invite: 1st AA (1st V/FX)
San Diego Classic: 1st AA (1st V/BB/FX)
Sarah FIELDER won the L10 division of the.
Make A Wish: 1st AA
United Gym Classic: 1st AA (1st V/UB/BB/FX)
Cancun Classic - competed one event
Reg. 5 Cup: 2nd AA (1st V)
Chicago Sportsfest: 1st AA (1st UB/BB/FX)
Tampa Bay Turners Invite: 1st AA (1st BB/FX)
King Arthur Invite: 1st AA (1st V)
Chicago Style: 7th AA
St. Nick Invite: 6th AA (1st UB)
Bravo Classic: 1st AA (1st FX)
Daytona Beach: 5th AA
Chicago Style: 4th AA
United Gym Classic: 4th AA
Bravo Classic 13th AA
Metroplex Challenge 8th AA
Black Eyed Susan: 2nd AA
Lia DEL PRIORE
COTC: 9th AA
Maryland Classic: 1st AA (1st FX)
PKI: 2nd AA
Magical Classic: 3rd AA (1st V/FX)
Mary Beth LOFGREN
Crystal Cup - competed three events; 1st BB
Vegas Cup - competed three events; 1st BB
Metroplex Challenge - competed one event
All Olympia Inv- competed two events
Crystal Cup - competed two events
Lady Luck Inv: 4th AA
Classic Rock: 12th AA
COTC: 6th AA
Maryland Classic: 2nd AA (1st UB)
PKI: 7th AA (1st BB)
Magical Classic: 1st AA (1st FX)
Crystal Cup: 5th AA
Fiesta Bowl:1st AA (1st V/BB) -qualified to Liukin Cup
Classic Rock: 2nd AA (1st UB/FX)
➽ College bound qualifiers to the Nastia Liukin Cup
Marie Case (Kent State signee) Diandra Milliner (unconfirmed Bama commit)
Stephani Canizaro (Arkansas commit) Alexis Carroll (PSU commit)
Alexa Davis (Towson signee) Kassandra Lopez (Utah commit)
Malia Mathis (LSU signee)
Most of the results from the last two weeks haven't been posted yet. We'll catch up on them in the next update.
SUU defeated USU on Monday night, led by Elise Wheeler's 39.425 in the AA. Wheeler also picked up a win on the BB, plus ties on the UB with teammate Jenna Vogt and FX with teammate Shannon Coughlin. Melissa Johnson of SUU won VT.
Link: SUU Release
Alabama edges out Oklahoma to take back the #1 ranking this week. Oregon State is in third. LSU's Susan Jackson retains her lead in the AA, but was overtaken by Brandi Personett of PSU on the VT. On UB, Oregon State's Leslie Mak is now tied with UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa. Bama's Ashley Preiss is the leader on BB, while UGA's Courtney McCool takes over the top spot on FX.
UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa BB, FX and AA (39.5) while teammate Anna Li posted a near-perfect 9.975 on UB. But those efforts, along with Brittani McCullough's winning Yurchenko 1 1/2 on VT, were not enough to overcome the Cardinal's balanced attack. Stanford used a big FX rotation and solid BB to take over UCLA's early lead.
Link: UCLA Release
Illinois' Sarah Schmidt sealed a comeback win for Illinois, winning FX with a 9.925. Schmidt also tied for the UB title with teammate Melissa Fernandez. Fernandez tied for 1st on VT with teammate Jackly Kantecki. Illini Allison Buckley won the AA with a 39.2. MSU's Kelsey Morley and Nicole Cowart tied for the BB title.
Link: Illinois Release
Missouri posted a 195 to win at Centenary, led by Sarah Shire's 15th win in the AA (39.35). She also took titles on the BB and FX. Teammates Alex Gold and Becky Scholle took VT and UB, respectively.
Link: Mizzou Release
Bridgeport posted a 190.225 to best Penn, Brown and the URI club team. Lorraine Galow led Bridgeport, winning the VT and taking the AA. Teammates Carissa Huggins and Emily Repko won UB and BB, respectively. Brown's Katie Goddard picked up the win on FX.
Link: Brown Release
Maryland defeated hosts UNC, using a balanced overall effort. UNC swept the individual events, led by Christine Nguyen, who won the BB, FX and AA (38.925). Kara Writh, her teammate, pitched in a win on VT and a tie on UB with teammate Elizabeth Durkac.
Link: UNC Release
NC State posted a 194.325 to win at GWU. NC State's Taylor Seaman posted a win in the AA at 39.15, picking up wins on the UB and the FX. Teammates Brooke Barr won VT and Jess Panza won BB.
Link: NC State Release
Bowling Green posted an away victory, led by Breanne Guy's 38.375 AA win. Guy also won the BB with a 9.8. Teammate Danielle Wishart tied with Ball State's Morgan Coslow on VT. For Ball State, Bibiana Rodriguez won UB and Brittney Emmons won FX.
Link: Ball State Release
Milliner's commitment to Alabama is confirmed in a news article. The L10 from Folgers in Kansas has place 1st AA in all of her meets so far this season and she scored a perfect 10 on vault at the New Years Invitational in January.
2010 meet results:
Williams Center Invite: 1st AA (1st V/FX)
New Yr. Invite: 1st AA (1st V/BB/FX)
Cereal City: 1st AA (1st V/UB/BB)
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Oklahoma defeated long time rival NU, with a season high 356.5. OU's Ian Jackson posted a win on the Rings and the AA (84.25) to lead OU. Steven Legendre added wins on the FX and HB, while frosh Alex Naddour broke the school record on PH. Frosh Jake Dalton won PB, while Bobby Shortle set a career high on vault.
Link: OU Release
Illinois swept the individual event titles, and outscored Minnesota as a team on every event. Paul Ruggeri, the Illini junior, was dominant, taking the AA (87.2), FX, VT and HB. Teammate Daniel Ribeiro won the PH, while Brian Liscovitz won PB and Anthony Sacramento won Rings.
Link: Illinois Release