Arkansas has hired Don Houlton as an assistant coach. Houlton was most recently an assistant at Cal, and was an assistant at Yale and owner/head coach at Nebraska Gold prior to that.
Link: Arkansas Release
The LA Times has confirmed that International Elite Samantha Shapiro has committed to Stanford. Over the past several seasons she has represented the US internationally at the Pacific Rim Championships, Pan Am, Gymnix, and World Cup. This season she finished 4th on BB and FX at the Covergirl Classic and 7th AA (5th FX, 7th BB) at the Visa Championships. She competes for All Olympia in Los Angeles.
Kelsy Landreth, L10 at Show-Me Gymnastics in Missouri, has committed to Missouri for the 2012-13 season. She finished 2nd AA (1st V/UB/FX) at her 2010 state meet, 2nd AA (2nd V/FX) at her regional meet, and 21st AA at nationals.
Rachel Spicer, L10 at Metroplex, has committed to Florida according to a Facebook posting. Spicer is the current JO national AA champ (5th V; 4th UB; 3rd BB and FX). She also finished 1st AA at her state and regional meets. She placed 4th AA at the 2009 JO Championships.
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Arielle Bulls has committed to Southeast Missouri, according to her family and her recruiting website. She currently trains at Imagine Gymnastics. In 2010, she qualified to the L10 Nationals, where she competed in the Sr. A division. She also competed at the 2009 JO NIT meet.
Link: YouTube.com Channel
Christina Wood, a Level 10 gymnast with Desert Devils in Arizona, has committed to Arizona for the 2012-13 season. Last season she placed 2nd AA (1st BB) at her state meet; 5th at Regionals and 27th AA at JOs. She has been competing as a Level 10 since the 2007 season.
Today we honor the heroes of September 11th, 2001, including those who lost their lives. One of those people, Mari-Rae Sopper, closely touched the collegiate gymnastics community. As you may know, Mari-Rae Sopper was Head Coach of the University of California, Santa Barbara's women's gymnastics team. She was also a former standout collegiate gymnast and team captain for Iowa State. Many of you knew her in the capacity of coach, teammate, competitor, colleague and friend. In hours and days following 9/11, many of us suddenly realized the person we knew as "ISUFan", an enthusiastic supporter and contributor on the online college gymnastics forums, was actually Mari-Rae.
The college experience is, in many cases, the most important four years in the prospective student athlete’s life, as it will shape their future personal and professional direction. That being said, securing admission to a college or university that best match students’ desires, strengths, and aspirations is essential.
Michigan has announced the addition of Rheema Zakharia and Kristin Nagle to the roster. Zakharia was an earlier Michigan commit who was expected to sign last Fall but apparently did not sign in time for that release. Nagle is a L10 Regional qualifier who trained at Farmington Gymnastics. At the 2009 Region V L9 Regionals, she placed 1st on FX.
Link: UM Release
Kayla Ross and Sabrina Vega of the US finished first and second in the All Around competition at the Pan Am Championships. Former DU athlete Jessica Lopez finished third. Stanford's incoming freshman Kristina Vaculik finished sixth.International Gymnast Magazine article
USA Gymnastics has agreed to sanction the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association, providing a respected National Governing body for the fledgling sport derived from competitive cheer. The NCATA intends to pursue "emerging sports" status with the NCAA next spring. The lack of a governing association and a standard set of rules were among the evidence cited when a federal judged ruled against Quinnippiac's attempt to cut its women's volleyball squad, and the subsequent conversion of its existing cheer squad to a competitive team (to meet Title IX requirements).
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